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Friday, June 19, 2009


Feast your eyes on the premiere video of Trauma Team, the evolution of the medical entertainment game!

The makers of the acclaimed medical action series Trauma Center blow the genre wide open with Trauma Team for Wii™, bringing not one, but six exciting and creative gameplay modes! Play as a general surgeon, diagnostician, EMT, orthopedic surgeon, endoscope technician, or medical examiner. With improved game balance and a completely original approach to story cutscenes, Trauma Team delivers the thrills and drama of the best medical entertainment.

Available Spring 2010.

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It's been close to a year since we began our battle with Time Warner, AT&T, Frontier Cable, Comcast and others over bandwidth caps.  You and the ECA were the first to speak out on the subject and fight.  Our efforts are leading to legislation being introduced that would protect us from price-gouging.

Tell your Representative to support H.R. 2902.

Rep. Eric Massa has formally introduced H.R. 2902 the Broadband Internet Fairness Act.  This legislation would prevent the "monopolistic rate increases of broadband companies by promoting the interests of broadband consumers."  The internet is the economic and entertainment engine of our time.  We don't need the telecom companies increasing costs, while offering more bandwidth intensive services.

This is our chance to see positive legislation passed.  Write your Representative and ask them to vote yes on H.R. 2902.

These user caps could limit or stop game play by arbitrarily and artificially limiting bandwidth in the name of network management.  ECA believes that gamers should be able to play the games they want on the internet. 

Write your Representative today.


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Friday, June 12, 2009

VIDEO GAMES LIVE explodes into a Preloaded branded MP3 Player in partnership with VIVO


It’s the power & emotion of a symphony orchestra mixed with the excitement and energy of a rock concert embedded a product that fits in the palm of your hand.

VIDEO GAMES LIVE, a complete celebration and multimedia concert experience featuring music from the most popular video games of all time, has partnered with VIVO PRODUCTS, to create an exclusive MP3 Player pre-loaded with 10 exclusive never before released tracks from the Video Games Live show.  The Video Games Live - branded player will be available at all concerts on tour, and on the Video Games Live website, and coming soon to major retailers nationwide.

The product will retail for $50 and will be presented in gift-box packaging, custom designed to match the look and feel of the phenomenal event.  The branded MP3 player comes with high-quality VIVO Headphones, a USB Adapter and 2 GB of built-in memory, which will allow customers to augment the preloaded Video Games Live music with several hundred additional tracks of their choosing.  Also included in the player is an internal speaker for non-headset listening and a built-in microphone capable of recording voice and audio directly onto the device.

"We are excited about partnering with one of the greatest events in video game history and it has been phenomenal to work with Tommy and Jack to provide exciting ways for fans to enjoy new and classic video game music." said Paul Chen, President and CEO of VIVO.  Prolific video game composer and Video Games Live CEO/Co-Founder Tommy Tallarico added, “Having a uniquely branded product in the market like this is a great honor for us and further testament to the growing popularity of video game music and Video Games Live.”

Included on the player are never before released live recordings of music from the following franchises:  Halo®, Kingdom Hearts, Warcraft®, Castlevania®, Myst®, Mass Effect™, Civilization IV, Tron, Earthworm Jim and Advent Rising.

Product Currently Available at the Video Games Live Online Store


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Thursday, June 11, 2009


Kudo Tsunoda paid a visit to Late Nite with Jimmy Fallon to demonstrate Microsoft's revolutionary Project Natal. This is a bold move on the part of Microsoft, one that shows they have extreme confidence in this amazing new device.   During the demo the gang wore crazy red jump suits reminiscent of the outfits occasionally worn by the band DEVO. 

And speaking of suits, the crew from Good Morning America also had the chance to demo the Project Natal. Check out this video to see a grown man in a business suit making a fool out of himself on national television. If a guy like this can enjoy Project Natal I'm sure its going to be a very big hit. We look forward to learning more about this amazing new device in the coming months.


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Tuesday, June 9, 2009




The Hollywood Virgin Megastore has reached its final days. Discounts are now 60% to 80% off. Video games are 70% off. There are still some great deals to be found.

Here is our report as of 5:30 PM PST. The Nintendo DS section still has a lot of games. There were a couple of the Pokemon games, hardcore favorites like "Glory Days 2," and tons of budget titles.

The Xbox 360 selection is still fairly well stocked. Games like "Command & Conquer 3" normally $30, now 70% off. "Halo Wars," originally $60, was also 70% off. There was a major abundance of the game "You're in the Movies." This title normally retails for $70, so with the discount it will be $20. That's actually cheaper than the camera that comes with the game.

As of 6:00pm this afternoon there were also 3 Rockband 2 PS2 bundles. I acquired Tenchu Shadow Assassins for Wii for $15. (down from $50), and a couple of $20 DS games for $6 a piece. (Orcs & Elves and Glory Days 2)

On the accessory front, Xbox 360 face plates still remain, Wii Energizer battery packs, Nerf accessories, and lots of Rock Band 2 related items. (Drum pads, etc)

As for the rest of the store there are still tons of CD and DVDs, and lots of bluray. There is also an enormous amount of clothing and books. Books are also %70 off. They say this is the last week, so hurry to the store before time runs out.


