IBM teams up with software developer Butterfly.net to create a new online game service. The new system uses a technique touted for harnessing multiple computers into seamless processing grids. IBM will provide the servers and physical space, which will operate on the open-source Globus Project software.
IBM and other companies have been pushing for several years to popularize the grid approach, in which multiple servers work together as a virtual supercomputer, seamlessly shifting processing tasks among individual machines. The new system was originally planned for businesses but it can also be applied to other online gaming systems such as EverQuest, UltimaOnline, and World War II online, which require large virtual environments.
The idea behind the system is that instead of having a high-end server computer, you have a bunch of smaller ones that are used to spread out the online games work. Because of this, it will be a lower cost to maintain. By this, the price a player has to play per month can be lowered to almost $1.00. Butterfly.net will be at this year’s E3.
EA Announces James Bond 007: NightFire
Electronic Arts have just given out a word of James Bond 007: NightFire, an upcoming action game featuring the famous secret agent. The game will include an all-new storyline written exclusively for the game that borrows from more than 40 years of 007 stories. Players will assume the role of Bond as they try to stop Rafael Drake, an evil criminal mastermind who is trying to take over the world. It’s in development for the PC, PlayStation 2, GameCube, and the Microsoft Xbox, and it is scheduled for release in late 2002.
The Sum Of All Fears Announced
Ubi Soft Entertainment has announced The Sum of All Fears, its upcoming tactical action game based on the upcoming motion picture The Sum of All Fears, which is in turn based on the Tom Clancy novel of the same name.
RollerCoaster Tycoon II announced
RollerCoaster Tycoon, which was created by Chris Sawyer and has remained among the top 10 best-selling PC games almost continuously since its release in March 1999. This fall, games will get to enjoy the sequel to this hit, Roller Coaster Tycoon II.
Rainbow Six: Raven Shield
Rainbox Six: Raven Shield is the next game in the Rainbox Six series. The new game will be closer than ever to the way R6 is described in Tom Clancy’s books. There’s still a long way to go, but it will be worth it.
PS2 Games on Xbox
Gamers have noticed that a lot of the exclusive PS2 games are now being released on Xbox. Some were exclusive, others weren’t. Some examples would be Spy Hunter, a hit game on PS2, now on Xbox. Another is the James Bond game “Agent Under Fire”, now also on Xbox. Looks like developers’ interest in the Xbox is beginning to grow, seeing as the console released with some hit games.
Today is Sunday at SimCity.com and Maxi’s has released a press release and has launched the new SimCity4 Preview Site. By this Friday, the SimCity4 section will have had multiple updates including news and previews. Click Read More below to Read the official Press Release by Electronic Arts.
The Sims Vacation: Best Selling Game of March
Electronic Arts virtual-life game expansion The Sims: Vacation took the top spots on NPD Techworld’s latest weekly and monthly lists of best-selling games. For the month of March, The Sims Vacation was first followed by The Sims original game, released more than 2 years ago on February 2nd, 2000.
The Sims, when will it end?
The Sims, now known as the best-selling game of all time, has been a hot game in the gaming industry, but are gamers getting tired of it? It’s been 2 years since the original release of The Sims. Over those 2 years we’ve seen Maxis, creators of The Sims, come out with 4 expansion packs to keep the game going. Is it time for The Sims to end?
The Sims Online goes BETA This Summer
Gamespot announced that The Sims Online, an online version of The Sims, will be going beta this summer. The Sims is the top-selling game of all time, so will Maxis be successful with an online version
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The Sims: Best Selling Game Ever
The Sims has become the best-selling game in history selling more than 6 million copies worldwide. It beast the last best-selling game, MYST, released in 1992 that was an Adventure/Strategy game.
The newest Sim expansion pack, The Sims Vacation, was released in Canada and the US on Tuesday, March 26, 2002.
Electronic Arts confirms Medal of Honor Frontline GameCube
EA has confirmed that the Medal of Honor Frontline will be released for the GameCube. No real details on the game have been released yet, but we will probably find out more at this year’s E3. No word whether it will be improved over the PS2 version.
