Today's round-up includes news of a partnership between IGN Entertainment and Muze, Gameloft showing off games at two North American malls, and a classic arcade collection from Konami for the Nintendo DS, as well as the latest Game Career Guide updates, Serious Games Source posts, GameSetWatch posts and Gamasutra job postings.
- IGN Entertainment has announced a partnership with entertainment tools and media provider Muze that will see the creation of a comprehensive database of video game information. As part of the new agreement, Muze and IGN have assumed joint ownership of Muze's existing database. IGN will focus on content development, while Muze will provide marketing and distribution of the new MuzeGames product to retailers, video service providers, consumer electronics manufacturers, portals, libraries, and institutions in North America and the European Union. The IGN-powered database, marketed as MuzeGames, will offer content in three tiers, each offering different levels of video game information and media based on individual client requirements. "Games is a growing and fast-moving market. Our clients are looking for new and improved ways to capitalize on the opportunity presented in such a market, and MuzeGames will enable them to do just that," said Lonnie Chenkin, Muze's executive vice president of corporate development. "By partnering with IGN, Muze is able to offer the most comprehensive suite of games data available, and provides our clients with the flexibility to choose the data that's most important to them."
- Representatives from European mobile developer and publisher Gameloft have announced a partnership with numerous carriers and handset manufacturers to set up exhibits to make available Paris Hilton’s Diamond Quest
and Lumines Block Challenge
to mall shoppers in both Los Angeles and Seattle. The games will be shown in mall exhibits for download and play this holiday season. Gameloft will be showing both games at the Westlake Mall in Seattle from October 20th-28, and at the Burbank Town Center in Los Angeles from October 26-28. “This is a great opportunity for Gameloft to bring the mobile experience to those beyond the traditional gaming crowd. Malls have always been a social centerpiece where all types of people come to shop, socialize and be entertained,” said Gonzague de Vallois, vice president of publishing, Gameloft. “We are excited to be able to bring our games to this core group of influencers.”
- Major publisher and developer Konami announced Konami Classics Series: Arcade Hits
for the Nintendo DS. The game collection will include more than 12 titles taken from the company's classic arcade catalog, including Circus Charlie, Roc’N Rope, Rush’N Attack, Time Pilot
, and Track and Field
, as well as mainstays Contra, Gradius
, and Yie-Ar Kung Fu
. In addition to the games' authentic arcade emulation, each game in the collection will also be featured in remixed dual screen form along with wireless capabilities. Arcade Hits
also will let players choose from a number of screen configurations, including horizontal and vertical combinations to maintain the original screen size of each game at it appeared in arcades. Players can also use the system’s wireless capabilities to play with friends and share data such as high scores and replays. The compilation will also include a mode that will let players listen to more than 100 classic songs and sound effects, and review the history of each title, complete with trivia and vintage artwork.
- The latest updates on Gamasutra sister alt.gaming weblog GameSetWatch
include a look at Japanese giant robot game Super Robot Wars
, an interview with German video game artist Aram Bartholl
, and a humorous jab at Psygnosis' Brataccas for the Atari ST
- News on Gamasutra's game education sister site Game Career Guide
includes a feature on pervasive gaming
by Arjan Dhupia, Master's student in Media Studies, Media Technology and Philosophy, at the Technical University Braunschweig and the Braunschweig University of Art.
- Also updated today: the latest Gamasutra job postings
, including openings from Edge of Reality, Gamasutra, Google, Pandemic Studios, and Three Rings Design.