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Square Enix Holds Final Fantasy X/X-2 Auction For Charity

Square Enix recently helped celebrate the launch of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster with a charity art exhibit, and art director Yusuke Naora and producer Yoshinori Kitase made an appearance.

As a special surprise to guests, Naora performed a live art demonstration, creating an original piece just for the exhibit. "I usually don't have this many people watching me work, so if my hand gets a little shaky because of nerves, I'd appreciate it if you let it slide," Naora said with a laugh during the demonstration.

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You can check out the video above to hear some of the questions fans asked Naora as he worked, such as whether he would rather have a chocobo or moogle in real life. All of the art from the exhibit, including the original piece created by Naora, is being auctioned off here. The proceeds from the auction will be going towards Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts. – The Feed

The City Of Glendale, CA Is Preparing To Auction Off More Than 50 Arcade Cabinets

After the complicated sale of a defunct arcade a few years ago, the city of Glendale, CA is preparing to auction off a large collection of arcade cabinets.

A few years ago, the city of Glendale purchased a building housing the former Video West Arcade. The sale of the building covered it and everything inside of it, which included roughly 50 arcade cabinets. The building was bought with the intention of building the Museum of Neon Art.

Unfortunately, after moving the arcade cabinets out of the facility and into storage a number of legal complications lead to the freezing of assets acquired with the state's redevelopment funds. As a result, the arcade cabinets have remained in storage for the last three years. Recently, however, it was ruled the law forcing the freeze did not cover the cabinets, and now the city is preparing to auction them off.

Among the collection are older games like Galaga and Ms. Pac-Man, but there are also more modern hunting games and racers like Initial D Arcade Stage Version 3.

A date has not been set for when the auction will take place, but if you live near Glendale, California and are in the market for an arcade cabinet (or a few arcade cabinets), you may want to keep an eye out.

[Source: Glendale News press (1), (2), via LA Times] – The Feed

Insomniac holds signed Xbox One auction for injured intern

After losing her leg in a hit-and-run incident, Insomniac Games intern Ana Kessel faces mounting medical bills related to her treatment. In an effort to help Kessel, Insomniac has covered a new, Microsoft-donated Xbox One in signatures and put the …
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Big Huge Games Trademark And More Sold At Auction

An auction following the collapse of 38 Studios yielded results, with some of the assets going to bidders. The Big Huge Games trademark and two game properties have new owners, though the details of who bid and who won haven’t yet been revealed.

Rise of Nations and Rise of Legends (originally published by Microsoft in 2003 and 2006 respectively) have been sold. The total for these intellectual properties and the Big Huge Games name was $ 320,000. 

No acceptable bids were received for the in-development Project Copernicus MMO or 38 Studios’ social platform Helios. Joystiq reports that sources close to the matter reveal issues with the Amalur and Rise of Nations/Legends properties because of existing connections to publishers.

In other words, whomever now owns the two games will be working with Microsoft to iron out details. If there is eventually a new owner for Amalur, that party will need to work with EA to get clear of the existing arrangements.

The court-appointed receiver, Richard J. Land, will continue to seek a buyer for the remaining properties, including Amalur. We’ll update once we know who now owns the two lots that did receive acceptable bids.

[Source: Joystiq]


Our Take
Things aren’t looking good for the future of Amalur. 38 Studios’ first and only game had a lot going for it, and that world could have blossomed into something special. If you’re holding your breath waiting for another installment, it might be time fill your lungs with sweet, sweet oxygen. – The Feed

38 Studios auction raises $320,000, fails to sell Amalur franchise

Buyers snap up Big Huge Games, Rise of Legends and Rise of Nations, but the rest of 38 Studios’ stuff — including Project Copernicus — remains unclaimed. …

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Big Huge Games’ assets fetch $320k in 38 Studios auction

The Big Huge Games side of this week’s 38 Studios intellectual property auction has been sold for $ 320,000.00. The two lots sold off were for the trademark of Big Huge Games as well as the Rise of Legends and Rise of Nations properties. It is not currently known who the properties now belong to, though the auction drew the attention of 20 interested parties, five of which actively participated in the conference call for the auction.

