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16001  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC-PR] EA Games' The Sims 2 Goes Gold on: August 24, 2004, 02:01:35 PM
WHAAA?  No way....I absolutely had to have Mr. Manson build a stone prison with no windows or doors for lil' Sally Manson to wallow in her own filth until she died.  Then the door (and urn) arrived....Mr. Manson didn't grieve for as long as I expected...
16002  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC-PR] Stronghold 2 Announced on: August 24, 2004, 01:33:57 PM
And here it is...

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GLOBAL STAR AND FIREFLY STUDIOS ANNOUNCE STRONGHOLD 2

New York - August 24, 2004 - Global Star Software, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:  TTWO), and Firefly Studios are pleased to announce Stronghold 2, the sequel to the award-winning titles Stronghold and Stronghold: Crusader. The Stronghold franchise has sold over 1.5 million units worldwide.

Due to be released for PC in early 2005, the castle-sim and siege-warfare RTS game Stronghold 2 will bring the series to life in glorious 3D. Stronghold 2 will also offer players a "castle-life" campaign, enhanced multiplayer capability and a new, innovative and exciting single player campaign that will be revealed in the months ahead.

"The first Stronghold game pioneered a genre by combining the elements of simulation games and combat strategy into a single unique experience," said Christoph Hartmann, Senior Vice President of Publishing at Global Star. "Now we are thrilled to bring Stronghold 2 to the market, which will undoubtedly set the standard as Firefly Studios has taken its already highly regarded gameplay and pushed it beyond anyone's expectations with new and innovative features.  We are confident that Stronghold 2 will captivate gamers in 2005."

"We decided to steer away from the typical RTS mold when we developed the original Stronghold," said Simon Bradbury, Director at Firefly Studios.  "Now, with a 3D engine that can render tens of thousands of animated characters on-screen simultaneously, we can explore the intricacies of castle-life and the machinations of siege-warfare like never before in Stronghold 2. Once again we will take the Stronghold franchise into new and exciting territory."

About Take-Two Interactive Software

Headquartered in New York City, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is an integrated global developer, marketer, distributor and publisher of interactive entertainment software games and accessories for the PC, PlayStation(R) game console, PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, Xbox(R), Nintendo GameCube(TM) and Game Boy(R) Advance. The Company publishes and develops products through its wholly owned labels Rockstar Games, Gathering and Global Star Software; and distributes products in North America through its Jack of All Games subsidiary. Take-Two also manufactures and markets video game accessories in Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific region through its Joytech subsidiary. The Company maintains sales and marketing offices in Cincinnati, New York, Toronto, London, Paris, Munich, Madrid, Vienna, Milan, Sydney, Breda (Netherlands) and Auckland. Take-Two's common stock is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol TTWO.

For more corporate and product information please visit our website at www.take2games.com.


About Firefly Studios

Firefly Studios a computer games development company was formed in 1999.  The company has produced a number of high profile and commercially successful strategy games including Stronghold, Stronghold Crusader, Stronghold Warchest and Space Colony.  Firefly Studios has offices in the United Kingdom and United States.  For more information, please visit our website at www.fireflyworlds.com

All trademarks and copyrights contained herein are the property of their respective holders.
16003  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC-PR] EA Games' The Sims 2 Goes Gold on: August 24, 2004, 01:32:49 PM
I'm looking forward to the re-invention of The Mansons.  Yes, big old pot-bellied Mr. Manson and his crack-whore wife and daughter...man I think I take The Sims to a whole different place than intended.
16004  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ahh, fun with phone ringers on: August 24, 2004, 01:30:16 AM
I figured I'd get something like Darth Vader's theme..
16005  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC-PR] EA Games' The Sims 2 Goes Gold on: August 24, 2004, 01:26:01 AM
This game looks different enough from the previous title to have my attention.  Or as some of the readers would say....IN!

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EA GAMES’ THE SIMS 2 GOES GOLD

The Sims 2, the sequel to the best selling PC game of all time has reached another milestone –it has gone gold and is set to be in stores by September 17th.

This highly anticipated and award-winning PC game is set to be one of the biggest games of the year.  With the ground-breaking introduction of genetics, players control their Sims over a lifetime and pass their Sims’ DNA down from one generation to the next.

