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December 27th, 2007

Troubleshooting update

I knew it was too easy; Some users have had errors referring to XINPUT1_3.dll with the latest version of TAGAP, which introduced XInput Game Pad support for Windows XP SP1 and Vista. However, for some 'god-knows-why' reason, complete offline installation package of DirectX 9.0c doesn't ship with XInput files, even though it's supported. There are three possible ways to fix this;

  • Run DirectX web update. According to community that should fix the problem.

  • Install the DirectX using either the web-installer or DirectX 10 offline installer.

  • Download and use TAGAP Backwards Compatibility patch. Though it's unsupported, it's has been thoroughly tested to run smoothly on Vista / XP and doesn't have any XInput implemented.

This issue has also been added to our official troubleshooting F. A. Q.. For the next release I'll find a way to check XInput's existence without referring to it's DLL files – currently TAGAP just checks the DirectX version, as I wasn't aware of this glitch.

December 19th, 2007

TAGAP v1.5 with XInput support

The latest version of TAGAP is here with support for XInput gamepads. So plug in your Xbox 360 game pad and experience TAGAP in new yet as-smooth-as-ever way! Version 1.5 also fixes a couple of recently discovered minor glitches as well as regular updates to FMOD Ex sound engine. Check the version revision for complete upgrade details.

The backwards compatibility version is also rebuilt using legacy SDKs to improve compatibility. However, recent test results – special thanks to forum member shaddem for testing – show that this wasn't as bullet-proof fix we had hoped. So if this release doesn't fix the BC issues for you, don't worry; We're already working on new, improved BC patch.

I know everyone is waiting for the just-announced Duke Nukem Forever teaser trailer, but after you're done with that, remember to check the upgraded TAGAP!

December 18th, 2007

Merry and Peaceful Holidays!

This week's Weekly Penguin is a bit special kind; It's our official seasons creetings card to all our friends, families, fans and fellow penguins – which means you too, dear reader! Check Your creetings card. And pass it to your loved ones while at it.

On other news, if everything goes as planned, the promised v1.5 patch with gamepad support goes online by the end of this week. So if Santa doesn't bring you anything new to play, at least you can experience TAGAP in a whole new way.

December 11th, 2007

TAGAP: Official Website v2.0

As promised; Here comes the new website! In addition to new look, there are several new features, including section for TAGAP 2, official blog and user-submitted downloads! Check the blog for info on what's still to come.

And don't forget the Weekly Penguin! It's now at the top-right corner of your screen.

November 30th, 2007

Looking at the near future

While we are working hard on TAGAP 2, that doesn't mean we have abandoned the original TAGAP; On a contrary, we are cooking perhaps the biggest update to date. The biggest new thing will be support for XInput gamepads (Xbox 360 controller, Logitech ChillStream, etc.) so now you can easily play TAGAP on your laptop or TV. And don't worry, the control method is not cursor-based, but closer to shooters on Xbox Live Arcade.

The second big feature in the next update is improved backwards compatibility. Thanks to detailed feedback by the community, I have managed to tweak things so that hopefully most of the issues, especially input related crashes, will be gone.

Finally the renovated TAGAP website is almost done. It's complete redesign, featuring TAGAP blog, section for user submitted downloads. I'm pretty confident that the new site will be up by the next weekend, the following weekend at the latest.

November 25th, 2007

Major apology

UPDATE

Our servers have been recovered. You don't have to download TAGAP again, just get the 1.2Mb update, it will fix the problem. Download the 1.2 Mb update from our downloads section.

Recently I've received some weird bug reports, literary "things that should not be", and it turned out all of these were caused by not the game, but a server glitch; Instead of stable build, our own mirror links referred to a work-in-progress build that was never supposed to be made publicly available. So if you've experienced hick-ups, download the game again from one our mirrors instead, they work fine. I'm re-uploading everything as I write, so our servers will function shortly.

I'm extremely sorry for this trouble. I wish I didn't spoil your day :(

November 16th, 2007

Major announcement

Most of you already knew it was coming, but still; We're proud to officially announce TAGAP 2!

Read the full announcement for detailed info.

November 15th, 2007

MikroBitti honors TAGAP again!

The next subscriber gift DVD of MikroBitti, Finland's most popular computer magazine, will feature TAGAP! Called 'Huvi- & Hyötyromppu' (literary 'amusement and utility disc'), this annual gift DVD is packed with the very finest freeware and shareware programs of the year – and it's definitely an honor to be one of them! Thanks again for the honor, MikroBitti!

In other TAGAP news, that 'major TAGAP related announcement' we mentioned earlier will be revealed tomorrow. Stay tuned.

November 7th, 2007

TAGAP goes Mod DB

It's been up for a while, but somehow I missed it; TAGAP is now listed as a game modification platform at Mod DB, Internet's biggest and most thorough game modifications site. If you didn't know it already, TAGAP is very open for editing. With built-in level editor and TAGAP_Script you won't need any previous programming or Modding experience, just some creativity.

So, if you are cooking some neat TAGAP Mods, go and post them at Mod DB – and let us know too!

October 31st, 2007

Game of the day!

TAGAP was yesterday (October 30th) featured as "Game of the Day" on MBnet's Game of the Day feature. MBnet is the home of Finland's most popular computer magazine MikroBitti and one of the most extensive computer hobbyist sites I know.

Thank you very much for the honor!

October 10th, 2007

Forums are back!

