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Headline News Blur’s Warhammer 40,000 Cinematic Bridges Movie/Gaming Gap

Touting feature-film quality computer animation, Blur Studio has produced a CG cinematic for one of this years most anticipated games, THQs WARHAMMER 40,000: DAWN OF WAR. The thrilling, two-minute film, included with the game CD, introduces players to WARHAMMERS dark, futuristic fantasy universe through an intense, tactical battle between legions of alien warriors.

Headline News Batman Begins with New Cross-Console Game

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, October 27, 2004 at 12:00am

Warner Bros. Interactive Ent., DC Comics and Electronic Arts will join forces to bring BATMAN BEGINS to multiple videogame platforms in 2005. In this exclusive co-publishing agreement, a game based on the upcoming film will be released day and date with the film on the PlayStation 2, the PSP (PlayStation Portable), Xbox, Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance.

Headline News Sprint & TBS Launch Cartoon Network & Adult Swim Mobile Channels

Sprint and Turner Broadcasting System Inc. announced today (Oct. 26, 2004) the launch of two additional multimedia channels - Cartoon Network Mobile and Adult Swim Mobile, which will provide streaming video and audio content for Sprint PCS Vision Multimedia Services.

Cartoon Network Mobile and Adult Swim Mobile will be available on Channels 10 and 11, respectively, and each will cost $3.95 a month for Sprint PCS Vision customers. Cartoon Network joins sister network CNN (Channel 2) as a multimedia channel on the Sprint PCS Vision Multimedia Service.

Headline News Everquest II Shipping November 8

Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE), announced that multiplayer online gaming sequel EVERQUEST II is scheduled to simultaneously ship to North American and European retail stores on Nov. 8, 2004. EVERQUEST II is the highly anticipated follow-up to EVERQUEST, the most successful and longest-running 3D MMO role-playing game in North America.

Headline News TRON 2.0: Killer App Ships for Game Boy Advance

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, October 20, 2004 at 12:00am

Buena Vista Interactive has shipped its much-anticipated action adventure game, TRON 2.0: KILLER APP, for Game Boy Advance to North American retail outlets. The title will also ship for the Xbox in early November 2004.

"TRON 2.0 for Game Boy Advance is loaded with game play options, from first- and third-person combat to multiplayer action and perfect renditions of the classic TRON arcade games," said Bob Picunko, director of product marketing for Buena Vista Games. "TRON 2.0 is certain to satisfy both action adventure players and fans of the franchise."

Headline News Comcast Launches First Broadband Internet Channel Built for Kids

Comcast, a leading broadband Internet provider, has launched the Comcast Kids Channel, a safe interactive environment designed for todays broadband family. The channel launches with premier content from Disney Online.

Headline News ANIMAX Animates Webisodes Helping Teens Cope with Chemo

ANIMAX has produced a series of six short-form animated Webisodes for the Starlight Starbright Foundation aimed to help teen copy with chemotherapy treatments. The series, COPING WITH CHEMO, can be found at www.slsb.org/chemo. The goal of the series is to help teens with cancer deal with the impact chemotherapy has on their lives and their bodies.

Headline News Ubisoft to Create King Kong Game

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, October 13, 2004 at 12:00am

Ubisoft and Universal Studios Consumer Products Group announced plans to release an interactive game based on Universal Pictures upcoming KING KONG, directed by Peter Jackson. The game will be available worldwide on all platforms at the beginning of the holiday season in conjunction with the Dec. 14, 2005 theatrical release of the movie.

Headline News Halo 2 Shipping to 27 Countries in Eight Languages

Microsoft Game Studios announced that HALO 2 for Xbox has gone gold and will ship simultaneously over three days to 27 countries in eight languages. HALO 2 will be available on Nov. 9, 2004, throughout North and South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The sequel to the award-winning HALO: COMBAT EVOLVED by Bungie, will be available in France, Belgium and Switzerland on November 10, as well as in Japan and the rest of Europe on November 11.

Headline News Namco Chooses endorphin for Tekken 5

Namco, Japan, one of the world's leading games developers, has selected endorphin to help produce its upcoming TEKKEN 5. Due to hit arcades before the end of the year and to debut on consoles in 2005, TEKKEN 5 represents the next iteration of what is arguably one of the biggest game franchises.

"endorphin allows us to create realistic fight actions and reactions very quickly, helping us to build great content for TEKKEN 5," offered Shinichiro Yoda of Namco.

Headline News Nickelodeon Videogame Master License Decision Nearing

In response to recent speculation about its master videogame licensing agreement, Herb Scannell, president, Nickelodeon Networks, said that Nickelodeon was working closely with several parties and was in the final stages of licensing rights to develop videogames based on Nickelodeon animated properties. Scannell indicated that the process would be supervised by independent directors of Viacom and that no decision had yet been made as to which videogame publisher would receive the rights.

Headline News Pendulum Studios Launches Website for Arrest Assured Short

Pendulum Studios has announced the creation of a Website for its new 3D-animated short film, ARREST ASSURED. The new Website, www.studiopendulum.com/arrestassured shows off concept art, still imagery, storyboards, evolutionary clips and making-of movies, including a short behind-the-scenes movie called ANATOMY OF SHOT, which shows the compositing construction of one of the shots from the film.

Headline News GameRacer Indoor Racing Simulator Comes to North America

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 28, 2004 at 12:00am

GameRacer, the Indoor Racing Simulator that is hugely successful in Europe, is coming to North America. With a racing seat mounted to a highly adjustable frame that enables the gamer to connect a steering wheel and pedal set, GameRacer allows players to actually sit the drivers seat of their favorite racing games.

