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With a Victini-themed sweepstakes, the limited theatrical release of Pokémon the Movie: White-Victini and Zekrom, and a special December distribution event, players will be hard-pressed to elude the victory Pokémon this Christmas, not that they'd want to.

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Looks like the rumour we heard earlier today is now sadly confirmed. According to a listing on the Australian Securities and Investments Commission website, Red Ant Enterprises is now officially in the hands of receivers. ASIC lists Red Ant's status as "UNDER EXTERNAL ADMINISTRATION and/or CONTROLLER APPOINTED", which doesn't sound too good at all. Quite what all this means for Capcom, Konami, Bethesda and Midway, whose titles are distributed through Red Ant, we really don't know at this stage. We are still chasing Red Ant for comment.

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We've received word from several sources this morning that Australian games and DVD distributor Red Ant has gone bust and fallen into receivership. If this rumour is true, it may throw the future of local releases from Capcom, Bethesda, Konami and Midway into doubt, as Red Ant currently has distribution agreements with all four publishers. Given Capcom's upcoming release slate - Street Fighter IV, Bionic Commando, Resident Evil 5 are all due before the end of March - that's an especially worrying prospect. We've contacted Red Ant for comment and will update as soon as we hear anything further.

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After his recent chat with game pirates, independent developer Cliff Harris of Positech Games muses on pricing structure of games, as 'cost' was listed as a major reason for piracy. As he points out, plenty of other products have a wide continuum that ranges from 'economy' to 'deluxe'; games can often be divided into 'normal' and 'collectors' editions. Why can't we go a bit further, he asks:

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The Escapist has an interesting article up on mainstream industry types who went indie — it delves into the reasoning behind a move, as well as the challenges and the positive aspects of moving from big studios to independent development. People making the transition have had to unlearn 'mainstream' habits or pick up new skills (like learning the tools of the PR trade) — and even with the plethora of portals and distribution options, the 'independent' distribution channels are still fraught with pitfalls, from distribution limitations to piracy: