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Online Gaming Subscriptions Gain Popularity in 2005

by Rainier on March 9, 2006 @ 9:59 p.m. PST | Filed under News

A study by research firm DFC Intelligence shows that online game subscription revenue grew 43 percent to $2 billion in 2005, and while the total industry grosses an estimated $29 billion, online gaming is expected to reach $6.8 billion in sales by 2011. Blizzard's World of Warcraft accounts for 50% of the online income, 20% for casual games, and the rest divided over sports, strategy and action. Most of the sales are coming from PC based titles, but within 5 years consoles will gain ground and reach about 30%.

'Field Commander' (PSP) - 20 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 9, 2006 @ 9:35 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Field Commander is the first military turn-based strategy game for PSP offering engaging, challenging skill based warfare in a realistic military setting. Read more for new screens & trailers...

'The Battle for Middle-earth II' Patches In The Works

by Rainier on March 9, 2006 @ 8:09 p.m. PST | Filed under News

An update on the official Battle for Middle-earth II Web site reveals that EA is working on two new patches. One imminent patch in the next few days will address some synch issues, multiplayer crashes and a few other glitches, while another is scheduled in the next 3-4 weeks and will include balance changes, fixes for a few exploits, a change to the way game results and stats are reported for the ladders, some improvements to the game, and other goodies. We will, of course, have those patches available on our file server network when they are released.

'Hitman: Blood Money' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - 14 New Screens

by Rainier on March 9, 2006 @ 4:48 p.m. PST | Filed under News

When assassins from Agent 47's contract agency, The ICA, are systematically eliminated in a series of hits, it seems a larger, more powerful agency has entered the fray. For Agent 47 it's business as usual, until suddenly he loses contact with The ICA. Sensing that he may be the next target, he travels to America, where he prepares to make a killing.

Various Game Trailers #726

by Judy on March 9, 2006 @ 4:37 p.m. PST | Filed under News

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

  • Daxter [PSP] - Trailer #2
  • Devil Summoner [PS2] - Jap Trailer
  • Guilty Gear Dust Strikers [NDS] - Trailer
  • Guilty Gear Judgment [PSP] - Trailer
  • WarPath [Xbox/PC] - Factions Trailer


  • We will update this throughout the day when new trailers become available. Read more for download links ...

'Star Trek: Legacy' (X360/PC) - 3 New Screens

by Judy on March 9, 2006 @ 4:00 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Legacy is an epic game of Starfleet combat covering the entire Star Trek Universe. Players become the Admiral of a task force of warships and must lead their fleet to victory in large-scale battles.

'Battlefield 2' - v1.21 Patch & Server Available NOW

by Rainier on March 9, 2006 @ 2:54 p.m. PST | Filed under News

As promised, EA has released the new Battlefield 2 patch. This update brings your retail game to v1.2.1 and fixes the Hummer/TOW crash bug in the Special Forces expansion pack, screen capture is now working, performance issues with certain ATI cards, server browser can now filter by map name, and only 2 claymores can be dropped at any one time.

'Stoked Rider featuring Tommy Brunner' - 8 Screens

by Rainier on March 9, 2006 @ 2:47 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Stoked Rider featuring Tommy Brunner' is an unique action-freesports game for PC, the first freeride snowboarding game inspired by Alaska's impressive peaks, presented in a unique 3D cel-shaded graphical style.

'Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day' (NDS) - 23 New Screens

by Rainier on March 9, 2006 @ 2:43 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In Brain Age, first-time users take a few tests to establish their DS brain age. Holding the DS like a book, users perform activities like drawing lines to connect letters and numbers in order, counting the syllables in well-known phrases and other brain-stimulating activities.

'Naruto: Ultimate Ninja' (PS2) - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on March 9, 2006 @ 11:47 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Naruto: Ultimate Ninja, previously known as Naruto: Narutimate Hero, places players in the vivid and vibrant world of Naruto Uzumaki. Channel chakra to unleash powerful techniques and special ninjutsu during battles. Gamers can choose to fight as Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura, Rock Lee, Kakashi or Shikamaru in familiar environments taken from the manga and anime series.

Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto Will Answer All Your Questions

by Rainier on March 9, 2006 @ 11:31 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Mr. Miyamoto will be giving fans the chance to ask him the questions they really want to ask about the NDS, about titles such as Nintendogs, Animal Crossing: Wild World and Dr Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain?, and the upcoming New Super Mario Bros. Visit the Webchat.tv site, submit your questions and come back on Friday, 17th March at 8 PM CET where Mr. Miyamoto will participate in a video based web-chat and answer as many of these questions as he can.

'World Championship Poker: All In' (PSP/PS2/X360) Announced

by Rainier on March 9, 2006 @ 10:28 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Crave Entertainment today announced the third installment in the best-selling poker video game franchise in North America, World Championship Poker: Featuring Howard Lederer "All In".

'Back to Gaya: The Adventures of Zino and Boo' - 11 New Screens

by Rainier on March 9, 2006 @ 10:18 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Gaya is the paradise setting of an animated tv show, in which Boo and Zino as a rule win the quarrels with the nasty Snurks. But one day the mad professor N. Icely wants to bring disaster on Gaya through abducting the Dalamite into reality.

