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  1. When the time came for THQ to sell its IPs, many gamers were curious to see where properties would end up. Last week we found that at least one IP (Homeworld) was not grabbed by TeamPixel, an indie team who had already worked on games based off the license. Today, Gearbox announced that acquisition. What of other popular IPs such as Darksiders? Publisher Nordic Games have just announced they were the winning bid for it. Their name might not be familiar but they've brought out a handful of properties over the years, including Painkiller HD and The Book of Unwritten Tales. Darksiders wasn't all they bought. For $4.9 million dollars they were able to purchase 150 SKUs across PC and consoles. Some of the biggest names are as follows: Darksiders, Destroy All Humans, Full Spectrum Warrior, Red Faction, Supreme Commander, and Titan Quest. Do you think Darksiders and other games have found a good home with Nordic Games?
  2. Marcus Estrada

    Assorted THQ IPs Being Sold Off in April

    THQ has been on the minds of many lately as they sold off a great deal of their intellectual property in auctions earlier. However, they weren't able to sell everything at the time, as THQ actually has ownership over many IPs. Those who were surprised to see the likes of Darksiders unsold should probably wait until the upcoming auction where some team will likely pounce on it. Some of the franchises hoping to be sold off are Darksiders, Destroy All Humans!, Drawn to Life, Homeworld, Red Faction, and others. Then there are a great deal of licensed games that someone somewhere may be interested in. Initial bidding will be done by April 1st, although final approval will occur a few months later in May. Here is the rather long list which is divided into lots: Lot 1 - OWNED SOFTWARE Red Faction Red Faction Armageddon Red Faction 2 Red Faction: Guerrilla Lot 2 - OWNED SOFTWARE Homeworld Homeworld 2 Lot 3 - OWNED SOFTWARE MX Alive MX vs ATV Untamed MX Superfly featuring Ricky Carmichael MX vs. ATV Alive Tournament MX Unleashed MX vs. ATV Unleashed MX vs ATV Reflex MX vs. ATV: On The Edge Lot 4 - OWNED SOFTWARE Darksiders Darksiders 2 Lot 5 - OWNED SOFTWARE All Star Cheer Squad Elements of Destruction All Star Cheer Squad 2 Fantastic Pets All Star Karate Frontlines: Fuel of War Baja: Edge of Control Full Spectrum Warrior 1 Battle of the Bands Full Spectrum Warrior 2: Ten Hammers Beat City Juiced Big Beach Sports Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights Big Beach Sports 2 Lock's Quest: Construction Combat Big Family Games Neighborhood Games Crawler Pax Imperia de Blob Stuntman: Ignition de Blob 2 Summoner Deadly Creatures Summoner 2 Deep Six Terranium Destroy All Humans! The Outfit Destroy All Humans! 2 Titan Quest Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed Titan Quest: Immortal Throne Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon uDraw Dood's Big Adventure World of Zoo Drawn to Life Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter Lot 6 - LICENSED SOFTWARE (buyer to pay any cure costs) Costume Quest Scripps Spelling Bee (Scripps) Daniel X (SueJack) Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Osborne House Deepak Chopra's Leela (Curious Holdings) Stacking Fancy Nancy: Tea Party Time! (Harper Collins) Supreme Commander Jeopardy Supreme Commander Forged Alliance Jeopardy 2 The Biggest Loser Journey to the Center of the Earth Truth or Lies Let's Ride Best of Breed Vampire Legends: Power of Three (dtp) Marvel Super Hero Squad: Comic Combat Wheel of Fortune Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet Wheel of Fortune 2 Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet 2 World of Zoo Nancy Drew: The Hidden Staircase Worms 2 Nexuiz Worms Battle Islands Paws & Claws Marine Rescue Worms Open Warfare Paws & Claws Pampered Pets Resort 3D Worms: A Space Oddity PurrPals 2 Worms: Open Warfare 2 (Team 17) Rio You Don't Know Jack (Jellyvision) Rocket Riot Screwjumper (Frozen Codebase) Which THQ property are you hoping finds a new home the most?
  3. Did you think that things like the special edition for Persona 4: Golden were rare? Sure, 10,000 units of a game isn't that much but if you look back in time you're bound to find many games with far fewer units available. Take for example a game called Red Sea Crossing for the Atari 2600, which until 2007, wasn't even known to exist by the Atari collecting community. The story went that someone found this incredibly rare cart (no one had ever seen it before) at a yard sale. No one was ready to believe this person until eagle-eyed collectors managed to find a handful of magazine ads for the game. So it did exist and there were so few copies that this was the only one that anyone knew about. Recently, another copy was found by a shop owner. Apparently he did his research though and has been using Red Sea Crossing to try and draw more attention to his store. Either way, it appears the owner of the first cartridge is using the current fame of the game to sell his cart. The price is now at five thousand dollars and still hasn't met the seller's reserve. With days to go it may still see a bidding war. Atari collectors are a pretty hardcore bunch when it comes to procuring incredibly rare games. For reference, the last high-priced Atari auction was around thirty thousand for a copy of Air Raid, of which only a little under 20 copies were known to exist. How about this game? There are only two confirmed copies of Red Sea Crossing out there, although the coder behind it has noted there may be a few hundred in storage somewhere.