Category Archives: News and Industry Happenings

Atari Needs Beta Testers

Calling all Field Generals! Act of War: Direct Action Beta Test Sign-Ups Now in Session Limited Slots Available to Play the Next Generation of Real-Time Strategy Games Sign-ups are now available for Atari and Eugen System’s near-future military strategy experience, Act of War: Direct Action(tm). If you meet the minimum specs described below, and are interested, go to http://betatest.us.atari.com/quickreg.php and use code "AOW-PRE" to register and request to be part of the beta for the RTS that will define 2005. Be sure to fill out the registration page as completely as possible (especially system specs!). If you already have an … Continue reading Atari Needs Beta Testers

Wideload Games Announces First title

Aspyr Media, Inc., an entertainment publisher delivering fun in the form of games, music and DVDs, and game developer Wideload Games, Inc. today unearthed their upcoming game, Stubbs the Zombie in "Rebel without a Pulse". Guaranteed to turn some heads, this third-person action game is an original IP by Bungie Studio veterans that uses an updated Halo  engine to deliver a stirring tale of one man’s hunger for love, justice…and brains. The game will be a cross-platform release, including Xbox, PC and Mac, and will be published worldwide in summer, 2005. In this game, players take on the role … Continue reading Wideload Games Announces First title

Metal Gear Solid 3 Taps Top Voice Talent

Konami Digital Entertainment – America, a division of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., today announced that Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater(tm), will further blur the lines between video games and movies by showcasing work from some of Hollywood’s leading professionals. David Hayter, a renowned voice-over actor and screenplay writer, famed musical composer Harry Gregson-Williams and the innovative director/producer, Kyle Cooper, have collaborated with Hideo Kojima in creating the next installment in the award-winning tactical espionage action series. Hayter will once again reprise his legendary role as Snake, the main character in the Metal Gear Solid series. In addition to lending … Continue reading Metal Gear Solid 3 Taps Top Voice Talent

Fritz and Chesster Sequel Announced

Viva Media is proud to announce the upcoming release of the highly anticipated sequel to the award-winning Learn to Play Chess with Fritz and Chesster CD-ROM game. Chess in the Black Castle rejoins the cast of LPC in another chess adventure for beginners and advanced players alike. LPC2 works with kids, demonstrating even the most advanced chess concepts through a simple, intelligible, and engaging approach. Easy to use and fun to play, LPC2 is packed with 21 arcade style mini games that reinforce important chess concepts introduced in the storyline. CEO Carlo Voelker comments, "Learn to Play Chess with Fritz … Continue reading Fritz and Chesster Sequel Announced

Doom 3 Expanding

id Software and Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) will unleash an all-new assault on humanity with DOOM 3: Resurrection of Evil, the official expansion pack to the fastest selling PC first- person action game ever in the U.S., according to NPD Techworld. Co-developed by Nerve Software and id Software, DOOM 3: Resurrection of Evil continues the terrifying and intense action of the already classic DOOM 3, which Maxim and Computer Gaming World awarded "five out of five stars" and the Associated Press called "one of the scariest games ever made." Through the discovery of a timeless and evil artifact you now … Continue reading Doom 3 Expanding

Dreamcatcher is 133rd

DreamCatcher Interactive Inc. today announced that the company has been ranked as the 133th fastest growing company in North America in the 2004 Deloitte Technology Fast 500. The Fast 500 is a prestigious annual award honoring the 500 fastest growing North American companies, based on percentage revenue growth over five years, from 1999-2003. DreamCatcher has experienced revenue growth of 1,743% over this period. We are extremely proud of our rank in the 2004 Deloitte Technology Fast 500, and attribute our achievement to the quality of our games in our two main brands and our dedicated international teams," said Richard Wah … Continue reading Dreamcatcher is 133rd

Industry Raises Money For Charity

The U.S. computer and video game industry raised almost $900,000 to benefit children's charities last week in San Francisco at the ESA Foundation’s annual "Nite to Unite For Kids" benefit dinner and public online auction. This year’s dinner, the seventh annual event, featured performances by comics Dana Carvey and Robin Williams, and brought the total funds raised by the ESA Foundation for children’s charities over the years to more than $6 million dollars. "It's gratifying that so many in the industry look forward to this event," said Douglas Lowenstein, president of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the trade group representing … Continue reading Industry Raises Money For Charity

Scrapland Goes Gold

Enlight, a global publisher of PC and console games, today announced that the PC version of the highly anticipated action-adventure game American McGee Presents Scrapland has gone gold and will ship to retail stores nationwide in early November. Scrapland will carry a MSRP of $39.99 and has been rated T for Teen. Scrapland is a unique blend of breathtaking graphics, open-ended gameplay and an engaging narrative that creates a fun and challenging experience that is a refreshing change of pace from the abundance of violent games currently on the market. The one of a kind game design and solid story … Continue reading Scrapland Goes Gold

180Solutions Acquires Full Armor Studios

180solutions, a provider of search marketing solutions, today announced its entrance into the gaming industry with the acquisition of game development firm, Full Armor Studios and the launch of Zango Games. Zango Games is the latest addition to Zango, 180solutions’ service that offers online content and software publishers new and more effective means of monetizing their assets. In addition, Zango now provides game publishers extensive new distribution and revenue channels that extend the lifecycle of video and PC games. "Online gaming will continue its explosive growth especially with new and innovative business models made possible by the Internet," said Keith … Continue reading 180Solutions Acquires Full Armor Studios

FlexArcade Looking for Developers

TLC Industries, Inc. (http://www.tlcind.com), wants to make FlexArcade the best it can be, so they need YOU! The company is actively seeking individuals with experience in the arcade industry as developers, operators and even players and arcade enthusiasts to help provide valuable, honest and constructive feedback to ensure FlexArcade's place as the ultimate arcade platform with a library of "Must Have" titles. "We created FlexArcade to address the issues that plague the arcade industry today: high cost of dedicated hardware, limited numbers of new games and limited developer access to the market," says Ed Bender, President of TLC Industries. "Now … Continue reading FlexArcade Looking for Developers