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Saturday, January 5, 2013

01/05/2012 - Elektronite's D2K Arcade for Intellivision
Elektronite's D2K Arcade for Intellivision


Elektronite and Classic Game Publishers are pleased to present the ONLY official home version of the arcade game D2K Jumpman Returns available from www.jeffsromhack.com
 

D2K Arcade is probably the most impressive Intellivision cartridge ever produced for the Mattel Intellivision video game system.

D2K Arcade features 9 different playing screens

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BARRELS …DK's tantrum has crushed and warped five levels of girders, turning them into a nightmare of ramps and rolling barrels! Jump for your life or grab a hammer and start smashing!

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PIE FACTORY …Treacherous conveyors, leaping flames, and "pies" that look almost good enough to eat… but don't be fooled! These trays of cement are massively dangerous!

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ELEVATORS …Two fast-moving columns of elevators and some nasty fireballs await you. Take the easy way out but be wary of the springs.

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RIVETS …Your only chance to reunite yourself with your loved one! Dismantle the structure by pulling out the support rivets and give the big ape a concussion he won't soon forget!

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TWISTED GIRDERS …DK has "twisted" five more levels of girders! Barrels bounce high and come at you from both directions while flames rain down on you from above!

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THE MIXER …A mixer tops off empty "pie" plates while full ones twirl down from the sky! Master the timing of the stopping conveyor or risk an embarrassing tumble into a tray full of cement!

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THE REFINERY …Oil, gas, and an array of safety valves… this level has "danger" written all over it! Outwit DK by putting out fires at the top of both towers… before the timer runs out!

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TRIPLE ELEVATORS… Three elevator columns separate you from narrow structures guarded by merciless fireballs! Span treacherous gaps while dodging a barrage of madly bouncing springs!

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THE ELIMINATOR …Only appearing on level 3, this is DK's final attempt to "eliminate" you. Don't be afraid of the blue fire… it won't hurt you - unlike everything else!

The Video game Critic gave D2K Arcade an A+ review and said "D2K Arcade must be seen to be believed. This dream-of-a-homebrew is a must-have for all classic gaming enthusiasts."

Brett Weiss gave D2K a 5 out of 5 review and said 'Yes, That's right Colecovision and NES owners, your versions of the game....now take a back seat to this classy new cartridge...."

Classic Game Room said "D2K looks, plays and sounds great. I'm really impressed with the kind of quality they can squeeze out of an Intellivision cartridge!"

D2K Arcade is available Complete in box for $68 US plus shipping and handling. The package comes complete with a Mattel Electronics style 'gatefold' box, overlays, full colour manual in a brand new Intellivison cartridge shell with a beautiful colour sticker.

Purchase the game from
www.elektronite.com  www.classicgamepublishers.com

Elektronite will be publishing:

Match 5
Paddle Party
DK Arcade
The Lost Caves of Kroz

...in Spring of 2013.

Contact
gamesforyourintellivision@hotmail.com for more information

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Friday, January 4, 2013

01/04/2013 - Game Stick Reaches Kickstarter Funding Goal in Only 30 Hours
GAMESTICK REACHES KICKSTARTER FUNDING GOAL IN ONLY 30 HOURS

The Most Portable TV Games Console Confirms Support of XBMC And DLNA

GameStick Change Pledge Tiers to offer Developers Even More

London & San Francisco; January 4th, 2013; The team behind the GameStick raised a glass yesterday evening in thanks to the 1000+ Kickstarter backers that pushed them over their $100,000 funding goal in just 30 hours.

“The response from the Kickstarter community has been truly overwhelming. We are confident in our product and what we hope it will mean for gaming but we were taken aback at how quickly the message was adopted,” says Anthony Johnson, CMO, PlayJam.“There is no better feeling than having hundreds if not thousands of people endorse your idea.”

The team has been busy keeping up with the hundreds of questions and requests that continue to come through the Kickstarter message boards and in response have today announced support for XBMC & DNLA, two of the most sought after features.

“While we are shipping as a dedicated games console, we are keen to ensure that users have the ability to hack the device if they so wish and will be providing support for XBMC & DNLA via an optional firmware update in September. We encourage users to hack the device - the time for closed, proprietary systems is ending which bodes well for true innovation”, concluded Johnson.

