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Friday, January 24, 2014

01/14/2014 - Crave Creative Games Announces Pinball Block Breaker Craft
Pinball Block Breaker Craft - Create and play your own block breaker levels.

January 24, 2014 - Crave Creative Games (http://www.cravecreative.com/) is pleased to announce Pinball Block Breaker Craft.

Pinball Block Breaker Craft is a mashup between pinball, breakout and crafting style games. You create and play your own levels. The Minecraft inspired theme has 27 different blocks to build your levels with. Once you create a level you can play it to see if you can complete it.

Features:

- Fun Mashup Between Pinball, Breakout and Crafting Style Games
- Create Your Own Levels
- Get 4 Stars By Completing A Level with 1 Ball
- 27 Different Building Blocks
- Minecraft Inspired Theme
- Fun For Everyone

About Crave Creative Games:
Mike Hempfling has been making apps since early 2011.

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01/24/2014 - Konami demonstrates new DDR Classroom Edition
DanceDanceRevolution Classroom Edition steps out
Introducing ‘Exergaming’ – a fun, new way to exercise for schools and fitness centres

Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. announces that it will be demonstrating a new classroom edition based on its multi-million selling ‘Exergaming’ series, DanceDanceRevolution, that is suited for classes in places such as schools, community and fitness centres, at the upcoming BETT 2014 Show. BETT is an event that covers learning technology and innovative solutions to inspire and offer tips for primary, secondary, higher education, as well as workplace learning and development environments.

DanceDanceRevolution Classroom Edition is an interactive video game that promotes physical activity via dance and movement. The PC-based system allows for up to 48 wireless dance mat controllers to be linked, whereupon users then have to match a series of onscreen arrows with the correct corresponding icon on the mat.

The system then allows teachers to track vital information such as steps taken, Body Mass Index (BMI), and the calories burned by each user. Each user is also given an individual card that allows them to store their progress and monitor their efforts on an ongoing basis.

KONAMI’s DanceDanceRevolution series has long been recognized by leading researchers and Doctors as an innovate and fun way of promoting a healthy lifestyle and combating obesity, with studies showing that playing DanceDanceRevolution Classroom Edition for 40 minutes is the equivalent to a 5k run. The system – termed ‘Exergaming’ – has enjoyed huge success in the US and Canada, and will be revealed for the first time at this year’s Bett event in London’s EXCEL Venue.

BETT takes place January 22nd-25th, and is the global meeting place for the educational technology community, and KONAMI will be demonstrating DanceDanceRevolution Classroom Edition through the four-day event.

DanceDanceRevolution Classroom Edition: Key Facts

·PC-based
·Link up to 48 wireless mats
·Charge rack for compact and easy storage
·Smart card system to monitor progress
·Programmable sessions: determine time and add breaks for tailored use
 
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01/24/2014 - GameSpree Announces New Kings and Legends Reckoning Update
KINGS AND LEGENDS FACES THE RECKONING


Card-Battling MMORPG Gets Tons Of New Content

January 24, 2014 -- GameSpree, publisher of free-to-play browser games is extremely pleased to announce the release of Update 1.4 “The Reckoning” to Kings and Legends, the unique strategy/TCG, free2play browser title.  This huge update adds new Cards, Races, Events, Equipment, Bosses to challenge and a brand-new game mode called City Defense! To join in the action, players can visit
http://kingsandlegends.com/  

The Reckoning is here!  The action unfolds in the latest update featuring two exciting new card races:  Dragons and Angels. The Reckoning is an expansive 3-part update that adds a host of Dragon and Angel cards that players can collect through new events!

Battle the Queen of Dragons in “Challenge Veraaksia,” and earn points to spend on new Dragon Cards, but be quick to fight through the waves of her draconic offspring, Veraaksia will wipe out your party if you take too long! Dragons are popular in a fight, their low-cooldown, good attack and draconic abilities make them great assault units.

Divinity’s Tower adds a new element to the popular Ascension Tower; a colossus of 50-levels of challenges. Now you can face the might of the Heavens and earn points to redeem on collecting Angelic cards; these great support and utility cards help control the battlefield with Healing abilities and great Area of effect spells to stall your opponents advance.

Man the battlements: City-Defense is a brand new Game mode pitting players against each other in assault-style battles. Hide units in a Fog of War and devise cunning ambushes, or take the fight to the enemy and complete Quests to discover Rune-formulas!

