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Wednesday, Mar 03, 2004

Nitro Family Demo

A playable demo for Nitro Family is now available on the Nitro Family Website, offering the chance to check out two levels from Delphieye Entertainment's upcoming Serious-engine first-person shooter. The demo is a 215 MB download, also available on 3D Downloads, 3D Gamers,, FileShack (registration required), and Worthplaying.

Game Movies

This Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow Videos Page features a pair of new gameplay trailers, showing off multiplayer gameplay from the upcoming sequel to the stealthy adventures of super-agent Sam Fisher. The clips have been mirrored on 3D Gamers, Gamer's Hell, and Worthplaying. Also, a new Perimeter movie is now available, showing off K-D LAB's and Codemasters' upcoming RTS game. The clip includes cinematic sequences, more than five minutes of game footage, and observations from designer Andrew Wafer. The clip can be found on 3D Gamers, Gamer's Hell, and Worthplaying.

Oz Follow-up

American McGee's Oz lives on GameSpot has a follow-up on the report that quoted American McGee as saying Carbon6's Oz game is "dead in the water" (story), refuting the premise that the game is no longer being pitched, reporting that "McGee said the Xbox version of the game, which is loosely based on the Wizard of Oz books, is being shopped around to publishers." The story quotes American as saying: "We're not going to consider Oz dead until every other extension to it is dead."

Voice Recognition Game Demo

A Lifeline PC Voice Recognition Demo is now available, demonstrating the voice-recognition technology from Lifeline, an upcoming action game from Konami. The demo just demonstrates the voice recognition technology, but not the game itself. The download can be found on GameSpot DLX (registration required).

Ships Ahoy: Gangland

Whiptail Interactive and MediaMobsters announce the release of Gangland, their cross-genre life of crime game:
West Chester, PA (March 3, 2004) – Whiptail Interactive, a global publisher of PC games, and developer MediaMobsters announced today that the action-style Mafia game Gangland has shipped to retail stores nationwide. Gangland combines the RTS, RPG & SIM genres into a new breed of gaming mayhem, letting players bribe, steal and seduce their way to the top of the family tree. Gangland for the PC has a SRP of $49.99 and has been rated M for Mature.

“Gangland is a one-of-a-kind action game, mixing a classic Mafia setting with intense action-packed car chases, challenging RTS gameplay and an addictive RPG element that lets you live the life of a gangster,” said Fred Heslop, President of Whiptail Interactive.

“The reaction thus far from the gaming community has been incredibly supportive and we can’t wait for gamers to dive into the enormous Gangland world first-hand,” said Christian Majgaard, Co-founder of MediaMobsters.

Born into the Sicilian Mafia, Gangland players must work their way up within the family and compete with other Mafia factions from all over the world for supremacy in Paradise City. Gangland lets players take on the role of one of four brothers: Mario, Angelo, Romano or Sonny as they visit 26 different locations in Paradise City, each featuring 500+ characters with individual behaviors. The game features 26 Conquests and Challenges where players can use 7 different vehicles and more than a dozen weapons to rule the streets. Multiplayer action supports up to 8 players over LAN or Internet.

Gangland fans can now learn more about the game on the publisher supported forum at The forum will feature strategy tips, upcoming news and general discussions on the game.

For more information on Gangland or to download the demo, please visit or the all-new

Oz "Dead in the Water"

A story on IGN (thanks Frans) has news of problems for another game title, as they have word from Carbon6 Entertainment cofounder American McGee that Carbon6's plans for a game based on The Wizard of Oz are "dead in the water." According to the story, with Infogrames having pulled out of the deal and other publishers wary of a property that's unproven in the video game arena, production on the game has halted. Any future development of an Oz game is dependant on what happens with the movie rights to the project, which were recently optioned to Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Walt Disney Pictures (story).

[H]ardOCP Versus Infinium Labs

HardOCP sues Infinium on GameSpot (thanks Frans) has the follow-up to news that Infinium Labs was threatening to sue the hardware site over coverage of the upcoming Phantom console system (story) with word that the site has filed a preemptive lawsuit of its own. The article includes a Q&A with [H]ardOCP owner Kyle Bennett, and an outline of what the suit is about:
In a press release soon to be made public, lawyers representing KB Networks (the Bennett-founded entity that owns HardOCP), refers to the suit as one based on a legal statue commonly referred to as the "Declaratory Judgment Act." HardOCP lawyers explain the act as one that "permits a person or entity being threatened with lawsuits from another party to force the issue to be decided, rather than having to operate under a cloud of uncertainty and intimidation."

