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    Monday, April 30, 2001

    Well It's official. Daily Radar has closed its doors for good. They issued a somewhat numerous Top 12 list of why they closed the site (found here). Unfortunately the list doesn't answer any burning questions, like why they had to close in the first place.

    But a whole lot of questions remain unanswered: What is the fate of Imagine's Daily Radar sites overseas (DR UK seems to remain unchanged at the moment) and the Future Network? (some affiliates have already been given walking papers). Will we see the restoration of some of Imagine's old properties (PC Gamer Online, Next-Generation Online) and will any of this affect any of Imagine's print publications. We honestly don't know.. and Imagine isn't talking. We'll try to get you more details on this story throughout the week. In the meantime, you can still enjoy Daily Radar's content by following this link.

    GameSurge extends our greatest regrets to Daily Radar, as they were our number one source for video gaming news.

    Arcanum Demo

    - Hobbes @ 6:54 pm PST

    The unbeknownst Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura demo has been posted for download at French gaming site Clubic. This massive 252.6 MB demo for Troika's isometric RPG is in English, but the ftp server is already extremely slow, so you may as well want to wait for the new issue of Computer Gaming World which will offer it on a cover disk.

    PC.IGN has posted a new preview of Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix. The preview is brief, but it contains some quotes from Raven's Kenn Hoekstra as well as some new screenshots and some other images that have been previously available elsewhere.

    Day of Defeat has posted some information about some stuff that will be changed in the currently worked on 1.3 update release.
    - New sounds
    - New German 98k (bayonet)
    - Fixed Grenades left behind on team changes
    - Fix Score board
    - Shooting team mates when FF is off dont slow u down
    - Fix Jerky Round Freezes
    - Fix Spawn System
    - New Client Side Effects
    - Lag problems
    - Fixed Team only doors

    New Server Settings
    Turn onoff Death msgs (top right) when people kill others
    + mp_deathmsg 1

    Saturday, April 28, 2001

    GameSurge now has an IRC channel! You can find us at, in channel #Gamesurge (type /join #gamesurge in your IRC client). If you don't have IRC, you can get it here. You can come in our channel and hang out (we really need idlers), and if you are interested in working for GameSurge, please message Hobbes in the channel! We need more newsposters, and a lot of content people, so if you're interested, please drop by and let us know!

    There have been quite a few hot rumors that Rogue Software (the makers of Alice) have been hired to make Counter-Strike 2 for Valve Software's Half-Life 2 as of late, but after talking to a couple people very close to the publishing source, it is indeed not the case, nor will it ever be. Rogue Software may be developing some single player content for the original Half-Life, but nothing has been signed so far. So, in conclusion - there are no plans for a Counter-Strike 2 for any game, and stay tuned to GameSurge for any late-breaking details.

    PC.IGN has interviewed Chris Taylor of Gas Powered Games. They ask Chris various questions about Dungeon Siege's engine, multiplayer modes and his influence in designing an RPG.

    Next Friday, Microsoft will begin taking applications for the "sneak preview" of MechCommander 2. Sign up forms will be randomly appearing on their participating sites, and only the first ten people at each site will be accepted, although after they stop accepting new submissions, they will randomly draw an additional 50 from the remaining entries. More info is available at Microsoft's official MC2 site.

    Halo Update

    - Hobbes @ 6:56 am PST

    The weekly Halo update is online at this morning, with Matt Soell providing a round-up of happenings in Bungie's offices in the development of their PC and Xbox action game. This update has word on various details they're incorporating for the E3 demo, including the motion sensor, decal animation, AI and sound improvements, and more.

    Friday, April 27, 2001

    Traditionally, when it comes to reporting about E3, gaming news sites would let us, the gamers, know what new games would be shown.
    This year, however, it has become fashionable to report not what will be shown, but what will NOT be shown. Hellchick has some advanced knowledge of a few OTHER things that will NOT be at E3 this year, such as a giant meteor wiping out the Monolith booth!

    New at AT is a preview of the LithTech 2.5 engined squad shooter Global Ops. Might raise some eyebrows, especially the comments that draw parallels between TF2 and Global Ops.

    Human Head Studios has sent along twelve new screenshots from their Rune multiplayer expansion, Halls of Valhalla!

    PC Hardware posted an article describing how to modify a heatsink to achieve better cooling. Take a quote:
    “Make sure you don't cut a bigger hole or all is lost. Be very careful that the copper plate is not thicker than the base of the heatsink, in this case you will only succeed to damage you heatsink. Again, the copper plate and therefore the hole must be one or two mm thinner than the base of the heatsink.”

    Montreal, Quebec. April 26th, 2001 - Strategy First Inc.> and eSim Games announced today that they have signed a worldwide retail publishing agreement for Steel Beasts, making it the first time that the game will be available in retail stores.

    "Strategy First is thrilled to be bringing this terrific title to market," says Steve Wall, V.P., Business Development. "We felt it was a shame that the majority of consumers couldn't get their hands on this excellent game, so we did something about it!"

    "eSim Games is very happy with the partnership, " says Al Delaney, owner of eSim Games. “We’ve known Strategy First for quite some time, and I think this is a good fit. We’re also excited about making Steel Beasts more easily accessible, and more widely known.”

    Steel Beasts is a detailed PC-based simulator of modern mechanized warfare, centered around two of the world’s most awesome main battle tanks: the US’s M1A1 Abrams, and Germany’s Leopard 2A4. Players can experience all the sights and sounds of modern armored combat from the gunner’s or tank commander’s position, as well as the challenges of tactical planning and decision making from a powerful map view. In addition, multiplayer support allows any mission to be played over a network with any cooperative or competitive style of play, including multiple players in a single tank.

    Steel Beasts was awarded "Best PC Simulation of 2000" by PC Gamer Magazine, Computer Games Magazine,, GamePen and Wargamer. It has also received multiple Editor's Choice awards, and is in use at the US Military Academy (West Point) to help train future armor officers. Steel Beasts is a must-buy for any tank sim fan!

    Scheduled for release in May 2001, Steel Beasts will be distributed throughout North America by Infogrames and in Europe by our other worldwide partners.

    Thursday, April 26, 2001

    Thanks Stomped:

    Odd/Interesting links:

    The MechWarrior 4 developer web site has released a new beta patch for Microsoft's giant robot action game. The 7.6 meg download fixes a couple of bugs in the game.

    The latest Deus Ex multiplayer patch has been released, which comes in two flavors. One is the 35.7 MB full patch, for those of you who didn't download the multiplayer patch previously, and the other is the smaller 4.7 MB patch for those of you who have the previous multiplayer patch. Also, the latest SDK has been uploaded as well, weighing in at 6.2 MB.

    Sony is releasing a Linux kit for PlayStation2. The kit, which includes a hard drive with built-in 10Mbit Ethernet socket that will plug into the console's PCMCIA slot, a mouse, keyboard, and a PS2-compatible version of Linux, will only be compatible with Japanese versions of the console. A photo of the kit is available here.

    Blizzard let us know that they have fixed the duplication problems on the Diablo II Realm server. They also asks those with information regarding hacks to please inform them by sending an email to For a complete rundown of what's been done to the Realm servers, check out this post.

    PC.IGN has posted a new Warcraft III preview, looking ahead to the 3D real-time strategy game in the works at Blizzard. The article offers a development update of sorts before discussing several game features, including Mana stones, the Night Elves race, the camera system, and more. The three accompanying screenshots look familiar though.

    Russian developers Akella have opened their official site for Sea Dogs II, the working title of their third-person role-playing sequel that is currently scheduled for a Spring 2002 release. The site offers copious amounts of game information, new concept art and static game scenes, and more.

    EuroGamer has popped in a review of Tribes 2, blindingly good online FPS, right at the last minute. Here's a snippet:
    The main focus of the game is of course teamplay, but you needn’t scour the neighbourhood for 15 willing friends before handing over your cash – over the past week I’ve seen people band together on public servers, creating elaborate networks of motion sensors and defensive turrets around the flag in CTF to weed out stealthy intruders, and incredible battleship offensives streaking across the skies and laying waste to enemy generators and defence systems thanks to well-trained bombardiers.

    Take a look at Weapon Swapping, one of the many new exciting features in Diablo II: Lord of Destruction.

    Stomped chats with several members of the Particle Systems team as they talk about their upcoming space sim sequel Independence War II: The Edge of Chaos. Check out the exclusive interview at Stomped.

    Revolution have announced that their classic adventure game Broken Sword : Shadow of the Templars will be released on the new GameBoy Advance towards the end of the year. Full details and screenshots available on EuroGamer.

    Seriously! has posted a new patch for Serious Sam, bringing it to v1.00c. It's about 5MB, can be grabbed here, and mod support has been added (along with some multiplayer and configuration bugfixes).

    Thanks to Voodoo Extreme for letting us know that they've put up some new screen shots of EverQuest: The Shadows of Luclin; here are some of the nicer ones captured for your local viewing pleasure. This latest expansion will feature 25 new zones, new higher detailed character models, beefed up 3D graphics engine, a new player race, the beastlord character class, perks for players over level 60 and much more!

    Papyrus has posted its 1.1 patch for NASCAR Racing 4. Head to the website to download.

    Blizzard has released some more Diablo II: Lord of Destruction screenshots. The first is a new screenshot of the Assasin. The second shot shows off the War Pike - another new item that can be found in the Diablo II Expansion.

    Fan page SoF Center has conducted a 10 question interview with Jim Hughes, a level designer at Raven Software on Soldier of Fortune 2. Although he's not allowed to discuss the game in-depth yet, most of the questions here deal with level design in general and how the Quake III Arena technology differs from the Quake II tech they used for the original Soldier of Fortune.

    A new guide to Black & White is up at GameSpot this evening. Like all of their guides, it's available online or as a downloadable PDF file (Adobe Acrobat is required), and it features general strategies, tips for raising your creature, and a full walkthrough for each of the five different lands in the game.

    PC.IGN has posted a new preview of Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura, the upcoming RPG from Troika Games and Sierra Studios. The preview is essentially the chronicle of the author's experience with a beta version of the game, and contains loads of gameplay details accompanied by eight new screenshots.

    ..and any other MMORPG..
    Worlds.Com have U.S. patent 6,219,045, which in essence is The present invention provides a highly scalable architecture for a three-dimensional graphical, multi-user, interactive virtual world system. A plurality of users can interact in the three-dimensional, computer-generated graphical space where each user executes a client process to view a virtual world from the perspective of that user..

    What does this mean? Well, let's just hope that Worlds.Com doesn't decide to get mad at Everquest for breaking their patent...

    EuroGamer has up a preview of Throne of Darkness, a hack 'n' slash role-playing oriental style, courtesy of a group of Diablo veterans (you can definitely tell by look at the screen interface in screenshots). Here's a snippet:
    Set in a fantasy version of medieval Japan filled with sorcerors and samurai, Throne of Darkness tasks you with toppling an evil warlord whose minions are attacking your master's castle. The rooms are filled with debris and corpses, and your first duty is to battle your way out into the courtyard and defeat the leader of the raid, gathering any other surviving samurai as you go.

    Stomped has learned that PC gaming publisher Novalogic will not be attending E3 2001 as previously planned. For more information, go to

    Tuesday, April 24, 2001 has issued the following press release: Open Up The Official CPL Quake 3 Rankings for Viewing

    Over the past two months have been working with The Cyberathlete Professional League to produce the Official CPL Rankings. have just opened up their preliminary version of the Quake 3 Individual ranks for viewing. Go to to see the official Quake 3 Rankings.

    When viewing the rankings please bear in mind the health warning.

    “The Official CPL Rankings do precisely what they say on the tin. They rank the players who participate in CPL main events according to their performance in those events. The three principles that we have tried to follow are:

    The system does not attempt to rank players according to their absolute ability in the world

    The system ranks players in the world according to their placing in official CPL events

    Simplicity and transparency”

    Official CPL Counterstrike rankings are being worked on and will be released in the near future.


    Maximum Charisma Studios Selecting Gamers To Test Online RPS Title Fighting Legends

    ARVADA, CO – April 24, 2001 – Maximum Charisma Studios is in the process of selecting the 1,000 testers needed for the June Phase One testing of Fighting Legends. Testers will be chosen for this round based on system specs. July starts Phase Two testing and will increase to 5,000 testers. Final Phase begins in August with up to 25,000 testers. The game is currently in Alpha and scheduled for release in November of this year. Gamers interested in participating in the beta test can sign up at

    Fighting Legends is a role-play strategy title with action elements. The unique look of anime style characters is set amidst a myriad of colors and bazaar landscapes. Choosing from 81 potential avatars, players strive to diversify their squad of 16 characters. Among a community of thousands of other gamers, players will form alliances and guilds to help support their squad diversification and overall strategy. In addition to fighting, there is an assortment of quests to choose from, ranging from mini quest scenarios to multi-player uber quests. GM hosted events will be a prominent element with rewards such as; relics, in-game monuments, cash prizes, tournaments and more.

    For more information about the game contact Dale Lullo at or 303.432.0286. For the IRC users, MCS host an online chat session in IRC every Wednesday evening at 5:30 pm MST. The channel is at #Fightinglegends.

    Today at RPG Vault is a talk with two key members of the eGenesis team developing A Tale in the Desert.
    A Tale in the Desert Interview
    Among perhaps the most unusual of online worlds is A Tale in the Desert, an Egyptian-themed game that lacks the element of combat. Our curiosity aroused, we contacted President Andrew L. "Teppy" Tepper and Chief Technology Officer Joshua Yelon of developer eGenesis for this extensive A Tale in the Desert Interview, which includes four great new screenshots. Review: Intel has launched their latest warrior in the CPU wars, the P4 1.7 Ghz Willamette. Bubba "Masterfung" Wolford puts this new offering through the test and takes a look at how it performs. Read about it here.

    Today Stomped chats with Illusion Softworks's Lead Designer Daniel Vavra to find out more about the upcoming Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven game. The interview covers some general details about the game, where development is presently at, along with a bit of a discussion on how a European company is able to make a game with such a decidedly American theme.


    We have been reviewing everybody’s comments and measured the opinions of the gaming world. Consequently we have changed the 4 qualification groups to:
    - Western US
    - Eastern US
    - Northern Europe
    - Southern Europe

    Do not be too keen about these groups, just sign up to the region nearest to you. The NWL gaming engine will always match you with someone near you. So if you live in Australia, don’t panic! You only have to ensure that your "ping-neighbours" are signed up too. Those who already signed up do NOT need to sign up again, since their signups have been reassigned to the new regions.

    To correct a general misunderstanding: The Networkleague Tournament No. 1
    is not for the elite only. About $10,000 goes to in-tournament prices for
    everybody, e.g.:
    - Most suicidal player
    - Most inaccurate player
    - Most jumppad’ing player

    Montreal, Quebec. April 24th, 2001 - Strategy First and CDV Software are proud to announce that Cossacks: European Wars has shipped and will be available in retail stores nationwide in days to come.

    "We couldn't be happier to announce that Cossacks has shipped to the North American market, " says Don McFatridge, President of Strategy First. " From the feedback we've received so far, it seems the North American gaming community is embracing the game as passionately as our European neighbors have!"

    "Following the success of Sudden Strike, we are looking forward to launching Cossacks and further quenching the thirst of our RTS fans," says Keith Rieger, President of CDV Software Entertainment USA Inc. "with up to 8,000 units, 80 unit variations, and 16 nations… Cossacks significantly raises the bar in RTS gaming!"

    About Cossacks: European Wars

    Cossacks: European Wars, a real-time strategy game based on historical events of XVI to XVIII Century Europe, depicts more than 85 large-scale wars and battles; most notably, the Thirty Year War, the English Revolution, the Spanish Succession, and the Seven Year War.

    Players are able to orchestrate grand battles between sixteen nations, with up to 8,000 units and over 80 different unit types. Each nation possesses military forces in the infantry, cavalry, artillery and navy, with their own unique economic, technical and military advantages and drawbacks. Thus, providing a vast choice of tactics and strategy in a realistic war against the enemy.

    Wars take place upon a 3D landscape where players must take advantage of the entire environment -by commanding heights, hiding behind obstacles and capturing enemy installations - all in an effort to claim victory against the enemy. Single player campaigns recreate historical scenarios in which players must fulfill objectives from territory exploration to army formation, sometimes with limited forces. Multiplayer action over LAN and Internet allows for up to 8 players to challenge each other in Random Map and Historical Battle modes.

    Cossacks is being distributed by Infogrames throughout North America at a suggested retail price of $ 39.95. For a full list of participating retailers log onto

    PC Reviews

    - Falcon @ 7:35 pm PST

    Quake III: Team Arena:
    "Quake III: Team Arena is one of the newest additions from id Software and to the Quake series. While the previous games focused more on deathmatch, gamers have wanted more but is this new add-on for Quake III worth the time or is it just a quick creation to get some extra cash while we wait for Doom III? Check out 3D GameForce's review and find out what you'll find in it!"

    Black and White
    "We have all heard about the hilarious giant creatures and the way that you can train their revolutionary AI to aid you in the game, how they will dance to your music and design their own websites, complete with snapshots of their friends, not to mention the ability to receive e-mail, ICQ and SMS messages within the game itself. Unfortunately the first of these features falls far short of expectations, and the rest of them either don't work properly or were cut from the game entirely in a desperate last ditch attempt to actually release the damn thing after months in development limbo. But even without many of the crazy features that Peter Molyneux and friends apparently had planned for us, Black & White still comes across as a lot of neat ideas which don't quite add up to a game."

    Earthmate GPS / Delorme Street Atlas combo package.
    "It was 1971 Vietnam, I was knee deep in rice patties and the enemy was closing in on my position. I had become separated from my Recon squad without a map or directions and running low on ammo. I could here charlie coming closer and closer towards me so I had to act quickly. I whipped out my trusty laptop, hooked up my Earthmate Hyperformance GPS receiver and fired up Delorme StreetAtlas. In the time it would take you to empty a 20 round clip with full auto I had locked on to 4 satelites and plotted an escape route that took me back to the base. That was one of the most scariest moments in my life, but I have my Earthmate GPS unit to thank for saving my butt. It is only fitting that I pay tribute to the small device by writing up a review."

    Two Mobile-Celeron laptops that are selling in great quantities, the Celeron 500 based FIC A430 and the Toshiba Satellite Pro 4270/ 4310.

    The Toshiba employs a Logitech Trackpoint device (nipple), from my previous experiences, once the user gets used to it, is very easy to use and provides with a comfortable position. However it is very hard to use the first few times, and I found myself loosing the cursor quite a few times. The inclusion of scroll buttons however is a great bonus, and they come-in very useful for web browsing, especially considering the 800x600 resolution.

    On the FIC we have the standard “Alps Glidepoint” touchpad, which can be used straight away, and has near perfect sensitivity. It didn’t feel quite as good as those on the high end machines you see in the likes of Dixon´s, it doesn’t have any scroll capability and you cannot tap it to click or double click, it is still good enough for light operation though.

    KT7A RAID review. The reviewer compared it with the old KT7 and also tried several overclocking and benchmark tests. Overall the motherboard proved to be a worthy successor of KT7. Take a quote:
    “I run programs which require a lot of CPU time and after six months of KT7 experience I can tell much more about its stability than I said in my review last year. I work under Windows 2000 and Linux, no Windows ME or 98 and under both operating systems the board was very stable considering the overclocking conditions.”


    Taco Bell Announced as First Co-Marketing Partner for Xbox

    REDMOND, Wash. - April 23, 2001 - Microsoft Corp. today announced that Taco Bell Corp., America's leading Mexican-style, quick-service restaurant chain, has signed on as the first promotional partner for the launch of the highly anticipated Microsoft® Xbox™ video game system. The companies plan to combine their powerhouse brands in a promotional campaign to reach their shared target audiences across the United States and Canada. Taco Bell will provide substantial media support that will aggressively publicize Xbox, and the company will host major in-store promotions to support the Xbox launch.

    "We are excited about teaming up with Taco Bell to turn up the volume on the Xbox excitement during the system's launch period," said John O'Rourke, vice president of sales and marketing for Xbox. "Our co-marketing relationship is based on our commitment to deliver an entertaining, top-of-the-line promotion to our customers."

    The video game console industry is recognized as a hot form of entertainment with a broadening demographic. Taco Bell will build on the anticipation around Xbox to connect to its target audience through fun and entertaining vehicles.

    "We're thrilled to team up with Microsoft as a promotional partner for Xbox, one of the most exciting entertainment products of 2001," said Debbie Myers, vice president of media, entertainment and licensing for Taco Bell. "Our energetic brand personality mirrors the edgy Xbox brand, which is already resonating with our customers."

