Today's round-up includes news of Massive Magazine collaborating with Sony Online Entertainment, the details behind Nintendo's Fusion Tour, and Dave Scanlin being appointed vice president of Worldwide Sales for Havok, as well as the latest GameSetWatch posts, product news, Serious Games Source news, and Gamasutra job postings.
- Massive Magazine, which is published by Florida-based TheGlobe.com and focuses solely on massively multiplayer online (MMO) titles such as World of WarCraft
, today announced a collaboration with Sony Online Entertainment to release an exclusive gaming DVD which will be included in the premier issue of Massive Magazine, set to launch in September 2006. The DVD will include free trials of some of the most popular Sony Online Entertainment MMO games and services. Trials will include EverQuest II, EverQuest, Star Wars Galaxies, SOE Comic Book Creator, The Matrix Online, PlanetSide
and more. In addition, the DVD will also include special offers, trailers and videos, including access to the Beta test of Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising
, plus Medieval Weapon
(the EverQuest II
-powered Machinima series produced by g-NET for Spike TV) and a trailer for the upcoming Sony Pictures Animation release Open Season
- Nintendo has confirmed that emo-rock band Hawthorne Heights will headline the fourth edition of the company's annual Fusion Tour. The tour, which is produced by Live Nation, will visit some 40 cities nationwide between September 27 and November 11. In addition to live music, each venue will showcase the Nintendo DS Lite and provide a sneak peek of Nintendo’s upcoming Wii console. Hawthorne Heights will lead the bill, which also includes Relient K, Emery, Plain White T's and The Sleeping. "Nintendo always picks great rock bands, and we are happy to follow in that tradition this year," says Hawthorne Heights singer JT Woodruff. "But mainly, I am an old-school video game nerd. I still have my NES with over 500 games. I love everything Mario, and I accept no substitute. Bring on Wii!"
- Physics technology firm Havok announced that it has appointed Dave Scanlin, previously senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Wild Planet Toys, to the position of vice president of Worldwide Sales. In addition, Havok also announced that David Coghlan, who has held a number of senior roles within Havok, including chief financial officer and vice president of Corporate Development, is now the company's vice president of Development. Havok CEO, David O’Meara commented: "Dave Scanlin brings a wealth of experience in driving sales in competitive, fast moving environments, and David Coghlan will now be responsible for delivering Havok's aggressive product development strategy through growing our existing Engineering Product Development team and through acquisition and partnership."
- The latest updates on Gamasutra sister weblog GameSetWatch
include a column probing Linden Lab's Second Life
, news on a Compile Japanese developer semi-resurrection
as part of Idea Factory, and a new interview
with Atlus localization editor (and former Gamasutra news editor!) Nich Maragos.
- Also updated today: Serious Games Source
news, including an interview with the creators of PeaceMaker
, plus Gamasutra product news including the release of project management software Video Game Design Pro 2006
and the 1.2 update
for RTDynamics' RotorLib, and the latest Gamasutra job postings
, featuring openings from CNET Networks, Emergent Game Technologies, JGI Entertainment, LucasArts, and Vicarious Visions.