Hong Kong-based Artificial Life Inc., a provider of award-winning mobile 3G technology and applications, announced today (Nov. 27, 2006) a deal with TeliaSonera, the Nordic and Baltic leader in telecommunications, to release the latest mobile games, such as V-Boy and V-PENGUINS and their accompanying side products, like wallpapers, screensavers, ring-tones and video mails. The products will be available on TeliaSonera's mobile Internet portal SurfPort, which is launched in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden.
LucasArts announced that THRILLVILLE, its new videogame where players create their own theme park, is now available at stores throughout the U.S. A major new initiative for LucasArts, the game was built from the ground up to appeal to a wide-ranging audience.
Created and developed by LucasArts in conjunction with Frontier Developments, THRILLVILLE is now open to owners of the PlayStation 2, PSP and Xbox.
Electronic Arts and Warner Bros. Interactive Ent. announced that the HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX videogame is in development. The game is scheduled for a July 2007 release to coincide with the Warner Bros. Pictures film based on J.K. Rowling's fifth book of the same title.
Decking the holidays with loads of SIMPSONS products, Delivery Agent Inc., the leader in shopping enabled programming for television shows, motion pictures, sports and music videos, along with Twentieth Century FOX Licensing & Merchandising, have announced the launch of the first online store dedicated to officially licensed products from THE SIMPSONS. Fans of the show may purchase the widest range of THE SIMPSONS products available anywhere by logging onto www.TheSimpsonsShop.com.
Just in time for the holidays, Electronic Arts shipped SUPERMAN RETURNS: THE VIDEOGAME, licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Ent., on Nov. 20, 2006. The game, which features storylines from both the Warner Bros. Pictures' film SUPERMAN RETURNS and more than 60 years of DC Comics' content, was developed by EA's Tiburon Studio in Orlando, the award-winning studio that develops MADDEN NFL. SUPERMAN RETURNS: THE VIDEOGAME is an open-world superhero title for the Xbox 360, PlayStation2, Xbox and Nintendo DS.
JibJab and "Weird Al" Yankovic released an online-only video parodying American Idol winner Taylor Hicks' song, "Do I Make You Proud." The parody, entitled "Do I Creep You Out," is from Weird Al's latest best-selling album "Straight Outta Lynwood," and the video features a forlorn stalker (played in classic JibJab style by Weird Al) chasing the woman of his dreams. The video can be seen for free on both JibJab.com and MSNVideo.com.
Highlighting its November lineup of game titles, Electronic Arts released two new DARK AGE OF CAMELOT (DAOC) in North America. LABYRINTH OF THE MINOTAUR, the MMORPG's 7th expansion, is being released in conjunction with the epic fantasy game's 5th anniversary. The new expansion is available both as a stand alone product via digital distribution and as part of the new DARK AGE OF CAMELOT: 5TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION. Developed by EA Mythic (formerly Mythic Ent.), the titles are available for the PC and require an internet connection to play.
Starting today, Nov. 17, 2006, fans of KAPPA MIKEY will be able to download a free Clip of the Week every Friday, the shows creator, Animation Collective, announced. The free, weekly clip is available on www.kappamikey.com and will also be podcasted on iTunes. Fans can also sign up for an RSS feed of the Clip of the Week on the shows website. The popular animated comedy series airs on Nickelodeon Sundays at 11:00 am and Nicktoons Network (check local listings).
LucasArts and Sony Online Ent. have shipped STAR WARS GALAXIES: THE COMPLETE ONLINE ADVENTURES, the most comprehensive STAR WARS GALAXIES experience ever released, has shipped to stores in North America for a suggested retail price of $29.99.
The COMPLETE ONLINE ADVENTURES includes the base game, STAR WARS GALAXIES: AN EMPIRE DIVIDED, with all three of the game's expansions: JUMP TO LIGHTSPEED, RAGE OF THE WOOKIEES and TRIALS OF OBI-WAN. The compilation also features a special bonus DVD packed with premium content including:
Terrorists are turning to the Web with animated videos, comedy clips and Top 10 video lists of the most devastating terror attacks to attract young recruits, experts stated in a report by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.
Bouchaib Silm, a researcher with the terrorism department at Singapore's Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies, said videos of Osama bin Laden giving hour-long speeches are no longer effective.
Funcom and NVIDIA have entered a strategic partnership in order to further improve the visual quality in AGE OF CONAN, one of the most technologically advanced massively multiplayer online (MMO) games in development. Engineers from the two companies are already working closely together to achieve this ambitious goal, while preparing the game for DX10, Microsoft Windows Vista and the impressive new NVIDIA GeForce 8800 range of graphic cards.
In case you missed the world premiere trailer of THE SIMPSONS MOVIE, during an all-new episode of THE SIMPSONS that aired Nov. 12, 2006, from 8:00-8:30 pm, then you may catch it online at www.apple.com/trailers/fox/thesimpsonsmovie/trailer. THE SIMPSONS MOVIE -- in glorious 2-D -- will premiere in theaters worldwide July 27, 2007.
