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Video Game News from May 2004





Filed Under: Lunabean

Another Lunabean guide is complete! Yes, the Hitman: Contracts guide is up for your viewing pleasure. We have a little cleaning up to do and we also have to put in an intro and general games tips but the walkthrough is done. In fact, the walkthrough will get you through as a Silent Assassin. Booya!

Posted by Jeremy on May 3, 2004 8:33 AM |

Filed Under: General Gaming

In the article entitled, Gaming Graphics: Road to Revolution, Nick Porcino of Lucas Arts discusses the future of graphics in video games based on the next generation of console and PC hardware. He states that, "a revolutionary leap in available computing power; a teraflop (trillion floating-point operations per second) or more will be on tap." What does that mean for us gamers? Well, how does this sound to you? "This amount of processing per pixel will allow shading effects as complex as those we see in special-effects-rich feature films or animated films such as those produced by Pixar Studios." Oh yeah!

Posted by Jeremy on May 3, 2004 10:36 AM |


Filed Under: Xbox

According to an article at SiliconValley.com, Microsoft's new GM of Games, Shane Kim, has promised higher quality titles while axing several projects. The replacement for the much beloved Ed Fries, Kim comes into the position with a business background. His job is to take Microsoft Games to the next level; through a growing phase to isolate those games that will make money and those that won't. Again, the Hollywood model applies, which begs the question: Will creativity suffer? We'll just have to wait and see.

Posted by Jeremy on May 4, 2004 9:09 AM |

Filed Under: PS2

Square Enix has officially announced their tentative E3 line-up, which happened to be attached to a small handful of previously unannounced release dates (or time frames, as the case may be). Expect to see on North American store shelves "Final Fantasy XII" in 2005, "Fullmetal Alchemist" in Spring 2005, and "Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories" for the GBA in Fall 2004. "Kingdom Hearts 2" remains dateless at this time.
Read the Press Release for full details

Continue reading "Square-Enix Provides E3 Line-Up and Release Dates"
Posted by Allison on May 4, 2004 11:54 AM |

Filed Under: PC

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has relaunched their "The Matrix Online" website, asking all those interested in being "Beta Testing Agenst" to sign on up. If you are interested in taking part in the testing of "one of the most anticipated MMORPG's ever", please go here and see if you meet the requirements.

Posted by Allison on May 4, 2004 12:08 PM |

Filed Under: Lunabean

We're excited to announce that our Hitman: Contracts Walkthrough and Strategy Guide is complete. It has been conveniently broken up into levels so that you can easily find what you're looking for. Also, the Ad-Free, Printer-Friendly, and Beautifully Bookmarked guide is now available in our store. Enjoy and happy gaming!

Posted by Jeremy on May 4, 2004 3:04 PM | | Comments (3)

Filed Under: GameCube | PS2 | Xbox

EA officially announced today the previously rumbled about "Goldeneye: Rogue Agent" for the PS2, Xbox and Nintendo Gamecube. As EA previously explained about the then untitled game, this new Bond adventure turns the gamer into the villian, with the ultimate goal to rule the world, instead of saving it. Players will be able to customize and upgrade their villian persona as they ruthlessly make their way up the ranks with allies such as Oddjob, Scaramanga and Ms. Pussy Galore.
Read EA's Official Goldeneye: Rogue Agent Press Release

Continue reading "EA Announces GoldenEye: Rogue Agent"
Posted by Allison on May 5, 2004 12:24 PM |

Filed Under: PC | Xbox

LucasArts has issued a press release announcing their official 2004 E3 line-up, which includes a little number by the name of "Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords". KOTOR II is slated to hit North American stores in February 2005, and, like the original, will be Xbox and PC exclusives. The original game wowed both Jeremy and me. Neither of us are fans of the RPG genre, yet, somehow, KOTOR ended up earning our favorite game of 2003 award. We can't wait to play the sequel, and the fact that we now have a new Xbox which, hopefully, won't suffer from KOTOR freezes, makes it all the more tantalizing. If you're as excited as we are, get your drool cups out and check out GameSpot's First Look at KOTOR II.
Read LA's Press Release for Details and other E3 Titles

Continue reading "LucasArts To Show KOTOR II at E3"
Posted by Allison on May 5, 2004 1:12 PM |

Filed Under: PS2 | Xbox

Red Dead Revolver
Rockstar Games is pleased to announce that "Red Dead Revolver", their M-Rated and bloody Western is now on North American store shelves. Honestly, while the trailers for the game were quite impressive, some of Rockstar's Gameplay Clips left me wondering, "What has happened to Rockstar?". Games need more than just blood, fellas. However, we will still check it out and report back to you all when we do. "Red Dead Revolver" is available on the PS2 and XBox, and will ship to Europe on May 28th.
Read Rockstar's Press Release

Continue reading "Red Dead Revolver in Stores Now"
Posted by Allison on May 5, 2004 1:34 PM |

Filed Under: General Gaming

According to a CNN Money article discovered on Slashdot.org the cheapest place to buy video games is at Amazon.com while you'll pay the most at Wal-Mart. The study is based upon buying by 30 pre-selected games from various retailers. The difference between Amazon and Wal-Mart is 9%. Best Buy is the cheapest brick and mortar store at which to buy video games.

