News: March 2008 Archives

Electronic Arts' Mobile group (EA Mobile) has decided to expand its mobile offerings to smartphones (including the BlackBerry, Symbian and Windows Mobile).
Lighthouse Interactive has shipped Overclocked for the PC to stores in North America.
NIS America has shipped Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis for the PlayStation 2 to stores in North America.
Today, Sony confirmed that it is redesigning the PlayStation Store.
cdv Software Entertainment and Fireglow Games have shipped Sudden Strike 3: Arms for Victory for the PC to stores in North America.
Atari has named Jim Wilson as the company's Chief Executive Officer and President, effective immediately.
Casual game publisher PopCap Games has hired Ben Rotholtz as the company's Vice President of Marketing. Prior to joining PopCap in this newly created position, Rotholtz has worked in a variety of positions with RealNetworks.
Retailer GameStop has acquired the Norwegian retail chain Free Record Shop.
Square Enix confirmed that it plans to ship its game Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon for the Wii this summer.
Today, Nintendo has released yet another two downloadable games for the Wii through the Wii Virtual Console.
NetDragon has started testing of the game Heroes of Might and Magic Online, scheduled for release before the end of June.
Publisher Playlogic confirmed its financial results for its fiscal year ended December 31, 2007.
cdv software entertainment has entered into a publishing agreement with Battlefront.com to bring Theater of War for the PC to stores in North America.
THQ confirmed that development is well underway for WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2009 and that the game should be released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Wii, PSP and DS late this year.
GarageGames has released a new version of its Torque engine, bringing the middleware up to Torque X 2.0.

TNA iMPACT Site Launches

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Midway has launched the official site for its wrestling game TNA iMPACT that should be released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and PlayStation 2 this summer.
Electronic Arts confirmed that it is developing Zubo for the DS.
Electronic Arts has made some minor amendments to its offer to acquire all the outstanding shares of Take-Two Interactive, responding to Take-Two's recent efforts to block the acquisition.
Sony hasn't launched new games on the PlayStation Store this week, but it has released a bundle for flOw and discounted Warhawk.
Early this week, Electronic Arts announced that its Chief Financial Officer, Warren Jenson, is departing. Today, EA announced that it has named Eric Brown as an Executive Vice President and the company's next CFO.
Last year, Prime Minister Gordon Brown commissioned psychologist Tanya Byron to review "the risks children face from the internet and video games" That report is now available and describes Byron's assessment of such risks. U.K. politicians have promised to implement her suggestions.
Electronic Arts confirmed that it will release Madden NFL '09 on August 12.
Foundation 9 Entertainment has named its Irvine, California studio "Double Helix" and developed the logo (on the right) for the studio. Double Helix is currently working on three (unannounced) multi-platform games.
Lighthouse Interactive has entered into a deal with Russian publisher Akella to distribute the PC game Dead Mountaineer's Hotel in North America, the U.K., Scandanavia and Benelux territories.

nVidia's CFO to Retire

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nVidia's Chief Financial Officer, Marvin Burkett, informed nVidia on March 21 that he plans to retire. Burkett will remain with nVidia until his replacement is found.
Sierra Entertainment, a label of Vivendi Games, confirmed that it plans to release another game featuring 50 Cent later this year.
Nexon America has commercially launched its massively multiplayer online game Mabinogi in North America.
Codemasters has acquired the right to make games based on the Bella Sara line of trading cards and online world for girls.
Electronic Arts has made a series of offers to purchase Take-Two Interactive that recently became hostile. Take-Two Interactive's Board of Directors has formally rejected the offer and (of course!) recommends that its shareholders don't cooperate with Electronic Arts' $26 per share cash offer.
Late last year, Atari received a letter from the Nasdaq informing the company it was out of compliance and subject to delisting. Atari had until March 20 to rectify the situation, and it hasn't.

Stranger Ships for the PC

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cdv Software Entertainment has shipped its game Stranger for the PC to stores in North America.

