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Saturday, April 2, 2011

04/02/2011 - Resident Evil The Mercenaries - Wesker and Jill Trailer
Resident Evil: The Mercenaries - Albert Wesker and Jill Valentine Trailer



Here is the newest trailer for Resident Evil: The Mercenaries. This trailer shows fan favorites Jill Valentine and the villainous Albert Wesker in action. The game is set to release exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS game system. With tons of over the top action and amazing 3D visuals the title is sure to be a major hit. Produced by Capcom and licensed by Nintendo. Resident Evil: The Mercenaries will launch this June.

For more information please visit:
http://www.capcom.com/

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Friday, April 1, 2011

04/01/2011 - MonkeyPaw Games Announces BurgerTime HD featuring Burger King
MonkeyPaw Games Announces BurgerTime HD: Delicious Edition DLC

Burger King's international mascot to be available in special DLC expansion for BurgerTime HD this summer

Hokkaido, Japan – April 1, 2011 - MonkeyPaw Games is proud to announce the return of Burger King's famous international mascot The Burger King to videogames. The Burger King will be featured in an expansive Downloadable Content pack for the upcoming retro revamp BurgerTime HD, slated to hit all major consoles and PC in summer 2011.  The DLC will be free once gamers make required purchases of BK food items in the Summer of Yum promotion.

As perhaps the most popular advertising character ever realized, the King was initially known as a little creepy, but his friendly demeanor and helpful overtures to hungry masses of burger-lovers in television land has earned a special place in the hearts of many. Now gamers will get the chance to spend some quality time in a 3D rotational world with His Royal Badness doing what he does best – making delicious burgers from quality ingredients and innovating new tastes while avoiding demonic weenies, maniacal pepper shakers, and crazy eggs.

However, the quality ingredients don’t just show up at franchisees stores. Key to the game will be important, PETA-approved, educational mini-games like “Meat Reality”, where players name a special calf on the farm, raise it, then take it to the “Boo Boo House” where it quickly becomes kobe-quality marbled USDA beef by the loyal ranch hand Herb.  Another big episode sure to be a fan-favorite is an episode called “Oblivious Chicken”, where The King puts his Sneak King skills to use again, tracking the pampered fowl, then sending them to a better place in mouth-watering BK chicken creations with a precise swipe of the analog stick by players.

"All of us knew from the beginning that having The Burger King involved with BurgerTime HD was an obvious choice. We just didn’t know how fantastic the final product would become because of it. The King is one of the most recognizable icons in the culinary world, and fans continue to flock to the character's mystique to this day," said John Greiner, President of MonkeyPaw Games. "It takes a big personality to craft an enormous burger, and The King is the best.  Even Peter Pepper would agree that sharing space with him is a huge plus for gamers and burger-lovers everywhere."

Players will be delighted to learn that the game’s developers, Frozen Codebase, have also been hard at work making their excellent work in BurgerTime HD even better in the Delicious Edition, adding features like one-hand mode which allows completely one-handed play, allowing gamers to enjoy real mouth-watering BK Burgers while they direct The King to make more.  They’ve also integrated it with the optional KingSensetm  mask that will be available with additional BK food purchases.  The KingSensetm mask is designed to look like The King and sensors inside it  detect a player’s face state, making the game easier or harder until there are nothing but smiles while playing. It also can activate auto-slow-mo while the player is distracted, such as while taking a bite of their BK burger, fries, or desserts.

The Delicious Edition can be earned by finding BK condiment packets with the Summer of Yum logo that have specific winning promotional numbering on them and exchanging them all in-store with $1.98 for the download code.  The condiment numbers for this promotion are: ketchup packets numbered 8, 16, and 42 – mustard with numbers 15 and 23 – and mayonnaise with number 4.  KingSensetm masks can be earned, while supplies last, by collecting 7 King Medallions. Each Whopper Value Meal order with chocolate milk and a Hershey’s pie combo will come with a King Medallion.  There are no drink or dessert substitutions allowed to earn the Medallion. Players that are lactose intolerant will have to suck it up to party with The KingSensetm mask.

BurgerTime HD will be released in Summer 2011, and the Delicious Edition DLC will be available at a BK near you on the same release date. For more updates, head to www.burgertimehd.com.