These powerful pieces of equipment can now be forged and add another layer of strategy to a battle!

In addition to all this base-content, GameSpree is steadily and consistently releasing its own inspired and exclusive cards available only in Kings and Legends!

“Long-term motivation and balancing is a key focus of our plans to develop the game experience even further, identifying opportunities for new unique cards and tactics to make Kings and Legends more exciting than ever!” said Thorsten Russ, Lead Producer.

Find out more about the game and play visit,
www.kingsandlegends.com  and follow the game on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KingsAndLegends and Twitter @KingsAndLegends
https://twitter.com/KingsAndLegends for exclusive codes and gameplay tips.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

01/23/2014 - 10 Rockstar Verified GTA Online Jobs
10 New Rockstar Verified GTA Online Jobs, Including the #CreatorWeekend Selections


Recently, we challenged the GTA Online community to show us their best Races and Deathmatches during our Social Club #CreatorWeekend for a chance at GTA$1M and an exclusive GTA Online license plate. Below please find the Creator Weekend selections, along with five more community-created Jobs that will join the ranks of Rockstar Verified content as part of our continued evolution of GTA Online. Once Jobs are Rockstar Verified, they become available during Freemode sessions for players across both Xbox 360 and PS3.

ROCKSTAR VERIFIED
Twists and Twirls

A complex but beautifully constructed point-to-point through some of Blaine County's iconic countryside. Follow the winding roads of Vinewood Hills as you race from Galileo Observatory through to Tongva Valley. Car selection from the Sports class is key here - steer clear of the Comet's twitchy back end or risk a fishtail festival. Tight turns and unforgiving cliff edges require deft use of the brake pedal, but don't be afraid to go for broke when the opportunity arises.
Stars In Your Eyes

As the description so eloquently explains, this is "a tribute to the legendary track 'Stars in Your Eyes' in GTA IV". Pick the fastest car in the garage for the long straightaways on one of the busiest highways in Los Santos. Although Creator blueeyedbarbi advises that "you might want to turn traffic off if your reactions aren't quick enough", we think it's better to leave them on for a hair-raising drive into oncoming traffic that could leave the asphalt stained red.
Monaco Grand Prix GTA ed.

Another recreation of a famous real-world track, the Monaco Grand Prix GTA ed. contains all the features of Southern Europe's iconic Grand Prix race track: empty urban streets, a seafront setting, high end cars, a tricky hairpin, and two unforgiving chicanes that will slingshot you into the race lead, or through your own windshield.
Casal Dos Ferros Race

A track for the Online racing purist. No novelty factors, no sneaky tricks, no unwelcome distractions - this is raw and unadulterated driving where timing is everything and winning is decided on milliseconds and inches. Use slipstreams to push yourself into the lead and don't look back, particularly as you hurtle towards the water on the final straight down Del Perro Pier... and definitely don't blink.
Classy Construction

Amongst the mansions of Vinewood Hills, a new build is going up bringing downtown construction workers into uptown 'hoods. Tensions arise between these two tribes, and isolated firefights break out across the elevated terrain. High walls and high end cars allow for a variety of maneuvers in this tricky Deathmatch. We recommend taking the sniper rifle to the top of the mansion turrets or seek out the minigun and own the streets.

ROCKSTAR VERIFIED #CREATORWEEKEND SELECTIONS
4 Way Madness

This tight Downtown track is spread over four blocks and built for aerial mayhem. 4 Way Madness forces players to jump cross each others paths through a central airborne death zone, flying through mid-air in four different directions. Creator  gangsterpdp has placed gas tanks beneath the airspace to ensure that any collision results in instant death. Be sure to max out the starting grid, and then wait until the pack thins out for the carnage to begin. So deliciously cruel and marvelously cunning we couldn't help but select gangsterpdp for the GTA$1M as well as an exclusive CRE8R license plate.
Crastenburg Drifting Race

French-Canadian Creator  WoriedNiko recommends turning the rain on to get the full experience from this tight, twisting race constructed across several parking lots near Los Santos International. Barrels and containers have been carefully positioned to create a series of on-a-dime turns and unforgiving chicanes best navigated via finessed tapping of the handbrake to throw out the back end of your ride into a controlled, smooth drift. For designing a race that brilliantly focuses on a specific racing technique, WoriedNiko gets the TOP CRE8R license plate and GTA$1M.  Trés bien!
Laguna Seca Remake

