Sony Online Ent. Llc. (SOE) announced EVERQUEST THE SERPENTS SPINE, the 12th expansion for the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMOPRG), EVERQUEST, is live. EVERQUEST THE SERPENTS SPINE is only available via digital download at www.everquest.com for the price of $29.99.
Atom Ent. has opened the first NewsGames channel (www.addictinggames.com/newsgames.html) at the fast-growing online games destination, AddictingGames, and will develop dozens of new titles each year plus promote the best user-generated games that mock the most popular headlines and cultural topics of the day.
Ubisoft has shipped ENCHANTED ARMS exclusively for the Xbox 360 to stores in North America. ENCHANTED ARMS, the first true next-generation Japanese role-playing game (RPG), was created by development studio FromSoftware in Japan.
The adventure takes place in a fantasy world filled with beautiful cinematic graphics with vibrant characters. With more than 50 hours of gameplay, ENCHANTED ARMS is the only Xbox 360 RPG with the fast-action SpeedTactics Battle System, which enables the player to move their characters and use distance-dependent attacks while in battle.
Thumbplay Inc., a leading online retailer of mobile entertainment content, announced a mobile content distribution agreement with the Walt Disney Internet Group (WDIG).
As part of the agreement, Thumbplay will distribute content from WDIG's publishing labels mDisney, creator of Disney-themed mobile content, and Starwave Mobile, the company's third-party mobile content licensing and publishing arm. The offerings will include graphics, tones and mobile games.
Kids may now direct, produce and screen their own action movies with the MARVEL HEROES ANI-MOVIE, THE ANIMATED MOVIE MAKER from Jazwares Inc. The ANI-MOVIE lets young filmmakers create and edit action-packed movies, using the latest stop-motion, digital technology, and view them on their own television.
InfoSpace Inc. has signed deals with Classic Media and Bagdasarian Prods. to bring some of the worlds most famous classic movie and TV stars to mobile, including Alvin & the Chipmunks, Rocky & Bullwinkle and a host of others.
Nokia and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution announced an agreement for content based on popular Warner Bros. Ent. brands to be made available for consumer downloads through the Nokia Content Discoverer client, embedded in millions of Nokia devices available in markets around the globe.
ZIM Corp., a global mobile content and application developer, announced a content distribution agreement with Cinerio Ent. Inc, a developer of traditional 2D animation, 3D animation and interactive content for international markets. Through this deal, ZIM will distribute Cinerio's children animation and children's learning products on the P2P (peer to peer) Internet TV platform, PPLive.com. The addition of Cinerio's content will expand ZIM's overall offering on PPLive which already includes an American Pop Channel (Hollywood Classics) and Travel/Tourism Channels.
Majesco Ent. Co. has shipped GUILTY GEAR JUDGMENT FOR PSP, to give players a powerful 1-2punch. Developed by ARC System Works, GUILTY GEAR JUDGMENT is rated T for Teen and is available across the U.S. for a suggested retail price of $39.99.
"GUILTY GEAR JUDGMENT offers gamers incredible value by combining two deep fighting games on one UMD," said Majesco marketing vp Ken Gold. "Both games feature the character-driven gameplay and unique signature attacks that have defined the GUILTY GEAR series across multiple systems and made it a fan favorite."
LucasArts and TT Games have shipped its hotly anticipated videogame, LEGO STAR WARS II: THE ORIGINAL TRILOGY, to retailers worldwide.
LEGO STAR WARS II combines the endless customization of LEGO play with a hilarious, tongue-in-cheek take on the epic story, characters and action from the classic STAR WARS: EPISODES IV, V and VI films. LEGO STAR WARS II is available on eight platforms, including the PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Game Boy Advance, PSP and Windows.
Sony Computer Ent. America today (Sept. 12, 2006) announced a new $250 Entertainment Pack holiday bundle, including a movie, game and 1GB memory stick for its PSP handheld.
Available, beginning Sept. 13, the package features a PSP system along with the best-selling off-road racing game ATV OFFROAD FURY BLAZIN' TRAILS, the LORDS OF DOGTOWN UMD movie and a Sony 1GB Memory Stick Pro Duo. With an SRP of $249.99, the PSP Entertainment Pack offers holiday shopping at a price last year's Giga pack.
Apple announced the launch of the new iPod and ceo Steve Jobs revealed that full-length features from The Walt Disney Co. would soon be sold over the Internet, reports BLOOMBERG. New Disney releases would cost $14.99; catalog titles would be offered for $9.99.
