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'UT2003' - Demo Coming Soon For Macintosh

by Thomas on April 14, 2003 @ 10:40 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Mark Rein, Vice President @ Epic Games posted following information on Infogrames Unreal Tournament 2003 forum:

Ryan Gordon let me know this morning that he has sent a version of the Macintosh UT2003 demo to Macsoft that is ready for large scale testing in the hands of Mac users everywhere. Macsoft will be doing some testing on this and creating an installer for it but hopefully this week the Mac demo of UT2003 will be released. Once the demo is out Macsoft will be collecting bug reports and feeding them back to us so we can promptly fix them and finish the game for retail release.

You will definitely want to update to OS 10.2.5 to take advantage of the latest Mac OpenGL code - especially if you're using an ATI graphics card as prior versions of OS 10.2 had performance issues with ATI cards when running UT2003.

'FS Traffic 2002' - Gone Gold

by Thomas on April 14, 2003 @ 10:36 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The much anticipated FS Traffic 2002 from Just Flight has gone gold and is due for release on the 23rd April. FS Traffic 2002 brings realism to your Flight Simulator 2002 world by replacing the default AI (Artificial intelligence) aircraft and AI flights. No longer will you see the default airlines companies taxiing around! FS Traffic 2002 replaces the default Ai aircraft with 20 brand new high quality G-Max built airliners. All have animated flight surfaces, gears and engine fans along with transparent cockpit windows and night lighting! Product info and screens here!

'World of Warcraft' - Screens

by Rainier on April 14, 2003 @ 7:31 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

World of Warcraft is an online role-playing experience set in the award-winning Warcraft universe. Players assume the roles of Warcraft heroes as they explore, adventure, and quest across a vast world. Being "Massively Multiplayer," World of Warcraft allows thousands of players to interact within the same world. Whether adventuring together or fighting against each other in epic battles, players will form friendships, forge alliances, and compete with enemies for power and glory. It's a slow news day so here are 4 new screens!

'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time' - Developer Interview

by Rainier on April 14, 2003 @ 1:42 p.m. PDT | Filed under Interviews

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time takes place within an exotic, mysterious world representing Persian architecture, animals and attire. After his father invades the palace of the Maharajah, the Prince, tricked by a treacherous vizier, uses a magic dagger to release the dangerous Sands of Time from an ornate hourglass. With the aid of a beautiful, mysterious, and potentially untrustworthy ally, players embody the Prince to recapture the Sands of Time and restore peace to the land. UbiSoft sent out a new interview with Creative Director Patrice Désilet, Lead Engineer Claude Langlais and Animation Art Director Alex Drouin.

'Splinter Cell' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on April 14, 2003 @ 1:30 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

UbiSoft has now released the US patch for their stealth third-person action game Splinter Cell, bringing your US ONLY edition to v1.2. This release implements a variety of graphics enhancements and fixes, as well as gameplay tweaks and other bug fixes. Read more for details and download links ...

Tax Refund-A-Rama In 'The Sims Online' On April 15th

by Rainier on April 14, 2003 @ 11:03 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

If the IRS has left you feeling destitute and down in the dumps, join your friends in the wild, wacky and charitable online world of The Sims! It's refund day in The Sims Online on April 15th and they are opening the coffers to all of their devoted fans. For one day only, they will be awarding a total of over 100 million Simoleans to anyone who logs on to The Sims Online.* It's just that simple! Turn on that computer, log on to The Sims Online and don't forget to tell all of your friends. They won't want to miss out on the excitement! There is a ton of fun and a big piece of the Simolean pie awaiting you in The Sims Online on April 15th. All players that log in on April 15th between the hours of 12:00 am PST and 11:59 pm PST will be eligible for the Tax Day Refund. Refund amounts will be randomly awarded. All refunds will be awarded on April 16th.

'Age of Mythology: The Titans' - Announced

by Thomas on April 14, 2003 @ 10:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Microsoft Game Studios - Ensemble Studios today announced the Age of Mythology: The Titans expansion pack. Gamers will soon be able to carry the weight of the world on their shoulders, controlling the power of Titan gods such as Atlas and Cronus in the new expansion. Age of Mythology: The Titans adds a fourth culture, the Atlanteans, to the existing Greek, Egyptian and Norse mythologies. A new single-player campaign will add yet another chapter to the franchise's expansive folklore with the addition of 12 new scenarios. Atlantean players will be able to call upon the might of the Titan gods multiple times throughout the game, and may also upgrade human units to heroes. The expansion pack will introduce 12 new god powers, 18 new human units and 10 formidable myth units to the game. Age of Mythology: The Titans may also be played with others online using the in-game matchmaking service, ES Online.

'Kreed' - Delayed Until Q3 2003

by Rainier on April 14, 2003 @ 9:24 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Burut CT and Russobit-M report that the developing process of hi-tech shooter KREED is close to its final stage. Levels and characters, weapon and equipment are totally ready. Now the main object of developers is to complete the project on a level with the highest world standards. That.s why Burut CT and Russobit-M decided to postpone the release date of KREED in order to pay a great attention to perfecting of the gameplay and to testing of the single and multiplayer modes. The new release date of this project is Q3 2003. The current version will be shown at the E3 2003. Welcome to the booth # 6427 in Kentia Hall.

'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' Available For Mac

by Thomas on April 14, 2003 @ 8:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Aspyr Media Inc. announced today that it has shipped a Macintosh version of the popular video game based on "Harry Potter and Chamber of Secrets," J.K. Rowling's second book in the worldwide best-selling series and blockbuster movie sequel from Warner Bros. Pictures. The game will be available at retailers nationwide beginning April 16, 2003. Aspyr licensed "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" from Electronic Arts, and Macintosh conversion was done by Westlake Interactive.

