Electronic Arts Inc. announced that THE LORD OF THE RINGS: TACTICS, exclusively for the PSP, has shipped and that Hugo Weaving will lend his voice to THE LORD OF THE RINGS, THE BATTLE FOR MIDDLE-EARTH II.
Atari Inc. and Warner Bros. Interactive Ent. announced that the highly-anticipated videogame THE MATRIX: PATH OF NEO is now available in stores nationwide for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and Windows. The follow-up to the multi-million-unit selling ENTER THE MATRIX, THE MATRIX: PATH OF NEO marks the second collaboration between Atari and its Shiny Ent. development studio; the Wachowski brothers, creators of THE MATRIX trilogy; Joel Silver, producer of the trilogy; and Warner Bros. Interactive Ent.
Atari Inc. and Epic Games announced that Atari has obtained the rights to use the Unreal Engine 3 and tools for games on next-gen platforms in a multiple-licensing agreement.
Were excited to continue building our relationship with Epic Games and we look forward to tapping the potential of Unreal Engine 3 technology, said Jean-Marcel Nicolai, svp of Worldwide Product Content, Atari Inc. By utilizing the Unreal Engine 3, Atari will gain rapid prototyping capabilities.
Native New Orleanian Mo Willems is hosting The Pigeons Auction For Children Affected By Katrina. The online auction begins Nov. 15 and runs through Nov. 25, 2005. Willems asked a group of friends who happen to be renowned childrens authors, illustrators and television creators to join him in auctioning off original art, signed books and signed memorabilia to benefit the Foundations for Recovery, a Louisiana-based group that has organized funds for children and education affected by Hurricane Katrina and Rita.
Artists participating include:
Electronic Arts and Warner Bros. Interactive Ent. have release the HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE videogame for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance and Windows PC. Launching in conjunction with the Warner Bros. Pictures film based on J.K. Rowlings fourth book, the game allows players to experience moments from the movie and master magic in cooperative play with up to two of their friends.
International animation producers are tying to gain a foothold in the world's largest cell phone market reports CHINAVIEW.COM.
"One exciting venue which holds great potential for animation in China and around the world is the cell phone," said Sander K. Johnson, president of International Television for Asia (ITA), during the Fourth China Cartoon Industry Forum, being held in Changsha, capital of central China's Hunan Province.
Though its not new for politicians to us animation in their campaigns, more and more politicians are turning to Web animation to get their message out, according to an AP report.
The often-satirical ads are cheap to produce and have the potential to be spread to many voters quickly over the Net.
THQ Inc. has shipped globally THE INCREDIBLES: RISE OF THE UNDERMINER videogame for play on PlayStation2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS and Windows PC/Mac. This is the followup to the hit videogame, THE INCREDIBLES, inspired by a Walt Disney Pictures presentation of a Pixar Animations Studios film, THE INCREDIBLES.
Electronic Arts, Twentieth Century Fox Television and Gracie Films announced a long-term deal that grants EA development rights to multiple videogame titles based on the FOX hit series THE SIMPSONS. Working closely with the television studios Licensing and Merchandising division, show producers Gracie Films and THE SIMPSONS writers, EA will create original SIMPSONS game content for next generation videogame systems. This deal between Fox and EA is the first development deal between these two entities. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Activision Inc. has shipped CALL OF DUTY 2: BIG RED ONE to stores nationwide. Developed by Treyarch, the game allows players to put on the boots of the highly decorated WWII heroes of the U.S. Army's famed Fighting 1st Infantry Division, known as The Big Red One. In a departure for the CALL OF DUTY franchise, players will get to know their squadmates more than ever before as they fight alongside a single squad to accomplish a variety of missions spanning from Northern Africa to Nazi-occupied Western Europe.
2K Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., announced an exclusive worldwide agreement with Sony Pictures Consumer Products to publish and distribute current generation console videogames based on the THE DA VINCI CODE film by Oscar-winning director Ron Howard, which is based on Dan Brown's bestselling novel.
The games are being developed by The Collective, a division of Foundation 9 Ent. Timed to coincide with the film release date, THE DA VINCI CODE games are expected to be available in May 2006.
THQ Inc. and Nickelodeon announced NICKTOONS UNITE! for the PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance has shipped to retail outlets throughout North America. NICKTOONS UNITE! allows players to interact with the stars from some of the most popular Nickelodeon TV shows, including SpongeBob SquarePants, Timmy Turner (from THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS), Jimmy Neutron and Danny Phantom.
Frederator Studios founder Fred Seibert has launched Channel Frederator, the world's first cartoon video podcast created expressly for distribution of world-class content on portable video devices, such as the Apple iPod and the Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP).
Episodes released weekly will contain several shorts from original and vintage cartoons submitted by producers from around the world, packaged into 10- to 15-minute episodes by the Channel Frederator programming team.
