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February 7, 2008

Spielberg's Latest Attraction: Video Games

Posted: 05:10 PM ET

He has created some of the most iconic visuals in the history of film. From a giant, ravenous shark to aliens from far away worlds. Now, Academy Award-winning auteur Steven Spielberg is focusing his lens on your video-game console.

EA, the world's largest producer of video-games, and Spielberg have pulled back the curtain on what marks the debut of the filmmaker's first ever video-game "BoomBlox."

Just like his film work, "BoomBlox" promises to be equally ambitious, boasting over 300 levels as well as a cast of over 30 characters.

An exclusive for the Nintendo Wii, "BoomBlox" will allow gamers of every age to play their way through hundreds of challenges and even "remix" levels of the games and then share them with their friends across the WiiConnect network.

An avid gamer himself, Spielberg said in a statement, "my inspiration for this game came while I was playing the Wii for the first time. " Pointing to the Wii's innovative control-system, he added "BOOM BLOX plays on the enjoyment of building and knocking down blocks, something that can appeal innately to kids and adults of all ages. "

The game, which was developed at EA's Los studios in Los Angeles, is set for release in May.

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Posted by: Matt West, CNN Entertainment Producer

Filed under: Games • Gaming

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Hal   February 7th, 2008 7:35 pm ET

interesting game idea. Looks like a few different ideas tossed together. Jenga, Breakout , Lemmings and WORMS all tossed into one.. Sounds like fun Now I gotta go out a buy a Wii . I do like the camera options where you can freeze time and watch from other angles. Very Cinematic . defiantly a try. Spielberg hasn't went wrong yet..

Chris   February 8th, 2008 12:37 am ET

Spielberg who? His name means nothing to video game players. Call me back when Miyamoto or Kojima announces something.

nate   February 8th, 2008 1:39 am ET

“BOOM BLOX plays on the enjoyment of building and knocking down blocks".....Speilberg, what happened to you? Its like you and George Lucas have some sort of Vendetta against all humanity since the 1980's. Both of you stop making crappy sequels and pretentious garbage. Especially you Steven. I will not buy your ridiculous game no matter how much fun I have "building and knocking down blocks".

I know on my street everytime I go outside, there are droves of children stacking blocks and knocking them back down. Over and over again. This is exactly what us common folk do in our spare time. That is inbetween buying every piece of licensced Lucas Arts garbage we can find because we all love it so much. Thanks for gracing my nintendo with your awesome presence you entertainment mogul you! I'm gonna go stack some blocks and knock them back down. Or maybe run in my giant hamster wheel. Hey, that could be your next game. See if George will let you put Darth Vader on the box cover somewhere. How about Darth Vader and Indiana Jones Racing on Hamster wheels. The winner of the race gets to lick the bottom of Steven's shoes. Yaaaaay!

evinoid   February 8th, 2008 2:29 am ET

Oh dear...

/goes back to playing World Of Warcraft....

Pekka   February 8th, 2008 2:35 am ET

Spielberg's first game was The Dig.

Pal   February 8th, 2008 6:10 am ET

looks rather lame.

kids under 7 sure.

anyone else, would have to be mentally limited i'd think

Dirk Cleenwerck   February 8th, 2008 6:16 am ET

It might be his first video-game within the context of games consoles, but I don't think it's his first video-game. That would have been "The Dig" released in 1995. He also collaborated on "Steven Spielberg's Director's Chair" which was released for Windows and Mac in 1996.

bord   February 8th, 2008 8:26 am ET

"Spielberg hasn’t went wrong yet."

Hahahaha. Did you see Amistad?

Kristina Johnson   February 8th, 2008 9:03 am ET

Ithink this is a great game

Rohnda   February 8th, 2008 9:19 am ET

the wii is awesome!!!!

Ubik   February 8th, 2008 11:47 am ET

I thought Speilberg's first video game was E.T. on the Atari 2600. He didn't participate in the design or anything but Atari did pay him big bucks so they could use the title and images.

The game sucked. It was also a major flop.

Paul   February 8th, 2008 12:39 pm ET

I like Speilberg, but just because you are a big fan of something doesn't mean you should be involved in it. The only decent thing to come out of the Star Wars universe has been Lego Star Wars.

Acerayl   February 10th, 2008 9:05 am ET

Well, I would figure Nintendo would hold off on big releases until stock of the Wii built back up here in the US. All this will do is create another shortage.
As far as Spielberg, yea, his films have been re-created into some bad video games. But this not only is not a re-creation of a film, but is built on a system with different followers. The games on the Wii tend to be more about fun that graphics and flash. After looking at screen shots and reviews, this game will do real well, and is a different direction for EA, which is known for their sports and war style games.

Mark Bigham   February 10th, 2008 9:06 am ET

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Look up for the answer. It is solar power. Solar power is a zero carbon source of power. The Sun gives us enough energy each hour to run the earth for a day.

The problem is the lack of a profitable business model. As soon as companies can figure out how to make more money with Solar Power they will shift hard to that source of energy. The Goverment needs to invest very heavily in technology that reduces the cost of solar power. Yes boys and girls that is rocket science. If the war in Iraq is really about oil (aka energy), imagine what would happen if we invested one year of War Cost (>$100B) into developing low cost Solar power technologies. It would probably change the earth forever.

That is an investment I am willing to make.

Mark Bigham
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