Lineage II Going Hellbound

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NCsoft confirmed that it plans a major content update for its massively multiplayer online game Lineage II in April, focusing on high-end content, pets and new skills.
Koei has shipped Warriors Orochi for the PC and PSP.
Ludia has launched its game version of the television show The Price is Right as a download for the PC.
Koei's game Opoona is now available for the Wii in North American stores.
The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), has given Sally Jefferson new responsibilities liaising with state governments.
Stardock Entertainment confirmed that it plans to release The Political Machine 2008 in June.
Slapdash Games and Microsoft have launched TiQal as a downloadable game for the Xbox 360.
Paradox Interactive has launched the official site for Europa Universalis: Rome.
Under the guise of announcing a collector's edition for Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, Electronic Arts and EA Mythic confirmed that Warhammer Online's release date has been pushed even further back.
Namco Bandai Games has shipped Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 for the PlayStation 2 to stores in North America.
Sega has shipped Viking: Battle for Asgard for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 to stores in North America.
Natsume has shipped its game Harvest Moon DS Cute to stores.
Sega has shipped the Xbox 360 version of Universe at War: Earth Assault.
Sony has released the PlayStation 3 Firmware update v2.20, downloadable today.
Microsoft confirmed today that it has begun coping with gamers on Xbox Live who have artificially inflated their Gamerscores by using cheats to complete achievements by stripping their points and labeling those gamers as "cheaters."
D3Publisher of America has shipped Dark Sector for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 to stores in North America.
Ignition Entertainment's game Obscure: The Aftermath is now in stores in North America for the Wii, PC and PlayStation 2.
SouthPeak Games has launched the official site for its upcoming game X-blades. The game is an anime-style action game that should reach stores late this year for the Xbox 360.
Tecmo has shipped its game Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword for the DS to stores in North America

Linux Gets Savage (2)

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S2 Games has released the Linux version of its game Savage 2: A Tortured Soul (previously released for the PC in January)
Electronic Arts has shipped Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath for the PC to stores in North America and Europe.
Humongous has shipped the DS version of its game Backyard Baseball 2009 to stores in North America.
Publisher JoWooD is expanding its distribution operations, now offering its distribution services in Central America, South America, Central Europe and Southeastern Europe (beyond the distribution the company already offered in German-speaking territories and North America).
NCsoft has licensed Epic Games' Unreal Engine for two, as yet unannounced, massively multiplayer online games.
Square Enix has shipped Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII for the PSP to stores in North America.
The adventure game Dreamfall: The Longest Journey, originally released in 2006 for the Xbox and PC, has been made available as a download for the Xbox 360 through the Xbox Originals program.
Harmonix, part of MTV Games, together with Electronic Arts, confirmed that the Wii version of Rock Band will be released on June 22.

EA's CFO Resigns

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Electronic Arts' Chief Financial Officer since 2002, Warren Jenson, will be leaving EA. Jenson will stay with EA to complete the company's year-end financial reporting and to help his successor transition into the new role.
To celebrate the arrival of yet another Monday, Nintendo has released two new games for the Wii Virtual Console.
Electronic Arts has teamed up with Starz Media to create an animated film as a prequel to the upcoming game Dead Space. The feature will be produced by Starz Media's Film Roman animation unit and should be released around the same time as the game (Halloween-ish).
Midway named Matthew Booty as the company's Interim Chief Executive Officer and President while the company searches for someone to fill those positions. Booty has been with Midway since 1991, most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Studios. He is taking over for David Zucker who is departing Midway.
Sony has released Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee as a download through the PlayStation Store for both the PlayStation 3 and PSP.
Ubisoft has acquired the right to use the "Tom Clancy" name on a perpetual basis with video games and other merchandise based on those video games.
SouthPeak Games confirmed that it plans to release Two Worlds: The Temptation this fall for the Xbox 360 and PC.
Game publisher Playlogic confirmed that it has raised an additional $7 million of funding.
Harmonix, part of MTV Games, is excited that it has already sold more than 6 million downloadable tracks for Rock Band since the game launched on November 20, 2007.
Activision confirmed that it plans to release Guitar Hero: On Tour for the DS this summer.
Late last year, The Tuttles Madcap Misadventures: Starlight Charity Challenge was released as a PC download, the majority of its price going to help children with serious medical conditions. Today, the game reached retail stores.
Sony revealed that the next (v2.20) firmware update for the PlayStation 3 will include a number of updates, as well as support for Blu-ray Disc Profile 2.0.

