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ELSPA Warns Of Counterfeit Holiday Games

Christmas is less than a month away and the annual battle of the festive gift-shopping spree has commenced. To ensure that everyone has a merry Christmas and is not disappointed by any of their presents (although it accepts no responsibility for hand-knitted reindeer jumpers), ELSPA (Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association) has provided a simple buyers’ guide for computer and video games. Roger Bennett, director general of ELSPA, says: "It’s all too easy to be fooled by pirates offering a supposed bargain to make your Christmas budgets stretch further, but it very often proves to be false economy with poor … Continue reading ELSPA Warns Of Counterfeit Holiday Games

World Of Warcraft Breaking Records

Blizzard Entertainment today confirmed that World of Warcraft has broken day-one sales records in North America, making it the most successful PC game launch ever. World of Warcraft, the company's subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), sold through to over 240,000 customers at retailers in North America on Tuesday, November 23, selling more in its first 24 hours than any other PC game in history. In addition to shattering sales records, World of Warcraft also broke peak concurrency and account creation records for a MMORPG. Within the first day, over 200,000 players created World of Warcraft accounts. By 5:00 … Continue reading World Of Warcraft Breaking Records

Prince of Persia: Warrior Within Ships

Ubisoft, one of the world's leading video game publishers, today announced that Prince of Persia: Warrior Within is now available on store shelves for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, Xbox video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube and PC. Developed by Ubisoft's award-winning Montreal studio, Prince of Persia: Warrior Within stars a transformed master warrior Prince on a perilous quest to unseal his mortal destiny. Hunted by a supernatural creature hell-bent on his destruction, the battle-weary but hardened Prince embarks upon a treacherous journey to a cursed island underworld to save his life. Featuring a darker storyline and the … Continue reading Prince of Persia: Warrior Within Ships

Gottlieb Tables Featured In Pinball Sim

Crave Entertainment, a leading publisher of console videogames, today announced the release of Pinball Hall of Fame, featuring some of the best Gottlieb pinball tables of all time. With over seven tables from the 50’s through the 90’s to choose from, and a special un-lockable table, Pinball Hall of Fame will offers the largest selection of pinball tables ever released on any home video console. Now available for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft and the Nintendo GameCube, Pinball Hall of Fame has an MSRP of $14.99 for the Playstation 2, and $19.99 … Continue reading Gottlieb Tables Featured In Pinball Sim

Battleship Chess Ships

Ape Zone Games, www.apezone.com, announced today that Battleship Chess, has received a massive overhaul and the new version is ready for download from their website. Battleship Chess is a naval strategy game where you command a fleet of ships on a virtual board and must strategically move your ships to keep the enemy in sight and in range of your guns. Win by causing more damage, achieving level objectives, or sinking all enemy ships. The new version adds new strategic elements by allowing you to fire multiple ships per round, provided they are touching the ship that just moved. This … Continue reading Battleship Chess Ships

NCSoft To Wow GenCon

NCsoft Corporation, the world's leading developer and publisher of online computer games, today announced plans for this year's GenCon So Cal show. The show is at the Anaheim Convention Center, Dec. 2 through Dec. 5. The NCsoft booth will feature Lineage II and City of Heroes, two massively multiplayer games of decidedly different flavors and the highly anticipated Guild Wars. Lineage II, named role-playing game of the year by Scripps Howard News Service, brings a gorgeous world of medieval fantasy to your desktop and is a player-versus-player favorite. City of Heroes, which recently won two Game of the Year awards … Continue reading NCSoft To Wow GenCon

Whiptail to Publish Restricted Area

Whiptail Interactive, a cutting-edge videogame publisher with titles such as Postal 2 and Gangland (among others) already under its belt, announced today that it will publish Restricted Area in North America. Developed by Master Creating, Restricted Area recently shipped in Germany where it enjoyed a warm reception from both press and consumers alike; being nominated in five categories for the 2004 German Developer Awards, including Best PC Game, Best Game Characters, and Best Story/Gameworld. The action RPG title will ship in the US late in the first quarter of 2005 for the PC. "We're really looking forward to bringing Restricted … Continue reading Whiptail to Publish Restricted Area

Armies of Exigo Ships

Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS), the world's leading interactive entertainment software company today announced that Armies of Exigo for the PC has begun to ship to retail outlets. Armies of Exigo is a grand scale fantasy real-time strategy (RTS) game that smashes the traditional boundaries of the battlefield with epic campaigns taking place simultaneously above ground and below the surface. Armies of Exigo locks elves, beasts, knights, and creatures of the darkness in an epic battle for survival. Fighting foes on all sides, armies have the ability to delve deep underground where they can travel unseen, or borrow up to the … Continue reading Armies of Exigo Ships

TLC Launches NextArcade

NextArcade (http://www.nextarcade.com) presents a new twist on the concept of arcade games in the home as it merges the concepts of downloadable PC games from today's hottest indie developers with authentic arcade hardware for the home. Additionally, all annual GameClub members receive a FREE joystick control panel, so there is no excuse to miss out on the fun! Alongside a portal chock full of great games, TLC Industries is launching its NextArcade line of authentic arcade hardware, designed for the home. These range from simple joystick control panels that can be connected to a standard desktop PC, to full-sized 27" … Continue reading TLC Launches NextArcade

Camelot Expands To Japan, Spain

Mythic Entertainment, developer and publisher of the critically-acclaimed massively-multiplayer online role-playing game, "Dark Age of Camelot," today announced plans to further extend the game's international reach. In January 2005, the game will be available in Japanese, in Spring 2005 it will launch in Spain, and will relaunch in Italy and Korea. The game is currently available in English, French, German, Italian and Korean. Each localized version of the game currently contains more than two million words of text, equivalent to more than 16 paperback novels. "We're thrilled to be able to say ‘Bienvenida' and ‘Youkoso' to players in Spain and … Continue reading Camelot Expands To Japan, Spain