Category Archives: News and Industry Happenings

Europe Given A Chance To Meet Super Villain

NCsoft Europe has today announced that it is offering one lucky person the chance to meet the creator of the highly anticipated City of Villains. The lucky winner, who will be chosen from the existing City of Heroes community, will attend an elite party with the NCsoft team and Statesman himself, Jack Emmert, at the European unveiling of City of Villains on September 1st. The winner will be taken to a top-secret Arachnos lair in the City of London, where Jack Emmert himself will be waiting to give an exclusive demonstration of City of Villains. They will then gain VIP … Continue reading Europe Given A Chance To Meet Super Villain

Capcom Releases Fists Of Vengence

Capcom today announced the release of Beat Down: Fists of Vengeance for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and the Xboxâ video game system from Microsoftâ. Set in the seedy underbelly of Las Sombras, players are immersed in an urban setting ruled by a criminal underworld of power, greed and corruption. This intense, urban action game features a twisting storyline filled with betrayal, warring cartels and hard-hitting battles. Players must use their wits and depend on their fists above all else, as they seek vengeance against their enemies. Beat Down: Fists of Vengeance includes multiple modes, diverse gameplay and an … Continue reading Capcom Releases Fists Of Vengence

MFORMA Releases California Games To Mobile

MFORMA Group, Inc., the leading global publisher and distributor of mobile entertainment, has released California Games, a retro collection of fun, summer beach games to play on your mobile phone, based on the EPYX smash hit console game of the 80s. The original California Games introduced the "extreme games" genre and was named one of the 50 greatest video games of all time. MFORMA's mobile version of California Games captures and rekindles the original excitement and takes you back to the days when nothing was more important than getting air on the half-pipe or shredding waves in the California surf. … Continue reading MFORMA Releases California Games To Mobile

Game Development School Opens

A dozen future game developers were welcomed today as the inaugural class of the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy at the University of Central Florida began school in a state-of-the-art facility in downtown Orlando. The students will earn accredited master's degrees in interactive entertainment at the end of the 16-month program, which will prepare them to be producers, artists and programmers in the video-game industry. "I'm excited about the group of students we've got here," Executive Director Ben Noel said. "They all bring an abundance of talent and a passion for games that I think will make them leaders in the … Continue reading Game Development School Opens

Capcom Releases The Darkwatch

Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today announced the release of Darkwatch for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox video game system from Microsoft. Developed by High Moon Studios, Inc., Darkwatch is an immersive FPS (first person shooter) that blends the lawless action of the Wild West with the thrilling horror of vampire movies. Darkwatch is now available at retailers across North America and carries an "M" rating for mature audiences by the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board). Darkwatch is a mysterious secret society that has protected humanity from evil since the dawn … Continue reading Capcom Releases The Darkwatch

EA Claims Huge Madden Launch

Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:ERTS), today announced that, based on internal data, Madden NFL 06 scored big at retail in its first week in stores and sold-thru more than 1.7 million copies, making it the biggest week one launch of a Madden NFL Football game in the franchise's sixteen-year history. "Gamers were demanding the best Madden NFL Football ever this year and the response at retail indicates that we delivered the game that everyone wanted," said EA Vice President of Marketing Todd Sitrin. "Consumers have voted with their dollars, and the vote is in – this is the best version of Madden … Continue reading EA Claims Huge Madden Launch

Star Trek Staffer Joins Game Developer

Perpetual Entertainment, developer of the upcoming massively multi-player online game Star Trek Online under license from Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products, announced that Michael Okuda has joined the Star Trek Online development team as design consultant, at this past weekend's Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas. Well known as the creator of the unique graphic user interface for the Star Trek computer system LCARS (Library Computer Access and Retrieval System), Okuda will be working with Perpetual to integrate the same look-and-feel into the game’s own interface, as well as to help visualize the future of the Star Trek universe. Taking … Continue reading Star Trek Staffer Joins Game Developer

NDL, Emergent Merge

Emergent Game Technologies, a venture capital funded developer of the Emergent Platform, a suite of video game tools and online infrastructure, and NDL, a leading developer of 3D graphics technology for the computer and video game industry, have merged. The combined company, Emergent Game Technologies, will deliver the most comprehensive and innovative tools and technologies that game developers need to create better games on time and on budget. "Through licensing of the Gamebryo graphics engine and tools since 1997, NDL has developed a reputation of delivering solid and flexible technology while providing superior customer support. We will build on that … Continue reading NDL, Emergent Merge

Lynda Carter Joins Elder Scrolls Cast

Bethesda Game Studios announced today that actress Lynda Carter will lend her voice talents to the award-winning videogame, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Developed for both the Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system from Microsoft, and PC platforms, Oblivion is one of the year's most highly-anticipated games and sequel to the best-selling role playing game of 2002, Morrowind. Already receiving accolades in the games industry, Oblivion was recently voted "RPG of Show" by the Best of E3 Game Critics Awards, and called the game "one of the best-looking games ever seen." Created by Bethesda Softworks, Oblivion will launch this … Continue reading Lynda Carter Joins Elder Scrolls Cast

Microsoft To Launch Two Xbox Versions

Microsoft announced today that there will be two different Xbox systems set to go at launch. A supped up model will cost $399 while the basic one, called the Core System, will go on sale for $299. The Xbox 360 and Xbox 360 Core System-along with an impressive lineup of high-definition game titles from the world’s best publishers and developers-will make their debut in North America, Europe, and Japan in time for this holiday season, several months ahead of the competition. Although details for the Japan launch will be addressed at the Tokyo Game Show in September, the unprecedented three-region … Continue reading Microsoft To Launch Two Xbox Versions

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