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Monday, August 21, 2000
Sega Marketing Campaign - posted by Erich Becker at 3:35 pm CDT

Sega is once again sponsoring the MTV Video Music Awards, and what better place to show 20 million plus viewers your new ad campaign for your new online gaming community.

Sega.net will be a prominent ad on the upcoming VMA program, but it won't end there. Ulala from Space Channel 5 will be giving out the award for best dance video, and we expect the new Dreamcast ad campaign will also take place during this program.

Sega has already stated that "it's thinking" will no longer be the major campaign for Dreamcast as the "SEGA SCREAM" campaign makes its return to the airwaves.

We can't wait for Sega to get back to its roots, and millions of kids screaming "SEGA!" at the top of their lungs. Ah, memories.

Related Links: FGNOnline

Make Your Own Lara Levels - posted by Erich Becker at 3:31 pm CDT

Core Design is said to be including a version of their very own editor for release with Tomb Raider Chronicles on PC this November. Now you have the oportunity to create fusterating box puzzles, nearly impossible jumps, and levels with more clipping than playing Doom 2 with the "idclip" code on.

The Playstation and Dreamcast versions will be shipping without this tool (good?), but all three are going to be released this November.

Am I the only one experiencing Deja vu from last Christmas? No? I didn't think so.

Related Links: FGNOnline

Sunday, August 20, 2000
Interactive, Digital and Electronic Entertainment Expo Asia 2001 - posted by Erich Becker at 12:44 pm CDT

I recieved this press release this morning in my inbox about the First ever Interactive, Digital and Electronic Entertainment Expo Asia 2001. Long title, but here is the press release.

The first Interactive, Digital and Electronic Entertainment Expo Asia 2001

IDEA 2001

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

18th ˇV 21st January, 2001

As the name suggests, the Expo will be the golden opportunity for both local as well as overseas manufacturers and traders in the interactive entertainment industry to feature their full array of new products and designs. The first two days of the show are for trade only and the last two days are open for public.

One of the major objectives of the Expo, amongst other things, is to promote respect for intellectual property rights in the interactive entertainment industry in Hong Kong without which we feel would be hard for the local industry to thrive and flourish. In addition, the Exhibition will also feature a ˇ§No Fakes Pavillionˇ¨ which will be joined by representatives from trade associations from different countries, the interactive entertainment industry, public bodies as well as the HKSAR Government. Response from our recent trip to US, Japan and Taiwan has been very positive and they all agree that it is the right direction for the local interactive entertainment industry.

The Expo also features a Game Technology Conference in which a panel of internationally renowned persons will be speakers. Mr. Douglas Lowenstein, President of the Interactive, Digital and Software Association, and owner of the Electronic Entertainment Expo in LA, United States, has already agreed to be the Keynote Speaker. We have also extended a similar invitation to the President of Computer Entertainment Software Association in Tokyo, Japan. The panel will also comprise a top HKSAR Government official and prominent figures from the Japanese and the US interactive entertainment industry will also be invited. Needless to say, a prominent figure from the local industry will also be invited to host the panel. Workshops will also be arranged which will focus on protection of intellectual property rights and development of interactive entertainment industry related technologies.


This looks like a golden oportunity for the people of Asia to have an event such as our E3.

Related Links: Idea-Expo Online

Friday, August 18, 2000
Pro Skater 2 Demo Ready! - posted by Erich Becker at 3:40 pm CDT

For all the fans of the console versions of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, you can rejoice because the sequel is coming to our beloved PC. You already knew that, but did you know that the demo is out now for THPS2? Well it is, pick it up today at PCGameworld!

Related Links: PCGameworld

Doomcast? - posted by Erich Becker at 3:38 pm CDT

We all knew it would take alot for Dreamcast to succeed in the wake of the Saturn disaster, but we didn't think things would be drying up this fast.

Sega has reported that sales are dropping short each and every month in the United States and Europe for the little-console-that-could.

Sega does expect things to pick up after Sega.net is launched on the 7th of next month, which it should, as many AAA quality titles will be released this Christmas for the system.

Related Links: FGNOnline

Deus EX 2 Confirmed - posted by Erich Becker at 3:30 pm CDT

In a recent article posted on Gamespy, Warren Spector has confirmed that work has begun on Deus EX 2. All that has been done so far is a list of confirmed programmers, but more news on the sequel is expected over the next few days. We shall keep you posted.

Related Links: FGNOnline

Gamers'sNexus tackles Anarchy Online - posted by Erich Becker at 3:25 pm CDT

Gamer'sNexus, who we have formed a nice little friendship with, has had the chance to preview Anarchy Online the new Online RPG strait from Norway. Here's the low down.

