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'Fable' (Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 6, 2003 @ 10:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Fable is a ground-breaking role-playing adventure game from Peter Molyneux, in which your every action determines your skills, appearance, and reputation. Create your life story from childhood to death. Grow from an inexperienced adolescent into the most powerful being in the world. Check these new screens ...

'Journey to the Center of the Earth' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 6, 2003 @ 10:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Viva Media/FrogWares have released a demo for their just released game, Journey to the Center of the Earth. Epic in scale, this extraordinary adventure will offer PC gamers an incredible voyage at a remarkably affordable price. No specific details on what the demo contains are available at this point. Read more for download links ...

'UFO: Aftermath' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 6, 2003 @ 10:03 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Fresh out in stores and Altar/Cenega have already released the first patch for the UK version of their 3D squad-based tactical combat game UFO: Aftermath. This upgrade brings your retail game to v1.1a and addresses problems with game slowdowns, the director's cut feature and a few other minor things. Read more for details and download links ...

'The Fall: Last Days of Gaia' Revealed - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 6, 2003 @ 9:43 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Berlin/Germany based studio Silver Style Entertainment (previously known for Soldiers Of Anarchy) develops 'The Fall: Last Days of Gaia' for PC, an innovative Post-Apocalyptic Role Playing Game with tactical combat and a highly original, disturbing storyline. The game is scheduled for Q1, 2004. The Fall will be the first 3D-RPG set in an endtime scenario on the market. Read more for details and the first screens ...

Metro3D Announces 'Dinosaur Hunting' (Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 6, 2003 @ 9:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Metro3D, Inc. today announced a new colossal title to its 2003 line- up, Dinosaur Hunting exclusively for the Xbox. Developed by Microsoft Game Studios Japan, Dinosaur Hunting is scheduled for release this November 7, 2003. “Dinosaur Hunting is a giant-size action adventure, which brings pre-historic dinosaurs into the 21st Century,” said Joseph Morici, senior vice president, sales and marketing, Metro3D. “Mixing reality with a bit of fantasy, Dinosaur Hunting is a solid action adventure title sure to be popular this upcoming holiday season.”

'Spawn: Armageddon' (XB/PS2/NGC) - New Character Revealed

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

Namco and Todd McFarlane Productions announced today the official name of Mammon, a character known by many "Spawn" enthusiasts for his mysterious appearances in numerous past comic book episodes. Until today, Mammon has been portrayed as a background character that appeared in dark, hidden shadows. Mammon is now slated to take on a much more proactive, even major, role in both the upcoming video game as well as in future episodes of the "Spawn" comic book series, with appearances beginning in issue 133. The video game, "Spawn: Armageddon," is scheduled to release in November 2003 on the PS2, GameCube and Xbox.

'MK: Deadly Alliance' (PS2/XB/NGC) Reaches Greatest & Platinum Hits

by Thomas on Oct. 6, 2003 @ 6:09 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Midway Games announced today that Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance has shipped as a Greatest Hits title for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system and a Platinum Hits title for the Xbox video game system from Microsoft. A Player's Choice title for the Nintendo GameCube will be available on October 27.

Atari Delivers Two New Titles From Humongous Entertainment

by Thomas on Oct. 6, 2003 @ 6:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Atari announced today that the first new Pajama Sam and Putt-Putt adventure titles to be created by the renowned children's software developer Humongous Entertainment, Pajama Sam: Life is Rough When You Lose Your Stuff and Putt-Putt: Pep's Birthday Surprise, have shipped to retail stores nationwide. Starring two of the most beloved PC characters of all time, Pajama Sam: Life is Rough When You Lose Your Stuff and Putt-Putt: Pep's Birthday Surprise, feature Sam, the boy turned superhero once he dons his red cape, and the loveable purple convertible, Putt-Putt, and good friend Pep, the dog in their fourth and seventh adventures, respectively.

Ubisoft & 1C Teams Up For 'The Battle of Britain' - Screens

by Thomas on Oct. 6, 2003 @ 6:03 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ubisoft revealed plans today to expand its line of flight Sims through a partnership with 1C: Maddox Games. The publishing deal includes the announcement of The Battle of Britain, a brand new World War II flight simulation game, which is expected to build on the enormous success of the IL-2 Sturmovik franchise. Ubisoft also plans to publish an expansion pack for IL2 Sturmovik Forgotten Battles that will let owners of Forgotten Battles take to the skies again, to engage in more World War II dogfights alone or with players around the world via the internet.

'Scooby-Doo! Two: Monsters Unleashed' (PC/GBA) Announced

by Thomas on Oct. 6, 2003 @ 5:53 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

THQ today announced that Scooby-Doo! Two: Monsters Unleashed, based on the Warner Bros. Studios feature film of the same name, is in development for Game Boy Advance and PC. Scooby-Doo! Two: Monsters Unleashed is scheduled to ship in early 2004, in conjunction with the film's theatrical release.

'Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne' Goes GOLD!

by Thomas on Oct. 6, 2003 @ 4:55 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Rockstar Games, the world-renowned publishing division of Take-Two Interactive Software announced today that Max Payne 2:The Fall of Max Payne for PC has officially gone gold and is currently in manufacturing. Developed by Remedy Entertainment, the sequel to the original film-noir action thriller, Max Payne, will be in stores in North America on October 15, 2003 and in Europe on October 24, 2003.

