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Monday, May 31, 2010

5000 Arcade Tokens! - 5000 Custom Made Arcade Tokens for DigThatBox.com - Our E3 2010 Give-away!! Un-Boxing Video!



To celebrate the 2010 E3 Expo we here at DigThatBox.com have created our own custom made arcade token! We will be giving these tokens away to lucky visitors to the show. And if you can't make it to the show don't worry, we will also be giving away 500 tokens to our on-line readers. Keep watching this space for more information! And as always, thank you for your support.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

TECMO KOEI FEELS THE RAGE WITH FIST OF THE NORTH STARTM!

Face-pounding brutal beat ‘em up officially named and dated.

Hertfordshire, UK- May 28th – TECMO KOEI EUROPE Ltd proudly reveal that the full name for its forthcoming Manga classic brawler is Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage.

Featuring some of the most spectacularly brutal combat seen on next gen consoles, Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage will be unleashed on an unsuspecting public in Autumn 2010.

Set on a ravaged Earth struggling to survive a nuclear holocaust, pitiful survivors band together in communities and villages, trying to live on what little resources they have left. In the wastelands beyond vicious gangs prey on them for their resources, or sometimes just for fun. A mysterious martial artist named Kenshiro, a man with seven scars on his chest and the chosen successor of the legendary assassin's art Hokuto Shinken (????, The Divine Fist of the North Star) has sworn to protect the weak and innocent from the malicious gangs that roam the scorched planet.

“Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage not only pays homage to the brutal beat ‘em ups we all grew up loving, but it also tells the story of Ken’s quest in a world of chaos”, says Will Curley, VP of Sales and Marketing, “joined by a cast of familiar Hokuto characters, and featuring destructive post-apocalyptic wastelands, Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage is the true successor to a much loved gaming genre. This is the reinvention of the beat ‘em up”

Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage is released for the PlayStation 3® game console and Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.
 

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

FINAL FANTASY: THE 4 HEROES OF LIGHT

Square Enix announces new FINAL FANTASY title for the Nintendo DS

London (27th May 2010) – Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in Europe and other PAL territories, today announces FINAL FANTASY®: THE 4 HEROES OF LIGHT™, for the Nintendo DS system will be released in Autumn 2010.

FINAL FANTASY: THE 4 HEROES OF LIGHT is a brand new FINAL FANTASY game for the Nintendo DS boasting beautiful picture book visuals and an easy to control battle system that will appeal to both old and new fans of the series. Designed with the concept of a traditional RPG brought up-to-date with the best of today’s technology, the game goes back to the basics and origins of the FINAL FANTASY series, with a classic story of four young heroes embarking on an unforgettable adventure; a tale of dragons, kings, princesses and witches.

Innovation and tradition are seamlessly blended with a classic turn-based Battle system with players able to set their own battle commands designed to perfectly match the user-friendly Nintendo DS Touch Screen controls. Players can join their friends’ adventure with up to four players able to share the fun and conquer dungeons together. While the unique new job change “Crown System” allows players to freely switch the character’s class simply by changing the hat each character wears. There are over 20 jobs to choose from including the traditional Black Mage, White Mage, Ranger and many more.

Larry Sparks, Vice President Brands PAL Region of Square Enix Ltd. comments, “The FINAL FANTASY series has a rich history of offering unforgettable adventures and exciting new experiences. FINAL FANTASY: THE 4 HEROES OF LIGHT continues this famous tradition, with an adventure that boasts incredible ease of play and a gorgeous art style that should prove to be extremely popular with fans.”

For more information about FINAL FANTASY: THE 4 HEROES OF LIGHT please visit the official website at
www.ff4heroes.com

Story:

In the small kingdom of Horne, Brandt awakes on the morning of his fourteenth birthday.

Today is the day he becomes an adult, and the custom of the realm says that he must go to the castle to present himself to the king.

Yet when he arrives at the castle he finds the kind distraught and the youngest princess missing, abducted by the Witch of the North. With no one else to turn to, the king makes a shocking request: will Brandt save the princess?

And thus Brandt’s adventure begins…

Eventually he is joined by three other brave young souls. Together they will experience a journey full of joyous meetings and sad partings.

Though at first they don’t always see eye-to-eye, these four Heroes of Light will build bonds of trust and affection so strong that, in the end, they may even save the world.

This is the tale of their legendary fantasy.

Features:

A Brand-New FINAL FANTASY For Nintendo DS
Experience an original story set in an all-new world created by the team behind the Nintendo DS versions of FINAL FANTASY III and FINAL FANTASY IV.

Beautiful Picture-Book Visuals
Akihiko Yoshida (FINAL FANTASY III DS, FINAL FANTASY XII) provides world-class art direction, lending the game’s cast and environments a charming picture-book style.

User-Friendly Controls
A simple Touchscreen interface offers easy access to the game’s extensive arsenal of physical, magical and summoning abilities, meaning that players can forget about the controls and focus on the enemy.

Near Limitless Customisation
Thanks to the game’s Crown System, characters can now switch their class at the drop of a hat or, more accurately, the change of a hat. Simply by changing the crown a character is wearing, players can assign them different abilities, and with over 20 crowns to discover (including Black Mage, White Mage and Ranger crowns), the strategic options are practically limitless.

