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Friday, October 10, 2014

10/10/2014 - UFO Online Fight for Earth Launches on Steam
Official launch of 'UFO Online: Fight for Earth' on Steam

Hamburg, Germany,  October 10th, 2014

Funatics Software announces the official launch of strategy MMOG „UFO Online: Fight for Earth“ and the premiere on Steam. Following an extended beta phase the balancing and matchmaking have been thoroughly reworked.

They said they came in peace... but since the aliens have landed, earth is descending into chaos. The Scum are destroying whole landscapes, stripping our planet of resources and enslaving mankind. In the meantime three opposed human factions are using the chaos to continue their own struggle for global dominance. In “UFO Online” players lead a resistance group to change the planet’s fate by building their underground base, recruiting experts for their strike force and fighting aliens and humans alike to conquer important territories for their faction. With that “UFO Online” follows the footsteps of classics like “UFO” and “XCOM” but transfers the known gameplay mixture of 3D turn-based strategy and base building into a dynamic online world.


• Turn-based combat against computer-controlled enemies (PvE) as well as real

players (PvP).

• Craft and enhance the best weapons and armor you've ever seen.

• Build and develop your own hidden military base.

• Fight for world domination with your faction on a dynamic world map.

Thomas Friedmann, CEO of developer Funatics Software: "We are happy to announce the premiere of 'UFO Online' on Steam that marks the end of the Open Beta test. After listening to community feedback we completely reworked the balancing and are looking forward to meeting players online!"

The Steam version of „UFO Online“ is identical with other versions of

the game but features exclusive starter packages that cater to new players and veterans alike.

Copyright © 2014 IME GmbH, All rights reserved.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

10/09/2014 - Tommo Inc and Night Drive Studio Launch Retroism
Tommo Inc. and Night Dive Studios Partner to Launch RetroismTM

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 9, 2014) — Tommo Inc., a global game and entertainment company has joined forces with Night Dive Studios, a game developer that specializes in the restoration and optimization of classic game titles to launch Tommo’s new Retroism brand, debuting today on Steam and other game portals. Retroism is devoted to reintroducing the best titles of the past to a new generation, and will feature dozens of games originally published by MicroProse, Accolade, Infogrames and other iconic publishers. The two companies have previously worked together to re-launch classic games from Humongous Entertainment.

Retroism games will be available to consumers through premier digital distribution sites such as Steam, GOG.com, Amazon, Humble Store, MacGameStore, GamersGate and Green Man Gaming. Titles making their Steam debut will be released weekly throughout the fall, available individually and in bundled packs.

The first titles to be launched will be included in the Retroism Explorer Pack, featuring Sid Meier’s Colonization, Pirates! Gold Plus and Sid Meier’s Covert Action.

“Tommo is pleased to be able bring back such great titles as Sid Meier’s Colonization, Pirates! Gold Plus, and Sid Meier’s Covert Action for today’s new generation of gaming enthusiasts” said Jonathan Wan, CEO of Tommo, Inc. “In addition to today’s announcement, later this fall we will be launching a complete gamers’ hub at Retroism.com that will celebrate these timeless games with retrospectives, videos, and images of original release materials.”

Stephen Kick, CEO of Night Dive Studios, added “For many of us that grew up playing these classic game titles, these games represent an important part of our lives. Through our partnership with Tommo, Inc. we have been able to make them accessible again for a new generation.”

