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The Week in Review

As if there were any doubts to the link between video games and comic books, just take a look at this week’s Comic-Con in San Diego. From indie developers to established industry giants, the gaming biz was well represented at the annual convention. Here are some of the highlights from Comic-Con, and elsewhere, in what I like to call the Week in Review:

Microsoft has announced a $20 price drop for its Xbox 360 HD-DVD player, which will retail for $179.99 after Aug. 1. Also, anyone who purchases the add-on will receive five free HD-DVD titles from a list of 15 that includes such classics as Blazing SaddlesLara Croft: Tomb Raider and Constantine. A copy of Peter Jackon’s King Kong also comes bundled with the HD-DVD player, so technically you’re getting six free movies, but who’s counting.

French developer Ubisoft is partnering with NBC to adapt the hit sci-fi drama Heroes to the video game world. No specifics were announced, but I would like to see an RPG set in the Heroes universe. Hopefully the show’s excellent writers will have a say in the game’s storyline, regardless of the genre. Ubisoft also revealed that its other TV-based title, a take on ABC’s Lost, is on track for an early-2008 release. You can get an early look at the game in action here.

And finally, for those of you dreading the fourth installment of the Indiana Jones film franchise, I offer you this as a reminder that there’s still some good left in the world. You can thank me later.