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Hollywood Stars Do Voice-overs in 'Rayman 3 Hoodlum Havoc'

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 11:25 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Ubi Soft Entertainment has announced two Hollywood celebrities who will play feature voiceover roles in Rayman3 Hoodlum Havoc, a video game slated for release in March 2003 that is already stirring a buzz among the gaming community. Read more for details and download a Globox sample file ...

'Wallace & Gromit' (PS2/Xbox) - Features & Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 11:03 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In 'Wallace & Gromit' players will rescue young animals from the clutches of mischievous monkeys and thwart Feathers McGraw's twisted and diabolical plan for total zoo domination. Set in an immersive 3D world, the player is cast as Gromit and is challenged to solve puzzles and locate keys in order to rescue the young animals. Machine parts, located throughout the game's many testing levels, must also be gathered so that the ever-inventive Wallace can create a marvellous contraption with which to deal the final knockout blow to the dastardly Feathers and his vile plans. Check out the new load of Xbox and PS2 screens ...

Global Star Software Signs 'Bowling' Deal With Digital Fusion

by Patrick on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 10:34 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Today Global Star Software has announced that they have signed a agreement with developer Digital Fusion to release an as-yet-unnamed 3D Bowling title for the PC Platform. Although still in the early stages of development, the game will feature multiple characters and environments, as well as online play. The game is tentatively set for release some time next summer. Apart from these 2 screens, not much else known about the product ..

'Counter Strike' & 'Team Factor' - Dedicated Servers

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 10:11 p.m. PST | Filed under News

A new beta of the dedicated server software for Counter-Strike is now available. There is a Counter-Strike Win32 server v4.1.1.0c version available as well as a Counter-Strike Linux server v3.1.1.0c version. Meanwhile, a new version 1.25 dedicated Linux server for Team Factor has been released which allows the hosting of a server for the European version of the game only (thanks Blue's News). Read more for details, install help and links where to grab the goods ...

'Legion' & 'Hearts of Iron' Comes To Apple´s PowerMac.

by Thomas on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 8:57 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Paradox Entertainment has licensed the British developer Virtual Programming Ltd the right to convert the award-winning historical strategy games Legion and Hearts of Iron to Apple´s PowerMac. The games will be released during 2003. Paradox Entertainment has previously licenced the Macintosh rights to Europa Universalis 2 to Virtual Programming Ltd who has specialist competence in converting into the MacOS.

'Lionheart' - Trailer

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 7:47 p.m. PST | Filed under News

It is 1588 A.D., a critical year of an alternate history hauntingly familiar yet fantastically alien to our own. Because of one fateful event during the Third Crusade, the history of this world diverged. This event, the Disjunction, ripped open a long-sealed breach to other worlds. Magic energy and powerful spirits flowed into the world, changing the lands and the people forever. Read more for links to grab the very first trailer with in-game footage from Black Isle Studios/Reflexive Entertainment's "Lionheart". Njoy!

'Micro Machines' For NGC & GBA In January 2003

by Thomas on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 6:36 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Infogrames announces that it will be shipping Micro Machines for Nintendo’s GameCube and Game Boy Advance to retailers in January 2003. Infogrames’ Sheffield House development studio (responsible for the GameCube version) and Paragon 5 / Infinite Dreams (who made the Game Boy Advance version) have produced polished, vibrant games that are sure to delight Nintendo fans of all ages with their quirky sense of humour and fast and furious gameplay.

'Sammy Studios' Strengthens Developer Team

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 6:28 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Sammy Studios Inc. today announced the addition of Clinton Keith. Clinton comes to the company from Rockstar San Diego, the developer formerly known as Angel Studios, Inc., where he served as director/lead programmer. He joins Sammy Studios as lead tools programmer, working with teams currently creating the company’s first internally-developed video games in North America.

