Today's round-Up includes an announcement on Tecmo's first game for the Nintendo Revolution, a class-action lawsuit against Grand Theft Auto
publisher Take-Two Interactive, and survey results suggesting that an advertisement-based model for Xbox Live might be welcomed by gamers, along with the latest Gamasutra product news, job postings, and GameSetWatch posts.
- Tecmo has announced its first title for the Nintendo Revolution, making it one of the first third-party announcements for the next-generation system anywhere. The game will be a console version of the Korean online golf title Pangya
, developed by Ntreev Soft. No details on how the game will make use of the Revolution's motion-sensitive controller have yet been announced, but the applications for a golf title seem self-evident. The game will likely be a launch title for the system when it's released later in 2006.
- The law firm of Stull, Stull, and Brody has filed a class action suit on behalf of those whose retirement 401(k) plans include stock in Take-Two Interactive, publishers of the Grand Theft Auto
series. The suit includes charges nearly identical to those brought in the recent Fenninger vs. Take-Two
case, including allegations that the company deliberately withheld information that could have affected its earnings reports. The case comes on the heels of other class action suits
, board member resignations
, and even prostitutes attacking GTA
- A reader poll by video game weblog Joystiq indicates consumer interest in a theoretical ad-supported version of Xbox Live, rather than the current model which requires a subscription fee of roughly $8 per month. 46% of respondents said they would register for a free version of the service with advertising; of those, 40% said they did not currently subscribe to the online gaming service. 52% of Xbox 360-owning respondents said they currently paid for the Xbox Live Gold version, and would continue to pay if it meant a version of the service free of ads.
- The latest posts on Gamasutra sister weblog GameSetWatch
include an adorable Katamari Damacy comic
, the story of a reluctant zombie
, and the mysterious and frightening DVD that arrived at our office
- Also updated today: product news, featuring TransGaming's Cedega 5.1
, as well as the latest Gamasutra job postings
, including openings from Activision, Blizzard, Factor 5, THQ, Iron Lore Entertainment, Lucasarts, Secret Lair Studios, and Sony Computer Entertainment.