Today's round-up includes news of the latest Massive Inc. in-game advertising sign-up, information on a reality show about a female Counter-Strike
clan, and further details on Blizzard's first ever BlizzCon fan event, as well as the latest product news and job postings from Gamasutra.
- The newest addition to the roster of games using Massive Inc.'s in-game advertising technology is RollerCoaster Tycoon 3
, according to Atari. The deal will bring Massive's dynamic ad system into billboard and signs within the world of RC3
, through a patch carried out in the newest content update for the title. Those who wish to opt-out of the ad service can choose not to install the game, but will do so at the cost of missing out on future downloadable content for the title. RC3
follows other recent licensees of the Massive technology including Ubisoft, Funcom, and Skyworks Technologies.
- Television production company Reveille LLC is developing a video game-themed reality show in conjunction with Swedish company Bringiton. The show will follow the exploits of Les Seules, an all-female Counter-Strike
clan from Sweden, as they travel across the U.S. participating in Counter-Strike
tournaments. Though the show will center around gaming, it will also include the requisite "backstage" antics and drama that characterize the reality show genre. As yet, no broadcast network or air dates have been announced.
- The website for BlizzCon, the first convention for devotees of Blizzard Software's games, has gone live with details on the event. A not inexpensive $120 ticket grants access to a convention that features Q&A sessions with Blizzard developers, tournaments for the developer's multiplayer games such as WarCraft III
, and the chance to play StarCraft: Ghost
, its long-in-development console game set in the StarCraft
universe. The convention will run from October 28-29 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.
- Also updated today: the latest product news including the latest version of Meqon's physics middleware SDK
, as well as the today's game industry jobs
, including positions from BreakAway Games, Cartoon Network, Donnerwood Media, Electronic Arts Tiburon, Gameloft, Kaneva, and The Collective. Gamasutra is also looking for final responses for responses to its latest Question Of The Week
, discussing whether the first next-generation console released will necessarily gain the greatest market share - the results of this latest question will be posted on Wednesday.