Share the Fun with Friends!
Using DS Wireless Play, up to four friends can team up to tackle challenging dungeons. Apart from being a lot of fun, multiplayer mode allows players to collect Battle Points which can be exchanged for rare items, and these can then be used in single-player mode.

About Square Enix Ltd.
Square Enix Ltd., a part of Square Enix Europe business unit, is a London-based wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd., one of the most influential providers of digital entertainment content in the world. Square Enix Ltd. publishes and distributes entertainment content from the Square Enix Group including Square Enix, Eidos and Taito in Europe and other PAL territories. Square Enix Ltd. also has a global network of leading development studios such as IO Interactive, Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montréal. The Square Enix Group boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property including: FINAL FANTASY, which has sold over 96 million units worldwide, DRAGON QUEST® which has sold over 53 million units worldwide and TOMB RAIDER® which has sold over 35 million units worldwide, together with other well established products.

More information on Square Enix Ltd. can be found on the Internet at
http://www.square-enix.com

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

HYPERKIN LAUNCHES NEW WEB SITE PROVIDING RESELL PARTNERS WITH SIMPLIFIED PRODUCT RESOURCE PORTAL

New Site Goes Live in Time to Coincide with E3 and Launch of RetroN 3 Game System

ROSEMEAD, CA (MAY, 2010) – Hyperkin, a rapidly growing developer of video game accessories, has announced the launch of its new web site that includes a dedicated portal designed to simplify the product ordering process for all its resell partners. The new site (www.hyperkin.com) provides easy navigation and immediate access to Hyperkin’s entire catalog of video game peripherals.

Hyperkin’s new web site, which includes the company’s new slogan “Live Well. Play Well.”  has launched in time for the video game industries annual 2010 E3 trade event in Los Angeles June 15-17 and follows the recent announcement of the RetroN 3 that consolidates Nintendo™, Super Nintendo™ and SEGA™ Genesis together in a single wireless console.

“Hyperkin’s mission is to provide the video game industry and consumers with a product line that offers new and exciting ideas, sturdy and dependable product construction, attractive packaging and price points that are reasonable to the end-user and profitable for each partner within the supply channel,” stated Steven Mar, Hyperkin’s Marketing Director. “The new web site is the next step in our company’s rapidly developing presence in the industry.”

 Notable Features of the New Web Site Include: 

·         Simple Navigation

·         Access to Hyperkin’s Entire Product Catalog

·         A Dedicated Web Portal for Resellers to Place Orders Any Time

·         Same Day Order Fulfillment

·         Drop shipping to Individual Locations

·         OEM Manufacturing

·         Personalized Service Every Step of the Way

About Hyperkin:

Since its inception in 2009, Hyperkin has been steadily growing as a reliable and innovative developer and distributor of cost-effective video game peripherals. The company’s philosophy is simple: make great products at affordable prices. Hyperkin is constantly searching for new product ideas, emerging technologies and innovative ways to enhance the video game experience. Hyperkin believes that its most important asset is its business partners and is dedicated to developing long and successful relationships with each individual client and each individual consumer. The company’s corporate office is located in Rosemead, CA. For more information, please visit: www.hyperkin.com.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Sony Computer Entertainment Asia To Launch Shatter In Asia-Pacific Region

Sidhe's Award Winning Brick-Breaking Game, Official Shatter Soundtrack, and Dynamic Theme Coming Soon to Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, South Korea and Malaysia

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – May 25, 2010 - Sidhe, New Zealand's largest game production studio, today announced that its award winning brick-breaking game Shatter™ will be published by Sony Computer Entertainment Asia (SCE Asia) across the Asia-Pacific region. The game will be available for download in Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, South Korea and Malaysia via PlayStation®Store beginning May 26th. In the weeks following the release of the game, SCE Asia will release the official Shatter Soundtrack and then the Dynamic Theme which recently became available in North America.

“Together with Sony Computer Entertainment first-party publishing Shatter will be able to reach the greatest number of people in the local markets across the Asia-Pacific region," said Mario Wynands, Managing Director of Sidhe. "Seeing Shatter continue to grow almost a year after our original announcement is very rewarding, and a testament to the global appeal of the game."

Shatter™ on PlayStation®Network
Shatter will remind players of classic brick-breaking games, but with twists that make it modern and unique including:

• Innovative controls, physics effects, power-ups, special attacks, and boss battles which combine to provide an experience that is always interactive
• Standard, Boss Rush and Bonus game modes enhanced with leaderboards and trophies
• Vibrant 3D style presented across 10 distinct worlds in 4xAA 60fps HD
• A fully scored soundtrack featuring more than 90 minutes of original music

For more information on Shatter, visit:
www.shattergame.com

Shatter™ the Official Soundtrack
The Shatter soundtrack features 14 original tracks and has won multiple awards including Giant Bomb Best Original Soundtrack 2009, and the PSNstore.com Best Soundtrack 2009. It’s also available digitally from BandCamp (
http://sidhe.bandcamp.com/) and iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/shatter-official-videogame/id345743185) as well as on a physical CD from CDBaby (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/module).

