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Monday, May 16, 2005

Bombshell Announcement...
Posted by Anthony :: 5:41 PM

This is the game everyone has been waiting for at E3. The one that will send shockwaves through the asian-school girl filled booths. The game that will take us to the next generation of gaming as we know it....

Final Fight: StreetWise

What, you'd think I'd blow my load over something like Quake 4? Nuh uh.

Yes, the sequel everybody wanted in the back of their minds has arrived. It'll be out Q4 2005, in full 3-D glory. You'll take control of Kyle Travers, brother of original Final Fight character Cody Travers. No word yet on whether Mayor Hagar makes an appearance, spinning piledriver and all.

Yeah, I'm probably the only guy on the blog who cares about this. But soon, real posts will be made about actual bombshell announcements.


Welcome to E3 2005!
Posted by JayGo :: 2:48 AM

Hey everyone, it's E3 week! Woo!

Throughout this week, I'll be here posting highlights from the events over in LA.. but of course, you will have to go to other sites to catch everything. Even if some other AC members chime in during E3 with news and the like, none of us are actually going. So therefore, what I'm setting out to do with this first post of the week is recommend some other places you might like to go in order to check up on what's going on.

First up, the big two. Gamespot have their E3 homepage up already, and it's quite nicely set out with links to all their articles, previews and streaming videos. It looks like they'll be the most comprehensive this year, but IGN as always will be trying to give them a good run for their money. Page is a bit less tidy, though. There's also their 'other half', GameSpy, who will be.. a lot like IGN, probably.

As for the rest.. 1Up.com look quite impressive, GameDaily less so. The official E3 website, E3Insider, should be up and running later today. Eurogamer will be trying their hardest, bless 'em. ComputerAndVideoGames.com? Well, at least their address is nice. And TeamXBox will be hideously biased as always. :)

If you're after the official line on all the announcements, then you'll be wanting the official sites. Sony have a placeholder up at the moment, while all the XBox and Nintendo stuff looks like it'll be going on their main sites as of right now. Keep a look out in particular at the Sony and XBox sites, as it seems those two might be the only places to find live feeds of their respective press conferences..

Just after media from the show, like screenshots and videos? In that case, take a look at GameTrailers and Kikizo for starters. XBoxyde have also been particularly good at finding exclusive XBox related screenshots in recent weeks. And finally, if you're really lazy, try NewsNow. They'll be trying to bring you links to coverage from a huge array of sources. Oh, and Kotaku will be blogging away throughout, too.

So, there we go. Enjoy the week, and keep checking back here for more all throughout E3 2005!

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Halo 3 due in Spring 2006
Posted by JayGo :: 11:20 AM

Anyone would think that Microsoft were promoting a new console or something. There's a big interview with Bill Gates in the new issue of Time Magazine, and yes, he speaks at length about XBox 360. Here's the edited highlights:
Note to the hard-core faithful: the next version of Halo will not, repeat not, be ready in time for the launch of Xbox 360. It will be part of the all-important second wave next spring. "It's perfect," Gates says, radiant with bloodlust. "The day Sony launches [the new PlayStation], and they walk right into Halo 3." Microsoft is expected to announce that Xbox 360 will play Halo 2 and other Xbox games.
Slightly ruthless of them, if not unexpected. And then there's this frank admission:
"We're not gonna get so everybody in the family loves this thing just with sports and shooters and racers," Gates admits. "We're gonna have to fund, both internally and externally, some high-risk genres and see if those can stick. We can't just stay with the tried and true."
Hurrah! And as for a potential killer app:
Right now you can use Xbox Live to talk to people you're playing with via voice chat—think free long distance over the Internet. Soon you will also be able to send e-mail and instant messages. If you have a camera peripheral, you will be able to send short video messages and even videoconference. And here's an important point: with Xbox 360, you don't even have to be playing a game. You will be able to chat with other people over Xbox Live when you're just plain watching TV. The words appear over the show, or you can chat aloud using a headset.
To read the full article, go to the Gaming Age forums by clicking here.

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