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  ARCHIVE FOR: Monday, September 12th, 2005

Half-Life 2: Game Of The Year Ships
By Andrew 'Talon' Wilson @ 05:33 PM :: PC: Action :: Comment Now
  ( READ ATTACHED PRESS RELEASE ) Through the Steam website, Valve Corporation today announced the shipping of Half-Life 2: Game Of The Year edition to retail outlets across North America for the PC. Half-Life 2 Game Of The Year is a special edition of Half-Life 2, one including (in addition to Half-Life 2): Counter-Strike: Source, plus Half-Life 2: Deathmatch and Half-Life: Source. Outside North America, Half-Life 2: Game Of The Year will ship in the coming weeks.

Sega Updates Release Schedule
By Andrew 'Talon' Wilson @ 05:33 PM :: General Gaming :: Comment Now
  Through Sega of America's games page, the company today posted a number of new release dates for its upcoming titles. Spanning all platforms, and covering releases up through 2006, the list has exact dates for titles such as Shining Force Neo, Gunstar Super Heroes and Sonic Rush to name a few. As always, the list of dates can be found below.
  • Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion (PC: September 27th, 2005)
  • Virtua Tennis: World Tour (PlayStation Portable: October 4th, 2005)
  • Shining Force Neo (PlayStation 2: October 18th, 2005)
  • Spartan: Total Warrior (Xbox, PlayStation 2, GameCube: October 25th, 2005)
  • Gunstar Super Heroes (Game Boy Advance: October 25th, 2005)
  • Sonic Rush (Nintendo DS: November 15th, 2005)
  • Shadow The Hedgehog (Xbox, PlayStation 2, GameCube: November 15th, 2005)
  • Worldwide Soccer Manager 2006 (PC: Fall 2005)
  • NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 2005 (PC: Fall 2005)
  • Full Auto (Xbox 360: Fall 2005)
  • Condemned: Criminal Origins (Xbox 360: Holiday 2005)
  • Phantasy Star Universe (PlayStation 2, PC: Winter 2006)
  • Game details on each title listed above can be found on Sega�s game page. Check back for more news as it surfaces.

    Sega Casino Announced
    By Andrew 'Talon' Wilson @ 05:33 PM :: GameBoy Advance DS :: Comment Now
      Earlier this afternoon, Sega announced plans to publish Sega Casino for the Nintendo DS. As the title implies, Sega Casino will include a number of gambling games, including: Roulette, Craps, Baccarat, and other unlockable games, including Chuck-a-Luck, Keno, and three Video Poker. The game will also include modes of play including: Free Mode (unlocking games), Wireless Mode (multiplayer 2 - 4) and Casino mode (players try to turn $1,000 into a million via tournaments). Expect more on Sega Casino as it develops.

    IEMA Issues Statement On AB 1179
    By Andrew 'Talon' Wilson @ 02:23 PM :: General Gaming :: Comment Now
      Last week, we reported that a 65-7 bipartisan vote saw the California State Assembly approving Assembly Bill (AB) 1179; which calls for the ending of both sales and rental of violent video games showing serious injury to humans to those under 18-years of age. Today, with the bill needing only the signature of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to become law, Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association (IEMA) president Hal Halpin has issued a statement opposing the bill. It reads as follows.
    "The IEMA (Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association) remains opposed to AB 1179 for many reasons, not the least of which is that it is impractical - in essence creating a California-only class of products requiring retailers to buy, warehouse and distribute California video games separately from other inventory - it is unnecessary, in that our member companies have already voluntarily committed to carding policies to inhibit the sale of Mature-rated games to minors, and it is clearly unconstitutional. Time and again courts have uniformly held that video games, just like books, movies, and music, are expression that is fully protected by the First Amendment."

    "We hope that Governor Schwarzenegger understands and appreciates the lengths to which our members who conduct business in the State of California have gone to fulfill their social obligations on a voluntary basis. It was disheartening to see the bill pass the house and senate, but we refuse to believe that the Governor will allow this matter to become further politicized and divisive - leading only to a course which would inevitably cost the taxpayers valuable resources, and an unceremonious fate that has been played out in the court system. We instead hope that he will veto AB 1179 and ask that the State work more closely with the games industry in much the same way that it does the music and movie businesses."

    Hal Halpin
    President of IEMA

    Of course, we�ll bring you more on the progress of AB 1179 as more news surfaces.

    Scooby-Doo! Unmasked Ships
    By Andrew 'Talon' Wilson @ 02:23 PM :: GameCube: Adventure :: Comment Now
      ( READ ATTACHED PRESS RELEASE ) Arriving as the first shipping story today, THQ has announced the release of Scooby-Doo! Unmasked for the Xbox, PlayStation 2, GameCube and Game Boy Advance. Making use of cel-shading, Scooby-Doo! Unmasked puts players in the role of Scooby-Doo, as he and members of Mystery Inc visit Fred's cousin Jed, a monster movie set designer that has disappeared. The game picks up as Jed's animatronics go out of the control, putting players to the task of stopping the mechanical monsters. Scooby-Doo! Unmasked carries the ESRB rating of �E� for everyone. The Nintendo DS version of the game will ship later this fall.

