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As part of Activision's earnings call today, CEO and president Ronald Doornink answered the customary questions from game industry analysts. And in so doing so, he revealed Activison's lineup for the 2005 holiday season, a roster that will make the company a formidable adversary to its rival publishers.
California lawmakers reconsidered and approved a bill in committee on Thursday that would ban the sale of violent video games to minors.
Downloadable content is becoming an established part of online console gaming, but what will gamers see in the next round of consoles?
The company that helped revive old films is hoping to bring classic video games out of the vault. Atlanta-based Turner Broadcasting will move into the subscription PC game market this fall with new GameTap service.
Now, simply making a game based around the events of the movie was clearly never going to work. Either the team could do the classic fallback of doing a prequel about how Montana got where he was, or mess with the history and do one of those "ooh, what would have happened if he had survived that manic mansion scene at the end?"
eurogamer.net grills the game's producer Cam Webber on what he claims will become one of this year's biggest hits...
As you might already be expecting, it's a game best played with your mates, and unlike previous UT or UC titles, the need to play it multiplayer is probably even more marked here thanks to a fairly short single-player campaign that really knows how to bust your balls, despite being something of a glorified training ground. Soon enough you're engaging in a selection of familiar ladder matches, getting to grips with the third-person perspective, and working out whether it makes much difference to shoot in first-person or not.
Steam has announced they will be releasing new maps for Counter Strike and Half Life 2 on Monday.
Since it was announced that Showtime would be producing a new bio-pic movie based on Masters of Doom, David Kushner's 2003 non-fictional account of the rise of id Software in general and its two well known founders, John Carmack and John Romero, in particular. The big question is: what actors should play these two roles in the movie?
Masters of Doom tells the story of John Carmack and John Romero, and how they came to create the Doom series and found id Software. The movie version will be shown on US pay cable channel Showtime.
Activision and Raven Software release new information and media on the long-awaited shooter. The update includes more details on the "Stroggs," the monstrous aliens that players originally encountered in 1997's Quake II.
Four people have been arrested in New York on suspicion of distributing video game consoles that include pirated Nintendo gaming software, the Japanese company says.
From the we-knew-it-was-coming dept...
Advertising, already ubiquitous in movies and on television, took a step into video games on Monday as Massive Inc. launched a network to place and serve ads within games.
..."maybe even add to the realism of the product?"
<Scoffs> You can betcha' it won't make the games any less expensive.
To a physics fan like Manju Hegde, even today's best video games look fake. That's because game creators haven't taken the time to calculate the physics that govern the behavior of objects such as falling bricks.
"We think a game should be like the 'Star Trek' holodeck."
Sunday sniping Francis Ford Coppola is hopping mad at Paramount for turning his "Godfather" into a violent video game (due out October 2005).
Doom 3 was like a brief honeymoon of really cool stuff, but the buzz wore off early, especially in the wake of Half-Life 2, CoD: United Offensive and Brothers in Arms. Yeah, it looks damn good. But can it hold a conversation? I'll get back to you on that. While the engine has few peers (of this generation, only the HL2 renderer is about as good), the AI turns out to be oversimplified, the gameplay dated and repetitive, and the environment just too damned dark. But hey, there's an expansion pack called Resurrection of Evil that adds more levels, a continuation of the story, a couple more weapons and several new monsters. For the grab-you-by-the-short-hairs MSRP of $34.99, it better be pretty good, right? After all, you can get a full retail game for that much, on sale brand new, or a few months old at regular price. Increased cost of development, you say? Come on, now. This is being built on top of existing code. Cry me a river!