Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 09:07
PORT CANAVERAL -- The fleet of pixie-dusted Disney Cruise Line ships is growing both in size and horizons this year and next. With the christening of Disney Dream this month and the launch of Disney Fantasy in April 2012, the cruise line is doubling its fleet, increasing capacity to two-and-a-half times that of Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, and expanding itineraries to include Alaska, Europe, the Mexican Riviera and multiple stops at Castaway Cay. The Dream adds an industry-first Aqua Duck water coaster to the mix.
Friday, January 21, 2011 - 17:34
Disney continues to have success with its TRON: Legacy sequel, something the company didn’t experience 28 years ago with the original cult favorite. TRON: Legacy has earned $51.4 million worldwide from IMAX theaters. That means that 15 percent of the film’s $328.8 million (and counting) global box office came from IMAX screens. Oliva Wilde, who plays Quorra in the 3D spectacle, talks about the movie and the accompanying 3D game, TRON: Evolution, in this exclusive video interview.
Friday, January 21, 2011 - 09:54
PORT CANAVERAL -- With a dash of Disney magic and a surprising twist, a helicopter hoisted a 16-foot “champagne bottle” across the bow of the Disney Dream during a christening ceremony this morning officially welcoming the newest ship to the Disney Cruise Line family. Serving the traditional role of godmother for the Disney Dream christening was Jennifer Hudson, the Academy Award and Grammy Award winner whose own dreams of stardom began when she was a performer on the Disney Wonder ship in 2003.
Friday, January 21, 2011 - 01:00
After an endless wait, many delays, and multiple developers, one of the big games of 2011 is finally ready to kick some ass. Duke Nukem, one of the most recognizable brands in gaming, is back in a new adventure from developer Gearbox Studios for Windows PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. 2K Games is unleashing Duke Nukem Forever on May 3, 2011. The developer talks about the latest first person shooter game in this exclusive video interview.
Friday, January 21, 2011 - 01:00
Although Walt Disney Studios’ TRON: Legacy has become a global box office smash, Disney Interactive Studios’ TRON: Evolution video games have not been able to capitalize on that success. Last year, Ubisoft’s James Cameron’s AVATAR: The Game, also had trouble reaching a mainstream audience. But for Disney, the TRON game has resulted in the closure of the Vancouver game studio, Propaganda Games. Disney already shut down production of the new Pirate of the Caribbean role-playing game last October, which was originally slated to ship this summer in tandem with the new 3D film, Pirates of the Caribbean: on Stranger Tides.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 10:33
NEW YORK CITY -- When it comes to games, the new autostereoscopic 3d Nintendo 3DS portable device will offer a large selection of choices for consumers. The new portable, which will retail for $250 when it launches in the U.S. on March 27, will be supported with 30 games in its first two months. Nintendo will bring big franchises from its own library to complement some of the most popular third party games from leading game makers like Capcom, Ubisoft, Electronic Arts and Activision. Nintendo hosted a press event in New York City that featured the full line-up of 3D games.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 09:58
NEW YORK -- The company that changed the world of video games with touch-screen gaming in 2004 and motion-controlled gaming in 2006 now pioneers the next dimensional shift. On March 27, Nintendo introduces portable entertainment in 3D – without the need for special glasses. The Nintendo 3DS™ system will be available in either Cosmo Black or Aqua Blue, and will have a suggested retail price of $250. Pricing outside the United States will be established by the local markets, but offer similar consumer value. Nintendo is showcasing the new hardware and games at a New York City press event. In addition to pushing 3D gaming, the new device will support augmented reality.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 08:25
WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT – During its press gathering to celebrate the world premiere of its new animation and light show, “The Magic, the Memories and You,” which is projected onto Cinederalla’s Castle; Disney offered some new information on its new Star Wars ride. Meg Crofton, President of Walt Disney World Resort, said that Star Tours: The Adventure Continues in 3D will open on May 20, 2011 at Disney Hollywood Studios and launch the new Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World Resort. Star Wars fans will also get the new family-friendly LEGO Star Wars III game this March from LucasArts.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 07:53
WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT – With the economy bouncing back and more people going on vacation, Disney is expanding its realm of theme parks. Al Weiss, President of Worldwide Operations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, was on hand at Walt Disney World for the debut of The Magic Kingdom’s newest attraction, “The Magic, the Memories and You.” The new show uses animation, digital photography, lights and pyrotechnics to tell a 10-minute story each night that’s projected on Cinderella’s Castle. Weis announced that construction is underway for Shanghai Disneyland and that Hong Kong Disneyland has three new themed lands in development.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 06:04
Ubisoft is offering free downloadable content (DLC) for its bestselling Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood game on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Animus Project Update 2.0 is now available on XBOX LIVE and PlayStation Network for download for free. Ubisoft Montreal talks about making the new game on location in Rome, Italy in this exclusive video interview.
