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Black & White goes gold! (PC) 

March 16, 2001

One of the most highly anticipated games in recent history, Peter Molyneux's Black & White, the game where you play a god and lead your worshippers to dominance over the world - all while raising a pet - has gone gold.  Initiating what we hope will become a glut of "A List" game releases for the PC, we've been waiting a long time for this.  We've got the story here.
Halo Preview (Xbox)
The folks from Bungie have been working on Halo, a title that has been long talked about. Originally intended for a PC release, the Xbox team has taken Halo and made it Xbox specific. And it's sweet. Check out the amazing graphics, and dig those multiplayer details. Click here for the preview.
NFL Fever 2002 Preview (Xbox)
What's a launch without a football game? Apparently not much. So Microsoft will accompany the Xbox with NFL Fever 2002. Focusing on details, control, and lots of replay value (you can play 25 straight seasons in the dynasty mode), big M hopes this will be the next NFL 2K1. Check here for a first look.
Fuzion Frenzy Preview (Xbox)
To round out the first party launch titles, Microsoft is giving us a party game to end all party games. We're not quite sure how Fuzion Frenzy is played, but it involves a futuristic urban street game and about 45 mini-games. Play options are entirely customizable, and it looks pretty cool. Click here for the preview.
Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter Review (PC) 

March 14, 2001

If you loved Icewind Dale, you’ll like the Heart of Winter expansion pack. Even though some of the BG II engine’s refinements have found their way into the game, not much of the content has, and Heart of Winter remains a full-bore hack n’ slash dungeon crawl. Get the chilling details here.
Microsoft Gamestock News
At Gamestock yesterday, Microsoft released a whole new wave of details about the Xbox. First off, their list of first party developers now includes designers of games like Black & White, Grim Fandango, and Rayman. Click here for the developers list. Big M also told us what games to expect as first-party launch titles. Oooh, it's so juicy. Click here for the games list.
Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding Preview (Xbox)
This is a game with an inspired name. Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding will let you take on over 120 runs, on real-life mountains and fantasy venues, to strive for top spot among the pros. Become world famous, if you can. Click here for details and pretty screens.
Project Gotham Preview (Xbox)
Move over Gran Turismo, Project Gotham is in the hizz-ouse. Hoping to get their share of the photo-realistic racing sim, Microsoft is working on this bad boy that will reward you for being a bad boy. Or girl. Get the details here.
Nightcaster Preview (Xbox)
The Xbox will debut with several RPGs available. Nightcaster is one of them, and seems to be an action-RPG of sorts. It's got some snazzy graphics, and the hype sounds good. But can the Xbox defeat the launch-RPG curse? Who knows. Click here.
Azurik Preview (Xbox)
Another RPG/action adventure title for Xbox, Azurik puts you in control of the title character to save a magical world from evil and destruction. This title uses elemental magical combat to make things lively. Click here.
ESPN MLS Extra Time Preview (PS2) 

March 12, 2001

Another ESPN title coming to the PS2 is MLS Extra Time. Including lots of teams, amazing graphics, that ESPN television feel, and all kinds of little bonuses, this is the official challenger to FIFA. And what's better -- it'd due out at the end of this month. Check out the preview.
And The Nominees Are...
This year's Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Interactive Achievement Awards are being held next week at the Game Developers' Conference. We've already told you about John Carmack's induction into the hall of fame, but we now bring you a rundown of the nominees, complete with some predictions and sass-mouth from our friendly neighborhood Console Editor. Click here for the full story.
ESPN X-Games Skateboarding Preview (PS2) 

March 9, 2001

The X-Games will be held this August in Philadelphia. To celebrate, ESPN has created ESPN X-Games Skateboarding, the game they hope will break the stranglehold THPS has on the virtual skating world. Could it be? Well, from what we've seen it looks pretty sweet. We're digging up more info as you read this, too, because this is one to keep an eye on. Click here for the preview.
Action Man Review (GBC)
He's tough. And strong. And ready for, well, action. He's Action Man, and he's on your Game Boy. This latest platformer from THQ is actually pretty dang fun. Action Man, known for his impeccable sense of style and incredibly peaceful form of espionage and secret-agentry, makes us happy to play it. Click here for the review.
D-Link DWL-920 Review (PC)
D-Link has done it again with its elegant, easy-to-install DWL-920 11Mbps USB Wireless Home Network Kit. This Digital Home Solution makes networking more accessible than ever before by providing the easiest way of connecting PC’s together without having to run a bunch of wires all over the dang place.  Read on... 

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