About Sidhe
Founded in 1997, Sidhe is an award-winning developer of console, handheld and PC games. The largest game production studio in New Zealand, Sidhe has a proven track record of creating high-quality, mass-market, licensed and original titles for a worldwide audience. The studio has produced more than 20 high-profile titles including the award winning original titles GripShift® and Shatter®, Speed Racer The Videogame, as well as multiple games based on the NRL Rugby League franchise. For more information on Sidhe, please visit:
www.sidhe.co.nz

Copyright © 2010 Prodigy Design Limited. Shatter and Sidhe are trademarks or registered trademarks of Prodigy Design Limited. "PlayStation" is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

SEGA announces WESTERN release of Phantasy Star Portable 2

The Phantasy Star Universe Saga Continues With This Exciting Sequel Exclusively for the PSP System

SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON (May 21, 2010) – SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA® Europe Ltd. today announced that Phantasy Star™ Portable 2, the sci-fi role-playing game exclusively for the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system is coming to North America and Europe. Explore the universe of SEGA’s critically acclaimed and best selling RPG franchise in this second installment of the Phantasy Star™ portable series. The game returns to its roots by offering an online multiplayer component in addition to its robust single-player action adventure. Now gamers can meet other players, strike up alliances, and embark on a huge variety of online quests in Phantasy Star™ Portable 2 anywhere, anytime.

“Phantasy Star Portable 2 offers two complete RPG experiences,” said Sean Ratcliffe, Vice President of Marketing for SEGA of America, Inc. “The compelling single-player action adventure and the newly added expansive online multiplayer mode will surely satisfy RPG fans and fans of the Phantasy Star series.”

Phantasy Star Portable 2 takes place three years after the exciting Phantasy Star Universe saga. With the great menace of the Seed now defeated, the people of the Gurhal System are confronted with dwindling resources. Returning the game to its online roots, Phantasy Star Portable 2 connects players online via Ad-Hoc and Infrastructure mode allowing gamers and fans to play with their friends anywhere via the internet for up to 4 players. In addition to the online capabilities, Phantasy Star Portable 2 offers a new in-depth storyline, enhanced combat system, new weapons and character customization options that combine to form one of the most extensive RPG ever created for the PSP system.

Phantasy Star™ Portable 2 will be available in fall 2010 exclusively for the PSP system.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

PopCap Games offers 13 games in the "Complete Mac Pack" for a reduced price on PopCap.com

13 Mac games available now in a single pack for $49.95, including hit titles Plants vs. Zombies, Zuma's Revenge, Peggle and Bejeweled 2

PopCap.com, 21rst of May. PopCap Games, provider of fun games for everyone, is happy to announce that its full portfolio of Mac games is now available for a reduced price of $49.95 on PopCap.com. For a limited time only, all Mac users can purchase a broad range of 13 PopCap titles such as Plants vs. Zombies, Zuma’s Revenge, Peggle, Bejeweled 2, Chuzzle, Bookworm and much more ! A good occasion to discover or re-discover some of the world’s most popular and entertaining video games !

To take advantage of this time-limited promo, just go there and start playing :
http://www.popcap.com/promos/completemac/

For more information on PopCap Games, please go to
http://www.popcap.com

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

METAL GEAR SOLID: PEACE WALKER Creators come to London for two, special signing events as part of World tour
Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH has announced details of the UK leg of Hideo Kojima & Yoji Shinkawa’s promotional tour for the upcoming METAL GEAR SOLIID: PEACE WALKER title for PSP™ (PLAYSTATION®PORTABLE).

METAL GEAR SOLID: PEACE WALKER picks up where METAL GEAR SOLID®3: SNAKE EATER for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system leaves off as players take control of the famed Naked Snake. Taking place in 1974, it features original game design, story and scenario by Mr. Kojima. Scheduled to launch June 18th. 2010 in the UK, the game takes the series in an exciting new direction with its incredible visuals and its unique new game system designed specifically with the PSP system in mind.

METAL GEAR SOLID: PEACE WALKER is on both UMD and download formats, and Mr Kojima & art director Mr. Shinkawa will be attending two very special signing events to celebrate its launch. On launch day itself, they will be signing exclusive inlays at HMV’s flagship store 360 Oxford Street, London W1 in. They will be signing from 4pm to 6pm.

On June 19th, Mr. Kojima & Mr. Shinkawa will be hosting a second signing at the UNIQLO store at 331 Oxford Street, London W1 from 11am to 1pm. He will joined by his long-term Art Director Yoji Shinkawa, and they will be signing copies of the game or a limited edition postcard, in honour of UNIQLO’s brand new, exclusive range of METAL GEAR SOLID: PEACE WALKER inspired T-shirts. UNIQLO will have the shirts on sale at the event, and each shirt comes with a code that, when entered into the new game, will unlock the item within METAL GEAR SOLID : PEACEWALKER.

METAL GEAR SOLID: PEACE WALKER will be released for PSP® (PLAYSTATION®PORTABLE) on June 18th.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

TRAUMA TEAM, CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED MEDICAL DRAMA FOR Wii, NOW AVAILABLE IN STORES ACROSS NORTH AMERICA

A medical drama you're a part of!

