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15921  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ahem....its Eldon's Birthday on: August 19, 2004, 03:23:19 PM
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068473/posters

You gots a perrrty mouth!  REEEEEE!!!
15922  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC-PR] X² - THE RETURN on: August 19, 2004, 01:47:57 PM
Looks like we get an expansion pack in February! smile  (although, this was announced in Europe, so we might have it earlier)

___________________________

X² - THE RETURN

"The best space game ever . . ." returns

BASINGSTOKE, England (August 19th 2004) - International software publisher DEEP SILVER and German games developer EGOSOFT are delighted to announce at Leipzig Games Convention, their continued collaboration over the X² franchise. The launch of the new expansion pack, X²- THE RETURN is set for FEB 2005. Enhancing and extending the gameplay of the award winning X²- THE THREAT; the expansion pack adds many exciting new features and involves players in a thrilling new storyline.

"We are delighted to be working once again with EGOSOFT and furthering the X² franchise," commented Craig McNicol, Managing Director of DEEP SILVER's parent KOCH MEDIA. "X²- THE THREAT was a phenomenal success across Europe, achieving high sales positions and receiving acclaim from specialist press. The expansion pack will further players enjoyment of this fantastic game."

"EGOSOFT are excited to continue their relationship with publisher, DEEP SILVER," said Bernd Lehahn, Managing Director of EGOSOFT. "X² - The Return will further extend the free roaming universe, combining it with a greatly improved, intense storyline and innovative new game play styles. X² - The Threat took space trading gaming to the next level. X² - The Return will give players an even greater experience."

Developed by EGOSOFT and published by DEEP SILVER, X²- THE RETURN is exclusively distributed world wide (excluding North America) by KOCH MEDIA. For additional information visit the official X² website at: www.x2thethreat.com
15923  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game on: August 18, 2004, 09:38:44 PM
D'oh, beat me to it.
15924  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game on: August 18, 2004, 09:37:30 PM
Ugh, sweet Jesus....I know this.  Yes, this movie sucked (good punny clue) but it had so much potential.

Queen of the Damned
15925  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / [HOT]XFX Geforce 6800GT 256meg $350 Shipped on: August 18, 2004, 09:35:18 PM
Ooh....tempting.  I'll go with the board and processor and stick with my 9600 Pro as well.  Good find though!

Is ATI losing this round?  I know I've heard naysayers because of the 'snow' crap in Doom 3...
15926  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC-PR] Evil Genius Goes Gold on: August 18, 2004, 09:31:59 PM
HA HA </Nelson>

15927  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 80's bands... on: August 18, 2004, 09:26:45 PM
Nope, this is just additional fun.

Chicago
15928  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ahem....its Eldon's Birthday on: August 18, 2004, 09:15:46 PM
Happy Birthday code-king!
15929  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 80's bands... on: August 18, 2004, 09:02:06 PM
They were named after places...name em:

Here is a start-

Asia
Europe
15930  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC-PR] Evil Genius Goes Gold on: August 18, 2004, 08:49:41 PM
Having played the game, let me tell you...it is a blast!  Look for my preview on the title as soon as I can.

___________________________________

Evil Genius™ Goes Gold!

Gamers Worldwide Can Discover their Dark Side on September 28th

LOS ANGELES, CA (August 18, 2004) – Vivendi Universal Games announced today that the PC strategy/simulation game Evil Genius has gone gold and will ship to retail stores worldwide on September 28th.  A trial version of the game will be released on the Internet on Monday, August 30th.

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.
15931  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC-PR] DAOC Roundtable Fan Gathering on: August 18, 2004, 07:18:33 PM
Get your geek on!

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MYTHIC ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES LAS VEGAS “DARK AGE OF CAMELOT” "ROUNDTABLE" FAN GATHERING

Visitors from Albion, Hibernia and Midgard to Celebrate MMORPG’s Third Anniversary

AUGUST 18, 2004 – FAIRFAX, VA – Mythic Entertainment, developer and publisher of the critically-acclaimed massively-multiplayer online role-playing game “Dark Age of Camelot,” today announced that they are hosting a “Dark Age of Camelot” Roundtable fan gathering in Las Vegas this September. As “Dark Age of Camelot” approaches the third anniversary of its launch, players from around the world are invited to gather on September 24th and 25th to meet one another and the game's developers. The Roundtable will feature “Dark Age of Camelot”-themed activities including LAN play, and costume contests. NVIDIA and Prima Games are amongst the official Roundtable sponsors, and along with Mythic will provide an array of prizes.

“Las Vegas is known as an exciting, challenging and fun city,” said Mark Jacobs, president and CEO of Mythic Entertainment. “And that is exactly the way we describe ‘Dark Age of Camelot.’ Given that combination, we hope that this Roundtable will be both memorable and enjoyable for our players.”

The Las Vegas Roundtable will be held at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino on September 24th – 25th. For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, please go to www.darkageofcamelot.com/roundtable.