Posted by Jeremy on May 6, 2004 9:12 AM |

Filed Under: General Gaming

Ubisoft has launched a "Prince of Persia 2" teaser website. It's not quite complete yet, but there are forums, screenshots, and exclusive content if you sign up to be an Ubisoft member. "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" was an amazing game. Here's hoping we get to see the sequel previewed at E3.

Posted by Jeremy on May 6, 2004 9:27 AM | | Comments (1)

Filed Under: General Gaming

Thanks to Gamespot.com for giving us the first preview footage of the recently announced "GoldenEye: Rogue Agent". Some juicy tidbits from the interview include the fact that grenades and indirect fire will play a big role in the game as well as one of the levels will be infiltrating Fort Knox. Sweet.

Posted by Jeremy on May 6, 2004 9:41 AM |


Filed Under: General Gaming

Activsion has today announced its E3 line-up. There are 10 key games including: "Spider-Man 2," "X-Men Legends" (an action RPG), "Doom 3," "Rome: Total War," and "Call of Duty: Finest Hour." Also, accoring to Activision's Fiscal 2004 statement, "Tony Hawk's Underground 2" is under development but it doesn't look like it'll be shown at E3.

Continue reading "Activision Announces E3 Line-up"
Posted by Jeremy on May 7, 2004 9:47 AM |

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Ninja Gaiden
Clive Thompson of the oft political Slate Magazine has written an interesting article on gaming, entitled "Tough Love: Are Video Games Too Hard"? In it, Thompson asks of difficult games "What's the point? What adult has the time to master this stuff? Could it ever be worth it?" By using "Ninja Gaiden" as his example, Thompson ultimately comes to the conclusion that, yes, like reading "Ulysses", if you can make it through the torture that is the beginning, the payoff is huge.
Thomson also refers to those who write video game walkthroughs as "public-minded geeks"...which, I have to admit, I kind of like...

Posted by Allison on May 7, 2004 9:53 AM |

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Susan Carpenter of the LA Times has written a great article entitled Video Game Music a Big-time Business (subscription). It seems this Monday's presentation of Nobuo Uematsu's music (known best for his composition of "Final Fantasy" soundtracks), as performed by Leonard Bernstein, Anton?n Dvor?k, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, sold out in one day, and tickets for the Disney Hall performance are now fetching $800 a pop on Ebay. This led Carpenter to ask, "What's the fuss?". Her answer comes in the form of an interesting breakdown of the evolution of video game music and how it is now intertwined with what is "mainstream". Check it out.

Posted by Allison on May 7, 2004 10:28 AM |

Filed Under: E3 | General Gaming

The much-maligned Phantom Gaming Service, set to debut at this week's E3, finally has some pricing. The Phantom console itself will be free with a 2 year contract at $29.95/month. Or, you can buy the console without the subscription for $199. The Phantom Gaming Service will be the first all on-demand gaming service. You will be able to try games before you purchase them. Also, the console runs on Windows XP, meaning those who don't have a dedicated gaming PC now have an alternative. Stay tuned...

Posted by Jeremy on May 10, 2004 9:18 AM | | Comments (1)

Filed Under: Xbox

According to this Reuters article Microsoft's Xbox may outsell Sony's PS2 for the month of April. That would mark the first time that the Xbox has outsold the PS2 in any month. Of course, the fairly recent Xbox price cut and Sony's reticence to do the same has helped. In addition, the Xbox has had some excellent exclusive games recently such as, "Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow". If the numbers do in fact come in in Microsoft's favor, it would be a small business victory but a large psychological one.

Posted by Jeremy on May 10, 2004 9:32 AM |

Filed Under: E3

Ubisoft has today announced the development of "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 3" at Ubi's Montreal Studio. The new SC promises to be, "the best-looking game on any platform, period," as well as having, "a completely unique collaborative multiplayer experience." "Splinter Cell 3" will be shown for the first time in a theatre-like setting at Ubisoft's E3 booth.

Continue reading "Splinter Cell 3 at E3!"
Posted by Jeremy on May 10, 2004 9:55 AM |

Filed Under: E3 | PC

The Matrix Online
Sega of America and Warner Bros. today announced an agreement to co-publish "The Matrix Online", the first MMOG (massively multiplayer online game) based on the WB's "Matrix" property. According to SEGA's press release, "SEGA will manage distribution of The Matrix Online, while Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment will oversee content development and manage the live game operations." Personally, I'd like to see it the other way around, but, beggers can't be choosers, can they?

