April 2008 Archives

Matrix Games and the Strategic Studies Group confirmed that they plan to release Kharkov: Disaster on the Donets for the PC in the near future.
The development team at EA Mythic provided a brief update this evening on the status of Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. While the game certainly continues to look exciting, it has been delayed several times, with some of those launch dates long gone by. That means that the game has been virtually previewed to death, and nearly anything you could want to know has been presented in excruciating detail on the Warhammer Online official site. But here are a few highlights of the call that might intrigue readers.
Atari has entered into a definitive agreement with Infogrames that will have Infogrames fully acquire the portions of Atari that it does not already own.
Koei confirmed that it plans to release Fatal Inertia EX for the PlayStation 3 at the end of May.
Sony confirmed that it is reconsidering the pricing of items in the PlayStation store for its Canadian customers.
SouthPeak Games has shipped Dream Pinball 3D for the PC, Wii and DS to stores in North America. The game is available for $20 and features six virtual pinball machines for players' entertainment.
JoWooD's DreamCatcher Games label confirmed that it plans to publish Drivers Ed Portable for the DS this fall.
Majesco confirmed that it plans to release a puzzle game for the DS in July called Rollin' Rascals.
Hudson Entertainment's North American President, John Greiner, is resigning from his position, effective May 15. The Senior Executive and Chairman of the U.S. Division, Seiichi Ishigaki, will take over Greiner's responsibilities.
Conspiracy Entertainment has entered into an agreement with Blast! Entertainment that will have Conspiracy develop a 3D adventure game based on the cartoon cat Garfield.
Koch Media's Deep Silver publishing label has opened up an office in Los Angeles to expand its operations from Europe into North America.

The Sims Online Fades Away

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Electronic Arts is finally terminating The Sims Online, more recently known as EA-Land.
Fanatec has launched its Porsche 911 Turbo Racing Wheel for the PC and PlayStation 3.
Ubisoft announced today that it is opening up a new studio in Kiev, Ukraine.

Toy Shop Ships for the DS

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Majesco Entertainment has shipped Toy Shop for the DS to stores in North America.
Konami has shipped two exercise-oriented titles for the DS to stores in North America.
SNK Playmore USA has shipped SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1 for the PlayStation 2 and PSP. The game should reach the Wii in October.
Rockstar Games, Take-Two Interactive's premier label, has dispatched its game Grand Theft Auto IV to stores for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Electronic Arts' German Phenomic studio is currently developing BattleForge.
Chinese game operator Perfect World is launching a major content update today for its massively multiplayer online game Perfect World II.
Matrix Games announced that it plans to release Gary Grigsby's War Between the States for the PC shortly.
Nintendo's game Mario Kart Wii is now in stores for the Wii.
Three of NCsoft's online games are celebrating birthdays today. City of Heroes (and Villains) and Lineage II both launched four years ago, while Guild Wars launched three years ago. NCsoft has also released a Guild Wars Factions Platinum Edition that is a bundle of the Guild Wars: Game of the Year Edition and Guild Wars: Factions.
SCi Entertainment, parent of Eidos, recently confirmed that it is going ahead with a plan to raise significant cash in the capital markets through a stock offering. SCi Entertainment also confirmed that it has received an indicative acquisition offer from Infogrames (parent of Atari).
Zyon Games is busy localizing the Chinese massively multiplayer online game Secret Online for release in North America. A website has been launched for English-speakers for Secret Online. The game should launch in English later this year.
In a study funded by casual game publisher PopCap, East Carolina University's Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies concluded that casual games were able to relieve stress and lift the mood of study participants.
ZeniMax Media, the parent of Bethesda Softworks, has opened a Tokyo-based subsidiary called ZeniMax Asia K.K. ZeniMax Asia will allow ZeniMax to more easily publish games in Asia and will do so under the Bethesda Brand. The Asian operations will be headed by Tetsu Takahashi.
The Ant Commandos has released its adaptor that lets gamers use PlayStation 2 controllers on the PlayStation 3 to stores in North America. The adaptor is primarily intended so that guitar (and other musical) controllers purchased for the PlayStation 2 can still be used on the newer console. The item costs $20.
Nintendo's latest downloadable game for Wii Virtual Arcade is Double Dragon. The game was originally released for the NES and is a classic street brawler in which Billy Lee punches and kicks his way through hoards of enemies to rescue his girlfriend Marian.
SouthPeak Interactive plans to access the public markets by acquiring a majority of the common stock of Global Services Partners Acquisition Corp. (GSPAC).
Vivendi Games' Sierra Entertainment label confirmed that it plans to release Crash Bandicoot: Mind Over Mutant late this year.
Blockbuster, the chain that began life exclusively as a movie rental store, has decided to enter the game retailing business at full tilt.
Sierra Entertainment, one of Vivendi Games' labels, confirmed that it plans to release Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon late this year.
The lead article in the Harvard Business Review for the May, 2008 issue is from consultancy Seriosity and IBM and once again argues Seriosity's thesis that the next generation of business leaders are best culled from the people who have proven their abilities to cultivate teams within massively multiplayer online games such as World of Warcraft.
Publisher: Ignition Entertainment
Developer: InLight Entertainment

