Valve & Plantronics Unveil Counter-Strike Headsets

by Rainier on June 20, 2003 @ 12:54 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Valve, creators of Counter-Strike and Half-Life, and Plantronics, a leading manufacturer of computer headsets, today unveiled a custom Counter-Strike headset. Based on the Plantronics' popular DSP-500, this plug-and-play USB headset features DSP technology and Counter-Strike's distinctive branding. The Counter-Strike headset is now available exclusively right here!

'Lethal Skies II' (PS2) - Release Date & Screens

by Rainier on June 20, 2003 @ 12:54 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sammy Studios today announced that Lethal Skies II will release exclusively for PS2 on September 9, 2003. The title is the new sequel in the popular arcade-style jet combat series developed by Asmik Ace. The series, known as Sidewinder in Japan, was introduced on the PS2 in North America last year with Lethal Skies. Lethal Skies II delivers brilliant graphics and particle effects and a host of new features, including new planes, 2-player dogfight mode, reversible missions and an updated premise heavily influenced by popular space flight shooters and science fiction films. Read more for details and a few new screens ...

SOE Announces 'Champions of Norrath' (PS2)

by Rainier on June 20, 2003 @ 12:52 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE), today announced Champions of Norrath: Realms of EverQuest, marking the company's entrance into single-player console gaming for the PlayStation2. Champions of Norrath, developed by Snowblind Studios (the creators of Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance) and published by Sony Online Entertainment, is expected to ship to U.S. and Canadian retail stores this Fall. Read more for details & features ...

'Naval Ops: Warship Gunner' (PS2) Preparing For Live Fire

by Rainier on June 20, 2003 @ 11:07 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

This is not a drill. KOEI announced today, Naval Ops: Warship Gunner, the real-time naval action game is prepared to ship this Tuesday June 24, 2003. Consumers can still pre-order the title at,, and The title is available exclusively for the PlayStation2. Read more for details ...

'Beast Horde' Revealed In 'Savage: The Battle For Newerth'

by Rainier on June 20, 2003 @ 10:12 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

S2 Games and iGames Publishing announce the debut of the beast horde into the current beta testing phase for Savage: The Battle for Newerth ; the much anticipated, first-ever real-time-strategy-shooter (RTSS). Participants in the beta test can now choose to fight on the side of man, equipped with technology and science, or on the side of the beast horde, armed with the forces of magic and nature. Savage: The Battle for Newerth is due to ship later this summer.

'Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic' - Website & Screens

by Rainier on June 20, 2003 @ 9:47 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Gathering and software developer Triumph Studios have fired up the Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic website. All the latest screenshots, downloads, and features are now available at the official Age Of Wonders: Shadow Magic website . The PC game, due to ship this July, is the latest installment in the award-winning spellbinding fantasy series. Read more to check out a few local screens ...

Nvidia Source Confirms ATI To Power 'Xbox 2'

by Rainier on June 20, 2003 @ 9:09 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

According to an article on TheRegister, gaming site has claimed its recent story ATI will provide the chipset and graphics technology for the Xbox 2 has been confirmed by an unnamed "senior source close to Nvidia". According to's source, "[Nvidia] didn't want to meet Microsoft's demands for the floating design of Xbox Next. It didn't make sense to partner on the project. At this moment in time, ATI is working with Microsoft." Check the entire article for more juicy rumor bits. To be taken with a serious grain of salt ..

'Thrustmaster' & 'Empire' Partner For 'Starsky & Hutch'

by Rainier on June 20, 2003 @ 8:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Thrustmaster announces co-development agreement with leading game publisher Empire Interactive Europe Ltd. regarding its racing wheel and light gun for Xbox and the awaited game “Starsky & Hutch” (Xbox version) which is to be released. Read more for details ...

Firaxis To Use NDL's Gamebryo In 'Pirates'

by Thomas on June 20, 2003 @ 7:23 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

NDL announced today that its Gamebryo 3D graphics engine and toolkit will be used by Firaxis Games in their remake of the classic hit title Sid Meier's Pirates! Sid Meier's Pirates! is among the most popular and loved titles in gaming history. Originally released in 1987, Pirates! received unprecedented critical acclaim for crossing multiple game genres to offer unique, unrivaled gameplay options. Pirates! set the industry standard for innovative game design with its unique blend of open-ended role-playing, real-time adventures and thrilling action sequences.

