We’ve moved!

Posted in General by Shawn Wallace on 17 2006f March 2006

That’s right kids. For awhile, was forwarding here, but we’ve moved into our permanent (well, as permanent as webhosting can be) digs and have gotten a good portion of our database back online. So, fix your favorites to point to instead of here.


Bungie’s cribs

Posted in Blog,Gaming by Shawn Wallace on 16 2006f March 2006

Ever wondered what some of the peeps at Bungie have as their gaming setups? Check out this page for some pics along with specs. Good stuff!

PlayStation 3 officially delayed

Posted in Gaming,Next,PS3 by Shawn Wallace on 15 2006f March 2006

After much speculation, the official announcement has been made that the PlayStation 3, due for launch sooner rather than later, has been delayed to much later, as in sometime around November of this year… maybe. Check it:

Sony will put off the release of its much awaited PlayStation 3 console until November from its planned spring debut because of delays in finalizing its next-generation optical disc technology, the company said Wednesday.

The PlayStation 3 console can be used as a Blu-ray DVD player, but will also read previously released PlayStation and PlayStation 2 games, Kutaragi said. It will also have a hard disk drive, broadband and wireless Internet connections, and support high-definition televisions.

New PSP confirmed?

Posted in Gaming,Next,PSP,Rumor Mill by Shawn Wallace on 13 2006f March 2006

According to this post over at Kotaku, the AICN guys have confirmed (somehow) that a new PSP will be coming with a 4 gig hard drive. Here’s a clip:

Seems Sony’s current internal plans call for a release of a refitted PSP around Christmas this year. The device will, indeed, be streamlined (thinner), lighter, boast 4 gigs of memory and a camera.

Check out the AICN article here.

Painkiller: Hell Wars Chat

Posted in Games,Gaming,Next,Xbox by Shawn Wallace on 11 2006f March 2006

Want to fire off a few questions to the peeps at People Can Fly about their upcoming Xbox port of the popular FPS shooter Painkiller? Read on to find out just when that opportunity will arise:


DreamCatcher Games today announced that will be hosting a chat with People Can Fly, developers of the upcoming Xbox title “Painkiller: Hell Wars” on Tuesday, March 14th at 3:00pm EST / 12:00pm PST.

In “Painkiller: Hell Wars,” gamers play the role of Daniel Garner, who after an unfortunate car accident is trapped between Heaven and Hell. To escape purgatory and find his salvation, he must fight mobs of hellish monsters to stop an imminent Unholy War.

To access the Painkiller chat, you will need an IRC client ( Download and install the client and click on irc://

/Painkiller. As an alternative, the chat can be connected manually by using as the server and #Painkiller as the channel.

Painkiller: Hell Wars is planned for release on March 2006 and has an ESRB rating of “M” for Mature.

Prey weekly update #9

Posted in Games,Gaming,Next,X360 by Shawn Wallace on 11 2006f March 2006

3DRealms has released the ninth weekly update for Prey, this week focusing solely on the Xbox 360 version of the game. Here’s a quick snippet:

We started work in earnest on bringing Prey to the 360 in late June 2005, although we had been looking at the code a little before that to ready ourselves and plan our attack. It was amusing to see on some gaming forums that some posters seemed to think that the announcement about it last month meant that we had just started work on it, this is far from the case.

As our aim was to keep everything as faithful to the PC original as possible, we knew it would be mainly a coding job, with relatively little work needed on the art side. It broke down into a number of tasks – converting the engine itself to get it running on the 360 platform, and the areas where we needed to make changes to better suit the platform – such as the control system, the front end and the integration of Xbox Live.

Click here for the full update.

WarPath Factions Trailer

Posted in Games,Gaming,Next,PC,Xbox by Shawn Wallace on 9 2006f March 2006

Itching for some more in-game footage from DE and Groove Games’ upcoming sci-fi shooter WarPath? Click here for the WarPath Factions Trailer over at YouTube. Here’s some words to go along with the pretty pictures:

Choose Your Side Wisely In “WarPath’s” Epic Trinity War!

“WarPath” from Groove Games introduces three factions locked in a fierce battle for dominance of Kaladi, a planet rich in resources. Though very different needs draw the Ohm, Kovos and Humans to this valuable planet, they have one thing in common: the desire to gain control at any cost. Strategy and firepower are the only hope for each faction as they stake their claim in “WarPath’s” menacing sci-fi setting.