GameStick is described as 'The Most Portable TV games Console Ever Created'. The team behind the project are passionate about accelerating the race to change the face of big screen gaming with a product that will now, as promised, launch in April of this Year.

Supporters flooded to the Kickstarter page just moments after the campaign launched and began pledging. The 'Early Bird' pledge tier, giving  backers the chance to grab themselves a GameStick at a discounted rate, proved so popular that it sold out in a matter of hours resulting in people moving in droves to the next tier. At the time of writing, the average pledge towards GameStick was $98.

Interest from the developer community has been extremely strong with over 300 registrations on the
www.gamestick.tv website and a new tier offering early access to the SDK and 30 days premium positioning within the games store having been added for $500.

GameStick will feature a purpose-built game store through which users will be able to browse and download content. The proposition will be powered by PlayJam’s existing Games Network for Smart TV which currently supports developers such as Relentless Software, First Star Software, and Disney.

To visit the Kickstarter page and pledge your support, please visit:
http://kck.st/12SSvMO 

To visit the GameStick website for more information or to apply for an SDK please go to : www.gamestick.tv

To follow GameStick news, join the conversation and give your opinion on Facebook or Twitter please go: www.facebook.com/GameStickNews and
www.twitter.com/Game_Stick / @Game_Stick

To see new videos published through out the campaign on YouTube please subscribe to: www.youtube.com/GameStickVideos

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01/04/2013 - Field Runners 2 Invades Steam PCs on Jan 9th
FIELDRUNNERS 2 INVADES STEAM PCs WEDNESDAY JANUARY 9th!

Ultimate tower defense game gets a kbm makeover!

CAMBRIDGE, MA – January 4, 2012 - SUBATOMIC STUDIOS is launching their hit tower defense game, Fieldrunners 2, on Steam! Starting Wednesday, January 9th, PCs will be able to download the ultimate tower defense game for $9.99. Prepare your defenses – the fieldrunners are coming!

About Subatomic Studios
Subatomic Studios, based in Cambridge, MA, is an award-winning independent developer of video games for handheld and mobile devices. Fieldrunners, the studio’s flagship game, combines gorgeous artwork with fine-tuned tower defense gameplay, allowing Subatomic Studios to captivate mobile gamers everywhere with a truly unique entertainment experience. Fieldrunners was first released for the iPhone and iPod Touch, followed by versions for the iPad, the PSP, the Nintendo DSi, BlackBerry, Android, Chrome Web Store, Roku, Gametree TV, and more! Fieldrunners 2, the studio's second game, launched on July 19th for iPhone and iPod Touch, bringing revolutionary tower defense gameplay to a new generation! Fieldrunners 2 received an update that included in app purchases in October, followed by a free version in December. The next launch is scheduled for PCs on Steam on Wednesday, December 9th.

Visit our home at www.subatomicstudios.com, join our Facebook Fan Page (
http://www.facebook.com/Fieldrunners), and follow us on Twitter @Fieldrunners (http://twitter.com/#!/fieldrunners).

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01/04/2013 - Big Fish and Wikipad Announce New Partnership
Big Fish and Wikipad Announce Partnership to Install Big Fish Unlimited, A Casual Game Streaming Service, on Wikipad Tablets
Seattle, WA (January 4, 2013) – Big Fish, the most trusted global leader in casual games, announced today that it will be a Wikipad launch partner and the only casual cloud gaming service on the device at launch. The Wikipad tablet runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS and  offers an attachable dual-analog controller. The Big Fish partnership will allow Wikipad customers to instantly play hundreds of Big Fish's high-quality casual games anytime, anywhere.

Big Fish Unlimited is a streaming service that features a growing catalog of games – 150 today with new games added every week – from every casual genre, including Hidden Object, Puzzle Adventure, Match 3, Time Management, and more.  Because games are streamed, progress is saved in the cloud, allowing players to easily pick up their game session on any supported device.

"With the best library of hiqh-quality casual games, Big Fish Unlimited is a marquee service on the Wikipad," said Fraser Townley, President, Sales for Wikipad.  "It is currently the only casual game streaming service in the market.  We are looking forward to bringing its continuously growing catalog of games to Wikipad customers."

