Hold Me Back!

I canÂ't take it anymore. If I have to hunt down one more item so that I can open a door, get a key from a lazy NPC, kick-start a generator or crank a wheel IÂ'm going to lose it. Disguising a treasure hunt as gameplay is slowly killing my taste for console games.
Yahoo/AFP has some news on the situation of Vivendi Universal Games based on a report of Les Echos. Vivendi apparently recently received an offer of about $600-800 million made by a "partnership of a video games group and an investment fund."Les Echos said the company did not intend to accept this new offer at present because it still hopes to attract a one-billion-dollar approach.
DoItYourselfGames have put up an interesting report on the recent Indie Games Con '03. The articles feature some general impressions of the event which was organized by GarageGames.
I saw over at Slashdot Games who saw over at Fragging for Fun Clan that Epic is slated to release a free version of the Unreal engine with no content or source code for non-commercial and educational use. Epic is doing this mainly so that people can begin to use the Unreal engine for non-gaming purposes, though it's unclear whether or not gamers can still use it.

Oct 13th - 19th

It's Thanksgiving here in Canada today although I've already had enough turkey over the last couple days to last me until Christmas. Since we're not actually doing any Thanksgiving stuff today I plan to zone out and play games until Volume Two of the Family Guy DVD calls me once again.Good week for games coming up! Max Payne 2, UFO, Jak II and more to look for later this week.
As if it was a relay stick: I see at HomeLAN that Counter-Strike: Condition Zero seems to be the hot potato among the games recently in development. Nobody wants to keep it in their hands for too long. According to this CS Nation preview the project ate up four developers altogether since Turtle Rock Studios apparently were involved in the last stage of the production.

$99 PS2 At Target?

GCAdvanced and PS2.IGN are reporting that the Target store chain supposedly will lower the Playstation 2 price down to $99.Sources from Target today told IGN they have received printed fliers with the price of the PlayStation 2 at $99.

Yeah, But the Resale Value Sucks

I realize this comic sets a dangerous precedent. However, I make no promises. Anyway, I think I've finally figured out why we're always so insistent on developers releasing demos of new products. I was recently trying to clear off some space on my hard drive and was playing the old Uninstall game. I discovered I had more demos installed than retail games. Demos suit me perfectly.
In anticipation of the upcoming Hidden and Dangerous 2, The Gathering and Illusion Softworks (makers of Mafia) are offering the full version of Hidden and Dangerous and the Devil's Bridge expansion as a free download! If you missed it the first time around (like I did) this is a great chance to give the game a shot.

Ten Hours in Middle Earth

Prove you are worthy of your Fanboi of Middle Earth title by stopping by one of these participating theaters on Tuesday, December 16 to watch the Special Extended Edition of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Thrill to the extended remix of Fellowship of the Ring. Wallow in the special huge edition of The Two Towers. Then sway to the first screenings of The Return of the King!