In psuedo-Lost World news, in the Coxial section of the world-famous Ain't It Cool News, it's reported that a Lost World TV show is in the works, based off of the old Arthur Conan Doyle novel (not the Crichton novel we're more familar with). The series will "follow the adventures of Dr. Challenger and his scientific team as they struggle to survive in a strange and dangerous land. Challenger and company will encounter all kinds of strange creatures, tribes, dangerous circumstances and perils, etc. etc. etc. on a weekly basis as they try to find their way back to civilization - and home."
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Like id Software's Hexen series, Trespasser will not have traditional levels. [Dan's Note: Hexen was actually developed by Raven Software. Duh Gamecenter.] Instead, the game is divided into 12 unique regions. According to Grossman, the first few areas will be introduced in linear fashion, and once you explore them, you will be able to move freely among them. Some areas will be closed until you explore earlier areas. Technical constraints dictated this approach. It's nearly impossible to load Trespasser's massive island, with its multiple palettes, all at once. Prepare for a slight load-time wait when transitioning into new areas.
Each of the environments, although rather vacant at this point in the game's development, also promise to be truly dynamic and alive. Blackley says Trespasser's environments are so realistic and dynamic that the game borders on being a simulation. A dino park simulation?! The sun dances through the tress as you move through the jungle. When you touch water, ripples form across a lake or stream. And nearly every rock, artifact, and object can be touched, broken, thrown, and blown up.
The game's designers are well aware that Trespasser will have to deliver more than pretty outdoor environments and real-looking guns to make it a hit. Instead of filling the game with key card hunts and lever pulling, the Trespasser team hopes to challenge players with complex yet compelling puzzles. "If it's logical, realistic, and requires smashing something at the end, it's the perfect puzzle," says Grossman. "These are the types of puzzles that make you feel proud to solve."
In other TLW video/computer game news, Hunter reports that there will be a TLW Video game for the Nintendo Game Boy, according to this month's Nintendo Power. Here's the scoop:
The TLW Transcript Project is in full swing! Look for the completed transcript in a few weeks. Oh yeah. Quake 2 is done, and will in stores on Tuesday, December 9th. Get it!
Check out NBC on Thursday at 8:30 (EDT) for their annual Thanksgiving showing of Jurassic Park. Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone! (thanks to Kyle)
Thanks to everyone who have been sending in the potential JP2 goofs -- I will verify them and add them to the page ASAP.. (not for two weeks probably).
The message board, you review JP2, and fanfic sections have moved to a new server. Look for the return of the search engine soon.
Also in the press release is some bad news about the the release of the Dreamworks 3D game. Originally scheduled to be released in the "1st quarter" of 1998, the press release states that "the game and the new line of chips are expected to be released about the same time: the first half of 1998". For the pessimists, this means that Trespasser could be out as late as June. If you're an optimist, January is still a possibility. Of course, in the computer gaming world, games making their release dates is rare. (Can anyone say "Unreal"?) (thanks to Crash)
There is a new RealAudio interview with Julianne Moore up at Universal Studio's webpage.
Also of interest at universalstudios.com is this interview with Vanessa Lee Chester (available in RealAudio format).
A new "sub-line" of TLW Kenner Toys is being readied for release this holiday season. Called the "Chaos effect figures" they feature dinos with interesting color schemes. Here's a pic: (thanks to Krunker418)
Also related to these new toys is more information on the TLW cartoon that has reported to be in the works. According to Amargasaurus, the latest issue of Previews Magazine confirms that these new action figures are based on the upcoming cartoon. It is very possible that the show will be complete and ready for a "mid-season replacement" by March. If you have any additional info, please e-mail me!
The movie is out on Laser Disc, however, with the 7-minute "Behind the Scenes featurette". There are two versions of the JP2 laser disc, one with THX and Dobly Digital sound, and the other with DTS (although the latter is slightly more expensive). (Also thanks to Craig)
Some more info on the JP2 "Iron On Kit" CD-ROM mentioned yesterday -- the product is manufactured by PrintPaks, and come with a blank t-shirt for $29.99 or without for $24.99. Check out the PrintPak's website for more info. (thanks to Hobbes)
As for the video itself, it starts out with a 30 second commercial for Mercedes, then the "FBI warning", then the ultra-cool THX logo and sound. The movie itself is un-edited.
Two new LW CD-ROMs have been spotted:
I added another JP2 "goof" to the appropriate section. If you spot any that aren't listed, please mail me.