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Friday, July 4, 2014

07/04/2014 - Commodore 64 A Visual Compendium Now Available for Pre Order
Commodore 64: a visual commpendium: NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

After a successful Kickstarter campaign ‘Commodore 64: a visual commpendium’ is now available to pre-order from www.bitmapbooks.co.uk

So don’t worry if you missed the Kickstarter campaign, you will still be able to grab your copy. Due to a limited print run, you are advised to get your order in now for delivery in October.

Also available to pre-order is an A2 Dizzy poster featuring game maps from all Dizzy games on the Commodore 64. These maps have been created by Andy Roberts and most are original maps used in Commodore Format magazine.

About the book
A book that celebrates the beauty of the greatest home computer ever made; the C64. Unlike other books about the C64, it will celebrate the visual side of the computer. Each spread will feature a beautiful image from a game and a few words. This could a mini review from an ex journalist such as Gary Penn or Stuart Wynne or a quote from the original developers and artists such as David Crane, Ron Gilbert, Jon Hare and Andrew Hewson just to name a few... The book will also feature game maps, loading screens, stunning artwork by Oliver Frey and a foreword written by Sensible Software’s legendary graphic artist Stoo Cambridge.

The book will then be in chronological order, starting in the early days with games such as Jupiter Lander and go through to the latter days of the C64 featuring games such as Mayhem In Monsterland and Lemmings. It will then finish looking at modern day C64 publishers and programmers such as RGCD and Paul Koller.

The final book will be 232 pages and printed lithographically to the highest possible print standards. The finished size is 230mm x 170mm and comes with a spot varnished cover and also a loose dust jacket.

Book contributors
Mat Allen, Stoo Cambridge, David Crane, Karen Davies, Steven Day, Mevlut Dinc, Paul Docherty, Andy Dyer, Oliver Frey, Ron Gilbert, Jon Hare, Andrew Hewson, Robin Hogg, Steve Jarratt, Roger Kean, Phil King, Paul Koller, James Leach, Robin Levy, Oliver Lindau, Steinar Lund, Michal Okowicki, Jordan Mechner, Jeff Minter, Philip Oliver, Gary Penn, Jason Perkins, Simon Phipps, Jacco Van ‘t Riet, Hugh Riley, Andy Roberts, Stephen Robertson, Steve Rowlands, Stephen Thomson, Matt Sneap, Bob Stevenson, Jonathan Temples, Matt Wilsher and Stuart Wynne.

About Sam
Sam has over 10 years experience as an award winning professional Graphic Designer, working for agencies in London and also in the South West of England. His passion for design and also the Commodore 64, mean that he is ideally placed to create this book to the highest possible standard.

About Bitmap Books
A new publisher specialising in beautifully designed and produced books all about video games. Commodore 64: a visual commpendium is the first book by
Bitmap Books.

Kickstarter campaign: HERE



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Thursday, July 3, 2014

07/03/2014 - GTA V Online Independence Day Event Weekend
Independence Day Event Weekend July 3-6: Bonus GTA$ & RP, In-Game Discounts, A Special Rockstar Live-Stream Battle and More

Get ready to light up the skies with your all-new Independence Day Special fireworks, stars-and-stripes tees, and monster truck mayhem in a special 4-day Social Club Event this weekend, Thursday July 3rd through Sunday July 6th. San Andreas will be celebrating the birthplace of freedom with big RP & GTA$ bonuses, patriotic discounts at Ammu-Nation, giveaways and lots more - all as part of the Grand Theft Auto Online Independence Day Event Weekend.

The "Independence Day Special Event" Playlist is a special selection of some of the brand new Rockstar-created Jobs published this week including specific Races for new vehicles like the Sovereign motorcycle and the super-sized Liberator monster truck. This weekend only (starting this Thursday), this Playlist will score you Double GTA$ and Double RP. To access the Playlist, just go to Online > Playlists > Rockstar Created in the GTA Online Start Menu and select "Independence Day Event" from the options listed. Alternatively, hit the Event button in the GTAV loading screens to launch straight into the Playlist.