Previously featured on the  Rockstar Newswire as a Job that caught our eye, we gave GTAVDriver a Rockstar Verified stamp of approval this week so that players on both platforms can enjoy this painstakingly detailed recreation of Southern California's famous Laguna Seca raceway. Bookmark it now for long straights and tight 270 degree turns that will challenge all your skills as a driver. The aptly named GTAVDriver also lands himself a NO1CRE8R License Plate and GTA$1M to spend on high end cars to throw around the track.
Paradise Ally

unseenchaos26, recipient of a THECRE8R license plate, warns that the law of the urban jungle reigns supreme in his well-crafted Deathmatch amongst the warehouses  high-walled street alley littered with heavy weapons, heavy armor and multiple entry points force you to keep moving, so campers be warned! The audacious play is to snag an ATV from the perimeter, and charge through the burnt out cars and buses into the central corridor to try and spring a surprise attack. When the coast is clear climb the ladder to the top of the warehouse overlooking the old motel and pick off your respawned enemies from above.
Terry's Hangout

The only #CreatorWeekend selection set outside of Los Santos, eponymous creator  terrynut6969 scoured the Blaine County landscape to find this cluster of buildings set around a small airport hangar.  terrynut6969 has earned his I CRE8 license plate by cleverly splitting the space using wrecked buses that not only fit the derelict environment but create dynamic pathways and cover areas that set up brutal head-to-head showdowns. The added cover allows for surprise attacks using assault shotguns spread throughout the map, while isolated king-of-the-hill skirmishes will decide who owns the coveted positions atop the hangar and the air traffic control tower. Best enjoyed beneath the cold blue desert moonlight.

Please note, in addition to occasionally changing Job names due to taste, copyright or other reasons - we also from time to time will make other small edits to players' Jobs before making them Rockstar Verified. This includes, but is not limited to modifying spawn points, improving checkpoints or increasing/decreasing the amount of weapon picks ups for a particular Job.

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01/23/2014 - Yoshi's New Island Arrives on Nintendo 3DS
DROP INTO EGG ISLAND ON 14th MARCH WHEN YOSHI’S NEW ISLAND ARRIVES ON NINTENDO 3DS

Embark on a magical journey with Baby Mario and the Yoshi clan in a quest to find Baby Luigi!

January 23rd 2014 – An enchanting adventure featuring ground pounds, flutter jumps, and countless enemies to devour and turn into eggs awaits when Yoshi’s New Island, the latest instalment in the Yoshi platform series, launches for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on 14th March 2014. Rendered in a variety of art styles that illustrate the fairytale charm of the Yoshi universe, Yoshi’s New Island invites you to gobble up or stomp on enemies big and small in a bid to help safely reunite Baby Mario with his brother!  

The tale of Yoshi’s New Island is a sequel to the Super Nintendo title Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, and is set in a new location, Egg Island. In this new chapter in the series, Baby Luigi has been whisked away once again, leaving it up to the Yoshi clan to keep Baby Mario out of harm’s way and embark on a mission of discovery.

Yoshi fans who wish to book their Egg Island adventure by pre-ordering a copy of Yoshi’s New Island before the game’s launch can receive an added ‘egg-stra’ in the form of a handy Yoshi Egg Game Case - the perfect carrier with which to store copies of your favourite Nintendo 3DS games or another cherished small item. Whether you have followed Yoshi-dedicated games since the days of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, or are new to egg-throwing escapades of the Yoshi clan, set out on a magical journey when Yoshi’s New Island releases exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on 14th March.

Yoshi’s New Island will also be available to via the official
Nintendo Store.

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01/23/2014 - Eath Defense Force 2025 release February 21st
EARTH DEFENSE FORCE 2025 has gone gold and will release on February 21st with the first of three upcoming DLC mission packs
D3Publisher (D3P) today announced Earth Defense Force 2025 has gone gold and will be available in EMEA for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system on February 21st. In addition, three mission packs will be available as downloadable content (DLC) with the first pack titled “Special Ops” available starting on the date of launch.

Mission Packs to include: (Will also be available as a bundle)

·Special Ops – Will feature 5 new missions for 2.99€/£2.39 on Xbox Live® and  PlayStation®Network and be available on February 21st.

