AOL.com will debut Gold Rush from Mark Burnett Productions. Gold Rush is a multi-media, cross-platform treasure hunt for $2 million in gold on September 13 and the first clue will be broadcast September 14 on CBS. Contestants will compete in a series of pop culture challenges on AOL.com for a chance to be one of the real-life searchers for the hidden gold across America. Each round ends with someone uncovering $100,000 in gold, and the final week will see the participants vie for solid gold worth $1 million.
Durham, USA â€” June 15, 2006 â€“ Funcom points to an announcement from Paradox Entertainment where plans related to an upcoming Conan movie from Warner brothers are revealed and confirmed. According to Paradox Entertainment the deal may include several Conan movies.
Boaz Yakin has been hired as scriptwriter on the upcoming movie. He is known for titles like â€˜Remember the Titansâ€™ and â€˜The Rookieâ€™. One of the producers will be Akira Goldsman, known for titles like â€˜Mr. and Mrs. Smithâ€™, â€˜Cinderella manâ€™, â€˜DaVinci codeâ€™ and the Oscar-winning â€˜A Beautiful mindâ€™, while additional producers include Irving Azoff, Jon Jashni and Richard Alexander. A director for the movie is to be selected this autumn.
“We are of course very happy to see that Warner Brothers are moving ahead with one, and potentially several, new Conan movies. We believe that this will further strengthen the Conan brand worldwide. The global fan-base of Conan will likely increase significantly and the marketing efforts of a Hollywood movie will have a very positive effect on all licensees working with the Conan brand, Funcom’s Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMO), â€˜Age of Conanâ€™, included.” said Trond Arne Aas, CEO of Funcom.
Funcom has the exclusive worldwide rights to make MMOs on the Conan license up until 2023.
Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A…start. Who doesn’t remember the classic Konami code? I can still recall booting up Contra with my cousin, and the first thing we always did was put in that code for the extra lives. Why? Because we sucked and it wasn’t any fun playing and getting killed on the same few levels over and over. But does that mean we cheated all the time? Nope. So what is it about cheating in videogames that divides so many? The folks over at Womengamers.com look at the matter.
From the article:
But what is the big deal about cheating in video games anyway? After all, to use a clichÃ©, the only person you are cheating is yourself. It must be noted, however, that if you do cheat yourself you truly are missing out on the gaming experience you paid for. You are missing out on the challenge inherent in the game. Would God of War been as intense a game if all you had to do was input a cheat code for invincibility? Absolutely not, because a sizable portion of that gameâ€™s fun came from those adrenaline-pushing moments when the player-character was almost dead and you just barely beat that last bad guy and snagged a health power-up. Would it have been as fun if a few simple button presses instantly gave you all the powers that Kratos could amass during the course of the game? Again no, due to the fact that building Kratos from a strong warrior with a few awesome combos into an unstoppable juggernaut helped fuel the sense of accomplishment (and the addictive quality) that God of War served up to the gamer. God of War has some intriguing special features as well, most of which are unlocked via game play. If a secret code unlocked all of these features, why would you want to play the game anymore, if in fact all you are concerned about are the special features? And if you are one of those gamers that could care less about the journey and only see the destination (in other words, you want to beat the game for the sake of beating the game), let me just remind you that unless you receive a game as a gift or otherwise have it come into your possession without departing with some of your cash then you paid for the game. Do you really want it to be over in an hour or two? Do you really want all of the hidden secrets and Easter eggs revealed to you, leaving you nothing to work for?
Read the full article over at Womengamers.com
Videogames can be addicting. You pop into a MMORPG to spend a few hours and the next thing you know a day has gone by, all because that world is more enticing than the one you really live in. A new game is released and all you want to do is play it and ignore everything else there is in the world. With that information in mind, Europe is set to open their first detox house for videogame addicts.
From the article:
An addiction center is opening Europeâ€™s first detox clinic for game addicts, offering in-house treatment for people who canâ€™t leave their joysticks alone.
Video games may look innocent, but they can be as addictive as gambling or drugs â€” and just as hard to kick, says Keith Bakker, director of Amsterdam-based Smith & Jones Addiction Consultants.
Bakker already has treated 20 video game addicts, aged 13 to 30, since January. Some show withdrawal symptoms, such as shaking and sweating, when they look at a computer.
His detox program begins in July. It will run four to eight weeks, including discussions with therapists and efforts to build patientsâ€™ interests in alternative activities.
Read the full article over at MSNBC.com
We are eagerly anticipating NBC’s Treasure Hunters over at NBC, because we all want to jump in, try to solve the clues, and be the lucky person who wins the online portion of the game’s treasure. NBC has now updated their site, with information about the teams competing in the game and much more. It’s time to get ready for the June 18th premiere, and rest assured we will be a place where you can come and chat about the episode and work together to try and solve the clues.
