Play Your Video Games
Here’s a project that neatly weds our collective video game nostalgia with modern technology: To celebrate the classic arcade game Frogger’s 30th birthday (and, let’s be real, in a not-so-subtle attempt to get his work into the Smithsonian), Tyler DeAngelo, a creative director at ad agency Devito/Verdi, redesigned the game based on real time traffic data.
Occupy Wall Street
Tom Clancy can certainly count himself among the 1 percent. But the newest edition of his long-running video game series, Rainbow Six, has operatives gunning down Wall Street fat cats in a action packed extension of Occupy Wall Street.
It’s bizarre to see a man who blamed September 11th on on left wing politician, a card-carrying member of the NRA, tapping into the #OWS zeitgeist with a revenge fantasy against American bankers.
Live Gamer, the robust e-commerce platform that helps publishers monetize video games, just announced an $8.5 million VC investment from Charles River Ventures and Kodiak Venture Partners, reports TechCrunch. According to its Crunchbase profile, that represents the company’s fourth investment round, bringing the company’s total funding to $36.3 million.
The startup, which is headquartered in New York City, already boasts high-profile partnerships to power micro transactions for gaming companies like EA, Sony, Real Networks, and THQ. Live Gamer’s platform lets publishers manage the merchandising and analytics of virtual goods. It also helps control support for in-game currency, payment gateways, virtual item gifting and more.
Not that we’re usually covering video games or anything, but a software-related development worth noting: Activision/Blizzard’s hit series, Call of Duty—which simulates war, in pretty realistic detail—released their latest title Modern Warfare 3 yesterday. People went crazy for it. Literally, crazy.
We're Number 1
Sure, we always assumed there was less to do out on Long Island than here in the five boroughs. But it doesn’t seem like the kind of place with no distractions, given the sweet beaches, surfing and Hamptons crowd.
But according to a new report from the finance site Bundle, residents of Huntington, New York on the North Shore spend the most on video games of any place in America. In fact they spend 4.08 times the average! And this isn’t an isolated case. North Hempstead, a little ways west, comes in second in a national poll, at 2.32 times the national average.
Is this just a perfect storm of wealthy, indulgent parents and bored teenagers, or is something more important at work? An indigenous gaming culture taking root in L.I. so strong it makes the rest of our great nation look like a bunch of lazy, broke chumps?
We put the question to Twitter and it didn’t take long for native Strong Islanders to give us their answers:
Begun in the 1940s as a penny arcade and museum of oddities, the Chinatown Fair Arcade was one of the last great haunts for coin-operated machines and their all-night jockeys.
It played host to an eclectic crowd of gamers, dancers, freaks and thugs, all joined by a common love of great arcade action, the kind of physical, sweat-inducing play that is hard to find on a console.
The location shut down suddenly in February after the owner received an eviction notice. Kurt Vincent, a independent filmmaker from Brooklyn, captured the last, emotional night, as players from across the five boroughs flocked for a final taste.
Last week New York based video game studio Gate Five filed suit against the first lady of hip-hop, alleging that Beyonce Knowles walked away from a project called Starpower: Beyonce.
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At first glance, the indie rock ethos of music mega-site Pitchfork seems to have little in common with the joystick jockey world of video gaming.
But starting this week thoughtful features on everything from Angry Birds to Sword and Sorcery will be appearing on Pitchfork through a new partnership with Kill Screen magazine.
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Hits and Misses
This seems like a strange one two punch. Back in February Viacom announced that it was shutting down MTV Games, which published the blockbuster hit Rock Band.
Today Viacom announced that MTV Networks will launching a new arm, 345 Games, to produce titles based on popular television shows like Ugly Americans and Deadliest Warrior.
Hopefully someone found a little corporate synergy in this whole switcheroo.