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  • 15Jun

    Sydney Supanova 2009

    Hi everyone! As your Australian Correspondent, part of my duties would be to attend some of Australia’s conventions. This year I plan on attending “Supanova Pop Culture Expo” in Sydney which runs from June 26th until June 28th, however lucky Sydney folks will only see me there on June 27th (Saturday). Supanova is a convention that features Anime, Cosplay, Gaming, Fantasy, Comics… a whole bunch of stuff really! The last time I went (which was about 2 years ago) they had a WWE show in the middle of the dome. Not that it interested me personally, but it was hard not to take notice with the noises they made and the crowd they had gathered. My point is though, that the next year I believe they didn’t have it at all, so there is always something different at Supanova! Anyway, after a long wait, they have finally announced their guest

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  • 15Jun

    Dante’s Inferno E3 Preview

    One of the titles I was looking forward to most at E3 was Dante’s Inferno. The title was at EA3 but was for Judges only. At E3, we still weren’t able to play the title but instead received a demo introduction to Dante’s Inferno. Dante’s Inferno is an adaptation of the poem. The demo EA showcased took place in Limbo. From what was shown, EA has a commitment to holding true to the poem. Hell is supposed to be dark and Visceral Studios does not intend to sugar coat it. Players control Dante who has vowed to get his love, Beatrice, out from hell. Because it was a demo, I can’t give actual impressions. I can say that the combat system seemed very similar to the God of War system. Only it seemed much slower. Hopefully that is only true of the demo. Using the God of War system in

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  • 15Jun

    GameStop gives you giftcard for surveys

    GameStop has teamed up with E-Rewards to give people special GameStop gift cards for their participation in surveys. The email I received says the following: By answering online surveys that match your age and interests you can earn gift cards. The ad does not say what amounts the gift cards are in or how many surveys you have to do before earning a gift card. After signing up, you will be directed to answer a survey of questions. It’s rather long so make sure you have time to do it. Also look for small checkboxes that allow the company to share your information. There are plenty of those and you want to make sure you uncheck them before you end up receiving a ton of spam. Not sure if this is also an indication to their service, but the surveys that are available for me are from 2007. Follow

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  • 15Jun

    Snowboarding TNT is Now Available for the iPhone/ iPod Touch

    Today mobile games developer TiltnTwist announced Snowboarding TNT is available.  Snowboarding TNT is fast-moving and requires players to tilt and twist their handsets to control the downhill action and avoid obstacles with out  the hassle of tiny buttons to control game action. Players can become a male or female boarder, and can pick the language of their choice among English, Spanish, French, Italian, or German.  The game also features six downhill courses starting with Easy Street and Bunny Slope, and increasing in difficulty as they slide through Turtle Run, Quickdraw, The Chute, and Holy Moses. Snowboarding TNT is a fast paced challenging game as gamers are required to do lots of things simultaneously – control downhill maneuvers and speed, avoid crashing into trees and smashing into huge rocks (Wipeout!),  maneuver through narrow tunnels with hanging ice cycles, and slice through strategically placed course gates – while performing over 30 cool

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  • 15Jun

    Virgin Media to offer unlimited music

    Virgin Media is going to take Apple iTunes head on with their new unlimited music download subscription service. Virgin Media has teamed up with Universal to offer the world’s first service to allow users to listen by streaming or download and keep as many tracks and albums as they want from Universal’s catalog. The service will cost 10-15 pounds ($16.30 – $24.50) a month and the music will be in MP3 format. Virgin Media says the service should launch later this year. Virgin says it’s in talks with other major and independent music labels and publishers to add to the service by the time it launches. “We see this as completely ground breaking,” Universal Music chairman and chief executive Lucian Grainge told reporters. “We’ve listened to our customers, our fans and our artists and we think that this is an opportunity to bring music to a wider audience.” [source viaReuters]

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  • 15Jun

    E3 First Look – Fairytale Fights

    One of the most surprising adorable and simultaneously violent games I saw at E3 was Fairytale Fights from Playlogic.  Fairytale Fights is a game with fairytale characters, like Snow White or Little Red Riding Hood that have lost their fame, and are setting out to reclaim it.  The game has a very Monty Python-eque humor to it, where you control the characters and fight against lumberjacks and cuddly creatures, and sometimes even another player (the whole game can be played cooperatively, but it doesn’t have to be nice). Fairytale Fights is a hack ‘n slash adventure game where the violence is real, and the blood stays on screen.  What I think I loved most about this over-the-top game is the picture-in-picture view of your recent kills where you can see exactly where your blows landed, and which limb (or half of the body) you sliced off your enemies.  Because of

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  • 15Jun

    Tweet Mystery

    A murder has come to twitter. Tweet Mystery is a murder mystery being tweeted by several authors each controlling a character or two to complete the story. You can keep track of the characters, and their authors at TweetMystery. The story started today, June 15th, and the authors will keep tweeting until the story is complete. You can follow the story through the #tmod hashtag, through the TweetMystery website, where there’s RSS feeds and daily digests to subscribe to, or find the authors and their character accounts and follow them to keep up-to-date. This is a pretty cool storytelling method, are there any other social media stories you’re following? I also really enjoy Shadow Unit, another group story being told in seasons and released online for free – with an interactive community and lots of easter eggs and various social media tools being utilized to expand character bios and story

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  • 15Jun

    Call of Duty: World at War breaks 11 million

    Call of Duty: World at War has sold more than 11 million units since it’s November launch. Activision confirmed in a recent blog post. The Map Pack 2 sold over 2 million units. “These outstanding feats would have never been possible without the continued dedication and support from all of the loyal Call of Duty fans. For that, we at Treyarch and Activision would like to extend our sincerest Thank You. We’re honored and humbled to have one of the greatest online communities in video game history behind our products!” Follow

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  • 15Jun

    E3 2009 – Tony Hawk Hands On First Look

    A hands on preview of Tony Hawk Ride using the new skateboard peripheral.

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  • 15Jun

    New Controller to Wii makes players exercise

    The Wii is already getting people off their feet and working out. But that is limited to specific titles. New Concept Gaming has created jOG which will keep things moving during most regular Wii titles. The jOG is an add-on controller for the Wii that detects body motion. When the player takes a step so does the game character on screen. If the player runs, so does the game character. Brendan Ludden, Managing Director of NCG said: “We’re really proud that we’ve achieved what we set out to do – to produce a unique accessory that adds to the sense of immersion as you play your favourite games, that is great fun and contributes to your daily recommended exercise.” Register to win a jOG at their website. Follow

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