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Friday, August 3, 2012

08/03/2012 - Blacklight Retribution $1000 Give-Away
Blacklight Retribution to give away $1,000 a day in ‘30 Days of Fight’ event!

The  Blacklight Retribution  team is excited to announce that it will be giving away $1,000 US dollars a day during the upcoming '30 Days of Fight' event. From Thursday, August 16 through Friday, September 14, one player will be selected to win $1,000 dollars each and every day. 

During the '30 Days of Fight' event, players who complete a match in the critically acclaimed, free-to-play, FPS  Blacklight Retribution , will receive one ticket. Those who win a match will receive two tickets. At the end of each day, a random drawing will be held to determine who will walk home $1,000 dollars richer. More tickets mean more chances to win.  Blacklight Retribution players are encouraged to complete and win as many matches as possible to increase their chances of winning. 

"We can't wait to see the competition heat up once we start upping the stakes with a grand prize of $1,000 dollars on the line every day for 30 days," said Product Manager Clifton Chu. "Following the recent launch of  Blacklight Retribution on Steam, we think the '30 Days of Fight' will be an amazing and fun challenge to players. Everyone better get ready to skip work and start training right now."

Watch the '30 Days of Fight' trailer by clicking  here or on the image below and get psyched! 

For more information about the Blacklight Retribution '30 Days of Fight' event, including rules and details regarding eligibility, head to  http://blacklight.perfectworld.com/30days

To download and play Blacklight Retribution for free, head to http://blacklight.perfectworld.com/

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN: Promotion begins at 12:00:00 a.m. PDT (UTC/GMT -07:00 hours) on 8/16/2012 and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. PDT on 9/14/2012; open only to legal residents of:  the 50 United States of America, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada (excluding residents of Québec), and the United Kingdom who are thirteen (13) years old or older; see Official Rules at http://www.perfectworld.com/blog/?p=628701 for additional eligibility restrictions, methods of entry, prize descriptions/restrictions/values, odds, and complete details; void where prohibited; Sponsor:  Perfect World Entertainment Inc., 101 Redwood Shores Parkway, Suite 400, Redwood City, CA 94065.

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

08/02/2012 - Spy VS Spy Tops App Store Charts
"Spy vs Spy" Shoots Straight To The Top, Becoming #1 on Apple’s App Store in First Weekend of Release

Reboot of classic game features new game modes, new graphics, new embassies with the same great gameplay

Robots and Pencils, together with First Star Software, Inc. and Warner Bros. announced today that the landmark hit “Spy vs Spy” hit #1 as the Top Paid iPhone®/iPod touch® App on Apple’s App Store during its inaugural weekend after its release on July 26, 2012.

Named “New and Noteworthy” by Apple, “Spy vs Spy” zoomed to the top of the charts becoming the #1 Top Paid iPhone®/iPod touch® App and the #2 Top Paid iPad® App in the United States.  “Spy vs. Spy” was also the #1 Top Paid iPhone®/iPod touch® App in Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, and Poland; and, the #1 Top Paid iPad® App in Australia, Canada, Finland, New Zealand, and Sweden. 

Press and reviewers are full of praise for the revamped version of First Star software’s original “Spy vs Spy”:

  • TechCrunch says, "if you still remember the sly snicker of the black spy as the white spy is blown sky high, it’s well worth the investment."
  • "This new iOS version is a faithful recreation of the original and an excellent update at the same time," says InsideMobileApps.
  • 148Apps says, "Robots and Pencils Inc. have done a wonderful thing. For fans of the original Spy vs Spy, the chance to play this game in a modern setting with updated graphics is awesome."
  • "Spy vs Spy is a solid revamp for the new age of mobile devices that definitely brings back the memory of the original title. Fans of the original should go for it, while newcomers should try this out for sure ’cause this is a heck of a game," said iDroidPlay.
  • "Spy vs Spy" was also awarded a Bronze Award by Pocket Gamer; Cult of Mac named it a Must Have; Gametrailers named it their App of the Day; and GamingUpdate made it their game of the week.

