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Softimage Unveils Community Website

Softimage Co., a subsidiary of Avid Technology, revealed today SOFTIMAGE|NET (, a new community site maintained by Softimage for 3D artists and enthusiasts currently using or learning SOFTIMAGE|XSI.

Softimage XSI is a professional 3D modeling, animation, character creation and rendering software, and the community site will help engage and connect the worldwide community of XSI artists, technical directors and students.

Game Headline News

Prince Caspian Game On Multiple Platforms

Disney announced today THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN video game will be released throughout the U.S. around the time of the film's May 15 opening.

The PRINCE CASPIAN game will be on Xbox 360, PlayStation 2 and 3, Wii, Nintendo DS and Windows-based PC.

Developed by Traveller's Tales, PRINCE CASPIAN will take players through Narnia, including a level not in the novel or film.

Games Headline News

Photorealistic Facial Animation In High Profile Games

Image Metrics announced Thursday their performance-driven facial animation solution was used to create realistic characters for upcoming games like TOP SPIN 3 from 2K Games, UNREAL TOURNAMENT 3 by Epic Games and GRAND THEFT AUTO IV by Rockstar Games.

Popular tennis series TOP SPIN lets gamers play as the world's greatest tennis pros or create their own digital identity, complete with physical details and playing style.

Image Metrics created 10 minutes of facial animation for the title, mostly in-game reaction shots.

Imax Headline News

Simpsons and Spiderwick Contests, IMAX and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts are collaborating to offer two contests to fans in February.

To honor THE SIMPSONS creator Matt Groening's birthday on Friday, artists and cartoon enthusiasts are asked to draw or download a doughnut, decorate it and upload to

One hundred contest winners will receive a dozen Krispy Kreme Doughnuts or a SIMPSONS T-shirt for sharing the Homer Simpson-worthy creations.

Contest runs through Feb. 18.

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Nintendo Wants Solution to Piracy Problems

Nintendo of America Inc. wants the U.S. Trade Representative to encourage governments around the world to take a "more aggressive stance to combat piracy of Nintendo video games and systems."

China remains the primary manufacturer of pirated Nintendo DS and Wii games, Korea has emerged as the leader in distributing illegal game files over the Internet.

Brazil and Mexico remain saturated with counterfeit Nintendo software, and Paraguay and Hong Kong continue to serve as major transshipment points for global distribution of illegal goods.

Mobile Headline News

Metal Gear Solid Mobile Wins Awards

METAL GEAR SOLID MOBILE is the winner of the Grand Prix and Operator's Choice Awards at the International Mobile Gaming Awards, Konami Digital Ent. announced today.

The jury of the IMGA picked a total of six winners out of almost 400 entries from 33 countries.

METAL GEAR SOLID MOBILE will be available for purchase later in February at Verizon Wireless.

METAL GEAR, a game previously released on PlayStation and PlayStation 2, features dramatic 3D art displays in a classic tactical espionage action game.

Features Headline News

New Site For Classic Cartoons

DIC Entertainment has launched an online video channel,, dedicated to new and classic cartoons for families and children.

Frederic Soulie will head the division, managing the company's network of sites. features free, on-demand streaming animated television series from DIC's library of 3,000 half-hours of programming including DINO SQUAD, INSPECTOR GADGET and THE LITTLES.

The community also features chat and games, and is user-friendly for PC and Mac users.

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Spore Release Date In September

THE SIMS creator Will Wrights new venture, SPORE, will be released Sept. 7, EA announced Tuesday.

SPORE is an epic journey that takes you from the origin and evolution of life through the development of civilization and technology and eventually all the way into the deepest reaches of outer space, according to the SPORE website.

The EA game simulates evolution and adaptation, letting users fight their way from amoebas up to large, sophisticated civilizations, then branching out to find other solar systems.

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Magi-Nation Game Enters Open Beta Testing

North American online gamers can now experience MAGI-NATION: BATTLE FOR THE MOONLANDS open beta testing has started for the Web-based multiplayer adventure game.

The interactive fantasy game based on the MAGI-NATION television series is set for commercial launch in early 2008, announced Cookie Jar Ent.

Fans of Magi are invited to sign up at and experience the game, part of a multi-layered approach to extend MAGI-NATION beyond TV.

Games Headline News

Classic Hasbro Games To Get EA Treatment in 2008

Game night will be forever changed with the advent of classic Hasbro games on Nintendo Wii, DS, PC and mobile phones later this year.

LITTLEST PET SHOP and NERF N-STRIKE will be available on Wii and DS this fall, with development of MONOPOLY, SCRABBLE and other titles on multiple platforms underway, EA Casual Entertainment announced Monday.

EA Mobile will add MONOPOLY HERE & NOW, TRIVIAL PURSUIT, RISK and YAHTZEE ADVENTURES this spring to their slate of first-generation mobile games like SCRABBLE and YAHTZEE DELUXE.

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Ex-Pats Create Daily Shorts From Costa Rica

A new animation studio out of Costa Rica launched their website Monday, offering free digital shorts.

PodComics is not only the name of the studio, it describes the content available: original animated shorts posted five days a week.

PodComics are intended to be watched through the internet or on portable media players. We also provide a Hi-Definition version of most episodes for our members, said founder Patrick Davidson.

Total Headline News

Former Players Only In New Online Basketball Game

A new Internet sports simulation game released Monday, TOTAL HOOPS BASKETBALL, does not include most current players a break from traditional fantasy sports games.

TOTAL HOOPS owners will be able to draft and manage a team through an 82-game, seven-week season against other team owners.

