Archive for March 2009


Secret Drop Mechanics In Wrath of the Lich King Revealed

Blizzard implemented a new system in Wrath of the Lich King, changing drop mechanics for items.In his keynote speech, Jeffrey Kaplan of Blizzard revealed a number of interesting things, one of which was that drop mechanics were secretly altered in the recent expansion to the MMO giant.Apparently, drop rates for quest items in World of Warcraft used to be around 35%.

By Paul Younger | 27 Mar 2009 | Comments Off

Fallout 3: The Pitt DLC

So the next installment of Fallout 3 post-apocalyptic mayhem is here, albeit via some major bugs.

By Paul Younger | 27 Mar 2009 | Comments Off

New Virtua Tennis Screens Released

Sega has released a batch of new screens from Virtua Tennis 2009.The screens, from the PC/PS3/Xbox 360 versions of the game, depict action on clay, grass and hard courts and show off the classic “high” VT camera angle as well as a view nearer to court level.The game is set to add some new faces to the VT player roster, including Britain’s Andy Murray and Ana Ivanovic.

By Paul Younger | 26 Mar 2009 | Comments Off

Learn Chinese With An MMO

A new MMO is in development which aims to help gamers learn Chinese characters.Hanjamaru, being developed by NHN and EduFlo, is designed to help people learn Chinese characters through an audio-visual teaching system.

By Paul Younger | 26 Mar 2009 | Comments Off

New Aion: Tower of Eternity Shots

New screens from the upcoming NCSoft MMORPG.

By Paul Younger | 26 Mar 2009 | Comments Off

Frogster Secures More Territories For Runes Of Magic

Berlin publisher Frogster has secured the rights to publish all further European language versions of Runes of Magic in Europe.

By Paul Younger | 26 Mar 2009 | Comments Off

Kojima Confirms New Game

Metal Gear Solid creator, Hideo Kojima, has confirmed he’s already working on a new game.

By Paul Younger | 26 Mar 2009 | Comments Off

FIFA Online 2: Open Beta To Begin in April

EA and The9 have announced the open beta test of FIFA Online 2 will begin in China on 22 April.

By Paul Younger | 26 Mar 2009 | Comments Off

Infogrames Sells Distribution Arm

Atari’s parent company, France-based Infogrames, has confirmed it has sold the outstanding 66 percent stake of its distribution arm to partner Namco Bandai Games Europe.

By Paul Younger | 26 Mar 2009 | Comments Off

Empire: Total War Patched

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By Paul Younger | 26 Mar 2009 | Comments Off

Lighthouse Interactive Announces Bankruptcy

Dutch/Canadian video publisher, Lighthouse Interactive, has been officially declared bankrupt.
The bankruptcy is due to parent company, Silverbirch Incorporated going into liquidation, and the bankruptcy of Silverbirch’s largest debtor, Pinnacle Entertainment.

By Paul Younger | 26 Mar 2009 | Comments Off

GDC: Ubisoft’s R.U.S.E. Detailed

A few more details on R.U.S.E., Ubisoft’s new RTS that’s hopefully going to break some new ground in the genre, have popped up at the GDC.The game was demoed, showing enemy and allied units, with allied tanks tasked with destroying the enemy anti-air units.Doing this would attract the attention of the nearby enemy tanks, however, which was not the desired effect.

By Paul Younger | 26 Mar 2009 | Comments Off

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Dated

Activision has announced Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will be released on 10 November 2009.

By Paul Younger | 26 Mar 2009 | Comments Off

Left 4 Dead Update Released

Valve has a released an update for the PC version of its co-op zombie shooter, Left 4 Dead.The update, available on Steam now, addresses some minor bugs as well as introducing fatigue to the melee attack.The full list of changes:Introduced fatigue to the melee attack in versus mode.

By Paul Younger | 26 Mar 2009 | Comments Off

MMO Weekly 26/03

Hello there, my dear fellow gamers and newest BFFs, and welcome to this week’s edition of MMO Weekly!  In this week’s probings of the dark underbelly of MMO games, we do a lot of scoping out of the very soul of online geekery, and then we mock everyone when they’re most vulnerable.  It’s simply more fun that way.  So….on with the news!

By Paul Younger | 26 Mar 2009 | Comments Off

Blizzard In Talks With Microsoft About Next Xbox

Blizzard’s Rob Pardo confirmed that Blizzard has been in talks with Microsoft about the next Xbox console.While he wouldn’t give away any information on what the discussions have been about, he confirmed Blizzard is actively talking to the Xbox giant.Pardo did, however, say he believes controls are a big problem when it comes to porting games over to the consoles.”There are so many games like we make at Blizzard that we don’t take to consoles because they don’t support the input device and you end up with crappy ports.

By Paul Younger | 26 Mar 2009 | Comments Off

Guitar Hero World Tour For PC and Mac Announced

PC and Mac gamers get ready to rock: Aspyr Media has announced Guitar Hero World Tour for both platforms.Aspyr, the game porting specialists, is bringing the latest Guitar Hero to PC and Mac gamers and the game will ship for the first time with wireless controllers on both platforms.The game will feature new online and offline gameplay modes as well as the new Music Studio.

