In what is fast becoming the standard way for MMORPG's to gain some new users, Artifact is now offering a 946 meg seven day free trial of Horizons through Fileplanet. The catch is that you must be registered at Fileplanet although I don't see anything that says it is for "subscribers" only. As you download the game you will receive a CD-Key by email that will let you sign in.


We're very pleased to be launching a new community feature here at GWJ. The Employee Profile will showcase various members of our forums and give everyone an idea of who they're talking to all day when they're supposed to be working. For the first few rounds of questions we'll be doing posters with over 1000 posts and then we'll expand from there.
We compiled the list of donors to the site and randomly drew the three winners! Once again, the three games up for grabs are Medal of Honor: Rising Sun (Xbox), Mark of Kri (PS2) and NHL Rivals (Xbox). The winners were chosen completely randomly and the first name pulled gets first pick on the games, second get the next one and last gets what's left.

Feb 9th - 15th

When I told you to save your pennies I wasn't kidding! This week will see the release of Champions of Norrath, Spell Force, Wrath Unleashed and more. It was a tough to choose a title to be game of the week but in the end I decided that a Final Fantasy game on the Gamecube was worth crowing about. Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles will ship today for $49.99 exclusively on the Gamecube.
Here's one from the "video game-induced charity"-department, recently dominated by Penny Arcade's Child Play: The PJStar has an article on a recent Playstation 2 tournament in Washington which was organized to raise some money for the American Cancer society.

Indies du Jour

While browsing around at Gametunnel I stumbled over this review of Platypus. It actually is an upgraded version of a game that came out a while ago, but still worth a look for action fans. Platypus, a side-scroller in the tradition of titles like Gradius, features claymation-style graphics. The extras are pretty much as you would expect them to be in this kind of game.

Live From the Golden Nugget

Hey guys, sorry I'm late. The vixens at the Glitter Gultch kept me up way past my bedtime, and I forgot I'm in a different time zone. I'm sitting here on my bed at the Golden Nugget in fabulous downtown Las Vegas. I'm trying to use the in-room Internet via the tiny useless keyboard and the TV.
WhatÂ's in a name? There are, of course, letters arranged into established phonetic patterns to produce phonemes which we recognize as corresponding to familiar sounds. If weÂ're very lucky then no one has decided to become clever and add apostrophes. Would a rose by any other name smell significantly less sweet?
We want to thank everyone who donated for supporting the site and making us very wealthy men. We're quitting and moving to Mexico, so long suckers! Ok, we're not doing any of those things but we are very grateful for the support.

Catching Up

With the usual post-Christmas drought of games upon us I've been trying to catch up with a few titles that got lost in the shuffle. First up was Sphinx, a quirky little platform game that tries really, really hard to be Zelda with a few twists.