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GodGames Closes Shop

15 Aug, 2001 By: John Gaudiosi

GodGames, formerly The Gathering of Developers, will close its Texas-based offices at the end of this month and hand its GodGames brand over to majority-owner Take-Two Interactive, according to founder Mike Wilson.

Funded by $5 million by Wilson and additional funding by Gathering co-founders Harry Miller, Jim Bloom, and Rick Stults, most of the Texas staff of GodGames have switched their attention to a new interactive DVD-format digital video magazine called SubstanceTV (www.substance.tv), which launches in November and will have 10 issues per year.

“SubstanceTV takes a compelling and intelligent look at contemporary culture, and its diverse subcultures, exclusively through digital video,” said Wilson. “As part of a generation that grew up in the age of digital media, we want to use the innovations of technology to reveal the true essence of modern life.”

Each of SubstanceTV's 10 yearly issues will include new feature stories on the people, ideas and events that shape the world, as well as the latest in provocative and independent short films, music videos, documentaries, movie and game trailers, digital exhibits, and public service announcements addressing major social issues.

Best known for the current hit Max Payne, which is on PC now and heading to Xbox and PlayStation 2 this fall, The Blair Witch Trilogy of PC games, Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K. 2 for PC, Railroad Tycoon II for PC, Dreamcast and PlayStation, and 4x4 Evo for PC and next-generation consoles, the Gathering was founded in 1998 in an effort to allow game developers to create games without the corporate bureaucracy of large publishers.

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