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Anacondas Director Takes on Tekken

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 12:00am

Dwight Little, the director of ANACONDAS: THE HUNT FOR THE BLOOD ORCHID, will helm the screen adaptation of the Namco videogame TEKKEN, VARIETY reports. CSP's Steven Paul and Benedict Carver are the producers of the film, which is being funded by Crystal Sky Pictures.

Penned by Alan McElroy, the script follows a martial arts master who leads a rebellion against the oppressive Tekken Corp.

Filming will begin Feb. 4th in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Anime Headline News

Anime Network Launches Broadband Service

Leading anime channel Anime Network has announced a new broadband service to stream high-quality anime on the Internet. The free service will feature more than 20 full episodes of classic and new anime series at any given time, including classics like RAHXEPHON and SAIYUKI, and new series such as AH! MY GODDESS: FLIGHTS OF FANCY and KURAU PHANTOM MEMORY.

Games Headline News

MTV Games Cuts Deal with Jerry Bruckheimer

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 12:00am

MTV Games announced an exclusive deal with internationally renowned motion picture and television producer Jerry Bruckheimer to develop and create new and original videogames, marking the producerâs first official foray into the gaming world. As part of the agreement, Bruckheimer will build a game incubation studio with MTV Games, where a team of experienced videogame experts, artists and storytellers will seek out and deliver new game concepts and intellectual property.

Sonic Headline News

Sonic the Hedgehog Comes to the iPod

SEGA of America announced that SONIC THE HEDGEHOG is now available for play on the new iPod nano with video, the iPod classic and the fifth generation iPod. SONIC fans can purchase and download the game from the iTunes Store for $4.99. Sonic has been designed specifically for the iPod and is available on the 22 iTunes Stores around the world.

Game Headline News

What New Game Coincides with the Release of The Simpsons Movie Today on DVD?

The age-old game of Twenty Questions has just been Simpsonized! SIMPSONS enthusiasts can now put their knowledge of America's first animated family to the test through an online trivia challenge that tests players on the people, places, and things of Springfield. Moreover, fans will actually help build the content database. Swing by 20Q.net/simpsons to check it out.

Game Headline News

China Ready for Hot Dance Party

Perfect World Co. Ltd., an online game developer and operator in China, announced it will launch a small-scale closed beta testing for its first casual game, HOT DANCE PARTY, on Dec. 28, 2007.

The game is based on city life and incorporates many modern features, such as fashion, energy and hip-hop, to create a virtual stage for a super dancing star. Captivating choreography, costume design and customized character features are set to make gamers' dreams come true.

Software Headline News

FIX8 Unveils New Virtual Characters for Net

FIX8 unveiled its premium software that allows bloggers and social networking site users to share a cast of new virtual characters. The software is now available for download at www.FIX8.com. Moreover, the company also launched its new website featuring a simplified software download process and new videos and avatars.

FIX8's latest creation builds on its free software download. The premium version (for a limited time offer of $9.95) features a cast of 65 virtual characters, over 140 accessories, and advanced high-resolution video-record options.

Games Headline News

VeggieTales Good for Brain Games

ZAPiT Games announces the availability of its new VEGGIETALES interactive family game title for the Game Wave system. VEG-OUT FAMILY TOURNAMENT combines brain games for the entire family with Big Idea's VEGGIETALES animated characters.

Games Headline News

FXLabs Acquires Knibble.com

FXLabs Studios, India's leading developer of video games, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire U.S.-based IMT, Inc., owner of one of the world's largest online casual games portals, Knibble.com. FXLabs will pay US$3 million in stock to acquire 100% of IMT.

With over 10,000 online causal games that can be played for free, Knibble has emerged as the best destination for game developers to showcase their talent, allowing registered members to submit new games, add a description, suggest a content rating and add tags.

Production Headline News

European Commission Approves Tax Credits for Game Production

Following a year-long inquiry, the European Commission has accepted a French proposal to grant tax credits specifically dedicated to videogame production. The measure, which could take effect as early as Jan. 1, 2008, signals the EC's recognition of videogames as a cultural industry.

Kids Headline News

Kabillion To Clear Refrigerators Worldwide

Multi-platform kids' program service Kabillion has partnered with interactive pioneer Little Director to offer an online site where kids can turn their artwork into animated movies. The free area at www.Kabillion.com enables kids to create drawings and submit them to LittleDirector.com, where, for a reduced fee of $19.95, the drawings will be converted into a short animated movie, complete with music soundtrack. The movies are viewable on Kabillion and can be delivered by mail on a DVD.

Show Headline News

MLB 08 The Show Swings this Spring

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 12:00am

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA) announced that MLB 08 THE SHOW will be available in spring 2008, exclusively for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2 and PSP.

Reflecting on the history of the franchise, the longest-running officially licensed baseball title on PlayStation platforms, the SCEA San Diego Studios development team went into this season looking to build upon the history and success of the franchise, by raising the level of authenticity and realism, and creating the perfect blend of features and unique gameplay opportunities.

