BizSpots: Acclaim, Adapt, WCG

Free-to-play MMOGs now delivered; digital-art conference keynoted; gaming tournament finds broadcasters.

BOTS, 9 Dragons shipping out with SwiftCD
Getting free games into players' hands has been working well so far for Acclaim, who last March announced its 1 millionth registered user to its online network. But not everyone can be bothered with lengthy download times. Lucky for those folks, the publisher sent word earlier this week that physical copies of two of its most popular games, BOTS and 9 Dragons, could be shipped to them by way of SwiftCD.com. Visitors to either game's site can order a CD or DVD of the game for a $3.99 shipping and handling fee ($4.99 for international orders).

Tippett Adapts to Montreal
Montreal's Adapt 2007 conference named additional speakers to its lineup today. Delivering the keynote address at this year's digital-art production conference will be Phil Tippett, founder of Berkeley, California-based Tippett Studio. Tippett has amassed an impressive collection of awards over his 30-year career, including two Academy Awards and two Emmys. Also speaking at the event will be Todd Vaziri from Industrial Light and Magic, and Michael Fong of Pixar Animation Studios. The Adapt 2007 conference takes place September 24-28 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Montreal. Tickets for the event are discounted by $100 through August 24.

WCG headed to Spike TV, MTV
Gaming competitions are picking up steam in mainstream media of late. Earlier this month, the World Series of Video Games announced its tournaments would be shown during CBS's Sports Spectacular lineup. This week, the World Cyber Games sends word it's found a home for its tournaments on Spike TV and MTV's affiliates. WCG content will be featured during Spike's Game Head program, and the network will also air the WCG 2007 Grand Final this November. Through MTV's GameTrailers and Xfire services, the WCG will promote its events through short video segments. Xfire users will also have the opportunity to challenge WCG teams through its "Play With the Pros" events.

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25 comments
danny_the_boy
danny_the_boy

I play 9dragons its awsome u guys should giv it ago. i wonder how many more people will join with it out to buy, not sure if it will make a big change but its a wicked game none the less

DoctorFu
DoctorFu

I might look into this.. Sounds pretty interesting.

kaim_i
kaim_i

y would u buy a free mmorpg?? u can download it, the energy to download the file is less that buying it ppl....

MichaeltheCM
MichaeltheCM

Finally! seriously what took them so long?

BelmontMaster
BelmontMaster

I don't know if you all know this but this is a different Acclaim. Its just a random group of guys who bought out the name since the old Acclaim died out.

Maxer9
Maxer9

I'm surprised to see Acclaim in this position now- although Acclaim never really struck me as an AAA developer/publisher.

Demmi_Argo
Demmi_Argo

Its a shame that the old acclaim went down in flames. I remember that everytime I fired up my copy of crazy taxi I would see that acclaim logo drive around my screen. *sighs* oh well, all good things must come to an end some time or another.

Serbine
Serbine

Don't forget Acclaim also did Armorines: Project S.W.A.R.M., Dave Mirra Pro BMX 1/2, Speed Kings, Agressive Inline, Iggy's Reckin Balls, Shadow Man, and work on the first two Burnout games.

boobush
boobush

Only good thing about Acclaim I can remember is playing Turok and Extreme G in the Nintendo 64.

rgsniper1
rgsniper1

If you're referring to 9dragons, it's not free. It's free to play yes, but you have to purchase items with coins you actually pay real money for.

DrKill09
DrKill09

I hate Acclaim. They haunt me even after their death. All those horrible Simpsons games. I wish that license would've went to Konami. They made the awsome arcade game.

webby1
webby1

WSG, MLG, CGS FTW

Aaron_130
Aaron_130

how can a free MMO be a rip off?

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

Those free MMOs are never that good. They always feel like rip offs...But I guess that is what they are supposed to do.

rgsniper1
rgsniper1

...... and then you went to the 9 dragons forums and see how many people who have been playing the game for a very long time are just up and leaving because the support sucks. (ie. oh by the way we took everything out of your storage and you now have to make a list of what it was to prove you're not a bot farmer, then and only then will we give it back). So you quietly went on your way looking for a better game.

Zero_Fate_
Zero_Fate_

Their are some exciting games appearing WCG but hopefully the ones being broadcasted are Gears, Starcraft, Frozen Throne and CS 1.6 (But no source?).

exedeath
exedeath

Too bad my PC will not run games. Not even Diablo. Mabey one day I will buy a new computer. I wish they would put ragnarok online on a system.

MeatwadMontana
MeatwadMontana

@Kayrod- No, they are asking you to pay for shipping so they can send it to you if you want it on a disc.

Pete5506
Pete5506

tv sations should show some good stuff, I hope

Kayrod29
Kayrod29

LOL @ Acclaim, they make a free game, get the 1 millionth registered user, then decide to sell the game for around $5, Talk about desperate.

Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest

These TV stations better show Starcraft and Warcraft and CS 1.6 as they are the only ones worth watching!

westsidejedi360
westsidejedi360

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