·Mutant Rampage – Will feature 20 new missions for 8.99€/£7.19 on Xbox Live® / £7.29 on PlayStation®Network and be available on February 26th.

·Beyond Despair – Will feature 20 new missions for 8.99€/£7.19 on Xbox Live® / £7.29 on PlayStation®Network and be available on March 12th.

Earth Defense Force 2025 is under development by Sandlot and is rated PEGI 12. To find out more about Earth Defense Force 2025 please visit
http://bngames.eu/EDF2025 and www.facebook.com/EarthDefenseForce.

About Earth Defense Force 2025
Earth Defense Force 2025 is the long awaited return in the Earth Defense Force (EDF) series from beloved Japanese developer Sandlot.  The insects return from dormancy to disturb the peace with over-the-top action and massive city-leveling explosions that will entrench the EDF and the citizens of earth into a state of emergency. 

Earth Defense Force 2025 is an action shooting bonanza that arms players as an EDF soldier equipped with hundreds of weapons, four new soldier classes and the training to exterminate insects of all sizes in the global quest to protect the world from alien invasion.  Featuring the largest number of missions from the series and includes four-player multiplayer, Earth Defense Force 2025 is an all-out battle against the terrifying Ravagers that have come back stronger than ever in their mission to destroy the planet.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

01/22/2014 - Classsic Shooter Blast Em comes to PC, MAC and Linux
DidThink you can blink? Think again. Old-school shooter Blast Em! speeds to PC, Mac and Linux. Eye drops not included.

22nd January 2014, London. Veteran game developer Byron Atkinson-Jones today launches his highly anticipated retro-styled shooter Blast Em! from his indie studio Xiotex Studios onto Steam for PC and Mac in collaboration with the publisher Mastertronic.

BLAST EM! is a return to the rock-hard-and-addictive games of the 80s. Take charge of a space ship and battle your way through endless hordes of evil alien robots terror-bent on your destruction while you try desperately to control your automatic blink reflex. Take your eyes off the game and it's time to press the play button again!

Already attracting a lot of attention from its beta release, BLAST EM! came to life after a chance meeting with the journalist Will Freeman in 2013 about a completely different game. Will is a massive fan of the shoot-em-up genre and given the chance will talk about the subject until you lose the will to live. It was after one of these epic chats that the seed of BLAST EM! was sown and over the next two months it germinated into a fully grown game. BLAST EM! had a small experimental release on the developers own website but was then approached by the publisher Mastertronic who really wanted to publish the game.

Taking its cues from an old browser-based shooter of the same name from Xiotex Studios, Atkinson-Jones has crafted an intense new game that never lets up. With one life and an endless stream of unpredictable enemies, obstacles and power-ups to navigate, the non-stop action, frenetic visuals and thumping soundtrack have already got its early testers hooked, having been played over 11,500 times, with some of the testers playing it over 700 times each, some playing it 400 times in just two days.

The game is also intended to help students and aspiring indies learn about development. In addition to releasing the game itself, Xiotex Studios is also making the source code for the project available to buy. Support for the next generation of indies doesn't end there though - he's also sharing updated sales and marketing data daily in order to lift the veil on the challenge of discoverability for indie games developers.

Blast Em! Was designed and developed by Byron Atkinson-Jones, with art from Dugan Jackson and music from Gavin Harrison. 

More information about the game can be found at
www.BlastEm-game.com and about the developer at www.xiotex-studios.com. Follow on Twitter at @xiotex.
Blast Em! will be available at:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/257630/
$9.99 for the game but with 25% off in the first week.

$39 for the source code to the game but with 50% off in the first week.

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01/22/2014 - Quark Games and Tilting Point Announce Multi Game Agreement
Quark Games and Tilting Point Partner on Multi-Game Agreement

CUPERTINO AND NEW YORK – January 22, 2014 – Quark Games and Tilting Point today announced a partnership to develop and market mobile and tablet games together. The agreement combines Quark’s creative vision and development talent with funding, operational support, and marketing resources from Tilting Point to bring high quality, original game properties to consumers everywhere. Quark Games is the 5th developer to partner with Tilting Point, a company formed by game industry veterans with the goal of facilitating success for the world’s top independent developers in the highly competitive mobile game market.

