'Devastation' - Dedicated Windows Available NOW

by Rainier on April 21, 2003 @ 10:17 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Digitalo has released a dedicated Windows server for the retail edition of Devastation, the new first-person shooter by Digitalo Studios. The server is compatible with clients updated to the latest (version 380) patch, and word is that running a devastation server is very much like running a UT2003 server, so most of the stuff at is relevant. This is an updated Windows server (v380) for the retail version of the game (not for the demo). Read more for details and download links ...

'Indiana Jones & The Emperor's Tomb' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on April 21, 2003 @ 7:27 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

You’re Indiana Jones. Legendary adventurer. Daring rogue. And the most butt-kicking archaeologist the world has ever seen. It’s 1935 and this time you must prevent a powerful Chinese artifact from falling into evil hands. This globe-spanning adventure pits you against evil Nazis and the Asian underworld with a mysterious and alluring partner, Mei Ying. It’ll take more than just a trusty whip and pistol to avoid deadly traps and navigate through all the dangerous environments. Do you have what it takes to make it back alive? The update fiddles with the game controllers' sensitivity settings and fixes a bunch of graphical bugs. Read more for download links ...

'Bandits: Phoenix Rising' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on April 21, 2003 @ 7:05 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Bandits: Phoenix Rising immerses players into a vast, desert wasteland, where they must control a cannon-mounted combat car in order to defeat heavily armed enemies and ultimately defend their gang. The Bandits: Phoenix Rising patch will update you to v1.1 focusing on game balance issues, adds a new level, and fixes a few bugs. Read more for download links ...

'EVE Online' - Beta Test GiveAway

by Rainier on April 21, 2003 @ 6:00 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

There was an email sent to the global beta sign up list this afternoon about pre-ordering EVE and getting into the beta (and pay for it). This does NOT apply to those who signed up for the beta through Worthplaying. Those that have signed up via WP site will be in for FREE, hence the word "beta give-away." You can still signup for the Eve Online beta, either click here or use the banner at the top of the page

'Impossible Creatures: Insect Invasion' - Free Add-On Revealed

by Rainier on April 21, 2003 @ 5:51 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Available for free download in Spring 2003, "Insect Invasion" is an add-on MOD for Impossible Creatures, the latest 3-D real-time strategy game from Alex Garden and Relic Entertainment, creators of the critically acclaimed "Homeworld." Building on the popularity of "Impossible Creatures" and its' MOD-friendly engine, Relic ups the ante with 15 new creatures, 9 new abilities and other game enhancements that add even more to Impossible Creatures already unprecedented gameplay features. Read more for details and the first screen..

'StarShift: The Zaran Legacy' - Beta Test Begins

by Rainier on April 21, 2003 @ 12:53 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The countdown is over to StarShift's first Beta Test. Starting Tuesday April 22 at 7:00PM (GMT-4:00), between 25 and 30 lucky gamers, who were chosen randomly from different countries, will get the opportunity to have the first public look at CODECO's newest title: StarShift - The Zaran Legacy. This initial phase of beta testing is a limited access test, but during a second phase of beta testing, gamers from around the world will be able to play StarShift on CODECO's servers. Read more for details ...

'Battlefield 1942' Sequel Coming?

by Rainier on April 21, 2003 @ 11:23 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Noticed on GameSpy that according to the results of a search of the US Patent and Trademark Office's Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS), Digital Illusions has trademarked the name "Battlefield Vietnam" for a PC computer game project. The Trademark was submitted February 12th of this year. Could this be the official sequel to Digital Illusion's ultra popular action game series, Battlefield 1942? Of course this has not been confirmed by EA nor Digital Illusions, but maybe we will hear more about it during the E3

Russian Publisher 1C's E3 Line Up

by Thomas on April 21, 2003 @ 11:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Russian publisher 1C Company will unveil a massive slate of 14 titles at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in May, 2003. Covering the genre spectrum, the titles run the gamut from WW2 action to whacky racing games. 1C will be located at booth #6035 in Kentia Hall at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Read more to check out 1C's E3 line up!

'Half-Life 2' Coming To E3

by Thomas on April 21, 2003 @ 11:02 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Shack today got this very brief statement from Valve Software, 'Half-Life 2 will be shown at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo'.. got a magazine cover from PC GamePlay, featuring Gordon and a female character.. The magazine preview itself is said to mention the game will be out before the end of the year.

'Uru: Ages Beyond Myst' - Screens

by Thomas on April 21, 2003 @ 10:19 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Uru: Ages Beyond Myst is a upcoming 3D adventure game from Ubi Soft and developed by Cyan Worlds. "Uru opens the world of the D'ni civilization to today's explorers. The once thriving, underground city is coming back to life as the D'ni ancestry in each of us beckons our return. The adventure includes a single-player component, an amazing experience of its own, and one that's sure to awaken a desire in the lone explorer for the wider, online community and endless additional Ages".. Today we have four new screenshot that you can check out below!

Tom Clancy Keeps 'Em Coming!

by Rainier on April 21, 2003 @ 9:22 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Noticed on Bluesnews that this Ubi Soft financial resultsheet reveals some interesting future projects: "Batman 2, Raven Shield, Prince of Persia, Loose Cannon, BGE, Ghost Recon 2, Splinter Cell: Shadow Strike, Settlers V, Far Cry, Strike'R, Crouching Tiger and Hidden Dragon, Charlie's Angels, Myst online." Nothing has been confirmed nor are any details given, but most interesting are without any doubt the Splinter Cell: Shadow Strike and Ghost Recon 2 revelations.

