Electronic Arts the world’s leading interactive entertainment software company, today announced an agreement for the acquisition of Black Box Games, a 100-person game development studio in Vancouver, B.C. Under the agreement, Black Box Games will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Electronic Arts. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Developed by Climax, Race of Champions challenges players to master authentic road, desert and mountain tracks on their quest for the cup. Featuring incredibly detailed visuals as well as real-time damage modeling and dirt effects, players can select their dream machine from the top makes and models in the sport including Mitsubishi, Toyota, Ford, Lancia, Peugeot, Audi, Porsche and Seat as they race against industry legends like France’s Didier Auriol, Germany’s Armin Schwartz and Finland’s Tommi Makkinen , all of which have been participants in the annual event.
As part of a summer promotion to bring even more value to gamers, Xbox today announced that the European price of Dead or Alive 3, Project Gotham Racing, Azurik, Nightcaster and NBA Inside Drive 2002 games titles will be reduced to an estimated street price of €59.99/£39.99, effective from today.
Atlus U.S.A., Inc. A leading publisher of console RPG's, today announced the availability of Robopon 2: Ring and Cross Version for the Game Boy Advance, the sequel to the popular robot collecting game on the Game Boy Color.
Operation Flashpoint: Resistance – advancing and enhancing the world of the number one best selling war simulator.. From Bohemia Interactive Studio, the creators of Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis, comes Operation Flashpoint: Resistance, the official expansion pack for the multiple Game of the Year award winner and world-wide number one best-seller. Launching on June 28th, with a RRP of £19.99, this full expansion to the ultimate realistic war simulator introduces a new island environment with remarkable high-resolution textures and models to take full advantage of the latest 3D graphics cards.
Another real RTS tidbit has found its ultimate appearance: the voluminous real-time strategy spectacle entitled American Conquest. With its unrivaled 16.000 units, American Conquest has impressed many and will gain even more admirers with its brand new cover! Follow this link.
CDV’s latest 3D Real Time Strategy No Man’s Land offers gamers the chance to take part in the colonization of North America. The title of the game may be No Man’s Land - but the settlers aren’t by themselves on the American continent. The Woodland Indians for example are serious objectors! Their runners are the fastest. All units have good vision, especially at night - they swiftly move on through the woods, they know how to swim, and some may even camouflage themselves. Sneak up.
Jedi Outcast Mod Central has a Q&A with Raven programmer Michael Gummelt about his part in Jedi Knight II, background, a bit about modifications, etc.... International House of Mojo has a Q&A with Ron Gilbert (creator of classic adventure games such as Monkey Island) talking about his new company Hulabee Entertainment. GameSpot has a Neverwinter Nights Q&A with Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka (joint CEO's of BioWare) talking about the project's background, their part in the developments and plenty of game info and future plans. GameZone has a short Q&A with Irrational Games's Ken Levine talking about "The Lost", their upcoming Unreal engine powered action-horror-RPG for Xbox and PS2.
Infogrames send us some new screens from their upcoming action/platformer (being developed for PC and consoles) called Zapper. Njoy the little buzzer!
Eidos announced a new golf title called Swingerz Golf which will make its way to the Nintendo GameCube this Fall. The game is an English version of Japanese development studio Telenet's game, Wai Wai Golf. Swingerz Golf offers six different courses, 14 insane characters, lots of mini-games, and four modes of play (1-4 players) including Tournament, Stroke, Match and Short Course. This is not your daddy's golf game.
Gathering of Developers, a subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., along with Triumph Studios announced today that "Age of Wonders II: The Wizards Throne" has shipped to stores. By wisely choosing alliances, building forces, researching the magical arts and resources in the game, players can dominate the land and ultimately restore order in their quest for the Wizard's Throne.
Kemco brings stealth-based animation and detective elements to their highly anticipated Batman: Dark Tomorrow. Based on an original storyline written by Batman writer Scott Peterson and Kenji Terada from Final Fantasy I, II and III, Batman must stop the gang war, infiltrate Arkham Asylum and rescue Commissioner Gordon while facing evil foes such as Black Mask, Scarface and the Ventriloquist, Killer Croc, Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy and the Joker.
Battle.net reports that an increasing number of customers are reporting that their computers have been exposed to viruses by running programs they downloaded from web sites claiming to offer hacks, item-duping programs, and non Diablo II related video files (movies). They have found that many of the programs these sites are distributing are actually designed to give hackers access to the Diablo II user’s Battle.net accounts and to other personal information stored on the user’s computer.
Today there is new Neverwinter Nights models for the model viewer available for download. Penguin - The common penguin, or Vile Sea Panther, is forged by the merciless cold of the extreme north. Doomknight - Once glorious beacons of all that is good, right and recently bleached to rash-raising cleanliness, the Doomknight is a fallen undead Paladin of puppy-kicking evil. Spell Effects - You have three diffrent spell effect to grab aswell.
Eidos Interactive announces that the original Tomb Raider video game is to appear on Windows Powered Pocket PC PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants). Tomb Raider for Pocket PC will be released worldwide in July. It will be available for download exclusively from www.handango.com and will retail around $29.99. A one level demo is currently available from www.tombraidertogo.com.
As expected, the version 126.96.36.199 patches for Half-Life and version 188.8.131.52 patches for the retail edition of Counter-Strike are now available for download. This release includes the Ricochet mod, a new demo recording facility, additional anti-cheat measures, the new C-S map de_piranesi, and various other improvements and bug fixes. You can use the SierraUp utility (from the "Configuration->Update" menu) that was distributed with previous releases, and Steam users should be able to upgrade around this time as well. (thanks Blues). Read more for links on where to grab these hot patches (and dont be surprised if half of the links will be out of service due to high traffik).
Capcom today unveiled Dino Crisis 3 for the Xbox video game system from Microsoft. Created by the mastermind of Shinji Mikami, the esteemed producer of the Resident Evil series of products, Dino Crisis 3 is the next blockbuster in the acclaimed series that has sold more than 3.5 million units worldwide. In Dino Crisis 3, players venture to the outer limits of space where all new dinosaurs await.
A.R.S.E.N.A.L "Extended Power" is a real time strategy game based on 2nd World War units. 40 different units are featured over GROUND, AIR and SEA: 15 ground units, 10 navy units, 10 aircraft and 5 fixed defense units. Read more for details and links where to get the demo.
The game is set in year 2010 where player's conscience is entrapped by an up-to-date virus-infected virtual reality-playing machine called FireStarter. The virus-caused failure resulted in computer changing the rules of the game - to break out of the trap, the player is to complete the game within 48 hours. Immerse in an unbelievable world, created by super-modern playing machine, where you are to make it a winner of the adrenaline-brimming action....
Jon, a computer programmer, is exactly the kind of music lover the Recording Industry Association of America has in mind as it tries to shut down music file-swapping services such as KaZaA. He has downloaded about 5,000 songs off the Internet in the past two years. The vast majority, Jon concedes, were pirated copies, including the latest album from rapper Eminem.
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