By Paul Younger | 25 Mar 2009 | Comments Off

GDC CryEngine 3 Technology Demo

Crytek show off the power of the CryEngine 3 technology at the GDC 2009 with 360 and PS3 comparison footage.

By Paul Younger | 25 Mar 2009 | Comments Off

Pre-Order Flock! On Steam Now

The animal herding title from Capcom, which will also be available on Xbox LIVE Arcade and the Playstation Network, has just hit Steam.PC gamers looking to test their animal herding skills on 7 April can now find Flock!

By Paul Younger | 25 Mar 2009 | Comments Off

Wheelman [360]

Watch the video review now!
Vin likes his games. He’s publicly spoken about how much he likes his games.

By Paul Younger | 25 Mar 2009 | Comments Off

Disney Announces Split/Second

Disney has announced a new racing IP, Split/Second, which offers competitors the chance to cause huge amounts of destruction in order to take out opponents.

By Paul Younger | 25 Mar 2009 | Comments Off

Empire: Total War Rules US PC Charts

The NPD US PC charts for the week ending 14 March 2009 have come out.The sublime Empire: Total War rules the seas, placing at number one.

By Paul Younger | 25 Mar 2009 | Comments Off

Bionic Commando Dated For Japan

It’s been reported Bionic Commando will be released in Japan on 25 June.

By Paul Younger | 25 Mar 2009 | Comments Off

Ubisoft Announces R.U.S.E

Ubisoft has announced the launch of a new IP R.U.S.E. and will be developed by Eugene Systems.

By Paul Younger | 24 Mar 2009 | Comments Off

GDC: Steamworks Makes DRM Obsolete Say Valve

Valve claim to have made DRM obsolete with the addition of new features to its Steamworks development toolset.The main addition is something called CEG, or Custom Executable Generation, which will make “unique copies of games for each user allowing them to access the application on multiple machines without install limits and without having to install root kits on their PCs.”The new features also allows support for in-game DLC, meaning that DLC can be bought within the game and accessed without needing a restart, much as with the recently mentioned Games for Windows Live update.In addition to this, Steamworks matchmaking now includes the lobby system “shipped and tested” in Left 4 Dead.Plenty to keep developers occupied!

By Paul Younger | 24 Mar 2009 | Comments Off

Bill Roper Talks…

In the second and final part of our interview, Bill Roper leaves behind the topic of Champions Online and talks frankly about his time in the games industry and what he’s learnt.

By Paul Younger | 24 Mar 2009 | Comments Off

Gamestation Retail Partner Of Edinburgh Interactive Festival

Gamestation will be the official retail partner of the Edinburgh Interactive Festival 2009.The Festival is a public event, and will be taking place between the 10th and 16th of August this year.As partner, Gamestation will have a retail area set up in the grounds so the public can buy games there, and “enjoy exclusive Festival offers.”Gamestation will also be hosting a pre-Festival event in August at their branch on Princes Street in Edinburgh, and will have giveaways, competitions, and free gameplay.

By Paul Younger | 24 Mar 2009 | Comments Off

PETA Respond To Call of Duty Statement

Earlier IncGamers reported PETA had complained about Activision’s use of packs of dogs in the latest Call of Duty offering.

By Paul Younger | 24 Mar 2009 | Comments Off

Hellion: Mystery of the Inquisition Announced

Flying Fish Works has today announced a new “first person shooter”, for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.If you’re wondering about the speech marks, they’re because the game is set during the 13th century Medieval Inquisition, so we’re not exactly sure how much shooting there will be.

By Paul Younger | 24 Mar 2009 | Comments Off

GDC: New Games For Windows LIVE Features Announced

Microsoft has revealed details of new features set to be included in its Games for Windows LIVE software.In a presentation at San Francisco’s Game Developers Conference (GDC), the publisher stressed how the new features will enhance users’ experience of the software.New Features:Anti-piracy Solution: Zero-day piracy protection and server-side authentication help prevent game piracy before street date, and protect publishers and consumers by requiring authentication for online play.In-game Marketplace: New Marketplace APIs let developers create unique in-game store fronts and experiences surrounding the sale of additional content, providing developers and publishers with new revenue streams, and consumers with a seamless gaming experience.Roaming: PC gamers can now save their personal settings back to their Games for Windows – LIVE account in the cloud, providing access to their settings on any compatible and connected Windows PC.“This update and other features currently in development represent a tipping point in the evolution of Games for Windows – LIVE as a leading online PC gaming network,” said Games for Windows – LIVE’s  Ron Pessner.“In the coming months, we will continue to deliver on our promise to provide gamers and publishers with the industry’s best connected gaming experiences through the LIVE service.”

By Paul Younger | 24 Mar 2009 | Comments Off