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA - MAY 18, 2010 - Atlus U.S.A., Inc. today announced that Trauma Team™, the publisher's exciting new medical drama experience for Wii™, is now available at retailers across North America with an affordable launch MSRP of $39.99. Releasing to critical acclaim and strong positive word of mouth, Trauma Team offers gamers six different fields of medicine to master, putting Wii owners inside a living, breathing hospital and thrusting them into fun, fast-paced narrative filled with suspense, raw intensity, and drama.

"Trauma Team combines the best aspects of medical dramas and crime investigation TV shows with satisfying gameplay that anyone can pick up and play," stated Aram Jabbari, Manager of Public Relations and Sales at Atlus. "Whether it's the captivating narrative, the interesting cast of characters, the variety of gameplay modes, or the ability to play with a friend, Trauma Team delivers exactly what Wii owners and fans of medical dramas are looking for in a new game. And at the attractive price of just $39.99, it offers tremendous value as well."

Renowned gaming site GameSpot.com gave Trauma Team an 8 out of 10, calling it "...fun, engaging, and rewarding." Prominent industry magazines Game Informer and Nintendo Power also received the game warmly, scoring it 8 out of 10 as well.

Trauma Team for Wii is now available in stores across North America with an MSRP of $39.99. For more info, visit the game's official website:
http://www.atlus.com/traumateam

Key Features
  • 6 Ways to Play Doctor - Step into the roles of 6 different doctors to see their stories unfold and master their specialties in surgery, diagnosis, orthopedics, endoscopy, autopsy/investigation, and first response.
  • Dramatic, Dynamic Stories - Inside and outside the hospital, you'll witness the personal and medical exploits that set the stage for their intense brand of medicine.
  • 2-player Cooperative Play - Whether you need support in surgery, emergency first response, orthopedics, or endoscopy, bring along another pair of hands and get the job done!

© 2009 ATLUS Trauma Team is a trademark of Atlus U.S.A., Inc. Wii is a trademark of Nintendo. © 2006 Nintendo.

Trauma Team has been rated "T" for Teen with Blood, Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Tobacco, and Violence by the ESRB.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

HYPERKIN ANNOUNCES E3 2010 LAUNCH OF RETRONTM 3;
 CONSOLIDATES NES, SNES AND GENESIS INTO WIRELESS VIDEO GAME SYSTEM

Tri-System Delivers Retro Fun and Unique Design with 3 Platforms in One Console

ROSEMEAD, CALIF. (May, 2010) – Hyperkin, a rapidly growing developer of video game accessories, has announced that it will launch the RetroN™ 3 video game system at this year s E3 trade show June 15-17, 2010. The RetroN3 consolidates Nintendo™, Super Nintendo™ and SEGA™ Genesis together in a single wireless console that also includes two wireless controllers as well as two original controller ports for each platform.

The design of the RetroN 3, which is completely unique and unlike any other on the market, was developed through feedback and suggestions the company received from consumers. Based on Internet research and interactive forums with gamers, Hyperkin designed the system with three top-loading cartridge slots arranged into a single sleek platform. The RetroN 3 offers a cool, fun way to experience retro gaming at home.

“We designed the RetroN 3 with one thing in mind – having fun!” stated Steven Mar, Hyperkin’s Marketing Director. “It’s an amazing system that offers a blast from the past as well as a fun, exciting way to enjoy three of the best game systems ever developed. The RetroN 3 offers something for everybody who loves video games.”

RetroN 3 Points of Interest:

· 2 Original Controller Ports for Each Platform (6 Total)

· Includes 2 Wireless Controllers

· 3 Cartridge Ports for NES, SNES and SEGA Genesis

· S-Video or Composite AV Inputs

· SRP: $69.99

· Available for testing at E3 Booth #523 South Hall

The launch of the RetroN 3 is the latest addition to Hyperkin’s growing offering of innovative, cost-effective peripherals for the global video game market.

About Hyperkin

Since its inception in 2009, Hyperkin has been steadily growing as a reliable and innovative developer and distributor of cost-effective video game peripherals. The company’s philosophy is simple: make great products at affordable prices. Hyperkin is constantly searching for new product ideas, emerging technologies and innovative ways to enhance the video game experience. Hyperkin believes that its most important asset is its business partners and is dedicated to developing long and successful relationships with each individual client and each individual consumer. The company’s corporate office is located in Rosemead, CA. For more information, please visit:
www.hyperkin.com

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Combat Arms grows its Arsenal, which now has more than 200 guns, and shares the five most popular found in its Black Market

Going for the kill in first-person shooters is always fun – especially with a shiny new gun. Picking and choosing from a long list of guns is one big reason more than three million registered Soldiers of Fortune have such a great time slugging it out in Combat Arms, Nexon America’s popular multiplayer online first-person shooter.

The game just delivered its monthly timed-content release and passed a major milestone – offering more than 200 guns in its deadly, fully-loaded Arsenal.

That’s right, there are a whopping 200 guns available for Combat Arms soldiers to select from when planning their next firefight. This number is more than double the amount of guns offered in any of the game’s competitors.

Players can take part in the fun by checking out the newest gun added to the Arsenal, the M960, a bullpup-modeled submachine gun which features a helical-feed magazine for a very large ammunition capacity. Nexon America also added a Combat Vest, offering greater speed and no defensive penalty as well as a new Flame Bandit Mask, which features a fearsome flame emblem.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, Nexon America has released the five most popular guns available in its Black Market, where players purchase weapons with NX, which is acquired via real money. Here are the guns and some lethal user statistics on each gun.