Platform: DS
Reviewed on DS

Our planet, our sparkling blue orb, is being overrun by floating alien brains with a penchant for the melodramatic. These brain... thingys... have nearly taken over the planet, killing civilians and taking mental control over armed men who can further the brains' nefarious desires.

Unfortunately for the invaders, they disturbed a cemetery, startling into unlife three teenagers buried there. Now, these teenage zombies, immune to mind control and with a ravenous hunger for brains, are humanity's only hope. And a brain thingy nightmare.

Sony wants to let everyone know that since it launched the SingStar franchise of games in Europe, the franchise has sold 12 million SingStar games in European territories (with 5 million of those sales in Sony's Fiscal 2007 (April 2007 through March 2008). In December, SingStar made its way to the PlayStation 3 in Europe and will make its way to the PlayStation 3 in North America shortly.
KingsIsle Entertainment may have been founded in early 2005, but the company has waited until now to reveal itself unto the world.

MacDonald to Run amBX

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Philips has named Neil MacDonald the Chief Executive Officer of its amBX business.
New Game World is opening a new server for its massively multiplayer online game Immortals. The server will be called "Eternal Heaven" and will run on a subscription model, offering a 21-day free trial and costing $12.25 thereafter.
A group of Russian developers has come together to claim the "odd game concept of the day" prize.
Codemasters has reached an agreement with Sega to take over the Sega Racing Studio based in Solihull, England. The deal will transition around 40 developers to Codemasters.
Electronic Arts announced that when Madden NFL '09 reaches stores on August 12, the cover athlete will be former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre.
Will Wright's next big game, Spore won't be on shelves until September 5 in Europe and September 7 in North America, but Electronic Arts is planning to tease a little cash out of the game earlier than that.
Paradox Interactive is freely releasing to independent developers the engine used for past games such as Europa Universalis II and Hearts of Iron.
Mad Catz, a manufacturer of gaming controllers and peripherals revealed its line of Wii Fit-related controllers that are available this month in Europe and should reach North America in May.

SCi to Raise £56.5 Million

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SCi Entertainment, parent of Eidos, recently confirmed that it is looking for additional funding and rejected an acquisition offer. Today, SCi confirmed its plan to raise £60 million (around $120 million) and more closely ally itself with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
FireSky (part of Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment) has launched the application process for the closed beta test of its massively multiplayer online game Stargate Worlds. The MMOG is still set to launch late this year or early next year.
The second set of cards for the PlayStation 3 game Eye of Judgment are now in stores and available as a download.
Microsoft released the financial results of its fiscal third quarter ended March 31, 2008.
Ubisoft reported its sales for its fiscal year and fourth quarter ended March 31, 2008.
Mobile publisher Gameloft posted certain financial results for its fiscal first quarter ended March 31, 2008.
Turbine has launched the latest major content expansion for its massively multiplayer online game Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar and reintroduced its lifetime subscription plan.
NCsoft has launched the major content update called "Hellbound" for Lineage II to coincide with the retail launch of the Lineage II 4th Anniversary Edition.
Nintendo announced its financial results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008.
Agetec wants to let consumers know that its upcoming game LOL is not going to make it into physical stores. The game will still be available for purchase through online stores on May 30 (for $20)
THQ confirmed that it is making a game version of the upcoming film Journey to the Center of the Earth for the DS.
Conspiracy Entertainment has entered into an agreement with Neko Entertainment to develop Cocoto Kart Racer for the Wii.
Gamers who own the PC version of the role-playing game Two Worlds can now download for free the "Tainted Blood" expansion that was released in early March for Xbox 360 owners.
Today, Electronic Arts is releasing additional premium downloadable content for its game Army of Two.
Today, GreenScreen Interactive Software burst onto the scene as a new game publisher. The company also announced the acquisition of two other companies.
Capcom confirmed that it plans to release a PC version of its game Devil May Cry 4 this summer.
Atari confirmed that it will distribute Smash Court Tennis 3 on behalf of Namco Bandai Games Europe in North America.
Koei confirmed that it plans to release a PC version of its game Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI.
Jeff Anderson, the former Chief Executive Officer of massively multiplayer online game publisher Turbine, has secured funding to launch his new company, Play Hard Sports.

