Category Archives: News and Industry Happenings

IGDA Decries Industry Working Environment

Despite the continued success of the games industry, the immaturity of current business and production practices is severely crippling the industry . The recent frenzy of discussion over impassioned testimony about the horrible working conditions within much of the industry attests to the reality of this often unspoken disease. As the professional association that unites the game development community and serves as its voice, the International Game Developers Association is deeply disturbed by this vicious cycle and is working to better the situation. Improving the quality of life of game developers is an IGDA priority. In tackling quality of life … Continue reading IGDA Decries Industry Working Environment

NAMCO Hires Grantley Day

Global video games publisher, Namco Hometek Inc. announced today the hiring of Grantley Day as Director of PC Development, reinforcing the company's commitment to its expansion into the PC games market. Day brings to Namco more than eleven years of experience in developing entertainment software for the PC, including most notably his online game development work for The Sims franchise at Electronic Arts. "As Namco expands its games business onto the PC platform, it is critical for us to find the best talent in the industry," said Nobuhiro Kasahara, president and chief executive officer of Namco Hometek Inc. "Grantley Day … Continue reading NAMCO Hires Grantley Day

GiN Reviewer Pens Book on Games

Gareth Von Kallenbach, a longtime Game Industry News Freelancer, has written a new book reviewing games and movies. In addition to all of the reviews, the books contain interviews with interesting people such as Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett), Natalie Portman (Padme), Charlie Hunnam (Cold Mountain), Nia vardols and John Corbet (My Big fat Greek Wedding), Manu I. (Star Trek Voyager), Kevin Smith (Jersey Girl), Chase Masterson (Lyta From Star Trek Deep Space 9), Kerry Conran (Sky Captain) and Stuart Gordon. The book can be downloaded for $3 or a printed copy can be had for $17. Copies … Continue reading GiN Reviewer Pens Book on Games

Phantom Partners with Limelight Networks

Infinium Labs (OTC BB: IFLB) and Limelight Networks, a leading Digital Delivery Network provider, have formed a strategic alliance to deliver content for Infinium’s flagship Phantom Game Service rapidly and seamlessly, via broadband. To expand the service’s content delivery infrastructure, Limelight will provide high-performance, high-integrity back-end technology and local high-speed distribution points for Phantom, the first end-to-end, subscription-based on-demand game service. Infinium Labs will utilize Limelight Networks’ ContentEdge delivery platform and will leverage the company’s globally distributed data and network operation centers, which feature multiple modes of redundancy, real-time traffic monitoring and advanced control systems. "We’re confident that Limelight’s track … Continue reading Phantom Partners with Limelight Networks

Call of Duty: Finest Hour Ships

Soldiers"it's time to heed the call and experience cinematic intensity and the chaos of battle as never before with the release of Activision, Inc.'s (Nasdaq: ATVI) Call of Duty: Finest Hour, a gritty new World War II action game for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, Xbox video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCube. Activision is supporting the launch with a multi-million dollar marketing campaign that includes television, print, theatrical and online advertising. Developed in conjunction with Spark, Call of Duty: Finest Hour is currently available in retail stores nationwide for a suggested retail price of $49.99 and carries … Continue reading Call of Duty: Finest Hour Ships

Mastiff Gets Rights To Top Gun Games

Video Game publisher Mastiff today announced that they have entered into agreements with Viacom Consumer Products and Titus to re-release games under the Top Gun brand. Under the agreements, Mastiff will publish Top Gun: Combat Zones for PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo GameCubeT and Game Boy Advance, and Top Gun: Firestorm for Game Boy Advance. The games will be available at major retailers for a special low price in time for the holiday season. A hip, heart-pounding combination of action, music and incredible aerial photography helped make Top Gun the blockbuster movie hit of 1986. Top Gun takes a … Continue reading Mastiff Gets Rights To Top Gun Games

WildTangent Partners with McDonalds

WildTangent, the leading online game publisher, today announced a marketing alliance with McDonalds to promote its online downloadable games with MONOPOLY Best Chance Game McDonald's, now available at participating McDonald's until supplies last. The promotion offers consumers the same exciting game as previous years plus a new online version to offer winning players with unlimited play of special McDonald's branded versions of top selling WildTangent games including, Polar Bowler, Polar Golfer, Blasterball, and Shooting Stars Pool, rotating throughout the promotion. This McDonald campaign breaks new ground by connecting traditional game play from its restaurants into a rich and immersive … Continue reading WildTangent Partners with McDonalds

Willis McGahee Challenges Halo 2 Players

During his time in the NFL, Buffalo Bills’ star running back Willis McGahee has encountered some of the toughest competitors the gridiron has to offer; but as every Halo fan knows, it takes more than a helmet and some shoulder pads to declare yourself a Master Chief. On Tuesday, November 16, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST, gamers will get a chance to challenge McGahee in Halo 2 on Xbox Live in this "Game with Fame" event. Gamers looking to exchange fire with the Bills’ leading rusher will need to keep an eye out for "WMcGahee21" on Xbox Live … Continue reading Willis McGahee Challenges Halo 2 Players

Black Hammer Splits from Strategy First

Black Hammer Game Inc., one of New York's leading independent game developers, has announced that it terminated its relationship with Strategy First Inc. in July 2004. Consequently Strategy First will no longer be publishing its upcoming PC turn-based strategy title "Supremacy: Four Paths To Power". Strategy First is no longer authorized to represent Black Hammer Game, Inc. Supremacy: Four Paths to Power is a unique turn based strategy game of interplanetary combat. The game casts the player in the role of one of four Commanding Officers (COs), each with their own abilities and strategies. No matter which CO is selected … Continue reading Black Hammer Splits from Strategy First

Sammy Studios Donates to U of California

The University of California, San Diego today announced a gift of more than $290,000 from Sammy Studios, Inc., the Carlsbad, California-based videogame company, a subsidiary of Sega Sammy Holdings, to support UCSD's Experimental Game Lab (EGL) at the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA). "UCSD and the Division of Arts and Humanities are enormously grateful to Sammy Studios for this generous gift," said Georgios Anagnostopoulos, interim dean of Arts and Humanities. "It is the start of what we hope will become a long collaboration that will advance this region as a robust base for exploring and developing … Continue reading Sammy Studios Donates to U of California