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Saturday, October 30, 2010

NAMCO BANDAI GAMES ANNOUNCES SPLATTERHOUSE® HAS GONE GOLD

SANTA CLARA, Calif., (Oct. 30, 2010) - Leading video games publisher and developer, NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., announced today that SPLATTERHOUSE® has gone gold for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. Inspired by the landmark 1988 arcade hit, SPLATTERHOUSE combines visceral, adrenaline-soaked combat with horror elements to deliver over-the-top gore.

SPLATTERHOUSE follows college student Rick Taylor as he embarks on a mission to rescue his girlfriend, Jennifer, who was kidnapped after they entered a mysterious run-down Mansion inhabited by an elusive scientist, Dr. West. Confronted by otherworldly horrific abominations under Dr. West’s control, Rick turns to a mystical sentient mask that promises to give him the power to reunite with his beloved Jennifer. Full of desperation, Rick dons the “Terror Mask” and is transformed into a raging juggernaut, exemplifying unadulterated violence and destruction to anything that stands in his way.

Embodying the unfiltered, primal aggression of its namesake, SPLATTERHOUSE gives players countless ways to decimate your enemies with extreme gore including Necrotic energy powered attacks, the all powerful Berserker Mode, an arsenal of classic SPLATTERHOUSE weapons, and the ultimate over the top gruesome Splatter Kills which enable you to rip, impale, and smash your opponents into bloody pulpy masses.

Boasting a licensed soundtrack with many of the top names in metal, the original SPLATTERHOUSE trilogy as an unlockable, and Survival Arenas, SPLATTERHOUSE is the ultimate celebration of all things Metal and Gore.

SPLATTERHOUSE will be available throughout North America for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 system November 23, 2010 with an ESRB rating of “M” for Mature and will carry an MSRP of $59.99. Expanding on the accessibility of the Splatterhouse brand, the classic version of the game will launch on mobile around the same time, including iPhone, JAVA, BREW, RIM and Windows Mobile.

For more information about SPLATTERHOUSE, please visit
http://splatterhousegame.com and www.namcobandaigames.com. For more information on Namco’s library of iOS and mobile games please visit www.namcogames.com or NAMCO GAMES on Facebook.

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Mutant Zombie Onslaught Released

Oct 28 - Photonic Games is pleased to announce the release of their first game - Mutant Zombie Onslaught. Now available on XBOX Live Indie Games, Mutant Zombie Onslaught pits our hero against hordes of zombies and other creatures bent on Armageddon. Battling these zombie hordes, our hero must descend into the depths of the research lab that spawned the virus. Only you can save the world from the zombie onslaught!

Features include:
  • 3D isometric gameplay.
  • Multiple weapons to purchase and upgrade.
  • Mutant zombies with various ways to ensure your destruction including fire, poison, and lightning attacks.
  • Randomly generated levels.
  • Up to four person Co-op play.
 All this for the outrageously zombiefying price of 80 MSP ($1 USD)!

Demo Version can be found here:
Here

Check out the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4L0sfDZZM2g or find out more information at http://www.photonicgames.com 

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

SEE VIRTUAL WORLDSTM SECURES DEAL TO PUBLISH THEMED VIRTUAL WORLD BASED ON THE UNIVERSAL MONSTERSTM AND VAN HELSING
New MMOG Planet Will Reinvigorate Iconic Monsters From Classic Universal Films
LOS ANGELES – Oct. 28, 2010 - SEE Virtual WorldsTM, an entertainment company publishing a virtual reality universe of connected planets tied to licensed franchises, today announced a collaborative deal with Universal Partnerships & Licensing to publish a virtual world based on the classic Universal MonstersTM. The massively multiplayer online game will allow players to emulate the infamous monster hunter Van Helsing as they track down the monsters in celebrated scenes based on the series of horror films distributed by Universal Pictures.

Slated to launch in late 2011, the new world will combine the classic survival horror genre with the interactive elements of a true virtual world. As monster hunters, players will experience the legacy of the battle between Van Helsing and a variety of the original Universal Monsters including Frankenstein, The Mummy, Dracula, The Wolf Man and more. Gamers will also have the chance to travel to different lands based on the licensed characters including the Vatican, Dracula’s Castle and The Lagoon, to compete in various missions and battles against each nemesis.

The new Universal Monsters virtual world will be the second themed planet published by SEE Virtual Worlds in the Entropia Universe, a vast dynamic 3D environment created and provided to end users by MindArk PE AB. The Entropia Universe features several existing planets and combines a revolutionary cash economy with cutting-edge graphics. Earlier this year SEE Virtual Worlds announced a collaborative deal with the Michael Jackson Estate to publish Planet Michael, SEE Virtual Worlds’ first planet in the Entropia Universe, also set to launch in 2011.

“Partnering with Universal allows us to revive the horror genre for the 21st century by introducing timeless film franchise characters into an interactive platform,” said Martin Biallas, CEO of SEE Virtual Worlds. “Fans of Van Helsing and the classic Universal Monsters will be delighted with the extent to which they can interact in the deep, immersive social gameplay of the Universal Monsters virtual world when it launches next year.”

“Given the vision offered by SEE Virtual Worlds for an online world featuring our iconic Universal Monsters, we can’t wait to bring fans the first opportunity to interact with their favorite characters in a real-time evolving social game,” said Bill Kispert, VP and GM, Digital Platforms, Universal Partnerships & Licensing. “At Universal we are constantly striving to be at the forefront of digital media and with support from the advanced Entropia Universe platform, we are thrilled to bring the Universal Monsters to both fans and gamers alike via a dynamic and exciting all-new virtual world.”

About the Universal Monsters

Starting more than 80 years ago, Universal Pictures created some of the most iconic characters in cinematic history. These monsters introduced visions of terror that created indelible impressions, and their legacy continues to haunt our collective nightmares. Beginning in 1923 with The Hunchback of Notre Dame and continuing with the horror classics The Phantom of The Opera, Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Mummy, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Creature from the Black Lagoon and Van Helsing, the Universal Studios Monsters have stood the test of time, appealing to countless generations and living on in popular culture today.

About Universal Partnerships & Licensing
UP&L oversees Universal’s consumer product licensing, film and home entertainment promotions, and all corporate alliances for Universal’s theatrical, home entertainment, theme parks and stage productions. This dedicated division is also responsible for monetizing the studio’s vast library of films and characters through licensing, branding and marketing opportunities. UP&L is part of NBC Universal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% owned by Vivendi.

About SEE Virtual Worlds
Special Entertainment Events or SEE has been in the business of themed entertainment for over a decade. For SEE this is a process of utilizing known entertainment titles and franchises in new and innovative ways to increase brand awareness and create lucrative additional revenue streams for Licensors and project investors. SEE has worked with some of the most iconic names in show business, including Star Trek, Pokémon and Titanic. SEE has received numerous awards for excellence in touring attractions and other themed entertainment projects.

SEE Virtual Worlds, LLC is the newest division of the Los Angeles-based SEE corporate group. A natural extension of the company’s core licensing business, SEE VW brings the world of themed entertainment online. Through a virtual reality universe of connected planets, participants interact with their favorite motion picture, television, sports, and music properties. Universal Monsters is the second such themed-planet and more will be announced in the months ahead. Using the state-of-the-art Entropia Universe platform, the real cash economy is incorporated in the planet, enabling participants to earn money through gameplay. For more information on the company and its products, please visit SEE VW at
http://www.seeglobalentertainment.com.

SEE Virtual Worlds is a trademark and copyright of SEE Virtual Worlds, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Planet Michael is a trademark and copyright of SEE Virtual World MJ, LLC. All Rights Reserved

About MindArk PE AB
MindArk develops, operates, markets and provides Entropia Universe. MindArk is based in Gotenborg, Sweden and has 80 employees.

