Today's round-up includes news of possible Wii kiosk exclusivity for GameStop, Engenuity's AI.implant integrated into Unreal Engine 3, and a set of new Burger King-themed Xbox titles to be sold by the fast food chain, as well as the latest Game Career Guide updates, Serious Games Source posts, GameSetWatch posts and Gamasutra job postings.
- A report from The Dallas Morning News
has suggested that major video game retailer GameStop will be the only store to feature playable Wii demo stations. An obvious boon for the company if true, given that Nintendo's upcoming console's unconventional remote-style control scheme is a major selling point of the platform. The news came as a result of statements made by GameStop representatives at the company's recent annual sales conference in Dallas, which saw representation from Nintendo, as well as Sony and Microsoft in preparation for the three companies' fourth quarter and holiday offerings. Gamasutra has contacted Nintendo regarding the validity of this claim by GameStop, but has not yet received confirmation by press time.
- Simulation software firm Engenuity Technologies has announced that the company has joined Epic Games’ Integrated Partners Program for Unreal Engine 3. As part of this new announcement, the company's AI.implant has been fully integrated into Unreal Engine 3 and is now available for licensing directly from Engenuity. Epic Games' Integrated Partners Program establishes a formal business relationship between the game and middleware developer and select companies developing cross-platform technologies which integrate with, and are complementary to, Unreal Engine 3. Recently several other companies have been added to the program, including Fonix Speech
- Microsoft has confirmed earlier reports that it has entered into a partnership with major fast food chain Burger King to make available a collection of three Xbox and Xbox 360 title for sale in Burger King restaurants. The games, Pocketbike Racer, Big Bumpin
, and Sneak King
, will be available for a limited time from November 19 – December 24, and will cost $3.99 with the purchase of a BK Value Meal. When approached for clarification concerning this deal, Gamasutra was informed that each game will come on a single disc that will feature versions of the game playable on both the Xbox and Xbox 360. In addition, the promotion is exclusive only for the US, Canada, and select portions of Mexico.
- The latest updates on Gamasutra sister alt.gaming weblog GameSetWatch
include a look at independently developed fighting game Dot Fighters
, an interview about PC game They Came From Hollywood
, and a look at the latest games in the ongoing Fushigi no Dungeon series
, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Blue & Red Rescue Team
- Also updated today: the latest Gamasutra job postings
, including openings from Activision / Toys For Bob, Crystal Dynamics, Eurocom Developments Limited, iWin, Longtail Studios, LucasArts, and Rockstar North.