G36E Valkyrie: This workhorse offers a high magnification scope with excellent accuracy, making it effective against entrenched snipers while the strong firing rate and high stopping power make it potent in close combat scenarios. This popular weapon has recorded 1.5 billion shots, resulting in more than 71 million kills in 9.4 million matches.

L96A1 Arctic Wolf: The most-used sniper rifle in Combat Arms offers a tantalizing opportunity – one hit equals one kill. This deadly weapon has been fired more than 147 million times and soldiers have scored a lethal 44.5 million kills in 12.3 million matches.

M107CQ SE: This .50 caliber Sniper Rifle offers nearly unlimited range and excellent accuracy so if a sniper sees something he wants dead, nothing is going to stop him. With more than 36 million shots in 3.1 million matches, the twin-magnification scopes on this rifle have delivered 12 million kills.

M416 CQB: Low recoil, excellent portability and a rapid rate of fire are why this weapon has been used in more than 11 million matches and delivered 89 million kills in over 2.1 billion shots. This weapon allows soldiers to quickly move into position and lay down sheets of fire on the enemy.

P90 TR: When soldiers want to mow down foes with an unending stream of lead, this weapon’s high rate of fire, massive magazine and easily controlled recoil all allowed for soldiers to score 18 million kills out of 559 million shots in 2.9 million matches.

Players can head over to the Arsenal to see all 200 guns and the many other weapons available in Combat Arms. For more Intel about Combat Arms, players can always enlist at Facebook and view the battlefields on YouTube.

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Friday, May 14, 2010

KONAMI DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES CASTLEVANIA PUZZLE: ENCORE OF THE NIGHT
First-Ever Castlevania Puzzle-RPG Whips Its Way Onto the iPhone and iPod Touch
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - May 13, 2010 - Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night. Tailored specifically for the iPhone™ and iPod® touch, the latest iteration of the classic platformer game will now allow fans of the franchise to revisit the Transylvanian castle with new addicting puzzle-RPG action on-the-go.

A first in the Castlevania series, Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night will employ a unique style of puzzle-RPG, allowing players to take on the role of Alucard, the son of Dracula. Players will also have the option to play as or against characters directly from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Developed exclusively for the iPhone and iPod touch, Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night drops players inside the walls of Dracula's castle challenging them to solve puzzles in order to provide weapons and spells to aid players in their quest.

Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night will be available soon on the App Store for iPhone and iPod touch or at
www.itunes.com/appstore/.

For more information, including all-new screenshots please visit:
www.konami.com/touch.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

A Message from The ECA:
Stand Up for Free Speech and the First Amendment

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For close to two decades, elected officials have tried to regulate which video games you can buy, rent and play.  Each time they passed a law, the federal courts ultimately stood with gamers and struck it down as unconstitutional.  This fall, the Supreme Court, has agreed to hear Schwarzenegger v. EMA.  That means later this year, or early next, the highest court in the land will decide if they agree with the precedent that's been set.

Over this summer, the Entertainment Consumers Association will be drafting a brief to submit to the court, defending our rights.

We're asking you to speak up and sign onto the Gamer Petition and show your support for video games as portected speech.

This is the single most important moment when it comes to our rights to play, rent and purchase video games.  There are no guarantees in how this case will be decided and the court disagreeing with the lower court's decision could lead to new bills and laws restricting our access to our hobby across the country.

This is your chance to make your voice heard before the highest court in the land.  Take part, speak up, and fight for your rights.  Sign the petition today.

Thanks,

Brett Schenker, Online Advocacy Manager

Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA)

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

2K Games Announces Rapture Metro Pack - Second Installment Of BioShock®2 Downloadable Content - Now Available
Adds New Maps, Characters And Gameplay Mode
Wednesday 12th May/...2K Games announced today the Rapture Metro Pack*, the second installment of post-launch downloadable content for the critically acclaimed BioShock®2 is now available from both the Xbox® LIVE Marketplace for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft for 800 Microsoft Points and from the PlayStation®Network for £7.99. All content will be arriving on Games for Windows – LIVE Marketplace at a later date for 800 Microsoft Points. The latest downloadable package extends and enhances the multiplayer experience by adding more glimpses into the award-winning world of Rapture. Future expansions into the world of BioShock 2 are slated to arrive over the coming months and will expand upon the single player experience of Rapture.

The Rapture Metro Pack* introduces six new maps that take place over areas from the single player portion of BioShock 2. In addition, 2K Games has also released two separate BioShock 2 multiplayer expansions. The first, which is available to download for free, is an all-new game mode called Kill’em Kindly* - a new fast-paced experience where players must fight to the death using nothing but golf clubs. The second, the Character Pack*, adds two new characters to the multiplayer gameplay and is available for 160 Microsoft Points or £1.59.

