Rainier's Articles


ESRB Updates Their Game Rating System

by Rainier on June 26, 2003 @ 11:02 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) announced advances to the computer and video game rating system today designed to provide parents and other consumers with a new and unprecedented level of detail about game content. The changes include the addition of four new ESRB content descriptors -- short, standardized phrases printed on the back of game boxes that alert consumers to content elements that may be of interest or concern -- and new, bolder labels intended to draw consumer attention to those content descriptors. If this junk is of any interest, read more for details ...

Sony Plans 'Star Wars Galaxies' Add-on For 2004

by Rainier on June 26, 2003 @ 10:56 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

This much-anticipated first add-on for the Star Wars Galaxies series, scheduled for release in 2004, will introduce personal starships and starfighters, which can be used for interplanetary travel or space combat. The expansion also promises additional worlds, playable species, non-player characters, new creatures and more! "The staggered release schedule of the space component of the Star Wars Galaxies series will benefit players because they will have time to establish their characters and explore different elements of the core game before we add the space layer," says Rich Vogel, director of development at Sony Online Entertainment's Austin studio. "Once the space component becomes available, players who have been with us since the beginning will be ready to buy their own starships and launch into this new arena."

Thrustmaster Reveals New Line Of Sound Systems

by Rainier on June 26, 2003 @ 10:55 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Thrustmaster announces the two latest entries in its multi-platform range of accessories: the 5.1 Sound System and 2.1 Sound System. More powerful than the previous speaker kits, these are fully compatible with all video game consoles – including Playstation 2, Xbox and GameCube – as well as with PC, DVD players, TV sets and VCRs. Read more for details and specifications ...

'R: Racing Evolution' (PS2/NGC/Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on June 26, 2003 @ 10:42 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Namco's new R: Racing Evolution is being created by the same team that developed the critically-acclaimed Ridge Racer and MotoGP franchises. The game will be available on all three console platforms and will ship in Q4 2003. Featuring licensed cars, 11 real-world and fantasy tracks, and 8 different race types. Some new screens raced in so read more to check them out!

'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time' - Screens

by Rainier on June 26, 2003 @ 10:29 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time takes place within an exotic, mysterious world representing Persian architecture, animals and attire. After his father invades the palace of the Maharajah, the Prince, tricked by a treacherous vizier, uses a magic dagger to release the dangerous Sands of Time from an ornate hourglass. With the aid of a beautiful, mysterious, and potentially untrustworthy ally, players embody the Prince to recapture the Sands of Time and restore peace to the land. Check out the new screens ...

'Conflict: Desert Storm 2' (PS2/XB) - Screens

by Rainier on June 26, 2003 @ 10:26 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Shortly after the big success of Conflict:Desert Storm SCI/Pivotal started working on sequels hoping to cash in even more on the trend of today's events. We scored some new screens for the PS2 & Xbox versions of the game. The players inventory now supports smooth scrolling and hot keys which allow the player to quickly navigate its contents. Before, the inventory didn’t have an end as it cyclically wrapped which inevitably caused confusion. The inventory also now supports transparency at either end. Read more to check them out!

'Pirates Of The Caribbean' (Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on June 26, 2003 @ 10:19 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Pirates of the Caribbean game transports players to the 17th Century where they can experience life as a pirate in any way they see fit," said executive producer Todd Vaughn. "Whether they want to be feared by all and welcome nowhere, or just enjoy compelling missions or a life at sea, we're creating a game that fits their gameplay style. A few new screens, check them out!

'Star Trek Elite Force II' - Dedicated Win32 Server Available NOW

by Rainier on June 26, 2003 @ 10:02 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Activision has released the, unsupported, beta update for Ritual's newly available sci-fi FPS "Star Trek Elite Force II", bringing the dedicated Win32 server to v1.01. This update is for server administrators ONLY (useless for multiplayer clients or other game owners) and removes the requirement of needing the game CD in the CD-ROM drive. Read more for details & download links ...

Various Game Trailers Available NOW

by Rainier on June 26, 2003 @ 9:42 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Another day, another batch of game trailers were released. Instead of giving them all their own post, we grouped them and so far there are trailers for :

  • March!: Offworld Recon - Trailer
  • Lock On - Trailer


  • We will update this throughout the day when new trailers become available. Read more for download links ...

'MVP Baseball 2003' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on June 26, 2003 @ 9:28 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

EA has released the first patch for their latest title in the MVP Baseball franchise bringing your retail game to v1.1. This upgrade is required for online play and adresses some graphical issues, some cpu crashes, updates rosters and added player signature animations. Read more for detailed fix list and download links ...