Zynga Reportedly Turns Down MySpace Offer

Zynga reportedly was in discussions with News Corp about purchasing MySpace. Reports are that News Corp wanted $100 million or over in stock from Zynga, and not cash.

While Zynga currently dominates games on Facebook, having a large platform all to itself might be the next logical step. However, with MySpace revenues down to $80 million from $300 million a couple years ago, Zynga is not likely to pay more than $50 million in cash.

Source: SF Gate

Doom May Return To Theaters

Reports are that Universal is looking to launch a new Doom movie. While it is still in early stages of production, it will reportedly not follow the events of the 2005 movie, starring Dwayne The Rock Johnson.

While the original film was not a box office success or well received critically, Universal is keen to do the film in the wake of the success of G.I Joe : Rise of Cobra. They’re looking to film the movie in 3D.

Source: Hollywood Insider

Valve: Portal 2 Versions ‘Exactly The Same’ In Content

With all of the additions to the PS3 version of Portal 2, including a Steam copy, cross-platform co-op play and cloud-based saves, some Xbox 360 owners feel a bit put out. Still, Valve has come out to say that Xbox 360 version has no more-or-less than any other version, gameplay-wise.

When you buy them they’re all the same,” said Valve writer Chet Faliszek. “They’re all exactly the same. Content-wise, you’re getting the same experience in them. It’s just once you start looking at co-op. The Mac, PC and PS3 can all play together, they will all get updates quicker. For some people that will make a big difference.

Source: Eurogamer


Facebook Updates Insights

Facebook has announced that it has updated its Facebook Insights for Websites analytics tool. This will help publishers find out what users on Facebook are talking about, sharing or liking at any given moment.

We hope the real-time reporting and additional granularity help you quickly identify opportunities to highlight engaging content, wrote Alex Himel, a software engineer at Facebook in a blog post.

Source: AdWeek

BioWare Talks Visual Consistency And Dragon Age II

Dragon Age: Origins was originally designed for the PC and later ported to consoles, something that effected the quality of the console versions. Dragon Age II Producer Fernando Melo promises that the presentation of the sequel will be more accurate across all versions.

“We’re obviously keeping all the good stuff and we made a short list of everything we thought needed improvement,” he explained. “Consistently, they kept coming up in reviews and fan feedback, and for us it came down to the visual style.

“As well received as Dragon Age was, ‘art’ kept coming up and particularly so on the consoles,” added Melo. “It was a PC game that was ported to consoles and I think they suffered a little bit because of that. That was something we wanted to get right.”

“For Dragon Age II the art team took that on full stride and basically revamped the art style with the goal that, if you look at a screen from Dragon Age II you know it’s Dragon Age, I think they’ve done a fantastic job with that,” he concluded.

Source: CVG

Kinect Reaches 10 Million Sales Mark

Microsoft has announced that their Kinect motion sensing camera has sold 10 million copies worldwide. What’s more, that’s been accompanied by the sale of 10 million standalone Kinect games at the same time.

“The sales figures here speak for themselves, said Gaz Deaves, Gaming Editor for Guinness World Records. According to independent research, no other consumer electronics device sold faster within a 60-day time span, which is an incredible achievement considering the strength of the sector.

Shogun 2 Invades Social Sphere

The Escapist has announced that it is launching a unique social advertising campaign for Total War: Shogun 2. Similar to the game itself, it will offer numerous different troop types for the player to use against a defending army.

Players attack by using the official forums and Twitter, with one entry towards a grand prize with every victory you have in battle. Potential prizes include copies of Total War: Shogun 2 and Origin PC Gaming Desktops.

To find out more, visit escapistmagazine.com/content/Shogun2/.

Apple Not Looking At Game Companies

Apple has become a major power in the realm of gaming thanks to the popularity of the App Store, but they don’t produce games themselves. Despite rumors that they might pick up a company like OnLive to provide streaming games on their iOS devices, Panoptic Management Consultants analyst Asif Khan has reason to believe this won’t happen.

“From my firsthand conversation with Steve Jobs last year at the shareholder meeting, I can tell you with confidence that Apple will not acquire a game company,” said Khan. “They would rather rake in the 30 percent of App Store sales that they currently have set up with developers.”

Source: IndustryGamers

We Dare Getting Warning Sticker

We Dare has attracted some attention over its PG-13 raunchy ads, but the game has only received a PEGI rating of 12 (equivalent to a ‘T’ for Teen) rating. Ubisoft has revealed that it will receive a Parental Discretion Advised sticker on top of that, and explained why.

Since PEGI is a Pan European system, the questionnaire is designed to meet varying cultural standards in all the member states, said Ubisoft. So for example, mild violence may not be a very shocking element in your country, but the swearwords in some games may be.

PEGI does not take into account the context of a game when rating it, we only look at the contents of the game, continued a statement by the company. [We Dare] has been rated as a PEGI 12 because it contains mild swearing, minor assault on a human-like character and words/activities that amount to obvious sexual innuendo, explicit sexual descriptions or images and sexual posturing.

Source: Cubed3.com


Robert De Niro Open To Uncharted Movie

David O. Russell has this idea to make the Uncharted movie into a a film about a family of antiquities experts that dole out justice. Mark Wahlberg has already been cast as Nathan Drake and Robert De Niro appears open to the role that Russell wrote for him.

“Absolutely, sure. I’m aware of it,” said De Niro when asked about the film. “I haven t seen [the script] yet. I thought he did a terrific [job] in The Fighter.”

Source: MTV.com