Disney wants developers to “reimagine” its IP for video games

Posted On May 12 2021 by

first_imgDisney wants developers to “reimagine” its IP for video gamesExec invites DICE Summit attendees to “come and play” with its catalogueJames BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefThursday 13th February 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleThe Walt Disney CompanyDisney is seeking more partnerships with games developers and publishers following the success of Marvel’s Spider-Man and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.Speaking at the 2020 DICE Summit, the company’s senior VP for games and interactive experiences Sean Shoptaw reiterated that Disney’s focus when it comes to the games industry is in licensing out its IP.According to The Hollywood Reporter, Shoptaw told developers his role is to “empower you to do really unique things with our [catalogue],” adding: “We want to tap into the power of creatives across the industry.”He offered the two aforementioned titles as examples of the freedom games makers could have when working with Disney’s owned IP, which includes Star Wars, Marvel and now various 20th Century Fox properties.Marvel’s Spider-Man by Insomniac Games has sold over 13 million copies, and is the fastest-selling first-party title in PlayStation history, shifting 3.3 million units in the first three days. The game reinvents Spider-Man and many of his enemies, and has even crossed over with the comics and Sony’s Into The Spider-Verse movie.The more recent Jedi: Fallen Order was one of the biggest selling games of last year, and is expected to soon reach 10 million copies sold. It was developed as part of the exclusive publishing deal with EA, and tells an original story set after the prequel trilogy.In both cases, Shoptaw said an important aspect of the projects was original storytelling and developers “reimagining” established Disney-owned characters and settings.Shoptaw invited developers to “come and play” with the company’s franchises, adding: “We want to dream big and look forward to all the things we can do together.”Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Disney notably pulled out of the video games space back in 2016 following the struggles of toys-to-life series Disney Infinity, since relying on licensing out its IP. Last year, CEO Robert Iger reiterated his belief this is the best approach for the company, praising the good relationship with EA on the Star Wars games and adding: “We haven’t been particularly good at the self-publishing side.”Disney further demonstrated its reluctance to handle video game production internally last month when it sold FoxNext Games and Cold Iron Studios — both gained as part of the 20th Century Fox acquisition — and reportedly shut down the previously Fox-owned mobile developer Fogbank Entertainment.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesDisney shuts down Club Penguin copy over abusive messages and “e-sex”UK police arrest one man involved on suspicion of possessing child abuse imagesBy James Batchelor 11 months agoDisney reportedly planning sale of gaming division FoxNextMarvel Strike Force studio headed out as Disney CEO Robert Iger expresses desire to exit games entirelyBy Rebekah Valentine A year agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more


Toshihiro Nagoshi to step down from Sega board of directors

Posted On May 12 2021 by

first_imgToshihiro Nagoshi to step down from Sega board of directorsThe chief creative officer and Yakuza producer is to remain at the company as creative directorMarie DealessandriAcademy WriterTuesday 2nd February 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleSegaVeteran Yakuza producer and executive director Toshihiro Nagoshi will be stepping down from Sega’s board of directors on April 1.He will also be leaving his role as Sega’s chief creative officer, but will however remain at the company as creative director, Kotaku reported. The Yakuza franchise had a successful 2020, with its remastered collection making it to the top ten in the UK charts and its latest entry, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, selling over 450,000 units in Asia in just a few months. This good performance boosted Sega’s financial results for the 12 months ended March 31, 2020, with full-year sales reaching $3.4 billion.Related JobsSenior Build Engineer – AAA Studio – Yorkshire UK & Europe Big Planet3D Artist – Mobile Studio – Midlands UK & Europe Big PlanetProducer Indie Game Studio France UK & Europe Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games Sega also announced a partnership with 1212 Entertainment and Wild Sheep Content to produce a new film based on the Yakuza franchise last September.Toshihiro Nagoshi was promoted to the CCO role in 2012, following an executive reshuffle after the retirement of Okitane Usui from his position as COO.This move was announced just as the company is undergoing important internal changes, with Sega Sammy splitting apart its video games and amusement divisions. From now on, Sega Group Corporation will be the arm dedicated to video games, while Sammy Corporation will cover its pachinko machines-related business. Haruki Satomi was appointed as the new group CEO of Sega Sammy Holdings.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesSega reportedly accuses SteamDB of Yakuza piracyUpdate: Japanese publisher says page on stat-tracking site was “incorrectly flagged” by anti-piracy softwareBy James Batchelor A month agoSega is Metacritic’s publisher of the yearThe Persona 5 Royal and Yakuza 0 publisher is followed by Annapurna Interactive and CapcomBy Marie Dealessandri A month agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more


