As of May 1, classic movies such as the James Bond hit “Goldfinger” and Woody Allen’s “Stardust Memories” will no longer be available for streaming. [Read more]
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If you’re old enough to have played PC games for more than a decade, LucasArts (originally LucasFilm Games) likely has a permanent place in your heart after a string of legendary adventure and flight combat releases. You’ll unfortunately have to put the company as you knew it squarely in the past — Lucasfilm’s new owner, Disney, is ending internal development at LucasArts. The software house is shifting to a licensing model for Star Wars games, reportedly “minimizing the company’s risk” while expanding the range of games on offer. There’s a chance that in-progress titles like Star Wars 1313 will survive with outside help, according to a spokesperson in touch with GameInformer, but talk of layoffs from Kotaku dampens any chances for direct follow-ups to favorites like Grim Fandango. We won’t mourn too much when personas like Ron Gilbert, Lawrence Holland and Tim Schafer have long since moved on to other companies — still, it’s unquestionably the end of an era for game and movie fans alike.
The OUYA Tegra 3-powered Android game console is having quite a day, but now that it’s shipping, CEO Julie Uhrman is informing early recipients of what to expect when they open the packaging. According to an email sent out to Kickstarter backers this evening, their new box will have a software update required as soon as it’s plugged in. After the Wii U we hope this isn’t a trend (but fear it is) although the Ouya promises to take only seconds or at most minutes to complete. Also detailed are the 104 games already available from the 8,000 registered developers including Beast Boxing Turbo, Stalagflight, and Knightmare Tower, plus entertainment apps like XBMC and Flixster. The games are all free to try out, but a credit/debit card is required upfront.
We’ve already offered our opinion of the shipping hardware after a quick hands-on, although backers are encouraged to contribute their own during the preview period before it officially launches. To that end, the company is planning a Reddit AMA next month and will have its own forums available for feedback soon. Until then, you can get the rest of the info directly at the source link below.
Source: OUYA Kickstarter
Next Issue — the service unofficially billed as the Netflix of digital magazines — has just announced an expansion of its catalog, adding eight additional titles to its tablet-based offering. This recent inclusion of big names brings the company’s impressive library to a total of 80 even, letting iPad users now peruse the likes of New York Magazine, Food & Wine and Men’s Fitness, just to name a few. Pricing for both Unlimited subscription tiers remains unchanged, with $ 10/mo still netting users access to 73 monthly and bi-weekly titles, while the more premium $ 15/mo service opens up the entire archive. As of now, these new additions won’t work on Android slates, but the company promises “work is underway” to make them available across the board. Hit up the break to check out the official release.
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Not that there’s been any lack of ways to get Batman or Supes on your chosen tablet, between Comixology and the devoted DC app, but if you happened to need on more, the publisher announced today that it will be bringing its entire line to three prominent e-bookstores. Justice League, Batman, Superman and a slew of others are hitting the Kindle Store, iBookstore and Nook Store. Never let it be said that your tablet doesn’t support Flash. check out some thoughts from co-publisher, cartoonist and all around awesome dude Jim Lee after the break.
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Samsung Smart TVs can now boast more than just bird flinging in the games department, with EA today dipping its toe in the Samsung App store in the form of two major digital board games: Monopoly and The Game of Life. The games cost $ 10 a pop, and are controllable with your WiFi-enabled Samsung Galaxy SI, SII, and SIII mobiles — you’ll need to snag “mobile companion apps” for each game to enable controls, which adds some tilt sensor-based waggle (the apps are free). That brings the grand total of notable standalone games on Samsung’s Smart TVs to three, but then there’s always Gaikai support to tide you over as well, eh? And hey, we hear there’s a new Nintendo machine on the way pretty soon, in case you wanna go down the rabbit hole even deeper.
Valve Software — makers of the iconic Half-Life series, as well as proprietors of digital storefront Steam — today released Steam’s first non-video game software (original scheduled to launch in early September). ArtRage Studio Pro, CameraBag 2, GameMaker: Studio, 3D-Coat, 3DMark Vantage, and 3DMark 11 join Valve’s own Source Filmmaker in the newly minted software section of the Steam store. All non-Valve software is PC-only for now — we imagine Mac software will also show up at some point, but nothing’s available just yet. Like Steam’s games, software titles will receive streamlined updates via the Steam client, and consumers will enjoy similar discount offers to the games section — the first such sale is already on, with launch day software getting a 10 percent discount until week’s end.