About Entropia Universe
Entropia Universe launched in January 2003 and has grown to more than 950,000 registered accounts from over 200 countries. It is the only virtual universe with a real money trading (RMT) economy whose currency, the PED, has a fixed exchange rate of 10:1 with the U.S. Dollar. Its business model is unique as it is based on micropayments, meaning that the client software is free to download from the Internet, and there are no monthly subscription fees, thus Entropia Universe provides a way for new players to immediately start exploring without having to deposit money. Virtual funds acquired in Entropia Universe can easily be exchanged and then withdrawn into real-world funds. The RMT business model has been very successful; The 2009 turnover of Entropia Universe topped $422,000,000 U.S. For more information, visit
http://www.entropia-universe.com. Additional information about MindArk PE AB, developer of the Entropia Universe is avail-able at http://www.Mindark.com 

ENTROPIA UNIVERSE® and MINDARK® are registered trademark of MindArk PE AB. MindArk supports and monitors the services and maintenance of the Entropia Universe platform.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Rockstar Games Announces Red Dead Redemption Undead Nightmare Pack Now Available

All-new single-player and multiplayer experience downloadable now; standalone disc version of Undead Nightmare in stores November 23rd

NEW YORK, Oct 27, 2010: Rockstar Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), today announced that the Red Dead Redemption Undead NightmarePack is now available for digital download from the Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network* and PlayStation®Network.

"With Undead Nightmare, Red Dead Redemption is completely transformed into an open-world zombie-horror experience," said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. "The single-player story brings back some familiar characters in new ways, while multiplayer is a thrilling, non-stop fight for survival."

The Undead Nightmare Pack provides an array of new gameplay missions, mechanics, weapons, locations and modes, including:
  • All-New Single-Player Story - as the frontier's last and greatest hope, it's up to John Marston to eradicate the zombie outbreak and 
    discover a cure;
  • Undead Overrun Co-Operative Multiplayer Mode - band together as a team of 2-4 players and survive endless waves of undead horrors in a variety of locations;
  • Four Distinct Zombie Classes - including the Undead rank and file, Bolters, Bruisers and Retchers that will test your mettle and accuracy;
  • The Blunderbuss - an all-new, all-powerful shotgun that not only uses zombie parts for ammunition, but adjudicates them in one shot;
  • New Melee and Projectile Weapons - set zombies aflame with the torch, cleanse them with Holy Water and lure them towards certain doom with Boom Bait;
  • Infected Open World - ambient challenges, zombified animals, mythical creatures and missing persons are scattered throughout the now-undead world of Red Dead Redemption;
  • All-New Soundtrack;
  • New Achievements and Trophies.
Red Dead Redemption Undead Nightmare Pack is available now in North America and Europe for download on both PlayStation Network ($9.99) and Xbox LIVE (800 Microsoft Points).

As a digital download, the Undead NightmarePack requires a copy of Red Dead Redemption to play. Red Dead Redemption is available for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and is rated M for Mature by the ESRB.

In addition, available in stores on November 23, 2010 in North America and November 26, 2010 in Europe, will be Red Dead Redemption Undead Nightmare, a standalone playable disc that bundles together for the first time ever, the Undead Nightmare Pack, the Outlaws to the End Co-Op Mission Pack, the Legends and Killers Pack, the Liars and Cheats Pack and all the Multiplayer Free Roam modes released to date. Undead Nightmare will be available at retail stores for $29.99/£24.99/EUR 29.99 for the Xbox 360 system and PlayStation®3 system. The game is rated M for Mature by the ESRB and does not require a copy of Red Dead Redemption to play.

Set in the early years of the 20th century, Red Dead Redemption is an epic Western journey across the vanishing American frontier through the eyes of former outlaw John Marston. Alongside the rich, immersive single-player experience, Red Dead Redemption's multiplayer offers a world of dynamic challenges, and competitive games suited for a player of any skill level.

For more news and information, visit the official Red Dead Redemption website (
www.rockstargames.com/reddeadredemption); become a friend of Rockstar Games on Facebook (www.facebook.com/rockstargames); or follow Rockstar Games on Twitter (twitter.com/rockstargames).

*Requires Xbox LIVE Gold Membership for online play.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Red Dead Redemption Undead Nightmare Launch Trailer



Just in time for Halloween comes the trailer for Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare. A mysterious plague is turning people into flesh eating zombies! John Marsden returns home to find his own wife afflicted with the deadly plague. He must embark on a dangerous quest to discover the truth behind the outbreak. Along the way he will enlist the aid of some old and familiar friends. 

Players can harness the power of the 4 Horses of the Apocalypse. Each of these supernatural stallions has its own unique power. Famine and Pestilence will never grow tired. Trampling zombies with the Death horse will cause their heads to explode. And War leave a trail of fire in its wake.

This new DLC features one and two player content. It is available for download today on Xbox Live and Playstation Network.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

CHILLINGO CELEBRATES HALLOWEEN WITH A NEW TITLE AND THRILLING GAME UPDATES

Spooky, Scary, Creepy Fun Arrives Soon to the Apple App Store

WHO :                     
Chillingo Publisher of the most innovative, unique and creative mobile games, and a division of Electronic Arts.

WHAT :
Get into the Halloween spirit with Chillingo’s brand new iPad exclusive title and five spooky game updates:
  • Zombie Party: Experience frantic, fearsome, multiplayer fun in the must-have party game this Halloween. Challenge your undead buddies to a match of Zombie Hockey, Brain-Out and more in this exclusive iPad game that’s the perfect treat.
  • Minigore: Discover new character, ‘Undead Jenny Gore’ and her unique abilities, a new scoring system with Game Center integration and awesome graphics that adds exciting dimensions to the title. Not to mention a brand new challenge – ‘Inferno mode.'
  • Monster Mayhem: The ever-popular Monster Mayhem delivers a frighteningly good scare with this update. Venture into the graveyard and uncover a new breed of enemies marching your way...can you survive the hordes of Zombie Pumpkins!?
  • Pro Zombie Soccer Lite: Annihilate the walking dead in one of the most addictive and fun games on the App Store. Test your kicking skills with this free version as waves of gory zombies are determined to devour your flesh! 
  • Vampire Origins: RELOADED: A new survival mode and gyroscopic gun range enhances this eerie and action-packed shooter. The game keeps you on the edge of your seat as you blast away Dracula’s minions.
  • Zombie Wonderland: Beware of all the new Wicked Spirits determined to destroy Chuck’s house! The new update introduces ghoulish ghosts that appear when zombies are shot, tornado features to blow pesky zombies away and menacing zombie termites that eat through boarded windows! Be nice to the green ghosts who give treats but watch out for red ghosts who give tricks!
WHEN :                    
As the days lead up to Halloween, watch out for the launch of Zombie Party and the five spine-tingling game updates!

WHERE :                  
Worldwide on the Apple App Store:
http://itunes.appple.com/appstore

WHY :                       
Because the vampires, zombies, ghouls and goblins all want to come out and play!

*Follow Chillingo’s Social Media Sites for the latest news

http://www.facebook.com/chillingo
http://www.twitter.com/chillingo
http://www.youtube.com/user/chillingo

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

SOE ADDS MORE TOP-NOTCH VOICE TALENT TO ALREADY STAR-STUDDED CAST FOR DC UNIVERSETM ONLINE
More Hallmark Voice Talent Added For Highly Anticipated Action MMO

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – October 23, 2010 – Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) announced today that four new actors have been added to an already impressive cast of voice talent for DC UniverseTM Online (DCUO).  The new cast additions include Arleen Sorkin (Batman: The Animated Series), Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Corey Burton (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Batman: The Brave and the Bold) and Dwight Schultz (The A-Team, Star Trek: The Next Generation). 
 

