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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

NAMCO BANDAI GAMES ANNOUNCES CLASH OF THE TITANS HAS GONE GOLD

SANTA CLARA, Calif., (June 29, 2010) – Leading video games publisher NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., today announced that Clash of the Titans has gone gold for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. Developed by Game Republic and licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the robust action-adventure title launches on July 27 in conjunction with the DVD release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ feature film “Clash of the Titans” starring Liam Neeson, Sam Worthington and Ralph Fiennes. Featuring battles of epic proportions, the game boasts additional content and symbolic mythical creatures that extend the movie experience into homes.

In Clash of the Titans, the battle for dominance between the human race and powerful gods is about to begin. Born of two worlds, Perseus struggles with the realization that Hades has mercilessly destroyed his family. Now on a course of vengeance, Perseus sets out on a mission to vanquish the god of the underworld and must come to terms with his demigod status.

Traveling through vast landscapes from the highest mountains to the abandoned corridors of a lost temple, players will embody Perseus’ adventure from the film, and take on original new bosses in the game’s Quest mode. Players can use over 80 customizable sub-weapons as they journey solo or with a friend to complete missions and slay a roster of more than 80 different enemies including legendary villains Medusa and the sea monster known as the Kraken. Customers who pre-order Clash of the Titans at Gamestop will have access to exclusive downloadable content which includes additional quests and sub-weapons that will enrich the gameplay experience.

Clash of the Titans is rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB and will have an MSRP of $59.99. For more information on the game, please visit
www.clashofthetitansgame.com or www.namcobandaigames.com.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Natsume To Exhibit Upcoming Lineup At The Anime Expo This Week

Highly Anticipated Titles Including Rune Factory 3, Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar, Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals And Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove to Be On Display At L.A. Show

Burlingame, Calif., June 29 , 2010 - Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer and publisher of family-oriented video games, announced today that the company will be exhibiting some of its key 2010 titles at the Anime Expo from Thursday, July 1st, through Sunday, July 4th.

The company's booth is located at 1201 in the South Hall. Media and consumers are welcome to stop by and check out the hands-on demos during the 4-day show.

"This is our first time exhibiting at the Anime Expo, and we think that our lineup of titles launching over the next six months is the perfect fit for the show's attendees," said Hiro Maekawa, President and CEO at Natsume. "We have highly-anticipated new entries in the Harvest Moon and Rune Factory series with Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar and Rune Factory 3, the triumphant return of the Lufia series with Lufia: Return of the Sinistrals, and the fun and fright-filled rhythm game, Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove."

Information on each title is listed below. For more information on Natsume or any of these titles, please visit
www.natsume.com

Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar (DS)

The bazaar is now open! Zephyr Town's bazaar was once the grandest in the world, drawing customers and peddlers from all four corners of the Earth. These days, though, the bazaar has more tumbleweeds than customers. Maybe you can turn its fortunes around! Raise animals, harvest crops, craft rare delicacies, and then sell your wares at your very own shop! Can you bring prosperity back to Zephyr Town?

Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals (DS)

The Sinistrals, four beings of legendary power, have returned to bring humanity to its knees. It's up to the fiery monster hunter Maxim and his eclectic band of adventurers to put a stop to them once and for all. Their adventures will take them across an expansive world packed with dangerous enemies, powerful items, and diabolical puzzles!

Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon (DS)

It's an adventure that will transform you! The people of Sharance and their horned Univir neighbors are embroiled in a bitter conflict. An age-old hatred between humans and monsters divides them. You are an adventurer with an unusual secret: you're half human and half monster.

Are you the one who can unite the humans and the Univir? And will you be in time to stop the growing evil force that threatens to destroy them both?

Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove (DS)

Gabrielle's having a bad day. She sneezed her soul right out of her body! She'll have to travel to Monster Town, the home of all things that go bump in the night, to get help. Only by busting out the ghostliest dance moves and thrilling and chilling people will she be able to scare up the power she needs to get herself back into her body! It's a spooktacular rhythm adventure!

For more information on any of these titles, please visit
www.natsume.com. You can also follow all of the latest Natsume news at www.natsume.com/facebook and www.twitter.com/natsume_inc.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

E3 EXPO 2010: The Beautiful Women of E3 (Video)



In our newest video get up close and personal with some of the most beautiful women in the world. Its the women of the 2010 E3 Expo. See them all in our latest video straight from the show floor!

