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Friday, November 22, 2013

11/22/2013 - New Content for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies
Defend a whale in the new case for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies

HOLD IT! The additional case 'Turnabout Reclaimed' for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies on the Nintendo 3DS system is available to download today. The extra episode will cost EUR 4.99 / GBP 3.99 / USD 5.99 and can be purchased directly from the in-game menu.

To provide an inside look into the swash-buckling shenanigans, Capcom has released a trailer that can be downloaded now. You'll meet new client and pirate Sasha Buckler, who wants the Wright Anything team to help defend her friend on a murder charge. She takes Phoenix to the scene of the crime, the Shipshape Aquarium, to meet the defendant... a killer whale?!?

'Turnabout Reclaimed' is a full-length episode that tells the story of the first case Phoenix Wright took on after reclaiming his Attorney's badge. Unravel the truth using all investigation techniques from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies, including the Mood Matrix and Psyche-Lock. Series favorite character Pearl Fey returns to assist the team as they face off against the mysterious prosecutor Simon Blackquill.

The full game of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies is available to download now for the Nintendo 3DS system in the Nintendo eShop for EUR 24.99 / GBP 19.99 / USD 29.99.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

11/20/2013 - 2XL Supercross Speeds on Gametree TV

Hit Racing Game Developer Brings Multiple Titles To Smart TV and Set Top Boxes Through GameTree TV Partnership

TORONTO - Nov. 20, 2013 - TransGaming Inc. (TSX-V:TNG), the global leader in delivering casual and social game on-demand services to the TV, today announced the release of the internationally acclaimed game, 2XL Supercross®, on GameTree™ TV. 2XL Supercross is a high-speed motocross racing adventure that has players racing and jumping around supercross and freestyle tracks custom designed by motocross champion Stephane Roncada. 2XL Supercross makes its debut on TV as one of five 2XL Games® titles to usher in a new genre of racing content on GameTree TV, the premier destination for video games on smart TVs and set top boxes.

"The diverse catalog of games for GameTree TV continues to expand with this latest content partnership with 2XL Games, bringing its world-renowned premium racing games to our platform," said Vikas Gupta, CEO and President of TransGaming. "The dramatic expansion of the GameTree TV subscription service is an illustration of how effectively our gaming platform is resonating with subscribers for their interactive entertainment needs."

2XL Supercross is part of a new suite of 2XL Games titles delivering full-featured arcade-style racing, in full 1080p HD for GameTree TV. In addition to 2XL Supercross, MX Offroad, 2XL TrophyLite Rally and others will also be available as part of the GameTree TV subscription package. These games will form an exciting new racing games channel on GameTree TV, and offer expansive choices of game play suited for any racing fan.

About GameTree TV
GameTree TV is the definitive, casual games on-demand service that brings family friendly games to the living room via set top boxes or Smart TVs. Offering the world's largest footprint of any competitive product, the value of services and content available on GameTree TV make it a casual games on-demand service without equal. GameTree TV is currently available to homes on DISH Network and DirecTV in North America, FREE in Europe, and Air Tel and Reliance in Asia. For more information on GameTree TV, please visit:

About TransGaming Inc.
TransGaming Inc. (TSX-V: TNG) is the global leader in developing and delivering platform-defining social video game experiences to consumers around the world. From engineering essential technologies for the world's leading companies, to engaging audiences with truly immersive interactive experiences, TransGaming fuels disruptive innovation across the entire spectrum of consumer technology. TransGaming's core businesses span the digital distribution of games for Smart TVs, next-generation set-top boxes and the connected living room, as well as technology licensing for cross-platform game enablement, software 3D graphics rendering and parallel computing. Visit us at

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

11/19/2013 - The GTA Online Beach Bum Update is Now Available
The GTA Online Beach Bum Update is Now Available

The world of  Grand Theft Auto Online gets even deeper with the Beach Bum update, now available on both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. In order to keep GTA Online flexible and constantly evolving, the game is built to receive new content in a variety of ways including major paid expansions at specific points across the year, dropping additional content via regular title updates, and even the instant and seamless addition of jobs via the Rockstar Social Club. The Beach Bum content comes via a free update to GTA Online and Grand Theft Auto V's Story Mode as part of the latest automatic Title Update (1.06), so just fire up your console to download it. Alongside additional game tuning (see details below), the Beach Bum update includes:

Take on new Beach Bum Races with the BF Bifta dune buggy, the rugged Canis Kalahari off-road truck or the Bravado Paradise beach camper van. For aquatic-based endeavors, the classic Speeder speedboat is also now available. All four vehicles can also be accessed in Story Mode and are available at no in-game cost. To access them in GTA Online, just visit the southernsanandreassuperautos.com in-game website (or docktease.com for the Speeder).

Also available in both Story Mode and Online (and at no additional in-game cost) are the new SNS Pistol & Broken Bottle - a pair of close range weapons perfect for any beach blanket brouhaha.

This update also features a wide array of new apparel - everything from casual canvas hats to tank tops, t-shirts, board shorts and bikinis in a wide range of styles and colors... plus new hairstyle and tattoo customization options. 

