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15881  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Holographic Disc to Store One Terabyte of Data on: September 02, 2004, 07:50:22 PM
WHHHAAAA???? Holy smokes....we went from 9GB to a Terabyte?!  I'll be interested in seeing a working prototype before I get too excited.  It does sound cool though.
15882  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SW Battlefront = Gold on: September 02, 2004, 07:40:50 PM
LucasArts has announced this afternoon that Star Wars Battlefront has gone gold for PC, Xbox, and PS2, and will hit store shelves on the 21st of this month.  Hmmmm....that is EXACTLY the same day that the original trilogy is hitting shelves.  Coincidence?  I think not.

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Star Wars Battlefront is an intense open-ended single player and multiplayer action game set in the Star Wars universe that puts fans and gamers in the heat of the action as they re-live all of the epic battles from the classic and prequel eras. In the game, console and PC players can choose intense free-form multiplayer combat or a variety of robust single player modes including "Historical Campaigns" and "Galactic Conquest."
15883  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / BloodRayne movie is doomed on: September 02, 2004, 05:41:48 PM
http://www.horrorchannel.com/dread/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=20

Um....I was thinking "cool" until I saw that Uwe Boll is at the helm.  I don't think they could have picked a worse director if they tried.  Sigh...what a waste.
15884  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [CG news discussion] Game Sales Down? on: September 02, 2004, 05:18:16 PM
Well the basic logic never seems to apply.  Release throughout the year...I'll buy far more often if it is spread out.
15885  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [CG news discussion] Game Sales Down? on: September 02, 2004, 05:02:20 PM
I think there is still room to compete, even on that list.  For instance, I have ZERO interest in GT4 when you put it next to Forza Racing.  That said, I'll be there picking up GTA, Halo 2, HL2, and MGS3.  (and I've already pre-loaded HL2 for next September...or this September...or whatever that crowbar ad said its coming)

Its funny, when I think of my holiday list, this group didn't immediately come to mind.  Strange, that.  

My list would go a lil something like this:
HL2
GTA
MGS3
Halo2
Fable
Darkwatch
Predator
Pariah
MK:Deception
Robotech:Invasion
Thug2
Xmen Legends
Cthulu (yay!)
PoP2
Suikoden IV (I've already set 110 hours aside for this title)
Mech Assaul 2
KOTOR2


See?  I think its just naysayers screaming at the big titles.  News flash guys, those titles are not at the tops of everyone's list!

(oh yea...and j00 need d3 ecksbocks Tom)
15886  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ico 2? on: September 02, 2004, 04:45:36 PM
I posted it on the front page but check it out:

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According to a new website from Sony, a pair of previously-unannounced titles are going to debut in a shade over 7 days. I smacked the caption with Bablefish and it translated to "SCEJ has two wonderful titles to announce!". Of course, 'unvealed' doesn't mean 'coming to the US' but we can keep our fingers crossed!

(UPDATE: Some wiley fans at 1Up have decompiled the animations on the page and found two titles; "Nico" and "Genji". Nico is the rumored sequel to the smash-hit Ico, while Genji is still unknown.)


I can't imagine why it has taken Sony this long to capitolize on such a fantastic title!  I hope the rumors are true....
15887  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [CG news discussion] Game Sales Down? on: September 02, 2004, 04:35:03 PM
I think you forgot Fable in that list. slywink
15888  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Acclaim is sunk...but what's going with it? on: September 02, 2004, 02:22:40 PM
I'm thinking the independent development houses will hit the big red Pause button and have to look for a new publisher.  I don't think they are part of the shipwreck though.

