May 2006 Archives

Myelin Media has shipped its game Stacked to stores in North America. Stacked is a Texas Hold 'Em-style poker game for the PC, Xbox and PlayStation 2.

Drill Dozer Review

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Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Game Freak


Platform: Game Boy Advance
Reviewed on Game Boy Advance

The Red Dozers are an honorable gang of thieves who use the incredible power of massive drilling machines to execute otherwise impossible heists. The Skullker gang, led by the nefarious Groog, is comprised of far less ethical lawbreakers. Happy to destroy anyone who gets in their way, the Skullkers have bribed the city's police into harassing the Red Dozers. The Skullkers even went so far as to beat Big Boss Doug, the Red Dozer leader, nearly to death. Now Doug's daughter is taking a break from school, taking command of a Drill Dozer and taking down the Skullkers.

At the Electronic Entertainment Expo, Nintendo talked about its more casual line of DS games as part of the "Touch Generations" line of products.
Funcom announced to all that it has extended its agreement with Conan Properties International to develop massively multiplayer online games based on the Conan license. Funcom can now continue to develop Conan MMOGs on all platforms through 2018 and has the right to extend the agreement by an additional five years.

City Life Ships for PC

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CDV Software Entertainment has shipped its game City Life to stores in North America. City Life is a 3D city-building simulation for the PC.
Trinigy, a German middleware provider, has released the v5.5 software developers kit for the Vision Game Engine.
Nyko's PowerTuner for the PSP is now available in North American stores. The PowerTuner works as both a charger for the PSP and transmits the PSP's audio as a radio signal that can be picked up and played by the car's radio.
Mobile publisher InfoSpace has launched its game Sexy Soccer for mobile phones. The game contains soccer-themed mini-games, and as players perform better in these games, scantily clad female trainers remove clothing.
Double Fusion, a company involved in in-game advertising, has added Peter Levin to its board of directors. Peter Levin is currently president of Bellrock Media (a company that distributes entertainment content) and a managing director of investment firm Sedona Capital.
GameTable Online, the portal through which players can enjoy a variety of classic board games, has undergone a total redesign that makes the site more accessible.
Aspyr Media has shipped the Macintosh version of the WWII-themed first-person shooter, Call of Duty 2. Now Mac users can enjoy the same experience already available for PC and XBox 360 owners.
Rise & Fall: Civilizations At War is gold, in duplication and should reach stores in North America on June 12. The game is a real-time strategy game for the PC in which players can control vast armies or jump into combat as a great hero.
Sierra, part of Vivendi's games unit, has released an update to its PC first-person shooter F.E.A.R. (First Encounter Assault Recon).
While FunCom's Dreamfall: The Longest Journey previously shipped to stores, FunCom has released the U.S. version of the game as a digital download, available from FunCom's store. Dreamfall is an adventure game for the PC and sequel to The Longest Journey.
Nintendo announced that it has promoted three executives.
Capcom has entered into an agreement to purchase mobile developer and publisher Cosmic Infinity Inc. Among other assets, Cosmic holds the rights to distribute mobile games based on Who Wants to be a Millionaire in North America.
Square Enix revealed its financial results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006.

Dino Master Ships for DS

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Publisher Majesco has shipped its game Dino Master for the DS to stores in North America.
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe confirmed that it will ship the sixth game in its SingStar series of PlayStation 2 karaoke-style games on August 4.
The Association of Electronic Interactive Marketers (AEIM) plans on introducing a "Hall of Fame" award and will name Will Wright as the first inductee into the AEIM Hall of Fame. Wright is being honored for his creativity, in particular for creating the top-selling The Sims franchise.
Immersion, the company that provides feedback technologies for medical and gaming equipment, has signed a deal with eDimensional to allow eDimensional to include Immersion's technology in an upcoming controller.
Publisher Mylein Media announced that its game Stacked with Daniel Negreanu has gone gold and is in production for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC. The game is a Texas Hold 'Em-style game that should be in stores by May 30.
Publisher Webzen's massively multiplayer online game, Soul of the Ultimate Nation has moved into the open beta phase (in Korea). This action-heavy MMOG probably won't reach North America until 2007.
Yesterday, Midway priced a series of notes, setting the interest rate at which Midway will have to repay a 30-year debt obligation.
The NPD Group, a market research firm, has released research claiming that children ages four to fourteen are using consumer electronics devices (including game systems) early and more often.

