Self-employed musicians understand how challenging it can be to find work and pay the bills in this economy. In a competitive market, it's not always easy to ensure a steady income. But it's not uncommon for those working in the videogame industry to band together for a charitable event to help those in need. Novum Initium is the latest benefit album dedicated to working musicians who struggle to make ends meet due to illness or disability.
of the first gaming magazines to hit newsstands, GamePro, is reportedly closing up shop. After over 20 years of producing monthly magazines (and a
recent switch to a quarterly format) and over ten years of running its website, the outlet will be ceasing its magazine production and closing down its site completely. While most of the
editorial staff is to be laid off, some will apparently be retained in
order to help GamePro Media in "refocusing its US business exclusively
on its growing custom publishing and solutions business."..
Line Cinema is developing a movie based on Midway's retro arcade title
Rampage. John Rickard, co-producer of Final Destination 5 and the
Nightmare on Elm Street remake, is meeting with writers to develop a
story around the game's conceit of “ordinary people become monsters
and smash everything.” The movie's intended as a tentpole
blockbuster release, which is Hollywood-talk for “this thing needs
to make a lot of money, and we're going to make sure it does by putting Bradley Cooper in it...”
Arcade icon and Atari alumnus Ed Logg
has been pegged to receive The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences
(AIAS) 2012 Pioneer Award during the organization's 15th
Annual Interactive Awards next February.
Logg is widely regarded as one of
founder fathers of video gaming, having co-developed well known
coin-op games for Atari such as Asteroids, Super Breakout, Centipede,
and Gauntlet back in late '70s and early '80s. Logg also dabbled in the
home console field, writing code for Tengen's version of Tetris for
the NES, and later working on Wayne Gretzky 3D Hockey and San
Francisco Rush for the N64...
In case you somehow missed the media blitz that was last
year’s Spike Video Game Awards, it’s a bit like a mini-E3 filled with B-list
celebs and terrible award show banter. Honestly the winners hardly matter
compared to all the trailers that premier there. Last year we got our first
glimpses of Skyrim, Mass Effect 3 and Uncharted 3, and the year before they
revealed Arkham City. Now we already know that the Dec 10 event will have at
least three big announcements, with the reveal of an Alan Wake sequel, BioWare’s
next game, and the first time we’ll see Metal Gear Solid: Rising since E3 2010...
Child’s Play is a charity
after our own hearts, as the organization (founded by the cartoonists behind
Penny Arcade) is about bringing videogames to sick children in hospitals. We
even took part in a little bit of charity for the organization during our recent
24-hour marathon. Now Child’s Play is entering its season of holiday charity
drives you can help out with, and that includes its yearly auction filled with
one of kind items that happens December 8...
Today marks the 10th anniversary of Grand Theft Auto III. To celebrate
the decade of open-world gaming GTA III gave us, Rockstar's giving us
one of its just-announced, limited-edition, super-swank Claude Speed
action figures (which Rockstar sells
for $149.99) so that we can give it to one lucky reader. Made by Sideshow Collectibles and coming complete with two outfits,
eight weapons and nearly 30 points of articulation, Claude makes for an
impressive man-doll, but he's limited to a set of 1,500. One of those
1,500 could be yours...
The list of best-selling games in the US this September was released by the NPD group today, and there were a few surprising entries, though it was mostly filled with the usual suspects. The top-selling game of September was technically Madden, but since that factors in sales across five different platforms, we're going to say the 360-exclusive Gears of War 3 is the real sales winner. Third place was taken by Dead Island, which is pretty impressive for a new franchise. Meanwhile, PS3-exclusive Resistance 3 had a good showing in the seventh spot; not bad for our game of the month for September. Here's the top 10 with no actual sales numbers as the NPD unhelpfully withholds those...
Sony Online Entertainment, Mojang Studios
and Trion Worlds were among the top honorees at the Game Developers Choice Online Awards. Held last night during the GDC
Online event in Austin, Texas the evening celebrated excellence in online
gaming, and included the induction of Everquest into GDC's hallowed Hall of
Fame, as well as industry recognition for Minecraft, Rift and a handful of
other well-known multiplayer titles...
The Halo movie never materialized because there were too
many cooks in the kitchen. Microsoft had their demands, Bungie had their
and the movie’s producers had their own creative vision of how Halo
could work as a feature-length picture. Things moved at a
snail’s pace and it eventually fell apart not because of a lack of
but because getting that many people to agree on anything is impossible
(also, Peter Jackson and Neill Blomkamp got antsy and decided to make
are the same fate won’t befall Mortal Kombat, which is heading back to the big screen after a long hiatus thanks to Warner Bros., who owns both the rights to
the Mortal Kombat series and has a massive film division. Well that's convenient, isn't it?...