My heart goes out to the 600 people who lost their jobs though...that really bites.
15889  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC-PR] Call of Duty: United Offensive Goes Gold on: September 01, 2004, 05:46:44 PM
CALL OF DUTY:  UNITED OFFENSIVE GOES GOLD

Santa Monica, CA - Sept. 1, 2004 - Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) announced today that Call of Duty(tm): United Offensive(tm) - the expansion pack to Infinity Ward's highly acclaimed Call of Duty(tm), which has received over 80 Game of the Year and 50 Editors' Choice Awards worldwide - has gone gold and will ship to retail outlets nationwide on Sept. 14.  The cinematic intensity of the Call of Duty brand reaches unprecedented heights in Call of Duty: United Offensive by delivering more action than ever before.  This robust expansion pack features a total of 13 all-new single player missions filled with new weapons, player abilities and special effects, as well as an expanded multiplayer experience introducing 11 new maps and three new modes of play.  Developed by Gray Matter Interactive Studios, Call of Duty: United Offensive is rated "T" (Teen - Blood, Mild Language, Violence) by the ESRB and will carry a suggested retail price of $29.99.

About Activision
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.  Founded in 1979, Activision posted net revenues of $948 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2004.

Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Australia, Scandinavia and the Netherlands.  More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's World Wide Web site, which is located at www.activision.com <http://www.activision.com>.
15890  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game on: September 01, 2004, 03:09:22 PM
That'd be Star Trek Generations.  That'd also be sad that I know that.  

Here is an easy one for ya:
(warning....some hairy language here)

"There is no racial bigotry here. I do not look down on niggers, kikes, wops or greasers. Here, you are all equally worthless."
15891  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Video File Problem [no sound] on: September 01, 2004, 02:58:16 PM
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On a side note, does anyone else think of the Metal Gear series when they see codec?
SNAAAAAAAAAAAAKE!!

Nope, not at all.

On a related note, my dvd player plays Divx and Xvid.  I only had two items to try and both had shoddy source material.  I'll have to divx a dvd and see how she turns out to see if its the player or if its the material.
15892  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC-PR] KOHAN II GOES GOLD on: September 01, 2004, 02:45:37 PM
Dude....I played Kohan I until I damned near wore out the CD.  This'll be on my "IN!" list absolutely.  Anyone up for some multi?


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PREPARE FOR WAR! KOHAN II GOES GOLD

Sequel to Acclaimed RTS Arriving Soon

 

New York – September 1, 2004 – Global Star Software, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:  TTWO), and TimeGate Studios are pleased to announce that Kohan II: Kings of War has gone gold and is currently in manufacturing for retail distribution. Featuring a dynamic storyline with 25 character-driven single-player missions, extra multiplayer maps and a random map generator for an unlimited number of possible scenarios, Kohan II: Kings of War delivers countless hours of exciting gameplay to both hardcore RTS fans and casual gamers alike.

 

The original Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns is one of the most critically acclaimed strategy games of all time, garnering an unprecedented sweep of 2001’s “Strategy Game of the Year” honors from such publications as Computer Gaming World, PC Gamer, and Computer Games Magazine.

 

Kohan II: Kings of War for PC-CD-ROM will be available the week of September 21st at a suggested retail price of $39.99. For more information on Kohan II: Kings of War, please visit its official website at http://www.globalstarsoftware.com/kohan2/.
15893  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / CyberGaming Network Finals on: September 01, 2004, 02:48:32 AM
Anyone going to be able to make this?  Its always crazy to see some of these players.  I think I'm good at a particular game until I see some of these guys play.  Scary..

_______________________________________

Samsung Electronics invites you to the US Finals of the World Cyber Games
(www.worldcybergames), to be held at GameWorks in Long Beach, CA.

It's taken 11 qualifying tournaments since May to whittle over 10,000 of
America's top video game players down to 300, who will now compete to
determine the best 25 in the country. Those 25 will take on the world's
elite as "Team USA" in the World Cyber Games Grand Final in San Francisco.  

PRESS CONFERENCE: Friday, September 17, 4-5 pm.  RECEPTION immediately
following, 5-7 pm.

WHAT: World Cyber Games US Final
WHEN: September 17 - September 19, 2004
WHERE: GameWorks - 10 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA
WHO: Samsung is the Worldwide Sponsor of the World Cyber Games
15894  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 200 Registered Forum Users on: September 01, 2004, 02:17:25 AM
The Knights who say "IN!"

