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  Saturday, Feb 1, 2003 Report News | Archive | Top  
CS Tourney Time
- Posted 12:42 AM By Anthos
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YES! WE WILL BE STARTING THE TOURNAMENT AT A DECENT HOUR. IT WILL RUN SATURDAY NIGHT, THEN HAVE A BREAK AND CONTINUE SUNDAY MORNING. WE WILL ANNOUNCE THE SCHEDULE SOON. THANK YOU. THAT IS ALL. NOW EVERYONE SETTLE DOWN.
 
UT2K3 v2186 Patch Released
- Posted 4:21 PM By Anthos
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Sorry I didn't get this up yesterday. Once again, thanks to ThEChRoNiC for the heads up!

FilePlanet's patch page

FileShack's patch page

eXceed-News' patch page

Beyond Unreal's patch page (Additional Mirrors here)

ClanBase's patch page

If anyone else has other mirrors, feel free to post them in the comments section. Click on the "Read More" link for patch changes.
Read More...
 
  Monday, Feb 3, 2003 Report News | Archive | Top  
Battlefield 1942 Patch v1.3
- Posted 3:51 PM By Kagato
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In case you're not already in line to download it, you'll be pleased to know that the folks at EA / Dice have released a new patch for the everpopular Battlefield 1942. Not much to say about this one. You know you want it. You know you need it. So go get in line and grab your copy soldier! And in case you're curious, here's what's new.
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BF 1942 : Road To Rome Golden
- Posted 7:03 PM By Kagato
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Many had speculated that the announcement for the upcoming Battlefield 1942 expansion Road To Rome would closely coincide with the release of today's previously mentioned 1.3 patch for Battlefield 1942. Shortly after the posting of the patch, they confirmed that Battlefield 1942:Road To Rome has indeed gone gold. So what all are including in this new expansion?
The Road to Rome will focus exclusively on the key, yet largely underpublicized Italian and Sicilian campaigns of WWII. Players can choose to fight on six new maps including Operation Husky (Sicily), Operation Baytown and the battles for Anzio, Salerno, Santo Croce and Monte Cassino. Each map comes with highly detailed environments such as Italian houses, Mediterranean trees and even the ruined Monte Cassino Monastery.

Controllable vehicles are the heart of the Battlefield 1942 experience and The Road to Rome will feature eight new vehicles in addition to the more than 30 in the original title. These include the German BF-110 and British Mosquito twin-engined fighter-bombers. Also debuting are Italian and new British and German tanks and anti-tank guns. The original Battlefield 1942 PC game will be required to play The Road to Rome.
Expect to see it in your favorite software stores soon.
 
UT2K3 Sound Fix For Post 2186 Blues
- Posted 7:13 PM By Kagato
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Apparently some users are experience sound/music issues after updating to the newest Unreal Tournament 2003 patch (2186) according to the folks at Epic. Fortunately there's a simple solution. Simply overwrite the existing "DefOpenAL32.dll" file in your system folder with this one (basically a Pre 2186 patch version).
 
  Tuesday, Feb 4, 2003 Report News | Archive | Top  
Registration Note
- Posted 11:04 AM By Squirre1
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There are currently 123 Registrants... I just want to remind everyone: No seat is guaranteed unless it is Pre-Paid.

If someone registers between now and 6pm this evening, and then Pre-Pays... They will not be on the Waiting List... They will be moved up with the rest of the paid attendees...
 
  Wednesday, Feb 5, 2003 Report News | Archive | Top  
Star Wars Galaxies Gets Stripped
- Posted 1:15 PM By Kagato
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Those of you looking forward to the upcoming Star Wars Galaxies MMORPG, it appears as if you're going to be missing some of the most anticipated features when the game ships (still supposed to be sometime mid-April). Apparently in order to get the game out the door in time, they've decided to forgo the following:
As we moved forward and continually revised our schedule, it became apparent that the postponement of several significant systems would allow us to release the game sometime in mid-April. The most important of these systems were:

-Player Cities
-Player-Owned Vehicles
-Player-Generated Missions
-Dark Jedi (okay, this is really a "feature", but still…)

At that time, we also began work on our Live Team schedule, which provides a plan for implementing the postponed systems within the first seven or eight months after launch.
Nothing but quality. I can only hope with this much "reduced workload" on the coding side that they have the time to ensure the product that goes out the door will actually install and run without having to download 200 megs worth of patches before you even get a chance to play.
 
