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Friday, October 11, 2013

10/11/2013 - Rockstar Gives GTA Online Players $500K
Grand Theft Auto Online: Half a Million GTA$ Stimulus Package this Month

Money in the Bank

Given some of the 
recent technical issues during these  first days of GTA Online, and now that things are starting to look much smoother (touch wood!), we are planning to provide a special stimulus package for all who have played or will play Grand Theft Auto Online this month.

We will be dropping a cool half a million GTA$ in the GTA Online bank accounts of all players this month, starting as early as next week.

‘Don’t Spend It All in One Place!’

In order to keep the current worldwide in-game economy balanced, we will be providing this GTA$ to players via two deposits of $250,000. We will announce specific dates as soon as possible, but are currently hoping to be able to make the first deposit by the end of next week (after we’ve confirmed that issues causing game progress loss have been fixed) with the second installment to happen by the end of the month. For players who experienced cloud server errors, connection issues, and lost game progress and characters in these first days of GTA Online, we hope this GTA$ helps to facilitate a fresh start or makes your continued life in Los Santos and Blaine County extra sweet.

Below are a few more details on how it will work. Stay tuned for tips on how to make the most of GTA$ cash, info on ways and places to earn more cash fast, as well as updates on all the new GTA Online content additions we’re working on for this fall and beyond.

·You must play or have played Grand Theft Auto Online at any time during the month of October 2013 in order to qualify for the GTA$500,000 deposit in your in-game bank account.

·Players will first have to install a forthcoming GTAV title update which we expect to happen next week. That title update (1.04) is expected to fix the remaining instances of issues that have caused vehicle purchase loss and will also enable the functionality through which we’ll be providing this GTA$ stimulus cash to players.

·We will announce at the Rockstar Newswire when each deposit is made.

·Each of the two GTA$250,000 deposits will be made by Rockstar and should automatically appear in the in-game GTA Online bank accounts of eligible players. Beyond downloading the forthcoming title update mentioned above, there should not be any additional special action required by eligible players to redeem.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

10/10/2013 - New GTA Online Update Info
New Title Update to Address GTA Online Game Progress Loss and Other Issues

A new title update to address the reported issues of game progress loss in GTA Online as well as other technical fixes, tweaks and enhancements is now available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. This title update will resolve the cause of players losing their gameplay progress except for some specific instances where players purchase a vehicle and the save does not occur due to a cloud save failure. A fix for that particular issue is being worked on and we will provide an update as soon as we know when this will be resolved. 

Fixes in this title update include:
  • Fixes multiple issues causing character deletion or other loss of progress
  • Fixes issues causing infinite loading, infinite sky cams, and missing interface options between jobs
  • Fixes an issue causing the "replay" option to be locked out on certain jobs
  • Fixes an issue where a player would become stuck in the mod garage when respraying a Sanchez motor bike
  • Fixes an issue where the Player became stuck inside Los Santos Customs during Online tutorial flow. 
  • Fixes an issue causing the loss of guns and ammo
  • Fixes issues causing GTA races ending early because of players spawning too far ahead
  • Fixes issues in Last Team Standing where sessions would not progress past the lobby
  • Fixes issues with network errors when joining Last Team Standing using Quick Job
  • Added clarifications around when a player is using a temporary character in GTA Online during Rockstar Cloud server outages
  • Adjusts the monetary penalty for being killed in a One on One match
We apologize for the problems some players have been experiencing with lost characters or game progress due to this issue – please stay tuned for updates as we continue to investigate this.

In the meantime, please always remember to save your game before leaving GTA Online, otherwise you may lose any progress since your last save – this can be done by exiting back to Single Player through the pause menu. Until downloading the title update above and in order to minimize the chances of any further data loss, if at any point you receive the message “Rockstar Cloud Servers are unavailable”, please do not either select the "Retry" option or create a temporary Character to play GTA Online. Instead, you should exit to GTAV Story Mode and try entering GTA Online again through the menu in Story Mode. Please also stay tuned or subscribe to
the GTA Online Status Updates article at the Rockstar Support site for the latest word on common known technical issues and fixes.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

10/09/2013 - Pokemon X and Y Launch Worldwide on Oct 12th for Nintendo 3DS

The Next Generation of Pokémon Introduces an Amazing New Adventure, Powerful Mega Evolutions and a Spectacular New World to Explore

REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 8, 2013 – Fans around the world are about to experience a major evolution to the Pokémon series of video games. On Oct. 12, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y
, the newest installments in the world-famous series, are launching for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, including the new Nintendo 2DS system, which also launches on Oct. 12. In the games, players can discover new Pokémon, interact with them like never before, connect with Trainers around the world and explore an entirely new region that is brought to life with stunning new visuals.