About “Dark Age of Camelot”
“Dark Age of Camelot” is a next generation massively-multiplayer online role-playing game (“MMORPG”), and features state-of-the-art 3D graphics with multiple class and race combinations, a robust trade skill system, and the most comprehensive player Guild system in any MMORPG. The world of “Dark Age of Camelot” features three Realms at war – Midgard, Hibernia and Albion. Based on the mythologies of Viking-era Scandinavia, ancient Ireland, and Arthurian Britain, respectively, the once-peaceful Realms began to battle after the death of King Arthur. Players quest, fight monsters, form guilds and eventually gain enough power to defend their Realm from enemies.

Since its release, “Dark Age of Camelot” has received critical acclaim, including Online Game of the Year by Computer Games Magazine and Computer Gaming World, and “PC Game of the Year” by USA Today and MSNBC. With an industry-leading customer support program, “Dark Age of Camelot” continues to grow and expand worldwide and has proven to be an enduring success.

For more information about “Dark Age of Camelot,” visit www.darkageofcamelot.com.

About Mythic Entertainment
Mythic Entertainment is one of the most successful developers and publishers of massively multiplayer online role-playing games in the world. Credited with 15 online games, including the award winning “Dark Age of Camelot(R),” Mythic’s success is based in proprietary technology, superior game design and exemplary customer service delivered by a talented staff of more than 150 people. “Dark Age of Camelot(R)” is played by more than 250,000 subscribers in almost every country in the world, and has been translated into four languages.

In March 2003, TA Associates completed a $32 million investment in Mythic, the largest ever granted to any independent game developer. Mythic has been recognized for their business achievements by the Inc. 500, Deloitte and Touche’s Fast 500, and as a 2004 finalist in the Dell Small Business Awards. In addition to “Dark Age of Camelot(R)” expansions, Mythic is currently developing “Imperator™,” a next-generation Sci-fi MMORPG, scheduled for release in winter of 2005. More information about Mythic Entertainment is available at www.mythicentertainment.com .
15932  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Press Release - Xbox European Price drop on: August 18, 2004, 06:06:21 PM
My sources say "Unlikely" for the US.  We shall see...
15933  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Press Release - PS2 european price drop on: August 18, 2004, 06:06:03 PM
Thanks Purge!
15934  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fable - Massive list o' features on: August 18, 2004, 06:04:56 PM
Well, I know which side of the fence I'll be sitting on.  Even in Black and White, no matter how white and beautiful my tower was, it eventually started to get kinda 'pointy' and evil looking.  Its all downhill from there...
15935  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVD Tuesday 8/17/04 on: August 18, 2004, 06:03:00 PM
I do have an region free dvd player...and I am an import fiend.  Don't do it Mitch...its expensive. slywink

As for the redubbed + subs I think Crouching Tiger was one of the worst redubbs Iv'e seen.  Some scenes were just flat out wrong or the meaning was exactly opposite of the original Mandarin language track.
15936  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Online Fax Service? on: August 18, 2004, 06:01:04 PM
Quote
Is there something similar to this that's free?


And therein lies the rub.  I've never found a decent one that is free.
15937  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fable - Massive list o' features on: August 18, 2004, 01:40:47 PM
Well, here is a scenario that made me want to play it:

You are a kid and you stumble upon a guy cheating on his wife.  You can tell his wife and do the 'good thing', take a bribe from the guy and do the 'bad thing'.  You can also do the EVIL thing (rubs hands) and take the bribe, go tell the wife, go back and kill the husband, grow up and then MARRY his wife.  Ahh....sweet Evilness....is there anything better?
15938  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fable - Massive list o' features on: August 18, 2004, 12:26:26 AM
Some of these are surprises, some are not.  

Enjoy the goodness absconded directly from McSpyGn-griddles:
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Removed Features
- You can not kill children
- You can not have children
- There is no multiplayer
- There are no shields
- There are no horses


Your Character
- Your eye color can change throughout the game depending on how you play the game.
- Your character and other important NPCs age throughout the game in realtime (partially) but other NPCs age only through chapters.
- Your character and NPCs do most of their aging through chapters.
- You start the game at an age of about 10 and age until you are around 55. You stop aging at around 55 so your character doesn't die.
- Towns may honor you by throwing large celebrations for you.
- When your character does an activity involving strength you will become stronger and gain more muscle tone.
-You can choose a nickname and pay people to spred it across Albion.
- You can get drunk to the point of throwing up.
- You can take over entire cities.
- Using strenth, steath, and magic will help determine how your character looks. For example if you weild a sword and use strength a lot, your character will have an overall stronger build.
- There are hundreds of pieces of clothing.
- Hair sytles and tattooes are gained by finding cards that have a particular style on them.
- There are roughly 30 different tattoos.
- You can mix and match clothing.
- The game keeps track of dozens of stats such as furthest chicken punted, number of times laid, number of times wasted, etc.
- You can gain renown which determinds how famous you are.
- You gain experience orbs from enemies which can be used to increase stats of your chose.
- You can eat and drink foods and liquids to keep yourself healthy. Depending on which types of foods you eat your character can be in better or worse shape.


Your Possesions
- You can buy/sell shops, taverns, houses, etc. (possibly shipyards and inns).
- You can steal property through assassination, trickery, etc.
- You can rent out your houses.
- You can run shops and pubs (possibly shipyards and inns).
- Ability to buy things such as furniture for your home/s.
- Your character has a bottomless item bag which holds an unlimitted number of items.


