EA buys 2 game makers

Seeking to fill gaps in its product lineup, video game publisher Electronic Arts Inc. said Thursday it will acquire two software studios from Elevation Partners in a deal worth $860 million, the largest in its history. The studios, BioWare Corp. and Pandemic Studios, are known for their action, adventure and role-playing games. Elevation owns their […]

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ATI Promises Performance Gain

ATI notified DailyTech of the availability of a new beta driver for Windows Vista intended to improve the performance of ATI cards in single and CrossFire modes. The new driver is being called the Catalyst 7.10 “Shoot Em Up” driver by ATI. The “Shoot Em Up” driver makes big promises of a 5-23% performance gain […]

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Activision Racing Game

Activision isn’t pulling punches when discussing its plan for the racing genre following its buy-up of Bizarre Creations, promising a show-stopping racing game from the developer. “It’s true there is a lot of competition out there but Bizarre Creations is not just a studio – it’s one of the very best studios in the world, […]

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Cause of Death: 72h of Gaming

A man in Southern China has died of exhaustion after a three-day online gaming binge, reports Beijing News. The 30-year old man declared dead in cyber café in the city of Guangzhou on Saturday afternoon. Paramedics on the scene tried to revive the man but failed. The report says a hundred other net users “left […]

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BioShock 2

Looks like Rapture may have a second coming. In an analyst conference call, Take-Two chairman Strauss Zelnick revealed the company’s plans to turn 2K Boston/2K Australia’s BioShock into an ongoing franchise.Zelnick was addressing an analyst’s question on how to avoid watering down a franchise with annual releases but still foster innovative development on a regular […]

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F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate Preview

It’s unknown. It’s sinister. Anything could happen at any moment. Yes, the development situation behind F.E.A.R. is as twisted as the game itself: the developers of the original, Monolith, are making their own sequel (which looks very similar, by the way), but Sierra own the rights to the name, so they tasked Timegate with making […]

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PSP 2000

Sony unveiled at this year’s E3 the second iteration of its PlayStation Portable handheld gaming system. Today, Sony announced the North American availability of the new PSP hardware that is slimmer and lighter than the previous system. While there have been three different packages of the new PSP, all of which wear the model number […]

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Quake Zero

Over eight years after it’s release, Quake III Arena is still one of the most played deathmatch games on PC, but id Software has set it sights in expanding the online shooter’s playerbase with the free-to-play Quake Zero. “We want to see the player base grow and that’s a lot of what’s behind Quake Zero,” […]

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DirectX 10 only for Vista: Big Mistake?

According to an online survey by Valve Software, only one in fifty players who access download service Steam has a DirectX 10-compatible graphics card and Windows Vista installed. In an interview with heise online, Gabe Newell, president of Valve Software, said that Microsoft made a terrible mistake releasing DirectX 10 for Vista only and excluding […]

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4000 dpi Mouse Announced

Most gamers understand the value of a good mouse when it comes to optimizing their game play. Certainly, a good mouse won’t make a bad player better, but a good mouse can help a decent player have more fun. This week Microsoft revived the SideWinder name with a new SideWinder Mouse that had a paltry […]

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