“The addition of these actors to our existing cast reaffirms our commitment to gamers to deliver the most fun and authentic DC Universe experience possible,” said Sony Online Entertainment executive producer John Blakely.  “They’re all experienced and talented performers and we’re excited for players to hear their work when they encounter them in the game.” 

In addition to her career achievements as an actress, television host, writer and producer, Arleen Sorkin will again reprise her role as the Joker’s off-kilter girlfriend/henchman Harley Quinn, considered by many to be the most popular villainess on Batman: The Animated Series. 

Wil Wheaton lends his skills to DCUO voicing Robin, the Boy Wonder.  As author, blogger and champion of geek culture, his successful acting career began in 1986 with acclaimed roles in Stand By Me and Toy Soldiers.  Recently he’s appeared on Criminal Minds, NUMB3RS and Batman: The Brave and the Bold as the voice of Ted Kord, the Silver Age Blue Beetle.   

Joining the cast as the voice of Brainiac, Corey Burton began his voice-acting career over 35 years ago, studying the craft of radio drama with the legendary Daws Butler, the voice of Yogi Bear.  As one of the last authentically old school “voice men” in America, the San Fernando Valley native has voiced sound alikes and original characters for hundreds of entertainment and educational productions. 

With forty years of acting experience to his credit, Dwight Schultz voices The Flash in DCUO.  Schultz is best known for his portrayals of ‘Howlin’ Mad Murdock’ from Stephen J. Canell’s The A-Team and ‘Reg Barclay’ from Star Trek: The Next Generation.  His voice credits include many popular videogames, TV and film animation projects such as Vampire Hunter D, Princess Mononoke, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, and most recently, chef ‘Mung Daal’ from the hit cartoon series Chowder.    

In DC Universe Online, players will be thrust headlong into an action-packed multiplayer online world based on the heroes, villains and landmarks of the DC Universe. In the game, players step into the role of the next legendary superhero or villain and are given the choice to save or conquer the universe online. Along the way, players will be fighting alongside or against iconic DC characters as well as other players for the fate of the DC Universe. 

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Friday, October 22, 2010

The ECA Rallies Gamers For Upcoming Violence In Video Games U.S. Supreme Court Case

Freedom of Speech Demonstration to be Held at the U.S. Supreme Court Prior to Hearings

WILTON, CT – October 22, 2010 – The Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA), the non-profit membership organization that represents gamers, today announced they will be organizing a free speech gamer rally at the U.S. Supreme Court on November 2, 2010, the day oral arguments will be heard regarding the controversial ‘violent video game case,’ Schwarzenegger v. EMA. On the heels of the ECA’s recent submission of their amicus brief (friend of the court document) and gamer petition to the Court, the gamer rally is a call to arms for all video game consumers who support First Amendment protected speech.

“This will be a historic day for gamers and the video game industry as a whole, and we greatly appreciate everyone who has taken action on this pivotal issue,” said Jennifer Mercurio, Vice President and General Counsel for the ECA. “Video games, like any other form of entertainment, should be protected under our First Amendment and now is the time to stand up and let our collective voices be heard.”

The rally being held prior to the hearings will begin at 9:00am EST on November 2, 2010 at the United States Supreme Court building (1 First Street, NE, Washington DC).

To RSVP to the gamer rally, go here. For more information on the ECA or to learn more about the California violent video game case, please visit: www.theECA.com.

About The ECA

The ECA is the non-profit membership organization which represents consumers of interactive entertainment in the US and Canada. The association was founded to give gamers a collective voice with which to communicate their concerns, address their issues and focus their advocacy efforts. As such, the ECA is committed to a host of public policy efforts, empowering and enabling the membership to effect change. Additionally, the organization provides members substantial affinity benefits including discounts on games-related purchases and rentals, as well as community and educational initiatives. For additional information on the ECA, including affinity benefits, member discounts and joining the association, please visit: www.theECA.com


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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D (3DS) - New Trailer



Here is the first trailer for Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D. The game is coming exclusively to the Nintendo 3DS. This title is a completely revised version of Metal Gear Solid 3. The updated version sports improved visuals, new game play features, and of course, 3D graphics.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

SEGA Announces the Return of Space Channel 5: Part 2 and SEGA Bass Fishing

DreamcastTM Favourites making their HD Debut on Consoles in early 2011

LONDON &  SAN FRANCISCO (20th  October 2010) – SEGA® Europe Ltd. andSEGA® of America, Inc. today announced the return of Dreamcast™ titles Space Channel 5 Part 2™ and SEGA Bass Fishing™. Following in the footsteps of Sonic Adventure™ and Crazy Taxi™, these digitally re-mastered classics will be making their way to the PlayStation® Network and Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft in early 2011.

“The release of these games marks SEGA’s ongoing effort to bring its best-sellers from the Dreamcast era to the latest consoles,” said Haruki Satomi, Vice President of Digital Business at SEGA. “We want to enable a new generation of players to experience some of the most celebrated titles our video game history has to offer, while at the same time appealing to our enthusiastic and much appreciated community of fans.”

Space Channel 5 Part 2 follows famed reporter and dancer Ulala as she battles the Rhythm Rogues—a group of villains led by the mysterious Purge and his right-hand man Shadowin. Players will need to help Ulala move and “chu chu chu” her way to victory before they succeed in taking over the universe with their ultimate dance-control weapon.

Meanwhile gamers will be hooked on SEGA Bass Fishing, reeling in sporting enthusiasts and hardcore gamers alike! This realistic 3-D bass fishing simulation shines with eight fishing environments and fourteen different lures.

For more information on the HD return of these Dreamcast classics, please visit
http://www.sega.com/

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

SEGA’S VANQUISH IN STORES TODAY
 
Shinji Mikami’s Explosive Sci-Fi Shooter Now Available for Xbox 360 and PlayStation3

SAN FRANCISCO (October 19, 2010) - SEGA® of America, Inc. today announced that VANQUISH™ is in stores now. Available for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft® and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, VANQUISH™ is an explosive sci-fi shooter from the mind of Shinji Mikami (creator of the Resident Evil series).

VANQUISH™ delivers a new sense of game merged shooting and action in a finely balanced manner. The story of VANQUISH™ is set in the near future. Russia and the United States are vying for ownership of the world’s fast-depleting energy resources and the US has constructed a space station in order to harness energy from the sun. Russian forces capture this space station and divert its harvested solar energy into a blast wave that destroys San Francisco, aiming to force the US into a total and unconditional surrender. In response, the US tasks its armed forces with recapturing the space station before the Russians can annihilate their next target – New York.

Players take the role of Sam, a government agent kitted out with a futuristic battlesuit. A versatile fighter with a huge arsenal of weaponry at his disposal, Sam also has an array of martial arts skills that he can use to take down his robot enemies. Sam is the ultimate weapon, a perfect combination of destructive firepower and superhuman speed and agility. Sam will fight his way through the enormous, open environments of the space station. The most advanced, futuristic city in the skies becomes home to the action.

The game is available now in North America, and will ship in Australia on October 21st and across Europe on October 22nd 2010 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. It’s rated M for Mature by ESRB.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

NETFLIX NOW AVAILABLE AS A DOWNLOAD FROM THE WII SHOP CHANNEL

Watching Movies and TV Shows Streamed Instantly from Netflix is Now Just a Click Away

REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 18, 2010 - Beginning today, Netflix members in the United States and Canada can stream content through their  Wii™ consoles with Netflix installed on their Wii Menu. The Netflix disc that was used for instant streaming on the Wii console will no longer be required. Netflix members who have a plan starting at $8.99 a month ($7.99 in Canada), a Wii console and a broadband Internet connection can now instantly watch movies and TV shows streamed directly to their TVs by simply downloading Netflix from the Wii Shop Channel. This new channel is available at no extra cost. The new disc-free option installs Netflix on the Wii Menu, making it convenient for Wii owners to quickly access streaming movies and TV shows.