  Friday, Feb 7, 2003 Report News | Archive | Top  
BF1942 Road to Rome Hits Store Shelves
- Posted 12:23 AM By Anthos
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Yeah. That pretty much said it. $19.99 should be the general price, unless it goes on sale next week. If you like the original, definitely think about picking this one up; especially with the event this weekend.

For those of you who don't know where Rome is, it's in Italy. That's where this expansion takes you; to the Italian campaign of World War II. It features six new "battles", two new armies (Italy and The Free French Forces), eight new vehicles (including the British Mosquito), and some new weapons (including the British Sten submachine gun).
 
  Saturday, Feb 8, 2003 Report News | Archive | Top  
Update From The LAN
- Posted 10:27 PM By Kagato
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Things have been in full swing all day here at the LAN event. At last count, we've had around 115 people turn out for this weekends gaming festival, though the numbers aren't quite tallied yet. The UT2K3 tournament was first on the list this round, congrats go out to Brett (1st Place), Excedium (2nd), and Mohabi (3rd). We're currently working through the CS Tournament and will post results when they're completed. This event also marks our first trial into trying something a little different than the usual pizza you'd expect to find on the meal menu. This time around, we decided to actually go the route of the grill and cook up burgers and hotdogs for all attendees. We hope you found it a nice change of pace. More news as it becomes available...
 
  Sunday, Feb 9, 2003 Report News | Archive | Top  
NVIDIA and Microsoft End Xbox Arbitration
- Posted 2:21 PM By WaRMaN
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NVIDIA Corporation and Microsoft Corporation announced that the companies have settled all issues related to pricing of the Microsoft Xbox GPU (graphics) and MCP (audio and networking) chipset and have ended the arbitration between them. In addition to resolving this pricing dispute, the two companies have agreed to collaborate on future cost reductions for the Xbox. More details will be provided during NVIDIA's quarterly conference call to be held February 13, 2003 (Thursday).

"This is a win for both companies, and we couldn't be more delighted with the results," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO at NVIDIA. "NVIDIA and Microsoft can now take our partnership to the next level and focus our substantial resources to maximize the full potential of Xbox game console."

"With the arbitration resolved, we look forward to continuing the partnership between Microsoft and NVIDIA and turning our focus to building on the great success of the Xbox platform," stated Robbie Bach, senior vice president of Microsoft and Chief Xbox Officer.

On a final note if you are the proud owner of Microsoft stock, it just did a two for one split if you owned it before 27 Jan 03 :)
 

  Monday, Feb 10, 2003 Report News | Archive | Top  
Midnight Club II Delayed
- Posted 4:42 PM By WaRMaN
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The highly anticipated ROCKSTAR GAMES sequel, Midnight Club II, has been delayed until 18 March 2003 for PS2 and soon to follow for the XBOX. This, in my opinion, is a good thing. I mean, who wants a buggy title? This racer will be the most up to date, feature packed title to date for the console. Especially with on-line capability!

Take this racer to the internet and enjoy 5 different modes of gameplay; such as: Career Race, Circuit Race, Race Edit, Capture the Flag (Oh yeah) and Detonator. There is room for 8 peeps when you play on-line.

For those of you that like the off-line gameplay as well, you can expext new features such as "railbranching," which now allows the AI to branch out from the normal, "straight" path to victory. AI will make split second decisions to take an alternate path to whoop up on you. Also, throw in motorcycles to the mix for an all out true experience of street racing. This new title also throws in police helocopters to make the big getaway more heart wrenching than ever.

There are truely many more options that will make this title a very addictive experience! I predict this game's sales will go above expected and compete with the "blockbuster" games for that almightly "Game of the Year" award. Don't believe me? Check out their intense web site.
 