"GameRacer(TM) has been very successful," said GameRacer designer, Ted Poole. This success is due to GameRacer's instant appeal. You only have to try it once and you have to have one."

Headline News Sony Online Announces PlanetSide: Aftershock

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 28, 2004 at 12:00am

Sony Online Ent. Inc. has announced PLANETSIDE: AFTERSHOCK, the complete PLANETSIDE collection, including the original PLANETSIDE, PLANETSIDE: CORE COMBAT expansion pack and the recently announced BATTLEFRAME ROBOTICS (BFRs) action pack. PLANETSIDE: AFTERSHOCK is expected to ship to North American on Oct. 18, 2004.

Headline News Highlander Gets Its Game On

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 28, 2004 at 12:00am

HIGHLANDER rights holder Davis Panzer Prods. has signed a deal to turn the immortal franchise into a videogame, reports VARIETY. In a multiple title agreement, British publisher Sci Games will begin work on the first game set for mid-2006 release. The videogame will have a different storyline than the forthcoming live-action film and the anime feature slated for 2006. Producers Peter Davis and Bill Panzer plan to get top talent from the five films and TV series to help develop the game. Stars Christopher Lambert and Adrian Paul will provide their voices and likeness.

Headline News Square Enix Ships Final Fantasy XI Expansion - Chains of Promathia

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, September 22, 2004 at 12:00am

Square Enix Inc. announced that CHAINS OF PROMATHIA, the expansion to the award-winning massively multiplayer online role-playing game FINAL FANTASY XI, has shipped to retailers. With a combined community in Japan and North America of more than 500,000 players, and the recent Sept. 17 launch for regions in Europe, FINAL FANTASY XI brings gamers together from around the world in this ever-expanding adventure.

Headline News LucasArts Releases Star Wars Battlefront

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 21, 2004 at 12:00am

LucasArts announced the release of the highly anticipated STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT, an open-ended single-player and multiplayer action game that lets players re-live all of the epic battles from the classic and prequel STAR WARS film trilogies. Shipping September 21 with the classic STAR WARS Trilogy DVD, STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT will be available for PlayStation 2, Xbox and the PC.

Headline News THQ Ships Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War

THQ Inc. has released WARHAMMER 40,000: DAWN OF WAR, a realtime strategy game for PC is based on the world of Warhammer 40,000 - the dark, futuristic, fantasy universe from Games Workshop traveled by millions worldwide. Developed by Relic Entertainment Inc., WARHAMMER 40,000: DAWN OF WAR offers some of the most visceral frontline combat ever depicted in a videogame for a suggested retail price of $49.99.

Headline News EA Releases All-Star Football Challenge Web Game

Electronic Arts via its EA SPORTS brand has launched the two-player Web game, ALL-STAR FOOTBALL CHALLENGE. This free Web football game brings a two-player mode and four new teams to the already popular ALL-STAR FOOTBALL series. Players can gear up for the competition at www.easports.com/free/home.jsp.

Headline News Disney's Toontown Online Unleashes Pets in Tooniverse

Disney Online has unleashed pets called Doodles in Toontown (www.toontown.com), the award-winning, massively multiplayer 3D online game for families. With this latest extension of the game, members of Toontown can adopt a variety of outrageous creatures to play with and raise as pets.

Doodles are available now for adoption in exchange for jellybeans, the currency of Toontown online. They can be found at newly unveiled Pet Shops located in each of the Toontown neighborhood playgrounds.

Headline News EA Ships The Sims 2

Fans of the #1 PC game of all time, THE SIMS, have begun lining up for the release of the highly anticipated sequel THE SIMS 2. And now the wait is over. Electronic Arts has shipped to retailers under the EA GAMES brand the hot title. The award-winning THE SIMS 2 was developed by EA's Maxis studio. THE SIMS game and its expansion packs have sold more than 36 million units worldwide.

Headline News Activision Value Teams with Paintball Legend on New Game

Activision Value Publishing has announced that it has teamed with game developer WXP and paintball legend Greg Hastings to create the first-ever paintball game for a major videogame console -- GREG HASTINGS' TOURNAMENT PAINTBALL for the Xbox. This single and multiplayer game combines the strategy and teamwork of a sports title with the view of a first-person action game. The game will be available this fall and is currently rated "RP" by the ESRB.

Headline News Pileated Pictures Delivers Third Online Game for Get Ready To Read Site

Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts-based Pileated Pictures announced the release of GUS AND INKYS UNDERWATER ADVENTURES- CHAPTER 3 WILD WORD ROUND UP, the latest in a series of free, online e-learning games and animations, based on a character from the award winning PBS show, BETWEEN THE LIONS. The series of educational activities developed for the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) Get Ready to Read! program is aimed at fostering early literacy skills among preschool children. The games can be found at www.getreadytoread.org.

Headline News Media Classics To Distribute Cel Artwork Internationally

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 14, 2004 at 12:00am

Media Classics Group International, Inc. announced that it has completed international distribution agreements with ENT INC. a Beverly Hills-based entertainment company for the distribution of its animated cel art library. This group of assets includes original art works that were the actual production cels used to create such animated TV shows as FLASH GORDON, BACK TO THE FUTURE, EWOKS, GHOST BUSTERS and HE-MAN.

Headline News Activision Ships Call of Duty: United Offensive

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 14, 2004 at 12:00am

Activision Inc. has announced that CALL OF DUTY: UNITED OFFENSIVE has shipped to retail outlets nationwide. Developed by Gray Matter Interactive Studios, CALL OF DUTY: UNITED OFFENSIVE is rated "T" (Teen -- Blood, Mild Language, Violence) by the ESRB and carries a suggested retail price of $29.99.

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