The last talk of the day I attended was suitably called “Making LOVE In Your Bedroom.” The solo developer of a game called “LOVE,” Eskil Steenberg, ran the session. The absolute focus of his talk was pushing developers, indie and commercial alike, to build their own tools rather than licensing existing ones.
This year’s GDC is expecting well over 14,000 attendees, at the Muscone Convention Center in San Francisco. This has become the epicenter of world game development, a gathering of game designers, producers, sponsors, and the tech companies that support them.
The Game Developer Conference, also known as GDC, is the end-all be-all event of the year for game developers. You’ll find no fan-boys here!
Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures, a new game series, debuts today at TelltaleGames.com (http://www.telltalegames.com). FRIGHT OF THE BUMBLEBEES, the first of four digitally-distributed games starring the popular Plasticine duo, is available now. Subsequent installments will be delivered in May, June, and July.
OnLive Inc. has emerged from seven years of stealth development within the Rearden incubator to unveil The OnLive Game Service and OnLive MicroConsole at the 2009 Game Developers Conference.
Disney Interactive Studios today announced TOY STORY MANIA! will be released exclusively for the Wii this fall. TOY STORY MANIA! will contain an array of games based on the new Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort attractions.
Alyssa Milano has stepped into the female lead for GHOSTBUSTERS: THE VIDEO GAME, reports VARIETY. Sigourney Weaver, who played Dana Barrett in the two GHOSTBUSTER films, declined to participate in the game, which was written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis.
Milano, the star of CHARMED, was flattered to be asked to join the franchise. For the game, the Barrett role was re-written as Dr. Ilyssa Selwyn, the genius guest curator at the Natural History Museum's new "World of Gozer" exhibit.
Titmouse Inc., the creative force behind METALOCALYPSE, one of Cartoon Network's highest rated Adult Swim animated-series, announced the creation of its own original game development studio, Titmouse Games.
Whether you know their name or not, you know their work. Animators at Titmouse are the masterminds behind cult favorites like AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER, AFRO SAMURAI and THE AMAZING SCREW ON HEAD.
Gazillion Ent. entered into a worldwide licensing agreement with Marvel Ent. to develop and publish MMO games featuring Marvel's iconic universe of more than 5,000 superheroes, including elements from its films and animated series. The first game in development is a casual MMO for younger audiences based on Marvel's SUPER HERO SQUAD property. SUPER HERO SQUAD features an exciting, super-stylized look for the greatest superheroes, including Iron Man, Hulk, Wolverine, Thor, Fantastic Four, Captain America and many others.
Esurance, the online auto insurance company, has recently launched a new STAR TREK movie-themed Flash game featuring the company's special agent brand icon, Erin Esurance. The free online game includes animated versions of alien life-forms from J.J. Abrams' upcoming STAR TREK film produced by Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Ent. and due in theaters May 8, 2009. Esurance's STAR TREK movie-themed online game is the latest addition of fresh content to the company's STAR TREK micro-site: http://www.esurance.com/StarTrek.
Hybrid production studio Psychic Bunny have announced that ELECTBiLAT, a project spanning four years and one of the largest efforts to which the firm has contributed its game design and writing services, is being deployed for training.
Somewhere -- perhaps in Chicago, maybe in Paris, possibly in Tokyo -- the 100 millionth system in the Nintendo DS franchise has been shipped to a distributor or a retailer as of March 6, 2009. The combined total sales of 100 million Nintendo DS systems, Nintendo DS Lite systems and Nintendo DSi systems represent a significant milestone in the life of this franchise, which is still going strong.
YU-GI-OH! 5D'S WHEELIE BREAKERS for Nintendo Wii and YU-GI-OH! 5D'S STARDUST ACCELERATOR: WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2009 for Nintendo DS are currently in development by Konami and set to launch in May 2009. The latest iterations in the popular franchise are based on the YU-GI-OH! 5D'S series on the 4Kids Network, which takes place in the future and features Yusei Fudo and Jack Atlus, the hottest duelists in Neo Domino City.
Gameloft has signed a licensing agreement with The Halcyon Company to develop, distribute and publish the official mobile game to the first film of the new TERMINATOR trilogy, TERMINATOR SALVATION. The game will be available day and date of the film release on May 22, 2009.
Movies from Universal Studios Home Ent. and television programs from NBC Universal will be available for purchase on PlayStation Network, which is accessible for download via PlayStation 3 and PSP systems in the United States. Sony Computer Entertainment America now has a deal with every major motion picture studio.
Birmingham's Second Home Productions has developed an innovative new animation technique for its latest animated sequence "Into The Microworld."
The film brings together the digital domain of computer generated images, stop-motion animation and technology developed for producing engineering prototypes, moving Second Home to the forefront of new animation production.
Disney today announced the launch of D23 (www.Disney.com/D23), the first official community for Disney fans in the company's 85-year history. Through D23, fans will go backstage and behind closed doors to get the inside scoop from every part of Disney, while experiencing the nostalgia, adventure and fantasy of Disney as never before.
The name "D23" pays homage to the wonder and excitement that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his fledgling studio in Hollywood.
THQ is working on the UP videogame, based on the anticipated Disney-Pixar film, to all major consoles worldwide beginning in spring 2009. UP is currently in development across seven game systems, including Wii, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PSP and Games for Windows and Mac.
This month Paramount in the U.K. launches a brand-new film promotion vehicle called the "Paramount Picture Show." Conceived and produced by independent production company Abundant, this five-minute animated film will feature sneak previews of new theatrical releases, clips from new home releases, exclusive interviews, competitions and more. The short film will be available online and on mobile phones and will distributed widely throughout social media.
Multiple news sources are reporting that the next release of Harmonix's ROCK BAND will feature music from The Beatles.
VARIETY reports that Beatles management said Thursday that a version of the game with Beatles music will debut in September, along with accompanying instruments modeled after the ones used by George, Paul, John and Ringo.
Longtime Beatles producer George Martin's son, Giles Martin, is developing the game. The band's management, Apple Corps Ltd, is partnering on the project with MTV Games and Harmonix.
WATCHMEN: THE END IS NIGH, a long-form downloadable videogame published by Warner Bros. Interactive Ent., has launched on Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360, PC via download and on the PlayStation Network. WATCHMEN: THE END IS NIGH is a prequel to the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures' WATCHMEN film, which opens in theatres nationwide on March 6, 2009.
marblemedia and The Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf (CCSD) have teamed up again to create the first children's animated American Sign Language (ASL) dictionary. The dictionary will finally allow deaf children to look up vocabulary according to their own, primary language -- ASL along with the English vocabulary counterpart -- without having to rely on adults for definitions.
Motion design and production company Monkeyhead created opening titles and custom graphics package for the RED BULL BIG TUNE documentary web series, and for the forthcoming BIG TUNE documentary special set to air in April on BET.