Gaming News Archive
- Wild Metal for the PC
Rockstar has now made their game Wild Metal downloadable for PC users. The game was originally released on the Dreamcast.
- Rappy Holiday!
GameCube Phantasy Star Online: Episode 1 & 2 now has a new quest that can be played online. The Rappy Holiday quest can be found under "Retrieval". I say new.... its the same one found on Dreamcast PSO and still just as much fun :)
- More Music Maker downloadable content
The XBox Music Maker package now has new downloadable content via XBox Live! for all you music fans.
- Sony postpones PS2 launch!
Sony has postponed the launch of the Playstation 2 in China this weekend due to issues with the Chinese government and the ever-present threat of piracy. China has the biggest software piracy problems in the world, at present.
- Rikiya Nakagawa leaves Sega!
Rikiya Nakagawa, head of Sega Japan's Wow Entertainment division, has quit the company after 20 years. Previously responsible for the House Of The Dead arcade game amongst others, Nakagawa leaves after Sammy bought 22% of Sega and advised a new direction for the company.
Only several weeks ago Yu Suzuki left AM2 (another Sega division) to create a new company. If more key people leave it could spell the end of Sega..... or they could go the way SNK did.
- Q production ceased
Japanese company Matsushita (known as Panasonic in the West) has stopped production of the Q, which is basically a combined GameCube/DVD player.
- Donkey Kong Country 2 for GBA
The classic game Donkey Kong Country 2 (SNES) is being ported to the Game Boy Advance and is due out in the middle of 2004, in the UK.
- EyeToy update
Sony claims to have shipped 2 million EyeToys across Europe since its launch.
- Games market break-down
Official sales data shows that Sony's Playstation 2 has a 49.8% share of the games market with PC games at 22.8%, XBox games 9.4%, Game Boy Advance games 6.5%, Playstation 1 games 5.9% and GameCube games at 5.6%.
- PSX news
Sony's PSX is selling well in Japan at the moment, but industry analysts say its just a "publicity stunt" and interest will soon die down.
- GameCube in 2nd in USA
Nintendo of America claim to have sold 754,000 GameCubes in November which put them in 2nd place, while Sony sold 850,000 Playstation 2's. Mario Kart: Double Dash sold 528,000 units, was the biggest selling game of the month and is obviously the reason why Nintendo sold so many GameCubes that month.
- EyeToy to create movies
Datel has created a peripheral that allows EyeToy owners, via the Playstation 2, to create short movies and upload them to www.junk.tv.
- New CD format
In an attempt to make the XBox 2 games unpiratable Microsoft are creating a new CD format instead of using the (easily pirated) DVD format as used in the XBox.
- Manhunt banned!
Rockstar, publishers of Grand Theft Auto, have had their new game Manhunt banned in New Zealand as all you do is "kill everyone".
- Codemasters inducted into ELSPA HOF
Codemasters is the 2nd inductee into the European Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA) Hall Of Fame. An ELSPA spokesperson said that "the owners have taken a teenage hobby and turned it in to a hugely successful business".
- UK PS2 sales...
Sony have revealed that they have now sold over 5 million Playstation 2's in the UK alone, with many more expected to be sold in the run up to Christmas.
- Playstation used as weapon in drunken fight!
Amando Hernandez used a Playstation to attack his roommate, Ricardo Lopez, in a drunken fight and hit him in the ribs with a Playstation! Hernandez, from Dillon Valley, Colorado, has been charged with 2nd-degree assault.
- Sammy pressure Sega
After Sammy acquired a 22% stake in Sega the other week, their President is now pressuring Sega to make "more profitable" arcade games instead of focusing on console games. But errm... the majority of Sega's console games WERE arcade games before being ported games consoles.
- Rebel Strike has original arcade games!
Anyone with Rogue Squadron 3: Rebel Strike on the GameCube may be interested to know that both the original Star Wars arcade (from 1983) and The Empire Strikes Back (from 1985) are both hidden in the game as extra's if you are good enough to unlock them.
- Mario gets inducted into...
Nintendo Of America are celebrating Mario's induction into the Hollywood Wax Museum where he is to replace Matrix stars Carrie-Ann Moss and Keanu Reeves.
- 2 New GameCube Zelda games
2 new Zelda games for the GameCube will be included on one disc as The Legend Of Zelda: Four Swords Plus. It will feature the 2 new gmes, Four Swords and Tetra's Trackers, aswell as a new mini-game called Shadow Battle.