Lemmings Ships for PSP

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Sony Computer Entertainment America has shipped its game Lemmings for the PSP to stores in North America. The game brings back classic Lemmings puzzles where players work to solve puzzles involving scores of cute lemmings caught in clever traps.
GameShadow, a company that provides software that automatically updates and patches PC software (particularly games) has moved to a new business model. The company will provide its core service for free, and charge users for premium content (such as demos and increased download capacity) as well as contests.
Gravity Co, Ltd is the company behind the massively multiplayer online game Ragnarok. Two of Gravity's substantial minority shareholders (Ramius Capital Group and Moon Capital Management) have formed a committee that they call "The Gravity Committee for the Fair Treatment of Minority Shareholders" to get the attention of Gravity.
Activision announced that it has signed a multi-year agreement to distribute video games based on the Barbie brand.
Rockstar Games, part of Take-Two Interactive, has shipped its game Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis for the Xbox 360 to stores. Now you can play an eight-person ping-pong tournament over Xbox Live!.

EA's WWII Gets Jeeps

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Electronic Arts has signed a licensing deal with DaimlerChrysler to include Jeep-brand vehicles in the upcoming game Medal of Honor: Airborne. As a result, vintage WWII-era Jeeps will appear in the game. Specifically, the Willys-Overland Jeep will be used in several sequences.
Mobile publisher Reaxion has launched its game Incadia for mobile phones over several North American carriers. Incadia is an Aztec-themed block-building puzzle game.
Valve announced that Half-Life 2: Episode One has gone gold and will be released as a Steam download and as a box through retail stores on June 1.
Sega confirmed that it will ship Tenchu: Time of the Assassins for the PSP in Europe on June 23. The latest game in the Tenchu franchise is not only hitting the PSP, but should make it to North America later this year.
Conspiracy Entertainment Europe has opened an office in the UK to extend its publishing operations. The UK office will be led by Howard Newmark as the company's Vice President of Publishing. Howard Newmark has previously worked with Accolade, Creature Labs and Enlight Software.
Ubisoft announced that it has signed a licensing agreement with Touchstone Television that will allow Ubisoft to create a game based on the television series Lost. The Lost game will be developed for PC, consoles and handhelds for release in 2007.
The US Army has released the beta version of its own matchmaking site for its America's Army game.
Sony Online Entertainment has shipped its game Field Commander for the PSP today. Field Commander is a turn-based strategy game that has players defending the world from a worldwide terrorist organization known as the "Shadow Nation."
Nintendo confirmed that it will launch the DS Lite in Europe on June 23 for just under £100. The smaller and lighter version of the DS will launch with both black and white versions.
The Game Initiative, a company that organizes conferences, announced that it has expanded the Austin Game Conference this year. The Austin Game Conference will span three days this year (September 6-8) to leave time for more sessions.
Microsoft, together with developer Bizarre Creations, announced that new cars are now available for purchase over Xbox Live Marketplace for Project Gotham Racing 3. The three new cars are all part of the Cadillac V-Series and include the CTS-V, XLR-V and STS-V.
The Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association (IEMA) announced its updated recommended design for computer game boxes.
2K Games (part of Take-Two Interactive) has shipped the game version of The Da Vinci Code to stores.
GameShadow, a company that provides software to automatically patch and update games, has appointed a new CEO. Nicholas Lovell is taking on this role, and has previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of Barclaycard.
Aspyr media announced that Call of Duty 2, previously released for the PC and Xbox 360, is now gold for the Macintosh and should ship to stores for that platform shortly.
Publisher Strategy First announced that it will publish a turn-based strategy game called Birth of America. The game has already been published in Europe by French publisher AGEOD and covers the French and Indian War and American Revolutionary War.
According to former members of Wolfpack Studios, the developer behind the massively multiplayer online game Shadowbane, the developer was formally shut down on Monday.
Microsoft revealed the official system requirements for Windows Vista today.

People Use Xbox Live!

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Microsoft is eager to let everyone know that consumers have downloaded more than 24 million content items over Xbox Live! and downloaded more than 600 Terabytes of data during the Electronic Entertainment Expo alone.
THQ has launched a new multiplayer map-pack for its game The Outfit over the Xbox Live! Marketplace. The Outfit is a WWII-themed shooter for the Xbox 360 and the additional maps are available for approximately $6.25.
Atari announced that it is working on a compilation of classic board games for the DS that will make its way into European stores on June 16. The collection will be called Monopoly, Boggle, Yahtzee, Battleship and will include those very games.
Vivendi, the group that includes game labels such as Sierra and Blizzard, denied rumors that an offer had been made to Vivendi to acquire some of its holdings.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Timothy Roberts, the former CEO of Infinium Labs with illegally "pumping and dumping" (driving up the value of Infinium Labs stock and then selling it).
Activision has shipped X-Men: The Official Game to stores.
Matrix Games has released its game PureSim Baseball 2007, as an online download. The game is an extremely detailed statistical baseball simulation.
Infinium Labs, the company that has allegedly been working on the Phantom console (a PC masquerading as a console) filed a form with the Securities and Exchange Commission indicating that it will be late filing its quarterly report.
Nintendo has shipped the old-school-style platformer with updated action and graphics, New Super Mario Bros. The game continues the tradition of Mario-platforming action on the DS.
Hussar Games has released its free turn-based strategy game 1848. The game is set during the Hungarian War of Independence and can be downloaded here.
Namco announced that it is working on a mobile game based on the Scene It? franchise of DVD-based trivia games. The game is scheduled for release this winter and will ask trivia questions concerning images that will appear on the mobile phone.