Players will be able to create and play virtually their own sitcom by choosing one of five different aspirations for their Sims’ lives: -- their choices include: Popularity, Fortune, Family, Knowledge, and Romance.  These aspirations in life cause your Sims to have wants and fears -- Will you give your Sims a long successful existence or leave their life in shambles?

The Sims 2 also opens up endless new creative possibilities. Make your own Sim films with the new movie making feature. Create the cast, set the stage, take control of the camera and capture your own screenplay in action. Zoom in close with the new camera to see every last detail.

Generate unique Sims with the new “Create-A-Sim” packed with a vast selection of facial features, hairstyles, and outfits.  Gain easy access to player made content and open up endless customization options. Create dream homes and design neighborhoods with the new building, design, and home furnishing options.

It’s up to you to take your Sims from the cradle to the grave, fulfill their dreams, and push them to extremes in The Sims 2. What will you make of their lives?

The Sims™ 2 is rated T for Teen by the ESRB with descriptors of Crude Humor, Sexual Themes, Violence and will have a MSRP of $49.99.
16006  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Disucssion: Fable [Xbox] on: August 23, 2004, 06:02:34 PM
My problem with Mr. M's games are typically that they are one-trick ponies.  You can train your creature....and now I'm taking it away from you.  Now you have it back, but you've probably gotten bored by now.  Have fun!

I'm hoping that Fable is not all surface flash like B&W seemed to be for me.  If the good option and the bad option the same eventual outcome I'll be disappointed.  If everything you do truly does culminate in a different experience with a different ending (which I've heard time and time again that it does) then it'll be a knock-your-socks-off title.  In just a little bit we will know for sure...
16007  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / CompUSA on: August 23, 2004, 05:28:37 PM
Last night I saw a MASSIVE rack of 50% off games.  Tons of sports games and tons of other recent titles.  Didn't have time to pick through but they had all console games including GBA.
16008  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Polls & PM's on: August 22, 2004, 02:16:07 AM
Not enabling polling for readers at this point, but we can evaluate private messaging.  I have to watch the bandwidth, but I think it should be safe.

I have enabled private messanging and email via the board.   Let me know if you see any wierdness.
16009  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finally beat KOTOR! on: August 22, 2004, 02:14:50 AM
Some of the interactions change dramatically and you have some very different choices, but they don't let you get too evil.  The sequel is supposed to 'fix' that.   I found the second run thorugh to be diminished a lil bit...you don't have the massive plot twists to look forward to, but it is interesting to see what you can do with them. smile
16010  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / PASTE! on: August 21, 2004, 05:20:35 PM
Looks like today's is definately from a World of Warcraft bug submission.

"Exiting the game after a server crash...."
16011  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Linux question on: August 21, 2004, 05:20:19 PM
Its like you are speaking English....but the words aren't making sense.  I'll be taking a *nix class in a few semesters....then I'll come back and answer your question. slywink  Ok...so maybe somebody else might be able to help sooner...
16012  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Welcome Stiffler! on: August 21, 2004, 12:36:53 AM
Despite the tendency to think of the dude from American Pie every time I send you an email, we have decided to bring you into the mad-house we call a staff.   Join me in welcoming Chris Stiffler to the permanent staff of Console Gold!
16013  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / CG Guys: Promise us something on: August 21, 2004, 12:34:35 AM
You can bet that the second this forum software (or any process we have in place) isn't enough, we'll have long since forcasted and set up how to move.  Anyone who has worked for me can tell you that I'm always thinking at least a full year ahead.   You have my promise...
16014  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Thanks Eldon! on: August 21, 2004, 12:33:26 AM
Thanks much!  On the days where I want to just save myself a lot of headaches and money, posts like this keep me going.  smile
16015  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Kingdom Hearts - wow it stinks on: August 21, 2004, 12:28:10 AM
Can't forget that frightfully bad Gummy Ship crap too. *jab jab poke poke*
16016  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Xbox saves transfer question on: August 20, 2004, 07:16:55 PM
Well, KOTOR is also that way.  The only way I know of transferring them is to open the system and copy the drive from one to the other or using a mod chip and FTP.
16017  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Pre-Load + CS: Source on: August 20, 2004, 07:15:48 PM
I got the shaft.  My box was supposed to have the HL2 voucher in it and didn't.  I called ATI and they said "Sorry!" but they weren't sending me anything.  Commies....
16018  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What are you (supposed to be) doing right now? on: August 20, 2004, 05:51:40 PM
You hear that they are trying to make open-water swimming a sport?  They plan on doing it IN the Agean.  That'd be a totally different thing for most swimmers...salt water instead of pool water?
16019  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Lots of games at Wal-Mart for $15 on: August 20, 2004, 05:49:56 PM
Metal Arms is totally worth that for the comedy factor alone!
16020  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is PGR2 usable with the system link? on: August 20, 2004, 05:48:41 PM
oooh, nice catch.  I'll update the game record this evening. smile
16021  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What are you (supposed to be) doing right now? on: August 20, 2004, 04:28:45 PM
hehe...I'm supposed to be writing reports, but I sneak in here every once in a while to post. smile