In conjunction with today's Beach Bum update, we're also adding 30 new Jobs to GTA Online today. This includes new beach-themed Races, Deathmatches, Parachutes, Last Team Standings and Gang Attacks, plus the beachfront "Survival on Del Perro Pier" and more.

Along with the new Beach Bum update content, automatic Title Update 1.06 also includes a host of fixes and adjustments for Grand Theft Auto Online, which are listed here:
  • Fixed an issue where the game would delete your personal Vehicle if you have another player in it when you add a Tracker and Insurance.
  • Fixed an issue where players could become stuck on the aerial view when entering GTA Online with cloud servers down and having just launched a mini-game.
  • Fixed an issue where the mission 'Damaged Goods' would start even though it had previously been completed.
  • Fixed an issue where under rare circumstances players couldn't claim back their personal vehicle in GTA Online. 
  • Fixed an issue where under rare circumstances players were able to get the Declasse Sheriff SUV into Los Santos Customs and respray it causing the menus to malfunction.
  • Fixed an issue where in rare circumstances players would lose all personal vehicles after being idle kicked and unable to rejoin an online session.
  • Fixed an issue where players could occasionally get stuck after killing a pedestrian with a golf ball.
  • Corrected an exploit where players would retain their personal vehicle after selling it at Los Santos Customs mod shop by transitioning back and forth between Story Mode and Online.
  • Corrected an exploit where players could keep repeatedly selling a Bati 801 to Los Santos Customs.
  • Corrected an exploit where players were able to duplicate vehicles by accepting a Mission while leaving a high-end garage.
  • Corrected an exploit where a player could start a Team Deathmatch with all players on the same team.
  • Players are no longer able to delete their GTA Online character while the Rockstar cloud servers are unavailable.
Players experiencing any remaining technical issues (or specific issues relating to this new Title Update) are encouraged to visit
our support website and get in touch with a member of our support team for proper assistance. You can also hit them up at @RockstarSupport on Twitter.

In tandem with today's Title Update, we've also completed a new round of dynamic tuning on the game. This includes changes to the Bad Sport system and continued balancing of rewards for all different types Jobs. Notable adjustments are listed below:
  • The Bad Sport penalty for destroying personal vehicles has been reduced significantly.
  • Players will no longer receive a Bad Sport penalty when they are in a non-moving tank and other players crash a vehicle into them.
  • The GTA$ and RP rewards for Races, Deathmatches and Parachuting are now based on the average time they take to complete.
  • Players now receive GTA$ and RP rewards when failing a cooperative Job or being a member of the losing team during a Versus Mission, depending on how long the Job / Mission lasts.
  • Players now receive a bonus GTA$ multiplier for Missions when played at the higher difficulty levels (Normal = 1.25, Hard = 1.5).
  • In Team Deathmatch, all players on a team now receive the same GTA$ and RP rewards, with the winning team getting roughly 4-5x what the losing team receives.
  • Removed some instances of debris in specific Races, including the cardboard from the 'Down the Drain' Race.
  • Deliveries from Pegasus have been reduced from $1,000 to $200.
  • The cost of removing a wanted level by calling Lester has now been scaled based on the amount of stars you have - at a cost of $200 per star.
  • Restricted cars and vehicles that have been added to player garages through exploits have been removed. This includes tanks, helicopters and police vehicles.
  • The following vehicles have been added to the southernsanandreassuperautos.com website in-game: BF Dune Buggy, Canis Bodhi, Karin Rebel, Maibatsu Sanchez 2, Vapid Sadler, Vapid Sandking SWB.
  • To eliminate any remaining vehicle loss issues, an additional automatic cloud save will occur when purchasing a vehicle or vehicle modification.
As we continue to tune and adjust the evolving Grand Theft Auto Online player experience in the weeks and months ahead, we ask that you keep sending us your feedback - just fire over an email to gtaonline@rockstargames.com and tell us what you'd like to see implemented in future updates.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

11/18/2013 - Retro Gaming Comic Blow The Catrtridge Launches New Kickstarter
Retro Gaming comic “Blow The Cartridge” Launches on that New-Fangled Kickstarter Thingy

Popular webcomic becomes "Super Blow The Cartridge" in massive print collection

Grizzled and somewhat jaded video game industry veteran Cameron “Gazunta” Davis has, for the past two years, been toiling away at his popular retro gaming-themed webcomic “
Blow The Cartridge”. The strip, which updates every Wednesday, parodies and celebrates the C64 / NES / MegaDrive / Amiga etc games that we all wasted our youth playing.

Super Blow The Cartridge will, with the help of all the charming, attractive and influential people who back the project, be a 120+ page printed collection of all the comics that have run on the site so far, in addition to new material such as a behind the scenes look at how the comics are made, new comics made for the book and guest appearances by generous project backers.

Blow The Cartridge comics have appeared in Kotaku, Game Informer, Joystiq and many other fine places of reputable games journalism, so you know they’re good for you.

“This is the bit where I’m meant to be pretending that I’m being quoted saying something really good”, said Cameron earlier today, “but really it’s just me typing stuff into a word processor in order to make this look like a real press release. Oh yes, and please support my Kickstarter because the book seriously is going to be rather brilliant”

Super Blow The Cartridge is now live on Kickstarter and further details about Blow The Cartridge can be found at blowthecartridge.com  

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