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Friday, June 25, 2010

NATSUME ANNOUNCES THREE TITLES AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD ON WII: REEL FISHING CHALLENGE II, WILD GUNS, AND SHADOW OF THE NINJA

Burlingame, Calif., June 24, 2010 - Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer and publisher of family-oriented video games, announced today the company has released three titles for download on the Wii: Reel Fishing Challenge II for WiiWare, and Wild Guns and Shadow of the Ninja for the Wii Virtual Console.

"We're thrilled to be bringing these three great titles to the Wii," said Hiro Maekawa, President and CEO at Natsume. "Shadow of the Ninja and Wild Guns offer classic, fast-paced action for one or two players, and Reel Fishing Challenge II brings the top-selling fishing series back with an all-new environment packed with fish and varied new challenges!"

Reel Fishing Challenge II (WiiWare)

Reel Fishing is back! This sequel to the smash-hit fishing game takes you to a pristine new freshwater environment teeming with fish that look and move just like the real thing. You'll be taking these wily lunkers on with a huge variety of lures and refined controls that provide the most natural and realistic fishing action yet! And you'll need every advantage you can get, as Reel Fishing Challenge II's 30 varied missions will put your angling abilities to the ultimate test. It's a stunning, true-to-life fishing experience that'll have you hooked!

Shadow of the Ninja (Virtual Console)

Get ready for furious side-scrolling, platforming ninja action! The mad emperor Garuda holds the city trapped in his diabolical claws. Only two brave ninja warriors dare to stand against him. They move as silently as shadows in the snow, swift and graceful as the wind, and strike with the explosive fury of razor-clawed tigers! Playing solo or co-op with a friend, you'll slice, bomb, and shuriken your way through Garuda's army of vicious soldiers, agile ninjas, and monstrous robots.

Use your ninja skills to hang from moving platforms, leap over lethal pitfalls, and dodge diabolical traps. Collect deadly power-ups to give yourself an edge against the overwhelming odds that face you...if you can hold on to them. It'll take all of your platforming prowess to navigate the game's thirteen intense levels and bring some old-fashioned ninja justice to Garuda!

Wild Guns (Virtual Console)

It's the wildest west you've ever seen in this-action packed 3rd-person shooter! The Kid gang and their army of robots have taken over the town! The only ones who can stop them are Clint, a tough-as-nails bounty hunter, and Annie, a beautiful-but-deadly woman with a serious score to settle. Blast your way through villainous outlaws, diabolical robots, and towering, screen-filling bosses either by yourself or with a friend at your side in the 2-player co-op mode. You'll need a sharp eye and quick-on-the-draw reflexes, but fortunately, you've got plenty of moves to help you survive the hail of bullets heading your way. You can dive-roll, jump, double jump, rope enemies with a lasso, and clear the screen with explosive special attacks. Blast apart just about everything in the environment to find guns, bombs, and other hidden power-ups. It's up to you to bring justice back to town - or whatever's left of it when the gun smoke clears.

For more information on any of these titles, please visit
www.natsume.com. You can also follow all of the latest Natsume news at www.natsume.com/facebook and www.twitter.com/natsume_inc.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Nintendo 3DS: On The Show Floor Video



Get up close and personal with the Nintendo 3DS. Straight from the show floor at the 2010 E3 Expo.

The Nintendo 3DS is an upcoming portable game console by Nintendo, which can produce "3D effects without the need for any special glasses." Scheduled for release in the fiscal year ending March 2011, the portable will succeed the Nintendo DS series of portable gaming systems.

The Nintendo 3DS will feature backward compatibility with Nintendo DS series software, including DSiWare software programmed for the Nintendo DSi.


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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Best of E3 2010
DigThatBox.com Picks the Best Products and Software


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Now that the dust has settled and the convention center has grown quiet we take the time to pick our favorite products and software from the 2010 E3 Expo. There are many big surprises on our list. Plus we have a few "best of" catagories you won't find on any other web site. We covered the show like no one else. We're sure you'll enjoy our picks of the best of E3 2010.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Namco Bandai 3DS Plans:
FIVE TITLES CURRENTLY IN DEVELOPMENT FOR FORTHCOMING NINTENDO 3DSTM HARDWARE

TOKYO, JAPAN – NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. today announced it has five titles in development for Nintendo 3DSTM, the recently announced portable gaming device from Nintendo Co., Ltd. which employs stereogram technology.

