– From your television to your…well…television comes American Idol: the videogame. Based on the “hit” TV series of the same name, this yet unnamed title by Vivendi Universal is to be packaged with its own microphone, presumably for audio input to the game.
– Riding on the coattails of hordes of Lord of the Rings titles slated for release this fall is one based on the series’ prequel, The Hobbit. Details are scant at the moment, but keep your ears out for this GameCube title around when the third movie is released.
– Holy cow event of the month: 4Kids Entertainment has licensed Konami to create brand new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles videogames. Konami, of course, are the makers of the previous stellar TMNT titles (The Arcade Game for NES, Turtles in Time for SNES, etc.); here’s hoping to another great success.
– Say, remember that company that made that cool Bond game on N64? I think Nintendo practically owned them; weren’t they called Rare or something? I just heard that Nintendo sold their 49% stock in them to Microsoft for $375 million! OMG can you believe it?
– If you’re looking to purchase a DSL service and a non-Nintendo next-gen console between now and September 30th, we just may know a way to help you out. Anyone who purchases a DSL service from Speakeasy within the next day is entitled to receive either a PlayStation 2 or an Xbox—totally free of charge. Maybe this news would have been better suited in the last issue, eh?
– StarCraft fans take heed; your game is about to return to the land of consoles. Announced at the Tokyo Game Show 2002, StarCraft: Ghost is to be a “tactical-action console game set in Blizzard’s epic StarCraft universe”. If you want more information check out http://www.gamespy.com; they’ve got a cute insider preview. I don’t care enough to post any more here.
– Michael Crichton, famed author of Congo, Jurassic Park (insert pissed-about-new-Star-Fox joke here), and Andromeda Strain has recently signed a deal to work with Sega for an all-new videogame. The game, which has no plot, genre, or platform yet specified, should be released in about two to three years.
– With the recent success of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within and Tomb Raider (hehe), Warner Bros. Pictures is working with i.d. Software to produce a Doom movie, based after the third in the series. Sources say that WB is looking to pin this future classic (hehe) with a PG-13 rating, thus ensuring the total pussification of an ultra-violent luminary.