Fighting and Magic
- You can use weapons such as swords to block.
- There are dozens of different types of enemies.
- During combat you can lock on to enemies, sidestep, and roll similar to the most recent Zelda games.
- If you string together attacks, you'll gain the option of performing a more powerful attack, called a flourish.
- Magic is known as 'Will'.
- You can die in battle but usually your character will just be knocked out and dragged back by a villager to a nearby town.
- There are over fifty different types of weapons including swords, machetes, spears, axes, hammers, pick axes, meat cleavers, staffs, maces, morning stars, long bows, cross bows, brass knuckles, etc.
- All weapons can be customized and upgraded.
- When firing a long bow or cross bow the strength of arrow is determined by how far you pull back the arrow.
- Weilding heavier weapons requires more strength to weild then lighter weapons.
- Cross bows need to be loaded. They are not rapid fire.
- You can go into first person and zoom in when shooting a long ranged weapon like a long bow.
- There are weapon straps.
- There is unlimited ammo for long ranged weapons.
- Arrows stick into wooden substances.
- Therea are 16 different unique magic spells (which can be upgraded).
- Certain enemies are massive. (for example mountain trolls are said to be approx. 8 times the size of your character)
- There is a training section at the Guild
- Enemies also attack NPCs such as bandits, and other heros.
- You can decapitate enemies.


NPC Interaction
- The D-pad can be mapped with dozens of various actions to interact with characters such as, farting, thrusting hips, evil laughing, grunting, slapping, giving the middle finger, etc. You can hold 4 at a time on the D-pad and the rest in a menu.
- You can become famous, respected, liked, loved, hated, feared, immitated, admired, etc. by different NPCs depending on your actions.
- Romantic relationships with both heterosexuals and homosexuals will be possible.
- You can pick on and harass children
- You can kill most adults.
- You can get married.
- Your wife may choose to leave you.
- You can cheat on you wife and even have multiply wifes in different towns/cities as long as they don't find out about each other.
- You can bribe, apoligize, taunt guards, etc. into letting you get away with a crime.
- Villagers live their everyday lifes from one event to another in a routine manner.
- There are nine other heros in Albion to complete with, three evil, three good, and three neutral.
- People may cheer or run away based on if they think your good or evil.
- People may choose to fight by your side.
- Hundreds of NPCs to interact with etc.
- People react to you depending partially on how you look.
- Most NPCs run on one of three different AI systems.


The World
- Takes place in the land of Albion, a huge island filled with numerous ravines, forests, mountains, hills, coasts, streams, lakes, ruins, dungeons, towns, and cities.
- The world of Albion has a day/night system, with the villagers behaviours reacting appropriately to the time of the day.
- Weather effects include wind, rain, snow, fog, etc.
- There is a simulated moving sun, and moon to match what hour of the day it is.
- The world of Albion has different races of people.
- There are snowy areas in Albion.
- There are at least 8 major towns/cities/settlements in Albion.
- Many different styles of towns including, farm based towns, medival towns, forts, native american, etc.
- There are over 200 'significant' NPCs to interact with.
- Albion is said to be approx. 4-8 Square Km.
- There is a battle stadium in Albion where you can fight for money.
- The guild in Albion is where you can accept missions for awards.
- You can be kicked out of parts of Albion for periods of time if you break the law.
- Your character is able to walk off of most paths in Albion.
- There are many secrets in the world of Albion.
- The world of Albion has an economic system. There is a supply and demand system that changes.
- 1 day in Albion equals 48 minutes in realtime.

Graphics and Sound
- When your character is hit he flashes red.
- Metal substances like sword and axe blades shine when light hits them.
- Your clothing, hair, etc. moves realisticlly as you run
- Nearly all plot cutscenes are done in 2D art.
- Runs at 30 frames per second.
- Play is from a third-person perspective.
- Shadows realisticlly mimic your body
- There are blood stains on things like clothing, armor, weapons, and trees.
- There are different types of clouds.
- Clouds move realisticlly across the sky.
- Taverns have their own music.
- All dialog is voiced with british actors.

Misc
- There are non-aggressive creatures such as butterflies, birds, etc.
- Once you beat the main quest you can continue playing.
- There are any mini-games such as gambling and fishing.
- Your character has a journel to record effents, quests, etc.
- If you commit a crime and someone sees you they may chose to alert the guards.
- You can break into houses to steal things, pickpocket people, etc.
- Over 22,000 lines of dialog (approx. 160,000 words of dialog)
- Your character has a journel to record events, quests, etc.
- There are various forms of transportation such as teleportation.
- Rated M for Mature (Blood, Strong Language, Violence, Sexual Content).
- Your character's most memorable moments will be painted on huge murals that can be viewed in the guild.
- Takes an estimated 20-30 hours to complete main quests.
- Takes an estimated 100+ hours to complete the entire game.
- The game lets you save before and after missions and at other points in the game. There are also autosaves.
- The story starts out just after your village was attacked. Your father was murdered and your mother and sister kidnapped.
- There are many destructable environments.
- 4 years in the making.
- There are dozens of trophies to impress people with, such as a giant wasp head, and fish tophies.
- There is sex in the game that you can watch to some degree.
- Most controlls are customizible.
- There is no swimming but you can wade through water.
- Free bonus disc if preordered from Gamestop or EB Games. Disc includes behind the scenes, interviews, playable demo of Sudeki and other Xbox titles.
- Fable game disc also includes other Xbox game demos.
- Releases Septemer 14th in the United States, and October 8th in Europe.