Continue reading "Sega to Co-Publish The Matrix Online"
Posted by Allison on May 10, 2004 3:53 PM |

Filed Under: E3 | GameCube | Nintendo DS

Nintendo DS
USA Today has published the first public image of the new Nintendo handheld, the Nintendo DS (short for dual-screen, but unlikely the official name). We are expecting there to be more images throughout the day as today is the "official unveiling" at the E3 Expo. We will continue to post images and information about the Nintendo DS as they day goes on. Be sure to click the link below for that information.

Continue reading "The First Nintendo DS Pic!"
Posted by Allison on May 11, 2004 8:08 AM |

Filed Under: PC

Half-Life 2
A special thanks going out to GameSpy for their hands-on preview of the upcoming "Half-Life 2". While I don't want to ruin anything for you "Half-Life" super-freaks, it's fair to say GameSpy liked the game. The other nice piece of news they added to the preview: Doug Lombardi believes the game will be released some time this summer.

Posted by Allison on May 11, 2004 8:30 AM |

Filed Under: E3 | Xbox

Xbox Logo
Microsoft issued a late night press release last night, chock full of Xbox news tidbits for the start of the E3 Expo. First and foremost, "Halo 2" has an official release date: Nov. 9, 2004. Second, while it has been rumbled about in the gaming world, Microsoft officially announced EA's commitment to bring their games to Xbox Live for the first time. We will start seeing the first round of fifteen titles this summer. Third, this fall Xbox will introduce "Xbox Live Arcade" to the casual gamer. Games will include "Bejeweled", "Dig Dug", "Galaxian" and a handful of card games. If only they added bar trivia to the mix. Then, I could sue Microsoft for stealing MY ideas...grrrr!
Read the Press Release

Continue reading "Halo 2, Arcades and EA Live, Oh My!"
Posted by Allison on May 11, 2004 8:59 AM |

Filed Under: E3 | PS2

Kaz Hirai, Sony America's COO (chief operating officer) announced today at Sony's E3 press conference, "Effective immediately, the PlayStation 2 will be $149." Boo Ya! Now both the PS2 and Xbox are $149. If you don't have either an Xbox or a PS2, now is a great time to pick up that second console you've always wanted. What a great time it is to be a gamer!

Posted by Jeremy on May 11, 2004 9:59 AM |

Filed Under: E3 | PC

Doom 3
Activision and id Software have this morning distributed a press release announcing the "Summer 2004" release of the highly anticipated "Doom 3". id Software's CEO, Todd Hollenshead, says of the PC release, "This summer we're sending game fans on a first-class trip to Mars -- with a layover in Hell. DOOM 3 is coming to the PC and delivering the most atmospheric, terrifying and visually mind-blowing gaming experience ever conceived." There was no mention of an Xbox release date.

Continue reading "Doom 3 Out This Summer"
Posted by Allison on May 11, 2004 10:12 AM |

Filed Under: E3 | GameCube

In approximately 10 minutes (11am PDT) Nintendo will take stage at E3 with their press event. For those who need to know everything as it happens, GameSpot Live will be streaming the event live. Tune in now!
Update: You may also watch it over at Nintendo.com.

Posted by Allison on May 11, 2004 10:50 AM |

Filed Under: E3 | GameCube

Only a few minutes ago, at Nintendo's E3 press conference, new details of Nintendo's revolutionary new handheld, the Nintendo DS, were made available. First, it was revealed that "DS" not only stands for "Dual Screen" but for "Developer's System," meaning that Nintendo has put a whole new set of tools into the hands of publishers and developers including some huge names: Activision, Namco, Vivendi Universal, Square-Enix, Atari, Konami, THQ, Sega, EA, Capcom, and Ubisoft.

Continue reading "New Nintendo DS Info!"
Posted by Jeremy on May 11, 2004 12:33 PM | | Comments (3)

Filed Under: E3 | PS2

New details of Sony's much-hyped handheld, the PSP (playstation portable) have emerged from E3. The initial PSP will be black with a 4.3 inch screen and a 16:9 widescreen TFT LCD. It is a little less powerful than the PS2 and battery life is expected to range from 10 hours for gameplay, to 8 hours for music playback, to 2.5 hours for movie playback. Yes, movies. Sony's UMD format, which can hold full length feature motion pictures will be supported on the PSP. For more information, keep reading...