    The marketing alliance between Microsoft and Taco Bell was orchestrated by GMR Marketing, a recognized leader in music, entertainment and lifestyle marketing. Taco Bell is the first promotional partner to be announced in a series of strategic co-marketing relationships that will creatively drive brand awareness and preference for Xbox.

    The Assassin retreats in this new screenshot from Diablo II: Lord of Destruction.

    See the Jawbone Visor, a new class-specific helm for the Barbarian. Every class has all-new class-specific items in Diablo II: Lord of Destruction.

    Korean Starcraft DoritosGameSpot has put up a new TenSpot feature: Best Multiplayer Games. Here is a clip from the article:
    It seems odd to call multiplayer gaming a hot trend in gaming as both the mainstream and game media often tend to do. Multiplayer gaming has been around as long as people have been playing games recreationally. In the earliest days of video games, both kids and adults flocked to booming arcades to test their skills against each other by taking turns at the controller or by playing cooperatively or competitively. As networking became more prevalent in the workplace and home, computer games evolved in step, and multiplayer mode was no longer an added bonus that only a privileged few could enjoy. A few of us might even remember the earliest multiplayer games, MUDs, or multiuser dungeons, where adventuring took place via text commands. The biggest change, of course, came about with the meteoric rise of Internet use. With widespread dial-up and the increasing number of broadband connectivity options, online gaming has become the dominant form of multiplayer gaming, where gamers gather on servers to face off in heated matches, play team games to save the world, or work cooperatively against other teams of players who would annex your territories, weapons, or loot.

    Check out the feature starting here. Also, vote for your favorite multiplayer game in their Readers' Choice Ballot!

    Monday, April 23, 2001

    New Poll

    - Hobbes @ 6:22 pm PST

    We have a new poll for you tonight. The question is:

    Out of the listed choices, which would you like to see more of at GameSurge?

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    The poll can be found at the bottom right of the page. Please take the time to vote so we can improve our site to what you want to see!

    Get up close with the Druid in this new screenshot from Diablo II: Lord of Destruction.

    See the Crown Shield, a new class-specific shield for the Paladin. Every class has all-new class-specific items in Diablo II: Lord of Destruction.

    Computer chip manufacturer Intel has introduced the long-awaited Pentium 4 processor at 1.7 GHz, the highest performance microprocessor for computers. It expects computer manufacturers worldwide to launch PCs based on this new microprocessor, which is available now in 1,000 unit quantities for 352 USD. Computer manufactures are expected to offer a range of machine choices and prices. Intel said the Pentium 4 processor is its first new processor design since 1995, when it launched the Pentium Pro processor.

    Microsoft announced today that they've signed a deal - the largest promotion in its history - with Taco Bell to promote the Xbox this fall. "We are excited about teaming up with Taco Bell to turn up the volume on the Xbox excitement during the system's launch period," said John O'Rourke, vice president of sales and marketing for Xbox. "Our co-marketing relationship is based on our commitment to deliver an entertaining, top-of-the-line promotion to our customers." The companies plan to combine their powerhouse brands in a promotional campaign to reach their shared target audiences across the United States and Canada.

    Taco Bell will provide substantial media support that will aggressively publicize Xbox, and the company will host major in-store promotions to support the Xbox launch. "We're thrilled to team up with Microsoft as a promotional partner for Xbox, one of the most exciting entertainment products of 2001," said Debbie Myers, vice president of media, entertainment and licensing for Taco Bell. "Our energetic brand personality mirrors the edgy Xbox brand, which is already resonating with our customers."

    GamesDomain has kicked up a preview of Westwood's upcoming 3D RTS, Emperor: Battle for Dune. There are no new screenshots, but instead of shots, they do offer quite a bit of information in the way of gameplay details. Here's a snippet:
    A 3D game engine adds beauty and depth to gameplay that isn't possible in 2D," said Longpre. "While using this engine does pose additional problems, such as visualisation, line-of-sight rules, higher system specs, etc., we felt that the beauty of the Dune universe and the added benefits to gameplay were well worth it.

    Blizzard has issued a warning about a cheat exploit used to kill off hardcore (if you die once, the show is over) characters:
    We have been informed that people are using a message spamming bug in Diablo II that can cause Hardcore characters to die. We are implementing a fix soon, but in the interim, please password protect your Hardcore games to prevent unwanted individuals from entering your game and possibly getting your Hardcore character killed.

    Blizzard suggests password protecting your games, and possibly not even playing online with your hardcore character until a fix is imbued.

    IGN Cube have wheedled some information out of Acclaim. The site's story reports that Acclaim is working on five games for the Gamecube -- Crazy Taxi, Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2, Extreme G3, NFL Quarterback Club 2002 and All-Star Baseball 2002.

    The five games are currently slated for a November 2001 release, although those dates are subject to change. It just so happens that November is the current release date for Nintendo's new console.

    Acclaim claims that it will not show any Gamecube games at this year's E3 -- likely due to Nintendo's influence. We're happy to see that Sega's hit Crazy Taxi is among the five (Acclaim is currently working on the port to PS2). We hope to have additional details on Acclaim's, and other third parties', Gamecube line at this year's E3 in May.

    This weekend's review on EuroGamer takes a quick look at King of Dragon Pass, a complex turn-based fantasy strategy game with added role-playing and adventure elements.
    "Every turn you will face a decision of some kind. Your warriors might complain about the way they are treated, members of your clan will get into trouble, curses must be lifted and spirits appeased, friends and allies will ask for aid, mysterious items and races are discovered, and strangers will come to your court requesting sanctuary. Each problem comes with a wide range of possible solutions, and depending on which course of action you choose the effects on your clan's morale, health, reputation and relations with other settlements can be drastic."

    Think game voice acting is easy? It's not a simple matter of "oof"-ing into the microphone on cue. Oh no. There's preparation. There's proper audio equipment. There's the ability to act. Yes, act. And it's not easy when you've never done it before. Step into Hellchick's world for a little glimpse into what it's like to be one of the voices of the mod community, literally.

    CPL Press Center has issued the following press release:

    CPL Announces Date Change and C3 for Summer Event

    The CPL have received numerous emails requesting that the CPL 4-Year Anniversary Event be delayed by at least one week. The requests have been sent mostly by students in Canada because apparently final examinations take place the same week as the event was originally scheduled. In an attempt to maximize the community's participation in this event, the CPL has moved the event back by one week. The CPL 4-Year Anniversary Event will now be held on Thursday, June 28, 2001 and will end Sunday, July 1, 2001.

    The CPL also announced that the main tournament will be a QuakeWorld one-on-one competition, and will have modest cash prizes for the top winners. The CPL has reduced the 4-day admission price of this event to $20, and profits for this event will be donated to a still to be determined, non-religious children's charity. The Hyatt Regency Dallas, has also agreed to reduce their room rate to $90 a night for single or double occupancy. Hotel reservations for this event will open Wednesday at their international toll free number (800) 233-1234.

    Most of the activities for this event will be centered around the BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) area which will accommodate up to 800 computers, twice as large as the BYOC. Also this event will host C3 (Consummate Computer Competition), which will be primarily sponsored by the makers of the CPL's Official Drink: Bawls. Computer enthusiasts are invited to showcase their computers at Bawls C3, to be judged on two main categories:

    1. Best Showpiece - This category is based on pure aesthetics. The winning system will represent the epitome of raw originality and aggressive looks. The workmanship must be precise and elegant but convey a brawny disposition. Computers will be judged by their looks both inside and out.

    2. Best Performance Tuning - This category will be judged based on modifications that have helped fine tune the performance of the system. Items considered are air flow, active cooling units and passive cool units. Systems will gain extra points in demonstrating cooling benefits with temperature monitoring equipment.

    The three top winners from each category will receive, courtesy of Bawls:

    1st place $500 (plus a case of Bawls)
    2nd place $300
    3rd place $200

    The CPL will announce the prizes and rules for the CPL 4-Year Anniversary Event shortly and online registration is expected to open in a few weeks. The CPL staff is inviting the entire hardcore gaming community to join the CPL's 4th year birthday celebration. Stay tuned to for more announcements on what surely will be one of the best international LAN gaming events of the year.

    Sunday, April 22, 2001

    Stomped has learned that 2015's Quake engined game CIA Operative has officially gone gold. Along with this ground breaking news, Stomped has also scored the first publicly released screenshots of the game. You can view the whole deal here.

    ActionTrip has posted a new interview with Terminal Reality's John O’Keefe as he talks about the upcoming off-road racing sequel 4x4 Evolution 2, which is coming for both PC and Xbox from Gathering of Developers.

    Slain teacher's family launches suit aimed at media violence is a Denver article about an action stemming from the Columbine school shooting a couple of years ago that says "Linda Sanders, wife of slain teacher Dave Sanders, and two of his stepdaughters filed a multibillion-dollar, class-action lawsuit Thursday against 25 media companies, most of which manufacture or distribute video games." The article also describes a letter sent to John Carmack by the lawyer for the family of a student injured in the shooting asking he "prohibit the sale and distribution of all video games rated for mature audiences to children under 17 - and to do it by April 30," going on to point out that the statute of limitations on that family's right to sue won't expire until the victim turns 18 this June. Here's a bit more from the article on the lawsuit:
    The Sanders' suit, filed hours before a two-year statute of limitations expired, claims that if not for violent games and other media images - in particular, a school massacre scene from the movie "The Basketball Diaries" - the rampage by Harris and Klebold wouldn't have happened.

    The suit asks for $5 billion in damages, plus damages of $5,000 to $10 million for individual parties in the class action.

    "But money may be the smallest part of the goal," said John DeCamp, the Sanders' Nebraska-based attorney. "This is a class action that says that, ultimately, money ain't gonna do it."

    The suit contends that the $20-billion-a-year video game industry will not effectively regulate itself, and that court intervention is necessary to keep violent games out of the hands of minors.

    In other notes, Nintendo of America is the only company specifically named as a defendant in the suit, and the lawyer for the family that wrote to John Carmack (which is unrelated to the lawsuit) is Florida attorney Jack Thomson, who helped file the federal lawsuit against dozens of entertainment companies following the 1997 school shooting in Paducah, KY.

    The Veterans Clan has released an IRC bot for TRIBES 2 that can broadcast action from a TRIBES 2 match virtually live to an IRC network. In addition to providing all sorts of info and statistics to participants in an IRC channel, it also serves as somewhat of an administrative front-end, allowing server admins to kick or ban players and send other commands to the server console from IRC.

    EuroGamer has up a review of Kingd of Dragon Pass, an epic turn-based strategy of the beard-scratching kind. Here's a snippet:
    King of Dragon Pass is certainly one of the more unusual games that we have come across in recent times, putting you in charge of a clan in the fantasy world of Glorantha, as used by the popular pen-and-paper role-playing game RuneQuest. At heart it is a turn-based strategy game, with screen after screen of mind-numbing stats to wade through as you decide how much of your land to assign for crops and grazing, how many farmers, warriors and craftsmen you want in your village, and which gods to sacrifice to. You can explore distant lands to discover new tribes and treasures, raid or trade with other clans, carry out diplomacy, and choose which advisors to put on your Clan Ring. At first sight it's all a bit overwhelming, although there is a comprehensive manual provided if you need some help.

    Saturday, April 21, 2001

    GameSurge's very own Thundra has done a review on the new "god game" Black and White, complete with screenshots. Here's a snippet:
    Black&White (B&W) is simply divine. It's a bit hard for me to come up with a better expression to define Peter Molyneux's first title since he left Electronic Arts and Bullfrog, and founded Lionhead Studios. After games like Populous or Dungeon Keeper, which had Molyneux's genius touch, B&W stands up to be considered the most ambitious project in his career.

    Friday, April 20, 2001

    The well known Gamespy Gaming's Homepage and huge network has featured today on it's front page their review on Lionhead's RTS/God-game Black&White.

    This review presents B&W with the score of 91 and has a pretty good cover on the game presenting us with a soft and good read.

    Check the Black&White Review at Gamespy, by Craig Wessel. , a subsidiary of BITS Studios
    have recently undergone a revamp and are now back with their latest free game, Lab Rat!

    Lab Rat, starring Larry the Rat is a game in the same spirit as those found on Windows, such as Solitaire or Minesweeper and contains a feast of features:

    - It's an amazing maze game containing 10,000 mazes!
    - It's completely free to download and play!
    - You can play Lab Rat offline as well as online, by competing against other
    Lab Rat users from around the world!
    - It's fully customizable, giving users the chance to create their own skins
    and sounds for the game. The best skins are linked off!
    - So check Larry out at his own personalized website on

    * Registration to is required to make use of competing against other users online.

    AHL Beta 4

    - Falcon @ 4:53 pm PST

    FilePlanet is now mirroring the files for the action packed modification for Half-Life, Action HL. This new beta has tons of great new features and is a must for gamers looking for an action movie like style to gameplay.

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    Beta-testing program gives hundreds chance to play early release version. Impressions Games today opened applications for the beta program for their upcoming strategy game, Zeus Official Expansion: Poseidon, an add-on for their latest city-building hit: Zeus: Master of Olympus. The open beta begins May 18th, and up to 250 testers will be selected from those who sign up at
    Beta testers must already own the North American version of Zeus: Master of Olympus. Selection for the beta test is based on a variety of criteria: system specs, experience with other Impressions Games products, and skill in documenting suggestions and communicating them clearly. Contributing beta testers will receive not only pre-release builds of the game for testing and evaluation, but also boxed copies when the game is finished. Selected testers will be notified on May 1, and required to sign and return a standard Non-Disclosure Agreement.
    Poseidon expands the scope of Impressions Games' city-building hit, Zeus: Master of Olympus to cover more of the ancient world. In Poseidon, players will build and rule the fabled cities of Atlantis, a kingdom of science and technology. They will mine the mysterious mineral "orichalc," establish colonies in ancient Americas, Africa, Europe, and Asia, and trade with ancient civilizations. New industries, massive monuments, and characters unique to Atlantis expand the city-building experience presented in Zeus: Master of Olympus. Never-before seen gods, monsters, and heroes help tell the tale as players build Atlantis into a mighty kingdom. Players will also be able to create their own adventures in Greece or Atlantis with a powerful, yet easy-to-use Adventure Editor.

    Designed with strategy gamers of all skill level in mind, Zeus: Master of Olympus makes it simple to get a city built and running smoothly. But running the city is only a part of mastering Zeus. Players have to contend with driven deities who can appear in the city to cause happiness or havoc.
    Famous heroes wander the countryside, and can be summoned when their help is needed. Players must defend their cities from hostile invaders, monsters, and other Greek cities. Mixing the historical with the mythological, Zeus is divided into quests and objectives that can be completed in about an hour,
    making it the ideal diversion for both moderate gamers and hardcore strategists alike.

    This week on EuroGamer is an interview with Hungarian developers Philos Labs about their forthcoming steampunk-styled jailbreak game, "Escape From Alcatraz". Lead designer Antal Ruttmayer gives us the full skinny on the game, its influences, their extensive research on the subject matter (going as far as to send a team of developers into a local jail!), and the demise of the Indrema Linu console amongst other subjects.
    At first glance it looks very much like a Commandos style tactical action game, with the player controlling a small squad of specialists. But according to Antal this is going to be "enriched with action and adventure elements in order to make an alloy of the best features of these genres". And then there are the prisons themselves. "What makes Escape from Alcatraz really special is that the main characters form part of a complex, working system (the life of the prison), so you have to take its rules into consideration when planning and executing a get-out".

    Stomped chats with producer-designer Marek Spanel of Bohemia Interactive Studio as he talks about their highly anticipated first person tactical shooter game Operation: Flashpoint. Check out the exclusive interview at

    Bastion PR have just released a batch of screenshots from several of the new PlayStation 2 games which Virgin / Titus are going to be unveiling at E3 next month. On the menu are motor racing games Downforce and Lotus Challenge (which will also be appearing on Xbox), arcade-style flight sim Top Gun, and a new shooter based on the Robocop franchise.


    Virgin Interactive and Titus have released a bunch of teaser shots from a handful of PS2/XBox games they plan on displaying at the E3 event next month. The games in question are Downforce (PS2/XBox), Lotus Challenge (PS2/Xbox), Robocop (PS2) and Top Gun (PS2). While you over at PS2Faction be sure to check out the new shots from Core Design's Thunderhawk: Operation Phoenix and Moderngroove's Ministry of Sound: Interactive Edition.

    Impressions Games is accepting applications for the beta program for their upcoming strategic game, Zeus Official Expansion: Poseidon. The beta begins on the 18th of next month; up to 250 testers will be selected from those who sign up. Beta testers must own the U.S. and Canadian version of Zeus. Selection for the beta test will be based on PC specs, experience with other Impressions products, and expertise in documenting and communicating suggestions. Contributing beta testers will receive pre-release builds of the game for testing and evaluation as well as boxed copies when the product is finished. Selected testers will be notified on the first of next month and be required to return a standard non-disclosure agreement. Sign up here.

    Two screenshots made their way onto the web today for a new Xbox formula 1 game. Downforce is a new racing game supposedly being published by Virgin Interactive in the U.K. Little is known about the game other than the screenshots featured here, but more details are expected to be revealed at E3.

    Voodoo Extreme cornered Raven Software's Jake Simpson in hopes of shaking him down for more info on Soldier of Fortune 2. The interview reveals what engine will be used for the game, the basic storyline and a few other interesting nuggets. Check it out at Voodoo Extreme.

    Nintendo has confirmed today that the GameCube console will be at next month's E3Expo, through they are not saying in what state of development it will be in (like if it will be playable). Nintendo made this announcement to supress rumors that said the GameCube would not have a physical presence at the annual interactive entertainment trade show. Nintendo also said that they will announce a list of game titles that are in development for GameCube, along with how much the next-gen system will cost across all territories.

    EuroGamer has posted a new interview with Hungarian developers Philos Labs about their upcoming tactical squad title - Escape from Alcatraz. Lead designer Antal Ruttmayer answers questions within.

    In case you missed it yesterday, Loki announced that the Linux version of Tribes 2 has been shipped to retail outlets throughout North America. You can learn more about at the Loki Tribes 2 Product Page. You can order the game directly from Loki.

    Now that their third-person shooter is showing up in stores, MicroProse has released a new pair of maps for X-COM Enforcer. The official site is Flash-only so a direct link isn't possible, but you can find them in the Downloads section. The two deathmatch maps are called DM_DarknessFalls and DM_IceSkater and were created by level designer Chad Steingraber.

    Action Half-Life beta 4 has been released. The official AHL site has been updated with a large list of mirrors for the Win32 client and server, the Linux dedicated server and the manual. The Win32 files weighs in at about 57 MB.

    Thursday, April 19, 2001

    Blue Byte has quietly released a playable demo of The Settlers IV about two weeks ago in English and German incarnations, offering you a chance to try out their management strategy sequel. The demo weighs in at just under 100 MB and includes two tutorials, a single-player map, and two multiplayer levels. Thanks eagle-eyed, which has a mirror of the English demo online.

    Simply connect to to download the patch.
    Windows Users: If you have trouble patching from, you can also download it here.

    Macintosh Users: We will post the standalone version of this patch on our site as soon as it's available.

    For more information on the Patch go here.

    EuroGamer has up a review of the latest Dreamcast racing game, Daytona 2001, which is classic arcade racing with added netplay. Here's a snippet:
    Any racing game, however esteemed its lineage, is going to have a tough time breaking onto the Dreamcast. The genre is stiff with competition from the likes of Metropolis Street Racer and F355 Challenge, leaving little room for intrusion. However Daytona USA 2001 managed it, we’ll never know.

    "More than 750 never-before-seen computer, online and video games and related products will debut at the 2001 Electronic Entertainment Expo, according to the IDSA."

    About 40% of those are console games.

    Holy crap! That's a whole lot of previews!

    The Druid discovers an ice cave in a new screenshot from Diablo II: Lord of Destruction.

    An inside source at Midway told IGN that Mortal Kombat 5 is currently under development for three major next generation consoles, including the Xbox video game console from Microsoft.

    Few details regarding the title are currently known but the title is said to see the return of Scorpion as well as a whole new fighting engine. Everything that you knew about Mortal Kombat can be thrown out the window as this will be a whole new ball park. Never fear though as Mortal Kombat classics such as fatalities will still be making their way into the title.

    More information on this title is expected to be revealed at the Electronic Entertainment Expo next month. While a playable version is not currently planned, a video should be available. We'll bring you the full report when that time comes.

