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'Bully' (PS2/Xbox) Under Fire From British Politician

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2005 @ 5:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

BBC News revealed that British Member of Parliament Keith Vaz is going after Roickstar's upcoming title Bully claiming that the game will inspire violence among schoolchildren. Vaz has approached the House of Commons stating his concern about Rockstar's decision to publish a new game in which players use their on-screen persona to kick and punch other schoolchildren, asking that the game should be treated like a violent film, and should go before the British Board of Film Classification or be banned completely. A Rockstar rep told the BBC that just as books aren't judged by their covers, video games shouldn't be judged by their titles or individual scenes. To Be Continued ...

'Act of War: Expansion' Revealed - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2005 @ 4:28 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Atari revealed today revealed the first details of what is an expansion pack for Eugen Systems' RTS Act of War. While there is no official name for the addon just yet, Atari did disclose it will expand into naval warfare with over a dozen different vessels, such as AEGIS cruisers, frigates, aircraft carriers and submarines. Less scripting, better AI and camera handling. More details surely to come soon, but in the meantime, check the first four screens ...

Vicious Engine Becomes Official PSP Middleware

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2005 @ 4:03 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Vicious Cycle Software announced that it has officially joined the Sony Computer Entertainment Tools and Middleware program for PSP. The company will offer its Vicious Engine toolset to developers and publishers of games for the PSP platform as a licensed middleware solution.

'Age of Pirates' - 44 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2005 @ 3:57 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The world of Age of Pirates exists on 16 islands and the endless seas of the Caribbean. The two main characters each have their own spectacular story. Age of Pirates embodies the freedom of sailing, trading, fighting, colonization and the unlimited exploration of the real Caribbean.

Koch Media Signs 'Panzer Elite Action' (PS2/Xbox/PC) Co-Publishing Agreement

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2005 @ 3:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

KOCH Media announced today a further co-publishing deal has been signed with JoWooD for Panzer Elite Action, in addition to the contracts already signed for the games Gothic 3, SpellForce 2 and The Guild 2. KOCH Media has the exclusive licensing and distribution rights for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the UK and Italy.

'The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion' (X360/PC) - 2 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2005 @ 6:12 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Oblivion is a single-player game that takes place in Tamriel's capital province, Cyrodiil. You are given the task of finding the hidden heir to a throne that sits empty, the previous emperor having been killed by an unknown assassin. Oblivion is another leap forward in role-playing with its combination of freeform gameplay and cutting-edge graphics.

'Football Manager 2006' Selling Big In The UK

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2005 @ 5:28 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

SEGA Europe and Sports Interactive are delighted to confirm that last Friday's UK launch of Football Manager 2006 has netted retail sales of over 100,000 units during its first weekend of release according to Chart-Track retail estimates. Storming the PC chart at No.1, Football Manager 2006 is now the 2nd fastest-selling PC game of all time in the UK.

'City of Villains' - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2005 @ 4:54 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

City of Villains is an expansion to NCsoft's MMORPG City of Heroes, set in the Rogue Isles, a treacherous region not far from Paragon City. Players can now build their criminal empires and spread their own reign of terror.

'Half-Life 2: Lost Coast' Now Available Through Steam

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2005 @ 4:44 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Valve announced that Half-Life 2: Lost Coast, a single-player level custom-created to showcase High-Dynamic Range lighting (HDR) in the Source engine, is available now to all owners of HL2. As a technology showcase, Half-Life 2: Lost Coast's system requirements are very high. During installation, Steam will prompt you if your system does not meet the recommended configuration.

'Neverwinter Nights 2' - 4 HiRes Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2005 @ 4:33 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Originally developed by BioWare, Neverwinter Nights has set a new standard in the role-playing genre with a deep and engrossing storyline; immersive character development; stunning graphics; and, an expansive multiplayer experience like none other. Now Atari, Obsidian Entertainment and BioWare are bringing Neverwinter Nights 2 to the PC, expected early 2006.