With final title names, detailed game information and release dates to be revealed at a later date, the five titles in development are as follows:

RIDGE RACERTM
(working title)
The unstoppable hit series is back with all its trademark exhilaration and brand new stereogram features.

PAC-MANTM & GALAGATM
(working title)
Two timeless gaming icons return, totally reworked for the Nintendo 3DSTM and including all the classic game modes.

Gundam® Franchise (working title)
All new title in the Gundam series with new gameplay systems designed for the stereogram technology.

Dragon Ball® Franchise
(working title)
Dragon Ball kicks into 3D with all new features and gameplay designed for the Nintendo 3DSTM hardware.

Super Robot Franchise (working title)
Brand new title in the series with new game systems and gameplay designed to exploit the stereogram technology.

NAMCO BANDAI Games plans to further extend its presence in the 3D gaming arena with its ongoing program of research and development. Further information and updates will be made available on the official NAMCO BANDAI Games websites.

“2010 will be remembered as the year that 3D technologies finally became available on a consumer level, a breakthrough that NAMCO BANDAI Games has anticipated with its significant research and investment in the field over recent years,” said Shin Unozawa, Vice President, NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. “We are convinced of the potential of the new stereogram technology on which the hardware is based, and we intend to make full use of it to provide fresh new experiences which continue to surprise and excite our customers in the way we have been doing for many years. We are looking forward to announcing more details in the near future.”

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Help the Video Game Voters Network Find a New Slogan

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If you could tell the world why video games are so important, what would you say?

The Video Game Voters Network is looking for a new slogan, a rallying cry to help fend off the constant attempts to restrict our gaming rights.

We need a short, powerful way to tell anti-game politicians -- and the American people -- that we won't sit back while video games are targets of unfair laws and baseless attacks.

We have a few ideas of our own, like "Our Games, Our Vote" and "Hands off our games," but we know you can do better.

Tell us your idea, and it could become the new rallying cry for gamers across the country:

http://videogamevoters.org/slogan

Right now, it's more important than ever to maintain a united front in defense of video games.

The Supreme Court is currently considering a California law restricting the sale of computer and video games. With election season approaching, some politicians might seek to score political points by railing against video games.

It's up to us to counter these attacks and protect our free speech as gamers. To do so, we need a short, catchy slogan that shows we won't back down. Tell us your idea now:

http://videogamevoters.org/slogan

Thanks -- we can't wait to see what you come up with.

Video Game Voters Network

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Friday, June 18, 2010

E3 Expo 2010 Video Gallery



Our YouTube channel is over flowing with new videos straight from the floor of the E3 Expo. See HD videos of some of the hottest games at the show. Metroid Other M, Mafia II, Fable 3, Dead Rising 2 and many more!

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E3 Expo 2010 Image Gallery 2: 
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMEN FROM THE E3 EXPO

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The E3 Expo employs some of the most beautiful models in the world. And contrary to popular myth, these lovely ladies are friendly, polite, and very well informed about the products they are hired to represent. It is our pleasure to present this gallery of the most beautiful women from the 2010 E3 expo.

SEE THE GALLERY HERE

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E3 Expo 2010 Image Gallery
DigThatBox.com takes You inside the 2010 E3 Expo

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As another E3 Expo draws to a close we take a moment to look back at all the sights from this wonderful event. It truly was one of the greatest expo's in recent history. We saw everything from major celebrities, beautiful models and of course, many of the hottest video games at the show. There was so much to do and see that we almost couldn't cover it all. We arrived early and stayed late every single day. Our feet are blistered and sore, but as you will see, covering the expo was well worth the pain.

SEE THE IMAGES HERE

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Computer and Video Game Industry Takes Center Stage at 2010 E3 Expo

ESA Announces 2011 E3 Expo Dates

Los Angeles, CA – June 17, 2010 – The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) today closed the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 Expo) and announced that the 2011 E3 Expo will take place from June 7-9, 2011 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The 2010 E3 Expo featured approximately 300 exhibitors and 45,600 attendees from 90 countries.

“E3 Expo is the global stage for the interactive entertainment industry, and the 2010 show was reflective of our innovation, growth and vitality,” said Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of the ESA, the trade association that represents U.S. computer and video game publishers and owns the E3 Expo. “We are thrilled by the positive news generated by this year’s show, and we are looking forward to building on this great momentum for 2011.”