    PC.IGN has a preview of Myst III: Exile, Presto Studios' upcoming sequel to the ridiculously popular Myst games by Cyan. They had a chance to see the full game in action (or as much action as you're going to get from a Myst game) and so the preview contains their overall impressions of both the game and its engine, which utilizes high-resolution pre-rendered backdrops but allows you to look around in 360 degrees.

    Wednesday, April 18, 2001

    Today at 3D Spotlight is a Tweak guide for Lionhead's highly popular Black & White, covering Troubleshooting, Graphics, Audio & Netplay.
    "Check for Internet e-mail. When Ticked should you receive email from Users on your Contact list you will be notified by villagers with their name whenever you receive an email from them. There is no point in doing this if you aren't connected to the Internet while playing the game all the time, or if you only use Outlook Express for email. Much like the Internet Weather System you will also need to have registered Black & White & attempted playing online once."

    Pocket Network Cable - Ideal for LAN Parties & Mobile User!

    Length: 8'
    RJ-45 Connection
    10 Base-T, 100 Base-T
    Meets CAT5e ANSI/TIA/EIA 568-A Specs.
    Used for up to 100MHz communications apps.
    2 twisted pair cords terminated in RJ-45 plugs

    The BattleLamp© Coming in June!
    Omnivis Productions, who brought you MouseSkatez, in association with will be introducing a new and innovative mini keyboard light mid June 2001.
    The BattleLamp© enhances gaming in the dark by providing directional ambient illumination
    and excellent atmospherics.

    Groping at your keyboard or searching for your quick reference card is now a thing of the past.

    The BattleLamp© is designed to light your gaming workspace without glare or bounce. Its dimming potentiometer lets you dial just the right amount of light; and the flexible gooseneck lets you position that light exactly where you want it.

    BattleLamp© product Info. may be found at

    Half-Life gamers are going to get to experience one of the best mods on the scene now that Akimbo Team Productions--the A-Team--is about to release beta 4 of Action Half-Life. Ninja Kung-Fu. Dodging. Combat rolls. Oh boy, is it going to kick ass. And Hellchick was able to get a front row seat this week and check it all out.

    XLGaming just posted up a review of Tribes 2, the multiplayer first person shooter that has you flying about vast landscapes with your very own jet pack not to mention large troop carriers.
    The weapons in Tribes 2 are quite different from those found in most first-person shooters. Different, because with the exception of the Laser Rifle, every weapon in Tribes 2 has to be lead, meaning you have to try and predict where your target will be by the time your projectile reaches it. If you played the original Tribes, you will recognize some of the favorites like the Spinfusor, the Plasma Gun, the Grenade Launcher, the Mortar and of course, the Blaster. Also added in this time around are the Missile Launcher, which fires heat-seeking missiles, and the Shocklance, the ultimate in close quarters weaponry.

    The time is getting closer, the seconds are ticking by and with each new day it's one day closer until the release of the ThreeWave/CCTF Unification project release.
    DD from the Classic CTF team sent over 6 new screenshots of his latest map being beta tested by the "ThreeWave Beta Team" and it's recieving pretty favorable remarks. This map is a geniune classic map (we know you can probably guess which map it is) and will be loved once it hits the streets in CCTF 2.0.

    Tonight at RPG Vault, they talk about game music with Jeremy Soule, the distinguished composer for games such as Icewind Dale, Total Annihilation, Sovereign, Dungeon Siege, Unreal II and more.
    Jeremy Soule Interview
    Developers and publishers are becoming increasingly aware of the added dimension that music can bring to computer games. Recently, we had the opportunity to ask award-winning composer Jerem Soule about himself, his music and of course, his connection with games. The results comprise today’s extensive and very interesting Jeremy Soule Interview.

    During Gordan Freeman's trip through Black Mesa, he had the occasional assistance from Black Mesa's security guards (affectionately known as "Barneys"). In Blue Shift, YOU become a Barney! Blue Shift, which was orignally intended for the Dreamcast, is now coming to the PC, and 3DActionPlanet has the skinny!

    Andrew over at Akella has hit AT with an exclusive update on Sea Dogs 2 -- the highly anticipated sequel to that great pirate / adventure seafaring game, which got Actiontrips Editor's Choice award, and was the primary reason why we had bags under our eyes - Christmas shopping style. 3 Exlusive images included

    There is a new MOD for Quake 3 called Friday Night Firefight (FNF). The MOD will be based on the well know Cyberpunk RPG by recreating its ideas and rules. The most important feature of the MOD will be its complete lack of any kind of plot, that will allow the players to have complete control over their character’s "lives".

    SimHQ news

    - Falcon @ 9:22 pm PST Racing Update: James "Geezer" Leasure steals from his employer and spends his whole tax refund in the quest for top-notch sim racing. Read all about it at Racing.
    - Downloads: More downloads today. Viper sends us his Visual Mods Pack Version 3.0 for Battle of Britain. This download has everything from the smoking guns mod to the no mirrors mod to the Me-109 instruments and more. We also are mirroring the FLANKER 2.5 BETA Patch 3.0. You must have the BETA PATCH 2 patch installed before installing this one. Grab them all from our Downloads Page.

    Fresh today on EuroGamer are the requisite three new screenshots of Anarchy Online (that's all the publisher will let anybody post each week!), taken from a beta version of the massively multiplayer sci-fi role-playing game.

    AGE of Mythology Screen Shot from ENSEMBLE STUDIOS: Sunset on the Beach

    NASCAR Racing 4 review:
    "Papyrus next evolution of their award-winning racing series is out and it seems better then ever before. NASCAR Racing 4 has many features that may please racing simulation fans out there but as well will appeal for those that want something on the arcade side of things. Check out 3D GameForce's latest review for more information!"

    Legends of Might and Magic™ is a medieval based on-line team gaming experience for up to 16 players. Choose from a staggering array of characters, weapons, spells and missions and fight a multitude of monsters on distant worlds. Only one game combines highly detailed indoor and outdoor combat areas, Might and Magic, the Internet, and the most powerful 3D PC game engine---Legends of Might and Magic!

    GameSpyDaily has posted some of the first official details about Sony Online's new EverQuest expansion pack - Shadows of Luclin:

    Stomped talks to Ed Del Castillo, the head of Liquid Entertainment, as he talks about their upcoming fantasy RTS game Battle Realms. Check out the exclusive interview at has posted it's review of the boat racing game, Thames Racer. This game allows the player to race around different cities and admire the scenery as well as play the game.

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    There are powerups seemingly scattered randomly all over the circuits, as if the course designer had nothing better to do. These powerups seem to serve no real purpose in the game other than to 'liven it up'. The powerups, combined with the childish GUI and stereotyped characters, combine to give the feel of a game from a few years ago.

    Diablo II: Lord of Destruction Beta Update

    - Hobbes @ 6:37 pm PST

    From the Blizzard website:
    We will be sending out e-mails to chosen testers as soon we get closer to the beta's release. While we haven't set the beta launch date yet, we expect to do so very soon. We will make an announcement on our site when these e-mails have been sent. Thank you for your patience. Please do not contact us regarding the status of your application.

    Starcraft Trigger Map of the Month

    - Hobbes @ 1:52 pm PST

    Buy big bad units at Crazy Bob's Bazaar in Blizzard's latest Starcraft Trigger Map of the Month.
    Crazy Bob's Bazaar

    GT Advance Preview

    - Hobbes @ 1:47 pm PST

    EuroGamer has up a preview of GT Advance, which is Gran Turismo-style racing on the GameBoy Advance courtesy of MTO. Here's a snippet:
    MTO’s GT Advance aims to make embarrassing 2D sprite-a-thons like GBC Pocket GT a thing of the past, with a decent framerate, Super Nintendo quality graphics and enough cars to rival Gran Turismo. Over 40 of the things have been confirmed, drawn and stylised for the game, with models from seven top manufacturers including Honda, Mazda and Mitsubishi. There are 32 tracks to race them about on too, including dirt, street and racetrack courses. For those of you who have seen the Japanese version of the game, expect a small amount of Westernisation here.

    Global Ops Site Online

    - Hobbes @ 1:45 pm PST

    The official site for Crave's upcoming Counter-Strike / Team Fortress 2 hybrid -- Global Ops -- has gone live. I hate to be blunt, but that site is pretty lame...they need to hire a real web-site designer and not the kid next door.

    Worms World Party Review

    - Hobbes @ 1:43 pm PST

    A new game, a new title, but almost everything else remained the same. I guess that if they had just named the sequels Worms2, Worms 3… players would have a hard time distinguishing which is which. In any case, check out Action Trip's review here.

    Tribes Center Interview

    - Hobbes @ 1:39 pm PST

    Tribes Center recently had the chance to interview Daryl Nichols, Associate Producer of Tribes 2 for Dynamix about the post release feelings and a lack of sleep, the development process and future releases.

    Tuesday, April 17, 2001

    Allied Assault Interview

    - Hobbes @ 10:39 am PST

    GamespotUK has posted an interview with Peter Hirschmann of EA, talking about 2015's upcoming Quake 3 engined first-person shooter - Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, which is heading to PC, XBox, and Playstation 2 formats. Here's a snippet:
    GSUK: How has the Quake III engine been at handling big open levels?

    PH: Well you're definitely there on the beach and the designers are very clever with the use of portals and constructing the level so that it doesn't drop to two frames a second, but it still delivers on what you want it to. In the D-Day segment, there are a couple of portals so that you can see a couple of D-Day beaches from where you are. When you're up in the pill box and looking down, to show the whole beach with all the guys on it as it was when you were storming it at the same resolution, wouldn't work. It's fun for me, because all my MOH experience has been on PlayStation and so it's really trippy to see some super, hyper-mature technology like Quake III.

    They have also posted a bunch of new screenshots and artwork.

    Buffy&Angel Tuesday Hardware/Tech News

    - Hobbes @ 10:37 am PST







    Buyer's Guides

    Evil Islands Ships

    - Hobbes @ 10:33 am PST

    Ravensburger Interactive has shipped Evil Islands: Curse of the Lost Soul to stores. Evil Islands for the PC combines the RPG and tactical combat genres and features a non-linear plot with over 80 quests. Coming from the developers of Rage of Mages, the game challenges people to solve the puzzles of three enigmatic islands. Evil Islands includes: over 20 game locations; a 3D engine with real-time weather and time changes; support for multiple users over a local area connection or the Internet; more than 300 different animals and monsters to encounter; dazzling special effects; and unique character morphing technologies.

    Square Bundles Two Classics

    - Hobbes @ 10:32 am PST

    Square Electronic Arts today announced a special PlayStation bundle package, Final Fantasy Chronicles, which includes updated versions of Square's Final Fantasy IV and Chrono Trigger.
    "We are pleased to deliver these two titles to our North American fans on the PlayStation game console," said Jun Iwasaki, president of Square Electronic Arts. "Since the release of Chrono Cross last August, we've received an overwhelming number of fan requests to re-release Chrono Trigger for the PlayStation game console. We have added a variety of new features to both Final Fantasy IV and Chrono Trigger for this compilation and believe this set will appeal to fans of the original games and introduce a new generation of gamers to some of our classic titles."

    The time-traveling RPG Chrono Trigger was made as a collaboration between the powerhouse trio of Hironobu Sakaguchi (Final Fantasy series), Yuji Horii (Dragon Quest) and Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball Z). It originally released in 1995 for the SNES, and sold a record-breaking 2,500,000+ units in Japan in its original release. The Final Fantasy Chronicles bundle includes new opening and closing cinematic sequences for Chrono Trigger, as well as several re-creations of memorable sequences, which answer lingering questions, and offer insight into the game's successor, Chrono Cross.

    Final Fantasy IV, originally released on the SNES in 1991 as Final Fantasy II, introduced the Active Time Battle (ATB) system. Though FFIV was released for the PlayStation in Japan in 1997, this is the first time that it will be available for PlayStation in North America.

    Final Fantasy Chronicles will ship in July for a suggested retail price of $40.

    Solider of Fortune 2 Screenshots

    - Hobbes @ 10:25 am PST

    Along with the official announcement of the game (see below), Activision sent Blue's News five images from Soldier of Fortune 2. There are three in-game screenshots here, along with one render of a weapon model and a shot of one of the new characters from the game, both of which are significantly more detailed than the ones featured in the original Soldier of Fortune. On a side note, these screenshots look really damn good, so go check them out.

    Stunt GP Review

    - Hobbes @ 10:23 am PST

    EuroGamer has up a review of the new racing/stunt game, Stunt GP, which combinines R/C racing and stunt driving with the addictiveness of Worms. Here's a snippet:
    Stunt GP is very close to excellent, crossing the lure of remote control cars with the brutal gameplay and addictiveness of a Team 17 title. For all its charm though, it’s not without flaws. It’s easy enough to become proficient at race-winning, but pulling off the necessary stunts along the way can force things beyond the wrong side of easy.

    Warcraft III Preview

    - Hobbes @ 10:15 am PST

    StrategyPlanet has put up a Warcraft III preview. All right already! I know you're saying "Haven't we had enough of hype?" It's put up or shut up time for Blizzard.

    Unlike its predecessors, Warcraft III was originally supposed to allow you to play one of five races: The Humans, the Orcs, the Night Elves, the Undead, and the Burning Legion (Daemons?). However, the team thought that Burning Legion should be an unstoppable force, and trying to balance them with the other races would have ended up with them loosing some of their almighty bow-down-before-me-or-I’ll-mash-you persona, so Blizzard instead created them as a Non-Player-Race, allowing them to be as powerful as the team wanted them to be. Remember those old critters you used to torment by clicking on until they explode? They’ve been replaced now, by aggressive animals and NPCs such as shop owners. Like Warcraft and Warcraft II however, each race is actually an alliance of smaller races (e.g.: Humans are actually Humans, Elves, Dwarfs, etc. Orcs would be Orcs, Trolls, Goblins etc.). Races will of course, each have their own unit types, causing the player to have to adjust his or her strategy to the race that they play.

    Soldier of Fortune 2 Announced

    - Hobbes @ 10:12 am PST

    Activision and Raven have just announced Soldier of Fortune 2. The game will be powered by the Quake III engine and will also use the new Ghoul II technology. Meaning, more guts, more gore, and more limbs flying all over the place:
    In Soldier of Fortune 2 players once again assume the role of John Mullins, a military consultant working for the top-secret anti-terrorist group known as The Shop. In the game, players must tackle a wide-range of missions from hostage rescue and intelligence gathering, to search-and-destroy. Level design in Soldier of Fortune 2 is flexible enough to allow for multiple styles of play. Gamers can "hit 'em hard" with a frontal assault or use stealth weapons for a subtle approach.

    Soldier of Fortune 2 brings unparalleled detail to PC gaming with vivid damage modeling and animations, accurate reproductions of actual weapons and missions taken from international hotspots including Prague, Colombia, Hong Kong and Kamchatka. In some cases mission maps or objectives are inspired by the experiences of the actual John Mullins, a former Special Forces officer and military "consultant."

    "John's assistance has been invaluable in helping shape Soldier of Fortune 2," states Brian Raffel, vice president of Raven Software. "With his input we've designed a game that plays as a first person action game, but with a level of authenticity usually only found in military simulations or tactical shooters."

    The backbone of Soldier of Fortune 2 is a highly integrated system of technologies. Environments in the game are created with the QUAKE III Arena engine, widely considered the most advanced 3D engine in gaming. Additionally, Soldier of Fortune 2's new GHOUL II technology brings the grittiness of combat to the PC like never before with incredibly detailed skeletal animations that enable lifelike character movements and per pixel hit locations for ultra realistic damage modeling. Finally, Soldier of Fortune 2 features an all-new ROAM Terrain System that allows players to ride and fight from armored trucks and helicopters.

    New "Asia2" Realm Online for

    - Hobbes @ 10:09 am PST

    From the Blizzard site:
    Blizzard Entertainment is pleased to announce the addition of a second Realm serving the Asia Pacific region. This second Realm nearly doubles the capacity [Blizzard] currently has in place to support [the] Asia Pacific customers.

    Diablo II Expansion Box

    - Hobbes @ 10:07 am PST

    Blizzard has posted a picture of the Diablo II Expansion Box on their website. It shows a picture of a half-man, we are assuming Baal in his half-human form, beweilding his hand around the "Diablo II Expansion" logo, and where his rib cage would be, they are lighted up as if on fire.

    Stomped News

    - Falcon @ 4:23 am PST

    Stomped has learned that Eidos will not have a model portraying its trademark character Lara Croft at this year's E3. Find out the reasons at

    Stomped has learned (nearly) the entire list of titles Interplay plans to show at this year's E3. Check out the list at

    Stomped chats with Rick Goodman, the founder and head of Stainless Steel Studios, as he chats about their upcoming centuries-spanning RTS game Empire Earth. Check out the exclusive interview at

    After many pre-release reviews on magazines and web sites, Dell finally announced today that they are now selling their Inspiron 8000 notebook with the GeForce 2 Go notebook graphics chip on their web site. Stomped got an Inspiron 8000 equiped with the GeForce 2 Go and put it through its paces. Check out the review of the notebook at

    Games Girls without BOLokes

    - Falcon @ 4:11 am PST

    Nick 'Dynamite' Boulstridge has issued the following press release: presents:

    Game Girls without BOLokes!

    BACKGROUND: Women’s Gaming

    What do women want in their Games play? Funnily enough, they want just the same as men do – ie good games that are challenging!

    While it was certainly true in the past that many more males played computer games than females, the gap has been closing for some time now.

    The suggestion that video/computer games are “boys toys” is now so obviously just a myth, and recognise that there are plenty of women out there who love games and play games as well (or even better) than their male counterparts!

    GAMES STATISTICS: the market

    Ø the global games market is estimated at nearly £13 billion (US$18.7 billion), and the UK is the third largest market after the US and Japan
    Ø total sales in the UK are worth almost £1.4 billion (US$2 billion)

    WOMEN GAMERS: the facts

    Surprisingly for such a potentially lucrative market, little research has been done in the UK on women gamers. However, research in the US can be used to give an indication of the size of the UK women gamers market:

    Ø 43% of PC gamers and 35% of console gamers are women, and the average age of these women is 29
    Ø in keeping with the rising number of women gamers, more women are buying games than ever: women purchase 48% of all console games and 50% of all computer games
    Ø 50% of those who purchase games online in all game genres (action, adventure, and classic games among others) are women. Yet the gaming industry has been slow to respond to these changing demo-graphics and continues to gear most of it’s marketing campaigns and gaming websites towards males
    Ø Female gamers are more likely than male gamers (53% v 46%) to play games online (though men are the majority of players of traditional game genres such as action, role playing and simulation games).

    Free Event: recognises the importance of women in the gaming market place and is very proud to sponsor the “Games Girls without BOLokes” event at The Playing Fields on 26th April 2001 6pm – 11pm. Further information is available from

    IRONY: Game Girls v Game Boys

    Despite the myth that gaming is boys’ territory, it’s been discovered that most males are actually doing their best to keep women in the game as much as possible!

    Ø 42% of a research sample of male gamers were found to prefer to play female characters in games over 75% of the time - most of their gaming hours.
    Ø 19% of respondents argue that they enjoy playing female characters because the models can be faster, more agile, jump higher and can be smaller and harder to see (and thus frag) during game action.
    Ø 16% of respondents said they likes to play female characters because other players treated them better and helped them out in–game!


    1. Interactive Digital Software Association (IDSA) 2. Women Gamers survey June 1999 3. Games Investor

    B+W Tips and Tricks

    - Falcon @ 4:09 am PST

    The Ecronom has written up some tips and tricks for Black and White:
    "Black & White is such a fantastic game, one of the best for a long time now. With the online feature set to explode soon to, this game is only going to get bigger. Especially after the mod community have hacked it to bits :) Can you imagine yourself as a titan? That'd be bloody weird, a 200 ft me...

    Monday, April 16, 2001


    - Falcon @ 5:55 pm PST

    EXPLODE WORK BOREDOM WITH "ATOMICA"’s new game provides fun, free stress relief

    Don’t go nuclear at work. Take a break, play a game. "Atomica," the Zone’s latest single-player game, equips office workers with the perfect formula for refocusing during the day: easy access to a mental break. Millions of Zone visitors have already discovered the benefit of taking a break from the daily grind and the site dispenses over 2 million cumulative hours of game play per day across its breadth of games. As evidence of America’s desire for a quick distraction at work, the Zone’s casual gaming audience peaks during work hours with the highest number of simultaneous players around the West Coast lunch hour.

    The Zone’s newest game, "Atomica," detonates stubborn mid-day mental blocks with an injection of workplace fun. "Atomica" challenges players to move atoms of the same color across the board to form blocks of four. These blocks, or molecules, disappear when complete, clearing space on the board for the formation of new molecules. But watch out! Each time an atom is moved without forming a molecule, extra atoms appear, making the challenge of clearing the board increasing difficult.

