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Wednesday, January 24, 2001
Win Based :: Womengamers Reviews Sheep - posted by Erich Becker at 2:33 pm CDT

WomenGamers.Com's Cricket takes a look at the wacky puzzle game, Sheep.

"Each sheepherder has good and bad traits, and part of the fun is picking the right herder for the type of sheep and level of difficulty. As I write this review, I am still in the early stages of the game. It takes skill to master herding. Getting through various obstacles without killing sheep takes a lot of practice. So far I have encountered mine fields, electric fences, sharks, threshers, shearers and airplanes. I have a feeling this game will challenge me for several months."

Sheep Reviewed

Media :: Womengamers Examines the ESRB - posted by Erich Becker at 2:32 pm CDT

Dr. Kathryn Wright, WG consulting psychologist, takes a look at the role and processes of the ESRB, its reputation within the industry, and the direction in which it plans to go given the current political pressures. Also be sure to check out our interview with Arthur Pober, President of ESRB, about the function and procedures of the organization.

AP: "...As an industry we kind of get painted with a bad paintbrush sometimes, because when the media wants to show violence they will always take the most severe, violent videogame and put it on the screen. But if you take a look at the quotes from the FTC from people like Senator Lieberman, basically it was said that our self-regulatory system is the most comprehensive in this country, and I'm very proud of that."

Taking a Look at the ESRB

Dreamcast :: Dreamcast Lives On, New Games Unveiled - posted by Erich Becker at 2:31 pm CDT

It seems that everyone on the internet, and most respectable news sites, jumped the gun on this one. Sega is not going to stop production of the Dreamcast at the end of March in a sense. It seems that Sega is moving the Dreamcast technology to a set-top box aspect, and the console owners out there will have nothing to fear from this, because Sega has well over 100 games to be release in the next year alone.

What happens to the Dreamcast after April 2002 is anyone's guess at this point. Sega of Japan has gone on record stating that they are in negotiations with Sony and Nintendo to develop for the Playstation 2 and Game Boy Advanced platforms respectively. Regardless of your personal feelings about the Dreamcast hardware as a gaming console, Sega is second only to Nintendo when it comes to the games department of thier business. The development houses under the Sega banner are some of the most talented in the industry and have shown us games like Jet Grind Radio, Shenmue, Sonic Adventure, etc. Regardless of the hardware situtation at Sega, we know that the company will live on as one of the biggest game publishers on the planet. Sega may even be able to overtake Electronic Arts with this extensive library of action, sports, role player, and adventure games. Not to mention the games that just don't fit in any genre.

While some sources may have jumped the gun on this story and called it the "Death of Dreamcast" or "Saturn Part 2" remember that Sega is the company that brought us some of the best games EVER. Need I mention Streets of Rage II? The company will live on in the software world, and in the future it doesn't matter what console you have, it matters what games you have to play on that new piece of technology.

Sega of America is set to release an official statement soon.

Among the new games announced for the Dreamcast the highlights include Sonic Adventure 2, Crazy Taxi 2, House of the Dead 3, and a whole new round of 2K2 sports games from Visual Concepts. It's a great year to be a DC gamer.

--Erich Becker

Monday, January 22, 2001
Win Based :: XLGaming Reviews Kingdom Under Fire - posted by Erich Becker at 3:04 pm CDT

Yet another game falls under the XLG spotlight! Kingdom Under Fire from G.o.D. gets the reviewed and doesn't fare too well...

Here's snippet from the review:

In view of these "established" staples of 2D Role Playing Strategy, Kingdom Under Fire plays like a throwback to the days of Warcraft – complete with an Orcs vs. Humans storyline (Please! How many times do we have to do this?), simple yet cryptic technology trees (Weapons…sharper weapons…very sharp weapons! Wow!), very generic structure layout, low-resolution graphics and no real concept of strategy except the swarm rush. A lack of attention to details also shows throughout the gameplay.

Related Links: XLGaming's Review of KuF

Hardware :: Luxidion.com reviews Natural Keyboard Pro - posted by Erich Becker at 3:03 pm CDT

Luxidion.com has a nice 3 page Hardware review for you today. This time we have a review of a handy dandy keyboard from the fine folks at Microsoft.

In Case your wondering its the Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro.

We would be very Thankfull for a mention in your news section.

Related Links: Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro Review

Win Based :: SwankyGames.com reviews Oni - posted by Erich Becker at 3:01 pm CDT

SwankyGames.com has posted a review for Oni and a cleverly named article Gaming for Godot. Here is a snippet:

"I recently saw Waiting for Godot, an absurdist masterpiece by playwright Samuel Beckett, and was wondering the implications it has to the world of gaming. This may seem somewhat of a stretch, but the existential nothingness of the play seems to apply rather directly to the nothingness of gaming, once it has been extracted from the purpose and story of the game to the basic actions of the gamer. Essentially, what the gamer ends up participating in is a visceral and instinctual experience comprised of button presses and mouse fondlings in order to adjust the flickering images on the monitor's surface. It is an experience without any intent or purpose but that which lies in the world of the game, be it Quake III or Tetris, Starcraft or FreeCell. Once completed, the game is nothing more or less than it was when you began, and the world outside feels no effect from your completion other than the occasional bragging remark or an intently pointless review on some obscure website. Yo!u have gained nothing but a simple glow of accomplishment within your mind, which in itself is neither malleable or describable. And so there you are ... empty as before."

