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EA Says Thanks, but No Thanks to Purchasing Take Two

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328w ago - EA has made it official, after all the extenstions on the tender offers, and the presentation, they are no longer interested in purchasing Take Two and have terminated all talks.

According to John Riccitiello, Chief Executive Officer of EA,: "EA is tracking toward a record breaking year. We're launching 15 new games including award-winners like SPORE, Dead Space and Mirror's Edge, great new titles from the Sims, new family titles with Hasbro, and the highest quality slate of EA SPORTS titles on this generation of consoles. We're also expanding beyond our core business with a series of direct-to-consumer launches including Warhammer Online."

No mention of why they are no longer in longer interested, and Strauss Zelnick, Chairman of the Board of Take-Two, commented, "We remain focused on creating value for our stockholders and our consumers. This has been our goal since EA launched its conditional and unsolicited bid six months ago, a bid which was repeatedly rejected by our stockholders.

As part of that commitment, we remain actively engaged in discussions with other parties in the context of our formal process to consider strategic alternatives. We're especially proud of the success we've enjoyed over the past eighteen months and we remain confident in our ability to generate...
 

Reggae man sues Rockstar, Take-Two for Copyright in GTA IV

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328w ago - Looks like trouble never sleeps in Liberty City, indeed. This time around, it's a music copyright lawsuit that's filed against Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto IV, particularly on the songs played on the in-game radio station.

Jamaican Linton White alleged in his complaint that the reggae song "Last Night" making its rounds on the GTA IV (Xbox 360, PS3) airwaves care of the reggae station, Massive B Sound System 96.9, was actually co-written by him with one David Brooks (aka "Mavado"). Apart from that song, there's also "Bullet Proof Skin", which he says he co-wrote with Brooks and Rodney Basil price.

Although Linton was recognized and credited as a producer on Mavado's Gangsta for Life album (2007), his beef is that he was not credited for co-authorship on the said tracks in the Liberty City Guidebook that comes along with a copy of the sandbox title.

Linton's complaint states that:

In the... Liberty City Guidebook... [Take-Two and Rockstar] designate D. Brooks and B. Konders as the writers of "Last Night." ...[Take-Two and Rockstar] designate D. Brooks and R. Price as the writers of Bullet Proof Skin." No designation is made of plaintiff as a writer.

Reportedly, plaintiff Linton is demanding for US$ 150,000, plus punitive damages and other fees. In Rockstar...
 

Nintendo unveils Wi-Fi Network Adapter for Japan

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329w ago - Nintendo has unveiled a wireless router/bridge for sale (in Japan) that works to connect your Wii, DS and/or PC to the Internet.

Famitsu (linked above) has more picss of it, including a router/bridge switch. The router costs you 5,800 (US $53). No word on a release outside of Japan, although the Wi-Fi USB Connector has reportedly been discontinued, so it'd make sense to have this as a replacement.

The Wi-Fi Network Adaptor will be available via Nintendo Japan's Web site on September 18.

This appears to be good news for less tech-savvy folks, for which a majority of Nintendo's userbase generally consists of... although almost every standard router available works with both systems already.
 

Afrika Debuts at Two in Japan, not a PS3 System Seller

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329w ago - The latest sales figures show that Afrika managed second spot in the weekly software sales for Japan. However, the PS3 didn't even manage to break five digits selling just 9,775 units in the week which was WAY behind the Wii's 35,755 weekly sales.

Conclusion? Afrika is not a system seller, at least in Japan...

To quote: The rest of the top ten was mostly older games. Wii Fit took fifth place with 31,134 units, and was followed by, Inazuma Eleven (Level-5, DS, 29,245), Battlefield Bad Company (Electronic Arts, PS3, 25,603), Dragon Quest V (Square Enix, DS, 23,389), Phantasy Star Portable (Sega, PSP, 23,106), and Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo, Wii, 22,621). Of these, Battlefield was new, although the PS3 version trailed the 360 version's June release.

In hardware, DS Lite was at the top once again, pushing 56,439 units. This was way ahead of the PSP's 41,664 units and the Wii's 35,755 units.

The PS3 got close to five digits, but didn't quite make the cut, finishing with 9,775 units for the week. Below it were PS2 at 8,810 units and Xbox 360 at 3,124 units.
 

Take-Two Considering Grand Theft Auto on Wii?

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329w ago - Take-Two may be thinking about bringing Grand Theft Auto to the Nintendo Wii, reports MCV. At an earnings call, Take-Two CEO Ben Feder commented on the close relationship the company has garnered with Nintendo in the development of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars.

"I will tell you that we've spent an enormous amount of time and effort working with Nintendo and developing that partnership," he said.

He goes on to comment that the company will "continue to build that relationship," and calls Chinatown Wars an "important step." When asked directly about a Grand Theft Auto game on the Nintendo Wii, Feder turned suspiciously evasive. "So without commenting on whether GTA specifically...is coming to the Wii or not, I will say that Nintendo and Take-Two work very well together," he said.

"We intend to continue to grow that relationship." This isn't by any means a confirmation, but refusing to give a straight no means it could be in the cards.

Note, of course, that he says GTA, not mentioning Grand Theft Auto IV by name, a game which could be difficult to port to the less powerful Wii hardware. If a title in the series is on its way to Wii -- and that's already a big "if" -- it's more likely to be a new...
 
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