Mind Candy CEO Talks Lady Gaga Suit

Moshi Monsters has suffered a setback with the recent injunction that Lady Gaga filled against the parody character Lady Goo Goo. Mind Candy CEO Michael Acton Smith, however, indicates he won’t back down from this or other fights.

“I’m always up for a good battle if anyone else wants to do this,” he said, discussing concerns over another of his parody characters, Dustbin Beaver. “We’re having discussions around that at the moment. But obviously we do need to be a little bit careful, because the high court must be respected when they injunction something.”

“We knew it was a little bit risky, but we took legal advice, and we were more confident that we’d win than not,” he added. “I think a lot of people have been surprised by the judgment. I personally think the law in this area is too strict and there are people looking at it for review at the moment. I think it would have been fine in the U.S. where parody is much more acceptable.”

The judge ruled in Gaga’s favor, saying that there could be confusion between the character and the pop star. “I have a huge amount of respect for IP owners and Lady Gaga and other musicians and what they’ve done, but something that is an obvious parody and that’s creative and enriches and delights a whole new audience I think is more positive,” argued Smith. “And it’s not detracting from her sales or damaging her in my opinion, and so I think it was a bit frustrating. We shall see, who knows where it will all end up ”

Despite this set back, Smith indicates that plans to release an album of Moshi Monsters music and possibly to put on a live tour based on the MMO have merely been delayed, not canceled. “We are doing the album, we don’t know whether we’re going to change… we don’t know quite how we’re going to deal with it,” he admitted.

Source: GamesIndustry.biz

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Gets Two Collector’s Editions

Square Enix has announced that they will release a Limited Collector’s Edition of Final Fantasy XIII-2. It will include a soundtrack CD with selected music tracks and artwork book titled “The Art of Final Fantasy XIII-2″ and a lenticular print of Lightning.

There will also be a Crystal Edition of Final Fantasy XIII-2. Along with the artbook it will have the 4-disc complete Final Fantasy XIII-2 original soundtrack and an exclusive t-shirt in a custom box that can’t be purchased anywhere else.

Batman: Arkham City’s First Week Sales Success

Batman: Arkham City has released and everything is coming up golden for the game so far. With Metacritic scores somewhere around 95 percent, putting it hotly in contention for numerous Game of the Year awards, it has also turned into the biggest U.K. release ever for WBIE.

Batman: Arkham City easily debuted at number one in the U.K. sales charts, doubling the first week sales of its predecessor, Batman: Arkham Asylum. The only 2012 launches that have been bigger so far are Gears Of War 3, L.A. Noire and FIFA 12.

Source: GamesIndusry.biz

Nintendo 3DS, Wii Nets Hulu Plus

Nintendo has announced that Hulu Plus will be available on 3DS and Wii by the end of 2011. The service has a subscription fee of $7.99 per month and adds to the streaming options already available from Netflix.

“Nintendo 3DS continues to evolve with great new features and functions designed to reinforce its position as a premiere entertainment device,” said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime.

Angry Birds: Rovio Wants A Billion Fans

Rovio has large ambitions for their Angry Birds property, which has been downloaded 400 million times. They want to reach more than double that number of fans, plus launch things like a movie.

“We recently hired David Maisel, former Chairman of Marvel Studios who produced Iron Man, to lead our movie efforts,” said Rovio’s North American general manager Andrew Stalbow. “We’re building a next generation media company.”

“Our big audacious goal at the company is to have one billion fans,” added Stalbow. “Our growth has been very strong but we’ve only just started. Half of our fans right now are in the United States, but the second biggest market for us is China which is also our fastest growing market.”

Source: BBC


Android Devices Not From Sony May Get PlayStation-Certification

SCE Chairman Kaz Hirai has indicated that PlayStation-Certification may come to third-party devices. Right now, it is only available on Sony’s Xperia Play, Tablet S, Tablet P, and PlayStation Vita.

“This isn’t an ecosystem where we want to keep everything within the Sony family, that’s the beauty of Android,” said Hirai. “We’re in discussions with non-Sony companies to bring them on-board. We’ll make those announcements when it’s time to go public with it. This is not just for Sony devices.”

Source: Engadget