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RIP Paul Steed

It's a sad day for gamers and Id fans.  Veteran designer Paul Steed has passed away.  Details of his passing are unknown.  From Wcnews:

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There is truly terrible news to report today: world renowned game artist Paul Steed has died. Paul was best known for his work on the Quake franchise, but he got his start in the industry as a concept artist at Origin. One of his first assignments was doing gameflow storyboards for Trade Commander, later Privateer.

Full story here:

http://www.wcnews.com/news/4701

Some additional links:

http://www.vg247.com/2012/08/13/wing-com...ake-designer-paul-steed-has-passed-away/
http://www.vibe.com/article/quake-artist-paul-steed-passes-away

Farewell, Paul.  You'll be missed.

SOPA

If you haven't heard what SOPA is, you really need to educate yourself on it.  It's supposed to be an anti-piracy bill, but it has the effect of depriving people of due process at the mere accusation by a supposed copyright holder.  It's one thing to actually steal someone's stuff, which is bad.  It's another to, say, post a message on a message board with a link to something that might have possibly been derived from something copyrighted, or might even qualify as fair use, and have some twit in a suit aim the SOPA cannon at Wireheadstudios.org and all of a sudden our site goes down with no notice, no warning, and no legal recourse - all because you posted a link to a video of someone's kitten playing with a ball of yarn and the radio happened to be playing a certain song in the background of the video.

Yes, it is that stupid.

Yes, it is that serious.

Yes, this affects the entire internet.

https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/

Sign it.  If you're a US citizen, educate yourself on the bill, call your elected officials, and do something about it.

RIP Steve Jobs

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Steven P. Jobs, the Apple Inc. chairman and co-founder who pioneered the personal-computer industry and changed the way people think about technology, died Wednesday at the age of 56.

His family, in a statement released by Apple, said Mr. Jobs "died peacefully today surrounded by his family."

The company didn't specify the cause of death. Mr. Jobs had battled pancreatic cancer and several years ago received a liver transplant. In August, Mr. Jobs stepped down as chief executive, handing the reins to longtime deputy Tim Cook.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424...10811910.html?mod=WSJ_Home_largeHeadline

Love him or hate him, it's impossible to not notice the effect he had on the tech industry.

Osama Bin Laden: Terminated

I don't normally post this kind of news, but considering how long this SOB has been on the run and everything he's been responsible for, directly and indirectly, I felt it's worth taking a moment to make note of this.

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Osama bin Laden, hunted as the mastermind behind the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, has been killed, President Obama announced tonight.

The president called the killing of bin Laden the "most significant achievement to date" in the effort to defeat al Qaeda.

"Justice has been done," Obama said.

Bin Laden was located at a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, which was monitored and when the time was determined to be right, the president said, he authorized a "targeted operation."

"A small team of Americans carried out the operation," Obama said. "After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body."

DNA testing confirmed that it was bin Laden, sources told ABC News.

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/osama-bin-laden-killed/story?id=13505703

Wirehead IRC Channel

After much procrastination on my part, we now have an permanent IRC presence on ETG.  Here's how to connect to the Wirehead IRC channel

Server:  irc.enterthegame.com
Channel: #wirehead

Drop by any time to chat, provided we're awake of course!

Wirehead IRC Server is Down

Alas, our IRC server is down, and I think it probably died this time.  We'll be looking into setting up an alternative chat room sometime soon if the server does not miraculously respawn, regenerate, or otherwise recover.  In the mean time, if anyone needs to chat with a team member they're encouraged to use the message boards for the time being.

Temporary Access to Wirehead IRC Server

Until the domain issue is resolved, the Wirehead chat room can be accessed as follows:

/server irc.muridae.net

OR

/server 216.55.167.82

Join your channels as usual.

IRC Server Temporarily Down

The Wirehead IRC server is temporarily unavailable.  There's an issue with the domain right now.  Dicion is looking into resolving it, so the server should be available again soon.

Planetquake Email Going Away

As of Monday, May 18, all email addresses ending in @planetquake.com will no longer be valid.  Gamespy/IGN is decommissioning the servers used for these addresses and not keeping the addresses alive.  Several Wirehead members have used @planetquake.com mail addresses for gaming correspondence over the years.  If you've contacted one of us in the past via email and can no longer get a reply, please check with us on the forums here and send a PM or email from the forums and we'll get back to you with a new email address.

Just a Reminder...

This is just a reminder to anyone trying to register for our forums that offensive names are not permitted.  If you're registering a name that contains a word or words not suitable for all audiences, such as racial slurs, offensive language, or anything that we consider inappropriate, your account will be rejected and you will have to re-register using a different name.  Please use common sense when registering an account.  Thank you.