Website: retroism.com
Facebook: facebook.com/retroismgames
Twitter: @retroismgames
Instagram: instagram.com/retroismgames
Pinterest: pinterest.com/retroism

About Night Dive Studios:
Night Dive Studios is a dedicated team of industry veterans committed to restoring the classic PC game titles of the past and making them accessible to a new generation. Best known for restoring the smash hit game System Shock 2, other titles from Night Dive include Harvester, Wizardry, The 7th Guest and The 11th Hour, Shadow Man and I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream.
Facebook: facebook.com/NightDiveStudios
Twitter: @NightDiveStudio

About Tommo: 
Tommo Inc. was founded in 1989 and is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014. Tommo is a worldwide publisher, licensor and manufacturer of games and accessories across multiple entertainment platforms including PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, ITunes, Google Play and PC/Mac. Tommo currently publishes over a 100 classic gaming titles under the Humongous Entertainment and Retroism Brand. Tommo also owns the Tommo Mobile brand and is currently marketing an exclusive line of Sega®-themed mobile accessory products.
Facebook: facebook.com/tommoinc
Twitter: @tommoinc

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

10/06/2014 - OnLive and Extra Life Gaming Day to Support Children's Miracle Network
OnLive and Extra Life Offer Free Day of Gaming to Support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Play 250+ Games Free on October 9 and Help Save Real Kids’ Lives

Mountain View, California —   October 8 , 2014 — OnLive, the leader in cloud gaming, is teaming up with Extra Life® to save children’s lives through video gaming. To help Extra Life prepare for its 7th annual Game Day event—a 24-hour gaming marathon to raise money for 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across North America —OnLive is hosting its own CloudPlay for a Cause day of free gaming on October 9.

Gamers across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom are invited to play any and all 250+ OnLive PlayPack games absolutely free on the OnLive Game Service, from 12:01 AM PST, October 9 to 11:59 PM PST, October 9, 2014. Anyone who registers for Extra Life and joins the OnLive Team will not only raise money to help sick or injured children, but also be rewarded for their fundraising efforts with prizes from OnLive and a chance to win additional prizes from partners such as Nordic Games, Mad Catz and WikiPad. Each fundraising level unlocks a bigger reward as players raise more money for kids.

“We’re excited to team up with Extra Life and gaming enthusiasts everywhere to truly make a difference for these kids and their families,” said Jeff Wood, captain of OnLive’s Extra Life Team.  “Our hope is to rally awareness and participation for Extra Life in advance of their Game Day marathon by offering free gaming and multiple tiers of rewards to anyone who joins in and games for the cause. And we’re thrilled that our partners are joining forces with us to help maximize our impact for these kids.”

The OnLive Game Service enables premium-quality gaming via the cloud on nearly any Mac or PC computer and a wide range of thin client devices, including lightweight laptops, Android tablets, phones and TVs—platforms that would normally lack the processing power and memory to run graphics intensive games. During the CloudPlay for a Cause day of free gaming, OnLive will open the gates to its PlayPack subscription bundle, allowing anyone to stream hundreds of popular games such as Batman: Arkham City, Saints Row®: The Third and Darksiders® II directly to their devices for instant play.

Donations made through Extra Life are tax-deductible, and 100% of the proceeds go to help kids. Participants can choose which of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals will receive their donations, enabling them to support their local hospital or a hospital that has made a difference in the life of a child close to their hearts.

Extra Life was created by Jeromy ‘Doc’ Adams, a director at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, in 2008 to honor his friend Victoria Enmon, a 15-year-old Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals patient who played video games during her battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Since then, tens-of-thousands of Extra Life participants have raised more than $8 million to benefit 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across North America, mostly by playing video and tabletop games. Sixty-two kids every minute are treated at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. Many of these kids are facing life-threatening diseases like cancer, cystic fibrosis and injuries from accidents.

