Friday, December 23, 2011
12/23/2011 - The AbleGamers Foundation Makes Holiday Dreams Come True
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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.
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
Submitted By: E. Thomas
Thursday, December 22, 2011
12/22/2011 - All Zombies Must Die Now Available on XBLA
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Tongue-In-Cheek Multiplayer Zombie Slaying Action Available this Christmas on Xbox Live Arcade
THE DIGITAL ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE BEGINS AS DOUBLESIX DECLARES All Zombies
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.
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.“
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/.
Submitted By: E. Thomas
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
12/21/2011 - Grandma Wins $50k Playing Yoostar
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Crowns Winning Performance From ‘Acting With the Stars’ Contest
GRANDMA WINS $50,000 PLAYING KINECT JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
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!”
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
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
About Yoostar Entertainment Group
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.
Submitted By: E. Thomas
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
12/29/2011 - Square Enix Announces Kingdom Hearts 3D
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Latest Installment to the Beloved Franchise Arriving in 2012 for the Nintendo 3DS
SQUARE ENIX ANNOUNCES KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance] FOR NORTH
AMERICA, EUROPE AND PAL TERRITORIES
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.
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].
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.
• 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
• 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.
KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance]
Copyright © Disney. Developed by SQUARE ENIX
KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance] Official Homepage:
http://www.kingdomhearts3dgame.comKINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance] Official
Facebook® Page: http://www.facebook.com/kingdomhearts
KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance] is not
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.
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
Submitted By: E. Thomas
Monday, December 19, 2011
12/19/2011 - Sega Holding Big Holiday Sales on Mobile Titles
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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!
SEGA Spreads Cheer and Joy with Big Discounts on Digital Console and Mobile
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:
Finally, the many SEGA mobile titles available for just $0.99 from December 20,
2011, to January 9, 2012, include:
- 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)
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.
- Sonic & SEGA
- Sonic Spinball™
- Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I
- Streets of Rage 2™
Chu Rocket HD™
- Super Monkey Ball
2™: Sakura Edition (Now a universal App!)
For more news,
follow SEGA on Twitter @SEGA or “like” us on Facebook.
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.
Submitted By: E. Thomas