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Games For Health Gets Funding

The Serious Games Initiative, a joint effort between Digitalmill, Inc. and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, today announced that Digitalmill has received a two-year grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to support the Games for Health Project. Games for Health is designed to promote best practices, community building, and research into how cutting-edge game design and development methodologies can aid in the creation of health tools that range from direct patient application, to personal health education, and workforce initiatives. "Games are already playing a role in health care today," said Ben Sawyer, president of Digitalmill, which … Continue reading Games For Health Gets Funding

Real Soldier's Story Featured In Game

Kuma Reality Games, the company that blends news coverage with interactive game technology to allow players to experience re-creations of real military events, has announced the winner from its ‘Stories from the Front' contest. Many soldiers submitted true stories of heroism and intense battles but when the votes were tallied on the KumaWar website, it was the heroic tale of James Ross, Sergeant Major, Task Force 4th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division that was chosen to be a playable KumaWar mission. The mission entitled, ‘Baghdad Convoy' will feature Ross and comrades as 3D … Continue reading Real Soldier's Story Featured In Game

EA Street Hits Streets

Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced today NFL STREET 2 from the EA SPORTS BIGâ„¢ brand will be on store shelves by December 26. The original NFL STREET sold over a million copies and introduced gamers to playing football with style and flash and NFL STREET 2 has reinvented itself by dramatically changing the way the game is played with the new game modes and the gameplay itself. NFL STREET 2 carries on the popular legacy of combining real football action with cool, stylish plays and adds a whole new dimension to gameplay with new high flyin' football that includes wall … Continue reading EA Street Hits Streets

Musicians Ready Darkwatch Soundtrack

Sammy Studios, Inc., a developer and publisher of interactive entertainment content, today announced that two award winning musicians will lend their musical talents to its upcoming video game "Darkwatch." "Darkwatch," an original first person shooter (FPS) blending western and vampire-horror genres, will boast a cinematic musical score composed by international musical artist and Grammy Award winner Asdru Sierra, one of the front men for the renowned indie band Ozomatli, and award-winning film and video game music composer Mike Reagan. Darkwatch is slated for simultaneous release on the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and Xbox video game system from Microsoft in … Continue reading Musicians Ready Darkwatch Soundtrack

GarageGames Shows Off Torque Tool

GarageGames announced today the new Torque ShowTool Pro (TST Pro) for viewing and understanding Torque Game Engine DTS files on Windows and Mac OS X. "I’ve been a member of the wonderful GarageGames and indie game development community for a number of years now. Over this time I’ve noticed a common trend: we all need more good tools to make the most of what little time we have," comments Dave Wyand, TST Pro designer and developer. "The goal of Torque ShowTool Pro has always been to help the indie developer – both artist and programmer alike – create better content." … Continue reading GarageGames Shows Off Torque Tool

New Solitaire Package Announced

BVS Solitaire Collection is one of the largest compilations of solitaire card games in the entire world, now with 385 games that can be played by a single person. With over 95 variations of the original solitaire games, including the ones not available anywhere else, this collection is refreshingly different form other products available on the market. Besides common Klondike, Spider and Freecell, BVS Solitaire Collection comes with Triple Union, Carpet, Forty Thieves, Monte Carlo, Russian Solitaire, Flower Garden, Golf, Cruel, Accordion, Pyramid and other less known, but equally addictive games. BVS Solitaire has received numerous awards from ZDNet, Tucows … Continue reading New Solitaire Package Announced

Vampire Patched

Activision has released a patch for Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines. This patch will update Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines to version 1.2. The patch addresses a number of known issues, including fixes for the Society of Leopold quest, keys and keycards disappearing, the use of Protean (Level 5) and Fortitude at the same time, and various other gameplay updates. The patch can be downloaded from http://www.vampirebloodlines.com/patch/

SNK Changes Name

SNK NEOGEO USA CONSUMER CORPORATION, the US publishing arm of the SNK PLAYMORE CORPORATION, announced today that effective immediately they will be known as SNK PLAYMORE USA CORPORATION to better facilitate worldwide recognition. The name change brings the US division in line with its Japanese parent company, SNK PLAYMORE CORPORATION, which consolidated all of its divisions worldwide under one brand on November 15, 2004. "The name may have changed, but the business model remains the same," said Ben Herman, president of SNK PLAYMORE USA CORPORATION. "SNK is and always will be about bringing great games to the marketplace."

Foxy Jumper 2 Ships For Holidays

Alawar Entertainment, a leading publisher of casual games, has released Foxy Jumper 2: Winter Adventures. The latest entry in the Foxy Jumper series of arcade platform games, Winter Adventures sends the heroic hoodwinker and his girlfriend on a quest to reclaim presents from an army of thieving brutes. Along the way, they’ll grab powerups, collect treasure and light enough Christmas trees to illuminate New York City during a power outage. The sequel comes with all the seasonal trimmings, from levels set within a winter wonderland to frosty fiends who will do their best to stop Foxy in his tracks. Players … Continue reading Foxy Jumper 2 Ships For Holidays

Matrix Ships Code Blue and Last Days

Matrix Games and X1 Software announced today that they have completed production on two expansions for the game IL-2 Sturmovik. The new unofficial expansions, Case Blue and The Last Days, both require either IL-2 or IL-2 Forgotten Battles to run and are compatible with the ACE Expansion Pack. Additionally, The Last Days is also compatible with Pacific Fighters. Both Case Blue and The Last Days are scheduled to be released on Monday, December 20th, 2004. David Heath, Director of Operations at Matrix Games, said, "These two expansions are of a marvelous scope. The detail and depth of these two titles … Continue reading Matrix Ships Code Blue and Last Days

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