THQ and Double Fusion team up

Posted in Gaming,Next,Rant by Shawn Wallace on 8 2006f March 2006

Team up to do what you ask? Why, to bring more advertisements to video games! Here’s the official release:



Leading Global Video Game Publisher and In-game Advertising Leader To Work Together Across Upcoming Current and Next-Generation Releases

AGOURA HILLS and SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., – March 8, 2006 – THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) and Double Fusion, a leader in in-game advertising, announced today a multi-title relationship where Double Fusion will represent three upcoming THQ titles to advertisers and agencies. Titles include new, original properties for next-gen and licensed properties scheduled for release this fall.

“In-game advertising opens up new revenue opportunities for the company, and helps us deliver an exceptionally strong communications channel to our brand and marketing partners,” said Kelly Flock, executive vice president of worldwide publishing, THQ Inc. “We feel that Double Fusion has a very compelling offering that will help us reshape the way marketers deliver content and consumers interact with that content during their game experience.”

“THQ is consistently one of the most innovative publishers in the video game industry and this relationship will further establish in-game advertising as an effective vehicle that provides a huge benefit to gamers, publishers, and advertisers alike,” said Elie Wurtman, Chairman, Double Fusion. “By providing marketers access to a wide range of opportunities in THQ’s titles, from billboards to deep storyline integrations, we’re able to offer a significant value proposition to our partners.”

Double Fusion’s technology enables advertisers to serve and measure rich-media campaigns within the immersive game environment itself, while allowing game publishers to increase their per-title revenues through advertising.

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again; these types of deals should ultimately benefit the consumer by bringing the retail cost of the game down a few dollars. However, we know that won’t happen. There is one line in there that cracks me up though:

“By providing marketers access to a wide range of opportunities in THQ’s titles, from billboards to deep storyline integrations, we’re able to offer a significant value proposition to our partners.”

Deep storyline intergrations? Great… so that means we can look forward to the final level in action games being a Mountain Dew can hunt instead of “kill bad guy x” or “escape before time runs out”. Ugh.

Q&A w/ Mark Starrett of Saitek

Posted in Gaming,Hardware,Interview by Shawn Wallace on 7 2006f March 2006

Tonight we’ve got a fine interview with Mark Starrett of Saitek, talking about present and future products, and what’s next for this PC gaming controller developer. Check it:

Gamingnext – Please tell us a bit about yourself.

Mark Starrett – I’ve been the U.S. Marketing Manager for four years, and came to Saitek nine years ago to launch our line of PC Game controllers. I came to Saitek because I’m a gamer at heart, and so is Saitek. My favorites are combat flight simulations, and head-to-head dogfighting. In what spare time there is left, I enjoy motorcycle sport-touring.


Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter launch trailer

Posted in Gaming,PC,X360,Xbox by Shawn Wallace on 6 2006f March 2006

GRAW is due out March 9th, and tonight we have the official launch trailer. This game is coming out for multiple platforms, but it looks like the X360 version is going to be the flagship in this trifecta of tactical gaming goodness. Words, then linkage:

This final piece of official trailer goodness for Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter lays it all out. Feast your eyes upon stunning in-game footage that will let you know exactly what to expect when you play Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter. Amazing graphics, intense action, and amazing multiplayer gameplay…Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter is ready to help usher in the next generation of gaming…in a big way. See what the critics are already saying about Ghost Recon Advanced…”Look upon this game and cry tears of joy!” Indeed.

Click here to check out the official GRAW launch trailer at YouTube. 

Rainbow Six Vegas officially announced

Posted in Games,Next by Shawn Wallace on 6 2006f March 2006

Rainbow Six Vegas has been officially announced for next gen consoles, due to debut this fall. You can check out the official Rainbow Six games website here or read on for the full press release:


SAN FRANCISCO — MARCH 6, 2006 — Today Ubisoft, one of the world’s largest video game publishers, announced that it is developing Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six® Vegas for  next-generation and current-generation video game consoles. Scheduled for a fall 2006 release and developed by Ubisoft’s award-winning Montreal studio, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas is the fifth iteration of the multimillion-selling Rainbow Six tactical shooter franchise.


Rainbow Six: Vegas revealed

Posted in Gaming,Xbox by Shawn Wallace on 5 2006f March 2006

This article over at 1Up reveals the next title in the Rainbow Six series as Rainbow Six: Vegas. I’d give you a snippet from the article but it doesn’t reveal much more than this. Looks like this is due in stores in September. The article also features a single screenshot and a scan of the print mag that will reveal more info on Vegas later this year.

Rockstar to make… a table tennis game?

Posted in Games,Gaming,Next,X360 by Shawn Wallace on 4 2006f March 2006

That’s right kids… the makers of such titles as Manhunt, The Warriors and the Grand Theft Auto series, Rockstar Games, has officially announced their next mind-blowing title.

A ping pong game for the Xbox 360.

No… really. Anyway, IGN had the scoop so be sure and check out the goods here.

Will you pick it up? I know I will, and not just because it’s a Rockstar Game (I might only own one or two Rockstar titles) but because it does innovate. 

Mario Race

Posted in Gaming,Vintage by Shawn Wallace on 4 2006f March 2006

Here’s a fun one for you to check out this Saturday. A couple guys race each other in Super Mario Brothers at what looks to be some sort of LAN event. Anyway, here’s some notes from the video:

Jeff Ninneman and Jason Harmer race to finish Super Mario Brothers on NES, circa 2002. No emulators were used.

Watch Ninneman’s screen (left) for an amazing jump at the beginning of Lvl 8-2. Harmer opts out of attempting it.

Harmer’s all-time SMB record: 5:09
Ninneman’s all-time SMB record: 5:11

You can tell they fool around a little bit in this one for the talent show, so it’s just around 6 minutes.

Left Screen/Mario:     Jeff Ninneman
Right Screen/Luigi:     Jason Harmer



Posted in Blog,Next by Shawn Wallace on 3 2006f March 2006

Really, that is the question. What is this Origami thing? The source code of says it’s a “Mobile PC running Windows XP” but, come on… I want to know the mobile gaming implications of this bad boy. I fired off a few questions and this is all I got back.

Is anyone else’s list of anticipated upcoming games just ridiculous? I wish I had enough cash to get all the games I want, but, alas, that’s not going to happen. I guess, on the immediate horizon, GRAW is my number one. I do plan on trading a couple games in to GameStop today and picking up Black. Hearing mixed things about it, but I’m a sucker for all action, no story-type games. What’s on your list of games you just can’t wait to get? Let us know in the comments.

Upcoming reviews? 24: The Game and the Saitek Red Eclipse keyboard. Also, as more games come out (seeing as how we’re getting closer to E3) we’ll be pumping more reviews out then as well. We’ve also got a couple Q&A’s lined up, but I don’t want to divulge those as I’m not sure when they’ll be in.

If I don’t chat at ya’, have a great weekend.

Top Spin 2 for the Nintendo DS

Posted in Gaming,NDS by Shawn Wallace on 3 2006f March 2006

We don’t normally just make general posts about games, but this is an exception. I was such a huge fan of Top Spin on the Xbox (especially playing over Live) that I had to get this out there. Slated for an April 3 release, Top Spin 2 will be coming to the Nintendo DS. You don’t even have to like tennis (or sports games, for that matter) to be interested in this title as the production values on Top Spin were top notch, so I have high hopes for this game.

When this game came out, I could count on at least three friends being ready and willing to play this game over Live at any time, and not because they were hardcore gamers. It was simply that this game was so easy to step into. The learning curve was shallow, but mastery takes time.

Get all the ordering details over at GameStop.

Big Guild Wars update

Posted in Gaming,PC by Shawn Wallace on 3 2006f March 2006

A pretty big Guild Wars update has occurred, making some pretty drastic changes in general. The update went live yesterday, so simply starting your Guild Wars client will cause the update to be downloaded and applied. All the details after the jump:


More Microsoft Origami info

Posted in Gaming,Hardware,Next by Shawn Wallace on 2 2006f March 2006

We fired off a few questions to the peeps handling the Microsoft Origami, but instead got some different questions and answers sent back to us. Our questions were gaming-related, but the following questions and answers are pretty general. Here’s what they had to say:

Q: Everyone expected you to make an announcement today. What gives?

A: We have not announced any intention of making an announcement today. The site invited visitors to “learn more” on March 2nd, but we never intended to make any announcements today.

