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Sunday - September 16, 2001
- Video Games Change After Disaster
- Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings Eye Shrek
- Weekend Box Office Estimates
- News Link of the Day - Potter Takes on Pokemon


Video Games Change After Disaster
(by digitalmediafx.com) Video game studios are considering changes to several video games in light of last week's terrorist attack against the United States. Microsoft was the first company to announce changes stating that it is removing the World Trade Center towers from its Flight Simulator 2002 game. The company is also removing, from past games, a portion of video in which an airliner collides with a skyscraper.

Sega also announced the postponement of one of their games in the following statement:

"Sega Corporation was greatly saddened to learn of the terrorist attacks on the United States on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Our deepest condolences go out to the families and friends of those injured or who lost their lives in the horrific events.

At this time, we have decided to postpone shipment of 'Propeller Arena' for Dreamcast. Although the game content does not deal with terrorism in any way, it is possible for a determined individual to deliberately play the game in a manner that generates images similar to those we have seen on the news. We want to avoid causing any additional grief to those involved in this week's tragedy and feel this is an appropriate action.

Again, our hearts go out to those affected by Tuesday's tragic events."

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Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings Eye Shrek
(by digitalmediafx.com) So far this year no movie has been able to even closely challenge PDI/DreamWorks animated Shrek at the box office. To date Shrek has brought in $263.5 million. In second is Rush Hour 2 which has made $206 million to date, much more than the original Rush Hour. The upcoming Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring are considered potential rivals to Shrek's box office crown even though they don't have the strength of the summer season behind them.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is being released on November 16 while Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring is being released on December 19, 2001 (that's a Wednesday).

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Weekend Box Office Estimates
(by digitalmediafx.com) Here are estimates for the top 10 movies at the box office over the weekend. None of them are heavy in visual effects or animation:

1. Hardball - $10.1 million
2. The Glass House - $6.1 million
3. The Musketeer - $5.3 million
4. The Others - $4.8 million
5. Two Can Play That Game - $4.7 million
6. Rush Hour 2 - $4.4 million
7. Jeepers Creepers - $3.9 million
8. Rat Race - $3.6 million
9. American Pie 2 - $3.6 million
10. Rock Star - $3.5 million

Disney's G-Rated live action The Princess Diaries movie easily crossed the $100 million mark this weekend. It was the only summer movie with a G rating resulting in a mass amount of family audiences propeling it to take in quadruple of what it cost to make. This summer's animated movies were all rated PG or PG-13 and only one, Shrek, crossed the $100 million mark.

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News Link of the Day - Potter Takes on Pokemon

According to BBC News:

"Pokémon trading cards - the hit phenomenon of the year 2000 - are about to become a distant memory.

Pikachu, Bulbasaur and their kin are about to be swept aside by a new fad - Harry Potter collectable cards..."

Click here for the full story.

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