"Spy vs Spy", found here, is now available for iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad® as a universal app, featuring the famous Black and White Spies from DC Entertainment’s MAD Magazine with online and local multiplayer matches, 16 new embassies (plus the original 8), and a pixel-perfect retro mode, as well as a modern mode. During a special launch promotion, for a limited time, “Spy vs Spy” is just 99 cents on the iTunes App Store, before it goes back to its regular price of USD $1.99.

Based on the original "Spy vs Spy" game, the iOS title brings back all the humor, action and fisticuffs that made the original an all-time, multi-million-unit-selling hit. This modern update takes the original gameplay as designed, developed, and published by First Star Software in 1984 for the Apple II, Atari 400/800 and Commodore 64, and adds HD visuals; support of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Apple’s GameCenter as well as four remixes of the original music and many other new features.

For more information, visit http://robotsandpencils.com/factory/spy-vs-spy/

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

08/01/2012 - New Media for PES 2013 Demo
New Screenshots, Gameplay Video & Trailer Featuring Cover Athlete, Cristiano Ronaldo Bring in the Release of the Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 Demo

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today released new assets to celebrate the arrival of the consumer demo of Pro Evolution Soccer 2013. The demo, which is free to download and play, is now available for download for Xbox 360®via Xbox®LIVE  and PlayStation®3 via PlayStation®Network.

To support the launch of the demo, new assets are available, including gameplay footage and an all-new trailer, featuring PES 2013 cover athlete, Cristiano Ronaldo.  

PES 2013 marks major advancements for the popular soccer game including new game mechanics such as PES FullControl, where players are given total control over every pass, shot and even first touches to the ball. Similarly, Pro-Active AI ensures that players move as they should both on and off the ball, creating a true authentic soccer experience. The Player ID system then enhances the feeling of individuality, with players that not only look and move like their real life counterparts, but also play just like them.

The demo allows users to experience these key additions first hand and features eight fully licensed teams, including Germany, England, Portugal and Italy from the European field, while Santos FC, SC International, Fluminense and Flamengo are available in the Copa Libertadores mode.

In order to experience the full range of controls PES 2013 offers, the demo allows any difficulty setting to be used, and boasts localized language settings.

The demo is available now, via network download from respective gaming consoles.

PES 2013 will be available in retail stores nationwide in the fall of 2012.

New screenshots and the Cristiano Ronaldo demo trailer is available for download at

The new gameplay footage, showcasing in the Player ID experience is available for distribution via YouTube.

PES 2013 Player ID video:

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

07/31/2012 - Final Fantasy III Announced as Ouya Launch Title

FINAL FANTASY III to join OUYA’s launch lineup in 2013
LONDON (July 31, 2012) –
Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in Europe and other PAL territories, today announced that FINAL FANTASY® III will debut with the new OUYA game console at its launch, which is currently expected for March 2013. Square Enix is also considering other titles for OUYA.

The OUYA game console is Android-based hardware intended to be played on televisions with game controllers. The OUYA version of FINAL FANTASY III will have, for the first time, a free-to-try demo version of the game, as well as renewed controller support.

First released in 1990, FINAL FANTASY III was the first title in the FINAL FANTASY series to become one million-seller, establishing once and for all that Square Enix's classic RPG saga was here to stay. The full 3D remake released 2006 duplicated the original's success, selling over a million copies worldwide, this version will be fully optimized for release on the OUYA console.

FINAL FANTASY III was a hallmark of innovation for the entire series, from the job system that lets characters change classes at any time to the ability to summon powerful creatures such as Shiva and Bahamut. When darkness falls and the land is robbed of light, four youths are chosen by the crystals to set forth on a journey to save the world.