Monday, January 17, 2011 - 21:18
Australian film and TV actor Liam McIntyre has excelled at a grueling and rigorous audition process to claim the title role in the second season of Starz’ hit franchise, “Spartacus.” McIntyre takes over the role of the Thracian warrior sold into slavery in the Roman Republic city of Capua – where he rises to become the champion of the city – before leading the slave revolt that ended Season 1. The part was played in the first season of “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” by Andy Whitfield, who was forced to leave the show to battle cancer. Whitfield gave his blessing to the recasting. Fans of the franchise can see the prequel series on Starz now, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, or play the new Facebook video game.
Monday, January 17, 2011 - 14:02
LAS VEGAS -- Nyko Technologies debuted its full line-up of new products at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2011 in Las Vegas. In addition to the previously announced Raven controllers for PlayStation 3 and Charge Stations for PlayStation Move, the following lineup of brand new videogame accessories was on display at the Hilton Hotel next to the convention center floor. Check out this exclusive video preview below.
Monday, January 17, 2011 - 13:42
LAS VEGAS -- Research In Motion (RIM) and Sprint used CES 2011 to announce plans to launch a new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet model featuring connectivity to the blazingly fast Sprint 4G network. The BlackBerry 4G PlayBook will be the first BlackBerry PlayBook model to include wide area wireless connectivity, featuring Sprint 4G to give customers download speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G1. This new 4G model is expected to be available from Sprint in the summer. Check out this exclusive video preview below.
Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 12:41
One of the big games of 2011 has been unleashed. Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) has released the first cross-platform MMO game with DC Universe Online (DCUO. With the success of recent Warner Bros. movies like The Dark Knight, gamers will be able to work with DC Comics characters like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman in DCUO on both PlayStation 3 and PC. Christopher Cao, Game Director for Sony Online Entertainment, talks about the new game.
Saturday, January 15, 2011 - 09:13
LAS VEGAS -- At the 2011 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo, which are held in conjunction with CES 2011, D-Dub Software showcased the first World of Warcraft sex parody game. World of Bonecraft adds sex and humor to Blizzard hit titles like World of Warcraft: Cataclysm and Starcraft II. Check out this exclusive video interview about the game from the developer below.
Saturday, January 15, 2011 - 08:46
Starz Digital Media, the digital and on-demand licensing arm of Starz, announced today the upcoming launches of its first social media game, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, and iPad multimedia script app for the “Spartacus” Starz original series. The Spartacus: Gods of the Arena social media game is free to play and brings players into a world of fame, fortune, glory and (of course) blood, all via a Facebook social gaming experience. A full public launch of the Spartacus: Gods of the Arena social media game is planned for January 20, prior to the exclusive debut of “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” on Starz, January 21. Actress Erin Cummings talks about games in this exclusive video interview.