"At this time of year, consumers have a near-insatiable demand for family entertainment," said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. "And this simplified Netflix access will help bring families together more quickly, more easily and in more ways than ever before. More than 3 million Wii systems have already connected to Netflix, demonstrating how easy the service is to set up and use."

"Wii is a consummate home entertainment platform and has quickly become one of the best and most popular ways to enjoy movies streamed from Netflix," said Reed Hastings, co-founder and CEO of Netflix. "The availability of Netflix right on the Wii Menu adds significantly to the ease and convenience that attracts our members to the Netflix streaming experience and is an important step in our efforts to continuously improve the service."

Wii offers consumers the most fun right out of the box. Precision motion controls, online access and great games are all included at no extra charge. For a suggested retail price of just $199.99 ($209.99 in Canada), Wii owners get:

  • The Wii console,  Wii Sports™, Wii Sports Resort™, a Wii Remote™ controller, a Wii MotionPlus™ accessory and a Nunchuk™ controller
     
  • Access* to hundreds of downloadable games in the Wii Shop Channel, including original games like  World of Goo and classic games from the NES™, Super NES™ and Nintendo 64™ eras
     
  • Access* to a variety of entertainment and informational channels, including the Nintendo® Channel, which provides information about current and upcoming Wii and Nintendo DS™ games
     
  • Access* to streaming Netflix movies and TV shows

The Netflix service has been available on the Wii console in the United States since April 12, 2010, and in Canada since Sept. 22, 2010. For more information about how to stream Netflix through a Wii console, visit  http://www.netflix.com/wii or  http://www.netflix.ca/wii.

Remember that Wii and Netflix feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit
http://wii.com and  http://www.netflix.com.

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Countdown to Kinect: 19 Controller-Free Games Launch in November

With Exclusive Dance, Sports, Action and Party Titles, Kinect’s Launch Portfolio Offers Something for Everyone Just in Time for the Holidays

LONDON — 18 October 2010 — Yoga, Zumba and dance. A hedgehog, sorcerer and lion cub. Rapids, moguls and race tracks. Microsoft today unveiled 19 ways for you to jump into the action with the final launch line-up of games for Kinect for Xbox 360. Completely free from controllers, Kinect immerses you in dance and fitness, racing and sports, action, adventure and party games, offering something for everyone on your Christmas gift list.

“The line-up of games we are launching along with Kinect delivers an astonishing range of experiences and entertainment which can be enjoyed by everyone,” said Chris Lewis, Vice President of IEB, Microsoft EMEA.  “Kinect creates a more natural and responsive experience for people of all interests and skill levels. That’s why we are so excited to offer people something truly unique that exists nowhere else.”

Nineteen Kinect-enabled game titles from the industry’s biggest publishers will debut in November, including “Dance Central” (MTV Games/Harmonix), winner of the Game Critics “Best Original Game” Award at E3 2010. From the minds behind the ground-breaking “Rock Band” franchise, “Dance Central” gets everyone off the couch and onto the dance floor, ushering in a brand new era in music games.

“Dance Central is a first-of-its-kind game that simply wasn’t possible without Kinect,” said Alex Rigopulos, CEO and co-founder of Harmonix Music Systems. “Kinect enabled us to breathe new life into the dance genre with an extraordinary, full-body gameplay experience that anyone can enjoy.”

Family Game Night…With a Kinect Twist
Befriend a playful tiger cub, collect treasures from around the globe, or cast a spell in the wizarding world.  Whether adopting a new family pet in “Kinectimals” (Frontier Developments Ltd./Microsoft Game Studios), or embarking on a wet and wild rafting trip in “Kinect Adventures” (Good Science Studio/Microsoft Game Studios), Kinect for Xbox 360 is the one gift the whole family will enjoy this festive season.

·          “Kinect Adventures” (Good Science Studio/Microsoft Game Studios) – included with every Kinect sensor – 10th November. Float in outer space. Experience the thrill of roaring rapids. Tackle mountaintop obstacle courses. And dive into the deep to save a leaky underwater observatory — all from your living room. With “Kinect Adventures,” you are the controller as you jump, dodge and kick your way through exciting adventures set in a variety of exotic locations. “Kinect Adventures” is designed with something for everyone to enjoy and will be available with every Kinect sensor and Kinect bundle sold.

·         “Kinectimals” (Frontier Developments Ltd./Microsoft Game Studios)  – 10th November. “Kinectimals” invites children, their parents and animal lovers of all ages to build lasting friendships with some of the world’s most exotic creatures. Just like real pets, your feline cubs will come running when they hear your voice, respond to commands such as “jump,” “roll over” and “play dead,” and purr with joy when you scratch them behind their ears. Limited collector’s editions include a 7-inch plush toy that can be scanned into the game to unlock a new collectible cub.

·          “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 The Videogame” (Electronic Arts/EA Bright Light) – 19thNovember. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 The Videogame” is the most challenging yet, packed from start to finish with action and combat. Playing as Harry, you are on the run from the opening sequence, fighting for survival on a desperate and dangerous quest to locate and destroy Voldemort’s Horcruxes.

·         “Game Party™: In Motion” (Warner Bros. Interactive) –26th November. “ Game Party: In Motion” will take advantage of Kinect for Xbox 360 to make the games totally immersive. All the games are easily accessible to young and old, experienced and casual gamers alike. And since the games are all based on familiar real-life games that virtually everyone has played before, you can get the party started immediately.

Off the Sofa and into the Gym
Kinect gives you all new ways to swing, sweat and step up your workout with a range of dance and fitness games. From martial arts to yoga to a variety of activities in “Your Shape: Fitness Evolved” (Ubisoft) to the high-energy rhythm of “Zumba Fitness®” (Majesco), you’ve never had a living room workout like this before.

·         “Dance Central™” (MTV Games/Harmonix)  – 10th November. From the creators of “Rock Band” comes the next great music experience: “Dance Central,” the first controller-free, body tracking, fully-immersive dance video game that helps you take your moves to the next level. Featuring over 90 routines and 650 dance moves, every routine has authentic choreography for beginners and experts alike to master, alongside a killer soundtrack that spans today’s current pop, hip-hop and R&B artists. You won’t just learn the dance moves, you’ll own the dance floor.

·         “Your Shape™: Fitness Evolved” (Ubisoft)  – 10th November. With Kinect for Xbox 360 and “Your Shape: Fitness Evolved,” you will experience the most advanced fitness technology available, your way and on your schedule. The advanced feedback system detects when your body is out of alignment and coaches you to correct your form. Personalise your workout, challenge your friends, and share your progress while achieving real results.

·         “The Biggest Loser Ultimate Workout” (THQ) – 10th November. Based on the hit television show, “The Biggest Loser” comes to Kinect offering the ultimate workout experience. Complete your fitness programme using the interactive motion control sensors providing real-time feedback. From a body analyser to recipes, personalised tips and a video diary to track your journey, “The Biggest Loser Ultimate Workout” fitness game has it all to drop the weight and change your life.

·          “EA SPORTS Active 2” (EA SPORTS) – 19th November. “ EA SPORTS Active 2” with Total Body Tracking will combine motion tracking from Kinect and heart rate data from the included wireless heart rate monitor to provide true fitness results. Users will be able to track and share their workout data online through automatic uploading from their online connected Xbox 360 to their personalised EA SPORTS Active profile.

