Q3 losing further ground
Shacknews not only notes that recent discussions at the CPL (Cyberathlete Professional League) included a possible dropping of Quake 3 for the Frag5 tournaments, but also that several pro-gamers (the ones who go to these tournaments to make money, earn their living) are also dropping Quake 3 in favor of other games, mostly Counter Strike at the moment. This only confirms my thoughts: if a game based on the Quake 2 engine is mroe popular than one based on the Quake 3 engine, that simply means the the guys behind the later screwed up with the gameplay and replayability. Maybe also the never being fixed bugs in Quake 3 (on both PC and Mac) didn't help, as Counter Strike gets updates almost on a weekly basis.
Mac OS X: 3CDs?
MacObserver has some forum posts claiming that Mac OS X will ship with 3 CDs: One for OS 9.1 (Classic), one for Mac OS X and one with the Developer Tools. Quite smart, if true.
Slashdot notes that the German foreign office and the army are no longer going to use Microsoft software (I guess including operating systems) because of security concerns. Namely they think (like thousands of other people as well) that back doors in Billy Boy's software are open to the US NSA (National Security Agency). Of course you wouldn't want to spill your most secret beans to one of the last world-super-powers. Nice one Germany.
New input devices
Boost (a small company) has launched its newest product, a head mounted (for example) gyroscope equipped device that can replace any mouse or trackball, according to their site. Of course this thing is mainly aimed at the handicapped, but it might also prove to be an interesting alternative input device for gamers. Having two hands and a head to input things seems to make sense.