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Osbourne tackles Madden, Pachter pumps up French publisher, German studio expands, comic house loses game chief, ilovebees-maker builds <i>Dark Knight</i> buzz.

The Prince of Darkness joins forces with EA.

Ozzy sinks teeth into Madden soundtrack
Electronic Arts' Tiburon studio today revealed the first track from the soundtrack of Madden NFL 08. In part of a deal cut with Epic Records, "I Don't Wanna Stop" by Ozzy Osbourne will appear in the footballer. The track is from Osbourne's album Black Rain, which went on sale today. In August, EA will ship Madden NFL 08 for the PC, Nintendo DS, Wii, GameCube, Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Portable.

Analyst bullish on Ubisoft
This week, widely respected Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter raised his rating of Ubisoft from a "buy" to a "strong buy." In a note subtitled "We Think the Ubisoft Story is Misunderstood," the analyst said that "Ubisoft management was conservative with its financial year 2008 guidance," which predicted revenue of "at least" 800 million euros (around $1.076 billion) and earnings of 0.91 euros ($1.21) per share. Pachter believes that next Tuesday, the company could report revenues upward of 850 million euros ($1.143 billion) with earnings per share above 1.50 euros ($2.01).

Crytek opens Budapest studio
Two weeks after it expanded its Kiev subsidiary into a full-fledged studio, German developer Crytek has opened another development branch in Eastern Europe. Located in the Hungarian capital of Budapest, the new studio will help the Crysis-maker "leverage its CryEngine 2 technology and expand the number of gaming genres for which it is developing new products." No specific titles or platforms were mentioned.

Leipzig Game Conference reports record registration levels
With Britain's once-mighty gaming events a thing of the past, the Leipzig, Germany-based Games Convention has become Europe's top industry expo. More evidence of its prominence came this week, when GC organizers announced that they were selling floor space at the 30,000 square meter Leipziger Messe convention center at a 40 percent faster rate than last year. So far, exhibitors from 15 countries--including Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, Take-Two Interactive, Konami, Eidos, Sega, Vivendi, and Disney--have signed to exhibit at the event, which runs from August 23-28.

Report: Marvel game chief departs
Firingsquad.com has learned and GameSpot has confirmed that Ames Kirshen, former chief of Marvel Entertainment's games division, has left the company. Kirshen joined Marvel in 2004 after working at its archrival DC Comics and Warner Bros., holder of the Batman film license. During his tenure, Marvel sued Cryptic Studios over copyright infringement in City of Heroes--and then struck a deal with the studio to develop an Xbox 360 and PC Marvel superhero massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

Rough Knight, Heath?

ilovebees-maker builds Dark Knight buzz
Three years after the notorious Halo 2 alternate reality game promo, the people behind ilovebees are being tapped to promote one of Hollywood's biggest movie franchises. This week, 4orty2wo Entertainment, the marketing company which was also behind the hex168 Xbox 360 promotion, briefly teased a photo from The Dark Knight on IBelieveinHarveyDentToo.com. The site briefly hosted a minigame which unlocked the first shot of Heath Ledger as the Joker (pictured) from the forthcoming Batman Begins sequel. Now it has a much less cryptic puzzle that indicates the first trailer for the film will be unveiled in December.

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keesler23
keesler23

with ozzys new song i dont wanna stop just puts the game over the edge thats one of the greatest songs i heard in ahwile

360_fanatic
360_fanatic

I agree with apponequetLaker!! ( But your name a little wierd too ) ............. ( No offence about the name thing )

red-orc
red-orc

Crytek opens Budapest studio Two weeks after it expanded its Kiev subsidiary into a full-fledged studio, German developer Crytek has opened another development branch in Eastern Europe. Located in the Hungarian capital of Budapest, the new studio will help the Crysis-maker "leverage its CryEngine 2 technology and expand the number of gaming genres for which it is developing new products." No specific titles or platforms were mentioned. --- that's the news about Crysis

XanderKage
XanderKage

What does any of this has got anything to do with Far Cry?

red-orc
red-orc

Great mask, with a smile carved into his cheeks. Reminds me a little on voodoo though ...

DoctorFu
DoctorFu

That first picture totally freaked me out.