See what you've started?

15895  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ghost Recon 2 ... Woo Hoo!! on: September 01, 2004, 02:15:50 AM
From the PR Piece:

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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon® 2 for PlayStation® 2 will be a completely different game from the XboxTM version, and the first title in the Tom Clancy franchise built exclusively from the ground up for PlayStation® 2. Ubisoft's Shanghai studio (creators of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell® for PlayStation® 2) is developing the PlayStation® 2 game, while its Red Storm Entertainment development studio continues to focus on the XboxTM and PC versions.


Looks like Shanghai is doing the PS2 and Red Storm is handling the Xbox and PC.  Our bad!  All makey-fixey on the front page.  Thanks for pointing it out. smile
15896  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Area-51 Movie Greenlighted, sane people ask why... on: August 31, 2004, 06:49:33 PM
Yea, but look at what a disaster HOTD was.  I'm saying that SF had MORE of a plot than the dump that Uwe Boll took on us with that movie.
15897  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Area-51 Movie Greenlighted, sane people ask why... on: August 31, 2004, 06:24:05 PM
After the MASTERPIECE that was The House of the Dead, why not greenlight another gun game?  What idiot thought this was a good idea?  At least Street Fighter had something resembling a plot....ugh



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Paramount Pictures Announces Agreement to Acquire Worldwide Film Rights to Midway Games' Action-Thriller ''AREA 51''

HOLLYWOOD-Aug. 31, 2004--Paramount Pictures has reached an agreement to acquire the worldwide film rights to Midway Games' (NYSE: MWY) "AREA 51," a state-of-the-art video game which is scheduled for release in March of 2005, available for use on the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft. Christine Peters will be collaborating with the game developer to produce the film, which will be an action-packed thriller.

"'AREA 51' brings some of the most cutting-edge technology to the gaming world," says Peters, ("How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days"). "Bringing the game's riveting and suspenseful concepts to the big screen will be an exciting motion picture breakthrough."

President of Paramount Pictures and Vice Chairman of the Motion Picture Group, Donald De Line, couldn't agree more. "We are delighted to be working hand in hand with Midway Games to translate this innovative game into a provocative film. We look forward to bringing all the excitement gamers will feel playing 'AREA 51' to theaters everywhere."

The game, "AREA 51," features the voice talent of David Duchovny as Specialist Ethan Cole of the Hazardous Materials Division, Powers Boothe as Major Bridges, and recording artist Marilyn Manson as Edgar, the gray alien. Players will take on the role of Cole, who has been sent to investigate a distress signal from Area 51 where a viral outbreak has just shut down the research facility, automatically locking all scientific and military personnel inside per quarantine procedures. It will soon be revealed that the conspiracy theories and alien autopsies the world has speculated about with regard to Area 51 are far worse than anyone could ever imagine.

Paramount Pictures is part of the entertainment operations of Viacom, Inc., one of the world's largest entertainment and media companies and a leader in the production, promotion and distribution of entertainment, news, sports and music.

Midway Games Inc. is a leading developer, publisher and marketer of interactive entertainment software. Midway videogames are available for play on all major video game platforms, including the PlayStation (R)2 computer entertainment system, Xbox (tm) video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube (tm) and Game Boy (R) Advance. AREA 51 is a registered trademark of Midway Games West Inc.
15898  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / HERO! Whoa...awesome movie on: August 31, 2004, 05:51:06 PM
It was subtitled.
15899  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Review Discussion - Rainbow Six 3: Black Arrow [Xbox] on: August 31, 2004, 05:32:20 PM
Great game....horrible box art.  Who greenlighted that?
15900  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVD Tuesday 8/31/04 on: August 31, 2004, 03:53:12 PM
Schnoogins.
15901  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVD Tuesday 8/31/04 on: August 31, 2004, 02:56:37 PM
I'll never watch The Passion again.  I went to the theater and saw it and that was enough.  It was sincerely one of the most horrifying movies I've ever seen.