The new iPod is available in a 30GB model at the new low price of $249 and an 80GB model, which holds up to 20,000 songs or 100 hours of video, for $349. Time Warner Inc.'s AOL unit and Web retailer Amazon.com Inc. previously announced deals with several studios to sell or rent features.
Midway Games Inc. announced the development of THE GRIM ADVENTURES OF BILLY & MANDY for the Nintendo Wii. Gamers can play as one of 15 characters from one of Cartoon Networks top-rated shows in the adventure/fighting game, which is also scheduled to be available for the PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance this holiday season.
Turner Broadcasting System Inc. announced that programming downloads of original episodes from Cartoon Network and Adult Swim are now available on Amazon.coms new digital video download service, Amazon Unbox. The new content features such favorites as Cartoon Networks FOSTERS HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS and Adult Swims AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE. Amazon.com has been offering Cartoon Network and Adult Swim content via DVD as well.
Available download content from Cartoon Network and Adult Swim will include the following:* JOHNNY BRAVO
Shorts Intl, the programming and distribution arm of leading short films specialists Brit Shorts, announced that a special collection of 10 animated films from the world's hottest independent animators are available for purchase on the iTunes Music Store (www.itunes.com).
Pileated Pictures announced that it recently wrapped production of a dozen animated episodes to support the launch of Trivial Pursuit DVD for Kids. The team at Pileated handled all aspects of production for Parker Brothers, owned by Hasbro, including animation, design, voice-over production, video post work and DVD authoring.
Immersive community sites Urbanics.com and Ikoncity.com have pitted their gamers against each other in a battle for bragging rights as well as cool prizes. Members of the two sites can sign up to participate in the competition at www.ikoncity.com/battlezone10/. Top scorer will win an Urbaniacs t-shirt and the top will earn bonus Urbos, which can be used on the site to pimp out your custom Urbaniacs character.
Fox Interactive Media (FIM) and FOX offered fans on the Web an exclusive glimpse at the new season of THE SIMPSONS series. Through a campaign sponsored by Burger King, FIM sites will offer a promotional premier look at the first episode starting Sept. 8, 2006. In a first, online fans on three FIM sites, including MySpace.com (www.myspace.com/thesimpsons), FOX.com (www.fox.com) and IGN.com's new site IGN TV (www.igntv.com) have the exclusive opportunity to see the first seven minutes of the first episode before it airs on television.
A trio of Kansas University students has begun to drum up interest for their upcoming webtoon ZOOK MAYHEM AND THE BANDITS by releasing a short one-minute prequel at www.zookmayhem.com, reports THE KANSAN.
Having worked on the cartoon for the past seven months, creator Nolan T. Jones felt the prequel would be a great way to introduce the characters and spur interest in the series before the first episode launches in October.
In a broadcasting first, SCI FI will launch its season online, with a five-week, 10-episode online-only prequel season called BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: THE RESISTANCE. Premiering today (Sept. 5, 2006) SCIFI.COM will begin airing two- to three-minute episodes every Tuesday and Thursday at midnight, at www.scifi.com/battlestar, leading up to the Oct. 6 season 3 premiere on television.
iEntertainment Network, the award-winning developer of the World Famous WARBIRDS TOTALSIMS series, will develop the first Massively Multiplayer Online Game to tie in with the theatrical release of FLYBOYS, the true life World War I aerial adventure (with vfx by Double Negative and Framestore CFC), to be released on Sept. 22 through MGM.
Electronic Arts Inc. announced two separate agreements with Massive Inc. and IGA Worldwide Inc. in a move that will offer to marketers on a global basis new dynamic advertising opportunities across select EA franchises on the Xbox 360.
A portfolio of EA games developed for the Xbox 360 and PC worldwide will be incorporated into Massive's Video Game Network. Massive is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Microsoft. Financial terms of today's agreement were not disclosed.
Aardman Animations will, this week, launch its own mobile TV channel on the Orange TV service.
The channel, Aardman Animations will consist of a video loop, refreshed weekly of its own content combined with some of the best animation sourced elsewhere in Britain and around the world.
Electronic Arts announced that MADDEN NFL 07, the newest iteration of the EA SPORTS best-selling football franchise with the exclusive videogame license of the NFL and PLAYERS INC, is in stores everywhere. MADDEN NFL 07 features the all-new Lead Blocker Control and the new highlight stick so players can run like the real players run. NFL Superstar: Hall of Fame mode comes to Madden NFL 07 this year, where you can live the life of an NFL Superstar.
Cult genre magazine FANGORIA is launching a broadband television network, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. FangoriaTV.com already is offering on-demand movie trailers, public domain and independent movies and other content. The broadband networks official launch will be announced Oct. 1, 2006, at Fangoria's conference.