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Tuesday, August 1, 2000

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Marathon InputSprockets
11:56 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

The Marathon Open Source web site has been updated with good news regarding their open-source build of Bungie's Marathon 2, known as Aleph One, and Apple's InputSprockets. After an unsuccessful first attempt, programmer Loren Petrich has now fully implemented InputSprocket support into the Marathon codebase. It is even possible to use a mouse with a scroll wheel to rotate through your weapon inventory. Here's an excerpt from the site:

Today Loren Petrich added InputSprocket support to Aleph One. And this time it works beautifully. You might want to adjust the Preferences before playing though, as the default mouse settings cause the player to walk forward when moving the mouse vertically, and moving the mouse horizontally causes the map to appear. Perhaps a more sensible use of the mouse would be to change the viewing direction. All of this can be adjusted in the Preferences.
Congrats to Loren and the other members working on Aleph One for putting this great feature in place. The Aleph One project also adds OpenGL support, removes many limitations of the Marathon 2 engine, and adds impressive support for future scenario builders, so check it out if you own a copy of the original or Marathon Infinity.

We recently informed you about their need for fresh programmers to help make Marathon playable over the Internet; the team is still looking. If you think you have the skills to help out, be sure to let them know.

Marathon Open Source Project

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