I'll be sticking with Clerks X next week. smile  BTW, did you hear the rumor of "The Passion of the Clerks" yet?  Supposedly KSmith is doing a sequel to Clerks!

Then of course, you have Lion King 2.  Oh wait...its a Disney sequel, so it'll have EXACTLY the same plot line as the previous movie. *rolls eyes*
15902  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wireless GameCube controller? on: August 31, 2004, 02:43:17 PM
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Just doesn't rumble.
Exactly why I don't have mine anymore.
15903  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC-PR] Anarchy Online Expansion Pack ships (w/video) on: August 31, 2004, 02:04:01 PM
Funcom: Anarchy Online - Alien Invasion Launches

DURHAM, N.C.-Aug. 31, 2004--

    The Ultimate Sci-Fi MMORPG is About to Get Even Better - New Trailer Available    


Funcom announces that Anarchy Online - Alien Invasion launches tomorrow. The new expansion pack promises to bring Anarchy Online to a whole new level, making the ultimate sci-fi MMORPG even better. In a genre dominated by fantasy titles, Funcom brings a clear and exciting sci-fi alternative to all MMORPG fans.

"With the coming of Alien Invasion we are virtually changing the entire face of Rubi-Ka as the players repel a massive world-spanning alien invasion," said Game Director Marius Enge. "Not only do we seek to become even better at the fast-paced sci-fi action we are known for, we are also adding plenty of new social features like player-made towns and guild houses."

To celebrate the launch Funcom has released the official Alien Invasion trailer: Anyone who is interested in Massively Multiplayer Online games is advised to take a look:

http://www.anarchy-online.com/content/downloads/media/movies/ trailers/

(Due to the length of this URL, it may be necessary to copy and paste it into your Internet browser's URL address field. You may also need to remove an extra space in the URL if one exists.)

New Action Features:

-- Repel massive world-spanning invasions by a ferocious alien race

-- Provoke alien city invasions! Experience epic large-scale warfare for entire guilds!

-- Attack and board alien spaceships

-- Discover and utilize powerful alien weapons, armor, technology and perks

-- Challenge yourself on numerous new quests

-- Experience a brand new beginner area

New Social Features:

-- Build epic cities with powerful benefits

-- Construct towering guild houses

-- Decorate cities with extra fixtures

-- Set up your own player-controlled shops

-- Access revised trade skill interface and item search tool

-- Dress up in a wide array of exciting new social clothes

-- Rule the sky in futuristic flying vehicles

The expansion pack includes the full version of Anarchy Online, Anarchy Online - Notum Wars and Anarchy Online - Alien Invasion, as well as 30 days of included game time for new accounts. Suggested retail price is 29.95 USD / EUR. Customers who pre-order Alien Invasion are entitled to 10 exclusive Leet pets. More information on pre-order program, eligible partners and images can be found on www.anarchy-online.com\preorder . More information on Alien Invasion can be found on www.anarchy-online.com\alieninvasion

ABOUT FUNCOM - Funcom is an independent developer and publisher of computer and console games with a focus on Adventure Action and Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOG). Funcom has provided outstanding entertainment since 1993 and continues to expand its track-record of 23 released games to date. Recent successes include the multi-award winning The Longest Journey, the award winning and critically acclaimed Anarchy Online - The Notum Wars and the heralded masterpiece Anarchy Online - Shadowlands. For corporate information please visit www.funcom.com. For information about Anarchy Online visit www.anarchy-online.com .For information about Dreamfall visit www.dreamfall.com . Images and information for press can be found at http://ftp://[email protected]/
15904  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PR-PC] First title from Bungie Founder's New Studio on: August 31, 2004, 02:02:41 PM
Looks like Alexander Seropian (founder of Bungie) is pushing forward with his company "Wideload Games, Inc." and has picked Aspyr Media as his publisher.  Might we see a RTS of Myth-like proportions?  We can only hope...

