Just a quick note to all the Euro visitors here: rumoured earlier, denied afterwards but reality soon - Nintendo of Europe is going lower the official Gamecube price from €199.99 down to €99.99 on October 17th. A massive price drop, but definitely a necessary one as the system has notably lost momentum since its successful launch earlier last year.
While Pyro was busy getting GWJ slashdotted (welcome to the new visitors!) I joined the recent public chat with Wings Simulations where they answered some questions on their upcoming tactical shooter Söldner: Secret Wars. The chatlog - cleaned up, of course - features a nice amount of information on the game which may or may not be released in November.
So I know what you're thinking. "Yeah right Pyro, it's really just more surprise gay porn" but its the real deal.  The source code for Valve's Half-Life 2 has been leaked to the net.  An anonymous GWJ reader has verified this is real.
The SunHerald put up an article on Nokia's attempt to provide a portable gaming system. While the idea behind the system isn't that bad, its technical realization contains a number of flaws the author points out.Read on...

Rockin' 8 Bits

I wanted to take a second to point you to an article on msnbc.com about an 8-bit music event that took place in NYC. The artists featured at the event have taken the buzzy chirpy sound we remember so well and used it to create fresh new music. Thre's even a picture of one of the artists, Bitshifter, using a GBA basically as his turntables, selecting and mixing on the fly.

Phantom Beta News

Infinium Labs sent out a press release featuring some information on the mystery that is the Phantom. The beta test application phase has come to an end. About 40,000 people are said to be in the race for the 300 slots available. 'Winners' will be notified around November 15th.
With Elysium being busy and fighting diaper battles and Certis moving these days it's up to the Magnificent Three, Pyro, Sway and ze German, to entertain our readers. All five of you. Ahem, on with the show. Gamershell features an interview with Dmitry Zakharov of Nival Interactive. He answered some questions on their upcoming Silent Storm.
After nine months of delays and excuses, Elysium and Elysia have finally shipped Elysium 2.0, no word yet on which console it will spit up on first. Big congratulations to the new parents and we all wish you plenty of sleep and worry free nights! We also plan to chuckle once in a while too, if that's ok.
Yes, the PS2 indeed is a "computer" - not a breaking sensation at first sight. However, in Europe there's a certain difference between "electronic device that's not a computer" and "computer" since the latter type is duty free in terms of import.

Agents Under Fire

You've probably already read the Washington Times story on a 'game' the CIA plans to use to simulate and understand terrorist activities. The software is supposed to train analysts as they can play through and test scenarios on both sides.