Rapture Metro Pack* (800 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE and £7.99 on PlayStation Network; coming soon to Games for Windows-LIVE for 800 Microsoft Points)

• Six new maps

• Rank increase to level 50

• Rebirth feature that will give players who have reached 
  Rank 50 the option to rank down to level 1 and receive a   
  special mask

• Three new achievements/trophies

Kill’em Kindly* (Free for download on Xbox LIVE and PlayStation Network; coming soon to Games for Windows-LIVE)

• All-new melee-based game mode where players fight to the death using golf clubs

Character Pack* (160 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE and £1.59 on PlayStation Network, coming soon to Games for Windows-LIVE for 160 Microsoft Points)

• Two new characters for use in multiplayer: Zigo the Fisherman and Blanche the Actress

In the coming months, 2K Games will also publish downloadable content that extends the single player experience, providing new insight into the world of Rapture. These packages will expand the narrative, and introduce new tools and challenges that extend the lore and fiction of the failed utopia under the sea.

Bioshock 2’s first downloadable package, Sinclair Solutions Tester Pack*, is currently available for download from both the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for the Xbox 360 and Games for Windows-LIVE for 400 Microsoft Points, and from the PlayStation Network for £3.99.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

NEWS FROM THE VIDEO GAME VOTERS NETWORK:
NEW POLL ASKS "SHOULD VIDEO GAMES BE RESTRICTED?"

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U.S. News & World Report wants to know what America thinks about video game censorship.

As a gamer and a supporter of the Video Game Voters Network, take a moment and tell them what you think. But please vote carefully -- the question is "Should Kids NOT Be Sold Violent Video Games?" Take the online poll now, and leave a comment if you have time:

http://videogamevoters.org/USNewsPoll

U.S. News & World Report is covering this issue because the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case about California's new law banning the sale of certain video games to minors.

This survey is the perfect opportunity to show that the overwhelming majority of Americans support the free speech of game developers and players.

Momentum is already growing against the California law. Just recently, the New York Times
published an editorial opposing the law and arguing that games are protected by the First Amendment. Do you agree?

Speak out now by taking the U.S. News & World Report survey, and if you have a moment, leave a comment too:

http://videogamevoters.org/USNewsPoll

Thanks, and don't forget to pass this survey along to all the gamers you know.

-- Video Game Voters Network

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Gameloft Sells 330 Million Downloadable Games

3 games per second sold throughout the world

Paris – Gameloft®, a leading publisher and developer of downloadable video games, announces 330 million downloadable games sold since its founding. Today Gameloft reaps the fruits of its investments in its capacity to create and distribute games, positioning itself as the leading publisher in the digital and downloadable video game market for all platforms.

“The consumer’s experience has always guided my choices. Players demand the best games for their platforms, at the right price,” said Michel Guillemot, president and founder of Gameloft. “It’s this idea that Gameloft was founded upon. Our creation team, one of the highest performing in the market, and our worldwide distribution, allow us to keep in step with all of the world’s great technological advances, from the arrival of 3D on cell phones to the emergence of smartphones and now tablets.”

Gameloft’s ambition is to satisfy all consumers with a varied portfolio that is of very high quality. Gameloft’s catalog now numbers close to 300 titles in all existing genres and for all cultures. This includes sports games like Real Football, action games like Hero of Sparta and N.O.V.A. Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance, and adaptations of movies such as James Cameron’s Avatar. Thinking games like Brain Challenge or great intergenerational classics such as Uno, Shrek and Blokus are also widely acclaimed.

Gameloft’s games are available in over 80 countries and in 15 languages thanks to a powerful network of over 300 distributors around the world (telecom operators, phone and console manufacturers and media partners).

In the long term, Gameloft will continue to benefit from the rapid emergence of digital distribution of video games on mobile phones, smartphones, tablets and consoles along with all major technological innovations brought to the market by companies such as Apple, Nintendo, Sony, Samsung and Nokia. The company has thus positioned itself this year as one of the first publishers for Apple’s App Store with 65 iPhone games launched since July 2008 and 15 games already available on the iPad.

Follow Gameloft news at
www.twitter.com/Gameloft, www.facebook.com/gameloft, www.youtube.com/Gameloft and discover all of our games at www.gameloft.com

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Friday, May 7, 2010

EA TO DELIVER DYNAMIC 3D MONOPOLY GAMEPLAY EXPERIENCE WITH MONOPOLY STREETS
MONOPOLY-Inspired Video Game to Help Celebrate 75th Anniversary of Hasbro's MONOPOLY Brand
Guildford, UK. – May 7, 2010 –The EA Play Label of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced it is developing MONOPOLY Streets for the Wii™, Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system, and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.

For the first time ever, players will experience MONOPOLY, one of the world’s favorite family game brands, as a fully dynamic, living, 3D world that continuously evolves with the video game action. Additionally, MONOPOLY Streets will feature online multiplayer and unique downloadable content for Xbox360 and PlayStation 3 players around the world. Scheduled to launch in fall of 2010, the experience will offer an assortment of features that add to the thrill of becoming a MONOPOLY real estate mogul. Hasbro’s classic MONOPOLY will also be available on the Nintendo DS™ in conjunction with the release of MONOPOLY Streets.