Continue reading "Sony PSP Details and Pics"
Posted by Jeremy on May 11, 2004 1:23 PM |

Filed Under: E3 | GameCube

At Nintendo's E3 Press Event this morning, Reggie Fils-Aime, NOA's Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, took the stage with a powerful message, "He with the best games wins". Immediately thereafter, movies of "Metroid Prime 2: Echoes", "Starfox", and "Resident Evil 4" took over.

Continue reading "Nintendo's Press Event Awesomeness"
Posted by Allison on May 11, 2004 1:31 PM |

Filed Under: E3 | GameCube

Zelda
Today's Nintendo E3 Press Event included an announcement and trailer for the upcoming and unnamed "Legend of Zelda" for the Nintendo Gamecube. Nintendo now has the trailer on their site for all to see, and we have the newest screenshots. Enjoy!
New Zelda trailer from Nintendo.com
New Zelda Screenshots

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Posted by Allison on May 11, 2004 6:53 PM | | Comments (2)

Filed Under: E3 | PC | Xbox

Half-Life 2
Valve has released seven new "Half-Life 2" screenshots for the E3 masses. They released two sets, one for the Xbox and one for the PC, but the screens were identical, so we grouped them into one and pinned them up for your viewing pleasure.
Half-Life 2 Screenshots

Continue reading "Seven New Half Life 2 Screenshots Revealed"
Posted by Allison on May 12, 2004 9:41 AM | | Comments (1)

Filed Under: GameCube

Nintendo has updated their product release schedule. Confirmed is "The Legend of Zelda" for the GCN in 2005 and the much anticipated "Geist" in Q4 of 2004. "Metroid Prime 2" is due out on Nov. 15, 2004 and "Pikmin 2" is due out on August 30, 2004. Keep reading for the complete list.

Continue reading "Updated Nintendo Release Dates"
Posted by Jeremy on May 12, 2004 10:05 AM |

Filed Under: E3 | GameCube | PS2

Splinter Cell
A month before "Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow" was to be released on the PC and all consoles, Ubisoft made the upsetting announcement that, while the XBox and PC release dates would remain in place, the PS2 and Gamecube release dates would have to be moved back to an "undisclosed date". Ubi's excuse? They wanted to be sure that the game looked and felt as good on the PS2 and Gamecube as it did on the Xbox. Today, Ubisoft has announced released dates for both consoles, and, as, perhaps a peace offering for the delay, exclusive content for the PS2 and Gamecube.

Continue reading "Pandora Tomorrow Gets PS2 and GCN Dates!"
Posted by Allison on May 12, 2004 10:14 AM |

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GTA: San Andreas
Rockstar has released three screenshots and four character shots for the highly anticipated "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas". They have also confirmed that the game will take place in an early 1990s LA. The official Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Site has changed the "October 19th" date to simply read "October 2004". While many assume this means Rockstar isn't as confident of the original October 19th release date, we think it's because "October 2004" simply sounds more bad ass.
Check out the new Screens

Continue reading "Rockstar Releases GTA: San Andreas Info and Screens"
Posted by Allison on May 12, 2004 11:11 AM |

Filed Under: E3 | PC

There has been a lot of Half-Life 2 info coming out of E3 this year. Of course, there should be seeing as the game was supposed to come out last September! Anyway, for those of you needing a full-motion fix, here is a wonderful Half-Life 2 preview movie, thanks to TVG.

Posted by Jeremy on May 13, 2004 9:49 AM |

Filed Under: E3 | GameCube | General Gaming | PS2 | Xbox

Last week, Ubisoft announced "Prince of Persia 2," the follow up to one of my favorite games of 2003. Now, we have some more information about the game itself and some screenshots. Note that our innocent boyish prince is now a battle hardened bad ass. PoP2 is tentatively due out for the Holiday season of '04. Check out the Screenshots

Continue reading "Prince of Persia 2 Info and Screens"
Posted by Jeremy on May 13, 2004 10:15 AM |

Filed Under: E3 | GameCube

New Zelda
As the first day of E3 2004 came to a close, Nintendo's very own Shigeru Miyamoto and Eiji Aonuma held a private roundtable discussion on the newly announced Zelda title for the Nintendo Gamecube. To begin the discussion, Aonuma (director of "Wind Waker" and this newest title) first explained that the newly released Zelda trailer was actually, "created by somebody who took a version of the game, played it, videotaped and then cut the pieces together to make the movie", assuring everyone no CG were involved and it was all in real-time, running on the game engine. With that out in the open, Aonuma and Miyamoto took on more questions and discussion.

