British Inspiration Awards Finalists Announced
A new awards scheme has been launched to honour the contribution of Britain's creative talent to the country's economy, and three British developers have been nominated for in the Interactive Media category.
Ian Livingstone is the Life-President of Eidos Interactive, and has received a BAFTA award for "Outstanding Contribution to the [Gaming] Community."
Sam Houser is the co-founder and president of Rockstar Games, the influential British developer behind the GTA series.
Richard Darling is one of the co-founders of Codemasters, and has received a CBE for his services to the country.
The executive committee is chaired by Ninty UK Managing Director David Yarnton, who has explained the importance of the event in recognising the nation's creative talent.
"The quality of our nation's artistic deeds are expressed profoundly through this list of finalists. We're privileged to be in a position to honour such consistent standard bearers for the great British creative sector."
The award ceremony will be held in London on April 23rd, and the entirety of the proceeds will be distributed to UK charities. Which of the three would get your vote? [Gamesindustry.biz]
Crytek: Free Demos are Outdated
Crytek co-founder Cervat Yerli has called free game demos a "luxury" that have become "prohibitively expensive" to produce. This falls in line with EA's plans to release substantial paid demos, and he describes the EA move as "[getting] investment back but while being as fair to the gamer as much as it can. Ultimately, it will be a better deal for the gamer." Apparently, Crytek predict that this is the twilight of the free demo and most major companies will start to charge in the near future.
Personally I find the idea of paying for demos to be distasteful to the point of being completely abhorrent. Crytek and EA would have to sweeten the pot by providing a huge amount of content; possibly in-game content (e.g. multiplayer skins etc) that can't be obtained any other way. If there is to be a Crysis 2 demo, Yerli promises that it will be "something more than a small demo released for free."
Will you stand for this? Let us know what you think in the comments!
New PS Move Brawler named The Fight: Lights Out
The Playstation Move videos prominently featured a Punch Out-style brawler that receives 1:1 movement input from the motion controller. Sony has now officially announced that this fighting title has been named The Fight: Lights Out- and that it will offer a solid framerate of 60FPS. This very impressive- especially considering that it will have to update character movement at this speed.
Whilst the new reveal video only exhibits an alpha build, the mechanics already seem fairly solid. A wide range of clean boxing moves and dirty brawling techniques are on offer- and it promises to deliver a far more gritty and realistic experience than its predecessors. We'll bring you more on this game as we learn more. [US Playstation Blog]