Category Archives: News and Industry Happenings

Hollywood Lines up for Area 51

Leading interactive entertainment developer and publisher, Midway Games Inc. (NYSE: MWY) today announced that it has gathered a blockbuster Hollywood cast to lend their award-winning talents to its greatly anticipated new action-thriller, AREA 51. Featuring the voice talent of David Duchovny, Powers Boothe, and Marilyn Manson, Midway's AREA 51 is scheduled to be available in the first half 2005 for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox video game system from Microsoft. "Today's top games must deliver a complete and engrossing entertainment experience," said Steve Allison, chief marketing officer at Midway. "By utilizing the voice talents of some … Continue reading Hollywood Lines up for Area 51

Exclusive Halo 2 Preview!

By: Chella Ramanan GiN European Correspondent The queues were already building outside Game Stars and there was an air of quiet anticipation. The doors opened and it was a question of locating the Xbox stand as soon as possible. I did and got myself in the sweet position of being about 15th in the queue – result! The stand was dressed to the max, with palm trees and rough terrain, featuring real packed down rocks to get us in the mood. A huge screen played a rolling demo, complete with commentary from the dev team. An hour later and I … Continue reading Exclusive Halo 2 Preview!

Acclaim Goes Bankrupt

Longtime game industry company Acclaim will not be making any more games. The company filed for bankruptcy with the SEC today. Acclaim's stock was trading at two cents per share prior to the announcement. Acclaim has been having a lot of trouble with the NASDAQ lately and were being threatened with delisting for failing to keep their stock price above $1 per share. The nail in the coffin for the company was that it could not find a new lender after GMAC, it's chief financer, let a funding deal expire on August 20th without renewal. The company filed Chapter 7 … Continue reading Acclaim Goes Bankrupt

Aterdux Entertainment Releases Discord Times

It seems like new RPG and strategy games are released every day, with little or no interest taken by editors or gamers. So why then did an indie title from a little known game developer attracted so much media attention and got rave reviews from fantasy lovers? Here is the answer. Discord Times is a remarkably well-balanced mix of RPG, strategy and adventure with a straightforward story line. It may sound like an oxymoron, but this game with heavy fantasy influence is remarkable believable. The kingdom is exhausted by the long train of persistent wars with the neighbors; the resources … Continue reading Aterdux Entertainment Releases Discord Times

Strange Adventures in Space to Return

Digital Eel is very happy to announce that Weird Worlds: Return To Infinite Space is in production and development is well under way. The semidangerous beta version of the game is currently in the capable hands of four of the most fearless of the Fearless Testers. We’ll be working closely with the whole group over the next few months to bring Weird Worlds up to v1.0 status. Weird Worlds: Return To Infinite Space will be released no later than January – February of 2005! Weird Worlds is a sequel to Strange Adventures In Infinite Space, the starship adventure game we … Continue reading Strange Adventures in Space to Return

Adventure Company to Publish Wanted

The Adventure Company today announced that it will publish WANTED: A Wild Western Adventure for Windows in North America. Riding his trusty horse through the Wild West, Fenimore Filimore happens upon a small farming community in trouble. John Starek, a greedy rancher, has set his sites on the town and will stop at nothing to take over the land. Quaking in their boots, the community turns to Fenimore for help. A natural-born hero, Fenimore saddles up for stand-offs, gunfights and jailbreaks. He also becomes enchanted with the lovely school teacher, Rhiannon, who just happens to be Starek's niece. Take on … Continue reading Adventure Company to Publish Wanted

Gizmondo premieres in Europe

Gizmondo, the eagerly anticipated, new handheld multientertainment device from Tiger Telematics (NASDAQ:TGTL) will be showcased this week at the 2004 European Games Network (EGN), September 1 – 3, at ExCeL in London. EGNExpo is the UK's premier trade show targeting computer/video games suppliers, publishers, developers, distributors and the gaming industry as a whole. The Gizmondo booth located at the Game Star Live stand C4, provide many attendees with the opportunity to experience the fully functioning gaming device for the first time. The Gizmondo, powered by a Microsoft Windows platform, boasts a 2.8-inch TFT color screen with an ARM9 400Mhz … Continue reading Gizmondo premieres in Europe

NASCAR 2005 Ships

Reflecting NASCAR's new format for choosing its champion – the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup – and featuring an all-new dynamic career mode, Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced today that it is shipping NASCAR 2005: Chase for the Cup. The new EA SPORTS title will put players behind the wheel of vehicles from four series including modifieds and trucks as well as a variety of production cars such as the new Chevrolet C5 Corvette and Ford GT's. Online gamers will enjoy enhanced features on the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and for the first time, Xbox Live Support. NASCAR … Continue reading NASCAR 2005 Ships

Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone Goes Gold

Atari today announced that Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone, an action adventure game set in the popular Dungeons & Dragons world created by Wizards of the Coast, has gone gold. Demon Stone for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system is scheduled to ship to retailers on September 14 for an estimated retail price of $49.95. Demon Stone will be available for the Xbox videogame system from Microsoft and personal computer in November. Designed by Stormfront Studios, developers of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Demon Stone features a storyline developed by New York Times best-selling author R.A. Salvatore as … Continue reading Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone Goes Gold

AI For Game Developers Book Ships

From the ghosts in the classic arcade game Pac Man to the bots in the first-person shooter Unreal and many others in between, most games incorporate some form of artificial intelligence (AI). The definition of AI can vary broadly depending on whom you ask, but is often considered the ability of a computer or machine to exhibit behavior that is typically thought to require intelligence. Some definitions go even further, arguing that it’s not enough to be able to reason and solve problems intelligently, but AI must also learn and adapt to be considered intelligence. AI that meets these requirements … Continue reading AI For Game Developers Book Ships

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