Category Archives: News and Industry Happenings

Dolby Showing Off Sound At CES Computer Show

Dolby Laboratories continues to demonstrate its commitment to provide innovative, high-quality audio solutions in key growth areas of the audio market at the 2004 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held January 8-12 in Las Vegas. This year, Dolby identifies four exciting industry market trends that will underscore the growth and adoption for Dolby’s premier technologies. “Leveraging our expertise and heritage in providing superior surround sound for the motion picture industry, Dolby is committed to providing highly compelling industry-leading audio technologies targeted at the home theater, gaming, personal computing, automotive, and broadcast markets,” said Ron Vitale, Director of Marketing, Consumer Division, … Continue reading Dolby Showing Off Sound At CES Computer Show

Gaming Con To Feature Celebrities

A gaming convention in Washington State is featuring some noted actors and actresses, many of whom have recently done voice acting in computer games. Dirk Benedict, who starred in both The A-Team and Battlestar Galactia is scheduled to attend. Benedict recently added voice talent to the PS2 version of the game, which was released in conjunction with the Sci-Fi channels retelling of that story. Other actors in attendance include Lou Ferrigno, Russell Johnson, Gil Gerard, Gary Graham and Erin Gray among others. Game Industry News’ own Gareth Von Kallenbach is scheduled to cover the event. A Website about the event … Continue reading Gaming Con To Feature Celebrities

Rainbow Six Moving To PS2

Ubisoft, one of the world’s largest videogame publishers, today announced that Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 3 will be released for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system this spring. Developed by Ubisoft’s Shanghai studio, the game offers the most thrilling and realistic single- and multiplayer counter-terrorist experience available anywhere. Completely redesigned for next-gen console players, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 3 for the PlayStation 2 gives players the opportunity to command an elite, four-man international anti-terrorist squad and features the trademark realism of the Clancy games, immediate, immersive close-quarters action, state-of-the-art in-game cinematics, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell-quality graphics and a nail-biting plot … Continue reading Rainbow Six Moving To PS2

Mythic Entertainment Sues Microsoft

Mythic Entertainment, developer and publisher of the award-winning massively multiplayer online role-playing game "Dark Age of Camelot(r)," and many other popular online games, announced that it has filed a lawsuit against Microsoft Corporation for trademark infringement and unfair competition. "We have worked hard for eight years to earn our reputation for producing high quality online games, including games that compete successfully with those offered by the biggest corporations in the world, such as Microsoft," Mark Jacobs, president and CEO of Mythic Entertainment, said. "The Mythic name and registered trademark are the symbols of that reputation and quality, and they represent … Continue reading Mythic Entertainment Sues Microsoft

Blade And Sword Ships

Whiptail Interactive, a global publisher of PC games, today announced that it has shipped the action-packed kung fu RPG Blade & Sword to retail stores nationwide. Blade & Sword has an MSRP of $29.99 and has been rated M for Mature. "Blade & Sword is an action-packed RPG that features amazing real-life kung fu combat," said Fred Heslop, President of Whiptail Interactive. "We are very excited about shipping this game and are confident that it will appeal to all PC gamers – especially fans of hack and slash action games like Diablo and Diablo 2." Developed by China’s Pixel Studio, … Continue reading Blade And Sword Ships

Garage Games To Make Splash At MacWorld

GarageGames announced today that it will unveil the preview, core release of Dark Horizons: Lore and the Mac Alpha release of GravRally at MacWorld January 6-9 in San Francisco. The two titles that beat out the competition in the Indie Games Con ’03 Players Choice Awards will premiere at MacWorld as part of a first look of the exciting GarageGames line-up for 2004. Departing from the typical family based, non-violent lineup of GarageGames, these truly unique titles will appeal to both action gamers and race fans alike. "The incredible response that Mac gamers have given our current lineup of games … Continue reading Garage Games To Make Splash At MacWorld

America Online And Sony Preview Broadband Entertainment Experience For Sony Playstation 2

America Online, the world’s leading interface services company, announced that it is participating in a demonstration of a comprehensive broadband service for the PlayStation 2 system that shows AOL’s ability to bring its complete entertainment offering into the living room. The demonstration features a range of exclusive and original programming including games, music, movies, television, and radio, as well as “AIM Talk”, an application that allows PS2 owners with a headset to communicate using AOL Instant Messenger on either the PS2 or on a PC. Building upon an existing relationship between AOL and Sony, the demonstration will show the capabilities … Continue reading America Online And Sony Preview Broadband Entertainment Experience For Sony Playstation 2

E3 Nets 62,000 Attendees

More than 62,000 industry professionals from more than 80 countries gathered at the Los Angeles Convention Center for the ninth annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3Expo), the world’s premier interactive entertainment trade show. According to the show’s owner, the Interactive Digital Software Association (IDSA), approximately 400 exhibitors showcased thousands of software titles, including more than 1,350 never-before-seen computer and video game related products, occupying 520,000 net square feet of exhibit space. Exhibitors reported 83 percent of these products will be found on store shelves this holiday season. "The 62,000 industry insiders who attended this year’s E3Expo were treated to a preview … Continue reading E3 Nets 62,000 Attendees

Gary Coleman Pitches Postal 2 At E3

Explosive videogame developer Running With Scissors, creators of the top-selling PC game POSTAL 2, laid more than waste to the 2003 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles this week with a combo of balls and beauty as they whipped through the expo halls avoiding staff security. "Uh, it ain’t what it looks like," said a dapperly dressed Gary Coleman as the girls known as the POSTAL BABES unzipped their pants to show off their POSTAL 2 thongs. Thousands of fans snapped their best shots of Gary and the girls as the Running With Scissors entourage made its way around the … Continue reading Gary Coleman Pitches Postal 2 At E3

Electronic Arts Extends James Bond Rights

Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:ERTS) today announced an extension of the relationship with MGM Interactive and Danjaq LLC to extend the exclusive worldwide rights to develop, publish and distribute the ongoing series of interactive games based on the world-renowned James Bond franchise. The agreement, for one of the most popular video game licenses in history, will be continued until 2010. The agreement allows EA to create games based on the world of James Bond, including the entire library of Ian Fleming books, the existing 20 feature films produced by MGM and Danjaq and all new James Bond films released during the term … Continue reading Electronic Arts Extends James Bond Rights

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