Late Night Consoling

Judging from the comments, I guess everyone really liked last night's special LNC EX. Which is good, because I had a blast writing it, and will probably do more articles along those same lines in the future. Since I get asked about it so often, I think my next EX will explain in complete detail how I connect all of my many, many console systems. It's a complex mass of wires but it works great, so I'm happy to share that knowledge. After that I'll probably dip back into console history again...if there's anything in particular you want to see, post it in the comments and I'll make a note of it (and yes, another "dismal failures" piece is a definite possibility).

Xbox Xbox Live Phantasy Star Online Details
Sega and Microsoft have finally announced pricing information for the Xbox Live version of Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II. The game will be released in March, and comes with 60 days of free gameplay, after which you will have to pay $8.95 a month on top of the Xbox Live subscription, which is required to play the game both on and offline. 60 days is actually a pretty long period of time though, so that's nice.


MechAssault Updates Delayed
Since January's about to be over (and may already be by the time you read this) obviously those Xbox Live MechAssault updates aren't going to make it. After weeks of speculation, Microsoft released a statement to this effect today, assuring fans that the updates are coming, but they have no specific time frame set.
PSOne Final Fantasy Origins Impressions
GameSpot has posted a brief news item featuring their initial impressions of Final Fantasy Origins, the name that SquareSoft will be releasing the PSOne ports of Final Fantasy I & II. Included with the impressions are new in-game screenshots.
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The X-Files: Code Veronica?
Vivendi Universal and Fox Interactive have announced The X-Files: Resist or Serve, a new survival horror title for PS2 and Xbox. The game features the voices of the original cast from the show, and the description and screenshots that have been released make it sound like a Resident Evil or Silent Hill clone. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, of might be great, and

PS2 Primal Q&A
GameSpot has conducted a Q&A with Chris Sorrell of Sony's Studio Cambridge, talking with the creative director about their upcoming action game Primal.
PS2 Xbox GameSpot Previews
Also at GameSpot tonight are new previews of Project Gotham Racing 2 for Xbox, and Dynasty Warriors 4 for PS2.
PS2 Final Fantasy XI: Vision of Ziraat Announced
SquareSoft Japan has announced Final Fantasy XI: Vision of Zaraat, an add-on for both the PC and PS2 versions of Final Fantasy XI. Sadly, there's still no word on a US release of this game, as it's directly tied to the PS2 HDD, which Sony has yet to announce over here (hopefully we'll know something by E3).
GameCube EA Forecasts GameCube Sales Slowdown
As part of their earnings conference call the other day, Electronic Arts mentioned that while they expect to see growth of 25 - 30% for PS2 and 20 - 25% for Xbox, they dropped their projections for GameCube sales down to 15 - 20%. While that may not sound like much, with a company like EA that's actually a big deal. So much so, that it brought down the price of Nintendo's stock yesterday.
GameCube GameBoy Advance Rayman 3 GBA Connectivity Details
Some details on the GameCube/GBA connectivity are up at GameSpot tonight. As with a handful of other recent games, it unlocks extra content, but what's definitely interesting is the unique co-op multiplayer mode that's only available when connecting the two devices.
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Misc. Media
Lots of good stuff tonight...Cube.IGN has some high-res screenshots from F-Zero AC (well, high-res compared to the thumbnails we got before, that is), as well as new shots from Nintendo's Giftpia. Over at Pocket.IGN they have shots from Crawfish's upcoming Superman GBA game (please, please don't suck like every other Superman game!) and shots and box art from the North American version of Golden Sun: The Lost Age, while Xbox.IGN has a first look at Moto GP 2. GameSpot has a trailer from 007: NightFire for GBA, shots from Evil Dead: Fistful of Boomstick for Xbox , a look at the new characters from Alter Echo (PS2, Xbox) and shots from Sonic Advance 2, which is coming stateside this summer along with Sonic Adventure DX. And finally, LucasArts has launched their official RTX Red Rock site (thanks Planet GameCube), which has the usual new media that accompanies this sort of thing.

Console Game of the Evening: Keith Courage in Alpha Zones for the Turbo Grafx-16. This game looked cool, but the actual gameplay was kinda lame.
From The Chatty
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    January 31, 2003 8:30 PM

    Ya know.. Xbox live has been pretty good, but the damn updates are starting to get annoying...

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      January 31, 2003 8:48 PM

      you mean, lack of updates?

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        January 31, 2003 10:12 PM

        Has any downloadedable content been released yet, for any game?

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          January 31, 2003 10:15 PM

          wasn't there supposed to be extra content for splinter cell?

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          January 31, 2003 10:16 PM


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          February 1, 2003 5:28 AM

          TJ&E, Fever, NFL2K3

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            February 1, 2003 6:26 AM

            i believe motogp was updated too, not any extra content or anything.
            but your sstem gets updated just after the first time you log on.

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