Oni Review & Gaming for Godot @ swankygames

Nintendo :: Dr. Mario 64 Announced for N64 - posted by Erich Becker at 2:57 pm CDT

I haven't had to do this in a long time. A new Nintendo 64 game has been announced, and its release date lies with in four months of this news.

Nintendo has announced Dr. Mario 64 for the Nintendo 64. For those of you who remember the original Dr. Mario, it was a fun and addictive puzzle game that resembled Tetris in a way. Instead of blocks, you use pills.

Nintendo seems to have enough steam in the system to get them to the launch of the highly touted GameCube that will launch this Fall (October has my money). Excellent stuff for any fan of the original game.

Related Links: Nintendo Web

Win Based :: Unreal 2 Release Info Announced - posted by Erich Becker at 2:52 pm CDT

It seems that Infogrames has a Quarter 1, 2002 release date planned for EpicMega Games' Unreal 2. A spokesman for Inforgrames also revealed that Unreal 2 would be shown in playable form behind closed doors at the fast approaching Electronic Entertainment Expo in May.

FGNOnline is said to have a massive update of Unreal 2 information tomorrow. Be sure to tune in.

In other Unreal 2 news, I found this quote extremly funny:

Rumors hinting that Unreal 2 is in development for PS2 are also unfounded . "That would be impossible," stated Rein. "Unreal 2 could not run on PlayStation 2."

It seems Sony's overpriced monolith CAN'T do everything.

Related Links: FGNOnline

Friday, January 19, 2001
Hardware :: Everglide Signs with NovaLogic - posted by Erich Becker at 2:41 pm CDT


Announces Delta Force Land Warrior Licensing deal.

San Francisco, CA /Jan. 12, 2000 - EverGlide.com, Inc. www.everglide.com, the developers of the award winning EverGlide Mousing Surface, in association with EverGlide.co.uk, its United Kingdom distributor, and NovaLogic, Inc. http://www.novalogic.com/ announced today the signing of a licensing agreement to produce EverGlide mouse pads bearing the popular Delta Force® Land WarriorT trademarked logo.

Continuing its sweep of licensing high-end game brands to enhance it mouse pad product line, Delta Force Land Warrior joins EverQuest, Half Life, Unreal Tournament, Quake 3, Tribes 2, and Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 inthe EverGlide line-up.

Recognized by game enthusiasts worldwide as a producer of superior gaming surfaces, EverGlide has signed the license deal with NovaLogic, Inc. to produce Delta Force Land Warrior branded EverGlide Mousing Surfaces in a variety of popular configurations.

"We are very proud to associate our online gaming shopping destination with such a strong brand as NovaLogic's Delta Force and are delighted to be able to offer our products to the Delta Force gaming community," said David Welsh, CEO of EverGlide. The Delta Force franchise has sold more than 1 million unites worldwide.

"Dedicated players of Delta Force will now be able to enjoy the super responsive action of the ultimate mousing surface as they conduct missions swiftly and silently - dodging tracers and explosions all around," added Dominic Silk, the architect of the license agreement and Director of the EverGlide United Kingdom distributorship.

Delta Force EverGlide Mousing Surfaces may be purchased online in the US at www.everglide.com, in the UK at www.everglide.co.uk, and in Europe at www.everglide.de.

About Delta Force:
NovaLogic's successful series began in 1998 with the original Delta Force. The game cast players in the role of a highly trained member of the U.S. Army's elite anti-terrorist and hostage rescue unit, Special Forces Operational Detachment - Delta -- better known Delta Force. Two sequels followed; the most recent, Delta Force Land Warrior, was released in North America in early November 2000 and will appear in Europe in February 2001. Land Warrior expands on the series with a new, fully 3D accelerated engine, new weapons, and special character abilities that let players select the roles best suited to their playing styles. The game also features large-scale multi-player with player records, medals, and promotions via NovaWorld, NovaLogic's Internet gaming service.

About NovaLogic, Inc.:
Founded in 1985, NovaLogic, Inc. is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for the PC and gaming consoles. NovaLogic's headquarters are located in Calabasas, California

About EverGlide.com, Inc.:
EverGlide.com was established in 1997. Introduced at COMDEX '97, its EverGlide Mousing Surface revolutionized the mouse pad industry with its acute surface and emphasis on durability.