Women's soccer eh?  I TiVO the Olympics and watch em commercial free (cuz man....there are a LOT of commercials!) and hope that nobody spoils em for me.  The Tae Kwon Do competition is my next 'big' event to watch.
16022  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fable Reviewed [OXM] on: August 20, 2004, 04:13:58 PM
GG's forum effect?  Sure....I've been burned.

The CG forum effect?  Not yet.  I'm not saying that to slam GG, I'm saying it because its true (to date).
16023  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Pre-Load + CS: Source on: August 20, 2004, 04:13:10 PM
I sooooo wanna play.  Just sayin'....
16024  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / PASTE! on: August 20, 2004, 01:31:00 PM
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Yeah, not really exciting.


Nor surprising at that. smile
16025  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Pre-Load + CS: Source on: August 19, 2004, 07:45:41 PM
Straight from HL2Source

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Counter-Strike: Source Beta... Live!
At 7:00 PM PST Counter-Strike Source Beta went live for CZ/ATI users. Although some users have already reported a handfull of problems, overall the whole event turned out fine! On a (rather large) side note, Half-Life 2 will start pre-loading 18th of August, so be sure to check Steam once in a while.


And there you have it...
16026  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What happened with AvP? Now we know... on: August 19, 2004, 07:42:01 PM
http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/index.php?Show=2378&Template=newsfull

Seems the studio screwed us.  Those who waited for the DVD will get to see the movie as it should have been.  Sonsabitches!  

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About the studio's cutting of the film, which he had no control over, he said, and I quote, "All of the best scenes were cut." Anderson was obviously very annoyed at the way the film was released. However, this was not purely because of the PG-13 limitation, which incidentally, the studio enforced THREE WEEKS before the release date! It was always going to be R until then. Part of the reason for the cutting was that some of the effects were not ready by the time the release date came around. The effects team had very little time to do anything.

As far as the content that was cut, apparently we see all those who die, die on screen, but he also said that there is a sub-plot that we will have to wait for on DVD. Yes there will be an R-rated Director's cut DVD although they don't know the release date yet.

Without saying anything that could dig his own grave, Anderson tactfully pinned the fault of the poor quality of the film on the studio's cut. We all know that the script and performances was not quite up to par either, but then it was time for me to ask my first question.
16027  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / PASTE! on: August 19, 2004, 07:18:05 PM
Bust out with whatever is in your Control V....no cheating!

"Annnnd....BAM!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0299977/  "
16028  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you looking forward to for the PreChristmas season? on: August 19, 2004, 04:35:16 PM
I know that on top of my radar has to be Evil Genius, Tribes Vengeance, Fable, and Burnout 3.  What are you guys looking forward to?
16029  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Zatoichi - has anyone else seen this movie? on: August 19, 2004, 04:31:43 PM
Really?  I've walked past it at least 100 times.  Don't let me down...I'll check it out this weekend.
16030  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!!!
16031  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
16032  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game on: August 18, 2004, 09:38:44 PM
D'oh, beat me to it.
16033  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
16034  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...
16035  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC-PR] Evil Genius Goes Gold on: August 18, 2004, 09:31:59 PM
HA HA </Nelson>

16036  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 80's bands... on: August 18, 2004, 09:26:45 PM
Nope, this is just additional fun.

Chicago
16037  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ahem....its Eldon's Birthday on: August 18, 2004, 09:15:46 PM
Happy Birthday code-king!
16038  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
16039  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.

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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.
16040  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 .
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