Download today's News Cast right here - (12:58, 5.5MB)Could Disney be controlled by Steve Jobs?
As covered in the News Cast, it's a distinct possibility. Walt Disney Co.'s board is meeting today, and will consider the purchase of Pixar Animation Studios. As the owner of Pixar, Jobs could become the largest single shareholder in Disney. Jobs, the visionary that introduced the world to the iPod, might be set to transform Disney in the same way Apple has transformed how we consume music. Business analysts are comparing Jobs to Walt Disney himself, a man whose vision popularized feature-length animation. The comparison isn't entirely unfounded - Pixar has reinvigorated animation with films like The Incredibles.Sony has updated it's DevStation web site
, to include the topics that the March conference will cover. The conference will detail the inner workings of the PS3, including topics on the audio system, the graphics chipset, the Cell processor, networking elements, the OS, and will include several presentations by 3rd Party Developers. Given that at least some details are likely to leak to the press after the conference, expect to hear more about the PS3 and its capabilities.Nintendo's stock prices soared on news that the Revolution will be cheaper than its competition.
The Japanese stock market saw it fit to catch as much Pokemon stock as it could, resulting in a 6.4% increase in the price of Nintendo shares.Electronic Arts has slashed the price of several games.
Although the price cut is only for current generation owners (sorry Xbox 360), several of the price cuts are dramatic.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, as well as EA Sports games top the list, with the following titles being cut by $10 a piece: Madden NFL 06, FIFA 06, NASCAR 06, and NBA Live 06 ($30 instead of $40). Need for Speed: Most Wanted still goes for a relatively premium rate, but it has moved down $10 as well ($50 to $40). The News Cast covers several game announcements, and this week's releases.
Six games get coverage today.Jack Thompson writes Jesus letters.
Florida lawyer Jack Thompson sent off a letter to MetalGearSolid.org, the community that lost a member to suicide. I think the message might be that Jesus doesn't want us to play video games. It rambled on for quite a bit. Excerpts of the letter are read in the cast.Cops Don't Like 25 to Life.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) doesn't like the game, and doesn't want anyone to buy it. OK, I won't.Delays and cancellations:
Phantasy Star Universe is delayed. Again. Until Fall. Stargate: SG-1 has been canned.
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