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News for Nov. 05, 2006

King Kong Pinball slams onto mobile

11/05/06, 9:53 am EST - Xoanon

So in terms of narrative relevance, King Kong Pinball is a shameless tie-in. There never was a pinball scene in the movie – although we may be proved wrong when Peter Jackson's 18-hour director's cut is inevitably released. Nevertheless, Gameloft has decided to follow up its well-received King Kong action game with a pinball sim. And it's looking pretty good, as you can see from these screenshots. [More]

News for Oct. 19, 2006

PR For Games: Ubisoft On Promoting Kong, Steel, Creed

10/19/06, 9:47 pm EST - Xoanon

PR For Games: Ubisoft On Promoting Kong, Steel, Creed At the 2006 PR for Games Conference, Ubisoft senior public relations manager Michael Beadle presented an overview of the publisher's distinct PR strategies for three of its largest recent titles, including Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie and two upcoming titles, the Wii-exclusive Red Steel and the much-hyped Assassin's Creed.

Peter Jackson's King Kong, Promoted

According to Beadle, Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie was, from the very beginning, meant to appeal to a wide range of audience while establishing credibility among the core videogame playing population. To do this, Ubisoft's goal for promoting the game focused on its strength as a quality movie tie-in title, maximize buzz as an Xbox 360 launch title, and – somewhat uniquely – focus on the collaboration between game designer Michel Ancel and film director Peter Jackson. [More]

News for Sep. 27, 2006

X06: Peter Jackson Forms a Game Studio

9/27/06, 1:26 pm EST - Xoanon

From At its X06 event in Barcelona today, Microsoft announced a partnership with Peter Jackson to form a new studio called Wingnut Interactive to develop "world-class interactive entertainment." In addition, the announcement mentions that Peter Jackson is involved with Halo 3 and a future title based on an original property from Microsoft. Look for further details on Wingnut Interactive and these projects as X06 continues.

News for Aug. 09, 2006

King Kong game gets most nominations for Canada's first video game awards

8/09/06, 4:54 pm EST - Xoanon

Canadian Press: VANCOUVER (CP) - A video game based on the movie King Kong has won the most nominations for Canada's first video game and animation awards. The game, produced by Obi Soft[SIC] in Montreal, got seven nominations in the games category of the Canadian Awards for the Electronic and Animated Arts. Vancouver-based animation company Studio B dominated the animation categories, with 18 nominations. There are 37 awards categories in total, including Game of the Year, Best Animated Production and Student Game of the Year. Actor William Shatner will host the awards in Vancouver on Sept. 14. The video game industry makes over US $30 billion in worldwide sales, surpassing the movie business.

News for Jul. 07, 2006

LOTR Online Developer Chat Monday July 10

7/07/06, 12:22 pm EST - Xoanon

We are very pleased to announce a chat with Jeffrey Steefel, executive producer of the Lord of the Rings Online game. Join us in #TheHallofFire Monday, July 10th at 5:30pm to find out more about this exciting game!

Jeffrey Steefel joined Turbine, Inc in early 2004 and is currently the Executive Producer in charge of the upcoming MMORPG The Lord of the Rings Online. LOTRO will be the first and only online persistent world based directly on the literary works of J.R.R Tolkien and will host a world-wide community of fans and gamers.

Jeffrey has been a professional in the Entertainment and Technology industries for almost 20 years, serving as Executive, Director, Head of Production, Principal Designer and Business Strategist for multiple new-media, entertainment and technology organizations ranging from young start-ups to media and technology giant, Sony. [More]

News for Jun. 06, 2006

TwitchGuru Talks Production Diaries & Kong Game

6/06/06, 8:32 pm EST - Xoanon

Rob writes: Here is a feature story from TwitchGuru that includes an extensive interview with Michael Pellerin of the production diaries and Xavier Poix of the video game company Ubisoft. The two discuss the making of the film and the King Kong video game and discuss how the two forms of media are coming closer together. [More]

News for May 09, 2006

New Review of Kong Score Redux

5/09/06, 10:33 am EST - Xoanon

Popular game music website has posted a review of the remastered King Kong game soundtrack: "Composer Chance Thomas has been able to consistently latch onto the spirit of films and create entirely new, stellar game scores... What’s great about this particular soundtrack is it has the epic aura of a cinematic score but is highly functional and pivotal to the player’s enjoyment and progression in the game. That’s what you call the best of both worlds." [More]
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