“Quark is one of the few elite, independent developers in the world today with demonstrated experience and success on mobile, which makes them an ideal partner for us,” said Tom Frisina, Executive Chairman of Tilting Point. “Our role is to provide our partners with the resources, support, and marketing muscle they need to succeed, while they focus on bringing their creative vision to life. This gives them the tools to compete with the biggest players in mobile games.”

The new partnership between Quark and Tilting Point covers the development of multiple titles, the first of which is currently in production. The games will focus on the core gamer segment and will offer strategic, challenging, and deeply social gameplay experiences.

“We believe in making mobile games that give players the ability to affect outcomes through skill and effort. Choices and consequences are what lead to high quality gameplay experiences and emotional impact to the player,” said Eric Peng, Founder and CEO of Quark Games. “The team at Tilting Point shares our vision and commitment to building better mobile games and provides us with valuable expertise and resources while allowing us to retain control of our IP.”

Quark Games was formed in 2008 and has found success by offering high-quality, hardcore gameplay experiences for mobile devices. Their games, which include Valor and Champs: Battlegrounds, have been downloaded over 50 million times on iOS and Android devices.

About Tilting Point
Tilting Point is a new generation games partner for top independent development studios, with a focus on the rapidly growing mobile and tablet markets. Tilting Point empowers elite developers with expert resources, funding, and operational support to give carefully selected games mainstream success. The company adheres to a core philosophy of putting development talent first, advancing industry-leading analytics, and overcoming discoverability hurdles with aggressive, best-in-class marketing.
www.tiltingpoint.com

About Quark Games
Quark Games is a leading tablet and mobile game developer bringing high-quality and immersive gameplay experiences to gamers worldwide. Games from Quark's dynamic portfolio have been downloaded more than 50 million times worldwide on iOS and Android devices. Founded in 2008 with the mission to innovate, create, and engage across the mobile gaming industry, Quark Games is a privately held company headquartered in Cupertino, California. For more information, please visit:
www.quarkgames.com

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01/22/2014 - Galaxy Run Update Adds 9 New Levels
Galaxy Run Adds a Marathon of Fun

Update Adds Nine Free New Levels Daily

New York – Jan. 21, 2014 – Like an interstellar marathon runner,
Spiel Studios does not want the Galaxy Run to stop, so the developer has delivered a free update that adds nine new levels daily to the iOS single-screen auto-runner.

Each of the three Galaxy Run worlds -, Perseus (Deep Space), Drak-Nok (Desert Planet) and Aquarian (Blue World) - will receive three new levels every day.  Players access them via the bonus section that unlocks when the player completes that particular world, which adds hours of play onto the already available 360 levels.

“The response to Galaxy Run has been overwhelming; the title has received great feedback from the players and has a passionate fan base across all age groups” Mohit Sureka, CEO, Spiel Studios, said.  “Our community expressed a desire for more content, so we decided to go above and beyond their expectations and deliver more content daily. The players will be able to download new levels directly from our servers, everyday!”

Spiel Studios is also developing a level editor through which players can create and share their own designed levels and build a community. The Level Editor will be released later this year.

Galaxy Run can be downloaded at the
App Store.

To learn more about Spiel Studios , please visit
http://www.spielstudios.com/

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

01/21/2014 - Dark Expanse Announces Logorasch Invasion Event
Dark Expanse: Have you captured a planet today? - Announcing the Logorasch Invasion Event!

On January 24rd 2014, the Logorasch Invasion Event will begin. The Logorasch, due to rapid population growth, overcrowding, and a lack of resources, will abandon their planets and seek to invade a new homeland. Over the next ten days, this energetic and unstable race will swarm from their underground lairs and threaten the galaxy.  Are you ready to help stop this menace?

Both the Andromeda galaxy, specifically designed for a relaxed style of play, and the Black Eye 4X speed galaxy, designed for an intensive play style, are open to new and experienced gamers.

The Dark Expanse universe continues its dynamic evolution.   A new galactic history story by William Snee entitled “Whatever happened to the Zxylar?” has been added.  As you can see, there's no better time to join the growing number of Dark Expanse players. So have you captured a planet today?

Dark Expanse is a free to play browser based galactic strategy game. The game offers players the chance to control their own fleet of spaceships, capture solar systems, and the opportunity to become an intergalactic legend. Go to
Dark Expanse and sign up for free today.

