The ESA Takes A Look at 2003

2003 - that's not just the year that didn't see Half-Life 2 coming out. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) took a look at the titles sold in the past year and notes that the total sales of video and computer games generated revenues of more than $7 billion in the US. Slightly below the original predictions, but still above the $6.9 billion of the previous year.

Jan 27th - Feb 1st

It's difficult to choose a game of the week since I don't really care much about any of them. Seeing as how we've set a standard to maintain I suppose I'll raise my apathy salute to SEGA GT Online for the Xbox. Shipping on the 27th for only $19.99, GT Online will offer the full Xbox Live experience on the cheap.

You Too, Huh? Later.

Do we really want another MMORPG, even o­ne as promising as World of Warcraft? Haven't we learned by now that massively multiplayer games are filled with other people? We're not all trained actors or even mediocre roleplayers. Hell, we're not all even trying.
Some new screens from Eidos are putting a new perspective on Thief 3. The latest Thief game will now be played from a 3rd person perspective as you can see in the screenshots below. The shots also show off some of the lighting and shadows present in the game already. The first shot showcases a guard holding a torch, it looks like his feet are casting shadows from the light of the torch.


Nintendo is an inevitable lightning rod for stormy and impassioned discussion. Across a thousand message boards its supporters rally to the Big NÂ's defense with zealous intensity and bared teeth, while its detractors, like chattering monkeys hurling feces, sit high o­n their pedestals and soil the faithful with no shortage of verbal excrement.

Far Cry Demo Impressions

Ever since participating in the Far Cry multiplayer beta I've been desperate to see if the single player portion of the game could match the multiplayer's potential. I'm pleased to report that the single player demo has been released today and it locks Far Cry in as a must have for me. It's worth the time and effort to download the huge 496 meg demo.

Nintendo Fears Gamers Won't Get It: Probably Right

IGN is reporting that Nintendo's big unveiling at this year's E3 will be a freak of nature judging by the description offered o­n the site.The company's mystery machine is in fact a dual-screened portable game device that is entirely separate from both the GameCube and the Game Boy Advance. It will be marketed completely free of its sister hardware.

Jan 19th - 25th

There isn't a ton happening o­n the games front this week with Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II out of the gate and a few other console titles worth noting. The big story is the release of Silent Storm, a turn-based World War II strategy game along the lines of Jagged Alliance and X-com but in 3D.

A Eulogy for Black Isle's Tragic End

If there's a cautionary tale of late, the kind of story parents tell their children so they won't grow up to be game designers, it's the saga of Black Isle Studios. With no shortage of blame to be turned on Interplay's legendary mismanagement, the lamentations of BIS have been lavishly wept across the gaming spectrum and mostly deserved.

Make a Stupid Comment? Take it Back!

Okay Boys and Girls, it's time for another round of site updates. You should all notice some shiny new buttons to click on in the comments. That's right, you can all stop cursing my name behind my back, you can now edit comments.