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Video Game Pioneer 'Atari' Sinks & Drowns

by Rainier on Feb. 13, 2003 @ 11:46 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The last studio linked to the iconic video game company is winding down its operations this month. More than a hundred employees are losing their jobs. Some of these staffers date back to Atari's heyday in the 1970s. One employee worked on Atari's second game, Tank. Parent company Midway Games, which bought Atari's arcade division in 1996, said the downsizing is necessary to cut costs.

'Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 13, 2003 @ 11:43 a.m. PST | Filed under News

A few days after Battlefront.com released the v1.02 patch for the US version of Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin, now CDV has released the Euro patch (but its quite a big bigger). This patch includes 17 new and improved vehicle and gun models, refinements to several commands and further tweaks to the fatigue and moral systems. Added Features include a new "pure armor" Quick Battle force type which will only allow "armor" units to be purchased plus dozens of unit and weapon/armor data updates and bug fixes. Read more for download links and detailed fix list ...

'Ultimate Baseball Online' Scores Big with Alpha Testers

by Rainier on Feb. 13, 2003 @ 11:04 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Netamin Corporation reported today that over 1,200 gamers registered and requested to take part in the initial alpha testing for Ultimate Baseball Online. The first pitch of the opening game was thrown February 7, 2003 and the testing will continue through March 1, 2003.

'Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne' - Beta Test Signups Announced

by Rainier on Feb. 13, 2003 @ 10:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Beginning Friday morning, February 14th, individuals will have the opportunity to log on to the beta signup page right here, and register for their chance to be one of 10,000 players chosen to play-test Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. These players will be the first to experience the new Expansion to Warcraft® III: Reign of Chaos. Read more for details!

'Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six : Raven Shield' Goes Gold

by Rainier on Feb. 13, 2003 @ 10:30 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Ubi Soft Entertainment announced today that the third installment of it's best-selling Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Series, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield has reached gold master status. The Rainbow Six series is one of the most popular action series on the PC, having sold almost 7 million copies worldwide to date.

'Backyard Baseball' (NGC) - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 13, 2003 @ 12:34 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The roar of the crowd. The warm summer air. The dirt on your pants. Backyard Baseball brings the excitement of summer ball games to the GameCube – with all new 3D graphics! Catch all the great baseball excitement with the Backyard Kids and real pro baseball players as kids. Pick your team, position players and choose a field to play on for single games or an entire season. Choose from all 30 MLB teams or create your own winning line-up with custom team names and uniforms. It’s the chance of a lifetime to play with the pros right in your own backyard!

'NeverWinter Nights' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 12, 2003 @ 4:30 p.m. PST | Filed under News

BioWare has released a new patch for Neverwinter Nights, updating their role playing game to v1.28. There have been some Aurora toolset changes, there's new ATI code for the Catalyst 3.0/3.1 drivers, and there have been some stability fixes among other things. Read more for detailed fix list and download links ...

'Shadowbane' - Journal Update & Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 12, 2003 @ 4:16 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The Official Shadowbane website just released two new Herald journals detailing the latest events inside of the closed Ubi Soft beta test. The first journal is called Avarice: The Jewel of Southern Tyrranth which is a guided tour of one of the most successful player cities inside of the Shadowbane beta test. The guided player-city tour contains screenshots of buildings and hirelings at work, and two interviews with beta testers who manage the town. The second Herald journal is called The Power of Gold, a follow-up report to the earlier chronicles surrounding the Siege of Stormwood last month. This journal includes screens, and details the rise of mercenary companies inside the heated political and military conflicts of Shadowbane's beta test. Read more to check out the screens ...

'Sacred' - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 12, 2003 @ 4:09 p.m. PST | Filed under News

German publisher Ascaron released their latest RPG/Fantasy Adventure game Sacred in Spring 2002, but no word about English release date. Sacred will allow you to choose one of 6 (3 male/3 female) totally different characters, ranging from Magicians, Gladiators, Dark Elves and more. Your journey will take you to the wastelands of "Ancaria", far at the southern border of the human kingdom, where the evil Magician 'Shaddar' hides in his tower after he was banished for his on-going cruelties. Check out these 6 new screens ..

'Republic: The Revolution' - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 12, 2003 @ 4:06 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Republic: The Revolution is the ground breaking new strategy title boasting jaw-dropping visuals utilising the most advanced graphic engine ever seen. Republic: The Revolution is being developed by London based Elixir Studios and is already one of the most talked about titles of the year. Elixir Studios also let us know that they, as of today, will start a daily Q&A on their Forum with key members of the Republic Team where you will be able to ask questions, discuss topics and debate the fine details of the forthcoming Republic: The Revolution. They also released a new batch of screens, so read more and check them out!