News, rumors and other information (originally posted 06/16/96)
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Crystal Dynamics News
Crystal Dynamics has canceled Blazing Dragons. As of yet we have not been able to gather the specifics behind this, but expect an update soon. This has been quite a surprise in light of the heavy promotion Crystal Dynamics has already put into this title.
3DO Goes Strong On RPGs
The 3DO Company announced on June 13th that they signed a Letter of Intent with NTN Communications, Inc., for 3DO to acquire the assets of NTN's subsidiary, New World Computing. The purchase price will have a guaranteed value in excess of $13.5 Million (US), consisting of securities and the assumption of liabilities. New World Computing is the developer and publisher of the Might and Magic series, Heroes of Might and Magic, and Anvil of Dawn. This in combination with 3DO's on-going acquisition of Archetype Interactive Corp. (developers of the MUD (multi-user dungeon) Meridian 59) places 3DO in a strong position to create quality RPGs for both stand alone and internet based play. Look for more developments on this in the near future.
Believe It Or Not
IBM is launching a new ad series showing unexpected people in unexpected places as a part of their "Solutions for a Small Planet" advertising campaign. The first of these ads will be run in association with the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, and will feature Nigel, Derek, and David of Spinal Tap. Yes, you heard right, the guys with the ever changing drummer and amps that "go to 11" are featured in a commercial in which they are discussing IBM handling their third comeback tour. This only goes to show that while Microsoft knows what's hot (ie: The Rolling Stones), IBM knows what's cool.