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Friday, November 25, 2011

11/25/2011 - New Sci-Fi Dynamic Themes for PS3
Omni Systems Ltd. & Tikipod Ltd. collaborate to bring Sci-Fi Dynamic Themes to the Sony Playstation Network.

News:
Indie Dynamic Theme "A is for Astronaut" has been released on Sony PlayStation Network, and is the first in a growing "Sci-Fi ABC's" series of high quality themes.

About the theme:
Crash landed on a distant asteroid, an astronaut waits patiently for rescue.
All alone and orbiting a fading binary star system, the astronaut plays out an ever increasing range of actions as time and space pass slowly by.

Optimised for full 1080p HD quality resolution, this highly detailed theme features special time and date based events.

Having developed the well-received Gravity Crash and Strangers' Wrath Dynamic Themes Dugan Jackson has teamed up with known indie games and media developer Omni Systems Limited to bring high quality premium Science Fiction Dynamic Themes to Playstation Network. 

About the "Sci-Fi ABC's" series of themes
·     This series of themes, one for each letter of the Sci-Fi alphabet, seeks to offer a higher quality theme than people are used to.
·     A key purpose of these themes is to help fund original indie games made by the co-developers.
·     The Themes themselves are based on classic colourful sci-fi tropes and settings partially inspired by 80s/70s sci-fi culture.

To quote Rudolf Kremers from Omni Systems Limited:
“Sci-Fi these days seems to be all about desaturated military settings with loads of grey and macho space marines. The more classical Sci-Fi that evokes a sense of wonder is no longer in vogue and we want to address that.”

And:
“Basically these are themes for true Sci-Fi fans”

While Dugan Jackson from Tikipod offers the following:
"With these themes I want to create epic space vistas that look great running on a large TV screen. Scenes that evoke a fantastic sense of scale similar to classic sci-fi art by the likes of Foss, Dean and Harris."

A is for Astronaut is out now on Playstation Network both in Europe and America.
The easiest way to find this theme is to enter the word "astronaut" into the PSN search tool.

About the development team:
The Sci-Fi ABC's range of Dynamic Themes is being developed by Dugan Jackson (Tikipod), in collaboration with Rudolf Kremers (Omni).

Future News:
Follow the themes development progress at http://www.tikipod.com/themes/,  or on Rudolf’s blog: www.rudolfkremers.com/blog
YouTube previews can be watched here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXrn8Dguwso and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPzxqRdYWO8
  

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

11/24/2011 - Super Market Management just in time for Thanksgiving
Supermarket Management for Kindle Fire from G5 Games appears just in time for Thanksgiving shopping!

San Francisco, California – November 24, 2011 – Leading casual games publisher G5 Entertainment today announced the release of Supermarket Management on the Amazon Appstore. With millions of downloads worldwide, Supermarket Management is an addictive time management game that has enjoyed great popularity on PC, Mac and key mobile platforms, and now is going to entertain the owners of the Kindle Fire.

The game is set in a supermarket, sending you to stock shelves, push carts and weigh produce. Play as Kate, a new college graduate, who receives an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the supermarket business. You will help Kate manage and grow four supermarkets, upgrade staffing, shelving and more. Gameplay feels deep with 49 levels,frequent mini-games and consistent opportunities for upgrades. Each level you complete earns you coins to buy more shelve space, hire assistants, add more shopping carts and increase filling speed in the store. In the mini-games, items will go on sale, creating a shopping frenzy. Can you keep up with the demand?

Key features:
  • 49 Challenging levels
  • 4 Different shops
  • More than 13 upgrades for your shop and your character
  • 9 Sale mini-games
  • 3 Assistants to hire
  • 3 More special-task counters to purchase and upgrade
Supermarket Management is developed and published by G5 Entertainment under license from Playful Age. The game is now available for download on the Amazon Appstore.   

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

11/23/2011 - Mad Catz Announces New Rock Band 3 Bundles for 360
Mad Catz® Announces Shipping of Rock BandTM3 Game Bundles For Xbox 360®

New Bundles Include Five Red Hot Chili PeppersTM Tracks

San Diego – November 23, 2011 – Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz”) (AMEX/TSX: MCZ) announced today the shipping of a new range of Rock Band 3 game and hardware bundles for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.  The Rock Band 3 bundles include select Rock Band hardware, a copy of the Rock Band 3 game and a code allowing gamers to download five tracks by the internationally renowned Red Hot Chili Peppers.  Available across North America, the Rock Band 3 bundles are available from Amazon®, GameStop® and other leading video game retailers.

Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. stated, “We believe that bundling hardware, software and complementary tracks by the Red Hot Chili Peppers represents superb value for money and further demonstrates our commitment to delivering unique entertainment experiences through software publishing and specialty hardware.”

Learn to play guitar with the new Rock Band 3 game and Wireless Fender Mustang PRO-Guitar Controller.  Starter bundles include Rock Band 3 game with Wireless Fender™ Precision Bass™ Guitar Controller and Rock Band 3 game with Wireless Fender™ Stratocaster Guitar Controller.