60,000 Stop by E3

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The Electronic Software Association (ESA) is both a trade organization and owner of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, and the ESA wants to let everyone know that more than 60,000 people attended the Electronic Entertainment Expo.
Blizzard announced that the heretofore unnamed Alliance race that will join World of Warcraft with the release of the Burning Crusade expansion is the draenei. The draeni have traveled to many worlds, but they have no Pandaren blood flowing through their veins.
Turbine announced that it plans to release the second "module" (content update) for Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach in July.
Turbine has launched signups for its upcoming massively multiplayer online game The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar. The beta program should begin this summer, and anyone interested in signing up should go here.
Infogrames, the parent company of Atari, announced that it has sold several properties to other companies in the interactive entertainment industry for the aggregate sum of €20 million.
Tecmo announced that it is working on a sequel to Dead or Alive: Xtreme Beach Volleyball Called Dead or Alive: Xtreme 2.
Vivendi Games announced that it has hired "five of Hollywood's sexiest actresses and models" to provide the voices for Tony Montana's women in the upcoming game Scarface: The World is Yours.
Namco has launched the mobile version of the classic coin-op game Super Pac-Man. The game is a more complex version of the original Pac-Man game.
Namco and Sprint announced that they are partnering to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Galaga's existence by releasing a special version of Galaga for Sprint subscribers that allows players to begin the game with dual fighters. In the spirit of traditional arcades, the game uses a micropayment system to charge players $0.25 for a single play using this dual-fighter beginning.
UbisoftUbisoft announced that it is developing Haze a first-person shooter that should be released in early 2007 for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The game is set in the near future after governments have outsourced military operations to private corporations. Players take on the role of a new recruit in Mantel Corporation's mercenary force.
FunCom announced that it has signed an agreement with Microsoft that designates its upcoming massively multiplayer online game Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures as a showcase game for Microsoft's upcoming Windows Vista Platform. As a result, Age of Conan, scheduled for release at the end of 2006, will be optimized for Windows Vista.
Activision has launched the official site for its upcoming game Enemy Territory: Quake Wars.
The Rockstar Games label of Take-Two Interactive announced that Grand Theft Auto IV, the next installment of the Grand Theft Auto series will be launched simultaneously for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The game also has a tentative launch date: October 16, 2007 in North America and October 19, 2007 in Europe.
Activision has shipped Call of Duty 2: Game of the Year Edition to stores.
Konami confirmed that it plans on bringing Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007 to consoles, handhelds and the PC in January 2007. This latest installment in the popular soccer franchise will add new teams and new play modes.
Activision has shipped several versions of its game Over the Hedge, based on the film of the same name, to stores in North America. There are three separate versions of the game: one for consoles and the PC, one for the DS and one for the Game Boy Advance.
For those of you interested in trying out NCsoft's massively multiplayer online role-playing game, Auto Assault, NCsoft is offering a free trial of the game.
Sony Revealed its plans for the launch of the PlayStation 3 today.
BioWare is working on a PC version of its hit Xbox game, Jade Empire.
Until recently, Microsoft Game Studios was going to publish the massively multiplayer online game Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, currently in development at Sigil Games Online, the studio founded by Brad McQuaid and Jeff Butler. Sigil is now working to acquire the rights to Vanguard: Saga of Heroes.
Codemasters has launched beta sign-ups for its massively multiplayer online game ArchLord.
Publisher THQ announced its financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and financial year ended march 31, 2006.
Dutch Publisher Lighthouse Interactive has entered into a co-publishing agreement with publisher Destineer to bring Sword of the Stars to North America. Sword of the Stars is a 4x strategy game for the PC.
Publisher Enlight has released a demo for its PC statistical baseball simulation, Baseball Mogul 2007, that can be downloaded here. The game is an exceptionally detailed stat-based sports sim.
Hardware manufacturer BFG Technologies announced that it will shortly launch a line of physics accelerator cards powered by AGEIA's PhysX chip.
Codemasters confirmed that it will release the next game in the Colin McRae Rally series, Colin McRae Rally 2007 in 2007. The game will deliver a wider variety of off-road racing scenarios than previous Colin McRae Rally games.
THQ revealed that it is working on a game based on the HBO drama of organized crime, The Sopranos.
Publisher: Aspyr
Developer: Funcom