"Wikipad is moving the industry forward with its innovative hardware," said Will O'Brien, Vice President and General Manager of Cloud Gaming for Big Fish.  "We are delighted to be a launch partner of this unique device and excited to introduce Big Fish Unlimited to a new, vibrant gaming audience."

Subscription access to the Big Fish Unlimited premium catalog is available for a $7.99 monthly fee. Big Fish Unlimited also offers free access to a rotating catalog of games supported by advertising. The streaming service is currently available on PC browsers and Android tablets via Google Play. Big Fish plans to add support for Mac, smartphones, connected TVs and other platforms in the coming year.

More information about Big Fish Unlimited is available at
http://bigfishunlimited.com

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01/04/2012 - Knight Age Snowman Invasion
OUTWIT AND OUTMELT KNIGHT AGE SNOWMAN INVASION

Earn New Snowman Pupa And Winter Outfits by Destroying New Field Monster

January 4, 2013-- Joymax, leading online game developer and publisher known for its breakout MMORPG, Knight Age, challenges its players with the latest new field boss for a limited time.  Along with last month’s winter update chocked full of events, Knight Age is covered in a white blanket of snow and several wandering snowmen.  The snowman may look innocent and welcoming with its matching winter hat and coat, however its leader is not one to be messed with.  Players are invited to this winter wonderland to face off against their boss, the “Fat Snowman”!

In this new winter event, a giant new field boss – Fat Snowman – randomly wanders through the wild forest near Yann Valley Village.  What makes this field boss different from others is that it cannot fight back even when it’s attacked but it’s known for a ridiculous amount of HP making it difficult to defeat alone.  Also, once the Fat Snowman’s HP reaches zero, it bursts into massive little snowmen which scatter all across the field with each dropping a special item when defeated.  There are 40 different items that can be dropped from each frozen monsters including the latest Snowman Pupa and winter outfits!

Knight Age is currently featuring tons of winter festivities and a mega sale with cash items up to 70% off until January 15th!  Players also would not want to miss out on getting a free world-famous chubby white bunny, Mashimaro, as their battle-companion.  New and returning players can join in on the excitement now by visiting Knight Age’s Official Website at
http://www.joymax.com/knightage/

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

01/03/2012 - Hero Clix Online Adds New DC Content
HEROCLIX ONLINE ANNOUNCES NEW DC COMICS CONTENT
BatmanTM Streets of Gotham Fast Forces

Hillside, N.J. & Cary, N.C. – January 3, 2012 – Developers of HeroClix Online today announced the latest DC Comics collection to hit the server—BatmanTM Streets of Gotham Fast Forces. The latest pack adds six new figures to the online game, with free virtual redemption codes available in physical BatmanTM Streets of Gotham Fast Forces packs.

Now available online, figures in the new pack include DC Comics’ Oracle, Lady Blackhawk, Huntress, Black Canary, DC Comics’ The Hawk and Dove.

Additionally, players who purchase the physical BatmanTM Streets of Gotham Fast Forces will receive free codes for each figure’s virtual counterpart in HeroClix Online.

For more information on HeroClix Online, visit
http://hco.heroclix.com/.

For news updates and announcements, follow HeroClix Online on
Facebook and Twitter.

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01/03/2013 - GDC 2013 Adds Hitman, Mass Effect 3 and Kingdom Age Talks
GDC 2013 adds Hitman: Absolution, Mass Effect 3, and Kingdom Age talks

GDC organizers have revealed new talks for the upcoming  March 2013 conference, including those on programming AI and NPCs for Square Enix's Hitman: Absolution, reinforcing and strengthening the narrative for Commander Shepard in BioWare's  Mass Effect 3, and analyzing the numbers behind GREE's Kingdom Age for the mobile market.

These talks are part of the Main Conference, encompassing 
Business, Marketing & ManagementProductionProgrammingVisual Arts, and  Design tracks, to be held Wed-Fri, March 27-29 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, CA.

For the Programming track, Mika Vehkala and Maurizio De Pascale of IO Interactive will discuss 
'Creating the AI for the Living, Breathing World of  Hitman: Absolution'. Along with AI, the pair will explore creating NPC animation that adapts to gameplay situations and player actions in a believable way.