“This year’s E3 Expo has again delivered above our expectations,” said Graham Hopper, executive vice president and general manager, Disney Interactive Studios. “With retail participation up 20%, strong international media attendance, partnered with a dynamic show floor environment, E3 Expo has affirmed its status as the cornerstone event for our global video game business.”

“The E3 Expo remains the must attend event for everything interactive entertainment,” noted Jesse Divnich, vice president, Electronic Entertainment Design and Research. “Every year the entire international gaming community keeps a close watch of the yearly E3 Expo, as the games, technologies, and events unveiled act as a catalyst for the industry for the rest of the year. In 2010, the ESA and E3 Expo event did not disappoint as the yearly event exceeded the expectations in every way imaginable.”

About E3 Expo
E3 Expo, produced by IDG World Expo, is the world's premiere trade show for computer and video games and related products. The show is owned by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the U.S. association dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of the companies publishing interactive games for video game consoles, handheld devices, personal computers, and the Internet. For more information, please visit
www.E3expo.com or www.theesa.com.

About the ESA
The Entertainment Software Association is the U.S. association dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of companies publishing interactive games for video game consoles, handheld devices, personal computers, and the Internet. The ESA offers services to interactive entertainment software publishers including a global anti-piracy program, owning the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 Expo), business and consumer research, federal and state government relations, First Amendment and intellectual property protection efforts. For more information, please visit
www.theESA.com.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

E3 EXPO 2010:
TV & Movie Legend Leonard Nimoy Gets Arcade Token from DigThatBox.com

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Earlier today we attended an exclusive press demo of a fantastic game called Yoostar 2: Movie Karaoke. The game actually allows players to insert themselves into famous scenes from some of the biggest Hollywood movies. All you need is an Xbox 360 or a PlayStation 3 console and the Xbox Live Vision Camera or the PlayStation Eye. The technology in this game is quite impressive. The game is also really fun.

Now here is the best part... Not only did we get to see an early preview of this fantastic new software but the demo was hosted by none other than TV and movie star Leonard Nimoy!

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Arcade Token Give-Away a Massive Success:
2500 Tokens Distributed on Day One
Online Give-Away Now Closed

Our E3 2010 Arcade Token Give-Away is a massive success! Over 2500 lucky show attendees got their hands on our hot little E3 promo. We also gave a few to celebrities like Verne Troyer, Yuji Naka, Tommy Tallarico, Tomonobu Itagaki and the legendary Peter Molyneux! The tokens were a big hit with all the fans at the show. It was a great way to celebrate the Expo. We just wanted to do something that made the show extra special for everyone.

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Tomorrow we will be handing out another 1500 tokens. We will start our distribution outside of the South Hall at 9:00 AM. Be sure to get there early as supplies are very limited and these tokens go FAST. Thanks to everyone who helped this promotion a major success. We couldn't have done it without you. We are honored to help make your time at the E3 Expo a memorable experience.

ONLINE GIVE-AWAY NOW CLOSED:

Our online token give-away is now closed. The promotion was also a massive success. We put aside 500 tokens for our loyal online readers. The tokens were made available on a first come, first serve basis. Over 5700 people entered the online give-away. Of that group we chose the first 500 people. 

Please note, if there are any tokens left over after the show we will give the rest to our online readers. If you were among the first 500 to send us an email you should receive a confirmation reply email sometime early next week.

Tokens will be mailed at the beginning of the week. If you live in the United States your token should arrive in 7 to 14 days. If you live outside of the USA please allow extra time for delivery. Thanks very much to everyone who entered our online promotion.


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Monday, June 14, 2010

E3 2010 Arcade Token Give-Away Details:
How to get Your Souvenir Token at the Show and Online

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HOW TO FIND US AT THE E3 EXPO:

Tuesday June 15th, 2010: Outside West Hall @ 11:00 AM
Wednesday June 16th, 2010: Outside South Hall @ 9:30 AM
Thursday June 17th, 2010: Walking Expo Floor from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

500 TOKENS AVAILABLE ONLINE:

Not going to the e3 Expo? Don't worry we've got you covered. Just email us your name and mailing address. If you are one of the first 500 people we will send you a token in the mail, no matter where you live in the world! Supplies are extremely limited. Tokens are available on a first come, first served basis.

EDIT: SORRY, OFFER CLOSED

Important Note:
We are not responsible for lost or misdirected mail. Please double check your mailing information before you submit your token request.