EverGlide Mousing Surface has received wide spread recognition and scores of high-ranked reviews from the top gaming magazines and Web sites including the Four Star Award from Computer Gaming World. Today, with its focus on creating a games product shopping destination EverGlide products are distributed worldwide from Iceland to Argentina - Canada to Malaysia. Distribution centers are located in nine countries including the US, Canada,France, Germany, Singapore, and Iceland. Hundreds of US retailers carry Trademarked, licensed, and/or specialty printed EverGlide products. EverGlide.com merchandising partners include many of the leaders in the gaming industry including: Sony Online Entertainment, Westwood Studios, Artisan Entertainment, id Software, Falcon Northwest, Sierra Online, AlienWare, and Electronic Arts Company.

Related Links: Everglide

Web Based Evil :: Evil Weekly Updates with 3 New 'Toons - posted by Erich Becker at 2:35 pm CDT

Evil Weekly has posted three new cartoons for you to enjoy. The best of these three is Psycho Bondage Barbie, it is really funny. The other two have their charm, but failed to make me laugh too much. Never-the-less you need to check these out.

Silent Bob-
Bob doesn't speak. Hasn't since THAT day. He likes people and playing games so his trusty interprator, Joe, helps him out in life.

Psycho Bondage Barbie-
What happens when chemicals and toys mix? In my house they catch on fire, but in this world they get vinyl, and they kick ass.

Heathen Girl -
Heathen girl goes through live as she pleases, letting her very impresionable friend tag along. What lessons does life want her to learn even though she doesn't care?

Related Links: Check out these Cartoons

Web Based :: Gaming-Unlimited Reviews EQ: SoV - posted by Erich Becker at 2:29 pm CDT

Gaming-Unlimited, part of the 3D-Unlimited Network, has posted a review of Everquest: Scars of Velious. Check it out! Our four page review covers all of the game and gives it a rating of 95%! As well as 5 screenshots. Be sure to check this review out if you are an Everquest fan (who isn't)!

(Editors Note: I'm not a fan of EverQuest, Long live Asheron's Call! - Erich)

Related Links: Read the Full Review

Win Based :: Gaming-Unlimited Interviews Trent Oster - posted by Erich Becker at 2:27 pm CDT

Gaming-Unlimited, part of the 3D-Unlimited Network, has conducted a 20 question interview with NeverWinter Nights Producer, Trent Oster. Check it out! The interview covers most general topics and addresses some new things in the game. Be sure to check it out if you are an RPG fan or NeverWinter Nights fan!

Here is a blurb:

3.) Will characters be able to swim? Also, what kind (if any) of underwater environments and/or tilesets will NWN feature?

We decided against implementing swimming in Neverwinter. After a long series of discussions, we decided it would require too much time to implement properly for the initial release. It's an interesting idea, however, and one we may choose to consider in the future.

Related Links: Read the Full Interview

Web Based :: Elemental Saga Beta Test Signup - posted by Erich Becker at 2:25 pm CDT

So where to sign up for the Elemental Saga beta test?!

For right now, you can visit the Elemental Saga (ELSA) News page at www.nexon.net/esaga/news/index.html and subscribe to the ELSA Mailzine to get yourself into the queue for the first phase of testing.

Be sure to keep checking back at www.nexon.net/esaga

Nintendo :: Nintendo vs. Imagine Media Response - posted by Erich Becker at 2:23 pm CDT

Warning: This editorial item does not express the views of Escape Magazine, but are the personal views of it's author.

And the award for glossing over the truth and trying to get gamers to turn against the most beloved video game company goes to: Imagine Media. For the past two days I have been reading up on the controversy erupting between Imagine Media and Nintendo. It seems that Imagine published a print guide that used actual game screens and art from the Pokemon game series. Last time I checked this was called copyright infringment? It seems the suits over at Imagine never finished any portion of American Government. You see in the real world you can't use someone elses material without their permission.

Well, Imagine has now pulled all Nintendo coverage from its Daily Radar website in protest of the lawsuit filed against them by Nintendo. This brings back memories of the Prima vs. Nintendo strategy guide suite from some years back. What this boils down to is Imagine Media is running scared of Nintendo. By pulling the content from their pages it shows Nintendo that they don't have to take it. Nintendo has the upper hand in this situation. With the GameCube launching in the Fall where are people going to turn for GCN information? Certainly not to NextGen or Daily Radar. Snowball's IGN (formally of Imagine), Ziff-Davis' EGM and Gamespot magazines will certainly take up the slack.

Imagine can run scared and threaten Nintendo all they want, but in the end its the Big N that will win this war. Clearly Imagine made a mistake. They should have the smarts to remove the offending product from the market and I'm sure Nintendo will drop the suit. As it stands now, this editor is fully backing Nintendo in their fight against the "little-chicken" Imagine Media.

(For the record I subscribe to Next Generation, PC Gamer both published by Imagine Media and it would pain me greatly to see NextGen lose readership over this. Of course, PC Gamer is not effected.)

Erich "Send Hate Mail My Way" Becker

Tuesday, January 16, 2001
Web Based :: Cooking added to Nexus: KotW - posted by Erich Becker at 2:53 pm CDT

Sunnyvale, CA - Members of the massive multi-player experience, Nexus: Kingdom of the Winds, can now cook new, and delectible meals for other members of the community. With increased skills in cooking they are able to make better, and more interesting meals. This further promotes a better, and more lively economy within the game. It adds diversity and allows players who have no other way of making money to work to build up their funds to buy items, armor, and weapons that they need. The skill adds to the already highly diverse, and intricate system of skills that players already have available to them, from wood and metal work, to the refining of fine jewels and exotic stones.

So what are you waiting for? Get on over to www.nexustk.com, download the game for free, and get to cookin'!

Related Links: Download it NOW for FREE!

Web Based :: Evil Weekly Opens - posted by Erich Becker at 2:52 pm CDT

In a rather funny turn of events, a new site has opened on the web. Sure, there are dozens of sites that open on the web every minute of everyday, but this one is actually different. It is actually funny. Many humor sites out there try to be funny, but either fail, or end up making jokes that third graders used to insult each other (You're a poop face!, Nah-UH!).

Evil Weekly opened it's doors with a very entertaining piece on Survior using The Sims game. It is your duty to check it out and laugh your head off. Making fun of pop culture is like telling George W. Bush to stare at a wall, it could go on forever.

Related Links: Check it out!

Win Based :: XLGaming Rates B-17 Flying Fortress - posted by Erich Becker at 2:44 pm CDT

We've just posted up a review of B17 - Flying Fortress: The Mighty 8th the last flight sim to be released by Microprose. We rather liked it!

Here's an extract from the review:

'Also included within the game is a comprehensive set of gameplay tweaks that the player can alter according to their experience with playing the game. You can change everything from the skill of the German fighters from Rookie to Veteran to the accuracy of navigation. With this you can customise the skill level of the game to your own needs which I thought was a superb replacement to the usual ‘easy’, ‘normal’ and ‘hard’ settings most other games come up with. By its inclusion the longevity of the game is assured as you gain experience in playing the game certain elements can be raised to maintain the challenge.'

Related Links: See the Full Review!

Hardware :: Hardware-Unlimited Review/Article - posted by Erich Becker at 2:39 pm CDT

"Hardware-Unlimited has just posted a review of the D-Link Portable MP3 compatible CD player. Check it out! Our review covers all parts of the CD Player and gives it a rating of 7.5/10!"

Related Links: See the Full Review!

We also recieved this news from Hardware-Unlimited.

Hardware-Unlimited has posted a press release on their main page from Analog Devices announcing the use of their new Sound Max PC audio in three new Intel motherboards, including a Pentium 4 board. The audio integration looks really nice too, The SoundMAX 2.0 audio subsystem also supports Environmental Audio Extensions (EAX), Microsoft® DirectSound and Aureal A3D 1.0. Be sure to check out the full press release on our main page for all the details. At $3, Creative could have some competition for great sounding audio in PCs!

Related Links: See the Article!

Escape :: Catechumen Review Posted - posted by Erich Becker at 2:38 pm CDT

In a rather wierd game by anyone's standards, Editor-in-Chief Andy Grieser takes a look at this "interesting" FPS.

"Remember the uproar over Dungeons & Dragons? Some parents hated it and its heavy uses of magic, violence and role-playing in general. Even as the hubbub was dying, a Christian fantasy role-playing game came out, where players had to use good works to complete quests — while slaying the occasional evil on the side, equipped with the 'armor of the Lord.'"

Related Links: ESC's Catechumen Review

Escape :: Shenmue Review Posted - posted by Erich Becker at 2:35 pm CDT

Today is a first for Escape Magazine. We have placed our very first Dreamcast review online, and it just so happens that it was one of the best released for the system last year. Shenmue was a great game, much better than anything released on Sony's overpriced monolith and I have played everything on that demo disc at CompUSA. Here's a snippet and the link:

"For the past month and a half I have been engrossed in one of the greatest games to ever be released across any platform. Such a game pulled me from my real life and transported me into the life of a young Japanese boy named Ryo Hazuki. Over the course of a month (game time) and three full GD-ROMS, the game became something more. Upon completing my quest, I was rewarded only with the longing to play the next chapter in this wonderful series. Just like a good movie that ends in a cliffhanger, you scream for more, but cherish what you have just witnessed."

Related Links: ESC's Shenmue Review

Sunday, January 14, 2001
Hardware :: Everglide to Design Everquest Mouse Pads - posted by Erich Becker at 6:08 pm CDT

Announces EverQuest® Licensing deal.

