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Marvel won't do Avengers game until it finds right developer

Licensed games have a great opportunity to build engaging experiences out of characters and environments that fans already love, but plenty end up feeling half-baked or uninspired. Marvel's head of games, TQ Jefferson, told IGN that that risk of building a botched project with the wrong studio has...

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Activision lays off 30 people, expects fewer licensed games in 2013

Activision laid off 30 full-time employees, noting that this year it intended to launch fewer games based on licensed properties. Activision provided a statement to Joystiq: "In 2013, we expect to release fewer games based on license properties and as a result are realigning our structure to better...

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CBS bringing Diagnosis Murder, some other stuff to gaming platforms

CBS announced today that it's bringing a wide array of its TV programming to the video game world, mainly via the PC, Wii and DS. As you can see after the break, the company revealed equally insipid-sounding game versions of Survivor, Hollywood Squares, The Amazing Race, and Criminal Minds, but w...

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Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel game tie-in coming in early December

If there's one wonderful thing we can say about movie game trailers, it's that they keep us on top of what's happening with the kids these days. Take for instance Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel -- we didn't even know there was a second film coming out! What we can glean from the trailer ...

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Avatar's first gameplay trailer unsurprisingly full of blue people

We imagine you're just as excited for James Cameron's upcoming film, Avatar, as we are. How can you go wrong with blue people, right? The game's first trailer though -- it unfortunately lives up to our expectations for games based on licensed properties, including cheesy rock music right on cue at t...

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Gearbox gives up on Heat, says IP is up for grabs ... kinda

Ever since Heat's 1995 cinematic debut, aggression-soaked psychos (like ourselves) have been clamoring for a game adaptation of the crime drama. Gearbox Software prez Randy Pitchford agreed as well, optioning the rights to develop a game back in the mid-oughts. Fast forward to 2009, and GameSpot dro...

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Tigon's Ian Stevens: For Hollywood, 'making video games has been the same thing as making action figures'

Running Tigon Studios is a bit of a strange job to have. Ian Stevens, the man in charge, is responsible for not just organizing development talent to make games like this year's Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, but also working with Hollywood. And, unsurprisingly, he says it's a bit ...

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Rebellion: Timing poses biggest challenge for movie-licensed games

We've always assumed that licensed games suck because publishers rely on the character's face -- rather than high quality -- to get games off the shelves. And we're right. But according to Rebellion, the developer responsible for Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem and Miami Vice: The Game, scheduling is...

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Dan Aykroyd prefers Ghostbusters for Wii, says romance got axed for gameplay

Dan Aykroyd really likes the 2004 film, The Incredibles. So much so, in fact, that he believes himself to look like an Incredibles-esque superhero in the upcoming Ghostbusters game for Wii, telling Newsweek, "I love the way we look in the Wii platform ... anybody who looks like an Incredible is aut...

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Ubisoft spawning 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs' tie-in games

We'll be straight with you: We got the press release from Ubisoft for the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs tie-in games yesterday ... on April Fool's Day. Being the anti-societal recluses we are, we were completely unaware of the upcoming movie by the same name and therefore considered the releas...

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