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Friday, March 23, 2012

03/23/2012 - Special Guest Talks About Walking Dead Video Game
SPECIAL GUEST ROBERT KIRKMAN TALKS TELLTALE'S THE WALKING DEAD IN PLAYING DEAD EPISODE THREE

Episode Includes First Extended Look at Game-Play

Telltale today released the third episode of Playing Dead at the
official website for their game, The Walking Dead. Playing Dead is Telltale’s talk-show format developer diary designed to let gamers know what they can expect from the upcoming game based on Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic books.

In this episode of Playing Dead, host AJ LoCascio is joined by very special guest Robert Kirkman, the Eisner Award-winning creator/writer of The Walking Dead. Kirkman, who runs his own Skybound imprint at Image  Comics, where he's a partner, talks about why the game isn’t based on Rick Grimes, why it’s not an open-world shooter, why player choice and decision making is a big deal and why he chose Telltale to make a game based on The Walking Dead.

The episode also features the very first extended look at the game’s Adventure Horror game-play.

In addition to Playing Dead episode 3, Telltale has also posted the second of a series of video format Q&A sessions on the games’
official website (answers come from Lead Designer Sean Vanaman and Designer Harrison Pink). Gamers are encouraged to ask more questions for future Q+A sessions by emailing playingdead@telltalegames.com or by leaving a message at (707) 701 DEAD.

The Walking Dead is a 5 part episodic game series coming to Xbox LIVE Arcade, PlayStation Network, PC, Mac and other leading platforms. The first episode will be available for download in late April. 

Playing Dead host AJ LoCascio provided the voice for Marty McFly in Telltale’s Back to the Future: The Game series.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

03/27/2012 - Music Videos Coming to 3DS
NINTENDO 3DS GETS 3D MUSIC VIDEOS FROM TOP ARTISTS

March 21, 2012 - Nintendo is teaming up with some of today's hottest musical artists to bring a flurry of 3D music video premieres to users of the  Nintendo Video service for  Nintendo 3DS. Starting today, Nintendo 3DS owners who have downloaded the free Nintendo Video application will begin receiving a series of premium 3D music videos automatically when connected to the Internet. The impressive lineup includes top acts from a variety of musical genres, and features the stunning 3D video for The Shins' "The Rifle's Spiral" track. Directed by Emmy winner Jamie Caliri, the video is from the band's new album, titled  Port of Morrow, which is in stores now. 

"Sabotage" from Wale and "So Good" from B.o.B will be available on Nintendo Video today. Additional 3D music videos set to premiere soon on Nintendo Video include:
  • OK Go, "Skyscrapers"
  • Skrillex, "Breakn' a Sweat"
  • Death Cab for Cutie, "Underneath The Sycamore"
  • I Fight Dragons, "Save World Get Girl"

Since launching in July 2011, Nintendo Video has delivered a variety of premiere and exclusive 3D videos automatically to Nintendo 3DS owners. Previous 3D music video premieres on the service include hits from Foster the People, OK Go and Jason Derulo.

In addition to music content, Nintendo Video delivers curated 3D content from the worlds of Hollywood, comedy and independent art. The Nintendo Video application is available to download for free from the Nintendo eShop. The Nintendo 3DS system also lets users take 3D pictures, shoot 3D videos and play games in 3D without the need for special glasses.

For more information about Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo Video service, visit
http://www.nintendo.com/3ds/nintendo-video.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

03/21/2012 - I Am Alive Companion App Available on iPhone - PS3
SURVIVE THE AFTERMATH OF THE EVENT IN ‘I AM ALIVE’ FOR SONY ENTERTAINMENT® NETWORK

I AM ALIVE COMPANION APP AVAILABLE ON IPHONE

London, UK – March, 21 2012 - Today, Ubisoft announced that I Am Alive, a believable post-apocalyptic action-adventure game, will be available to download on Sony Entertainment® Network, on April 4th, 2012.
I Am Alive follows an everyman’s journey to find his wife and daughter, who were lost during the “Event.” A year later, he finds Haventon, his hometown, in shambles. Buildings are destroyed, toxic ash fills the streets and society has been torn, causing inhabitants to take all necessary actions to survive.
In I Am Alive, players will be challenged by both the environment and the enemies. Stamina and resource management are key when being exposed to deadly atmospheres and scaling enormous buildings in search of supplies. The unique combat system requires players to utilize intimidation - cowards are easily swayed with an empty gun, while other enemies will put players to the test.

