Mega game Halo 3 has crushed, blowed up and generally mashed-out all competing games for 2007, outselling Wii Play, Call of Duty 4, and Guitar Hero 3. Even the mighty Carnival Games for the Wii was outsold.

According to industry analysts at the NPD group, here’s how it all went down:

  1. Halo 3 (Xbox 360) – 4,820,000
  2. Wii Play with Remote (Wii) – 4,120,000
  3. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Xbox 360) – 3,040,000
  4. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (PS2) – 2,720,000
  5. Super Mario Galaxy (Wii) – 2,520,000
  6. Pokemon Diamond (DS) – 2,480,000

You can finally manage your iPhone media manually. Instead of having to sync the last 3 unwatched episodes of some show or another, you can just drag the shows you want to watch right onto that iPhone. Readers over at the Apple Support Boards are just as happy as I am. Select the Manually Manage Music checkbox and click Apply.

When Apple released the iPhone / iPod touch 1.1.3 update; there was one new option in the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store that wasn’t given much attention. With the inclusion of the update, you can now activate an iTunes Gift Card right from the Wi-Fi store.


If you’re shopping for a new iPod, Daniel Jalkut at Red Sweater reminded us that you can get a 10% discount on a new iPod any day at your local Apple Store if you do one simple thing: bring in an old iPod to trade in. The program’s been around since 2005, but it’s always worth another mention.

There are plenty of other options for recycling an old iPod, including some that will give you credit – check them out. Rumor has it that some retail outlets are discounting iPods as well…

Wait up, hang on here — you’re telling us a personality profiling conducted on 7,500 people at Apple’s biggest tub-thumping event of the year, Macworld, yielded results that would suggest Apple users “are more liberal, less modest, and more assured of their own superiority than the population at large.” And this so-called survey says Apple users have high indexes for “low modesty,” “high perfectionism,” and “high superiority,” and low indexes for things like “humility,” and “self esteem”? Lies and half truths. We don’t know a single Apple user that fits anything remotely similar to that profile. Plus, we hear this poll totally had some hanging chads.

Emeryville, Calif., tucked away in the San Francisco Bay area, is a world away from Joy, Texas.

For Eric Peden, it is a world filled with big blue monsters, rats with an interest in French cuisine and – coming soon – a trash compacting robot with big dreams.

In late December, Peden became a full-time employee of Pixar, a computer animation production company known for feature films such as “Toy Story.” The company, located in Emeryville, most recently teamed with Disney to create “Monsters, Inc.”, “Cars” and “Ratatouille” – the story of a rat in the streets of Paris with an inexplicable gift for cooking fine foods.

While homegrown animation firms pump steam for as many as 25 animation feature films slated to hit Indian screens over the next two years, Rhythm and Hues India is charting a different growth plan as it bags Hollywood projects.

The animation and visual effects studio’s film division is already working on two high-profile Hollywood feature films, both of which are on floors.

Saraswathi Balgam, director, Rhythm and Hues India, told DNA Money: “We are already in the production of The Incredible Hulk for Marvel and Universal Studios’ Mummy 3.”

Crazy japanese folk. Crazy character design. Amazing direction and action. Surprises and escalation on a grand scale. I’m surprised I haven’t seen this before.

You have to confirm your age to watch the trailer because of game violence.

http://www.gametrailers.com/player/13581.html

The Future of the Force! Taking time out from his visit to Celebration Europe, Star Wars producer Rick McCallum updates Insider on the progress of some upcoming Lucasfilm projects.

How is the live-action Star Wars TV show progressing?

It’s been exciting because we’ve had the opportunity to meet over 200 writers. George and I had a fantastic time in England, where we met about 35 or 40 writers. We met a lot in the United States, a couple in Paris, Prague, and Budapest, and then we’re off to Australia at the end of July. We’re trying to get a group of about five or six people from all around the world. I’m hopefully going to start the writers’ conferences later this year. It’ll take about six months to get the scripts, so by about 2009 we hope to actually be shooting.

Will you be shooting the show in Australia?

Right now, that’s the plan. I think it’s going to really depend on where the most effective and cheapest place that we can make it is. Right now, for us, that place is Australia.

Dean Wright (who shares vfx supervision with Wendy Rogers) admits the bar has been raised in this second installment of the Narnia franchise.

There is not only more action, but also more complex models from Creature Supervisor Howard Berger. “There are huge battles in this film, so we’ve got a lot more character integration,” Wright says.

Since this time they shot primarily in the Czech republic, it made financial sense to use London-based MPC and Framestore CFC along with Weta Digital. Framestore is doing Aslan, Trufflehunter, the badger, the River-god sequence, kids entering and leaving Narnia; MPC is mainly doing the battles; and Weta is focusing on: a werewolf, a wild bear and all of the environments for the castle.

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