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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
The first season of Nickelodeon and Nicktoons Networks' hit animÃ© 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.
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.
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/.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tigar Hare Studios, founded by Michael Tigar and David Hare, has announced a series of recently completed high-profile projects, as well as two new growth directions for the full-service animation and fx studio.
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.
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.
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.
Nokia, THQ Wireless, Lucasfilm and LucasArts revealed that STAR WARS: THE FORCE UNLEASHED is coming to N-Gage, Nokia's next generation mobile gaming platform in 2008.
STAR WARS: THE FORCE UNLEASHED casts players as Darth Vader's "Secret Apprentice" and promises to unveil new revelations about the Star Wars galaxy. The game's expansive story is set during the largely unexplored era between STAR WARS: EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH and STAR WARS: EPISODE IV A NEW HOPE.