North stars have two games in the charts

Games developers at Eutechnyx in Gateshead travelled to Hollywood and Tokyo to work out their latest releases and their efforts have been rewarded - the games made it into the video game charts.

Games developers at Eutechnyx in Gateshead travelled to Hollywood and Tokyo to work out their latest releases and their efforts have been rewarded - the games made it into the video game charts.

The growing company, enjoying sales of over £3.5m, has worked on a game of the hit MTV show Pimp my Ride which involved spending time with the host, rapper Xzibit, in Los Angeles.

And the 75-strong Eutechnyx team has also produced a video game of Hollywood movie series The Fast and the Furious.

The most recent film - The Fast and the Furious III, Tokyo Drift - inspired the game with Eutechnyx staff flying out to Japan to get first-hand impressions of the landscape to include in the game.

Both products are now riding high in the UK Videogame Charts - a real bonus for Eutechnyx because it is unusual to have two games from the same company high in the charts at the same time, outside of such industry giants as Electronic Arts.

Brian Jobling of Eutechnyx said: "We have an excellent staff at Eutechnyx who worked day and night to make these products a big success and we are delighted that this has been reflected in chart success for both games."

One unusual aspect of The Fast and the Furious was the unlikely role played by Mr Jobling's teenage nephew. They could not find an actor when the time came for recording and so the youngster was roped in to provide the voiceover for a taxi-driver called Vinny.

Eutechnyx is one of the world's top game studios for developing driving games with its other hits including Cartoon Network Racing, Big Mutha Truckers 1&2, 007 Racing, Le Mans 24 Hours and F1 World Grand Prix. It is currently developing two major new products for a UK and a US publisher.

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