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Ed’s Note Bytes [gaming & industry news] Community.za Domain of The_Basilisk Inbox Technology News Lifestyle: Anime Lifestyle: Role Playing & Books Lifestyle: Music & Comics Lifestyle: URL Game Over

FEATURES 38

24 People’s Choice Game Awards 76 Lazy Gamer’s Guide: Doom 3 Board Game

PREVIEWS 36 38 44 48

Preview Introduction Battlefield 2 Constantine Rugby 2005

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Reviews Introduction LOTR: Battle for Middle Earth Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 Zoo Tycoon 2 Jak 3 Need For Speed Underground 2 Mortal Kombat Deception Flat Out The Urbz LOTR: The Third Age Sly 2 WRC 4 Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines SEGA Superstars

HARDWARE

Demos: Movies: Drivers: Anime: Cheats:

Bejeweled 2 | Castle Attack 2 | Flatspace | Game Maker 6 Constantine | Highway War [Half-Life 2] | NBA Street Volume 3 | Sin City | Splinter Cell 3 MP The Battle for Middle-Earth | War of the Worlds | Flash of the Month ATI Catalyst 4.11 [Windows XP - 2000] | NVIDIA ForceWare 53.03 [Windows XP - 2000] | DirectX 9C .PDF LO Magazine: Volume 9 - February 2005 Cheatbook Database 2004 & All Updates [current: November] | Utilities: Far Cry Technology Demo

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Albatron Trinity 6600 U Vantec SATA EZ Swap Bays Gainward PowerPack Ultra/2600 Logitech Driving Force Pro Gigabyte K8NXP-9 Coolermaster CoolDrive 6 Hardcor3 Roundup - Intel Motherboards

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ed’s note War is the sudden stop that breaks the jar of peace - deep!

One of the things that makes this job so much fun is that you never know what's going to happen next. One hour you're sitting at your desk trying to look busy and the next you're calling your travel agent about a trip overseas for some press function, product launch or otherwise interesting factory tour. One of these great unknowns of each issue is the cover of this magazine - because it's usually the last thing anyone thinks about. For example, the CD with the artwork for this month's cover arrived 2 whole days before this magazine went to the printer [thanks to Claire for pulling through again, can we send you Swiss chocolates and fine wine - serious]. Some magazine professionals might call this lack of planning irresponsible and they'd probably be right. But where's the fun in life if you have to plan everything a month in advance? Enjoy the feature on Battlefield 2 - this game is going to rock and roll so get yourself an ADSL connection and prepare for battle … or just go to page 38 and pretend your 56K modem is up to the task.

It really is a circus with bad clowns and a limp elephant ames suggested that I use this space to beat on about the fact that Electronic Arts is trying to buy the whole gaming industry and why that might be a bad thing. I mean, they can't possibly think that buying up all the competition is good for any system of commerce. What's next on the shopping list - Microsoft? They should rather go after Nintendo - maybe then we'd occasionally get a few games in for review. But we usually don't listen to James much and we're currently having a love affair with the idea of Battlefield 2. So instead I've decided to cover a whole pile of different topics and hope he doesn't notice. So hang on tight and remember to let go if you feel any burning or stinging. Before you send a mail Yes, we know. This month's cover CD isn't what you'd call stuffed to the gills with exciting demos and playable code. It is just the way things are this time of the year and not some evil conspiracy bent on ruining your life. We hunted, searched and grabbed all kinds of goodies here and there - the CD's not terrible, it just feels wrong that there's no big game demo on it. So wrong I felt compelled to say something here. No games Whi