Ngmoco Talks Console Disruption By Tablets

Increasingly, social and mobile games are seeing increased complexity, with gameplay starting to compare favorably to console counterparts. ngmoco CEO Neil Young indicates that this doesn’t bode well for gaming consoles.

“If you look forward kind of one or maybe even two years it’s not hard to imagine that the console business in the living room is going to get disrupted by tablets in a really meaningful way,” said Young. “You know, AirPlay is a little glimpse in the direction that things are going, and we want to make sure that ngmoco and DeNA are at the very forefront of that and working with the most talented people in the world.”

Young indicated that not only will ngmoco have great games, but there might be major marketing support as well. “DeNA is a big believer in marketing and consumer marketing to drive awareness around games and the network itself. In Japan we’re the #2 advertiser on television, so every seventh commercial you see on television is a Mobage commercial.”

Source: IndustryGamers

Legend Of Zelda Will Return To 3DS

The Legend of Zelda series has seen two major releases this year in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. The next game to come out in the series will almost certainly be on the 3DS, according to series producer Eiji Aonuma.

“We are already preparing a new game, a game in the series for the Nintendo 3DS, but don’t think that it is a direct sequel to the Zelda titles released on DS,” said Aonuma. “We are talking about a new game, but it takes much of what has been done on previous handhelds.”

As for a The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask remake on 3DS, he said, “It’s something I’m asked about often and I assure you that it is something I’ve spoken to Miyamoto about. But recently we released The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D as a remake. We are considering the idea, but it didn’t seem right to launch a remake one after another, so the next Zelda game on 3DS will be original.”


Fallout: New Vegas Goes Ultimate

It was announced that there will be a Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition. Along with the full game, it will include the DLC Dead Money, Honest Hearts, Old World Blues, Lonesome Road, Courier’s Stash, and Gun Runners’ Arsenal.

The Obsidian Entertainment developed game was riddled with bugs when it first released, although most of the major issues have been ironed out now one year later. Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition will be available February 7, 2012 for $49.99 on PS3 and Xbox 360, or $39.99 for PC.

Namco Bandai Talks Focusing On ‘Less Is More’

Namco Bandai has made a concerted effort to try and expand its publishing business in the West, bringing out games like Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom, Enslaved: Journey to the West and Dark Souls. Probably their biggest coup, however, however, is that they’ve landed Level-5’s Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch for North America

“For us, if you look at the course of what we’ve done last year, we’ve narrowed our slate to really good titles. We focused on less is more,” said Carlson Choi, Vice President of Marketing at Namco Bandai. “When started talking to Level-5 — look guys we have a great opportunity. We have a great team in the States and we can maximize the potential of the game in the West. Those are the kinds of things we brought to the table because at the end of the day we want to bring the best games to the market.”

Source: Siliconera

Visit The Secret World Of Arrietty

The Secret World of Arrietty is the latest film from the makers of the recent classics Spirited Away and Ponyo. Based on Mary Norton’s acclaimed children’s book series The Borrowers, it has all the charming story elements that you could expect from Studio Ghibli.

Steven Spielberg’s Project LMNO Sunk By Lack Of Direction

Steven Spielberg conceived of the basic concept of a man escaping with an alien woman away from government agents, but he did not get involved in the nitty-gritty of game development for Project LMNO. The lack of any concrete direct may have sunk the project.

“It was about a relationship between two characters and some aspect of that relationship they had an idea for, generally, like: ‘We want to have this other game system in here but we haven’t developed it at all, we haven’t even designed it . . . Jason, think of something. What would you stick in here ‘,” said independent developer Jason Rohrer. “So, I came up with ideas that were totally not what they expected and totally interesting to them, prototyped some of them, and then I stopped hearing from them. A couple of months later I heard they were all getting laid off.”

“Spielberg was of course the big creative vision behind the whole thing but he wasn’t even there! He would come in every week or so and meet with them and see what they were doing, but he wasn’t there when I was there and I never got to talk to him or see him or anything,” he added. “He wasn’t being very hands-on, so it was kind of Doug and Randy trying to interpret his vision and show things to him and it kind of felt like it lacked direction. That’s what I would say. Maybe that’s why it kind of failed in the end.”

Source: Edge

Walmart Celebrating Release Of Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Walmart will give consumers an early sneak peak at Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, with tournaments at participating stores starting Monday, November 7, 2011 before the midnight release of the game. There will also be 20-packs of Mountain Dew that will have codes for 90-minutes of double experience points.

“Walmart is the destination for all gamers this holiday season,” said Seong Ohm, senior vice president of entertainment, Walmart U.S. “When it comes to entertainment, Walmart offers unbelievable prices on the widest assortment of gaming devices from brand name consoles to new releases.”

Heavy Rain Coming Complete In Director’s Cut

Sony has announced that they are releasing Heavy Rain: Director’s Cut. This version of the game will include DLC, the original soundtrack, bonus videos, three dynamic themes, new concept art and bonus trailers.

“As a thank you to all current (and future) Heavy Rain fans, SCEA is making the Heavy Rain Crime Scene Dynamic Theme available FREE through the PlayStation Network (PSN) to commemorate the release of the Heavy Rain: Director’s Cut. Starting November 8th, PSN members can download this visually stunning dynamic theme, depicting one of the game’s most chilling crime scenes visited by FBI profiler, Norman Jayden, in his frantic search for the Origami Killer,” said Jefferson Dong, Product Marketing Manager at SCEA.

VGA 2011 To Feature New Metal Gear, Alan Wake And More

Today some of the first hints of the year about what this year’s VGA’s will contain. There will no doubt be many more surprises that will be revealed in the weeks to come.

Sure to please fans of the Xbox 360 original, Alan Wake will return in one form or another. BioWare will reveal a new game from a new studio, whatever that might mean, and the “truth” about Metal Gear Solid: Rising will be revealed, as the game makes a public appearance for the first time in more than a year.


China Becoming World’s Second-Largest Ad Market

China’s economy is like an engine that just won’t stop, thanks to multitudes of government investments and a large amount of eager consumers. Now a major advertising firm is predicting it will be their second largest market.

“I would anticipate that China would become our third market quite quickly and within a few years will be our second-largest market,” said WPP chief executive Martin Sorrell.

Right now, mainland China is WPP’s fourth-largest market for revenue, behind only U.S., Britain, and Germany. The greater Chinese market that includes Hong Kong and Taiwan is worth around $1.1 billion.

The company is launching a new school of marketing and communications in Shanghai to reflect the growth of the market. Sorrell says the three-year course will help develop local talent and foster more loyalty within the industry.

“The problem with our industry is that people believe the way you develop talent is by stealing it,” said Sorrell. “Our competitors, especially the ones who are desperate, are especially adept at stealing talent.”

There will be 50 students in this year’s inaugural class. “We will provide internships and offer employment after graduation based on each student’s performance,” said Sorrell. “Graduates are not guaranteed positions, much like the real world.”

Source: AdWeek