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Thursday, Jul 28, 2005

  

Hannibal Game

The Schanz International Consultants Website (thanks Frans) announces Hannibal: Vengeance of Carthage, a third-person tactical action game in the works at Danish developer Tabula Rasa Games (not to be confused with the upcoming MMORPG). There is no release date offered for the game, which is due for the PC and Xbox, but the first screenshots can be found on the developer's site offering some Carthagian carnage (but no Elephants). Here's word:

Players take the role of Hannibal Barka, commander in chief of the Carthagian forces against the Roman republic... it will not be a war of conquest, it will be a war of vengeance!

Hannibal -Vengeance of Carthage features Gamebryo's 3D graphics engine for outstanding performance and offers three seamlessly-blended gameplay modes: strategic planning, tactical battleplan execution and 3rd person action to combine to a never seen before cross-genre gameplay.

Virtual RC Client, Legion Arena Movie

The Virtual RC Racing Homepage has relaunched, offering downloads of a new version 2.0 client of this racing simulator. This page offers a change list of what's new. Also, a new Legion Arena Product Section is live on the BlackBean Games Website as the publisher's home to Slitherine's upcoming Roman-themed strategy game. The section offers the first trailer from the game, which is mirrored on 3D Gamers, FileFront, Gamer's Hell, and Worthplaying.

The Late Show

A new Heroes Of The Pacific movie is available along with some new screenshots from the upcoming World War II aerial combat game on the Codemasters Website. The usual registration is required, but mirrors are also available on 3D Gamers, FileFront, Gamer's Hell, and Worthplaying. Also, the Black & White 2 Downloads Page (thanks Frans) now offers a pair of new movies showing off Lionhead's upcoming god game sequel. Furthering their series of "Miracle-Tastic" movies, they now offer clips showing off the miracle of meteor and the miracle of air (hey, not all miracles can be lightning). Finally, this Ubisoft FTP Directory offers a new diary movie from Prince of Persia 3 in two different sizes.

Dear Diaries

Evening Q&As

  • Running with Scissors
    IMG's Vince Desi Q&A talks with one of the folks behind Running with Scissors' Postal series: "I understand the financials aren't exactly great for a game publisher, but we're fortunate to have some great Mac talent, Ryan Gordon -- and hell, everyone has a bad day, so we wanted to make sure we do our part and give Mac users all the relief they need. We also published the original POSTAL on Mac, too."
  • Music
    Delicious Compositions Winifred Phillips Makes “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” Extra Sweet is a Q&A with the composer of the soundtrack for the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory game tie-in.

Evening Previews

Evening Screenshots

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Tech Bits

etc., etc.

Thanks Mike Martinez.

Into the Black

Well I spoke with someone at BFG today who was completely mystified as to how I could have been sent what is quite obviously an NVIDIA reference card from their warehouse, since this is something they don't even sell. He did agree, however, that mystery or not, I was entitled to another RMA on this, so I'm expecting a replacement for my replacement next week sometime. Meanwhile, even not overclocked, this card is by no means slow, and it certainly is nice having things working properly again.

Oh yeah, happy birthday Enahs too!

Re-RMA Links! Thanks Mike Martinez, Ant, and EvilToast.
Links: Ultimate Poets Shirt. Thanks Warren. Beware of low-talkers!
Story: Mourners flee after corpse shot in casket. Thanks Domeas.
Company Sees Market in Funeral Glasses. And maybe bulletproof vests?
Science: Australia seeks to breed test-tube sharks. Thanks LoonyBomber.
Are scientists playing God with Frankentrout?
Images: Extreme Craft's Rosey Grier's Needlepoint for Men slideshow on Flickr.
Media: Balancing Point. Thanks Joel.
Auction: I Burned My Bagels! ~~haunted mystery rabbit inside. Thanks Warren.
Follow-ups: NASA Says Discovery Looks OK to Fly Home.

Ships Ahoy - Codename Panzers: Phase Two

CDV Software announces that Codename Panzers: Phase Two, Stormregion's World War II RTS sequel, has shipped to stores in the U.S.:

CDV Software Entertainment announced today that Codename: Panzers, Phase Two, the sequel to CDV's critically acclaimed WWII real-time strategy title, Codename: Panzers, Phase One, has shipped to US retail outlets. Codename: Panzers, Phase Two has players fighting as the Anglo-American Allies, the German-Italian Axis or the Yugoslavian resistance as they traverse the war-torn battlefields of Africa, Southern Europe and the Balkans. Heroes both old and new will be the players' alter egos in dozens of new missions as they attempt to lead their troops to victory.

