SyFy Channel Teaming With Acclaim
Sci-Fi, excuse me, SyFy Channel is teaming up with Acclaim Games to launch a new SyFy label for new games, the first of which will launch this spring, alongside a new casual games portal that aims to bring that SyFy flavor to kids.
The Sci-Fi Channel's planned metamorphosis into the SyFy Channel this summer isn't just an effort to give the company a new name. It's part of an overarching effort to rework the company into a "global lifestyle brand," as Sci-Fi President Dave Howe put it. To that end, the channel will be expanding into movies, kids entertainment, and, inevitably, games.
The first fruits of that effort will come from two partnerships: one with Acclaim Games and one with ZooKazoo, an online virtual world for kids.
No, that's not the Acclaim Entertainment you remember from NBA Jam or Mortal Kombat. That company went bankrupt, but the name was sold and now belongs to another company which produces free-to-play MMOGs you may have never heard of like 9 Dragons. Acclaim Games will be producing a game for the scifi.com website, called Tales of Magic, which does sound like the title for a free-to-play MMOG.
As for ZooKazoo, which is an online cartoon world for kids, SyFy will be getting a special Sci Fi Club that'll exist inside the game world, so kids can start learning the valuable lessons science-fiction has to teach them like that your best friend is usually a Cylon and don't eat Soylent Green, because it's people.
If you're still in shock that SyFy even exists, it should be hitting home now.
[Source: AWN via Kotaku]
Cough, Gag. Things go from bad to worse.
"global lifestyle brand"
I'm so totally with Bill Hicks on the subject of marketing. (Very NSFW)
This is just getting more and more preposterous.
I'm going to go to the grassy knoll now and go crazy!
B....but I don't understand.
Sci-Fi Channel...why are you doing this to me, baby? What about all the good times, before wrestling and Ghost Cunt--excuse me, Ghost Hunters?
Don't those memories mean anything to you?
I loved you because you were unique. But now...now you've got breast implants, a fake tan, and bleached-blonde hair? How can I still love you?
The answer is: I can't. I'm sorry.
Max The Reaper
Hey, I liked 9Dragons. It was a MMORPG that featured Kung-Fu. Kung-Fu is awesome. Period. The fact that you got to practice Kung-Fu on wildlife and bandits was awesome. I dunno about a "Syfy" MMORPG. That sounds like it would suck.
I'm just going to go into the corner and wait for Sci-Fi to say "GOT YOU! OH YOU WANKERS TOTALLY FELL FOR THAT!".
I remember staying up late at night for Anime as a kid when they and the movie channels were the only ones to show Anime before Cartoon network and a bit after saturday morning cartoons. Except that Sci-fi showed more mature themed anime movies and series like the movie channels sexual situations(not intercourse) and violence be damned!
Anyone who remembers Project A-ko will remember how much was really slammed in one's face.
Shouldn't that be SyFy teaming with AckLame Gaymz, or are they not changing their name?