In recognition of the MONOPOLY brand entertaining families around the globe for 75 years, MONOPOLY Streets will offer players the ability to become completely immersed within a MONOPOLY-themed world, re-imagined to experience the game at street level. Developing properties within high rent districts will produce lavish houses and hotels that appear within the world and further substantiate its visual appeal, while developing in the less expensive areas provide more modest, but no less interesting, establishments. The game will also feature player-owned headquarters that rise and fall along with the Player’s fortunes – large and luxurious when winning, stunted and minuscule when losing. For purists, MONOPOLY Streets will offer classic game board modes, as well.

MONOPOLY Streets will come loaded with an array of imaginative twists such as the ability to establish “house rules” where players can save their own set of customized rules tailored to their group of friends. In addition, players will be able to create and play as their own Wii Mii™ or Xbox 360 avatar, and have the city populated by their friend’s Wii Mii or Xbox 360 avatars. Online play will also ratchet up the fun on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, allowing players to find and challenge other aspiring moguls while tracking ranking and progress on local, national and world leaderboards. Additionally, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions will feature an assortment of downloadable content that may include a variety of items such as themed boards and tokens.

“We’re taking Hasbro’s No. 1 family game brand and masterfully striking the balance of offering the classic MONOPOLY play experience and adding a spectacular new visual treatment as we bring the classic board to life with players walking the streets of MONOPOLY,” said Chip Lange, General Manager and Senior Vice President of EA’s Hasbro Division. “MONOPOLY Streets will bring people together and connect families all over the world by offering online gameplay through their gaming consoles. We think this unique, combined offering will bring families together around the TV this holiday season for a classic family gaming tradition they’ll remember for years to come.”

In addition, EA will further extend its MONOPOLY franchise with MONOPOLY City, currently in development for Pogo.com. At launch, players will be able to download the game from
www.pogo.com for instant fun on the PC.

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

ZENO CLASH ULTIMATE EDITIONTM IS NOW AVAILABLE ON Xbox LIVE Arcade!

Own it today! Why? Because your Father-Mother said so!

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA - May 5, 2010 - Atlus U.S.A., Inc. today announced that the critically acclaimed, first-person melee action adventure brawler, Zeno Clash Ultimate Edition™, is now available for your punching, kicking, and headbutting pleasure on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.

The vastly enhanced Zeno Clash Ultimate Edition features new modes including all-new online and split-screen cooperative mode for the Tower and Pit Challenges, along with new combat moves, new weapons, and a whole new Zeno Rush gameplay mode. Zeno Rush mode lets players compete against themselves and each other (via online leaderboards) in trying to complete select scenarios from the single-player campaign in the shortest times possible. All this added content, combined with a series of tweaks and improvements based on fan feedback, deliver the definitive version of the critically acclaimed game.

Zeno Clash Ultimate Edition is now available on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for 1200 Microsoft Points. Visit the official game website (
www.zenoclash.com) for more information.

About Zeno Clash Ultimate Edition

In the land of Zenozoik, the city of Halstedom is ruled by a powerful clan, one which Ghat has betrayed by committing a terrible sin. Now, Ghat's brothers and sisters are pursuing him and his companion Deadra through strange and twisted lands, beyond the boundaries of the sane to the ends of the world. What was Ghat's crime and why did he commit it? The bare-knuckled brawl to reach the truth has just begun.

Key Features
  • Fascinating world of grotesque beauty-Equal parts breathtakingly beautiful and utterly disturbing, prepare to be swallowed up in a surreal fantasy world powered by the Source engine. Explore lush environments and confront bizarre animal-humanoid foes on your mission of discovery and redemption.
  • Visceral first person fighting-Combat is up close, personal, and entirely satisfying. Start with a series of punches, kicks, and grabs, follow up with a knee to the enemy's face, and hit him with a finishing move to send him flying yards away. Learn new moves to mix it up. Guns and melee weapons offer additional power and tactical options.
  • Ultimate edition additions-The already highly praised gameplay has received an overhaul that includes combat rebalancing, interface enhancements, improved animations, new modes, and new gameplay content.
  • New cooperative play modes-Enlist a friend to take on enemy waves in Tower Challenge, a special survival mode that offers additional replayability beyond the single-player campaign. Play cooperatively online, or locally via split screen. With leaderboards to rank you against your friends, the challenge never ends!
Zeno Clash Ultimate Edition has been rated "T" for Teen with Blood and Gore, Mild Suggestive Themes, and Violence by the ESRB.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Rockstar Games Announces 'Outlaws To The End' Co-Op Mission Pack for Red Dead Redemption

Free-to-download co-op game play coming to Red Dead Redemption

New York, NY - May 5, 2010 - Rockstar Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), is proud to announce the ‘Outlaws To The End’ Co-Op multiplayer Mission Pack for Red Dead Redemption. Available FREE this June simultaneously for Xbox LIVE® and PlayStation® Network, this brand new co-op mode adds an entirely new dimension to Red Dead Redemption’s game play.

“Multiplayer in Red Dead Redemption offers players a whole new way to encounter the massive open world we’ve created, but we felt the experience would not be complete without co-op game play,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “With these missions, we wanted to create new ways for players to share in the experience of engaging with this amazing landscape.”

