This page is intended for general news about the gaming hobby. If you have a news item that you'd like to see posted here, feel free to post it yourself (at the top of the page, following the page format), or just email your press release to Ron Hale-Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org.
28 May 2003: Cosmic Encounter Online launches
- Cosmic Encounter Online launched on 28 May 2003 at 12 noon Pacific with almost 10,000 users. First impressions: underwhelming. The controls for everything (such as playing a card, inviting allies, or using your alien power) are invisible or non-obvious, and yet there are very short time limits on everything, so that playing Cosmic becomes more like playing a video game in which none of the buttons are labeled. If you don't hit a button in time, a bot takes over for you. 0% fun on one try. YMMV. (Requires Macromedia Flash.)
1 April 2003: International Gamers Awards
Greg Schloesser writes:
- After having served as the Gamers' Choice Awards committees for the past three years, the members of those committees in their entirety have gone independent and have launched the International Gamers Awards. The committees will continue presenting awards recognizing outstanding games in both the Historical Simulations and General Strategy Games categories.
- We also have several more exciting announcements to make, including the addition of several new committee members and the launching of our new website at:
1 April 2003: Cheapass Games: Solution to Offensive Name
- Well, it looks like Cheapass Games has taken the 'offending the sensibilities of the delicately constituted' issue to heart. They've announced a name change for the company.
This is good news, as we had been worried about including some CheapassGames in the AgogProject because of the potentially offensive name.