"AO is an MMORPG that looks to break new ground and provide an experience that is heretofore unknown in online gaming. For one, it's set in the far future -
that's right, it's a Science Fiction game - no slim and elegant elves or rude and obnoxious ogres need apply. Say goodbye to the days of dragons and giants
and hello to a world of genetically altered life forms and all too human opponents. With an interesting approach to PVP, dynamic questing and an environment that promises to be unique among it's competitors - I have no doubt AO will make a significant impact on the gaming community this Christmas season."

Related Links: See the Preview Here

Thursday, August 17, 2000
WorldWinner.com Opens its Doors - posted by Erich Becker at 3:46 pm CDT

WorldWinner.com is a new online gaming site that rewards players with cash prizes. However, this isn't your ordinary gaming site, there is no fragging, or armies involved here. No, its all strategy games. Read the Press Release below to see what I mean.

WorldWinner.com Launches Online Gaming Site that Rewards Skilled Players with
Cash Prizes

New Gaming Destination Brings the Thrill of Competition to Familiar Games

NEWTON, MA, August 17, 2000 - For the millions of people who enjoy playing games requiring speed, precision, logic, skill and dexterity - rather than luck - here is your chance to put your money where your mouse is! Launching today, WorldWinner.com is the first gaming site that allows participants to compete in tournaments against people across the country for instant cash prizes. The tournaments involve anywhere from five to thousands of players, and prizes range from $5 to $10,000.

"Online gaming is one of the most popular activities on the Internet, but until now, no site has recognized and rewarded the skill that it takes to excel at traditional games like solitaire, crossword and jigsaw puzzles," said Alex Saidakovsky, CEO and co-founder of WorldWinner.com. "By awarding cash prizes and celebrating our champions in an interactive community, WorldWinner brings sports-like competition and intensity to casual gaming and gives players a chance to show their prowess at games they've played all their lives."

According to Jupiter Media Metrix, there are currently more than 13 million people playing games online. The company predicts that this figure will more than double to 27 million by 2003. With its wide variety of classic games, instant cash prizes, and structured tournaments that reward players based on their performance, WorldWinner.com is well-positioned to quickly capture the mindshare of this growing audience.

"WorldWinner.com is an alternative to online gaming sites that award prizes based on chance or repetitive 'mouse-clicks' from a player," said Michael Malizola, WorldWinner's vice president of marketing. "We provide a fast-paced gaming destination that rewards players monetarily for their skills, while providing them with a great community of like-minded people with whom to compete."

WorldWinner.com currently offers a broad selection of games, including Solitaire Rush, Maze Runner, Pencil Wars, Jigsaw Genius and Crossword Challenge, with new games and puzzles added each month. All of WorldWinner.com's games are available to play for free in "Training Tournaments."

Participants wishing to compete in tournaments against other players for cash prizes will be required to deposit money via credit card into a secure, online account and pay a small entry fee for each tournament entered. Tournament entry fees range from 50 cents to $30, and are deducted each time the player enters a competition.

The prize awarded to each tournament's 'champion' depends on the tournament type and the number of participants. When a prize is won, the money is automatically credited to the winner's account. Players can cash-out all or part of their winnings at any time, or leave it in their account and use it to pay for future tournaments.

Later this year, WorldWinner.com will add a number of interactive features to help organize its users into a thriving community, including player-to-player chat, player global rankings info pages, and the "WorldWinner Hall of Fame," a special area of the site recognizing the top scoring competitors in each game.

About WorldWinner.com

Founded in December 1999, WorldWinner.com is an online gaming destination that allows participants to compete against other players in games of skill, and win cash prizes based on their performance. Headquartered in Newton, Mass., the company is backed by Boston-based Zero Stage Capital and a collective of distinguished individual investors called CommonAngels.

Related Links: WorldWinner.com

Wednesday, August 16, 2000
ID4 Tournament Begins Tomorrow - posted by Erich Becker at 7:40 pm CDT

The first multiplayer game to be distributed on a DVD release is beginning a tournament tomorrow. The ID4 game we speak of was distributed on the Independence Day: Special Edition released by Fox in June of this year. The game can be found on the DVD using your DVD-ROM or at Mothership.com.

Full Press Release Follows:



Los Angeles, CA (August 16, 2000) - Centropolis Entertainment, a multi-faceted
entertainment organization, announced today tournaments for their new online
game, "ID4 Online," begin tomorrow, August 17, 2000. "ID4 Online" is the first
multiplayer online game to be part of a DVD release and is located in the DVD-ROM
portion of the "Independence Day Special Edition" DVD. The game is available
for download at Mothership.com (http://www.mothership.com), who will also host
the tournaments.