GameCube Launches in Europe!
Last Friday, Nintendos GameCube launched in Europe. According to retailers, the launch went very well. No sales figures are available until tomorrow, but according to Nintendo Europe, 10,000 units were sold within two hours in the UK. the total shipment was 500,000 units, and another 500,000 units are expected within the next few weeks.
Nintendo cuts price for European GameCube launch
Nintendo’s console the GameCube will launch across Europe on May 3 at the recommended retail price of 199 euros ($175 American) instead of the original price of 249 euros($220). The price decrease shows that there is some serious competition between Microsoft’s Xbox and Nintendo’s GameCube in Europe. Sony may be next to make a price cut in Europe on the PS2, but probably won’t until they see the sales figures on the Xbox and GameCube.
Sega continues work on Skies of Arcadia
Sega announced that the PS2 version of Skies of Arcadia will not be released until after 2003. As for the GameCube version, it will be released in 2003 on schedule. A more accurate release date is not available now.
Activision has already announced that there will be a PS2 Version of Wreckless, a hit-selling game on Xbox. Now, this new version comes with more features. Xbox owners won’t like this next part. The PS2 version will bear a handful of new features, including a two-player mode, a free driving mode, some new vehicles, and a number of secondary missions that, according to Activision, will unlock cheats and secrets in the game. Most of these new features were left out of the Xbox version. I personally would have purchased the Xbox version if it came with them.
RedCard 2003 Ships!
RedCard 2003 on the PS2 has shipped to North American stores. Midway says that an Xbox and Gamecube version is scheduled to ship later this spring
Grand Turismo 4
Grand Turismo 4, the next game in the GT series, is currently under development. The new version will feature online capabilities. It is expected to a release in 2003 in Japan. No word on the North American version just yet.
According to IGNPS2, the new rumored game, Grand Theft Auto: Vice, posted at GameStop.com, does not exist. After a few weeks of confusion, IGN was able to contact RockStar Games to confirm this new title, which as we said, does not exist. Rockstar is working on the next game in the series but is not releasing any information on it. Maybe we will see something at this year’s E3.
On Wednesday, June 5th, a British online news site posted a story that the ITC had banned a controversial Xbox Ad. The ad features a newly born child smashing through a window. The child then while in flight, beings to age and scream. Once the child is an Old man, he crashes into his grave. After many complaints, the ITC banned the ads. Microsoft will continue to run it in movie theaters.
Electronic Arts Bails on Xbox Online
EA has announced that the company will not be developing games on the Xbox to work with Microsoft’s Xbox Online. The reason? Microsoft has said to all the developers that if they want to have online capability, they must host the games on Microsofts Xbox Online servers and not the Developer’s servers. EA has spent over $ 1 million on setting up its online servers. EA has decided to cancel projects for games on Xbox Online and will only be making online games for the PS2. This is definitely bad news for Xbox owners.
XBOX PRICE SLASH OFFICIAL
Microsoft officially announced a price cut for the Xbox this morning, confirming analyst and industry speculation. The console will now retail for $199 in the United States, down from $299, and it will retail for $299 Canadian in Canada, down from $459.99 Canadian, effective immediately. In addition, the company announced that it will also cut the price of the Xbox in Japan from 34,800 yen to 24,800 yen, effective May 22. Microsoft hasn’t announced price drops in Xbox accessories or software. The announcement made this week will be followed by an ad campaign and the unveiling of the company’s online plans for the Xbox at this year’s E3.
Xbox Price to Lower in North America?
According to GameSpot.com, An alleged scan of a Wal*Mart advertisement that has been circulating online may lend additional credence to Reuter’s recent report that an Xbox price drop is imminent. The Ad was purportedly set to run on May 26th. The ad marks the system’s price as $199.94–down from its current price point of $299.96. In Canadian Funds that transfers to $312.10. Walmart nor Microsoft has made a comment on this. We’ll keep you up to date on this story.