_________________________________________


Aspyr Media Announces Strategic Relationship to Publish First Title from Wideload Games; Worldwide Agreement to Publish Game from Former Bungie Founder

AUSTIN, Texas-Aug. 31, 2004--Aspyr Media, Inc., an entertainment publisher delivering fun in the form of games, music and DVDs, today announced it has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing agreement with Wideload Games, Inc. (www.wideload.com), to publish its premiere title. Wideload is the new game development studio founded by Alexander Seropian, industry veteran and founder of Bungie Studios of Halo, Myth and Marathon fame. This upcoming action game, based on an original intellectual property and powered by the Halo(TM) game engine, will be published worldwide in 2005.

"Topping our 'why we want to work with Aspyr list' is their strong reputation of working with top-name companies and staying true to the creator's vision. This was very appealing to us," said Seropian. "We've known this team for many years and have always been impressed by the creative freedom and the flexibility afforded to their development and content partners. We are going to have a great time playing mad scientists in our lab and then handing off our first born to Aspyr. Their drive and desire to focus on this product and see it succeed matches our own."

"Wideload has an incredibly talented team with a proven track record of delivering original games that have sold in the millions. They're a great team, we're a great team, and together we're a powerful combination," said Michael Rogers, president of Aspyr. "We've padded our walls and removed all sharp objects from our offices, so we can be ready for the craziness that Wideload will deliver."

Aspyr will work closely with Wideload to make sure that the vision and feel of the game is reflected in all aspects of bringing this title to market. Furthermore, Aspyr is leveraging its music and film ties to create a campaign that is just as twisted and off the wall as the game itself. Stay tuned (and we mean tuned) for some interesting developments.

Wideload is dedicated to making hit video and computer games by injecting a unique blend of their visionary development model, creative gameplay and oddball humor into the computer and video games industry. Wideload brings together some of the brightest talents in the game industry including several former senior Bungie programmers, artists and designers.

Computer and video game fans can check out www.aspyr.com for game updates and sign up to get more information as it becomes available.

About Aspyr

Aspyr Media, Inc. is a leading entertainment publisher that delivers fun in the form of games, music and DVDs. Founded in 1996, Austin-based Aspyr specializes in delivering to consumers the diverse media content they seek. The company identifies quality entertainment opportunities and leverages them across multiple platforms by tailoring its services to suit the product and consumers interests. Visit Aspyr Media on the Web at www.aspyr.com.

About Wideload

Wideload Games was founded in 2003 to make unusual games for unusual people. From their lab in Chicago, the industry veterans on Wideload's creative team strip-mine their own twisted psyches, forging the raw material into games nobody else has made or played before. The studio is focused on developing original games with a small, efficient design team and a roster of independent talent. For more information about Wideload, visit www.wideload.com, or email [email protected].
15905  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / HERO! Whoa...awesome movie on: August 31, 2004, 02:56:39 AM
His name was Sky.

I suppose that as a martial artist I could see the intracacy in each fight scene so it didn't become boring for me. smile
15906  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC-PR] Evil Genius Demo! on: August 30, 2004, 07:29:29 PM
Look for my review on the title over the next few days my evil readers.


Evil Genius™ Demo Available Now!

Gamers Worldwide Can Now Discover How Evil They Really Are

 

LOS ANGELES, CA (August 30, 2004) – Vivendi Universal Games announced today that a demo for the PC strategy/simulation game Evil Genius is now available.  The demo can be downloaded direct from the company at http://ftp://ftp.sierra.com/pub/vug/evil_genius/demos/evilgenius_demo_en.exe.  Evil Genius will ship to retail stores in the United States on September 28th.

 

The Evil Genius demo is an exciting introduction to Elixir Studios' world domination simulation. All of the basic principles of being an evil megalomaniac are available to be mastered.  Gamers can build a secure underground base complete with armories, barracks, and all-important freezer rooms. They’ll train an awesome army of brutal mercenaries armed to the teeth and prepare to repel the Forces of Justice who've caught wind of their whereabouts. They’ll extract information about their plans by capturing and interrogating prisoners, and use their powerful henchmen to defeat the martial arts legend and super agent, Jet Chan, in a final chaotic showdown.