Imperium Romanum Review

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Publisher: SouthPeak Games and Kalypso Media
Developer: Haemimont Games

Platform: PC
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: Pentium 4 2.0 GHz, 512 MB RAM, DirectX 9 compatible video card, 1.5 GB HD space, DVD-ROM, Windows 2000 or more recent operating system

Govern a Roman province in this city-building simulation that has players constructing and defending Roman settlements. The game builds on its predecessor, Glory of the Roman Empire.

Digital Eel is releasing three of their classic games for free through Shrapnel Games.
PlayFirst has launched yet another Diner Dash-related game as a download for the PC and Mac: Dairy Dash.

David Reid Joins NCsoft

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NCsoft has hired David Reid as a new Vice President of Marketing for its North American publishing business.
Activision confirmed that it plans to release Little League World Series 2008 for the Wii and DS on August 5, 2008.
SCi Entertainment, parent of Eidos, confirmed that it received and rejected an offer to acquire the company.
Today, Microsoft has launched Lost Cities as a new, downloadable game for Xbox Live Arcade.

Warrior XXtreme Review

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Warrior XXtreme Company: Wolfking USA
Platform: PC

This gaming oriented keypad includes the functionality of the carefully sculpted Warrior gamepad alongside a compact version of a complete keyboard.

Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Zen Studios

Platform: Xbox 360
Reviewed on Xbox 360

The characters of the classic 1960's cartoon Rocky and Bullwinkle emerge on the Xbox 360 in this downloadable collection of microgames featuring Rocky, Bullwinkle, Nell, Dudley Do-Right, Boris and Natasha.

SingStar '90s Review

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Publisher: Sony
Developer: Sony London Studio

Platform: PlayStation 2
Reviewed on PlayStation 2

I'll admit it. I got tickets to Poison's recent tour. Brett Michaels still has great hair. So when I saw that SingStar '90s, the newest chapter in the karaoke-like game line, features Poison's classic "Unskinny Bop" (No, I don't know what could make a bop unskinny – it isn't supposed to make any sense), I had to suppress a little internal yippee.

Interplay announced that it has signed an agreement with artist and animator Douglas TenNapel to consult on a new Earthworm Jim game.
Atlus USA has shipped its game Persona 3 FES to stores in North America.
Atari confirmed in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that Jean-Michel Perbet resigned from Atari's Board of Directors, effective on April 16.
Electronic Arts is working with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to release another Harry Potter-themed video game.
Konami has shipped Target: Terror for the Wii to stores in North America.
The massively multiplayer online game Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures from Funcom and Eidos is gold and will reach stores in North America on May 20 and in Europe on May 23.
38 Studios, the developer founded by Curt Schilling, has hired Travis McGeathy as its Systems Design Lead. McGeathy previously worked at Sony Online Entertainment and will be supporting the development of a massively multiplayer online game code-named "Copernicus."
Majesco Entertainment has shipped Wild Earth: African Safari for the Wii to stores in North America.
Square Enix has shipped The World Ends With You for the DS to stores in North America.
The9 Limited, a publisher and operator of online games in China, has entered into an agreement with Ndoors Corporation to operate the massively multiplayer online game Atlantica in mainland China. Atlantica began operation in Korea this January. The9 has a license to operate the game for three years from the date of the game's commercial launch in China.
Aksys games confirmed that it plans to release From the Abyss for the DS in the fourth quarter of this year.
Ubisoft announced that it is partnering with Sigma Technologies to open up a new campus in Casablanca, Morocco. While Ubisoft has had a presence in Casablanca since 1998, Ubisoft expects to add 150 new jobs there by 2010 thanks to support from the government of Morocco.
Sony confirmed that it plans to expand the closed beta test for PlayStation Home this summer, further delaying its commercial release.
Konami confirmed that the next Silent Hill game will be Silent Hill: Homecoming.
In a brief announcement, SCi Entertainment (the parent of Eidos) confirmed that it is considering issuing and selling additional stock to raise working capital.
Mobile publisher Gameloft has entered into a licensing deal with wrestler Hulk Hogan.
Midway has shipped NBA Ballers: Chosen One for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 to stores in North America.
Take-Two Interactive's Rockstar Games label confirmed that it will ship Midnight Club: Los Angeles on September 9 in North America and on September 12 in Europe.
Nintendo has released another two downloadable games for the Wii Virtual Console.
Blitz Games is indulging in a little bit of corporate rebranding.
THQ has shipped Battle of the Bands for the Wii to stores in North America.
Nintendo has launched Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time, both for the DS, in stores in North America.
Midway confirmed that it plans to release Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe late this year.
Midway, in conjunction with Epic Games, confirmed that Unreal Tournament 3 will ship for the Xbox 360 this summer. The game is already available for the PlayStation 3, but the Xbox 360 version will feature two characters, five maps and split screen play exclusive to the Xbox 360.

