Category Archives: News and Industry Happenings

The Sims Ships Mega Deluxe

Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS) today announced the release of The Sims Mega Deluxe in North America, the ultimate compilation of the top-selling PC franchise of all time. The Sims Mega Deluxe combines the original PC game, The Sims, with three of its popular expansion packs: The Sims Livin' Large, The Sims House Party, and The Sims Hot Date. Assembling a staggering 600 items for your Sims to use the first time you play, there's never been a better time to try The Sims. The Sims, which originally launched in February 2000, is the wildly popular game that allows players to … Continue reading The Sims Ships Mega Deluxe

Secret Wars Finished

Secret Wars is finished! After years of intensive work, the Wings Simulations development studio’s latest title has finally gone gold and is on its way into the shops. Soldner – Secret Wars was one of the highlights of this year’s E3 in Los Angeles. "Of course we are very happy about the extremely positive feedback by the press and our customers, and we are looking forward to the release of Soldner – Secret Wars", comments Andreas Tobler, CEO of JoWooD Productions Software AG. "Thanks to the long development time we have managed to make Soldner a unique, perfectly balanced game." … Continue reading Secret Wars Finished

IGDA Gets New Officers

The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has welcomed two new members to the Board of Directors and has appointed new officers. The Board is responsible for guiding the IGDA, acting in the best interest of the game development community. Bob Bates, author of Game Design: The Art and Business of Creating Games and a longtime industry veteran, was elected to an open board seat. Also elected to the board, Brian Reynolds, president, Big Huge Games, will serve as the IGDA’s secretary. Existing Board members appointed to officer positions include Chairperson: Jesse Schell, professor of Entertainment Technology, Carnegie Mellon University; Treasurer: … Continue reading IGDA Gets New Officers

XFiles Coming To Cell Phones

Elkware Inc., a leading developer of mobile games, today announced that it has secured a license from Twentieth Century Fox Licensing and Merchandising to create games based on the hit television series "The X-Files." "We are proud to be making games based on one of the most popular and recognizable television series of all-time," said Dirk Nagel, CEO of elkware Inc. "Through our relationship with Twentieth Century Fox, we plan to bring this beloved franchise to life through mobile games that are faithful to the spirit of the show." "With gripping drama and suspense, ‘The X-Files’ is a fantastic property … Continue reading XFiles Coming To Cell Phones

New Thief Game Ships

Eidos plc (NASDAQ: EIDSY), one of the world’s leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, today announced it has shipped to stores across North America the highly-anticipated Thief: Deadly Shadows for the Xboxâ video game system from Microsoft and PC. Thief: Deadly Shadows is the third chapter in the Thief saga, which originated the stealth gaming genre. For the first time in Thief franchise history, the game will be available on a game console and will feature a third-person perspective. Thief: Deadly Shadows leaves actions, decisions and consequences in the hands of the gamer – the master thief Garrett. In … Continue reading New Thief Game Ships

Microsoft And Mythic Settle Law Suit

Mythic Entertainment, developer and publisher of the award-winning massively multiplayer online role-playing game "Dark Age of Camelot," and many other popular online games, announced today that Mythic and Microsoft Corp., one of the industry leaders in computer software and technology, have reached a mutually acceptable settlement of the trademark infringement and unfair competition suit that Mythic filed against Microsoft last year in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, in Alexandria. As part of the settlement Microsoft has agreed not to use the term "Mythica" or a number of derivations of that term in connection with future … Continue reading Microsoft And Mythic Settle Law Suit

Fatal1ty Game System Created

Auravision Inc., a pioneer computer peripheral developer, today announces the first products from the Fatal1ty line of professional gaming products, including the Fatal1ty/PWX system and a motherboard and graphics card created by ABIT Computer Corporation, a world leading manufacturer of award-winning motherboards, video cards, and server products. Auravision's gaming division signed an exclusive licensing agreement with leading gamer and three-time World Champion Gamer from the Cyberathlete Professional League, Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel. Together, they will launch a new line of products for professional gamers under the Fatal1ty brand. "The Fatal1ty Team has helped me with my dream of making my ultimate … Continue reading Fatal1ty Game System Created

Humagade Gets Six Title Deal

Humagade, a leading videogame developer based in Canada specializing in the creation of videogames on wireless platforms, today announces a six-title deal with Airborne Entertainment, a Montreal-based creator, aggregator and distributor of mobile games and other entertainment for mobile devices. This specific deal extends Humagade's and Airborne Entertainment's relationship which has previously seen Humagade develop several titles for the publisher, including Snowboard Park Tycoon, Skateboard Park Tycoon and Tough Trucks 4×4 Racing. "What an incredible experience it has been working with the Humagade team!" enthused Airborne President Andy Nulman. "Not only do they do great work, but they are a … Continue reading Humagade Gets Six Title Deal

Atari's Shadow Ops Goes Gold

Atari and Zombie, Inc. are pleased to announce that development is complete on Shadow Ops: Red Mercury, the highly anticipated cinematic action game for the XboxT video game system from Microsoft. The game features AAA Hollywood production values in sound effects, music, script writing and cinematics to create the ultimate interactive summer blockbuster. Shadow Ops: Red Mercury is expected to be available at retail stores in North America on June 15 and in Europe on June 18. "Shadow Ops: Red Mercury is the most intense first-person action game ever made," said Jean Philippe Agati, executive producer at Atari. "With nail-biting … Continue reading Atari's Shadow Ops Goes Gold

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