PRIVACY POLICY: We do not share your personal information with anyone. After this promotion is over all email and mailing address info will be destroyed. We take your privacy very seriously. You will not be contacted by DigThatBox.com at any point in the future.

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Friday, June 11, 2010

HARMONIX, MTV GAMES REINVENT MUSIC GAMES WITH ROCK BANDTM3
Rock Band 3 Features Announced, including amazing soundtrack plus access to the most music available in any video game with more than 1,500 tracks and growing; new keyboard gameplay and three-part harmonies for up to seven players rocking together; Rock Band Pro Mode and much more!
GUILDFORD, UK., – 11th June, 2010 – Harmonix, the world’s premier music video game developer and MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B) today announced features for Rock BandTM3, the next generation of the ultimate social and interactive music gaming platform.

Featuring an incredible 83-song setlist and access to far more music than any other music game, as well as innovative new gameplay modes and instruments, Rock Band 3 will change the way fans think about and play music games. This next iteration in the Rock Band platform has something new for everyone and also supports traditional Rock Band gameplay with players’ existing instruments.

The Most Music. Period.
The Rock Band 3 disc soundtrack contains 83 of the best bands from around the world, including bands that have never appeared in a music game, as well as support for existing Rock Band tracks (Rock Band and Rock Band 2 discs, downloaded songs, track packs, AC/DC Live: Rock BandTM Track Pack, LEGO® Rock Band and Green Day: Rock BandTM).

Additionally, Rock Band 3 will give players immediate access to a music library approaching 2,000 songs by launch, with new content added regularly. Rock Band’s gigantic music selection dwarfs that of any other music game on the market.

Announced Tracks:
2000s:
  • Metric, “Combat Baby”
  • Rilo Kiley, “Portions for Foxes”
  • Them Crooked Vultures, “Dead End Friends”
  • The Vines, “Get Free” • The White Stripes, “The Hardest Button to Button”
  • Phoenix, “Lasso”
  • Ida Maria, “Oh My God”
  • Juanes, “Me Enamora”
1990s:
  • Jane’s Addiction, “Been Caught Stealing”
  • Smash Mouth, “Walkin’ on the Sun”
  • Spacehog, “In the Meantime” • Stone Temple Pilots, “Plush”
1980s:
  • Dio, “Rainbow in the Dark”
  • Huey Lewis and the News, “The Power of Love”
  • Joan Jett, “I Love Rock and Roll”
  • Night Ranger, “Sister Christian” • Whitesnake, “Here I Go Again”
  • The Cure, “Just Like Heaven”
  • Ozzy Osbourne, “Crazy Train”
1970s:
  • Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
1960s:
  • Jimi Hendrix, “Crosstown Traffic”
  • The Doors, “Break On Through”

Redesigned Library for Better Music Management
Rock Band 3 allows players to create and save setlists and share them with friends, both in-game and through RockBand.com. New song filters make it easier to find the types of songs fans want to play and hide the songs they don’t, while a built-in song recommendation system will suggest tracks from Rock Band’s colossal music library, based on personal fan preference.

Expand the Band
In addition to guitar, bass, drums and solo vocals, Rock Band 3 adds three-part vocal harmonies that were introduced with The BeatlesTM: Rock BandTM and, for the first time ever, a keyboard peripheral to the band. Up to seven players can rock together for the ultimate social gaming experience.

Go Pro: Play Just for Fun or Rock for Real with Rock Band Pro
Rock Band 3 empowers players to develop actual musical skills through the fun of fully scalable Rock Band Pro gameplay. Fans can dive in on Easy to try out basic skills and work their way up to Expert for real mastery.
  • Pro Drums supports three expansion cymbals, with gameplay differentiation between toms and cymbals.
  • Pro Keys features pitch-accurate keyboard performance across a two-octave range, displayed on an easy-to-read keyboard track.
  • Pro Guitar features notated guitar and bass performances, available for play with either the new FenderTM MustangTM PRO-GuitarTM simulated guitar controller from Mad Catz or the Rock Band 3 Squier® by Fender Stratocaster® Guitar Controller that is a real guitar/controller hybrid. The Rock Band 3 Squier Stratocaster is a fully functional, full-sized, six-string electric guitar that also functions as a game controller.

