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Midway Newcastle Closed

posted Saturday Jul 18, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Midway Newcastle Closed

We announced most of Midway was purchased by Warner Brothers and that the rest had to find buyers quickly or be shut down. This week was the deadline for the first studio, Newcastle, is gone. CEO Matt Booty showed up to deliver the news, but it seems that wouldn't really soften the blow.

The loss of parts of Midway is not a surprise as there were no interested buyers, but it is a disappointment for those of us who have been gaming for a long time. San Diego is still on the table, and if it can find a buyer in the next 50 days or so, they will be fine, but it seems they have the same fate just several weeks later.

UFC "At War" With EA

posted Saturday Jul 18, 2009 by Scott Ertz

UFC

The president of UFC, Dana White, doesn't like EA, and, honestly, who can blame him? He says of EA, "They wouldn't even take a meeting because mixed martial arts disgusted them. This wasn't a real sport. Boy, they got over that real quick, didn't they?"

He is so committed to keeping his franchise and the EA franchise separate that he has threatened to ban any UFC fighter who appears in EA's MMA. That having been said, if the game is good enough, would it matter if there were real, recognizable fighters to choose from or generic made-up EA characters? Or would it be like Madden vs All Pro Football, where the fun is in playing real teams with real players?

Green Lantern Goes Interactive

posted Saturday Jul 18, 2009 by Scott Ertz

<i>Green Lantern</i> Goes Interactive

Green Lantern is certainly all over the place right now. We have the Blackest Night comic series, the big screen adaptation coming out Summer 2011 and now a videogame... maybe. Warner Brothers has dismissed the prospect as rumor, but sources inside Double Helix have claimed that the game has been in conception for over a year, but development has actually started moving recently.

Swine Flu > Game Parlors

posted Saturday Jul 18, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Swine Flu > Game Parlors

It's official, the swine flu has made it to our community. According to the Bangkok Post, an employee of a game parlor in Thailand has died because of the swine flu. Last week, the government of Thailand considered closing the nation's gaming parlors, as they have been identified as hotbeds of disease, but opted against it on Monday, deciding to close the schools instead.

Deputy Public Health Minister Manit Nopamornbodee believes that closing the parlors for the holidays would still be a good idea, and is fighting for that reality. He says,

Thailand's Schools Closed - Game Parlors Open

posted Monday Jul 13, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Thailand's Schools Closed - Game Parlors Open

Last week many news agencies reported that the Prime Minister of Thailand considered shutting down the country's game parlors in an attempt to slow the spread of swine flu in the country. It turns out there was no such order, however they are recommending that they shut down anyway. On the other hand, he did shut down the schools for 2 weeks. School officials have not been happy with this result, saying:

Will 1vs100 Always Be Free?

posted Monday Jul 13, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Will 1vs100 Always Be Free?

Have you been playing 1vs100 on the Xbox 360? I know we all have! Nick, Adam and I (or some combination thereof) get together with other friends for a night of fun trivia competition with people all over the country we don't know.

Now, here is the situation: it is free... for now. There is a possibility that, in the future, it will no longer be. Tania Chee from Xbox Live marketing said "In the beta season 1 it will be free for our Gold subscribers... Moving forwards we have nothing to announce at this time. We ultimately hope it will be a resounding success so we can move forward into future seasons... I don't know what's going to happen to be honest. It's a test for us to prove the platform will be a success."

That certainly sound like she is actually saying 'If we think we can make money charging, we will.' Would you pay to play, or is it not that much fun?

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