"More than 15 years after its initial debut, Pokémon remains one of the strongest franchises in video games," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "With Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, the series has evolved in a breathtaking way. It's time to once again catch ’em all!"

Pokémon X and Pokémon Y feature a wide array of new and returning Pokémon to catch, battle and trade. Players will be introduced to a new generation of Pokémon, including three new Pokémon to choose from at the beginning of the game – the Grass-type Chespin, Fire-type Fennekin and Water-type Froakie – and epic Legendary Pokémon. Pokémon X presents the majestic and mysterious Xerneas, while Pokémon Y features the strong and powerful Yveltal. In addition to the new Pokémon, hundreds of past favorites from previous generations are brought to life with detailed graphics and animations. Players will also be given the choice to receive Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle – classic Pokémon from the very first games in the series, Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version. Pokémon X and Pokémon Y also introduce the Fairy type, the first new Pokémon type since Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver, adding a whole new layer of strategy to battles.

The battle system in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y has also experienced a major evolution, with new awe-inspiring Mega Evolutions and powerful new moves that certain Pokémon can use. In Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, a dynamic camera rotates around the battle, showing off the games' exquisite animations and detailed graphics. New Horde Encounters take battling in the wild to a new, intense level that pits the player and a single Pokémon against multiple wild Pokémon.

As players explore the new, beautiful Kalos region, they will visit rolling meadows, high cliffs, deep caves and unique towns and cities, each packed with cafés, boutiques and various shops. The main playable male or female Trainer – who can be fully customized with clothes, accessories and haircuts – can even roller skate for faster movement or ride select Pokémon to get through difficult areas.

Pokémon X and Pokémon Y introduce a host of new features that have never been seen before in the series. Pokémon-Amie is a new mode in which players can pet, feed and play games with individual Pokémon using the touch screen on the Nintendo 3DS system. By interacting with their Pokémon, players can bond with them, which will result in higher performance in battles. Players can also engage in Super Training with Pokémon to help them grow stronger when not in battle. The new Player Search System (PSS) makes it easy for players to connect, battle and trade with others nearby and around the world.

Coming soon, Pokémon Bank is a Nintendo 3DS application and service that lets players store up to 3,000 Pokémon for an annual fee. Poké Transporter is a companion application to Pokémon Bank that allows players to transfer Pokémon from Pokémon Black Version, Pokémon White Version, Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 to Pokémon Bank, thereby making them available to use in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. Both Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter will launch in the Nintendo eShop on Dec. 27.

Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will be available in stores and for purchase in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS on Oct. 12. The new Nintendo 2DS hand-held system also launches Oct. 12, designed specifically for anyone looking for an entry point into the exciting world of Nintendo hand-held video games. The system maintains many of the same hardware features as Nintendo 3DS, like touch-screen controls, StreetPass, online multiplayer functionality and the ability to download games – all in a compact and comfortable package. Nintendo 2DS plays all Nintendo 3DS games, including Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, in 2D, in addition to the huge existing library of Nintendo DS games.

Additionally, two striking red or blue Nintendo 3DS XL systems themed after Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, and featuring art of the two new legendary Pokémon, Xerneas and Yveltal, launched on Sept. 27 and are now available in stores nationwide at a suggested retail price of $199.99.

For more information about Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, visit

Remember that Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 2DS feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U™ and Wii™ home consoles, and Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 4.1 billion video games and more than 655 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™, Nintendo GameCube™ and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

10/08/2013 - Digimon October Giveaway

Tamers Are Treated To A Bounty Of Sales And Events

October 8, 2013 - Leading online game developer and publisher, Joymax, today announced a bevy of in-game events for its successful MMORPG, Digimon Masters.  In honor of its second anniversary, Digimon Masters Online based on the popular Japanese animation series, will host a variety of promotions for all tamers to share!  Players can find out more about what the celebration has to offer at http://www.joymax.com

September 24th through October 22nd the game will host a “No Penalty Event” featuring no death penalty on Tamers or Digimons in the game field.  All Tamers can now fearlessly fight against the righteousness, and whoever comes from Monster Card can fight all night without losing a single EXP point!

Additionally, Joymax is throwing a special EXP point event on both weekdays and weekends.  Tamers can now get five times more EXP points on peak time than ever before! 

All Tamers are encouraged to come out and join the all of exciting 2nd Anniversary sales and events.  To find out more and keep up on all the latest Digimon Masters Online news, players can visit its official Facebook page at

Players can learn more about the game and download it for free at http://www.joymax.com

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