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03/27/06 | | Shawn Rider
game: Xbox Live
category: happening
This weekend (March 31-April 2) Microsoft is teaming up with Verizon Wireless to open up Xbox Live Gold for all Xbox 360 owners. In addition to the free Gold-level multiplayer online games, Microsoft has set up three days of contests and tournaments in Geometry Wars, Project Gotham Racing 3, Fight Night Round 3 and more. Get more details here.



03/26/06 | | Chris Martin
category: happening
If you, like we here at GamesFirst, can't stop playing Galactic Civilzations II: Dread Lords, you owe it to yourself to pick up the new patch. Adding a host of fixes and additions, the patch keeps improving on an already stellar title. Also inside: "Stranger" developer diary sheds a little light on the upcoming title.


03/20/06 | | George Holomshek
category: announced
The upcoming mobile RPG, The Shroud, is noteworthy for two reasons: First, it's one of a small group of titles to bring console-style RPG gaming to the cellular phone platform. Second, it's the first of such titles to implement GPS-based gameplay. Part of The Shroud's gameplay consists of completing challenges located in the real world, a whole new gaming paradigm facilitated by the GPS capabilities built into so many of today's mobile phones. George has more details here.


03/20/06 | | Chris Martin
category: industry
With the recent announcement of the PS3 being delayed until November, Microsoft seems ready to pounce on the opportunity. Is this just what the 360 needs to become the top console worldwide? Microsoft CEO Steven Ballmer thinks so...


03/15/06 | | Chris Martin
category: industry
Rumors have more or less stated that the PlayStation 3 won't make its Spring launch, and now it's official. The PS3 is coming in November. November of 2006 will have the PS3 hitting store shelves a full year behind the Xbox 360, which launched in late November of 2005. Without specific word on when Nintendo plans on releasing their Revolution, it's hard to say whether or not this will make the PS3 the last console of this generation to reach the market. We're all excited about Sony's announcement, though, read the full article to find out why...


03/12/06 | | Chris Martin
category: industry
Is it the fabled Xboy? Has Microsoft entered the portables race? Is there a race, and where can you get tickets? All of these questions and more will be answered in our third coverage of Microsoft's Project Origami.


03/04/06 | | Shawn Rider
game: Spore
category: culture
Wil Wright gave a presentation at last year's Game Developer's Conference of his new title, Spore. The video of that presenation has been around for some time now, but it was often low quality or hard to find. Now the video has been posted on Google Video, and it is available for viewing in a variety of ways. This is something that shouldn't be missed: Spore is set to become one of the defining moments in gaming history. Check out the video here.


03/02/06 | | Shawn Rider
game: BOTS
category: industry
Game publisher Acclaim has risen from the ashes and is making a comeback. So far the publisher has two titles in the works: BOTS and 9 Dragons. BOTS is, obviously, a robot-based game which allows players to customize their metal men to their liking, purchasing new items online. These upgrades, which number in the hundreds, help make the BOTS undefeatable machines of mayhem as players compete with each other in the arena. This is the first from the company, which plans for many more. Oh, and did we mention that this is a totally FREE online game? Yep. Get more on the rebirth of one of gaming's oldest brands right here.


03/02/06 | | Shawn Rider
category: announced
Word comes today from 2K Games that The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, the highly anticipated Xbox 360 RPG, will finally release on March 20, 2006. Gamers have been waiting for the sequel to Morrowind almost since the release of the original title, and many were disappointed when the game was pushed from the Xbox 360 launch lineup. Oblivion will also release for PC on the same day. More details are in the article.


03/02/06 | | Chris Martin
category: industry
Part 2 of 3 on Microsoft's Origami hype-site has been revealed. Do we find out what it really is? Do we get to see a final version of it in action?


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