About Deorc Enterprise
Deorc Enterprise, started in 2009, is a company involved in online game development. Deorc Enterprise strives to deliver new and exciting content ideas, and unique gameplay features for its current browser based game Dark Expanse.

About Dark Expanse
Dark Expanse© is a free-to-play, massive multi-player online real-time strategy game of galactic conquest. Local commanders develop their resources, improve their planets, colonize new worlds, research new technologies and build space fleets while defending their territory and conquering enemy worlds. Choose your friends and allies carefully because mutual offensive, defensive and navigational capabilities can be achieved through combining forces with other commanders.

Dark Expanse Features:
 - 80,000 Stars, and Over 200,000 Planets
 - 3 Dimensional Dynamic Universe
 - 5 Playable Races
 - 15 Ship Types
 - 7 Government Types
 - 25 Mission Types with 4 Levels of Mission Commitment
 - and Persistent Combat Damage

For more information, please visit the
Dark Expanse Online Manual. Also check out the Dark Expanse Facebook Page, for even more game details, and images.
 
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01/21/2014 - Heroes of Stalingrad gets a Release Date
LOCK’N LOAD HEROES OF STALINGRAD GETS A RELEASE DATE

Digital boardgamers celebrate the release of Mark H. Walker’s latest design gem

Arlington, VT, 21st January, 2014 - It’s been a long wait, but it’s almost over. The anticipation started to build before Christmas when the game appeared to be almost complete. Years in development, Mark H. Walker’s Lock’n Load Heroes of Stalingrad is now set to release on February 12th.

The game is the most accurate possible digital representation of Lock’n Load’s engaging and immersive playability, while adding features that would be too fiddly or complicated for a board game.

Two story-driven branching campaigns will take players through a series of tactically challenging missions; first by deciding who to take into battle by carefully spending resources, and then by engaging on the battlefield.

The game is of course designed by Mark H. Walker, and programmed by elements of the team responsible for bringing you Panzer General Online. All the graphics are from some of the best board games artist around. David Julien, Marc Schwanebeck, and Nicolas Eskubi have combined to make soldiers, tanks, and maps that pull you into the conflict and won’t let go.

Check out the
latest screenshots of the game and, if you want to know more about the game, visit the product page.

Matrix Games is part of the Slitherine Group

About the Slitherine Group
The Slitherine Group is the world’s leading producer and publisher of digital wargames and strategy games. Under the Slitherine ( www.slitherine.com), Matrix Games (www.matrixgames.com) and Ageod (www.ageod.com) brands it has published literally hundreds of games, with many award-winning titles in its portfolio and spanning all digital platforms, from home consoles to modern Smartphone’s and Tablets. Slitherine is also involved with book publishing, board gaming and works with a wide array of key licensing partners, such as HISTORY®, MILITARY HISTORY®, Games Workshop®, Horrible Histories™, Showtime, BBC, Osprey, Scholastic, Buzz Aldrin Enterprises and many others to deliver the best blend of historical accuracy in an exciting and entertaining way. Together the Group companies form the world’s largest organization specializing in this important and vibrant niche. The Slitherine Group’s mission over the coming years is to lead the way in innovation and growth in an ever expanding segment of the entertainment industry.

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01/21/2014 - Special Effect's 24 Hour GameBlast Event Helps Disabled Gamer
Ajay's disability is no barrier to SpecialEffect gaming marathon

Ajay is one of the 75 teams and individuals that have already registered to push themselves to their gaming limits to help people with disabilities.

He’s signed up for SpecialEffect’s GameBlast event, where gamers will play hard in marathons lasting up to 24 hours to support the charity, who help people with disabilities to enjoy video games.

The teams will undertake their marathons over the weekend of 21-23 February.

“If it wasn’t for SpecialEffect then many people with disabilities, including myself, wouldn’t be able to play computer games,” said Ajay, who will be playing an FPS for seven hours straight. “They’ve brought fun and inclusion back into many people’s lives.”

Ajay, an IT support analyst, has spinal muscular atrophy and hadn't been able to play since he lost his hand dexterity when was 16 years old.

“I contacted SpecialEffect last year asking them if they could help me to get back gaming again. I had lost the ability to use any type of games controller, but with their assistance and perseverance they found a controller I could use along with voice recognition software.”