San Francisco, CA /Dec. 1, 2000 - EverGlide.com, Inc. www.everglide.com, the developers of the award winning EverGlide Mousing Surface, in association with EverGlide.co.uk, its United Kingdom distributor, and Sony Online Entertainment www.station.com announced today the signing of a licensing agreement to produce EverGlide mouse pads bearing the popular EverQuest® trademarked logo.

Continuing its sweep of licensing high-end game brands to enhance it mouse pad product line, EverGlide is pleased to announce an agreement for EverQuest, the most successful online role-playing game ever released which has broken all subscription-based online gaming sales records.

Recognized by game enthusiasts worldwide as a producer of superior gaming surfaces, EverGlide has signed a multi-license deal with Sony Online Entertainment to produce EverQuest branded EverGlide Mousing Surfaces in avariety of popular configurations.

"We are very proud to associate our online gaming shopping destination with such a strong brand as EverQuest and are delighted to be able to offer our products to a new genre of gamers", said David Welsh, CEO of EverGlide.

"We are pleased to be associated with this revolutionary EverGlide product", said Scott McDaniel, Executive Director of Marketing of Sony Online Entertainment. "I'm sure our more than 320,000 EverQuest fans worldwide will want to get their hands on these."

The EverQuest mousing surface products will become available at EverGlide's games product shopping destination www.everglide.com and www.station.com in time for Christmas.

About EverQuest:
Welcome to the world of EverQuest®, a real 3-D massively multi-player fantasy role-playing game. Prepare to enter an enormous virtual environment - an entire world with its own diverse species, economic systems, alliances, and politics. Choose from a variety of races and classes, and begin your quest in any number of cities or villages throughout several continents. From there, equip yourself for adventure, seek allies and knowledge, and head out into a rich world of dungeons, towers, crypts, evil abbeys -- anything conceivable -- even planes and realities beyond your imagination. Learn skills, earn experience, acquire treasure and equipment, meet friends and encounter enemies. A multitude of quests and adventures await, but you choose your role, you define your destiny. But whether you make yourself a noble human knight, a vicious dark elf thief, a greedy dwarven merchant, or whatever suits your desire, remember one thing: You're in our World now!

The active global EverQuest subscriber base of over 320,000 is comprised of players from various countries throughout the ''real'' world, including the U.S., England, Canada, Singapore, Zimbabwe, Saudi Arabia, France, Italy and New Zealand.

About Verant Interactive:
Verant Interactive Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Online Entertainment Inc. Known for its best-selling massively multiplayer online role-playing game EverQuest®, Verant is committed to developing cutting-edge online games and communities such as TanarusT, SovereignT, InfantryT and Star Wars GalaxiesT.

About Sony Online Entertainment Inc:
Continuing to deliver break-through interactive gaming, Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE), a subsidiary of Sony Corporation and Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment, is a worldwide leader in providing online entertainment. With more than 8.5 million registered users SOE's website, www.station.com features EverQuest®, the top-selling online PC game title, and such popular attractions for non-paying, casual users as JEOPARDY!® Online, Wheel of Fortune® Online and Trivial Pursuit Online®. SOE distributes online entertainment from Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment America, Verant Interactive and third-party developers. SOE is headquartered in San Diego, California, with additional development studios in St. Louis and Austin.

About EverGlide.com, Inc.:
EverGlide.com was established in 1997. Introduced at COMDEX '97, its EverGlide Mousing Surface revolutionized the mouse pad industry with its acute surface and emphasis on durability.

EverGlide Mousing Surface has received wide spread recognition and scores of high-ranked reviews from the top gaming magazines and Web sites including the Four Star Award from Computer Gaming World. Today, with its focus on creating a games product shopping destination EverGlide products are distributed worldwide from Iceland to Argentina - Canada to Malaysia. Distribution centers are located in nine countries including the US, Canada, France, Germany, Singapore, and Iceland. Hundreds of US retailers carry Trademarked, licensed, and/or specialty printed EverGlide products. EverGlide.com merchandising partners include many of the leaders in the gaming industry including: Sony Online Entertainment, Westwood Studios, Artisan Entertainment, id Software, Falcon Northwest, Sierra Online, AlienWare, and Electronic Arts Company.

Related Links: Everglide

Web Based :: Gamerscorp.com up for Auction - posted by Erich Becker at 6:00 pm CDT

I recieved this email off of HULKAWIRE.

"The following is a big decision for me.

My current life and time has become so hectic and busy that I don't have the time anymore to maintain the site Gamerscorp.com. So instead of just letting the site die I'd like to try and sell or auction it to recuperate some of the time, money and energy I put into the site.

The site comes with the domain name Gamerscorp.com, backend admin and regular site open source files, database with all existing data, etc. The site is ready to go. Or if you wish to take the source code and turn it into another site or do a recode, this is all up to you.

I am accepting offers. Remember most web design/development company will usually charge a good amount of money to develop a site similar to Gamerscorp.