GDL Distributing 1C Games

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Russian publisher 1C has entered into an agreement with GDL that will have GDL distributing 1C's back catalog and otherwise unreleased games in certain territories. The agreement is part of 1C's efforts to broaden its market presence.
JoWooD confirmed that it plans to release a "standalone expansion" (read: another version of the game with different stuff) for The Guild 2 called The Guild 2: Venice in September.
Koei's game Samurai Warriors 2: Xtreme Legends is now in stores for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 2.
Gameloft has launched CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - The Mobile Game for mobile phones in North America.
SouthPeak Games confirmed that it plans to release Big Bang Mini for the DS this fall.
Lighthouse Interactive confirmed that Overclocked: A History of Violence for the PC is gold, in duplication and should reach stores in North America on March 31. The game should reach the UK and Scandinavia on May 2.
After days of teasers, Electronic Arts is finally prepared to confirm details concerning the upcoming The Sims 3 game.

Weingartner Joins Red 5

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Developer Red 5 Studios has hired Michael Weingartner as Vice President of Engineering. Weingartner served previously as Vice President of Server Technology at Oracle and will be aiding Red 5 in the development of a massively multiplayer online game, focusing on the server technology.
Konami has launched its game Metal Gear Solid Mobile in North America exclusively through Verizon's network.
German publisher dtp is thrilled to let everyone know that Microsoft recently gave dtp publisher status for the Xbox 360, so dtp plans to announce its first Xbox 360 game shortly.
Square Enix confirmed that it plans to release Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift this summer for the DS.
Wednesdays often mean that new downloadable games are available for Xbox Live Arcade. Today, rather than new games, Microsoft has simply added two games to the "Arcade Hits" collection, discounting the price on Doom and Assault Heroes.
Konami has released its game GoPets: Vacation Island for the DS to stores in North America. The game has players interacting using their GoPets and playing a collection of mini-games.
CCP Games is now actually forming the Council of Stellar Management (CSM) for its massively multiplayer online game EVE Online.
Ubisoft has shipped its game Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 to stores in North America.
Sega has shipped its game Sega Superstars Tennis to stores in North America.
Linspire has launched Eschalon: Book I as a download for Linux gamers.
Gameloft has signed a multi-year agreement with Ferrari that will see Gameloft release mobile games with the Ferrari brand.
The retail version of SouthPeak Games' Imperium Romanum is now available in North America for the PC.
PlayFirst has launched its game Pet Shop Hop as a download for the PC and Mac.

Two Koei Games Go Gold

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Two of Koei's game reached gold status today (meaning that the games are in duplication and should reach stores soon): Opoona and Warriors Orochi.
Eidos confirmed that it plans to release Soul Bubbles for the DS this summer.
Konami has shipped its game Lost in Blue 3 for the DS to stores in North America.
Konami has shipped Metal Gear Solid: The Essential Collection for the PlayStation 2 to stores in North America.
Sony has released the v3.93 firmware update for the PSP. This latest update adds 20 internet radio players, increasing the selection of music available to PSP owners (in range of an internet connection). Of course, the update also includes important fixes for a variety of PlayStation Network games.
Digini confirmed that it plans to release its Blade3D, a middleware platform designed to help people interface with Microsoft's XNA game development platform, this summer. A preview version can already be downloaded, for those who want to muck around with it.
Sony's latest SingStar game, SingStar '90s is now available in stores for the PlayStation 2.
Sony has shipped Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds for the PlayStation 3 to stores in North America.
Konami has shipped Diary Girl for the DS to stores in North America.
Electronic Arts has released a downloadable "Selection Sunday Bracket Pack" for the Xbox 360 version of NCAA March Madness '08.
Game Retailer GameStop reported its financial results concerning its fiscal year and fourth quarter ended February 2.
Electronic Arts has signed a long-term agreement with in-game advertising firm Massive Inc. (now owned by Microsoft) to have Massive provide in-game ads for EA's Xbox 360 and PC products.
Majesco Games revealed its financial results for its fiscal first quarter ended January 31, 2008.
Nintendo is thrilled to let everyone know that its game Super Smash Bros. Brawl has already sold around 1.4 million copies since its launch on March 9.
Foundation 9 Entertainment has promoted its Managing Director James North-Hearn its new CEO. The developer's former Chairman and CEO Jon Goldman will serve as the company's non-executive chairman for the next six months.
Aspyr Media has shipped the Mac version of The Sims Castaway Stories to stores in North America. As with the previously released PC version, the game has players exploring and surviving on an island.