Attendees will learn about building systemic AI for a sandbox game that offers a cinematic experience. Lessons include "an overview of the general architecture, details about multi-agent coordination, behavior trees usage, and discretized world representation for reasoning decisions."

For the Design and Visual Arts tracks, Dave Feltham will share his team's 
'Emotional Journey: BioWare's Methods to Bring Narrative into Levels' for the acclaimed  Mass Effect 3. Feltham's team realized it needed new ways to reinforce the narrative in Commander Shepard's missions for the end of this trilogy. In his talk, he will discuss "some of the methods they used to bring narrative to some of the levels' pacing and flow, measure it, and how it helped increase the level of player engagement."

Lastly, covering Business, Marketing & Management, and Production tracks for mobile game developers, GREE's Aaron Bannin will present 
'Kingdom Age by the Numbers: A Postmortem'. Bannin will review how the team uses player data to deliver and sustain the  multi-million dollar generating iOS game, sharing "production debates over numbers, analytics, and how deceiving these numbers can be."

More information on the talks and passes for the conference is available HERE.

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01/03/2013 - Gaijin Entertainment's Dance Magic Comes to PSN on Jan 8th
Gaijin Entertainment’s Dance Magic Comes to North American PSN on January 8

In this high-energy motion game, good moves are the best weapon!

Gaijin Entertainment is announcing that Dance Magic - a new, high-energy motion game for PlayStation 3 - is on the verge of release. Starting January 8, North American players will be able to buy Dance Magic from the PlayStation Network.
There’s no question that motion is a sign of life. In Dance Magic, all of the Earth’s people are not only dancers, but also warriors fighting for peace. The people have developed Dance Magic, a new form of biological energy that can be realized only by dancing. It has become the world’s most powerful weapon, capable of incredible good as well as incredible evil. Just imagine what would happen this technology fell into the wrong hands…

It’s time to put Dance Magic to the test! A powerful dancer plans to use Dance Magic to take over the planet. People will die and the power of dance will be used to destroy, not to heal. Now you and your friends can take part in the most important dance-off—to save the planet and the human race!

To save the world, an entire arsenal is at your service. The game comes with more than 20 musical tracks, plus you can purchase new songs for your personal track-list from the PlayStation Store. Dance Magic has seven diverse dance styles, characters whose accessories provide special abilities during dancing duels, and various playing modes including a campaign mode. And PlayStation Move support provides an even more genuine dancing experience.

Dance Magic will be available for purchase from the PlayStation Network.
Dance Magic Official Trailer:
http://youtu.be/lLoSehlSda0

To learn more about the game, please visit the official website: http://gaijinent.com/en/games/dancemagic/

About the Developer – Targem Games.
Targem Games, founded in 2002, is the largest game development company in Russia’s Urals region. Targem’s games are available for PC, Mac, PS3, and XBOX 360 and have been released not only in Russia but also in Europe, Asia, and the USA. The studio’s projects are well-known for their high quality and original design. Visit the developer’s official website:
http://www.targem.ru/en/

About the Publisher – Gaijin Entertainment 
Gaijin Entertainment specializes in the development of games for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. The company also conducts technology-related research, allowing it to remain responsive to and on the cutting edge of the rapidly changing IT market. The company's projects have received numerous media and game industry awards, including KRI awards for "Best Simulator for Next-Gen Consoles" (IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey for the PS3 and Xbox 360), "Best Technologies" (Dagor EngineTM), "Best Sound" and more. Learn more at
www.gaijinent.com

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01/03/2013 - 10tons Grand Slams with Tennis in the Face
10tons Grand Slams With Tennis in the Face

Tampere, Finland, January 3rd 2013 - Nutritionally conscious game developer 10tons has announced today Tennis in the Face, an upcoming iOS game featuring Explodz energy drink and former tennis star Pete Pagassi. Tennis in the Face will be available for iOS in late January.

”The feedback from the play testers has been great. They especially enjoy the surprising situations created by the hilarious rag-doll characters. We wanted to create a funny slapstick action game and we really nailed that goal.”, says Sampo Töyssy from 10tons.

