Editor: February 2008 Archives

Cabal Online Launches

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OGPlanet's game Cabal Online has launched commercially in North America as a free-to-play massively multiplayer online (featuring a cash shop for additional items).
Gamecock Media Group and developer Replay Studios confirmed that their game formerly known as Sabotage will be known henceforth as Velvet Assassin.
Publisher Mastiff previously announced that it plans to release Major League Eating: The Game. Today, Mastiff confirmed that the game will be released as a downloadable WiiWare title.

Puzzle Quest: Galactrix Preview

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Publisher: D3Publisher of America
Developer: Infinite Interactive
Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, DS


Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords is a remarkable game. As developer Infinite Interactive said in a talk at the Game Developers Conference, it was difficult to find a publisher for Puzzle Quest's clever cross between a traditional "match-three" casual puzzle game and the extensive quest structure and character development of a role-playing game. Fortunately, D3Publisher of America stepped up, and we got to enjoy an incredible game. Now, Infinite Interactive is hard at work on another game in the Puzzle Quest universe: Puzzle Quest: Galactrix.

Production company Brash Entertainment has hired Melissa Miller as its Vice President of Legal Affairs. Miller joins Brash from Fox Filmed Entertainment.
Company: Logitech
Platform: PlayStation 3 (most functions will work with PlayStation 2 and other devices with a USB port)
Official Site logitech.com


Logitech makes damn fine gaming peripherals. Whether you are looking for a PC keyboard, a mouse or console controllers, Logitech has the goods. The Logitech Driving Force GT Racing Wheel will not disappoint. Based on the prototype that Logitech showed off at the Game Developers Conference, the Driving Force GT Racing Wheel promises to be Logitech's best wheel yet.

X-Blades Coming Late This Year

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SouthPeak confirmed that it plans to release its upcoming game X-Blades for the PC and the latest generation of consoles late this year.
Conspiracy Entertainment confirmed that its puzzle game Octomania will be released for the Wii next month.
JoWooD has shipped Gothic Universe, a compilation that includes all three Gothic role-playing games and the extra content released for those games, in the UK. Players can now play all of the Gothic games for the PC and only have to pick up one box.
SCi Entertainment, parent of Eidos, announced its interim financial results and plans for restructuring following the company's recent troubles and failed efforts to be acquired.

Bangai-O Spirits Preview

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Publisher: D3Publisher of America
Developer: Treasure
Platform: DS


Bangai-O is an arcade-style shooter that anyone with a Dreamcast remembers fondly. Within the next few months, DS gamers will get to relive that classic shooting experience in a new version of the game, from the same developer (Treasure), that is best thought of as a re-imagining of the classic shooter than a sequel.

Konami officially dated the release of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots for the PlayStation 3.
Eidos, part of SCi Entertainment, confirmed the platforms on which it plans to release Battlestations: Pacific, the sequel to Battlestations: Midway.
Electronic Arts' expansion pack for The Sims 2, FreeTime is now in stores in North America and Europe.
Paradox Interactive confirmed that Lost Empire: Immortals for the PC is gold, in duplication and should reach "retail stores throughout the quadrant" on March 15.

Corsair Readies HX1000W

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Corsair is thrilled to let everyone know that it will launch the HX1000W power supply unit (CMPSU-1000HX) in mid-March, a 1,000 watt power supply that is certified for nVidia's 3-way SLI technology.
Possibility Space is accepting applicants for the beta of its massively multiplayer online game Warrior Epic. The game is a fantasy-themed online world designed for low-end systems and casual players.
Disney confirmed that its Fall Line Studio is currently developing Ultimate Band for the Wii and DS.
Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group has launched the mobile game Scarface: Money, Power, Respect for carriers in North America.

Iron Lore Shutters Studio

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According to a posting on developer Iron Lore Entertainment's official site, Iron Lore has closed.
NCsoft has entered into an arrangement with several companies so that its products can be distributed in Russia.
Majesco has shipped its game Blokus Portable: Steambot Championship for the PSP to stores in North America
In recent years, a great number of companies (including many that make video games) have been under investigation by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission for possible problems with their stock option grant practices. THQ was among these. Recently, the SEC informed THQ that its investigation is complete and that the SEC does not intend to recommend further actions related to the investigation.
Gameloft has released its game Bubble Bash for the iPod. The bubble-matching game is available from the iTunes Store for $5.
Today's release for Xbox Live Arcade is Triggerheart Exelica, a shooter that can be downloaded for 800 points ($10)
Sega has shipped its game Sega Bass Fishing for the Wii to stores in North America. The game has players using the Wii remote to catch four types of bass.
Dreamcatcher Games has shipped Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None for the Wii to stores in North America.
Capcom has shipped its game Lost Planet: Extreme Condition for the PlayStation 3.

