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'EQOA: Frontiers' (PS2) - Beta Signup & Screens

by Rainier on June 20, 2003 @ 5:07 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

SOE will be opening applications for beta testing EQOA: Frontiers, the second edition of EQOA. Beta testing can be an exciting time and an opportunity for new players to check out the game. SOE hopes to have roughly 10,000 existing EQOA players in the beta and the other half (10,000) be new people who haven't played the game before. To apply for a Beta slot, players should head over HERE . Beta applicants will need to have a PlayStation 2 and their own internet connection and must be at least 18 years old. SOE will be mailing out Beta DVDs in July to those chosen to be part of the testing process. Read more to check out a few new screens from the upcoming expansion ...

'EverQuest Online Adventures' (PS2) - New 'Isle of Dread' Content

by Rainier on June 20, 2003 @ 4:52 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sony Online Entertainment is breaking ground yet again, delivering the first unlockable content in EverQuest Online Adventures. EverQuest Online Adventures takes place during the Age of Adventure; a time set approximately five centuries before the original EverQuest for the PC. A brand new zone, the nefarious Isle of Dread, is now available for high level EQOA heroes to explore. The Isle of Dread is actually already encoded on the EQOA disc and is now being opened to players. Read more for details on the new 'Isle of Dread' zone and some screens ...

'Impossible Creatures: Insect Invasion' - Available NOW

by Rainier on June 20, 2003 @ 1:03 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

"Insect Invasion" is an add-on MOD for Impossible Creatures, the latest 3-D real-time strategy game from Alex Garden and Relic Entertainment, creators of the critically acclaimed "Homeworld." Building on the popularity of "Impossible Creatures" and its' MOD-friendly engine, Relic ups the ante with 15 new creatures, 9 new abilities and other game enhancements that add even more to Impossible Creatures already unprecedented gameplay features. Read more for download links ..

Valve & Plantronics Unveil Counter-Strike Headsets

by Rainier on June 20, 2003 @ 12:54 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Valve, creators of Counter-Strike and Half-Life, and Plantronics, a leading manufacturer of computer headsets, today unveiled a custom Counter-Strike headset. Based on the Plantronics' popular DSP-500, this plug-and-play USB headset features DSP technology and Counter-Strike's distinctive branding. The Counter-Strike headset is now available exclusively right here!

'Lethal Skies II' (PS2) - Release Date & Screens

by Rainier on June 20, 2003 @ 12:54 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sammy Studios today announced that Lethal Skies II will release exclusively for PS2 on September 9, 2003. The title is the new sequel in the popular arcade-style jet combat series developed by Asmik Ace. The series, known as Sidewinder in Japan, was introduced on the PS2 in North America last year with Lethal Skies. Lethal Skies II delivers brilliant graphics and particle effects and a host of new features, including new planes, 2-player dogfight mode, reversible missions and an updated premise heavily influenced by popular space flight shooters and science fiction films. Read more for details and a few new screens ...

SOE Announces 'Champions of Norrath' (PS2)

by Rainier on June 20, 2003 @ 12:52 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE), today announced Champions of Norrath: Realms of EverQuest, marking the company's entrance into single-player console gaming for the PlayStation2. Champions of Norrath, developed by Snowblind Studios (the creators of Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance) and published by Sony Online Entertainment, is expected to ship to U.S. and Canadian retail stores this Fall. Read more for details & features ...

'Naval Ops: Warship Gunner' (PS2) Preparing For Live Fire

by Rainier on June 20, 2003 @ 11:07 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

This is not a drill. KOEI announced today, Naval Ops: Warship Gunner, the real-time naval action game is prepared to ship this Tuesday June 24, 2003. Consumers can still pre-order the title at,, and The title is available exclusively for the PlayStation2. Read more for details ...

'Beast Horde' Revealed In 'Savage: The Battle For Newerth'

by Rainier on June 20, 2003 @ 10:12 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

S2 Games and iGames Publishing announce the debut of the beast horde into the current beta testing phase for Savage: The Battle for Newerth ; the much anticipated, first-ever real-time-strategy-shooter (RTSS). Participants in the beta test can now choose to fight on the side of man, equipped with technology and science, or on the side of the beast horde, armed with the forces of magic and nature. Savage: The Battle for Newerth is due to ship later this summer.

'Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic' - Website & Screens

by Rainier on June 20, 2003 @ 9:47 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Gathering and software developer Triumph Studios have fired up the Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic website. All the latest screenshots, downloads, and features are now available at the official Age Of Wonders: Shadow Magic website . The PC game, due to ship this July, is the latest installment in the award-winning spellbinding fantasy series. Read more to check out a few local screens ...

Nvidia Source Confirms ATI To Power 'Xbox 2'

by Rainier on June 20, 2003 @ 9:09 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

According to an article on TheRegister, gaming site has claimed its recent story ATI will provide the chipset and graphics technology for the Xbox 2 has been confirmed by an unnamed "senior source close to Nvidia". According to's source, "[Nvidia] didn't want to meet Microsoft's demands for the floating design of Xbox Next. It didn't make sense to partner on the project. At this moment in time, ATI is working with Microsoft." Check the entire article for more juicy rumor bits. To be taken with a serious grain of salt ..