Platform: PC and Xbox
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: Pentium 4 1.6 GHz or AMD Sempron 2800+, 512 MB RAM, DirectX 9.0c compatible video card with 128 MB Memory, 7 GB HD space, 8x CD ROM, Windows XP or more recent operating system

Ten years ago (in the early 2200s), the world underwent what is now known as "The Collapse." The Wire – the underlying data framework that connects every device, person and vehicle around the globe – failed. Chaos ensued, lives were ruined and society was transformed. More importantly, the Balance was restored.

An art student named April Ryan, endowed with the unique ability to shift between Stark (our technological world) and Arcadia (a parallel universe of magic), managed to restore the balance between technology and magic. Had she not done so, the consequences would have been far worse than the collapse.

In the decade since the collapse, April has not returned and the world has changed. An entity called The Syndicate was formed to prevent corporations from overstepping their bounds. Furthermore, The Syndicate has created The EYE, an international police force tasked with keeping the peace. It is this world that Zoe Castillo finds herself investigating after dropping out of college. A world in which the Syndicate and EYE aren't keeping to their charter, and the Wire is falling victim to outages known as "Static."

Nyko shipped its Play on TV Adapter for the Sony PSP today.
HD Publishing confirmed that its real-time strategy game for the PC, Joint Task Force, should reach stores this fall. The game is being distributed by Vivendi Games.
Sierra Entertainment, a label of Vivendi Games, announced that it is working on Crash Boom Bang!, a collection of Crash Bandicoot themed multiplayer minigames for the DS. The game is being developed by Dimps and should ship in October.
Sierra Entertainment, a label of Vivendi Games, announced that it will bring F.E.A.R – First Encounter Assault Recon, its creepy first-person shooter, to the Xbox 360. The game should be released for the Xbox 360 this fall.
Nintendo announced that it will launch the lighter, brighter and smaller version of the DS handheld (called the DS Lite) in the Americas on June 11. The console has a lighter, white plastic construction, smaller profile and will sell for just under $130.
Publisher Paradox Interactive announced that it has signed a deal to publish Perimeter: Emperor's Testament in North America and Scandinavia.
MumboJumbo, a publisher of casual games, has hired Paul Jensen to take over as President of the company. Prior to joining MumboJumbo, Jensen has worked on online gaming for both Sony Pictures and Microsoft, and recently served as the President of SkillJam.
Eidos, part of the SCi Entertainment Group, confirmed that it plans to release a game version of the 1992 film Reservoir Dogs this fall.
Microsoft announced today that it is working to acquire Massive Inc, a company that inserts advertising into games.
NCsoft has updated the site it uses as the hub for all of its online games and gamers in North America. PlayNC.com now offers gamers more accessible news and information on NCsoft's massively multiplayer online games.
Vivendi Games announced that it has hired quite a few actors for its upcoming game Scarface: The World is Yours.
Eidos, part of the SCi Entertainment Group, announced today that it is working with TT Games, the developer behind Lego Star Wars on a new Bionicle game. Called Bionicle Heroes, the game will be released this fall for the PlayStation 2, PC, GBA, DS and GameCube.
Online publisher iEntertainment announced that it plans to release its game USAF Pilot Training: Road to the ThunderBirds this November. The game is a flight simulation for the PC that puts players in the seat of modern, United States Air Force planes.
Matrix Games will publish the next game in the PureSim series of stat-based baseball simulations. No release date has been decided.
Publisher Playlogic has appointed Jean-Paul Hardy as the company's manager of Public Relations. Hardy comes to the PR side of the table after working as a journalist for various publications, such as Stemming van Nederland.
Electronic Arts has shipped the PSP version of its game From Russia With Love to stores. This version of the game based on the classic Bond film includes new content such as a new single-player mode and new "Bond challenges." Other versions of the game were previously released for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and GameCube.
Ankama Studios, the company behind the massively multiplayer online game Dofus announced that the game had its 900,000th player register today. The game has around 50,000 paying subscribers. Due to increased demand, Ankama added a fifth game server on April 25.
NCsoft, publisher of games such as Lineage II and Auto Assault, released its financial results for the first quarter of 2006, today.
Midway announced its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2006.
The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) changed its rating of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion from "T" (Teen) to "M" (Mature) today.

