October 2006 Archives
Today, the ECA announced that it has acquired GamePolitics, a site dedicated to politically-oriented news concerning computer and video games. The ECA will also partner with NCsoft on the PlaySmart program, such that it will now be known as "PlaySmart presented by the ECA."
The factor that might transform the ECA's plans from noble to self-interested is that the organization demands an annual membership fee of just under $20 per year. The ECA needs to demonstrate that its efforts merit your money. Right now, you would be better off taking $20 worth of your time to write to your senators and congressmen or to agitate on behalf of your personal, pet issue. FI would be more comfortable with the ECA if it worked on a donation basis, and if Hal Halpin openly discussed his salary arrangements.
Additionally, the Xbox 360 version of the original game is gold, in duplication and will ship on October 31.
A retail version of Knights of the Nine will also be released for the PC on the same day that will include all of the downloadable content released so far.
Developer: Ascaron Entertainment
Reviewed on PC
Windows System Requirements: 1.6 GHz Processor, 512 MB RAM, 3D graphics card supporting Pixel/Vertex Shader 1.1 with 128 MB RAM, 6.5 GB HD space, Windows 2000 or more recent operating system. You'll want a flight stick, too.
While several species, including humanity, occupy this corner of the galaxy, they do not coexist peacefully. Centuries ago, a great galactic war left worlds lifeless and scattered the burned-out hulks of cruisers, creating debris fields in every sector. Now there is a Galactic Union that maintains an uneasy peace. Or, at least, it used to do so. The Thul, a technologically advanced race from the fringes of the galaxy, have begun mounting attacks with unmanned drones on research stations and stealing rare resources.
Any galaxy assailed by sinister forces needs a savior, and Kayron Jarvis is that man. Jarvis has just completed training as an escort pilot when he learns of a secret Terran project led by his father. The Dark Stars are a series of experimental fighters, incorporating ancient and mysterious alien technology, designed by Jarvis' father. Only the prototype was completed before Jarvis' father was murdered. Jarvis, still a green pilot, is given this experimental craft to seek out his father's killer, and save the galaxy in the process.
Since its launch, Nintendo's line of Touch Generations games for the DS have sold well. The label was designed to designate games that appeal to casual and new games (as well as traditional gamers). According to Nintendo, nearly 3.5 million copies of Touch Generations games have been sold in the United States alone. Of that number, around 2.2 million come from the versions of Nintendogs available to DS owners.
By the way, Crash Dummy has a girlfriend named Tyre.