Puzzle Quest Expanding

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D3Publisher of America plans to release an unnamed expansion for the Xbox 360 version of its game Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) is excited that a substantial piracy operation has been stopped in Mexico City.
Vivendi Games Mobile has launched its game SWAT Elite Troops for mobile phones in North America.
Graffiti Entertainment, part of Signature Devices, confirmed that it plans to release Mazes of Fate for the DS before the end of June.
Candella Systems and Eipix Entertainment confirmed that they plan to release Pyroblazer for the PC in June.

Baja Coming in August

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THQ confirmed that it plans to release Baja for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this August.
Yet another Monday has arrived, and Monday always marks the arrival of new games for the Wii Virtual Console. This week adds two games to the Wii's downloadable portfolio.
THQ has shipped Worms: A space Oddity for the Wii to stores in North America.
Ozura Mobile has entered into a partnership with Vinamob that will see Vinamob publish and distribute Ozura's mobile games in Vietnam.

Pleasants Joins EA as COO

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Electronic Arts has hired John Pleasants as its Chief Operating Officer and President of Global Publishing.
Sony confirmed that the second set of collectible cards for Eye of Judgment will be released on March 27. This set will be released as a download through the PlayStation Network for $15.

LOL Coming to the DS

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Agetec confirmed that it plans to release LOL for the DS this May.
Reflexive Entertainment will release its next game, Airport Mania: First Flight, for the PC next month and for the Mac in early June. The game puts players in charge of an airport, customizing the terminal and controlling air traffic.
Turbine confirmed that it plans to launch a new retail expansion for The Lord of the Rings Online called The Mines of Moria late this year.
Seven Kingdoms: Conquest for the PC has reached stores in North America and Europe.
Rockstar Games, the premier label for Take-Two Interactive, has been in a long struggle with the British Board of Film Classification to get Manhunt 2 released in the UK. To be released, the game would need to receive an "18" rating. Previously, the BBFC refused to grant that, but after re-review the edited version of the game will finally receive its 18 rating and reach UK stores.

Moon Coming to the DS

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Publisher Mastiff today confirmed that the project it has been working on with developer Renegade Kid called "Project M" is official a game for the DS called Moon.
JoWooD has released Australia Zoo Animal Links as a bargain PC game in the UK. The game is aimed at children and has players working to keep animals from the Australia Zoo from going extinct.
Telltale Games has launched the latest Sam & Max episodic adventure, Sam & Max: Episode 204 - Chariots of the Dogs as a download for the PC. The game can be purchased at the Telltale Games Store.

CPL Shuts Down

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The Cyberathlete Professional League, a professional gaming league that launched in 1997 announced that it will cease operations. The CPL cites increased competition and fragmentation of the sport as the cause of its financial difficulties.
Sony Online Entertainment is preparing to celebrate the ninth anniversary of its massively multiplayer online game EverQuest and has planned special game events to mark the occasion.
Sony has released the v2.17 firmware update for the PlayStation 3. This latest update includes fixes to the stability of certain online PlayStation 3 games.

