GTA V Trailer Shows ‘Different Experience’ Than Saints Row, Says THQ

Grand Theft Auto V made a big splash with its recently revealed trailer, which left some wondering whether THQ and Saints Row: The Third should be worried. However, THQ CEO Brian Farrell likes the placement of the game now compared to GTA V sometime next year, and notes the two games a very different.

“The GTA trailer is a high-quality trailer, but it shows the completely different positioning of the two games,” said Farrell. “A very different experience. The Saints Row: The Third trailer shows all the crazy stuff in the game, and if you read the forums, people love it.”

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

Kinect Sensor Holiday Bundle Has Three Games

Microsoft has announced a new Xbox 360 Kinect Sensor Holiday Bundle. This bundle has three full games plus the Kinect sensor for one low price.

“This bundle will retail for $149 MSRP and will include a Kinect Sensor and three full Kinect Games: Fruit Ninja Kinect, The Gunstringer and Kinect Adventures,” said Larry “Major Nelson“ Hryb. “This bundle will be available for a limited time while supplies last and individual offers may vary by region.”

GTA V — First Glimpse

Regardless of the year, Grand Theft Auto is always the most anticipated game on the landscape, even if a new entry isn’t coming. Rockstar, in typical low-key Rockstar fashion, has unleashed the first Grand Theft Auto V trailer on the world and it looks nothing short of amazing.

Syndicate – Hostile Takeover

The new Syndicate creatively re-imagines the franchise as a shooter, but what if you want to participate in squad tactics like the original It’s here, and it comes in the form of four player co-op!

Sony Asks ‘Are We All Not Players?’

Video games are inherently competitive things, whether it’s against other humans, AI opponents or our own previous high-score. This new ad spot for PlayStation says that its part of humanity to be competitive and be the best in what we do, essentially stating we are all gamers in our own way.