    A full game of "Atomica" is easily played in less than five minutes. Three skill levels provide a challenge for expert puzzlers, or a user-friendly introduction for players logging on for the first time. An optional time trial allows gamers on a time budget or in need of a more powerful mental distraction to play a shorter, more intense round as they attempt to solve the molecular brainteaser and race the clock. "Atomica" is brought to you by the creators of "Bejeweled," currently the Zone’s no. 1 game with over 1.5 million players a month, and is found exclusively on the Zone at is the largest multiplayer gaming site on the Internet, with more than 18 million registered members around the world, more than 120,000 concurrent users at peak times, and more than 130 games available for play. The Zone offers free* membership and a wide variety of games, including free* card, board and puzzle games, free* matchmaking for popular CD-ROM games and premium games.

    *Connect-time charges may apply.

    Maximum Charisma News

    - Falcon @ 5:53 pm PST

    New Advisory Board Created to Guide Online Game Developer
    Business Editors/High-Tech Writers

    ARVADA, Colorado –April 12, 2001--Maximum Charisma Studios, developer of the upcoming online game, Fighting Legends, has announced the creation of an Advisory Board of top industry executives. Advisory Board members include:

    Satish Bhutani, Former Executive Vice President of Namco America, President of Data East, and Corporate Vice President for Atari Games Corporation. Currently, Mr. Bhutani is the Director of New Business Development for Pycon Incorporated.

    Brett Boal, Former VP/CIO on the Sony PlayStation launch team in the US, Europe, and Australia. Currently, Mr. Boal is Senior VP, CIO & Director of Operations for MoreBenefits.

    Len Ciciretto, former Sr. Vice President of Sales for Sega of America, Vice President of GameWEEK Magazine and The Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association. Mr. Ciciretto is currently the President of Versus Books.

    John Kennedy, Ernst and Young’s 1999 Pennsylvania entrepreneur of the year and the former CEO of CorNet International. Currently, Mr. Kennedy is CEO of PanamaTech and General Partner of Kendryx Enterprises, LP.

    The Advisory Board has been assembled to recommend and assist Maximum Charisma’s management team in envisioning industry trends, fostering strong relationships with new partners and clients, and identifying new opportunities for business development. Board members will leverage their years of experience in cutting edge entertainment technology, customer relationship management, and general business practices to offer advice on a broad range of topics related to operations, business development, sales and marketing.

    "These individuals immediately recognized the remarkable potential Maximum Charisma has to revolutionize the online gaming industry," said Sean Kennedy, President and CEO. "Our primary vision for this group of well-respected experts is to leverage their knowledge for the future direction of MCS. The Advisory Board will enable us to keep a pulse on the current and future needs of the marketplace, add value for our customers, and maintain a competitive advantage."

    Maximum Charisma Studios is a developer of online games based in Arvada, Colorado. Their upcoming title, Fighting Legends, is currently in alpha and scheduled for release in 4th quarter 2001. For more information, contact Dale Lullo 303.432.0286 or or visit the web site at

    AOE follow up to be revealed at E3

    - Falcon @ 5:51 pm PST

    Ensemble Studios' Top Secret Follow-up to Age of Empires to be Unveiled at E3

    At E3 this year, Ensemble Studios will reveal and demonstrate publicly for the first time, a stunning new strategy game titled AGE OF MYTHOLOGY. The subject matter, gameplay, and technology of AGE OF MYTHOLOGY have been topics for endless speculation within the gaming community while development was carried on in secret for the past several years. Be among the first to see it and play it at E3 this year.

    The setting for AGE OF MYTHOLOGY is long ago, when legend and myth are real. Three mighty cultures struggle for world dominance. Gods and their minions are meddling, attempting to favor one group over another. Players are the guiding spirits of one civilization, employing their heroes, their cultural resources, the favor of their gods, and rare mythical creatures to conquer the world.

    AGE OF MYTHOLOGY is the next generation in real-time strategy game development from Ensemble Studios, the creators of Age of Empires and Age of Empires II. It features the full 3D software technology of Ensemble Studios' BANG! engine. Strategy games will now lead the technology curve, not lag. AGE OF MYTHOLOGY is stunning in 3D, maintaining the Ensemble Studios' signature of creating vivid realistic worlds.

    At E3 the lead designer, Ian Fischer, and the senior designer at ES, Bruce Shelley, will conduct demonstrations of AGE OF MYTHOLOGY. The game will be available also on the show floor for hands-on play.

    Ensemble Studios is one of the world's most successful entertainment software developers. They are best known for creating the four titles in the Age of Empires series of games (published by Microsoft) that have sold over 8.5 million copies worldwide so far. The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences voted Ensemble Studios' games Strategy Game of the Year for 1997, 1999, and 2000, and PC Game of the Year for 1999.

    GameSpy Arcade v1.07

    - Hobbes @ 1:28 pm PST

    After months of planning, weeks of labor, and more than a few sleepless nights, GameSpy is thrilled to announce the release of the latest and greatest version of GameSpy Arcade, the premier software for finding games online. Packed with new features that make it more powerful than ever, this latest version of the already popular Arcade software is a can’t miss -- whether you’re a hardcore action gaming fanatic or just serious about your spades.
    Why [is GameSpy] so pumped up about Arcade 1.07? Take a look at these rockin' new features:
    • More Games: Game for free! Arcade now comes bundled with tons of popular free Web-based, classic, board and card games. Deal a hand of poker, shoot the moon at hearts or demolish a city in Rampage. You’ll also be able to play popular new retail titles like Tribes 2, Serious Sam, Fallout Tactics, High Heat Baseball 2002 and Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns online through Arcade.
    • Voice chat. Forget typing, and forget long-distance charges – talk to your buddies in real-time with your PC and a mike.
    • Non-game chat. Want a little privacy? Create your own chat room and invite friends new and old to gab with you.
    • New, improved PlayerSpy – create one-on-one chat rooms and keep track of message histories.
    • Player Profiles – Get yourself a new game face with our Portrait Picker, and control how much info. you give to other players with our fully editable player profiles.

    And that’s just the glaze on the GameSpy gaming donut. All of these feature join the arsenal of tools that have made GameSpy Arcade so popular: support for online gaming in over 200 dedicated server and peer-to peer titles; smart, fast game server browsing; integrated chat, instant messaging and buddy tracking; a powerful and convenient Download Manager for finding and snagging game demos and files; and a direct connection to the Webby Award winning GameSpy Network of gaming content sites. Arcade doesn’t just help you play games – it’s a mainline injection of “phat.” Best of all, it’s totally free.

    What are you waiting for? Grab Arcade 1.07 now from the Arcade Web site, and get in the game!

    Final Fantasy X Release Date

    - Hobbes @ 1:24 pm PST

    Earlier in the week we reported that Final Fantasy X will be hitting stores in July, along with the enormous promotion, co-sponsored by Coca-Cola. The Square Soft team has announced this morning the game will be shipped to retailers on July 19th 2001 in Japan, and a US date is expected to be announced at E3 in May.

    Tribes 2 PS2?

    - Hobbes @ 1:23 pm PST

    Tribes Center sent an interesting story link our way.
    While all has been quiet on the Sierra front of late, IGNPS2 learned that the newly formed Inevitable Studios is hard at work on a PlayStation 2 version of Starsiege: Tribes 2. Sierra is expected to make an announcement nearer to E3, and the PS2 game, known to be a relatively straight port of the PC title, could arrive as early as late 2001/early 2002. We believe that the game is possibly being considered for online play, too.

    This news is postmarked from Rumor City, so we'll keep you posted.

    Empire Earth Q&A

    - Hobbes @ 1:18 pm PST

    Stomped has conducted a Q&A with Rick Goodman of Stainless Steel Studios, talking with him about their upcoming RTS Empire Earth. Rick talks about the ambitious scope of the game, its unique "create a civilization" feature, the advantages of using a 3D engine and more.

    Front Line Force News

    - Hobbes @ 1:16 pm PST

    The Half-Life mod, Front Line Force, has posted some new info on their 1.2a release.
    We will be releasing 1.2a to the masses on this coming Tuesday, for your playing pleasure! Here is a more complete list of changes / additions / deletions for you to look over:

    - Removed Suppresive Fire feature.
    - Fixed the bug that would block the player's view with a huge triangle.
    - Rewrote ammo prediction again.
    - Fixed corpses spinning around.
    - Added new cvar: cl_captimes. This is used to toggle to switch the capturing time between the progress bar or an actual number.
    - Made Pistols semi-automatic.
    - Lowered the RS202M2 Damage.
    - Added new penalty for moving while zoomed, removed the old one.
    - Fixed wacky grenade behavior.

    On the following Tuesday (Not this Tuesday, but 1 week after the release of 1.2a) we will be releasing a test build to the public of Frontline: Tactics. What is this you ask? It is something that has sort of been in co-development with 1.2a, using the same code, so the bugs are fixed at the same time. As you may have guessed from the name, it is a more tactical version of FLF. So far it is looking good, which is why we will release a test build to the public soon. I will be posting more about it later on, but first we will be getting 1.2a out the door and into your hands.

    Going Nowhere?

    - Hobbes @ 1:13 pm PST

    EuroGamer has up an article asking "Where is professional gaming headed in the future?" Here's a snippet:

    This time last year the CPL held a massive Quake 3 duel tournament in Dallas with prizes to the tune of $100,000 up for grabs. The winner alone took home $40,000 in cold hard cash, more than many of us earn in an entire year. Not bad for a weekend playing games in a luxury hotel.

    This Easter the CPL's latest event had "just" $30,000 in prize money, and as it was based around the popular team game Counter-Strike, the winners had to split their $10,000 between five or more players. For many of the runners-up, their winnings wouldn't even have covered their travel and hotel expenses for the weekend.

    Sunday, April 15, 2001

    Dominion Wars Preview

    - Hobbes @ 6:07 pm PST

    There's an updated Star Trek Deep Space Nine Dominion Wars Preview on GameSpot offering more on the upcoming Star Trek strategy game in the works at Gizmo. The preview describes the difference between Dominion Wars and other strategy games, as D.W. has no resource management features or unit construction to worry about, while discussing the impact of leadership on the success of a ship, which is directly effected by your choice of captain. In addition to three pages of new impressions, the preview also serves up a helping of 20 new screenshots.

    Starcraft: DVD?

    - Hobbes @ 6:01 pm PST

    Never one to look a gift horse in the mouth (witness the multiple re-releases of the classic Warcraft games down the years), Blizzard have revealed that they will be cashing in one more time on their ever-popular sci-fi strategy game Starcraft. While the game's graphics were hardly state of the art even when it was first released, one area in which it did excel was the pre-rendered cutscenes, always a strongpoint for Blizzard, who walked away with the best cinematography going at our recent Gaming Globe 2001 Awards for their work on Diablo II.

    Now the company is bundling all of those cinematics from Starcraft and the Brood War add-on together and remastering the whole lot for DVD, with a grand total of 36 minutes of "cinema-quality digital animation", along with a director's commentary audio track, cinematic trailers for all of their recent and forthcoming games (including Warcraft III) and a selection of original artwork and storyboards used in the making of the Starcraft cinematics. Sure to be a hit with hardcore Blizzard fanatics (and there's a lot of them out there), the DVD is available for $14.95 from Blizzard's online store.

    Check here for the full details. Network

    - Hobbes @ 1:22 pm PST

    The Smidge.Com Gaming Network has just relaunched with a new design and new content. Check it out!

    Saturday, April 14, 2001

    Forum Link Has Changed

    - Hobbes @ 11:46 am PST

    It seems that some people didn't hear that the GameSurge Forums changed locations. The new link is, so update your bookmarks!

    Serious Sam Action Gaming Test

    - Hobbes @ 7:43 am PST

    It's been a while but 3D Action Planet has posted up a new 3D Action Gaming Test. This time their subject is Croteam's hit first person shooter Serious Sam.

    Tribes 2 Error Utility

    - Hobbes @ 7:41 am PST

    Planet Tribes has received a utility that will fix those unhandled exception errors that some of you are experiencing. Head on over there to read up more about the problem. You can also grab that file by clicking here.

    PSO 2 Video Online

    - Hobbes @ 7:37 am PST

    A video of Phantasy Star Online Version 2 has hit the web. Head to Segamecast to check it out. The game goes on sale in Japan on May 17, but Sega of America has not yet determined if it will be released in the US market.

    Anarchy Online Screenshots

    - Hobbes @ 7:35 am PST

    RPG Vault has posted a dozen new Anarchy Online screenshots, illustrating their impressions of the ongoing beta test of Funcom's MMORPG and the first steps of creating a character to look around in its far-future world.

    Conflict Zone Preview

    - Hobbes @ 7:32 am PST

    EuroGamer has put up a preview of the latest promising RTS from UbiSoft named Conflict Zone. Here's a snippet:
    Since [they] last looked at Conflict Zone, the game has come on leaps and bounds, and [they] were lucky enough to get hold of version 0.51 from Ubi Soft earlier this month.

    Early signs are good – the manipulation of the media and unique resource system place an interesting spin on the classic real-time strategy formula, and most of the ICP and Ghost campaign missions are now in place. As you will remember, Conflict Zone is about the International Corps for Peace and their struggle to suppress the world’s lone terrorist organisation, Ghost, who would start a war to increase their pay packets.

    Dead or Alive 3 Screenshots

    - Hobbes @ 7:25 am PST

    Tecmo has released several high-resolution screenshots from Dead or Alive 3 for the Microsoft Xbox. The latest game in the 3D fighting series introduces at least three new characters, one of whom--the new female character--is shown in these latest screenshots. Dead or Alive 3 is currently being developed exclusively for the Xbox and is planned for release alongside the fall launch of the console. GameSurge will have more on DOA3 as further details are released

    New Midgard Journal

    - Falcon @ 4:40 am PST

    Camelot Vault's coverage of Dark Age of Camelot's beta test continues today with a new Beta Journal covering the game's newly opened Norse Realm of Midgard. This journal tracks the experience of a human viking character in Mythic Entertainment's 3D massively- ultiplayer RPG. Nine new screenshots illustrate this adventure.

    Part 1 of the Midgard Beta Journal, entitled Here Be Vikings, can be found here.

    Graphical API's Part 2

    - Falcon @ 4:38 am PST

    Part 2 of Raven Software Programmer Jake Simpson's article on Graphical API's is now available, including quotes from id Software's John Carmack. Here is a clip,

    Some of the prevalent feeling at the time was that a 3D APPI solution for games simply couldn't be the same solution that really expensive work stations requiring very expensive video cards. This couldn't be right. Could it? Again, John Carmack.

    "It was widely believed at the time that OpenGL just wasn't appropriate for gaming, so Microsoft felt that they had to do something more game-specific. The thinking was "anything that runs on $50,000 workstations can't be right for $200 game cards". Until I actually sat down and wrote a game with OpenGL, I didn't know better myself, so I don't really blame them for that call."

    C&C Renegade interview + screens

    - Falcon @ 4:37 am PST

    GameSpy's Warrior recently took a trip to Westwood Studios to see how C&C Renegade is coming along. Dan Cermak, executive producer on the game answers questions:

    Also, they've scored 5 images of the game which was shown at a recent press event in San Fransico:

    Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee Preview

    - Falcon @ 4:27 am PST


    Microsoft today released for download a sneak peak CG sequence from Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee. The special preview trailer is now available for download at The sneak peak trailer offers a first ever look at the sumptuous CG graphics and twistedly odd storyline of Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee, slated for release this Fall exclusively on Xbox. Take this opportunity to meet the fuzzy but carnivorous Fuzzles, the twisted Vykkers (Oddworld's newest bad guys), and our newest hero with odditude: Munch.

    Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee brings Oddworld to life in full 3-D. Players embark on a journey through a changing world of oddball creatures, off-the-wall action and fiendish goons. Take on the role of Mudokon champion AbeTM, and his plucky aquatic Gabbit partner MunchTM, in a fully 3D, fully odd, adventure across Oddworld. Abe and Munch are a pair of lab rats that have taken one prod too many, and now it's up to you to help them turn the tables on the evil GlukkonsTM and their gun-toting lackeys. Use Abe and Munch's psychic powers, wacked-out consumer power ups, and Oddworld's oddball inhabitants (via GameSpeakTM!) to save Oddworld!

    Xbox is Microsoft’s future-generation video game system that delivers new and unforeseen gameplay experiences. With more than three times the graphics performance of the newest generation of game systems, Xbox unleashes game designers’ creativity to produce games that are challenging, exhilarating, surprising and fun.

    Neverwinter Nights Interview

    - Falcon @ 4:22 am PST

    Stomped chats with Rob Bartel, the co-designer for BioWare on their ambitious and highly anticipated D&D fantasy RPG Neverwinter Nights. Check out the exclusive interview at

    April Lee Interview

    - Falcon @ 4:21 am PST

    April Lee is a Graphic Artist at New World Computing. She worked on Heroes II, Heroes III and Armageddon's Blade, creating well-known graphics such as the H2 Mummy, the Manticore and the Gnoll. She talks with Celestial Heavens Unleashed about the world of graphics and her work on Heroes IV. Check out this interesting interview here.

    Q3A Team Arena Wallpaper

    - Falcon @ 4:20 am PST

    There is zero to no artwork of Team Arena. With one exception: the art shining on the Q3A box itself. Gamewallpapers just uploaded a highres wallpaper based on the original 110mb photoshop box art file! Take a look:

    Friday, April 13, 2001

    New D2 Expansion Shots and Blizzard Insider

    - Hobbes @ 7:46 pm PST

    The very first web-based edition of the Blizzard Insider is now up at Blizzard's official website. This issue provides yet another load of information surrounding Blizzard games, and even has a question answered by the Diablo man, himself, Bill Roper. There is also a new batch of screenshots out today for your viewing pleasure.

    Startopia Site

    - Hobbes @ 7:43 pm PST

    Eidos Interactive has opened a new official Startopia site, showcasing the quirky 3D management strategy game under construction at Mucky Foot. The Flash-only site sports plenty of game information, a mix of new and familiar screenshots, a new character gallery and more, and an entry in their developer diaries.

    Day of Defeat Beta 1.2 Release

    - Hobbes @ 7:42 pm PST

    Following yesterday's server release, the beta 1.2 client of the Day of Defeat mod for Half-Life has been released. Oddly enough, the files are identical to yesterday's release (they just labeled them differently) and so they are still available as a full download for new users or as an upgrade for those that already have version 1.1.

    Dominion Wars Movie

    - Hobbes @ 7:39 pm PST

    GameSpot has posted three new Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Dominion Wars movies, showing off the space-based real-time strategy game under construction at Gizmo Games. The movies each show about a minute and a half of gameplay footage captured from a recent build, and take around 13 MB to download in MPEG format.

    Another Unreal II Preview

    - Hobbes @ 7:35 pm PST

    Computer Games Online has made yet another of these Unreal II previews.

    Black & White Tops The Sims

    - Hobbes @ 8:10 am PST

    The popular virtual-life game The Sims from Electronic Arts has finally been dethroned from its number-one spot on the latest top-selling games list from NPD Intelect. The games that pushed it down the list are Black & White, the innovative god game from Lionhead Studios, which took the number one spot, and The Sims: House Party, an expansion pack for The Sims, which took number two. Both games were published by Electronic Arts.

    The Sims has enjoyed the limelight at the top of the list regularly since its release in early 2000, and it had held on to number one continuously since New Year's. With Black & White at number one, The Sims: House Party at number two, The Sims in third place, and The Sims: Livin' Large in fifth, Electronic Arts has four of the top five best-selling games for the week of March 25-31. Fourth place went to Havas Interactive's team-based shooter Tribes 2, which was released by Sierra Studios.

    Also notable in this latest list is GodGames' Serious Sam: The First Encounter, a value-priced first-person shooter developed by Croteam that has received very favorable reviews. The game took sixth place this week, moving up from ninth place the week before.