You can beat the game using only a frying pan.

You can pick pocket people.

You can buy other people beer and spit in their drinks (I think)

I think there are only 15 spells (not sure). (if anything, there are 17 spells... The spells that are not in the compendium are: Flamecharge/Battlecharge, Fireball, Paralyze, Push, Summon creature (might be Turncoat), Summon weapon)

Never heard any thing about crossbows... (Yes, they exist. They show the hero using one on the bonus DVD. He shot two arrows/bolts, then had to reload.)

Some spells can be upgraded up to 7(!)x while others can only be upgraded 4x I believe. (It's 4-7, so some are in between those.)

You can save any time you like, except while your in the middle of a mission. (But it does autosave after you finish the mission.)

There is a boasting system for quests to make the game harder.

Don’t know about destructible enviroments.. I have not seen this in any videos/screen shots yet. (Not environments, objects. Like barrels, crates, doors, windows, among others.)

When your using a bow you can go into a first person type of view (not exactly) to snipe people off. (You can first zoom into an over-the-shoulder view, where a targeting reticle will show up. Then you can go into a zoom-in sniper view, but the reticle will reverberate more and it'll be harder to aim.)

There are mushrooms in the game!

You can lure most NPCs...

There are secrets hidden in the world of Albion (the awesome Sand Goose).

Don’t know about many different styles of towns... They all look pretty similar. There are 5 major towns and a few smaller bandit camps and stuff.. (The Gamespot preview before their newest one said they were different. Knothole Glade is apparantly more camp/village/tribe like than other cities, and of course there are other examples.)

NPC’s will have different likes/dislikes...

If your a good/bad character and get married your wife will leave you if you change. (She can also cheat on YOU with another man, and if you find out, rumors can spread about her. At least that's how it used to be, don't know about now.)

If your wife finds out that your cheating she will leave you and you can go into the pub and actually hear her talking about you.

Clothing effects how people feel about you.

If you get lots of tattoo’s people will be more afraid of you.

You can actually be ridicules! It’s actually a setting!!

The type of clothing you wear on some missions will make it easier/harder for you.

You can kill anyone in the game except children.

There is a town in Albion where you’re not allowed to use weapons (children are only in this town). (There are lots of towns with children. The city that forces you to leave your weapons outside of it is some sort of imperial palace type... thing....)

You can hire mercenaries to assist you.

There are good/evil chapels.

If you are caught doing a crime then you can either pay a fine, attempt to kill the guards, or get kicked out of town.

The economy system in Albion is based on supply and demand. You do not make up your own prices. (You can when you own a store.)

When purchasing items a number will be displayed beside the price of the item to let you know if that item is the cheapest it can possibly be.

There are spells to help melee and ranged players.

Don’t know if you can cut limbs off... (You can't.)

You can play through the game being un armed (no weapons) . You can punch and kick and will be able to roll around to dodge attacks...

You can upgrade homes...

There are helmets in the game...

If your good you get butterflies around you (when still) and a halo over your head.

If your bad then you get flies around you (when still) and you grow horns over your head.

You only get horns and halos if your extremely evil/good.

Basic story: Your father is killed and your mother and sister and kidnapped. You are rescued and sent to the heroes guild, later something happens and you will have to save the world of Albion. It is promised that you will feel like a hero by the end of the game.

Children will mimic you if they like you and you have high renown.

You can beat people up with trophies.

You can fish and put your trophies in your home for display. (And beat people with them.)

Men will not come on to you unless you come on to them first.

We don’t know how many enemies there are in Albion. Probably over a dozen though.

Don’t know what weapon straps are? (Sheaths for swords, quivers for arrows, etc...)

You can easily change from magic/melee/ranged in real time any time you want to.

We don’t know if you can learn tricks to impress people... I don’t think there are any magic tricks or any thing like that. (They're expressions. They're not a category of their own.)

When your a kid you can get away with crime, but later you have to pay or you will be kicked out of town. I don’t know if you can bribe them (I think all guards are good), but I don’t know...

One day in Albion is approx (I don’t know the exact number) 1 hour in real time. (It's 48 minutes exactly. 1 hour = 2 minutes.)

NPC’s all run on the same AI’s. NPC’s will remember you if you do something bad to them. Given time most NPC’s will forgive/forget you.

You can break into any building in Albion.

We don’t know if they meant 8 square Km (at least I don’t know)...

Fable is not free roam. Most of the time you will be on paths. It has been said many times that there are larger areas to explore and most paths will have more then only one entrance.

When you are fully zoomed in you will see more detailed effects (ripples in the water).
15939  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 Information [Leaked Beta Info] on: August 17, 2004, 09:30:33 PM
Unless they VERY recently disabled that, its in game for multi.  We saw it when we played the Zanzibar level at E3.
15940  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVD Tuesday 8/17/04 on: August 17, 2004, 07:07:29 PM
What, no Goodfellas?
15941  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Board + Processor = Happy Gaming Goodness? on: August 17, 2004, 06:47:03 PM
Any familiarity with these boards / chipset / processor?

