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Monday, May 30, 2005 Memorial Day (USA)

Psychonauts Patch & New Demo

A new patch for Psychonauts is now available, updating Double Fine's wacky action game to version 1.02. The various fixes and improvements from the new version are also now available in an updated version of the game's demo. The patch and demo can be found on the Psychonauts Website and mirrored on 3D Gamers, Gameguru Mania, and Worthplaying.

Site Seeing

A new official Operation: Matriarchy Website is online, developer Madia Entertainment's home to their upcoming first-person shooter. The site offers a collection of 38 new screenshots from the project. Also, a new ECHO: Secrets of the Lost Cavern product page is home to this upcoming point-and-click adventure. Finally, JoWooD Productions has launched product pages for SpellForce 2 and Gothic III, though neither page offers new screenshots or other media. Thanks Frans.

Game Movies

Another new Bet on Soldier movie is now available on the Kylotonn Entertainment website, showing off more of the upcoming chancy first-person shooter. Also, a new Stargate SG-1: The Alliance Trailer is online, showing off the upcoming sci-fi TV show tie-in in high and low resolutions (though this is actually more like low and lower resolutions). Finally, as noted here, this WEBZEN Games Website offers a new SUN clip showing off this upcoming MMORPG. Thanks Frans.

Monday Previews

On Ubisoft's Independence

Game maker Ubisoft fights back (thanks Mike Martinez) describes how Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot is asking the board of directors to resist further overtures from EA (story), owner of 20% of the company (story). Here's word on their quest to remain independent:
"We prefer by far to remain independent as we will be able to double our value in the next two years as we will double our effort," said Mr Guillemot.

"The profits of the company will grow fast because the products are selling well and generating lots of revenue."

"If our shareholders are happy with what we do they will not sell their shares, they will keep them as it is a great investment for them," he said.

Ubisoft's sales have risen fast over the past five years, hitting 537m euros (£389m) in the 2004-2005 financial year.

Eight of its games, such as Splinter Cell and Prince of Persia, sold more than 17 million copies worldwide.

"We are in a business of creation," said Mr Guillemot, "we need to keep the creativity and that is the value of the company."

Monday Screenshots

Thanks Frans.

Monday Mobilization

Thanks Mike Martinez.

The Mod Squads

Thanks Ant.

  • Point of Existence 0.4 for Battlefield Vietnam is now available. Thanks PlanetBattlefield.
  • The D³Jedi modification announces a switch from the DOOM 3 engine to the Quake 4 engine. Quake 4, will, of course, use an updated version of the DOOM 3 engine. Thanks PlanetDOOM.

Game Guidance

A new FAQ on the Deep Shadows Website offers troubleshooting tips for Boiling Point: Road to Hell (thanks Frans). Also, RPG Vault's World of Warcraft Tips #26 are online, offering guidance on playing as the Orc race and playing the Scarlet Monastery dungeon in Blizzard's MMORPG.

Game & Mod Development

Game Institute Releases New AI Course (thanks Mike Martinez). "This course primarily explores two of the most significant areas of game AI: decision making and environment navigation."

Monday Game Reviews

Monday Hardware Reviews


Thanks Mike Martinez.

Out of the Blue

Our foray through the city yesterday was not as easy as I would have imagined on what we thought was the dead day of the three-day weekend, as traffic on the way back was pretty rough. We made our planned stop at Stew Leonard's but it was a zoo in there -- there's actually a sign in the story quoting the New York Times saying it's like a zoo and circus, but that was actually referring to the number of gimmicks there to appeal to youngsters. Anyway, we decided to forego the cookout and barely escaped with our sanity intact. The weather is cooperating again, so we may try today, but it will involve shopping at a local market, I don't want to be on the highway with all that holiday return traffic.

It was said that you would destroy the Links, not join them! Thanks Mike Martinez, Ant, and EvilToast. And Ebow for the quote.
Play Time: Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters Online. Beta.
Stories of the Day: Lucas Approves Indiana Jones 4 Script. Thanks ASLayerAODsk and Slashdot.
Woman Makes History at Indy 500 Without Checkered Flag (registration required).
Jaywalking chicken ducks fine.
Science! No Privacy in Your Cubicle? Try an Electronic Silencer (registration required).
Coffee trial survives insects, but not vandals.
IRobot Co-Founder's Perseverance Pays Off.
Images of the Day: If Hippies Ruled 3.
Media of the Day: Man Summons UFO on demand?
Follow-ups: In River of Many Aliens, Snakehead Looms as Threat.
Teh Funnies: FoxTrot.
Dilbert Thanks Maverick.
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