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Microsoft Opening Shop In New York?

by Rainier on Aug. 30, 2005 @ 10:09 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Seattle Times is speculating that Bill Gates might be opening shop in New York to promote the upcoming Xbox 360. A retail store would dovetail with Microsoft's recent efforts to raise its profile in New York, an area that generates more than $1 billion a year in business-software sales for the company. New York is also home to the media giants Microsoft is courting with its software for distributing and protecting music, movies, games and television. Possible location might be smack in the middle of Times Square.

Various Game Trailers #585

by Rainier on Aug. 30, 2005 @ 9:19 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 :

  • Bet on Soldier - Trailer #10
  • Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure - Trailer #5
  • Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects - Story Mode Trailer
  • Prince of Persia Kindred Blades - Dev. Diary #2
  • The Witcher - Trailer (3)


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

Promotions In 'Civilization IV' - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 30, 2005 @ 4:56 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The fourth game in the PC strategy series that has sold over five million copies, Sid Meier's Civilization IV is a bold step forward for the franchise, with spectacular new 3D graphics and all-new single and multiplayer content. Civilization IV will also set a new standard for user-modification, allowing gamers to create their own add-ons using the standard Python and XML scripting languages. Firaxis producer Barry Caudill tells us more about the new Civilization IV promotions feature.

'Hard Truck: Apocalypse' - 34 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 30, 2005 @ 4:39 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

This third person action/RPG is set in the post-apocalyptic environment full of menacing mysteries and unfriendly inhabitants. Explore the new world using your heavy truck. The truck is your ultimate shelter, armor and a mean to earn your living. The upgrades of your heavy truck will pave the road to your victories in truck battles. Seems Buka changed the name of the game once more...

'Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure' (ALL) Ships In November

by Rainier on Aug. 30, 2005 @ 4:19 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Atari and Marc Ecko today announced Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure will now ship in November 2005 for a simultaneous launch on the PS2, Xbox, and PC. "The extra time offers the development team at The Collective additional time for adding the polish that a groundbreaking game like Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure deserves," said Marc Metis, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Atari, Inc.

'The King of Fighters 02/03' (Xbox) Brawls Its Way To Retail

by Rainier on Aug. 30, 2005 @ 4:04 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

SNK announced today that they have shipped - The King of Fighters 02/03 Combo for the Xbox. The King of Fighters 02/03 is the ultimate two-in-one pack of extreme 2D fighting on two DVDs. The King of Fighters 02/03 Combo will feature Xbox Live head-to-head fighting with KOF 2003 also supporting Tournament mode and rematch capabilities.

'Battlefield 2: Special Forces' - 2 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 30, 2005 @ 3:54 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Battlefield 2: Special Forces brings the intensity and excitement of its predecessors into the realm of covert ops with the latest, most technologically advanced vehicles and weapons systems available to man.

'Battlefield 2: Modern Combat' (PS2/Xbox) - 5 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 30, 2005 @ 3:51 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The first-ever Battlefield console installment will drop players into the heat of battle on the high tech frontlines, entering a new modern era of combat with more firepower and new expansive environments. Armed with the latest modern weaponry, players can take control of over 30 vehicles, including tanks, helicopters and fast attack vehicles, to engage in major conflicts in some of the largest online battles.

'Far Cry Instincts' (Xbox) - 5 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 30, 2005 @ 3:19 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Far Cry Instincts is a technically advanced gaming experience built from the ground up using the kind of cutting-edge technology that Far Cry fans will recognize from the PC title. Far Cry Instincts will ship for Xbox in September 2005.

'Halo 2 Multiplayer Map Pack' (Xbox) Available For Free Download

by Rainier on Aug. 30, 2005 @ 1:53 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Halo 2 multiplayer map pack which was previously a premium download only, is now free for Xbox Live members as of today. The download is available today, August 30th at 5pm ET/2pm PT. Some members may have access to the download before this time, but everyone will have it by 5pm ET/2pm PT. If you see the maps are still premium, wait until after 5pm ET/2pm PT to download them,t he system will show them as free at this time (thanks VE3D).