Move Starter Pack Sees Changes In U.K.

The PlayStation Move Starter Pack in the U.K. is changing from having a packed-in demo disc to offering free PSN content, with the new SKU called the PlayStation Move Starter Pack 2. It will replace the original Move Starter Pack, which will not be restocked at retail.

“As the content is changing and being updated so regularly, in order to offer the best consumer experience, we’ve made it available via PSN,” said a SCE UK spokesperson.

The PlayStation Move Starter Pack in the U.S. currently includes the disc-based game Sports Champions, and it is unknown whether this will signal an eventual change for this bundle.

Source: MCV

 

NBCU Launches An App Promoting ‘Green Is Universal’

In support of NBCUniversal’s Green is Universal initiative to green their own operations and bring an environmental perspective to educate and inform their audience, the iShop Green {link no longer active} app has been launched in the iTunes App Store. This app gives users the ability to participate and lead in one of the most important dialogues of modern times and help build a more sustainable world in the process. Users can access the app to buy and find sustainable products that are both good for their family and the environment, find local retailers and farmers and seek out green news and online communities on iVillage.com.

Facebook Hopping Mad At Various Inc.

Facebook has filed trademark lawsuits against sites like Teachbook and Lamebook, which fall under a legal gray area. Nothing is gray about what FriendFinder Networks (owned by Various Inc.) has done with their very naughty website FacebookOfSex.

While the site in question includes profiles similar to Facebook, the site encourages people to display, er, adult pictures and videos. Facebook wants damages and control of all the various domain names that the site operates on.

Source: PaidContent {link no longer active}

Red Factions: Origins Coming June 4

THQ announced today that Red Faction: Origins will debut on June 4, at 9 p.m. on Syfy. It will come out less than a week after the game Red Faction Armageddon releases.

Red Faction: Origins is directed by Peabody-Award winner Michael Nankin and stars Brian J. Smith, Kate Vernon and Devon Graye. The movie follows the children of rebel hero Alec Mason, and is set during a period between the Red Faction Guerrilla and Red Faction Armageddon video games.

Mobile Phones Increase Revenue In 2010 Over Portable Consoles

Mobile analytics firm Furry claims that iOS and Android smartphone platforms are taking revenue away from portable consoles. Their recent report says that the iOS and Android make up 34 percent of the total portable game revenue in the U.S., up from 19 percent in 2009.

DS revenue, by contrast over that period, fell from 70 percent to 57 percent and the PSP fell to 9 percent from 11 percent. The U.S. portable gaming category decreased to $2.4 billion in 2010, from $2.7 billion in 2009, while iOS and Android comprised 8 percent of the total U.S. software revenue ($10.7 billion) in 2010, an increase from 5 percent of $10.4 billion in 2009.

Source: Gamasutra

 

Battlefield 3 Getting Big Soccer Ad

Part of EA’s plan to spend big for Battlefield 3 will include one of the biggest soccer matches of the year. They will debut a new trailer during the FA Cup semi-final between Manchester United and Manchester City during half-time.

“We ve had an amazing response from community and industry and we re extremely excited to be able to show so much gameplay footage this early in the campaign,” said Colin Blackwood, UK Business Lead, EA.

Source: MCV

LittleBigPlanet Sees 4 Million Levels

Sony announced today that the two LittleBigPlanet games have seen over 4 million created users levels. They estimate that it would take over 78 years to play all of them if the game was played for 12 hours a day, each level played 5 minutes each.

“For us the most exciting thing has always been seeing what the community does with a LittleBigPlanet game when they get their hands on the new features and tools,” said Media Molecule. “We’re constantly delighted and amazed by their ingenuity and creativity, and it s so inspiring to see the level of affection that exists for LittleBigPlanet amongst fans around the world.”

Source: PlayStation Blog