ABIT "KV8" K8T800 Chipset Motherboard for AMD Athlon64 CPU -RETAIL
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?description=13-127-177&depa=0

AMD Athlon 64 3200+, 1 MB L2 Cache
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?description=19-103-413&depa=0

I usually go with Asus, but their newest board is horribly overpriced just to add wireless I already have...
Thoughts?  Concerns?  Horror stories?
15942  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Disappointing Star Ocean 3 review on: August 17, 2004, 05:10:57 PM
Woops!  Yea, that would be FFXII.
15943  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / d and d coing to ps2? on: August 17, 2004, 04:36:23 PM
Official fact sheet, box art, press releases, 55 screenshots from the PS2 version alone...yep....we gots us some of that:

http://www.consolegold.com/GameInfo/game/1825.html

Just searching for "Demon" in the searchbox at the top brings up that record.

From what I saw at E3, it'll be a solid contender...I only wish it had multiplayer.
15944  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Disappointing Star Ocean 3 review on: August 17, 2004, 01:52:27 PM
I fear that the new combat system for FFXI might fall into the same boat....say it isn't so!
15945  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / WinXP Sucks. on: August 15, 2004, 12:57:56 PM
Quote
I find it hard to believe that anything NEW from Mozilla is less compliant than older Mozilla technology (let alone IE).

Sadly it is true.  We use strict xml on our site and some parts of it (pieces of our database back end) just break when you use Mozilla.
15946  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / WinXP Sucks. on: August 14, 2004, 03:00:39 PM
Its that nasty virus you named in the beginning.....Systemworks.  Pry that crap off your system and you'll see improvement very quickly.
15947  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game on: August 13, 2004, 06:27:29 PM
Yes it is. smile
15948  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Friday Caption Fun! on: August 13, 2004, 02:34:31 PM
hehhee.....

"This is the finger I stir my drinks with.  See how pickled it is?  That's because I'm a Kennedy..."
15949  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Doom keyboard Overlay? Is this necessary? on: August 13, 2004, 02:24:31 PM
Other than the 'nifty-neato' factor, I don't see the point.  Do you actually LOOK at the keys as you use em?  I can see the people that do...they are dead at my feet.  Anyway....

http://www.zboard.com/

___________________________________

Ideazon Introduces Ultimate DOOM 3TM Weapon To Gamers

New DOOM 3TM Limited Edition Keyset for ZboardTM delivers deadly action at blazing speeds

London, UK (August 11, 2004) - Ideazon Inc., designer and developer of the ZboardTM, the world's first keyboard designed for PC gamers, today announced its much-anticipated new DOOM 3TM Limited Edition Keyset for Zboard.

The DOOM 3 Keyset for Zboard is designed to unleash the power of the Plasma Gun or the devastation of the BFG in an instant, thanks to a keypad layout that gives gamers the ultimate in speed, action and control - something you simply can't get with a traditional keyboard.

"Working with id Software Inc. to create the ultimate gaming keyboard for DOOM 3 was awesome and gamers are going to love what we came up with," said Nir Shafrir, CEO of Ideazon Inc. "When you're trapped in a life-or-death situation that calls for fast action, the DOOM 3 Keyset for Zboard delivers instant response and incredible control that raises the action to a new level of excitement. DOOM 3 is changing the gaming industry and Zboard is right there to make sure it's the ultimate gaming experience for gamers."

Zboard has engineered an unstoppable keyset that was built by gamers for gamers. Zboard's custom-labelled commands make the instantaneous weapon changes and complex moves required for DOOM 3 completely effortless. As the action unfolds in the blink of an eye, with the DOOM 3 keyset and Zboard, gamers will always come out on top.

"The unparalleled atmosphere, sound and visual quality of DOOM 3 draws you into the experience like never before, and the DOOM 3 Keyset for Zboard offers quick and easy access to not only the control keys, but also special keys like the Flashlight and Soul Cube," said Todd Hollenshead, CEO, id Software. "The DOOM 3 Keyset provides a natural and responsive interface for the intense action of DOOM 3, and the special DOOM 3 art on the Keyset adds a Hellish flair to your desktop."

The DOOM 3 Limited Edition Keyset for Zboard let's gamers take advantage of many enhanced features including:

# Weapons labelled on the keys for instantaneous access to your arsenal;

# Ability to accept up to seven simultaneous key presses for maximum speed
and unparalleled gaming control; and

# Vivid colour graphics straight from the game - the Hellknight never looked so deadly!

The Zboard Gaming Keyboard comes equipped with the following components and features:

# Gaming keyset for FPS and Action games;

# 15 common shooter and action commands labelled on keys;

# Eight distinct "command zones" for ease of use;

# "Butterfly" directional keys for maximum comfort;

# Instant remapping capabilities;

# Standard keyset with Windows & Internet Explorer commands labelled on keys; and

# USB base with two extra USB peripheral ports.

For a limited time, the DOOM 3 Limited Edition Keyset is free with the purchase of DOOM 3 and the Zboard on special promotion from PC World for a price of £69.99 and £14.99 for the Doom 3 limited edition Keyset.