Brain Assist Ships for the DS

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Sega has shipped Brain Assist for the DS. The game features 10 mini-games designed to keep your mind sharp.
Sony announced today that it plans to release a Metal Gear Solid 4 PlayStation 3 bundle and dated the release of the DualShock 3 Wireless Controller.
Codemasters has shipped its game Turning Point: Fall of Liberty for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 to stores in North America.
Sony plans to release another special PSP bundle in June for $200. The bundle will feature the game God of War: Chains of Olympus, a deep red PSP featuring Kratos' image, a UMD version of Superbad and a voucher to download Syphon Filter: Combat Ops for the PSP.
D3Publisher of America confirmed that it plans to release Bangai-O Spirits for the DS in the first half of this year.
Codemasters confirmed that it plans to release a version of its game Overlord for the PlayStation 3.
SouthPeak Games confirmed that it plans to release two expansion packs for its role-playing game on the Xbox 360, Two Worlds.
2K Sports, the sports label of Take-Two Interactive, plans to release a new baseball game for the DS, Major League Baseball 2K8 Fantasy All-Stars.
NCsoft is excited to let everyone know that, together with ArenaNet, it has sold more than five million copies of Guild Wars.
Electronic Arts plans to release NFL Head Coach '09 with Tony Dungy of the Indianapolis Colts on the cover.
Signature Devices has entered into an agreement to acquire Ascended Entertainment.
Electronic Arts and its BioWare subsidiary already confirmed that Mass Effect will be released in May. Today they pinned the date down as May 6.

Patapon Available for the PSP

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Sony's game Patapon for the PSP is now available in stores.

Dead Space Coming on Halloween

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Electronic Arts has determined that its upcoming science-fiction-themed survival/horror game Dead Space will be released on October 31 in North America and Europe.
THQ has shipped its game Destroy All Humans: Big Willy Unleashed for the Wii to stores in North America.
Electronic Arts is hosting EA-Land, an online space built on the architecture of The Sims Online.
D3Publisher of America and Infinite Interactive officially acknowledged what they spoke of in talks at last week's Game Developers Conference: Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords will receive a sequel called Puzzle Quest: Galactrix.

Witches Teaser Site Launches

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Spanish Developer Revistronic has launched the teaser site for its game Witches. The game is still in an early stage of development and looking for publishers. The game is, frankly, in an earlier stage than we would typically pay attention to, except that the tag line is that "Sultry girls will lead the rebellion against Satanic powers in spectacular tactical combat." Stupefying and salacious!
In the wake of Sony's announcement earlier today that Phil Harrison is leaving Sony Computer Entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) has announced several executive appointments.
Gravity Interactive has launched the closed beta for the North American version of its massively multiplayer online game Requiem: Bloodymare, a game set it a world destroyed by magic and genetic manipulation.
Conspiracy Entertainment has signed on to publish Engine Software's StateShift in North and South America.
Aspyr is shipping Neverwinter Nights 2 to stores in North America this week.
The ESA is thrilled that Paraguay's Specialized Technical Unit (UTE) seized around 50,000 pirated game discs. The discs were being transported in 27 suitcases to Paraguay from Dubai by Ali Hani Zeinedine.
Vivendi Games Mobile has launched its mobile game Urban Attack in North America (the game was already released in Europe).
THQ has shipped Frontlines: Fuel of War for the PC and Xbox 360 to stores in North America.
Major League Gaming is particularly excited that when Ubisoft releases its game Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 next month, it will include a special multiplayer map based on an MLG event in the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Monday has arrived, and Nintendo has once again released new downloadable games for the Wii Virtual Arcade. It appears that Nintendo has dropped from its former pattern of releasing three games per week, and has fallen into a comfortable, two-per-week stride.

Phil Harrison Leaving Sony

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Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) announced that Phil Harrison, the President of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS), will resign on February 29.
THQ has shipped Bratz: Super Babyz for the DS to stores in North America.
Take Two Interactive has responded publicly to the acquisition bid Electronic Arts made public earlier today.
Electronic Arts has made an offer to purchase Take-Two Interactive in an all-cash bid. The offer was sent to Take-Two on February 19.
Following Toshiba's announcement that it is backing away from manufacturing HD DVD players, Microsoft confirmed that it will no longer manufacture new HD DVD Players.
cdv Software Entertainment and Fireglow Games announced that Sudden Strike 3: Arms for Victory for the PC is gold, in duplication and should be released on March 10.
Paradox Interactive has launched Imperium Romanum as a downloadable PC game through its GamersGate distribution service.
Since the early days of the Wii, Nintendo has been steadily releasing a stream of games for the Wii Virtual Console. All have been for older platforms, and Nintendo has now confirmed that later this year it will begin to release ports of games released for the Commodore 64.
Sega confirmed that it plans to release Aliens: Colonial Marines later this year.
The classic game Jet Moto 3 has been released as a download for both the PlayStation 3 and PSP through the PlayStation Store. The racing game is available for $6.
Pan Vision Games, a Swedish Publisher, has signed a deal that gives it the exclusive right to publish games based on the Japanese "Angel Cat Sugar" brand.
Insomniac Games, the developer behind games like Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction and Resistance: Fall of Man, has started an initiative to share technological expertise called "Nocturnal."

