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Mix Some Tunes With Rockstar's 'Beaterator'

by Rainier on March 5, 2005 @ 1:42 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Rockstar launches Beaterator, a groundbreaking new Flash-based music sequencer, sampler and mixer built to work right in your browser. Beaterator gives anyone with an internet connection and Macromedia Flash the ability to craft advanced, original beats… and walk away with them as mp3s.

Yahoo! Goes Mobile And Launches Yahoo! Games Studio

by Rainier on March 5, 2005 @ 1:06 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Yahoo! Games today announced a number of strategic moves to bolster its mobile games capabilities, including the creation of the Yahoo! Games Studio and the acquisition of Stadeon, which helps Yahoo! Games provide multiplayer, multiplatform game functionality.

'Sid Meier's Pirates!' (Xbox) Dev. Diary #1 - Screens

by Rainier on March 4, 2005 @ 3:46 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In Pirates! you take the leading role of a Pirate Captain in the 17th century Caribbean trying to become the most revered and feared pirate in history - exploring high seas and exotic ports, overtaking enemies in fierce naval battles, engaging in duels and attempting to seize valuable booty. In this designer diary, Sid Meier explains why he and his team at Firaxis decided to produce an Xbox version of "Sid Meier's Pirates!"

'Scrapland' (Xbox) Finds its Way To Retail

by Rainier on March 4, 2005 @ 2:22 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Enlight along with Executive Producer American McGee and developer Mercury Steam, announced today that Scrapland for the Xbox has shipped to stores nationwide. An engagingly humorous 3rd person action-adventure game, Scrapland has drawn comparisons to such hits as Grand Theft Auto and Descent for its open-ended gameplay and extreme, futuristic 3D flying missions.

'LotR: The Battle for Middle-earth' Designer Leaves For Blizzard

by Rainier on March 4, 2005 @ 2:17 p.m. PST | Filed under News

GameSpy is reporting that LotR: Battle for Middle-earth design director Dustin Browder will be leaving EA, effective March 9, to team up with Blizzard as senior designer. The former Westwood employee worked on titles like Red Alert 2 and C&C Generals, and while Dustin did not disclose what Blizzard project he would be working on, he did confirm his new position was with the Warcraft/WoW team, and with his strategy background it could be a new Warcraft of Starcraft product. The article also states that another ex-Westwood employee, nobody less than EA's VP and Executive Producer Mark Skaggs is taken a leave of absense for personal/family reason.

'Elite Warriors: Vietnam' - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on March 4, 2005 @ 1:33 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In Elite Warriors: Vietnam, you will fight along side Green Beret commandoes as you conduct classified missions deep in Southeast Asia. By using patrol techniques still being used today in Iraq and Afghanistan you will rescue downed pilots, ambush convoys, seize enemy prisoners, and discover targets for air attacks.

'Nanostray' (NDS) - 8 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 4, 2005 @ 10:20 a.m. PST | Filed under News

A 3D sci-fi shooter developed by Shin’en, Nanostray boasts a wide array of weapons, un-lockable features and game modes, as well as an online ranking system that tracks the game’s top players. Nanostray’s touch screen features will allow players to track enemy movement via interactive radar and manage the various weapons and other special pick ups.

'Tactica Online' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on March 4, 2005 @ 9:50 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Imaginary Numbers today announced the development of Tactica Online, a fast-moving turn-based strategy RPG set in the conspiracy and intrigue of Leonardo da Vinci's world. The game is expected to be available worldwide in Fall 2005.

Activision Reveals New 'Call of Duty' (NGC/PS2/Xbox) Console Game

by Rainier on March 4, 2005 @ 9:34 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Activision will be enlisting gamers in an all new tour of duty this fall with its latest Call of Duty game for the consoles. The company will develop the new title using its internal studios Gray Matter, the developer of Call of Duty: United Offensive, and Treyarch, creators of the popular Spider-Man series.

'Predator: Concrete Jungle' (PS2/Xbox) - 26 New Screens

by Rainier on March 4, 2005 @ 9:24 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Predator: Concrete Jungle is currently in development by Eurocom for the PS2 and Xbox. The new 3rd person action/adventure game weaves the past with the future, as gamers become the terrifying Predator, hunting the Earth for criminals using superhuman powers, fantastic vision modes and an impressive array of alien weaponry.