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'World War II Online' - Free Play & New Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 6:21 p.m. PST | Filed under News

PlayGATE is contacting all former players to let them hear some great news- they have released a major update with new features, gameplay and vehicles AND starting Friday, December 13th you can come back and play for free! At approximately 1700 ET on Friday, December 13th, they will reactivate all accounts which were closed between June 6th 2001 and December 10th, 2002 for access to the game and forums. This does not apply to banned or special promotional accounts. On or before January 11th, 2003 you'll need to update your billing information in order to continue playing. We already have the latest patch available so read more for details and links where to grab it ...

French Police Raids Vivendi HQ

by Thomas on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 5:29 p.m. PST | Filed under News

French police raided Vivendi Universal's headquarters and other unspecified premises Thursday as part of a financial-accounts investigation, judicial and police sources said Thursday. The raid, by financial-division police, is part of a probe into potential irregularities in Vivendi's accounts when under the leadership of former chairman and chief executive Jean-Marie Messier, the sources said. A spokesman for the French media company has confirmed a search was being performed at Vivendi's headquarters and was related to the accounts investigation.

'Rally Fusion: Race of Champions' (PS2/XB) Ships To Retail

by Thomas on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 5:12 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The action moves into high gear with the release of Activision, Inc.'s Rally Fusion: Race of Champions. Based on the Michelin Race of Champions, which is held annually in the Canary Islands, the game lets players take on the top racers from the world of motorsport with the ultimate goal of becoming the "Champion of Champions." Developed by Climax, Rally Fusion: Race of Champions for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system and Xbox video game system from Microsoft has been rated "E" (Everyone) by the ESRB and has a suggested retail price of $49.99.

MindComet Launches Advergame For The NHL

by Thomas on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 5:10 p.m. PST | Filed under News

MindComet, the industry leading new media solutions provider, today announced that it has designed and developed an online game in support of the Nextel/National Hockey League All-Star Challenge. The Nextel/NHL All-Star Challenge is a national shootout competition, taking place in 11 NHL team markets and through a national sweepstakes (U.S. residents only) over a three-month period. The competition will culminate at the 2003 NHL All-Star Weekend presented by Nextel in Sunrise, Fla., where one fan will have the opportunity to shoot against Tampa Bay Lightning star goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin for $250,000.

Sticking With Linux For Your Non-MS Gaming Pleasure?

by Thomas on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 3:53 p.m. PST | Filed under News

NVIDIA the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today announced a series of new corporate initiatives that will extend the Company's leadership position in the Linux market and ensure that NVIDIA graphics and multimedia processors continue to be the highest performing in the industry. As part of the Company's ongoing commitment to the Linux community, NVIDIA today revealed details of a technical support program for end users and professional customers; a new software driver package that includes performance enhancements and new features for NVIDIA's advanced graphics features, including NVIDIA's CineFX architecture delivered by NVIDIA's Unified Driver Architecture (UDA); and support for the latest PC technologies, including AGP 8X and OpenGL 1.4.

'TOCA Race Driver' Surround Gaming - Screens

by Thomas on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 3:46 p.m. PST | Filed under News

When Codemasters launches the PC edition of TOCA Race Driver early next year, players will see the circuit and cars ahead and to the sides thanks to its use of Matrox Surround Gaming, which enables the gameplay to be viewed across three linked monitors... Check out two photos of a sort of serving suggestion for how this would work and four triple-screen shots.

ELSPA Sales Awards

by Thomas on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 12:53 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Grand Theft Auto Vice City for PS2 format continues to break all records, receiving a staggering three awards in its first two weeks of release. Publishers Take 2 were awarded the ELSPA Silver, Gold and Platinum Awards for sales of more than 100K, 200K and 300k respectively.

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 9:41 a.m. PST | Filed under News

'Samurai Jack' (GBA) - Features & Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 8:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Samurai Jack is a bold adventure show on Cartoon Network. In the distant past, an evil shape-shifting wizard named Aku brought destruction upon the land. As the citizens’ last hope, a young Jack is sent away to train in the various combat and philosophical arts to become a samurai warrior. When Samurai Jack returns to find the people of his town oppressed, his mother gives him his father’s magic sword. To free the people, Jack goes in search of Aku. A few new sword yielding screens for you to enjoy!

'Rayman 3 Hoodlum Havoc' (ALL) - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 8:31 a.m. PST | Filed under News

He's a hero for the ages, living in a twisted world of mind-numbing madness. Meet Rayman – again, or for the first time – starring in his latest Ubi Soft video game adventure, Rayman 3 Hoodlum Havoc, which has gamers already a-buzz. This latest installation of the 11 million-plus best-selling hit series features psychedelic 3D worlds, heinous hoodlums and irreverent cast of characters with unbelievable powers. Rayman 3 Hoodlum Havoc will be available in March 2003 on all next-generation platforms including PS2, GameCube, Game Boy Advance, Xbox, and PC CD-Rom. A boatload of screens (90 in total) for all platforms.