Listen to Interviews with candidates for Utah’s House District 70

Posted On May 3 2021 by

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Beverage magnate who pleaded guilty in college admissions scandal assaulted by son

Posted On May 3 2021 by

first_imgiStock/Graffizone(NEW YORK) — A few days before beverage magnate Gregory Abbott pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in connection with the college admissions cheating scam, police say he was beaten up by one of his children in the family’s swank Fifth Avenue home.Malcolm Abbott, who raps under the name “Billa,” repeatedly struck his father with a ruler, and punched, bit and kicked him inside the family’s New York home on Sunday, the NYPD said.Malcolm Abbott was arrested two days later and charged with assault in the second degree.Gregory Abbott and his wife Marcia, who split their time between New York and Aspen, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to paying a $125,000 bribe to inflate their daughter’s standardized test scores. Prosecutors said they would recommend a sentence of one year in prison.Abbott is the founder of the beverage distribution company International Dispensing Corp.Malcolm Abbott has used the criminal case against his parents to sell tee-shirts on his social media page. The shirts say “Free Education: Bill You Later.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


New Theatre Royal Lincoln back in the spotlight

Posted On Apr 21 2021 by

first_imgThe New Theatre Royal Lincoln is looking to work with coach operator and group travel partners around the UK as it starts its first full year under new management, with a packed programme of events.The 475-seat theatre has come under new managementThe New Theatre Royal Lincoln Director Natalie Hayes-Cowley said: “We’re keen to speak to coach operators and group travel organisers who want to tie in a show at the New Theatre Royal as part of a bigger tour of Lincoln – or indeed offer a group booking to the theatre as a stand-alone trip.”To discuss coach/group tour opportunities, contact Emma Olivier-Townrow on 07961 998001 or email [email protected]last_img read more


11th Anniversary of 9/11 Marked by Smaller Ceremonies Focusing on Healing

Posted On Mar 1 2021 by

first_imgMemorial events in New York, Washington, DC, and around the country to focus on healing, leading to smaller ceremonies than in years past on Sept. 11.last_img


Feeling Stressed? Iceland is Broadcasting People’s Yells of Frustration to Their Scenic Wilderness

Posted On Feb 27 2021 by

first_imgThe Looks Like You Need to Let It Out initiative, which was created by Promote Island, was launched as a means of helping people release some of their pent-up anxieties while also encouraging them to think about how they can enjoy traveling in solitude once travel restrictions have lifted.RELATED: Next Time You’re Feeling Particularly Stressed or Anxious, This Study Says You Should Play Tetris“You’ve been through a lot this year and it looks like you need the perfect place to let your frustrations out. Somewhere big, vast and untouched. It looks like you need Iceland,” reads the project website. “Record your scream and we’ll release it in Iceland’s beautiful, wide-open spaces. And when you’re ready, come let it out for real. You’ll feel better, we promise.”Although the concept might seem a little far-fetched, therapist and mental health consultant Dr. Zoë Aston supported the psychological benefits of the project, saying: “Screaming as a therapeutic tool was developed in the 1970s as a way to release pent-up emotion.“The psychological response to wanting to scream lights up a part of our brains called the amygdala,” she continued. “The amygdala activates when we are under threat—something we have all experienced in the past few months.“Part of the beneficial effect of screaming comes from being able to make a loud noise into a wide, open, undisturbed space. This literally allows your amygdala to release the stress stored there and move forward.”MORE: Stressed? This Study Says You Simply Need a 20-Minute ‘Nature Pill’That being said, not all of the recordings are screams of distress—some people’s yells lean on the sillier side; others will use their ten seconds of sound to say hello to the beautiful landscape.The website warns that anyone experiencing more pronounced mental health issues ought to seek professional help immediately—but for anyone else who may simply be feeling a bit overwhelmed during these turbulent times, a scream into the scenic Icelandic void might be just the pick-me-up you need.(WATCH the amusing promo video below)Help Your Friends ‘Let It Out’ By Sharing The Microphone On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhether it’s stressing about world affairs or COVID-19 social restrictions, some people might be experiencing an inordinate amount of frustration this week—which is why an Icelandic tourism company is offering up a strange, but fulfilling new source of stress relief.People from all over the world are recording their yells of frustration so they can be broadcast into the wide open Icelandic wilderness.last_img read more