Tennis in the Face begins with Pete Pagassi's tennis career disintegrating. Victim of an out of control addiction to a dubious energy drink Explodz, Pete Pagassi gets out of rehab and swears to take down the evil Explodz Inc. However, the whole city of Explodz-craving maniacs stands in his way. As Pete Pagassi, the player must clear more than 100 levels with his extraordinary tennis skills and finally take down Explodz Inc.

For more information, visit www.tennisintheface.com and www.explodz.com

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01/03/2013 - MMOBomb Sees 1 Million Unique Visitors in December
MMOBomb: Over 1 Million unique visitors in December

The leading free-to-play portal sets a new record of 1 million uniques a month.

Los Angeles – 3rd January 2013 - MMOBomb.com (
www.mmobomb.com), the leading portal for free-to-play MMO games, passed a major traffic milestone in December hitting 1,053,782 unique visitors (source: Google Analytics).

Michael Dunaway, MMOBomb’s US Editor, commented: “We absolutely could not have reached this milestone without the continued support of our fans. We are so happy we can share our love and enthusiasm for Free-to-Play games with so many other like minded readers.”

“With the new year now upon us, we will continue to provide the very best Free-to-Play content we can and anxiously look forward toward another great year spent with the fans.”

MMOBomb launched in April 2011, and is one of the fastest-growing MMO sites, offering the latest free-to-play news, original editorial content, indepth video coverage, giveaways and much more.

About MMOBomb.com
MMOBomb.com is a leading portal about free-to-play online games with over 1 million monthly readership worldwide, developed by members with several years of experience in video-games journalism and by players from all over the world. For more information please visit
http://www.mmobomb.com/

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01/03/2013 - Defiance Advanced Mission Beta Starts Jan 18th
DEFIANCETM “ADVANCED MISSION BETA 1” SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 18-20
PC Players the first to discover a new frontier!

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. – JANUARY 3, 2013 - Defiance™, the highly anticipated online open world shooter, from Trion Worlds, is now inviting PC players to sign up for the very first beta event which kicks off on January 18th.

Participants in “Advanced Mission Beta 1” will be transported to a futuristic San Francisco bay area, and will take on the role of an ark hunter.  Part treasure hunter, part mercenary, ark hunters are genetically enhanced operatives who are fearless and lethal, dedicated in their mission to recover valuable alien technology and sell it to the highest bidder.

Players who participate in Advanced Mission Beta 1 will have full access to the tutorial, the expansive terraformed terrain of Mt. Tam, the Waterfront competitive multiplayer map, and the fierce Shadow War open world competitive multiplayer and Arkfall massive co-op boss battles.

Sign up for your chance to get into Advanced Mission Beta 1 by clicking enlist here:
http://defiance.com/en/  

The beta event is scheduled to start 8:00 AM PST on 1/18 and run through the weekend, ending at 9:00 PM PST on 1/20. The beta client will be playable in English, followed by other language versions at a future date.

Defiance is scheduled for release in April 2013, and can be pre-ordered online soon, and now at major games retailers.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

01/02/2012 - Warner Bros Interactive Announces LEGO Legends of Chima
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and the LEGO Group Announce LEGO® LEGENDS OF CHIMATM
All-New LEGO ® Property Makes Videogame Debut in 2013; Three Unique Game Experiences in One Mythical LEGO World to Explore
London, UK – 2nd January, 2013 – Enter and explore the Kingdom of Chima™ in three gameplay experiences, offering something for all types of LEGO® gamers! Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and The LEGO Group today announced the LEGO ® Legends of Chima videogames, scheduled to roar into 2013 for various platforms. The three videogames will each provide an entirely unique and exciting adventure that builds to the next experience and complement the just announced LEGO Legends of Chima™ universe of products, which includes construction sets, vehicles, TV content and more.  LEGO Legends of Chima™ is a fantasy adventure set in land inhabited by different magical animal tribes and tells the classic story of good and evil, friendship and family.

“We are doing something innovative with LEGO Legends of Chima™ by making three distinct videogame experiences on a variety of platforms,”  said Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President, Production and Development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.  “By creating multiple LEGO videogame experiences for one brand, we are catering to today’s diverse gaming community, as well as establish a rewards system for players of all three games.”