Something for Everyone (New Gameplay Modes!)
For the casual player, Rock Band 3 has great new party modes that allow fans to get rocking with friends quicker than ever, including party shuffle and persistent drop-in/drop-out and difficulty selection from any gameplay screen. For the serious player, the revamped Career Mode features 700+ goals and rewards and seamless leaderboard integration for an endlessly deep campaign experience. Rock Band 3 also adds a suite of social networking tools to the game so fans can engage friends and fellow rockers over Facebook, Twitter and more. Whether players want to jump in for a quick song or take their band to the top, Rock Band 3 has a mode for everyone.

Developed by Harmonix, the world’s premier music videogame company, published by MTV Games, and distributed by distribution partner Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), Rock Band 3 will ship simultaneously worldwide this Holiday 2010 in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and other territories for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, the WiiTM system from Nintendo, and Nintendo DSTM. Rock Band 3 will be compatible with all Rock Band and The Beatles: Rock Band peripherals, as well as most third-party instrument and microphone controllers. Mad Catz is the official peripheral manufacturer and distributor for Rock Band game controllers.

The Rock Band platform stands next to none in music content, with more than 1,500 songs already available from more than 400 artists, including Jimi Hendrix, The Who, AC/DC and Green Day, who are exclusive to Rock Band. With more choices for fans than any other music-based videogame, Rock Band is, without question, the industry leader in providing the best selection of interactive musical content, songs and artists. Rock Band pioneered offering content in a variety of ways, through on-disc gameplay, game export, downloadable content and the Rock Band Network. The Rock Band platform allows fans to interact with their favorite music in a unique and hands-on way, as well as giving artists the ability to reach fans through a whole new channel.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Announces Mortal Kombat

Brutal Fighting Game Created By Original Game Developer With New Name – NetherRealm Studios For PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system from Microsoft

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announces Mortal Kombat, the most brutal instalment of the landmark fighting game to date for release on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft in 2011. Mortal Kombat is being developed by the newly re-named NetherRealm Studios, led by Mortal Kombat creator and creative director Ed Boon.

The newest chapter of the iconic fight franchise marks a triumphant return to the series’ mature presentation and a reinvention of its classic 2D fighting mechanic. Driven by an all new graphics engine, the fan favourite Fatality is back and presented in more gory detail than ever before. In addition, Mortal Kombat introduces a number of new game-play features including tag team and the deepest story mode of any fighting game. Players can choose from an extensive line up of the game’s iconic warriors and challenge their friends in traditional 1 vs. 1 matches, or take on several new game modes.

“We are bringing the Mortal Kombat franchise back to gamers with the talented NetherRealm Studios team creating the game fans long to play,” said Martin Tremblay, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “Re-establishing the brand with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Mortal Kombat innovates on past games while staying true to the brand’s legendary characters and fighting style.”

“We can’t wait for players to get their hands on Mortal Kombat,” said Ed Boon, Creative Director, NetherRealm Studios. “This game really is a response to what players have been demanding: mature presentation, reinvented 2D fighting mechanic and the best, most gruesome fatalities ever!”

Mortal Kombat introduces a number of new game modes as well as the most extensive online experience ever seen in a fighting game. Up to four players can battle “tag-team”- two players can team up in the new “Co-op Arcade Mode” or compete against another team online.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

KONAMI DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT LAUNCHES 2010 E3 WEBSITE

Get Behind-The-Scenes with Konami's 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) Online Experience

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today launched its 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) website
http://www.konami.com/e3. The site will bring the excitement of Konami's 2010 E3 experience to fans across the globe by providing them a rare opportunity to become "honorary press members" and watch an online stream of Konami's 2010 E3 press conference, an event normally closed to the general public.

The site will also provide fans with a daily destination for the latest Konami E3 news, exclusive content, community-driven Konami character mashups, daily game giveaways, best blog contest, and more.

For more information on Konami's 2010 E3 Website, please visit:
http://www.konami.com/e3.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

DigThatBox.com Giving Away 5000 Arcade Tokens at E3 EXPO™ 2010

Custom Arcade Token Give Away for Show Visitors and Online Readers

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - June 8th, 2010 – Token Tuesday is here! DigThatBox.com announces a massive arcade token give-away in honor of the 2010 E3 Expo™. To celebrate this special event members of DigThatBox.com will be handing out over 5000 Custom Arcade Tokens created especially for the show. The tokens will be distributed over the course of the 3 day expo. Representatives of the site will be walking the show floor wearing change aprons and pins that read “ask me for a token.”