The "ID4 Online" Tournament schedules are as follows:

August 17, 2000
Matches begin at 8:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Grand Prize: Nomad II MP3 Player
Runner-up: Mothership Bucket Hats & T-Shirts.

August 28, 2000
Matches begin at 8:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Grand Prize: Nomad II MP3 Player
Runner-up: Mothership Bucket Hats & T-Shirts.

Sounds like a sweet deal, sign up today!

Related Links: Mothership.com

Anarchy Online Beta Phase - posted by Erich Becker at 3:50 pm CDT

Anarchy Online, the next big massively multiplayer online RPG, is about to begin beta testing with over 50,000 people who have signed up.

Funcom's Andre Backen had this to say:

"Funcom is entering an extremely interesting market with tremendous opportunities. The massive role laying games have reached a level of sophistication and complexity unheard of only a couple of years ago, and the development continues with rapid speed. We believe that Anarchy Online stand out both in terms of graphical performance and actual game-play when the game enters the market. Never before have people been able to enter a fully detailed science fiction world in full 3D where you can interact with thousands of players."

Related Links: FGNOnline

Fakk 2 Crash Problems - posted by Erich Becker at 3:45 pm CDT

The development team at Ritual Entertainment is asking anyone in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to help the developers find a crash bug that seems to be a problem in many people's games, other than the developers.

Speaking with FGNOnline, Ritual has tried the game on over 30 machines and still can't get the game to crash at the specific moments that people are complaining about.

I have been assigned to review FAKK2, and I have been playing the game for two solid days, and I haven't experienced anything yet. Please contact Ritual at the address below if you can help.

Related Links: Mark Dochtermann - Ritual Entertainment

New Max Payne Movie Hits the Web - posted by Erich Becker at 3:40 pm CDT

Insane Payne, a Max Payne fansite, has posted a new movie of the game everyone wants to get their hands on, but the developers still won't give us a date to look forward to.

Anyway, the 13 MB, 43 Second movie can be downloaded and viewed from the link below. Thanks to FGNOnline for the story.

Note: The movie is in German.

Related Links: Insane Payne

Gamer's Nexus Reopens - posted by Erich Becker at 3:25 pm CDT

Gamer's Nexus, who we have mysteriously appeared on their PR list, has reopened with a new design, and it is looking great. Here is thier short press release email that was sent to me earlier today:

I'm happy to announce the long awaited launch of
Gamer's Nexus. ( Http://www.gamersnexus.com). We will
feature in depth game reviews and previews, candid
interviews with some of the top game developers in the
industry, and a compliment of humorous weekly articles
for your viewing pleasure. Coming out of the box,
we've got 2 generous offerings:

Diablo II Review:
The Lord of Terror, Diablo, has returned and the fate
of mankind is in your hands. What do you do? You
prepare for battle and teach that fire-breathing
abomination a lesson he won't soon forget, that's
what. But the journey to find Diablo is not an easy
one. Countless armies of demons and undead minions
that are plaguing the land will stop at nothing to
bring about your demise. Are you up to the challenge?

GrimmReaper's Fairy Tales:
Our old buddy GrimmReaper dropped by to tell us a
twisted little parable about one of life's lessons,
although it's a rather strange parody of a fable from
the days of yore.

From what I've read the site seems to be very entertaining. Give them a vist and tell them Escape sent ya.

--Erich Becker

Related Links: Gamer's Nexus

Tuesday, August 15, 2000
Bleemcast Date Set - posted by Erich Becker at 7:33 pm CDT

Bleem, the creators of the popular Playstation emulator, Bleem!, for the PC is getting set to release the same product for the Dreacmast.

Bleemcast (officially called Bleem! for Dreamcast) will be released on September 15th with the first pack's ablility to play 100 Playstation games flawlessly with enchanced graphics and resolution. The product makes Playstation games look better on Dreamcast than running on the backwards compatitble PS2 [take that Sony].

Bleemcast was unveiled at E3 this year, and Sony promptly sued Bleem on the second day of the show.

Less than a month away, Bleemcast is already one of the hottest pre-order items on online retailers. We will have a full review when we pick up our copy in September.

Related Links: FGNOnline

Redstorm to become part of Ubi Soft - posted by Erich Becker at 7:26 pm CDT

Gamecenter is reporting that Ubi Soft is in final negotiations to aquire Red Storm, publishers of Rainbow Six, and Rogue Spear among others.

