Santa Monica, CA - December 13, 2005 - A unique short film entitled "The French Democracy," created using Activision (Nasdaq: ATVI) and Lionhead® Studios' game The MoviesTM, has attracted international media attention since its release on November 22, 2005 on the game's website, http://www.themoviesgame.com. The film, made by French designer Alex Chan, is a commentary on the social situation which led up to the recent riots in Paris and other French cities. First written about in The Washington Post, "The French Democracy" has since been featured on MTV.com, Business Week, and 20 Minutes -- a French newspaper with a circulation of over 800,000.
Commenting on the media attention which the movie has attracted, Peter Molyneux, Managing Director of Lionhead Studios said, "With The Movies we wanted to make a game that allows anyone to easily express themselves by making a short film and posting them online to share with the world. Alex's film, which is absolutely terrific, really demonstrates the potential power and impact that these films can have."
The movie's creator, Alex Chan added, "I did not expect such a reaction to my little 'home-made' movie, but I have spread some human values that are important to me. I'm very happy that 'The French Democracy' has moved so many people, even if it is not always in a positive way. I'm very glad and proud that this movie may help people to think a bit more."
Activision and Lionhead Studios are delighted with both the quality and quantity of films already online, just a month since the game's release, as traffic shows no signs of slowing and new movies are being posted daily. Launched on November 8, 2005, http://www.themoviesgame.com has already attracted over one million unique users, has received 100 million hits*, and currently features over 19,000 user-created movies, available online for anyone to view.
The Movies allows gamers to become the ultimate Hollywood player by building and running their own movie studio, from crafting and shooting unique movies to making or breaking the stars they discover and create. In Story Mode, players take command of their inner movie mogul and manage all aspects of a studio from talent and resources to research and development. They can make a wide variety of movies such as crime dramas, psycho thrillers, musicals, spaghetti westerns, sci-fi cliffhangers and black comedies, and work to maximize box office success by staying one step ahead of the competition. In addition, players can jump right into movie making in Sandbox Mode, creating films from their favorite time period from the silent film era of cinema to present day and beyond. Ultimate control is at gamers' fingertips as they customize everything from scripts and dialog to the look of their stars from head-to-toe. With thousands of exciting movie characters and limitless options, The Movies allows players to take full creative control of their Hollywood ambitions, ultimately posting their box office blockbusters or obscure B movies to http://www.themoviesgame.com for the entire world to see.
The Movies for Windows® PC is available for a suggested retail price of $49.99 and is rated "T" (Teen with blood and gore, crude humor, mild language, sexual themes, use of alcohol and tobacco, and violence) by the ESRB. The Premiere Edition version of The Movies is available for Windows PC for a suggested retail price of $59.99 and is rated the same.
*These statistics apply to http://www.themoviesgame.com/community
For more information on The Movies, please visit http://www.themoviesgame.com.
About Lionhead Studios
Lionhead Studios is based in Guildford, Great Britain, and was founded in 1997. The company's first game, "Black & White" for PC, was released in 2001, and worldwide sales of it have topped 2 million copies. Its second game, "Fable" for Xbox, has sold more than 1.6 million copies worldwide, and the numbers continue to climb, making it one of the top-selling Xbox titles of all time. Three further titles Fable: The Lost Chapters, Black & White 2 and The Movies, have all been released on PC this fall. For more information about Lionhead Studios, visit http://www.lionhead.com.
About Activision, Inc.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products. Founded in 1979, Activision posted net revenues of $1.4 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005.
Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Australia, Scandinavia, Spain and the Netherlands. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's World Wide Web site, which is located at http://www.activision.com.