Anyone interested please send all email to kxmode@pacbell.net. Thanks in advance."

Related Links: Gamerscorp.com

Win Based :: Easy to Use Screen Grabber Tool - posted by Erich Becker at 5:59 pm CDT

Vancouver, BC - December 20, 2000 Wisdom Software Inc. announces that they have released ScreenHunter 2.0.

Anyone who has ever written any computer technical manual will appreciate the work required to get good clean screen dumps. At last there is an easy way to capture just what you want from your screen in a quick, one action process.

ScreenHunter 2.0 is a fast, easy and ultimate screen capture tool you ever need. It's redesigned from 1.0 to be powerful and feature-rich while maintaining the same fast, easy-to-use characteristics.

With a single keystroke, you can capture anything you see on your screen to a graphic file, send it directly to the printer, or email it out. Options include a rectangle, a round area, control objects, such as buttons, menus and toolbars, any window or full screen with the mouse pointer. And you can catch DirectX program and screen saver screens!

Captures can be saved with an automatically generated file name, so you don't have to stop each time you capture and you can capture as many as you like. The images can be saved in JPEG, GIF, PNG or BMP format with your color choice. The images also can be copied to other programs, such as MS Word and Motion Studio.

It now features a multi-document viewer and timed capture up to 2 minutes.

Download and experience this fully functional shareware and only US$19.95 to register at www.wisdom-soft.com.

About Wisdom-soft

Wisdom Software is a software development company located near Vancouver, Canada. It is focusing on developing and delivering a new generation of interactive multimedia software development tools allowing users to go beyond their current experience.

Wisdom Software also created Motion Studio - a powerful presentation tool used by many professionals and academics in delivering lectures and presentations.

Mac Based :: TQworld Announces tranquility 3.3 - posted by Erich Becker at 5:55 pm CDT

(note: this whole press release needs a big fat [sic] for the lack of capital letters, who could do such a thing...)

TQworld Inc announces the game tranquility version 3.3 for Macintosh

tranquility is a internet powered 3D computer game of hide and seek...

tranquility has no weapons to acquire, no enemies to pursue you, no fuel supplies to monitor, no lives that are virtually won or lost. There are no complex series of mazes to commit to memory or puzzles to hold you back until solved. There are no time limits to tranquility.

tranquility is a totally new gaming experience. It offers a world rich with sensory stimulation where everything moves, not just you.

Every tranquility player experiences personalized games created by the TQworld servers. Game levels consist of beautiful geometric shapes moving in intricate patterns. Game play involves floating around and through the patterns, and using them to locate the special spinners that take you to the next level and game. It's hypnotic, it's narcotic, play tranquility!

Related Links: Download your Copy Today!

Dreamcast :: Phantasy Star Online Contest - posted by Erich Becker at 5:51 pm CDT

"Phantasy Star has returned and will make its long-awaited debut as the first worldwide online console game! And, to celebrate its landmark title, Sega is giving two very lucky RPG-Phans the chance to make gaming history! You can launch Phantasy Star Online!

That's right, when Naka-san unveils his latest masterpiece to the US, you'll be right there in the seat of honor. You will be the first to discover what happened to Pioneer 2 after its long voyage to the new home world.

This is a chance of a lifetime, but it ends soon. So don't wait. Enter the "Live the Phantasy" Contest now!"

Win Based :: Womengamers reviews B-17... - posted by Erich Becker at 5:50 pm CDT

The Cat, is back with a look at the last great combat flight simulation of 2000, Hasbro Interactive's B-17 Flying Fortress: The Mighty Eighth.

"...The heart of a combat sim. The first thing the player will notice is the pace of this game. Unlike tactical fighter sims and combat helicopter sims, this game is very slow-paced, reflecting the nature of combat in the prop-driven world. Like war in real time, B-17 II is long stretches of quiet flight over pretty country, punctuated by moments of sheer terror when attacked by evil Nazi fighters or hammered by yet more evil Nazi flak. "

Review: B-17 Flying Fortress

Media/Tyranny :: AOL Time Wanner Merger Complete - posted by Erich Becker at 5:49 pm CDT

As if no one on this planet didn't hear about this one. The "self-proclaimed" number one on the internet America Online (who like to be called AOL now) and Time Warner (holders of Warner Bros., New Line Cinema, and tons of other stuff) have officially joined forces to create the largest entertainment company on the planet. What does this mean for gaming? Not much, but all of you with those dusty Playstation 2s in your closet can take them out and watch WB movies released by AOL Time Warner.

Ok so maybe this doesn't belong on a gamesite...but I have to get in my daily PS2 bash.

