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Book Review - 'Gaming Hacks'

by Mark Crump on March 13, 2005 @ 1:38 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Intended for hobbyist gamers, this collection offers 100 tips for playing, collecting, modifying, and enjoying the multitude of video games that can be played on a computer. The contributors show how to emulate classic games, enter the world of MMORPG, play with console and arcade hardware, and find new uses for a game engine.

Interview with Mythic CEO Mark Jacobs

by Mark Crump on March 3, 2005 @ 1:18 a.m. PST | Filed under Interviews

This is a two-part interview with Mark Jacobs, CEO of Mythic Entertainment. The original interview was conducted at Mythic's offices last year just before the launch of Catacombs, EverQuest 2, and World of WarCraft. Since some things have changed since then, Mr. Jacobs was kind enough to answer some follow-up questions via e-mail.

PC Review - 'Hearts of Iron 2'

by Mark Crump on Feb. 27, 2005 @ 1:00 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

In Hearts of Iron 2, you are the supreme leader of a country of your choosing during the tumultuous struggle of World War II, with the goal to win the World War through warfare and diplomacy. To achieve your goals you need to guide your nation through a multitude of aspects including alliances, technological advances, strategic thinking and military production.

PC Review - 'Dark Age of Camelot: Catacombs'

by Mark Crump on Jan. 6, 2005 @ 12:53 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

"Catacombs" is an expansion pack for "Dark Age of Camelot" in which players are given the opportunity to explore underground cities – with attached adventuring areas – based on the backstory of one underground player race per Realm. After a few weeks of play, here's our review...

PC Review - 'EverQuest II'

by Mark Crump on Dec. 12, 2004 @ 3:32 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

EverQuest II returns to the culturally diverse world of Norrath in the future of the original EverQuest, with the sheer size and graphical detail greater than ever seen before. Larger in scope than its predecessor, EverQuest II will allow players from every corner of the earth to explore familiar areas and new, undiscovered territories of Norrath.

PC Review - 'Star Wars Galaxies: Jump To Lightspeed'

by Mark Crump on Dec. 5, 2004 @ 1:34 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Star Wars Galaxies: Jump To Lightspeed dramatically expands the Star Wars Galaxies franchise by adding a whole new level of twitch-based gameplay to an already deep role-playing game. Jump To Lightspeed allows players to engage in fast-paced, real-time space dogfights against faction-aligned opponents or AI controlled ships while traveling throughout 10 content rich space sectors.

PC Preview - 'Dark Age of Camelot: Catacombs'

by Mark Crump on Nov. 17, 2004 @ 4:05 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

"Catacombs" is an expansion pack for "Dark Age of Camelot" in which players are given the opportunity to explore underground cities – with attached adventuring areas – based on the backstory of one underground player race per Realm.

PC Review - 'Codename: Panzers'

by Mark Crump on Nov. 17, 2004 @ 3:08 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Panzers takes you into the heady battles of World War II. Whether you play in towns with bullet-riddled buildings, bleak mountain landscapes or treacherous swamps - Panzers gives you real-time combat rampages in awesome 3D graphics. Experience the nerve-jangling thrill of strategic gaming - in Panzers!

PC Review - 'Shade: Wrath of Angels'

by Mark Crump on Nov. 4, 2004 @ 2:37 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

In 'Shade: Wrath of Angels' you take on the role of a secretive ex-military mercenary, who receives a letter from his brother asking to meet him in an old Eastern European town. Once there the player finds the town strangely quiet - until he discovers dead bodies, frighten soldiers and scientists running away from the town.

'Dark Age Of Camelot: Catacombs' - Developer Q&A

by Mark Crump on Nov. 3, 2004 @ 2:55 a.m. PST | Filed under Interviews

"Catacombs" is an expansion pack for "Dark Age of Camelot" in which players are given the opportunity to explore underground cities – with attached adventuring areas – based on the backstory of one underground player race per Realm. With the release coming up next month, we sent out our resident MMORPG guru to track down Mythic Entertainment's Matt Firor and ask him a few questions ...