SOE Soon Reporting to SCEI

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In a bit of corporate restructuring, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) will move things around (effective April 1) so that Sony Online Entertainment (and its president John Smedley) reports directly to Kazuo Hirai, president and group CEO of SCEI. SCEI hopes to leverage SOE's experience developing online games for the PC (and now PlayStation 3).
Paradox Interactive has entered into a deal with Australian developer Auran to publish a compilation of the developer's Trainz series of PC train simulations.
SouthPeak Games has released the first downloadable content expansion for the Xbox 360 version of its role-playing game Two Worlds.
Capcom's Lost Planet: Colonies Edition should be released for the PC and Xbox 360 later this spring. The PC version will be released under the "Games for Windows" brand.
Majesco previously revealed that it plans to bring Our House to the Wii. Today, Majesco confirmed that it will also bring the dream house construction simulation to the DS in time for the holiday season. The game "allows players to design, build, remodel and decorate a wide selection of homes using the DS stylus as the ultimate building tool."
Brash Entertainment has entered into a development deal with Factor 5 that will have the two companies collaborating on an unannounced game that should be released in 2010.
Conspiracy Entertainment has shipped Biathlon 2008 for the PlayStation 2 to stores in North America and Western Europe.
Eidos Interactive, part of SCi Entertainment, plans to publish Looney Tunes: Cartoon Conductor for the DS in June.

Ratcliffe Joins Sega

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Sega of America hired Sean Ratcliffe as the company's Vice President of Marketing on March 3. Prior to joining Sega, Ratcliffe worked at companies such as Disney, Lego and Electronic Arts.
Conspiracy Entertainment has shipped its game Cocoto Magic Circus for the Wii to stores in North America.
On March 25, 2003, the massively multiplayer online game Shadowbane launched. The game has been hanging on by a bare thread for some time, suffering through the closure of the original developer (much of Wolfpack Studios became Stray Bullet Games) and is now preparing to re-launch.
Last week, it came to light that Infogrames made an offer to acquire all the Atari stock it did not already own. Atari is considering its response.
Sony confirmed that it plans to release MotorStorm 2 for the PlayStation 3 later this year. This sequel will include 16 new tracks, 16-player online races and four-player split-screen races.
Eidos confirmed that it plans to release Wacky Races: Crash & Dash for the Wii and DS in June.
Koei's game Samurai Warriors 2: Xtreme Legends is gold, in duplication and should ship to stores in North America next week.
Gamecock and Crackpot Entertainment have shipped Insecticide for the DS to stores in North America.
NCsoft confirmed that the next expansion for its massively multiplayer online game City of Heroes (and Villains) is Issue 12: Midnight Hour and should be released in the first half of this year.
Today, two additional games have been released for the Xbox 360's Xbox Live Arcade.
Brash Entertainment confirmed that it has entered into a game development deal with Japanese developer Game Republic. Details of the project weren't revealed, but Brash implied that it has hooked Game Republic up with a Hollywood property of some sort.
Electronic Arts has named Jeff Gordon as the cover athlete for its game NASCAR '09.

