GTA V Early Pre-Order Bonuses Announced

Reports are that pre-order customers of Grand Theft Auto V will receive photo viewer keychains showing off the sights of Los Santos including the Vespucci Canals, Zancudo River, Grapeseed and Vinewood Hills. At GameStop, players also receive a double-sided poster.

Additionally, a new trailer is coming soon, after being delayed due to weather. “We are working on a second trailer – unfortunately Hurricane Sandy has derailed our plans somewhat but we will have something to show soon. It’s hard to be precise as we have no power whatsoever in our New York office. We hope everyone else in affected areas is doing okay.”

Source: IGN.com

IPad Mini Sells Out In New York

Reports are that the iPad mini sold out at all stores that were open in New York. While many stores were closed in the Manhattan area due to the storm, there were lines around the block where they were open.

Supplies of the iPad mini are sold out at Apple’s flagship Fifth Avenue store, with white and silver models gone within 30 minutes, said Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White. “The iPad mini is off to a strong start and we believe this will be the next star in the Apple portfolio,” White said.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Halo 4 Cross Promotions Galore

Microsoft has rolled out the cross promotions for Halo 4 in an attempt to make the game the biggest in the history of the franchise. Pizza Hut is offering the Halo 4 Stuffed Crust pizza featuring a “golden halo” of Red Leicester cheese.

Doritos and Mountain Dew is also releasing specially marked Halo 4 products that give you access to double XP and exclusive items, like the Custom Locust Helmet. Find out more at DewXP.com.

There’s also a Halo 4 iOS app that gives players the option to become “king of the hill” by scanning Mountain Dew and Doritos products to earn bonus prizes. Download the app at iTunes.com.

FishVille, Treasure Isle To Close December 5

Zynga revealed that Treasure Isle and FishVille will be officially closed December 5. These games will be the first of 13 that Zynga will eliminate in the months to come.

FishVille has 730,000 MAUs and 70,000 DAUs, though at the game’s peak it had 7.45 million DAUs. Treasure Isle has 540,000 MAUs and 80,000 DAUs.

These closings are part of a major restructuring announced by Zynga that will close their studio in Boston, reduce its workforce in Austin and severely curtail its studios in the U.K. and Japan.

Wreck-It Ralph Smashes $49 Million At Box Office

Wreck-It Ralph managed to rack up $49.1 million during its first weekend at the box office. This makes it the biggest debut for an animated Disney film at the box office, replacing 2010’s Tangled.

What’s more, the movie has managed mostly positive reviews, managing about 84 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The family film, laced with old-school arcade nostalgia, is expected to perform very well until it receives animated competition from Rise of the Guardians.

Source: MTV.com

Wii U Advertising Campaign Launch Video

Nintendo is rolling out its TV advertising campaign for the Wii U, and it’s clearly aimed towards a mainstream audience and attempting to show off the functionality of the Wii U’s GamePad. Along with lots of smiling happy families we get the slogan of the system: “How U Will Play Next.”

Facebook App Search Points To Big Plans

Facebook has added a search function into its App Center, raising speculation that it plans to soon introduce search ads for app developers. The site is already giving developers the option to promote their apps through Sponsored Results.

TechCrunch says of the new feature, “That sets the stage for ads within App Center. This prediction falls right in line with Facebook’s strategy to become the leading source of app discovery outside of the official Apple App Store and Google Play marketplace — where no ads appear. It believes that with social recommendations and quality ratings based on how often people actually use an app, it can help us find apps better than simple ranked lists based on downloads.”

Source: TechCrunch.com

Dreamfall Sequel Will Be On Kickstarter

Ragnar Tornquist has founded Red Thread Games to make a sequel to The Longest Journey and Dreamfall. While the studio has secured a grant from the Norwegian Film Institute to fund pre-production, the company will shift to crowd funding after that.

“We will be doing a Kickstarter,” he said. “Not right now, but we will be doing it in the near future . . . In order to fully develop Dreamfall Chapters we’re going to need more money and we will be going to Kickstarter.”

Meanwhile, he will continue to work with Funcom while he maintains Red Thread Games as a separate entity. “I’ll still be contributing a lot to the story side [of The Secret World], advising Joel [Bylos] and the team,” Tornquist continued. “I’m working on the master story document at the moment, making sure all the threads are coming together and we know where we’re at. I want to make sure the team are as independent as possible but I have no plans to leave. The Secret World is very dear to me and I plan to stay on as long as possible.”

Source: Rock Paper Shotgun

Raptr Launches Desktop App

Raptr announced that it is launching a Desktop App that serves as an in-game gateway to the web. This will make sure that players no longer have to disrupt their games in order to communicate and access web content, share experiences, and access Raptr tracking and reward tools.

“We are completely obsessed with serving players a richer game and community experience,” said Dennis Fong, CEO, Raptr. “Through our new Raptr Desktop App, we are delivering a seamless in-game experience to players with the power to play games and simultaneously tap into their favorite web services and destinations, community discussions and content. Gamers can say goodbye to alt tabbing.”

Check out the Raptr Desktop App at raptr.com/download.