ATI Catalyst 3.1
- Posted 6:04 PM By Kagato
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Radeon owners rejoice as ATI has released a new CATALYST driver update, bringing you to version 3.1. Updates to the new version include:
RADEON(tm)9700 - Anisotropic Filtering and OpenGL performance on the RADEON(tm) 9700 series of cards is up substantially across several applications. - A performance improvement between 20 and 40% is noticed in UT2003 Flyby.

RADEON(tm)8500 - The following section provides information on performance improvements noticed on the RADEON(tm) 8500. This includes: Anti-Aliasing scores rise 15-35% across various benchmarks.
No word on "real world" performance improvemtns, but who cares, I get to play the demo faster, whooopee! (Yes, I still prefer Nvidia, haha).
 
Command & Conquer : Generals Q&A
- Posted 6:11 PM By Kagato
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Game Over Online has posted up a little Q&A session with Mark Skaggs executive producer of the upcoming Command & Conquer : Generals. Word:
Jeff: So there’s no definable tech tree in Generals as there has been in previous C&C titles?

Mark: There is, but the experience point system is in addition to the tech tree. What we’ve found is that the point system allows people to play the game the way they want to play it. If you want to go along and play just like you would another C&C title, you can do that. However, the point system would come in handy when it came down to planning out your overall strategy. Once you’ve gotten a certain amount of points, you may sit there and say to yourself, “Okay, I want really good base protection, so I’ll get the EMP Pulse instead of Artillery Training.” The next time you might say, “All right, I tried this ability and didn’t like it, I’ll try another.” On the other hand, if you’re playing a friend and he uses a power that you’ve never used, you may say to yourself, “Wow, that was really effective! I have to try that out.” There’s quite a bit of flexibility in the strategy and the gameplay.
I have to admit, this is the first game to bear the title of Command & Conquer that has sparked my interest in quite some time as I've found the last 2 or 3 releases to be lacking in the fun department.
Source: Game Over Online
 
  Tuesday, Feb 11, 2003 Report News | Archive | Top  
XBOX on CAL
- Posted 12:00 AM By WaRMaN
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The Cyberathlete Amateur League (CAL) announced that it is launching an Xbox Live™ division in June 2003. This newest division within CAL will feature Xbox sports titles as well as action and strategy games supporting the Xbox Live platform.

Frank Nuccio, president of CAL, said; "We see the addition of an Xbox Live division as an important first step in bringing console gamers into CAL’s online tournament leagues. With its broadband-only approach, Xbox Live is well suited to formal online competitions. We are also excited about bringing sports games into CAL for the first time."

The Cyberathlete Amateur League is the premier online tournament league in North America. It holds four competitive seasons per year and currently has about 90,000 registered gamers. Members compete in over 25 different gaming divisions, playing games such as Half-life Counter-Strike, Battlefield 1942, Soldier of Fortune, Unreal Tournament and others. The CAL website is located at www.caleague.com
Source: Cyberathlete Ameteur League - Thanks Brett: UT2K3 Tourney Winner :)
 

The Sims Celebrate Birthday #3
- Posted 1:23 PM By Kagato
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It's hard to imagine that it's already been three years, but 'lo and behold, The Sims line of games turns three today.
"Three years ago, no one believed that a videogame about people and social interaction, without shooting, driving or what passes for action, could be published successfully," said EA President and COO John Riccitiello. "Today this game, The Sims, has evolved to become the world's most successful PC game and a global multi-platform success. The Sims' incredible appeal among teens and young adults, and especially among female players, has broken all the old established rules about videogames." --EA President, John Riccitiello.
Love it or hate it, this title of games will probably be around for quite some time as it's one heck of a cash cow for the folks at EA Games. And just in case you're one of those "gotta know everything" types, here's some interesting factoids about the game to-date:
  • The Sims franchise has shipped over 24 million units, including more than eight million units of the core product, The Sims.

  • Since the launch in 2000, The Sims franchise has spawned five expansion packs and a deluxe, console, and online version. The Sims has been translated into more than 17 languages and is sold worldwide.

  • An estimated 60 percent of The Sims players are female, most of them young teens.
  • And you just thought it was lonely geeks sitting in a dark room that played these games, hah!
     