'F1 Challenge 99-02' - Screens

by Thomas on April 14, 2003 @ 8:09 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

F1 Challenge ‘99-‘02 is officially licenced by Formula One Administration and is the only F1 game to feature four complete seasons of racing action. That's 14 teams, 44 different vehicles, 34 drivers and 17 of the worlds most famous racing circuits configured as they were for each FORMULA ONE season from 1999-2002.

Hercules Prophetview 720

by Thomas on April 14, 2003 @ 6:46 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Hercules, continuing its commitment to visual excellence, is delighted to announce a full game bundle of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell with the Prophetview 720 ultra-slim TFT screen. With its slender ultra flat design, futuristic boomerang base, and new fashionable black colour, the Prophetview 720 is a stylish work of art, creating the new standard in ultra-slim screens, perfect for the office or home. It is the perfect companion to complete the matching, sleek but functional desktop scene of screen, keyboard and mouse. The bundle will enable users to completely experience the graphic impact and capabilities of both the screen and the game.

'Ghost Master' - Screens

by Thomas on April 14, 2003 @ 5:49 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Ghost Master, you play an afterlife civil servant sent to Gravenville by the Haunter Committee. Your mission: manage resources to scare and manipulate people, then to discover the secrets behind Gravenville. Your control over ghostly beings will allow other ghosts to be laid to rest – therefore making the transition from the material to the ethereal plane. But helping out these wretched souls takes a bit of effort and plasm - that's where the fun-packed scaring comes in! 19 spooky screenshots below.

Activision Launches New Website

by Thomas on April 14, 2003 @ 5:44 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Activision, Inc. announced today that it has launched a completely new and updated website at www.activision.com. The site has been redesigned to most effectively integrate the communications needs of Activision's customers, business partners and associates. The site offers easy navigation so that visitors can check out the latest information on Activision's upcoming games, as well as learn more about the company. The website will also enable Activision's regional offices in the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Asia/Pacific to localize and customize the website's home page, game branded web pages and game promotions, searches and results.

SEGA Announces 'Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg'

by Thomas on April 14, 2003 @ 4:51 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

SEGA of America, Inc. today announced "Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg" a new platform game exclusively for the Nintendo GameCube. "Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg" is currently in development under the direction of SEGA's renowned Yuji Naka, the creator of SEGA's world-famous Sonic The Hedgehog series.

Sony Announces New PS2

by Thomas on April 14, 2003 @ 4:44 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sony have revealed that a new PS2 version is currently in production and will be released in Japan May 15th. This new version will support playback of recordable DVD formats, and will boast improved DVD playback. A new DVD remote is also planned, which allows you to power the unit and open the disc tray! European and US release date not available yet!

Character Design Diary: Devastation's Eve McAllister

by Thomas on April 14, 2003 @ 4:19 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Devastation's single-player adventure, players assume the identity of a character named Flynn Haskell, an atypical anti-hero who rises up to become the leader of a radical resistance team fighting for humanity. One of the most prominent and important sidekicks you will meet early in the game is a young lady named Eve McAllister. NovaLogic summarized their design outlines from their design doc and character archive and pasted together bits of those notes in a somewhat coherent fashion below. Enjoy...

'Devastation' - Graffiti Competition

by Thomas on April 14, 2003 @ 2:49 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

NovaLogic Ltd. today announced the launch of an online graffiti competition to search for the nation's most promising online graffiti artist. With a top prize of £1000, the graffiti competition has been launched in conjunction with the release of Devastation, due for PC on 17th April, and is looking for the graffiti piece that best represents the Devastation world.

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on April 14, 2003 @ 1:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

'Reign Of Fire' (PS2) - Contest Winners Announced

by Rainier on April 14, 2003 @ 1:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

A little while ago our 'Reign Of Fire' (PS2) contest ended, and now we have announced the winners. Want to check out if you were one of the lucky people to win a Reign OF Fire PS2 copy, or maybe you got one of the Reign of Fire watches/mousepads! The 10 winning contestants will be receiving a confirmation email in a few days time. Check out the winners page !!!

'Drake' (Xbox) - Features & Screens

by Rainier on April 14, 2003 @ 1:25 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Drake is an action shooter of furious and brutal revenge, supernatural Hong Kong action John Woo style. Think adrenaline-pumping action as seen in the movie "The Matrix" visualized in a neon-gothic Animated Batman style, using unique custom software generated "rim light" texturing. Drake has been brought back from the dead to avenge his family "The Crow" style and brings nothing but death into our world, executed in extravagant "Crying Freeman" style. As Drake, you'll be able to somersault over knocked-over furniture, double guns blazing (double button action) Hong Kong style.

Various Game Trailers Available NOW

by Rainier on April 14, 2003 @ 1:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Another day, another batch of game trailers were released. Instead of giving them all their own post, we grouped them and so far there are trailers for :

  • Outlaw Volleyball (SSI)
  • The Hobbit (Vivendi)
  • Nosferatu (Idol)


  • Read more for download links ...

GameCube Review - 'The Sims'

by The Cookie Snatcher on April 14, 2003 @ 12:39 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Create and control your Sims with new level-based game play and 3D graphics. Customize your Sims' personality and appearance then move into the neighborhood. Get a job, make friends and advance through your career and life's big moments. Unlock new objects and bigger houses along the way. Meet, flirt and fight with a neighborhood full of wild characters. You can also load your Sims into a friend's game and play two-player games.