More than 1,000 players from the NBA, the American Basketball Association (1967-1976) and the Basketball Association of America (1946-1949) are available, including legends like Michael Jordon, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Youtube Headline News

MyToons Animation Site Inks Deal with YouTube Channel announced that it has inked a deal with video site YouTube to showcase the work of thousands of animators on the new MyToons branded YouTube channel.

"We have thousands of animators utilizing our free upload and streaming system to broadcast their work to the world," said Paul Ford, co-founder/president of "Our new channel with YouTube provides tremendous new exposure for our artists and enhances our ability to extend the MyToons brand, as well as to reach a broader consumer base with which to share high quality original animations."

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EA and Steven Spielberg Reveal Boom Blox

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 6, 2008 at 12:00am

EA's Casual Entertainment Label today announced BOOM BLOX, the first game developed in collaboration between EA and Steven Spielberg. This high-energy game features over three hundred levels, a variety of activities, a cast of over 30 characters, and an easy-to-use in-game editor that allows players to express their creativity. BOOM BLOX will be available in May 2008 for the Wii.

iTunes Headline News

Teat Beat, Because Washington Up for iTunes Review

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 6, 2008 at 12:00am

Upon reports circling that iTunes banned Signe Baumane's TEAT BEAT OF SEX and Kenneth Ti and Kin Hung's BECAUSE WASHINGTON IS HOLLYWOOD FOR UGLY PEOPLE, the Sundance Film Festival, who submitted the films along with 40+ other shorts, contacted AWN to clarify the status of the shorts. The Sundance shorts need to go through a review committee for content and technical issues before they can make it into the iTunes store. A Sundance spokesman said that they should have an answer from iTunes by the end of the week and that the festival is pushing to have all the films it submitted online.

Headline News

PlayFirst Unleashes Doggie Dash

PlayFirst Inc. today announced the launch of DOGGIE DASH, a new time-management game set in a busy pet spa and based on the wildly popular DINER DASH series. Developed by Viqua Games, DOGGIE DASH is available now for both Mac and PC download at

Version Headline News

Cheaper Xbox Coming to Japan

Microsoft Corp. has announced it will start selling a cheaper version of the Xbox 360 in Japan, reports the AP. This is the same bare-bones version that began selling in the U.S. late last year. The low-price-tagged Xbox will hit stores March 6 for approximately $260. The move is a way for Microsoft to compete against the more popular Japanese products, the Wii from Nintendo and PlayStation 3 from Sony.

Animation Headline News

ADV Says Devil May Cry & MagiKano on DVD

ADV Films is releasing the first volume of DEVIL MAY CRY and the second volume of MAGIKANO on DVD Feb. 5, 2008.

MAGIKANO: WITCH HUNT is the second of three DVD volumes. Produced by Studio GONZO (WELCOME TO THE NHK, CHRONO CRUSADE) and directed by Seiji Kishi (RAGNAROK THE ANIMATION), MAGIKANO is a comedy that follows witch Ayumi, whose goal is to turn Haruo into a real man, but a bumbling witch hunter keeps getting in the way.

Time Headline News

Turok Charges onto DVD

TUROK: SON OF STONE charges onto DVD for the first time February 5 from Genius Products and Classic Media. Presented by The Weinstein Co., this Gold Key production draws on the original 1950s comic book series, as well as influences ranging from Frank Miller to Akira Kurosawa, to create a dark, intense, epic reimagining of Turok's origin story.

Game Headline News

Ben Mathis To Lead GDC Visual Arts Track on MAXON BodyPaint 3D

MAXON Computer's BodyPaint 3D will be the focus of a comprehensive Visual Arts Track at the 2008 Game Developers Conference (GDC). BodyPaint 3D was most recently tapped by artists at Naughty Dog to help create the hit game UNCHARTED: DRAKE'S FORTUNE.

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Spiderwick Game Crawls into Stores

Sierra Ent. has shipped THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES, a videogame based on the upcoming 2008 theatrical release of the same name by Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Films, to major retailers today. The game, which recreates the fantastical world of the film and popular book series, gives players the opportunity to explore the world of the unseen on the Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, Windows PC and mobile phones.

Youtube Headline News

Minisode Network Launches New Toon Block on YouTube

Sony Pictures Television's The Minisode Network has launched a new animation block on YouTube ( The network features four- to six-minute versions of popular animated series, such as SPIDER-MAN, DILBERT, VOLTRON: DEFENDER OF THE UNIVERSE and THE KARATE KID.

This week's installments include Spidey's battle with Electro on SPIDER-MAN; the ultimate search for Voltron on VOLTRON: DEFENDER OF THE UNIVERSE; Lena's office transgression with Dogbert on DILBERT; and Daniel and Miyagi's adventures in Hong Kong on THE KARATE KID.

iTunes Headline News

iTunes Bans Sundance Shorts

iTunes has refused to carry two animated short films that were screened at Sundance and were invited to be part of the festival's online shorts program, Nancy Denney-Phelps reports on her blog Sprockets ( Signe Bauman's TEAT BEAT OF SEX and BECAUSE WASHINGTON IS HOLLYWOOD FOR UGLY PEOPLE, by Kenneth Ti and Kin Hung, were rejected by the online store for being, respectively, too explicit and too political.

Headline News

Gameloft Announces Battle for the White House

Gameloft has introduced BATTLE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE, a new mobile game that spoofs the current 2008 presidential elections.

The title allows players to assume the roles of the leading candidates, Democrats Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards; and Republicans Rudolph Giuliani and Mitt Romney as they square off against one another in completely re-imagined ways.

2008s presidential hopefuls face such challenges as:

* Boxing -- a new way to debate as candidates lace on the gloves to settle debates the old-fashioned way