Vermont party to $225 million national new car/parts settlement

Posted On Dec 31 2020 by

first_imgConsumers and businesses may be included in the Class if, from 1998 to 2015, they:Bought or leased a new motor vehicle in the U.S. (not for resale), orIndirectly paid for a motor vehicle replacement part (not for resale).  (Indirectly means they bought the replacement part from someone other than the manufacturer of the part.)New motor vehicles include, but are not limited to, automobiles, cars, light trucks, pickup trucks, crossovers, vans, mini-vans, and sport utility vehicles.  Visit the website, www.AutoPartsClass.com(link is external), or call 1-877-940-5043 for a full list of Settling Defendants and applicable time periods.The Settlements provide money for consumers in the District of Columbia and 30 states – Arizona, Arkansas,California, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri,Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon,Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.  The Settlements also provide non-monetary relief, including cooperation, and an agreement by certain Settling Defendants not to engage in certain conduct for a period of 24 months. The litigation is continuing against the remaining Non-Settling Defendants.  All funds received in this case will be distributed at the conclusion of the lawsuits or as ordered by the Court.  Notice about the claims process will be provided at a later date, and consumers and businesses should register to receive notice about the claims process or future settlements at www.AutoPartsClass.com(link is external).Important Information and Dates:Eligible consumers or businesses that want to sue the Settling Defendants regarding a particular component part must exclude themselves from that Settlement Class by April 11, 2016.Eligible consumers or businesses can object to one or more of the Settlements by April 11, 2016. The Court will hold a hearing on May 11, 2016, to consider whether to approve the Settlements and approve Class Counsel’s request that up to $11.25 million be set aside for future litigation costs and expenses.  Class Counsel will also request at the hearing, or at a later date, attorneys’ fees of up to one-third of the Settlements’ funds, incentive awards, plus reimbursement of costs and expenses.For more detailed information about the Settlements and a full list of Settling Defendants and time periods:Visit: www.AutoPartsClass.com(link is external)Call: 1-877-940-5043Write to: Auto Parts Settlements, P.O. Box 10163, Dublin, OH 43017-3163SOURCE WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Kinsella Media, LLC Vermont Business Magazine The following is being released by the Notice Provider, Kinsella Media, LLC, about the lawsuit In re Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 2311. There is an update for affected purchasers in this lawsuit about certain motor vehicle components, as there have been additional Settlements that may affect their rights. Settlements totaling approximately $225 million have now been reached with eleven Defendants.  The lawsuits allege that they fixed the price of certain motor vehicle components, causing millions of consumers and businesses from around the country to overpay for new or leased automobiles and replacement parts, such as air flow meters, alternators, ATF warmers, automotive wire harness systems, electronic throttle bodies, fuel injection systems, fuel senders, heater control panels, high intensity discharge ballasts, ignition coils, instrument panel clusters, inverters, motor generators, occupant safety restraint systems, radiators, starters, steering angle sensors, switches, and valve timing control devices.last_img read more


1st kayak race held on Gacka “Fastest paddle of Gacka”