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About Ideazon, Inc.
North American-based Ideazon Inc. develops manufactures and markets the next generation of computer keyboard technologies that enable a new level of interaction between end-users and their computers. The ZboardTM enhances the gaming experience, accelerates gamers through the initial stages of a new game and ultimately improves gamer satisfaction.

About id Software
id - Freud's primal part of the human psyche and one of the hottest game shops on Earth - has been rocking the gaming world from Mesquite, Texas since 1991. As a renowned leader in the industry, id Software forged such frenetic titles as Wolfenstein 3D®, DOOM®, DOOM II®, QUAKE® and QUAKE II®.
With intense graphics and mind-blowing action, id's games have helped redefine the modern video game, continually setting industry standards for technology and gameplay. And, in keeping with tradition, id Software has amplified the world of adrenaline pumping 3-D gaming with the release of
their latest action titles, QUAKE III Arena®, QUAKE III: Team ArenaTM, and Return to Castle Wolfenstein®. id Software's advanced DOOM 3TM engine is leading the next revolution in 3-D interactive games. Check out more about DOOM 3 and id Software at www.doom3.com or www.idsoftware.com.

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Ideazon Europe is located in Antwerp, Belgium. For more information, contact the company on +32 (0)3 444 05 87 or visit the web site at www.zboard.com.
15950  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Pirates! coming to Xbox and PC! on: August 13, 2004, 02:20:34 PM
That is awesome!  I'm looking forward to Pirates!, yarrrrrr.
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Atari and Firaxis Games Announce Sid Meier's Pirates! For Xbox; Highly Anticipated Sequel Comes to Windows in 2004; Xbox in 2005

   
BEVERLY, Mass.-Aug. 13, 2004--Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR) and Firaxis Games announced today that Sid Meier's Pirates!(R) for the Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft is currently in development and is scheduled to release worldwide in spring 2005. Sid Meier's Pirates! for Windows will ship to retail stores worldwide on November 16, 2004. The award-winning 1987 smash hit game, Sid Meier's Pirates!, received unprecedented critical acclaim and set the industry standard for innovative game design with its unique blend of open-ended role-playing, real-time adventures and thrilling action sequences.

"There has been great anticipation for the long awaited return of Pirates! and to see what the team at Firaxis has been able to accomplish with the franchise," said Nancy MacIntyre, vice president of marketing, Atari, Inc. "We are pleased to follow-up what is sure to be a great PC launch this holiday with an Xbox title next year."

"We're thrilled to continue our relationship with Atari to bring Pirates! not only to fans of the original game but to a new generation of gamers," said Jeff Briggs, President and CEO of Firaxis Games. "Pirates! is among the most popular and loved titles in gaming history and Sid and the team here are working hard to uphold the high standards of the franchise."

In Sid Meier's Pirates! for Windows and Xbox, players take the leading role of a Pirate Captain in the 17th century Caribbean - amassing fortune and fame in an attempt to seize a rightful place as one of the most revered and feared pirates in history. Players test their skills as a sea captain exploring the high seas and exotic ports in a richly detailed 3-D world. As your reputation and skills grow, so will the size and quality of your crew, your ability to take on larger enemy ships, raid and plunder heavily fortified ports, and locate ancient treasure.

Sid Meier's Pirates! for Xbox will include a Vs mode and will take advantage of many Xbox Live! capabilities, high fidelity 5.1 Dolby Digital surround and will support HDTV.

Additional information about the franchise and Sid Meier's Pirates! for Windows and Xbox can be found at www.atari.com/pirates or www.pirates-game.com.

About Firaxis

FIRAXIS Games, home of legendary designer Sid Meier, is one of the world's premier independent game development studios. Headquartered in Hunt Valley, Maryland, FIRAXIS has created some of the most successful and award-winning PC games on the market. The company's most recent hit titles include: Sid Meier's SimGolf (published by Electronic Arts); the mega-hit Sid Meier's Civilization III (published by Atari); Sid Meier's Civilization III: Play The World, the multiplayer expansion pack; and Sid Meier's Civilization III: Conquests, the second expansion pack to the legendary strategy game. Firaxis has a rich history of creating great games including: Sid Meier's Gettysburg!, Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, Sid Meier's Alien Crossfire and Sid Meier's Antietam!. For more information on FIRAXIS Games visit www.firaxis.com.

About Atari

New York-based Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR) develops interactive games for all platforms and is one of the largest third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software in the U.S. The Company's 1,000+ titles include hard-core, genre-defining games such as DRIV3R(TM), Enter the Matrix(TM), Neverwinter Nights(TM), Stuntman(TM), Test Drive(R), Unreal(R) Tournament 2004, and Unreal(R) Championship; and mass-market and children's games such as Backyard Sports(TM), Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues(TM) and Dora the Explorer(TM), Civilization(R), Dragon Ball Z(R) and RollerCoaster Tycoon(R). Atari, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA (Euronext 5257), the largest interactive games publisher in Europe. For more information, visit www.atari.com.

About Xbox

Xbox (http://www.xbox.com) is the video game system from Microsoft that brings people together for the most exhilarating game and entertainment experiences. Xbox delivers an expansive collection of breakthrough games, powerful hardware and the unified Xbox Live online service. The new tagline, "it's good to play together," captures the spirit of Xbox as the social hub of the new digital entertainment lifestyle. Xbox is now available in North America, Asia, Europe and Australia.