 

More information about Evil Genius can be found at the official website: http://www.howevilareyou.com/.

 

In Evil Genius gamers assume the role of a wicked mastermind bent on achieving global domination through the construction of the ultimate doomsday device.  A tongue-in-cheek take on the 60's spy thriller genre, Evil Genius offers the chance to be the villain and control a secret island fortress complete with powerful (and strangely dressed) henchmen, mindlessly loyal minions and a wide range of hilarious gizmos.

 

All the everyday tasks of the megalomaniac are available to experience as players build a secret base, train minions, gain infamy and notoriety by completing daring missions, toy with the forces of justice by setting clever traps, torture captives with ingenious devices, and develop evil super weapons to complete a nefarious master plan.  :twisted:
15907  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wanna get into the WoW Beta? on: August 30, 2004, 05:25:18 PM
Apparently Purge has a kid.  slywink
15908  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Goes Gold on Monday on: August 30, 2004, 04:51:04 PM
I got my pre-load in...I'm ready when they are. smile
15909  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Castlevania fans rejoice...Garlic Ice Cream on: August 30, 2004, 04:11:53 PM
http://mdn.mainichi.co.jp/photospecials/0406/ice-cream04/10.html

I can't make this crap up!  Check out some of the other vile flavors....

15910  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / HERO! Whoa...awesome movie on: August 30, 2004, 03:46:25 AM
Can't find it on the shelves...I've called around too.  Its either stolen or checked out or they just don't have it...might have to sign up to one of the *flix places to get a copy. :/
15911  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / HERO! Whoa...awesome movie on: August 30, 2004, 01:33:27 AM
So I just got back from checking out Hero.  Man...what a great movie.  Cinematography, story line, martial arts....awesome!!  Anyone else seen it yet?
15912  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Goes Gold on Monday on: August 28, 2004, 07:23:36 AM
I think people are beginning to figure out that CG isn't just about consoles anymore...you wanna talk about PC, you talk about PC....you wanna talk hardware?  Feel free.  Have fun
15913  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Board + Processor = Happy Gaming Goodness? on: August 28, 2004, 02:01:02 AM
Well, thanks to Fry's having only open boxes to select from for Asus and Abit, I'm now running a Gigabyte board.   I fought like hell with this board to get it up and running as I kept getting error after error and drops to BSOD during XP install.  So out of pure anger and frustration I did the only thing I could in this situation...I called Gigabyte.  Seems that my SATA drives need me to find a working system and make floppys to install (a la SCSI) prior to XP install.  I also cannot use my Western Digital without removing the jumper from it and putting it on its own chain.  Thankfully this board supports 12 drives total, so its looking stable and VERY solid at this point.  XP boots so fast that the XP boot logo appears but never shows the blue bar, its already gone before that thing can move.  Ahhhh....can't wait to finish all my installs and upgrades, its gonna be beautiful!

Thanks to everyone for help selecting the board and processor, I'm not dissapointed.
15914  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Pre-Load is a Go... on: August 28, 2004, 01:55:38 AM
Its funny....we are on the cusp of a new deployment method and its moving in far more seamlessly than anyone ever expected I'm sure....
15915  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wanna get into the WoW Beta? on: August 28, 2004, 01:54:45 AM
Oh I wouldn't say that.  Yes, it is only 7 days but you can do a lot in that time to get the flavor of the game.  As for the server performance, the issues that I've seen in the last few patches have never really been server performance related.  You don't see people warping around or running in place like you do in EQ and the like.  They have done their homework...
15916  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wanna get into the WoW Beta? on: August 27, 2004, 06:17:43 PM
If you wanna try it out, you'll have to play nicey-nice with Fileplanet.  If I'm reading this correctly though, it should allow the general public to try things out for a bit and see whats going on!  Good luck

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 BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT® PARTNERS WITH FILEPLANET FOR WORLD OF WARCRAFT STRESS TEST BETA


FilePlanet to exclusively provide stress-test files to 100,000+ players

IRVINE, Calif. – August 26, 2004 – Blizzard Entertainment® today announced plans to collaborate with FilePlanet on Blizzard’s upcoming World of WarcraftTM stress test beta. This 7-day test will help Blizzard optimize World of Warcraft to deliver the best online-gaming experience possible when it launches later this year. Gamers in North America will have the opportunity to become one of over 100,000 people chosen to participate in the stress test and try out World of Warcraft before its release.

