Electronic Arts has had its best PC launch ever with THE SIMS 3, reports VARIETY. The game, which debuted on June 2, has sold 1.4 million units, which at a pop of $50 a unit means EA is smiling. In addition to the PC version, a $10 rendition also topped the sales characters at Apple's App Store. In the first week of release, gamers have downloaded 7 million custom characters, houses, stories and other in-game products. In its history, the franchise has sold over 100 million units.
Press Release from Freakish Kid
June 9 2009 Budapest, Hungary / London , UK -- Animation company GreyKid Pictures has rebranded as Freakish Kid and is announcing its new blogsite, www.freakishkid.com. The blog was designed and created in-house. Director/Producer Stu Gamble says, "We're very excited about the new direction the company is taking. We want the new site to raise our profile worldwide and create fresh opportunities. It looks great and provides access to all Freakish Kid projects, past and present."
What better way to kick off the new Press Start blog than with the grand daddy of all game conferences, E3. Although, if you attended any of the past two E3’s then you probably wouldn’t have used the phrase “grand daddy”; the last two E3s were more like the “annoying cousin with bad social skills” of all game conferences.
Press Release from Activision, Inc
Activision, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI) is recruiting gamers to join the battle for world domination in the Battle for the AllSpark V2 web game, available to play now at www.TransformersGame.com, the official web site of the Transformers(TM): Revenge of the Fallen video game, developed under license from Hasbro, Inc. Fans that answer the call can join the AUTOBOTS(R) or DECEPTICONS(R) and compete in real time challenges online against other players worldwide for control of the AllSpark and the fate of the world.
FUNimation servers have been hacked. Under a deal with Toei Animation, Fuji Television, and Shueisha, FUNimation Ent. began an online simulcast of the series ONE PIECE on May 30 at 9:00 pm CDT, just one hour after its premiere on Japan's Fuji Television. However, the company has now been forced to remove the series from the Net due to piracy. Within the last 24 hours, the company's servers were hacked and an unknown individual posted the most recent episode online. FUNimation said in a release "as a direct result of this illegal act, all U.S.
Press Release from Rockstar Games
NEW YORK -- Rockstar Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), is proud to announce AGENT. Developed by the people behind GRAND THEFT AUTO, Rockstar North, AGENT will be available exclusively for the PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system.
Press Release from Disney Interactive Studios
LOS ANGELES -- Disney Interactive Studios will unveil an expansive portfolio of video games for kids, families and gamers on most major game platforms and devices during the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the industry trade show, June 2-4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Press Release from THQ Inc.
E3 Expo 2009AGOURA HILLS, Calif. -- THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI) today announced its Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2009 line-up featuring games for both core and casual gamers across all across all major platforms to be displayed in booth #5300, in the West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center June 2-4.
Press Release from Nintendo
LOS ANGELES -- For decades, Nintendo has endeavored to provide the most creative and immersive experiences in the world of video games and to lead the industry in new directions. At its media briefing in advance of the E3 Expo, the video game industry's premier trade show, Nintendo announced products for social entertainment that stretch far beyond the current notion of what a video game can be, all while continuing to provide avid gaming fans with the challenges and thrills they desire.
Press Release from IDW Publishing
NEW YORK, NY -- June 03, 2009 -- IDW Publishing, the fourth largest comic book publisher in the U.S., has selected iPublishCentral, a self-service e-content platform from Impelsys, to help broaden its e-publishing strategy. Using iPublishCentral, IDW plans to digitize 25 issues from its classic TRANSFORMERS series, and use the iPublishCentral tool suite to market and sell the content online.
Press Release from Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.
LOS ANGELES, June 2 -- Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA) today revealed an unrivaled line up of software for PLAYSTATION3 (PS3), PSP (PlayStationPortable), and PlayStationNetwork during a press event to kick off the annual E3 Media & Business Summit 2009.
Press Release from Autodesk, Inc.
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., June 3, 2009 -- Autodesk, Inc., has launched a new version of the AREA -- the company's online digital entertainment and visualization community. This version provides a more customizable user experience and makes it faster and easier to find and share content. The AREA is also now compatible with all standard browsers running on the Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems.
Press Release from Electronic Arts Inc.
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., June 2, 2009 -- Let There Be Sims! The EA Play Label of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced that THE SIMS 3, the next generation of the global cultural phenomenon and best-selling PC franchise of all time, is at retail nationwide and available for digital download today for the PC and Mac, and will be in stores worldwide in 60 countries and in 22 languages this week. THE SIMS 3 is also available today for download from the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPod touch.
Janet Hetherington chats with MJ Chun about how The Sims 3 offers more customization, more animated emotion and more virtual drama in this never-ending life-simulation game.
Press Release from Microsoft Corp.
LOS ANGELES, June 1 -- The future of home entertainment has a new name: Xbox 360. Today, Microsoft Corp. opened the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) with a historic Xbox 360 briefing that rocked, tweeted, revved and awakened the world to a new era of fun and entertainment. In addition to premiering 10 exclusive new games, revolutionizing the way we watch TV, and making it easier than ever to connect to friends, Xbox also welcomed visionary filmmaker Steven Spielberg to introduce "Project Natal" and controller-free gaming.
Press Release from Paramount Digital Entertainment and Ubisoft
SAN FRANCISCO -- June 1, 2009 -- Today Paramount Digital Entertainment and Ubisoft announced the development of a video game based on the upcoming film "Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn." The video game is expected to launch simultaneously with the highly anticipated film adaptation of one of the world's most well-known and beloved literary series. "Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn" will be released in the U.S. on December 23, 2011 and internationally in late October and early November 2011.
Press Release from Ubisoft
LOS ANGELES -- JUNE 1, 2009 -- Today at the Electronics and Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles Ubisoft revealed new product details for JAMES CAMERON'S AVATAR: THE GAME. Making a surprise appearance during Ubisoft's Press Conference earlier in the day, James Cameron introduced the first details for AVATAR: THE GAME along with Yannis Mallat, President of Ubisoft Montreal.