Buzz! Jr.: Robo Jam

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Publisher: Sony
Developer: Magenta Software and FreeStyle Games

Platform: PlayStation 2
Reviewed on PlayStation 2

The most mischievous young robots in the galaxy have been shipped off to the Robot Boot camp where they participate in competitive mini-games to learn to be better robot citizens and strive to land at the head of the robot class.

Publisher: Sony
Developer: Relentless Software

Platform: PlayStation 2
Reviewed on PlayStation 2

Buzz, the terrifying trivia tyrant himself, returns to host Buzz! The Hollywood Quiz, a quiz show with participants ranging from cheerleaders and Elvis impersonators to extras who look like they just walked off the set (and took their costumes with them. Unlike in Buzz!: The Mega Quiz, in Buzz! The Hollywood Quiz it's all about the moving pictures. There's no science, history or geography here – instead, you'll find a quiz show where Leonardo DiCaprio and Walter Matthau merit categories of their own.

Electronic Arts has placed both The Sims 2: Double Deluxe and The Sims 2 Kitchen and Bath Interior Design Stuff in stores across both North America and Europe.
Paradox Interactive has signed on to publish a new game in the Majesty franchise of fantasy kingdom simulations.
Electronic Arts confirmed that when it releases Mass Effect for the PC on May 28 in North America (and June 6 in Europe), it will make the "Bring Down the Sky" content released as a download for the Xbox 360 version available as a free download for owners of the PC version of the game.
Bethesda Softworks confirmed the details of the collector's edition it plans to release for Fallout 3 when the game is released late this year for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.
Paradox Interactive confirmed that it plans to ship its game Supreme Ruler 2020 to stores in North America on June 17 and in Europe on June 20.
Electronic Arts has extended its offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Take-Two Interactive. EA has also slightly amended the terms of the offer to account for the results of Take-Two Interactive's annual shareholder meeting.
Monte Cristo confirmed that it is working on a city-building simulation called Cities XL for the PC that it plans to release in 2009.
Ignition Entertainment has entered into a co-publishing agreement with SNK/Playmore that will have Ignition help SNK/Playmore games to North American consumers. The first game that will be published under the agreement is Metal Slug 7 for the DS.
Ankama confirmed that it is expanding its massively multiplayer online game Dofus to support mobile gamers by launching related Dofus content on mobile phones this June. DofusPocket will tie into the online game and is currently engaging in a beta test.
On March 14, Microsoft cut the price of the Xbox 360 in Europe. Now, Microsoft is gloating that since that cut, sales of the Xbox 360 in Europe have approximately doubled.
Electronic Arts has received a second request for information from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC is working to determine if EA's proposed acquisition of Take-Two Interactive would be anti-competitive.
Eidos has released four free multiplayer maps for its game Kane & Lynch: Dead Men.
Atlus confirmed that it plans to release Izuna 2: The Unemployed Ninja for the DS on July 22.
Namco Bandai Games has partnered with National Geographic to release National Geographic Panda for the DS later this year.
Namco Bandai confirmed that it plans to release a game based on the animated mini-series Afro Samurai late this year.
Ignition Entertainment's game Teenage Zombies: Invasion of the Alien Brain Thingys is now in stores in North America for the DS.
Two games are now available as downloads for Xbox Live Arcade: Rocky and Bullwinkle and Battlezone.
Publisher True Games Interactive has signed on to publish an (as yet unannounced) online game from developer Petroglyph.
NCsoft has rolled out its micropayment system for its various online games.
Majesco Entertainment confirmed that it plans to release Air Traffic Chaos for the DS this summer.
Electronic Arts is reminding everyone of the success of its The Sims games, now that the franchise has hit a sales milestone.
Mobile publisher Astraware has launched the Palm OS and Windows Mobile versions of Platypus.
Encore (part of Navarre Corporation) has signed on to publish Microids' PC games in North America.
Paradox Interactive confirmed that it will publish another installment in Frictional Games' Penumbra series.
As part of the announcement that Flying Lab Software is enabling character transfers in its massively multiplayer online game Pirates of the Burning Sea, the company acknowledged that it is closing down seven of the game's eleven servers accessible to North American players.
Atlus USA has shipped Rondo of Swords to stores for the DS.