Hicks_1
Hicks_1

I think heath is underratted but nicholson was good the rest of the movie was bad

Glordit
Glordit

:cry: at least Crysis will be out before HF2 Ep2!

darkdaej
darkdaej

meh, heath ledger has nothing on Jack Nicholson's joker. Now THAT was great acting

Triple_H90
Triple_H90

Madden NFL 08 for the original Xbox? I thought it died. Well, I think they will cancel it.

Jimbo9981
Jimbo9981

Devallyk, look around on the internet. There are a couple of spots where it describes the origin of the Joker's look. It helps to clarify things.

fl4rty
fl4rty

T_F_U: how do you know they havent got several publishers asking them to develop games already?

Devallyk
Devallyk

Wow, that Joker just doesn't look right. I mean, play with the interpretation of the character sure, but he looks more like he has the bubonic plague than a big smile...

-T_F_U-
-T_F_U-

Crytec, second office in the space of a month. Can you say too big too fast!!

topraman517
topraman517

"Anything that has that disgusting bat biter in it will suck." Oh really? Then why did Black Sabbath, in which he was lead singer, inspire a whole new genre of music? Or why did his first two solo albums inspire metal guitarists to incorporate classical scales and theory into their playing? But you probably just know him as the pathetic TV dad, don't you? This is why I hate MTV.

football_legend
football_legend

He looks a guy dipped his face in a bucket of white paint and.....ate some of it:D

never-named
never-named

Christopher Nolan, that sick bastard!

DrCLos
DrCLos

Damn that Joker looks creepy. But I hope they remember to make him laugh at the misfortune of others. He looks too serious here.

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

Anything that has that disgusting bat biter in it will suck.

guitarherolover
guitarherolover

Dark night will rock, and I think the new ozzy album is pretty great.

DrewVanDamme
DrewVanDamme

Ozzy with Randy Rhoads > Any other Ozzy ever

SilentHillX
SilentHillX

looks more like a poster for a rammstein album, featuring Kakihara of Ichi The Killer lol

darklord_2002
darklord_2002

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Israels_Son
Israels_Son

That is the creepiest.... damn.... Joker.... EVER.

teebeenz
teebeenz

Now if it said "The price of darkness joins forces with Ozzy" then THAT would have been good.

dadistiller
dadistiller

this new movie is going to own, i cant wait for it i loved Batman Begins

g8summit
g8summit

Lol i remember the time that ilovebees site was around, it always crashed my comp. Its more like analyst b****hit on Ubisoft (more than likely i cant say b****hit in this). Why on earth would you open an office in a place like budapest.

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

Love the new Joker look. There are some long distance pics I've seen of Heath going into his trailer off set with shoulder-length curly orangish hair with a widow's peak and the purple suit. Then there's other pics (which look more like The Crow than Joker) better illustrating the scars on the cheek that look like he recovered from a particularly nasty curb stomping. Brighten up the pic above and you can see better. Speaking of curb stompings, anybody catch the most recent Sopranos episode? Ouch!

shin_feuer
shin_feuer

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byronman91
byronman91

Modern music as a whole is bad, so that includes rock, rap, country, reggae, techno etc.

Baller4444
Baller4444

why do they have to put rock in a football game it's so bad. Atleast they give you the option to turn certain songs off if they didn't i think i would have to play with no volume.

KorJax
KorJax

I remeber IloveBees2, I participated heavily in that, it was a great ride that i'll remeber for along time. Many thought ILoveBees2 was to promote the 360/Oblivion launch, and it kinda showed too. In reality it started as an April Fools joke but then became a high-quality puzzle ARG that started from somthign simple like the Dark Knight webpage (hint: look at the source code!), but then evolved into a highly complex story-drivven ARG. It became so "big" that the creator of it even got sponsorships, so the "winners" of the ARG website actually won 360's and Oblivion games when they first came out.

enoslives7
enoslives7

Ozzy should've retired about 12 years ago. He is embarrassing....

latinchemist
latinchemist

Scarier picture: Ozzy or the Joker? Vote!

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

Dark Knight should be awesome - loved what they did with Batman Begins.

Enterprise-E
Enterprise-E

I look forward to seeing more of Dark Knight. Also I am a huge Batman fan.