    3DMark 2003 Released
    - Posted 1:41 PM By Kagato
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    The folks of Futuremark have released a new version of 3DMark, their popular gaming benchmark application. This new version, 3DMark 2003, weights in at a whopping 177MB and includes a whole slew of new graphics/displays to help you feel that much worse about how pitiful your machine runs. Links include:

    Major Geeks
    Guru3D
    Fileshack
    VR-Zone
    Gamers-Hardware
    Winfuture.de
    S3 Graphics
    Reactor Critical
    VTR-Hardware
    Nvidia

    You can bet these sites will be hammered for awhile, everyone and their grandmother is going to be wanting this to see what kind of numbers they can belt out on this new version. May the best overclock win.
     
      Wednesday, Feb 12, 2003 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Microsoft Slash Game Prices?
    - Posted 12:25 AM By WaRMaN
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    Before you say its about time that games are dropped in price to an affordable rate, read what I have to say.

    At first glance this seems like a great deal. Microsoft decided to lower the cost of some of their games from the high price of $39-$49 to a mere $19.99. Great, right? NO! These are games that Microsoft calls their "Platinum Hits." Games that have been on the market for 9 or more months and have sold 350,000 - 500,000 copies. That's right, once the sales have obviously peaked or stalled, MS is nice enough to drop the price to $19.99. At a glance this might sound like a decent deal, but does this apply to all titles? NO! MS will exclude it's most popular title, HALO, from this discount. Ed Bland, a senior director of sales and marketing for the Xbox, had this to say: "It is doing very well at $49," noting that it will move to "Platinum Hit" status at some point later in the future. In my opinion, this is calling all gamers stupid. Since you suckers are still willing to pay $49 for this game, we will continue to sell it to you at that price.

    It looks like we are still far away from reasonable pricing on games that hit the shelves for PC and consoles alike. Prices like these drive the piracy community to excel. If the software companies would just release their titles at reasonable prices (especially accounting for the quality of their product) I believe they would profit greater monitarily and expose their product to a bigger community that would not normally drop $49.99 on a game. I for one can name very few games that I wouldn't mind purchasing for $49.99. Am I wrong? Hit the forums and let me know!
     

    Wolfenstein : Enemy Territory Retail Release Cancelled
    - Posted 8:04 AM By Kagato
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    id Software and Activision announced today they are cancelling the retail release of Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory. Just as a bit of clarification, this will only affect the single player version, which was planned to be released for retail sale, the multiplayer addition is still in the works.
    Despite a strong effort from talented developers, the single player portion of the game did not progress as anticipated. Cancelling the release was a difficult decision made in the best interest of the Wolfenstein franchise and fans.

    However, we remain excited about the progress and direction of Enemy Territory multiplayer. Over the next several months the focus of our development will be to complete the multiplayer portion of Enemy Territory and provide it as a free downloadable expansion to Return to Castle Wolfenstein.
    Nobody ever plays single player missions anyhow, do they?
     
    LAN Pictures Posted
    - Posted 9:00 PM By Kagato
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    Took a little longer than I thought (lotta cropping on my part), but the pictures from the February 8-9th LAN Event are posted for your viewing pleasure. If you took any pictures from the event that you'd like to have added, just forward it off to us at WebMaster@mwgl.org. We'd prefer something around the 800x600 range, but will resize them for those who don't have access to photo editing software.
     
      Thursday, Feb 13, 2003 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Frozen Throne Beta Sign-up Tomorrow
    - Posted 3:08 PM By Kagato
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    Enjoy Warcraft III? Want your shot at trying to be one of 10,000 lucky folks picked to Beta the new Frozen Throne expansion? Well the folks at Blizzard are giving you that chance beginning tomorrow at 11am PST and lasting until February 21. Word:
    Approximately 10,000 beta testers will be chosen randomly from the pool of qualified applicants. Applicants must be 13 years of age or older, have the bandwidth capability to download 100 MB of data, have a valid email address, and possess a valid Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos CD-Key to be eligible to enter the beta test. Testers that are chosen to participate in the beta test will be notified by e-mail.
    Wootage...
     