·         “Zumba Fitness®” (Majesco) – 26th November. Join the party with Zumba Fitness ®, a one-of-a-kind, dance fitness workout set to sexy, high-energy Latin and international music! Find your rhythm and let go as Zumba instructor fan favourites Gina Grant, Tanya Beardsley and Zumba's creator Beto guide you through 30 routines that will work you into a sweat and make you forget you're even exercising.

·         “Get Fit With Mel B” (Black Bean Games/Lightning Fish)  – 26th November“Get Fit with Mel B” is a comprehensive and energetic customisable workout programme developed in collaboration with Mel B and Fitness First.  It is the only fitness title that brings the player inside the game just beside Mel B as your personal trainer!  It features 199 exercises spanning from aerobics to box-fit and cardio along with a nutritional programme with 140 recipes tailored for each individual user.

·         “DanceEvolution” (Konami) – 10th NovemberKONAMI introduces a brand new way to experience music and rhythm.  The next generation in full-body dancing is finally here!  DanceEvolution utilises Kinect to give gamers the ultimate dance club right in their living rooms, with no peripherals required!  Choose from several different modes and dance freely with no controller to tie you down.  Play a wide variety of dance music and challenge up to four of your friends online.

·         “Dance Paradise” (Mindscape/Smackdown Productions) – 10th November. The idea is simple: everyone can bust a move on Dance Paradise™ thanks to an eclectic playlist and dance sequences designed for all tastes and all levels.  The 40 international Hip Hop, Pop, Rock, R&B, Dance tracks will appeal to everyone, from children, parents, fans of classic hits, to even the most die-hard of clubbers, transforming their living room into a dance floor.

Co-op or Compete? The Choice is Yours
Step onto the field with the first generation of sports games that turn your whole body into the controller. Want to play soccer? With Kinect, you use your feet – not your thumbs! Hone your skills solo, or compete with friends at home and afar over Xbox LIVE. Beach volleyball, boxing, skiing and more – Kinect offers something for athletes of every stripe.

·         “ Kinect Sports” (Rare/Microsoft Game Studios) – 10th November. With “Kinect Sports” you’re not only the star player, you are the controller — through the magic of Kinect for Xbox 360. The first full-body, controller-free sports game that lets you physically compete with friends over Xbox LIVE, “Kinect Sports” is so real, you will almost feel the wind in your hair as you fly over hurdles and the sand in your toes as you set, bump and spike your way to volleyball victory.

·         “MotionSports™” (Ubisoft) – 10th November. Grab your friends and rush the living room, it is time to catapult into the wide world of “Motion Sports.” Race down the slopes of a Super G slalom, score a mind-blowing penalty kick, duck-and-run your way to a game-winning touchdown or throw punches at the champ as you test your skills in over 40 awesome sports challenges. Motion Sports live in-game commentary will follow your hits…and misses, as you compete to go from local hero to a global sports phenomenon.

·          “Sports Island Freedom” (Konami/Hudson Soft)  – 26th November UK. “Sports Island Freedom” marks Hudson Soft’s first use of Kinect technology, and boasts ten new sporting events designed especially for the motion-control system.  Players will compete in specially-created games of Tennis, Boxing, Archery, Paint Ball, Beach Volleyball, Dodge Ball, Kendo, Mogul Skiing, Snowboard Cross and Figure Skating – each of which enjoys a bespoke control system.

Thrills, Spills and All-Out Action
Get your adrenaline fix with new, controller-free ways to race and rumble. Kinect removes the barrier between you and your games, delivering action and excitement like nothing you’ve experience before.

·         “Kinect Joy Ride” (Big Park/Microsoft Game Studios) – 10th November. “Kinect Joy Ride,” the first controller-free racing game, will take you and your friends on the ride of your lives — no driver’s license required. “Kinect Joy Ride” combines wild kart racing excitement with the effortless fun of full-body gaming possible only with Kinect for Xbox 360. Go solo, pick up a co-pilot, or compete against up to seven other players over Xbox LIVE to take on the world.

·         “Fighters Uncaged” (Ubisoft) – 10th November. Charge head first into the vicious world of illegal free fighting tournaments, where you will use every muscle in your body to battle your way to the top. Forced into a secret tournament, Simon must use what he learned from his father, an ex-boxing champ as he faces off against violent combatants who will brutally unleash a range of mixed martial arts attacks to take him down. No guns. No blades. Your body is the deadly weapon.

·         “SONIC FREE RIDERS™” (SEGA) – 10th November. Sonic is speeding onto Kinect for Xbox 360 in an action-packed experience unlike any other. Become your favourite character as you jump on your board and compete in adrenaline-fuelled races against tough competition. For the first time use full-motion body control to twist and turn your way through a range of stunning courses.

·         “CROSSBOARD 7” (Konami) – 10th November. High-speed Crossboard racing! Control the ride with your own moves and perform cool tricks!  Play solo or challenge a friend in heated two-player battles! 7 crazy game modes and 7 worlds to race across!  A full body Kinect experience!

Unbelievable Value
Kinect is a gift that awakens the living room all year round with laughter, camaraderie, and the simple joy of new experiences shared with family and friends. The all-in one Xbox 360 Kinect Console Bundle includes the new Xbox 360 4GB console, Kinect Sensor, and “Kinect Adventures,” priced at £249.99 Estimated Retail Price (ERP).  Or for those who have an Xbox 360 console at home, the stand-alone Kinect for Xbox 360 priced at £129.99 (ERP) includes the Kinect Sensor and “Kinect Adventures” game and works with the 42 million Xbox 360 consoles currently in homes worldwide.

Amazing Entertainment
So much more than just games, Kinect brings entertainment to life in magical new ways, offering controller-free TV, movies, music, sports, and connecting family and friends worldwide through video chat in the comfort of the living room. Jump right into a movie in instant-on 1080p HD or thumb through millions of songs from Zune with just a wave of your hand. With cutting-edge experiences for movie buffs, music lovers, sports gurus and gamers alike, Kinect and Xbox 360 bring the living room of the future home this holiday.

About Xbox 360
Xbox 360 is a premier home entertainment and video game system. This November, with the addition of Kinect, Xbox 360 will forever transform social gaming and entertainment with a whole new way to play — no controller required. Xbox 360 is also home to the best and broadest games as well as the largest on-demand library of music, standard- and high-definition movies, TV shows and digital games, all in one place. The entertainment centre of the living room, Xbox 360 blends unbeatable content with the leading social network of 25 million Xbox LIVE members to create a limitless entertainment experience that can be shared at home or across the globe. More information about Xbox 360 can be found online at http://www.xbox.com.

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Dungeon Fighter Online releases major update,  “Act V: The Reckoning”

Nexon America has released a new update for Dungeon Fighter Online called “Act V: The Reckoning” which revamps the priest class. Dungeon Fighter Online, a 2D action role playing game, is one of the most popular games in the world with more than 200 million registered users.

Act V: The Reckoning, changes the cross-bearing Priest class including his basic appearance – he’s pumped up with muscles and a new haircut. Priest default skills add the melee skill “Smash” and remove the “Slow Heal” skill.  Also, the update adds new skills and awakenings to each of the three Priest subclasses.

The update’s changes to the Priest subclasses includes the Crusader awakening to Paladin with the disco ball-themed area of attack skill “Apocalypse”; the subclass Monk awakens to Templar with the “Big Bang Punch” awakening skill; and the Exorcist subclass awakens to Hyperion featuring the “Blue Dragon Hammer” awakening skill.

Also new epic quests have been added and the difficulty level of some of the early level quest have been adjusted to make the challenge simpler and more accessible.