Commented current SIMPSONS showrunner Al Jean: We couldnt be more excited. By an amazing coincidence, this exclusive trailer just happens to air during November sweeps.
Warner Bros. Advanced Digital Services is launching Saturday Morning Forever, part of the new Hanna-Barbera.com. As part of the launch, fans of Hanna-Barbera characters and animated series will be able to go to www.hanna-barbera.com and enter the "Saturday Morning Forever Ultimate Prize Pack" sweepstakes for a chance to win more than $4,000 worth of prizes.
MTV Networks and international game publisher Nexon have announced a broad based strategic partnership. The companies will partner to create a new premium user experience for MTVN's NEOPETS, one of the largest youth communities on the Internet, and includes MTVN's marketing of the launch of Nexon's casual MMOG game titles in North America via its portfolio of television and online brands. Two of the first titles to be marketed under the alliance will be MAPLE STORY and KART RIDER, which are already enjoyed by 50 million and 80 million players around the world, respectively.
The anime-soundtrack Internet radio station Toon Radio (www.toonradio.net) has joined the UpSNAP wireless streaming service.
UpSNAP, through its proprietary SWInG (Streaming Wireless Internet Gateway) platform, enables mobile access to virtually any type of live and on-demand streaming audio content including NASCAR In-Car Audio, ESPN Radio and more than 150 additional radio channels covering music, news and entertainment.
The UpSNAP service can be accessed through virtually every wireless carrier.
THQ Inc. is developing RATATOUILLE, based on the summer 2007 film from Disney/Pixar, across 11 systems, for release in summer 2007 to coincide with the worldwide release of the highly anticipated film. RATATOUILLE will mark the most comprehensive simultaneous cross-platform launch in THQ's history.
Sony Computer Ent. America was joined last night (Nov. 8, 2006) by Chris Rock, Lindsay Lohan and other stars to celebrate the debut of the PlayStation 3 (PS3) system, which will release in stores on Nov. 17. The exclusive event in Beverly Hills showcased the PS3's cutting edge gaming experience and an array of cross-media activities in a unique, interactive world where guests were invited to play beyond with innovative installations demonstrating the capabilities of the next-generation system.
Sundance Institute, a champion for independent filmmakers for more than 25 years, is joining forces with the GSM Assoc. (GSMA), whose members serve more than two billion mobile phone customers across the globe, to create the Sundance Film Festival: Global Short Film Project. Sundance Institute president/founder Robert Redford unveiled the groundbreaking pilot project to showcase and extend the reach of the independent short film genre to mobile users worldwide, during a press conference at the Museum of Television & Radio in New York City.
To celebrate Channel Frederator podcasts first anniversary, Frederator Studios has created Fred-Ex, an ongoing experiment in animation collaboration exploring the existence of robots. Frederator has assembled a global group of enthusiastic animation directors and creators to answer in a toon an age-old question: "What is it like to be a robot?"
Mobile media company Player X has collaborated with Universal Mobile Ent. to make special animated editions of the 1980s hit TV shows, KNIGHT RIDER and MAGNUM, P.I., directly for mobile delivery. Player X is creating a new genre in mobile video retrosodes, a suite of animated mobile video series.
SPIDER-MAN fans will get a long-awaited sneak peek at Columbia Pictures' highly anticipated SPIDER-MAN 3 when a new, full-length, two-and-a-half minute trailer debuts in a special unprecedented "road block" across Viacom Inc. 's brands and on the CBS Television Network on Nov. 9, at approximately 10:00 pm. SPIDER-MAN 3, starring Tobey Maguire and directed by Sam Raimi, kicks off next summer's moviegoing season on May 4, 2007.
THQ Inc. has released Disney/Pixar's CARS for Xbox 360, in conjunction with the Cars holiday DVD launch on Nov. 7, 2006. This follows the launch of this past summer's blockbuster cross-platform launch of the game for the PlayStation2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, PSP, PC and Mac. The Xbox 360 version is available nationwide for a suggested retail price of $49.99. CARS is also scheduled to release for Nintendo Wii on Nov. 13.
Turner Broadcasting System Inc. announced that programming downloads of original productions from Adult Swim and NASCAR.COM will be made available beginning Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2006, to Xbox 360 gamers via Xbox Live, the online gaming and entertainment network. Xbox 360 gamers can access Xbox Live Marketplace with a free Xbox Live Silver subscription and a broadband connection.
Jetset Studios and FOX have teamed to create a special website to promote the upcoming annual Halloween special "Treehouse of Horror XVII," which airs on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006, at 8:00 pm on FOX.
The site (thesimpsons.com/treehouse) provides fans the opportunity, for prizes and adoration, to edit their own SIMPSONS animated promo. To date thousands of videos have been created and new user-generated promos are posted daily for audience viewing and rating.
Turner Broadcasting System is further expanding its portfolio of consumer businesses on emerging platforms with Super Deluxe, a focused, branded storehouse of high-quality, exclusive, originally produced comedy combined with interactive online-community tools. The new broadband network will launch in January 2007. Super Deluxe will be ad-supported, making the network entirely free to consumers, and will integrate advertising in innovative ways.