Roffman Becomes Cryptic CFO

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Cryptic Studios has hired Ed Roffman as its Chief Financial Officer.
Electronic Arts has signed developer Starbreeze Studios to develop a new game based on one of EA's classic franchises. While the game was not identified, it will be released for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Starbreeze has developed games in the past such as The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay.
Koei confirmed that it will ship Warriors Orochi, already out for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 2, for the PSP and PC.
THQ confirmed that it plans to release Big Beach Sports for the Wii this summer.
Electronic Arts confirmed that it plans to release SimCity Societies: Destinations this May in Europe and North America

GeForce 9600 GT Now Available

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nVidia has launched its GeForce 9600 GT GPU, now available through many retailers.
Signature Devices unveiled its latest generation of game creation middleware, the Elemental Engine II.
Astraware has launched Westward for mobile devices that run Palm OS and Windows Mobile.
CCP Games has released the latest quarterly newsletter on the state of the economy in Eve Online.
Several companies have recently formed the Personal Computer Gaming Alliance (PCGA).
Cryptic Studios officially has another outlet for its superheroic ambitions. Cryptic plans to both develop and publish Champions Online in the first half of 2009.
Havok, a middleware provider that specializes in physics middleware for games, announced that it will allow non-commercial users to download Havok Complete for the PC for free, beginning in May. This move is designed to convince modders and students to adopt Havok, thereby increasing the middleware's penetrance in the game industry when those folks take professional positions.
Microsoft and Epic Games confirmed that they plan to release Gears of War 2 exclusively for the Xbox 360 in November of this year.
Peter Molyneux of Lionhead Studios announced that prior to the release of Fable 2 for the Xbox 360, Carbonated games will release Fable 2 pub games (like a gambling mini-game) through Xbox Live Arcade.
At Microsoft's keynote address at the Game Developers Conference, Microsoft announced that it will allow Xbox 360 owners to download and play games created by the community to their own consoles.
It's hard to characterize Microsoft's keynote address at the Game Developers Conference as anything other than self-congratulatory, but Microsoft has a lot to be proud of. In particular, Microsoft talked about the success of Xbox Live.
Harmonix, part of MTV, and Electronic Arts have released the Rock Band Drum Kit for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2. Previously, the Rock Band Drum Kit was only available as part of the original Rock Band bundle. Now it can be acquired for $80.

Zune to Play XNA Games

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Microsoft's Zune hasn't met with the success that the software behemoth hoped, but it has established itself in the market. Early in the Zune's development, there was considerable speculation as to whether the Zune would be a gaming device. While Microsoft repeatedly assured consumers it could play games, the extent of that capability has been unclear and largely unsupported. Today, at the Game Developers Conference, Microsoft confirmed that XNA (Microsoft's game development platform) will also support the Zune, making it easy for XNA game designers to create games for Microsoft's handheld playback device.
Koei's game Dynasty Warriors 6 is now in North American stores for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
THQ confirmed that it plans to publish a new Red Faction in THQ's 2009 fiscal year.
The Wii version of THQ's MX vs. ATV Untamed is now in stores. This racing game shipped for most other platforms late last year.
Sony Online Entertainment has entered into an agreement with Vivox to integrate Vivox's voice communication tools into SOE's games (including EverQuest, EverQuest II, Star Wars Galaxies, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, The Agency and PlanetSide). Players in all those games will soon have access to integrated voice chat.

Stranger is Gold for the PC

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cdv Software Entertainment and Fireglow Games announced that Stranger is gold, in duplication and should ship for the PC on March 3.
Metanet Software has released Slick Entertainment's game N+ through Xbox Live Arcade.
Casual publisher PlayFirst has launched Dream Chronicles 2: The Eternal Maze as another downloadable game for the PC.
Turbine has extended its license with Tolkien Enterprises to develop massively multiplayer online games based on Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit books.

WiiWare to Launch on May 12

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Nintendo announced that its downloadable game service for the Wii, WiiWare, will launch in North America on May 12.
3000AD, Derek Smart's development house, has entered into an agreement with Paradox Interactive's GamersGate digital distribution service to distribute Smart's Battlecruiser and Universal Combat games.
Capcom is thrilled to let everyone know that its recent game Devil May Cry 4 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 has shipped over two million copies. Are you excited, too?
Konami confirmed that it plans to release New International Track and Field this summer in North America for the DS.

HD DVD is Officially Dead

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In its own words, "Toshiba Corporation today announced that it has undertaken a thorough review of its overall strategy for HD DVD and has decided it will no longer develop, manufacture and market HD DVD players and recorders."

Shanda Bringing Atrix to China

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Chinese publisher Shanda has received the license from NCsoft to publish NCsoft's game Atrix in China in 2009. Atrix is an online casual war game that began operating in Korea in June of 2007.

The Club Ships to Stores

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Sega has shipped The Club for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC to stores in North America.
Perfect World, a Chinese online game developer, has licensed two of its games to Cubinet Interactive. Cubinet Interactive will operate Perfect World's Legend of Martial Arts in Vietnam and Perfect World's Zhu Xian in Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.
Capcom's game Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney has shipped to stores for the DS.