      Friday, Feb 14, 2003 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Online Gaming Theft
    - Posted 9:39 AM By CCMC
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    A Japanese Newspaper is reporting that a 21 year old man had stolen an online house worth somewhere around 50,000 yen. He had meet a women while playing Ultima Online. He then posed as this women and sent the system administrator an e-mail asking for her password, claiming that she had lost it.
    Guess this means that this system administrator is in a little trouble, for giving out the password.
    Source: Daily Yomiuri
     
      Monday, Feb 17, 2003 Report News | Archive | Top  
    UT2K3 Patch v2199
    - Posted 8:12 AM By Kagato
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    Don't know how I missed this one, well actually I do, it involves spending an entire weekend playing PS2 games, but anyhow, there's a new patch out for Unreal Tournament 2003, brining you up to v2199. The Win32 version weighs in at 12MB, while the Linux version comes in at 10MB. There's been quite a few updates/changes made with this release so be sure to grab it.
    Read More...
     
    C&C Generals Patch v1.02
    - Posted 8:23 AM By Kagato
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    For those of you playing the newest in the Command & Conquer line of games (that would be C&C Generals), be sure to pick up the newest v1.02 patch. Weighing in at 3.4MB, there is no word on what all has been patched over the previous v1.01 patch, but anything new has to be good right?
     
      Tuesday, Feb 18, 2003 Report News | Archive | Top  
    C&C Generals v1.3 Patch Info
    - Posted 7:53 AM By Kagato
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    No, the patch isn't out yet, but Harvard Bonin, Producer of Command & Conquer Generals, has posted a preliminary list of changes to be included in the 1.3 patch which is set to be released sometime this week:
    1. Fix the remaining connectivity issues with firewalls/routers, etc. We got most of them last time but we at least need to provide a reliable workaround for players and at best will provide a patch to fix all the problems. (PS...I'm referring to players entering games and immediately getting the disconnect screen...sometimes games don't load for all players, etc).
    You can read the full list of changes here or click on the "Read More..." link below. Nice to see that they've been rolling out patches to take care of the issues, but it begs to question if they shouldn't have tested the game a few more weeks to get them taken care of before making us guinea pigs.

    And as a little side note, if you're wanting to learn how to use the Worldbuilder for C&C Generals, EA has released this handy guide to help you out.
    Read More...
     
    New Splinter Cell Demo
    - Posted 8:26 PM By Anthos
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    If you know me, you know how super pumped I am about being able to play Splinter Cell in the next couple of days. However, if you can't get it; or just aren't sure if you should spend your hard earned dinero, then check this out
    Just days away from hitting stores, we've released a second Splinter Cell demo! This one includes 3 complete levels from the final game and weighs in at a whopping 180 MB. Click on the link below for more info and to download the demo.
    Well? What are you waiting for you broadband users you!?! (180MB file) Go get it!
     
      Wednesday, Feb 19, 2003 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Bonus Content For Splinter Cell In March
    - Posted 7:18 PM By Kagato
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    Looks as if there's actually some usefullness coming from the Xbox Live package besides just playing multiplayer games with friends across the internet. Looks as if the folks at Ubi Soft are going to be releasing a new mission to Xbox Live subscribers March 14th. Word:
    The new mission is a whole new experience linked to the original storyline featuring the same stunning graphics and challenging exercises from Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell-one of the highest rated games for Xbox with an average rating of 94.4 (out of a possible 100) based on a sample of 54 reviews. In this new level, with his famous gadgets at hand, Sam can call upon his best moves-from the split jump to the stealthy roll-to achieve his four objectives. The new level promises to be action-packed to give a new challenge to the players who completed the game.
    Now if only they'd hurry up with Raven Shield, gah!
    Source: Voodoo Extreme
     
    Square-EA Deal Ends
    - Posted 7:26 PM By Kagato
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    Looks as if the the publishing deal between Square and Electronic Arts has come to an end as the merger between Square and Enix approaches.
    "As Square and Enix begin the worldwide implementation of the merger, our goals for the North American market will shift to include not only increasing our market share for our franchises, but also expanding the role-playing game market in North America," Wada said. "We are currently evaluating the best strategy to accomplish these goals and look forward to growing our business as a new company. We have enjoyed a very successful partnership with Electronic Arts over the past five years and we are currently exploring opportunities for a new relationship."
    I wonder how much EA hauled in under the original deal?
    Source: GameSpot
     