LEGO® Legends of Chima ™:  Speedorz , a racing mini-game produced by TT Games and 4T2, revs its way on to
LEGO.com today and iOS tomorrow, 3rd January.  Players will race against famous Chima™ characters, battle through iconic Chima™ locations, and unleash the power of CHI to boost their Speedorz,  all while collecting studs and rewards to unlock more Speedorz and customize characters.  The player's goal is to become the ultimate champion and win Golden CHI, which transforms the world map and opens a new race level.

LEGO® Legends of Chima ™: Laval’s Journey, developed by TT Games, is scheduled to be available for the Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system and for the PS®Vita system in summer 2013 and for the Nintendo DS™ hand-held system in autumn 2013.  Players will embark on an amazing adventure into the world of Chima™ where the brave warrior Laval and his allies are called upon to fight for justice.

In autumn 2013, LEGO® Legends of Chima Online , a free-to-play, online world developed by WB Games Montréal, will provide kids with a safe and incredibly immersive connected game experience.  Players will be able to build and customize their kingdom in the world of Chima™, explore massive environments like the Falling Leaves Forest, take on missions to help Laval and his friends, uncover hidden secrets and treasures, earn rewards, and use LEGO bricks to build weapons, gadgets, and more!

The Chima™ Vault, which houses an exclusive reward system, will be accessible to players on LEGO.com/chima. While playing LEGO Legends of Chima™: Speedorz and LEGO Legends of Chima™: Laval’s Journey , players will be able to earn points.  These points can be redeemed through the Vault for a variety of unique content that players can use to enhance their experience in LEGO® Legends of Chima Online. 

For more information, please visit:
www.LEGO.com/chima

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01/02/2013 - Gamestick Smallest Portable Game Console Stars Kickstarter Campaign
GAMESTICK, THE WORLDS MOST PORTABLE TV GAMES CONSOLE CAMPAIGNS FOR CONSUMER SUPPORT ON KICKSTARTER

Portable Games Console To Bring Affordable Gaming Directly To Your TV Screen

London & San Francisco;January 2nd, 2013; PlayJam,the global platform for casual and social games on Smart TV, launched its Kickstarter campaign today in a bid to bring itsdedicated gamesconsole - GameStick - to life.

The team behind GameStick hope to accelerate the race to change the face of big screen gaming with the launch of the most portable, affordable, dedicated TV gaming device on the market priced at just $79.

GameStick is a small yet powerful, dedicated games console that plugs directly into a TV's HDMI slot and comes with a fully featured Bluetooth controller - ready to go right out of the box. When on the move, the two combine into a single unit, putting big screen gaming right into the pocket. The device will be compatible with other Bluetooth controllers enabling true multi-player functionality.

“We wanted to create a games console that helped further our overriding mission to bring affordable gaming to the big screen". Says Jasper Smith, CEO PlayJam. “Not only that, we wanted to push the boundaries of what has been achieved up to now bypacking sufficient power into the most portable of devices, enabling users to carry that experience with them wherever they go.”

The 30 day Kickstarter campaign launched today with the team at PlayJam looking to raise a minimum of $100,000 to help make GameStick a reality. Supporters of the project can get involved by pledging as little as $10.

"We are currently in a closed Beta phase of development with a working prototype that our guys are using to test some great games. Next comes the final design stage and live testing of both the controller and the games,” continues Smith. “We are fortunate to have been able to utilize our existing technology to get us to this point and have preferred manufacturers in place and an existing developer network ready to go. However, to get this project over the line and into full production, we need the support of the backers on Kickstarter."

GameStick will feature a purpose-built game store through which users will be able to browse and download content. The proposition will be powered by PlayJam’s existing Games Network for Smart TV which currently supports developers such as Relentless Software, First Star Software, and Disney.

To date, the team has been focused on bringing GameStick to its pre-production phase by finalising hardware design and integrating the back end technology to power the service. They have worked with a small beta group of developers to announce the following initial line-up.


Developer

Games

Madfinger

Shadowgun and Dead Trigger

Hutch

SmashCops

Supersecret Software

Cannabalt

First Star

Boulder Dash XL

FGOL

Hungry Shark, Grabatron and Pool Bar

Relentless Software

Quiz Climber and Blue Toad Murder Files

Sports Director MYFC Manager

Now that the project is public, the team hopes to work with all Android developers looking to get their games onto the big screen. GameStick’s Bluetooth controller uses different modes to allow the gamer to access and play 100’s of compatible games directly onto their TV.

