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Ubisoft Launches Movie Studio To Make Movies of Its Games 114

Variety reports that Ubisoft, the game studio behind Assassin's Creed, the Tom Clancy games and the recent Prince of Persia titles, has launched Ubisoft Motion Pictures for the purpose of turning its game franchises into TV and movie franchises. "Ubisoft's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time was brought to the bigscreen by Jerry Bruckheimer, with Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead. The 2010 pic grossed about $335 million worldwide. The publisher started expanding its reach in 2007, when it launched Ubisoft Digital Arts, a computer animation studio, which created Avatar's ground-breaking 3D vidgame. A year later, it acquired Montreal-based visual effects house Hybride Technologies."

Submission + - Thrown off Adsense, and he's not sure why (duckworksmagazine.com)

rhyder128k writes: Dylan Winter, freelance writer, broadcaster and film maker, has built a business around making high quality, niche films on the subjects of sailing and trucking. He gives an outline of how much money he makes, who his customers are and how, by working with organizations such as Adsense, Yahoo and Amazon, he was able to turn his creative endeavors into an income. He was a walking, talking (and filming) example of how creatives, trained in traditional media production can profitably re-orientate themselves towards engagement with the Internet age.

However, things went wrong when he awoke one morning to discover that he had been thrown off Adsense. The moral: if you're thinking of building a business that relies on Adsense, bear in mind that they have a user contract that allows them to throw you off the service on a whim. Maybe the user experience would improve if Google had a bit more competition in this area?

Submission + - National Opt Out Day a "non-event" (cnn.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Despite the anger over "naked" body scanners and enhanced pat-down procedures, the planned protest has been described as non-existent by many travellers on the busiest travel day of the year.

"It's a nonevent," said Christopher White, a spokesman for AirTran Airways. "... When it comes down to it, people want to get to their destinations as quickly and easily as possible."

"We haven't seen any impact on operations today," said Al Snedeker, a spokesman for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Georgia. "... Things are running smoothly."

"Many, many compliments and few opt-outs," said a report from Boston, Massachusetts.


Submission + - Eggs Thrown at German Street View Opt-Out Homes (thinq.co.uk)

Stoobalou writes: Vandals have attacked the houses of German home-owners who opted out of Google's Street View service, which began rolling out across the country this month.

Homes in the Bergerhausen area of Essen, western Germany were pelted with eggs, according to local media reports. Some houses had messages reading 'Google's cool' pinned to their doors.

All of the homes attacked were among the 250,000 German households who scrambled to opt out of Google Street View by having images of their homes removed from the service.

Submission + - Is Valve's Anti-Cheat software faulty? (rockpapershotgun.com)

HaymarketRiot writes: There have been reports that Valve's Anti-Cheat software (VAC) has recently banned a large number of Modern Warfare 2 players. A banning from VAC is especially strict in that there is no chance of appeal, as that would show a fault in supposedly perfect software. Word from the associated Steam Group indicates that the problem may be the fault of the game's developers, Infinity Ward.

Submission + - Branson Says Flight Ban an Overraction (yahoo.com) 1

HaymarketRiot writes: Richard Branson has claimed that the flight ban, due to the eruption of the volcano Eyjafjallajokull, was an overraction on the part of the authorities. Britain's government has even called for the airlines to be compensated. This does look like a perfect excuse for already greedy airlines to try and get more money...any experts care to comment on the effect of volcanic ash on planes?

Submission + - Chinese Propaganda Official Pranked (chinasmack.com) 1

FGS writes: "Deputy Director Wu Hao, a Chinese propaganda official, was pranked during a speech by being showered by 50 cents RMB notes. For those who don't get the joke, the Chinese government hires people to make pro-government comments online, primarily on Chinese message boards. These people are said to be paid 50 cents RMB per post and, as such, are called the wu mao dang, or 'fifty cent party'. So, given the exchange rates, someone really does have a nickle for every time that happens. There has been no word yet on what happened to the guy who pulled this prank. This is the original story, for those who can read Chinese."

Submission + - The gradual erosion of the right to privacy (bbc.co.uk)

PeteV writes: "There is an interesting article on the BBC website based around research carried out by Dr Kieron O'Hara of Southampton Univeristy. He points out (under british law) that an individuals right to privacy is being eroded by the behaviour of those who have no qualms about broadcasting every intimate detail of their life online (via social networking sites) because the privacy law is predicated in part upon the concept of a "reasonable expectation of privacy" . I think his request "for people to be more aware of the impact on society of what they publish online" is likely to fall on deaf ears, but in effect what he is saying is that the changing habits of the world-wide community of social networkers is likely to have an effect upon english law and how it is interpreted. Given that the significant bulk of social networkers are american, this might be interpreted as "american behaviour" may cause changes in the interpretation of english law (which is not to say english people dont also post their intimate details on Facebook)."
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Submission + - What Do I Do with My Nintendo Gamecube? 2

eldavojohn writes: "I can't imagine I'm alone with this dilemma. I own a Wii and — for many years — a Gamecube. The Gamecube, while small, is taking up space in my storage bins and the other day I decided it was time to take it into a local game shop specializing in very old hardware. They would give me $16 for it IF I brought them a genuine Nintendo Gamecube controller. Now, my controllers are fully employed for use with my Wii as are my old Gamecube games (and yes, they all work flawlessly unlike other manufacturers' attempts at backwards compatibility). So I wondered what Slashdotters have done with their Gamecubes. I mean, there is some homebrew on it but wouldn't it work just as well on a Wii? I'm interested if anyone has had any luck with ScummVM or Linux but what do I do with it if I get Linux running on it? If it helps your imagination, I did splurge for the ethernet port add-on in college to play Phantasy Star Online with. Failing all else, I could use it as a testing platform for homebrew development which would keep potentially harmful code off my Wii. I'm more of a software guy than a hardware guy so who has any ideas or stories for Gamecube life after the advent of the Wii? Right now it's about one week away from being donated."

Submission + - Indie Dev Begins 100 Day Sit-In Against Nintendo (wordpress.com)

HaymarketRiot writes: "Independent game developer Robert Pelloni has recently started a 100 day long sit-down protest against Nintendo. Despite filling all the requirements, Nintendo is refusing to grant Pelloni an officail Nintendo DS development license. Having spent years working on this game, Pelloni has barricaded himself inside his office and is protesting, via webcam, Nintendo's behavior."

Submission + - Germany Demands Changes to The Darkness (gamesindustry.biz) 1

HaymarketRiot writes: "GamesIndustry.biz is reporting that German officials have demanded several changes to Take-Two's new dark shooter. 'Nazi symbols, a finishing move and several mechanics relating to "Darklings" have had to be removed in order to satisfy the board's demands. The finishing move — a CGI sequence showing a human heart being ripped out — must be replaced by a yellowish-green-fog "soul absorption" instead.' Are these warranted changes, or just another instance of authorities overstepping their bounds?"

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