ArmA: Gold Ships for the PC

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Atari has shipped ArmA: Gold for the PC to stores in North America.
Autodesk, a middleware provider that specializes in 2D and 3D design software, confirmed that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Kynogon.
Digini confirmed that it plans to release its Blade3D middleware to certain game industry members on March 15, 2008 (followed by a wider release later this year). Blade3D is designed to operate in conjunction with Microsoft's XNA platform and intended to make game development even easier for beginners.
Hands-On Mobile has launched Heroes Lore: Wind of Soltia for mobile phones in North America.
Ultizen, a game outsourcing company, has been hired to create a game for the World Bunco Association.
Havok has extended its physics middleware offerings with Havok Cloth and Havok Destruction. Both are integrated with Havok Physics and Havok Animation and are designed (not surprisingly) to simulate cloth and allow for the procedural destruction of objects. This seems like a clear and commendable response to features already in AGEIA's physics middleware (recently acquired by nVidia).
Mazda (yes, the car company) is excited to let everyone know that it is offering a game-related accessory for the 2008 Mazda CX-9.
Telltale Games has hired three new staff recently to bolster its production capabilities.
Allegorithmic confirmed that it plans to release its "Substance" middleware in the first half of this year. Substance focuses on texturing and is designed to help creators author, generate and stream dynamic textures.
SouthPeak Interactive has shipped Iridium Runners for the PlayStation 2 to stores in North America.

Insecticide is Gold for the DS

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Gamecock Media Group and Crackpot Entertainment confirmed that Insecticide for the DS is gold, in duplication and should reach stores on March 11.
Shanda Interactive, a Chinese online game developer and publisher, confirmed that it is planning to release Lazeska in 2008. Lazeska is a persistent, online, 3D air-combat game in which players battle fleets of air ships. The game is being developed by Actoz Soft Co.

FIFA Street 3 Now in Stores

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FIFA Street 3, the latest installment in Electronic Arts' arcade-style soccer game, is now in stores for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and DS.
Square Enix has shipped its game Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors for the Wii to stores in North America.
THQ has entered into an agreement with developer Blue Fang games to have Blue Fang develop a game for release in THQ's 2010 fiscal year. Blue Fang games is best known for the Zoo Tycoon franchise, and while details concerning the game have not been released, the game should be released for the PC, Wii and DS.

SunAge Review

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Publisher: Lighthouse Interactive
Developer: Vertex4


Platform: PC
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: Pentium III 500 MHz, 128 MB RAM, 32 MB video card, 4x CD-ROM, 600 MB HD space, internet connection for online multiplayer, Windows 2000 or more recent operating system

The Sun is dying, and with it, the solar system. Our planet has wasted away, with the human Federacy battling over the planet's few remaining scraps with the Raak-Zun, a society of mutant outcasts. The balance changes when a gateway is created that gives humanity access to a living world, rich in resources, that also brings the mysterious, technological wonders called the Sentinel into the battle.

EA Mobile has released Tetris Blockout for mobile phones in North America and Europe. The game expands the basic Tetris-style play into three dimensions, with players rotating and falling blocks in three dimensions.
Wizards of the Coast, part of Hasbro, confirmed that it is currently working on games for the PC, Mac and Xbox Live Arcade based on Magic: The Gathering.
CD Projekt has entered into an agreement to acquire a majority of Polish developer Metropolis Software. While specific terms were not disclosed, it is clear that CD Projekt is using the success of The Witcher, its first title, to expand its business significantly.

Pixel Junk Monsters Review

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Publisher: Sony
Developer: Q-Games


Platform: PlayStation 3
Reviewed on PlayStation 3

The woods are under attack! Tiny villages of peaceful (and helpless) forest-folk are threatened by wave upon wave of horrible monsters that scuttle, flutter and trudge through forest paths to devour the innocent inhabitants of this island's shady glades. Only a brave defender of the forest, wearing a totem mask and grass skirt, can save the villages from certain fate at the hands of many monsters' digestive fluids.

Thriller Publishing announced that it has been formed to create and publish games based on military and espionage themes.

Zenimax Europe Launched

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ZeniMax Media, the parent of Bethesda Softworks has opened up a European subsidiary to launch publishing operations in Europe.
Casual Publisher PlayFirst is excited to let everyone know that it has signed Wadjet Eye Games to develop an unnamed casual adventure games.
Electronic Arts has shipped its game Need for Speed: ProStreet for the PSP.
Once again, Nintendo has released downloadable games for the Wii virtual Console.
Company: Able Planet
Platform: Any


Able Planet's LoSt-CaUzE Gaming Headphones are a set of comfortable, padded, noise-cancelling headphones aimed at gamers, which provide a great audio experience both for gamers on the move and those ensconced at their keyboards.