For more details on the update, go to: http://dungeonfighter.nexon.net/chronicles/ or go to the Dungeon Fighter Online Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/dungeonfighteronline

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Rockstar Games Announces New Details and Release Date for Red Dead Redemption Undead Nightmare

Features all new single-player storyline and multiplayer content

New York, NY- October 14, 2010 - Rockstar Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), today announced new details for the upcoming Undead Nightmare Pack from the critically acclaimed Red Dead Redemption.  The Undead Nightmare Pack will be available October 26, 2010 for digital download from the Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network* and PlayStation®Network. 

"Undead Nightmare turns the world of Red Dead Redemption upside down," said Sam Houser, founder of Rockstar Games. "The supernatural vibe and the return of some favorite characters create a whole new game inside an already incredible world."

Undead Nightmare introduces hours of a new single-player storyline and brand new multiplayer content.  Seemingly overnight, a zombie plague ravages the once bountiful frontier, decimating the landscape and reawakening the dead. In towns, settlements and outposts throughout the world, the uninfected citizens are left to fight for survival against waves of the undead.  John Marston must ride out into the vast and terrifying world and survive long enough to find a cure.

Four zombie classes enter the fray, each possessing unique characteristics, attacks, and defenses.  Mythical creatures roam the frontier, alongside zombie cougars, bears, wolves and many more.  Taking down the undead requires non-traditional weaponry, including the new Blunderbuss, which can be loaded with looted remains of fallen zombies.  The deadly Tomahawk and the Explosive Rifle make a triumphant comeback and will be available exclusively for those who downloaded the Legends and Killers Pack and the Liars and Cheats Pack.

The all new single-player narrative features new challenges, quests, and ambient events, including Missing Persons, where the player must find a missing survivor lost amongst the throngs of undead. New competitive multiplayer and multiplayer free roam content includes Undead Overrun, a brand new multiplayer survival mode where waves of infected attack and players must work together to stay alive against increasingly difficult odds.

Also coming soon, Undead Nightmare, a single, stand-alone disc that bundles together for the first time ever, the Undead Nightmare Pack, the Outlaws to the End Co-Op Mission Pack, the Legends and Killers Pack, the Liars and Cheats Pack and all the Multiplayer Free Roam modes released to date.  Undead Nightmare will be available at retail stores everywhere for $29.99/£24.99/€29.99 and does not require a copy of Red Dead Redemption to play.    

The Undead Nightmare Pack will be available from Xbox LIVE (800 Microsoft Points) and PlayStation Network ($9.99/£7.99/€9.99) and requires a copy of Red Dead Redemption to play.  Red Dead Redemption, rated M for Mature by the ESRB, is currently available for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.  The Legends and Killers and the Liars and Cheats add-on packs are available separately on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360 and on the PlayStation®Network and require a copy of Red Dead Redemption to play.

For more news and information, visit the official Red Dead Redemption website (
www.rockstargames.com/reddeadredemption); become a friend of Rockstar Games on Facebook (www.facebook.com/rockstargames); or follow Rockstar Games on Twitter (twitter.com/rockstargames).

*Requires Xbox LIVE Gold Membership for online play.

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Final Launch Trailer (Multi)



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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Crazy Taxi Available for Hire Again this November

SEGA Dreamcast and Arcade Classic Coming to Xbox LIVE® Arcade and PlayStation® Network

LONDON &  SAN FRANCISCO (13th  October 2010) – SEGA® Europe Ltd. andSEGA® of America, Inc. announced today that the HD remake of Crazy Taxi  will be available for download worldwide this November. This re-mastered classic will arrive on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft on 24th November and on the PlayStation® Network on 23rd November (for America) and 24th November (for Europe and Australia) . Players will be able to hurtle off parking garage roofs and barrel through traffic-packed streets for a low fare of 800 Microsoft points or $9.99/ / £6.29/ €7.99/ AU$ 12.95.
 
Crazy Taxi is the second installment in our Dreamcast revival, and we hope this release will prove every bit as nostalgic to fans as Sonic Adventure did last month!” said Haruki Satomi, VP of Digital Business at SEGA.
 
New features in this remake include high-definition 720p graphics presented in a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio, leaderboards and trophy awards, and two game types to experience – Arcade Mode and Original Mode. Classic features making a comeback include sixteen minigames that hone taxi-driving skills, huge San Francisco-style hills for plenty of hang time, and occasional deep-sea exploration opportunities.
 
For more information about Crazy Taxi, visit
www.sega.com/crazytaxi
 
 
About SEGA®Europe Ltd:
SEGA® Europe Ltd. is the European Distribution arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA® Corporation, and a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. SEGA Europe’s web site is located at
www.sega-europe.com.
 
About SEGA of America Inc:
SEGA® of America, Inc. is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home.  The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.  SEGA of America’s Web site is located at
www.sega.com.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

NPD Group Will No Longer Release Video Game Sales Data to the General Public

A Flawless Victory for True Gamers, A Crushing Defeat for Fanboys Everywhere

In a stunning announcement the NPD Group has revealed they will no longer be releasing monthly video game sales data to the general public. In a statement from the NPD group the company revealed they will now only provide this data to their subscribers. For the record, a subscription to this data is rumored to cost over $15,000 US. 

The NPD group has stated that its clients are still free to release sales data as they see fit. Which means companies will continue to provide data on occasion, probably only after the release of a highly successful product.

We here at DigThatBox.com applaud this decision. It is our personal belief that sales discussion of any kind is a detriment to our great hobby. For too long sales figures have been used to fuel hatred and division among the video game community. Brand loyalty in the gaming hobby can be an ugly thing. Far too often hate-filled fanboys would use sales data to taunt and torment those who purchased opposing hardware. This meaningless hatred did nothing but spread division among the video game community. It also helped promote a culture of negativity around our great hobby. Instead of playing games, web addicted fanboys would spend all their time talking about sales figures online. This sort of behavior is inexcusable. Its also a great detriment to this industry.

Unfortunately this development does not come as welcome news to everyone. Web sites like NeoGAF, whose popularity has been waning in recent years, and VGchartz, which provides sales data that is completely fictional, will both be devastated by this development. The popularity of both sites was built around sales figure discussion. Bean counting fanboys would spend hours online arguing about meaningless sales figures. In a way, we are happy to see those people set free from that pointless exercise.

Also, many times the "quality" of a product is determined only by its sales figures. Now a game will have to be judged on its merits alone. We are very happy to see this great change and we look forward to the bright future for all true gamers everywhere.

SOURCE: http://www.npd.com

SEE ALSO: NeoGAF Meltdown Topic

 
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Monday, October 11, 2010

KONAMI and Marvel Unleash the X-Men!
Classic side-scrolling brawler heads to PlayStation®Network and XBLA
Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH and Marvel Entertainment have announced it is to release the classic X-Men Arcade action title for PlayStation®Network and Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft this year.

Developed by Backbone Entertainment, X-Men Arcade is the first ever home version of the popular 1992 cabinet arcade classic, and allows players to join their favorite X-Men characters in what is widely considered as their first great video game appearance.

In X-Men Arcade, Cyclops, Colossus, Dazzler, Nightcrawler, Storm and Wolverine unite to use their special powers to save mankind from the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and other terrible threats. Players are charged with fighting off hundreds of Sentinels – along with Super Villains such as Pyro, the Blob, Wendigo, Nimrod, the White Queen, Juggernaut and Mystique – as they battle their way to Island M to take down the Master of Magnetism, Magneto, and save Kitty Pryde and Professor Xavier.