Merryweather Security is also getting in on the celebrations with a 75% discount on Airstrikes all weekend. So if some left-leaning Belgian beer drinker asks for sparkling water at your Blaine County BBQ, you can call in cut-rate backup from friends in very high places. To call in an Airstrike, call Merryweather from your in-game phone, select 'Airstrike' and then drop a flare at your target position.

The good folks at Ammu-Nation believe that all Americans should have access to military-grade weapons without a 'defense budget' price tag. All weekend, they're offering 25% off ammo for RPGs, Grenade Launchers and Miniguns, because packing enough personal firepower to wipe out a small nation is a right, not a privilege.

Pegasus Lifestyle Management salutes your independence by giving you the freedom to call in any oversized vehicle at absolutely no charge. Take advantage of the weekend-long offer to get to grips with the brand new Liberator monster truck, and spend 4th of July Weekend crushing cars into the ground like you'd crush beer cans against your own head.

However you're commemorating the Fourth of July this weekend, we want to see those Snapmatic pics showing your love for Old Glory. Whether you're rolling over foreign compact cars in the Liberator monster truck or setting off some fireworks in the yard of your new Paleto Bay abode, share your most creative, amusing or beauteous patriotic snaps for a chance to win GTA$1M and an AMERICA vanity license plate for your in-game vehicle.

To make your shots eligible for entry, simply log in to Social Club and tag them #INDEPENDENCEDAY between now and the end of Sunday.

See full rules and eligibility details.

Join us at 2pm ET this Thursday July 3rd for the revolutionary Rockstar Games Official Event Weekend Live Stream, showcasing a grudge match nearly 240 years in the making: it's America VS Great Britain - The Rematch. The US team will be represented by special guest Lui Calibre playing alongside our own Rockstar NYC devs - while the UK team will be represented by the one and only GTA V O'Clock Crew playing live from London - all hosted and commentated by Lazlow and the rest of the Rockstar Broadcast studio team. We'll be battling through a Crew Head to Head playlist featuring all new Jobs from The Independence Day Special. As always, we'll be streaming the show across the
Social Club Events page, the Rockstar Games Twitch Channel and our YouTube Channel page. Make sure to subscribe and follow us on Twitch and Twitter to get the word as soon as we go live. Join us in the chat, and show your support, whether Yank or Redcoat.

We'll be giving away five (5) exclusive prize packs of suitably patriotic and rare GTA gear in the Independence Day Gear Giveaway Sweepstakes. Each pack will include a GTAIV Aluminum Bat, Patriot Beer cup, GTAIV foam finger, Statue of Happiness figurine, plus a GTAV Los Santos Lifeguard tee and a Vice City beach ball. Ten (10) runners-up will each get GTAV tee and stickers. You can enter to win right now through Sunday at
http://socialclub.rockstargames.com/events. See Official Rules.

As always, make sure you're following us on
Twitter, Facebook and Twitch to stay up to date on this and other future Social Club Event Weekend announcements.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

07/02/2014 - Bandai Namco Games to Distribute Project Cars

- BANDAI NAMCO Games will distribute Project CARS from Slightly Mad Studios; coming on Xbox One, PlayStation®4, Nintendo Wii UTM and PC starting November 2014 -

PARIS, FRANCE – July 2nd 2014 – Leading video game publisher and developer BANDAI NAMCO Games Europe S.A.S. today proudly announced a worldwide distribution agreement with Slightly Mad Studios on Project CARS, coming on Xbox One, PlayStation®4, Nintendo Wii U™ and PC starting November 2014.