Culdcept Saga Review

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Publisher: Namco Bandai Games
Developer: OmiyaSoft and Jamsworks


Platform: Xbox 360
Reviewed on Xbox 360

Long ago, the goddess Culdra made the Book of Creation – the Culdcept – a book that can create worlds and control the universe. The Culdcept was so powerful that it became the object of a struggle between the gods. To save the universe from this struggle, Culdra shattered the Culdcept.

Fragments of the Culdcept became stone, card-shaped tablets that were scattered around the world. Over time, "Cepters" emerged who could harness the power of these cards, using them to invoke monsters or even change the fabric of reality. This has led to a horrible cycle in which the Cepters come into conflict until one controls the cards, ultimately uses the cards to create a new world and then shatters the Culdcept once more, starting the process anew.

This time, players take on the role of a young boy who discovers that he is a natural Cepter, shortly after being sold into slavery. Once he fights for his freedom for the amusement of the populace, he joins forces with a princess on a quest to save the world through his mastery of the cards.

Company: ezGear
Platform: Wii


The ezGear Boxing Gloves are designed to provide a more realistic and entertaining boxing experience for Wii gamers using the Wii's motion sensitive remote and nunchuk to indulge in casual scuffles or prime-time prizefighting.

Take-Two Interactive has converted several of its "temporary" executives to permanent posts.
Eidos confirmed that it plans to publish Death Jr.: Root of Evil for the Wii before the first half of this year is up.
Codemasters has launched several downloadable content updates for Overlord through Xbox Live Marketplace.
Sony has released Twisted Metal: Head On as a downloadable game for the PSP through the PlayStation Store for PC. The classic combat driving game costs $15 to download.
Blizzard Entertainment is introducing a new form of tournament in its massively multiplayer online game World of Warcraft.
Square Enix confirmed that it plans to release The World Ends With You for the DS on April 22.
Sierra, a label of Vivendi Games, confirmed that it will release its game World in Conflict for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 late this year.

NCsoft Announces 2007 Profit

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NCsoft announced its financial results for its 2007 fiscal year ended December 31, 2007.
Electronic Arts confirmed that Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 is in development for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.
Mad Catz has launched an HDMI conversion kit that will take the output from the Xbox 360 and convert it to the HDMI 1.3 standard. The box should be available at most retailers for $90.

Branding Turns Around at EA

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Typically, throughout the history of videogames, game publishers license brands (like Madden for football or Cabela for hunting) and turn them into games. Today, EA announced that it is working with IMG to license the EA Sports brand. EA hopes that IMG will help the company make money by slapping the EA Sports brand on other things.
Lighthouse Interactive confirmed that it plans to release Ship Simulator 2008: New Horizons on March 22 in the UK and Scandinavia. The game should be released later in North America and the rest of Europe.
Nokia has entered into an agreement to bring Worms World Party to Nokia's mobile devices through the N-Gage games service. The turn-based strategy game should reach the N-Gage service in the first half of this year.
THQ plans to release a game called Deadly Creatures for the Wii late this year.
The Turbo Boost Expansion has been released for GripShift on Xbox Live Arcade, adding eight new race tracks, eight new deathmatch arenas, new modes and three silly mini-games to the original game.
Sony Online Entertainment is releasing the third set in its online collectible card game, Legends of Norrath, on March 7.

ESA Promotes Two Staff Members

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The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), a game industry trade group, has promoted two of its staff.
Turbine and Codemasters have launched the fourth major content update for their massively multiplayer online game Lord of the Rings Online.
This week, two more downloadable games have launched for Xbox Live Arcade.
nVidia has completed the acquisition of AGEIA, the company that makes graphics accelerator cards and physics middleware.
OneBigGame, a non-profit game developer formed to create games that will fund charitable organizations, has formed its board of directors.
Telltale games has launched the latest episode of its series of Sam & Max adventure games, Sam & Max: Episode 203 - Night of the Raving Dead.
Microsoft has shipped Lost Odyssey for the Xbox 360 to stores in North America.
Eidos, part of SCi Entertainment, has shipped its game Conflict: Denied Ops to stores in North America.
Ubisoft has shipped its game Dark Messiah of Might and Magic: Elements for the Xbox 360 to stores in North America.
God of War: Chains of Olympus for the PSP is now gold, in duplication and should reach stores on March 4. The game continues Kratos' swath of destruction through the creatures of mythology, but this time on Sony's handheld.
Brash Entertainment's game Jumper: Griffon's Story is now in stores for the Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation 2.
Atari revealed its financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2007, and confirmed certain contractual problems it is encountering with its lender.

Brain Voyage Coming to the DS

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Eidos confirmed that it plans to release Brain Voyage for the DS later this year.

Dynasty Warriors 6 is Gold

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Koei's game Dynasty Warriors 6 is gold, in duplication and should ship for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on February 19.
Hudson Entertainment's game Dungeon Explorer: Warriors of Ancient Arts is now in stores for the PSP and DS.
Ubisoft has shipped its game Chessmaster: The Art of Learning for the PSP to stores in North America.