    Sega & Petroglyph Ink RTS Deal
    By Andrew 'Talon' Wilson @ 02:13 PM :: PC: Strategy :: Comment Now
      ( READ ATTACHED PRESS RELEASE ) This afternoon, Sega of America and Sega Europe announced the signing of a deal with developer Petroglyph, one that will see the developer creating an original Real-Time Strategy (RTS) franchise for the PC. Under the terms of the agreement, Petroglyph will collaborate on creating a modern military/sci-fi themed RTS for Sega, with Sega managing marketing and distribution, as well as supervise development.
    "SEGA is moving aggressively toward a leadership position in the RTS category and the team at Petroglyph is behind some of the finest games in the genre," said Simon Jeffery, President and COO, SEGA of America. "We continue to rebuild SEGA as a leading publisher by collaborating with only the very best developers in North America and Europe."

    "Coincidentally, this deal marks the ten year anniversary of the blockbuster RTS series which most of the Petroglyph team worked on during our time at Westwood Studios," said Michael Legg, President of Petroglyph. "We are extremely excited about our partnership with SEGA, as it will enable us to advance the RTS genre while creating fun and exciting experiences for gamers worldwide."

    As always, stay with us for more news as it develops.

    DreamCatcher & KOCH Sign Distribution Deal
    By Andrew 'Talon' Wilson @ 02:11 PM :: General Gaming :: Comment Now
      ( READ ATTACHED PRESS RELEASE ) Today, DreamCatcher Games and KOCH Media announced a partnership, one that will see several of DreamCatcher Games and The Adventure Company titles distributed throughout the UK by KOCH Media. The newly signed deal covers titles: Painkiller: Hell Wars, Cold War, Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None, Jules Verne: Journey To The Moon, Secret Of The Lost Cavern, Squad Assault West Front and Metalheart: Replicants Rampage. Release dates for the titles can be found below.
  • SECRET OF THE LOST CAVERN 23rd September 2005
  • SQUAD ASSAULT WEST FRONT 23rd September 2005
  • METALHEART: REPLICANTS RAMPAGE 23rd September 2005
  • COLD WAR 21st October 2005
  • AGATHA CHRISTIE: AND THEN THERE WERE NONE 25th November 2005
  • PAINKILLER: HELL WARS November 2005
  • JULES VERNE: JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE MOON November 2005
  • Expect more news throughout the day.

    SSX On Tour Soundtrack Announced
    By Andrew 'Talon' Wilson @ 02:11 PM :: General Gaming :: Comment Now
      ( READ ATTACHED PRESS RELEASE ) Picking up the news from where we left off a few hours ago, Electronic Arts today officially announced the soundtrack for SSX On Your. Building on the soundtrack to SSX 3, the SSX On Tour soundtrack will include 41 songs, including songs from groups such as: Iron Maiden, Motorhead, J5, Paul Wall, Blackalicious, Queens of the Stone Age, The Hives and Louis XIV. View the soundtrack below.
  • Avenged Sevenfold - Bat Country
  • Billy Talent - Red Flag
  • Blackalicious - Rhythm Sticks
  • Bloc Party - Banquet
  • Bonobo - Pick up
  • Bonobo - Flutter
  • Chali2Na - International feat. Beenie Man
  • C-Rayz Walz - Street Reppin
  • Death From Above 1979 - Romantic Rights
  • Def Leppard - Let It Go
  • Dio - Stand Up And Shout
  • Diplo - Big Lost
  • Diplo - Indian Thick Jawns feat. P.E.A.C.E.
  • Diva International - Nothing to Do
  • DJ Spooky And Dave Lombardo - B-Side Wins Again feat. Chuck D
  • Fu Manchu - I Can't Hear You
  • Goldfinger - My Everything
  • Hot Hot Heat - Pickin' It Up
  • Iron Maiden - Run To The Hills
  • Jurassic 5 - Red Hot
  • LCD Soundsystem - Daft Punk Is Playing At My House
  • Louis XIV - God Killed The Queen
  • Maximo Park - Apply Some Pressure
  • Morningwood - Nu Rock
  • Motorhead - Overkill
  • Nine Black Alps - Shot Down
  • OK Go - Here It Goes Again
  • Paul Wall feat. Big Pokey of the S.U.C. - Sittin' Sidewayz
  • Pennywise - Competition Song
  • Queens Of The Stone Age - Medication
  • Rock 'N' Roll Soldiers - Flag Song
  • Scorpions - Dynamite
  • Sweatshop Union - Come Back
  • The Faint - I Disappear
  • The Herbaliser - Lord, Lord feat. Roots Manuva
  • The Herbaliser - Gadget Funk
  • The Hives - No Pun Intended
  • The Perceptionists - People 4 Prez
  • Vatican DC - Antisocial
  • We Are Scientists - Lousy Reputation
  • Z-Trip - All About The Music featuring Whipper Whip
  • SSX On Tour is in development at EA Canada in Vancouver, British Columbia, and will ship across the Xbox, PlayStation 2, GameCube and PlayStation Portable this Fall. Those wanting more on SSX On Tour should see the game�s official website.