About Xbox Live

Xbox Live, which launched in the United States Nov. 15, 2002, allows gamers to play multiplayer Xbox games with other gamers everywhere via a broadband connection. With a built-in hard drive and Ethernet port, the Xbox console is the only video game system built from the ground up for online gaming, negating the need to buy additional, costly peripherals or upgrades. Xbox Live enables gamers to easily find their friends; talk to other players during game play through the Xbox Communicator headset; download current statistics, new levels and characters to their Xbox hard drive; and play online--all exclusive features to Xbox Live.

(C) 2004 Atari, Inc. All rights reserved.

Xbox is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
15951  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC-PR] Atari Announces RTS - Act of War: Direct Action on: August 13, 2004, 01:34:17 PM
Atari Offers a First Look at Tomorrow's Warfare with Upcoming Real-Time Strategy Game, Act of War: Direct Action

BEVERLY, Mass.-Aug. 13, 2004--

    Atari Collaborates With New York Times Best-Selling Author Dale Brown and Eugen Systems on 2005 PC Blockbuster    


Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR) today unveiled details behind the upcoming near-future, geopolitical techno-thriller Act of War(TM): Direct Action for PC. Developed by Eugen Systems and with a storyline and game universe created in cooperation with Dale Brown, 15-time New York Times best-selling author and expert on US military, global conflict and future military technology, Act of War(TM): Direct Action is scheduled to be released in Spring 2005.

"Atari continues to strengthen its PC product portfolio with exceptional triple-A quality titles like Act of War," said Nancy MacIntyre, vice president of Marketing and Public Relations, Atari's Beverly studio. "With Dale Brown's unique expert insights into future military technology, and Eugen Systems' technical expertise and refreshing approach to the interactive entertainment industry, Act of War is well positioned to earn a spot among the top real-time strategy brands on the market."

"The world is changing to the point where terrifying worldwide events portend a frightening view of the future," explained Dale Brown, best-selling author. "Act of War: Direct Action is more than just a realization of this new world -- it shows how continued technological innovation and strong leadership can overcome the spectre of terror in our lives."

Act of War(TM): Direct Action tells a highly realistic, near-future story of a US elite force fighting an international plot to overthrow the current world order. While offering a "First Look at Tomorrow's War", Act of War(TM): Direct Action takes you through a frightening and believable reality filled with suspense, international intrigue and geopolitical military conflict, wrapped in a top-quality strategy gaming experience.

Act of War(TM): Direct Action offers players the opportunity to zoom in and engage in the battle from street level perspective on urban battlefields such as San Francisco, Washington DC, London and Moscow, with incredible detail and without slowing down any of the action. Act of War will feature a single-player story mode and various multiplayer modes including 8-player online skirmishes.

About Atari

New York-based Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR) develops interactive games for all platforms and is one of the largest third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software in the U.S. The Company's 1,000+ titles include hard-core, genre-defining games such as DRIV3R(TM), Enter the Matrix(TM), Neverwinter Nights(TM), Stuntman(TM), Test Drive(R), Unreal(R) Tournament 2004, and Unreal(R) Championship; and mass-market and children's games such as Backyard Sports(TM), Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues(TM) and Dora the Explorer(TM), Civilization(R), Dragon Ball Z(R) and RollerCoaster Tycoon(R). Atari, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA (Euronext 5257), the largest interactive games publisher in Europe. For more information, visit www.atari.com.

(C) 2004 Atari, Inc. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
15952  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Friday Caption Fun! on: August 13, 2004, 01:00:01 PM
Ok, lets keep the acual political debate down, but feel free to jab all ya like on this pic. (That means, take the cheap political shots if ya wanna, but lets laugh and move on)  

15953  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC-PR] SuperPower 2 Fact Sheet on: August 12, 2004, 05:28:02 PM
I dig RTS so I'll have to take a closer look myself...

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Title: SuperPower 2   
Publisher: DreamCatcher
Developer: Golem Labs
Ship: Fall 2004
Platform: Windows®
Genre: Real Time Strategy

Ultimate World Domination
SuperPower 2 is the only global geopolitical simulation game which allows players to control entire countries.  As with SuperPower, players control countries in 3 major areas: political, economic and military, but this time, it’s in a beautiful real-time 3D environment.

SuperPower 2 Features:
•   193 real countries equipped with realistic data drawn from the U.S. Military’s databases.
•   Sophisticated A.I. designed to realistically simulate each country
•   Real-life combat situations, with multiple forces joining and leaving battles as the balance of power shifts
•   Real-time and turn-base gameplay and Modular units building

Multiplayer:
•   SuperPower 2 supports multi-player for LAN and Internet play.
•   Multiplayer for up to 32 players in a variety of styles, including world domination, economic master, and many others.

Gameplay:
Players build up their own countries and increase influence in the broader world while competing against a sophisticated A.I.  Players make use of economic sanctions, political alliances, and military actions to wage battles.  Players have the ability to fine-tune each country’s performance, from creating or breaking treaties, to making tactical decisions in particular military conflicts.

