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Thursday, August 1, 2013

07/01/2013 - Call of Duty Black Ops II Vengeance DLC Pack on PS3 and PC
Call of Duty®: Black Ops II Vengeance DLC Pack

Available Now on PlayStation®3 and Windows PC

Six New Personalisation Packs Coming to PS3/PC Players This August

London, UK – 1st August, 2013 –
Today, PlayStation®3 and Windows PC players can continue the fight with Call of Duty®: Black Ops II Vengeance, Activision and award-winning developer Treyarch’s third epic Downloadable Content (DLC) Pack. Vengeance takes players to exotic locations around the globe and also serves up a new chapter to the Zombies experience with “Buried,” where the undead residents of an abandoned subterranean Old West mining town have come back to claim their home.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Vengeance delivers four new, diverse multiplayer maps:

·Cove: The stage is set for all-out conflict on this small, forgotten island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, with players battling it out amongst the wreckage of a jet that crash-landed during a smuggling operation gone wrong. 

·Detour: A destroyed suspension bridge, high above an East Coast waterway, packed with scattered vehicles, exposed iron and collapsed pavement where the head-to-head action will play out on multiple levels. 

·Rush: Get ready for fast, close-quarters engagements in this paintball course turned full-combat arena, giving players new opportunities and challenges to use the cover to their advantage. 

·Uplink:  In this re-imagined adaptation of the fan-favourite multiplayer map “Summit” from the original Call of Duty: Black Ops, players clash deep in the rain-soaked jungles of Myanmar, high atop a hi-tech mountain facility.

Treyarch continues to expand the Zombies story world in imaginative, mind-tripping ways with Buried.”  Once players meet up with the four survivors of Tranzit, they’ll begin to encounter the undead residents of an abandoned underground Old West mining town.  A healthy arsenal of equipment and weapons will be at players’ disposal, but with one very special addition – something so powerful it will also appear in all other Call of Duty: Black Ops II Zombies maps (with the purchase of Vengeance DLC) – the Ray Gun Mark II.

Additionally, six new Call of Duty: Black Ops II Personalisation Packs will be available for PS3/PC players on 22nd August.  The packs are Glam, Coyote, Aqua, Pack-a-Punch, Breach, and Rogue.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Vengeance DLC Pack is available a la carte or for download by Call of Duty: Black Ops II DLC Season Pass holders. Call of Duty: Black Ops II game (sold separately) is required to play this Map Pack.
 
Submitted by: E. Thomas


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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

07/31/2013 - Black 3DS XL coming Aug 11th
BLACK IS THE NEW BLACK FOR THE NINTENDO 3DS XL SYSTEM


July 30, 2013

The Nintendo 3DS XL system is about to get a little more formal. On Aug. 11, Nintendo is releasing a black version of the Nintendo 3DS XL hand-held system, joining the currently available range of colors: blue, red and pink.

The system is launching on the same day as Nintendo 3DS game Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, so fans that pick up a new black system or already own a Nintendo 3DS can also play the exciting new entry in the much-loved Mario & Luigi role-playing series. Aug. 11 will be a classy day to become a new Nintendo 3DS owner. Just make sure there is room in your tuxedo pocket or fancy purse!

For more information about Nintendo 3DS, visit
http://www.nintendo.com/3ds. For more information about Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, visit http://marioandluigidreamteam.com.  

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

07/30/2013 - ESA Foundation Announces Education Challenge Grant Winners
ESA FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES EDUCATION CHALLENGE GRANT WINNERS

Enter title hereGrant Promotes Innovative Classroom Use of Computer and Video Game Technology

July 30, 2013 – WASHINGTON, DC – The Entertainment Software Association Foundation (ESAF) today named three schools in California, Colorado, and Pennsylvania as recipients of its 2013 Education Challenge Grant. East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy in Los Angeles, Calif.; STRIVE Prep High School – Highland Campus in Denver, Colo.; and Albert Schweitzer Elementary School in Levittown, Penn. will receive funding to support their use of computer and video game technology to enhance classroom learning.

"By leveraging the engaging and interactive nature of video games, this year's Education Challenge Grant winners will cultivate richer learning environments that capture students' interest and imagination," said Jenny Lai, vice president of ESAF. "We are proud to support these schools as they prepare the next generation of leaders and innovators for success in today's digitally advanced global economy."