'Chaser' - Multiplayer Demo Available NOW

by Thomas on June 20, 2003 @ 6:19 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Chaser is a first person shooter, built on the high-end 3D engine (CloakNT), in which main character passes through real environments and uses real weapons. The official Chaser Multiplayer Demo is now available for download. The multiplayer demo includes two game modes: Deathmatch and Shock Troops. The Deathmatch map is "Building Site". There are also two Shock Troops maps: "Final Strike" and "Building Strike". Read more for download links!

'IGI 2: Covert Strike' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Thomas on June 20, 2003 @ 6:11 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Codemaster has released a new upgrade for their stealth/action game IGI 2:Covert Strike. This upgrade will bring your retail game to v1.2 and increases framerates, improves synchronization of lifts and game timers, and fixes a few multiplayer bugs. There are also updated v1.2 dedicated servers for Win32 and Linux. Read more for details and download links!

'S Club 8 Licensed Dance Mat' - Release Announced

by Thomas on June 20, 2003 @ 6:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Console accessories specialist Venom is pleased to announce the release of the S Club 8 Licensed Dance Mat. S Club 8 is one of the UK's premiere pop bands from Simon Fuller's 19 Entertainment (including Pop Idol, American Idol, S Club, Annie Lennox, Will Young). S Club and S Club 8 were both named among the top 5 UK entertainment properties for 7 - 14 year olds by readers of Toy News in February 2003. S Club Juniors became S Club 8 in April 2003 following S Club's announcement that they were parting company as of June 2003 following a nation-wide tour which saw both bands performing to over 200,000 fans.

'EyeToy: Play' - Site Launch

by Thomas on June 20, 2003 @ 5:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

EyeToy: Play is a compendium of twelve games, which are not only stunningly simple and instantly playable but deliver compelling entertainment for every member of the family. From the wild and wacky UFO Juggling to the more serene water effects in the playroom, EyeToy: Play is the party game for the 21st century. Here is a link to the new website for Sony's camera thing. Might be worth keeping an eye on.

Capcom Announces 'Chaos Legion'

by Thomas on June 20, 2003 @ 3:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Capcom today announced it is developing a PC version of its PlayStation 2 title Chaos Legion. Due for a simultaneous global release this autum, Chaos Legion for PC will not only support Windows 98/ME/2000/XP but also eight languages covering all key territories. Read more for details!

SN Systems Signs Technical Alliance With Sega

by Thomas on June 20, 2003 @ 2:56 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

SN systems has strengthened its position as market leader in the Japanese market by opening a dedicated office in Tokyo and signing a technical alliance with games developer and publisher giant Sega. The technical alliance is the first step in forging the way for a unique strategic alliance between SN Systems and Sega as they work towards new and improved products for next generation consoles.

'Rugby League 2004' (PS2/PC/XB) & 'Altered Beast' (PS2) - Screens

by Thomas on June 20, 2003 @ 2:38 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

This morning we serve up six screenshots of Rugby League 2004, developed by the Kiwis themselves 'Sidhe Interactive' and six new beastly screenshots from Segas, Altered Beast. Njoy!

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on June 20, 2003 @ 12:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

'Tenchu: Wrath Of Heaven' - T-Shirts Winners Announced

by Thomas on June 20, 2003 @ 12:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Today we @ WorthPlaying announces the 30 lucky winners of our 'Tenchu: Wrath Of Heaven' T-shirt giveaway.. Click here to find out if you did win!

'Out of the Park Baseball 5' - Update Patch & Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on June 19, 2003 @ 8:25 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Out of the Park Baseball 5 is the newest version of the award-winning baseball simulation that offers a sports gaming experience unlike any other. Multiple play options, a career mode, an exhaustive financial model, an open-ended design allowing you to completely customize your gaming experience, and much more. .400 software has just released a new update patch with bug fixes and feature enhancements, like new trading AI options. The demo has a 7 day, 10-executions limit, and simulations will not advance past May 31st in the game. But that should still give you plenty of time to get a feel for the game which scored a perfect 10 at Baseball Sim Central! Read more for detailed fix list and download links ...

GarageGames Signs UK Developer POM POM Games

by Rainier on June 19, 2003 @ 7:48 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

GarageGames announced today it has signed an agreement to electronically publish titles from PomPom Games. The award winning UK developer is now going to have its games, Space Tripper and Mutant Storm added to the "Garage".