New Web Site For LucasArts Inspired Game Mods

by Thomas on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 8:30 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Fans who create game modifications (mods) based upon characters and elements in titles by LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC can now post their works on the Internet at LucasFiles. The new site, created by Lucas Fan Network (LFN), an independent collection of web sites dedicated to LucasArts and its games, is an exclusive and sanctioned online location offering a variety of mods inspired by LucasArts titles. The LucasFiles database also hosts unique fan produced content, levels, and an array of other media.

The Next 'Tribes' Game Got a Green Light

by Thomas on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 7:59 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sierra's Alex Rodberg has been spotted posting information about a new Tribes game at forum. (thanks Blues). Here is the scoop:

I don't think any game can ever be T1 again. Even if we were to recreate T1 in painstaking detail, it wouldn't be as popular as before. Most of you are already past the learning curve, and what made it addictive was moving up that curve.

Looking forward, we must rely on our (and your) ability to discern what was fun and what wasn't about all the Tribes games (and even other games) and end up with a finished product that is both new and familiar at the same time.

I'm confident in the team we have assembled for this daunting task. I can't wait to introduce you to them so we can get fans involved in the process as early as possible. When? When we make the official announcement, sometime next year.

EA Forecasts PC Market Share Gains In 2003

by Thomas on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 7:38 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Electronic Arts Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Larry Probst said the video game maker could gain market share in the personal computer segment next year if new versions of its popular "Sim City" games continue to draw in players. The latest entry in the build-a-virtual-world series is "Sim City 4," and an online version that allows for Internet play is scheduled to be released next week. These two, along with "Command & Conquer: Generals," should drive market share gains, Probst said Wednesday at the UBS Warburg 30th Annual Media Week Conference. He added that the company should maintain its mid-20% market share on Playstation 2 and a mid- to high-teens share on Microsoft Corp.'s XBox and Nintendo's GameCube.

'Black & Bruised' (NGC/PS2) - Official Website

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 12:57 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Offering gamers an online introduction to the game regarded by many as "the next generation Super Punch Out," Majesco today announced the launch of the official website of their over-the-top boxing title, Black & Bruised.

Neverwinter Nights 'Witch Wake' Part 1 - Mod Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 12:42 a.m. PST | Filed under News

BioWare Corp. today announced the release of Witch Wake Part One: The Fields of Battle, the first of an upcoming series of new story-based game modules for the award-winning Dungeons & Dragons computer role-playing game Neverwinter Nights. Read more for details and links where to grab the mod.

'A Sound Of Thunder' (GBA/PS2/Xbox) - Features & Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 11, 2002 @ 8:50 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Bam Ent. is hard at work on their cross platform title "A Sound Of Thunder" based on Ray Bradbury's classic story (and also upcoming movie). Its all about hunting dinosaur's Jurrasic Park style. Don’t change anything in the past, don’t leave anything behind and don’t bring anything back. Unfortunately someone screwed up… Today we have a ton of screens for all platforms .. Njoy!

'DOOM 3' Sound Designer Wanted

by Thomas on Dec. 11, 2002 @ 8:26 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Christian Antkow, Level Desiger @ id Software updated his .plan file with following announcement today:

We're looking to contract a sound designer to work on weapon sounds, impact sounds, monster sounds, world ambience, machinery, etc for our upcoming game, DOOM 3. Basically, you will be responsible for creating a lot of sounds that will be used in the game.

Find out more below!

'Daredevil' (GBA) Goes Gold

by Rainier on Dec. 11, 2002 @ 6:59 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Encore today announced that its Game Boy Advance version of Marvel's Daredevil has gone gold. The game is anticipated on store shelves in conjunction with the February 2003 premiere of the highly anticipated New Regency/ 20th Century Fox/Marvel Studios Daredevil movie starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. The "E" rated game -- which incorporates many elements of the feature film including its characters, costumes, and Hell's Kitchen, New York setting -- will retail for approximately $30.

'The Phantom : The Ghost Who Walks' (GBA) - Screens & Facts

by Thomas on Dec. 11, 2002 @ 6:44 p.m. PST | Filed under News

"Phantom - the ghost who walks" is an adventure-arcade game, that mixes action and puzzle game elements. The Phantom daily strip first ran in American newspapers on February 17, 1936 and is soon available for Game Boy Advance, developed by 7th Sense..

'Outlaw Volleyball: Spike or Die' (Xbox) - Features & Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 11, 2002 @ 6:42 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Simon & Schuster Interactive announced today additional details of its next installment in the Outlaw series of sports games that is being developed by New Jersey-based Hypnotix Inc. "Outlaw Volleyball: Spike or Die" (shipping: June 2003; Rated: "RP" by the ESRB) for Xbox, will feature 10 courts, 16 characters, and will be the first volleyball game on Xbox Live. Check out the asselicious screens ..