Online Entertainment Insider - April 6, 2012

by Wonacott Communications

Happy Good Friday, everyone - we hope you're having an indulgent day, now that Lent is over! What else does Good Friday mean? It's the last full week you'll have to wait to check out Skullgirls, the new 2D fighting game on XBLA and PSNSkullgirls publisher Autumn Games is a Wonacott client, and after a year-long campaign, we think the game is poised to upset the old guard of fighting games with a fresh take on the genre. 


I feel like this is a leftover April Fool's joke, but as someone who grew up a die-hard Sega fan, the headline that Sonic the Hedgehog co-creator Hirokazu Yasuhara joined Nintendo is practically impossible for me to comprehend. But the Wii U will be an interesting platform for Yasuhara and Super Mario Bros. creator Shigeru Miyamoto to create on.

"Convergence" and "discovery" are still some of the most frequently used buzzwords in the industry. But in whatever the context you see them, I'm sure it's nothing like the latest partnership between Final Fantasypublisher Square Enix and couture fashion house Prada. The two companies partnered up to create a digital runway for the 2012 Prada men's line. While it's another bold step to bring gaming into mainstream, we think that fashion companies would capitalize on the gaming audience by making tshirts along these lines.

Also, if anyone is looking for a soapbox to present some lessons learned in the video game industry, GDC Online in Austin just opened up its call for speakers

Find out more news from around the world of digital entertainment in this week's edition of the Online Entertainment Insider, and have a great weekend!

The Industry
Average 2011 US Dev Salary Over $81,000
Game Publishers Remove Sex Offenders From Online Games, ACLU Questions Effectiveness
Retro Revival: PC Games Raise $6.7 Million and Counting in Kickstarter Campaigns
Most of China's 180 Million Gamers Spend Money on Games Every Month, Says 

The Players
Sonic the Hedgehog Co-Creator Hirokazu Yasuhara Joins Nintendo
Zynga Executives Unloading 20 Million Shares in Secondary Offering
Glu Mobile Buys Deer Hunter Brand from Atari
German Mobile Dev Flaregames Raises $2.6 Million in Funding
Gamification Studio BigDoor Picks up $5 Million in Funding
Game Designers and Rockefeller Foundation Attack Poverty with Fun

The Entertainment
Angry Birds Cartoon Coming to 'All Possible Platforms' This Year
Secret World Beta Begins May 11
Draw Something Hits 50 Million Downloads, Becomes Number One Paid App
Pokemon Conquest Brings Nobunaga's Ambition Stateside on June 18
Kingdom Hearts 3D Arrives July 31
Halo Hits 20 Billion Games
Skullgirls Arrive on PS3 and Xbox 360 Next Week
Virtual World Fantage Welcomes Easter With In-Game Festivities
Project Blackout High Rise Trailer
Crossfire: Europe Has Released Two New Multiplayer Maps
Final Fantasy Characters Showcase Prada's 2012 Collection

The Technologies
Wii U 'Not Up to the Same Level' as PS3, Xbox 360 - Developers
PS4 Due Before Next Xbox
Next Xbox Requires Constant Internet Connection - Report
PlayStation One-Ups Xbox with New Amazon Instant Video App

Upcoming Events
PAX East, Boston, April 6-8, 2012
DEMO, Silicon Valley, April 17-19, 2012
LA Games Conference, Los Angeles, April 23-24, 2012
Digital Hollywood, Los Angeles, April 30 - May 3, 2012
E3, Los Angeles, June 5 - 7, 2012
MobileBeat / GamesBeat, San Francisco, July 10 - 11, 2012

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