259w ago - Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO) today announced that it has established a new incentive compensation program for the Rockstar Games label that is primarily based on a profit sharing arrangement, and at the same time has entered into new long-term employment agreements with members of the creative team of its wholly-owned Rockstar Games publishing label.
The new employment agreements have an initial term ending on January 31, 2012.
Press Release: New York, NY - December 17, 2008 - Among the Rockstar Games team members entering into new long-term employment agreements are Sam Houser, Dan Houser and Leslie Benzies, as well as several other key members of the creative team behind the renowned Grand Theft Auto series. This team has been instrumental in the development and success of Take-Two's extensive portfolio of multi-million unit internally owned franchises.
In addition, Take-Two has agreed to fund the future development of certain new intellectual property to be owned by a newly formed company controlled by key Rockstar Games team members and published exclusively by Take-Two.
Strauss Zelnick, Chairman of Take-Two, commented, "We're delighted with the extension and expansion of Take-Two's relationship with the Rockstar team. The talent and creativity at Rockstar...
265w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment Europe today announced a new initiative called Shoot!.
Shoot! will deliver series of short films that will be free to download from 13th November via PlayStation¬®Network for PLAYSTATION¬®3 (PS3™) or PSP™ (PlayStation¬®Portable), allowing owners to watch cutting-edge film from up-and-coming directors and experience this unique content.
The films will also be screened across Europe on ShortsTV from January 2009.
Press Release: Six of Hollywood's award winning filmmakers Armendariz, Bruckheimer, Kounen, Rothermund, Vinterberg, Winterbottom have chosen an emerging film director from their own country to mentor for the project. The emerging directors then created a short film, shot in High Definition, based on an open brief, shaped only by one of a number of words that capture the essence of PlayStation: Play, Create, Share, Connect, Discover and Challenge.
The emerging directors will showcase their movies in Berlin alongside the internationally recognized Film Festival in February 2009 and the project will culminate with an award ceremony for the best short film.
"As well as delivering a world-class entertainment experience for film lovers and the fast-growing PlayStation community, Shoot! is a real example of how PlayStation brings...
284w ago - Update: Apparently, something went wrong in translation. The article speaks about them hoping for a Tales Of game for the PLAYSTATION 3. Although, with one being on Wii and one being on 360, a PLAYSTATION 3 game is imminent.
ScrawlFX reports that a Japanese gaming magazine indicates that the PS3 will soon receive its own Tales Of game that will 'take advantage of the system's power".
The scan shows a mysterious title for the PS3, and also for Xbox 360, and Wii... indicating that every console may gets a Tales Of series game.
To quote: A new scan from a Japanese gaming magazine is saying that the PLAYSTATION 3 will soon get it's own Tales Of game that will "take advantage of the system's power". The scan shows Tales of Symphonia: Knight of Ratatosk for the Wii, Tales of Vesperia for the Xbox 360, and a mystery title for the PLAYSTATION 3, as if every console gets their own Tales of series game.
There is a huge title teasing that the PLAYSTATION 3 Tales Of series game will be announced on "X Day of July". Expect a PLAYSTATION 3 Tales of along with more information on Eternal Sonata that "X Day". We cannot wait.
286w ago - Sony's handheld is far from unsuccessful. The little device absolutely destroys in the Japanese market and it provides a nice alternative to the DS here. In the world of handhelds, some consider it a Yin to Nintendo's Yang.
It's the other side of the spectrum, it's the PSP. Capable of playing music, video games and the so awesome UMD, this sucker came to the table loaded with possibilities upon its release several years ago. (/sarcasm)
Even with that, Robbie Bach, President of Microsoft's Entertainment & Devices Division, sees Sony's device as a road map of how not to handle a portable.
The PSP is a reasonably successful product at the profit-and-loss level. But as a product concept, there are cautionary tales to learn from it...
While it is good at producing audio, it's not a good music player because it doesn't have local storage (except for flash memory slots). You can't keep your music there. It has a beautiful screen, but you can only get the video under the Universal Media Disc format. That format hasn't been successful.
On a game level, it has done well. But even there, it is mostly PlayStation 2 ports. There isn't much original content..
BOOM! Bach really threw down the gauntlet there. He went on to talk about Microsoft's tactics with...