- You, dear GSW reader, might have heard of Jason Rubin and Andy Gavin due to the fact that they co-founded Naughty Dog, creators of both the Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter game franchises. But after Rubin left in 2004, to apparently work on a new title called 'Iron & The Maiden', everything went a little quiet.

Well, in fact, Andy Gavin also left Naughty Dog a couple of years back (oop, we SO need to update our Game Developer advisory board masthead to reflect that!), and Jurie at Intelligent Artifice has pointed out that their new project has launched - and it's in the form of a Web 2.0 site called Flektor, rather than a game.

Social media blog Techcrunch explains of the site: "Flektor allows users to create slide shows using video, photos, text and effects/transitions... in our testing we also found the Flektor creation wizard to be far easier to use than the current Slide and RockYou offerings." They predict a swift acquisition for the site, thanks to its slick interface - hey, maybe the game guys have something to show the Web 2.0 guys regarding usability after all?

[Oh, and as for Iron & The Maiden? The MySpace page for the project reveals it will be coming out in comic form first, with Rubin noting: "I can announce a shelf date for book 1, with the other books following right on its heels: August 2007, just a few hot months (at least in LA) away. I also have a publisher... that I will announce in a short time." Mysterious!]