The official IL-2 Sturmovik website features exciting news for the flight-simmers among us (which would be Brian Rubin and me): first of all, an expansion for IL-2: Forgotten Battles is in the development. Unfortunately there's no information yet on what exactly we're going to get to see and play in the add-on.The second announcement is more significant though.
Experienced demo trouble lately? Patch required? You're probably not the only one. Read on for a brief look at quick publishers, the concept of second-class consumers, local releases and why they are a disservice to both sides.
An article at the Guardian debates the depth games have to offer these days. The article states that they should be treated as cultural rather than commercial products. The author also brings up some points on the role of the press as well as messages that could be communicated.
Mod tools are a pretty common thing, especially with popular genres such as Real Time Strategy and First Person Shooter. When you're competing in an already crowded genre for people's wallets the lure of tools to make your own game may win over a lot of players. The possibility of downloading and playing user created mods is another draw for your dollar.

Meesa Blue Screen

To be honest, I debated trying to out-traffic Pyro's post by starting a chimerical rumor that Microsoft was planning to ship free Xboxes to all U.S. citizens on their 18th birthday. I was going to elaborate on how they were using driver's licenses and voter registration records to determine when the big day was, and then, presto, free Xbox in the mail.
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 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.