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  TVPaint Animation Released...




"TVPaint Animation is a software dedicated to graphic creation and 2D animation. Intended for all the painting and animation fanatics, this software, due to his bitmap approach, is called to cover the essential needs of any artist. From the hobbyist to the pros, it provides them with a complete, adjustable and impressive toolset, which will transcend the feelings of a simple pen and paper.

TVPaint Animation is the home studio for animation.

Taking advantage of the TVPaint technology, famous throughout the world since its performances on Amiga in 1991 and always improved for better results, TVPaint Animation will fit in any production workflows, traditionnal, fully digital or hybrid.

Able to work in any resolution, it will bring satisfaction of all the 2D freaks and lovers thanks to the unlimited capabilities of its tools... The only limit to your productions will be your imagination !..."

Visit here, for more official information and features.
 

  THE WORLD’S FIRST HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE VIDEO CONTEST




"BrightSide Technologies invites you to join the world’s first High Dynamic Range Video Contest! We are looking for creative ideas for videos using the full capacity of HDR Technology to “Display The Real World”. Maybe it is a beautiful sunset at the beach, a cold winter evening in front of an open fire, or simply a walk through nature. Whatever it is, if your realization of the theme convinces us, your video will be presented at SIGGRAPH 2006 in Boston!
..."

For more information visit here.
 

  EA and Digital Illusions Announce Battlefield 2142 For PC



"March 22, 2006 – Fight an all-out war for survival in the year 2142. Electronic Arts and Sweden-based developer, Digital Illusions, today announced development of the next installment in the award-winning Battlefield™ franchise,
Battlefield 2142™. The ground-breaking first-person shooter is scheduled to ship this fall for the PC. The year is 2142, and the dawn of a new Ice age has thrown the world into a panic. The math is simple and brutal: The soil not covered by ice can only feed a fraction of the Earth’s population. Some will live, most will die. In Battlefield 2142, players will choose to fight for one of two military superpowers in an epic battle for survival, the European Union or the newly formed Pan Asian Coalition. Armed with a devastating arsenal of hi-tech assault rifles, cloaking devices and sentry guns, players will also do battle using some of the most imposing vehicles known to man. Massive battle Mechs wage fierce combat on the ground, while futuristic aircraft rule the skies. When facing one of these new behemoths, players will need to use their wits and an arsenal of new countermeasures like EMP grenades to level the playing field... "

For more information visit here.
 

  NVIDIA Acquires Hybrid Graphics


From Press Release of NVIDIA:


"GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE—SAN JOSE, CA—MARCH 22, 2006—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Hybrid Graphics Ltd., the leading developer of embedded 2D and 3D graphics software for handheld devices. This acquisition will enable the customers of both companies to deploy compelling graphics solutions for the entire worldwide handheld market.

Under the terms of the agreement, which is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, Hybrid Graphics will become a subsidiary of NVIDIA Corporation and will continue to market and sell its products under the Hybrid name. Hybrid Graphics will maintain full support for its existing customer base, while continuing to invest in growing its engineering department as well as driving new business opportunities. No further terms of the acquisition were disclosed.

“Since its inception, Hybrid has successfully delivered graphics solutions to hundreds of millions of handheld devices. We provide innovative graphics technology and we make it work in the real world, in real devices,” said Mikael Honkavaara, CEO of Hybrid Graphics. “Joining with NVIDIA will enable Hybrid to both accelerate its growth and continue to play a key role in defining, developing and shipping pervasive graphics solutions for the handheld industry.”..."

For more information visit the official site here.
 

  SulSul



It was only a few days ago, that we published the new expansion pack announcement for Sims 2, Open For Business. And we already have a new announcement to make. Those guys just don't give it up until it's done and wrapped :)

A new "fun stuff package" will be in stores on 13th of April. Family Fun Stuff includes many new items and decorations and clothes and everything you could want for your little green hatted friends. For more information, check out the official site for the new pack. And be sure to get it on the 13th :) Have fun...
 

  Meet The Robinsons News




Though it's still two months or more 'til the Walt Disney Company officially completes its acquisition of Pixar Animation Studios, John Lasseter & Co. are already reportedly quietly at work on their very first project for the Mouse House. Which is to figure how to gently retool the second act of Steve Anderson's directorial debut, "Meet the Robinsons"

Check out the latest report by Jim Hill Media.
 

  Scientologist Censorship to South Park




It is reported by Hollywood media that Church of Scientology used its celebrity potential to prevent an upcoming South Park episode from being aired on Comedy Central. Episode includes parts that satirizes the religion, as many other episodes of South Park for other issues.

As Isaac Hayes (voice of Chef) quit over an episode making fun of Scientology, the general tension inbetween increased rapidly. Relatively Matt said: "
This has nothing to do with intolerance and bigotry and everything to do with the fact that Isaac Hayes is a Scientologist and that we recently featured Scientology in an episode of 'South Park.' In ten years and over 150 episodes of 'South Park,' Isaac never had a problem with the show making fun of Christians, Muslims, Mormons and Jews. He got a sudden case of religious sensitivity when it was his religion featured on the show. To bring the civil rights struggle into this is just a non-sequiter. Of course we will release Isaac from his contract and we wish him well."