Continue reading "More Zelda Details Emerge"
Posted by Allison on May 13, 2004 10:19 AM |

Filed Under: E3 | GameCube | PS2 | Xbox

EA has released six new "Lord of the Rings: The Third Age" screens to please the E3 masses. "LotR: The Third Age" was announced late last month by EA as a role-playing game where players will get the opportunity to choose from new characters as they make their way through Middle-Earth, fighting enemies and villians known from the trilogy. The game will be released later this year on the Xbox, GCN, PS2 and GBA.
View the new "LotR: The Third Age" Screens

Continue reading "EA Releases LotR: The Third Age Screenshots"
Posted by Allison on May 13, 2004 11:06 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: E3 | PS2

New details on "Kingdom Hearts 2" continue to trickle in. First, there will definitely be some familiar locales, such as the Hercules Arena area. Second, a brand new villian is at work. He/she is hidden behind a mask. Is it someone you know or a new evil? Also, a tidbit in the copyright notice at the end of the Square-Enix press release references Tim Burton's, "The Nightmare Before Christmas," meaning that Jack Skellington will be back as well. View the Screenshots and Press Release.

Continue reading "Kingdom Hearts 2 Info and Screenshots"
Posted by Jeremy on May 14, 2004 11:10 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: E3 | Xbox

When "TRON 2.0: Killer App" was announced for the Xbox in early March, I just about fell out of my blue phosphorescent suit and nearly dropped my equally luminous frisbee. Now, Buena Vista has released general game details and details of the exclusive Xbox LIVE features for the game: Up to 16 players in 10 maps with various game modes such as deathmatch. Most intriguing is the "overRIDE" feature which, "enables light cycles to be used as both a method of transportation and as a weapon...[and]...lets players instantly cycle switch from first-person combat to light cycle and back." Did somebody say, "light cycle?" *runs into wall*

Continue reading "TRON 2.0: Killer App Details"
Posted by Jeremy on May 14, 2004 11:29 AM | | Comments (1)

Filed Under: E3

As E3 2004 comes to its end this afternoon, I can't help but feel a little on the empty side. It's not disappointment that I feel, as disappointment fills you, it's more of a vapid boredom. E3 2004 was not about earth shattering announcements nor breakthroughs in technology and graphics as it has been in years past. Instead, it was about filling that inevitable gap between current and next-generation consoles. It was about showing us a lot of products we already knew a lot about, and displaying games that were at last year's E3 and were supposed to launch before this year's event. We should have known we were in trouble when Sega presented their explosive announcement on the first day: They agreed to co-pubish "The Matrix Online" with Warner Bros. How the show continued moving forward with such earth shattering news is beyond me, but they kept on keeping on.

Continue reading "E3 2004 Wrap Up"
Posted by Allison on May 14, 2004 11:32 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming

The Women's Game Conference, to be held September 9-10 in Austin, TX, will, "focus on a variety of women?s topics in the computer and video game industry including examining career paths for women in the industry and issues related to working in the industry as women as well as how women are portrayed in games and women and girls as consumers of games." The chairperson, Sheri Graner Ray is author of the book Gender Inclusive Game Design: Expanding the Market and is a Senior Game Designer with Sony Online Entertainment.

Posted by Jeremy on May 17, 2004 11:07 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming

Activision and Nielsen Entertainment (of Nielsen ratings fame) are teaming up to find a way to track the effectivness of advertisements in video games. According to most industry analysts, video game ads are the next frontier with a much sought after demographic (males 18-34) and studies that suggest that gamers are very media savvy, remembering up to 25% of the ads they see in games.

Continue reading "Tracking Ads in Video Games"
Posted by Jeremy on May 17, 2004 11:41 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PS2

GTA: San Andreas
Last week at E3 we received confirmation that Rockstar's newest addition to the "Grand Theft Auto" series, "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas", would take place in Los Angeles. Well, that was only partially true. We have now learned the game will start off in Los Angeles (or Los Santos, for GTA purposes), but players will also travel to San Francisco (San Fierro) and Las Vegas (Las Venturra), making the environment reportedly six times greater (although some are reporting ten times greater) than that of "Vice City".

Continue reading "Details of San Andreas Emerge"
Posted by Allison on May 17, 2004 12:05 PM | | Comments (1)

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I've never been a fan of comic books. I just never understood the draw. However, I do understand that it's big news that IDW Publishing has teamed up with Konami to produce a "Metal Gear Solid" comic book. "Ashley Wood and Kris Oprisko have been appointed respectively as artist and writer." Hopefully they won't create bad camera angles and over complicated shooting. This should be a hit...I just don't know why.

Continue reading "Metal Gear Solid Comic Book?"
Posted by Jeremy on May 18, 2004 9:00 AM |

Filed Under: General Gaming

Today in Tokyo, Sega, maker of the "Sonic the Hedgehog" series and Sammy, maker of pinball pachinko slot machines finally became one company in a $1.4 billion deal. Last year, Sammy tried to do the same, but only succeeded in gaining a 22 percent stake in Sega with no merger. Now, Sammy has what it wants; the two companies are one. Sammy hopes that Sega's worldwide brand name and library of games will help its popular Japanese arcade and gambling machine business. Sammy's president, Mr. Satomi, will head the new company. You an send all wedding gifts care of Sonic the Hedgehog. Read more...