This beautiful and unique collector’s item was created by artist Christian George-Morehouse in co-operation with Osborne Coinage®. These freshly minted brass tokens shine with a golden luster. The coin layout is an homage to the famous Chuck E. Cheese® token. The center of the design features the classic Space Invader logo, known worldwide as the universal symbol of video games.  The text around the logo reads “Dig That Box.com Can You Dig It?”

DigThatBox.com will also be giving away another 500 tokens to its loyal online readers. Additional details for the online give-away will be released during the 2010 E3 Expo™, which runs from June 15th to June 17th.

E. Thomas, Founder and Senior Editor of DigThatBox.com will be celebrating his tenth year at the E3 Expo™. He is quoted as saying: “Over the years the E3 Expo™ has provided me with tremendous opportunity. It truly has been a blessing upon my life and my career. And as a fan I have witnessed many historic events at the expo. It’s always an amazing celebration and it’s very special to me. I just wanted to do something that helped make this show special for everyone.”

Not going to the E3 Expo™? Don’t worry, the web site plans to distribute another 1000 tokens at the upcoming San Diego Comic Con® and the 2010 Classic Gaming Expo™. Be sure to check the site for additional details.

About DigThatBox.com:
DigThatBox.com is a pop culture web site based in the heart of Hollywood California.  Our content is a unique blend of pop culture topics, underground art and video game news. The site has the important distinction of being the only video game related web site based in Hollywood California. For more information please visit www.DigThatBox.com   

About Artist Christian George-Morehouse:
Christian is an expert in the field of Movie and Television Props. He has also produced several amazing custom made toys that have been sold to dealers and collectors all around the Globe. His work is often imitated but never duplicated. His attention to detail and his commitment to perfection are unmatched.

About: Osborne Coinage®:
Osborne Coinage® America’s oldest and most esteemed private mint.  Their brands include, Tokens Direct, Roger Williams Mint, Kilmartin Industries, and Van Brook of Lexington. The company produces high quality custom coins, tokens, key chains, and medallions.

About E3 Expo™ 2010:
E3 Expo™ is the world's premiere trade show for computer and video games and related products. The show is owned by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA®), the U.S. association dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of the companies, publishing interactive games for video game consoles, handheld devices, personal computers, and the Internet. For more information, please visit
www.E3Expo.com or www.theESA.com.

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If you would like more information on this topic, or to schedule an appointment with a member of our staff, please contact us at contact@digthatbox.com.

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Galaxy4Gamers Welcomes Virgin Resurgence

Leading online gaming community reacts to news that Richard Branson is entering industry

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LOS ANGELES, California (June 7, 2010) - Galaxy4Gamers, a leading video game tournament website, is excited to hear Sir Richard Branson and Virgin have acquired World Gaming to reenter the online gaming industry.

Galaxy4Gamers's CEO, Chris Doe, thinks Virgin's move into the niche market of online skill-based video game tournament is an extremely positive sign for the industry and professional gaming in general.  "Gaming for real cash is still a relatively new concept here in the US, especially online where cheating remains a big deterrent. Richard Branson's entrance into the industry will provide professional video gamers some long overdue attention and establish more credibility and standards to the sport." 

Regarding competing against the newly formed Virgin Gaming, Doe continues "Obviously competing against a conglomerate with endless resources can be daunting, but we are up to the challenge and are confident in our product and direction. In the past year, we were able to match all the core functionality of the leading competitors, as well as release industry first products, such as Beat-A-Pro™ challenges, in-person and online LAN promoter platforms and most importantly industry leading anti-cheating streaming measures."

Finally, Doe concludes by saying "The industry needs a media magnet like Branson to help shape its future, I look forward to seeing what the Virgin team comes up with."

For additional information, please visit www.galaxy4gamers.com.

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Friday, June 4, 2010

E3 MEMORIES: THE GARY COLEMAN BEATDOWN

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"One of my favorite moments from the E3 Expo was meeting Gary Coleman. Over the years I have met a number of celebrities at the show. Gary was one of the nicest and most down to earth people I have ever met. Little did I know he was also a highly skilled gamer. This is the story of how Gary Coleman kicked my ass at the E3 Expo...."

Read More Here

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

NINTENDO.COM TO HOST LIVE VIDEO OF NINTENDO'S E3 PRESENTATION

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Are you excited to hear all the news from Nintendo's E3 Presentation but can't make it to Los Angeles? Nintendo.com has you covered. The website is setting up a special portal for fans around the world to watch full start-to-finish video coverage of the event.

