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Monday, May 24, 2004 Victoria Day (Canada)

Ground Control II Demo

VU Games sends news of the release of a single-player demo for Ground Control II: Operation Exodus a day earlier than promised (story). This sample of Massive Entertainment's RTS sequel is available until Thursday exclusively through GameSpot DLX (registration required) with an "expanded version" also available through a pre-order campaign. Update: Turns out this is not an exclusive, so mirrors are now available on 3D Downloads, 3D Gamers, ActionTrip, Boomtown (registration required), Computer Games Online, FileFront, Filerush (torrent),, Gamer's Hell, Loadedinc,, and Worthplaying.

Game Movies

A new gameplay trailer is now available for Bloodrayne 2, the 35 MB clip can be found on 3D Gamers. Also, There's a World of Warcraft movie on that allows you to "View all the races and genders dancing in this 3 minute in-game movie." Also, the Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines E3 trailer that originally appeared on GameSpot (registration required) is mirrored on Tiscali Games. Also, there's also a new movie showing off gameplay from Rome: Total War, available on ActionTrip and 3D Gamers. Finally, a new movie showing off some of the raciness of Richard Burns Rally can be found on 3D Gamers and Gamer's Hell.

Singles Demo

A demo of Singles: Flirt Up Your Life is now available, offering the chance to check out the relationship simulator/preventer. The demo is 416 MB download, allowing four hours of free play time in the full game, after which it may be unlocked with a key that can be purchased online. The demo is mirrored on 3D Gamers, ActionTrip, Boomtown, FileFront, Gamer's Hell, Loadedinc, and Worthplaying.

Morning Q&As

Morning Previews

Racing Patches

A new multiplayer patch for Mercedes Benz World Racing is now available, updating the racing game to version 1.5.5 (thanks Blackhole Motorsports). More information can be found on the TDK Mediactive Europe Website. Also, a new patch is now available for ToCA: Race Driver 2: The Ultimate Racing Simulator is now available, and can be found on the Codemasters Downloads Page (registration required), and mirrored on 3D Gamers, ActionTrip, and Adrenaline Vault.

Morning Screenshots

UO Anniversary Edition

EA Announces Ultima Online 7th Anniversary Edition (thanks Frans) has word on plans for a new package for the MMORPG that includes five of the game's expansions, and: "As an added bonus, included in the Ultima Online 7th Anniversary Edition package will be a full version of the classic Ultima(TM) IX: Ascension, the last game in the Ultima series that was hailed as one of the greatest fantasy adventures of all time and was the catalyst for Ultima Online."

ToonTown Live

Get out your mouse ears: "Disney's Toontown Online throws open its gates to UK gamers today and invites them to head to and help in the struggle to save Toontown, which is under siege from a band of uptight business robots called the Cogs. Toontown is the world's first 3D massively multiplayer online PC game (MMOG) designed especially for children and their families. And, from today, they can go online to enjoy a quite unique gaming experience."

New Firearms Half-Life

A new version 2.9 of the Firearms Half-Life Modification is now available. Here's the deal on the new release: "We've got the usual bug fixes, all sorts of updated content, effects, and optimisations, as well as three new maps and two new weapons. Hopefully you'll enjoy playing this release as much as we've enjoyed working on it. This version should run on both Steam and non-Steam versions of Half-Life with no additional files, but since it has only been extensively tested on Steam we will not be offering support for people running it with the old versions of Half-life."

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews


Out of the Blue

Another battle in my war with my coffee accoutrements took place today... My cheapo coffee grinder ceased working this morning, as it became impossible to get the little plastic tab in the lid to depress its corresponding switch that ensures the grinder can't be operated in an open position. I imagine there are a couple of folks with the nickname 'lefty' from the days before these things were so equipped, but it sure was frustrating knowing the grinder is actually still operational, but refusing to grind because my fingers may have been in the way.

And then there's last night's Sopranos... All I can (or at least should) say is wow!

Stories of the Day: Men's habits, not biology, cause early death.
Science!: Malformed Proteins Found in Sheep Muscle (registration required).
Bullish Hopes for Serial Cloning.
Aspirin changes sexual behaviour of rats. Not tonight, I don't have a headache.
Images of the Day: Half-Life 2 Case Mod. Thanks Dave and TekForums.
Auctions of the Day: Rare Bull Penis Walking Cane. Thanks Gargus.
Thanks Mike Martinez
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