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Microsoft Launches New 'WinXP Game Advisor'

by Rainier on June 29, 2004 @ 10:48 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Windows XP users now have a start-to-finish solution that makes it easy for them to find the most compelling games for their personal computer. The Windows XP Game Advisor answers the commonly asked questions, “What game should I buy? Is it appropriate for my children? Will it run on my computer?” The Windows XP Game Advisor lets people try before they buy. They can look at screenshots, watch trailers, try a free demo and then order the game online, knowing that the game can be played on their PC.

'John Deere American Farmer' Ships To Stores

by Rainier on June 29, 2004 @ 10:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Providing a realistic simulation of the American farmer, Bold Games, a unit of Destineer, and Gabriel Entertainment today announced John Deere American Farmer, a PC game in which players create, build and manage a successful farm. John Deere American Farmer is the first computer game licensed by Deere & Company.

'Mega Man Battle Network 4' (GBA) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on June 29, 2004 @ 10:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Capcom today announced the release of Mega Man Battle Network 4 in two versions- Red Sun and Blue Moon for the GBA. Each version presents many challenges for players as they encounter different enemies, battle chips, souls and characters. A Game Link Cable can be used for competitive gameplay and battle chip exchanges. Mega Man Battle Network 4 Red Sun and Mega Man Battle Network 4 Blue Moon are now available at retailers across North America.

'Close Combat: First to Fight' (Xbox/PC) - Screens

by Rainier on June 29, 2004 @ 10:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Lead a four-man fireteam of US Marines through the perils of authentic, modern urban combat in a Middle-Eastern urban battleground. This is an action-oriented, first-person 3D shooter that is being developed under the direction of the US Marine Corps as a training simulation for use by the Marine Corps. Close Combat: First to Fight is as close as you can get on a computer or Xbox to being a Marine fireteam leader in modern urban combat! Read more for new screens, or check the one's from a few days ago ...

'Perimeter' Ships To North American Stores

by Rainier on June 29, 2004 @ 9:42 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Codemasters announced today the company’s groundbreaking real time strategy game, Perimeter, has shipped to North American retail outlets. Developed in Russia by 1C Company and KD-LAB, Perimeter is now available exclusively for PC.

NVIDIA Launches Multi-GPU 'SLI' Technology

by Rainier on June 29, 2004 @ 9:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

NVIDIA Corporation today unveiled a revolutionary new technology that enables multiple NVIDIA GeForce 6 Series or NVIDIA Quadro graphics cards to operate in a single PC or workstation for a stunning increase in graphics horsepower. Appearing later this year in PCI Express-based PCs and workstations from the world's top manufacturers, the new NVIDIA SLI technology takes full advantage of the additional bandwidth and features of this new high-bandwidth bus architecture.

'Chronicles Of Riddick' Coming To PC ?

by Rainier on June 29, 2004 @ 9:04 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Noticed on Homelan that they point to a new listing on EBGames indicating that Vivendi might be bringing Starbreeze's The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay to the PC. The listing has an estimated ship date for the PC port as November 15th 2004 (for the low price of $29.99), and while these online store listing are often nothing but wild rumours, an Xbox to PC port is not such a atretch. No official word or announcement from Vivendi on this matter yet. To be continued....

'Kenn Hoekstra' Leaves 'Raven Software'

by Rainier on June 29, 2004 @ 9:01 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Kenn Hoekstra let us know, through his website Kenn's World, that effective Wednesday, June 30th will resign from Raven Software. "I'm sure the question many of you are asking is 'why?' (Then again, maybe you aren't!) Put simply, I've reached a point in my life where it's time for me to move on to new challenges…to take some risks and make some time for a few things I've always wanted to do. I don't deal well with 'what might have been' scenarios. That said, there are some shots I need to take and I believe now is the time for me to take them. The way I see it, if I don't do it now, I may never get the chance again."

'Pirates of the Burning Sea' - Screens

by Rainier on June 29, 2004 @ 8:53 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Pirates is broadband only, with high-end hardware specifications for graphics -- a GeForce 3 or better is required in at least a 1GHz machine, and the game is optimized for the latest DirectX 9.0-class cards. Pirates is being published on-line directly to gamers using Valve's new Steam technology, the same delivery system used by Half-Life 2 and Counterstrike 2. Check out the new seaworthy screens ...

NCsoft Launches First Update to 'Lineage II'

by Rainier on June 29, 2004 @ 8:48 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

NCsoft Corporation today released the first major update to it's acclaimed massively multiplayer online game Lineage? II: The Chaotic Chronicle. The update, Chronicle 1: Harbingers of War, adds stirring castle sieges, new fierce monsters, items and quests, and a significantly expanded 3D world. The update is free to all Lineage II subscribers via automatic download.