VoodooPC Introduces Voodoo ENVY Heavyweight u:909 Notebook

by Rainier on March 9, 2006 @ 10:13 a.m. PST | Filed under News

VoodooPC today announced it has expanded its notebook line with the introduction of the Voodoo ENVY Heavyweight u:909 Notebook. Measuring 17.5” x 12.5” x 1.75” and weighing in at 16 pounds, the Voodoo ENVY Heavyweight u:909 Notebook is powered by the AMD Turion 64 processor.

Ubisoft Signs 'Over G Fighters' (X360) - Screens

by Rainier on March 9, 2006 @ 9:59 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Today Ubisoft announced it has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with Taito for its Xbox 360-exclusive Over G Fighters. Over G Fighters is the only modern jet fighter game to deliver intense and exciting aerial combat showcasing the awesome power of modern aircrafts on the Xbox 360.

'Final Fantasy XI: Treasures of Aht Urhgan' (PS2/PC) - 17 New Screens

by Rainier on March 9, 2006 @ 9:53 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Square Enix is working on a new expansion pack for its MMORPG Final Fantasy XI, which will introduce new maps, monsters, and several new classes such as the much-anticipated Blue Mage. Read more for some new screens ...

Video Games Under Scrutiny By Centers for Disease Control

by Rainier on March 9, 2006 @ 9:32 a.m. PST | Filed under News

According to CNET, Democrats Joseph Lieberman, Hillary Clinton, and Dick Durbin persuaded a Senate committee to approve a sweeping study of the "impact of electronic media use" to be organized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC. The bill, called CAMRA, would provide funding to investigate the cognitive, physical and socio-behavioral impact of electronic media on child and adolescent development.

'Black & White 2' - Mod Tools Available NOW

by Rainier on March 9, 2006 @ 9:22 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Lionhead has released mod tools for its strategy sim Black & White 2. This package contains everything you might need to create your own content, scripting, editors and so forth. Read more for download links ...

'Maelstrom' - 3 New Screens

by Rainier on March 9, 2006 @ 6:20 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Maelstrom is a groundbreaking strategy action epic which takes place on a devastated future Earth. In the wake of an apocalyptic ecological disaster, the planet is threatened by an alien invasion, thus becoming the battleground as a divided human race fights for survival.

'Daemonica' Goes Gold

by Rainier on March 9, 2006 @ 6:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Meridian4 and RA Images are pleased to announce that their intriguing 3D interactive murder mystery Daemonica has gone gold.

'Paraworld' - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 9, 2006 @ 5:30 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Paraworld combines, for the first time ever, a setting never seen before with personalized unit management, bringings new life to the real-time strategy genre. Modern elements blend with primeval conditions in a long forgotten, incredibly beautiful prehistoric world. Creatures long extinct come to life once more, a constant danger to anyone living in the area.

'Act of War: High Treason' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on March 9, 2006 @ 4:12 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Act of War: High Treason is an expansion pack for the near-future, geopolitical techno-thriller RTS, Act of War: Direct Action, loaded with new features, including modern-day naval combat and mercenaries. As promised, Atari has released a demo featuring 3 single-player missions, one multiplayer-enabled map, as well as 3 skirmish maps, vs. AI.

'Spellforce 2: Shadow Wars' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on March 9, 2006 @ 4:04 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In SpellForce II you take on the role of Commander of your troops, a front fighting hero, solving quests and overcoming obstacles as in classical RPGs, but also leads armies as in an RTS. Aspyr has released a demo allowing you to try out a tutorial and 2 maps.

PS2/Xbox Preview - 'Driver: Parallel Lines'

by Tony "OUberLord" Mitera on March 9, 2006 @ 3:57 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

Driver: Parallel Lines offers an open, fast-paced driving action-movie experience and features an unfolding storyline of double-crossing and revenge. Set in a photorealistic interpretation of New York City, players take on the role of a notorious 18-year-old who, free from conscience and rules, is the most sought-after driver-for-hire in town.

'Origami' Revealed

by Rainier on March 9, 2006 @ 3:52 a.m. PST | Filed under News

At the CeBit in Germany Microsoft finally lifted the veil off its latest secret project dubbed 'Origami.' Initially rumors were that the device was going to compete with other handheld gaming devices, eventually pegged as a mini xbox, but in the end it turns out to be an ultracompact computer (UMPC) running WinXP with a touchscreen and wireless connectivity.

'Super Monkey Ball Adventure' (PSP/NGC/PS2) - Developer Diary #2

by Rainier on March 9, 2006 @ 3:26 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Super Monkey Ball Adventure is an all-new narrative driven and platform based style of gameplay. How did the Traveller’s Tales team deal with the challenges of updating an existing franchise?

'Blitzkrieg II' - v1.4 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on March 9, 2006 @ 3:06 a.m. PST | Filed under News

CDV has released the first official patch for Nival's WWII based 3D RTS Blitzkrieg II. This v1.4 patch mainly adjusts tech levels for all sides, reduces reinforcement call time and some key key binding issues. Read more for details fix list and download links.

PSP Review - 'Samurai Warriors: State of War'

by Hugh McHarg on March 9, 2006 @ 2:43 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Samurai Warriors: State of War for PSP is a tactical action game set in the turbulent times of civil war Japan. Players will get to take control of famous military commanders and other legendary characters, and engage in a multitude of battles in a dramatically unfolding war.