Posted by Jeremy on May 18, 2004 10:14 AM | | Comments (0)

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Students at Carnegie Mellon University got the opportunity this spring to take a student-led course called 98-026: Game Development for the 8-bit NES. The objective of the course, geared toward all students (not just programmers), was to create new games (in ROM form) for the original Nintendo Entertainment System. The course has just come to an end and the ROMs are now available for download. Enjoy!

Posted by Allison on May 18, 2004 11:15 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: GameCube

Nintendo DS
At last week's E3 event, Nintendo announced they had shipped their DS software development kits to more than 100 companies worldwide. We have just learned that one of those companies is Rare, a developer that gave the Nintendo 64 some of its finest titles ("Goldeneye", "Perfect Dark", "Conker's Bad Fur Day", and more), then was bought out by Microsoft almost immediately after the Xbox hit the market.

Continue reading "Microsoft Offers Nintendo Rare Support"
Posted by Allison on May 18, 2004 12:04 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox

Splinter Cell
Ubisoft has put into affect their "Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow" Auto-Update for those who play on Xbox Live. The Auto-Update includes a number of feature improvements, several bug fixes and an enhanced ranking system. To read the details of the Auto-Update, please click the link below.

Continue reading "Ubisoft Issues Pandora Tomorrow Auto-Update"
Posted by Allison on May 19, 2004 9:24 AM |

Filed Under: General Gaming

In the May 3, issue of Sports Business Journal an article ran with the headline, "EA set to pay Players Inc. $1 billion". Players Inc. is the marketing company for the NFL's Player Association. The deal would have given EA exclusive rights to player's names and images for the sum of $250 million per year for four years. That move would have effectively put any other NFL game other than EA's "Madden" out of business. This caused a big furor amongst non-EA publishers, like ESPN and Sega. However, the furor was for naught as Gamespot is now reporting that the Sports Business Journal has since retracted it's story and representatives from Player's Inc. and EA have denied such a deal.

Continue reading "The Deal that Never Was"
Posted by Jeremy on May 19, 2004 9:58 AM |

Filed Under: PS2

Sony has today announced the shipment of their 100 millionth Playstation, making it the biggest selling console ever sold. Ten years after the console's release, Sony is bragging over 7,300 original Playstation games published, and placement in 120 countries. The 100 million number does not include Playstation 2 sales, which hit 70 million in March, but does include PSOne sales (the lighter, smaller, easier and breezier console, which plays original Playstation games, released in 2000).

Continue reading "Over 100 Million Served"
Posted by Allison on May 19, 2004 10:39 AM |

Filed Under: General Gaming | PS2

"The Getaway Black Monday" now has a European release month: November, 2004. We can only assume that the US release date will be similar. In this follow up to "The Getaway" you'll be playing through the game from three different perspectives: A police Sergeant, a city boxer and a petty thief thrown into a huge caper. This will sound familiar as in the first "The Getaway" you played as a cop and a criminal. In addition, there are now motorcycles, easier navigation, and a larger London. The original was a good, but not great game. I'm hoping "The Getaway Black Monday" will be better.

Continue reading "New The Getaway Black Monday Details"
Posted by Jeremy on May 20, 2004 9:33 AM | | Comments (0)

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Blockbuster, the world's largest video game chain, has acquired Rhino Video Games, the largest independant video game retailer in the Southeast US. They did so by purchasing Rhino's parent company, American Satellite & Video, for an undisclosed sum of money. The acquisition expands Blockbuster's video game business beyond the rental and reselling of used video games in its namesake stores at a time where movie rental revenue is falling due to competition from mail rentals and widespread availability of discount DVDs.

Posted by Allison on May 20, 2004 9:57 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox

Today, Microsoft announced that the Paris Booster Pack for "Project Gotham Racing 2" is available for download for $4.95 on Xbox LIVE. The Booster Pack includes a brand new city, Paris, and 8 new cars (7 regular cars and 1 Xbox LIVE only car). Allison and I have downloaded it and must say that the TVR Cerbera Speed 12 is an amazing car which will be quite a competitor on Xbox LIVE. The city of Paris itself is very well done and might even make you say, "ooh la la," or "mon dieu!"

Continue reading "PGR2 Paris Booster Pack"
Posted by Jeremy on May 20, 2004 10:20 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: GameCube | PC | PS2 | Xbox

As Activision puts the finishing touches on "Spider-Man 2", due out in North America alongside the film on June 30, they are preparing for their next web-slinging adventure, "Spider-Man 3". "Spider-Man 3" will, again, be released alongside the movie of the same name, expected to be released in 2007. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of their press release is confirmation that Tobey McGuire and Kirsten Dunst will reprise their roles for this third film, and Sam Raimi will, again, direct.