Project CARS is the most authentic, beautiful, intense, and technically-advanced racing game on the planet.
Crowd-funded by a passionate community that has been involved in the development process throughout to create their ultimate racing experience, Project CARS allows you to create a driver, pick from a huge variety of motorsports, and shift into high gear to chase a number of Historic Goals and ultimate recognition in the Hall Of Fame. Then test your skills online either in competitive fully-loaded race weekends, leaderboard-based time challenges, or continually-updated community events – sometimes for real-world prizes.

Featuring the largest track roster of any recent racing game with a ground-breaking dynamic time of day & weather system, world-class graphics and handling, deep tuning & pit stop functionality, and support for Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus,  Project CARS leaves the competition behind in the dust.

  “We are tremendously happy to be collaborating with Slightly Mad Studios on this promising title, in which community expectations are fusing with racers expertise to craft the next generation of simulation!” said Alberto González Lorca, VP Third Parties, BANDAI NAMCO Games Europe.

“With a portfolio of prestigious, popular, and iconic titles under their wing, Bandai Namco are the perfect partners to bring our pioneering community-driven game to players around the world.” said Ian Bell, Head Of Studio, Slightly Mad Studios.

For more information about BANDAI NAMCO Games and its entire line up, please visit the BANDAI NAMCO Games Europe official website at
www.bandainamcogames.eu. For more details on Project CARS, please visit www.projectcarsgame.com.  

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

07/01/2014 - Sky Tourist Blitz Trip Coming to iOS July 10th
Announcing Sky Tourist: Blitz Trip!

Budapest, July 1st , 2014 – Sky Tourist is back and better than ever!

Three Legged Egg is back and we’re here to announce Sky Tourist Blitz Trip (links to screenshots)! Petey Pendant’s new space adventure is coming to the App Store on July 10th!

Petey’s new excursion has him flying about on the east side of Plumia, with new artwork to enjoy. Sky Tourist Blitz Trip has the same great gameplay as the original but, we've also listened to everyone’s feedback and have created a new installment of the game to reflect that!  There are 60 new levels that will give you that quick fix of fun, as each one is much smaller to better accommodate the mobile platform and shorter sessions!

There will be more to come soon, along with a trailer to show the action! So, stay tuned for another update before the big release!

App Store promo codes will be available shortly so if you would like to request one or have questions please, don’t hesitate to contact us at: 

Three Legged Egg is a new independent game developer from Budapest, Hungary.  We consist of a project leader and level designer (Zoli) who also created
Rhythm Repeat, an artist with a strong sense for story (Dávid), and a coder prodigy (Zsolt)!

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Monday, June 30, 2014

06/30/2014 - Activision Announces New TMNT Game for 3DS

London, UK – 30th June, 2014 – Nickelodeon’s justice-sworn, pizza-fuelled, half-shelled heroes in green are back in Activision’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a third-person action game coming to Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system, just in time for the release of the Paramount Pictures’ film of the same name. Mad genius Baxter Stockman’s mutant and robotic horrors have teamed up with the shadowy armies of the Foot Clan to terrorise New York City and only Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello can protect its subways, sewers, rooftops and streets from their devastating campaign.

Developed by Magic Pockets, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is built around fast-moving hack-and-slash gameplay, letting players swap between its four main characters at will. From Mikey’s speed to Raph’s brute force, each brother brings a unique set of strengths and skills to battle, based on their personality. Players can evolve in power over time, gaining new levels, abilities and stat points, while mighty new weapons can be crafted back at the Turtle’s Lair from raw materials collected throughout the adventure.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will arrive later this summer for Nintendo 3DS™ and is rated PEGI 12. For the latest Turtles details as they emerge, head over to

The “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” film is a modern-day iteration of the popular franchise that has captivated audiences of all ages for decades. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) to save New York City and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.  Based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman, written by Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec and Evan Daugherty, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is produced by Michael Bay (director and executive producer of the blockbuster Transformers franchise), Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Galen Walker, Scott Mednick and Ian Bryce and directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans).

©2014 Activision Publishing, Inc. All other trademarks and trade names are the properties of their respective owners

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