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.
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.
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.
Prague, Czech Republic-based Cenega Publishing has announced the launch of the official EL MATADOR game site at www.elmatador-game.com. The Website will feature news, screenshots, artwork, renders and various downloads.
With launching this Website, we want to allow gamers their first sneak preview of EL MATADORs visual game experience, exciting storyline, and recently updated game developments, said Richard Moravec, international marketing manager.
Electronic Arts a world-leading interactive entertainment company and A&M Records plan to have world renowned, multi-platinum selling musical group The Black Eyed Peas provide and produce the soundtrack to the videogame and their likenesses as characters for the highly anticipated THE URBZ: SIMS IN THE CITY videogame. In an ambitious collaboration across the two industries, the game will include exclusive versions of nine tracks from the upcoming Black Eyed Peas' album "Monkey Business" due out this fall.
Atari is to developing DRAGONSHARD, a realtime strategy game based on the DUNGEONS & DRAGONS universe created by Wizards of the Coast. Under license from Hasbro Inc., DRAGONSHARD will be the first game set in the exciting new D&D(R) campaign setting, EBERRON, a cinematic and war-torn world of action, adventure and intrigue where fantasy meets magical technology.
DRAGONSHARD is scheduled to be available for PC in spring 2005.
Midway Games Inc. will bring the latest iteration of it's world-renowned MORTAL KOMBAT fighting game franchise, MORTAL KOMBAT: DECEPTION, to the Nintendo GameCube in the first half of 2005.
The PC version of Got Game Entertainments ALIDA is available now at retail stores across North America. The Mac version of the game was released earlier this year. The game was created by Australian musician and artist Cos Russo, who combined his love of music, art and games to create a total sensory experience of clever and thought-provoking puzzles, story and lush graphics, backed by an entrancing original music score. In this atmospheric first person 3D graphical adventure game, players must solve the mystery surrounding a missing musician.
In the October issue of PLAYBOY, videogame vixens from a host of popular games will appear nude as part of an article on the changing face of gaming, reports CNN. Set to be part of the spread will be butt-kicking heroines from Majescos BLOODRAYNE, Midway's MORTAL KOMBAT, Namco's TEKKEN, Vivendi's upcoming RED NINJA and LEISURE SUIT LARRY: MAGNA CUM LAUDE and Sammy Studios' forthcoming DARKWATCH: CURSE OF THE WEST.
American Greetings Corp., creator and owner of STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE, and DIC Ent., exclusive worldwide licensing agency for the popular girls' brand, have licensed the North American rights to publish STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE: SUMMERTIME ADVENTURE to Mejesco.
Eidos, one of the world's leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, has secured the distribution rights to LEGO Star Wars with Giant Interactive Entertainment Ltd. for all countries except Japan. The game will be released in April 2005 for the PlayStation2, Xbox, PC and Game Boy Advance. LEGO STAR WARS combines two childhood favorites, LEGO and STAR WARS, to create an innovative, action/adventure title designed for young gamers.
MGM Consumer Products and Interactive, has launch the STARGATE SG-1 "Get In The Game" sweepstakes. This contest offers STARGATE SG-1 fans the chance to have his or her likenesses scanned and used as one of the characters in the first STARGATE SG-1 videogame.
To participate in the sweepstakes, participants need to register at www.mgm.com/contest.do between Aug. 24 and Sept. 24, 2004, 12:00 am PDT. A random drawing will take place on Sept. 27, and the winner will be announced by e-mail.
A study shows large percentage of online gamers choose their PC/Mac for online play, while 10% are strictly mobile-based gamers. The NPD Group's recently released report, "Online Gaming: The Consumer Perspective for PC and Video Games," finds the overwhelming majority of today's 13-to-44-year-old gamers have the ability to play games online and a good portion are taking advantage of it, mostly on the PC.