'World War II Online' - Free Play & New Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 6:21 p.m. PST | Filed under News

PlayGATE is contacting all former players to let them hear some great news- they have released a major update with new features, gameplay and vehicles AND starting Friday, December 13th you can come back and play for free! At approximately 1700 ET on Friday, December 13th, they will reactivate all accounts which were closed between June 6th 2001 and December 10th, 2002 for access to the game and forums. This does not apply to banned or special promotional accounts. On or before January 11th, 2003 you'll need to update your billing information in order to continue playing. We already have the latest patch available so read more for details and links where to grab it ...

French Police Raids Vivendi HQ

by Thomas on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 5:29 p.m. PST | Filed under News

French police raided Vivendi Universal's headquarters and other unspecified premises Thursday as part of a financial-accounts investigation, judicial and police sources said Thursday. The raid, by financial-division police, is part of a probe into potential irregularities in Vivendi's accounts when under the leadership of former chairman and chief executive Jean-Marie Messier, the sources said. A spokesman for the French media company has confirmed a search was being performed at Vivendi's headquarters and was related to the accounts investigation.

'Rally Fusion: Race of Champions' (PS2/XB) Ships To Retail

by Thomas on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 5:12 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The action moves into high gear with the release of Activision, Inc.'s Rally Fusion: Race of Champions. Based on the Michelin Race of Champions, which is held annually in the Canary Islands, the game lets players take on the top racers from the world of motorsport with the ultimate goal of becoming the "Champion of Champions." Developed by Climax, Rally Fusion: Race of Champions for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system and Xbox video game system from Microsoft has been rated "E" (Everyone) by the ESRB and has a suggested retail price of $49.99.

MindComet Launches Advergame For The NHL

by Thomas on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 5:10 p.m. PST | Filed under News

MindComet, the industry leading new media solutions provider, today announced that it has designed and developed an online game in support of the Nextel/National Hockey League All-Star Challenge. The Nextel/NHL All-Star Challenge is a national shootout competition, taking place in 11 NHL team markets and through a national sweepstakes (U.S. residents only) over a three-month period. The competition will culminate at the 2003 NHL All-Star Weekend presented by Nextel in Sunrise, Fla., where one fan will have the opportunity to shoot against Tampa Bay Lightning star goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin for $250,000.

Sticking With Linux For Your Non-MS Gaming Pleasure?

by Thomas on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 3:53 p.m. PST | Filed under News

NVIDIA the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today announced a series of new corporate initiatives that will extend the Company's leadership position in the Linux market and ensure that NVIDIA graphics and multimedia processors continue to be the highest performing in the industry. As part of the Company's ongoing commitment to the Linux community, NVIDIA today revealed details of a technical support program for end users and professional customers; a new software driver package that includes performance enhancements and new features for NVIDIA's advanced graphics features, including NVIDIA's CineFX architecture delivered by NVIDIA's Unified Driver Architecture (UDA); and support for the latest PC technologies, including AGP 8X and OpenGL 1.4.

'TOCA Race Driver' Surround Gaming - Screens

by Thomas on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 3:46 p.m. PST | Filed under News

When Codemasters launches the PC edition of TOCA Race Driver early next year, players will see the circuit and cars ahead and to the sides thanks to its use of Matrox Surround Gaming, which enables the gameplay to be viewed across three linked monitors... Check out two photos of a sort of serving suggestion for how this would work and four triple-screen shots.

ELSPA Sales Awards

by Thomas on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 12:53 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Grand Theft Auto Vice City for PS2 format continues to break all records, receiving a staggering three awards in its first two weeks of release. Publishers Take 2 were awarded the ELSPA Silver, Gold and Platinum Awards for sales of more than 100K, 200K and 300k respectively.

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 9:41 a.m. PST | Filed under News

GBA Review - 'Spyro 2 : Season Of Flame'

by The Cookie Snatcher on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 8:58 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

"Spyro 2: Season of Flame" tells the story of Spyro's return to the Dragon Realms where he is surprised to discover that a mysterious enemy has stolen the Fireflies, the source of all dragon firepower, including Spyro's. Now it is up to everyone's favorite purple dragon to save the Fireflies before it is too late! Does the purple little monster score or get scorched? Read more and find out!