Each Rock Band 3 bundle will include a code enabling gamers to download five Red Hot Chili Peppers tracks: Californication, Otherside, Under the Bridge, By the Way, and The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie.

Additional information is available at
http://rockband.gameshark.com/

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

11/22/2011 - Batman Arkham City PC Version on Nov 25th, New Robin DLC
Batman: Arkham City on PC and Robin DLC
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today announced that the critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham City will be available at retail for Games for Windows LIVE, Steam® from the 25th November and available now via OnLive, Origin, GameStop via its 'Impulse Driven' download store and other digital platforms. 

The game is also available for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.

In addition to the PC version of the game, the Robin Bundle Pack is now available on Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for 560 Microsoft Points, PlayStation®Network for £5.49, as well as all supported digital platforms.

In the Robin Bundle Pack, Robin will come complete with his own unique gadgets and special moves, and will be playable in all challenge maps in the game, as well as two additional challenge maps that are included with the pack – Black Mask Hideout and Freight Train Escape. The pack will also contain two alternative Robin character skins.

In case you don’t already have the Robin trailer and render, we have provided a link where you can download the assets: 
http://games.premierpr.com?p=1&i=746

Published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developed by Rocksteady Studios, Batman: Arkham City builds upon the intense, atmospheric foundation of Batman: Arkham Asylum, sending players soaring into Arkham City – five times larger than the game world in Batman: Arkham Asylum – and the new maximum security “home” for all of Gotham City’s thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds. Set inside the heavily fortified walls of a sprawling district in the heart of Gotham City, this highly anticipated sequel introduces a brand-new story that draws together a new, all-star cast of classic characters and murderous villains from the Batman universe, as well as a vast range of new and enhanced gameplay features to deliver the ultimate experience as the Dark Knight.

Batman: Arkham City is based on DC Comics’ core Batman license. Fans canvisit
www.batmanarkhamcity.com to sign up to receive updates regarding the game.   

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Monday, November 21, 2011

GameGadget Changes the Game!

GameGadget is a revolutionary Open Source handheld gaming device that will change the way that games are played, developed and sold.

London, UK – 21/11/11 - GameGadget announced today the launch of their first “Go Anywhere - Play Everything” games console, The GameGadget 1.0. Built alongside a revolutionary software service (GameGadgetGames), GameGadget offers Gamers, Game Developers and Game Publishers, unrivalled choice and flexibility in how they play, create and sell games. GameGadget will make its worldwide debut at the end of 2011.

Jason Cooper, the creator of the GameGadget said: “GameGadget has been designed with the ultimate goal of playing every game on a single device, just as the “iPod” was for music. Hundreds of thousands of games are currently “archived” and no longer being enjoyed by Gamers, with no value being generated for the Developers and Publishers. The launch of GameGadget creates a market for gamers to play the games they want to play. The GameGadgetGames service, just like “Apple’s App Store”, allows the owners of these games, to re-market their back catalogue, in their original format, set the appropriate pricing and gain incremental revenue, BUT with no additional investment”.

The GameGadget 1.0 will be available exclusively from www.gamegadget.net SRP £99.99. GameGadgetGames is scheduled to launch January 2012.
  
GameGadget for Gamers:
GameGadget has been created to allow Gamers to purchase legal and secure downloads of their favourite games through an iTunes style application onto a single portable device.

GameGadget for Game Developers and Publishers:
Through a simple and secure platform, programmers, publishers, developers, rights and license holders can monetize existing games instantly. GameGadget ensure the rights of the original owners of the content are protected. All games played on any GameGadget that are delivered via “GameGadgetGames” are encoded using a unique DRM (Digitial Rights Management) system.

Publishers can establish a brand new and unique digital revenue stream without any further investment by simply uploading games in their original format to GamesGadgetGames. Operating on a revenue share model, publishers are able to set and manage pricing in line with their commercial goals.

Anyone interested in licensing their games for download on GameGadgetGames should register their interest at www.gamegadget.net

Interested in a Career in video games? GameGadget is also an Open Source development Platform:
GameGadget provides all the tools to help users to create their own games - even if they have no experience in video game development!  GameGadget hardware has also been developed to be freely programmable, to encourage individuals and small developers to create exciting new content, just as Sony Computer Entertainment did for the PlayStation One with Net Yaroze and with the Linux Platform for PlayStation 2,

GameGadget 1.0 uses a Linux based Operating System which has been highly optimized for handheld consoles. This allows programmers to develop content just like they would do for any other Linux based system.

Popular game development libraries such as SDL and DirectFB are fully compatible, creating a cross compiling environment. GameGadget provides all documentation, start-up guides for developers, lists of available libraries and specific platform notes. 

Anyone interested in developing games for GameGadget should register their interest at www.gamegadget.net

Jason Cooper further commented: “We have developed GameGadget to restore the video gaming experience to how it should be, for both gamers and developers. GameGadget is a unique gaming device, a bespoke software application and digital store. Our catalogue is ever expanding; allowing users fast and secure downloads all supported by an online community, giving gamers the total gaming experience.”

To register for more information and updates go to www.gamegadget.net

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