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  • 30Sep

    Vampire Knights now in North America

    If you’ve heard of the “Vampire Knights” series you will know doubt know that the story is about Cross Academy, a school that has two student classes – the Day Class and the Night class. Twilight sees the Day Class students return to their dorm, crossing paths with the Night Class students as they emerge. The Day Class has two Guardians in the form of Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu who protect them from those attending the Night class. Why? Because the Night Class students are vampires, that’s why! News from VIZ Media today tells us that they are now the “Master Licensors” in North America for the Vampire Knight anime series, and they now hold the TV (including IPTV and VOD) and Home Video (all platforms including Blu-ray), Streaming, DTO and Merchandising (including digital Merchandise and mobile) rights as well. If you would like any more information on Hino

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  • 30Sep

    New Xbox 360 Elite SKU announced

    Microsoft has announced a new Xbox 360 Elite Holiday Bundle just in time for Christmas. The bundle will sell for $300 and will include an Xbox 360 Elite, LEGO Batman and Disney’s Pure. Microsoft also announced a new retail package for a Xbox 360 controller. The Wireless Controller Game Pack retails at $60 and includes a wireless black controller, a token for Ms. Pac-Man and three Xbox Live Arcade games: Geometry Wars:Retro Evolved 2, Lumines Live!, and Bomberman Live!. Current Xbox 360 Wireless Controllers are listed at GameStop for $49.99. Follow

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  • 30Sep

    Developers get ready for Global Game Jam 2010

    It’s not 2010 yet, but the 2010 Global Game Jam planning is underway. They are looking to increase the size of the competition from last year’s 1650 participants. There are over 75 committed venues signed up for 2010 and information on partners, sponsors and keynotes will be coming soon. The 2010 Global Game Jam takes place January 29-31, 2010. “The 2010 Global Game Jam is becoming a major event for developers worldwide,” said Susan Gold, founder of the Global Game Jam. “As participation grows and we gain more commitments each week, the value to our community and partners increases. Our success in year one will be eclipsed by the growth and size of our second annual GGJ.” Game Jam is two days of working on a team with very little sleep to see how much creativity one can accomplish in those days. The goal is to get professional developers and

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  • 30Sep

    Cellufun Introduces Mobile Social Groups

    Cellufun users can now create groups to discuss or enjoy together any topic with real time chat and private forums, offering a new way to connect with new people or old friends right from your mobile device. “So many of our users are part of groups on Facebook and MySpace, so we knew letting them have access to groups on their mobile phones would be hugely popular. Within a couple days of launching the program, we had 800 groups sprout up,” said Neil Edwards, CEO of Cellufun. “We charge to form a group, and groups have formed for expectant mothers, sports enthusiasts, gamers, and social activists. Because Cellufun groups can be created instantly on a platform with tremendous global penetration, we will become a real authority on what people across the world are talking about,” he added. 23 year old stay at home mom, Tiffany (Tiffany513), who has recently started

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  • 30Sep

    Zuma’s Revenge! – Adventure

    PopCap Games launches Zuma’s Revenge! — Adventure, a single mode version of the newly-launched sequel is now available for the PC on leading game portals with a suggested retail price of US$9.95. The single mode edition includes all the stunning graphics, features and newfound power ups and game mechanics of the main “Adventure” mode from Zuma’s Revenge!, but does not include the premium version’s 3 other modes. “Adventure mode is the core of Zuma’s Revenge!, and consumers on tight gaming budgets will have hours of fun with this infinitely replayable, never-the-same-game-twice edition at half the cost of the premium version,” said Dennis Ryan, EVP of Global Business Development. “More avid gamers may prefer the advanced challenges and additional modes in the premium version of Zuma’s Revenge! but this Adventure mode edition will enable any and all customers to enjoy this tremendous sequel to one of the all-time classics.” “Features in

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  • 29Sep

    Lord of the Rings: Siege of Mirkwood to launch December 1st

    Today Turbine announced that the next expansion for Lord of the Rings Online will go live December 1st in North America! Along with the expansion Siege of Mirkwood, there will also be LOTRO Adventurer’s Pack which will be released as a companion and include various essentials that players will need to survive Mirkwood. Also as of today, there will be special offers for players to partake in! More details about the special offers from the press release are below: The LOTRO Lifetime Membership is now available for $199. Any current or former player who renews or upgrades their subscription to any multi-month plan by October 31st gets the Siege of Mirkwood digital expansion for FREE! All players can pre-order the new LOTRO Adventurer’s Pack which contains 2 character slots and one shared storage slot that allows players to share items with all of their characters on the same server for

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  • 29Sep

    Left 4 Dead Crash Course DLC hits Live

    Left 4 Dead’s Crash Course DLC campaign is now up on Xbox Live. Originally it was priced at 800 Microsoft points but has since been corrected to 560 Microsoft Points. Hopefully you didn’t buy it until after the change. Here’s some information on the DLC: Left 4 Dead’s Crash Course starts with our Survivors right after their rescue helicopter from the No Mercy campaign crash lands on the outskirts of town. This two chapter campaign includes Co-op, Survival and Versus action, and ten new achievements. The free PC version of the DLC has not gone live yet. Follow

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  • 29Sep

    Fable II: Game Episodes debuts today, first chapter free

    Beginning today, Fable II: Game Episodes is now available on Xbox Live and Games on Demand. Fable II: Games Episodes gives the player a chance to purchase and download Fable II one episode at a time. The entire Fable II experience is broken down into five installments with all the achievements from the disc-based game. The first episode is free to download. Players will be introduced to the world of Albion and from there players can buy additional episodes. Yes, the first one is always free. Follow

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  • 29Sep

    True Games opens new dev studio in Austin

    True Games Interactive announced a brand new studio in Austin, Texas. The new studio will be working on a game in development that is based on online free-to-play content via micro-transactions. “We are thrilled to announce the formation of our new development studio,” said Bob Drobish, Co-Founder and CEO of True Games Interactive. “This new studio will allow us to have more direct control and involvement in the development process of our games which is critical when you are developing new IP.” The new studio is currently building it’s team. Find out more information on open positions at truegames.com The new studio will be led by Frank Lucero who previously worked at Wolfpack Studios/Stray Bullet Games working on MMO and Nintendo Wii Titles. True Games headquarters are based in Irvine, California. Follow

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  • 29Sep

    Eighty Six Percent of UK girls play games

    A study released today by 2009 UK National Gamers Survey shows the Britain has more online and console gamers than anywhere else in Europe. Of those polled, 73% said they regularly play games more than surfing the web or watching tv. While the study found that young men between the ages of 13-19 spend 11 hours a week playing games, the findings also show that 86% of girls play games as well! They don’t clarify the age bracket for girls, but go on to say that 42% of people over the age of 50 say they enjoy playing games more than reading magazines. The study also reveals that social games, like the ones on Facebook, have yet to take off in the UK with only 11% playing games on social networks. According to Stephen Palmer, Group Director at TNS Technology, “Gaming has rapidly expanded in popularity and now appeals to

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