|Hackers Threaten to Release Xbox Exploit |
As noted in this story at News.com, some hackers (who are either being incredibly stupid or very polite, depending on how you choose to read this story) have asked Microsoft to either release an official Linux boot loader for the Xbox or they will release information on an exploit that with a single drop of solder leaves the system wide open for amateur developers and pirates equally. Are they bluffing? We'll know for sure next week, when they'll be forced to show their hand.
|Silent Hill 3 Bonuses in Japan |
Konami Japan has announced that when Silent Hill 3 is released over there in a few weeks, it will ship with a bonus CD containing five music tracks, one of which isn't actually in the game. Shipping alongside the game, and retailing for about $20, is a special DVD titled THe Art and Music of Silent Hill, which has some 200 minutes (!) of bonus material, including the secret endings for all three games. It's unknown if any of this will be available in this country, where the game is being released in early August. Speaking of Silent Hill 3, GamerFeed has posted links to the E3 trailer for the game, which was posted to Konami's Japanese site.
| ||Shenmue III Announcement Imminent? |
A news item at GamePro has the news that Sega AM2 has revealed in their latest monthly e-mail newsletter that they will be announcing a new title next month. While this is far (let me repeat: far) from any kind of confirmation about the existence of Shenmue III, they also mentioned that the official Shenmue website will be getting a full relaunch in July. Of course if this game isn't a new Shenmue, it's likely to be the already-announced-but-still-mysterious Virtua Fighter RPG for GameCube, or an entirely new project.
| ||Former Capcom Designer Resurfaces |
Also at GamePro is a story reporting that Yoshiki Okamoto, the designer of such classics as Street Fighter II, Final Fight and those great Flagship-developed Zelda games, who left Capcom earlier this year, has started up a new company. While it's only just getting started, the company intends to function as an independent developer for Japanese publishers, and expects to launch a web site in July.
| ||Bond Voice Cast Announced |
Electronic Arts announced today that they have secured some major players from the recent Bond movies to provide voices for 007: Everything or Nothing. Specifically this list includes Pierce Brosnan (who will be providing more than just his likeness, unlike the last game), John Cleese (as Q), and even Dame Judy Dench as M. In addition to those actors, there's also Willam Defoe and Heidi Klum in addition to the previously-announced Shannon Elizabeth, and Richard Kiel, who provides the voice for the old-school character Jaws.
| ||LeBron James in NBA Live 2004 |
Yep, that didn't take long...EA Sports has revealed that LeBron James, the recent high school graduate and first pick in the NBA Draft, has already been placed in NBA Live 2004. Details, screenshots and all manner of related NBA draft news can all be found at EASports.com.
|.hack for Less |
IGN is reporting that .hack://INFECTION, the first of the four-part .hack series, will be dropping in price to $29.99 in the coming weeks. For those interested in knowing such things, the second installment is already out, with the third scheduled for release in October, and the last in December.
|Sonic at McDonald's |
As some of you are probably already aware, starting today, and running for the next month, you can pick up handheld games from Sega in McDonald's Happy Meals. Info on all six games (including playable demos of two of them) can be found at McDonald's' web site. Early buzz about the games hasn't been particularly favorable, but it's still a neat idea, and hopefully this won't be the last time something like this is done.
|R-Type Final Headed for North America |
Shmup fans rejoice! Gamers.com has learned "from sources close to the deal" that Eidos Interactive has obtained the rights to bring IREM's R-Type Final to North America. While no release date has been uncovered yet, it's scheduled for release overseas next month.
|Viewtiful Joe Q&A |
Computer and Video Games has conducted a Q&A with Atsushi Inaba, the producer of the extremely wacky Viewtiful Joe. While not the most in-depth of conversations, it does shed a bit of light on this game, and should be a good read for those who haven't checked out the playable demo yet (which is available on the $10 GameCube demo disc). For more Viewtiful fun, check out the new movies that are up at Cube.IGN, and Planet GameCube's hands-on impressions of the game.
|New Steel Battalion: Line of Contact Details |
Some new details and screenshots from Steel Battalion: Line of Contact are up at Gamers.com tonight. Among the tidbits here is a confirmation that you'll be able to customize your Vertical Tank for use in both on and offline play, and that there will be two types of VTs players can use, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.
|Eternal Darkness: The Movie? |
Reports have hit the web that Hypnotic has acquired the rights to make movies or a television series based on Silicon Knights' Eternal Darkness. Of course, the rights have been sold for everything from Dead or Alive to Zero Wing, but that doesn't mean we'll ever see these projects.
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Console Game of the Evening: Sonic CD for the SegaCD. "Arguably the best Sonic title, it has the same fast paced gameplay along with the best graphics and sound the series ever had. The addition of time travel and the CD quality soundtrack made it unique and notably more involved than the Genesis games." (submitted by pyide).