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Monday, June 8, 2009

E3 EXPO: 2009


The Ghostbusters Team arrives at the E3 Expo in the legendary Ecto-1. They also brought their old friend the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man! Our favorite ghost hunters took time out of their busy schedules to promote Atari's new Ghostbusters video game. The game is set for release on the Xbox 360, Wii, PS2, PS3, PC and the Nintendo DS.

Hit the link for some revealing photos of the crew and the original Ecto-1 Ghostbusters car used in both movies!



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Friday, June 5, 2009

E3 EXPO: 2009


Gorgeous women and the E3 Expo go together like peanut butter and jelly. Hit the link to see our exclusive gallery of the shows most beautiful women. Can you dig it? We sure can....



Submitted By: E. Thomas
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E3 EXPO: 2009


So exactly how far does the average E3 visitor walk over the course of the 3 day show? Well I bought a pedometer and wore it all three days. At the end of the expo I was in for quite a surprise. I had walked almost 25 miles in just three days! I did not leave the Convention Center and I did not wear this device when I wasn't on the show floor. It was a grueling 3 days and my feet are now paying the price. After seeing the results of my experiment its easy to see why I am in so much pain. But still, attending the show is well worth the heavy price. I'll gladly do it again next year. Who knows? E3 2010 is rumored to be twice as large as this year's show. Maybe I'll break my 25 mile record?


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Thursday, June 4, 2009

E3 EXPO 2009: DAY 3


As we reported earlier, the American Red Cross was holding a blood drive at the 2009 E3 Expo. Many kind and generous individuals donated their blood and their time to this extremely important event. I was lucky enough to meet two of these wonderful people as I went inside the Mobile Command Unit operated by the Red Cross.

The first person I met was Mary Stout. (Seen here in the black t-shirt.) Mary was attending the expo with her husband when she took time out of her busy schedule to give this much needed donation. Even though I am sure she must have been tired from giving blood and attending the expo, she was gracious enough to answer my questions and pose for these nice photos. She is a wonderful person and it was my pleasure to meet her and her husband.

The second person I was lucky enough to meet was David Collins. (Seen here in the reclined position.) David runs the web site Quagmire's Kingdom.  ( David was also kind enough to answer my questions and pose for my camera. He also explained the origin of the name for his web site, which by the way has nothing to do with Family Guy. Its a great site and I strongly recommend you check it out.

In my life I have seen first hand just how badly the American Red Cross needs blood. Visit a procedure center in any hospital and you will quickly learn the truth. The average hospital goes through enormous amounts of blood every single day. Honestly, I have no idea how the Red Cross can acquire so much blood. That is why I am extremely grateful to people like David and Mary for their generosity. And to everyone who donates their blood.  When the Red Cross says that giving blood saves lives they really mean it.

Not only is their donation important, but they actually gave blood while attending E3! That alone is a super human feat. E3 is a paradise for gamers like me, but its also extremely grueling. My body will ache for days after the event. My feet are sore and covered in blisters. Donating blood at E3 must be like running a marathon and climbing a mountain in the same day.

My heartfelt thanks goes out to David and Mary for their donations and for agreeing to be a part of this article. I wish them all the best.  


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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

E3 EXPO 2009: DAY 2


It was one of the most bizarre publicity stunts I have ever seen at the E3 Expo. Actors portraying religious zealots staged a "protest" against EA's new game Dante's Inferno. They carried signs with catchy slogans like "Cheat codes wont save your soul." They also gave out flyers. Some onlookers were offended, others quickly realized it was all a publicity stunt. Maybe it was the fact that some of the protesters could not answer simple bible related questions? Or maybe it was the way they left their bibles on the ground in the rain? Either way, the stunt drew a lot of attention for EA's new title, which is probably what the company wanted in the first place. 


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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

E3 EXPO 2009: DAY 1


Legendary Actor Mickey Rourke was on hand to promote his role in Bethesda's awesome new game Rogue Warrior. The game is based on real life bad ass Richard "Dick" Marcinko. (Pronounced: Mar-SINK-oh.) Marcinko has been a Navy man for over 30 years, even serving two tours of duty in Vietnam as a decorated Navy Seal. What better actor to play this military legend than tough guy actor Mickey Rourke.

Mickey Rourke has played a number of hard nosed characters over his long career. He has played a wrestler, a character named Harley Davidson, and the grizzled and violent "Marv" from Sin City. Rourke also has a notorious personality trait, he hates being photographed. So of course, what did I do? I decided to snap a couple of shots when he wasn't looking. Bad idea....

After I took the first shot I could tell he was a little miffed. After I took the second shot I knew my life was in danger. Even though Rourke was accompanied by a large and intimidating body guard, I knew that if I took one more shot he'd beat my ass himself! Bodyguard or no bodyguard. I quickly put my camera away and disappeared into the shadows.

Later I returned to the
Bethesda booth just as Mr Rourke was finishing his lengthy autograph session. To my surprise he actually gave me a little smile as he was being ushered into a private room. A wave of relief came over me. At least I wouldn't be getting my ass kicked by the Actor/Boxer.  Well, its all in a days work and the E3 Expo.


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Monday, June 1, 2009



Take a sneak peak behind the scenes as the Industry prepares for the biggest gaming expo in history! Here is your first glimpse of the 2009 E3 Expo. The big show is just hours away!



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