Wii Fit to Cost $90

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Nintendo announced that when Wii Fit is released in North America on May 19, it will cost $90.
Developer and publisher Conspiracy Entertainment reported its financial results for its fiscal year ended December 31, 2007.

Okami Ships for the Wii

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Capcom has shipped its game Okami for the Wii to stores in North America.

Jack Keane Ships for the PC

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Strategy First, in conjunction with 10tacle Studios, has shipped Jack Keane to stores in North America.
Codemasters has shipped Emergency Mayhem for the Wii to stores in North America.
Microsoft has launched the Halo 3 Legendary Map Pack as a download from Xbox Live.
Electronic Arts confirmed that it will ship Battlefield: Bad Company to stores for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on June 23, and also revealed the contents of the game's "Gold Pack."
Paradox Interactive has shipped its game Europa Universalis: Rome to stores in North America. The game is also available as a download from Paradox Interactive's Gamer's Gate portal. The game should ship to stores in Europe on Friday.
Sony's game Gran Turismo 5: Prologue is now in stores for the PlayStation 3 and will be available as a download from the PlayStation Store on Thursday.
THQ has shipped the PC and Mobile versions of its game Dancing with the Stars to stores in North America.
Midway has promoted two of its executives, Miguel Iribarren and Martin Spiess.
Today, the redesigned PlayStation Store has launched on the PlayStation Network.
Ubisoft has entered into an agreement with Gameloft to acquire Gameloft's development studio in Pune, India.
Reflexive Entertainment has launched the PC and Mac versions of Airport Mania: First Flight as downloads.
Nintendo has launched two new games as downloads for Wii Virtual Arcade through the Wii Shop Channel.
Developer Realtime Worlds announced that it has raised $50 million in a new investment round.
Peripheral manufacturer The Ant Commandos is planning to release a line of musical controllers compatible with Rock Band and Guitar Hero later this spring.
JoWooD confirmed that it plans to release an expansion for its PC role-playing game Gothic 3 late this year.
Game Developer magazine has released the results of its 2007 game developer salary survey.
Graffiti Entertainment, part of Signature Devices, confirmed that it plans to release a role-playing game for the DS called Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled The game should reach stores in the next few months and is being developed by Studio Archcraft.
Giant Interactive, a Chinese developer and operator of online games, opened a new research and development facility in Chengdu, Sichuan Province.
Sony's game Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2 is available in North America for the PSP.
Take-Two Interactive has created the position of "President for Asia" (no, he doesn't get to rule the entire continent with an iron fist – he will just help Take-Two coordinate its efforts in the region) and hired Hubert Larenaudie to fill it.
Hot on the heels of The9's announcement that more than one million Chinese were playing World of Warcraft at the same time (The9 develops and operates online games in China), The9 has extended its agreement with Blizzard Entertainment (part of Vivendi) that will have The9 manage the implementation of the World of Warcraft expansion Wrath of the Litch King in mainland China.
Company: Emotiv
Platform: PC
Official Site emotiv.com

Total immersion is the Holy Grail of gaming. The ability to simulate a fully interactive and engaging environment would be the ultimate form of entertainment, and has served as the fodder for many television shows, films, novels and even games, ranging from Star Trek's holodeck to Arnold Schwarzenegger's adventures in Total Recall to Red Dwarf's "Better Than Life" game. It's even a common theme for dystopian futures in which humanity has become disconnected from reality (The Matrix, among many others). Unfortunately, total immersion requires far better technology than we have at present.

Emotiv Systems hopes to change that. Emotiv's Epoc Neuroheadset isn't going to make full immersion possible, but it should go a long way toward turning thoughts into reality. The company's tag line is, "It's the thought that counts." It looks like Emotiv will turn that phrase into something more than just an apology.

Publisher: Ignition Entertainment and Playlogic
Developer: Hydravision Entertainment

Platforms: Wii, PlayStation 2, PSP and PC
Reviewed on PlayStation 2

The students at Fallcreek University have a problem. A problem that goes well beyond the promiscuous sex and rampant recreational drug use that permeates the dorms. Undergraduate life has recently been swept away by a new drug of choice – the pollen of a mysterious black flower.

On the same night as the frat party of the year, that addiction turns out to be more sinister than a buzz and a wicked hangover. The campus is suddenly overrun by nightmarish monsters... monsters that appear to be transformed undergrads.

Massively multiplayer online game operator OGPlanet confirmed that it will localize the side-scrolling online game La Tale and bring the game from Asia to North American gamers.
Flagship Studios claims that Hellgate: London is the most successful online game launch in Korea over the last three years.