Spore Coming in September

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Electronic Arts confirmed that Will Wright's Spore will be released on September 7. The game most people think of when they hear the name "Spore" is the version that will be released for the PC and Mac. There will also be versions of the game released for the DS and on mobile phones that will take a different form. Spore has players evolving life from single cells into massive civilizations that can then explore other worlds.
Matrix Games has launched Battle of Britain II: Wings of Victory as a download for the PC.
SouthPeak Games plans to release a game called Roogoo for the PC and Xbox Live Arcade in April.

Katashima Promoted at Koei

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Koei has promoted Naoki Katashima to the post of Executive Vice President of Koei Ltd. in the UK.
Square Enix has filed a lawsuit in federal court against four wholesalers for infringing on Square Enix's Final Fantasy properties.
Sony has released wipEout Pulse for the PSP.
Codemasters confirmed that it plans to release a special edition of Race Driver: GRID for the DS to coincide with the release of the game's PC and console versions. The DS version will also feature the Race Driver track creation system.

Darkeden Done With Open Beta

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Far too many massively multiplayer online games, particularly those that make their money from online stores, launch in an "Open Beta" phase that is, essentially, a fully launched game that's unapologetic about its bugs. Today marks the day that Darkeden, a vampire-themed MMOG, transitions from "open beta" to officially "live."
Epic Games is thrilled to let everyone know that 2K Games, part of Take-Two Interactive, has licensed its Unreal Engine 3 middleware to produce an unnamed game.
JoWooD confirmed that it plans to publish Fate of Hellas for the PC in the UK in March.
Ubisoft announced that it plans to open a new development studio in Singapore this summer.
Vivendi Games Mobile has launched The Spiderwick Chronicles for mobile phones in North America.
Majesco confirmed that it plans to release Nancy Drew: The Mystery of the Clue Bender Society for the DS this summer.
Lighthouse Interactive confirmed that it plans to release its upcoming adventure game Overclocked: A History of Violence for the PC on March 31.

EA Extends NFL License

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Electronic Arts has extended its licensing agreement with the National Football League and the NFL Players giving EA the continuing exclusive rights to use the NFL teams, stadiums and players in its games through February, 2013. This means that football game fans who want to play with real teams and uniforms will continue having to purchase EA's games – especially Madden
Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Mermaids is now in stores for the PlayStation 2.
Paradox Interactive has shipped the adventure game Penumbra: Black Plague to stores in North America.
Electronic Arts confirmed that it plans to release a PC version of its hit role-playing game Mass Effect in May.
Go, Diego, Go! is now in stores in North America for the Wii and PlayStation 2.
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

After a recent jaunt to Easter Island, the Freelance Police have returned home to find their headquarters overrun by zombies. Well... perhaps not overrun, but there is a single zombie indulging in a little petty theft. And a few more in the streets.

Alright... it seems to be business as usual in Sam and Max's neighborhood, but there are a few zombies, shambling around, sloughing body parts as they go. Those body parts mark a trail that leads Sam and Max straight to their next globetrotting destination: Stuttgart.

Microsoft has released new Xbox Originals – Xbox games released as downloads for the Xbox 360.
Ubisoft plans to release another My Coach game for the DS, this time aimed at helping DS owners lose weight.
The Entertainment Software Association (the ESA), a game industry trade group, has submitted a Special 301 filing to the U.S. Trade Representative detailing the piracy problems that hamper the growth of the computer and video game industry.

Dementium: The Ward Review

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Publisher: Gamecock Media Group
Developer: Renegade Kid


Platform: DS
Reviewed on DS

"You wake up alone, in the dark, only to find yourself in a mysterious, derelict hospital that appears to be frozen in time. You have only vague memories of who you are and no memory of the events that have brought you to this eerie place.

As you move through the dark halls and encounter horrible creatures, you will uncover clues that recall your scattered memories and uncover a truth that is more horrifying than even the gruesome Redmoor Hospital."

In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Electronic Arts detailed a plan it put into effect on February 7 to protect EA executives in the event that control of EA changes hands.
NHN USA has launched a new payment service allowing customers in NHN's massively multiplayer online game's to make purchases through their monthly phone bill.

Poker Smash Review

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Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Void Star Creations


Platform: Xbox 360
Reviewed on Xbox 360

It sounds Hulk-ish: "Poker Smash!" It's also the new puzzle game from Void Star Creations that's arrived on the Xbox 360. Make poker hands to clear the screen and collect chips that can be used to further customize the game.