Ajay’s fundraising target is £500, and you can support him at Ajay at 
http://www.justgiving.com/Ajay-Yadav. There’s a video of him using his gaming setup at  http://www.specialeffect.org.uk/activities/ajay

“It’s going to be a brilliant weekend,” said Mark Saville, the charity’s Communications Officer. “Gamers all over the UK and beyond will be taking part, and it’s a very powerful way of showing that games can be a force for good. We’re blown away by the response.”

The event will form part of the charity’s efforts to raise the £750,000 they require this year to meet demand for their services.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

01/20/2014 - Brainwash from Paradox Coming to Mobile Devices
Brainwash is a Valentine's Day Paradox Game of Mind Control for Mobile Devices

Chennai, India, (Jan 20, 2014) - Brainwash is a Valentine's Day Mind Control game for mobile phones and tablets that will be launched worldwide on Feb 5, 2014 by GBoom Software. This role-playing game is a Valentine's Day paradox that challenges the player to use wits and mind control to breakup Romeo and Juliet!

The trailer video is available on YouTube at 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seIfP5AUt2Y. Promotional codes are available on request if you wish to download and try out the game prior to its launch. The game is available on the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android phones Samsung Galaxy S4, S3 and HTC One X.

Brainwash is presented in the form of an interactive story book spanning scenes, characters and conversations. The plot unfolds purely based on the player's responses and actions. With each response, the story may take a turn. The target audience are puzzle lovers and book worms. Additional information such as game screenshots and description are available at 
http://www.gboom.in/brainwash-mind-control.

Brainwash: Mind Control is developed by GBoom Software, a startup based out of Chennai, India. GBoom Software is a mobile app and media production firm that specializes in product development for the mobile platform. GBoom is also into video production and runs a service for producing marketing & tutorial videos for mobile applications.

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01/20/2014 - The Kingdoms Bundle Comes to Steam
Cast a spell on the January blues with The Kingdoms Bundle

Serving up six Steam keys for just $2.99, the latest bundle from Bundle Stars (www.bundlestars.com) is sure to dispel the January blues.

Making your money stretch further, The Kingdoms Bundle delivers a feast of five strategy games and one RPG – saving you 95% compared to the normal retail price.

Create a global empire in the highly rated  Europa Universalis III Complete*; cast spells and wreak havoc in  Magicka*; trade, negotiate or fight in  Europa Universalis: Rome - Gold Edition; enter World War II as any country in Hearts of Iron III*; create a space empire in  Swords of the Stars Complete Collection, and fight epic 3D battles in  The Kings' Crusade.

All the games run on Windows PC and two of the games (Europa Universalis III Complete  and Hearts of Iron III) work on Mac. Three games (marked with an asterisk) also include Steam Trading Cards which can be collected and traded.
The Kingdoms Bundle is available now for a limited time for just $2.99 from
http://www.bundlestars.com

Join Bundle Stars on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and Steam.

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01/20/2014 - Tail Drift is Coming to Mobile
Tail Drift, Winner Of Unity’s 'Flash In A Flash' Contest Is Coming To Mobile


Brisbane, 20th January, 2014 - Attract Mode Games and Right Pedal Studios are thrilled to announce that Tail Drift, winner of Unity’s “Flash in a Flash” contest is finally coming to iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android devices this year.

Tail Drift is an arcade flight racing game that challenges players to maneuver a plane along a 3D tubular track which runs below, above, around and through floating islands, hot-air balloons and other obstacles that the player must avoid to win the race.

Tail Drift won the “Flash in a Flash” contest against stiff competition and was praised by Unity for it’s creativity and fun and for showing off the amazing technology of Unity.

“It’s great to get the chance to realize the game I always wanted to, ” said Cameron Owen, creator of Tail Drift.

Tail Drift is scheduled for a 2014 release on smart phones and tablets.

You can play the demo that won Unity’s “Flash in a Flash” competition here:
http://demo.attractmodegames.com/taildrift-20140120/WebPlayer.html

About Tail Drift
Tail Drift won Unity’s “Flash in a Flash” competition back in 2012, and is an arcade racing game where the player flies along a tubular track. It a variety of features beautiful and fantastic environments to race around, over a series of different racing leagues.

Key Features:
·Upgradeable racers.
·Lots of tracks with unique environments.
·Multiple racing leagues to play through.
·Plenty of game modes, including classic racing, time trial and elimination.
·Daily challenges with rewards.
·Leaderboards to compete against your friends and the world.

Submitted by: E. Thomas


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