Mario Kart Wii Dated

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Nintendo dated the release of its upcoming game Mario Kart Wii.
1C has launched its game XIII Century: Death or Glory as a digital download through the GamersGate portal.
Sega has shipped Condemned 2: Bloodshot for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 to stores in North America.
Sony Online Entertainment has launched the fourth major content update for its massively multiplayer online game Vanguard: Saga of Heroes.
Sega has shipped its game The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return for the Wii.
Empire Interactive has shipped its game FlatOut: Head On for the PSP to stores in North America.
Konami has shipped Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PSP, DS and PC to stores in North America.
Take-Two Interactive released its financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended January 31, 2008. The company also acknowledged a class-action lawsuit against the company and confirmed that BioShock 2 is in development.
Midway has launched the official site for NBA Ballers: Chosen One. The arcade-style basketball game should be released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 next month.
2K Play, Take-Two Interactive's casual label, confirmed that it plans to build on the success of its first Carnival Games title by releasing two more this year.
Sony has shipped the PlayStation 2 version of Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters to stores in North America.
Aksys Games confirmed that it plans to release Guilty Gear 2: Overture for the Xbox 360.
Xseed Games has shipped Wild Arms XF for the PSP to stores in North America.
THQ has shipped El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera for the PlayStation 2 to stores in North America.
Majesco has shipped its game Nanostray 2 for the DS to stores in North America.
Paradox Interactive has shipped its game Lost Empires: Immortals for the PC to stores in North America. The game is an epic 4x strategy game from Danish developer Pollux Labs.
LimeLife and NBC Universal have launched the mobile game Law & Order: Celebrity Betrayal through North American mobile carriers.
SNK Playmore has shipped World Heroes Anthology for the PlayStation 2 to stores in North America.
Square Enix has shipped Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates for the DS to stores in North America.
Following on last year's North American release of Buzz!: The Mega Quiz and Buzz Jr. Jungle Party, Sony has launched two more Buzz! games for the PlayStation 2 that use the Buzz! buzzer peripherals.
Publisher JoWooD and developer Piranha Bytes (the studio behind the Gothic games) have been in conflict over business dealings, particularly the fate of and money from the Gothic games. The two companies are pleased to let everyone know that they have resolved their financial and legal differences and are now working together on a new role-playing game property currently code-named "RPB."
THQ has shipped its game Sprint Cars 2: Showdown at Eldora for the PlayStation 2 to stores in North America.
Running With Scissors confirmed that Postal: The Movie should be released in theaters on May 23. Postal: The Movie promises to do for good taste in films what Postal has done for good taste in video games.
Matrix Games confirmed that it plans to release Panzer Command: Kharkov for the PC later this month.
Microsoft and BioWare have launched the "Bring Down the Sky" downloadable content for the role-playing game Mass Effect.
Company: Vuzix
Platforms: PC and Xbox 360


Official Site vuzix.com

Vuzix recently showed off its iWear line of Video Eyewear at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The company has been marketing a variety of headsets capable of acting as a large display or even a 3D display for some time, but there have been some recent, gaming-specific developments.

Crave's Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection is now available in stores for the Wii, PSP and PlayStation 2.
Genius Products, a company that has specialized in the distribution of DVDs has decided to expand into video game publishing.
Microsoft has lowered the price of its Xbox 360 console in Europe.
Majesco confirmed that it plans to bring the PC game Babysitting Mania to the DS late this year.
GarageGames, part of IAC, has launched its InstantAction.com gaming platform. The site runs 3D games within a web browser and has launched today for the public with four games. Players can log onto InstantAction.com and play MarbleBlast Online, Screw Jumper, Think Tanks and Cyclomite.
Mad Catz confirmed that it plans to begin shipping its AirDrives earphones in the UK next month.
Once again, Monday has arrived and Nintendo has launched new games for the Wii Virtual Console. This week, two new games have been added.
THQ is thrilled that its game Ratatouille has shipped around four million copies on 11 platforms. As such, the Xbox 360 version and PlayStation 2 version have been made into "Platinum Family Hits" and "Greatest Hits" versions, respectively. In both cases, the game is now available for $20.
Nintendo's game Super Smash Bros. Brawl is now in stores for the Wii.
Electronic Arts has entered into an agreement with IAHGames (based in Singapore) to launch and operate EA's game FIFA Online 2 in the Asia-Pacific region later this year.
Publisher The Games Company has added Jessica Pfefferkorn and Julien Renzaho to its staff.
In the wake of Electronic Arts' offer to acquire Take-Two Interactive and rumors that other companies might also be interested in the publisher of the Grand Theft Auto franchise, Take-Two Interactive has implemented a severence plan for its employees in the event that Take-Two Interactive changes hands.