Games Headline News

Cartoon Network Has Smashing Ideas for Mobile Games

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 12:00am

Smashing Ideas and Cartoon Network announced a strategic partnership for the development and distribution of multiple Cartoon Network mobile games, animated screensavers and wallpapers. Smashing Ideas will distribute the jointly created Cartoon Network content across North America through carriers supporting Flash Lite content. The first deployment is a games channel consisting of two games in Smashing Idea's BREW application "Smashing Games."

Games available at launch include:

iTunes Headline News

Kappa Mikey Comes to iTunes

The first season of Nickelodeon and Nicktoons Networks' hit animé series KAPPA MIKEY is now available for purchase and download on the iTunes Music Store. Twenty-six full-length episodes -- viewable on a Mac, PC, iPod or iPhone -- are available for $1.99 each.

Headline News

Eyetronics Creates 3D Scans for Stranglehold

Eyetronics provided 3D scanning for Midway's next-gen title STRANGLEHOLD, released this fall for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles. The game marks Midway's unique collaboration with Hong Kong movie legends, actor Chow Yun-Fat and director John Woo.

Shorts Headline News

Animated Films Part of PBS' Independent Lens Online Shorts Fest

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 12:00am

The Emmy Award-winning PBS series INDEPENDENT LENS has launched the second annual "film festival at your fingertips." Animation, comedy, drama and documentary provide an eclectic mix of stories and storytelling. The eleven Audience Award contenders can be viewed and downloaded at: www.pbs.org/independentlens/onlineshortsfestival/.

Series Headline News

Vuze Debuts Anime Series

Internet TV service Vuze has signed an exclusive worldwide distribution deal for the anime series NEKO RAHMEN, reports C21 MEDIA. The company will offer the 13-episode hit series free-of-charge with English subtitles and no digital restrictions. Based on Sonishi Kenji's comedy cartoon, NEKO RAHMEN was the most popular short animation series on official streaming site Yahoo! Japan in August of this year. Vuze plans to offer French-, German- and Spanish-subtitled versions by early 2008.

Youtube Headline News

YouTube To Share More Revenue

YouTube has announced the expansion of its Partner Program, the revenue-sharing arrangement whereby the most popular and prolific creators of content for the site are able to earn money from their videos. The new program allows any resident of the U.S. or Canada to apply to become a partner, with more international markets to be added soon. 

In evaluating applications, YouTube will focus on users who have built a significant audience and have complied with the site's terms of use. 
For more information, visit www.youtube.com/partners.

Game Headline News

Capcom Developing Street Fighter IV

Capcom officially announced development of STREET FIGHTER IV, the next iteration of the genre-establishing fighting game series. This marks the first new entry announced in nearly eight years, following the acclaimed STREET FIGHTER III THIRD STRIKE.

Few details have been released about the new game, outside of a preview trailer that was released in October on the official website, StreetFighterWorld.com.

Game Headline News

Brain Challenge Game Comes to iPods

Gameloft announced that BRAIN CHALLENGE, a game designed to stimulate and enhance brain activity, is now available on the iTunes Store for players to purchase and download on the fifth generation iPod, iPod Classic and new iPod nano with video. BRAIN CHALLENGE is available immediately for purchase for $4.99.

Mobile Headline News

Mobile Braveheart & Shooter Games Come to Artificial Life

Hong Kong-based Artificial Life Inc., a provider of award-winning mobile 3G technology and applications, announced that it has signed a worldwide licensing deal with Paramount Digital Ent. to release two exclusive mobile games based on the multiple-Academy Award-winning movie BRAVEHEART and the recent box office hit SHOOTER.

The advanced mobile games will be of the action genre with real-time strategy features and enhanced 3D graphics. The games are scheduled for release and sale globally in early 2008 via on-deck telecom carriers and off-deck resellers.

Film Headline News

Exodus Enters Gaming Deal for Igor

Exodus Film Group announced a videogame deal with Interactive Game Group (I2G) and Legacy Interactive for a multi-platform game based on Exodus' CG-animated feature film IGOR. The game will be distributed on Nintendo DS and Wii, PC and wireless. Legacy Interactive will publish the IGOR game in North America and I2G is financing and coordinating the project on a worldwide basis. IGOR is a Weinstein Co. presentation being distributed in U.S. theaters by MGM on Oct. 24, 2008. The Weinstein Co. is handling international sales for the film.

Media Headline News

Nielsen To Track Online Content

The Nielsen Company and Digimarc Corporation have announced a new service that will enable media companies, social networks, peer-to-peer services and user-generated content sites to monitor and manage the distribution of media content across the Internet. Dubbed "Nielsen Digital Media Manager," the system will use digital watermarking and fingerprinting to enforce copyright compliance and help clients realize the value of their digital content.

Game Headline News

Alvin and the Chipmunks Sings as New Game

Brash Ent. announced that the ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS videogame shipped to North American retailers. Timed to ship just 10 days before the theatrical release of the new live-action film ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS from Twentieth Century Fox, the videogame focuses on the Chipmunks' musical abilities through rhythm-based game play.

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