Saturday, January 15, 2011 - 08:58
The rapid rise in popularity of social networking sites as a venue for casual gaming since Zynga released FarmVille in June 2009 will make social gaming a billion-dollar business this year, eMarketer estimates. Nearly 62 million U.S. Internet users, or 27% of the online audience, will play at least one game on a social network monthly this year, up from 53 million in 2010. Their numbers will continue to grow and, along with them, money spent on virtual goods, lead-generation offers and advertising. The recent success of Zynga’s CityVille shows the staying power of social games. And new players like Bigpoint are entering the market space.
Friday, January 14, 2011 - 11:22
One of the big games of 2011 is coming home early. People Can Fly, Epic Games and Electronic Arts Inc will unleash a demo for Bulletstorm, the highly anticipated new action shooter from the makers of the award-winning Gears of War and Unreal series of games. Starting on January 25, the demo will give players a taste of the guns, action and attitude Bulletstorm has to offer. Check out this exclusive video interview with the developer below.
Friday, January 14, 2011 - 09:01
The sales data is finally in for 2010 and Nintendo had another great year at U.S. retail. Great games, great experiences and great value led Nintendo to finish 2010 with the two top-selling video game systems in the United States. The Nintendo DS™ family of systems finished in first place with more than 8.5 million sold in 2010, while the Wii™ system topped all home consoles with more than 7 million sold, according to the NPD Group, which tracks video game industry sales in the United States. Warren Spector, creator of one of the Wii hit games, Disney Epic Mickey, talks about the Wii-exclusive title in this exclusive video interview.
Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 16:28
EA SPORTS is readying the latest iteration of the long-running Fight Night franchise, entitled Fight Night Champion, at EA Canada in Vancouver. One of the big games of 2011, Fight Night Champion promises to set a new standard in sports videogames by delivering the most dynamic simulation fighting experience to date, pushing visual boundaries and redefining the single player journey for the category.
Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 16:10
With the buzz building for Marc Webb’s new Spider-Man reboot starring Andrew Garfield, Activision Publishing is moving forward with new Spider-Man games. The publisher announced that wholly owned development studio Beenox has been named the primary developer on upcoming Activision titles featuring Marvel’s famous web-slinger, Spider-Man. Beenox’s most recent breakout success was with Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, one of the most highly rated Spider-Man titles to date and Wizard Magazine’s 2010 Game of the Year.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 15:10
Ubisoft has an early hit into 2011 as Just Dance 2 has sold through more than five million units worldwide for the Wii system from Nintendo, according to internal estimates. Launched October 12, 2010 in North America, Just Dance 2 has held a prime spot in the Top 10 video game sales charts in both the U.S. (NPD) and Europe (GfK Chart Track) through this year. Check out this exclusive video interview for Just Dance 2 from New York City below.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 09:41
Sega is serving up one of the big games of 2011 for sports fans. The critically acclaimed Virtua Tennis series is in development for PlayStation 3, featuring full PlayStation Move compatibility and stereo 3D technology. Developed in Japan by the original Virtua Tennis team, this sequel promises a more immersive, true-to-life tennis experience than ever before. The Sony exclusive game’s roster includes tennis greats like Roger Federer and Andy Murray.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 15:43
Packing a whole lot of rock into one single day, Activision’s Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is kicking off 2011 in a big way with 10 new downloadable tracks for the Guitar Hero music library. The January Mega Pack delivers Guitar Hero aficionados a full month of downloadable music in one shot and boasts an impressive collection of shredable hits from bands such Nine Inch Nails, A Day To Remember, Hawthorne Heights, The Used and more. The track pack is the perfect encore to a holiday purchase of Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. KISS front man Gene Simmons talks about Warriors of Rock in this exclusive video interview.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 14:50
Starting today fans can get their hands on the soundtrack for Disney Interactive Studio’s Wii-exclusive Disney Epic Mickey, featuring the music of Emmy Award winning composer, Jim Dooley. Released by Walt Disney Records, the digital score includes 20 tracks available through iTunes and other major digital media retailers. Warren Spector, the game’s creator, talks about Disneyland’s inspiration in building this virtual world in this exclusive video interview.