A blue-ribbon panel of judges selected the grant winners, choosing schools based on the creativity of their proposals to use computer and video games to strengthen existing curricula.

Now in its second year, the Education Challenge Grant is offered in collaboration with the Federation of American Scientists, the Association for Middle Level Education, and The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop. The grant is part of ESAF's efforts to leverage the power of computer and video games to create positive educational outcomes for children across America.

2013 ESA Foundation Education Challenge Grant Recipients

East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy

Location: Los Angeles, Calif.

Project Title: Urban Planning & Design Through SimCity

Using SimCity, this urban planning and design-focused school will provide students with an interactive simulation of an urban planner's day-to-day work, and will require them to create videos and write blogs about the virtual cities they create.

STRIVE Prep High School (Highland Campus)

Location: Denver, Colo.

Project Title: Behind the Scenes with The Sims

Latino and African American students will learn computer programming and graphic design by exploring The Sims and will use Scratch and App Inventor to create their own games, with the goal of encouraging them to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math-related fields.

Albert Schweitzer Elementary School

Location: Levittown, Penn.

Project Title: Primary Life Skills and Technology

Students with developmental disabilities will improve their reading, writing, math, communication, and social skills using Microsoft's Kinect for Xbox, as well as the SMART Table® and SMART Board.

Created by the American entertainment software industry, the ESA Foundation (ESAF) works to make a positive difference in the lives of America's youth by providing scholarships to the next generation of industry innovators and supporting organizations that leverage entertainment software and technology to create educational opportunities. ESAF is primarily supported by proceeds from its signature annual fundraiser, "Nite to Unite – for Kids" and other charitable initiatives. For more information about ESAF, please visit 
www.esafoundation.org or on Twitter: @ESA Foundation

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Monday, July 29, 2013

07/29/2013 - Guitar Hero Founder Creates New Company
Guitar Hero Founders Reveal Blue Goji, Aim to Revolutionize Fitness


Interactive Fitness Solution Uses Games to Enhance Cardio Exercise

SANTA CLARA - July 29, 2013 -  Kai and Charles Huang, the founders of RedOctane and brothers behind the multi-billion dollar  Guitar Hero  franchise, and Coleman Fung, philanthropist and founder of OpenLink, have announced a new venture to launch interactive fitness company Blue Goji. The company’s mission is to transform the cardio exercise experience through immersive gameplay, track activity towards personal fitness goals, and create a social workout experience with friends. The Blue Goji platform combines innovative software and hardware with the portability and power of tablets and smartphones to make cardio exercise routines an entertaining and rewarding experience. Additional details about the products will be revealed soon at 
www.BlueGoji.com.

“Our goal is to help people lead healthier and more active lives by providing anyone across all fitness levels with a fun way to work out, one that is accessible and compelling to use,” said Kai Huang, Blue Goji co-founder and CEO. “With Blue Goji, we’re developing a platform to support a variety of entertainment content that enables people to immerse themselves in their workout routines for a more enjoyable and social experience.”

Blue Goji’s platform of content and products will work together with tablets and smartphones on cardio equipment such as treadmills, stationary bicycles, and elliptical machines. Currently undergoing private user testing, Blue Goji will reveal additional information about the platform in the coming months and is currently accepting applications on its website from developers to create or adapt their mobile games for its library.

To connect with Blue Goji:
●      Visit: 
www.BlueGoji.com
●      Like us on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/BlueGoji
●      Follow us on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/BlueGoji
●      Subscribe on YouTube:  www.youtube.com/BlueGoji

About Blue Goji 
Blue Goji is an interactive fitness company that brings motivation and fun to workout sessions. The company was founded by game industry veterans and fitness enthusiasts Kai and Charles Huang, RedOctane co-founders and inventors of the multi-billion dollar video game franchise  Guitar Hero, and Coleman Fung, founder and CEO of OpenLink. Blue Goji is developing innovative products that combine software and hardware to transform cardio exercise equipment into an entertaining and rewarding experience for all fitness levels.  For more information please visit 
www.BlueGoji.com.

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