Tribes: Vengeance Single Player Demo Released Today! Plus, Tribes Rocks Out on MTV2

Irrational decided to do Tribes, we knew we were walking a dangerous line. The company was charged with creating a great game in the Tribes tradition that would attract newcomers to the franchise without alienating the very dedicated existing fan base. Well, it has been about a week since the Tribes: Vengeance open beta went up on FilePlanet (it's not too late to register for free and get in on the action) and I think we are well on the way to accomplishing that goal.

The beta was well received by the fans and the feedback from the community has been extremely helpful. We have been able to improve the stability of the game and smooth out the gameplay. Tribes producer Tony Oakden said that thanks to all the feedback we have received from fans, our latest build is way better than the beta build. Though not everybody knows this, the difference between a good game and a great game is excellent bug-reporting... and that's what we're getting.

While we're on the topic of getting an advance look at Tribes, gamers can get their first hands-on experience with the single player portion of the game this weekend. To download the demo, head on over to gamespot.com.

Much like J-Lo, Tribes characters have made the leap from acting to music and are now appearing in their very own video on MTV2. They do an excellent version of the Von Bondies' "Cmon Cmon" which will appear on the show "Video Mods" beginning Sept. 18th at 9:30 PM EST on MTV2. Check out a sneak-preview clip of the video at mtv.com

In other Tribes-related news, Irrational is gearing up for an inter-office Australia vs. United States multiplayer Tribes battle. Word on the street is that Australia is going to kick some serious butt. That said, the guys in the Boston office have embarked upon an intense regimen of calisthenics and weight training. We're not exactly sure why, but if I were Australia, I wouldn't get too complacent.

--- Meredith Levine