    Best-selling games for the week of March 25-31, 2001:

    Rank / Title / Publisher / Average Price
    1 / Black & White / Electronic Arts / $45
    2 / The Sims: House Party / Electronic Arts / $30
    3 / The Sims / Electronic Arts / $39
    4 / Tribes 2 / Havas Interactive / $49
    5 / The Sims: Livin' Large / Electronic Arts / $28
    6 / Serious Sam: The First Encounter / GodGames / $17
    7 / Roller Coaster Tycoon / Infogrames Entertainment / $27
    8 / NASCAR Racing 4 / Havas Interactive / $43
    9 / Age of Empires II: Age of Kings / Microsoft / $44
    10 / Command & Conquer Red Alert 2 / Electronic Arts / $36

    Serious Sam

    - Falcon @ 12:56 am PST

    Recently, a game by the name of Serious Sam was released, and it is good. It's scoring high marks on reviews everywhere; there's barely a word spoken against it. The fact that the gaming community likes it so much raises an interesting issue. As gamers, we have no idea what we want. Read the article on this by 3dActionplanet

    Incidently Eurogamer has some news on the "serious" price hike of the game when it is to be relesaed in the UK:

    When we contacted Take 2 last week .. our PR contact told us that "I still don't know .. the price point", adding that "as far as I knew it was £19.99, but it looks like it could go up". It too us an entire week to get confirmation of this, but we were finally told yesterday that the UK RRP for Serious Sam is indeed now £29.99, more than double the suggested American price for the very same game. This is particularly ironic as the game was developed right here in Europe by a small Croatian company called Croteam. Take 2 told us that "we can't comment on this" when asked to explain the price discrepancy.

    'Immerse Me' Gaming Accessories

    - Falcon @ 12:52 am PST

    Stomped has reviewed some 'Immerse Me' gaming accessories, specifically the Logitech iFeel Mouse, which is an optical force feedback mouse that is getting good comments. Also, the Evergreen Technologies RumbleFX headset was reviewed in the same piece.

    Stomped iFeel Mouse and RumbleFX review:

    Jake Simpson on Graphical API's

    - Falcon @ 12:51 am PST

    Raven Software Programmer Jake Simpson sends along a special guest article on Graphical API's, including quotes from Brian Hook, Tim Sweeney & John Carmack. Here is a clip,
    "So the other day I got an email from a well-known Webmaster asking me some questions regarding Direct X 8.0 and it's intricacies. I replied to his email and said "Well, I'm an OpenGL head here, since we use all id Engines, so it's not like I have any experience of it to talk about it". Generally I do like to know a little something about that which I speak, although some of my friends might question that assertion a little.

    Anyway, this got me thinking about API's in general, and some of the history in gaming of the three big ones, Glide, OpenGL and DirectX."

    Cossacks Gold

    - Falcon @ 12:50 am PST

    Montreal, Quebec. April 2001 - Strategy First Inc. and CDV Software are pleased to announce that Cossacks: European Wars' North American version has gone gold.

    "We are very excited about the upcoming release of Cossacks, " says Don McFatridge, President of Strategy First. " The game brings new meaning to epic-scale battle! The depth of gameplay and the sheer number of units a player can use in combat is simply amazing!"

    "CDV Software Entertainment USA Inc. is extremely pleased to have Strategy First Inc. as our publishing partner for Cossacks in the North American market. We are confident their talented team will replicate their current success with Sudden Strike and promote Cossacks to the top of the charts!"” says Keith Rieger, President of CDV Software Entertainment USA Inc.

    About Cossacks: European Wars:

    Cossacks is a real-time strategy game based on historical events of XVI to XVIII Century Europe. More than 85 large-scale wars and battles, most notably, the Thirty Year War, the English Revolution, the Spanish Succession, and the Seven Year War come back to life in this magnificent tribute to European history.

    Wars take place upon a 3D landscape where players are able to orchestrate grand battles between sixteen nations, with up to 8,000 units and over 80 different unit types. Each nation possesses military forces in the infantry, cavalry, artillery and navy, with their own unique economic, technical and military advantages and drawbacks. Thus, providing a vast choice of tactics and strategy in a realistic war against the enemy.

    Single player campaigns recreate historical scenarios in which players must fulfill objectives from territory exploration to army formation, sometimes with limited forces. Multiplayer action over LAN and Internet allows for up to 8 players to challenge each other in Random Map and Historical Battle modes.

    Cossacks will be distributed exclusively by Infogrames throughout North America and is scheduled for release in Mid-April 2001.

    About CDV Software Entertainment AG -
    Established in 1989 in Karlsruhe, Germany, CDV Software Entertainment AG has expanded into one of the leading publishers and distributors of PC entertainment software in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Hit titles include Doom I/II, Duke Nukem 3D, Sudden Strike, and soon to be released Cossacks, Divine Divinity, Escape from Alcatraz, and Psychotoxic. CDV employs over 70 staff and has recently opened offices in the UK and USA. In April 2000, CDV successfully went public on the German Market "Neuer Markt" to fuel future growth.

    About Strategy First

    Strategy First Inc. is a leading worldwide developer and publisher of entertainment software. Established in 1991 and headquartered in historic “Old Montreal”, Strategy First has become one of the largest publishers of PC CD-ROM games in Canada. After acquiring Micomeq, a game developer located in St. Jérôme, QC., and retaining talent from Midnight Software, an award-winning development team from Ottawa, ON., Strategy First is poised to become a major force in the gaming industry. Best known for its Man of War series and Disciples: Sacred Lands, the company has also earned critical acclaim for its work on such titles as Steel Panthers I and II and Age of Rifles for Strategic Simulations Inc. Strategy First has worked with other leading companies in the software and entertainment industry; most notably, A&E Network, Lucas Arts, Cinar Films, Empire Interactive, and Strategic Simulations Inc.

    Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal Chat Log

    - Falcon @ 12:32 am PST

    An edited chat log of a chat with members of the Throne of Bhaal team at BioWare is available at Planet Baldurs Gate, or at RPG Vault


    - Falcon @ 12:31 am PST

    "We’re sure you believe that aliens are among us but would you believe that they are sheep? Sure it may sound a bit odd but the important thing to think about is would a game with sheep as these aliens be any fun? Well check out 3D GameForce's latest review of the game called Sheep and found out!"

    Plays a lot like Starcraft, but it also introduces some nice gameplay innovations. Be warned though; this one ain’t exactly brimming with eye-candy.

    "The game seems to be fairly well balanced, using a complicated kind of rock, paper and scissors relationship whereby every troop type has its own strengths and vulnerabilities. Defensive towers are devestating, especially against large formations of infantry, but cannons and mortars have a longer firing range and can destroy them without getting close enough for the tower to respond. Cannons must be escorted by other soldiers though, as fast-moving enemy cavalry could easily capture any unprotected artillery. And so on."

    Thursday, April 12, 2001

    Black and White for Playstation and Dreamcast

    - Hobbes @ 5:58 pm PST

    Black and White is the new hit game of the PC world and will soon be heading to consoles as well. Gamespot has posted new previews of both the upcoming Playstation and Dreamcast ports of Lionhead's "god game".

    E3: Unreal II Details

    - Hobbes @ 5:52 pm PST

    Since Doom III is not going to be at E3 this year, Unreal II will be the "must see" title at this year's show. Unfortunately, if you want an in-depth look-see, you'll need an appointment. The boys over at Well Rounded have exclusive details on how Epic's new game will be shown -- as well as first word that Infogrames will be showing TWO Unreal games at E3 this year. Here's a snippet:
    Perhaps more interesting is the fact that Infogrames will be showing a second Unreal title at E3 this year. The company would not comment on any details of the game, but it's suspected to be an Unreal title for either Microsoft's X-Box or Nintendo's Gamecube. Epic Games referred us back to Infogrames PR department when we contacted them.

    Tony Hawk 3 Revealed

    - Hobbes @ 5:48 pm PST

    Activision just unveiled details of the next iteration of the best-selling skateboarding game of all time, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, which is headed to six platforms: PlayStation2, Xbox, PC, PSOne, Game Boy Advance and Game Boy Color.

    Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 will offer the same fast-paced skateboarding that has addicted thousands, but with new effects and features, and an expanded multiplayer mode. The sequel features living environments that evolve, and players can choose to skate through realistic urban settings complete with pedestrians, cars, traffic accidents, natural disasters and changing weather conditions. Locales include Skater's Island in Middleton, RI; Rio; Los Angeles; Canada; Tokyo and Paris.

    Riders Steve Caballero, Rune Glifberg, Eric Koston, Bucky Lasek, Rodney Mullen, Chad Muska, Andrew Reynolds, Geoff Rowley, Elissa Steamer and Jamie Thomas will return to the game, and Bam Margera of MTV Jackass fame is added to the roster. Players will also be able to create their own skaters with glasses, hair, armbands and tattoos.

    No release dates or screenshots are currently available, but Daily Radar will bring you platform-specific previews of Tony Hawk 3 as soon as possible.

    New Cliff Scene From Diablo II Expansion Set

    - Hobbes @ 5:46 pm PST

    Blizzard released another new screenshot on their official Diablo II: Lord of Destruction website, today. We have it here for you, today, with a full description.

    The shot is the fourth 800x600 resolution image from the Expansion that has been released thus far, and it features a stunning, misty cliff that we've never seen before -- an example of the new design of Act V's environments. It also includes the Druid using Volcano, a fire-based, character level 24 skill. The cliff view is a replacement for the the popular statement "I wonder what's in the black part at the edge of the map?"

    Diablo II Server Attack

    - Hobbes @ 5:39 pm PST

    Blizzard Entertainment is reporting that their servers are under attack once again. This is not the first time, however, as Blizzard and its services have come under foreign attack several times before since Diablo II's release. Here's the full statement:

    We have become aware of the fact that an individual or group has initiated a server attack on both and Blizzard's web site. As a result of this illegal activity, many of our customers are having difficulty logging on to the game service and accessing Blizzard's web pages. We are in the midst of implementing a solution, but we wanted to let you know that the situation is a direct result of external attacks on our servers, and not a problem with's stability.

    The FBI and certain European law enforcement agencies have been notified, and we are working in conjunction with them to identify the individual. Attacks on our servers will not be tolerated, and Blizzard fully intends to prosecute those responsible to the fullest extent of the law.

    If you have any information about the above activity, please email

    Thank you for your patience. We will post updates on the status of the servers as more information becomes available.

    - Blizzard Entertainment

    Cossacks Review

    - Hobbes @ 2:39 pm PST

    EuroGamer has up a review of the new RTS Cossacks: European War. It looks like an Age of Empires clone, but apparently it's not. Here's a snippet:
    What sets Cossacks apart is its epic scope. There is a sprawling tech tree to research with literally hundreds of upgrades and technologies to discover, ranging from improved armour and weapons for your various troop types to reconnaissance balloons. There are no less than 16 seperate nationalities to play as, ranging from England and France to Saxony and the Ukraine, many of them with their own unique units and graphics. Perhaps most impressive though is the ability to have anything up to eight thousand soldiers in a single battle without any serious slow downs.

    B&W Competition

    - Hobbes @ 2:30 pm PST

    There's not long left to enter the competition over at B&W Center! Details of the contest, which gives you the chance to win prizes including a Geforce2 GTS Pro, can be found by checking out their competition page here! You've got roughly three weeks, with the closing date being May 2nd. Best of luck!

    Mimesis Online Art & Model Gallery

    - Falcon @ 2:40 am PST

    Today at RPG Vault, developer Tannhauser Gate offers a look at elements of its exotic online world, Mimesis Online.

    Mimesis Online Art & Model Gallery
    In Mimesis Online, Earth is no longer the planet we know, but rather one grown mysterious and alien - an unusual concept with a creative graphical style. Tannhauser Gate agreed to give us a look at several elements of the game in the nine concept drawings and four creature models that comprise our all-new Mimesis Online Art & Model Gallery.

    DroneZ Interview

    - Falcon @ 2:02 am PST

    This is one of those titles that's supposed to exhaust every possible feature out of the new GeForce 3 graphic card and Actiontrip had a nice one-to-one with Giovanni Caturano, the Development Leader of Zetha gameZ.

    Exclusive shot included.

    Zeus Official Expansion: Poseidon

    - Falcon @ 1:57 am PST

    Zeus Official Expansion: Poseidon Immerses Gamers in the World of Atlantis Impressions Games' Add-On Expands on City-Building Hit Zeus: Master of Olympus

    CAMBRIDGE, MA - Impressions Games(tm) and Sierra(tm) today announced Zeus Official Expansion: Poseidon, an add-on for their latest city-building hit: Zeus: Master of Olympus. Due on store shelves this summer, the game takes place in the world of Atlantis, ruled by Poseidon, brother to mighty Zeus.

    Poseidon expands the scope of Impressions Games' city-building hit, Zeus: Master of Olympus to cover more of the ancient world. In Poseidon, players will build and rule the fabled cities of Atlantis, a kingdom of science and technology. They will mine the mysterious mineral "orichalc," establish colonies in ancient Americas, Africa, Europe, and Asia, and trade with ancient civilizations. New industries, massive monuments, and characters unique to Atlantis expand the city-building experience presented in Zeus: Master of Olympus. Never-before seen gods, monsters, and heroes help tell the tale as players build Atlantis into a mighty kingdom. Players will also be able to create their own adventures in Greece or Atlantis with a powerful, yet easy-to-use Adventure Editor.

    Designed with strategy gamers of all skill level in mind, Zeus: Master of Olympus makes it simple to get a city built and running smoothly. But running the city is only a part of mastering Zeus. Players have to contend with driven deities who can appear in the city to cause happiness or havoc. Famous heroes wander the countryside, and can be summoned when their help is needed. Players must defend their cities from hostile invaders, monsters, and other Greek cities. Mixing the historical with the mythological, Zeus is divided into quests and objectives that can be completed in about an hour, making it the ideal diversion for both moderate gamers and hardcore strategists alike.

    Impressions Games has been a leading developer of strategy games for over ten years, with offices in Cambridge, MA. Impressions Games has created some of the most innovative, best-selling titles in the interactive entertainment industry, including the Lords of the Realm( series, Lords of Magic(, Robert E. Lee: Civil War General(, Civil War Generals 2: Grant, Lee, Sherman(, and the Impressions' City Building Series(tm) which is comprised of the Caesar(tm) line of games, Pharaoh(tm), Pharaoh Official Expansion: Cleopatra(tm), Zeus(tm): Master of Olympus(tm), and now Poseidon(tm). More information can be found at

    Altec Lansing Teams Up With CPL

    - Falcon @ 1:51 am PST

    CPL Press Center has issued the following press release:

    Altec Lansing Teams Up With CPL

    DALLAS, April 12, 2001 – Altec Lansing, the leading manufacturer of computer audio systems, today announced its sponsorship of the upcoming Cyberathlete Professional League Event, which is expected to draw more than 800 gamers from around the globe. As the official speaker sponsor for the CPL tournament, Altec Lansing will provide ACS56 gaming speaker systems to be awarded as prizes during the event.

    “We’re proud to be part of the Cyberathlete Professional League’s gaming event,” said Jim Pedranti, VP Channel Sales for Altec Lansing. “We know how important quality audio is to the gaming experience.”

    Additionally, CPL has selected for installation in its Dallas offices, the Altec Lansing ADA890 THX-certified speaker system, and recent recipient of both PC Magazine’s Editors’ Choice and Computer Gaming World’s 5-Star award. The Altec Lansing speakers will be featured in the CPL “deathmatch” area used for qualifying mini tournaments.

    Founded in 1997, the Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL), and its divisions in Europe, Australia, Asia and South America, is the leading organizer of professional game tournaments and events, and has an estimated following of about 250,000 gamers worldwide, up from several hundred just a few years ago. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, CPL has created custom computer networks at local gaming competitions for more gamers than any other organization. The CPL events are widely covered via newspaper articles, radio, magazine features, television reports and documentaries.

    Altec Lansing Technologies, Inc., based in Milford, PA, USA, is a leader in the design, manufacture, marketing and support of high quality multimedia personal computer and home entertainment sound systems, and a line of headsets, headphones and microphones for personal digital media. The company employs about 1,500 people worldwide.

    For additional information about Altec Lansing and its award-winning line of audio products, please visit the company’s Web site at http://www.altecmm.comor call toll-free at 1-800-258-3288.

    Wednesday, April 11, 2001

    Linux Tribes 2 Shipping Next Week

    - Hobbes @ 7:47 pm PST

    Crusader of Linux Games has sent word that Loki has sent off a press release explaining that the Linux version of Tribes 2 will be shipped off on Wednesday, April 18, and will cost $49.95.

    Star Wars Galaxies Preview

    - Hobbes @ 7:46 pm PST

    PC.IGN has posted up a new preview of Star Wars Galaxies, the upcoming massively multiplayer RPG from Verant and LucasArts. There is nothing new here if you are a regular follower of the game but for those of you who haven't been keeping up to date its a good read.

    Diablo II Hidden MP3

    - Hobbes @ 7:44 pm PST

    The guys over at have found an unlinked MP3 from the upcoming Diablo II add-on that can be downloaded. Get the PC version from the Blizzard FTP that weighs in at 4.52 MB, and the Mac version here. The track is from the Blizzard North composer out of the studio and is the intro to the Act V town. Check out the full deal at

    EA Announces Sub Command

    - Hobbes @ 7:39 pm PST

    EA has announced a new submarine sim today called Sub Command. Developed by Sonalysts the game is expected to be ready for release in the summer.

    New Tribes 2 Skins Guide

    - Hobbes @ 7:38 pm PST

    Tribes2HQ has posted a new article dedicated to creating skins for Dynamix's recently released big title - TRIBES 2. It's well worth the read if you want to make your clan stand out from the rest with your very own uniform (skin).

    Gangsters 2 Preview

    - Hobbes @ 7:36 pm PST

    A new preview of Gangsters 2 is up at Daily Radar this evening. The author had a chance to sit down with an alpha version of the game, and so the preview contains his overall impressions (which are decidedly mixed) as well as six new screenshots.

    European MYST III Release in September

    - Hobbes @ 7:31 pm PST

    EuroGamer fired off an e-mail with news that UbiSoft today informed them that Myst III : Exile won't be available in Europe until September, although the US release is still set for next month. Stupid release dates. =[

    Startopia Preview

    - Hobbes @ 7:29 pm PST

    EuroGamer has reviewed the humorous space station management game, Startopia, from Mucky Foot. Here's a snippet:

    With all the attention surrounding the recent release of Black & White, it's clear that there are many people out there who still have fond memories of the work of Peter Molyneux's old company, Bullfrog.

    Whether they can be classified as a fan base or a support group is hard to say, for while the legendary Guildford developer has had more than its fair share of successes, the equally spectacular failures and near misses make up just as big a part of its legacy. Nonetheless, over the years no other gaming studio has put forth as many original titles or carved out their own niche so effectively.

    Diablo II: Lord of Destruction Stash Screen

    - Hobbes @ 7:23 pm PST

    Blizzard has released a new screenshot showing off the expanded stash space featured in Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. In addition to giving players more room to store their items, the stash space also has an increased capacity for gold. The screenshot is also in the 800x600 screen resolution that will be supported by the new expansion pack.

    Diablo II: Lord of Destruction will add several new features to Blizzard's popular action role-playing game Diablo II. In addition to the larger stash space and support for increased screen resolution, the expansion will feature two new character classes, a new fifth act, a new area to explore, and a wide variety of new monsters, items, and spells.

    Diablo II: Lord of Destruction is scheduled for release this summer.

    Tropico Goes Gold

    - Hobbes @ 7:21 pm PST

    GodGames has announced that its island management game Tropico has gone gold. The game was developed at PopTop Software, the studio that created the popular Railroad Tycoon series. In Tropico, players will assume control of a tiny island nation in the Caribbean. As the dictator, players must manage their country's economic, military, and political development. The goal of the game is to build the island into a thriving nation.

    Tropico is scheduled for release on April 24 for a suggested retail price of $39.99.

    Camelot Screenies

    - Hobbes @ 3:57 am PST

    Camelot HQ posted a sneak preview on the upcoming MMORPG, Dark Age of Camelot. The article includes some brand-new in-game screenshots, which display the landscapes, towns, and monsters. Take a look:

    You'll find the more of them right here.

    MYST III Goes Gold

    - Hobbes @ 3:52 am PST

    Myst 3 has finally gone gold, adventure fans won't have to wait long before they can dive back into the artistically sound worlds of Myst and Riven! Promising a few surprises and a newer navigation, Myst 3 is built up to be an "evolution rather than a continuation" of the series!

    Check out for more information.

    Empire of the Ants

    - Falcon @ 12:02 am PST

    Strategy First builds a new publishing partnership with Microids for Empire of the Ants

    Montreal, Quebec. April 10th, 2001 - Strategy First Inc. is pleased to announce that it has added another title to its 2001 line-up, by signing a North American publishing agreement with Microids for Empire of the Ants.

    "Empire of the Ants brings a unique twist to the strategy genre by immersing players into the microscopic world of the Ant Kingdom!" says Steve Wall, V.P., Business Development for Strategy First. "The game has been very successful for Microids so far and we look forward to working with them on this title as well as others in the future."