Also available is a FREE iOS companion App, which features:

·         A ‘photo mode’ that lets you create your own I Am Alive-themed photos;
·         Original game soundtrack, including 6 tracks exclusively composed for the App;
·         A street map of the main game area with exclusive hints from the developers;
·         List of all resources from the game detailing the level of rarity and effects on health, stamina and stamina capacity;
·         List of all Achievements and Trophies with check/uncheck tracking feature;
·         5 videos including a trailer, a making and the 3 “survivor tapes”;
·         Over 50 production concept arts, promotional artworks and screenshots.

To download the App, please visit:
http://itun.es/iPS4s6

For more information on I Am Alive, please visit: http://iamalive-game.ubi.com/

About Ubisoft
Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through a strong and diversified line-up of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 26 countries and has sales in more than 55 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers. For the 2009–10 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of 871 million euros. To learn more, please visit
www.ubisoftgroup.com.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

03/20/2012 - Telltale Games Releases First Walking Dead Trailer
Telltale Games Releases First Trailer for The Walking Dead

Reveals Pricing, Release Date & Pre-Order Offer

San Rafael, CA – March 20, 2012 – Telltale Games and Robert Kirkman, the Eisner Award-winning creator/writer of The Walking Dead for Skybound/Image, announced today that the first trailer for their upcoming game, The Walking Dead, is available to view on the games’ official
website.

Created by animator and director Daniel M. Kanemoto, the trailer blends 2D and 3D imagery in stunning fashion as homage to the art of the original comic book world on which Telltale’s game is based. Kanemoto was asked by Telltale to create the trailer because of a “fan made" Walking Dead title sequence he had made, which can be seen at
www.exmortisfilms.com.

The first of five monthly episodes of The Walking Dead is set for release in late April on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360® for 400 Microsoft® Points, on PlayStation®Network for $4.99 and on PC and Mac as a season pass for $24.99 from the Telltale Online Store and other digital outlets. Information on additional formats will follow.

Telltale has also revealed details of a limited time pre-order offer available via their
online store. Pre-order customers will get the chance to join the cast of the game in episode four, where they will be modeled as a human survivor before being killed and then returned to life as a ravenous zombie. Pre-ordering also qualifies customers for a 10% discount (get the 5 episode season for $22.49; normally $24.99).

“This trailer really shows off how our artists have managed to take the 2D art style of the comic books and create a 3D world allowing fans to truly interact with Robert Kirkman’s world for the very first time,” said Dan Connors, Telltale co-founder and CEO. “We hope that fans will like what they see and be excited by the chance to join the cast of the game; we promise they’ll die horribly!”

“Telltale has done a phenomenal job in making a game that meets the expectations of fans,” added Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead.  “Running around with a gun isn’t what The Walking Dead is about; it’s about is how people caught in an apocalypse deal with facing their own death every day, and the horrible choices they have to make to survive. Telltale’s game series has captured the spirit of the comic books perfectly.”

The Walking Dead is set in the world of Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic book series. Lee Everett, a convicted criminal, has been given a chance for redemption in a world devastated by the undead. Players will experience events, meet people and visit locations that foreshadow the story of Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes. The Walking Dead offers a tailored game experience – player actions, choices and decisions affect how the story plays out across the entire series.

The Walking Dead is rated ‘M’ (Mature) for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence and Strong Language by the ESRB.

For more information on the game, visit the
official website, Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@telltalegames). For more information on The Walking Dead comic books, visit www.skybound.com.

About Robert Kirkman
Robert Kirkman's success and passionate advocacy for creator-owned comics led him to become the first person invited to become a partner at Image Comics since the company's inception twenty years ago. He's the creator/writer of the Eisner Award-winning The Walking Dead, long-running Invincible, kid-friendly Super Dinosaur, The Astounding Wolfman, and new title Thief of Thieves, among many others. Kirkman has earned the respect of the comic, writing and television communities and topped the New York Times bestseller list for graphic novels in 2011, taking four of the top spots.  He's the creator/executive producer and writer of the hit television show, AMC's The Walking Dead, the highest-rated basic cable drama of all time in the U.S, also an international success in 120 countries and 250 million households.  
www.Skybound.com is your destination for all news and merchandise for Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead and all Skybound titles.