To take advantage of OnLive’s CloudPlay for a Cause day of free gaming on October 9, users can simply create an OnLive account at
games.onlive.com or onlive.co.uk for free, no credit card required, and start playing instantly. To join the team, help kids and earn rewards as you play, visit www.extra-life.org/team/OnLive. Rewards include:

·Raise $5: One free month of the OnLive Service Bundle
·Raise $25: First 1000 gamers get a free download of MX vs ATV Reflex from Nordic Games
·Raise $50: A second free month of the OnLive Service Bundle*
·Raise $100: One free game code (up to $19.99)
·Raise $200: A second free game code (up to $49.99)
·Raise $300: Receive a third month of the OnLive Service Bundle* + 1 free game code (up to $19.99)
·Raise $500: Receive a fourth month of the OnLive Service Bundle* + 1 free game code (up to $49.99)

The top 5 OnLive Team participants with the most donations by 6 AM PST on October 26, 2014, will receive their choice of a Mad Catz M.O.J.O. Micro-console + C.T.R.L.R. or a Wikipad 7” Gaming Tablet.**

More information on Extra Life can be found at
www.Extra-Life.org. More information on the OnLive Game Service can be found at games.onlive.com.

*Multiple Free months of OnLive Bundle will be distributed by October 28, 2014.
**Bonus Offer rewards will be received by email as a digital redemption coupon by October 28, 2014. 

Participation Rewards are open to U.S., Canada and UK residents only. Void where taxed or prohibited. Please allow up to 24 hours after crossing one of the levels to receive your reward. Rewards will be sent to the email address you registered with Extra Life starting September 25, 2014. Where possible, use the same email address you use for the OnLive Game Service.

Safe Gaming:
Though the Extra Life program is billed as a gaming marathon, gamers are encouraged to take breaks throughout the day and to implement all applicable safety measures. Players can choose to game for a portion of 24 hours on October 25, spread out their hours over several days or play as a relay among team members. Please visit the Safety Notice page at
www.extra-life.org for more tips on how to game wisely.

About OnLive
OnLive is the originator of fast-twitch cloud gaming, innovating the delivery of real-time interactive experiences over any network. With ground-breaking video compression technology, OnLive instantly delivers full-featured, media-rich applications anytime and anywhere, across a range of devices. The OnLive Game Service gives gamers the freedom to play their games on PCs, Macs, tablets, and HDTVs. OnLive Go brings the benefits of cloud gaming to MMOs, virtual worlds and other graphics-rich interactive applications. Having pioneered powerful cloud solutions for the most technologically challenging segment, fast-twitch AAA games, OnLive has hundreds of patents that cover its innovations. The company is headquartered in Mountain View, California. More information is available at 
www.onlive.com and  www.onlive.co.uk.

About Extra Life
Extra Life is a grassroots experience that mobilizes passionate game lovers to help sick and injured kids treated at their local Children’s            Miracle Network Hospitals. Extra Lifers raise money year-round, culminating in a massive international day of play each fall. During this all-games-in weekend, participants continue to        fundraise, play games and ultimately celebrate one grand total together. Unlike traditional fundraising events, Extra Lifers typically participate from the comfort of their own home. From video games to board games and beyond, Extra Lifers have raised over $8 million dollars since the program was founded in 2008 by gamers for kids needing help. Join the movement today at
http://www.Extra-Life.org, or get involved at Facebook: /ExtraLife4Kids or Twitter @ExtraLife4Kids.

About Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit's mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children's hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are at 
www.CMNHospitals.org and www.facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

OnLive, the OnLive logo and PlayPack are trademarks or registered trademarks of OL2, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All rights reserved. Mad Catz, the Mad Catz logo, M.O.J.O., C.T.R.L.R and GameSmart are trademarks or registered trademarks of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc., its affiliates and/or subsidiary companies.  Mac is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the United States and other countries. Android and Google TV are trademarks of Google, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

10/07/2014 - Jake Kaufman, Dale North and Disasterpeace to Headline Gamer's Rhapsody
Jake Kaufman, Dale North, and Disasterpeace to Headline Gamer's Rhapsody Music and Art Festival

A festival celebrating videogame music and art is coming to St. Paul, Minnesota on November 15-16

St. Paul, Minnesota - October 7, 2014 - Gamer's Rhapsody is pleased to announce the addition of Jake "virt" Kaufman of Shovel Knight fame to its final concert line-up for its inaugural event taking place in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota on November 15-16. Kaufman joins the previously-announced Disasterpeace (of FEZ) and Dale North (composer/arranger and Editor-in-Chief of DESTRUCTOID) to round out the planned live musical performances for the expo that aims to celebrate gaming media, from music and art to creative writing and more.

