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CoD5, Guitar Hero 4 "in pipeline"

346w ago - Activision Blizzard merger fact sheet reveals new games in development.

Activision has officially revealed that Call of Duty 5, Guitar Hero 4 and a new Tony Hawk's game are in "the pipeline".

Tucked away in a fact sheet explaining the mega-merger between Activision and Vivendi is the little nugget revealing that sequels to three of 2007's biggest games are in the works.

We all assumed that the sequels were inevitable, but this is the first time we have seen official confirmation from the game's publisher, Activision. Call of Duty 4 is currently riding high in the charts and enjoying stellar review scores. Guitar Hero 3 is selling amazingly internationally, and DLC is already in place to keep gamers interested. It's an important time for the Tony Hawk series too, with renewed pressure from excellent alternative Skate. Sequels to all three are likely to be key titles for the newly formed company.

As well as that, the fact sheet details already semi-confirmed news that it is developing "new DreamWorks titles, new Marvel titles and entry into racing with Bizarre", the development studio responsible for the Project Gotham Racing series.

Speculating, the new DreamWorks titles will probably be games based on upcoming and existing DreamWorks films, such as Kung-Fu Panda and...

Sony caught violating GPL

347w ago - Maker of exploding batteries, Sony has been illegally dipping its toe into Open Sauce code libraries to build a PS2 game.

Open sourcer, Alexander Strange was snuffling around the European release of the game ICO when he noticed new files SRCFILE.TXT and TRFILE.TXT and had a look at them.

In amongst the tangled code were bits of the GPL library libarc for compressed data handling.

Sony, which is a big champion of protecting creative rights, has failed to credit the code's author or mention libarc or the GPL.

Strange said that there was not a lot of code there, just two files from libarc and they add up to about 1500 lines put together. But a GPL violation is still a GPL violation and Sony is pretty nasty when someone violates its copyrights.

He said that Shadow of the Colossus, the sequel to ICO, doesn't seem to use any other code.

Strange has tried to get hold of libarc's creator Masanao Izumo but he has not been able to contact him.

On some of the boards there is talk that if Sony are caught breaking the GLP it might have to open sauce the whole game.

More here in text form.

Jawa Detailed for Wii

347w ago - One of the earliest Wii announcements at last enters the spotlight.

- Jawa was one of the first Japanese Wii titles announced back when the Wii was still Revolution. At long last, Japanese publisher Spike has shared first details on the title in the latest issue of Famitsu.

Fully titled Jawa: Mammoth Secret, this cartoony action-adventure title places you in the stone age as one of 12 primitive persons. You experience life the real old way, hunting, gathering, and speaking to the beasts that roam the wild.

Yes, adhering to recently popularized theories on early man, the beasts in Jawa speak human talk. These animals appear to be your friends. You can even ride some of them.

Not all beasts are so tame, though. In addition to the friendly talking kind of beast, you'll find over 270 dinosaurs, as the game apparently adheres to that other recently popularized theory that have dinosaurs and humans coexisting.

When you encounter a dinosaur out in the wild, the game enters into a battle mode. Rhythm-based, you're required to shake the Wiimote to on-screen prompts. You can also build up a powerful attack by holding down the B button.

Aside from battles, the point of Jawa appears to be to simply live a prehistoric life. The game offers a variety of items to gather...

Illegal games trader jailed

347w ago - A trader who sold thousands of pounds worth of computer games on copied CDs for just £5 at a Wolverhampton market has been jailed for eight months.

Christopher Jones, aged 40, had thousands of discs for sale, many of which contained illegal software and titles by entertainment giants such as Nintendo, Microsoft and Sega.

On one CD, trading standards officers found 400 games for Sony's PlayStation Portable games.

Wolverhampton Magistrates Court heard yesterday that the titles would have cost £16,000 to buy separately but Jones was selling the whole package for £5.

Jones, who admitted 21 charges relating to copyright breaches, launched an immediate appeal against his sentence.

Master Chief speed painting is incredible

347w ago - We'll admit that sometimes we start to think a little too highly of ourselves. We'll just be sitting in the back of the limo popping Cristal with Shiggy and Mario or getting massages with CliffyB, and we'll all of a sudden realize that we're getting above our raising, as they say. Luckily, YouTuber macpulenta's striking drawing of Master Chief is there to remind us that Ben Folds had it right - there's always someone cooler than you.

His art is fantastic, that's a given. But the special thing about macpulenta should become pretty quickly. Namely: He's a drawing android. Or he's using magic. If there's any other excuse for the speed with which he's able to render our favorite Spartan, we'd love to hear it.

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