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'Neverwinter Nights' Wins Big At AIAS Awards

by Thomas on March 6, 2003 @ 2:39 a.m. PST | Filed under News

BioWare Corp. is pleased to announce that Neverwinter Nights was named the Computer Role-Playing Game of the Year by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) on February 28 at the Sixth Annual Interactive Achievement Awards in Las Vegas. The AIAS achievement award event recognizes outstanding achievement in interactive content and in the interactive community. This is the fourth time in the past five years that BioWare's products have received honors at the AIAS awards: three times for PC Role-Playing Game of the Year (Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal, Neverwinter Nights), and once for Character or Story Development (Baldur's Gate II). BioWare will be expanding upon the Neverwinter Nights universe with two upcoming expansion packs: Shadows of Undrentide, set for a Spring 2003 release; and "XP2," the currently unnamed second expansion pack, scheduled for release later in 2003.

'Hercules' Introduces A New Range Of 3D Graphics Boards

by Rainier on March 6, 2003 @ 1:04 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Hercules is delighted to announce the launch of a complete new range of its popular 3D Prophet graphics boards. This new 3D Prophet series, based on ATI's latest chipsets, features perfectly-adapted solutions for all PC users, from ultra-hardcore gaming to general family needs. As always, Hercules' aim is to provide the very best solutions for every market sector.

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on March 6, 2003 @ 1:01 a.m. PST | Filed under News

'Splinter Cell' (Xbox) Downloadable Mission - Screens

by Rainier on March 6, 2003 @ 12:53 a.m. PST | Filed under News

A few weeks ago Ubi Soft Entertainment announced plans to release Kola Cell, a new level for the highly successful videogame Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell available for download via Xbox Live. Sam Fisher fans won't have to wait much longer! The new mission for Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell will be available to Xbox Live subscribers beginning March 14, 2003. UbiSoft was so kind to send us a few new screens to keep you happy ...

Various Game Trailers Available NOW

by Rainier on March 5, 2003 @ 11:03 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Slow news evening so only a few new trailers for various games were released. Instead of giving them all their own post, we grouped them and so far there are trailers for :

  • PlanetSide (SOE)
  • Strike Fighter (Strategy First)
  • Apache Air Assault (Activision)

    Read more for download links ...

'VIETCONG' Weapons Unveiled

by Thomas on March 5, 2003 @ 10:52 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The official site for Vietcong is updated with new information and some weapon screens.. Read how Pterodon recreated each weapon from the Vietnam war, and their account of the work carried out incorporating each gun into the game. They've included some interesting facts about US and VC weapons as well as a number of military items taken from the game.

'EverQuest' Continues Exponential Growth

by Thomas on March 5, 2003 @ 10:46 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE), a worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online gaming, announced today that it has seen significant growth in the number of simultaneous user base and recently set a new record of 118,000 simultaneous players, almost four years after the game was launched. In addition, the company is opening a brand new EverQuest server, Maelin Starpyre, and for the first time ever, will offer full character transfers from existing servers including all equipment, acquired items and experience. Transfers are subject to certain restrictions.

'New World Order' - New Demo Expected

by Rainier on March 5, 2003 @ 6:57 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Project 3 just let us know that there will be a New World Order official demo for the U.S. release, and it will be available within a couple of days. The demo will feature the Druglord Villa level which was in the E.U. release plus a completely new map called Restaurant. Both maps will be in the U.S. release, while E.U. players will have the opportunity to add the map to their full game by a separate download. The demo will have both singleplayer and multiplayer modes included. And of course we will have it available right here for download. In the meantime check out the revamped Project3 website.

'Neverwinter Nights' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on March 5, 2003 @ 3:09 p.m. PST | Filed under News

BioWare has released a new patch for Neverwinter Nights, updating their role playing game to v1.29. This upgrade fixes the NPC warping issue, fixes the DM Client player display list, and also fixes an issue with tags > 32 characters Read more for detailed fix list and download links ...

'C&C Generals' Patch Coming Next Week - Details

by Rainier on March 5, 2003 @ 2:50 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Noticed on BluesNews that Renegade Generals has news & details from EA's Harvard Bonin on the next planned patch for C&C Generals. According to the post we could expect it early next week. Read more for details if you want to know what they are working on...

