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Published on December 21st, 2012 | by Francois Chang


Hot in Gaming: THQ bankruptcy, free Sound Shapes, Nintendo TVii and XBLA

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THQ declares bankruptcy
The company that has become synonymous with titles like Saints Row: The Third and de Blob 2 has filed for bankruptcy. THQ has won the court approval of a bankruptcy loan and is now beginning the process of selling off all its assets. It’s always a sad day in gaming when a company goes under and we wish everyone there the best. When Midway went under, WB Games picked up its titles so that great franchises like Mortal Kombat could continue on. Hopefully, THQ’s beloved properties will go to a publisher who can give them the respect they deserve.

WWE anticipates involvement with THQ’s fate
Wrestling company, WWE has issued a statement on THQ’s bankruptcy news. The statement reads, “WWE is following the developments of THQ’s bankruptcy filing today and proposed sale under Bankruptcy Code Section 363. The Company anticipates actively participating within this proceeding.” THQ has been involved with WWE video games for close to 15 years and most recently, WWE ’13. Hey, in the hands of another developer, this could be the closest (or furthest) we’ll be to another No Mercy.

Sound Shapes developers offer Christmas gift for all
Earlier this month, Sound Shapes got its first wave of DLC. Now, just mere weeks later, Queasy Games is giving another away. With the holidays right around the corner (or already started for some of you), a Christmas-themed pack is available for both the PlayStation 3 and Vita version of the game. The free update includes five instruments for more creation fun.

Nintendo TVii officially arrives in North America
Wii U owners in North America can now use the Nintendo TVii service on their brand new systems. The newly arrived service lets users manage their TV watching through the Wii U gamepad controller. The service currently supports broadcast, cable, Hulu and Amazon Video. Support for Netflix and TiVo is expected early 2013.

Minecraft documentary to debut Xbox Live
On December 22 at 5pm PST, the documentary Minecraft: The Story of Mojang will make its worldwide debut by streaming on Xbox Live. The film is on the story of Minecraft creator, Markus “Notch” Persson and will arrive on Xbox Live a day before its release on DVD and digital download. Remember to make sure your Xbox Live gold subscription is running to catch this monumental occasion.

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