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Xbox Coming in
November - GameCube Too!
According to Microsoft, 600,000 - 8,000 Xbox units will be on store shelves on November 8, 2001. In addition, there will be 15-20 Xbox games for sale on November 8.
Microsoft is backing up the launch of Xbox with a $500 million marketing campaign budget, the highest for a product in Microsoft's history.
The Xbox unit will ship with a 10GB hard drive and will contain the ability for online competitors to talk with each other via a special microphone/headset.
Microsoft won't make a profit on the $299 Xbox sales. It is estimated that the company will lose $125 per unit. Console makers often take losses on hardware (to sell more units), which is made back in game sales.
In other gaming news,
Nintendo will go head-to-head with Microsoft by releasing its new GameCube
system on November 5, 2001 - three days before Xbox. Nintendo has not
yet released the price for its unit.
Shrek to Air Digitally
on 11 Screens
"Shrek represents the state-of-the-art in computer animation, so it is only fitting that it be the first DreamWorks film to be seen in this state-of-the-art format," says Jim Tharp, DreamWorks head of distribution. "Furthermore, a computer animated film lends itself more perfectly to digital projection than any live action feature, as it requires no conversion from the computer to film or vice-versa; it is a digital presentation of a digital product."
The 11 locations slated
to show Shrek digitally are:
- Loews E-Walk in
New York, New York;
Only one screen in each of the above theaters will be showing Shrek digitally, so be sure to call the theater in advance to find out the time of the digital showings.
Visit the dFX Shrek
Site by clicking here.
Shrek on Xbox in
The Shrek Xbox video game will take on a new story as the fairy tale creatures featured in Shrek come to him with a new problem. To solve the problem, Shrek will have to embark upon dozens of missions and explore four new worlds not seen in the movie.
Here's an abbreviated list of features:
News Link of the
Day - Working Ogre-Time
"They're seminal images -- the Seven Dwarfs, the Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio and his long nose -- but in Dreamworks' latest computer-animated movie they're not quite what we remember from childhood.
Instead, these images
which have shaped our sensibilities are repeatedly lampooned in Shrek,
a film that might best be described as an act of friendly anarchy by Dreamworks
and its producing partner, Pacific Data Images
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