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Unreal nostalgia! 
Monday, 13 April, 2009, 09:49 - Unreal
Posted by ned
If you have played Unreal, the 1998 Epic gaming masterpiece in both the singleplayer and multiplayer varients and have Unreal Tournament 2004 and Unreal Tournament 3 then you will appreciate the info below as it's guarenteed to give you a smile and think back to the awesome moments of being engrossed in the Unreal Universe.

A mapper by the name of Frank 'Noz' Bakker created a custom map for UT2004, an Unreal 1 themed onslaught map set in the mountains of Na Pali. This map not only supported Editor's Choice Edition content it included music from the original Unreal and even had Nali Healing Fruit to go! The map is ONS-CBP2-Valarna-ECE.

One of the new maps that comes with the recent Titan Pack for UT3 is WAR-Hostile. It's set in Na Pali where the original Unreal game was set. It's a beautiful looking map with great atmosphere and contains the sounds of the Nali. You can hear these sounds under the Prime Node near the small fire in a clearing at the entrance of a cave. You will have to search this map on your own though to find this area as WAR-Hostile is very fast map with intense gameplay!


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[VC] full HradBa anti-cheat details now on this site 
Monday, 9 March, 2009, 11:09 - Vietcong
Posted by ned
HradBa is the anti-cheat system used for the Vietcong game. It's no longer being developed and the master servers are no longer active so the latest version of this system is becoming harder to get. To get the latest version you have to either join a server with it installed and enabled or download it from this site.

Full HradBa detail are in the - Info, Links and Downloads - section.

Included is:
-HradBa, what is it?
-HradBa readme file, kick codes and false-positives list
-HradBa v206 download
-Behind the Scenes in the Making of HradBa
-Links to Auscong, United Admins Limited, official game site and Pterodon

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Doom 3 co-op server replaced by Left 4 Dead co-op server 
Saturday, 28 February, 2009, 06:14 - >Games (PC)
Posted by ned
I've shut down the Doom 3 Last Man Standing Co-op mod server. In it's place is a Left 4 Dead server (nedL4D).

Initial tests last night went well.
Full details posted here within the week.


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Peter 'CFA Volunteer' the Poet from Flowerdale 
Monday, 23 February, 2009, 13:16 - >Misc Chat
Posted by ned
The fires in southern Australia (Feb-09) are the worst on Australian record.
For full news coverage see here


Peter is from Flowerdale and miraculously his house survived even though he and his local fire crew were miles away fighting the fire somewhere else.

When he arrived home after four days on the truck, he turned to poetry to try and get his feelings out.

Have a listen to Peter's story and poem.
Audio download here:

(transcript on this blog soon)

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profile updated 
Saturday, 21 February, 2009, 14:30 - >Misc Chat
Posted by ned
I've changed my current #1 gaming interest from Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars to Left 4 Dead.

I still think ETQW is the one of best multiplayer games ever made but unfortionately for me, many others don't agree. For now my #1 gaming interest is L4D. I'm progressing quite well through the achievements. Some of the ones left are going to be very tuff to get. Details - here.

I'll have a L4D server up and running by the end of the week I'd say. More details soon.


• Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars | Splash Damage
• Left 4 Dead | Official Site

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[L4D] Zombies everywhere! 
Thursday, 5 February, 2009, 08:34 - Left 4 Dead
Posted by ned
Well I've started getting into Left 4 Dead! It's a game by VALVE.

Left 4 Dead is a co-op action horror game for the PC and Xbox 360 that casts players in an epic struggle for survival against swarming zombie hordes and terrifying mutant monsters. Set in the immediate aftermath of the zombie apocalypse, L4D's survival co-op mode lets you blast a path through the infected in four unique “movies,” guiding your survivors across the rooftops of an abandoned metropolis, through rural ghost towns and pitch-black forests in your quest to escape a devastated Ground Zero crawling with infected enemies.

This game is a heap of fun ;] Online and LAN are great! There is a singleplayer mode which is ok but coop & mp is where it really excels in my opinion. To add to the game there's a bundle of achievements you can go for. Here's a list of them all and the percentage of world players that have them - link. As you can see, some of these would be quite hard to get (legitimately). I've been slowly working at mine. I've been keeping track of them chronologically - here.

I've already had a play around with the dedicated server pack and it ran well. I've only tested it via LAN so far. When my server eventually gets a dedicated connection again I'll run some test nights where while testing the server I'll organise some achievement goals as well.

Stay tuned ;p


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[UT04] BotManager mod by FlakMagnet available for download 
Thursday, 29 January, 2009, 11:02 - Unreal
Posted by ned
If you're an Unreal Tournament 2004 fan then this mod (mutator) is essential! It's a non-ut4mod install version of FlakMagnet's BotManager v7.1

For more details see - here -

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[U] The Unreal intro clip, view it here! 
Wednesday, 28 January, 2009, 08:59 - Unreal
Posted by ned
arrrrrr the memories of playing Unreal. This game was epic! For anyone who has played this truely amazing game here's a treat. You can view the intro clip here on this site. Let the memories come flooding back.

I've actually started playing this game again! Yes, over 10 years after it's release and it still has fans.. there are even still online servers for it! ;]

To see the intro movie and find out how to play (or replay!) this great game click - here -

There's more to good gaming than new releases!


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more FREE ned-friendly useful software found! 
Sunday, 25 January, 2009, 13:08 - >Misc Chat
Posted by ned
I've added some new goodies to my - Useful Free Software - list!

• multi-video formats to flash (.flv) converter

• multiformat website media player

• video capture/processing utility


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ned's Steaming! 
Saturday, 24 January, 2009, 05:55 - >Games (PC)
Posted by ned
I tried Steam a few years ago and had many issues with it. I swore I'd never touch it again. It was a buggy, laggy, slow downloading POS in my opinion.

BUT... now I'm back using it after buying Left 4 Dead and I have to say that I can't fault it! Resonable downloads, good layout, user friendly, huge variety, great info per game, xfire-like features..

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I've also run quick tests with a couple of dedicated server setups (Left 4 Dead & GTR Evolution Demo) and everything went well with no complaint.


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