Red Storm is best known for its Tom Clancy based games, and Ubi Soft has recently spoken that the company was looking to expand its operations in both Europe and North America.

Neither company has issued any word on the deal, but if it were to go through, Red Storms offices would close in the UK and the employees would be given jobs at Ubi Soft's headquarters.

Right now the whole deal is in speculation, but recent expansion announcments by Ubi Soft would suggest that this news is correct.

Thanks to Gamecenter for the story.

Related Links: Gamecenter

nVidia Does It Again. - posted by Erich Becker at 2:08 am CDT

Today nVidia announced the GeForce2 Ultra video card that just about blows every other card on the market into a million tiny pieces.

The GeForce2 Ultra card is promising almost double the performance of a standard GeForce GTS II card, and four times more powerful than an original GeForce card.

The full specs can be seen at nVidia's website, but one last note, the card runs Quake III: Arena at 1600x1200x32 at 55 frames per second. In other words,"..holy mother f-ing fast."

Related Links: nVidia

Monday, August 14, 2000
Voodoo 5 Driver Updates - posted by Toby Davis at 8:28 pm CDT

3dfx just posted updated drivers (version 1.01) for the Mac Voodoo 5 that fixes bugs in DDC support and RAVE textures support. The latest Windows 95/98 and Windows 2000 upgrades for Voodoo 5 AGP/PCI, released in late July, are also available.

Is that a Zelda in your pocket, or... - posted by Erich Becker at 2:35 pm CDT

Recent news as reported by PlanetN2000 suggests that the cartridge size for the new Game Boy Advance will be a awesome 256 MB.

A source within Nintendo stated that the cart size would begin at 64 MB and gradually progress to the 256 MB mark.

To give you some type of comparison, Mario 64 was a 64 MB cart, and Zelda 64 was a 256 MB cart. That are some huge games for a little console. Also, remember that the cartridge's physical size can't be any bigger than the original GameBoys, as the system is backwards compatible with those games.

Related Links: PlanetN2000

Activision to Appeal X Rating - posted by Erich Becker at 2:30 pm CDT

Activision Inc. today announced that they have appealed the decision by the British Columbia Director of Film to classify Soldier of Fortune as an adult movie, prohibiting minors from renting or being sold the game.

The Mature rated game (by the ESRB) even carries all the rating descriptors in a slightly enlarged box on the front and back of the box. The M label is nearly one inch on the front of the box.

Activision contends that the Film Commission has no right to classify video games in such a manner.

Hopefully more will be released soon. Raven Software hasn't released any information, and we assume Activision, the game's publisher, will be handling the legal preceedings.

Related Links: Globe and Mail

Microsoft Releases Empires II Expansion Demo - posted by Erich Becker at 1:46 am CDT

Microsoft has released the Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Trial Version as of Friday. The demo includes two new races the Aztecs and the Mayans while letting you play them in a single player campaign, as well as one King of Hill multiplayer scenario.

The full version of the game, due out at the end of the month, features adds three new races of conquerors, new technologies, and new units to the game.

Look for the full version in the coming weeks.

Then There Was Five - posted by Erich Becker at 1:34 am CDT

Gamecenter is reporting that a Linux-based console is in development by California based Indrema. Contrary to other consoles on the market (or soon to be released) "...the Indrema L600 console will have a 600-MHz processor, 64MB of memory, an Nvidia graphics chip, and a GPU Slide Bay, which will allow gamers to upgrade the graphics processor every year for between $50 and $100 so they won't need to purchase a new console."

The console is preparing to go up against Microsoft's Xbox with 500 million dollars behind it. Nintendo's Project Dolphin with some of the most talented designers. Sega's Dreamcast that showed the world that Sega is here to stay, and Sony's Playstation 2 that has pushed over 3 million units into Japanese homes (mainly for DVD movies).

Over 30 titles are being prepared for a launch next spring, and among them are big time PC heavywieghts like Unreal Tournament, Quake III Arena, and Diablo II.

Only time will tell if the console has what it takes to take on the big four. But is there room for a 5th console?

EDITORIAL OPINION: The specs look great so far, but I can't help but wonder if this is the right thing to do for a start up company. Looking at the release line up so far they are PC to console ports, and we know how those turn out ::cough::Daikatana::cough::. But with major publishers like Electroinc Arts, who won't even support Dreamcast, behind them Indrema might have what it takes to succeed in their new console. Think I'm wrong? Tell me about it.

Related Links: Gamecenter


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