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Valve already working on Half Life 2 Episode 2

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Half Life 2 News

Uber developers Valve have announced that while Half Life 2 - Episode 1 - Aftermath isn't ready to release yet, they have already started work on its successor.

US Top 10 PC Games for January

PC Games Chart News

World of Warcraft topped the sales charts in January with the assistance of its new expansion announcement. EA dominates the chart overall, with Microsoft making a fair showing. The Sims 2 continues to demonstrate the legendary Sims longevity, outselling its Nightlife expansion pack.

Sony claims PS3 to ship in spring

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Playstation 3 News

Sony have boldly claimed that the eagerly awaited Playstation 3 will ship in spring 2006. Meanwhile business analysts suggest that even a limited Japanese launch would likely not happen until summer 2006, but will be in time for the Christmas trade. Apparently, some analysts are unaware of how the Japanese seasons work: summer 2006 would mean the PS3 is available now.

Aracade Classics - an introduction to retro gaming - Part Two

In part one of this continuing series, we took a brief look at some of the ways you can get access to retro games without having a museum of old arcade machines filling up your garage. In this next part, you'll get an idea of the kind of things that will be covered in future articles and the basic position that this series takes with regard to what's good and what's not.

Atari accounce staff layoffs

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Infogrames / Atari News

An official statement has announced corporate restructuring of the troubled games publisher Atari, which will result in a worldwide workforce reduction of approximately 20%. It is likely that a significant proportion of the redundancies will be in the US, particularly as CEO Bruno Bonnell has previously indicated his belief that the US headcount is too high.

Game AI that thinks ahead?

Gamasutra have reproduced a short article on anticipatory AI. This is a technique that can be used to make game characters appear to be living emotional beings rather than automata. It draws on experience with traditional hand-animation techniques that help the audience understand the motivations and actions of a character, and on work observing animals. The researchers were able to construct a convincing AI dog that could be trained like a real one.

Half Life 2 Game Review - a retrospective

Half Life 2 Review

Back at the end of 2004 one of the most awaited games for PC ever was finally released. Delayed for a year due to a security breach and early problems with the Steam download and registration system, its arrival was anticipated by gamers for nearly two years. Half Life 2 made almost as big an impact as the original. Read why in the rest of this article.

SOE craft up new software bundle in quest for new subscribers

Sony Online News

In a desperate bid to lure in more punters, Sony Online Entertainment have assembled an affordable DVD based software bundle called the Station Access Collection that contains all their current online game products. Keep reading to see if we think this is a good deal...

Valve leaks Half Life 2 Aftermath now Episode 1

Half Life 2 News

Valve has frequently released information to fan sites that indicates that the long awaited Half Life 2: Aftermath would be delayed until Feb/March 2006. Now EA have made an official release regarding the eagerly awaited expansion. The rumors that the new expansion would be named 'Episode 1' have also been confirmed, and it will be first in a series of regular content releases for the Half Life 2 game.

Halo 2 will be crippled to only run under Windows Vista

Halo 2 News

Bungie have announced that the forthcoming Halo 2 for PC will only run under Windows Vista. Bungie's so called announcement amounts at best to empty sales-speak and a blatant plug for the new Microsoft Operating System, and at worst to an poorly executed attack on anyone that dare question the Bungie corporate posture and an affront to our intelligence. Read more about why we're not impressed by what they have said about this topic.

DS Downloads head for US

Nintendo DS News Nintendo have announced that they will be offering wireless download kiosks to major outlets such as Best Buy and GameStop within the next month. They will enable DS users to download demos, trailers, and other content to their Nintendo handheld. The scheme will be extended to more retailers in the future if it proves successful.

Play Day of Defeat: Source for Free

Day of Defeat: Source

The nice people at Valve will be making Day of Defeat: Source available to play for free on Steam this weekend (10th - 12th).

Final Fantasy X - Game Review

Final Fantasy X Logo

You're probably wondering, why review FFX now? It was released back in 2001, and it's now over four years old. Nevertheless, it remains one of the very best RPGs available for the Playstation 2, and is one of the better incarnations of the acclaimed Final Fantasy series. No review site could be complete without a Final Fantasy X review. If by some awful freak of fate you own a Playstation 2 and you haven't played this game yet, it's my job to convince you: play this game, it is amazing. Hopefully, I won't leave any spoilers in the review either.

Shock news: Atari still in business

Atari News

Everyone has heard of Atari. While most remember them as a console brand from the eighties, others remember their recent publishing efforts, such as Unreal II. With the publishing business becoming increasingly dominated by a handful of big players, is there a future for Atari?

Gamestop taking Playstation 3 game pre-orders

Playstation 3 News

The hype machine for Playstation 3 is gathering speed, and eager retailers are joining in, hoping that another new console release will provide a boost to sales. Gamestop recently listed a number of Playstation 3 games on its website for preorder. Thirty of the titles are predicted to hit shelves by the start of October 2006, with an alleged release data for Metal Gear Solid 4 of December 2006. Wishful thinking?

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