Category Archives: News and Industry Happenings

MLB Slugfest First With Xbox Live 3.0

Midway Games Inc. (NYSE: MWY), a leading interactive entertainment industry publisher and developer, today announced that MLB SlugFest: Loaded is expected to be the first ever video game to implement Microsoft's recently announced updates to Xbox Live 3.0 via customizable, online tournaments. MLB SlugFest: Loaded is scheduled for release on June 21, 2004, for the Xbox video game system from Microsoft. Using the ability to create, customize and run online tournaments while in-game, as opposed to using the previously established XSN Web site, MLB SlugFest: Loaded gamers are to be the first to be given the ability to create in-game … Continue reading MLB Slugfest First With Xbox Live 3.0

Air Power Game Changes Name

Shockwave Productions, the critically acclaimed developer of FirePower, announces today that it has officially changed the name of it's upcoming PC title Air Power to Wings of Power: WW II Heavy Bombers and Jets for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004. Shockwave chose Wings of Power because it is a better representation of the titles content and sim-play. "The first thing you will notice when you pick up a Wings of Power game, there's something substantial to it; it's not just a hollow box. That's because there is a thick manual inside, and it is full of valuable and hard-to-find information pertaining … Continue reading Air Power Game Changes Name

Indy Game Predicting Indy 500 Winner

Tony Kanaan passed Scott Dixon to take the checkered flag in a pre-Indy 500 video game simulation conducted by Codemasters. The race took part in celebration of the 88th running of the Indianapolis 500 and the upcoming release of Codemasters' video game, IndyCar Series 2005, which ships for the Xbox video game system from Microsoft on June 22, 2004. Kanaan took the lead on the last lap by passing Dixon on the outside in the final turn. In the heart-pounding finish, it was a combination of precise steering and advanced tactics that allowed Kanaan to overtake Dixon and scream across … Continue reading Indy Game Predicting Indy 500 Winner

Final Uru Pack Out In July

Ubisoft, one of the world's leading videogame companies, today announced that Uru: The Path of the Shell, the third piece of Myst's Uru adventure, will be available beginning July 13 for the PC at the manufacturer's suggested retail price of $19.99. "We are excited to bring this chapter of the Uru story to eager fans," said Tony Kee, vice president of marketing, Ubisoft. "Uru: Ages Beyond Myst has achieved both critical and consumer success, and The Path of the Shell will only help solidify the title as a ‘must-have' for Myst and adventure fans." This adventure's complete boxed set, Uru: … Continue reading Final Uru Pack Out In July

Virtual Skipper Sets Sail

Enlight, a leading entertainment software developer and publisher, announced today that it will publish Virtual Skipper 3, the latest installment in developer Nadeo's sailing simulation franchise, in North America. With its advanced water dynamics and groundbreaking physics Virtual Skipper brings the adventure of the high seas to life. Virtual Skipper 3 is scheduled to ship in North America in August 2004. "The Virtual Skipper franchise has set the benchmark for sailing simulations and this latest installment delivers even more excitement than ever before," said Trevor Chan, Chief Executive Officer of Enlight. "The game is an outstanding nautical simulation with beautiful … Continue reading Virtual Skipper Sets Sail

Phantom Correction To E3 Wrap-up

In Todd Hargosh's E3 Wrap-up article, two inaccurate statements were made. The first was the incorrect subscription fee. The monthly subscription fee for the Phantom gaming service is $29.95, not $24.95. Secondly, you don't actually have to wait for an entire game to download before playing. Users will typically wait five to 15 minutes while the Phantom streams enough of the game to start playing. The rest of the game streams down in the background. On top of that, for all games a user subscribes to, upgrades will automatically be streamed down to the Phantom Gaming Receiver, so it’s invisible … Continue reading Phantom Correction To E3 Wrap-up

Isle Of Man Lures Big Business

The Isle of Man, located in the British Isles and internationally recognized for its pro-business environment announced today that several companies in the technology industry have established business in the Isle of Man. These companies include Lough House, Ludi Arena, IncaGold, NetTeller and Dimension Data. NetTeller, a leading provider of Internet payment technology and a fully integrated suite of Internet solutions, has experienced substantial financial success since establishing operations on the Island. In April of 2004, NetTeller’s shares were admitted to trading on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange. As a result, 30 million pounds were generated … Continue reading Isle Of Man Lures Big Business

E3 Gets Major Award

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3Expo) has been designated as the trade show with the "highest buying power" in the nation, the Entertainment Software association (ESA), the show’s owner, announced today. According to a recent survey by Exhibit Surveys Inc., E3Expo has the largest percent of attendees who plan to purchase products exhibited at the show within six months. Separately, the show has been honored with awards for "Best Show Daily," "Best Overall Web Site," and "Best Email Promotion Campaign" by the International Association of Exhibit Managers (IAEM). The show is the 31st largest trade show in the country, according to … Continue reading E3 Gets Major Award

The Sims Ships Mega Deluxe

Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS) today announced the release of The Sims Mega Deluxe in North America, the ultimate compilation of the top-selling PC franchise of all time. The Sims Mega Deluxe combines the original PC game, The Sims, with three of its popular expansion packs: The Sims Livin' Large, The Sims House Party, and The Sims Hot Date. Assembling a staggering 600 items for your Sims to use the first time you play, there's never been a better time to try The Sims. The Sims, which originally launched in February 2000, is the wildly popular game that allows players to … Continue reading The Sims Ships Mega Deluxe

Secret Wars Finished

Secret Wars is finished! After years of intensive work, the Wings Simulations development studio’s latest title has finally gone gold and is on its way into the shops. Soldner – Secret Wars was one of the highlights of this year’s E3 in Los Angeles. "Of course we are very happy about the extremely positive feedback by the press and our customers, and we are looking forward to the release of Soldner – Secret Wars", comments Andreas Tobler, CEO of JoWooD Productions Software AG. "Thanks to the long development time we have managed to make Soldner a unique, perfectly balanced game." … Continue reading Secret Wars Finished

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