BurgerTime HD: Delicious Edition can be seen in action here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKtd_xUAur0

About BurgerTime HD: Delicious Edition

BurgerTime HD: Delicious Edition is an extension of the original 1982 classic that involves creating gigantic burgers while dodging zany condiments trying to thwart the culinary formations of Chef Peter Pepper.  The Delicious Edition takes gamer love of that 1982 classic and heaps on mouth-watering BK creations and the awesome presence of The BK King.  It is the very first console game to feature gaming nostalgia, burgers and sides, an advertising icon, and PETA-approved  educational minigames about where our food comes from. BurgerTime HD: Delicious Edition will be available formajor consoles and PC this summer and can be earned at a BK near you by purchasing food items and/or collecting specially marked condiment packets. Guinness Book certification as the most unique game in the world is applied for and will surely be awarded in 2011.

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

03/31/2011 - Rush'N Attack: Ex-Patriot Now Available on PSN + XBLA
Rush'N Attack: Ex-Patriot Now Available for PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE Arcade

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., announced today that Rush'N Attack: Ex-Patriot is now available for download on the PlayStation®Network and Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Developed by Vatra and based on the classic retro arcade game originally released in 1985, the 2.5D arcade action platformer features all-new stealth combat, a combo system, and non-linear levels built on the Unreal® Engine.

In Rush'N Attack: Ex-Patriot, a clandestine struggle exists between Russia and the United States for military intelligence during the shadows of the Cold War. When the CIA discovers that the Russians have found never-before-seen material used to create devastating nuclear missiles, they form a secret branch called "Harvest" to infiltrate and investigate the Soviet weapons program. The Cold War soon ends without a bang and the operation is discontinued. Decades later, new operative Sergeant Sid Morrow, call sign "Wolf Spider", is tasked with retrieving an abandoned member of Harvest, re-evaluating the missile threat, and sabotaging it if necessary.

Rush'N Attack: Ex-Patriot takes players through three massive environments of a Siberian prison complex, a bio-weapons laboratory, and a nuclear weapons base. In each location, gamers will have to complete a variety of missions and survive encounters with a variety of Russian soldiers from prison guards to elite paratroopers, snipers, and more.

Rush'N Attack: Ex-Patriot is now available for download on the PlayStation Network for $9.99 and on Xbox LIVE Arcade for 800 Microsoft Points.

KONAMI For more information on the game, please visit:
www.konami.com/games/rushnattack

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

03/30/2011 - SEGA and Avalanche Studios Join Forces to Create New IP
SEGA and Avalanche Studios Join Forces to Create New IP, Renegade Ops

Co-Op, Vehicular Shooter Explodes Onto Digital Download This Fall

SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON - March 30, 2011 - SEGA® Europe Ltd. and SEGA® of America, Inc. are excited to announce Renegade Ops™, a new digitally downloadable military co-op shooter. Created by Swedish developer Avalanche Studios, Renegade Ops will unleash unprecedented mayhem and exhilarating destruction via Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation®Network and PC Digital Download in 2011.

Renegade Ops puts players in a mobile commando unit sent behind enemy lines to defeat Inferno, a madman intent on global domination. Defeat enemies across a range of stunning environments using a wide variety of vehicles, from dispersing electromagnetic shock waves to the deployment of a huge Gatling gun armed to the teeth. Players have the choice to fight alone in single player mode, team up offline with two-player split screen or join the dynamic 4-player online co-op experience. Blast your way through enemy lines by working together, or compete for achievements as you and your friends aim to top the online leader boards.

Renegade Ops is Avalanche Studios’ first strategic step into the world of digitally downloaded games, but certainly not the last. With a strong foundation in our unique technology, we can allow our teams working on digitally downloaded games to unleash their creativity,” commented Linus Blomberg, Executive Producer at Avalanche Studios.

“A number of developers in the studio wanted to try developing a smaller digital project, so we gathered a team, built a new IP and SEGA gave us the opportunity to carry this out. The IP is all about driving or flying around blowing stuff up while playing with your friends and that to us, is a dream-project,” comments Andreas Thorsén, Senior Producer.