Interested fans can learn more about the game at its homepage :

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

About OUYA
OUYA is a new kind of game console for the TV that upends the console market by bringing the openness of mobile and Internet platforms to console games for the first time. Built on Android, OUYA is affordable and open, but still powerful. For gamers, Ouya provides an alternative to traditional consoles, with great games—all of which are free to play. For developers OUYA has removed many of the barriers associated with publishing games to consoles, making it easier than ever before to bring creative concepts to life on the TV.  Conceived of by game industry vet, Julie Uhrman, designed by world-class designer Yves Behar and the fuseproject, and supported by industry legends including Brian Fargo, Ed Fries and Adam Saltsman, OUYA was unveiled on Kickstarter in July. OUYA had the biggest-ever single day on Kickstarter, raising its 30-day target of $950,000 in eight hours. OUYA currently has more than 45,000 backers who have contributed almost $6M to fund the effort. The OUYA Kickstarter ends August 8.

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Monday, July 30, 2012

07/30/2012 - ESA Names LA to Hose E3 Through 2015 - 2013 Show Dates Revealed

Entertainment Software Association Names Los Angeles to Host E3 Through 2015

E3 2013 Confirmed for June 11-13, 2013

July 30, 2012 – Washington, DC – The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) will remain in Los Angeles for the next three years it was announced today by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), which owns E3. It was also confirmed that E3 2013 would take place June 11-13, 2013, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, L.A. LIVE and a plethora of venues throughout downtown Los Angeles and the City.

“We are proud to partner with Los Angeles for another three years. The City serves as a strong backdrop for the video game industry’s biggest announcements and we look forward to remaining in LA,” said Michael D. Gallagher, CEO of the ESA, which represents U.S. video game industry. “Video games are a dominant force in the global entertainment marketplace and there is no better place to display that than Los Angeles. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the City and AEG.”

In 2012, E3 brought 45,700 video game industry professionals, investor analysts, journalists and retailers from 103 countries together for a three day industry trade show that generated $40 million in revenue for Los Angeles.
"The City of Los Angeles is thrilled to welcome E3 back for another three years," said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. "My office was committed to doing whatever it took to keep the largest annual conference that the City hosts here for another three years. I personally joined in the negotiations, and we worked with all parties to ensure the needs of E3 would be met. The City is grateful the Entertainment Software Association continues to view LA, the entertainment capital of the world, as the ideal location for the world's premiere video game convention."

The three-year agreement with Los Angeles also ensures E3 will continue as scheduled alongside AEG’s plans for downtown Los Angeles, including development of the new Farmer’s Field.

“ESA’s commitment to remain in Los Angeles is a critical endorsement of Los Angeles as one of the nation’s most important convention destinations,” said Timothy J. Leiweke, president & CEO, AEG. “Working with ESA to provide the confidence in scheduling they have requested has truly been a collaborative effort. We are also grateful to ESA for their thoughtful input into the design plans which will result in the most efficient and modern facilities that will not only benefit E3 but all of the new conventions that will come to Los Angeles. On behalf of our City and AEG, thank you ESA, we won’t let you down.”

“ESA supports AEG’s mission and vision for downtown Los Angeles and the areas surrounding the Los Angeles Convention Center,” Gallagher said. “We appreciate AEG’s willingness to work in partnership with our organization to not only create a construction schedule to accommodate the needs of our guests but also their commitment to incorporate many of our suggestions into the design of the new venues. These resulting upgrades to the facility will truly benefit all conventions and further establish Los Angeles as industry leaders. We are glad we could come to an agreement that keeps E3 in its traditional home.”

The event will be open to ESA members and non-members alike. Companies involved in console, PC, online, and social and mobile game publishing and development, qualified business partners, as well as makers of video game hardware and peripherals can exhibit.

Registration for attendees is not open, but additional details including, registration, hotel and travel accommodations, and media credentialing, will be forthcoming and available at www.e3expo.com. For more E3 updates and news, follow ESA on Twitter at @RichatESA or E3 on Twitter at @E3Expo and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/E3Expo.

Produced by IDG World Expo, companies interested in exhibiting at E3 should contact show management at (877) 216-6264.

ESA offers services to interactive entertainment software publishers including conducting business and consumer research, providing legal and policy analysis and advocacy on First Amendment, intellectual property and technology/e-commerce issues, managing a global anti-piracy program, owning and operating E3, and representing video game industry interests in federal and state government relations. For more information, please visit www.theESA.com.

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