Top Spin 2 Review

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Publisher: 2K Sports (Take-Two Interactive)
Developer: 2K Sports


Platforms: Xbox 360, PC, DS, GBA
Reviewed on Xbox 360

Top Spin 2 is, simply, tennis. Tennis against the world's top pros in stadia around the world, complete with customizable characters and top-notch play on every surface.

Electronic Arts revealed its financial results for the fiscal fourth quarter and full fiscal year ended March 31, 2006.
Eidos wants everyone to know that its heroine Lara Craft is being used by the Skin Cancer Awareness Foundation of Minden, Nevada to promote its anti-cancer agenda. There is no word on whether Eidos plans on adding obvious melanoma to the voluptuous model.
Microsoft Game Studios announced that Zoo Tycoon 2: African Adventure, an expansion pack for the PC game Zoo Tycoon 2. The expansion adds twenty African animals to the game, including the striped hyena and the wildebeest. The game should reach stores on May 16.
Activision revealed today that it struck a deal to make video games based on the character and films of James Bond. The rights to Bond are held by EON Productions and MGM (which is, in turn, 20% owned by Sony Corporation of America).
Pandemic confirmed today that it is hard at work on a sequel to its game Mercenaries. The game is called Mercenaries 2: World in Flames and will be released for the new generation of consoles.
D3Publisher announced that it, in conjunction with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, has licensed the Vertigo (DC Comics) property 100 Bullets such that it will release a game based on the property in the third quarter of 2007.
Namco Bandai revealed that it is working with Dark Horse Comics to create a comic for its upcoming PC game, Hellgate: London. For those of you concerned about such things, the first comic is written by Ian Edginton and drawn by Steve Pugh.
NCsoft announced that it is currently working on a new massively multiplayer online game called Aion: The Tower of Eternity. More details will be released next week.
Sony Online Entertainment announced that the next expansion pack for EverQuest II, called Echoes of Faydwer, will be available "around" November 14.
In 2002, Wizards of the Coast (part of Hasbro) held a contest to create a new campaign setting for Dungeons & Dragons. Keith Baker happened to win that contest with his Eberron setting – the same setting that ultimately became the backdrop for the massively multiplayer online game Dungeons & Dragons Online. Now, Turbine and Atari have engaged Baker to develop new storylines for Dungeons & Dragons Online.
Ubisoft confirmed that it has shipped its game Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter to stores. Advanced Warfighter is the latest installment in the Ghost Recon series of tactical combat games.
Ubisoft announced that it is developing a game called Assassin's Creed for the PlayStation 3 at the same studio responsible for the Prince of Persia and Splinter Cell games.
German Publisher dtp entertainment has hired Markus Windelen as the company's Chief Operating Officer. Windelen worked for Infogrames through its transition into Atari, and will be responsible for extending the international presence of dtp.
Activision announced that it plans on releasing a nine new multiplayer maps for Call of Duty 2.
SNK Playmore USA announced that it will develop both a Metal Slug Anthology for Nintendo's Wii and SNK Vs. Capcom Card Fighters DS for the DS. Metal Slug Anthology will be a full collection of the Metal Slug arcade games.

Seed MMOG Goes Live

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Runestone Game Development has launched its massively multiplayer online game, Seed, for the PC.
Win Win Gaming has released its mobile tennis game Wimbledon 2006 in the UK for a variety of handsets. The game is produced under a licensing agreement with the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Ltd.
Mobile publisher Gameloft announced minimal financial data concerning its first quarter financial performance.
E3Insider.com, the official site of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is up and running for the public. While E3 is technically an event for industry professionals, E3Insider offers a place for the public to check out information on events at the conference.
Aspyr Media has shipped its PC game SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars to stores in North America. This sequel to the original SpellForce combines elements of action/role-playing games and real-time strategy games.
Buena Vista Games, Disney's game publishing division, announced that it is working on a game based on an original property called Spectrobes.
Publisher D3 launched two games based on the Naruto anime series in March, Naruto: Clash of the Ninja for the GameCube and Naruto: Ninja Council. D3 is already planning sequels to both games, in which gamers could battle as familiar anime Ninjas. The sequels will be released in September, are being developed by 8ing and will be called (not surprisingly) Naruto: Clash of the Ninja 2 for the GameCube and Naruto: Ninja Council 2.
Today, Electronic Arts shipped its game 2006 FIFA World Cup under the EA Sports label.
The 2K Games label of Take-Two Interactive announced that it is working on a Ghost Rider game based on the upcoming film.
The NPD Group, a market research firm, recently released a study on the PSP's UMD format discs and content released on UMD.

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