Unleash your full arsenal of weapons and destroy anything that stands in your path as you battle to protect the free world in any way possible. Madman Inferno, the commander of a sinister terrorist organisation, has detonated a devastating bomb to demonstrate the power of his new deadly weapon. Furious at the world’s leaders decision not to fight against Inferno, General Bryant has recruited a crack team of military specialists, known as the Renegade Ops, from around the globe to wage war against Inferno’s promise of world domination.

Renegade Ops is SEGA’s first new IP on the digital space and we are thrilled with the remarkable visual look and extensive features that the game has to offer. It has been a great opportunity to work with a team as successful as Avalanche Studios,”commented Haruki Satomi, Vice President of Digital Business at SEGA. “Playing Renegade Ops with friends will be a hugely enjoyable experience which will stand out above other multiplayer online co-op games.”

For more information on SEGA games please visit
www.sega.com

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

03/29/2011 - LA Noir Honored at 2011 Tribeca Film Festival
Rockstar Games' Crime Thriller L.A. Noire Honored as Official Selection of the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

Groundbreaking title is the first video game ever to be selected at world-renowned film festival

NEW YORK, Mar 29, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -
Rockstar Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), and Team Bondi Pty. Ltd. are excited to announce that  L.A. Noire has been honored as an Official Selection at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. The selection marks the first time ever that a video game has been recognized by the festival.

"We're thrilled that  L.A. Noire is being recognized by the Tribeca Film Festival in this way," said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. "It's a real honor, and another step forward for interactive entertainment."

Rockstar Games will also present an exclusive preview of  L.A. Noire as part of the Tribeca Talks series, taking place on April 25, 2011. The presentation will feature a live interactive screening of a case from  L.A. Noire, followed by a Q&A exploring the crossover between filmmaking and interactive entertainment. The Q&A will focus on the making of  L.A. Noire, the technology behind it, and story and action in this medium, and will be moderated by Geoff Gilmore, Tribeca Enterprises' Chief Creative Officer.

"What Rockstar and Team Bondi have accomplished with  L.A. Noire is nothing less than groundbreaking," added Gilmore. "It's an invention of a new realm of storytelling that is part cinema, part gaming, and a whole new realm of narrative expression, interactivity, and immersion. We are poised on the edge of a new frontier."

About  L.A. Noire

Produced and developed by Rockstar Games and Team Bondi,  L.A. Noire is a violent crime thriller that blends breathtaking action with true detective work to deliver an unprecedented interactive experience. Following the story of a young detective's rise to prominence in the LAPD,  L.A. Noire lets players solve complex, historically-inspired crimes in a beautifully-recreated and fully-interactive rendition of 1947 Los Angeles. Interrogate witnesses, search for clues, and chase down suspects as you struggle to find the truth in a city where everyone has something to hide.  L.A. Noire is expected to launch on both the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system on May 17, 2011 in North America and May 20, 2011 in Europe.

For more information, log onto  www.rockstargames.com/lanoire.

About Take-Two Interactive Software

Headquartered in New York City, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is a global developer, marketer and publisher of interactive entertainment software games for the PC, PlayStation®3 and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment systems, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, WiiTM, Nintendo DSTM, iPhone®, iPod® touch and iPadTM. The Company publishes and develops products through its wholly owned labels Rockstar Games and 2K, which publishes its titles under 2K Games, 2K Sports and 2K Play. The Company's common stock is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol TTWO. For more corporate and product information please visit our website at  www.take2games.com.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

03/28/2011 - Capcom Confirms New Resident Evil Operation Racoon City + Demo of RE: Revelations
CAPCOM CONFIRMS NEW RESIDENT EVIL®: OPERATION RACCOON CITY AND DEMO VERSION OF RESIDENT EVIL® REVELATIONS
Latest iterations of horror coming to home console, PC and handheld
San Mateo – March 29, 2011 – Capcom® a leading worldwide developer and publisher of videogames, today announced Resident Evil®: Operation Raccoon City, is in development for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft® and PC. In addition it was also confirmed that the forthcoming Nintendo 3DS™ title, Resident Evil®: The Mercenaries 3D,will ship with a playable demo of Resident Evil® Revelations.