Codemasters Hires Blame

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Codemasters has hired Hal Blame as the company's new Director of Distributor Territories.
The9 is a Chinese developer and distributor of online games – they happen to be the company operating World of Warcraft in mainland China. They were thrilled to tell everyone that World of Warcraft recently had one million simultaneous users.
Matrix games has released Panzer Command: Kharkov both as a boxed game and as a download for the PC.
Telltale games has released the latest episodic Sam & Max adventure for the PC, Sam & Max: Episode 205 - What's New Beelzebub?, as a download from the Telltale Games official site.
Nintendo announced that it plans to release Mario Super Sluggers for the Wii later this year.
by Kyle Ackerman

When gamers think about open-ended games these days, the Grand Theft Auto series is often the first sandbox-style series that comes to mind. But my fondest memories of exploring a seemingly-endless world come from piles of floppy disks, back when the Electronic Arts logo was an inexplicable amalgam of cube, sphere and pyramid. In 1986, not long after my chance to search the new world for the Seven Cities of Gold, Binary Systems helped me crew my ship to save Arth (no... not Earth, Arth).

Dogmeat Joining Fallout 3

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Bethesda Softworks kindly released new screenshots for its upcoming role-playing game Fallout 3, confirming the return of the franchise's most popular canine buddy, Dogmeat.
Electronic Arts confirmed that it plans to release The SimCity Box for the PC in June.
Konami confirmed the details concerning the limited edition of its game Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, that will reach stores (alongside the standard edition) on June 12 in North America. Both versions are being released for the PlayStation 3.
NCsoft European office is taking action against those running unauthorized servers for NCsoft's games, such as Lineage II, Guild Wars and City of Heroes. NCsoft claims that "This action comes as a direct response to the rise of illegal online game servers throughout Eastern Europe, particularly in Greece and Russia where NCsoft’s fantasy-based online role playing game, Lineage II, is extremely popular."
For all you fans of Homestar Runner's Strong Bad, Telltale Games announced that it is developing a series of episodic, downloadable games for the PC and Wii based on Strong Bad.
Spellborn NV, the company developing the massively multiplayer online game The Chronicles of Spellborn, and European publisher Frogster Interactive have signed a letter of intent with a North American publisher, making it more likely that the game will be released in North America. At the same time, the companies announced that the release date for the game has been pushed back again.
Square Enix confirmed that it "will launch a completely re-envisioned Final Fantasy IV" for the DS on July 22.
Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games

Platform: PC
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: 800 MHz Processor, 256 MB RAM, 32 MB video card, Windows XP or more recent operating system

In their usual, excessively violent and often bumbling fashion, the Freelance Police (namely, the well-armed canid named Max and lagomorphic sociopath Max) managed to condemn the soul of Bosco (a conspiracy nut and shopkeeper) to the eternal flames of Hell, where the coffee is cold and the corporate maneuverings never end. To undo the damage they have wrought, Sam & Max will have to venture into the corporate wasteland of Hell itself. Using their not inconsiderable influence in the part of the afterlife that lies on the wrong side of the tracks, Sam & Max will have to bargain for the soul of their friend Bosco, among others... if they can get past Hell's receptionist.

Ikaruga Review

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Publisher: Treasure
Developer: Treasure

Platforms: Xbox 360, GameCube and Dreamcast
Reviewed on Xbox 360

Tenro Horai is conquering all the nations on the globe, one by one, steamrolling over them using the Power of the Gods that he unearthed. Some freedom-loving folks still resist his onslaught as members of a freedom federation called Tenkaku. The population of a remote village called Ikaruga has built a fighter that, in the right hands, may be able to stop Tenro Horai.

Ignition Entertainment's game Teenage Zombies: Invasion of the Alien Brainy Thingys for the DS is gold, in duplication and should ship to stores in North America on April 15.
Sega and Marvel confirmed today that the major cast members of the film The Incredible Hulk will also lend their voices and likenesses to the game of the same name.
Interactive Gaming Software (IGS) plans to release its geo-political simulation Commander In Chief for the PC before the end of June.
GamersGate, Paradox Interactive's online game distribution channel, has added two independent developers to its portfolio.
Vir2L Studios confirmed that it plans to release both AMF Bowling Pinbusters! and Ducati Moto for the DS this summer.
Lighthouse Interactive's game Sword of the Stars: Collector's Edition for the PC is gold, in duplication and should reach stores in North America next month.
Sony recently released the PSP Firmware v3.95 update.
THQ Wireless has entered into an agreement with Team17 Software to launch Worms 2008: A Space Oddity for mobile phones worldwide.
Ikaruga is now available as a download for the Xbox 360 on Xbox Live Arcade along with two updates for the game Poker Smash.
Valve, in conjunction with Electronic Arts, has shipped the various components of The Orange Box to stores as stand-alone retail products.