'Samurai Jack' (GBA) - Features & Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 8:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Samurai Jack is a bold adventure show on Cartoon Network. In the distant past, an evil shape-shifting wizard named Aku brought destruction upon the land. As the citizens’ last hope, a young Jack is sent away to train in the various combat and philosophical arts to become a samurai warrior. When Samurai Jack returns to find the people of his town oppressed, his mother gives him his father’s magic sword. To free the people, Jack goes in search of Aku. A few new sword yielding screens for you to enjoy!

'Rayman 3 Hoodlum Havoc' (ALL) - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 8:31 a.m. PST | Filed under News

He's a hero for the ages, living in a twisted world of mind-numbing madness. Meet Rayman – again, or for the first time – starring in his latest Ubi Soft video game adventure, Rayman 3 Hoodlum Havoc, which has gamers already a-buzz. This latest installation of the 11 million-plus best-selling hit series features psychedelic 3D worlds, heinous hoodlums and irreverent cast of characters with unbelievable powers. Rayman 3 Hoodlum Havoc will be available in March 2003 on all next-generation platforms including PS2, GameCube, Game Boy Advance, Xbox, and PC CD-Rom. A boatload of screens (90 in total) for all platforms.

New Web Site For LucasArts Inspired Game Mods

by Thomas on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 8:30 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Fans who create game modifications (mods) based upon characters and elements in titles by LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC can now post their works on the Internet at LucasFiles. The new site, created by Lucas Fan Network (LFN), an independent collection of web sites dedicated to LucasArts and its games, is an exclusive and sanctioned online location offering a variety of mods inspired by LucasArts titles. The LucasFiles database also hosts unique fan produced content, levels, and an array of other media.

The Next 'Tribes' Game Got a Green Light

by Thomas on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 7:59 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sierra's Alex Rodberg has been spotted posting information about a new Tribes game at forum. (thanks Blues). Here is the scoop:

I don't think any game can ever be T1 again. Even if we were to recreate T1 in painstaking detail, it wouldn't be as popular as before. Most of you are already past the learning curve, and what made it addictive was moving up that curve.

Looking forward, we must rely on our (and your) ability to discern what was fun and what wasn't about all the Tribes games (and even other games) and end up with a finished product that is both new and familiar at the same time.

I'm confident in the team we have assembled for this daunting task. I can't wait to introduce you to them so we can get fans involved in the process as early as possible. When? When we make the official announcement, sometime next year.

EA Forecasts PC Market Share Gains In 2003

by Thomas on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 7:38 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Electronic Arts Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Larry Probst said the video game maker could gain market share in the personal computer segment next year if new versions of its popular "Sim City" games continue to draw in players. The latest entry in the build-a-virtual-world series is "Sim City 4," and an online version that allows for Internet play is scheduled to be released next week. These two, along with "Command & Conquer: Generals," should drive market share gains, Probst said Wednesday at the UBS Warburg 30th Annual Media Week Conference. He added that the company should maintain its mid-20% market share on Playstation 2 and a mid- to high-teens share on Microsoft Corp.'s XBox and Nintendo's GameCube.

'Black & Bruised' (NGC/PS2) - Official Website

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 12:57 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Offering gamers an online introduction to the game regarded by many as "the next generation Super Punch Out," Majesco today announced the launch of the official website of their over-the-top boxing title, Black & Bruised.

Neverwinter Nights 'Witch Wake' Part 1 - Mod Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 12:42 a.m. PST | Filed under News

BioWare Corp. today announced the release of Witch Wake Part One: The Fields of Battle, the first of an upcoming series of new story-based game modules for the award-winning Dungeons & Dragons computer role-playing game Neverwinter Nights. Read more for details and links where to grab the mod.