Nokia N-Gage Mobile Game Deck Invades North America

by Thomas on Oct. 6, 2003 @ 4:28 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

As typical with any new game platform launch, gamers across North America created and took part in activities in celebration of the N-Gage mobile game deck's October 7 on-sale date. Flash mobs were seen yesterday in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, and a mysterious N-Gage crop circle was discovered in Minnesota. Gamers also took to the street to perform street art and leave reminders that the N-Gage game deck would take gaming to the next level. And more festivities in celebration of the N-Gage game deck's availability are planned for the coming days.

1,000,000 Await 'Pro Evolution Soccer 3'

by Thomas on Oct. 6, 2003 @ 4:24 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Konami of Europe has announced that European pre-orders for its eagerly awaited Pro Evolution Soccer 3 football title for PlayStation 2 have exceeded one million units, continuing the success of its Japanese predecessor, Winning Eleven 7, which sold an incredible one million copies within a three-week period. Pro Evolution Soccer 3 is released across Europe on October 17th, with a PC version to follow in November

'Haunted Mansion' (NGC) - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 6, 2003 @ 2:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The theme park attraction that hosts millions of foolish mortals each year becomes both a major motion picture and video game. Solve unique puzzles, uncover hidden clues and put unwelcome evil spirits to rest, as you navigate through Disney's world famous Haunted Mansion. With amazing game environments inspired by the film and the ride, you'll be dying to give this game a try!

'Space Empires: Starfury' - Available Now

by Thomas on Oct. 5, 2003 @ 11:21 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The highly anticipated action RPG Space Empires: Starfury, developed by Malfador Machinations and published by Shrapnel Games is now available in stores! Space Empires: Starfury is the next installment in the best selling Space Empires series. This time the action is up close and personal as players command a starship on an action packed quest of their own making! With a dynamic universe to freely explore, intense tactical combat, and the ability to completely customize your vessel, Space Empires: Starfury is a science fiction fan's delight. Whether you're a longtime fan of Space Empires, or simply someone who enjoys romping around the galaxy, you'll find Space Empires: Starfury to be one hell of a ride across the stars.

New Orleans Media Experience

by Thomas on Oct. 5, 2003 @ 10:41 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The New Orleans Media Experience is a "MediaFest" to join such signature events as The Big Easy's world-famous Mardi Gras and Jazz & Heritage Festival. "The Experience" will be held in New Orleans for the first time ever from October 26th to November 1st, 2003. "The Experience" will highlight the convergence of film, advertising, music, videogames, graphic design, and more. It will also offer an array of panels, symposiums, professional speakers and moderators all aiming to connect these industries and heighten the progress of each. There will film premiers such as "Hypnotic", video game pre-release exhibitions and demos, as well as Photography and Digital Video Workshops, where one can learn from world leaders in the intuitive development of today's and tomorrow's creative storytellers and image makers!

'EyeToy: Groove' - Track Listing

by Thomas on Oct. 5, 2003 @ 4:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe is pleased to announce the 25 fully licensed music tracks that will feature in the brand new dancing game, 'EyeToy: Groove'.

Released in November 2003, 'EyeToy: Groove' utilises the PlayStation2's exclusive EyeToy technology, and gives everyone a chance to fulfil their dreams of being able to dance live on TV! By linking the EyeToy USB camera to a PlayStation 2 the player(s) will feature live on their TV screen enabling them to dance along with the on screen prompts... Read more for full list of artists and tracks!

MAX Memory 16MB For PS2

by Thomas on Oct. 5, 2003 @ 4:01 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Datel, the world's leading developer and manufacturer of video game enhancement products, has announced the release of MAX Memory 16MB for the PlayStation2.

MAX Memory is a massive 16MB memory card, loaded with features that can't be found on any other PlayStation2 storage device. In addition to Datel's Memory Management software, which allows users to load, swap, delete, and compress game saves, allowing up to 10 times the standard storage space, MAX Memory will feature online connectivity through any PS2 broadband adapter. Also included is a disc preloaded with game-busting saves for over 100 of the latest and greatest PS2 games.

'Half-Life Rally' - Screens

by Thomas on Oct. 5, 2003 @ 3:50 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

HL released some new screens (also available below) "a remodelled Subaru Impreza, a brand new Skoda Fabia, a stylish new look for the Lancer Evolution".. Half-Life Rally is a racing modification for the highly acclaimed and everlastingly popular game, Half-Life by Valve Software. Unlike most mods currently being made for the Half-Life Engine, the goal of HL-Rally is not to blast your enemy to smitherines with relentless repetition prone to excessive cheating and hacks, but to race cars and be the first and fastest across the finish line, out-running your opponents in any way possible to gain a few milliseconds on them.

'Half-Life 2' - Source Leak Update

by Thomas on Oct. 5, 2003 @ 2:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Shacknews got some more details on the recent Half-Life 2 source leak from Gabe Newell (thanks Blues). Here is a clip:

1) We've taken our network connection down to pretty much a minimum. We're still finding machines internally that have been compromised.

2) The suite of tools that the attacker was using included the modified version of RemotelyAnywhere (basically a Remote Desktop-style remote admin tool), Haxker Defender (a process, registry key and file hiding tool), the key logger, and various networking utilities that allowed them to transfer files (compressors, NetCat, and FTP). We also are pretty sure they were sniffing our network to gather passwords and other information. Haxker Defender includes a file system driver that allows an attacker to have stuff on your machine that is invisible, unless you do something like mount the drive under another OS that has NTFS support.

We have determined one way of detecting some infected machines, which is using a connection viewer to detect connections to anomalous hosts external to our network.

We still don't know their entry method.