Assassin's Creed Review

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Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal

Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC
Reviewed on Xbox 360

In the summer of 2012, a young man named Desmond Miles is abducted by a pharmaceutical corporation that has developed technology to unlock ancestral memories from RNA. Following a secret agenda, scientists force Desmond into a machine known as the Animus, trying to reconstruct secrets dating back to the Third Crusade.

Using the Animus, Desmond finds himself in the cowled robe of his ancestor Altair Ibn La-Ahad, reliving events from the summer of 1191. What Abstergo Industries hopes to learn by recreating a series of Twelfth Century assassinations remains to be seen, but that information will guide Desmond Miles into a conflict that has spanned millennia.

Sony Online Entertainment has launched update #44 for its massively multiplayer online game EverQuest II.
Atlus USA has shipped its game Baroque for the Wii and PlayStation 2 to stores in North America.

Prototype Site Launches

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Sierra, a label of Vivendi, has launched the full official site for Prototype.
Atlus has shipped its game Arcana Heart for the PlayStation 2 to stores in North America.
Interplay, once a major publisher of PC games (particularly several classic role-playing games), has been in a state of suspended animation for some time. While the company claims to be operational, and has been actively seeking funding for a Fallout massively multiplayer online game, the company long ago stopped being a major player (and possibly a going concern) with troubles that go back to at least 2002. Today, Interplay reported its financial results for 2007.
Games for Windows: The Official Magazine, the publication that used to be Computer Gaming World, is going away. The last issue of the magazine is the April/May 2008 issue that is currently on sale.
Ubisoft's game Assassin's Creed: Director's Cut is now in stores in North America for the PC.
Aksys Games has shipped MiniCopter: Adventure Flight for the Wii to stores in North America.
SNK Playmore has shipped Fatal Fury: Battle Archives Vol. 2 for the PlayStation 2 to stores in North America.
The Adventure Company, part of JoWooD's DreamCatcher operations, has shipped Sherlock Holmes: Nemesis to stores for the PC.
Cengage Learning is launching the book Game Graphics Programming next month on May 13.
Digital Leisure's Blu-ray version of the game Space Ace is available in stores today.
Harmonix, MTV Games and Electronic Arts have confirmed that Rock Band will finally reach Europe on May 23.
THQ Wireless is opening its new headquarters this month in San Diego, California.
Last month, Graffiti Entertainment, part of Signature Devices, confirmed that it plans to release Mazes of Fate for the DS before the end of June.
Electronic Arts has extended its license agreement with Epic Games for the Unreal Engine 3.
Shanda Interactive, a Chinese game publisher, has made several changes to its executive staff.
According to this post on the Mass Effect community forums, the PC version of Mass Effect has been delayed.
Charlie Daniels (of the Charlie Daniels Band) has made a post on his band's site criticizing the use of his song "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" in Guitar Hero III.
Activision recently launched the official site (created as part of a settlement for a class action lawsuit) for consumers who purchased the Wii version of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, only to be horrified that the game did not support Dolby Pro Logic II sound.
Atlus USA confirmed that it will release Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2 for the DS on July 1.
The Arizona State Senate Judiciary Committee determined that House Bill 2660 will not have the opportunity to be voted into law, arguing that the law still leaves open too many questions. The Law was sponsored by Warde Nichols, a Republican from Gilbert, Arizona, and was intended to make companies financially liable for creating media (including films, books and games) that led to an act of terrorism or a felony.

Gauntlet Coming to the DS

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Eidos (part of SCi Entertainment) confirmed that it plans to release a version of the classic coin-op arcade game Gauntlet on the DS this summer.
Nintendo has launched another two games as downloads for the Wii Virtual Arcade.
Crave Entertainment has shipped World Championship Cards for the PlayStation 2 to stores in North America.

Tse Becomes CFO of The9

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The9 Limited, an online game operator in China, has appointed Tony Tse as the company's new Chief Financial Officer.
Take-Two Interactive has acquired Mad Doc Software, the developer who worked on games such as Empire Earth II.
Now that Jim Wilson has been appointed Atari's Chief Executive Officer, Curtis Solsvig has stepped down as Atari's Chief Restructuring Officer (appointed last October to guide Atari). Solsvig will continue to advise Atari as a consultant.
Telltale Games plans to bring Sam & Max: Season One to the Wii before the 2008 holiday season.
Thanks to a new trailer on the Mercenaries 2: World in Flames official site, EA and Pandemic have confirmed the release date for the game.