Sims 2 Backlash Backlash

Electronic Arts Slams Sims 2 Paedophile Claims on SPOnG.com (thanks Mike Martinez) has the response from EA about recent claims (story) of improper content in The Sims 2:

“This is nonsense,” said Jeff Brown, spokesman for EA. “Reasonable people understand there is nothing improper in the game. Reasonable people recognise what mods are. A consumer who chooses to use a mod does so without any kind of agreement with the company. There is no nudity. There is nothing improper or vulgar in the Sims 2.”

Brown continued, “Reasonable people understand the San Jose Mercury News is not responsible for vulgar things that people doodle into the margins of the paper.”

Site Seeing

The official NBA Live '06 Website is online, it actually went live early last month (thanks Frans). The site offers PC screenshots, the E3 movie, and a producer Q&A about the upcoming hoops sequel. There's also a new movie from the game available on 3D Gamers and GameSpot.

The Early Show

The second story on the Blitzkrieg II Website has word on the release of a new gameplay movie from Nival Interactive's World War II strategy sequel (thanks Frans). Word is: "The narrated video takes viewers on a tour of the key features and gameplay aspects of the most historically accurate WWII strategy title to-date. The video gives gamers a front-row seat for some of the most intense combat action in the game, showcasing battles taking place in Russia, the Eastern front and the jungles of the Pacific."

Morning Q&A - USAF Air Dominance

Gamecloud's USAF Air Dominance Q&A catches up with some of the folks from Critical Mass about USAF: Air Dominance, an upcoming game that looks to recruit future flyboys and girls into the air force: "Being primarily a recruiting tool, the USAF looked to us to develop a product that would emphasize the many facets of being an Air Force pilot. In particular, they wanted us to shy away from the stereotype of always being the “aggressors.” When you play the game, you see it really emphasizing other aspects – supplying a civilian population, unmanned aerial reconnaissance, and the protection of an allied nation’s pilot."

Morning Previews

Gary Grigsby's World At War Demo

Matrix Games and 2BY3Games have released a demo for Gary Grigsby's World At War (direct link), the World War II grand strategy game. Word is: "Based on the latest release of Gary Grigsby’s World At War, the demo includes two tutorial scenarios as well as a full year of the 1941 campaign scenario. The included tutorials cover movement, combat, production and research and the demo also includes a full manual for gamers interested in learning more about the game. The 1941 campaign scenario starts with Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of the Soviet Union, and ends in the summer of 1942. Players can play any of the five major powers in the one year campaign, which also covers the opening of the Pacific theater of World War II with the attack on Pearl Harbor."

Morning Screenshots

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Tech Bits

Antlion Troopers Deuce Half-Life 2 Mod

The debut release of the Antlion Troopers Deuce Modification for Half-Life 2 is now available (thanks Ant). There is also word on plans for the first patch for this Starship Troopers-inspired project: "The patch will address many issues people have had. The biggest issue it will address is FPS and Saving/Loading, on low end version your fps should at least double what it currently is on the current version."

Nexus New Conflicts

The DarkSpace Website now offers downloads of New Conflicts, a campaign for Nexus: The Jupiter Incident. Word on the campaign is: "It's a complete campaign with a total of 15 missions, all tied into the Nexus Universe (so if you played Nexus you will recognize the ships and factions involved). The campaign is set in a slightly alternative version of the Nexus universe, perhaps a little darker and not as happy ending as the 'real' one. The campaign will off course have the whole background story integrated into the game (thanks to the diary system)."

Game Guidance

Another bunch of questions and answers have been slapped onto the Rome: Total War: Barbarian Invasion FAQ (thanks Frans), which is soon going to need a FAQ on how to find answers within it.

Competitions

Gatherings

Game & Mod Development

Falanx supports OpenGL ES 1.1. Thanks Mike Martinez.

Op Ed

Thursday Game Reviews

Thursday Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

Just want to send out some very happy birthday wishes this morning to Ray Marden, forum regular here and true stand-up guy. Happy birthday Ray... All the best!

Birthday Links! Thanks Mike Martinez, Ant, and EvilToast.
Links: Today's Front Pages. Thanks Sharon.
Media: Origin of CTRL-ALT-DELETE. Priceless.
Science: Study Says Echinacea Has No Effect on Colds (registration required).
Scientists Experiment With Current in Nev.
Follow-ups: NASA Grounds Future Shuttle Flights.
Shuttle Launch Sets Record For Online Viewers.
Scientists Measure Cow Gas.
U.S. finds third possible BSE case. Moo-haha.



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