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Variety: Sony may be 'too artsy for its own good'

Variety's Ben Fritz ponders why Sony's PS3 hasn't been able to become more of a mainstream success. Obviously, price comes into play, but he offers another option: it may be "too artsy for its own good." What does that mean? Fritz looks at a few examples. He looks at LittleBigPlanet, arguably...

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Spike Video Game Awards ratings down 26%

Now that the Spike Video Game Awards are a faint recollection, Variety reports that the quality piece of programming was way down in the ratings. This year's event sideshow was down 26%, with about 680,000 viewers, says the high lord of television ratings, Nielsen. It's the second lowest (a little...

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Paramount searching for new games honcho

Paramount is in search of a new executive to head its gaming initiative. Variety reports that the studio is currently looking for someone to replace the outgoing VP of interactive and mobile, Sandi Isaacs. The movie industry site speculates that Paramount is trying to get a high-profile gaming...

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Variety: Brash to cease operations today

"High-quality theatrical based games" publisher Brash Entertainment is officially dead, as of today, according to a report from Variety. The company is reportedly planning to cease operations, with investors having walked away following co-founder Thomas Tull's departure in October. No word yet on...

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Variety: EA making Dante's 'Inferno' game, studios bidding for movie rights

Variety reports that four movie studios are currently bidding for the film rights to Electronic Arts' as-yet unnannounced game based on Dante's Inferno. EA's recently been on a movie deal bender, selling the rights to films based on Army of Two (suckers) and Mass Effect, but this is the first real...

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Army of Two set to hit the silver screen, no seriously

According to The CutScene blog from Variety the EA Montreal developed co-op third person shooter Army of Two has been optioned for a feature film by Universal. Currently attached to the picture is writer Scott Z. Burns (of The Bourne Ultimatum fame) and producer Scott Stuber (who was once attached...

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EA hints at Dead Space movie and sequel

Dead Space may only just be releasing in Europe today, but it seems EA's plans for the game don't stop there. Talking to Variety, Executive Producer Glenn Schofield talked about his plans for licensing the story out to other media. There are already Dead Space comics and an animated prequel movie,...

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Molyneux asks for special review consideration; we ask 'what would other industries do?'

Reviewers received Fable 2 this week and found within the package a letter from developer Peter Molyneux asking for a few things. Variety explains one of the first things the letter asks (using the word "please" five times) is that the reviewers let a person who doesn't play games try out Fable 2...

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MTV Games clarifies AC/DC Rock Band Track Pack details

Speaking to Variety, Paul DeGooyer of MTV Games clarified a couple of elements concerning the AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band Track Pack. The game will be available exclusively at Walmart. The tracks are exclusive to Rock Band for "a term" but no specific timetable has been set. AC/DC members won't appear...

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The story behind PAX's Ghostbuster lanyards

Ghostbusters: The Game may not have a publisher, and its fate may not be clear, but that didn't stop the title from being advertised on lanyards at PAX. Variety spoke to Penny Arcade's business guy, Robert Khoo, who said that Sierra signed to do the lanyards in January and sent them in June. It...

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