Nintendo's E3 Presentation will begin at 9 a.m. Pacific on Tuesday, June 15. Just visit e3.nintendo.com to get a front-row seat to all of Nintendo's announcements.

For more information about Nintendo, please visit
www.nintendo.com.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

KONAMI ANNOUNCES IN-STORE SIGNING WITH LEGENDARY DEVELOPER HIDEO KOJIMA IN NEW YORK CITY AND LOS ANGELES

Fans to Get Opportunity to Meet the Famed Creator and be Among the First to Get a Copy of his Latest Masterpiece - METAL GEAR SOLID: PEACE WALKER

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., announced that the legendary Hideo Kojima - the creator of the METAL GEAR SOLID®, will be making two stops in North America as part of his world tour on behalf of the franchise’s latest release, METAL GEAR SOLID®: PEACE WALKER for the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system. The tour kicks off in Japan and moves throughout Asia, North America before ending in Europe. Mr. Kojima will be stopping in New York City and Los Angeles to sign copies of this highly anticipated title. He will be signing at Best Buy and Uniqlo, in New York and GameStop in Los Angeles.

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 8th. 2010 in North America, 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 developed exclusively for the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system. For more information, please visit: http://www.konami.com/downloads/.

*Please note, autographs will be limited during the event period

WHERE & WHEN:

New York City - Friday, June 11
Uniqlo SOHO from 12pm-2pm
546 Broadway
New York, NY 10012

Best Buy Union Square from 6pm-8pm
1 East 14th Street
New York, NY 10003

Los Angeles - Sunday June 13th
GameStop from 11am-1pm
1000 Universal Studios Blvd.
Universal City, CA 91608

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Hollywood Hospital - available for iPhone, iPod Touch and now iPad

How do you run a successful Hollywood Hospital?

LONDON, June 1st 2010 - Have you got what it takes to save Tinseltown from an outbreak of movie themed diseases? Team up with Dr Mathers Storm to treat your patients and relieve them of their not-so-well-earned cash! But how are you going to spend it?

Join the beautiful H!TV news reporter Priscilla Powers as she invites you through the doors of this world famous institution and guides you through the dos and don'ts of celebrity rehab. Here are her top tips for getting your celebrity patients back on the red carpet and in front of the cameras as soon as possible.

- Hire extra doctors
 - as more demanding patients arrive and the hospital fills up, you'll need all the help you can get to attend to your A-list customers as quickly as possible and avoid any celebrity tantrums

- Specialise
- Your doctors can become experts in one particular field. Build you score multipliers by sending patients with the same symptoms to the same doctor and earn more cash in the process.

- Buy new equipment
- Z Ray machines, recovery facilities, diagnosis beds and more can be purchased to help you cure the range of whacky diseases that come through your doors.

- Improve your facilities - Use your money to upgrade your hospital’s equipment with labour-saving devices so your staff can keep up with the increasing demands of a Hollywood Hospital.

- Take pride in your work - Complete the mini games using fast fingers and a delicate touch and receive a cash bonus to spend on more equipment in the next round.

- Keep your patients happy - These celebs are used to the best, if their patience runs out your patients run out! A charming smile can only get your receptionist so far, make sure she is equipped with the best waiting room possible. Stylish surroundings and comfy chairs will ensure your patients stay happy for longer whilst they wait to see a doctor.

- Expand your hospital - Big is beautiful in Hollywood! As your practice becomes a success you can build new wards and wings to house your equipment and your expanding team of medical experts. Grow your Hospital and rake in the cash until you are number one in Hollywood!

Hollywood Hospital is released for iPhone, iPod touch and now iPad via Zed's iTunes storefront. Zed is the multiplatform and mobile arm of an integrated group of companies at the forefront of digital entertainment, responsible for the hugely successful PC videogames saga Commandos, and the recent animated movie blockbuster Planet51.

Hollywood Hospital reconfirms Zed's iPhone game creation and development strengths and capabilities following successful App Store launches such as Pang (Overall App store #1 in Spain, Italy and Portugal) Planet51 Racer (Apps store Front-page hitter), Carnival Hammer and Bubble Boom Challenge (Best Casual Game nominee' at IMGA.) Watch this space for more exciting games coming to iPhone and iPod touch from Zed.

To find out more, visit the Hollywood Hospital website at http://www.hollywood-hospital.com

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