It is unacceptable to tolerate any kind of censorship, and we condemn the fact that any person should have the force to affect the media broadcast depending on his or her personal mood. South Park is one of the best series of modern animation, and we hope Trey and Matt will not deal with this kind of unnecessary disturbance anymore. Taste and liking is one thing, but censorship is another.
 

  New Design For Aiko



Ai-Kon, with the slogan "For the Love of Anime", is seeking for new design for Aiko, the Ai-Kon mascot. Here are the rules for the contest:
Entries must be full-body images, with no background.

Images featuring poses, outfits and/or hair styles of copyrighted characters, or copyrighted characters themselves, will not be accepted.

No hentai/adult-themed images will be accepted. This will be at the discretion of Ai-Kon executives. Please ensure entries are suitable for all ages.

A maximum limit of four entries per person will be accepted.

Entries must be full-colour, 300 dpi resolution and submitted electronically in PSD or JPEG format. A smaller version of your entry may by submitted for judging as long as a higher resolution version is available.

You may also post artwork to your own web site, DeviantART account, or other hosting service and e-mail us the URL.

When submitting entries, please use the following naming format for your file: firstname_lastname_01.jpg (or PDF). If you are submitting more than one entry, please number them appropriately (i.e: firstname_lastname_02.jpg, firstname_lastname_03.jpg, etc.).

E-mail entries to communications@ai-kon.org. The following information must be included with your entry:
-Your real first and last name
-Your artist nickname (if you use one)
-Your e-mail address
-Your telephone number


Entries must be received no later than March 25, 2006 and will be judged by Ai-Kon executives. The winning entry will be announced on or before March 28, 2006.

All entries and rights to the images become property of Ai-Kon.



Official Contest Site
 

  Nival Interactive in US



Nival Interactive, being an international game developer and publisher, and the largest development studio in Eastern Europe, established its US headquarters.

"In a first ever move for an Eastern European game company, Nival Interactive, Inc. (www.nival.com), today announced it has established its global headquarters in the United States and recruited an executive management team comprised of American video game industry professionals, including Kevin Bachus, co-creator of Microsoft’s Xbox, as chief executive officer. The changes are part of the company’s plan to expand in the computer, video and mobile game markets by offering its partners superior products with global commercial appeal at a significantly lower production cost. The company’s new leadership based in Los Angeles, CA, is moving Nival beyond its dominance in the PC market, where it has developed 15 successful and profitable games over the past decade, into globally relevant, high quality console, video and mobile games and outsourced asset production. The company will combine proven U.S. creative and management resources with exceptional development talent in lower cost regions of the world. By using these “reverse outsourcing” techniques, the lead designers, art directors and programmers based in Los Angeles, along with the company’s 300 overseas developers in five development studios, assure Nival’s partners that the company’s products will rival those developed anywhere in the world. Further, the company is able to leverage its excess capacity to offer outsourcing work to its partners while simultaneously developing its own games in concert with leading worldwide game publishers. “During its ten year history Nival Interactive has already established itself as a highly praised developer of successful PC games. By marrying Western creative, production and management capabilities with Eastern execution skills and expertise, we will bring products to our partners that are high in quality and global commercial appeal, but low in risk,” said Kevin Bachus, CEO of Nival..."

from Press Release of Nival

For more information, visit the official site.
 

  Nicktoons Calling



Nicktoons invites you to enter the multi-platform animation festival ever :) Check out the regulations and rules, and be sure to submit your short animation until March 31st. Official site is here.

Goood luck:)
 

  Sony Press Release For PS3... Again...



PLAYSTATION3 LAUNCHES WORLDWIDE IN EARLY NOVEMBER 2006

TOKYO, March 15, 2006 – Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) announced today that it would launch PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3) in early November 2006 in Japan, North America and Europe simultaneously. With a monthly production capacity of one million units, SCEI will push forward a powerful product launch to spread the platform rapidly throughout the world, together with a strong and attractive lineup of PS3 game titles.

PS3 incorporates the final specifications of BD (Blu-ray Disc), and with the overwhelming computing power of PS3, it enables to playback BD software at a high bit rate. With a maximum storage capacity of 50 GB (dual layer) and robust security, BD is a highly anticipated storage medium that delivers digital entertainment content such as games and movies at an unparalleled level of image quality.

PS3 is compatible with a vast lineup of television sets currently out in the market, from standard-definition TV to full high-definition TV.

Users can also connect PS3 to high-speed broadband network through Gigabit Ethernet and comfortably enjoy a wide-range of rich and exciting content and services over the network.

SCEI, together with the support and cooperation of game content creators around the world, will strongly promote the creation of a new world of computer entertainment available on PS3.

About Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® and PS one™ game console, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and the PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) system. The PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system is set to revolutionize the home entertainment market, offering the most compelling interactive content and the capability to be used as a network terminal in the coming broadband era. PSP is a new portable entertainment system that allows users to enjoy 3D games, with high-quality full-motion video, and high-fidelity stereo audio.

Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one game console, the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and the PSP entertainment system for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif. Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. serves as headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

 

  British Animation Awards Announced



BAA winners for 2006 are annonced. Here is the full list:

Best Student Film
Astronauts - WINNER -
Kamiya's Correspondence
Play

Best Childrens Series
King Arthur's Disasters: Circus Calamity
Pingu 's Sledge Academy
Those Scurvy Rascals: Pants Odyssey - WINNER -

Best TV Special
Little Reindeer
The Koala Brothers: Outback Christmas Special
Angry Kid: Who do you think you are? - WINNER -

Best Childrens Pre-School Series
Charlie and Lola: I Want To Play Music Too
Meg and Mog: Meg's Fancy Dress
Peppa Pig: Mummy Pig at Work - WINNER -

Best Short Film
Rabbit - WINNER -
Film Noir
Careful

Best Comedy
Bromwell High: Baby Boom - WINNER -
Creature Comforts: Monarchy Business
The Christies: Natural Disaster

Best Music Video
Beck: E-Pro
Mum: Will The Summer Make Good For All Our Sins
Subtle: Swan Meat - WINNER -

Best Film/TV Graphics
I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here
Motorola Classics - WINNER -
Nanny McPhee

Writers Award
Guy 101
Koala Brothers: Outback Christmas Special - WINNER -
Peppa Pig: Mummy Pig at Work

Best Film At The Cutting Edge
City Paradise
Guy 101
Rabbit - WINNER -

Best Commercial: Direction
Honda: GRRR - WINNER -
NSPCC: Speech Bubble
VW Touareg: Racing Line

Best Commercial: Craft
Domestos: Multiplication
Sony PSP: A Day in the Life
Vodafone: Mayfly - WINNER -

Best European Feature Film
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Corpse Bride - WINNER -
Belleville Rendez-Vous

Children's Choice Award
Angelina Ballerina: Angelina Sets Sail
Charlie and Lola: I Want To Play Music Too
Those Scurvy Rascals: Pants Odyssey - WINNER -

Public Choice WINNERS

Best Commercial: OM From Abba to Zappa

Best Music Video: Gorillaz 'Feel Good Inc.'

Best Short Film (joint winners): City Paradise / Who I Am and What I Want
 

  New Cars Trailer



Watch the newest Cars trailer here... Can't wait longer, huh? :)
 

  crackin toast gromit! we've won!!



Press Release by Dreamworks:


WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT
WINS BEST ANIMATED FEATURE OSCAR®

Academy Voters Are 'Crackers' About the
Celebrated Clay Animated Duo's First Feature Film
~ Now Available on DVD ~

GLENDALE, CA - (March 6, 2006) - DreamWorks Animation SKG and Aardman's "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit," was named Best Animated Feature at the 78th Academy Awards® announced last night at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. The honor marks the fourth Oscar® for the film's director and Wallace & Gromit creator Nick Park, who has won three previous Academy Awards®* for Best Animated Short, including two starring the much-loved clay animated duo -- the cheese-loving Wallace and his faithful canine companion Gromit. This is the first Oscar® for director
Steve Box.

"Aardman are so delighted at the Oscar win, this is the highest accolade for the film," said Nick Park. "Both Steve Box and myself are just overjoyed and feel very privileged to have won this award. The crew at Aardman deserves this recognition for all the fantastic work they put into making Curse of the Were Rabbit such a success around the world."

The film, which features the two enterprising chums using all their wildly imaginative inventions to try to capture a mysterious beast of epic and fluffy proportions, is available worldwide on DVD.

DreamWorks Animation and Aardman Features are currently working together on the computer-animated comedy "Flushed Away," set for release in theaters November 2006. Blending Aardman's trademark style and characterizations with DreamWorks'
state-of-the-art computer animation, "Flushed Away" is a madcap comedy set on and beneath the streets of London.

ABOUT DREAMWORKS ANIMATION SKG
DreamWorks Animation is principally devoted to developing and producing computer generated, or CG, animated feature films. With world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced CG filmmaking technology and techniques, DreamWorks Animation makes high quality CG animated films meant for a broad movie-going audience. The company has theatrically released a total of eleven animated feature films, including Antz, Shrek, Shrek 2, Shark Tale, Madagascar and
Wallace & Gromit:The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. DreamWorks Animation's newest release, Over the Hedge, opens in theaters May 19, 2006.

* "A Close Shave" (1996), "The Wrong Trousers" (1994) and "Creature Comforts" (1991)
"Academy Award®" is the registered trademark and service mark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

 

  Working Hours For Sims



Sims is back in business again, with the new expansion pack: Sims 2 Open For Business.



In the new expansion pack, you can control your own career track by openin business alternatives. Pack has a wide range from lemonade stands to shops and offices. It will be released on 2nd March. Don't miss, it will be fun for sure...


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