Play Films, Music Videos & MP3s On Your GBA And SP

by Thomas on April 21, 2003 @ 7:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Pocket PC Films, the worldwide leader in multimedia distribution for handheld devices (Pocket PC, Palm OS, PDA’s and portable media devices), today announced that their Portable Media Devices unit has formed a joint venture with Pocketainment, to market and distribute the Pocket Pix Cartridge™, a plug and play adaptor that enables full-length feature films, video, and MP3’s to be played on Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance, and Game Boy Advance SP.

Activision Announces 'X-Men: Legends' For PS2/XB/NGC

by Thomas on April 21, 2003 @ 7:04 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Activision, Inc. and Raven Software are giving gamers and Marvel fans the world over the chance to build their X-Men dream team with the announcement of X-Men: Legends for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, Xbox video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCube. In this real-time RPG, players get the chance to assemble, train and lead their own X-Men fighting force in a battle against some of the deadliest foes in the Marvel Universe including the Morlocks, the Brotherhood of Mutants and robotic Sentinels. To be successful, players will have to draw on the powers of a diverse pool of X-Men and use teamwork to unleash the full power of their squad. X-Men: Legends is expected to ship in 2004 and has not yet been rated by the ESRB.

'Test Drive' And 'Stuntman' Joins The PS2 Greatest Hits Collection

by Thomas on April 21, 2003 @ 6:59 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Atari announced today that Test Drive and Stuntman for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system will be relaunched as part of Sony Computer Entertainment America's "Greatest Hits" program this summer. To be eligible for the special collection, each game must be available at retail for more than nine months and boast sales in excess of 400,000 units.

Atari's 'Test Drive' Joins The XBox Platinum Hits Collection

by Thomas on April 21, 2003 @ 6:55 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Atari announced today that Test Drive for the Xbox video game system from Microsoft has been selected for inclusion in Microsoft's "Platinum Hits" program. The "Platinum Hits" program recognizes the most popular and best-selling games for the Xbox and repackages the titles with the "Platinum Hits" banner and a suggested retail price of $19.99.

'Resident Evil No Serenity' Mod For Half Life Announced

by Thomas on April 21, 2003 @ 6:44 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Resident Evil No Serenity is a Half-Life single player mod based on Resident Evil. It includes two main characters. The first one is the african american, Logan Walker. And the white female, Kim Forester.. Read more about this new mod and check out some ingame pics from Resident Evil No Serenity here!

'Will Rock' - Screens

by Rainier on April 21, 2003 @ 12:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Players will experience fast-paced shooter action through 10 huge varied levels and additional expertly designed multiplayer maps. The Ancient Greek/Roman setting allows for unique weapons that support the game's theme, including a Medusa Gun, Flaming Crossbow and Acid Rifle. The game's "real-time shattering" technology allows for a wealth of breakable objects, providing gamers with the experience of a truly interactive environment. With Will Rock's advanced gameplay technology and level design, players must rely on both quick thinking and reactions to solve environmental puzzles and survive the hardcore action!

About Hacking The Xbox

by Peter on April 20, 2003 @ 12:42 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

C.Net reports. Taking a break from working on his doctoral thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) graduate student Andrew "Bunnie" Huang decided that it might be fun to poke around the security systems protecting Microsoft's Xbox game console. With a little creative tinkering and a measure of precision soldering, Huang quickly isolated the main public security keys. Although legally prevented from sharing the keys with the world, he described his methods in detail in a widely distributed research paper, helping spur a wave of Xbox-hacking that has led to the development of Xbox versions of Linux and other homemade software. After graduating from MIT last year, Huang set up his own consulting business, specializing in reverse engineering. But he still has some more Xbox insights that he'd like to share with the world--that is, if only he can find a way.

'Warlords IV' Site Update

by Thomas on April 20, 2003 @ 10:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

This weekend Infinite Interactive updated the official site for their upcoming turn-based fantasy strategy game, Warlords IV, with details on three special units, The Orkish Bunny, The Hot Cross Goblin and The Egg Chukka.

'Star Wars Galaxies' Beta Test In Early May

by Thomas on April 20, 2003 @ 10:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Rich Vogel Executive Producer for Star Wars Galaxies has updated the official forum with a status report (thanks Blues). Here is a clip from the posting:

Well, it’s been a while since I last posted. Some people probably don’t know who I am. I am the Executive Producer of SWG. I thought I would give you guys an update on where we are in development.

The client team is busy working on adding more visual effects, polishing and enhancing UI, adding more optimizations to the client, and fixing bugs. The Beta Testers have already seen the results of some of our efforts with a faster frame rate, less hitching as you walk around town, new character system features (such as pitch-pointing weapons in combat, or the soon-to-be-released head-turning towards your look-at target). There’s more to do here, and like art, we’re grateful to have a little time to really polish up the client.

Our current plan is to go to Open Beta in early May. This all depends on how polished we are. I realize lots of you want to play but it is important that we make your play experience an enjoyable one.