    New Character For Frozen Throne
    - Posted 7:31 PM By Kagato
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    Blizzard has introduced a new unit for their upcoming Warcraft III expansion, Frozen Throne. The Shadow Hunter appears to be a shaman type character, able to both heal parties as well as cast plagues. Go do the voodoo that you do so well!
     
      Thursday, Feb 20, 2003 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Ever Play Games on a Big Screen??
    - Posted 1:08 PM By Anthos
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    Well, now you can play even bigger than ever! I meant to get this posted a while ago, but forgot about it. So, here we go:
    At Pacific Theatres 15 in San Diego's historic Gaslamp District, you'll find the latest Hollywood releases. But when you walk through the doors to one of its auditoriums, you'll find titles that only gamers would immediately recognize such as, "Battlefield 1942", "Tekken," or maybe even "Madden 2003."

    The theater offers 100 stadium gaming seats, each equipped with Internet-connected computers and gaming consoles. Visitors can choose from over 3,000 video games (from "Madden 2003" to "Counterstrike") for the PC, Sony's PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, and Microsoft's Xbox Live.
    Okay, so who's up for a road trip to San Diego?? If I'm ever in town, you can bet I'll be having a look-see. Here's the article.
    Source: ABCNEWS.com
     
    RavenShield Fans, Rejoice!
    - Posted 1:21 PM By Anthos
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    For there is a new trailer for you to download and enjoy.
    More intense Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield action. Today’s crucial counter-terrorist intelligence covers circumstantial actions – the ability to deliver commands to your team that vary based on immediate surroundings, contexts, needs – and threats. Read more for some fresh new screens as well as an in game trailer showing off the circumstantial actions ...
    Sounds intricately detailed. Now, go download! 35MB for your Hi-Res and 16MB for Low-Res.
     
    Shadowbane (or a break from Galaxies news)
    - Posted 1:26 PM By Anthos
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    Those of you who are into MMORPGs, can now get a wealth of information on the upcoming Ubi Soft game, Shadowbane. Here's the word:
    Following the cancellation of the Shadowbane NDA, several beta testers have written up their own reviews, analysis, and observations about the current state of the game and it's progress.
    And here's where you can follow-up.I'll let you peruse them and decide for yourself whether it's good news or bad news. Or maybe just mediocre news ;-).
     
    Splinter Cell v1.1 Patch
    - Posted 3:54 PM By Kagato
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    Those of you who're already playing, or perhaps just picked up a copy, of Ubi Soft's recently released Splinter Cell, be sure to head over and grab the new v1.1 patch. Not much is mentioned about updates/fixes except note that it "will make the game look better, fix some corner cases AI bugs, and also give you faster FPS." Can't complain about a bump in the 'ol FPS, woot!
     
      Friday, Feb 21, 2003 Report News | Archive | Top  
    C&C Generals 1.3 Patch Released
    - Posted 9:33 AM By Kagato
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    As mentioned earlier this week, EA has released their latest patch for the recently released Command & Conquer Generals. Here's what's fixed this time around:
  • QuickMatch stability and matching
  • General connection fixups behind routers (multiple players behind the same router, refreshing the player IP after a failed connection)
  • Refresh button added to Custom Lobby
  • Game List/Player List no longer pops to the top occasionally
  • Player List no longer jumps, etc. making it difficult to click on a name
  • Communicator requests addition of buddy to both players. Also, incoming messages get a sound effect Spaces in front of games in Game List no longer allowed
  • Game Lists/Player Lists alphabetize in upper and lower case
  • Ping tolerance icon adjustment to make more useful
  • More accuracy in number of players per game in Game List
  • There's also an alternate download link over at WorthPlaying.
     