TAGAP Forums are back online! My Swedish is pretty bad, but it seems the problem had something to do with a "traktor". What does big farm-life related motorvehicle have to do with it? I don't know.

October 9th, 2007

TAGAP v1.4 and backwards compatibility

Here comes TAGAP v1.4, featuring updated FMOD Sound Engine, sound initialization code upgraded according to the latest guidelines from Firelight Technologies and minor editing-related fix.

Head to Downloads section to get the update.

Together with this latest patch comes optional backwards compatibility fix, which features game executable as optimized for Windows 98 and ME. Since we can't properly test it, this fix is unsupported and released "as is". Windows XP and Vista users won't need it.

And while downloading remember to check this week's Weekly Penguin.

October 8th, 2007

Technical forum difficulties

I was just notified that the server hosting our forum is down due to an ISP router problem. It's currently being dealt with and the forums should be up 'n running again shortly. Fingers... I mean flippers crossed.

October 2nd, 2007

Things to come

New things TAGAP looming in the horizons, fellow penguins. First is TAGAP v1.4, which mainly revolves around FMOD Sound Engine and it's brand new Windows initialization guidelines. The new version will be out some time next week.

Also, there's major TAGAP related announcement coming in near future. While waiting for that, remember to check out this week's Weekly penguin.

September 21th, 2007

The forum is open!

As promised, the official TAGAP discussion forum is now open. Whether you want to discuss about penguins, TAGAP editing or gameplay tips – this is the place for you.

Welcome to the official TAGAP forum, fellow penguins!

September 15th, 2007

Official forum coming soon

The official forum will be launching some time really soon, most likely next week. Everyone in TAGAP community will be welcome to discuss everything from editing and troubleshooting to gameplay hints and penguins in general. Stay tuned, we'll notify you once the forum opens.

September 5th, 2007

Pablo in the press

The latest issue of Pelit Magazine, Finland's biggest forerunner games magazine, has a small article about TAGAP. Giving the facts we're Finland-based developer and long-term readers of the magazine, being featured in Pelit is an honor; Thank you!

TAGAP will also be available on even more cover DVDs. First up is Slovenian share- and freeware magazine SwPower, which is the first magazine that approached us. TAGAP will also come with the next issue of Poland's biggest PC magazine PC Format.

September 4th, 2007

TAGAP v1.3

Right on schedule; TAGAP v1.3 fixes a frag counter bug, improves AI management and upgrades sound code and the the FMOD sound engine.

Head to Downloads section to get the update.

And since it's tuesday, remember to check our weekly feature Weekly Penguin. We also have one new review in Quotes section.

August 31st, 2007

TAGAP v1.3 coming next week

TAGAP will be updated next Tuesday, to the version 1.3. The new version fill feature a couple of fixes, improved sound code and upgraded FMOD sound engine.

August 27th, 2007

TAGAP at Download.com

We just received an eMail confirmation for TAGAP being accepted and listed at CNET's Download.com, quite possibly the biggest software download site on Internet. Just head to TAGAP page at Download.com and get the game if you already haven't.

August 20th, 2007

TAGAP magazine features

TAGAP will be featured in the issue 11/2007 of German gaming magazine PC Action and (possibly) in PC Games as well. Both magazines will be hitting the streets in the end of September.

In addition to these gaming magazines, TAGAP will also be on the DVD of Slovenian freeware/shareware magazine SwPower.

Check them out if you can! Meanwhile you can read plenty of fresh reviews in the updated Quotes section.

August 15th, 2007

TAGAP v1.2

This is v1.2 point release, fixing the only major bug discovered so far. Its a save game issue, which in some cases resulted corrupt and unloadable saves.

Head to Downloads section to get the update.

August 14th, 2007

Reviews start rolling in

Now that TAGAP has been reviewed on growing number of sites, it's time see what people had to say. For selected quotes and links to reviews check the new Quotes section. This section will be updated as we come across new reviews.

Also note that Weekly Penguin feature has been updated, now presenting someone special.

August 10th, 2007

New mirror and hi-res trailer

Thanks to the help of our supporters we can once again host the downloads. To celebrate this we now offer the trailer in super-sharp RAD Tools Bink format – the trailer runs by itself and doesn't require any player or codecs!

Download the hi-res trailer (45 MB) or head to Media section for smaller versions.

August 9th, 2007

TAGAP v1.1

Public launch of TAGAP revealed a couple of minor glitches, mostly related to editing. Now those issues are fixed and special thanks for everyone who reported them.

Head to Downloads section to get the update.

August 7th, 2007

Introducing "Weekly Penguin"

Weekly Penguin is a regular TAGAP site feature. Each week we'll introduce you a penguin courtesy of our huge penguin collection. Last week the feature started with Pablo, so naturally now it's Pedro's turn.

Check back weekly for your dose of Weekly Penguin!

August 2nd, 2007

Good start – Thank you!

The launch of TAGAP has been a success so far, even better than we predicted. In fact the high demand was more than our server could handle at default settings which may have been reflected here on the site. We apologize for possible glitches, they're gone now.

So; Go and download TAGAP – it's 100% free!

July 31st, 2007

World domination begins!

The day you all have been waiting for; TAGAP: The Apocalyptic Game About Penguins is released! TAGAP is an independently produced no-holds-barred action game for Windows XP and Vista. Experience this "cult game of the year" today – it's 100% free!

Go and download TAGAP!

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