Shockwave.com launched Shockwave Minis, a new category of mobile games built with Adobe Flash Lite, available exclusively on Verizon Wireless. In introducing Shockwave Minis, the companies unveiled a new pricing structure that gives Verizon Wireless customers access to all 30 games for a small monthly fee, marking the first time a complete library of titles is made available to wireless customers on a subscription basis.
Comedy Central's website will debut two broadband series likely get a rise out of its users. BAXTER & MCGUIRE, featuring animated testicles and live-action comedy GOOD GOD are the latest broadband series to join comedycentral.com's growing slate of original shows.
Nearly a decade after the release of the outrageous game POSTAL, Running With Scissors (RWS), the creators behind the dark comedic videogame franchise has announced it is developing POSTAL III, the first game in the long-running series aimed at both the computer and videogame console markets.
Electronic Arts launched MEDAL OF HONOR HEROES for PSP in North America with the title rolling out worldwide later next month. This release rounds out EAs October lineup, which included BATTLEFIELD 2142, THE SIMS 2 PETS, TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 07 and FIFA SOCCER 07.
Based on the highly anticipated film from DreamWorks Animation and Aardman, the FLUSHED AWAY videogame from D3Publisher of America, Inc. (D3PA) is available on U.S. retail store shelves today (Oct. 24, 2006) for a suggested retail price of $29.95.
Nicktoons Network, Nickelodeon's 24-hour animation network, have launched a new lineup of original content on the iTunes Store (www.itunes.com). Nicktoons Network programming will include SKYLAND, the new animated adventure series, which will be available on iTunes prior to its network debut on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006, at 9:00 pm (ET), and short-form content from THE NICKTOONS NETWORK ANIMATION FESTIVAL.
GameTap, the first-of-its-kind broadband entertainment network from Turner Broadcasting System Inc., celebrates its first birthday.
On its first anniversary, GameTap currently features:* The largest collection of videogames on-demand with more than 700 titles, including FAR CRY, TONY HAWK PRO SKATER and TOM CLANCY'S RAINBOW SIX 3 GOLD* The worldwide exclusive debut of "SAM & MAX Episode 1: Culture Shock" * More 50 Challenge games including STREET FIGHTER ALPHA 3, PAC MAN, DIG DUG, BUST-A-MOVE, COMBAT and PONG
The Comic Strip Network announced today (Oct. 23, 2006) it has added IPSO FACTO, DOT 'N DASH, JAC STRIPS, ZENJEFF and MR. STICK comic strips to its daily programming lineup. The Comic Strip Network (www.comicstripnetwork.com) broadcasts fresh comic strips daily to mobile phones worldwide and the Internet. CSN features funny cartoons rated to family newspaper standards, including MOSTLY HEADS, GIRLS & SPORTS, DATING AMY, THE MEANING OF LILA, DAY BY DAY and MOD.
Jupitermedia Corp. announced that it has launched a paid subscription service for its animated online greeting cards on JupiterGreetings.com (www.jupitergreetings.com). Annual subscriptions are available for $7.95. In addition to being able to send state-of-the-art animated greeting cards online, JupiterGreetings.com offers e-mail reminders of important dates, an address book feature, a place to save favorite cards for future use, a growing inventory of new cards and other unique features.
JibJab and Verizon Wireless have teamed up with renowned comedy film director John Landis to produce six comedy short films featuring the best up-and-coming sketch comedians in the country for the Great Sketch Experiment contest. The six videos competing are available as of today for free at JibJab.com or on Verizon Wirelessï¿½ V CAST service in the V CAST Showcase channel.
THQ's SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: CREATURE FROM THE KRUSTY KRAB is swimming its way onto retail outlets in the U.S. The title is now available for major gaming systems, including PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS. The game will also be available as a launch title for Wii.
Buena Vista Games has released new handheld videogames based on the DISNEY PRINCESS and THE LITTLE MERMAID throughout North America. The new lineup includes: DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID: ARIEL'S UNDERSEA ADVENTURE for the Nintendo DS, DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID: MAGIC IN TWO KINGDOMS for Game Boy Advance and DISNEY PRINCESS: ROYAL ADVENTURE for the Game Boy Advance.
