In the News #59 – 4/1/2008

Daily News for April Fools’ Day, April 1st, 2008.

  • Rainbow Six Vegas 2, having only been on the market for one week, has sold nearly 2 million copies.
  • The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) and Clearspring Technologies  have announced the launch of a new ESRB ratings search widget that is available for free use and download by consumers right here. This widget allows the user to search for ratings for more than 14,000 games. The widget is fully customizable (color, size, and language) and can be placed on desktops and on blogs and websites.
  • A new patch is available for The Sims 2 Freetime that allows you to play catch, fix cars, build trains, and practive ballet among other things. This download is available for free from the German The Sims 2 website.
  • Stormfront Studios, developer of recent projects such as Spiderwick Chronicles and Eragon, is closing its doors. A Stormfront Representative confirmed the rumors to Next-Gen.biz just today. The representative states that “Frankly, we didn’t get pitched, and the project [we were working on] made no revenue… The economy is such that the projects that we weren’t winning, ended.”
  • Grand Theft Auto IV continues to heat up. Several news reports are rolling in daily. To check them all out, go over to GTA-Division.com.
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In the News – #1

In the News is what I am going to call the posts that just gather the small tid-bits of information. I will probably post this about once or twice a week, depending on the amount of small news.

  • A lot of unneeded confusion stemmed from Take-Two Chairman Strauss Zelnick’s comments on Tuesday in regard to the release date of GTA IV. GameSpot put up a short article after speaking with Zelnick yesterday where he calmed the rumors that came out of his comments.
  • IGN has recently posted a new game guide for Manhunt 2. This is dispite all of the recent controversy with the game.
  • GamerGraffix has released a limited edition Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Xbox 360 skin.
  • The Official The Sims 2 website is offering a new car (and a car kit, including a driveway for it) – a Ford Fusion. Go here to get the download.

That is it for a short preview of In the News.

Please make sure you look back at recent posts to see the big headlines in gaming news.