Brutal Doom Developer Now Working on Brutal Doom 64!

Brutal Doom is quite possibly one of the greatest game modification projects we’ve ever seen. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s the same Doom we knew and loved from the early days of PC gaming, with the violence and action dialled up to 11. The guns have been made more powerful, the gore effects have been expanded, ragdoll physics have been added, the music improved, the sound tuned and so much more. Let’s take a quick look at the current form of Brutal Doom in the most recent trailer below.

OK, if that video didn’t get you in the mood for some hardcore FPS violence, nothing will. So what is the talented modder SGtMarkIV doing this time? He’s taking Doom 64, often regarded as one of the greatest Doom games of all time, and giving it the Brutal modification it deserves.

To celebrate this announcement, Sergeant_Mark_IV has released the first early alpha screenshots of the project. This may not be as exciting as the video above, but given that he’s quite an active modder and often updates on the progress of his mods regularly, we can no doubt expect to see a featured video in the very near future.

Brutal Doom 64 is expected to have new special effects, improved particles, new lighting, more detailed gore, upgraded sound, extra and improved weapons animations, new monsters and even stuff that was cut from the original Nintendo 64 version. Overall, it may turn out to be the greatest Doom game ever created. Sure, we know there are more modern ones, but they’re just nowhere near as fun as the older ones.

The question is, what other games could be given the brutal makeover? Let us know in the comments which games you would like to see given this extreme treatment.

If you want to play the original Brutal Doom, you can download it from Moddb here.

Remember Super Mario 64 Unity? Someone’s Made it Even Better!

A few days ago, we brought you news that someone had recreated the first level of Mario 64 in unity, which you can play in your browser! Just three days later and the game is back yet again and it’s better than ever!

Redditor ‘verietygamer’ has been playing with the source code for the game and has released an overhauled version of it.

The new release offers up improved lighting and shadows, HDR, Depth of Field, Edge Shading, Volumetric Clouds, Specular Bump Mapping and improved textures; impressive!

  • Improved lighting and shadows
  • Dynamic Sky Box/Volumetric clouds
  • Ground clutter wind simulation
  • HDR + Depth of Field + Edge Shading + other
  • Added some fauna (Birds/Butterflies)
  • Hi-Res landscape textures
  • Specular Bump mapping on most textures
  • Trees (Can’t climb)
  • Distance landscape

You can download and play the new version right here.

Thank you DSO for providing us with this information.

First 64-bit Firefox Build Released

Mozilla has joined the 64-bit browsing party with Firefox for Windows, but only in the Developer Edition for now; it’s a start right?

The Developer Edition is a special version of Firefox with built-in tools for creating websites and web apps. While OS X and Linux already have a 64-bit version, Mozilla is just adding a Windows build with 64-bit support now.The main advantage of 64-bit browsing is the ability to address more than 4 GB of RAM, allowing for beefier web apps. As an example, Mozilla points to games that run on Epic’s Unreal Engine, noting that a 64-bit browser can store significantly more assets in memory. “For some of the largest of these apps, a 64-bit browser means the difference between whether or not a game will run,” Mozilla wrote in a blog post.

Beyond the additional memory, Mozilla says the 64-bit browser is simply faster, speeding up JavaScript code through new hardware registers and instructions that aren’t available with the 32-bit version. In one test of certain JavaScript applications, throughput improved by 8% to 17%. It’s unclear when 64-bit browsing will make its way to the main version of Firefox for Windows. But given that the Developer Edition is on version number 38, and the stable version is on 36, a mainstream release is probably a few months out. If you’re running the Developer Edition now and want to switch to 64-bit, Mozilla recommends uninstalling the Win32 without deleting your profile, and then downloading the 64-bit version.

Thanks to PCworld.com for this information

Phone, Tablet Company Linshof Claims a ‘Clean Android’ Device Launch

We’ve recently reported on Linshof’s i8 smartphone offering, allowing users to utilize their 80GB of storage space through an interesting 64GB and 16GB memory module paring technology. Just now, news has come to light that this German manufacturer has announced that they will launch ‘clean Android’ offerings of these smartphones and tablets as soon as the first-quarter of 2015. This is an expanded news article, with more pricing and product information being made available to us.

This new OEM has been officially revealed to the public, utilizing Android’s 5.0 Lollipop software at a reported low price. Linshof claims that their i8 5-inch smartphone and their 10-inch tablet will be released on the market with an unnamed octa-core processor @ 2.1GHz, paired with 3GB of RAM and the aforementioned 80GB storage modules. They sent out an email this last Saturday, further clarifying that their 80GB modules are split up between a 64GB and 16GB chip – with this 16GB chip being a “super-high data rate” device, allowing for SSD-like upgraded performance contained within your mobile phone.

The tablet is set to be listed at $360 US, alongside their Smartphone at $380 US. These sharp-angled products are expected to see a slight change in pricing upon release according to reports, however it will be based around the same mark.

Linshof is looking to prove that Germans have what it takes to enter the phone market globally, can they compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung?

Mental Millet Part 2: Phone Specifications and Price

Yesterday we reported on Chinese phone manufacturer Millet processing an incredible 1.62 million phone orders over a non-stop 72-hour period, blasting the local Chinese market with their latest technology release. Today, we’ve uncovered some more information on what’s contained within this most-wanted piece of kit thanks to MyDrivers.

Simply called the ‘Millet 5’, or ‘m 5’ if that’s a little too lengthy, this latest phone offering has been described as a flagship and much anticipated release for Millet. First batches of these phones have been selling for 3000 yuan ($490 US) and contain some pretty kick-ass features. Compared to their previous release, the Millet 4, this new smartphone offers you a slightly larger screen, a more sturdy design and a little more pressure on the wallet – nothing that sounds too much like an incredible advancement.

Containing a 5.7-inch screen and a powerful Xialong 810 processor (64-bit, eight core, 20nm), the Millet 5 is setting users back an extra 1,001 yuan ($163 US) compared to the previous Millet release. But interestingly enough, this phone certainly doesn’t follow the often stigmatized “cheap Chinese” technology route – providing fingerprint technology for users to unlock their phones (like is seen in the iPhone 5) and some very careful consideration is said to be put into providing a sturdy design.

We’ll continue to report as more information is made available to us here at eTeknix.

Image courtesy of MyDrivers