One of three downloadable content packs, the ‘Outlaws To The End’ Co-Op Mission Pack features six all-new multiplayer missions full of outlaws, epic gunfights, and revolution for 2-4 players. The ‘Outlaws to the End’ Co-Op Mission Pack offers additional multiplayer XP rewards and brand new Achievements and Trophies to unlock. These six explosive and epic missions will play out across the game world, including:

“Walton’s Gold”
Walton’s Gang have taken control of a mining camp rich with gold. Fight through the camp and load your mine cart with as much gold as you can carry and get out as fast as you can – Walton’s boys have rigged the place to blow.

“The River”
Ride a raft down river, taking out rebel encampments along the way until you reach the rebel stronghold of Nosalida and a final epic battle for the town’s massive weapons caches. Watch out for Gatling gun-equipped enemy rafts.

“Ammunition”
The Mexican Army has the town of Tesoro Azul under siege. Storm the gates under heavy cannon, Gatling gun and sniper fire to destroy the Mexican artillery placements.

Go to
www.rockstargames.com/reddeadredemption for more information. Stay tuned for news about two additional downloadable content updates for release later this summer.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Guitar Hero® 5 and Band HeroTM Keep Living Rooms Rockin' with Killer New Additions to the Guitar Hero Music Library

SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 4, 2010 - May rolls in and with it comes a new collection of shredable track pack additions for Activision Publishing, Inc.'s (Nasdaq: ATVI) Guitar Hero® 5 and Band HeroTM. From "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band" to the hottest new alternative rock acts to hit the airwaves, fans can look forward to further expanding their Guitar Hero® music libraries and shredding this month with tracks by Foreigner, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Steve Miller Band, Alpha Rev, Capra, Snow Patrol and Aerosmith.

Foreigner, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Steve Miller Band will have Guitar Hero players rocking in the beginning of May with the Classic Rock 3 Track Pack. "Juke Box Hero," the third single off Foreigner's 1981 album, 4, will join Lynyrd Skynyrd's second hit single, "Sweet Home Alabama," and "Take the Money and Run" by Steve Miller Band. The Classic Rock 3 Track Pack will be available on the PlayStation®Store for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system starting May 11. It will also be available on Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and on WiiTM on May 6.

Gamers looking to add some alternative-pop to their Guitar Hero library are in for a treat on May 11 with a three-song Alternative Pop Track Pack featuring Alpha Rev, Capra and Snow Patrol. The track pack will contain "Face Down," off Alpha Rev's just released new album New Morning, Capra's debut single, "Low Day" and "You're All I Have," the first single from Snow Patrol's fourth album, Eyes Open.

Get ready to rock this way with legendary American rock n' roll band, Aerosmith, as they return to the Guitar Hero stage with a three-song track pack featuring "Livin' On The Edge," "Love In An Elevator" and "Rag Doll." Fans will be able to experience these classic tracks, playable as a full band for the first time, from the GRAMMY® award winning band on May 18.

The Classic Rock 3, Alternative Pop and Aerosmith track packs will be available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft for 440 Microsoft Points, on the PlayStation Store for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system for $5.49 and for Wii for 550 Wii PointsTM. In addition, all songs in each track pack will be released as downloadable singles for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft for 160 Microsoft Points, PlayStation 3 system for $1.99 and Wii for 200 Wii Points each. In addition to the in-game music store and the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360, Xbox 360 owners can expand their Guitar Hero music library using the Guitar Hero VIP Pass Music Store, available exclusively on Xbox LIVE online entertainment network.

For more information about Guitar Hero 5, Band Hero and their entire line-up of downloadable songs and disc imports, please visit
www.guitarhero.com.

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Monday, May 3, 2010

NEWS FROM THE ESA:
SUPREME COURT TO HEAR CASE ON FIRST AMENDMENT PROTECTION FOR VIDEO GAMES

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On April 26, the Supreme Court of the United States agreed to review Video Software Dealers Association/Entertainment Software Association v. Schwarzenegger, which centers on the constitutionality of a California law enacted in 2005 regulating the distribution of video games based on their content. Following a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that the law was unconstitutional, the state of California appealed to the Supreme Court to overturn the lower court's decision.

"The courts have ruled consistently that content-based regulation of computer and video games is unconstitutional," said Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association. "We are hopeful that the Court will reject California's invitation to break from these settled principles by treating depictions of violence, especially those in creative works, as unprotected by the First Amendment."

The computer and video game industry currently operates under a self-regulated ratings system. The Entertainment Software Rating Board provides parents and caregivers with the information they need to make the right purchasing decisions for their families.

California is not the first state to attempt the passage of laws restricting video game sales based on their content. Twelve other cases were brought before courts across the country, with each court finding these types of laws to be unconstitutional.

The ESA argues that the protections afforded newspapers, books, films, music and other forms of First Amendment protected speech also apply to computer and video games, and a large majority of the public agrees. A recent KRC Research poll found that 78 percent believe video games to be a protected form of speech. 

The public is asked to help defend computer and video games by joining the Video Game Voters Network (VGVN), a grassroots coalition of over 200,000 voting-age gamers. Members of the VGVN are encouraged to ask their friends, families and fellow gamers to join the coalition's effort to defend First Amendment protections for computer and video games. As the case moves forward, VGVN members will receive the latest news, resources and opportunities to defend the First Amendment rights of computer and video games.

Supporters can log on to www.videogamevoters.org to become a member and voice their concerns about the case. You can also connect with VGVN on Twitter and Facebook.

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