Continue reading "Activision to Publish Spider-Man 3"
Posted by Allison on May 21, 2004 10:15 AM |

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Eidos
Today is proving to be an ugly day for our friends over at Eidos Interactive (Tomb Raider, Hitman), as Eidos shares crashed 32% after they issued a profit warning yesterday. It seems that, despite the "Hitman: Contracts" April success, Eidos is going to fall drastically short of their $16 million re-order target, shipping out only 1.5 million copies, instead of the expected 2.2 million.

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Posted by Allison on May 21, 2004 11:03 AM |

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Brent Bozell of TownHall.com has apparently run out of liberals to bash, and is now focusing on the video game industry's recent nudity trend and how it's going to affect little Johnny. Like most of Bozell's vilifying writings, he has, again, missed the greater picture and is fighting the wrong fight.

In the editorial, Bozell sets up the scenario where boys this summer will opt for, "almost non-stop video game action, leaving them a pasty shade of white as they battle away the summer in the basement". And, being boys, they will not be able to fight the urge to play the yet to be rated games, "Playboy: The Mansion" or "Singles: Flirt Up Your Life", two games, which Bozell suggests are pornography for children.

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Posted by Lunabean on May 25, 2004 10:22 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: GameCube | Nintendo DS

Nintendo DS
Thanks to Gamespot.com for publishing Microsoft's statement denying their subsidiary, Rare, is currently developing two games for the Nintendo DS. As we reported last week Microsoft's Ken Lobb confirmed at E3 that these games were, indeed, in development. While we were not at E3, the source for this information, GameCube Advanced, backed their reporting with information from Japan's financial publication, Nikkei. We'll keep you up to date on this situation as it unfolds.

Posted by Lunabean on May 25, 2004 10:46 AM | | Comments (0)

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Due to the lack of video gaming news during this post-E3 lull, I thought I'd wish each and every one of you a Happy Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Day! Today is the day we can all rush to our favorite DVD retailer and pick up the final part of the trilogy, the one that rules them all. That's right, Aragorn, it's you and me tonight!
Order Return of the King now!
Have an itching to take part in the action, yourself? Check out our LotR: RotK walkthrough and strategy guide!

Posted by Allison on May 25, 2004 11:04 AM | | Comments (0)

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At the 2004 E3 many awards were given away for best game this and best show that. Now, the E3 Expo itself has won some awards. The ESA (Entertainment Software Assoc.) today announced that E3 is the trade show with the "highest buying power" in the US, with the largest percent of attendees expecting to make purchases of exhibited items within six months. E3 also won "Best Show Daily," "Best Overall Web Site," and, "Best Email Promotion Campaign." A trade show winning awards? Hmm? Who's going to give awards to the people giving awards?

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Posted by Jeremy on May 26, 2004 9:35 AM |

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There are some rumors floating around that Grammy nominated rapper, 50 Cent, may be the voice of Carl Johnson, the lead character in Rockstar's upcoming "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas." If that's the case there are going to be a lot of people who are, "gon' party like it's ya birthday." Granted, it's just a rumor, but we'll keep you updated with any new information.

Posted by Jeremy on May 26, 2004 9:54 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: E3 | PC | Xbox

Half-Life 2
GameTrailers.com has made available on their site almost thirty minutes worth of "Half-Life 2" videos from E3. I have to admit, this is the most impressive media I've seen for the upcoming game, shifting my anticipation level from "Woohoo" to "YEE-HAW!".
View the videos (Windows Media Player)

Posted by Allison on May 26, 2004 10:03 AM |

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As most of you know by now, "Dance Dance Revolution" is a hit. The dance till you drop game is lauded as being a great alternative to boring workouts and has become the workout of choice for many young people. It's also one of the many million dollar ideas that Allison let slip through her fingers. As further proof of its prowess, there is now a website dedicated to helping you lose weight via DDR. With support forums and testimonials this is the place to go if you're overweight and wanting to start up a DDR routine.

Posted by Jeremy on May 26, 2004 10:11 AM | | Comments (0)

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In preparation for the June 7 release of Nintendo's first mulitplayer Zelda game, "The Legend of Zelda: The Four Swords" for the Gamecube, Nintendo has launched their official "Four Swords" website. The site includes many new screens, with a promise of a "Full Site" coming soon.
Nintendo's Official "Zelda: Four Swords" Site

Posted by Allison on May 26, 2004 10:30 AM | | Comments (0)

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...then they will now. The best-selling "World Airports" now has a sequel, "World Airports 2." In this game you are able to fly into and semi-manage some of the world's most popular airports including, Rome, JFK, O'Hare, Dulles, Dallas, Toronto, and Frankfurt. Each of the 11 airports, "has been carefully modelled after thousands of hours of research." The airports are full of life and include vehicles, buses, service trucks, and of course, airplanes. It actually sounds like a lot of fun to me but it does give me a bit of the heeby jeebies thinking about the level of detail involved.

