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Medic!

Wednesday, June 18, 2003 | 09:56 AM | by
I want to thank everyone who's bid on the Ctrl+Alt+Del original artwork that's up for sale on eBay right now. You guys are great.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, you can check out the sketches here, and here.

For America's Army fans, the have just announced that the next patch will include (among numerous big fixes, thank god) the introduction of combat medics, who will be able to heal injured teammates. This will add a whole new level of gameplay to America's Army, and I suggest that anyone with a cable modem or better who hasn't given this game a try, so jump into it now and hone your skills for this next patch.

For X-Box fans, there is a new video of Halo 2 up for grabs at FilePlanet. It looks utterly delicious.

Apparently Star Wars Galaxies is going to be released on the 26th of this month. Many of you know I am in the beta for that game, and that I stopped playing it because it was so horrendously boring and poorly executed. Well, I've been convinced by a reader to give it one last shot before release, so I'll be patching it up later this evening to see what, if any, improvements have gone in over the last few weeks. I want to like this game, I really do. But I won't kiss it's ass just because it's got the Star Wars name attached to it. I'll let you know what I think this weekend.

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy

Wednesday, June 18, 2003 | 11:52 AM | by
On top of attending ConnectiCon in a few weeks, it also now looks like a very good possibility that I'll be making an appearance at the Baltimore Comic-Con in September. This is a fairly big event, which is being attended by big names such as Jim Lee, Frank Cho, Scott Kurtz, and more.

I'm very excited about this possibility, so keep an eye on the front page if you're in that area.

Ctrl Alt Del Needs You

Thursday, June 19, 2003 | 06:26 PM | by Andrew
Hello, as you may know, Iím Andrew Zimmer. I started reviewing for Ctrl Alt Delís dormant reviews section several months ago, and am proud to have turned out as much content as I have. We here at Ctrl Alt Del have been trying to keep the reviews section afloat, but it simply isntí happening. I asked for new reviewers a while ago, and while they have turned out some content, we still have not created a fully functional section with near-daily updates. It is the wish of Absath and myself that we reach this goal. I would hate to see Ctrl Alt Delís review section go the way of the dodo bird. It has been an honor working at this website, and I wish to continue doing so, but without a steady stream of content, neither Absath nor myself can justify having a reviews section. I know it is entirely unrealistic for three to six people to maintain a reviews section with daily updates, simply because the game companies wonít give us advance copies of games yet, and no advance DVDs or film screenings, either. We pay for everything we review ourselves, and weíre not exactly made of money. So we need to expand. I have a plan for achieving our goals, and much more. Some people see Ctrl Alt Del becoming extremely popular, a dominant name in the game webcomics field. I see this too, but that is only the beginning. Iím talking huge, a media site as popular as IGN or GameSpot. I have the highest respect for these organizations, but I think we can certainly become one of them. After all, IGN started as two guys doing Nintendo 64 reviews. If Absath wants to do the comic for a living, I suppose I want to do this for a living. I forsee a future where we will reach hundreds of thousands of users daily, one where the comic can be published in anthologies, one of Ctrl Alt Del Media.

So what is Ctrl Alt Del Media? Simply put, the most ambitious project I have ever taken on. We will be adding a section for dedicated daily gaming news updates, a section for movie news updates, a section with in-depth previews of games and movies. A completely revamped reviews section with more content and style. Editorials and articles about the entertainment industry. Daily opinion columns from the real gamers and movie fans. The kind of stuff you hear thrown about on TV news commercials, hard hitting commentary and the like. This all can be in our future if we make it happen.

So what do we need to do? We need help. More talent. Iím looking for talented writers who are interested in reporting on news, writing previews, reviews, editorials, and opinion pieces. There is no money, yet. There are no free games, yet. This all can be in the future, though, if you contribute now, and contribute often. As the Editor in Chief of CAD Media I can say Iím not looking for people who think itíll be a cool, novel thing to write a couple of articles for the site and then disappear. Iím looking for dedicated writers who want in on the ground floor of a potentially huge thing. You must be a good writer, you must have a sense of humor, you must be dedicated and capable of producing a good amount of content on a weekly basis. You must have a lot of free time. This is no kids game, journalism. It is a serious task, but it can be incredibly fun and rewarding. If you want a break, this is it. This is a serious thing, and I guarantee it will look good on a college or job resumť.

Email andrewzimmer@ctrlaltdel-online.com