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  • 06Aug

    Final Fantasy XIV website gets new content

    Square Enix made me a happy gamer tonight with their email about updates to the Final Fantasy XIV website. Not only can you see the beautiful artwork for the lands and areas in the upcoming game, but now there is information about the storyline, races (I love the Lalafell) and new disciplines. There are also details on the world, quest system and some examples of armor and weapons for the characters. Final Fantasy XIV was announced at the E3 2009 conference and will be released globally in 2010.

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  • 06Aug

    G-Man goes from comics to online game

    Image has announced that Chris Giarrusso’s G-Man: Cape Crisis is going to be made into a video game as well. The video game will be available exclusively online. “In developing G-MAN: CAPE CRISIS: THE VIDEO GAME we decided to work in the grand tradition of such literal blockbusters as Breakout and Arkanoid,” says Giarrusso. “While it’s not necessary for fans of the comic to play the game, we do promise it will expand on the series’ storyline, allowing a total immersion experience into the world of G-MAN: CAPE CRISIS.” Players have to use enchanted energy discs in a quest to retrieve remnants of G-Man’s magic cape. And of course save the world from imminent destruction. G-Man: Cap Crisis #1 (of 5) will be in stores August 12, 2009. In the meantime you can play the game at http://chrisgcomics.com/ccgame1.html.

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  • 06Aug

    The filmmaker of the 80′s John Hughes, dies at 59

    John Hughes may not have been a director in recent years, but he was the only director that mattered in my teen years. In the 1980′s Hughes wrote and directed movies that captured teens so well, it was like he was living in our high schools. His films: Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, are all cult classics that myself and my friends would watch (and still do) over and over again. John Hughes died of a heart attack in Manhattan with family at the young age of 59. He retired from directing films in 1991 but continued to write until 2008. John created the “Brat pack” and also created the movie one-liners that many of us will never forget. Sixteen Candles the story of a girl (Molly Ringwald) who loves a boy (Michael Schoeffling) while geeky guy friend (Anthony Michael Hall) is

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  • 06Aug

    Can I get some Calculus with my Manga please?

    I never thought I would see the day when Manga would be used to educate young minds. Actually, I lie – it’s perfect and I wish I’d had it while I was in school! The folks at No Starch Press agree, and recently they released their latest addition to their collection of learning Manga. “The Manga Guide to Calculus” sees you learning alongside Noriko, a junior reporter for the Asagake Times. She needs to learn Calculus so that her boss Mr. Seki will give her all of the opportunities she needs to get journalistic fame and glory! Mr. Seki teaches her (and us) how to work out calculus problems by using examples from real-life such as probability, supply and demand curves, the economics of pollution, and the density of shochu (a Japanese liquor). Noriko struggles but she overcomes it eventually, and the goal is that you will too! Here we

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  • 06Aug

    Developer Diary for Cooking Dash: DinerTown Studios

    PlayFirst’s Cooking Dash: DinerTown Studios is out later this month, and they are giving us a sneak peak at screens from the game and a developer’s diary. The diary is from Vicki Resendez from PlayFirst. While we’ve had tremendous success with the original Cooking Dash and amazing fan support for the game, as a development team we wanted to deliver another magical formula that kept players entertained while building on a great series with even better features and storyline. Cooking Dash was the first title to find Flo in the TV world and for her follow up, we decided to cast her in a larger role and what better step up for her than to go Hollywood! We loved the idea of thrusting Flo into the exciting and challenging world of movie celebrity in her own starring role of sorts. Flo’s connection to Hollywood comes through her old college roommate

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  • 06Aug

    4th Breaking Benjamin Album gets a name

    Alternative Metal band Breaking Benjamin announced this week the title for their upcoming 4th album. The album will be “Dear Agony”.  The 11 track album produced by David Bendeth is scheduled for release on September 29th. However, if you’re a Breaking Benjamin fan, you’ll be able to hear the first single from the upcoming album, ”I Will Not Bow” in the new Bruce Willis sci-fi movie “Surrogates”.  The song will hit the radio and iTunes on August 17th.  The band recently shot the video for “I Will Not Bow” at the World Trade Center. [via ShallowBay]

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  • 06Aug

    Atomic Games confirms staff cuts due to Six Days in Fallujah

    Atomic Games released a statement to press admitting that they had to cut an unannounced number of staff members. The reason was not being able to attain funding for Six Days in Fallujah. Due to a mixture of fears about the edgy subject matter of Six Days in Fallujah, as well as low videogame sales this summer, we have been unable to secure full-scale funding from a major publisher for Six Days in Fallujah. This has caused us to reduce the size of our studio today. In the words of Marine officer Chesty Puller, “We’re surrounded. That simplifies the problem.” Development at Atomic will continue with a smaller team that will be funded by our sister company, Destineer. We wish to assure the dozens of Marine veterans who have collectively invested hundreds of hours in this project that, while we have been badly wounded, we will fight on. The stories

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  • 06Aug

    PAX announces programming details

    The organizers of the sixth annual Penny Arcade gaming festival announced exhibitors and the first programming details. To get you excited if you’re going and sad if, like me, you aren’t. PAX is held September 4-6 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center. There will be almost 100 exhibitors there including, Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, Ubisoft, Blizzard and Wizards of the Coast. Some of the panels are the first live demonstration of Star Wars: The Old Repbulic, demos of Ubisoft’s anticipated titles, PAX 10 independent game showcase, sponsored parties, and two nights of nerdcore concerts. “PAX IS SO GREAT,” said Robert Khoo of Penny Arcade. “SO GREAT.” Yeah soooo great. Actually it really is. It was my favorite con of the year last year and I would give anything to be able to go this year. We’ll have quite a few staff there this year, so make sure you say

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  • 06Aug

    ZEN Pinball Street Fighter table

    Zsolt from Zen Studios revealed the answer to yesterday’s mystery image on Playstation blog today. Prefuse Games was correct in that there is a new table coming to ZEN pinball and it’s the only Street Fighter table out there. “To give you a little idea of what makes this table so unique, we’ve loaded it with all the iconic Street Fighter II characters that revolutionized the fighting genre, from Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, and Guile to Sagat, Evil Ryu, Vega, Balrog and even M. Bison! The locations, missions, and even the tempo of the game capture the feel and look of the Street Fighter brand, so if you’re a fan of the franchise you’ll need to check this table out.” The table should released around August 2009. Congrats Prefuse Games for figuring out the mystery!

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  • 06Aug

    Scratch DJ Game gets new dev team

    Scratch DJ Game, LLC has hired Commotion Interactive to complete the development of its music rhythm game, Scratch: The Ultimate DJ. If you remember this was the group that has the lawsuit earlier in the year with Activision. “Scratch: The Ultimate DJ offers a revolutionary take on the existing music/rhythm genre. The combination of the game and the proprietary Scratch Deck controller will bring the art of DJing to the masses,” said Trevor Fencott, CEO of Bedlam Games Inc. “The Scratch Deck combines a touch sensitive turntable from Numark with the drumpads from the iconic Akai Professional MPC. This combination delivers an authentic music gaming experience unlike any other. We are thrilled to embark on this venture with Scratch, and can’t wait for this exciting title to hit store shelves.” The title will be out in retail in early 2010 on the Xbox 360 and Playstation3.

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