Namco Networks has launched Mr. Do! and Mr. Do!'s Castle for mobile homes.
Nintendo has released another two games for the Wii Virtual Console this Monday.
Blizzard confirmed that its fourth Worldwide Invitational will be held in Paris on the 28th and 29th of June.
Nintendo's game Professor Layton and the Curious Village is now in stores for the DS.
Strategy First has signed on to publish 10tacle's game Jack Keane in North America in April.
Sony has launched two new titles as downloads for its various gaming platforms.
JoWooD has launched the mobile version of its game Gothic 3: The Beginning.
Activision announced its financial results for its fiscal third quarter ended December 31, 2007.
Game retailer GameStop announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a $130 million program to repurchase some of the company's debt.
The Guinness World Record Gamer's Edition 2008 has been published and is now available for purchase. The book includes records related solely to computer and video games, such as "Highest Grossing Game in One Day" or "Highest Ranking Game of All Time." While the book is now available in Europe, it won't arrive in North American stores until March 11.
Publisher Mastiff has acquired the license to make games based on Major League Eating's competitions.
The Entertainment Software Association is thrilled to let everyone know that the Malaysian Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs has raided a game pirating operation in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Gamecock Media Group confirmed that it plans to release Legendary for both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this summer.
Koei confirmed that it plans to launch its game Opoona for the Wii in North America on March 25.

DDR Weight Loss Demonstrated

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The American Council on Exercise commissioned a study from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse to quantify the potential for Dance Dance Revolution as an exercise tool.
Paradox Interactive has launched the official site for its game Lost Empires: Immortals. The 4x strategy game should ship for the PC in March.
Publisher Lighthouse Interactive is thrilled to let everyone know that it has been licensed by Sony as a publisher for the PlayStation 2 and PSP platforms.
THQ confirmed that it plans to release Band Mashups for the Wii in North America this April.
Ntreev USA has launched the open beta test of its multiplayer online brawler Grand Chase.
Namco Bandai Holdings announced selected financial results for the third quarter of its fiscal year, ended December 31, 2007. Also, Namco Bandai explained that it is pulling back from the arcade business.
Last year, the mobile version of Line Rider was released for mobile phones in Europe. Today, the game in which a tiny tobogganer rides player-drawn lines was released by In-Fusio for North American phones on the Verizon and Sprint networks.
Navarre Corporation reported its financial results for its fiscal third quarter ended December 31, 2007.
A report in the Dallas Business Journal supposedly announced that Duke Nukem Forever would actually be out this year for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. George Broussard denied any formal release date or platform announcement.
This weekend, NCsoft will be hosting a double experience event in its massively multiplayer online game City of Heroes (and Villains). From 9 AM PST on Friday (2/8) through 9 PM PST on Sunday (2/10), players will earn experience twice as quickly as normal.
Frogwares and Focus Home Interactive have launched the official site for their upcoming game Dracula: Origin. The adventure game puts players in the shoes of Professor Van Helsing on the hunt for Dracula.
Ubisoft confirmed that it plans to release the PC version of Assassin's Creed in March. The game launched for consoles in November, but the PC version will include four new types of investigation missions.

EverQuest II Gets Update #42

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Sony Online Entertainment has launched content update #42 for its massively multiplayer online game EverQuest II.
Microsoft and BioWare confirmed that the first downloadable content for the role-playing game Mass Effect will be released in March.
SouthPeak Games confirmed that it will publish Imperium Romanum, a PC strategy game, in North America next month.
Left Behind Games is giving away its Christian-themed real-time strategy game Left Behind: Eternal Forces. (While the company is calling the offer "free," there is a minor fee associated with acquiring the game.)
Koei's game Nobunaga's Ambition: Rise to Power for the PlayStation 2 is now in stores in North America.
Electronic Arts confirmed that its PC game, The Sims: Castaway Stories is available in stores in both North America and Europe.

Boom Blox Coming in May

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Electronic Arts confirmed that Boom Blox, the game being developed for the Wii in conjunction with Steven Spielberg, will be released in May.
Midway plans to release a game called This is Vegas very late this year for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.
Today's new downloadable game for Xbox Live Arcade is Poker Smash, but Crystal Quest has also received an updated.
Stardock has launched Sins of a Solar Empire as a physical box and as a download through its TotalGaming.net platform.
Sega has shipped Medieval II: Total War - Gold Edition to stores for the PC.
Konami's game Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore is now in stores in North America.
THQ announced the financial results for its fiscal third quarter ended December 31, 2007.
SouthPeak Games previously released Monster Madness: Battle for Suburbia for the Xbox 360 and PC. A version has been in the works for the PlayStation 3, and more details have been confirmed.
Namco Bandai Games has shipped Culdcept Saga for the Xbox 360 to stores in North America.
The Adventure Company has shipped The Experiment for the PC to stores in North America.

Doggie Dash Available Online

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PlayFirst has released the casual game Doggie Dash as a casual, online PC game.
Konami confirmed that it plans to release Metal Gear Solid: The Essential Collection for the PlayStation 2.
Capcom has shipped Devil May Cry 4 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 to stores in North America.
Sony has shipped Twisted Metal: Head On - Extra Twisted Edition for the PlayStation 2 to stores in North America.
Atari has shipped My Horse and Me for the Wii and DS to stores in North America.
Majesco has shipped Pet Pals: Animal Doctor for the DS to stores in North America.
THQ has shipped Zoo Tycoon 2 DS to stores in North America.
Graffiti Entertainment, a subsidiary of Signature Devices, has signed on to publish Empire Deluxe near the end of this year.
Atarihas shipped Downstream Panic! for the PSP to stores in North America.
Developer Foundation 9 is rearranging its business to improve its quality control procedures.
Sierra, part of Vivendi Games, has shipped The Spiderwick Chronicles to stores in North America.
While the adventure game Belief & Betrayal was already released in Europe, release of the game has been postponed in North America.
The Myst games are some of the most popular adventure games of all time ("Bring me the blue pages!"), and helped transition games to CD-ROMs as a medium. A massively multiplayer online version of Myst was in the works and was shut down for economic reasons in early 2004. More recently, GameTap revived the service. Sadly, GameTap announced that while it will maintain Myst Online: Uru Live for another two months, the service will, once again, be shut down.

