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Round Up: Scramble, VGL Goes Hollywood, Technicolor Hires

Today's round-up includes news of Scramble's XBLA debut being delayed, Video Games Live taking on the Hollywood Bowl, and Technicolor Interactive Services' newly h...

Jason Dobson, Blogger

September 6, 2006

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Today's round-up includes news of Scramble's XBLA debut being delayed, Video Games Live taking on the Hollywood Bowl, and Technicolor Interactive Services' newly hired director of sales and marketing, as well as the latest Game Career Guide updates, GameSetWatch posts and Gamasutra job postings. - A new post on Microsoft's Gamerscore Blog has indicated that despite earlier plans to the contrary, the company will not release Konami's arcade shooter Scramble over Xbox Live Arcade tomorrow morning. The company offered the following explanation: “During the final testing and certification of [Scramble], we discovered some minor issues that should be addressed. Therefore, we are going to take an extra week and fix these items to ensure a high quality game experience for all when the title does launch on its new date of Wednesday, September 13.” To help ease the pain of the delay, however, Microsoft will release a Project Gotham Racing 3-themed deck for popular XBLA card game UNO for 100 Microsoft Points ($1.25). - Organizers of the Video Games Live touring concert announced that the event will return to the Hollywood Bowl for a concert on September 21, 2006. This year's performance will feature the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, led by Video Games Live co-creator and conductor Jack Wall with special guests DJ Brian “BT” Transeau and guitarists Steve Vai and Dweezil Zappa. Music performed by the orchestra will also include exclusive world premiere of selections from Halo 3 and Civilization VI, plus a special acoustic performance by the original Lucas Arts composers featuring music from adventure games such as Monkey Island and Grim Fandango. In addition, the event will feature a special solo performance by Video Game Pianist Martin Leung that will feature over ten selections from the Final Fantasy series. Lastly, the concert will include a very special video montage of classic Disney characters and Disney films with music performed from Square Enix and Disney's collaborative video game, Kingdom Hearts. - Technicolor Interactive Services, part of the Services division of Thomson, today announced it has appointed Munir Haddad as director of sales and marketing. In this new role, Haddad will manage all marketing, communications, and new business development activities for the company's Interactive Services business, and work directly with existing and prospective clients to meet their expanding video game design and production requirements. Haddad has more than 13 years of marketing and communications experience, has developed sales and marketing programs for many recognized brands, including MTV, EA Sports, Ecko Unltd., Sony, Nintendo, Reebok, ESPN and Napster. Haddad has also worked in the electronic entertainment sector, beginning with his work on Super Nintendo Entertainment System titles while at advertising agency, Leo Burnett. Prior to relocating back to California, Haddad previously handled strategy and business development for MTV, where he created advertising sales opportunities for new businesses, including MTV Games. - The latest updates on Gamasutra sister alt.gaming weblog GameSetWatch include a look at a new book titled 'What Every Parent Needs To Know About Video Games', an account taken from a visit to several simulation studios, and retro-styled Atari 2600 keychains. - News on Gamasutra's new game education sister site Game Career Guide include a new documentary for game makers titled In the Game. - Also updated today: the latest Gamasutra job postings, including openings from 3D Realms, LucasArts, Octopi, The Art Institute of California, and Totally Games.

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