MMORPG Launch Alert: A Tale in the Desert

For those of you who like to give each new MMOG a try, February 15 saw the launch of A Tale in the Desert. This unique game drops you into ancient Egypt where you must work towards achieving perfection in the seven disciplines of man. If you think one of these disciplines surely must be whacking overgrown ants or rats, you might want to check out the FAQ.

EB's Return Policy Down the Drain

Reports from EB managers across North America indicate that Electronic Boutique will no longer be accepting returns on games beginning on March 1st. They will allow you to return defective items for a copy of the same game but that's about it. Something like this screams reactionary after their poor stock performance but it looks like the only real reason to shop at EB is slipping away.

The Week Ahead

This weekend I spent quite a bit of time playing through the C&C Generals single player game and Summoner: A Goddess Reborn on the Gamecube. You can expect a review of both eventually, assuming I don't get buried under all of the games coming out in March. As for this week, it's pretty solid.

Movie Watch: Old School

I had the opportunity to catch a preview release of the latest in a long line of college comedies, Old School. Coming out this Friday, Old School is about a guy (Luke Wilson) who has just broken up with his long-time girlfriend after walking in on a little swinger party she was having while she thought he was away.

Games, Does a Body Good

BBC News has posted an article about games and all the good they do the people who insist on playing them.

Happy Valentine's

I know you probably relished in the honeyed schadenfreude of watching The Sims Online not sell. It appeared as though the franchise with the biggest advantage was unable to capitalize on it. I thought I'd take a moment to remind you how lucky you are that it didn't replace sliced bread.It could have made things awkward.

Rise of Nations Beta Sign Up

Remember that Rise of Nations beta sign up we mentioned earlier in the week? It's live now, you can go sign up for it here.Good luck!

Thousand Land Trailer

Thousand Land enters heavy "What the hell?" terroitory when you watch From Software's trailer for it. Download the 12 meg file here and see if you can get a handle on this upcoming Xbox Japanse release, it's nuts.

Morrowind: Bloodmoon Expansion Announced

The official Morrowind site has word that a new expansion pack is in the making. Bloodmoon will take place on the frozen island of Solstheim where the empire is in the midst of setting up a mining colony. Among the many new features will be the option to fight Werewolves or to become one yourself.I'm not sure an expansion pack can put the fun back into Morrowind for me.

Impressions: Command and Conquer Generals

It seems like weÂ've seen a lot of companies revisit their premier franchises in the past few months of PC gaming. From Sim City 4, to Warcraft 3, to Unreal 2, to Master of Orion 3, those whoÂ've followed PC gaming for years are seeing some familiar names on the shelves, and with that theyÂ're also seeing a varied range of quality.