Media/Humor :: Happy Cow Sleeps with Carmack - posted by Erich Becker at 5:42 pm CDT

(Note: This is one of the funniest things in the world)

Direct from the Cow's Journal:

So I have a spot on the bed, and some other dude has a spot on the bed. And Carmack.... being God and all, gets a spot on the bed. So I'm laying with my back to Carmack, and I hear "Sniff,Sniff". I try to ignore it, but then "Sniff,Sniff". So I turn around, and Carmack's beady blue eyes are looking at me. He says "Apples have 5 sound channels with 3 megs each, Quake has 2 main channels with 8 megs and a serial buffer". What that means........ Hell if I know, but nobody understands Jimbo anyway.

Happy Cow Sleeps with Carmack???!!!

Win Based :: Exclusive Tropico Screens - posted by Erich Becker at 5:37 pm CDT

Fresh from the Caribbean comes four new exclusive high-res screenshots (1600 x 1200) from PopTop's upcoming Banana Republic strategy game, Tropico, including a shot of an archaeological site and an updated version of the game logo that has never been published anywhere.

Check the link below for the high-res goodness.

Related Links: Evil Avatar

Escape :: News Back on Track - posted by Erich Becker at 5:32 pm CDT

I am sorry for the lack of updates during the last week. See my final semester of High School has just begun and its five short months till I am officially done with that crap.

In the coming days I will be trying to get the news items back to normal. Now that school is back in session, and I have no classes that offer homework :) I will be able to offer more time to playing games. Yippie, I can hear you all now. Please enjoy what we have done here at ESC Magazine, and thank you very much for reading our pages.

Wednesday, January 10, 2001
FGN :: Synchroplay -- Enhance your Games! - posted by Erich Becker at 2:38 pm CDT

We got this interesting bit of information from FGN. I had never heard of this before, but it looks to be intreguing.

"Synchroplay, a resource site for game add-ons for popular titles such as Unreal Tournament, Quake, Nascar Racing, and The SIMS, has completed a site-wide redesign and has relaunched. Services will once again be ramped up to provide skin, model, and overall download support to gamers around the world. Be sure to stop by Synchroplay and give a shout on the new message forums. There is also a complete list of staff openings for the new Synchroplay listed in the "Staff" section of the site."

Related Links: Synchroplay

Mac :: Diablo II Demo Released - posted by Erich Becker at 2:35 pm CDT

Hot off the heels of its PC counterpart, a Diablo II demo has been released for the Macintosh platform. Coming in at 124 Megs this isn't for the person with a 56k. Here is a snippet about the game from macgamefiles.com:

"Since the Beginning of Time the forces of Order and Chaos have been engaged in an eternal struggle to decide the fate of all Creation. That struggle has now come to the Mortal Realm... And neither Man, Demon, nor Angel will be left unscathed...

After possessing the body of the hero who defeated him, Diablo resumes his nefarious scheme to shackle humanity into unholy slavery by joining forces with the other Prime Evils, Mephisto and Baal. Only you will be able to determine the outcome of this final encounter...

In Diablo II, return to a world of dark fantasy. As one of five distinct character types, explore the world of Diablo II -- journey across distant lands, fight new villains, discover new treasures and uncover ancient mysteries, all in the quest to stop the Lord of Terror, once and for all..."

Thanks to Inside Mac Games for the story.

Related Links: Download the Demo

Mac :: Aspyr Media Announces Tony Hawk 2 for Mac - posted by Erich Becker at 2:31 pm CDT

Here is a snippet from the Aspyr Media newsletter:

Strap on your helmet and get ready to get some major air, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 for the Mac is currently in conversion, to be released later this year. Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 is the recent PC release from Activision, developed by Neversoft and Grey Matter.

The radical dudes at Westlake Interactive have been crackin' code and doing a little "research." Mark Adams, President of Westlake, recently boasted a 600,000 score, which is chicken feed to the pros here at Aspyr.

Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 is the ultimate extreme sport experience, with a hip hop and punk soundtrack. Go head-to-head on terrain that would make even a novice skater drool. Skate as the legendary Tony Hawk, one of 12 other pro skaters or create your own pro from scratch. Original levels from Tony Hawk's Pro Skater are included in the single-player mode and the multiplayer play modes include single-player career and free skate modes as well as 2-player modes such as trick attack, graffitti, tag and horse.

"Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 is the most addictive fast-action game. Your cool factor will double as you begin to using words like ollie, bennihana, boneless and more," says Michael Rogers, President of Aspyr.

Related Links: Aspyr Media

MAC :: Master of Orion III Website - posted by Erich Becker at 2:27 pm CDT

Got this interesting bit of news for you Mac gamers out there (here's looking at you Toby). Anyone who is looking forward to Master of Orion III should check out some of these links.

Find out about the game in the Game Overview:
MOO3 Game Overview and History of the Series

Find out what its like to make a game:
MOO3 Designer Diary

There are tons more cool links about this upcoming Mac game. Explore the site and read up!

Related Links: Master of Orion III Website

COM :: Gamepen's End of the Year PC Awards - posted by Erich Becker at 2:21 pm CDT

Here's some news coming to us from Gamepen Online.

