Happy 5th Birthday to DRuG & NikT

[DRuG]NikT (03 Nov 2008 01:32 am)
This past year has seen DRuG waiting out the gap to GTAIV - for a while there, we weren't even sure it was going to be released on PC. From the experience of the gap between Vice City and San Andreas, I can happily say that the clan scene evolved stronger this time around.

Alliances were formed between the newly emerged SiK MTA racing clan, out of the ashes of PHS - and I must say, they're a much more professional, fun crew to race with now than ever before.

The GTA San Andreas online gaming scene now has the choice of SA-MP & MTA DM for deathmatch and MTA Race 1.1.1 for racing with gamepad support. We have members representing on every front, including some that have contributed to the code in SA-MP. The shared view of most MTA racers has been not to use 1.1.2, but just to find servers on http://game-monitor.com - it's a stabler client in my view, too.

With most DRuG members still very active, but primarily on MSN, the crew is as tight as ever - those that have missed the shift of focus to forums rather than Teamspeak, I encourage you to check things out at http://forums.drugcrew.com - many members from DRuG and an assortment of other clans have made this a regular site they visit, and for that, on behalf of DRuG, I thank you all.

In an effort to bring the scene together a bit, by making people aware of the other communities out there, one of my main projects also came into being this year. Using all the latest web 2.0 trickery, the site allows you to view the posts on forums and news blogs for all the key sites in the scene. But what really gives it an edge is, it arranges them into a layout similar to an email client, allowing you to monitor all the latest posts and even reply using your own login. Check it out now at http://planet.drugcrew.com.

On the front of modding, [DRuG]Slick's San Andreas Performance Tool has continued to be updated, and proved to be a very popular item in our release list - thanks again for your fine work, [DRuG]Slick.

I am so proud to be at the helm of such a talented crew of gamers, it defies words - thanks again... this includes those of you that game, those of you that chat, those of you that mod, even those who aren't always active (this aint a job & we respect you having a life) - the whole crew - happy birthday peoples.


(It's also my birthday - yes - we were formed on my birthday) wink

SiK MTA Race Championships

[DRuG]NikT (08 Oct 2008 07:53 pm)
Over the last few weekends, SiK have started running championships - a few clans have been involved and it would be great to see more DRuG members racing.. last test run there were members present from SiK, SKC, ECRt and DRuG.

For more information on the races, which occur around 10pm - midnight Saturday nights (Aussie time - GMT +10), check out this and the parent thread at the link below.


Hope to see you there. smile smile smile smile smile

Official PC specs announced for GTAIV

[DRuG]NikT (14 Sep 2008 03:13 pm)
RockstarGamesUncut.com are proving to be a really useful and up-to the minute news source... perhaps it's best if I quote their latest news post verbatim...

GTA IV PC Recommended Specs
Published by Admin on September 13, 2008

Finally, after all these weeks speculating what GTA IV’s PC requirements would be, the Official Games for Windows site has revealed them. And after seeing them, I reckon more people will be able to play it than I suspected.

* OS: Windows XP SP2
* Processor: Dual core processor (Intel Pentium D or better)
* RAM: 2GB
* Hard Drive: 18GB free hard disk space
* Video Card: 512MB Direct3D 10 compatible video card or Direct3D 9 card compatible with Shader
* Drive: DVD-ROM dual-layer drive

Not too bad to be honest, Rockstar probably lowered the specs needed to allow more PC gamers to be able to play it - and not just the hardcore group. The PC version is out November 18th later this year.

smile smile smile smile smile smile

Add your fave news to planet.drugcrew.com

[DRuG]NikT (06 Sep 2008 12:04 pm)
This is a project I've been messing about with for quite some time.

My vision was to create a web site based news reader where you can view news from any site or forums involved in the GTA scene - like a 'one stop shop' for GTA news.

At first I had experimented with planet, a GNU script designed to compile news from rss into a date arranged news site. As time went on, I tried a few others, and found that it was much easier to navigate, if the site was arranged more carefully -- much like a mail reader. Thus the introduction of the Spry news reader by Adobe. Using Air, their latest webtek, it's also a bit of a curiosity on the front of Web 2.0 design - pages are preloaded and displayed within it much like any web 2.0 application.

I hope you find it as smooth as I have.

The site can be reached at http://planet.drugcrew.com. It is also now in the left margin here and also just above the RSS news ticker on the forums, labeled and linked as follows:
>> Launch Spry RSS Reader <<

If your GTA related news is not included on our planet, or a source that you prefer, please, email nikt@drugcrew.com or send me a message on the forums - it's very easy to add more, all I need is an RSS/xml feed.

Power back - All services restored

[DRuG]NikT (10 Aug 2008 04:52 pm)
Well everything went smoothly - with all services restored and no data loss.

Now just have to tell the scripts to connect to the race server and I'm done.

Enjoy. smile

Power fault @ NikT's = all except webserver offline

[DRuG]NikT (10 Aug 2008 01:09 pm)
For the next hour or so, at least...

This is weird, though - first time in my life I've experienced an electrical "brown out" - these are one of the most feared electrical faults by us geeks - all the lights are half powered, very dim... upon ringing city power, they weren't aware, and gave us the big warning spiel about half power being way more dangerous to electrical components than surges etc.

So here I sit, on a laptop with only a few gadgets that I can afford to replace powered up - situation expected to change in an hour or two - news to follow.

GTAIV PC Official

[DRuG]NikT (07 Aug 2008 03:19 am)
Well, I said I'd believe it when I heard it from Uncle Sam..

The site where I found it, thanks to their rss feed entry on our forums, says it all ...

GTA IV Officially Announced for PC
Published by Admin on August 6, 2008

Finally, after the mass amount of rumours over the past months regarding whether or not GTA IV was coming to the PC, Rockstar Games has officially announced it to put us all out of our misery’s. Coming November 18th in North America and November 21st in Europe, PC gamers can finally experience the next-gen Grand Theft Auto with a newly expanded multiplayer.

“We are very excited to be releasing the PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “The whole team is dedicated to bringing an amazing gaming experience to the PC. The game looks and plays beautifully on PC and we can’t wait for people to play it.”

All I can think of right now is the potential for some truly amazing mods, I think I may need to upgrade my PC just to play this…

/me makes sure it isn't April 1st..

Woohoo smile smile

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