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About Hacking The Xbox

by Peter on April 20, 2003 @ 12:42 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

C.Net reports. Taking a break from working on his doctoral thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) graduate student Andrew "Bunnie" Huang decided that it might be fun to poke around the security systems protecting Microsoft's Xbox game console. With a little creative tinkering and a measure of precision soldering, Huang quickly isolated the main public security keys. Although legally prevented from sharing the keys with the world, he described his methods in detail in a widely distributed research paper, helping spur a wave of Xbox-hacking that has led to the development of Xbox versions of Linux and other homemade software. After graduating from MIT last year, Huang set up his own consulting business, specializing in reverse engineering. But he still has some more Xbox insights that he'd like to share with the world--that is, if only he can find a way.

'Warlords IV' Site Update

by Thomas on April 20, 2003 @ 10:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

This weekend Infinite Interactive updated the official site for their upcoming turn-based fantasy strategy game, Warlords IV, with details on three special units, The Orkish Bunny, The Hot Cross Goblin and The Egg Chukka.

'Star Wars Galaxies' Beta Test In Early May

by Thomas on April 20, 2003 @ 10:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Rich Vogel Executive Producer for Star Wars Galaxies has updated the official forum with a status report (thanks Blues). Here is a clip from the posting:

Well, it’s been a while since I last posted. Some people probably don’t know who I am. I am the Executive Producer of SWG. I thought I would give you guys an update on where we are in development.

The client team is busy working on adding more visual effects, polishing and enhancing UI, adding more optimizations to the client, and fixing bugs. The Beta Testers have already seen the results of some of our efforts with a faster frame rate, less hitching as you walk around town, new character system features (such as pitch-pointing weapons in combat, or the soon-to-be-released head-turning towards your look-at target). There’s more to do here, and like art, we’re grateful to have a little time to really polish up the client.

Our current plan is to go to Open Beta in early May. This all depends on how polished we are. I realize lots of you want to play but it is important that we make your play experience an enjoyable one.

'Dransik' Server Update V1.02

by Thomas on April 20, 2003 @ 7:29 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Asylumsoft Inc. has updated the official Dransik site with news of the latest patch (server update, version 1.02). This update provides some new content as well as fixes to many bugs and problems (thanks GameSpy). "DRANSIK is a Medieval Fantasy Massively-Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game. Interact with players from around the world. Go hunting alone or with others for powerful artifacts. Gain knowledge in dozens of skills that keep the world functioning". Listed below are all the changes!