In addition to live musical performances, Gamer's Rhapsody will include art workshops, a jam space where musicians can team up and perform alongside one another, panels hosted by industry professionals and Internet personalities, a vendor room to pick up game-related goods, an indie game showcase and more across the two-day event that is the first of this size and scope in the region.

Gamer's Rhapsody has a growing list of Guests of Honor who will attend the event and perform and/or host panels, including (in alphabetical order):

Dale North (composer of Dragon Fantasy Book II, Silent Horror)
Disasterpeace (composer of Fez, The Floor is Jelly, Runner2)
Emily Reese (host of Minnesota Public Radio's Top Score)
Jake "virt" Kaufman (composer of Shovel Knight, DuckTales Remastered, Contra 4)
Jayson Napolitano (producer at Scarlet Moon Productions)
Nerd Enhanced Sound (videogame music jazz trio)
OverClocked ReMix (videogame remixing community)
Tim Turi (Senior Associate Editor at Game Informer)

"What really makes me excited for Gamer's Rhapsody is the chance to meet people who share the same level of passion for videogames as me, whether they are coming from across the country or right here in the Twin Cities," notes Gamer's Rhapsody founder Thomas Spargo. "I've been to all of the major videogame concerts in the Twin Cities, but Gamer's Rhapsody will be more than just a concert. We strive to be a community. "

"Events like this are a great way for us hole dwellers to get out and meet like-minded individuals and share in the revelry of videogames and music," adds composer and performer Disasterpeace. "I'm very excited for the opportunity to play a grand piano and sing totally not game music in front of an audience of game enthusiasts. This is also my first trip to Minnesota and I'm excited for that too."

Discounted tickets are available online prior to the event and will also be available at the door.

Gamer's Rhapsody Official Website
About Gamer's Rhapsody
Gamer's Rhapsody is a festival celebrating videogames through the appreciation of music, art, and creative writing. Founded in 2014, the inaugural event hopes to provide fans of videogame music, art, fan fiction, and more with two days of programming that will include live music performances, panels hosted by videogame industry professionals and Internet personalities, art workshops, a vendor space, an indie game showcase featuring local developers, and more.

The inaugural event will take place in St. Paul, Minnesota from November 15, 2014 to November 16, 2014.

Learn more about Gamer's Rhapsody:
Connect with Gamer's Rhapsody on Twitter and Facebook

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Monday, October 6, 2014

10/06/2014 - Steam Date Announced for METAL GEAR SOLID V
KONAMI announces December 18th release for Steam version of Hideo Kojima’s open world prequel
Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. has announced it will release the PC version of METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES via Steam on December 18th, 2014. The company also confirmed it will be 4K compatible and will feature an increase in the number of simultaneous light sources, the number of models that can be displayed on-screen and increased shadow resolution.

METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES takes place in 1975 and sets in motion a series of events that culminate in the stunning plotlines of METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN. GROUND ZEROES centers on Big Boss - legendary hero and mercenary - as he infiltrates a sprawling secret prison base called ‘Camp Omega’ in Cuba on a rescue mission. He soon finds himself alone behind enemy lines with a truly non-linear mission that showcases key advances to the series made possible by its use of Kojima Productions’ FOX Engine.

GROUND ZEROES is centered on a large open environment, with missions where time of day and weather have a dynamic effect on the game and its content. The game offers a total freedom of movement within its missions, with users choosing how they engage guards, the route they pick, and who they rescue. As such, it offers incredible replay value and encourages the player to revisit its content in order to find more of its many secrets. Furthermore, the game features an online global ranking system where players can compete in unique in-game and mission challenges and achievements to see how they compare against others around the world.

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