When I went to E3 this year, I didn’t expect to see any Booth Babes at all, because to me, a fine is a fine, and I didn’t think anyone would try to test it. However, I was surprised by what I found, because there was quite the trove of Booth Babes walking around the showroom floor, and in the case of the Rainbow Six girls, seductively dancing on raised platforms. There is a new opinion piece up over at Gamasutra looking at this year’s E3 and whether anything changed at all.
From the article:
When the E3 convention, the worldâ€™s largest Electronic Entertainment Expo, came to L.A. recently to show off the next generation of interactive games and gadgets, there was much anticipation that the Booth Babes — those young, nubile, scantily clad women promoting exhibitors’ hot, new video games â€“ might look radically different. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the producers behind the E3 Expo, a gathering for a 7.3 billion dollar a year industry, signaled they saw things differently when they announced that exhibitors attending this year’s E3 would be slapped with a hefty fine if they promoted their products using women in bikinis, or anything else that favored showing skin over substance. Although few may have expected the Booth Babes to dress like nuns, they were still conspicuously provocative, and the promise of a penalty for violating the new, marginally more modest dress code may have done a better job at grabbing headlines than if nothing had changed at all.
Read the full article over at Gamasutra.com
Jack Black loves video games. He does NOT love losing his beloved PSP handheld… check out this behind the scenes footage from the set of Jack’s new comedy “Nacho Libre,” in theaters June 16. Jack Black and director Jared Hess (Nacho Libre, Napoleon Dynamite) discuss Jack’s missing PSP, how the Nintendo DS compares to the PSP, Thanksgiving food, and the Neverending Story.
Confessional #16, “Search for the Missing PSP”
Confessional #17, “Thanksgiving”
Backbone Entertainment, a division of Foundation 9 Entertainment, announced today that it is collaborating with Seven Seas Entertainment to produce an all-new original manga based on the hit Death, Jr. entertainment franchise. Death, Jr. began its life as a successful video game for the PSP (PlayStation Portable) system and critically-acclaimed comic series, and has since built up a vibrant franchise, including a forthcoming sequel for the PSP system game called Death, Jr. 2: Root of Evil, a new game for the Nintendo DST called Death, Jr. and the Science Fair of Doom, a second comic book series, and an assortment of other collectible merchandise.
“We’re excited to see DJ, Pandora, and all of the unforgettable Death, Jr. characters come to life in such a popular format,” says Mike Mika, studio head of Backbone Entertainment’s Emeryville location. “Seven Seas has helped create a great visual concept and storyline for the manga that will attract long-time DJ fans, and will really appeal to a new audience.”
Written and drawn by Hai (Blade for Barter), Seven Seas’ Death, Jr.: Pandora manga will feature the franchise’s first break from convention as the spotlight is shone on a force as powerful as the son of Death himself-his girlfriend! The story will follow Pandora as she discovers a secret portal that sends her to the future and into the body of her teenage self. Besides having to grapple with teenage angst, she must save the future DJ from his greatest enemy yet-a snake-haired foreign exchange student with a deadly gaze and even deadlier intentions!
“A big driving force behind manga is the female audience, so it’s the perfect opportunity to put a shoujo manga spin on Death, Jr, ” says Seven Seas’ president Jason DeAngelis. “The Death, Jr. universe is one of those unique sandboxes that’s a blast to get in and play, and we’ll be taking these characters along a wild ride the likes of which they’ve never seen.”
You see, this is why I only write previews and reviews of games. I like taking the easy way out, because if someone were to ask me to write an article about women gamers and why “women don’t play games or how the industry is unfair to them” – I’d probably take a few pages from this article. You mean women don’t need a knight in shining armor to defened their gaming lifestyle? A funny read to be sure.
From the article:
At some point in your writing career, itâ€™s almost guaranteed that youâ€™ll think itâ€™s a good idea to write one of these articles. If youâ€™re a guy, that is. By and large, female writers have better things to do with their time than obsess over their gender while playing a game, and tend to be into gaming because they like – how can I put this? Oh, yes, playing games, rather than out of a burning need to practice amateur sociology.
Be sure to read this funny look at men writing gaming articles for women over at RichardCobbett.co.uk
Have you ever wanted to feel inferior to a five-year-old? I know, I know, don’t everyone raise their hand at once, but you’ve got to give this video a watch. Your first thought will probably be, “Ah, the little kid is going to try and play DDR, so cute.” Not so, because this little five-year-old really knows how to dance. Get ready to be amazed, and don’t let your jaw rest on the ground for too long.