    Viewtiful Joe Update: Anime To Air On Kids WB
    By Andrew 'Talon' Wilson @ 05:55 AM :: PSP: General :: Comment Now
      Ok, so technically we could have just put this in the first story ... but isn't it more fun this way? At any rate, early this morning, Capcom revealed an official release date fro Viewtiful Joe Red Hot Rumble, the upcoming Viewtiful Joe title for the PlayStation Portable. According to this new game page, the game will ship on December 31st, 2005. Viewtiful Joe Red Hot Rumble has players battling it out for a role in Captain Blue's new action movie. The game will include single and multiplayer modes, new head-to-head combat, and the ability to score points by using the VFX Powers well.

    Of course, the most significant news from the game page above was official confirmation that the Viewtiful Joe anime will be hitting North America. Getting to the point, the page reveals that Viewtiful Joe Red Hot Rumble will include a snippet of the show, which will air on Kids WB. Since the verbatim bits always help separate the rumors from the news, here�s the relevant quotable tidbit.

    �Check Out the New Animated Series Coming to the Kids� WB!�
    Just for reference purposes, the Viewtiful Joe anime will hit Japan next month, airing on TV Tokyo, TV Osaka, TV Aichi, TV Hokkaido and TV Kyushu. Stay with us for more news throughout the day.

    Capcom Updates Release Schedule
    By Andrew 'Talon' Wilson @ 05:54 AM :: General Gaming :: Comment Now
      Starting off the news day in the middle of the night, Capcom today updated its game game release schedule. Covering a few of Capcom�s upcoming game releases throughout the rest of 2005, the list includes updated dates for Capcom Classics Collection, Mega Man Zero 4, Devil Kings and Resident Evil 4, to name a few. See the link below for the actual listing.
  • Legend Of Kay (PlayStation 2: September 20th, 2005)
  • Capcom Classics Collection (Xbox, PlayStation 2: September 27th, 2005)
  • Mega Man Zero 4 (Game Boy Advance: October 4th, 2005)
  • Devil Kings (PlayStation 2: October 11th, 2005)
  • Resident Evil 4 (PlayStation 2: October 25th, 2005)
  • Resident Evil 4 Collector�s Pack (PlayStation 2: October 25th, 2005)
  • Without Warning (Xbox, PlayStation 2: November 1st, 2005)
  • Of course, we�ll have more news as the day progresses.

    Trailer Round-Up
    By Andrew 'Talon' Wilson @ 12:25 AM :: Round-Up: Trailers :: Comment Now
     
  • Saint's Row (Multi) - Worthplaying
  • Full Spectrum Warrior Ten Hammers (Multi) - Worthplaying
  • Smackdown vs. Raw 2006 (Multi) - Worthplaying

  • Screenshot Round-Up
    By Andrew 'Talon' Wilson @ 12:20 AM :: Round-Up: Screenshots :: Comment Now
     
  • Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (360) - Xboxyde
  • Dead Or Alive 4 (360) - Xboxyde
  • Condemned: Criminal Origins (360) - XboxWorld
  • Shadow The Hedgehog (Xbox) - XboxWorld

  • Interview Round-Up
    By Andrew 'Talon' Wilson @ 12:15 AM :: Round-Up: Interviews :: Comment Now
     
  • Dungeons & Dragons Online (PC) - MMORPG

  • Preview Round-Up
    By Andrew 'Talon' Wilson @ 12:10 AM :: Round-Up: Previews :: Comment Now
     
  • The Incredibles: Rise Of The Underminer (GC) - IGN
  • Tak: The Great Juju Challenge (GC) - IGN
  • True Crime New York City (GC) - IGN

  • Review Round-Up
    By Andrew 'Talon' Wilson @ 12:05 AM :: Round-Up: Reviews :: Comment Now
     
  • NASCAR 06 (Multi) - GameShark
  • Advent Rising (PC) - GameShark
  • Outlaw Tennis (Xbox) - DigitalEntertainmentNews
  • Madden NFL 2006 (Multi) - DigitalEntertainmentNews

  • Morning Brief - The End Is Near Edition!
    By Andrew 'Talon' Wilson @ 12:00 AM :: In-House: Morning Brief :: Comment Now
      Now I know what you�re all thinking: �Talon�s posting the morning brief and there�s in-house content?! Surely the apocalypse is nigh!� Well to you all I say � repent, for the day of reckon � ur � that is to say stranger things have happened. Anyway, insane rambling�s aside, my weekend was packed full of the usual insane parties and other youthful exploits (read: I started reading Stephen King�s �It� again). Been looking into getting a new video card, what with my nVidia GeForce FX 5200 not cutting the mustard. However, since I haven�t been keeping too up to date (news aside that is) on the latest pros and cons of the various cards available � well I�m up a very smelly creek without a paddle on that front. Suggestions of course are welcomed.

    Overall, the coming week will be more of the same for me I think. I�ve been of course continuing to go to the gym. I figure I�m just over the half way point to where I want to be. Also, I might go watch �The Man� in theaters on Wednesday.

    Currently Listening To: Theory Of A Deadman � Santa Monica


     
     
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