    "Empire of the Ants has already done extremely well in Europe and we are confident it will do just as well in the North American market, " says Elliot Grassiano, President of Microids. "With Strategy First as a publishing partner, we are confident that the game will capture the interest and imaginations of players throughout the US and Canada."

    Empire of the Ants is a real-time strategy game based on the best-selling novel of the same name, written by Bernard Werber. Players take on the role of an up-and-coming ant commander that has been given the task to oversee the welfare and expansion of a colony of russet ants. Each player must build up their forces, guard their anthill, collect food and building materials, and maintain and grow their colony of ants.

    For each mission, players are given specific objectives at the start of each level, which can vary from collecting of food units to killing the enemy. Multiplayer mode allows for up to 8 players over LAN or Internet to take part in multiplayer skirmishes with a wealth of options and play styles; such as allowing predators into the game area or selecting the Queen into play, who must then be defended.

    The beautiful microscopic world of the ants comes to life with real-time 3D multiple camera angles and in and out zooms. The game features extraordinary AI that replicates the instincts of each insect and faithfully reproduces more than 60 different species of insect and animal to exploit and engage in battle.

    With the public's recent fascination with things "great & small" from Microcosmos ™, Antz ™ to a Bug's Life ™, Empire of the Ants is sure to provide players with hours of entertainment!

    Empire of the Ants is scheduled for release in June 2001.

    Wednesday, April 11, 2001

    Official Links Expansion Pack site up

    - Falcon @ 11:57 pm PST


    Microsoft today announced that the official Web site for the Links 2001 Expansion Pack is now live at The Links Expansion Pack is the most complete add-on pack ever created for the Links series, and will be available in late May 2001 for only US$19.95.

    The official Links 2001 Expansion site provides detailed information on new courses, new PGA Tour players, and new course design kits for virtual golfers and aspiring course builders.

    The Expansion Pack includes two new tour pros, Mike Weir and Keith Clearwater, on four new courses designed for play with Links 2001. New to the Links franchise, Weir and Clearwater join the Links 2001 pro line-up that already includes Sergio Garcia, Arnold Palmer, and Annika Sorenstam. Bighorn's Canyons Course (Palm Desert, CA) and Thanksgiving Point (near Salt Lake City, UT) are joined by newly upgraded versions of Pelican Hill (Newport Coast, CA) and Banff Springs (Alberta, Canada) in the Links 2001 Expansion Pack.

    The Expansion Pack also includes two new Course Design Kits to help players create their own courses with the Arnold Palmer Course Designer (APCD). The Course Design Kits come with new planting sets; and hundreds of golf course objects, trees, shrubs, vegetation, and more, in desert and highland themes. Additionally, the Links 2001 Expansion Pack will contain the Links 2001 Course Converter that allows players to convert up to 36 Links LS courses for play with Links 2001 (courses must be previously owned).

    Players must have Links 2001 (available separately) in order to run the Expansion Pack. The Expansion Pack is not compatible with previous versions of Links.

    For more information about Links 2001, visit the official Web site at:

    Pearl Harbor: Zero Hour News

    - Falcon @ 11:55 pm PST


    Fight World War II Japanese Forces in an Arcade Style Combat Game, Includes Three CD "Pearl Harbor" Audiobook Novelization of The Major Motion Picture

    NEW YORK, April 11, 2001 ­ Simon & Schuster Interactive announced today the Company is publishing "Pearl Harbor: Zero Hour," a PC CD-ROM game set in World War II where gamers go on bombing and dogfighting missions against Japanese forces (Windows(R) ME, 98, 95; $19.95 estimated street). Developed by ASAP Games, PEARL HARBOR: ZERO HOUR gives gamers arcade-style control over historic aircraft as they fly missions such as the Battle of Midway and Guadalcanal.


    PEARL HARBOR:ZERO HOUR begins with a fully rendered, real-time re-enactment of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, including the sinking of the U.S.S. Arizona. Then, it's payback time. Choose from 14 aircraft, including famous planes such as the Corsair, P-51 Mustang and B-25 bomber.

    Dogfight, dive-bomb and torpedo the Japanese forces in 10 missions ­ all drawn from the Pacific campaign battles of World War II, including Guadalcanal, The Battle of Midway, and Okinawa. Each mission has different objectives, such as protecting U.S. Forces from attack and destroying key Japanese forces.

    PEARL HARBOR: ZERO HOUR also features training missions featuring the "Flying Tigers." This group of World War II volunteer pilots fought with the Chinese against Japanese forces before the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

    This PC game comes with the complete audiobook CD "Pearl Harbor" by Randall Wallace ­ the novelization of the highly anticipated motion picture starring Ben Affleck and Cuba Gooding, Jr. opening Memorial Day weekend. This audio book is a $24 value included in the box.

    PEARL HARBOR: ZERO HOUR will be available for the PC (Windows(R) ME, 98, 95) in mid-May at an estimated street price of $19.95.

    ESRB Rating
    PEARL HARBOR: ZERO HOUR will be rated by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). All advertising and promotional materials currently carry a "RP" or "Rating Pending" logo. More information on the ESRB and its rating system can be found at

    Simon & Schuster Interactive is the consumer software publishing unit of Simon & Schuster, Inc. Based in New York, S&SI publishes entertainment, education and reference titles across numerous platforms. The Company is the Codie Award winning publisher of the best-selling "Douglas Adams Starship Titanic" adventure, the best-selling parody "Deer Avenger" series, and numerous critically-acclaimed children's
    software titles.

    Simon & Schuster, the publishing operation of Viacom Inc., is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic and multi-media formats. Its divisions include the Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, Simon & Schuster New Media, Simon & Schuster Online, Simon & Schuster U.K., and Simon & Schuster Australia. For more information, visit our website at

    Viacom is the No. 1 platform in the world for advertisers, with preeminent positions in broadcast and cable television, radio, outdoor advertising, and online. With programming that appeals to audiences in every demographic category across virtually all media, the company is a leader in the creation, promotion, and distribution of entertainment, news, sports, and
    music. Viacom's well-known brands include CBS, MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1, Paramount Pictures, Infinity Broadcasting, UPN, TNN, CMT, Showtime, Blockbuster, and Simon & Schuster. More information about Viacom and its businesses is available at

    Last Chance to Sign Up For Diablo II Exp Beta

    - Hobbes @ 6:48 pm PST

    Here's an important reminder: Tomorrow at 12:00PM PT (noon), the Diablo II: Lord of Destruction beta test sign-ups end. So, if you haven't had the chance to sign up yet, and are interested, don't wait on it! After the sign-ups close, Blizzard will select the 2,500 testers and if you've been chosen, you'll receive an e-mail within a week. Sign up at Blizzard's website.

    Remember, this is open to people in the United States and Canada, 17 years of age or older. You can always ask your parents to sign up if you don't qualify for the age requirement! Good luck to everyone who enters!

    Dominion Wars Preview

    - Hobbes @ 6:43 pm PST

    Ever wanted to play through the Star Trek Deep Space Nine universe? Ever disliked Odo enough to blow him right off of DS9? Then check out FiringSquad's preview of Dominion Wars. Here's a snippet:
    Maybe not from the real headlines, but the story of Dominion Wars is taken directly from the "real" Dominion Wars from the last two seasons of the Deep Space Nine television series. You can command battles taken directly from the show, as well as a few battles mentioned only in dialogue. This is very cool if you're a fan of DS9. Think that the Dominion could have beat down Sisko and the Defiant? Or maybe the Klingons could have picked up the pace. It's up to you in Dominion Wars.

    New DOOMed2Frag Mod

    - Hobbes @ 2:08 pm PST

    A new version of DOOMed2Frag for Quake 3 has been released, bringing this classic DOOM-style deathmatch mod up to Beta 2. Two new weapons, the BFG and flamethrower, were added, as well as a couple new maps.

    Nintendo Interview

    - Hobbes @ 2:05 pm PST

    Core Magazine has an interview online today with Nintendo director, Satoru Iwata. The interview focuses on the GameCube and whether or not it will make its expected game launch date. Lots of interesting tidbits worth checking out if you're a fan of their next-gen console system.

    Kohan Interview

    - Hobbes @ 2:03 pm PST

    eUniverseGames has conducted an interview with members of the Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns team at TimeGate Studios. As the game has been out for a short while already, the questions look back at the development process, and deal with how the game turned out and specific game design decisions.

    Scientist Hunt v1.2

    - Hobbes @ 2:00 pm PST

    Version 1.2 of the Scientist Hunt mod for Half-Life has been released. This new version is the first release to include a Linux port of the mod, and it includes increased stability and a server option to disable player killing among other changes. It's available for download as a full install as well as an upgrade for version 1.1 users.

    In Scientist Hunt, you can finally royally mutilate those annoying scientists Half-Life wouldn't allow you to kill without ruining your current mission. We will be doing a review on Scientist Hunt shortly, so keep your eyes peeled.

    AMD Athlon 1.33 GHz Review

    - Hobbes @ 1:58 pm PST

    EuroGamer has reviewed AMD's latest processor chip, the 1.33 GHz. It is supposedly the cream of the processing crop, but is it really worth it? Here's a snippet:
    Intel has answered AMD with the release of the Pentium 4, which [they] feel is a very promising architectural change. That said, it hasn’t taken off, and benchmarks show it suffering at the hands of AMD. The reason that current programs don't show any real improvement is that they are coded to avoid using (previously slow) main system memory, and the Pentium 4's design relies upon the superior memory bandwidth and the speed of its main memory. It’s a slightly peculiar hypothesis, but it would explain why programs don’t take advantage of the memory bandwidth that the P4 has been built to use.

    Monday, April 09, 2001

    Tribes Success?

    - Falcon @ 10:41 pm PST

    Being the first ever retail game to be focused solely on multiplayer, Tribes rose from relative obscurity to being one of the top-ranked multiplayer games of its time. Even today it continues to rank highly on the GameSpy Stats. But what made it so successful? There was no huge hype or giant released party. StoneWolf, 3DActionPlanet's resident TRIBES expert has some insight.

    Strifeshadow Chat

    - Falcon @ 10:40 pm PST

    StrategyPlanet's good friends at Ethermoon will be showing up tomorrow in GameSpy Arcade to chat about their upcoming multi-player only, real-time strategy game Strifeshadow. In case you are not familiar with Ethermoon, they (and their game Strifeshadow) were finalists at this year's IGF. They are looking to release the game later this spring.

    The Ethermoon Chat starts tomorrow (4-10-2001) at 4:00 p.m. PST, 7:00 p.m. EST, Midnight GMT in the StrategyPlanet Room in Arcade. Be there!

    Networkleague Q3A Tourney News

    - Falcon @ 10:38 pm PST


    Networkleague takes pride in offering the first open - and free to join - worldwide online Quake-tournament ever with more than US$ 20.000 in cash prices.

    Based on Networkleague’s unique online gaming technology the tournament will start with 4 regional qualifications, The French, The German, The UK and the US Battle. Any player can choose among these qualifications no matter which country he or she comes from.

    The tournament will start in the beginning of May and each qualification session consists of three rounds:

    Round 1, in which each participant shall play 20 matches (1-on-1), and the 20% of the players having the highest rating after this round will continue to

    Round 2, in which each participant shall play 20 matches (1-on-1), and the 32 players having the highest rating after this round will continue to

    The Regional Finals, in which the participants shall play against each other following a cup-system. The 4 regional winners will continue to

    The Final, being a LAN-based play-off in London on Saturday the 2nd of June. All expenses will be paid for the finalists trip and accommodations in London.

    Anyone can join the tournament - from novice to veteran. The Networkleague engine will track each match automatically, store stats, and continuously calculate ratings, accuracy etc. In the beginning of every round the players will be on the same level, meaning, that they will have the same tournament rating. In the end, the tournament rating will differentiate winners from losers.

    The winner of Networkleague’s Tournament No. 1 will get a prize of 5.000 US$ and the 3 other finalist will get 3.000 US$, 2.000 US$ and 1.000 US$.
    But it is not only the top-players who will get prizes. About half of the cash prizes will go to other than the super elite, e.g. to the most suicidal player, the most camping player, etc.

    Networkleague’s Tournament No. 1 will be free to join and play, and no technical skills are required - except having a version of Quake 3 and Internet access.

    Toshiba Satellite 2805-S402 Review

    - Falcon @ 10:32 pm PST

    What is the best notebook computer for gamers? At the moment, it's the Toshiba Satellite 2805-S402. Stomped gave it the once-over and found it to be an excellent gaming laptop at a reasonable price. Check out their review of the notebook at

    Dungeon Siege Fan Site Kit

    - Falcon @ 10:23 pm PST


    Microsoft today announced the release of the Dungeon Siege Fan Site Kit (FSK), a set of downloadable assets that will help fans to construct sites dedicated to the highly anticipated RPG title from Gas Powered Games. The FSK contains ten in-game screen shots, four screens of game concept art, 12 rendered character images, biographies of the development team, and logos. The kit may be downloaded from the official Dungeon Siege site:

    Slated for release in Fall 2001, Dungeon Siege is an action fantasy role-playing game featuring an immersive fully 3-D environment. Dungeon Siege plunges players into a continuous 3-D fantasy world on a quest to stop a mysterious evil that has been unleashed. Beginning with a single character, players can travel through the world and gather a party of up to 8 characters or choose to face the challenge alone. The fusion of action role-playing and real-time strategy controls in Dungeon Siege impels players into one over-the-top battle after another as the storyline unfolds.

    Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners Of The Earth Interview

    - Falcon @ 10:20 pm PST

    Gamespy has just posted a new interview with Headfirst's Simon Woodroffe about the upcoming horror first-person adventure title - Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners Of The Earth:
    They have also got a few new screens from the game:

    SW: Battle for Naboo Review

    - Falcon @ 10:19 pm PST

    Star Wars: Battle for Naboo Review
    Developed by both Factor 5 and LucasArts, Battle for Naboo was initially released for the Nintendo 64. The PC version is not a mere port, having been outfitted with several enhancements. In this Star Wars: Battle for Naboo Review, Actionvault examine the underlying game mechanics as well as these augmentations to see what they offer in terms of overall value. News

    - Falcon @ 10:17 pm PST Review: Jorgen "TROLL" Toll, one of our commercial pilots on staff, recently reviewed X-Plane, Bryan "Zero G" den Otter, our resident commercial helo pilot, takes X-plane and tries the helicopter modeling available in it. Read his thoughts and comments here. Downloads: We have another new download, Paul "BADER" Rogers RAF Reflections mod for Battle of Britain. And don't miss the BETA patch for SSI's FLANKER 2.5. Find them both on our Downloads page.

    SocketA coolers round-up

    - Falcon @ 10:16 pm PST

    PC Hardware posted a socketA coolers round up. You can find inside coolers from CoolerMaster, EKL, Fanner Tech, GlobalWin, Kanie and ThermalTake. The reviewer discussed every cooler in detail and he ranked them accordingly to their target market
    “I had two surprises while working on this roundup and they were called Kanie and DP5-6H51. Kanie because they made a very good heatsink, even though its heavy, for the true overclocker and CoolerMaster DP5-6H51 because it shows that good performance can be achieved without much noise. GlobalWin, CoolerMaster and ThermalTake performed just as well as expected from manufacturers with such experience and tradition.”

    Call of Cthulu Interview

    - Hobbes @ 7:16 pm PST

    Daily Radar has joined in and posted their own interview with Simon Woodroffe of Headfirst Productions as the lead designer for Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth talks about the first person action game.

    Jane's Closes

    - Hobbes @ 7:14 pm PST

    An era is coming to an end: A message on the main page of Jane’s indicates that the online game service will be closing down April 30. The farewell missive tells fans of Jane’s combat simulations that EA will be turning its attention toward, which features a growing list of online games, including Air Warrior 3 Millennium Version, an online combat simulation set during the second world war. The shutdown of Jane's will leave such titles as F-15, Fleet Command, USAF and several others without a dedicated online home.

    Tribes 2 CD Key Problems

    - Hobbes @ 7:10 pm PST

    If you are getting an error saying your CD key was used to create another account, you need to send an email to with the subject being your EXACT CD-key. In the body of the email you need to enclose your email address that was used to create the account with. They will contact you as soon as possible after that. This has been confirmed by Dave Georgeson (since you should ALWAYS be wary when someone asks for your CD-Key via email). He also went on to say that Sierra Techsupport will not, under ANY circumstances, provide a password over the phone. If your forget yours, you will have to click the "Mail Me My Password" button.

    Japanese Final Fantasy X in July

    - Hobbes @ 7:09 pm PST

    Square Soft has announced that Final Fantasy X will hit Japan in July. The launch will have an enormous promotion, co-sponsored by Coca-Cola. The campaign will give out 500ml bottles of Coke and Diet Coke and will come with one of four Final Fantasy action figures, which include Yuna and Tidas.

    Half-Life: Blue Shift Preview

    - Hobbes @ 7:01 pm PST

    PC.IGN has a Half-Life: Blue Shift preview online this evening, taking a look at this latest chapter in the Half-Life saga. The preview is brief, but it contains some general info about the game (which won't require the original Half-Life to play) as well as eight new screenshots.

    Day of Defeat 1.2 Specs

    - Hobbes @ 6:58 pm PST

    Here are the specs for the Day of Defeat 1.2, a mod for Half-Life:

    • New spawn system
    • New sounds
    • New models
    • New vgui pics
    • New team (Spectators)
    • New prone restriction (1 sec between prones)
    • Modified Player Speeds (slower)
    • Tweaked garand accuracy
    • Fixed score system
    • Thompson clip to 30 rounds
    • New Breathing system
    • New Music System
    • Map Fade ins

    Find out more about this awesome Half-Life mod at

    IE6 Guide

    - Hobbes @ 6:54 pm PST

    Although not gaming related, 3D Spotlight has posted a guide for the Internet Explorer 6 Public Preview. Covering all the bases - General, Advanced, Security, Privacy... tabs & more.

    Sunday, April 08, 2001

    Halo Update

    - Hobbes @ 11:51 am PST

    Another week, another Halo update from Bungie's one and only Matt Soell. This week's Halo update can be found in its entirety at Here's part of the update:
    • AI units can now turn their heads in the appropriate direction to yell or acknowledge orders

    • Lots of updates and revisions to the multiplayer design doc and user interface

    • We've modeled a human escape pod, with the seats facing the rear (just like real military transports) and lockers that actually open

    • Just like the bullets, you can read the stenciling on the grenades

    • As I began typing these words, Jason, Alex, Joseph, Michael, and a few Microsoft people filed into the Sin-O-MatiXXX video editing room and shut the door. Shortly thereafter we heard the telltale, high-pitched screams of a terrified Joe Staten. I approached with my video camera, hoping to score some good blackmail footage. Alas, all I saw was the group crowded around a TV, engrossed in a 4-player capture the flag game.

    Did someone say 4-player capture the flag? Looks like the Halo team has been working on a lot of things, including multiplayer, lately. Be sure to stop on by for the full update.

    Casper on Playstation 2?

    - Hobbes @ 11:47 am PST

    TDK Mediactive, global publisher of entertainment software, today announced they plan to ship Casper: Spirit Dimensions for the PS2 in time for Halloween this year. Casper: Spirit Dimensions combines advanced technological gameplay which will allow you to go head-to-head against Kibosh and his evil minions hell-bent on taking over the spirit world.
    "PlayStation 2 presents a new haunt for Casper, and we are raising him to a whole new level by taking advantage of this next generation console," said Vincent Bitetti, chief executive officer of TDK Mediactive. "With incredible graphics and exciting environments, Casper will appeal to a wide age range. The adventurous story will attract younger gamers, and the game's fierce enemies, and challenging battles will draw in a more mature audience."
    " 'Casper' features a very accessible two-joystick flight model that completely immerses the player from the moment they start the game," said Peter Gould, vice president of product development for TDK Mediactive. "The guys at Lucky Chicken Games have done a great job working with Ken Fox, Casper's producer at TDK Mediactive, to develop a game that lives up to the expectations of Casper fans everywhere."

    Casper: Spirit Dimensions will take advantage of the PS2 capabilities with amazing graphics and Freedom of flight to any destination throughout the game. The game will hit store shelves in October 2001 across North America.

    Is Quake 2 The Best FPS Ever?

    - Hobbes @ 11:45 am PST

    The Quake 2 mapper Jed seems to think so. He loves Quake 2 so much that he's gone and written an editorial on Quake 2 being the best FPS ever! Jed does have his reasons, Go Read the Editorial and make up your own mind.

    New Black and White Creature

    - Hobbes @ 11:42 am PST

    There's a new Black & White creature on the Best Buy website, where they have posted an executable file to unlock the Gorilla, an additional minion creature for B&W. The page also offers an eight second QuickTime animation where you can "See the Gorilla Get Groovy."

