Gaming Roundup: E-Books On Nintendo DS; Acclaim’s RockFree; AOL’s PlaySavvy; DoubleFusion/PS3


Nintendo releases e-Book collection for DS : Move over Kindle, there’s a new e-Reader in town — the Nintendo DS. Well … not quite, but the game giant did announce the availability of “100 Classic Book Collection” today. The game features classic tomes from Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and Shakespeare, among others. DS owners flip the portable console on its side to read, use the stylus to flip through pages, and can even search through and bookmark segments. Currently, the title is only slated for a European release, with 10 additional titles available via download via the DS Lite Wi-fi feature. Still, U.K.-based tech site Electric Pig begs the obvious question: does anybody really want to read an entire book on the DS’ tiny screen?

Acclaim unleashes Rockfree, free music game : MMORPG publisher Acclaim is developing Rockfree, an online game that will let players create avatars, open up their own rock “club” and battle against other players online. Slated to go live in Q109, Gamasutra says Rockfree will feature tracks from Warner Music, Sony (NYSE: SNE) and EMI artists, in addition to more than 40 songs created just for the game. The title also has free written all over it: gamers don’t have to pay to play it, nor will they have to pay for extra downloadable tracks.

*AOL* preaches game safety on new site : AOL (NYSE: TWX) has launched, a new site aimed at helping parents understand gaming consoles, interpret the game rating system and better determine which titles are appropriate for their kids. The site features reviews and how-to guides, and of course, “relevant advertising.” Wonder if there will be any conflict of interest issues (like the ones GameSpot faced last year, per Joystiq) or concern about ads being run for games that aren’t exactly family-friendly … Release.

Double Fusion beefs up in-game ad lineup for PS3 : Game advertising company Double Fusion has inked exclusive deals with THQ (NSDQ: THQI), Sega, Eidos and Midway to handle the in-game ads for their PS3 titles. This is in addition to the deal they first brokered in July with Sony to put ads in PS3 games, though Sony announced a similar partnership with Double Fusion rival IGA Worldwide in June, and launched its own in-game ad division in October 2007. Release.

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