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Friday, December 23, 2011

12/23/2011 - The AbleGamers Foundation Makes Holiday Dreams Come True

The AbleGamers Foundation Makes Holiday Dreams Come True for Three Disabled Veterans

The AbleGamers Foundation gives those grants for gaming equipment for those wounded warriors.
 
Harpers Ferry, WV –December 23, 2011– The Ablegamers Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to the disabled gamer, was proud to support those that served. The Disabled Veteran Grant 2011 awarded two Xbox 360 gaming systems complete with a one-year subscription to Xbox live Gold, and one completely customized Xbox controller from Evil Controllers to the recipients of the annual event.

“Applicants submit requests for their most desired gaming related items that improve their lives or grant them increased accessibility,” says AbleGamers Editor-In-Chief Steve Spohn. “Each year The AbleGamers Foundation awards gaming equipment to as many disabled veterans as donations allow for the current year. With the economy in rough shape, donations were down significantly in 2011, but we wanted to make sure to give some holiday cheer to as many disabled veterans as possible.”

“We are incredibly honored to be able to give something back to the brave men and women who have sacrificed their health to protect the freedoms of this great country,” said Mark Barlet, President and Co-Founder of the Ablegamers Foundation. “As a disabled veteran myself, I understand firsthand the importance of maintaining the ability to enjoy videogames with our friends and family, especially during the holiday season. The support of our donors and Evil Controllers has been tremendous, and the disabled community has been very supportive of our desire to give the gift of gaming to those who served and paid a price for freedom.”

For more information on The Ablegamers Foundation Disabled Veteran Grant please visit http://www.ablegamers.org/open-grants/disabled-veterans-grant.html.

About The AbleGamers Foundation
 
The AbleGamers Foundation is a 501(c) (3) public charity that runs AbleGamers.com, which provides news and reviews on the accessibility of mainstream video game titles, as well as consultation on assistive technology.  As an alternative to Serious Gaming, mainstream video games supply many disabled individuals and veterans with rehabilitation as well as social stimulation in situations where they may be otherwise shut out of society's idea of normal everyday life.
http://www.ablegamers.org

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

12/22/2011 - All Zombies Must Die Now Available on XBLA
THE DIGITAL ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE BEGINS AS DOUBLESIX DECLARES All Zombies Must Die!

Tongue-In-Cheek Multiplayer Zombie Slaying Action Available this Christmas on Xbox Live Arcade

London – December 22nd 2011 – doublesix, a leader in the development and digital distribution of games across all platforms, today announces All Zombies Must Die!, the zaniest digital zombie apocalypse experience ever unleashed upon gamers, will be available on Xbox Live Arcade® from 28th December 2011 for 800 Microsoft points, published by Square Enix Ltd.

All Zombies Must Die! has taken  twin-stick shooters to another level with persistent RPG elements, awesome new weapons and all new crazy zombies ,” said Jim Mummery, Creative Director at doublesix.  “All Zombies Must Die! adds its own unique ingredients to the genre, with weapons-based arena combat, weapons crafting, character development and a whole lot of questing, all mixed in with a huge portion of zombie action.“

In All Zombies Must Die!, up to four players can blast through the town of Deadhill together using a variety of weaponry in order to complete the games insane questlines.  Doublesix has combined this quest system with character levelling and weapon crafting to create a hybrid action/role playing game play style.  Survivors can combine the surrounding environment and improvised weaponry to wipe out an unrelenting army of terrifyingly funny zombies.  As they progress, players will unlock new weapons, new characters and new arenas as well as the ability to customize both their characters and weapons.  The graphics reflect the silly yet sinister nature of the gameplay with a bright, comic style.

Players will race through the midst of the undead hordes, unloading on them with handcrafted weaponry assembled from items found throughout the game’s levels, such as the Magma Storm Assault Rifle, Odin’s Toothpick Katana and the Dragon’s Breath Shotgun.  Zombies can be shot, slashed, blasted, blown up, electrocuted, torched, irradiated and zapped in a number of horrifying and hilarious ways, causing them to drop useful items like ammo, armor and hamburgers.

For more information, please “Like” the game on Facebook or visit
http://www.allzombiesmustdie.com/.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

12/21/2011 - Grandma Wins $50k Playing Yoostar
GRANDMA WINS $50,000 PLAYING KINECT JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Yoostar Entertainment Crowns Winning Performance From ‘Acting With the Stars’ Contest

New York, NY, December 21, 2011 – By utilizing her creativity, performance skills and copy of
Yoostar 2 for the Kinect for Xbox 360, Cynthia Bell of Charlotte North Carolina, was able to reinvent a 1-minute scene from this summer’s science fiction blockbuster, Super 8, and turn it into $50,000.  Thousands of entries were submitted into the Acting With the Stars contest, but the grand prize winner stood out from the crowd with her unique comedic performance.

