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VaporWare of 2002

Discussion in 'Bits & Bytes' started by ethics, Jan 2, 2003.

  1. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Wired is running this article, thought I'd mention 10 - 5.:

    10. Silicon Film's Electronic Film System: For the third year in a row, Silicon Film Technologies makes the list for failing to deliver its long-promised "digital film" system, which turns film cameras into digital ones.

    The company's website admits the technology still isn't available, but invites visitors to sign up for an e-mail notification when it is.

    "I e-mailed them a year ago and it's still not available," wrote reader Nono Felipe. "They should change their site's statement to: 'Wanted: People who can actually make this product a reality.'"

    9. The new Amiga: Earlier this year, fans of the Amiga were in a tizzy about the prospect of a revival of the comatose platform: Both new machines and a new operating system were promised. Suffice to say, neither are readily available.

    "Some retailers and the Amiga website are taking orders for systems, but 'selling' and 'shipping' are two very different things," wrote reader Russ Van Winkle.

    Swift Griggs added: "I've heard promises now for three years. Amiga Inc. has delivered nothing but lies and hot air now for three years, just like everyone who has come before them in the post-Commodore Amigan holocaust."

    8. Ubi Soft's Shadowbane: An ambitious online roleplaying game set in a post-apocalyptic world, Shadowbane has been in development so long, readers said, it is now referred to as "Shadowwait." (Although the game has been in the beta for a couple of years, it qualifies as vaporware because it hasn't hit store shelves as a shrink-wrapped product.)

    "It promised to revolutionize gaming, but it has been in progress the past five years," wrote Sue Tillery. "Every other month open beta and release are pushed further and further away."

    7. QuarkXPress for Macintosh OS X: Quark's page-layout system, QuarkXPress, is probably the most eagerly anticipated application awaiting conversion to Apple's new operating system, Mac OS X. Wisely, Quark hasn't committed to a release date, but, as readers noted, the OS X version has seemed just around the corner for the last couple of years. Clearly, many graphics enthusiasts thought it would appear in 2002. Alas, it did not.

    "Quark, which has given new meaning to the term 'customer-hostile,' is now damaging Apple with their way, way, way overdue Mac OS X-native version of QuarkXPress," wrote Michael Stango. "Their ineptitude at keeping up with the pace of change in the Mac market is doing more to sell copies of Adobe InDesign than anyone in Adobe's marketing department."

    6. NVidia's GeForce FX graphics card: NVidia claims its new GeForce FX card will usher in a "new era" of "cinematic computing." If it ever gets to market, that is.

    Reader Eric Scott said, "First it was 'early summer,' then it was 'August or September.' Those came and went and it became 'on sale right after Comdex,' which was followed by 'available for Christmas.' And now Christmas is just a few days away, with no product in sight.... Perhaps all those dates were really supposed to be in 2003."

    5. Infogrames' Master of Orion 3: Master of Orion 3, known as MOO3, is the long-awaited update of the popular space-strategy game. The wait appears to be nearly -- but not quite -- over. The game is available as a "preorder," according to the company's website.

    <a href="http://www.wired.com/news/print/0,1294,57023,00.html">See the rest</a>, especially the #1, which I agree with 100%
  2. Techie2000

    Techie2000 The crowd would sing:

    Where is Starcraft 2? Anyways AFAIK GeForce FX will be release Q1 of this year (which could be as late as March).
  3. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Don't think they ever promised SC2?
  4. -Ken

    -Ken Guest

    To the above list, I would like to add the Duke Nukem Forever.
    While they have been taking pre-orders for over three years now, the only thing I've seen is a movie.

    Too bad, I enjoyed the earlier version of the game immensely.
  5. Domh

    Domh Full Member

    StarCraft 2 is eagerly awaited, but no word yet at all from Blizzard. They are busy with 'Starcraft Ghost', a 3rd person platformer for the Xbox which looks to be a real blast.

    Quark has always been a crappy little company, resting on its laurels as the only game in town, while not honoring warranties, offering little or no tech support and not answering their phones. Adobes 'In Design' is already a superior product. Quark better get on the stick!

    For some very VERY odd reason, the only time I played Master of Orion 1, I beat the game in 10 minutes. Oddest thign Ive ever seen. For those of you who are familiar with the game - I built a custom race that was just about useless in all things but intelligence and politics, which were maxed. Then, every turn I could, I ran for the head of the galactic senate, the only other way of winning the game besides militarily taking it over. I was elected after a few tries and the games end credits ran!

    I contacted the makers of the game to say "umm... hunh?" and got no response.

    Looks like ATI is doing a good job over the last 6 months giving Nvidia a run for its money. This should be a good year as these two fight for dominance of a huge market that gets bigger by the minute.

    I think the Linux server is something we will see pretty damn soon for Neverwinter Nights, a GREAT game. I highly suggest you play it, and if you like it, lets get a game going with members here!

    Just some thoughts!

  6. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Ken, see the article! Your choice was Number 1! :)
  7. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Let me apologize to Rred while I am at it because the FAQ for Shadowbane IS correct.

    My bad, Rred.
  8. Robert Harris

    Robert Harris Passed Away Aug. 19, 2006

    Hey guys -- don't forget the new, promised
    secure"products fronm Microsoft.
  9. Techie2000

    Techie2000 The crowd would sing:

    Domhain: I have to agree. I've used Adobe's products to work on layout for a college newspaper before, and I very much liked them more than the Quark stuff I've used. Pagemaker is much better.

    As far as the graphics industry, I can't wait. I never liked ATI, but this new competition is forcing each other not to only fight in the windows land, but also in Linux land. ATI is finally starting to roll out some semi-decent drivers for some of its cards for linux. NVIDIAs drivers for Linux have been improving a lot...
  10. fritzmp

    fritzmp Fire Fire For Effect


    That gets a buck.

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