    Yamaha TSS-1 Speakers Review

    - Hobbes @ 11:39 am PST

    Hardware news today, GameSpot Hardware has reviewed the Yamaha TSS-1 speakers. Here's a snippet:
    The Yamaha speakers' DTS decoding, crisp bass, and flexible contols are great, but come at a cost of overall sound depth.

    X-Port Review

    - Hobbes @ 11:36 am PST

    EuroGamer has up a review of the X-Port. The quote below from the review tells you exactly what the X-Port is:
    Which is why, when I first heard about the X-Port, I stammered with approval and muttered, what a bloody good idea! The X-Port, you see, allows you to save your PlayStation 2 save files onto your PC hard-disk, and swap and change them over the Internet.

    Saturday, April 07, 2001

    Jaws "Wassup" Movie

    - Hobbes @ 3:44 pm PST

    This is off topic from gaming, but I had to post it. If you remember awhile back to those early "Wassup" commercials done by Budweiser, my friend created an AVI movie using edited scenes from Jaws mixed with the "Wassup" commercial. You have to see this! It's about 2 MB and you can download it here.

    3DSS BA7500 Review

    - Falcon @ 3:09 pm PST

    3DsoundSurge coincidently has recently posted their own review of the Boston Acoustics BA7500 Digital speakers. It was interested to compare the observations and conclusions in the tests. Most notable was the agreed view that the midrange was lacking, but we had differences in the conclusions of this effect. Also after more detailed testing, 3DSS has concluded that the difference in output between Digital and Analog output were caused by the sound card and not the speakers.

    Warren Spector Interview

    - Hobbes @ 12:11 pm PST

    MGON has interviewed Warren Spector, the man behind Deus Ex. The interview doesn't go into any game in particular, it sticks with the game development in general.

    Waterloo: Napoleon's Last Battle Demo

    - Hobbes @ 12:08 pm PST

    Strategy First has released a playable demo of Waterloo: Napoleon's Last Battle, the just-released isometric war-game by BreakAway Games that allows you to relive the final war of the infamous Frenchman. The demo clocks in at a reasonable 37.4 MB, and contains three small scenarios that can be played as both sides, a selection of the sound effects, music and other features from the full game, but of course, there is no multiplayer.

    Pentium 4 1.7GHz Coming April 23

    - Hobbes @ 12:06 pm PST

    The Pentium 4 will be receiving a bump in speed of 200MHz come April 23, with a 850MHz Celeron debuting sometime between now and then. This CNet article speaks of the launch, the competition (AMD), and the pending price cuts that will follow.

    The new Pentium 4 will likely invigorate the debate between processor aficionados over which company--Intel or Advanced Micro Devices--rules the performance roost. While more speed boosts sales, it is only one measure of performance, and on many standard applications, Athlon outpaces the Pentium 4. The Pentium 4, however, does better on video compression and many multimedia applications.

    "On certain things like streaming media, the Pentium 4 does extremely well. On the standard benchmarks, the Athlon does extremely well," said MicroDesign Resources analyst Kevin Krewell. "I'm leaning more toward the Intel model as time goes on," Krewell added. With applications such as Microsoft's PowerPoint presentation program, "we're getting to the point where the (1GHz) processor can do it all."

    Intel and AMD are slated to officially cut prices by 20 percent or more April 15 and 16, respectively, according to several sources.

    Sonic Adventure 2 Worldwide Release Date Set

    - Hobbes @ 11:58 am PST

    Sega of America has corrected the recent reports regarding the launch date for the newest Dreamcast title Sonic Adventure 2. The game is planned for a worldwide release on June 19, as opposed to the June 23 date that was recently revealed on the Sonic Team Web site. June 23 is actually the date of Sonic's 10-year anniversary. Sonic Adventure 2 will be more action-oriented and include a mysterious new character who looks like a dark Sonic.

    Bid for Power Interview

    - Falcon @ 3:49 am PST

    If you are a fan of Dragon Ball Z, and a fan of Quake III, you have undoubtedly heard of the mod "Bid for Power", an ambitious project to recreate the Dragon Ball Z world in Quake III Arena. Having been in production for well over a year, not much is known about the mod. That is, until now! Kahless sits down with Chris to chat about BFP.

    The Grey in Black & White

    - Falcon @ 3:42 am PST

    Deconstructing Deity: The Grey in Black & White:
    "Well today at 3D GameForce, Raphael van Lierop, one of the new members of the crew wrote up his first article for the site called Deconstructing deity: The grey in Black & White. In the article he talks about how games are evolving and why god games like Black & White are becoming popular. Make sure you check it out!"

    Kronos Digital Interview

    - Falcon @ 3:31 am PST proudly presents an exclusive interview with Stan Liu, President/CEO of Kronos Digital and writer/director of Fear Effect 2: Retro
    Helix. The sequel caused quite a stir in the industry thanks to its rather risqué advertising campaign, but it also managed to be one of the finest examples of engaging, adult videogame content to grace a console. Mr. Liu happily answered our questions and spoke frankly about his game and the prospect of mature content in games. Here's a snippet:
    Stan Liu: "Nowadays, we all know how extremely dangerous it is to put the two words "interactive" and "movie" together into one sentence, especially in the presence of a publisher. It’s basically a premature death sentence. When I set out to create Fear Effect, my inspiration was quite different than any other game we’ve made before. I ultimately wanted Fear Effect to provoke emotional responses from the player. I did not want a game about how many zombies I’ve killed in three hours or where to find my next weapon upgrade. Instead, I wanted to create a game that will make the player laugh, scream and cry!"

    Blue Shift Interview

    - Falcon @ 3:29 am PST

    Stomped chats with Randy Pitchford, the president of Gearbox Software, about Half-Life: Blue Shift, the upcoming stand alone game that will adapt their Sega Dreamcast Half-Life adventure to the PC. Check out the exclusive interview at

    Intel Becomes CPL World Sponsor

    - Falcon @ 3:25 am PST

    CPL Press Center has issued the following press release:

    Intel Becomes CPL World Sponsor
    The Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL) announced today that Intel has become a worldwide sponsor of the league. Commencing at the event next week, Intel will have an exhibition booth displaying their latest Pentium 4 technology at all CPL US events.

    "The Pentium processors have been used on all CPL tournament computers since October of 1997. We believe that new Pentium 4 processor represents the pinnacle of quality and performance, and we are proud to continue our tradition of exclusively endorsing Intel's cutting-edge technology" stated Angel Munoz, founder and president of the CPL.

    For three decades, Intel Corporation has developed technology enabling the computer and Internet revolution that has changed the world. Founded in 1968 to build semiconductor memory products, Intel introduced the world's first microprocessor in 1971. Today, Intel supplies chips, boards, systems, software, networking and communications equipment, and services that compose the "ingredients" of computer architecture and the Internet. Intel's mission is to be the preeminent building block supplier to the worldwide Internet economy. The Intel website is located at

    ViewSonic Sponsors The CPL

    - Falcon @ 3:24 am PST

    CPL Press Center has issued the following press release:

    ViewSonic Sponsors The CPL
    Dallas, Texas - The Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL) announced that ViewSonic has become the latest sponsor of the league. Other sponsors of the CPL include Intel, Microsoft, Logitech, NETGEAR, VisionTek,, Alienware, Monster Cable, Bawls, Mad Catz, and others. The upcoming $30,000 Counter-Strike Tournament, will use 50 ViewSonic top-of-the-line PF790 monitors.

    The PF790's PerfectFlat screen technology eliminates curved surfaces and enhances visual quality by ensuring minimal glare and exciting, realistic images. With an ultra fine aperture grille pitch of 0.25mm at center and 0.27mm at corner, extremely high resolutions and fast refresh rates, the PF790 monitor is ideal for CPL's extreme game competitions.

    ViewSonic Corporation, a leader in Visual Technology products, offers comprehensive display solutions for today's business, Internet, education and entertainment markets. The company's products have won more than 1000
    awards globally from independent publications and organizations. Headquartered in Walnut, California, ViewSonic was founded in 1987 and is a privately held corporation with over $1.3 billion in worldwide annual sales. For more information visit their website at:

    Friday, April 06, 2001

    Tomb Raider Movie Poster

    - Hobbes @ 9:57 pm PST

    So this is the new Tomb Raider Movie poster featuring the delectable Ms. Angelina Jolie in her figure-hugging Lara Croft duds. I'm not even sure that the poster is that new, to tell you the truth, but let's face it... it's sure worth you time checking out. Oooh... that Angelina... she's pretty sexy y'know.

    Click to enlarge

    World War II Online Update

    - Hobbes @ 9:50 pm PST

    Cornered Rat Software has updated their site with a status update on the World War II Online beta. Game manager Michael Weber talks about all the stuff that has recently been added to the game, which includes a completely new icon system, a "graphical vehicle situation display," a refined chat system and more.

    Unreal 2 Preview

    - Hobbes @ 2:56 pm PST

    PZ Zone UK has kicked up one of those "hands-off" previews of Unreal 2, loosely based off of the information Infogrames released a little while ago. Here's a snippet:

    In fact, you could almost call it Team Fortress in space, as you'll get to choose among three classes that will determine your abilities and be able to build turrets, force fields and repair robots and even reconnaissance droids. It sounds too good to be true. A lot of people criticised both Quake III and UT for completely abandoning the single-player story-driven experience, but Unreal 2 shows that you can have both. With Return To Castle Wolfenstein and Duke Nukem Forever also vying for our attention, this could be a very good year for FPS fans.

    Kohan Patch Ready

    - Hobbes @ 2:52 pm PST

    A patch (version 1.0.7) for Strategy First's Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns is now available. Head to today from 7 pm EST to download the 3MB file.

    Warcraft III Updated Preview

    - Hobbes @ 2:50 pm PST

    Firing Squad has released a new updated preview of Warcraft III after the latest influx of Warcraft III abroad. Here's a snippet:
    WarCraft III needs no introduction. We've done a couple previews already on FS, and just about all RTS fans have been eagerly awaiting this game since its announcement in late 1999. But for those of you who have just returned from an extended incarceration in a Turkish prison, we'll give you a quick rundown anyway. WarCraft III is the sequel to Blizzard's mega hit RTS, WarCraft II: Tides of Darkness. Cosmetically, the game has changed with the addition of a full 3D game engine, the first ever in a Blizzard software title. In terms of gameplay, WarCraft III borrows elements from the role playing genre, allowing players to use upgradeable heroes in the game.

    New Tribes 2 Patch Soon

    - Hobbes @ 2:46 pm PST

    Here's something for the Tribes 2 players -- we're looking at another patch from Dynamix. Here's what this latest one should fix:

    1) There was a case where some players would enter into a game in observer mode and be unable to spawn (left-click) into the game. This is fixed.

    2) The server refresh (on the JOIN screen) is handled better now and is faster.

    3) The "Immersion TouchSense Feedback Mouse" fixes are in for that peripheral...making it function properly.

    4) The "T2 Technical Information" link is added to the web link list on the NEWS page.

    5) Deployable turrets now properly fire when placed underwater.

    6) The Redjack bug is fixed. The problem occurred when our network packets were being asked to carry too much information at one time and some info was getting lost.

    7) Players were getting their team assignments switched when cycling missions. This is fixed now and will not occur.

    As usual, the patch will be installed through the in-game auto-updater.

    Crazy Taxi for PS2 Announced

    - Hobbes @ 2:39 pm PST

    Acclaim Entertainment announced today they have officially acquired the rights to Crazy Taxi for the PS2. Crazy Taxi 2 already has had tremendous success on the Sega Dreamcast where it has achieved sales in excess of $30 million dollars.

    Have no fear, like the original, Crazy Taxi will not disappoint. It will retain all the enthralling features that made it a must-play game, including:

    • Four different cabs and drivers, each with their own style and attitude
    • Two expansive, interactive courses for extensive game play
    • Nine mini-games to challenge various driving skills
    • True driving dynamics
    • Wild, mission-based game play infused with humor
    • Rockin' soundtrack by hit bands Offspring and Bad Religion.

    Crazy Taxi will ship next month at an expected retail price of $49.99.

    Final Fantasy X in Japan in July

    - Hobbes @ 4:54 am PST

    Square has announced that the PlayStation 2 version of its epic RPG series, Final Fantasy X, will release in Japan this July. The earlier than expected launch date will be backed by a massive promotion co-sponsored by Coca-Cola. 500ml bottles of Coke and Diet Coke will come with one of four Final Fantasy action figures. The figures represent realistic and Super Deformed (cartoonishly small versions of more mature character designs) versions of the Yuna and Tidas characters. This comes at the perfect time to salve Square's recent fiscal wounds, related to huge costs incurred by the production of the Final Fantasy CG movie.

    Friday, April 06, 2001

    Caeron3000 News

    - Falcon @ 11:43 pm PST

    Mason B. Fisher of Wirehaired Productions has agreed to a contract with Magique Productions to compose 6 pieces of music for Caeron3000, including the Theme Song.

    Mason is no stranger to composing. He has completed computer compositions for Trilobyte Inc., Westwood Studios and TSR. His music is featured in Trilobyte's Clandestiny computer gaming CD. He also composed for TSR's Ravenloft: Strahd's Possession computer gaming CD. Although composing for computer games opened up a new world for Mason, he did not feel his truest of artistic abilities had been satisfied. A guitarist by education, Mason has a B.A. in music from Rutgers University, 1986. He longed to return to his "rock roots", so in 1995, he began writing and recording songs that would become the rock backbone for The Lachesis Passage.

    For samples of Mason's work, you can download some tunes from:

    Rune: Halls of Valhalla interview

    - Falcon @ 11:42 pm PST

    Stomped chats with Huamn Head Studios business director Timothy Gerritsen about Rune: Halls of Valhalla, their upcoming multiplayer add-on to the Unreal engine game that will also serve as a stand-alone Internet and LAN title. We also have seven new screenshots from the game. Check out the exclusive interview and screenshots at

    The Way RTS Was Meant To Be?

    - Falcon @ 11:41 pm PST

    StrategyPlanet takes a look at Sudden Strike and ties the game into the future of the RTS genre.
    Check out the article here.


    - Falcon @ 11:41 pm PST

    In a departure from her usual weekly tradition of ranting about something vague and unimportant, Thorokano has decided this week to discuss something of profound significance to the overall gaming community.
    Something big. Something terrifying. Something so thoroughly vile, it can turn the bowels of the bravest gamer to water. Something that tears chunks of flesh from its own undead body and hurls them at the living, moaning in dull satisfaction at the meaty thud of impact.

    SmartOS Pro Review

    - Falcon @ 11:39 pm PST

    Speedy 3D has just kicked up a review of the Windows shell enchantment SmartOS Pro. Smart OS is a nice, much faster, shell replacement for windows' explorer. A program like this is a must have for all of us gamers out there as it'll help focus your computer's resources on whatever program you are running. Here's a clip:
    SmartOS is designed to run faster, and more stable than explorer. This is accomplished by having the actual size of SmartOS much smaller than explorer, thus taking up fewer resources. Smartalec also developed a featured dubbed "Smart Engine". Smart Engine is an adjustable resource allocation tool. Allowing you to decide the amount of resources needed per task on your computer. Also included in SmartOS, is a built in memory-freeing tool.

    Philips Acoustic Edge Soundcard Review

    - Falcon @ 11:38 pm PST

    3D spotlight reviews Philips latest high-end Soundcard - The Acoustic Edge, 5.1 channel PCI Soundcard.
    "One thing of interest during installation was the custom SPDIF & Line Out cabling which the Acoustic Edge used. The Line Out consisted of 1 9 Pin jack & cable which split into 3 other jacks - Center & Subwoofer, Rear Left & Right, Front Left & Right respectively. In a similar vein the SPDIF jack cable consisted of both SPDIF In & Out jacks. It's fairly nice & innovative design, certainly an efficient one. No more reaching around your PC to mess with inputs. You simply have 1 cable to deal with which can easily be placed around the side of your system."

    Ashcroft - "We live in a culture of violence"

    - Falcon @ 11:36 pm PST

    American Attorney General John Ashcroft has again spoken about his country's "culture of violence" and the effect of violent computer games, and apparently he's been hearing from your favourite retired military psychologist, Lt Col Dave Grossman...
    In his most strongly worded attack yet on the computer games industry, Ashcroft said that children "are conditioned in video games to do things that are abhorrent to the human spirit", and that companies "may have to understand that there's a certain responsibility in the development of video games".

    Baldur’s Gate II: Throne of Bhaal Interview

    - Falcon @ 11:35 pm PST

    Tonight, in RPGVault's latest feature, Lead Designer Kevin Martens of BioWare joins us for a lengthy and very informative look ahead to the end of the Bhaal spawn saga.
    Baldur’s Gate II: Throne of Bhaal Interview
    In the Baldur’s Gate II: Throne of Bhaal expansion pack, you will uncover your dark heritage, unleash monstrously powerful abilities and engage in another exhilarating adventure leading to your ultimate destiny. We learn a lot more from Lead Designer Kevin Martens of BioWare in an extensive and enlightening Baldur’s Gate II: Throne of Bhaal Interview.

    Removable Drive Drawer Mobile Rack Review

    - Falcon @ 11:33 pm PST

    Removable Drive Drawer Mobile Rack (IDE / SCSI) review:
    "Nothing is more frustrating than a machine going down and in today's information driven world, it is quite important that we minimize downtime, whether we use our computers for business or personal use. But what can you do without spending a fortune? Well check out 3D GameForce's latest review of the Removable Drive Drawer Mobile Rack (IDE / SCSI) from StarTech that may solve your problem."

    Tribes2 Contest

    - Falcon @ 11:32 pm PST

    MoreGaming is happy to announce that with the release of Tribes2, they will be giving away a brand new, never opened copy of Tribes2 for your enjoyment. The contest will run on till Sat April 28th midnight.

    Rules: Full Name and Email address required. One Submit per person

    Winners will have 24Hours to respond to their email to claim your prize prize.

    Feel free to contact if you have any questions.

    Frag: The Arrival of a New Sport

    - Falcon @ 11:23 pm PST

    CPL Press Center has issued the following press release:

    The CPL and Butterdish Studios announced that they are hosting an exclusive preview of the new documentary, "Frag: The Arrival of a New Sport" on Saturday, April 14th at 9:00 PM Central at the CPL Event in Dallas, Texas. This will be the first time that the film will be shown to the general public in its entirety. Following the viewing of the film will be a Questions & Answer session with the filmmakers.
    "Frag: The Arrival of a New Sport" covers the genesis of deathmatch competitions and its eventual propagation as a professional competitive sport. The film culminates with exciting coverage of last September's CPL FRAG 4 event and a brief look into the future of professional gaming.

    Blizzard's Lost It

    - Raven @ 7:22 pm PST

    Another editorial has just surfaced over at Fantasy Online, this one covering the mistakes and problems that as of late have been occuring over at Blizzard Entertainment. Blizzard, are responcible for world wide smash hit such as Warcraft and Diablo, but recently appear to have lost their spark, for creating revolutionary and trendsetting games. This editorial asks the question, 'Why are Blizzard no longer willing to take the Risks that made them famous?'. In answering titles covered include Diablo I, Diablo II, Wacraft: Lord of the Clans and Warcraft III. Heres a quote:
    "Years and years ago, I first picked up a Blizzard title and was in awe. The game was part of their role-playing family; one so addictive after the first time I played that I found it impossible to put down and continued playing for hours on end. Diablo, created by Condor/Blizzard North, was a revolutionary game that forever changed the market. Its unique blend of storyline, hack and slash action, online environment and character development sparked a new era in role-playing games, and lead to such titles as Everquest, Ultima Online and Baldur’s Gate.

    Today, though, the same praise cannot to be given to Diablo II or to Warcraft III for that matter. These games, although still highly anticipated by gamers, are no longer the revolutionary products that first gave Blizzard its great name."

    Read the article by heading here.

    Black & White Review

    - Raven @ 7:11 pm PST

    Fantasy Online, have recently put up a review of Lionhead Entertainment's Role Playing/Strategy hybrid, Black and White. In Black & White, players take on the role of gods, and compete against other gods in their quest for domination. This review covers landscape, buildings, single player, multiplayer, strategies and also gestures. Overall listing both the good and the bad. At around 1500 words, you can read this article by going through this link.

    Heres a quote:

    The first thing I did after buying Black and White was rip the box open with my mad godly powers (yes, its good to be immortal). After installing it and registering I decided to actually play the game, and that is where things got interesting. After the three-minute load time, a menu literally pops up for you to pick a name. I typed in Dargon (originality in all its forms) and then I chose a symbol. Symbols basically identify what you own.

