234w ago - Take Two's court documents have been aired in public, giving a better view of what is happening behind the scenes at Duke Nukem Forever HQ.
Right now, Take Two wants 3D realms to cooperate so it can complete the Xbox 360 version, recover the $12 million invested and block any leaks of the code and artwork.
To quote: The court document claims: "Upon information and belief, Apogee has title to a substantial amount of funds deposited in an off-shore account, which Take-Two believes Apogee can use to fund its outstanding obligations."
Now Take-Two essentially wants to compel Apogee / 3D Realms to cooperate with the publisher so that it can complete the Xbox 360 version, as well as recovering the alleged $12m it has invested (looks like that's the original $2.9m invested, plus interest) and to block former members of the Duke Nukem Forever from leaking any more of the game's existing code and artwork.
We expect some fairly dramatic scenes when this case makes it to court. There's even the possibility that Duke Nukem Forever could still see the light of day, but we're...
235w ago - President of Take-Two Interactive (Rockstar's parent company) Ben Feder has explained why Agent (announced at Sony's E3 2009 press conference) is a PlayStation 3 exclusive title.
According to RockStar, at this phase when you are trying to launch a new franchise, exclusivity can help you launch it. Through going exclusive, you also get more first party support.
To quote: "At this phase in the cycle, when you're trying to launch a new franchise, exclusivity can really help you launch the franchise.
It can give you the kind of platform that you need to start exclusive, start in the right kind of way with the right kind of partner. Exclusivity does work", Feder went on.
Agent is being overseen by the Housers, founding fathers of Rockstar. Development is being handled by Rockstar North, the studio behind GTA IV.
Going on to big up the PS3 Feder, apparently unphased by the console's lagging sales, said, "I have a lot of confidence in Sony. I have a lot of confidence in their ability to lead the market, as they always have.
Their console is a terrific platform to be developing for, and Agent is a great testament as to our belief in what that platform...
236w ago - Featuring a collection of new and classic tracks from their multi-million album selling career, SingStar Take That is packed full of those tunes that will tug on your heartstrings and have you delivering the performance of your life.
Grab your Wireless SingStar Microphones and get your mates together for a harmonious performance of uplifting, chart topping single Shine - or serenade your loved one with the heartfelt Back for Good and Could it be Magic.
Press Release: Let it Shine with SingStar Take That!
London, 5th June 2009: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe today announced SingStar¬® Take That is coming to PLAYSTATION¬®3 (PS3™) on Blu-ray Disc and PlayStation 2. Take That fans are in for a treat this year as one of Europe's hottest acts comes to SingStar.
Set to launch late 2009, SingStar Take That will have fans and music lovers singing along to classic pop hits and soulful ballads that span the group's hugely successful career. You can get practising this summer when the Take That SongPack comes to SingStore™, giving you five exclusive tracks so you'll be ready to impress when SingStar Take That arrives later this year!
Whether Take That stole your heart in their early days or won you over with their latest releases, prepare to put on a performance...
239w ago - Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. filed a breach of contract suit against Apogee Software Ltd. this week in a Manhattan Court over the developer's "continually delayed" Duke Nukem sequel.
Details of the suit were not disclosed in a report by Bloomberg, nor has the New York County Civil Court provided specifics about the damages Take-Two is seeking.
According to the complaint, "Apogee (aka 3D Realms) repeatedly assured Take-Two and the video-gaming community that it was diligently working toward competing development of the PC Version of the Duke Nukem Forever."
Those assurances have yet to result in a working, shippable product. Instead, 3D Realms was shut down and many former Duke Nukem Forever staffers are looking for work.
242w ago - Sony's Peter Dille has revealed that PSP sales have been severely affected by piracy. Dille noted that piracy is no good for anyone in the gaming industry, and the data from BitTorrent sites on how many copies are being illegally downloaded is 'sickening'.
To quote: It certainly makes business sense for Sony to switch to digital distribution, but one of the motivating factors for the new-found focus on digital distribution may be rampant piracy on the platform.
Peter Dille, senior vice president of marketing at Sony Computer Entertainment America, believes that PSP sales have been severely affected by pirates.
"It is criminal what's going on," Dille tells Gamasutra. "It's not good for us, but it's not good for the development community. We can look at data from BitTorrent sites from the day Resistance: Retribution goes on sale and see how many copies are being downloaded illegally, and it's frankly sickening. We are spending a lot of time talking about how we can deal with the problem."