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Lord help us and stop this man while you're at it. Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick offered a rather uncanny (and somehow utterly disconcerting) idea during the America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference, which was held yesterday in California.

Kotick confirms that Activision is pondering the concept of taking cut-scenes from games, like StarCraft 2, and pasting them together into one big movie and then charging for it between $20 to $30. The CEO seems to think a lot of people would buy it. So, Bobby Kotick wants to take cinematics out of games and package them as premium movie content for roughly half the price of the retail edition of the game.

"If we were to take that hour, or hour and a half, and take it out of the game and we were to go to our audiences, who we have their credit card information a direct relationship, and say to them 'Would you like to have the StarCraft movie?' considers Kotick.

"My guess is unlike film studios that are really stuck with a model that goes through theatrical distribution and takes a signification amount of the profit away, if we were to go to an audience and say 'We have this great hour and a half of linear video that we'd like to make available to you at a $20 or $30 price point,' you'd have the biggest opening weekend of any film ever."

Don't know about you, but after the initial shock and some serious eye-twitching, I decided to hire a hitman. Something tells me I won't be the only one...


"Holy shit please someone do something and really fucking fast this can't happen if it does I'll... - JakeTehSnake"34

We've just received new video from the folks at EA. 'The MoH Experience Part 4 - Friends From Afar' video gives us a bit of sniper action from Medal of Honor (due out next month):

"Give it time. FPS's will evolve with the next generation of consoles and accessories. Look at the... - jokester"4

According to the folks behind Alan Wake, the upcoming DLC for the game is set to feature 'The Darkest Star' by globally recognized electronic band Depeche Mode.

"Depeche Mode is a great fit for the upcoming Alan Wake DLC that links strongly with the game's storyline. Having consulted with Remedy on their previous DLC 'The Signal' for which we provided the song 'No, I Don't Remember' by Swedish singer-songwriter Anna Ternheim, we are thrilled to once again supply fitting and relevant music to one of the top-developers in the Nordic region." said Andreas Olsson, VP Sales at EMI Music Publishing Scandinavia.

"The music of Depeche Mode adds to the atmosphere and feel of the thriller. It is awesome to see great music and gameplay come together to tell an epic conclusion to the story. The song is so fitting to the scene in Alan Wake that every time I play it, it makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. The new DLC and the song really complement each other, and I hope everyone will enjoy the thrill." Said Oskari Häkkinen, Head of Franchise Development at Remedy.

Hm, Depeche and Alan Wake... not a bad combo actually. Looking forward to this one. Bloody shame it's only DLC.

"fuck Alan Wake, i have my DM disc and im sticking to it. - Vodoo"1

Rockstar releases a trailer for the new DLC, Red Dead Redemption 'Liars and Cheats' (slated for release on September 21 via PSN and Xbox Live):

"I am not sure about this game. I bought an xbox360 to play it (VADER) and it was beautiful and... - DylanDeVille"6

Halo: Reach is already being regarded as the "biggest entertainment launch of 2010 in just a few days on sale," as confirmed by publisher Microsoft. The game was released on Tuesday and its sales surpassed every game, movie and entertainment launch in 2010 (apparently, even the opening weekends of Iron Man 2 and Toy Story 3).

During the TGS Microsoft announced that Reach made over $200 million in its first 24 hours on sale. "Halo: Reach is the biggest game Microsoft has ever released, and its launch has already surpassed every game, movie and entertainment launch this year," said Phil Spencer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Game Studios. "Every major installment has grown in scope and popularity, firmly cementing the 'Halo' franchise as one of the most popular entertainment properties in the world over the past decade."

In related news, Bungie's shooter shifted over 300,000 copies in the UK on its first day of release.

Someone asked me a few days ago if MS will actually be dishing out more Halo games after Halo: Reach. Well, this bloody well answers their question.

Check out our review of Halo: Reach.

"Around the time Halo Legends came out (and it was terrible), there was an interview stating that... - jokester"16

More media from the TGS coming in. Check out the latest screenshots from Konami's Castlevania: Lords of Shadow:

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Space Invaders reborn... Space Invaders Infinity Gene, the frantic shooter, is available via Xbox Live and PSN. Here's the launch trailer for the game:

"loooked soooo trippy towards the end :D daaamn :D fuckers ofc made it console only...douches - Shpongle"4

Sorry had this one up on the site yesterday, but forgot to tell you guys about it (what with the new design and all the stuff coming from the TGS...). Anyway, it's the 'Night Race' trailer for Codemasters' upcoming F1 racing game. Check it out:

"High hopes for this. Please don't be Grid but with F1 Cars... - SeriousAlex"1

Wow, Street Fighter meets God of War? Looks that way to me. Anyway, what we have here is the latest project from Capcom and CyberConnect 2 (best known for their work on the Naruto series). They're calling this one Asura's Wrath and have described it as a combo of Naruto-style over-the-top action and mature ultra-violence.

The first screenshots have arrived:

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And let's not forget the announcement trailer:

"Those Asians don´t know where to stop. GRAAAH BLEEEEEH WRUUUGH SHRRRRG DRAAAH SGHRASH!!!!!!... - RenegadeCZ"12

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