Ubisoft has made a rather huge announcement, saying that it will no longer implement its much-hated always-on DRM in its PC games. Ubisoft’s worldwide director for online games Stephanie Perotti announced the big news in a particularly hard-hitting interview with Rock, Paper, Shotgun, saying that the company has been listening to feedback from players and
Google+ has lost the support of two high-profile casual game developers, PopCap and Wooga, with speculation that the social network has failed to penetrate the social gaming market in the manner of Facebook. Electronic Arts’ owned PopCap confirmed it would “redeploy resources” previously assigned to the Google+ version of Bejeweled, WSJ reports, while Wooga is yet to
Science fiction is often said to foresee the future, and today, that news couldn’t ring more true. Tom Doherty Associates, a subsidiary of Macmillan and publisher of popular sci-fi and fantasy brands such as Tor and Forge, today announced that as of early July, all of its current e-books will be distributed without DRM restrictions. The company’s president, Tom Doherty, revealed the shift as a long-time request of both its readers and authors — which unsurprisingly, are a rather tech-savvy bunch. In addition to the move affecting all of Doherty’s current sales channels, the move will allow the publisher to seek out independent e-book dealers that sell only DRM-free titles. While the move is unlikely to extend to the rest of Macmillan’s properties anytime soon, just leave it to the sci-fi community to show others the way forward. Perhaps the future isn’t gonna be so scary after all.
Seething about the removal of Everybody’s Tennis or Motorstorm: Arctic Edge from the PlayStation Store? Relax, Sony’s restored both PSP-titles in time for you to play ‘em all through the weekend. Of course, both are now neutered (along with the Vita’s firmware) so they can’t be used to load arch-hacker Wololo’s Vita Half-Byte Loader — but it hardly matters, they’ve already got another top-secret exploit ready to launch on an unsuspecting world.
As we heard earlier this year, Bravo was casting for a new reality TV series based on the tech world and Silicon Valley. Today, we hear that the unscripted, reality show is in fact being produced and is currently called “Silicon Valley,” though this title is still up in the air. And it looks like the startup world will also be profiled in a new reality show featuring Ben Huh and his team at ICanHazCheezburger.
According to Bravo, the new series has Randi Zuckerberg as Executive Producer. Here’s the one liner for the show, Teaming up with internet entrepreneur Randi Zuckerberg, Bravo captures the intertwining lives of young professionals on the path to becoming Silicon Valley’s next great success stories. It’s unclear yet who is going to be featured on the show, but we’ve heard Bravo was aggressively targeting tech talent in the Bay Area to recruit for the show.
The yellow-skinned Fox cartoon series has kind of fallen out of favor in recent years, but Electronic Arts is planning to release a new mobile app based on The Simpsons that it expects to be a big cash cow moving forward. Or, as Mr. Burns might say, “Excellent.” The company is developing the app as [...]
Because you can never have your fingers in too many media pies, the powers that be at NBC News are now extending their reach into the eReader space. Under the company’s newly minted NBC Publishing imprint, coverage related to current events, docs and bios, in addition to content culled from other NBC Universal divisions, will get a second life as either digital singles (think: longer than an article, shorter than a few chapters) or straight-up eBooks, with about 30 titles slated for this year. The venture, spearheaded by GM Michael Fabiano, will also reportedly serve as a platform for indie authors that rely heavily upon NBC’s own archives for sourcing in their work. So, will this brave, new embrace of a 21st century business model manage to wean news junkies off that 24/7 cable drip and back into the Peacock’s
greedy eager arms? Hard to say until that first title hits virtual stands next month. But when it does, here’s to hoping it’s more Brian Williams: A Man Mad About Lana Del Rey, than Telemundo: Inside the Telenovela. Just sayin’.
theodp writes “In response to DC Entertainment’s agreement to exclusively offer digital versions of certain titles in Amazon Kindle format, Nook maker Barnes & Noble has begun pulling DC Entertainment’s graphic novels off its shelves. Confirming the decision, B&N said in a statement, ‘To sell and promote the physical book in our store showrooms, and not have the eBook available for sale would undermine our promise to Barnes & Noble customers to make available any book, anywhere, anytime.’ Nice to see the pair is still able to keep their feud fresh on the 11th anniversary of the 1-Click patent infringement lawsuit.”
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Social gaming giant Zynga has been churning out new titles over the past four months, including Mafia Wars 2, Adventure World, The Pioneer Trail, Empires & Allies, and Hanging with Friends. And we know that developing new hits is a big part of Zynga’s business model. Zynga reported that profits were down in Q2 of this year because of the lack of any new game launches in the first half of 2011. But of late, the social gaming company has also been focusing its efforts on some of its existing games, such as CityVille.
Of course, Zynga has an incentive to keep CityVille, which launched last year as way for game players to build their dream city from the ground up, and FarmVille, which launched in 2009, are still two of the gaming giant’s more popular games. CityVille has a whopping 74 million monthly active users, and FarmVille has around 35 million monthly active users. But as mentioned above, Zynga also faces the hard fact that new games bringing in more money and new players. There’s clearly a balance that needs to be struck between developing fresh titles as well as rejuvenating existing games. And Zynga is trying to find that balance.