            Sign-ups for the World of Warcraft stress test beta are scheduled to take place exclusively on the FilePlanet Web site (www.FilePlanet.com). Additional information regarding the start date of the sign-ups and the start of the stress test beta will be released on the FilePlanet Web site in the days ahead. Anyone in North America can apply—one submission per person—and selected testers will be notified by FilePlanet and receive further instructions after completing the sign-up process.

            “We’re pleased to be working closely with FilePlanet to conduct this stress test for World of Warcraft,” stated Paul Sams, senior vice president of business operations at Blizzard Entertainment. “They have extensive experience delivering files to tens of thousands of people daily, and they share Blizzard’s high standards for quality and information security.”

            The World of Warcraft stress test beta is designed to tax the game’s server infrastructure, allowing Blizzard to evaluate the account-creation process and server performance under heavy loads. Stress-test participants will be able to play the same content that is currently being tested by World of Warcraft’s closed-beta testers, but the stress test beta will take place on separate servers in order to avoid unbalancing the closed beta test. Blizzard will also be conducting an open beta test, in which everyone is free to participate, in the months ahead.

World of Warcraft is Blizzard Entertainment’s highly anticipated massively multiplayer online role-playing game set in the award-winning Warcraft® universe. Players assume the roles of legendary heroes as they explore the game’s diverse cities and wilds, revisiting famous battlefields and questing through vast expanses of uncharted territory. Whether adventuring together or fighting against each other in epic battles, thousands of players will be able to interact online within the same persistent world, forming friendships, forging alliances, and competing with enemies for power and glory.

About Blizzard Entertainment

Best known for blockbuster hits including the Warcraft, StarCraft®, and Diablo® series, Blizzard Entertainment (www.blizzard.com), a division of Vivendi Universal Games, is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating many of the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard’s track record includes eight #1-selling games and multiple Game of the Year awards*. The company’s free Internet gaming service Battle.net® reigns as the largest in the world, with millions of active users.

About FilePlanet

FilePlanet is a premier destination for passionate video gamers to download game betas, demos, trials and user-created mods, with 25 million registered users, and a growing library of over 300,000 game files.    FilePlanet is the core digital distribution service for parent company IGN Entertainment, which provides one of the Internet's leading destinations for gaming, entertainment and community for teens and 18-34 year-old males. The company's properties include IGN.com, GameSpy.com, FilePlanet.com, GameSpyArcade.com, TeamXbox.com, more than 70 community sites, and a vast array of online forums. IGN’s GameSpy subsidiary is also a leading provider of technology for online game play in video games.  The company’s paid content, download and game play services are among the most popular game-related subscriptions available on the internet.. The privately held company has its headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area, with offices throughout the U.S.  

*Based on EDI sell-through, internal company estimates, and reports from key retail accounts around the world.
15917  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My morning....ehhh....not so good. on: August 26, 2004, 09:59:15 PM
I'm not in the beta.  If anyone wanted to fess up a beta account I'd set up the server in a heartbeat.  

Thanks for the compliments Michael.  I miss training with you guys...
15918  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My morning....ehhh....not so good. on: August 26, 2004, 09:40:42 PM
HA!  Thanks for making me feel better guys...you are the best.
15919  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Easter Egg Hunt - Forum Fun on: August 26, 2004, 08:19:14 PM
I KNEW it!  IGN duped another site....dupers! DUPERS! (ok you would really sound stupid yelling "Dupers")
15920  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My morning....ehhh....not so good. on: August 26, 2004, 07:49:44 PM
LOL.  Apparently not!  I'm still pissed about it...I think he hit his target.
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