“My whole family loves to perform and be creative and Yoostar gives us the opportunity to do both in a very cool and fun way,” said Cynthia Bell, Acting With the Stars Grand Prize Winner.  “Many thanks to Yoostar for a great game and wonderful prize!”

Nicholas Reichenbach, Chief Content Officer, Yoostar Entertainment Group added, “Cynthia did an amazing job reimagining the scene and delivering a fun performance.  It’s contributions like this that make Yoostar Social an incredibly fun place to view, share, rate and award user-generated content created in the Yoostar universe.”

The eight week contest, Acting With the Stars , ran from June 1 – July 26, 2011 and awarded a total of $58,000 in prize money for the best interpretations of scenes taken from this summer’s biggest blockbuster movies including Fast Five, Bridesmaids, Thor, Kung Fu Panda 2, Super 8, Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon and Captain America

Each week a new scene was made available for free download on the Xbox Live Marketplace and on Xbox.com.  The Yoostar 2 community entered the contest by performing the scene using the on-screen teleprompter or improvising their own performance, then uploading it to the contest page on Facebook where all their friends and family could view their performance.  Each week, the top 20 most viewed clips were judged by the official Yoostar Editorial Team; the best performer won $1,000 and was entered into the finals for the chance to win the grand prize of $50,000.

Yoostar 2 is a console game for the Kinect for Xbox 360 and the PlayStation® 3 computer entertainment system that is played on the user’s television and connects to the Internet.  It brings the magic and fun of Hollywood sets to living rooms everywhere.  Yoostar 2 makes it possible for players to insert themselves into famous movie and TV scenes, starring alongside, or in place of, their favorite actors. Players choose scenes from a wide variety of movie genres; a built-in teleprompter displays actor’s lines in English, Spanish, French, Italian, or German; an outline of the original actor’s body shows players where to position themselves before the camera rolls.  For added fun, performers can even toss the script and improvise.

Yoostar includes a growing web of interconnected social networks that link Yoostar performers across Facebook user pages, Yoostar Social, Twitter, Yoostar.com, Xbox LIVE, PlayStation Network and YouTube. 

Yoostar 2 is currently available at all leading retail outlets throughout North America.  Cynthia’s winning performance is currently available on Yoostar Social:
https://social.yoostar.com/#/videoDetails?pid=79290.

About Yoostar Entertainment Group
Yoostar Entertainment Group is the world’s first Social Video Game Company.  Perfectly blending aspects of online video creation and sharing, social gaming and social networking, Yoostar creates a new kind of personalized entertainment experience that’s immersive, fun and social.  Founded in 2007, Yoostar has offices in New York City and Los Angeles.  Find out more about Yoostar on
Yoostar.com, on Facebook (Facebook.com/yoostar), or follow @Yoostar on Twitter. 

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

12/29/2011 - Square Enix Announces Kingdom Hearts 3D
SQUARE ENIX ANNOUNCES KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance] FOR NORTH AMERICA, EUROPE AND PAL TERRITORIES

Latest Installment to the Beloved Franchise Arriving in 2012 for the Nintendo 3DS

LOS ANGELES and LONDON (Dec. 20, 2011)
Square Enix, Inc. and Square Enix Ltd., the publishers of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in the Americas, Europe and across PAL territories, today announced fans of the popular KINGDOM HEARTS series will be able to experience a new 3-D adventure next year with the North American and European release of KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance], specifically for the Nintendo 3DS™ system. 

The new game’s spectacular story promises to be a fun backdrop to the colorful cast of Disney characters making their 3-D debut on a handheld title. In addition to new worlds, KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance] will feature never-before-seen gameplay elements for the series.

“With the tenth anniversary of the series on the horizon, the current KINDGOM HEARTS saga is approaching its climactic conclusion. The story of this game will serve as the opening chapter of the final conflict, and, as always, will be full of surprises. In order to best implement this element of surprise and discover new realms of possibility, we have chosen Nintendo 3DS as our platform. With its revolutionary new game system, this title will not only be a bold, exhilarating tale of adventure, but also a first look into the future form of the KINGDOM HEARTS series,” said Tetsuya Nomura, director of KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance].

