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FBI Shuts Down SNES Piracy Operation

by Rainier on April 15, 2005 @ 12:49 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The FBI has arrested four Chinese nationals in New York for allegedly distributing video game consoles that contain Nintendo's famous game software. With approximately 40 FBI agents, they seized more than 60,000 illegal products during five raids on April 13. The illegal products, marketed under the brand name "Power Player," contain dozens of pirated versions of popular Nintendo games like Donkey Kong, Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt.

'Blitzkrieg II' - 4 New Screens

by Rainier on April 15, 2005 @ 12:47 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Blitzkrieg II is created with a new focus on fast-paced gameplay, a strategic layer and new tactical opportunities. A completely new engine takes WWII into full 3D where players can command famous aces and units, strategically plan battles in multiple theatres, choose their reinforcements and use a wide range of new unit types such as aircraft and ships.

'Pac'N Roll' (NDS) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on April 14, 2005 @ 6:36 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Namco announced today Pac’N Roll will be shipping exclusively for the Nintendo DS in Summer 2005. Taking advantage of the DS’s touch screen, the game allows players to control a spherical Pac-Man with the stylus by rolling, dashing and bouncing around the environment with unprecedented ease.

'KOTOR II: The Sith Lords' - v1.0b Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on April 14, 2005 @ 4:38 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

LucasArts has released a new patch for Obsidian's Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. This patch brings your North American retail game to v1.0b, and adds Intel i915 chipset support, some new voice lines and addresses various game crashes, journal & scripting fixes, and a few other tweaks. Read more for download links ...

Various Game Trailers #482

by Rainier on April 14, 2005 @ 2:32 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

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

  • Pariah - Trailer (2)
  • Metal Combat - Trailer

'Madagascar' (ALL) - 12 New Screens

by Rainier on April 14, 2005 @ 2:13 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

At New York's Central Park Zoo, a lion, a zebra, a giraffe, and a hippo are best friends and stars of the show. But when one of the animals goes missing from their cage, the other three break free to look for him, only to find themselves reunited ... on a ship en route to the island of Madagascar. When their vessel capsizes off the coast, however, the friends, who have all been raised in captivity, learn first-hand what life can be like in the wild.

Will Actors No Longer Have a Voice In VideoGames?

by Rainier on April 14, 2005 @ 1:23 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

A contract between video game developers and unionized actors lending their voices to video games is set to expire on Friday, and no new contract has been agreed upon, leaving open the possibility of actors on strike. The Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA are in negotiations with a group of major videogame publishers, all of which have come to rely on union talent for increasingly cinematic videogames. Since videogame revenue rivals that of the box office, SAG wants a piece of the pie, and a strike could affect actors such as Clint Eastwood, Vin Diesel, or even Marlon Brando in EA's The Godfather. Read the full article over at Variety...

'Enthusia Professional Racing' (PS2) - 11 New Screens

by Rainier on April 14, 2005 @ 1:07 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Get behind the wheel and experience the sensation of racing actual cars. As in the real world, Enthusia emphasizes pure driving skills and ensures that winning is a result of ability rather than how much money has been spent tuning a car. Maintaining a subtle balance between the power of the car and the driver’s skill, Enthusia promises to deliver the ultimate driving experience for racing fans of all abilities.

JoWood's E3 2005 Lineup

by Rainier on April 14, 2005 @ 12:46 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

JoWooD Productions presents the line-up for the coming E3 in Los Angeles. With several top titles and amazing highlights like Gothic 3, Stargate SG-1: The Alliance and SpellForce 2, JoWooD provides a fascinating portfolio and exciting “first looks” into the products of 2005 / 2006.

'Brothers in Arms' SDK Testers Needed

by Rainier on April 14, 2005 @ 12:15 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Gearbox Software is pleased to announce a beta test program for the eagerly awaited Brothers in Arms Software Development Kit (BiA:SDK). In preparation for the global release of the BiA:SDK, Gearbox is looking for a dedicated group of testers to put the development tools and tutorials through their paces. Slots in the beta test are limited to the first 100 qualified applicants. To sign up for the beta test please read this post in the Brothers in Arms Editing forum at Gearbox Software.