X-Men Arcade brings the fun and excitement of the hit arcade game to next-generation consoles as players can engage in multiplayer action with 1-4 players supported locally and 1-6 players supported online. Online drop-in multiplayer is also implemented, allowing anyone to jump in on the battle at any time. High-definition heads-up displays, menus and local/online leaderboards have also been integrated to track statistics and scores.

Similarly, a Custom Match Mode will allow users to choose the kind of session they would like to join by setting the amount of players, difficulty and starting level to create a truly unique online experience. Players will also have the ability to select the Create Match Mode where they can act as the host and control incoming players, the number of players, difficulty setting, and starting level to have complete power of veto over the match. For players looking for the ultimate X-Men challenge, multiple difficulty modes will also be available.

“Just like with our comics, Marvel has a rich history of great video games, and we’re happy to play our part with KONAMI in reintroducing this classic to fans of all ages,” said Seth Lehman, Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs for Marvel. “Fans have been clamoring for X-Men Arcade to hit consoles for 18 years now, and we’re confident they’ll definitely find this re-release was worth the wait. The game looks and plays exactly like we remember it – all without the added worries of being low on quarters when you’re closing in on Magneto.”

About Konami Group
KONAMI CORPORATION was established in 1973, and became a holding company of the Konami Group on March 31, 2006. KONAMI CORPORATION covers the fields of "Digital Entertainment Business", "Gaming & System Business" and "Health & Fitness Business". KONAMI CORPORATION went public on Tokyo Stock Exchange in 1988, the London Stock Exchange in 1999, and the New York Stock Exchange in 2002. Home Page URL:
www.konami.co.jp. Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH is a wholly-owned subsidiary, responsible for popular franchises like Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill and Pro Evolution Soccer amongst other top sellers. Konami Group is also the manufacturer of the wildly popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, which has sold more than 22 billion cards worldwide. For more information concerning Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH and its products, please visit www.konami-europe.com.
KONAMI is a registered trademark of KONAMI CORPORATION.

About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 5,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit
www.marvel.com.

X-Men Arcade will be released via PlayStation®Network and XBLA in Autumn.


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Friday, October 8, 2010

Benefit Evil Holds 3 Day Resident Evil Marathon to Benefit Child’s Play

www.benefitevil.com

Syracuse, NY, October 8, 2010: From October 15th - 17th the Benefit Evil Team will be broadcasting a live, online marathon to raise money for the Child’s Play Charity. Child’s Play donates books, toys, and games to children’s hospitals around the world in an effort to make the patients lives more comfortable. For three days viewers will be able to tune in online at www.benefitevil.com and watch the team try their best to eliminate every zombie they can get their hands on in the Resident Evil Series of games. The team will encourage the viewer to make a donation using the secure donation box located on their website.

The webcast will feature a live, picture in picture stream for the duration of the event. In the larger picture the viewer will be able to watch the team as they battle the evil hoards from the comfort of their living room. Voyeurs delight! In the smaller picture the current live game footage will be displayed. There will be no emulators used during this event. All games will be streamed live from the consoles they will be played on.

The audience will also be able to participate by talking with the team themselves. They will be able to do this in several ways; a live chatroom is featured next to the video stream, they may email the team using the provided email, and they can also tweet the team.

Please join the Benefit Evil team as they do their best at what they enjoy to help improve the lives of those who are in need of simple entertainment in a children’s hospital facility. The team hopes to bring joy to as many lives as they can. Please donate and help make this a reality, and in the process have a great time saving the world from zombies!


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Sign up for battle: Killzone®3 Public Beta announced

Show the Helghast what you've got - sign up to PlayStation®Plus today for your place in the Public Beta Trial for Killzone®3 on PlayStation®3 (PS3TM)

London, 7th October: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe today announced a Public Beta Trial for the upcoming Killzone®3 for PlayStation®3 (PS3TM) - putting the next iteration of the iconic first person shooter through rigorous testing at the hands of the toughest, most demanding critics in existence: the fans. On 25 October, fans of the franchise will have their chance to sample the multiplayer mode for Killzone 3, including the all-new ‘Operations' game type, party system, and jetpack and exoskeleton vehicles. Not only will participants get an exclusive look at the explosive cinematic experience and a chance to hone their skills ahead of launch, but they'll be able to shape the final experience themselves - the trial will call for fans to provide honest gameplay feedback, report any bugs and cheats they find, and help test the network code in large-scale, real-world scenarios.

But you've got to be quick! Access will only be granted to the first 10,000 PlayStation Plus subscribers in PAL territories - to secure a place and ensure you don't miss out, follow the steps below:

1. Become a PlayStation Plus subscriber: access is limited to PlayStation Plus subscribers, so if you're not enjoying the many benefits of PlayStation Plus membership yet, now is the time to sign up!

1. Download the exclusive Killzone 3 XMB Theme from PlayStation Plus section of the PlayStation Store on October 14

1. Check your email! If you're among the first 10,000 to download the Killzone 3 XMB Theme, you will receive an email on October 25th containing the Public Beta Trial promotion code and further instructions through the address you registered as your PSN Sign-In ID

Don't miss your chance to be part of the action. Exclusive to PS3, Killzone 3 is due to arrive later this year. Find out more at
www.killzone.com.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

SUPER MARIO BROS. COLLECTION OF ALL-STAR GAMES

Super Mario All-Stars – 25th Anniversary Edition to include four games plus bonus materials

 
October 7th 2010 – If you needed another reason to celebrate 25 years of Super Mario, how about a Super Mario All-Stars – 25th Anniversary Edition, containing four of the original most famous Mario games of all time from the NES, as well as a bunch of extra collectables, launching across Europe now on Wii from 3rd December 2010.
 
Super Mario All-Stars – 25th Anniversary Edition will include a Super Mario All-Stars Disk case containing Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels all on one disk, giving Mario fans four reasons to relive the excitement of these classic games on Wii.  And if you missed out on them the first time round, now’s the time to discover four of the reasons why Super Mario has become one of gaming’s most loved series’ of all time.
 
This new collection will also include a special booklet detailing the full history of Super Mario as well as a real treat for fans of the series – an audio CD containing music from Super Mario games spanning the last 25 years, from the original 1985’s Super Mario Bros. to 2010’s Super Mario Galaxy 2, with classics such as Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine along the way.
 
In the quarter of a century since Nintendo game designer Shigeru Miyamoto’s team put the finishing touches to his first major adventure, Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Mario has become one of the most globally recognised characters in the world of entertainment.  The Super Mario Bros. series is now the best-selling video game series of all time, with more than 240 million units sold globally.
 
Join Mario’s 25th Anniversary celebration in style, with Super Mario All-Stars – 25th Anniversary Edition, available across Europe on Wii from 3rd December 2010.

(editor's note: no word yet on a US release date. We assume a the US release date will be close to the Euro date. At least that's what we hope.)

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

2K Games and Gearbox Software Announce the Duke Nukem Forever® First Access Club; Included with Every Copy of Borderlands™ Game of the Year Edition

Duke Nukem Forever First Access Club grants members rights to exclusive items, including early access to the playable demo before it is publicly released­

New York, NY – October 05, 2010 – 2K Games and Gearbox Software are challenging gamers to the ultimate video game gun-fest with the Borderlands™ Game of the Year edition. Available beginning October 12 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation® 3 computer entertainment system for $59.99, and for PC for $49.99, this package will come complete with the entire extravasplosive Borderlands catalog and a free membership certificate for the Duke Nukem Forever® First Access Club. This certificate entitles owners who register their unique key to a wealth of goodies, including early access to a sneak peek of the legendary, long-awaited video game - Duke Nukem Forever. 