"To date, the most accessible route to TV gaming for the consumer has been the traditional games console – this is changing. GameStick gives the thousands of Android developers out there an additional route to bring an affordable big-screen gaming experience direct to their fans. What’s more, we wanted to do this via a unique, highly portable device that will enable pure social gaming – by that we mean people sharing great experiences in the same room!” Smith concluded.

To visit the Kickstarter page and pledge your support, please visit: http://kck.st/12SSvMO

To visit the GameStick website please go to: www.gamestick.tv

To follow GameStick news, join the conversation and give your opinion on Facebook or Twitter please go: www.facebook.com/GameStickNews and

www.twitter.com/Game_Stick / @Game_Stick

To see new videos published throughout the campaign on YouTube please subscribe to: www.youtube.com/GameStickVideos

Remote controller with GameStick inserted for portability.

GameStick - will slot directly into the TVs HDMI port.

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01/02/2013 AbleGamers Foundation Awards FIFA 13
AbleGamers Foundation Names FIFA 13 the 2012 Mainstream Accessible Game of the Year

International Soccer Juggernaut Enables Gamers of All Disabilities to Join in on the Fun.

Harpers Ferry, WV –January 2, 2013– The AbleGamers Foundation is thrilled to announce EA’s international soccer sensation FIFA 13 wins the coveted AbleGamers Mainstream Accessible Game of the Year Award.  With outstanding accessibility options, FIFA 13 enables some of the most severely disabled gamers to enjoy the thrill of the “world's most popular” stadium game.

“AbleGamers was amazed by the accessibility of FIFA 13,” said Mark Barlet, President and Founder of the AbleGamers Foundation. “EA enabled gamers with severe motor and cognitive disabilities by including remappable keys, an unheard-of mouse only mode and game settings that allow the entire game to be tailored to the unique abilities of each disabled gamer.”

“We are delighted and honored by how approachable EA has been,” continued Barlet. “They really took the principles of our 
game accessibility guidelinesIncludification, to heart. We are starting to see some real fruits of our labors preaching accessibility over the last decade. I'm personally thrilled to see big-name studios listening to our advocacy for the disabled community in the gaming industry.”

“There's just not enough you can say about a game like FIFA 13,” said Steve Spohn, Editor-In-Chief of AbleGamers.com and Community Outreach chair for the foundation. “Such a large portion of our community is ecstatic over the ability to play a genre of game that's mostly inaccessible due to the number of controls needed and fast-paced action. The mouse only mode is phenomenal for those with muscular dystrophy, and the ability to slow down the entire game is such a boon for the cognitively impaired.”

The AbleGamers annual award will be presented to EA at a gaming conference later this year.  Honorable mentions also went out to 2K Game’s XCOM: Enemy Unknown and indie game Colour Bind.

For the full story behind the award winner, honorable mentions and reviews of the all he nominated games, plus games that failed AbleGamers’ accessibility tests, please visit
AbleGamers.com

About The AbleGamers Foundation

The AbleGamers Foundation is a 501©(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.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

01/02/2013 - Game Studio's Launch of Science Behind Sci Fi Panel
GAME STUDIO’S LAUNCH OF ‘SCIENCE BEHIND THE SCI-FI’ PANEL

Studio grants public behind the scenes look at the educational side of their game’s development

York, PA – 01/02/2013 Today the ‘Science Behind the Sci-Fi’ forum was launched as part of the game reveal for Broken Crown: Escaping Titan.  A new title revealed by indie development studio, Broken Crown Games, which plans to approach the issue of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) through the use of science-fiction in video games.

Scientists Behind the Science
The forum features a four-member panel of scientists in fields related to the science-fiction found in Escaping Titan.  The panelists are:
  • Jamie Boyer, Ph.D. - Paleobotany
  • Robert Hampson, Ph.D. - Neuroscience
  • Jacob Haqq-Mirsra, Ph.D. - Astrobiology
  • Amitai Bin-Nun, Ph.D. - Astromony and Astrophysics.
These four will rotate each week, putting out a post for the first four weeks of each month.  Also, due to overwhelming response from the science community when the Broken Crown Games studio made their call for panelist submissions, the team now also plans to feature a guest’s content each month as well – for a total of 5 posts a month.

