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  • 18Jun

    Review: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

    Release Date: 18/02/2009 Genre: Action/Adventure, Anime, Fantasy Runtime: 125.0 mins Licensor/s: Madman Entertainment (Australia & New Zealand) I think nearly everyone has a moment in their past that they would like to go back in time to change. I know I’ve had plenty of moments like that, but what if you actually did have the ability? From the producers of Madhouse (who brought you the film “Perfect Blue”, and the TV series “Cardcaptor Sakura” and “Chobits”), and the talents of director Mamoru Hosoda (who has directed several “Digimon” projects, and was a Key Animator on the “SailorMoon SuperS” movie), I give you “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time”! Based on the book written by Yasutaka Tsutsui, the movie follows Makoto Konno (voiced by Emily Hirst, who is up for the Young Artist Award 2009), a young teenage girl, who is best friends with 2 boys from her class: Chiaki (voiced

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  • 18Jun

    AUS & NZ Special Pokemon Event – Get the Secret Key

    Pokémon fans in Australia and New Zealand listen up! If you have Pokemon Platinum you are being given the opportunity to “get the secret key” that will help you to choose a form in which you want your Rotom to evolve! So take your Pokémon Platinum (and your Nintendo DS) to any Toys R Us or Target store Australia wide (excluding Target Country) during June 25th and July 5th to get your paws on the Secret Key. There may also be a chance for those in Melbourne to find it at the Nintendo Experience at EB Games on Swanston St. And Nintendo have extended their offer for those lucky enough to go to one of the Connection Tour events – and this is where our NZ friends will get their opportunity. “Where are the Connection Tour events going to be?” I hear you ask! Check it out: QLD Westfield Carindale

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  • 18Jun

    Game with Developers for Magic the Gathering

    Magic: The Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers just launched on Xbox Live yesterday. To celebrate the launch there will be two opportunities to play against Magic developers and pro players. Game with Fame is June 20th and here are the challengers: Richard Garfield, creator of Magic: The Gathering Mike Turian, a Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour Hall of Famer Jon Finkel, a Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour Hall of Famer Gerry Thompson, Pro Tour player Jamie Parke, Pro Tour Player Brian Kibler, Pro Tour Player Game with Developers will be June 27th. While the page isn’t up yet keep checking the Game with Developers page for a list of what gamertags will be playing. Follow

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  • 18Jun

    Bruce Timm talks about Green Lantern: First Flight

    Bruce Timm is the Executive Producer on Green Lantern: First Flight and is finally giving his thoughts in a Q&A about the film. Timm has been responsible for much of the success of the animated DC Universe. He’s currently working on a few other films within the DC Universe but he stopped to answer some questions. QUESTION: There was no downtime for you and director Lauren Montgomery between Wonder Woman and Green Lantern: First Flight. How did you two make that quick transition, and what kept it fresh for you? BRUCE TIMM: Lauren did such a great job on Wonder Woman, she was immediately my first choice for Green Lantern. I thought she might be a little burned out after the massive Wonder Woman project, but to my immense relief and gratefulness, she was eager to do it. All that said, Lauren definitely needed to take a little bit of

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  • 18Jun

    Microsoft’s John Schappert leaving for EA

    After just being on stage at E3 for Microsoft, John Schappert is leaving to work with Electronic Arts. He will be joining EA as the company’s Chief Operation Officer next month. Kotaku got the scoop along with confirmation from Microsoft that Schappert will not be immediately replaced. Schappert has been working on Xbox Live Software and services. Now he’ll basically be the number two person at EA. “After nearly two decades working in or around this company, I’ve got EA in my blood,” Schappert said in EA’s press release. “This is a team that is intensely focused on quality and innovation. I’m looking forward to rejoining EA as chief operating officer and helping grow the business on new platforms and in new markets.” Schappert’s new boss, John Riccitiello, celebrated his hire. “We are thrilled to welcome John Schappert back to EA,” he said in EA’s release. “He has a great

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  • 18Jun

    First Facebook game to donate to Susan G. Komen

    Hive7 announced that the Facebook launch of Zen Garden will benefit the Susan G. Komen foundation. Ten percent of the profits Zen Garden makes with a minimum donation of $25,000 will go to help fun live-saving breast cancer research. “Hive7 believes that combining our beautiful game Zen Garden with a great charity like Komen for the Cure is a perfect fit. We are very proud to be the first game on Facebook to be partnered with Komen,” said Rob Carroll, Hive7 Producer. “We’re pleased to announce that during the period from May 15, 2009 through May 14, 2010, Hive7 and Socialsoft will donate 10% of the retail price of all in-game money sold, with a guaranteed minimum donation of $25,000.00.” In Zen Garden, players can create their own tranquil backyard. With over 75 plants available, there is much to choose and you don’t have to worry about everything dying. Zen

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  • 18Jun

    Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer will always be free

    There have been rumors floating around that Modern Warfare 2 might have online charges. But Infinity Ward is quick to stop that rumor. This rumor has absolutely nothing to do with Infinity Ward or our games, including Modern Warfare 2,” said the developer’s communications boss, Rob Bowling, speaking on the firm’s forums. “We would never introduce such a system for Modern Warfare 2 so don’t worry. “Multiplayer will always be equal and free for everyone as always.” See don’t always listen to rumors. Follow

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  • 18Jun

    Halo 3: ODST pre-order details

    Halo 3: ODST comes out on September 22, with the explosive new multiplayer mode, Firefight. Firefight basically makes you and your team fight together with waves of enemies. This mode only gets harder with every wave but is so much fun. At E3 I played the new mode and I loved it. The controls felt good, fighting waves of Covenant bad guys made you feel like a badass. The pre-order bonus for Halo 3: ODST is a token to unlock UNSC hero Sgt. Johnson as a playable character in Firefight. By purchasing Halo 3: ODST, Halo fans will get access to the Halo: Reach beta when it goes live. Follow

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  • 18Jun

    RealTime Worlds still hiring

    RealTime Worlds is working hard on APB. The staff has grown to nearly 250 and they are still looking to add more. To accompany the increase in staff, they have expanded the office. Realtime Worlds’ CEO, Gary Dale, commented “The calibre and potential of games we are creating requires staff of the highest calibre and we’re proud to have found 250 immensely talented and creative individuals so far, and look forward to finding more like-minded people to join the family.” “We’re coming off the back of a very successful E3, with APB winning countless plaudits, which increases the level of excitement over the coming months as we ramp up to launch.” RealTime Worlds is working with EA to launch it’s next title APB in early 2010. To see and apply for any of their 40 vacancies go to www.realtimeworlds.com. Follow

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  • 18Jun

    Truth Movement to perform off the grid

    Corey Feldman and his band, Truth Movement, are launching their Off the Grid tour, at Universal CityWalk on June 27. The free concert starts at 9pm and will not be powered by the power grid at Universal CityWalk. Feldman wants to use the tour to showcase his commitment to the environment. To do so, they have developed a 24-month long plan to bring a series of festival-based concerts that run completely off the traditional power grid. Feldman ultimately wants to “revolutionize the way the industry and our world think about live musical events.” “I have been a proponent of sustainable energy practices for many years,” commented Feldman, “and can’t think of a better way to create real change in the world than to partner with companies and individuals to bring the Off the Grid Tour to fruition, proving that effective implementation of alternative energy sources can be done.” Truth Movement’s

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