Legend of Zelda fan-pic wraps up post-production
November 30th - 272 Responses

Campiness alert! The community-developed, live-action (with some CGI) movie based on the Legend of Zelda (And Ocarina of Time) games from Nintendo has made it past post-production! What this means is, as much of the campiness and cheese has been covered up with as many special effects as possible with Apple’s MovieMaker and we might see this years old production debut soon! In Atlanta we hear, in the “not so distant future”. Must watch, though will cringe during.

Rockstar announces first GTA IV episode, Lost and the Damned. BIKERS!
November 28th - 81 Responses

Bikers! Nice! GTA: IV is a perfect environment for Hell’s Angels! Today Rockstar Games announced their first expansion for GTA:IV, “Lost and the Damned”, marking the first episode of downloadable content for the Xbox 360. The expansion sees a new main character and plot, which intersects with the main storyline and added multiplayer modes, weapons and vehicles. This will be huge!

New York, NY – November 20, 2008 – Rockstar Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), is proud to announce that the eagerly anticipated first episode of downloadable content, Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned, will be coming to the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system via Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network. Available exclusively on Xbox LIVE worldwide on February 17, 2009, The Lost and Damned will feature all new content and is the first of two episodes announced for Grand Theft Auto IV on Xbox 360.

“Making these episodes has enabled us to expand the narrative and the experience of interacting with a game world in really innovative ways,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “We hope fans of the game enjoy the new way of experiencing life in Liberty City contained in this first episode.”

Since its launch in April, Grand Theft Auto IV has garnered unprecedented praise and acclaim worldwide. Developed by series creator Rockstar North and set in Liberty City, The Lost and Damned features a new main character and plot that intersects with the storyline of Grand Theft Auto IV; new missions that offer an entirely fresh way to explore Liberty City with new multiplayer modes, weapons and vehicles; and a diverse soundtrack with additional music – all with the incredible production values that are the trademarks of Grand Theft Auto.

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned requires players to have the full version of Grand Theft Auto IV for Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE membership to download. Further details, including pricing, will be announced soon. For more information, please visit www.rockstargames.com/IV.

Ubisoft acquires Massive Entertainment
November 11th - 6 Responses

Ubisoft has announced their move to acquire all assets and personnel from Sweden-based development studio, Massive Entertainment, as well as all IP for the quite good real time strategy title, World in Conflict. Founded in 1997, Massive was ranked as one of the top 50 game developers in the world by Game Developers Research and employs over 120 developers.

“We are delighted to welcome the talented team of creators at Massive into the Ubisoft family,” said Christine Burgess-Quemard, executive director of worldwide production studios at Ubisoft. “Ubisoft is growing at an intense pace and our strategy is to ensure the strength of our global creative teams. Massive has put together a group of some of the most confirmed and recognized creators in the industry and I know that their talent and innovation will allow them to seamlessly integrate into our worldwide network of production studios.”

“Massive’s development team places great importance on its freedom to innovate and create games of the highest quality,” stated Martin Walfisz, president and founder of Massive Entertainment®. “We are fortunate to have found in Ubisoft a publisher who shares the same values and understands our mindset. I have no doubt that our future together will offer significant mutual benefit and synergy.”

Nintendo DSi launchs in Japan, sells 170,000 in 2 days
November 5th - 28 Responses

The new Nintendo DS, known as the DSi has launched in Japan and it’s a beauty. Featuring a three megapixel camera and improved sound, allowing for pitch and playback adjustment, the new DS is packed full of other improvements. Clocking in at a full 12% thinner than the DS Lite, with an SD memory slot (same as on the Wii) and a 17% larger screen (3.25 inches) makes this version of the DS a huge improvement in my opinion. Don’t even get me started about the online capabilities, such as the built-in web browser and the ability to access the DSi Shop.

With only 2 days under it’s belt, Japan’s Enterbrain is estimating that sales have already passed 170,000, making the rumor of an initial 200,000 shipment almost sold out. Enterbrain is speculating that a further 100,000 consoles are being shipped out to handle the demand.

This thing will blow UP when it reaches the states. License to print money, indeed. Check the video below for some hot footage of the DSi in action.