Xbox co-creator leaves Microsoft
Seamus Blackley resigns from Microsft to pursue some other interests which have not yet been disclosed. Blackley was one of the most known figures at Microsoft in the months leading up to the Xbox launch, as he was responsible for a number of early presentations demonstrating Xbox games.
Xbox Prices drop in Australia and Europe
Xbox prices will be dropping in Australia by 38%. That’s more than AU$250 off the price. The cut comes as the competing system from Nintendo, the GameCube, is set to hit store shelves on May 17. The new Xbox recommended retail price is AU$399 ($215). The launch price of the GameCube is also AU$399. Click “Read More” Below to continue reading this article.
This changes the prices of the three available current-generation video game consoles. The PlayStation 2 is now the most expensive unit at AU$499. The Xbox and GameCube are now level at AU$399, a massive deviation from the predicted gradual-price-reduction process. This dramatic price drop will have Microsoft lose large amounts of money.
“This is a strategic, competitive decision,” said Alan Bowman, director of Microsoft’s Australian Xbox division. “The fact is, our pricing here [in Australia] had become uncompetitive and we felt it an obstacle to the Xbox experience.”
In Europe, Microsoft has announced that the European price of the Xbox console will be reduced from 479 euros ($420) to 299 euros ($266) on April 26.
No Word yet on a price drop in the North American Market.
Operation Flashpoint on Xbox
Codemasters has announced that they will be releasing a special edition version of Operation Flashpoint on Xbox. It’s scheduled to release date is this winter.
Xbox Console sales low in Japan
Xbox sales in japan for the console are currently lowered than those of PS2. However, the sales for Xbox games are extremely higher than the sales for PS2 games. For every Xbox console sold in japan, 1.6 Xbox games are purchased. This is higher than PS2 sales which are: PS2 console=1 game. Also in Xbox sales news, HALO has sold more than 1 million copies worldwide.
Kingdom Under Fire for Xbox
Kingdom Under Fire, a real-time strategy game series, will be coming to Xbox in early 2003. The new version of the game takes place 50 years after the last version of the game. We will soon have a preview of it in our Reviews Section.
Star Wars: Jedi Fighter on the Xbox
Sure, PS2 owners will get to play the game when it hits store shelves shortly, but Xbox fans will be getting it just a few weeks later. Star Wars: Jedi Fighter will contain sneak peeks of the new Star Wars movie since it does contain elements from the new movie. It’ll be in stores for Xbox in May 2002.
During this weekend, we will have updates made to the site, starting with the launch of a new section at its own domain, Clans Central, a Clan hosting site with a Search engine for just about any clan for any game. It will launch most likely nearing the end of the weekend. Also, we will finally have that review on Wreckless. Check back later this weekend for the launch and new Reviews!
SI Gaming: Site Progress Slows Down
f you haven’t already noticed, the site has been going slow for the past few days. It seems the staff decided to go on a bit of a vacation without notifying the Executive Staff. Because of this, there will be no new updates until Friday. On Friday, will hopefully be the launch of a new feature here at SI Gaming that will benefit Online Games and Clan websites. Check back Friday for this new announcement! Also, we are looking for more staff to work at SI Gaming. If interested, go to the contact us page and find out how to apply.
SI Gaming: E3 Ends!
E3 2002 in California ended on Friday. We will still be posting more E3 news from the past week which wasn’t posted before in the Post E3 Section.
SI Gaming: Republic: The Revolution
Republic: The Revolution has been in the works for a while. That’s no surprise considering the game’s amazing design. Set in Novistrana, a fictitious nation trying to survive in the aftermath of the fall of the Soviet Union, Republic: The Revolution will challenge you to rise to power and lead the nation out of strife. The means you can use to accomplish this goal will be entirely up to you. You may choose to align yourself with the church, the mafia, the military, and more. Or you may seek political or economic victory. The game uses a proprietary 3D engine to render an entire 3D city, filled with traffic and civilians. There’s a lot of detail in the visuals–the close you get to something, the more detail you’ll notice.