However, the statement does reiterate the position Bennett has maintained since he posted the original article, that the site "stands by its article, and believe[s] that the Federal Court will conclude, as believes, that all relevant facts in the article are true."

Sam & Max Sequel Axed

LucasArts has posted the announcement of cancellation of Sam & Max Freelance Police, planned as a sequel to Sam & Max Hit the Road, their classic adventure game (thanks Quboid). Word is:
"After careful evaluation of current market place realities and underlying economic considerations, we've decided that this was not the appropriate time to launch a graphic adventure on the PC" says Mike Nelson, Acting General Manager and VP of Finance and Operations. There is currently no plan to reduce staff.

Beyond Divinity Demo

As promised (story), the demo for Beyond Divinity is now available, offering the chance to sample Larian Studios' upcoming sequel to Divine Divinity that at one point was being developed under the title Riftrunner. The demo is a 168 MB download, available the Larian Studios Website, mirrored on ActionTrip, Adrenaline Vault, Boomtown (registration required), Computer Games Online, FileFront, FileFan,, Gamer's Hell, GameSpot DLX (registration required), Happy Puppy (registration required), Loadedinc,, Player Of Games, and Worthplaying.

Morning Q&As

Game Movies

The World of Warcraft Air Transportation Page has information on how to fly the friendly skies in Blizzard's upcoming MMORPG, accompanied by a gameplay movie showing off a flight from Stormwind to Ironforge. The clip is mirrored on 3D Gamers, Gamer's Hell, and GameStar Online. Also, a new movie from S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl is now available, showing off GSC Game World's upcoming first-person shooter. The clip is a 122 MB download, available on 3D Gamers, Filerush, Gamer's Hell, and Worthplaying. Finally, a new movie from Knights of the Temple: Infernal Crusade is now available, showing off Starbreeze Studios' upcoming melee combat game. The movie is available in two different resolutions on 3D Gamers.

Morning Previews

Torque Game Planned

JoWooD Productions announces that they've picked up the license to create games based on Torque, the motorcycle movie. Word is: "JoWooD will develop, publish and distribute the action racing videogame Torque: Savage Roads worldwide. The title is scheduled to release on several console platforms and PC in 2004."

Morning Screenshots

Roller Coaster Tycoon 3

Atari Developing Wildest Ride Yet with RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 (thanks Frans) has the official confirmation of the rumored 3D installment in the amusement park construction series. Break out the Dramamine, the game is due in stores this holiday season.

Q3A Challenge ProMode Arena

A new version 1.22 maintenance release of Challenge Promode Arena for Quake III Arena is now available (thanks newborn). Word is: "Nothing earth-shattering in it: custom locations, an armour-decay option for CA servers, and some tweaks to the RL self-damage rules. This is the Feb 18 build, unchanged - it's just an official release now rather than a candidate."

The Mod Squads

The Forgotten Hope Website now offers downloads of a trailer showing off the upcoming version 0.6 of this Battlefield 1942 mod.

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews


Out of the Blue

Today is my seventh anniversary of me becoming a low-ping bastard, as it was on this day in 1997 that I got my first ISDN line installed. If there's any practical way to do so, I think I will try and find a way to try some online gaming via a modem, just as a reminder to appreciate the joys of being an LPB as well as the skills of those who succeed playing online games via dial up.

Play Time: Escape! Thanks Jonny.
Link of the Day: The Museum of Unworkable Devices. Thanks Ant.
Stories of the Day: Woman Finds 'Dead' Child Alive at Party. Thanks Dan Leadbetter.
Jury Selected in Case of 'Popcorn' Ailment. Thanks Rigs.
Science!: Experts Say New Desktop Fusion Claims Seem More Credible (registration required).
Toss Out the Toss-Up Bias in heads-or-tails.
Dinosaur theory now extinct?
Images of the Day: Far Side Live. Thanks Ant.
Doctor Fun. Thanks Ant.
Media of the Day: Lucky The Two-Legged Dog. Another one. Thanks Jim Chaney.
Follow-ups: Records show man was not U.S. oldest. Thanks Travis McPherson.
NASA: Liquid water once on Mars.
Thanks Mike Martinez.
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