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HaptX Mod Lets ETQW Shake Your Right Hand

From the fjords of aptly named Reachin Technologies in Sweden comes a new way to experience Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars. Dubbed HaptX, this technology works in conjunction with the peculiar looking Novint Falcon controller to delivery physical feedback based on what's happening on screen. The controller is used in place of the more traditional mouse and not only looks like a contraption that fell straight out of a sci-fi movie, but has been getting some rather good reviews from the enthusiast press. A software add-on supporting ETQW is now available free of charge. If you're completely confused by all this, you can find videos of the thing in action on this page.

We've not had a chance to hold hands with the Novint Falcon, but we're definitely intrigued. If anyone out there has one, please tell us all about it in the comments.

GameRanger Leaps to Windows with Full ETQW Support

GameRanger, the long-time server browser application previously reserved for the Mac, is now available with full Windows support. GameRanger is completely free and currently supports 521 PC titles and 181 games for the Mac, including (naturally) Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars. It also has support for handy things like friends lists, ladders, voice chat, so it's a neat little tool for keeping track of your mouse and keyboard-wielding peers and harassing them no matter which game they choose to seek refuge in.

New ETQW On-Demand Videos Available

EnemyTerritory·tv has been quite busy covering season 3 of CAL's 6v6 Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars league. The latest on-demand video to come out of this is a rather tense match between xR and JerkyBoys on Refinery, which is available on both streaming and direct download flavors. If you're looking for older CAL match-ups, feel free to peruse ET.TV's demo archive.

In other on-demand video news, the recent 12 on 12 Campaign Mode fragfest involving GzR and TAW is now available for viewing, as well, so you can relive the frantic action in the Pacific campaign.

Nefilav Becomes First ETQW Player to Reach 1 Million XP

Canadian Nefilav has become the very first Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars player to crack the 1 million XP barrier. This milestone comes after some 2573 hours of playing time, 3,198,349 shots fired, 180,391 kills, and 9427 rounds played. We tip our hats to Nefilav and would like to extend our condolences to his mouse and keyboard.

Currently Hurling Controllers / Mice At... Naughty Nightwear and Chainsaws

The War on Wallets is still in full swing, and the latest release barrage includes the testorone supertanker Gears of War 2, Mirror's Edge, Call of Duty: World at War, and World of WarCraft: Wrath of the Lich King. Unfortunately for most of the games, Fallout 3 just won't leave our trays alone long enough to really take a look at them, and so most of this update is still basking in its post-apocalyptic glow.

As a special bonus, this edition also features TF2 level designer Jamie 'Fishbus' Manson who just joined us from the rolling hills of Mel Gibson's home turf Scotland.

Lock and load:

Paul Wedgwood Talks Bringing Depth to Console Games

Over at the online premises of Edge, Splash Damage main man Paul Wedgwood can currently be seen chatting about Splash Damage's multi-platformed future. Paul discusses the challenges of packing the depth traditionally present in PC titles into a console title, the state of the PC market, and why now is the ideal time for multiplatform goodness. You can read the full interview by gently rolling your eyeballs to the assortment of words right over here.

Currently Hurling Controllers / Mice At... That New Fallout Game

Fallout 3!The holiday madness is in full swing and thumbs everywhere have been working overtime. A special congratulations goes out to our friends at Bethesda who have managed to deliver yet another fantastic game with Fallout 3.

In general, the quality of games coming out at the moment is pretty spectacular and with postapocalyptic guns, fantasy guns, and realistic African guns, there's something for everyone, or at least people that are into guns. Better yet, with Gears of War 2 and Call of Duty: World at War just around the corner, more guns are on the way!

Predictably, Fallout 3 is all over this latest edition of Currently Hurling, but two other sequels starting with Fa make an appearance, as well. Read on to find out how we feel about it all:

Rock, Paper, Shotgun Thinkosium Recap

Part of this week's London Games Festival was the Rock, Paper, Shotgun Thinkosium run by the gaming blog of the same name, which had several game developers field questions from gamers. Splash Damage's Senior Game Designer Ed 'BongoBoy' Stern was one of the chaps spreading concentrated balls of wisdom / knowledge among the folks in attendance and if you're one of the unlucky who weren't able to make it, you can now enjoy the event retroactively. RPS not only offers a text recap, but also some 12 minutes of really dark video footage, and courtesy of Dave Green, there are a few photos of the whole thing to be found on Flickr. Happy consuming!

Things You Were Too Afraid to Ask: Mattias 'dof' Engstrom

dofSenior Technical Designer Mattias 'dof' Engström pulls no punches in the latest of our series of staff interviews. Mattias comes to Splash Damage from Massive Entertainment, where he worked on the single player campaign for World in Conflict, 2007's rather well-received strategy title. Mattias and both of his hands are currently working on designery bits for our new project and we have it on good authority that he owns at least one impressive hat.

To find out how Mattias ended up in the industry and later at Splash Damage, his work on World in Conflict, what he does around these parts, and much more, browse over to his guaranteed to be flowchart-free staff profile.

Snap to Grid: Maridia Beta 2

Snap to GridHere's another installment of Snap to Grid, our regular look at up-and-coming user-created content for Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars. In this latest edition, ETQW Mapping's Managing Director and professional gorilla impersonator Terry 'Salteh' Seidler takes a look at beta 2 of Maridia, another effort by well-known brush-building machine Chris. Read on for a full walkthrough of the map, several screenshots and the obligatory download link. Connoisseurs of user-made maps should also keep an eye out for the Custom Map Nirvana events every Sunday featuring the latest and greatest maps made by the community.

Over to you, Salteh:

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