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Posted by Jeremy on May 27, 2004 10:10 AM |

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As reported in Jacksonville.com, a Florida man was jailed after a co-worker heard him yelling, "There's a bomb in the building. Everyone needs to get out." Sounds pretty serious, doesn't it? Well, the man was on the phone with the co-worker and was actually yelling at a kid who was playing Grand Theft Auto, warning the kid that the building was about to blow. The co-worker thought that it was directed at the restaurant where he works. The restaurant was evacuated. What's odd about this story is that I can't think of a time in GTA3 or VC where there is a bomb in a building and you'd have to get everybody out. In fact, you'd probably want everybody to stay in the building. If anybody can refresh my memory, please do so.

Posted by Jeremy on May 27, 2004 10:26 AM |

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Microsoft is studying customer feedback regarding a version of the XboxNEXT (Xbox 2) that would be able to play both PC games and Xbox games according to this article. The unit, at a hypothetical price point of $599, would require a monitor or HDTV, would contain a CD burner, DVD player, a HDD, and a fully functional version of Windows. Hmm? Sounds an awful lot like any PC at that price point. I doubt that this will pan out, however, it would be interesting if the XboxNEXT could play PC games without all the extra frills of the $599 unit.

Posted by Jeremy on May 27, 2004 11:17 AM |

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An interesting article out of The New York Times (free registration required), tells the tale of Muzzy Lane, an educational software developer with a focus on creating games for high school and college level students. While there are thousands of educational games for elementary school kids, older students have been ignored. Muzzy Lane plans on changing that with their graphically impressive history simulators, which allows students to make choices real world leaders faced and see how they play out. The synopsis of their inagural game, "Making History", shows how they educate while making sure they are not preaching to the player:

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Posted by Allison on May 27, 2004 11:29 AM |

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It's a little victory with a huge psychological impact. Yes, for the month of April, 2004, the Xbox outsold the PS2. According to Microsoft, backed by sales data from NPD, the Xbox accounted for 51% of US console sales. Microsoft cut the price of the Xbox on March 30 to $149. This helped with the sales increase. During, E3, however, Sony lowered it's price to match the Xbox. I'm sure that the PS2 will regain its dominance but it now has a chink in its armor. A big green X-shaped chink.

Posted by Jeremy on May 28, 2004 11:21 AM | | Comments (0)

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The great Lunabean redesign of 2004 is almost complete. We have three more guides to convert and a few links to update and we'll be there. We would like to thank you all for being patient with us during this busy time, and we would like to reassure you that we'll get back to our primary goal of writing walkthroughs and strategy guides next week. We are so very excited to get our mitts on "The Legend of Zelda: The Four Swords" and "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban". We're back! Feels good. Thanks again.

Posted by Allison on May 28, 2004 11:21 AM | | Comments (0)

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In a press conference yesterday, Ken Toyoda of Nintendo announced that the next Nintendo home console will be on display at E3 2005. He was careful to say that this wasn't just an upgrade of the GameCube but a whole new gaming machine stating, "It?s not necessarily a successor to GameCube." There is no release date information and no pricing information at this point. The move definitely puts pressure on Microsoft and Sony to have an early version of their next-gens on display at E3 2005 as well.

Posted by Jeremy on May 28, 2004 11:32 AM | | Comments (0)

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Encore has today announced the shipment of "The Suffering" for the PC to retail stores across North America. "The Suffering" shipped earlier this year for the PS2 and the Xbox. It was a moderate success in term of sales, and a sleeper hit for gamers across the country. In the game, you are Torque, a man convicted of a heinous crime which he may or may not have committed. Torque has been sentenced to a prison which is, of course, haunted. As Torque, you must fight your way through this haunted prison and reveal the story of your crime in one of three endings. For more details, check out Encore's press release announcing the shipment.

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Posted by Allison on May 28, 2004 11:45 AM | | Comments (0)

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It's Memorial Day Weekend which means BBQs, camping, and video games!!! This is the perfect weekend to say, "screw it," to all that yard work you were going to do and, instead, catch up on your video games. In an attempt to help you procrastinate here are three games that you may have missed that will make perfect long-weekend renters. So, stop by Blockbuster, get your controller ready, and let's start gaming!

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Posted by Jeremy on May 28, 2004 12:00 PM | | Comments (0)


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