The games will make extensive use of the GameCube to Game Boy Advance link-up facility and is dueout in Japan in February 2004.
Avalon is the codename of Climax's first game that is in development for the Playstation 3 and XBox 2. That means that the new machines will launch in Japan around September next year, probably.
- European GBA sales update
Nintendo have announced that 3 million Game Boy Advance SP's and 7 million Game Boy Advances have been sold in Europe so far.
- New games for Vodafone Live!
Konami's Castlevania, Frogger and Gradius games are heading for Vodafone Live! over the next 6 months for Vodafone mobile-phone users to download and play.
- Gamespy and IGN to merge
Gamespy and IGN, 2 of the biggest internet games-related sites are to merge. Between them they attract 673 million 'hits' per month.
IGN alos have a large selection of game cheats, reviews and much more, if you are willing to pay a small monthly fee.
- Sony releases more figures..
Sony has announced that it has over 1.5 million Playstation 2 (PS2) online users in the US with 30% of all PS2 sales in November were for the combo pack which includes the network adaptor.
- Galleon gets a release date
Galleon is finally getting a release date after 6 years in development (and its still not quite finished!) by Toby Gard - the guy who created Lara Croft (and left Core Design before she was famous because he didn't like the way they were using her).
The game is due out on XBox in the Spring of 2004 in the UK, whilst the PC and GameCube versions have been cancelled.
- Space Invaders returns
To celebrate Space Invaders 25th anniversary, Taito are reproducing 10,000 coin-ops (aka arcade machines) of the game to try to sell them in the US for $2,772 (£1,600) each to arcade operators.
- Adverts like Tron
I saw an advert today on TV (in the UK) advertising a dance music collection set that used a sequence very similar to the bike bit in the classic videogame inspired movie Tron, only using CD's instead of the cool bikes.
- Sammy buy a share of Sega
Sammy, the Pachinko specialist in Japan, has bought a 22.4% stake in Sega, which makes them the largest shareholder of the games developer. This comes after the failed merger earlier this year.
Ys (possibly pronounced "Yeez") is one of Japan's biggest PC RPG's and is heading to an unspecified games console next year (probably the Playstation 2).
- Cyber X incident
The Cyber X Games qualifier that was held in Los Angeles, California, last week was halted after 2 rival clans clashed outside the event and when an official from the event tried to intervene he had a gun held to his head.
- GTA pack on XBox slips
Rockstar has admitted that the Grand Theft Auto double pack won't be released on the XBox until 2nd January 2004 , because they forgot about their exclusivity deal with Sony that lasts throughout 2003! The game was originally due out on the XBox on 19th December this year.
- Online text-based RPG
Theres a cool online RPG which even works on Dreamcasts (I have happily played the game with my Dreamkey 3 browser with no problems) that I recommend everyone to check out.
Hey, even if you die there are things to haunt! Check out this great game at:
- New N-Gage games
Nokia has announced several new games due out on their N-Gage handheld next year, which include Sega Rally, Worms, and Ashen amongst others.
- More US GameCube sales news
Nintendo claim that it sold more GameCubes than Playstation 2's or XBox's at the Thanksgiving weekend in the US in which over 500,000 GameCubes were sold.
- PSX downgraded for Japanese release!
To meet the 13th December launch in Japan, Sony has been forced to strip the PSX of most of its functions including DVD+RW compatibility, MP3 playback, PS2 broadband support and has also downgraded the DVD drive from 24x to 12x speed.
- Virtua Fighter Quest unveiled
Sega have unveiled the Virtua Fighter Quest RPG albeit with a new (mouthfull) of a name... Virtua Fighter - Cyber Generation's Ambition Of Judgement Six and has been described by Sega as an action-RPG.
- PS2 sales in Japan
Since Sony cut the price of the Playstation 2 from 25,000 Yen (£135) to 19,800 Yen (£105), in Japan, they have seen a rise in sales by 193% with 130,000 PS2's being sold in 2 weeks!
- PSX Japanese Launch Date
Sony's PSX, a Playstation 2, TV tuner and hard-drive in one, will go on sale in Japan on 13th Decemeber for 79,800 Yen (£425) and is capable of recording up to 204 hours of Television programmes thanks to the 160GB hard-drive.
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