    Harbinger
    - Posted 10:33 AM By Anthos
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    Browsing around on WORTHPLAYING, I ran across this interesting looking game. Some of you may have heard of it already, but I've outlined a few of the more interesting "key features".
    • Unique science fiction setting. Nothing in Harbinger has been seen before in books, on television or in movies.
    • Unpredictable AI. Harbinger's enemies patrol realistically, interact with the background, react to threats believably and don't simply wait for the player to attack.
    • Over seventy levels built from five large and diverse tile sets.
    • Over sixty-five unique enemies including six extremely challenging bosses.
    • Event-driven storyline with each game lasting between twenty and twenty-five hours. The player's actions drive the story, so no two games of Harbinger will unfold in the same manner.
    More information, including a flash trailer and screenshots, is available here.
     
    Follow-up for Splinter Cell Patch
    - Posted 12:47 PM By Anthos
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    Here's the official changelog:
    • RenderingModeNormal.cpp: Fix Radeon 9700 rendering issue with double sided reflective transparent surfaces.
    • ETexSFX.utx: Fix “static wall/floor fire” texture issue + water quality issue.
    • UnShadowProjector.cpp: Fix visibility issue with dynamic actor being clipped by the visibility engine and still being rendered because of the static shadow texture cache. Massive performance improvement on shadow filtering by removing 5 passes from the filtering algorithm.
    • ETexEGO.utx: Fix reflection issue on moving vehicles in Chinese 2 (Feirong limo and Unimog truck).
    • 0_0_2_Training.scl: Fix projector not associated to light gameplay object and causing detection (lightmeter) in the first gun trial.
    • EButterfly.uc: Butterfly is now a soft body actor to disable the static shadow texture cache when a butterfly is in a projector range.
    • EFish.uc: Fish is now a soft body actor to disable the static shadow texture cache when a fish is in a projector range.
    • EPCSoundConfigArea.uc: Fix a bug with the real time sound slider when one of the slider was set to 0 then playing until a map transition happened, then all sounds sliders were reset to zero.
    • UnRenderVisibility.cpp: Software light beam rendering is now used by any card unable to render the shadow buffer algorithm to allow for the GF2MaxDistance parameter to take effect.
    • Most maps: General design quality improvement with shadows.
    Click on Read More for some other "Important News" concerning the game.
    Read More...
     
      Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Harbinger Ships
    - Posted 8:22 PM By Kagato
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    If you caught Anthos's previous post reguarding the upcoming title Harbinger and thought it might be a worthwhile title, heck even if it's your first time hearing about it and still think it looks cool, then you'll want to know that it is now shipping according to this post over at Voodoo Extreme.
    Harbinger is set in a dark world where death lurks on every corner, with 65 different enemies hiding across 70 different levels. Gamers take on the persona of a human, a robotic gladiator or the feminine Culibine; each with their own distinctive traits. The game features an intuitive interface and gamers can expect more than 75 hours of gripping game-play.
    Heck, and you can't complain that it's only supposed to carry an MSRP of $29.99. Well, I guess you could complain about the price if you buy it and absolutely hate it.
     
    Castlevania Title for PS2 Confirmed
    - Posted 8:28 PM By Kagato
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    Ah, the good 'ol days of the ever-popular NES (Nintendo Entertainment System for you young'uns). Ageless titles like Mario Bros., Zelda, and of course Castlevania. It appears as if Konami is finally stepping up to the plate and bringing a Castlevania title to the PS2 according to the folks at Gamers.com. Word:
    Though Konami has yet to confirm an official title for the game, the project will be headed up by Koji Igarashi, producer of the classic Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and developed by the same team at Konami TYO that developed Symphony and the successful Game Boy Advance Castlevania titles. The publisher promises "exhilarating action, a rich story, breathtaking environments, dazzling next-generation graphics and a sweeping musical soundtrack" for a "fantastic new vampire-hunting adventure." And apparently it will be set in Transylvania -- none of this new-school Castlevania-of-the-future nonsense.
    I don't know about you, but I'm psyched for this one, I just hope it lives up to the legend.
    Source: Gamers.com
     