Austin-based D7 Studios, an independent animation company that completed the first-ever animated Coca-Cola/NASCAR commercial for the Daytona 500 in 2005, is releasing the first chapter of its new animated show, D7PEACEMAKER REVELATION, in hi-def for download, and broadcast on the Web for free in a scaled-down version at www.D7.com.
Created independently, the series features an anime style with an American plot. Written, directed, and animated solely by Arik Renee Avila, the series is produced by Tony Hobdy and Robin Bookwalter.
NBC 5 Chicago has put up on its website a CG still slideshow of the flight path of the plane, which crashed into a condo complex in New York City on Oct. 11, 2006.
The slide show can be viewed at http://www.nbc5.com/slideshow/news/10068810/detail.html?rss=chi&psp=news.
The two occupants of the small 545 Cirrus SR20 plane Yankees baseball pitcher Cory Lidle and Tyler Stanger, a 26-year-old flight instructor from California were the only people killed in the accident.
Due the their popularity on NBC's LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN, comedian Jim Gaffigans PALE FORCE will be turned into a Web series, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. The first episode airs on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2006, and went live online the next day on NBC.com.
Gaffigan superhero satire was originally launched in Sept. 2005. The toons chronicle the misadventures of muscular Pale Man and his skinny sidekick, Conan O'Brien, as they use their paleness to fight crime.
Electronic Arts will ship 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, is being developed by EAs 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, as well as current generation platforms.
THQ Inc. has shipped UNFABULOUS for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance throughout North America. The first game based on a Nickelodeon live-action television series; the game follows the hectic life of main character Addie Singer and features key locations from the show. The game is rated "E" for everyone and is available for $29.99.
Sierra Ent. is set to deliver SCARFACE: THE WORLD IS YOURS to North American store shelves on Oct. 8, 2006, for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and Windows PC. In addition, SCARFACE fans will have an opportunity to score additional Tony Montana merchandise and bonus material through a pre-order campaign and a special "Collector's Edition" of the game. SCARFACE: THE WORLD IS YOURS is licensed by Universal Studios Consumer Products Group.
Nickelodeon has launched TurboNick 2.0, its broadband video platform with new features including continuous video streaming, customized play lists, content in multiple languages, the ability to search the broad Nickelodeon content library and more.
Electronic Arts and DTI Software, the market leader in in-flight entertainment (IFE), announced a global partnership that will bring THE SIMS 2 and POPPIT!, WORD WHOMP, PHLINX, TRI-PEAKS SOLITAIRE, HARVEST MANIA, TUMBLE BEES, GREAT ESCAPES SOLITAIRE and TURBO 21 from Pogo.com to airlines worldwide.
Nearly a full month before the upcoming DreamWorks Animation and Aardman Features comedy FLUSHED AWAY hits theaters, the new online game, THE FLUSHED AWAY UNDERGROUND ADVENTURE, has been made available exclusively on AOL.com (aol.com/flushedaway). The game marks the first time that DreamWorks Animation has created original character animation exclusively for an online game.
Anime in the Limelight (AitL), the anime radio show, along and its legendary host, Max returns from its long hiatus with new and classic episodes on Oct. 7, 2006,
Las Vegas-based Limelight Prods., the producers of the world-famous show that went off the air in 2004, will start making episodes sometime early in 2007. Until then, classic episodes will air in rotation, with news one inserted as they are ready. AitL will run in its old timeslot of 6:00 pm on Saturdays. No word yet on the status of the AitL archive service.
THQ Inc. has shipped ALEX RIDER: STORMBREAKER for the Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance to North American retailers. The game is based on the upcoming teen movie ALEX RIDER: STORMBREAKER, inspired by the best-selling ALEX RIDER book series from award-winning author Anthony Horowitz. The videogame features 14-year-old British spy Alex Rider as he solves mysteries by completing mission objectives.
In Barcelona, Spain, Microsoft Corp. thrilled fans with the announcement that Microsoft Game Studios is partnering with Academy Award-winning writer, director and producer Peter Jackson and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Fran Walsh to create two new interactive entertainment series exclusively for Xbox 360 and Xbox Live. The first series will be a collaborative effort with Bungie Studios to co-create the next great chapter in the HALO universe.