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Brier Dudley's blog

Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

July 7, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Game update: Zombie’s “BlackLight” out, movie next

Zombie Studios’ action shooting game “BlackLight: Tango Down” is debuting on Xbox Live today, the start of a multimedia media franchise for the venerable Pioneer Square company.

Highlights of the game — which is being pitched as a blend of “Blade Runner” and “Call of Duty” — are its weapon customization system and a “hyper reality visor” imaging system loosely based on systems used by real soldiers.

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“BlackLight” is being sold for $15 as a downloadable game on Xbox Live Arcade. Versions for the PlayStation 3 and PC will appear in a few weeks on PlayStation Network and the Games for Windows Live service.

What’s most notable about “BlackLight” may be its business development. Even before the game was done, Zombie reached deals to produce “BlackLight” comic books and a movie being developed by 20th Century Fox.

Zombie has been making military-themed games since it began in 1994, including the government-funded “America’s Army.” Chief Executive Mark Long is a retired major who worked in military research and development before entering the game business.

“BlackLight” won a few kudos from critics at the E3 show last month in Los Angeles, but didn’t make it into the upper tier that won coveted Game Critics Awards chosen by 31 publications.

Bellevue’s Valve was the local champion, with its “Portal 2” winning “Best PC Game” and “Best Action/Adventure Game.”

Nintendo’s 3DS — the 3-D version of its DS handheld game system — won best of show and best hardware, beating Microsoft’s Kinect and Sony’s Move controllers.

The Northwest can also lay claim to the best sports game of the show – NBA Jam, which was devleped by Electronic Arts Canada in Vancouver, B.C.

Other Game Critics Awards:

Best Original Game

“Dance Central” (Harmonix/MTV Games/Microsoft for Xbox 360)

Best Console Game

“Rage” (id Software/Bethesda for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360)

Best Handheld Game

“God of War: Ghost of Sparta” (Ready at Dawn/Sony Santa Monica for PSP)

Best Action Game

“Rage” (id Software/Bethesda for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360)

Best Role Playing Game

“Star Wars: The Old Republic” (BioWare Austin/LucasArts/EA for PC)

Best Fighting Game

“Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds” (Capcom for PS3 and Xbox 360)

Best Racing Game

“Need for Speed Hot Pursuit” (Criterion Games/Electronic Arts for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360)

Best Strategy Game

“Civilization V” (Firaxis/2K Games for PC)

Best Social/Casual Game

“Rock Band 3” (Harmonix/MTV Games/Electronic Arts for PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii)

Best Motion Simulation Game

“Dance Central” (Harmonix/MTV Games/Microsoft for Xbox 360)

Best Online Multiplayer

“Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood” (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360)

Special Commendation for Graphics

“Rage” (id Software/Bethesda for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360)

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