SI Gaming: Counter-strike on Xbox
As if there’s not enough strategic combat goodness, the ridiculously popular Counter-strike is headed to Xbox online in 2003. What updates will be added from the original PC version are yet to be disclosed. Still, just knowing Counter-Strike is coming makes those that don’t have Xbox, want one.
SI Gaming: Xbox Live Announced
Microsoft made several moves to steal the early thunder as the company kicked off the 2002 Electronic Entertainment Expo with several new game announcements and the unveiling of Xbox Live, the Xbox’s online gaming service at a live presentation at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles.
SI Gaming: Star Wars Galaxies on Xbox
A version of Star Wars Galaxies, the massively-multiplayer online RPG set in George Lucas’ legendary sci-fi universe, will be developed for Xbox, LucasArts announced today. Developed by Sony Online Entertainment, the house that Everquest built, the Xbox version of Galaxies will differ from the PC version (due for release in December), but it will still offer a multiplayer role-playing adventure set on multiple planets in the Star Wars universe. We still have not yet received a release date.
SI Gaming: E3 Expo Begins!
E3 started yesterday with the Conference which ends today. Starting tomorrow to the 24(Friday), The actual Expo starts. Expect to see some more E3 posts.
SI Gaming: New Reviews
New reviews this week. A review on Star Trek: Armada II, and Project Gotham Racing. Also coming soon is a review on Wreckless. We had a few delays with that one. Check back daily as we will soon be posting more information from this year’s E3!
Take-Two Interactive has released an upgrade for Tropico: Paradise Island, its expansion pack for the real-time strategy game Tropico. The new patch upgrades the game to version 1.51, including various changes, adjustments, and fixes.
Max Payne goes gold on the Mac
MacSoft will release the Macintosh version of Take-Two’s award-winning action game next month. It will ship to stores on July 16. They were originally released in 2001, the game is about an undercover cop on a mission to destroy a Mafia network in New York City.
Age of Wonders II Demo Now Available
Take-Two Interactive has released a new playable demo of Age of Wonders II: The Wizard’s Throne, its latest turn-based strategy game. The demo contains a single scenario mission from the full version of the game. It’s set in a medieval fantasy world. Like the first game, it focuses on both empire-building and tactical battles. It incorporates role-playing elements such as magical spells and hero units that can gain experience, skills, and levels. In addition, it also uses a newer more enhanced graphics engine.
World War II Online 1.6
Cornered Rat Software has released a major patch for World War II Online, the massively multiplayer online war simulation game published last summer by Strategy First and Playnet. Now at version 1.6, a number of additions and improvements have been made, including a new interface, new models and animations, new sounds, a moon, and new night lighting. It also adds improved artificial intelligence, as well as new vehicles and guns, and fixes a number of bugs.
Grand Theft Auto III to hit stores on May 21
GTA III for the PC now has a release date. May 21, 2002. The PC version will have improvements over the console version, including enhanced sound, more detailed graphics, and a customizable player character. GTA III on PS2 has already won numerous awards for innovation and groundbreaking design.
2002 FIFA World Cup ships
EA Sports has announced that the 2002 FIFA World Cup, the newest soccer game, has just shipped and will arrive in stores shortly. 2002 FIFA will include the insignia, trophy, mascots, banners, and flags from the world championship soccer tournament. It will be sold in stores at a price of around $39.99 US.
Spider-Man: The Movie(The Game) Ships
Activision’s new game has just recently shipped to stores. The game is based on the upcoming movie, “Spider-Man” which will be in theaters on May 3rd. The game’s got some great features. We plan on reviewing the game as soon as we get our hands on it.
Command & Conquer Renegade
Command & Conquer Renegade is one very cool-looking game. It’s different from the previous version of Command & Conquer, seeing as this one’s an FPS. The game hit store shelves on February 26. It has great graphics and finally lets you explore the C&C; universe. We will have a review of it this April.