Thursday, August 1, 2013
07/01/2013 - Call of Duty Black Ops II Vengeance DLC Pack on PS3 and PC
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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.
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.
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.
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
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
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
07/31/2013 - Black 3DS XL coming Aug 11th
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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
Submitted by: E. Thomas
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
07/30/2013 - ESA Foundation Announces Education Challenge Grant Winners
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ESA FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES EDUCATION CHALLENGE GRANT WINNERS
Enter title hereGrant Promotes Innovative Classroom Use of Computer and Video Game Technology
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
"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
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
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)
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.
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
Submitted by: E. Thomas
Monday, July 29, 2013
07/29/2013 - Guitar Hero Founder Creates New Company
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Guitar Hero Founders
Reveal Blue Goji, Aim to Revolutionize Fitness
Interactive Fitness Solution Uses Games to Enhance Cardio Exercise
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.
connect with Blue Goji:
● Visit: www.BlueGoji.com
● Like us on Facebook:
● Follow us on Twitter:
● Subscribe on YouTube:
About Blue Goji
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.
Submitted by: E. Thomas