'Shadowbane' Goes Gold - Trailer

by Rainier on March 5, 2003 @ 2:34 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Ubi Soft Entertainment announced today that Shadowbane, the ground breaking massively-multiplayer online (MMO) game for both PC and Macintosh, has gone gold. Shadowbane has been designed and developed by Wolfpack Studios, based in Austin, Texas, and will be hosted and operated by ubi.com. Shadowbane makes its triumphant journey to retail shelves on March 25. Read more for details as well links for a new trailer ...

'New World Order' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on March 5, 2003 @ 2:09 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Project 3 has once again released a new patch for their team-based tactical shooter New World Order. This upgrades your European retail copy to v1.4, no specific details are available at this point. I would assume the recently gone gold North Americna version will be in stores as 1.4. Read more for links where to grab the goods ...

Hercules Launches 'Smart TV Satellite'

by Rainier on March 5, 2003 @ 11:42 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Hercules is proud to announce the release of the latest entry in its Smart TV range of TV cards: Smart TV Satellite. Designed for high-quality digital satellite reception on PC (DVB-S standard), the card features digital MPEG-2 VCR and time shifting functions and is fully Pay-TV compatible.

CDV Media Frenzy - Screens

by Rainier on March 5, 2003 @ 11:18 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Today CDV has released a batch of new screens for several of their upcoming titles. We have the goodies on :

  • Breed
  • Panzers
  • Vultures (Xbox)
  • No Man's Land

    Read more to check them out!

'IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles' - Now Available In Stores

by Rainier on March 5, 2003 @ 10:52 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Ubi Soft Entertainment today announced that the highly anticipated World War II combat flight simulation IL-2: Forgotten Battles has shipped to retailers in North America.

Kemco In Pursuit Of Game Acquisitions At GDC

by Rainier on March 5, 2003 @ 10:33 a.m. PST | Filed under News

On the heals of signing a game publishing deal with leading U.K. video game developer Bits Studio Ltd., global video game publisher, Kemco U.S.A., INC., announced today that it is on a mission at this week’s Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Jose to acquire additional externally-developed game properties. Director of R&D for Kemco, Colin Gordon will be attending the show and will be reachable to prospective game developers.

Sammy Studios Appoints New C.F.O

by Rainier on March 5, 2003 @ 10:10 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sammy Studios Inc. today announced that Rick Olafsson has been appointed to the position of chief financial officer. Rick comes to Sammy Studios after having served financial management positions in high-tech and interactive entertainment at such companies as Mattel Inc., eParties.com, and most recently TheBrain Technologies Corporation.

'Line of Sight: Vietnam' - Invading Stores

by Rainier on March 5, 2003 @ 10:09 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Infogrames today announced the release of Line of Sight: Vietnam, the "next installment in Infogrames' repertoire of authentic military games with pick up and playability, coupled with an affordable price point". Developed by nFusion Interactive LLC, this FPS "follow the story of a young sniper assigned by the U.S. Army to the 5th Special Forces compound in Kontum, Vietnam".

'Salammbo' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on March 5, 2003 @ 10:04 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Developed by Cryo under the direction of artist Philippe Druillet, and based on Gustave Flaubert's novel, Salammbo is a 'point & click' adventure game set 3 centuries before B.C. You play the role of Spendius, who must "venture into the war against Carthage, solve ancient riddles and unleash hell on the Lone Mounts". Today we bring you the multi-language demo, allowing you to try out the first chapter of the game. Salammbo is published in Europe by The Adventure Company (thanks Gamershell). Read more for download links ...

Game Industry Veterans Launch 'Skylab Entertainment'

by Rainier on March 5, 2003 @ 9:52 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Today a team of game industry veterans announced the launch of Skylab Entertainment, a new game development studio in Austin, Texas. Skylab's founders include original team members from game developer Ritual Entertainment and publisher Gathering of Developers. Skylab Entertainment is dedicated to developing the next generation of interactive entertainment for tomorrow's gaming systems, and is hard at work on their first, unannounced title.