In celebration of Halloween, a new Flash movie CLIMATE MASH (www.climatemash.org/) has hit the Net, exposing the zombies and vampires of global warming denial. This take on the song "Monster Mash" was recorded by original "Monster Mash" artist Bobby "Boris" Pickett. Clear the Air, the sponsors of the CLIMATE MASH, said a much higher than expected 99,704 unique visitors viewed the Flash movie 117,866 times since it first went online on Oct. 18.
At Fall Processor Forum in San Jose, California, IBM announced that the custom designed microprocessor built for Microsoft's Xbox 360 console is in production at the company's East Fishkill, New York, fab and at Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing in Singapore. Together, IBM and Chartered's common platform offers Microsoft a unique dual-source capability that provides the highest level of manufacturing redundancy and flexibility.
Perhaps giving JibJab a run for its website political humor money is BECOME A REPUBLICAN (www.thefrown.com/frowners/becomerepublican.swf) on The Frown.com. Written and drawn by Brian Frisk, the animated comic satirically points out the benefits of going from being a blue state voter to a red state voter in the U.S.
With music by Shok, the style and character design seems to be inspired by UPA and THE SIMPSONS.
NVIDIA GeForce graphics processing units (GPUs) have been selected by Activision as the preferred platform for CALL OF DUTY 2, the sequel to Infinity Wards 2003 Game of the Year.
Central Park Media announced that it is the first anime company in the world to provide content for Apple's new video-capable iPod. Visitors can now download the first episode of Central Park Media's upcoming ARMORED TROOPER VOTOMS at www.centralparkmedia.com/ipod/ as well as view the trailer for KAKURENBO: HIDE & SEEK, scheduled to premiere on a special pre-Halloween midnight broadcast on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, Saturday, Oct. 29, and HAMMERBOY, winner of numerous prestigious awards on both sides of the Pacific.
THQ Inc. announced that SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: LIGHTS, CAMERA, PANTS! has shipped for PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance and Windows PC. LIGHTS, CAMERA, PANTS! is the first multiplayer game in the SPONGEBOB series.
"THQ's SPONGEBOB-branded videogames have shipped more than 10 million units worldwide," said Kelly Flock, evp of worldwide publishing, THQ. "We are thrilled with the success of the video games and are excited to offer a brand new SPONGEBOB experience that now allows both families and friends to play together."
Disneys CHICKEN LITTLE videogames are now available at retail outlets across North America. For each mission, players learn to master an arsenal of gadgets, including bottle rocket jet packs, slingshots, yo-yos, cannons, hover boards and an alien suit to get the characters out of sticky situations (alien invasions, spiraling asteroids, corn field mazes, etc). Players will master 21 levels that capture key movie moments and environments, even extending the experience into outer space.
In a groundbreaking long-term agreement, Electronic Arts Inc. announced that Academy Award-winner Steven Spielberg will be collaborating with the game makers at EA's Los Angeles studio (EALA) to create three new original franchise properties. Beginning this year, with offices located on site at EALA, Spielberg will work directly with EA's development teams to offer his signature style of storytelling to the concept, design, story and artistic visualization of the new games.
In support of the launch of WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT, Aardman Animation has opened a new Wallace and Gromit store online. As a special promotion, the company will be giving away signed copies of copies of CRACKING ANIMATION (VOLUME ONE) signed by the creator of WALLACE & GROMIT Nick Park, Peter Lord and Brian Sibley. The autographed disks sell for a £100 each, but everyone who places an order between now and Sunday, Oct. 16, will automatically be entered into a free prize draw to win one.
Perky Pickle Studios has wrapped on the development and design for Vivendi-Universal Interactives CRASH BANDICOOT: TAG TEAM RACING. Due out Oct. 18, on Xbox, Game Cube, PlayStation 2 and PSP, this latest outing finds the bandicoot in a pedal to the metal racing brawl. Perky Pickle Studios previously worked on the hit game, CRASH: TWINSANITY. This time around, Perky Pickle partnered with Vancouver-based developer Radical Ent. to produce the expansion of the franchise.
Electronic Arts, Warner Bros. Interactive Ent. and DC Comics have joined forces on SUPERMAN RETURNS: THE VIDEOGAME, scheduled for a summer 2006 release in conjunction with the release of Warner Bros. Pictures film, SUPERMAN RETURNS, on June 30, 2006.
Digic Pictures, a computer animation studio based in Budapest, Hungary, announced work on the cinematics for the new WARHAMMER: MARK OF CHAOS RTS game. The anticipated classic will be published by Namco Hometek Inc. in 2006. A subsidiary of Cinergi Interactive, Digic Pictures previous works include rendered cinematics for ARMIES OF EXIGO, an RTS PC game, as well as 60 visual effects created for the Hollywood blockbuster, TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES.