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Friday, May 3, 2013

05/03/2013 - Pinball FX2 Coming to Steam Next Week
Pinball FX2TM Coming to Steam Next Week!

Zen Studios set to release critically acclaimed pinball franchise on Steam

Los Angeles, CAMay 3, 2013 – Zen Studios, the definitive leader in videogame pinball, today announced that Pinball FX2™ is coming to Steam on May 10th, 2013 as a free platform download for all users. Pinball FX2 is releasing with a huge lineup of in-app DLC including tables from the hugely popular Star Wars Pinball and Marvel Pinball series, as well as a selection of Zen Studios original pinball creations.

The following pinball packs will be available for Pinball FX2 on Steam at launch for $9.99 each:
  • Star Wars™ Pinball
  • Marvel Pinball™
  • Marvel Pinball: Vengeance and Virtue™
  • Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles™
  • Pinball FX2™ Core Collection
  • Zen Classics™
A Pinball FX2 Steam Trailer can be linked from the Zen Studios YouTube Channel, or downloaded from the Zen Studios Press Center.

Zen Studios will support Pinball FX2 on Steam with new and exciting pinball content, and will continue to evolve the pinball platform with new features and the innovative social connectivity that helped revive the pinball genre in recent years.

About Zen Studios
Zen Studios is a global producer and digital publisher of interactive entertainment software for all leading game platforms including Microsoft Xbox 360®, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, Nintendo DS™, Nintendo 3DS™, Wii U™, iTunes App®Store, Mac App®Store and Google Play™. The company is headquartered in Budapest, Hungary with offices in North America. Zen Studios has worked with some of the largest intellectual properties in the videogame industry, including Capcom’s Street Fighter, Tecmo’s Ninja Gaiden, PopCap Games’ Plants vs. Zombies, Marvel Entertainment and LucasArts’ Star Wars. Zen’s Pinball FX2 franchise on Xbox LIVE® Arcade is one of the most popular titles on the platform, has garnered numerous awards, and was named the best selling game of 2011. Zen Studios is hard at work on two new original titles,
CastleStorm and KickBeat, both scheduled for release in 2013. For more information about Zen Studios, please visit www.zenstudios.com.

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

05/02/2013 - PlayStation Classic Snake Warriors Now on iOS
Crystal Games releases Snake Warriors: Training for iPhone and iPad

A fully rewritten version of the successful PlayStation game Snake Warriors: Training will become available in the App Store today. With its 5 game-types divided over 40 levels, Snake Warriors: Training is a game that offers hours of fun! Its diverse gameplay and near endless challenges make sure you won't get bored any time soon!

More information and a trailer can be found on the Snake Warriors: Training website: LINK

About Crystal Games
Crystal Games is an independent Dutch developer of computer games and applications, which was founded in 2008 and established in Leiden. With a creative and fresh look at games and apps as well as having countless new ideas, Crystal Games makes products which are innovative, informative and fun.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

05/01/2013 - ESA Applauds Administration for International Copyright Protection

ESA Applauds Administration for International Copyright Protection

New Report Highlights Foreign Markets Inadequately Protecting Copyrights

May 1, 2013 – WASHINGTON, DC – The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today released its annual “Special 301” Report, in which it highlighted shortcomings in copyright protection and/or market access for U.S. copyrights in more than 40 countries and territories by assigning them to the Priority Watch List or Watch List, launching reviews, and in the case of Ukraine designating it a “Priority Foreign Country.” The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) applauded these decisions and other country placements which follows recommendations made by it and other industries that depend on strong intellectual property protection and enforcement.     

“Protecting intellectual property grows jobs at home and abroad, and fosters innovation around the world,” said Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of the ESA, which represents U.S. computer and video game publishers. “Content creators and consumers lose when countries fail to protect intellectual property.”

U.S. country placements supported by the game industry include:

·Spain will be subject to an “out-of-cycle review” for the U.S. to determine whether Spain should be returned to the “Watch List” for falling short on commitments made in 2012 to improve mechanisms to address rampant online piracy.

·Russia is to be retained on the “Priority Watch List.” During 2012, Russia led all other countries in peer-to-peer piracy of ESA member game titles, highlighting the need for a legal framework to address online piracy problems.

·Brazil is to be retained on the “Watch List.” During 2012, for a second year in a row, Brazil ranked second in the world in peer-to-peer piracy of ESA member titles, but it has not put in place needed online remedies nor prosecuted any site operators for copyright violations. 

·Mexico is to be retained on the “Watch List.” Deficiencies in Mexico’s copyright laws combined with a lack of enforcement of its existing laws have allowed hard goods game piracy to flourish while contributing to online piracy problems. Mexico is urged to pass legislation outlawing the trafficking in circumvention devices and technologies and to take serious steps to address growing online piracy.

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 or follow us on Twitter: @RichatESA.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

04/30/2013 - Zombie Tycoon 2 Out Now on PS Vita and PS3
The Hordes of Zombie Tycoon 2 Charge onto The PlayStation Network

Spirited Cross Buy and Cross Play RTS Lands On PS3 and Vita

QUEBEC CITY - April 30, 2013 -  Today
Frima Studio announces the launch of Zombie Tycoon 2: Brainhov’s Revenge for the PS3 and PS Vita! The sequel to 2009’s hit PS Minis title Zombie Tycoon, Brainhov’s Revenge ups the ante on the lighthearted RTS gameplay of the original with new zombie factions and units, expansive maps and Cross Play functionality to link players on consoles and handhelds for intense 1v1 deathmatches. The game is available on PSN for $9.99 and FREE for PS Plus members.

Choose your side as either rogue apprentice Orville Tycoon with his shambling, heavy-duty zombies or vengeful former mentor Professor Brainhov and his new breed of frantic, agile undead. Unleash your ravenous squads to decide which zombie breed will inherit the scorched earth and its tasty buffet of brains.

Players can expect:
  • A well-balanced RTS designed for console gameplay, with four special monster (hero) units and six unique zombie units (Brawlers, Scavengers, Engineers, Samurai, Cleaners and Scouts) to keep gameplay fresh.
  • Cross Buy and Cross Save functionality on the PS3 and Vita. Buy it once, play it anywhere!
  • A single player campaign featuring both Orville defending his conquered territory and Brainhov attempting to reclaim his former glory.
  • Strategic, 1v1 online multiplayer battles between PS3 and Vita players via Cross Play technology.
  • Brain-boggling graphics powered by Unreal Engine 3.
In honor of the sequel’s launch, the original Zombie Tycoon is available for the special price of $2.99.

Download Zombie Tycoon 2 now from the PSN and follow the game on
Facebook for the latest from Frima Studio!

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Monday, April 29, 2013

16 Bit Arena experiments with custom, free, and charitable

A new old-school-style game called 16 Bit Arena, available on Amazon and 5 other stores, is announcing a new experiment.  From May 16-31 it will be given as a free permanent download, and if enough people come in, it will stay free, with donations enabled.  Donators are entered into a drawing with the winner getting a character made just for them; 10% will go to charity.

San Bruno, CA - April 29, 2013 - A new game called 16 Bit Arena is now available on six stores- Amazon.com, GreenManGaming.com, Desura.com, ShinyLoot.com, IndieCity.com, and IndieVania.com- and has been submitted to Steam through its Greenlight process as well.  This week, it has announced an experiment which could lead to charitable donations, custom-made characters, and the game becoming free permanently.

The game's existing features are described as:
- Fighting in turn-based multiplayer battles up to 9v9 with nostalgic old school graphics
- Entering battle as a Warrior, Mage, Rogue, or Healer of either gender, and using a card to transform into any of 16 characters, adding on their stats and abilities to the class's
- Elemental properties for every character; collecting gems let the player choose theirs, and cast its magic
- Gaining Charge during battle allows players to do more damage, boost specific stats, and more- even save turns for later and take down an enemy all at once
- A high-energy soundtrack featuring real guitar
- Journeying through eight intense Trials to gain cards and gems for use in the Arena
- A 2-player tactical-RPG-style Card Game included- a great additional game on its own, it lets the player you earn cards and gems too
- Site includes a webcomic, updated weekly, featuring the eight Paladins from the game

The game will be free on all six stores, planned as a one-time thing from May 16-31, as opposed to its usual price of $9.99; but during the promotion, if enough people come in (filling even one server completely with 9v9s), the new experiment will begin.  Donations will open, and every $5 you send puts you into a drawing to get a character made just for you.  If this is successful enough, they'll keep the game free permanently and do the drawing on a regular basis.  If you don't win, 10% of everything sent will still go to ChildFund (supports hungry children around the world), so either way somebody wins.

For now, with features like strategizing in large battles to the tune of real guitar accompanying retro graphics, this is already a very one-of-a-kind and just plain fun game.  The game's trailer, store listing, how-to-play info and screenshots may be seen at the 
16bitarena.com website.  
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