As for 38 Studios’ in-development MMO set in the Kingdoms of Amalur universe Project Copernicus and social media and gaming platform Helios, the court-appointed receiver for the assets Richard J. Land did “not receive acceptable offers for the remaining lots,” and “intends to continue to engage in negotiations with interested parties.”

Sources involved in the bidding process told Joystiq there were legacy issues with both the “Rise of” and Amalur intellectual properties, particularly with their former publishing partners Electronic Arts (Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning) and Microsoft (Rise of Nations, Rise of Legends). Even if the properties were purchased, the buyers would still need to deal with some terms made during the original agreements.

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White Xbox One charity auction raises $11,300

A black Xbox One costs $ 500, but a white Xbox One sets you back $ 11,300. No, Microsoft isn’t going with an ambitiously priced second SKU, but the much nicer story of an eBay user stumping up the cash for the normally employee-only console, with proceeds going towards the Wounded Warrior Project.

Microsoft’s charity auction ended yesterday evening, after the bidding sat at $ 11,100 across a number of days. Then, with hours to go a new user snuck in to snatch up the limited edition console. He or she will receive their new, shiny white console when everyone else gets their boring black ones this Friday on November 22.

There’s at least one other member of the public due to receive a white Xbox One, but over in the UK. Another white Xbox One was auctioned over there earlier this month, raising £5,000 (around $ 8,000) for charity organization GamesAid, which is passing on the money to a number of small UK charities for children and young people.

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38 Studios IP auction scheduled for December 11

Come December 11, Heritage Global Partners will finally begin selling off the intellectual property of Curt Schilling’s 38 Studios.

Initially slated for November, the auction was delayed due to “greater than expected” interest from potential bidders. The state of Rhode Island is hoping that this auction will allow it to recoup some portion of the $ 75 million it loaned 38 Studios, so it only makes sense to attract as many bidders as possible.

Among the items included in the auction are sequel and licensing rights to Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, rights to Big Huge Games’ Rise of Nations and Rise of Legends strategy games, and “Project Copernicus” which the auction house describes asan in-development Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) including a 10,000 year world history, completed character ‘races’ and playable ‘zones.’”

Full information on the auction can be found at the Heritage Global Partners website. Initial bids will be accepted as late as 5PM EST on December 4.

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38 Studios IP auction moved to December

A planned intellectual property auction for shuttered Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning developer 38 Studios has been pushed back a month and is now set to commence in December, GameSpot reports. A specific date for the auction is not yet known.

38 Studios’ court-appointed lawyer Richard Land previously called for a delay earlier this month, citing “greater than expected” demand from potential bidders. The upcoming auction will put merchandising rights and revenue for Kingdoms of Amalur up for bid, along with IP rights for the Big Huge Games properties Rise of Nations, Rise of Legends, and the Xbox Live Arcade version of Catan.

38 Studios declared bankruptcy in June of last year after missing scheduled loan repayments. A previous asset auction attracted more than 1,000 bidders, and brought in more than $ 650,000.

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White Xbox One sells for £5,000 at relisted charity auction

A limited-edition white Xbox One console has sold for an astounding £5,000 (approximately $ 8,000) at auction following an intense bidding war that resulted in the console being pulled and relisted.

Originally put up for sale earlier this week, the console was donated to charity by an anonymous Microsoft employee, and is emblazoned with a unique Gamertag and the text “I Made This.” The console’s original auction was yanked after sellers noted “suspicious activity” among bidders, resulting in a secure buy-it-now relisting that subsequently sold for its £5,000 asking price.

Proceeds for the auction benefit GamesAid, a UK-based charity that helps disadvantaged and disabled children.

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