      Wednesday, Feb 26, 2003 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Vivendi Universal Games Announces Product Line-Up
    - Posted 12:33 PM By WaRMaN
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    Vivendi Universal Games announced a multi-platform title line-up for its Vivendi Universal Games Faire in Berlin, Germany. Providing a pre-E3 preview for the European markets, the event showcases a number of the Company's 2003-2004 releases from studios including Black Label Games, Sierra Entertainment and Universal Interactive.
    Title / Platforms / Ship Date
  • Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance Xbox Q3 2003
  • Bruce Lee: Return of the Legend GBA Q1 2003
  • Counter-Strike: Condition Zero PC Q3 2003
  • Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced GBA Q1 2003
  • The Hobbit Nintendo GameCube Q4 2003
  • Homeworld 2 PC Q3 2003
  • THE HULK PC/Xbox/PS2/ Q2 2003 Nintendo GameCube Q2 2003
  • The Incredible Hulk GBA Q2 2003
  • Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis PC/PS2/Xbox Q1 2003
  • Mace Griffin Bounty Hunter GC/PS2/Xbox Q2 2003
  • SWAT: Global Strike Team Xbox Q4 2003
  • The War of the Ring PC Q1 2004
  • The X-Files: Resist or Serve PS2/Xbox Q3 2003
  • The above event line-up represents only a partial list of the titles Vivendi Universal Games will publish in 2003. The company will announce and unveil additional titles and platform extensions prior to E3, as well as throughout the year at corporate and industry events.
     
      Friday, Feb 28, 2003 Report News | Archive | Top  
    Sega USA Cuts 20% From Workforce
    - Posted 5:28 PM By Kagato
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    Looks as if Sega is taking a turn for the worse, according to this story over at Yahoo! News. Apparently they've just announced a 20% workforce cut from their U.S. Headquarters in order to streamline (i.e. boost stock prices so CEO gets big fat check) their operations. This could bring an interesting development, considering there have been rumors floating around that both Microsoft and Electronic Arts have an interest in purchasing the company, even though both have denied this claim.

     
    Capcom vs. Marvel 2 = No Live!
    - Posted 5:33 PM By Kagato
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    Contrary to what was originally intended, Capcom has accounced that their upcoming Capcom vs. Marvel 2 will not have support for users of Xbox Live!.
    Capcom® today announced plans to release Marvel vs. Capcom 2 this March for the Xbox™ video game system from Microsoft.The game will not be Xbox™ Live compatible. Marvel vs. Capcom 2 will deliver absolute arcade perfection in classic Capcom style. The game pits Capcom’s legendary characters and Marvel’s world famous super heroes against each other for dream matches of epic proportions. Marvel vs. Capcom 2 boasts a record number of playable characters: more than 50! The game also delivers new innovations with real three-on-three tag team matches and numerous modes of play. Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rating is pending.
    Oh well, at least this way you still get to shoulder punch somebody after laying the smack down versus somebody halfway around the world.
     
    Mechwarrior Goes Hollywood?
    - Posted 5:42 PM By Kagato
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    Interesting little story over at PC.IGN. Apparently filmmaker Dean Devlin (he was the producer of Godzilla (1998) and Eight Legged Freaks) is looking to make a Mechwarrior movie based off of the popular gaming franchise.
    He says he plans to make the film look like a $150 million movie with an actual budget of less than $100 million. By contrast, Devlin's Eight Legged Freaks cost just $30 million to make. "The type of CG we'd use for this movie, in which warriors battle in giant mechanized suits of armor, would be much easier to create than spiders," he says.
    So what exactly does a $150million dollar movie look like, and how the heck are we suppose to compare it to a $100million budget? Are fans gonna walk out saying "That really didn't look like a $150million dollar movie, $110million maaaaybe"?
    Source: PC.IGN
     
      Thursday, May 29, 2003 Report News | Archive | Top  
    GTA: Vice City sells 8.5 Million Copies
    - Posted 3:00 AM By CCMC
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    Take Two Interactive Software is reporting that in the first three months of Vice City being released they sold 8.5 million copies. According to the company this made up 68% of their first quarter sales. A down side to all of this is that the next installment of GTA is set to be released after November 1, 2004.

    Source: CNN Money
     
     
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