Gardner Starts at Infogrames

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Infogrames recently appointed David Gardner as the company's new Chief Executive Officer. Today, Gardner arrived at the company's offices in Lyon, France and began work.
Digital Leisure confirmed that it plans to release Space Ace in both Blu-ray and HD DVD formats on April 8.
Touchstone has shipped Turok to stores for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
THQ has hired Colin Slade as its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

nVidia to Acquire AGEIA

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GPU manufacturer nVidia has entered into an agreement to acquire AGEIA a company that makes physics middleware and physics processors.
Arturo Rodriguez has been serving as Atari's Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since May of 2007. Given the restructuring and uncertainty in Atari's business, Atari has agreed to pay Rodriguez a substantial bonus to continue to work for a short time.

Rebel Monkey Raises Funds

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Casual Developer Rebel Monkey is pleased to let everyone know that it has completed a $1 million round of funding.
Publisher: D3Publisher of America
Developer: Infinite Interactive and Vicious Cycle


Platforms: Xbox 360, Wii, PC, PlayStation 2, DS, PSP
Reviewed on PlayStation 2

A young adventurer from the kingdom of Bartonia is destined to lead the battle against the evil that increasingly plagues the world of Etheria. Starting as a mere novice, players build citadels, conquer nations, battle mythical beasts and dominate all opposition – all by playing symbol-matching puzzle games!

Tabula Rasa Review

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Publisher: NCsoft
Developer: NCsoft


Platform: PC
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: Pentium IV 2.5 GHz or equivalent, 512 MB RAM, DVD ROM, ATI Radeon 9600 or nVidia GeForce FX 5700 with 128 MB VRAM, DirectX 9.0c, 5 GB HD space, broadband internet connection, Windows XP or more recent operating system

Thousands of years ago, the Eloh had settled worlds across the galaxy. As peaceful as they were powerful, the Eloh devoted themselves to the pursuit of knowledge – both of the universe and themselves. Their galactic settlements were possible thanks to the power of Logos, a science that seems mystical to us, that harnesses the power to control matter and energy through word and thought.

When the Eloh encountered "primitive" races, such as humanity, the Eloh left clues to help those races peacefully discover the universe on their own. When the Eloh met more developed races, the Eloh shared their knowledge and developed partnerships that benefitted both races. When the Eloh encountered the Thrax, their way of life ended.

The Thrax pretended to be peaceful partners, learning all they could before crippling the Eloh with a devastating surprise attack. The Eloh survived, but Eloh society split. One faction chose to pursue the Eloh's peaceful past. The other faction allied itself with the Thrax, forming a vicious coalition of alien races called the Bane.

When humanity began our rapid technological growth in the 20th Century, launching spacecraft and broadcasting electromagnetic signals into space, the Bane invaded. They rapidly overran the planet, exterminating or subjugating the populace. But a handful of humans, with the help of those seeds of knowledge planted by the early Eloh, escaped to other worlds. We met up with the survivors of other alien races, forming the Army of the Allied Free Sentients. As a recruit in the AFS, now is the time for you to fight for the future of humanity. And that of every other peace-loving race.

Once again, it's Monday. Nowadays, that means more downloadable games for the Wii, and Nintendo continues to deliver.
Koch Media has signed on to publish Egosoft's game X3: Terran Conflict everywhere except for North America.

Big Red Button is Pushed

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Bob Rafei and E. Daniel Avery have incorporated Big Red Button Entertainment to develop games.

Rez HD Review

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Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Q Entertainment


Platform: Xbox 360 Reviewed on Xbox 360

When Sega released Rez in 2001 for the Dreamcast, many weren't sure what to make of it. A limited run released the following year proved that the game's absolute critical success didn't always mean commercial success (around 40,000 copies were released in North America on the PS2). However, Rez turned out to be one of those diamonds in the rough and for some time, copies of Rez for the PS2 were going for well over $100. Once people tried it, they were hooked. Now available on Xbox Live Arcade for 800 points, Rez HD may finally get the audience it has always deserved, and it's never looked or sounded better.

Sony has released NeoPets: Petpet Adventures - The Wand of Wishing as a game for the PSP, downloadable through the PlayStation Store for the PC.
Nintendo plans to launch yet another color of DS in North America on February 10.
OGPlanet is launching the open beta test for its massively multiplayer online game Cabal Online today.

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