Game Sneak Preview
If you aren’t a science lover that’s OK, the Broken Crown team doesn’t expect everyone to be in order to find the forum interesting.  In order to drive attention to the STEM content, the development team plans to update all the panelist blogs with sneak previews of game – using the panel updates to show how the science in the panelists’ posts were used to create the science-fiction in Escaping Titan.  These sneak peeks will include concept art, in-game screenshots, and even gameplay footage from the in-development title.

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Call For Public Participation
Broken Crown Games’ CEO, Tyler Yohe, was noted as saying, “We chose to present our panelists’ content through forums rather than blogs because so everyone can participate in generating content."  He went on to explain the they hope the public will not only read the science behind their game, but hope it will spark further discussions on the forums about other STEM topics that interests readers, such as questions or ideas about Mars and Moon colonization, even things like alien life on other planets.  They encourage novice scientists and gamers to share their ideas so they can be debated by real scientists, until maybe, just maybe, the meshing of these two communities can lead to the next big idea in science!

For those of you interested in sharing your space ideas, or just have STEM related questions, feel free to join the discussion by checking them out at:

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01/02/2013 - Dragon's Call New Systems Added

Dragon’s Call II New Systems Added

In Last Week’s Dragon’s Call II server maitenance, two new systems are added, Colosseum and Lvl 100 Map : Frontier Of Chaos.

Colosseum, a brand-new PVE system, provides a new way for players to acquire Reputation and Honor. Players can enter Colosseum to challenge those powerful bosses once Level reaches 15. Some may be familiar with powerful bosses as fellows or enemies, however, they are now demonized by the evil Demon and are endowed with the evil power of the Demon.

Land of Chaos, on the southwest of Pandar Prairie, is full of disorder and weird creatures, which are beyond description. The enemies there are more powerful than those in Tribe Camp. Dragon Soul, also called Soul of Great Dragon, contains enormous energy according to the Tribe legend. Dragon Soul hides itself on Land of Chaos.

With the adventure proceeds, the adventurers start to fear. Their journey is interrupted by the legendary Ring Knight- Ring Wraith and Ring Escorts. Tribe Guards come back again with the appearance of new enemy “Wolfish-back Clan” and creepy Spiritism, which all leads to the place “Dragon’s Boneyard”. Those moribund dragons may have been polluted by Kagham. The whole boneyard is cursed deeply.

The Evil Dragon resurged by the vicious Spiritism has become the most powerful enemy ever. However, Golden Dragon Messenger shows up and everything becomes more confusing. That is dragon’s call! Adventurers, take weapons and step into the unknown journey to find the Resurgent Evil Dragon and eliminate it!

For more information, gamers should visit:

Official Website: http://dc2.gamedp.com/index/

Official Forum: http://bbs.gamedp.com/index.php?gid=248

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/DragonsCall2

Twitter: http://twitter.com/GameDP

About Dragon’s Call II –

Dragon’s Call II: Revival of the Giant Dragons is a western-styled side-scrolling turn-based MMORPG. Dragon’s Call II does not follow the conventional leveling system which only enables players to earn experience mainly by grinding. Instead, the game introduces a brand-new leveling system which will make it easier to level player controlled characters and certainly add much more fun to the process. In the game, players will enjoy a rich variety of splendid combat modes and skills. In addition, the aesthetic western-styled architecture will make you be fully integrated into the fantasy game world. Together with various systems, humanistic storyline, a lot of tough stages and miscellaneous fun gameplay, Dragon’s Call II will demonstrate a totally different exciting and fun game world so that players cannot stop themselves from falling into such enjoyment.

About Ray Media Group Limited –

Ray Media Group Limited was founded in 2009 and then expanded itself into a much bigger one in 2012. Now we become an independent publisher, a globalized team concentrates on browser-based game development. What is more, a cutting-edge gaming platform is on our schedule and we intend to become a significant role in all the major gaming markets worldwide.

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