About Image
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of four major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
www.imagecomics.com.

About Daniel M. Kanemoto
Daniel M. Kanemoto is a writer, director, and animator for Ex Mortis Films, a Los Angeles based studio that specializes in creative animation content. His 1999 debut, A LETTER FROM THE WESTERN FRONT, won the Gold Medal for Best Animated Short at the Student Academy Awards. His diverse body of work (from original films to national commercial campaigns) has been featured on Nickelodeon, MTV, the Discovery Channel, and film festivals around the world. His most recent film, ARTICLES OF WAR, can be seen online at
http://www.articles-of-war.com. He is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts film program. Daniel can be contacted by email at exmortis@me.com.

About Telltale, Inc.
Telltale is a leading independent developer and publisher of games for every major gaming platform and is the pioneer of the episodic delivery of digital gaming content. By developing games as series and successfully releasing on a schedule, they create longer consumer engagement than traditional games for each release. Founded in 2004 by games industry veterans with decades of experience, Telltale has quickly become an industry leader, establishing the model for successful episodic game creation and digital publishing. Telltale has sold more than 5 million episodes since 2005. Telltale’s reputation for quality has been established across more than 25 published releases, winning numerous awards including, "Adventure Game of the Year" accolades from publications such as IGN, PC Gamer, GameSpy, and Adventure Gamers. Telltale has also been recognized by mainstream outlets ranging from USA Today, to The New York Times and Variety. Telltale currently develops and publishes episodic series on Xbox 360®, Apple® iOS devices, PlayStation®3, PC, Mac, and Wii™.
www.telltalegames.com

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Monday, March 19, 2012

03/19/2012 - Marathon Now Available for iOS
Bungie’s classic FPS ‘Marathon’ now available for iOS!

Rochester, MN, USA, March 15, 2012 - The classic sci-fi first person shooter ‘Marathon’ originally developed by Bungie Studios in 1994, and its sequel Marathon2: Durandal, are now available for the Apple iPad and iPhone. 
Coming to iOS after 18 years is a dream come true for fans of the Marathon games, who many believe form the foundation for the popular Halo series.

The ports of these all time Mac classics became a reality through the tireless efforts of programmer Daniel Blezek. Who, according to Bungie, is: “Quite an interesting dude”.

Next to being a father of 5 and his daytime job as a programmer at a medical institute, Daniel spent countless of spare hours into bringing his favorite games to the iPhone and iPad.

The first Marathon features an incredible 27 mission campaign across 6 chapters, telling the story of a cyborg security officer trying to save his spaceship and a human colony from an evil invading alien race called: ‘The Pfhor’. 
With the ship’s A.I. computer and an arsenal of heavy weaponry on his side, the journey of total carnage begins!

Weapons include: the devastating SPNKR-X17 rocket launcher, the TOZT-7 Flamethrower and a rapid firing M.75 Assault rifle with grenade option.
 
The action packed journey goes on in Marathon 2: Durandal when the cyborg marine receives new orders from the computer A.I. Durandal.

Touch Arcade: “If you like old-school first-person shooters like Doom or Duke Nukem 3D, then you should feel right at home with Marathon.”

The mobile version offers the full Marathon experience as a free download featuring ultra smooth controls and gameplay.

As the original Marathon manual by Bungie once said: “Carnage is as easy as point and shoot”. The game features all of the original levels, graphics and sound effects.

New in the iOS version is the ability to play the game with HD textures and an optional “Master Chief Mode” that enables some very special extra options...

Daniel Blezek, Owner, S.D.G. Productions:

“Marathon's story and gameplay are outstanding; The AI Durandal descending into rampancy, his quirky humor and the hidden messages make excellent additions to the old school style. For many,  Marathon will invoke a wave of nostalgia; for others, this will be the first experience with the seminal Mac FPS”.

Official Website:
http://www.marathon4ios.com
Link to 
Marathon 1 in iTunes:
http://bit.ly/AuLaet
Link to 
Marathon 2 in iTunes:
http://bit.ly/wlg5M3
iPad Gameplay Video: http://youtu.be/wGwAVWRwhgY?hd=1 
Bungie’s Interview with Daniel Blezek:
http://bit.ly/jc8abj

Apple, the logo and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in U.S. and other countries. 
"Marathon" and the circle Marathon logo are trademarks of Bungie, LLC, registered in the U.S. Used with permission.  

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