Posted On Nov 20 2020 by

first_imgWOMEN:1. Ivana Tomas and Jelena Janjatovic2. Ruzica Babic and Katica Klobucar3. Dragica Drazenovic and Dragana DrazenovicMEN:1. Jurica Lisac and Ivan Šimatović Gs2. Ivica Pavelić and Dražen Suknjajić Gs3. David Samaržija and Jura Kostelac OtočacMIXED:1. Andreja Rožić and Viktor Sarić ZG2. Nada Grčić and Vinko Mijočić ZG3. Daniel Maksymink and Tea Dasović4. Laura Matejčić and Leonard Matejčić Korenica In Otočac on the river Gacka, the 1st kayak race on Gacka “The fastest paddle of Gacka” was held. The race was originally scheduled to take place on April 24th. but due to adverse weather conditions, the race was postponed and held last weekend.In addition to the attractive race, the autochthonous products and autochthonous cuisine of Gacka were presented, as well as their tasting. The goal of the race is to turn the Gacka Valley into a recognizable destination, and according to the tourist indicators of the Gacka Valley, more and more guests are waking up and visiting it. “The concept of the event is the promotion of new tourist attractions intertwined with the story of gastronomic heritage. The tourist attraction that accompanies this year’s Gastrogacka is kayaking on Gacka as a new offer of an attractive vacation. We started with the new offer last season and experienced a real tourist boom. We hope that this is just the beginning of the success story “Experience Gacka from Gacka” and how we will upgrade and complete this experience and become an unavoidable destination for continental tourism.”Points out Mladenka Orešković, director of the Tourist Board of the city of Otočac, and adds that this year they are recording growth in tourist nights and arrivals and that she justifiably expects a successful tourist season.In the first three months of 2016, 2.866 registered tourist arrivals were realized in Otočac, which is 67,60 percent more than in the same period last year when there were 1.710 arrivals. Overnight stays increased by 54,38%, ie 3.134 overnight stays were registered, which is an increase compared to last year’s number of 2030 overnight stays, according to the Tourist Board of the town of Otočac. It is interesting that most guests come from the Far East from Korea and Japan, who are also hotel guests, as well as Italians and Belgians.This great event has great tourist potential because it offers new and different content and most importantly – an indigenous story with the promotion of local gastronomy and culture. Try to visualize the value of an “ordinary” diploma for participation, which is framed on the wall by a guest from Japan. Priceless, isn’t it? Content and autochthony is the main motive of Doal tourists, and first and foremost offer your guests what they are, what you offer and have in your environment, and only then do you think about new creative content.It is the essence of tourism because tourism consists of emotions, experiences and stories. I hope that the race “The best paddle of Gacka” next year will grow both in terms of production and the number of visits by both domestic and foreign tourists.Tell stories.last_img read more


Your mood depends on the food you eat, and what you should eat changes as you get older

Posted On Nov 19 2020 by

first_imgShare on Twitter “One of the major findings of this paper is that diet and dietary practices differentially affect mental health in young adults versus mature adults,” said Begdache. “Another noteworthy finding is that young adult mood appears to be sensitive to build-up of brain chemicals. Regular consumption of meat leads to build-up of two brain chemicals (serotonin and dopamine) known to promote mood. Regular exercise leads to build-up of these and other neurotransmitters as well. In other words, young adults who ate meat (red or white) less than three times a week and exercised less than three times week showed a significant mental distress.”“Conversely, mature adult mood seems to be more sensitive to regular consumption of sources of antioxidants and abstinence of food that inappropriately activates the innate fight-or-flight response (commonly known as the stress response),” added Begdache. “With aging, there is an increase in free radical formation (oxidants), so our need for antioxidants increases. Free radicals cause disturbances in the brain, which increases the risk for mental distress. Also, our ability to regulate stress decreases, so if we consume food that activates the stress response (such as coffee and too much carbohydrates), we are more likely to experience mental distress.”Begdache and her team are interested in comparing dietary intake between men and women in relation to mental distress. There is a gender difference in brain morphology which may be also sensitive to dietary components, and may potentially explain some the documented gender-specific mental distress risk, said Begdache. Pinterest Share LinkedIncenter_img Share on Facebook Diet and dietary practices differentially affect mental health in young adults versus older adults, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York.Lina Begdache, assistant professor of health and wellness studies at Binghamton University, along with fellow Binghamton researchers, conducted an anonymous internet survey, asking people around the world to complete the Food-Mood Questionnaire (FMQ), which includes questions on food groups that have been associated with neurochemistry and neurobiology.Analyzing the data, Begdache and Assistant Professor of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering Nasim Sabounchi found that mood in young adults (18-29) seems to be dependent on food that increases availability of neurotransmitter precursors and concentrations in the brain (meat). However, mood in mature adults (over 30 years) may be more reliant on food that increases availability of antioxidants (fruits) and abstinence of food that inappropriately activates the sympathetic nervous system (coffee, high glycemic index and skipping breakfast). Emaillast_img read more