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Friday, May 07, 2004 National Space Day (USA)

Monolith Screenshot

Vivendi Universal sends along the first screenshot of Monolith's Mystery Project that they will be showing off behind closed doors at E3 (story). The blurb describing the game is same as before: "This project might be described as The Matrix meets The Ring, an intense close-quarters combat experience with rich atmosphere and an engaging story presented entirely in first person."

Star Wars Battlefront Date

The Star Wars Battlefront Website has a newly narrowed down release date for LucasArts' upcoming multiplayer shooter. The game, which previously carried a Fall 2004 release date, has been pinned down specifically with a September 21, 2004 in-store date. Thanks Frans.

Lamborghini FX

Titus Interactive announces production of Lamborghini FX (thanks Frans), an Italian designed (and themed) racing game, set to speed onto shelves this summer:
Paris May 6th, 2004 – Titus Interactive today announces the production of Lamborghini FX on consoles and PC, developed by Milestone a leading developer in the Italian games industry. Milestone is part of the Leader Group which includes Leader SpA the largest independent distributor in the Italian videogame market

Lamborghini FX is a fast-paced racing/arcade-style game featuring Lamborghini vehicles in races taking place in highly detailed and immersive environments. In this fast and furious driving experience, players are able to perform spectacular tricks like jumps, spins, power slides and two-wheeling in order to earn weapons to use against aggressive opponents.

Players speed around awe-inspiring tracks to earn cash, waste their opponents with amazing weaponry, and win the coveted Lamborghini World Championship.

It's full contact racing, where you'll need to use speed, stunts, and aggression to fight your way through to the final prize!

Morning Q&As

True Crime Trailer

There's a new True Crime: Streets of L.A. trailer showing off the upcoming PC version of Activision's game of criminal activities. The clip runs just over 90 seconds, and one or both of the low and high resolution versions can be found on 3D Gamers, GameCenter.cz, Gamer's Hell, and Worthplaying.

Site Seeing

The official Road To Fame Website is live (thanks Frans), offering resources and formation about 576 Media's upcoming arcade street racing game, along with 16 new screenshots.

Morning Previews

Monolith Mystery

Vivendi Universal Games sends along the line-up of games they will be demonstrating at E3, including a blurb teasing a secretive project in the works at Monolith: "VU Games and Monolith Productions will provide the media a sneak peek of the latest action-packed project from the developer that created award-winning games like Aliens vs. Predator(tm) 2, the No One Lives Forever(tm) franchise and Tron®2.0. This project might be described as The Matrix meets The Ring, an intense close-quarters combat experience with rich atmosphere and an engaging story presented entirely in first person."

Morning Screenshots

Bizz Buzz

This Vivendi Universal Games Press Release announces "the appointment of Philip W. O'Neil as President of North America, effective immediately. Mr. O'Neil will oversee the company's North American operations, including marketing, sales, finance and general staff and report to VU Games CEO, Bruce Hack. Prior to his promotion, Mr. O'Neil served as VU Games' EVP, Sales and Marketing, North America."

Mac UT2003 Patch

A new version 2225.2 patch is now available for the Macintosh edition of Unreal Tournament 2003. The download can be found on MacGameFiles and 3D Gamers.

New BF1942 Great War

A new version of the 1914 - The Great War modification for Battlefield 1942 is now available (thanks Ant). The update includes bug fixes and adds new features, including the Sopwith Camel (Snoopy will be so pleased).

New Q2 CodeRED

The CodeRED Website now offers new version 1.5 releases of both CodeRED - Battle for Earth, and CodeRED - The Martian Chronicles. Each of the Quake II engine games feature reskinned/reworked models, a new menu and HUD, improved particle effects, improved sounds, and extended death sequences for Martian enemies.

Help Wanted

Nerve Software has posted a new opening they are looking to fill for a 3D character animator. "Only highly motivated, experienced animators with strong traditional and computer art skills will be considered."

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

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  • Video Game Music a Big-time Business (registration required). Thanks Mike Martinez...
  • A demo of Steel Savior offers a sample of this modernized scroller shooter game for a 66 MB download, available on Worthplaying...
  • "DreamCatcher Games today announced that it will publish Cold War for Windows®. This title will be shown as part of DreamCatcher’s line-up at the 2004 Electronic Entertainment Expo."...
  • "Interactive entertainment developer and publisher inXile entertainment today announced that iconic film actor Cary Elwes will be the voice of the Bard in its eagerly anticipated action-role playing game (RPG) for the PlayStation 2 (PS2), Xbox and PC, The Bard’s Tale. Elwes will deliver many of the witty lines in the 5,000 thousand line, original script."...

Out of the Blue

Been suffering with some odd black screen of death (which makes the old blue ones seem informative) with WinXP. According to the error message when I reboot my graphics adapter seems to suddenly be causing the problem, here's hoping someone at MS is studying all the reports on this I'm allowing Windows to phone home with.

Funny, after my comment about Friends yesterday, MrsBlue came home determined to check it out for the precise reason that we had never seen it before. This mirrored her experience with Seinfeld, a show I always enjoyed, but she likewise never saw until the finale. Now I can't figure out why this show was called Friends and not Lovers, in as much as they all seem to have hooked up with each other over the course of time.

I believe that nasty U.K. dialer pop-up dealie has been eradicated. If anyone should encounter it going forward, please let me know so I can get all crazy over this again, and otherwise, a thank you to all who showed patience when encountering this, and my heartfelt apologies for the whole ugly episode.

Link of the Day: Nintendo NES Controller Belt Buckles.
GeneSimmons.com. Thanks Bronco.
Science!: The Myth of the Beginning of Time. Thanks athlonseven.
NASA Funds Sci-Fi Technology.
Tiny robot walker made from DNA.
Images of the Day: Stereo Seal. Thanks Ant.
Auctions of the Day: (4) Exclusive Signed Mike Tyson Rape Trial Sketches. Thanks Sam. Unbelievable.
Deer Poop Earrings. Thanks evan.
Follow-ups: Moore accused of publicity stunt over Disney 'ban'
Stealing Back the Airwaves.
Thanks Mike Martinez
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