Santa Monica-based Activision Publishing, a publisher of video games, announced this morning that it has acquired Budcat Creations, a video game developer based in Iowa City, Iowa. Financial details of the buy were not disclosed. Budcat Creations develops Wii and Nintendo DS titles for the home video game market. Activision said that it has worked with Budcat Creations for the development of multiple games in its Guitar Hero franchise. Budcat Creations will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Publishing, with Budcat's management team also signing multi-year employment contracts. Budcat will remain in Iowa City.