Our PC Year End Awards Ceremony is now online. It's a pretty big article, but we cover the best and worst games on the PC and is a pretty decent read if I do say so myself....

Awards for the following categories are listed in order of presentation.....


YearEnd GamePen Awards

COM :: Tactical Front MOD for Half-Life Update - posted by Erich Becker at 2:20 pm CDT

Here is a news item coming to us from the newly relaunched Frag-Pipe Online.

"Tactical Front, a mod for Half-Life have updated their media section with three new screenshots of a map for their mod. Pretty impressive if you ask me! These pics add to their 28 total screenshots."

Tactical Front Update

COM :: WomenGamer's New Column on DSL - posted by Erich Becker at 2:17 pm CDT

WomenGamers.Com Senior Columnist Cricket tells of her experience upgrading her machine and getting DSL up and running.

"...I was worse than a kid at Christmas I was so excited. Sleep eluded me, so at 5 a.m., I got up, made coffee and logged on. Digger was online and so was another friend. We met on Instant Messenger and babbled together. They were sick of the problems too, and were contributing points from some of their game wins towards my computer account. Now we would all be state of the art, able to venture into the gaming areas that each of us loved."

Last Rites and New Beginnings

COM :: Luxidion.com Reviews Sidewinder Force Feedback 2 - posted by Erich Becker at 2:16 pm CDT

Luxidion.com has a another Hardware review for you today. Today's review features the Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback 2.

Here's a snippet from the review:

"Setting up the Sidewinder Force Feedback 2 is mad simple: insert the driver CD into either a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive and follow the instructions. I was up and running in a matter of minutes. The joystick ships with Microsoft's excellent Game Controller Sofware 4.0, which is easy to use and configure games under. The best part about using the software is that it doesn't effect in-game configurations; you can still use the setup options within a game for the joystick if you wish.

Playing the Magnificent Seven (Descent 3, FreeSpace and FreeSpace2, Forsaken, Sinistar: Unleashed, StarLancer, and Tachyon) with this stick was an experience; I could feel the hits in FreeSpace2 and the collisions in Descent 3 as if I were actually in those games. Force effects are quite smooth, from the subtle bump in a corridor in Descent 3 to crashing into an asteroid in Sinistar: Unleashed I was thoroughly immersed in each game for hours on end.

Related Links: Luxidion's Full Review

ESC :: Where Has All the News Gone? - posted by Erich Becker at 2:12 pm CDT

Many may wonder where the news updates have been for the last two weeks. People must have thought I was dead, or atleast so engrossed in my many gifts from Christmas that I totally forgot about Escape. Alas, I prove all the skeptics wrong, I'm back!

The news should be returning to normal as you read this. The reason for the scarce updates? Well most of the news resources that we use to collect our news have been out for the holidays. Most video game companies don't release anything worth mentioning until the end of this month.

Besides a laughable exposition of the xbox last Saturday (its got a green eye! lame), not much has been going on. Well today my inbox is flooded with tons of emails about news, press releases, and other tidbits like the meaning of life, and how I can get fit in ten easy steps. After I get ride of all the junk and find my Offspring CD, the news will be back on the air.

Erich Becker
News Editor/Senior Reviewer
Escape Magazine - escmag.com

Sunday, January 07, 2001
ESC :: Three New Reviews Posted - posted by Erich Becker at 6:02 pm CDT

In celebration of our servers not utterly dying on us this weekend, ESC Magazine is proud to present three new reviews for your reading pleasure.

The first is mod-team turned commercial in Sierra's Gunman Chronicles.
Shoot your Way In!

The second is my review of 4x4 Evolution for the PC from Terminal Reality and GOD Games.
Take the back road

And finally, we have a PS2 review for you, the game is Orphen, the publisher is Activision. Find out if the gamble to release this game in the states paid off.
Anime be here!

Erich Becker

PSX :: Colin McRae Rally 2.0 Review @ XLGaming.com - posted by Erich Becker at 5:58 pm CDT

We've just posted up a review of Colin McRae Rally 2.0, the sequel to the 1998 Rally sim from Codemasters.

Here's an extract from the review:

'By altering the settings you can avoid a total failure to victory simply by changing the power settings from rear wheel to front wheel drive. Many was the time I found myself starting a rally with one set of settings only to hit ‘restart’ to change them again just to make sure I had the optimum setting for that particular stage. There is a limitation of how much you can tweak as a 60 minute time limit is set. This is reduced as you change each setting as they all take several minutes to administer. This is a rather neat way of limiting you choices forcing you to play one advantage over another. Clever stuff.'

The review is at This Site

VAR :: Gamepen's 2000 Console Awards - posted by Erich Becker at 5:57 pm CDT

For a Sunday treat, Gamepen, has posted thier huge 2000 Console Awards feature. Very interesting stuff, so head on over to see who they though made out the best in 2000.

GamePen's 2000 Console Awards


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