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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

PC Gaming Alliance to "propel PC to new heights

Group of major players in PC gaming, including developers, hardware manufacturers and software publishers, have joined to form the PC Gaming Alliance.

The leader of the group will be Intel’s Randy Stude. He is the president and founding board member of the PC Gaming Alliance.

Others who have joined the group include Epic, Activision, Microsoft for developers / publishers, as well as AMD, Nvidia, Intel, Dell, Acer, Alienware, and Gateway.

The PC Gaming Alliance has officially revealed itself at GDC in San Francisco and has expressed confidence in the future of the platform.

Founding companies Epic, Microsoft, Activision, Intel, AMD, nVidia, Dell, Alienware, Razer and Gateway have united "with the common purpose of advancing the PC as a worldwide gaming platform", PCGA has said.

As such, they'll be aiming to drive and accelerate innovation in PC gaming and to improve the gaming experience overall for us lot, while at the same time filtering their passion and knowledge of the platform down through to developers and publishers.

PCGA's added it "will focus on driving coordinated marketing and promotion of PC gaming, consistent and accurate reporting of PC gaming market sizing and research, and creating forums for member companies to cooperate on solutions to challenges facing the PC gaming industry, such as hardware requirements, anti-piracy, and more".

"Working together, we have an exponentially greater opportunity to propel the PC gaming experience to new heights", Kevin Unangst, senior global director of Games for Windows at Microsoft, has said.

Randy Stude, director of the Gaming Program Office at Intel, added, "PCGA members believe that we are stronger and more effective together than any member company is alone, and that our shared vision and group effort will improve PC gaming worldwide"


Wii Fit, Mario Kart Wii European Release Dates Confirmed
Officials from Nintendo of Europe have confirmed local release dates for both Wii Fit and Mario Kart Wii in April, while the Wall Street Journal has suggested U.S. dates for both Wii Fit and WiiWare for sometime later in May.

Unlike Sony and Microsoft, and most other third party publishers, Nintendo’s various worldwide subsidiaries continue to maintain entirely separate release schedules in each territory.

Significant gaps are still commonplace, and even between North America and Europe, many games are marketed with different names and even different English translations, such as the recent Advance Wars: Days of Ruin/Dark Conflict.

Despite being released in Japan in February and North America on March 9th, there is still no confirmed release date for Super Smash Bros. Brawl in Europe – with current rumors suggesting June 6th as a likely date.

However, today Nintendo of Europe has confirmed release dates for two of the Wii’s other big titles for the first half of 2008, with Mario Kart Wii due on April 11th and Wii Fit (previously referred to as Wii Fitness in Europe) due on April 25th.

No confirmed release date exists for either title in North America, although Mario Kart Wii is rumoured to be due in late April. A recent Wall Street Journal article suggests the release date of Wii Fit is Mary 19th in the U.S., although at time of press this has not been confirmed by Nintendo of America.

The same Wall Street Journal article also suggests that the WiiWare range of original downloadable games will launch in the U.S. on May 12th, although no specific titles are mentioned. The launch date of the service in Europe is currently unknown.

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