Category Archives: News and Industry Happenings

Black Hammer Splits from Strategy First

Black Hammer Game Inc., one of New York's leading independent game developers, has announced that it terminated its relationship with Strategy First Inc. in July 2004. Consequently Strategy First will no longer be publishing its upcoming PC turn-based strategy title "Supremacy: Four Paths To Power". Strategy First is no longer authorized to represent Black Hammer Game, Inc. Supremacy: Four Paths to Power is a unique turn based strategy game of interplanetary combat. The game casts the player in the role of one of four Commanding Officers (COs), each with their own abilities and strategies. No matter which CO is selected … Continue reading Black Hammer Splits from Strategy First

Sammy Studios Donates to U of California

The University of California, San Diego today announced a gift of more than $290,000 from Sammy Studios, Inc., the Carlsbad, California-based videogame company, a subsidiary of Sega Sammy Holdings, to support UCSD's Experimental Game Lab (EGL) at the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA). "UCSD and the Division of Arts and Humanities are enormously grateful to Sammy Studios for this generous gift," said Georgios Anagnostopoulos, interim dean of Arts and Humanities. "It is the start of what we hope will become a long collaboration that will advance this region as a robust base for exploring and developing … Continue reading Sammy Studios Donates to U of California

Mastiff Gets Rights To Top Gun Games

Video Game publisher Mastiff today announced that they have entered into agreements with Viacom Consumer Products and Titus to re-release games under the Top Gun brand. Under the agreements, Mastiff will publish Top Gun: Combat Zones for PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo GameCubeT and Game Boy Advance, and Top Gun: Firestorm for Game Boy Advance. The games will be available at major retailers for a special low price in time for the holiday season. A hip, heart-pounding combination of action, music and incredible aerial photography helped make Top Gun the blockbuster movie hit of 1986. Top Gun takes a … Continue reading Mastiff Gets Rights To Top Gun Games

WildTangent Partners with McDonalds

WildTangent, the leading online game publisher, today announced a marketing alliance with McDonalds to promote its online downloadable games with MONOPOLY Best Chance Game 2.0.at McDonald's, now available at participating McDonald's until supplies last. The promotion offers consumers the same exciting game as previous years plus a new online version to offer winning players with unlimited play of special McDonald's branded versions of top selling WildTangent games including, Polar Bowler, Polar Golfer, Blasterball, and Shooting Stars Pool, rotating throughout the promotion. This McDonald campaign breaks new ground by connecting traditional game play from its restaurants into a rich and immersive … Continue reading WildTangent Partners with McDonalds

Willis McGahee Challenges Halo 2 Players

During his time in the NFL, Buffalo Bills’ star running back Willis McGahee has encountered some of the toughest competitors the gridiron has to offer; but as every Halo fan knows, it takes more than a helmet and some shoulder pads to declare yourself a Master Chief. On Tuesday, November 16, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST, gamers will get a chance to challenge McGahee in Halo 2 on Xbox Live in this "Game with Fame" event. Gamers looking to exchange fire with the Bills’ leading rusher will need to keep an eye out for "WMcGahee21" on Xbox Live … Continue reading Willis McGahee Challenges Halo 2 Players

Morrowind Gets Platinum Status Again

Bethesda Softworks today announced that it will release its award-winning RPG, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Game of the Year (GotY) edition later this month as part of the Xbox Platinum Hits series. This is the second time Morrowind has been released as a Platinum Hits title, the first game ever to accomplish this feat. (The original version of Morrowind was released as part of the Platinum Hits program in 2003.) The Morrowind GotY edition allows gamers to continue their existing games of Morrowind and experience the new quests and areas offered by the Tribunal and Bloodmoon expansions. Platinum Hits … Continue reading Morrowind Gets Platinum Status Again

Dragon's Lair 3 Ships Today

Digital Leisure will ship "Dragon’s Lair 3," the epic all-new adventure of Dirk the Daring, this month in DDVD and CD-ROM formats. The game includes improved graphics, utilizing Toon Shading technology, as well as new characters, challenging levels and three never-before-played bonus scenes. Dirk the Daring, the brave yet bumbling knight, is ready to venture back into the Lair in this adventure! The Evil Wizard Mordroc has again kidnapped the fair Princess Daphne and Dirk is her only hope. Save the princess, defeat Mordroc, and watch out for the treachery that lies at every step! "For fans of the Dragon’s … Continue reading Dragon's Lair 3 Ships Today

NCSoft Announces Promotions

NCsoft Corporation, the world's leading developer and publisher of online computer games announces two promotions within its North American business team. Jeremy Gaffney has been named vice president of product development and Dorothy Ferguson has moved into the role of vice president of sales for NCsoft North America. Gaffney was heading up the company's third party group and was instrumental in adding third party development houses, Cryptic Studios and NetDevil, to the NCsoft publishing family. In his new role, Gaffney will oversee all product development teams in North America creating games under the NCsoft brand. Gaffney is a 15-year veteran … Continue reading NCSoft Announces Promotions

Merscom Partners With 10tacle

Merscom LLC today announced a publishing and distribution agreement with 10tacle Studios for the developer's racing game "Michael Schumacher's Kart Challenge 2005". This ultimate 3D kart racing simulation for PC, endorsed by Michael "Schumi" Schumacher, winner of seven Formula 1 titles, lets you go head-to-head and bumper-to-bumper against "the world's fastest driver". For a total karting rush, a bonus exclusive trailer from the upcoming extreme sports, kart racing film "Kart Attack Volume 1: Ignition" is also included with the game. "Michael Schumacher's Kart Challenge 2005" is available now from www.kartchallenge2005.com for $19.99. "Michael Schumacher actually began his legendary career as … Continue reading Merscom Partners With 10tacle

Vampire: Bloodlines Ships Nov. 16

The bloodletting begins on November 16, 2004 with the shipping of Activision, Inc.'s (Nasdaq: ATVI) Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines for the PC. An all-new RPG adventure, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines is filled with rich character development, an intriguing storyline set in White Wolf's World of Darkness, and mind-blowing graphics powered by Sourceâ„¢ – Valve's next generation engine technology. It will take a vicious array of vampire disciplines and a healthy penchant for blood, for players to survive the dark and gritty undying world of modern day L.A. Selecting from one of seven clans, gamers will interact with other … Continue reading Vampire: Bloodlines Ships Nov. 16

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