Dark Sector is Gold

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D3Publisher of America's game Dark Sector is gold, in duplication and should reach stores on March 25.
Sony Online Entertainment has launched the latest expansion for its online collectible card game, Legends of Norrath, called Inquisitor.
Throwback Entertainment, a company that owns may of the games once published by the now bankrupt Acclaim has hired a President of Media and Chief Creative Officer.
3000AD has released its latest game, Galactic Command: Echo Squad as a download through Paradox Interactive's GamersGate platform.
Sony has released Ape Escape: On the Loose for the PSP as a download through the PlayStation Store. Purchasing this monkey capturing game as a download brings the cost to $15.
Midway announced its financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2007. Midway also confirmed the details of a new credit facility the company has established.
Atari confirmed today that it has received a non-binding expression of intent from Infogrames yesterday to acquire all of the outstanding stock that Infogrames doesn't already hold.
Yesterday, Rocketmen: Axis of Evil launched on Xbox Live Arcade. Today, the game is available as a download for the PlayStation 3 for $10.
NCsoft plans to launch a new European server for its massively multiplayer online game Lineage II: The Chaotic Throne in late April. The new server will be called Luna and will join the existing Franz and Teon servers.
Got Game Entertainment has shipped its game Arctic Stud Poker Run for the PC to stores in North America.
Paradox Interactive announced that it is planning a new expansion for its PC game Europa Universalis III, called Europa Universalis III: In Nomine.
Ubisoft has signed an exclusive licensing agreement that gives it the right to develop games based on the upcoming Arthur and the Minimoys film sequels. (In North America the film was known as Arthur and the Invisibles.) The next two films should be released in 2009 and 2010 (around the holiday season each year) and the games will probably be released along a similar timetable. The next two films (and games) will be Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard and Arthur and the Two Worlds War.
Sony has released the PSP version of the game flOw through the PlayStation Store.
Gameloft has launched Derek Jeter Pro Baseball 2008 for mobile phones.
In December, SouthPeak Games confirmed that it plans to publish an action game called Edge of Twilight in 2009. Today, SouthPeak confirmed that the game will be released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.
Electronic Arts confirmed that it plans to release two more The Sims 2-related games on April 15.
Codemasters has entered into an agreement with Majesco Entertainment to distribute several of Majesco's upcoming games in Europe. Codemasters will take care of games including Nanostray 2, Toy Shop, Cake Mania 2, Nancy Drew: The Mystery of the Clue Bender Society, Our House and Wild Earth: African Safari.
Electronic Arts named Darren McFadden of the University of Arkansas the cover athlete for the Xbox 360 version of its game NCAA Football '09
Codemasters confirmed that it plans to release Damnation for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC late this year.
Sony Computer Entertainment confirmed the vehicle roster and track list for its upcoming game Gran Turismo 5 Prologue that should ship on April 17 in North America.
THQ confirmed that it plans to release All Star Cheer Squad for the Wii and DS late this year.
Russian publisher 1C has launched the official site for King's Bounty: The Legend. The PC game combines role-playing elements with tactical, turn-based battles. It is being distributed in North America by Atari and by Nobilis in Europe.
Ziff Davis Media, the company that runs PC Magazine, EGM and Games for Windows as well as the online site 1UP.com, will declare bankruptcy, but hopes to continue operations.
Netamin Corporation has signed on Cal Ripken, Jr. as the spokesman for Real Baseball.
Capcom and A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. Games have launched Rocketmen: Axis of Evil as a downloadable game for the Xbox 360 through Xbox Live Arcade.
Disney Interactive Studios has shipped its game Disney Friends for the DS to stores in North America.
Electronic Arts has shipped Army of Two for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 to stores. The game should be available for purchase in stores on Friday (March 7) in North America and Europe.
Nexon America is launching the open beta for the North American version of its massively multiplayer online game Mabinogi today.
Sega has shipped its game Mysterious Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer for the DS to stores in North America.

