There's a lot of significant news coming from the games sector at the moment, from the will-they-won't-they drama of EA/Take2, the proximity of this year's E3, the ongoing saga of tax breaks for developers and the realisation that Scotland is shangri-la for gaming types. There are even rumours that the interactive festival will announce the venue and dates of this year's event before it actually takes place. All in all, it's very exciting.
Here are your headlines:
- Nintendo's WiiWare service launches [Ars Technica]
- Things are looking pretty bad for SG's favourite comedy lawyer, Jack Thomson [Ars Technica]
- The floorplan for the 2008 E3 expo is leaked online [The-Minusworld]
- The Times supports the call for developer tax breaks in the UK [The Times]
- New digital entertainment report outlines success and potential of market in Scotland [Scotsman]
- There's a Scottish digital entertainment conference taking place in Glasgow tomorrow by the way. SG editor and loudmouth taking part [Young Company Finance]
- Microsoft's XNA creator's community launches. Indie games a go go [Joystiq]
- Ubisoft reveals the importance of casual games to the company and the need to market them heavily [CasualGames.biz]
- Research points to Solitaire as the world's most popular PC game. Kotaku nearly - very nearly - realises the importance of casual games too [Kotaku]
- GTA The Board Game in ridiculously unfunny advert/parody/thing. Still it shows penetration into popular culture and so forth, right? [Kotaku]
- Penny Arcade's first game released on XBLA tomorrow. 1600 points?! [Spong]
- Scotsman finally covers gaming and takes the piss [Scotsman]
That should keep you busy for this morning.