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  • 06Sep

    Microsoft announces Dream.Build.Play winners

    Microsoft announced the four independent developers that have won the 2009 Dream.Build.Play challenge. For the challenge developers had to make an innovative game for the Xbox 360 using XNA Game Studio. The winners get a share of $75,000 in cash prizes and an opportunity to have their games on Xbox Live Arcade. Dean Dodrill won the grand prize of $40,000 for “Dust: An Elysian Tail”, a side-scrolling, action rpg where the player controls Dust. The game follows Dust’s journey to rediscover his past. Panya Inversin won second place and received $20,000 for their 3-D, four player space brawler/shooter, “Max Blastronaut”. Nivel21 Entertainment from Spain won $10,000 for “Rotor’scope – The Secret of the Endless Energy”. Hu Ling and his team from China won fourth place and received $5,000 for a martial arts action game, “HurricanX2 Evolution”. “Once again, the community of indie developers has blown us away with the quality

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  • 06Sep

    Magic the Gathering on XBLA gets an expansion!

    We’ve all had fun playing Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers on Xbox Live Arcade. I am almost through all the single player mission. Over 200,000 people have bought the title and will be happy to hear that Wizards of the Coast is adding to the game! The first expansion is titled, Duels of the Plansewalkers – Duel the Dragon. The expansion will have new decks, opponents, cards, challenges and achievements. In the game, players will also be able to challenge an icon from Magic: The Gathering: Nicol Bolas. Attendees at PAX got a sneak peek at the DLC while the rest of us will have to wait for the expansion to come to XBLA. The projected date is Fall 2009.

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  • 06Sep

    PAX Day One

    So, my PAX adventure actually started Thursday, not Friday since I had to fly out to Seattle, get to my hotel and try to pick up my badge. Luckily, for me the hotel I’m staying in, while not close to the airport at all, is right across the street from the Washington State Convention Center where PAX is being held. I made my way to the Grand Hyatt (after a detour to the Convention Center to learn that badges weren’t there) to pick up my badge, and settled back at the hotel preparing for the long weekend to come. Thursday started bright and early for me, since I was able to get into the convention hall a little early, but that also meant early appointments. I started my day on the lighter side with the Hello Kitty Online at the Aeria games booth.   If you’re a fan of Hello

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  • 06Sep

    Solve some Christmas dilemmas thanks to Section23

    Thinking of getting some Anime for a loved one (or yourself) for Christmas? November is set to be a busy month for the folks at Section23 thanks to their clients Sentai Filmworks and Switchblade Pictures, and if you have a habit of buying gifts around the last minute you should probably keep an eye out for some of the below mentioned titles! Sentai Filmworks are bringing out 5 new series that haven’t been released in North America yet: You’re Under Arrest Season 2 (pictured, out Nov 3rd), Special A (out Nov 10th), Blue Drop (out Nov 17th), Polyphonica (out Nov 17th), and Tears to Tiara (out Nov 24th). They are also bringing out the 2nd season of Little Snow Fairy Sugar (out Nov 17th). They are all expected to be priced at $39.98 US each. Switchblade Pictures are set to release 2 titles for Sci-Fi fans: the horror collection Ki-Gai

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