Navarre Promotes Fleck

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Navarre Corporation, a publisher and distributor of entertainment media (including games) has promoted Joyce Fleck to President of Navarre Distribution Services. Fleck will oversee all aspects of the company's distribution services.
The Adventure Company, a JoWooD label that focuses on adventure games, has shipped Cleopatra: Riddle of the Tomb for the PC to stores in North America.

TiQal Review

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Publisher: Slapdash Games
Developer: Slapdash Games

Platforms: Xbox 360 and PC
Reviewed on Xbox 360

The village of TiQal is threatened with imminent destruction, and it is up to you to make an epic journey through the jungles of Mesoamerica to plead with the gods for their aid and protection. How better to seek the help of the gods than by arranging colored blocks in a two-dimensional field.

D3Publisher of America and Infinite Interactive confirmed that the name for their upcoming expansion to Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords for the Xbox 360 will be Revenge of the Plague Lord.

Rocketmen Review

Publisher: Capcom
Developer: A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. Games

Platform: PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
Reviewed on PlayStation 3

Join the Alliance of Free Planets in a battle to free the Solar System from The Axis of Evil (including the Legion of Terra and the Martians) in this action game by shooting as many minions of Lord Invictus as you can!

LucasArts confirmed the official release date for its game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.
Zen Studios is releasing a new table for its Xbox Live Arcade game Pinball FX, with a Rocky & Bullwinkle theme. The table costs 200 points ($2.50) and is being released as part of a promotion for Zen Studios' upcoming Rocky & Bullwinkle game for Xbox Live Arcade.

Paragon City Gets Ads

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NCsoft has entered into an agreement with Double Fusion to bring advertising to the world of City of Heroes.
THQ confirmed that it will publish Relic Entertainment's Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II for the PC in the first half of 2009.
When NCsoft launches the Hellbound content update for its massively multiplayer online game Lineage II later this month, it plans to start selling a "4th Anniversary Edition" Lineage II package in stores.
SouthPeak Games has launched the "Curse of Souls" downloadable content pack for the Xbox 360 game Two Worlds.
Dr. John Charlton of the University of Bolton and Ian Danforth of Whitman College argue that "People who are addicted to playing computer games show some of the same personality traits as people with Aspergers syndrome."
Sega confirmed that it plans to release Sonic Unleashed later this year for the Xbox360, PlayStation 3, Wii and PlayStation 2.
Codemasters' game Emergency Mayhem is now gold for the Wii, in duplication and should reach stores shortly.
Ubisoft confirmed that it plans to release Tom Clancy's HAWX late this year.
Hudson Entertainment's game Deca Sports for the Wii is gold, in duplication and should reach stores in North America on May 13.
LucasArts has appointed Darrel Rodriguez as the president of LucasArts, the game division of Lucasfilm Ltd.
Namco Bandai's Mr. Driller character has reached Xbox Live Arcade with the release of Mr. Driller Online.
Sony is now shipping the DualShock wireless controller for the PlayStation 3 to stores in North America. The controller should be available for purchase early next week.
Paradox Interactive's game Europa Universalis: Rome is gold, in duplication and should ship to stores in mid-April.
Today, a team from Middlesex University is presenting the results of their research concerning the link between games and violence to the British Psychological Society in Dublin.
THQ confirmed that Construction Combat: Lock's Quest is currently in development for the DS and should be available late this year.
Acclaim has updated its online game 2Moons with new content dubbed "Bad Moon Rising."
Chinese game developer and operator Perfect World has launched the latest major content expansion for its game Zhu Xian.
Electronic Arts has launched seven new mobile games.

TimeFly Studios Formed

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Brad Ruminer, Dennis Booth and Glenn O'Bannon (former employees of Rainbow Studios) announced the launch of their recent venture: TimeFly Studios. TimeFly is located in Scottsdale, Arizona and plans to develop games for all major platforms.
NCsoft has posted more information concerning the upcoming "Power Proliferation" for City of Heroes (and Villains). At the bottom of this address from Dr. Brainstorm is a list of the new powersets that will be added to various archetypes.
THQ has acquired the casual publishing label Elephant Entertainment and entered into a worldwide retail publishing agreement with Oberon Media.
Comedy Central Mobile (part of Viacom's MTV unit) and RealArcade have launched the mobile game based on the South Park trilogy of television episodes, "Imaginationland."

April Fool's Gags

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Many game companies put serious effort into their jokes to celebrate April 1. Below are some links to a few of the more entertaining gags:

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