Story
King Mickey and Yen Sid prepare for an impending threat by putting Sora and Riku through the Mark of Mastery exam. Sora and Riku are sent into the Sleeping Worlds, where they will face enemies and allies that have never been seen before. If they can successfully complete the task they are given, they will be deemed true Keyblade Masters.

Features
•       Dual protagonists – Play as the two most popular characters of the franchise, Sora and Riku.

•       “Free-flow” action – Enjoy fast and effortless movements while interacting with the environment and performing acrobatic attacks.

•       Brand-new creatures – Dream Eaters inhabit the Sleeping Worlds, and are split into two categories: Spirits and Nightmares. Recruit over 50 different types of Spirits as allies to fight alongside Sora and Riku.

•       New Disney worlds – Beloved Disney worlds and characters, such as La Cité des Cloches (The Hunchback of Notre Dame), make their series debut.

•       Story progression – With updated looks for Sora and Riku, and the impending conflict made clear, this title is a big step forward in the series.

Product Summary

Title                  KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance]
Platform           Nintendo 3DS
Genre               RPG
Release Date    2012
MSRP               TBD
Copyright          © Disney. Developed by SQUARE ENIX

Related Links
KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance] Official Homepage:   
http://www.kingdomhearts3dgame.com

KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance] Official Facebook® Page: http://www.facebook.com/kingdomhearts  

KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance] is not yet rated.

About the KINGDOM HEARTS series
KINGDOM HEARTS is a series of role-playing games created through the collaboration of Disney Interactive Studios and Square Enix. Since the first KINGDOM HEARTS was released in March 2002 for the PlayStation®2 system, the series has expanded with several additional entries, and has shipped over 17 million units worldwide.

About Disney Interactive Studios
Disney Interactive Studios, part of Disney Interactive Media Group, is the interactive entertainment affiliate of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS). Disney Interactive Studios self publishes and distributes a broad portfolio of multi-platform video games and interactive entertainment worldwide. The company also licenses properties and works directly with other interactive game publishers to bring products for all ages to market. Disney Interactive Studios is based in Glendale, California, and has internal development studios around the world. For more information, log on to
http://www.disneyinteractivestudios.com.

About Square Enix Ltd.
Square Enix Ltd., a part of the Square Enix Europe business unit, develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content in Europe and other PAL territories as part of the Square Enix Group. Square Enix Ltd. also has a global network of leading development studios such as IO Interactive™, Crystal Dynamics® and Eidos Montréal. The Square Enix Group boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property including: FINAL FANTASY, which has sold over 100 million units worldwide, DRAGON QUEST® which has sold over 59 million units worldwide and TOMB RAIDER® which has sold over 35 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix Ltd. is a London-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.

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

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Monday, December 19, 2011

12/19/2011 - Sega Holding Big Holiday Sales on Mobile Titles
SEGA Spreads Cheer and Joy with Big Discounts on Digital Console and Mobile Titles!

SAN FRANCISCO - December 19, 2011 - SEGA® of America, Inc. today announced a host of festive discounts for hit titles on the App Store, PlayStation®Network, and Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. With sale prices of up to 80% off on select games, everyone’s sure to find something that would make an ideal gift for a friend… or for themselves!

As part of Microsoft’s Christmas Promotion for the SEGA Holiday Sale, players can grab a copy of explosive vehicular shooter Renegade Ops™ for 800 Microsoft Points (originally 1200 Microsoft Points) or arcade flight combat classic After Burner Climax™ for 400 Microsoft Points (originally 800) from December 20, 2011 through January 2, 2012.

On PlayStation®Network, players can snag everything from new titles to fan favorites for up to 40% off from December 20, 2011, to January 3, 2012, including:

  • Renegade Ops for $11.99 (was $14.99)
  • Daytona USA™ for $6.99 (was $9.99)
  • SEGA Rally Online Arcade™ for $5.99 (was $9.99)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 4™: Episode I for $6.99 (was $9.99)
Finally, the many SEGA mobile titles available for just $0.99 from December 20, 2011, to January 9, 2012, include:
  • Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing
  • Sonic Spinball
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Chu Chu Rocket HD
  • Super Monkey Ball 2™: Sakura Edition (Now a universal App!)
  • Brick People HD
For more information about the SEGA Holiday Sale, including a complete list of the titles featured on each platform, visit the official SEGA blog at http://blogs.sega.com.

For more news, follow SEGA on Twitter @SEGA or “like” us on Facebook.

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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