Six Websites dedicated to classic cartoon have combined their content forming Golden Age Cartoons. The seven historians behind the new venture include Jon Cooke (Unofficial Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies Page), Matthew Hunter (Looney Tunes Page), Jack Tatay (Classic Cartoon Records), Thad Komorowski (who updates a terrific Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia), Pietro Shakarian (webmaster behind the Columbia Crow's Nest), Dan Porceddu and David Gerstein (The Felix The Cat Page).
Atari Inc. is collaborating with best-selling author Dale Brown and Eugen Systems on ACT OF WAR: DIRECT ACTION, scheduled to be released in spring 2005. The upcoming near-future, geopolitical techno-thriller is being developed by Eugen Systems with a storyline and game universe created in cooperation with Brown, 15-time New York Times best-selling author and expert on U.S. military, global conflict and future military technology.
Mac gamers can now get in on the SPIDER-MAN 2 fun as thanks to Aspyr Media, Inc. now shipping SPIDER-MAN 2: THE GAME, FOR MACINTOSH. Licensed by Activision, SPIDER-MAN 2: THE GAME, FOR MACINTOSH was developed by Ryan C. Gordon, who has previously worked with Aspyr Media on SHREK 2: THE GAME.
Twentieth Century Fox has teamed with the U.S.'s leading wireless carriers to create a wireless campaign for the studio's ALIEN VS. PREDATOR. All of the major U.S. carriers are joining Fox to bring users contents, promotions and contests.
By texting "AVP" to 20369 (20FOX), people can access the following:* An AVP Trivia Game* Downloadable wallpapers and ringtones, including the iconic Alien "snarl" and Predator "growl"
Howard Shore, the world-renowned film composer who composed the scores for THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, will compose game music for Webzen Inc.s next in-house developed game, SUN: SOUL OF THE ULTIMATE NATION. The massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) will be first introduced in early 2005 and launched later in the year. The original SUN soundtrack will be distributed for sale globally.
Blockdot, a Dallas-based game developer, has released its newest game, WHITE HOUSE JOUST. The game is available as a free download at www.kewlbox.com. Players can play as President George Bush or Senator John Kerry.
"The game is bi-partisan," says Dan Ferguson, creative director at Kewlbox.com. "It doesn't matter which side of the political fence you are on. We poke fun at everyone equally. Millions of people play our games every day at work, and this gives us an opportunity to tell them that after goofing off, go vote. Our system is hanging chad error free!"
Sesame Workshop has made it much easier for kids around the world to have a playdate with Elmo and Big Birds cousins from around the world via the new International section of its Website (www.seaameworkshop.org) featuring a multi-lingual game and information on co-productions of the award winning SESAME STREET.
Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) will ship the new THUNDERBIRDS for Game Boy Advance to retail stores in the U. S. Aug. 4, 2004. The handheld game is based upon Universal Pictures' and Working Title Films' live-action feature film, THUNDERBIRDS.
Directed by Jonathan Frakes (STAR TREK: INSURRECTION, STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT, CLOCKSTOPPERS), the film adaptation of the classic 1960s TV series stars Bill Paxton and Sir Ben Kingsley and is scheduled for release July 30, 2004.
Those who would like to play with the pretty Halle Berry version of CATWOMAN from Warner Bros. Pictures theatrical can get their paws on the new videogame from Electronic Arts available in stores now for PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance and PC CD-ROM.
Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Bros. Online have started the Round One showdown for the second season of Cartoon Monsoon www.cartoonmonsoon.com, an online development tool that brings together seasoned animation experts, emerging talent and fans. The site pits creative animators against each other in an online competition.
This animation showcase was created to expose undiscovered talent to top development execs at Warner Bros. Animation, to hopefully lead to their first big break in the business.
If you dont have email, watch TV or read a newspaper, then you probably havent encountered by now the hilarious animated political parody at JibJab.com, thats equally insulting to President George W. Bush and the Democratic challenger, Sen. John F. Kerry. You can catch the creators, brothers Gregg and Evan Spiridellis interviewed about it on THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, tonight, July 26 at 11:30 pm on NBC.