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Rise of the Argonauts to feature score by Tyler Bates 50°
August 13, 2008 // 5:35 pm - Tyler Bates, a music producer and composer for films, has composed a music score for Codemasters and Liquid Entertainment's upcoming gladiatorial action-RPG called 'Rise of the Argonauts'.

This is the first score composed for a game by Bates but he has worked on numerous Hollywood films including 'Doomsday', 'Dawn of the Dead' and '300′.

To quote: "The mythical nature of Rise of the Argonauts encouraged me to go beyond TV and movies and compose the score for my first video game.

Rise of the Argonauts is an epic game with some of the...

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Blu-ray Sales Rise 300% Despite Staggering US Economy 100°
July 28, 2008 // 5:04 am - PSU writes: In a beneficial turn of events for the home entertainment industry, Blu-ray sales continue to rise drastically despite the staggering U.S. economy.

As DVD sales decline, Blu-ray has been filling in the gap, generating more than $200 million in the first half of 2008. This is in stark contrast to the same point last year, where Blu-ray earnings were less than 33% of current figures.

"We are trending 8% Blu-ray sales [per title], and at the end of the year, we will be between 10% and 12%," stated Mike Dunn of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

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Gizmondo to Rise from the Dead in Winter 2008, Founder says 50°
May 11, 2008 // 3:28 am - Not only is Gizmondo coming back, Carl Freer says you can expect to see a new version of the handheld console by the end of the year–this time without the whole defrauding investors and crashing Ferraris schtick, supposedly.

In an interview in the Gizmondo forums, Freer claimed that, "There is still incredible value in the Gizmondo. And with the enhancements we're adding... we feel it's only the beginning of where we can go with the product."

Gizmondo version 2.0 will include a new graphics chip, Windows CE 6.0 (which comes with "a lot of 'new' goodies," Freer...

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Blu-ray usage on the rise among PS3 owners, study concludes 50°
May 3, 2008 // 4:19 pm - Are you using your PS3 for Blu-ray movies? A new study shows that yes, in fact, you are. Blu-ray usage is on the rise amongst PS3 owners, according to Warner Home Video's research.

It seems that between the last quarter of 2007 and the end of February saw a usage increase of the PS3 as a Blu-ray player from 53% to 80%. In addition to this, after Sony's ad campaign pushing Blu-ray, disc sales rose from 10% to 15% between October and December of 2007.

Take it as you will, but the PS3 is definitely paving the road for Blu-ray and we hope you get more out of your system...

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Big Huge Purchase: THQ Buys Rise of Nations Developer 50°
January 14, 2008 // 10:38 pm - THQ has announced it will acquire Big Huge Games (Rise of Nations, Catan) for an undisclosed sum, making the Maryland-based studio a wholly-owned subsidiary.

To quote: In May of 2007, THQ and Big Huge Games announced a development agreement for an RPG led by Oblivion developer Ken Rolston, currently anticipated for a 2009 debut on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

So why bring Big Huge in-house? When Gamasutra spoke to THQ executive vice president of worldwide studios Jack Sorensen, he stated that getting to know the Big Huge team played a role in motivating the acquisition,...

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Teen Opens PlayStation 3 Box, Finds Phone Book Inside! 200°
December 26, 2007 // 11:34 pm - No kidding... $500 for a phone book at a Thousand Oaks EB Games.

Imagine tearing into a holiday present to find a PlayStation 3 box... with a phone book sealed inside! That's what happened to 13-year-old Brandon Burns Christmas morning.

He says he laughed about it when it happened. His parents... not so much, since they spent $500 for the PS3. According to a spokesperson for the store involved, the matter has since been resolved.

Video can be seen here!

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Ubisoft taunts with forthcoming Assassin's Creed surprise 50°
October 23, 2007 // 3:43 am - "Document sans nom," the title reads in French. A single bloody feather falls onto a vacant white backdrop. The calligraphy reads "Nothing is true. Everything is permitted." Flashes of molecular diagrams fill the page momentarily. November 14, 2007. Be prepared.

These are the words left from the haunting email sent out by Ubisoft Montreal today. The email, picture below, contained a single bloody feather with almost no indication of what the forthcoming surprise is aside from "another" coming soon. I've been looking forward to Assassin's...

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