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City is collaboration between Capcom and Vancouver based studio Slant 6 Games and is scheduled for release this Winter. Since the launch of the first title 15 years ago the Resident Evil® series has enjoyed phenomenal success, selling over 45 million units worldwide to date. This latest offering will take the series in a completely new direction and offer a style of gameplay yet to be seen from the franchise.

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City delivers a true third person team based shooter experience set within the dark and sinister Resident Evil universe and a reinterpretation of the events depicted in Resident Evil® 2 and Resident Evil® 3. The setting of the Resident Evil universe not only provides a rich backdrop to the action but delivers a unique and thrilling triple threat battle. Zombies and Bio-Organic Weapons (B.O.W’s) add to the mix as players not only compete against an opposing squad but also tackle this third unpredictable element, creating a brand new style of gameplay and breaking the conventions of traditional team based shooters.  

It is September 1998 and the action centers once more on the ill-fated Raccoon City and the horrific consequences of the deadly T-virus outbreak from the Umbrella facility. With a cover up required, Umbrella orders an elite team into Raccoon City to destroy all evidence of the outbreak and eliminate any survivors. Hearing of this plan, the US Government dispatches its own special forces to uncover any evidence that exposes the cause of the viral infection and Umbrella’s actions. Players take on the role of an Umbrella Security Services soldier (U.S.S.), competing alone or in four player co-op in a battle against all the competing forces at play in Raccoon City.

Expect the return of original Resident Evil enemies, iconic landmarks such as the Raccoon City Police Department and fan favorite characters, including Leon S. Kennedy, who as a rookie police officer in Raccoon City is on your hit list to eliminate. Players will experience a retelling of classic moments from past titles Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3 and watch the events unfolding from the menacing perspective of the Umbrella Security Service, giving fans the chance to rewrite the history of the Raccoon City outbreak.

In addition, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City will deliver a number of competitive online multiplayer modes. Each one of these will provide a unique gaming experience thanks to the three way combat between the Umbrella Security Service, US Special Ops and threat of zombies and B.O.W’s that could only exist in the deadly and twisted Resident Evil Universe. 

Purchasers of Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, scheduled for release in the coming months, will get an extra taste of horror thanks to the addition of a playable demo of Resident Evil Revelations. Set on board an ocean liner, the demo lets players take control of one of the full game’s characters, Jill Valentine, as she explores the ship’s dark interior, killing any mysterious creatures that emerge from the shadows. A brand new title built from the ground up for the Nintendo 3DS, further details on Resident Evil Revelations will be revealed at this year’s E3.

ABOUT CAPCOM

Capcom is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment for game consoles, PCs, handheld and wireless devices.  Founded in 1983, the company has created hundreds of games, including best-selling franchises Resident Evil®, Street Fighter®, Mega Man® and Devil May Cry®. Capcom maintains operations in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Korea, with corporate headquarters located in Osaka, Japan.  More information about Capcom can be found on the company web site,
www.capcom.com.

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03/29/2011 - Win A Trip To The E3 Expo

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It's the center of the computer and video game universe where, every year, the biggest game companies show off the latest games and hardware you'll be talking about and playing all year.

We're sending one lucky VGVN member to Los Angeles to cover this year's E3 Expo. If you love to talk video games, can handle yourself on camera and know how to ask smart questions on the spot, you could be VGVN's E3 Insider Correspondent!

Create your own two-minute audition video and upload it to Youtube, and you could win a trip to the E3 Expo to represent the VGVN in June!

Send us your audition video now:

http://www.videogamevoters.org/e3insider

Helpful tips: This is about showing you can talk to top developers about real video game issues. Here are a couple possible audition approaches you could take:
  • Discuss with a friend the subject of video games as art
  • Interview someone about the impact of video games on their lives
  • Direct a papier-mâché reenactment of the origins of video games (please?)

Whatever you create -- whether it's an interview, monologue, conversation or animation -- make sure to let your creativity and love of video games shine.

We will be accepting video entries until midnight on April 25th. Our judges will then select 3-5 finalists based on message relevancy, interviewing skills and creativity, and then the winner will be determined by a public vote of VGVN members.

Check out the complete instructions and rules here, and get those cameras rolling:

http://www.videogamevoters.org/e3insider

-- Video Game Voters Network

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