    I waited patiently for a couple seconds, expecting to have to tediously stand by for the game world to load, and was surprised when I was suddenly immersed in an amazingly colorful world. Immediately you are plunged into a storyline to destroy Nemesis, a God who thinks that he has the sole right to Godhood.

    MYST III: Exile Almost Gold?

    - Hobbes @ 5:23 pm PST

    Sources close to the project say that MYST III: Exile could reach the gold master stage of development as soon as this Sunday. The design team at Presto Studios is in crunch mode to complete the game, which is scheduled to reach stores next month. Learn more about the title here. Publisher UBI SOFT has not commented on the status of the project as of yet. Thanks to AVault for the screenshots below.

    No Team Fortress at E3

    - Hobbes @ 5:14 pm PST

    Not surprised? Valve and Sierra will not be showing the fabled Team Fortress 2 at this years E3 show in Los Angeles. Apparently, a Sierra spokesperson said that they are simply not ready to show the game to the public yet. Will they ever be ready? The game has been delayed over two years, and yet again, another delay.

    Tribes 2 Servers Back Online

    - Hobbes @ 5:10 pm PST

    It took longer than expected, but Dynamix has now upgraded the servers for its team shooter game Tribes 2. Players not only can play the game online once again but the community features (forums, email and browser) are working once again.

    Wizardry 8 Preview

    - Hobbes @ 5:08 pm PST

    Gamesmania has up a preview of Wizardry 8. The preview was done using the press demo of the game that has been circulating for a while now, and contains some gameplay details, a background on the series for newcomers, and four screenshots. Check it here. Here's a snippet:
    The first Wizardry game, Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord, was published twenty years ago. Revolutionary in its day, it’s widely believed that Wizardry was the first game to introduce computer gamers to the first-person perspective view. For the first time, players saw through the eyes of their character as they navigated the game world. The series went on to spawn six more games, with fans eagerly anticipating the release of each one. Wizardry 7: Crusaders of the Dark Savant was released in 1992 (remade as Wizardry Gold in 1996), and since that time, anxious fans have been patiently awaiting the next chapter. Nearly a decade later, the wait is almost over.

    Summoner Review

    - Hobbes @ 5:03 pm PST

    EuroGamer has reviewed Playstation 2's first truly great RPG, Summoner. You can check out the review here. Here's a snippet:
    If you were expecting a typical console RPG, think again. Summoner is a major departure, heavy laden with text and a deep, evolving storyline. The game centres on a young lad called Joseph, who has the power to summon ethereal demons to do his bidding. Unfortunately he’s denied himself the powers for a long time, because as a child, while inexperienced, he accidentally slaughtered his entire hometown. Which needless to say didn’t go down too well.

    Commandos II Screenshots

    - Hobbes @ 4:59 pm PST

    Eidos has released some new screenshots for Commandos II, which you can see by clicking a number below (they each open in a new window).

    [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

    Wednesday, April 04, 2001

    Tribes 2 Server Outage

    - Hobbes @ 7:30 pm PST

    In order to update the community features, the folks at Dynamix are planning on a server shutdown Thursday morning between 2:00-5:00 a.m. PST. Here's the whole deal:

    We are upgrading the database that runs the community and thus, must take it down for a few hours.

    We are planning this outage for Thursday at 2am, Pacific Standard Time (late tonight), and expect that outage to be over at approximately 5am, Pacific Standard Time.

    Hopefully this inconveniences the fewest number of you. This should be the last outage of this type for quite some time.

    No one will be able to play "Tribes 2" at all during that time.

    Warcraft III Scroll of Knowledge Updated

    - Hobbes @ 7:26 pm PST

    With the latest gargantuan number of interviews about Warcraft III being done, Blizzard has read these interviews and updated their "Scroll of Knowledge," or their FAQ site, with more questions, plus updating exisiting questions. If you're a Warcraft III fan, you can check it out here.

    Diablo II: Lord of Destruction Beta Test Sign-Ups

    - Hobbes @ 7:24 pm PST

    Applications for Diablo II: Lord of Destruction Beta Test are now being accepted until Wednesday, April 11, at 12:00 PDT. You can sign up here. Diablo II: Lord of Destruction is the official expansion to Diablo II.

    In the Expansion Pack, your mission is to chase down Baal into the Barbarian Highlands where you will kill him, and destroy the final soulstone, ridding mankind of evil. In addition to the current five classes (Necromancer, Paladin, Amazon, Barbarian, and Sorceress), there will be two new classes added, the Druid and the Assassin, each with their own skills and upgrades.

    You can pre-order Diablo II: Lord of Destruction here.

    Terra Battle for Mars

    - Falcon @ 2:33 am PST would like to introduce TERRA BATTLE FOR MARS 1.30, a one of a kind PC based Online Massively Multi Player Sci-fi Combat RGP! Not to be compared next to any other game before it! Terra Battle for Mars has a huge amount of depth in game play and offers many different variations of vehicle and weapon types. Terra Battle for Mars will entice players from types of game play action, from RPG to first person shooters, to combat, to strategy game and the list goes on and on.
    You can join clans, blast away your foes in the battles at The Dregs or explore the Outlands looking for hidden enemy forts and lost cities or build your own forts and programmable fort defenses. The feature is here: TERRA BATTLE FOR MARS

    Terra Battle for Mars 1.30 is currently in beta and slated for release mid April! We have already registered you a free Battle For Mars 1.3 media beta account, If you are interested in TERRA BATTLE FOR MARS 1.30 for a review, preview or write up the download and beta information is provided below. If you have any further questions please contact contact@jackedin.comwith your publication information and question.

    NetworkLeague Signup

    - Falcon @ 2:32 am PST

    COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - 3 April 2001:

    We are happy to announce that the signup for the US$ 20K online Quake 3 tournament will start on the 9th of April. Anybody may signup. On the same day details on the tournament structure will be released.

    The purpose of this Networkleague (NWL) Tournament No. 1 is to show the capabilities of the NWL online gaming engine. Further details on the generic engine can be found at our site, click on Press Releases.

    A New Level of Games Statistics

    - Falcon @ 2:27 am PST

    CSports has issued the following press release:

    A New Level of Games Statistics Opens for Business have just launched the beta of their new computer games statistics resource. On the site you can find out all you ever wanted to know about how online computer games are played. Not only can you find out stats about yourself and other players but also about the games and the mods that are played. Cool stats such as

    - Most popular games
    - Most popular mods
    - Most popular maps
    - Most popular servers
    - Players favourite Maps
    - Players favourite servers
    - Players ranking
    - Players frags by day

    are easy to find for 42 on-line games, with more games to come shortly as well as other new innovations are being added each week. currently holds stats for over 15 million online gamers.

    The site is in Beta and so still in need of user feedback. In the meantime please tell everyone about it.

    Strategy First signs Rails Across America

    - Falcon @ 2:08 am PST

    Strategy First lays down tracks for an upcoming rail strategy game, Rails Across America

    Montreal, Quebec. April 3rd, 2001 - Strategy First Inc. announced today that it has entered a North American publishing agreement with Flying Lab Software for the release of Rails Across America, a real-time multiplayer strategy game in which players build railroad empires across North America.

    "Strategy First is very excited about this partnership," says Don McFatridge, President of Strategy First. "Flying Lab is an up-and-coming developer and we are confident that their game will do well for us in the North American market."

    "Rails Across America takes an exciting era of cutthroat competition and crams it into a dynamic two hour multiplayer slugfest," says Russell Williams, Executive Producer, Flying Lab. "We’re thrilled to be working with Strategy First. They’re enthusiastic about the genre and they have a great line of products."

    Rails Across America depicts a network of hundreds of tracks with thousands of trains crossing the entire continent. Players focus on strategic decisions, such as where to expand, where to compete, and when to engage in a well-timed price war. Rather than simply operating individual trains, players must build and monitor the rail network, moving cargo from one destination to another. Similar to the “SimCity” model, the level of direct control is limited, but the subtleties that arise are immense, which makes it possible to control large numbers of trains.

    While freeing players from managing the "train dispatcher" functions that are common in games such as Railroad Tycoon 2, Rails Across America allows them to focus on higher-level decisions. While many games use money as their sole victory condition, Rails Across America players will compete for ‘prestige’, which is earned by good railroad management and specific goals for different eras. Multifaceted victory points will mean players will be less likely to find economic loopholes by which to dominate the game.

    Multiplayer mode allows up to eight players to interact with one another both cooperatively and competitively. They must react to competitive pressures and strike deals with their competitors to play one off against another.

    For more information about Rails Across America, log onto

    *Rails Across America is scheduled for release in August 2001.

    About Strategy First

    Strategy First Inc. is a leading worldwide developer and publisher of entertainment software. Established in 1991 and headquartered in historic “Old Montreal”, Strategy First has become one of the largest publishers of PC CD-ROM games in Canada. After acquiring Micomeq, a game developer located in St. Jérôme, QC., and retaining talent from Midnight Software, an award-winning development team from Ottawa, ON., Strategy First is poised to become a major force in the gaming industry. Best known for its Man of War series and Disciples: Sacred Lands, the company has also earned critical acclaim for its work on such titles as Steel Panthers I and II and Age of Rifles for Strategic Simulations Inc. Strategy First has worked with other leading companies in the software and entertainment industry; most notably, A&E Network, Lucas Arts, Cinar Films, Empire Interactive, and Strategic Simulations Inc.

    About Flying Lab Software

    Flying Lab Software is a new game developer founded in Seattle, WA. Composed of industry veterans who have shipped both games and corporate messaging and networking systems, Flying Lab understands how to make games that play great and ship on time. More information can be found at

    Tuesday, April 03, 2001

    What’s Scarier, Surprise or Suspense?

    - Falcon @ 11:58 pm PST

    When we talk about surprise we are referring to (according to my dictionary) an "unexpected or astonishing event or circumstance", and suspense literally means a state of anxious uncertainty or expectation. But which one does a better job of scaring the pants off you? PaxBrother has an opinion.

    Win An MP3 Player!

    - Falcon @ 11:57 pm PST

    The Syndicate, in celebration of its 5th Anniversary, is proud to announce special contest for the gaming community. Thanks to Rio, The Syndicate is able to offer a FREE 32 meg Nike Personal Sport Audio Player to members of the gaming community in a drawing avalable to ANY contestant willing to do a little reading and send in an email! The MP3 player is valued at $199 and it comes with free software for downloading and listening to your favorite digital audio tracks. In addition to winning the prize itself, the winner will be have a chance at securing a beta position for future Rio portable products and will recieve free upgrades and some of the most cutting edge audio software as it is developed by the folks at Rio! We're sure that this is something many gamers would love to have!

    To enter the contest visit the Syndicate's MP3 contest page located: here

    Neverwinter nights Image

    - Falcon @ 11:55 pm PST

    Gamespy got a single new image from BioWare's upcoming RPG Neverwinter nights:

    Oni Giveaway

    - Falcon @ 11:55 pm PST

    games xtreme have got a copy of Oni on the PC to give
    away and 3 Oni T-shirts, all you have to do to win this prize is register on their forum. A direct link to the post is here:

    Another Internet Causalty

    - Falcon @ 11:54 pm PST

    GameLoft is the latest casualty of the internet collapse, with the company shutting down all of its portal sites to concentrate on pay-per-play games on the internet and interactive TV. An official announcement is expected on Wednesday.

    Freedom: First Resistance review

    - Falcon @ 11:53 pm PST

    XLGaming has just posted up a review of Freedom: First Resistance. A decidedly mediocre action adventure based on the Freedom trilogy by Scif Fi and fantasy author Anne McCaffrey. Here's a quick snippet from the review:
    "...the AI is appalling. The path finding by the characters is so bad they usually find themselves running into walls, unable to navigate around through a door that’s right next to them. Enemies just charge at you and also suffer from bad path finding. I actually found myself luring hoards of Catteni into doorways only then to take them out from a distance as they all got stuck in a doorway. *sigh*"

    OFP Demo Review

    - Falcon @ 11:52 pm PST has a demo review of the game, available at
    The demo mission consists of picking up team of soldiers, machine gunners and LAW soldiers from a base further inland on the island and working your way up to hostile territory from where you will have to conquer the area and make your way down to the pick up zone where a UH60 will come and get you.

    PlanetSoldier Competition

    - Falcon @ 11:50 pm PST

    PlanetSoldier is very proud to be able to give this competition opportunity to the community.

    Entrants stand a chance of winning an original piece of concept art, and the few runners up get copies signed by the artists!

    The competition sadly is limited to US citizens only.

    For all entry details, and the competition check out the Competition Page!!

    KT133A motherboard round-up

    - Falcon @ 11:46 pm PST

    This week's big feature on EuroGamer is a round-up of KT133A based motherboards, taking a look at offerings from Abit, ASUS, IWill and MSI.
    "VIA's KT133A motherboard chipset has really taken off, just as we predicted it would, with every major manufacturer of motherboards from ASUS to IWill now offering an Athlon solution based upon it. With so many gamers looking to cash in on the recent price reductions in 'classic' SDRAM and the Athlon itself, the KT133A has become the most popular option for upgraders."

    Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty First Impressions

    - Falcon @ 11:44 pm PST

    The hottest release so far this year is not Peter Molyneux's Black & White or even Nintendo's Game Boy Advance. What has the industry talking is the release of a little known PlayStation2 title called Zone Of The Enders -- a game that happens to contain a playable demo of Konami's eagerly anticipated Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. has also awaited its release and has now put together a first impressions piece on the demo.
    Here's an excerpt from the article:
    "If first impressions are critical, Konami got Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (MGS2) off to a dazzling start in May of 2000. At the world’s largest videogame tradeshow, E3, the media and gamers alike were treated to a sneak-peek of the title in the form of a dramatic Hollywood-style movie trailer shown through-out the three-day event. The buzz was almost instantaneous, and it sent shockwaves throughout the industry as the media machine went into overdrive. MGS2 would be heralded as a dawning of a new age of interactive entertainment."

    One Must Fall: Battlegrounds Interview

    - Falcon @ 11:41 pm PST

    Stomped chats with Saul Bottcher of Diversions Entertainment as he talks about their upcoming robot fighting game for the PC One Must Fall: Battlegrounds. They also have five new screenshots from the game. Check out the interview and screenshots at

    Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth Preview

    - Falcon @ 11:36 pm PST

    We don't know what impression this game will make, but we know that the developers hired some psychologists to study the phenomena of fear...
    Several exclusive shots included with the review:

    Conquest: Frontier Wars Preview

    - Falcon @ 11:36 pm PST

    With a new publisher on deck, Fever Pitch Studios is out to set the RTS genre on its ear with their new space fleet based RTS. Check out StrategyPlanet's preview of Conquest: Frontier Wars here.

    Ski-Doo racing

    - Falcon @ 11:35 pm PST



    A Multi-Player Snowmobile PC Game, Gamers Can Race Against Others via The Internet

    NEW YORK, April 2, 2001 - Simon & Schuster Interactive announced today The Company has signed an agreement with Stockholm game developer, Daydream Software AB, to publish "Ski-Doo(R) X-Team Racing" in North America. Ski-Doo(R) X-Team Racing is a multi-player snowmobile racing game for the PC (Windows(R) ME, 98, 95), available in Fall 2001.

    Imagine cruising across snow covered fields at 50 mph in a 300 pound machine_ the wind whipping your hair, the shrieks of horror from skiers as you cruise past them, and then_ you hit the jump. You pull up and go airborne while you hang on for dear life. But it's not just you, there's 7 other racers heading for the finish line. This is X-TEAM RACING.

    Gamers can choose from 15 courses to race on - from the easy to the ridiculously hard. Each can be played in single player mode or multi-player mode via a LAN (Local Area Network) or Internet (TCP/IP) connection.

    Ski-Doo(R) X-Team Racing will be available in Fall 2001 for the PC (Windows ME, 98, 95).

    ESRB Rating
    Ski-Doo (R) X-Team Racing will be rated by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). All advertising and promotional materials currently carry a "RP" or "Rating Pending" logo. More information on the ESRB and its rating system can be found at

    Simon & Schuster Interactive is the consumer software publishing unit of Simon & Schuster, Inc. Based in New York, S&SI publishes entertainment, education and reference titles across numerous platforms. The Company is the Codie Award winning publisher of the best-selling "Douglas Adams Starship Titanic" adventure, the best-selling parody "Deer Avenger" series, and numerous critically-acclaimed children's software titles.

    Simon & Schuster, the publishing operation of Viacom Inc., is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed and multimedia formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Trade Publishing, Pocket Books, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, Simon & Schuster New Media, Simon & Schuster Online, Simon & Schuster U.K., and Simon & Schuster Australia. For more information about Simon & Schuster, visit our website at

    Viacom is the No. 1 platform in the world for advertisers, with preeminent positions in broadcast and cable television, radio, outdoor advertising, and online. With programming that appeals to audiences in every demographic category across virtually all media, the company is a leader in the creation, promotion, and distribution of entertainment, news, sports, and music. Viacom's well-known brands include CBS, MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1, Paramount Pictures, Infinity Broadcasting, UPN, TNN, CMT, Showtime, Blockbuster, and Simon & Schuster. More information about Viacom and its businesses is available at

    Short about Daydream Software AB
    Daydream is a group that develops interactive entertainment, innovative technologies, and services that can be experienced, distributed and paid through the Internet and other digital media. Daydream includes the subsidiaries Daydream Technology, Daydream Entertainment and Daydream Ventures. Daydream Software AB is listed on the OM Stockholm Stock Exchange O-list. Visit our web site at

    MSI 694D Master-S Review

    - Falcon @ 11:33 pm PST

    PC Hardware has reviewed the dual processor, onboard Adaptec AIC-7899 SCSI160 motherboard: MSI 694D Master-S. It was tested under Windows 2000 with Ziff Davis Content Creation Winstone 2001, Ziff Davis Business Winstone 2001, BAPco SYSmark 2000 and PS5bench 1.11 50 Mb Image Test + Adobe Photoshop 6.0. Under Suse Linux 7.0 we tried several server tests using MySQL 2.23.29 and a 1.2Gb database. The server was equipped with 1.5Gb RAM and one SCSI Quantum 10K 9.1Gb HDD. In all tests the motherboard was compared to Abit VP6, although the motherboards are targeted to different markets. We wanted to trace the advantage of a SCSI disk system in both home/office applications and server use. Take a quote:
    “The difference between single to dual CPU was about 40%, with no important differences between 694D Master-S and VP6. The second queries were more complicated and required a greater CPU time, that's why there is a little difference between dual and single CPUs. As we have seen a SCSI disk system can improve in real world a server performance by 30% while memory can improve up to five times a server performance. Dual CPU helps also, but you can not gain more than 50%.”

    Dark Age of Camelot Beta Sign-Ups

    - Hobbes @ 7:55 pm PST

    Online applications for Camelot Beta 3 are being accepted here. Applications will be accepted through April 9; applicants must be age 13 or older and have a PC with at least a 300 mhz CPU, 96 mb ram, a 16 mb 3D graphics accelerator and a 56K Internet connection. Camelot is an upcoming online persistent world game from MYTHIC Entertainment. The two screenshots below feature the Troll character. Thanks to AVault for the two screenies below:

    Star Trek Armada 2 Interview

    - Hobbes @ 7:47 pm PST

    Daily Radar has posted a new interview with Ian Lane Davis, the founder of MadDog Software which is developing the upcoming 3D space-based RTS game Star Trek Armada 2. The interview comes with four new screenshots from the game.

    Xbox RPG Announced

    - Hobbes @ 7:44 pm PST

    Game Spot reports that Japan's Panther Software announced an Xbox RPG called Metal Dungeon. Players control cyborgs called reinforcers that must fight monsters. The site reports that there are 10 types of characters to choose from, with 12 sets of skills that involve attacks, spells and disarming traps.

    Starcraft Bonus Map

    - Hobbes @ 7:35 pm PST

    Starcraft has released a bonus map to go along with the latest internet phrase, "All Your Base are Belong To Us."

    • 128x128 Badlands
    • Designed for 4-6 Players

    Click here to download it! (70k)

    Sunday, April 01, 2001

    Duke Nukem Forever Never Actually Existed

    - Falcon @ 7:40 am PST

    3D Realms, a pioneer in the PC Gaming business, sent shockwaves across the industry with the announcement today that their flagship game, Duke Nukem Forever, never existed. They have also received word that boy-band "N'Sync" will be doing the sound track for the new DOOM game. Read on for more.

    Bust a rhyme with Deckard Cain

    - Falcon @ 7:38 am PST

    Deckard Cain prepares to unleash a funky whirlwind of dope jams in the latest option to be added into the D2 exp:

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