Mods:
SuperPower 2 is completely moddable.  Tools will be released with the game to allow everyone individually customize the game. Dedicated modders will be able to create completely separate mods, set in worlds totally different from the SP2 context.
15954  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Xbox/Games for sale on: August 12, 2004, 05:24:01 PM
No problem.  Glad you got it sold.  Hope you'll still stick around. slywink
15955  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Xbox/Games for sale on: August 12, 2004, 04:46:38 PM
Oh not a problem.  I'm just trying to help you out. slywink
15956  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Episode III: REVENGE OF THE SITH on: August 12, 2004, 03:53:02 PM
Ahem...



Yep...I found a purpose.
15957  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Xbox/Games for sale on: August 12, 2004, 03:51:58 PM
I might have a buyer for ya shortly....lemme ask my co-worker.  Bbiab.
15958  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Crimson Tears? on: August 11, 2004, 07:57:21 PM
Totally!  That'd be cool...
15959  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVD Tuesday on: August 11, 2004, 07:10:30 PM
I've been debating on the Predator SE.  It comes with a ticket to AvP but I'm thinking it'd be cheaper to keep the original edition I have of Predator and see AvP in a Matinee....sigh.
15960  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC-PR] Ubisoft Announces "Alexander" game based o on: August 11, 2004, 05:00:05 PM
San Francisco – August 11, 2004 – Ubisoft, one of the world’s largest video game publishers, in cooperation with Intermedia Films and Internationale Medien und Film GmbH & Co. 3 Produktions KG (IMF3) today announced Alexander, a real-time strategy video game based on the upcoming motion picture Alexander, the highly anticipated biopic based on the life and conquests of Alexander the Great from Academy Award winning director Oliver Stone.  The game will be available for the PC day-and-date with the US theatrical release November 2004, with the European release to follow. Warner Bros. will distribute the picture in North America and select international territories. The official movie trailer may be viewed by visiting http://www.alexanderthemovie.com

“We are extremely excited to bring the grandeur and epic experience of the film Alexander to the video game arena,” said Laurent Detoc, executive director of Ubisoft’s North American division. “Our development team is thrilled to be working with director Oliver Stone to ensure that the video game captures the essence of this extraordinary motion picture. The game will include selected music from world famous composer Vangelis – whose music comprises the film’s soundtrack - movie extracts, and other features to make sure that the game is as daring, bold and ambitious as its subject, Alexander the Great.”

“Alexander is probably the greatest single military strategist of all time. Historical and ‘what if’ strategies are being scrupulously rendered by Ubisoft. One variation even has (Persian King) Darius emerging the victor over Alexander. Players will have serious possibilities for winning and losing empires. I’m looking forward to playing,” says Stone.

The RTS gameplay in Alexander promises to be challenging enough to entice the hard core gamer, but will also provide a gaming experience accessible to a larger audience of casual gamers. Players will experience the epic scope of Alexander’s conquests via historic campaigns, each with unique characteristics and resource management challenges, and featuring heroes from Alexander the Great’s era. Players will fight real-time battles using formations, combat and authentic military tactics, while commanding vast armies in foreign lands. Blood will be spilled on the battlefield and honor will be put to the test, as a combination of courage and strategy will determine the victor.

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©2004 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Ubisoft, ubi.com, and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the U.S. and/or other countries.

About Ubisoft:

Ubisoft is an international producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products. A leading company in the multimedia industry, Ubisoft has grown considerably, especially through its strong and diversified lineup  In addition to steadfastly continuing to partner with several high-profile companies, Ubisoft has also confirmed its presence on the global market by developing its own exceptional properties. Founded in 1986 in France, Ubisoft is now present on every continent, both through offices in 21 different countries including the United States, Morocco, Germany and China and through sales of products in over 50 countries. The group is dedicated to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge videogame titles to consumers around the world. Ubisoft generated a turnover of € 508 million for the 2003–2004 fiscal year, up 22.5% at a constant exchange rate over the previous fiscal year. To learn more, visit www.ubi.com.

About Intermedia:

Intermedia is a diversified entertainment company with offices in Los Angeles and London is one of the largest independent film production companies in the world.  Intermedia develops, finances and distributes motion pictures in collaboration with leading partners in the film industry.  Its parent company, IM Internationalmedia AG, is listed on the Prime Standard Segment of the German stock exchange (securities identification number 548 880).  Recent Intermedia films include the international boxoffice smash TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Upcoming Intermedia projects include Oliver Stone’s ALEXANDER starring Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie and Anthony Hopkins,  SUSPECT ZERO, starring Ben Kingsley and Aaron Eckhart and MINDHUNTERS, starring James Todd Smith, aka LL Cool J and Christian Slater.
 

About IMF3:

IMF has been producing films with major studios in Hollywood since 1997 with a total film production investment of over 500 million dollars, including Where The Money Is starring Paul Newman; Nurse Betty starring Renee Zellwegger; The Wedding Planner starring Jennifer Lopez; K-Pax starring Kevin Spacey; and K-19: The Widowmaker starring Harrison Ford.  In 2002, IMF produced Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.  IMF's next film is Martin Scorsese's The Aviator starring Leonardo DiCaprio.  IMF is based in Gruenwald, Germany and its parent company DCM Deutsche Capital Management AG, one of Germany's largest investment funds for real estate and media, is located in Munich, Germany.
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