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Astraware
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Astraware announced that it is the exclusive publisher of Whitehorse Games' Chess, Checkers and Backgammon games for Palm OS handheld devices. This is the first publishing deal signed by Astraware who usually wears the developer hat when it comes to wireless gaming software. The ChromaGames bundle includes all three Whitehorse Games in a single set optimized for high resolution screens and fast processing speeds of Palm OS 5 devices they can also be played on any Palm OS PDA with OS 3 or higher). The ChromaGames bundle is available now for $19.95 (USD) from the Astraware site.

MLB SlugFest 20-03 PS2 Tops in 2002
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Midway Sports says that its action-arcade baseball game MLB SlugFest 20-03, was the top-selling baseball videogame for the PlayStation 2 in 2002 - in the US. MLB SlugFest 20-03 launched on the PlayStation 2 in June 2002, and the Xbox and GameCube in August 2002. According to sales data from NPD Funworld, MLB SlugFest 20-03 has outsold every baseball game individually for the PlayStation 2 by two-to-one since its launch. Midway Sports also points out that in July 2002, MLB SlugFest 20-03 outsold all competing PlayStation 2 games’ combined sales by a nearly two-to-one margin, and any single PlayStation 2...

Ultimate Trainz Tour Ends
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Auran sent along word that it has just wrapped up a seven city tour in which it showed off its game Ultimate Trainz Collection to model railroad enthusiast groups and gatherings around the US. Cities included Los Angeles, Syracuse, Baltimore, Buffalo, Houston, Toronto, and Chicago. Apparently the response to the model railroad simulation for the PC was positive and Auran plans to visit more train enthusiast events in the future. Players interested in Auran's game will want to check out the Ultimate Trainz Collection web site.

Final Fantasy Origins April 8th
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Square Electronic Arts announced today that Final Fantasy Origins for the PlayStation will begin shipping to North American retail on April 8, 2003. Final Fantasy Origins offers remixed versions of Square's ultra popular Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy II role-playing games on one disc for a suggested retail price of $30 (USD). These remakes offer new cinematics, opening theme songs, event scenes, improved graphics, enhanced sound and new game play modes. It is also important to note that Origins brings Final Fantasy II to US gamers for the first time - something that fans of the series have been asking...

C&C Generals News
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PlanetCNC, the home of all things Command and Conquer at GameSpy, is hopping with news for fans today, including news of an interview with Harvard Bonin, a message from former C&C Community manager Chris Rubyor, and some community happenings. Be sure to drop in and check up on all your C&C news, at PlanetCNC!

Age of Mythology 1.04
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Ensemble Studios has unleashed a new update to Age of Mythology via the game's auto-update feature that fixes a few minor problems including a scenario editor trigger corruption bug introduced in version 1.03, an exploit related to the firing delay on ranged units and a fix for another stats error 2,4 problem. Launch the game and get it.

ATI Settles Shareholder Lawsuits
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ATI Technologies has settled claims alleged in shareholder class action lawsuits filed in May 2001 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The suit alleged that misrepresentations and omissions were made by ATI and its officers during a period following the company's May 2000 earnings warning. ATI agreed to pay $8 million (U.S.) to resolve all remaining claims - a portion of which will be paid by the company's insurer. The company said that it anticipates a charge in the Second Quarter relating to the litigation.

AMD Athlon XP 3000+ Unleashed
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AMD announced the release of its most powerful processor to date to resellers and computer manufacturers worldwide - the AMD Athlon XP processor 3000+. Highlights of this latest processor include 640KB of total on-chip cache memory that gives this generation of the Athlon nearly 70 percent more power than previous AMD Athlon XP processors. AMD also claims that the Athlon XP processor 3000+ offers a 17 percent performance boost over competing desktop processor currently on the market - according to testing done on a variety of undisclosed benchmarking software. The AMD Athlon XP processor 3000+ is priced at $588 in...

PSO Valentine
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SEGA of America announced today its plans to launch a special online Valentine's Day quest for Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II on February 14 (this Friday). The quest, which will be available until February 17th, lets up to four players embark on a mission to find rare and exotic varieties of chocolate, scattered across the planet Ragol. These chocolates can then be given as presents to other online gamers in celebration of the holiday. The game's online lobby will also be decorated with Valentine's Day-themed eye candy and other seasonal surprises.

Special Blizzard Insider, No Patch
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A "special" edition of the Blizzard Insider newsletter reannounces WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne, the official expansion set to last year's biggest strategy game. It includes an inteview with Senior Producer Bill Roper, including a question regarding the upcoming beta test. Blizzard previously stated that our precious 1.10 patch would be released with the next issue of the Insider, but it's a no show so far. Keep looking for the next non-special edition of the newsletter, which will hopefully bring that tasty treat along.

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