IBM enters the Gaming Industry
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.