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What's in a Game? A Linguistic History of
Articles Archive | 10/09/02 | GF! Back Catalogue 10/2004 => 1995
Here at Gamesfirst! we like to talk about games--interactive art, we'll tell you, and the future of art and storytelling”a force more powerful and more frightening than its parent, the movie, or its grandparent, the stage”both terrifying in their own way, in their own time. But did you ever wonder where the word "videogame"came from? "Video" meets "game"--it sounds like a pretty straightforward etymology to get to the word that brings us all so much joy, but what we have here is a strange union between two ancient words who's roots stretch across recorded time”and further, in fact, into the dark night of prerecorded time.

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Free Expression Policy Project
Articles Archive | 09/27/02 | GF! Back Catalogue 10/2004 => 1995
Last Spring US District Court Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Sr. determined that videogames do not qualify as "speech" and are therefore not protected under the First Amendment. The case was brought before Judge Limbaugh by the Interactive Digital Software Association (IDSA) and St. Louis videogame retailers and arcade owners who were upset about an ordinance passed by the St. Louis City Council regulating violent and mature videogames. In the court's ruling, Judge Limbaugh wrote that there is "no conveyance of ideas, expressions, or anything else that could possibly amount to speech. The court finds that video games have more in common with board games and sports than they do with motion pictures."

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Yahoo! Launches Games On Demand Service
news | 09/23/02 | Shawn Rider
Yahoo! gave us a sneak peak at their Games On Demand service this weekend, and boy did we have fun with it. Filling the PC rental void, this service allows broadband PC users to rent games online, and it works like a charm. Read all about it right here.
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Yahoo! Lauches Games On Demand Service
Articles Archive | 09/23/02 | GF! Back Catalogue 10/2004 => 1995
Yahoo! has built a lot of things in the past. Beginning as a list of websites circulated through email and newsgroups, it could be said that Yahoo! is a good portion of the reason the World Wide Web took off the way it did “ we wouldn't be surfing around so much if we had to rely on JoeBob's List of Kickass Links to get the job done. The company has always been on the cutting edge; from their unique ad campaigns to their development of community-oriented online spaces, they have done a lot to enhance our experience of the Web and to bring new users online.

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Nintendo Cuts Ties with Rare, LTD (Microsoft Creates Ties with Rare, LTD)
news | 09/21/02 | GF! Back Catalogue 10/2004 => 1995
While Nintendo has made it official that they have gotten rid of their 49% share in Rare, LTD, creators of Donkey Kong, Perfect Dark, Star Fox, etc., Microsoft has yet to confirm details stated by Nintendo of America that MS has scooped up the London-based development house. This is big news and means franchises like Perfect Dark and Conker may find a home on the Xbox. Click for more.
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Dark Age of Camelot Shrouded Isles Preview (PC)
game: Dark Age of Camelot Shrouded Isles
preview | 09/18/02 | Shawn Rider
See that pale mofo over to the right? That\'s an Inconnu, one of the three new races in Dark Age of Camelot Shrouded Isles, the major expansion to the hit MMORPG title. Featuring three new races, three new continents, six new classes, and a graphics engine overhaul, DAoC Shrouded Isles should be incredible. Click here.
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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Preview
game: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
preview | 09/18/02 | GF! Back Catalogue 10/2004 => 1995
Rockstar has finally given us some more information about Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. This coincides with the unveiling of the official GTA: Vice City website, which is pretty snazzy in the purest of Rockstar traditions. Check out our preview again, and then click on the link to the official website. All you need is right here. Click!
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Crime Patrol 2: Drug Wars Review (DVD, Xbox, PS2)
game: Crime Patrol 2: Drug Wars
review | 09/16/02 | Shawn Rider
Digital Leisure continues to resurrect long gone laser disc titles for us to play on our DVD player or DVD ready PS2 and Xbox. Crime Patrol 2: Drug Wars is a campy on-rails shooter that takes you back to some Miami Vice, Reagan-era drug policy. It\'s worth a laugh at least. Click here.
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GORE Review (PC)
game: GORE
review | 09/10/02 | Aaron Stanton
Dreamcatcher Interactive brings us a first person shooter that doesn\'t do a lot of new things, but should liven up your next LAN bash a bit. GORE provides the basic FPS experience we\'ve come to know and love -- lots of mindless violence and some nice graphics. All of this at a bargain price, too. Not bad. Click here.
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Greek Geeks Fight Gaming Ban
editorial | 09/05/02 | Shawn Rider
In a horribly misguided stab at limiting gambling in public places, the Greek Government has created a ban on all videogames. That\'s right: Playing games on your PC, Xbox, PS2, Gamecube, Game Boy Advance (especially in public) is illegal in Greece. The first couple of internet cafe owners have been arrested already for allowing gaming in their public establishments, and things have gotten more rotten than 4:00 AM at a LAN bash over there. Click here for our coverage.
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Barbarian Review
game: Barbarian
review | 09/04/02 | Monica Hafer
Titus gives us Barbarian, an arena based fighter that puts you into a fantasy world in dire need of a good saving. Sound familiar? Barbarian doesn\'t break a lot of new ground, but it does provide a nice distraction for awhile and hints at some good possibilities. Click here.
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The Future of Video Games Review
game: The Future of Video Games
review | 09/04/02 | Shawn Rider
Australian production company, Next Gen Video, brings us a DVD collection of game footage from E3 2002. If there\'s anything better than seeing screens from these titles, it\'s seeing them in full motion. The Future of Video Games will make you feel like you\'re at the show, and just like E3, it\'s not a perfect package. Click for more.
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Splashdown Review
game: Splashdown
review | 09/04/02 | Shawn Rider
Infogrames and Atari bring us a title that gives Wave Race: Blue Storm a real run for its money. Splashdown features stunning visuals, lots of well-designed courses, and plenty of gameplay to keep you running those waves well into the next year. Fans of racers and watersports, click!
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Wavebird Wireless Controller Review
game: Wavebird Wireless Controller
review | 08/30/02 | Jason Frank
Nintendo\'s Wavebird Wireless Controller is a serious blessing for Gamecube owners. Featuring the solid construction and quality performance we\'ve come to expect from the Big N, this bad boy will have you sitting 25 feet back from your TV, juggling dinner, homework, and Mario Sunshine all at the same time. Click for the review.
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Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem Review
game: Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem
review | 08/20/02 | GF! Back Catalogue 10/2004 => 1995
Nintendo and Silicon Knights have redefined the 3D action horror genre previously dominated by the Resident Evil series. Eternal Darkness: Sanity\'s Requiem is a true evolution of the genre and gaming in general. Jeff\'s take on the game includes a great exploration of the ways Eternal Darkness succeeds and fails at pushing the limits of what a game can be. Click here for the review.
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