Video game publisher THQ today announced that the latest expansion pack to Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War, Dark Crusade, is shipping. The $30 PC title acts as both an expansion to current owners of Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War, as well as a standalone version of the game for those who don't have the original game installed on their PC.
In an effort to attract new and more users to Star Wars Galaxies, Lucas Arts and Sony have launched a new campaign promoting the online adventure. Users can play the game, including "An Empire Divided" and its first expansion "Jump to Lightspeed" free of charge for a period of 14 days.
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Fremont (CA) - Logitech today introduced the Chillstream controller for the Playstation 3. Designed with a built-in fan, the manufacturer says it is built to keep gamers' hands cool and dry. The drawback is that it is not wireless and has no motion sensor, thus taking away some of the key features of other PS3 controllers.
Miami (FL) - In the first move of its kind for a fast food chain, Burger King today announced that it has teamed up with Microsoft to offer three exclusive video games that will be compatible with both the Xbox and the Xbox 360 console.
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According to a report in the Dallas Morning News, playable in-store kiosks for the Wii, Nintendo's next-generation video game system, will initially be available only at GameStop retail stores. The kiosks are planned to be available before the Wii launch on 19 November, giving GameStop a monopoly on attracting Wii interest.
Sony Computer Entertainment America today announced that its Gangs of London viudeo game for the PSP is now available in retail stores throughout North America.
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Culver City (CA) - Frustrated at work? Now you can relieve some stress with Goggles, a flight simulator game that uses Google Maps. The Flash-based game, played inside a browser, lets players fly a World War I era biplane over Google Maps' satellite imagery. Players can bank, dive, climb and even strafe terrain.
Electronic Arts today announced that Madden NFL 07 and Need for Speed Carbon will both be available for the Nintendo Wii when it is released on 19 November.
Wallop, a new company that was spun off by Microsoft, announced the launch of the beta version of its social networking site that aims to compete with MySpace and Facebook. Wallop will also offer premium features that users will need to pay for.
Electronic Arts today announced that the new installment to its NBA Live series has shipped to retailers nationwide. Continuing EA's partnership with ESPN, the sports network makes a defined appearance in NBA Live 07.
A report on Japanese website Impress Watch indicates that games for the Playstation 3 may be significantly higher than titles for the Playstation 2 or competing consoles Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. While official pricing has not been announced yet, the site quotes "multiple" sources who put game pricing in the range of 8800 to 9800 Yen - or $75 to $84. The reason for the price hike: Rising development cost, according to Impress Watch.
Tokyo (Japan) - Sony is cutting prices on its upcoming PlayStation 3 even before the 17 November release date. Ken Kutagari, Sony's PlayStation chief, spoke told the audience at the Tokyo Game Show that prices would be cut by 20% and that all models will include HDMI connectors. He also said there will be no further shipment delays.
Microsoft is re-releasing popular older games at a lower price. The so-called 'Platinum line' of games will be phased in over the next year and will vary according by region. Rounding out the American batch are four games, Perfect Dark Zero, Project Gotham Racing 3, Kameo: Elements of Power and Need for Speed Most Wanted.
Joysticks and other controllers often break under the stress of gaming, but X-Arcade claims that it can offer an almost indestructible (and insanely heavy) joystick. The "Tankstick" promises to revive arcade gaming at home and comes with two control sticks, along with several arcade-style buttons. 18 classic games, including Space Invaders, Galaga and Donkey Kong are included.
Agoura Hills (CA) - THQ, the video game publishing company behind the popular online game Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War, today announced its second expansion pack to the game. "Dark Crusade" has reached the gold master stage, meaning all of the code programming is finished. The game is slated to be shipped nationwide on 9 October.
Microsoft will be offering an HD DVD upgrade for its Xbox 360 game console that will allow the company to compete with Sony in the HD arena. The new drive will be available on 17 November, the launch date of the Playstation 3.
Redwood City (CA) - Two new Godfather are joining EA's Corleone Family video game lineup. The publisher announced "The Godfather, The Game" for Microsoft's Xbox 360 console and "The Godfather, Mob Wars" for Sony's Playstation Portable (PSP), which almost completes the multi-platform rollout of the game series.
Media reports published late Monday suggested that Microsoft on Tuesday will open the doors to Soapbox, a video sharing service that will compete with the popular YouTube website. Access to the service will be offered on an invite-only basis during the test phase with the final site being scheduled to launch within the next six months, according to an article published by Reuters.
Chicago (IL) - With the last of the three next-gen game consoles finally being announced, more game enthusiasts will be looking more seriously into which console offers the most value. Nintendo hopes that it will not only keep its existing base, but pick up the mainstream crowd and, here and there, Playstation and Xbox gamers.
Chicago (IL) - At a widely anticipated press event in New York City today, Nintendo announced release details of its next video game console, the Wii. The system will launch on November 19 and will carry a retail price of $250.
See the Nintendo Wii slide show here (5 pictures)