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UbiSoft Drops 'The Matrix Online'

by Rainier on Feb. 25, 2004 @ 12:07 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Noticed on Gamespot that Ubisoft has announced they will no longer co-publishing The Matrix Online with Warner Brothers. "Ubisoft has been a great partner and we look forward to continuing our publishing relationship with them on several other projects," said Warner Senior Vice President Jason Hall. "Ubisoft will continue its strong and positive relationship with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment now and in the future on other games" said Gilles Langourieux, Managing Director of

Sony Announces 'EyeToy: Groove' (PS2) for North America

by Rainier on Feb. 25, 2004 @ 12:05 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. today announced the second title to utilize the EyeToy camera technology. EyeToy: Groove, exclusive to the PlayStation2, is the first interactive videogame that enables players to dance in time with one of the 28 licensed songs, from such artists as Elvis, Madonna, Jessica Simpson, Jamiroquai, and Fatboy Slim, with no controller or dance pad necessary. Developed by Sony Computer Entertainment London Studio, EyeToy: Groove is scheduled for release in Spring 2004 and will be available at an SRP of $49.99 with the EyeToy USB camera or $29.99 without.

'Conan: The Dark Axe' - Demo Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 25, 2004 @ 11:16 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Conan is a 3rd person action game, with few elements of RPG and adventure. TDK has released a patch for Cauldron's recently released 3rd person action/adventure title demo Conan, adressing some issues with Windows XP and GeForce4MX-based cards. Read more for download links..

'Super Mario Bros.' World Record Falls

by Rainier on Feb. 25, 2004 @ 10:57 a.m. PST | Filed under News

For years, the world record on NES' legendary Super Mario Bros. video game was stalled at 5 minutes and 20 seconds. In recent months, however, increased media publicity on classic gaming has re-ignited player enthusiasm for breaking long-standing records, with world titles falling on titles like Legend of Zelda and Metroid.

'Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow' - Online Tournament

by Rainier on Feb. 25, 2004 @ 10:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

One of the most anticipated video games of 2004, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow will make its big screen debut next month, in a first ever coast-to-coast video game tournament that will connect participants playing the game in New York and Los Angeles. The world premiere event will take place on March 15, at the Loews Cinemas movie theaters as hundreds of fans watch gamers battle it out in the "Spies vs. Mercenaries" online tournament.

'Bad Boys II' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 25, 2004 @ 9:46 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Barely released in the UK, Empire Interactive has alreadyreleased the first patch for Blitz Games' 3rd person shooter Bad Boys II. No details as to what this patch does, contains, not even a version number, so we will just have to take Empire's word for it (thanks 3DGamers). Read more for download links ...

'Savage: the Battle for Newerth' - Updated Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 25, 2004 @ 9:38 a.m. PST | Filed under News

To celebrate its European launch Digital Jesters has released the promised v2.0 demo for S2 Games' 3D Online Action/Strategy game Savage: the Battle for Newerth. The latest game demo includes three new maps (Alpenglow, GlacierPoint and SacrificeLedge), alongside new human and beast units and structures, Xfire support, as well as a host of other improvements and enhancements have been introduced, it has been updated with the latest code and contains all the fixes and updates that were made with the previous v2.0 retail patch. Read more for details and download links ...

'Aura: Fate of the Ages' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 25, 2004 @ 9:30 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Adventure Company today announced that it will publish Aura: Fate of the Ages on PC. Aura’s powerful story is based on an ancient legend that decrees that four sacred rings will bring great strength, power and immortality to he/she who collects them. Read more for details and screens ...

'X²: The Threat' Sells Big In UK & Germany

by Rainier on Feb. 25, 2004 @ 9:21 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Enlight announced today that X²: The Threat is experiencing great sales across North America and debuted as the top selling PC game in the UK and Germany during the second week of February.

'Origin Systems' Closure Confirmed ?

by Rainier on Feb. 25, 2004 @ 9:19 a.m. PST | Filed under News

According to published reports Electronic Arts' Origin Systems division is expected to inform its employees today that the company will be closing Origin and relocating its operations to California sometime in the near future. While the Austin game development community is obviously disappointed by the EA's decision, the Austin region will continue to thrive as the 3rd largest hub of game development activity in the United States, with more than 50 companies in the local area making major contributions to the game industry, including game development, publishing, tools, middleware, chips and hardware.