Gary Gygax Passes Away

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For those of you with ties to classic pencil & paper hobby games, Gary Gygax (co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons) has died at the age of 69. Even for those of you who have never tried a pencil & paper role-playing game, Gygax has substantially influenced games of all sorts by fleshing out many systems prevalent in RPGs available today.
Gamecock Media Group confirmed that it will publish Stronghold Crusader Extreme for the PC from Firefly Studios.
Major League Baseball 2K8 from 2K Sports, the sports label of Take-Two Interactive, is now in stores in North America.
Conspiracy Entertainment has shipped its game Best of Tests DS to stores in North America.
Electronic Arts, in conjunction with Nunchuk Games, has shipped Ninja Reflex for the Wii and DS to stores in North America.
Since NCsoft launched its game Dungeon Runners, the development team has been releasing updates they've dubbed "chunks." Today, the team has released another update, but due to its smaller size, this one is being called a "heave."
Marc Ecko Entertainment has signed on to make a video game based on Showtime Networks' show Dexter.
SouthPeak Games confirmed that it plans to release Mister Slime for the DS in North America next month.
Capcom is thrilled to let everyone know that its game Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles for the Wii has shipped more than one million copies since its release in November. The game reveals more details concerning the Umbrella Corporation and serves as a background of sorts for the other Resident Evil games.
Sony Online Entertainment has launched Update #43 for its massively multiplayer online game EverQuest II.

Section 8 Site Launches

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TimeGate Studios has launched the official site for its upcoming first-person shooter Section 8. The game should be published by Gamecock in 2009 for the PC and consoles, and has players joining an elite armored infantry unit.
Majesco has shipped Eco-Creatures: Save the Forest for the DS to stores in North America.

Rhem 3 Ships for the PC

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Got Game Entertainment has shipped Rhem 3 for the PC to stores in North America.
Konami has shipped Silent Hill Origins for the PlayStation 2 to stores in North America.
Sony has shipped God of War: chains of Olympus to stores in North America
Bully: Scholarship Edition from Rockstar Games, Take-Two Interactive's premier label, is now in stores for the Xbox 360 and Wii.
Sony's game MLB '08: The Show is now available for the PlayStation 3, PSP and PlayStation 2.
THQ has shipped Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Soulstorm for the PC to stores worldwide.
It raised eyebrows when it was announced that Phil Harrison was leaving Sony. It's now clear where Harrison has landed.
Ubisoft's game Lost: Via Domus is now available in stores for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.
Infogrames has appointed Mathias Hautefort as the company's Head of Global Distribution, responsible for Atari's business in the US, Europe and Asia. Hautefort is being promoted from his appointment as Executive Vice President for Worldwide Publishing and Production.
Ntreev has added three new dungeons to its multiplayer online brawler Grand Chase. As one might expect, the new dungeons are accompanied by new monsters, items, quests and higher-level content.
Agetec has shipped its game Puzzle Guzzle for the PSP to stores in North America.
THQ and JAKKS Pacific have been in a long-running dispute over the royalties for THQ's WWE video games and THQ's right to continue making such games. According to THQ, JAKKS is primarily responsible for current delays in the process (JAKKS disagrees) due to its effort to get the California Court of Appeals to disqualify arbitrators. That effort has been denied by the court.
Company: Flight Motion Simulators
Platform: PC
Official Site mydreamflyer.com/


Late last year, Flight Motion Simulators (FMS) launched the DreamFlyer flight motion simulator, a seat and frame that lets flight simulation enthusiasts experience an even richer flight experience in conjunction with PC flight simulation games.

Nintendo has launched Super Turrican as its weekly download for the Wii virtual console.
Got Game Entertainment has shipped The Lost Crown: A Ghost-Hunting Adventure for the PC to stores in North America.
Chinese game developer and operator Giant Interactive is excited to let everyone know that its massively multiplayer online game ZT Online reached 1,529,615 simultaneous users on March 1.
Paradox Interactive has signed on to distribute German publisher Crimson Cow's games through its GamersGate portal. The first such games covered under the agreement are The Abbey (coming out this month) and A Vampyre Story (scheduled for release in May).

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