Q: When can we expect to hear more?

A: We will have more information to share on March 9. Please stay tuned!

Q: So if we check back, will it be the same teaser-type message, or will you really make an announcement?

A: While we are not sharing details of our news on March 9th, we can tell you that we expect to share significant information about Origami on this date.

Q: Will Origami become a separate sku in the Windows Vista timeframe?

A: Origami machines will run Windows Vista after the OS launches later this year. However, they will not be a separate sku and we do not have any details to share regarding what Windows Vista features will be available on the devices.

Q: Will Origami machines run Windows Vista?

A: Although some Origami machines will run Windows Vista after the OS launches, we don’t have any details to share regarding what Windows Vista features will be available on the devices.

Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion gone gold

Posted in Gaming,PC,X360 by Shawn Wallace on 2 2006f March 2006

2K Games and Bethesda Softworks have announced that Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, the highly anticipated RPG for the PC and Xbox 360, has officially been completed and has been sent off for manufacturing. We should see the game in stores March 20th. The official press release is available after the jump:


Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter golden

Posted in Gaming,PC,X360,Xbox by Shawn Wallace on 1 2006f March 2006

That’s right kids, she’s done and is off to manufacturing. Read on for more info and some brand spankin’ new screenies of Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter, the upcoming tactical shooter on the PC, Xbox and Xbox 360 from Ubisoft and Red Storm.


New Origami info tomorrow

Posted in General by Shawn Wallace on 1 2006f March 2006

Now that Microsoft has officially confirmed their Origami project, we can see that they’re primed to release some new info tomorrow about this new handheld according to a swanky flash animation on the Origami Project homepage. Yeah, the lifestyle stuff is all well and good… I gotta know if we can expect a Halo Mobile version sometime soon!

New And1 Streetball shots and info

Posted in Games,Gaming,Next,Xbox by Shawn Wallace on 1 2006f March 2006

Not only do we have 26 new images for you today of the And1 Streetball game in development by Black Ops and Ubisoft, but we’ve got roster details as well. More info and all 26 images after the jump…


WEBZEN to publish Red 5 Studios’ games

Posted in Gaming,General by Shawn Wallace on 1 2006f March 2006

The crew that was part of the development of such gaming classics as Diablo II, StarCraft and WarCraft, have signed a publishing deal with Seoul, Korea-based WEBZEN. Red 5 Studios is set to get their MMORPG published across the globe with this detail. Here’s the official release with all the details:


SEOUL – Feb. 28, 2006 – Global online entertainment company WEBZEN, Inc. (NASDAQ: WZEN) today announced that it has signed an exclusive worldwide agreement with U.S.-based Red 5 Studios, Inc. to publish a new MMOG property. The contract was executed today at WEBZEN’s headquarters in Seoul.

Creating tremendous industry buzz and anticipation since the company’s inception in September 2005, Red 5 Studios was formed by key members behind Blizzard Entertainment®’s World of WarCraft®, including the game’s Team Lead Mark Kern and Art Director William Petras and Online Director for Asia, Taewon Yoon.

“WEBZEN and Red 5 Studios share the same vision and passion to create next generation online games that can successfully suit the tastes and demands of gamers worldwide,” said Nam Ju Kim, CEO, WEBZEN, Inc. “We are confident that projects such as these will help WEBZEN reach its goal of becoming a top global online games publisher.”

The core members at Red 5 studios have proven their development prowess in launching successful online game properties such as Diablo II, Starcraft series and Warcraft III on a global scale. As such, WEBZEN is being heralded for obtaining the company’s promising new game property, which is primed to deliver worldwide market appeal. For WEBZEN, the publishing deal is an important component to its mid-and long-term objective of building a world-class games portfolio.

“WEBZEN offers the optimal environment for developing games, with its world-class technology and overall expertise in online game entertainment,” said Mark Kern, President and CEO, Red 5 Studios. “WEBZEN is becoming a huge force in the global online games marketplace. Their commitment and determination partnered with our unique game concept is a winning combination for a blockbuster title.”

The new game from Red 5 Studios is in its initial stages of development, and more details on the title will be released at a later date.

This publishing contract marks WEBZEN’s second global publishing deal, after acquiring in 2005 the worldwide license for All Points Bulletin (APB), David Jones’ online game, for both PC and XBOX360 platforms.