Entry into this exclusive club will provide fans with the earliest possible admittance to the Duke Nukem Forever playable demo and more. When the demo releases prior to the retail launch of the game, this select group of First Access Club members will be the first to play it and experience the life of the King of All Shooters. Hail to the King, baby!

Membership for the Duke Nukem Forever® First Access Club is included with Borderlands Game of the Year edition, where customers will be able to experience the definitive, value-packed collection of the critically acclaimed and best-selling Role-Playing-Shooter that has captured the imagination and attention of single-player and cooperative gamers around the world. Borderlands Game of the Year edition customers will also receive access to all four explosive downloadable adventures including The Zombie Island or Dr. Ned*, Mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot*, The Secret Armory of General Knoxx*, and the latest wild adventure - Claptrap’s New Robot Revolution* - where players will join forces in an attempt to suppress the infamous Interplanetary Ninja Assassin Claptrap.   

Borderlands, rated M for Mature by the ESRB, is currently available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system and PC. The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned**, Mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot**, The Secret Armory of General Knoxx** and Claptrap’s New Robot Revolution** add-on packs are all available separately on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360 for 800 Microsoft Points and on the PlayStation Network and PC for $9.99.

Duke Nukem Forever will officially make its eagerly anticipated debut for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system and Windows PC in calendar 2011.

*All downloadable game add-ons are accessed via a redeemable voucher included in every copy of the game, standalone product required to operate.

** Requires standalone Borderlands product in order to be played.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sony Online Entertainment Announces DC Universe Online Delay Until Early 2011

"SOE is dedicated to delivering the highest quality game experiences possible," says John Smedley, President of Sony Online Entertainment. "DC Universe Online is the first game of its kind, and a truly massive undertaking - the first action MMO set in the DC Universe, the first MMO on the PlayStation®3, and the first time the entire DC Universe will be accessible to the millions of fans who are eagerly anticipating its release. As the game heads into external beta testing, this extra time will allow us to address community feedback in a meaningful way. When we get deeper into external beta, we'll be able to share more information regarding the new launch date."

SOE has also revealed new details regarding the beta program. Players with VIP key cards and those having registered at the DCUO website will receive access on a priority basis starting as early as next week. As an added thank you, everyone that has already pre-ordered the game, and those who do so by November 15, 2010, are assured access to beta by November 30 (North America only).

Anyone pre-ordering the game after November 15 will gain beta access one week prior to the launch date and will be able to participate in the special beta ending event entitled Battle of the Legends with the rest of the beta participants. As an additional bonus, all beta participants will be recognized post release with a special emblem for their character when the game goes live. Beginning October 7, 2010, instructions on how to qualify and receive your pre-order beta key, visit:
www.dcuniverseonline.com/betakey.

Those wishing to register for beta without pre-ordering have until 11:59pm PST tonight. This is a general queue and does not assure access.

Lastly, due to overwhelming demand from the community, SOE is pleased to announce that a Collector's Edition for the PlayStation 3 will also be released (North America only), which includes the same items contained in the PC version announced earlier this year - the DCUO Batman statue, the limited edition Art of DC Universe Online art book, the DCUO Legends Issue #0 comic book with a Jim Lee variant cover, the DCUO Prestige comic presentation of the DCUO back-story and the limited edition Jim Lee-drawn poster Version of the Issue #0 comic book variant cover.

For more information, please visit the website at
www.dcuniverseonline.com.

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Monday, October 4, 2010

KONAMI Unveils New Facebook Application for Highly Anticipated Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
KONAMI today unveiled a new Facebook application that will entice both Castlevania and Facebook fans alike. The Castlevania: Lords of Shadows Challenge is an exciting companion to the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow console game, expanding the realm of Castlevania to the social sphere by allowing users to battle their Facebook friends, unlock special Castlevania content, and build the ultimate viral army of good or evil.

About the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Challenge
Good or Evil? Human or Creature? Brotherhood of Light or Lords of Shadow? The choice is yours when you create your own virtual legion with the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Challenge.

A Facebook exclusive, the Challenge brings the bite of Castlevania to the social scene. Introduced to celebrate the October 5 launch of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, the Challenge allows fans to choose, construct, and contest their own virtual army of Castlevania combatants. Swear your allegiance to the ethereal God Mask of the Brotherhood of Light, or the sinister Devil Mask of the Lords of Shadow.

Once your path is chosen, the battle begins. Fight alongside friends—or turn against them—within an interactive Castlevania arena. Inflict damage, taunt opponents, gain experience points, and unlock Castlevania: Lords of Shadow screenshots, videos, and items. Need more bodies to turn the tide of war? Go viral and recruit new friends to join your army. Want to measure your strength against all others? Compete for the top spot in the leaderboard rankings.

Developed in house by KONAMI, the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Challenge features authentic assets from the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow console game, a built-in save system to record user progress, and a modular, Flash-based, PHP SDK design framework.

Available now at
http://apps.facebook.com/castlevaniachallenge, the Challenge provides Castlevania, KONAMI, and first-time fans alike with an addictive Facebook experience you’ll want to share with your friends—to enlist them as allies, or hunt them as fiends.

Brotherhood of Light or Lords of Shadow?
Make your choice today.
http://apps.facebook.com/castlevaniachallenge


About the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Console Game
Developed by Madrid-based Mercury Steam in collaboration with KONAMI’s legendary Kojima Productions studio, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is a groundbreaking title that mixes stunning combat elements with a fully interactive 3D realm. In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow gamers play as Gabriel Belmont, voiced by Robert Carlyle, the hero of the game and part of the legendary Belmont clan from Castlevania lore. While in-human creatures of the night wreak havoc on the land, the soles of the dead are trapped on Earth and unable to find peace. Gabriel must track down the mysterious Lords of Shadow in order to unite the pieces of a relic called “The God Mask” that can purify the world and has the power to bring the dead back to life. Along Gabriel’s journey gamers will traverse over 50 diverse and beautifully realized 3D stages, come up against over 45 enemies, and defeat huge adversaries in real time with skill, power and timing. In total, the game boasts over 40 possible combo attacks that can be added to Gabriel’s arsenal. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow offers a wide range of puzzles with larger adversaries that require a specific means to exploit weaknesses, or object-related puzzles that will open doors or give access to previously unreachable areas.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow will be available on October 5 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. For assets and information, please visit
http://www.konami.com/games/castlevania/castlevania-lords-of-shadow.php

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Watch The Entire Nintendo 3DS Press Conference Online



Now you can watch the entire Nintendo 3DS Press Conference online. Its available in 4 parts on our YouTube Channel, DigThatBoxTV.

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Friday, October 1, 2010

UBISOFT® BRINGS BEYOND GOOD & EVIL® HD TO MICROSOFT XBOX® LIVE ARCADE AND SONY PLAYSTATION® NETWORK

The legendary game returns with full HD 1080p graphics, enhanced character models, upgraded textures, and remastered musical score

London, UK – September 30, 2010 - Today, Ubisoft announces that Beyond Good & EvilTM, the legendary, award-winning action-adventure video game, will be recreated in high definition, launching in 2011 for the Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game system and Sony PlayStation® Network. In addition to giving fans the opportunity to play the critically acclaimed game, Beyond Good & Evil HD online will allow players to unlock achievements and trophies by discovering new secrets in this masterpiece adventure game.

Featuring epic boss fights, puzzle-solving and stealth-based games, Beyond Good & Evil broke the barriers of traditional action-adventure gameplay when it was released in 2003. The story follows Jade, an investigative reporter and martial artist, who works with a resistance agency to uncover a government conspiracy and reveal their horrific secrets. As Jade, players are tasked to solve puzzles, fight enemies, and obtain photographic evidence.

For more information about Beyond Good & Evil HD, please visit:
http://beyondgoodevil.com

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