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  • 16Dec

    Square Enix launches program for Beta Testing Final Fantasy XIV

    Square Enix has launched their signup process for the Final Fantasy XIV beta test. Starting today, visitors can apply to participate in the planned beta phase. Players can go to www.finalfantasyxiv.com/ to sign up. The beta is only for the PC version at this time. The details say that the Playstation 3 beta will be announced later. The signup process is easy and you’ll need a Square Enix ID to apply (which you can set up at the same time). I had to set up an id and it’s taking quite awhile to get that verification email. Final Fantasy XIV is planned for global release in 2010 on the PC and Playstation 3. Follow

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  • 16Dec

    Dante’s Inferno live talk with Art/Audio team

    Below, you’ll be able to watch the Art and Audio Directors from Dante’s Inferno talk about their work on the game. Everything from what was involved in designing each circle of Hell to scoring and voice acting in Dante’s Inferno. We all know that voice acting can really make a game. If you want to ask a question, address it to @danteteam on Twitter and they’ll try to get to it live. The chat will take place December 16, at 4pm est. Follow

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  • 16Dec

    Viz Media adds not simple to SigIKKI.com

    Viz Media has announced that they will be kicking 2010 off with the release of Natsume Ono’s manga, not simple. The manga will be in a single volume, rated T, and will be published on SigIKKI.com. Viz will later publish is for $14.99 US/$19.99 CAN. A preview of the prologue not simple will be on SigIKKI.com. “This new release will captivate readers with its unconventional story and artwork,” says Gonzalo Ferreyra, Vice President Sales & Marketing, VIZ Media. “Natsume Ono’s art blends manga aesthetics with a graphic style reminiscent of many western indie and alternative comics, and fans of both genres will enjoy this title. We also welcome not simple as the newest addition to SigIKKI.com, the hottest outlet for online manga. Fans can check out the prologue chapter after December 17th at www.SigIKKI.com! ” Natsume Ono is one of the top creators of seinen manga – designed for adult

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  • 16Dec

    Corbomite Games Announces “Knights in Shining Armor: our king’s tale”

    Fluff Entertainment and Corbomite Games have announced the development of a new episodic point and click adventure game series “Knights in Shining Armor: our king’s tale“. Chapter one is expected to be available in Winter 2010 for PC.  The game is set in a dark medieval fantasy post war world and follows a young Prince Rupert as he makes his way through rough territory on his way to becoming a king. “We are very excited to be taking part in this new project” said Oded Sharon, CEO of Corbomite Games “this gives us an opportunity to produce more episodic adventure content with different kinds of storytelling and art styles from our ongoing comic series Pizza Morgana, Zbang, or Heavenly Hell”. Knights in Shining Armor: our king’s tale will feature high resolution 3d rendered backgrounds and point and click game mechanics.   You can find out more about Knights in Shining Armor: our king’s

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  • 16Dec

    Zynga raises $180 million in investments

    I’m sure many of you either play or know of FarmVille, Mafia Wars or any of the other big games that developer Zynga has launched on Facebook. Well on the heels of speculation that FarmVille is more popular than Twitter, it has been revealed that the Russian investors Digital Sky Technologies, who gave Facebook $200 million, will be investing a huge chunk of money into developer Zynga. The total investments from various sources for Zynga will be $180 million. This is honestly pretty amazing, and a good thing for Zynga and other companies looking to social media to build game applications. At the same time I’m left wondering more about the details as not much is mentioned in the New York Times article about the deal. It’s interesting to see how a small app on a social networking site can blow up and become such a huge entity that they

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  • 16Dec

    Pilot Season: Stealth #1 announced

    Top Cow has announced the first comic book in their Pilot Season for 2010. Stealth #1 will be coming to comic book stores February 3, 2010. Pilot Season: Stealth #1 is a 32 page story from Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Invincible) and Top Cow founder Marc Silvestri (X-Men/Dark Avengers: Utopia, The Darkness). In Stealth #1, Todd Carey’s family is falling apart all around him. He takes in his father who has Alzheimer’s. Todd doesn’t know that his father is a masked vigilante, Stealth which Todd then has to deal with. “I’m excited for our fans and new readers to pick up Stealth,” said Mitchell. “Robert really created a dynamic relationship between Todd and his father, Marc laid out a visually compelling hero and I worked hard to get this storyline to jump off the pages.” Pilot Season allows fans to choose the next two Top Cow series based on

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  • 16Dec

    BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger coming to Australia and New Zealand!

    Today N3V Games and All Interactive Entertainment have announced that they will be bringing BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger to Australia and New Zealand for the Xbox 360 and PS3 systems! BlazBlue has already been a hit in Japan and North America with many positive reviews. Some even say that BlazBlue is a “game that every self-respecting console fighting fan should play.” For those not familiar, BlazBlue is a 2D fighting game that has nicely drawn characters, and the game uses a lot of the next gen power. There is also a great online play so that you can compete against other players and test out your skills. The PAL version of the game will be compatible with US and Japanese players, which is great for those who are all about the online play. “We have a fantastic line-up going forward into Christmas and are starting the first half of 2010 aggressive

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  • 16Dec

    New Alice in Wonderland Trailer

    The new Alice in Wonderland movie trailer finally gives us a good look at what the movie is really about.  I’ve admitted to having a real soft spot for Alice in Wonderland in the past, and the more I see of this updated Alice story, the more excited I am to see this movie in March next year.  Give the trailer a watch, and let us know what you think. Follow

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  • 16Dec

    Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands coming in May 2010

    Ubisoft has announced that the next chapter in the Prince of Persia story, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, will be released for Xbox 360, PS3, PSP, Wii, DS/DSi and PC in May 2010. This game, which takes place between Sands of Time and Warrior Within where the Prince upon visiting his brother’s kingdom finds it under siege by a massive army bent on destruction. There is also a nice trailer for the game up on the official site here. Unfortunately not too many other details are known right now. The Wii, DS/DSi and PSP versions of the game will play differently from the 360 and PS3, and hopefully the different versions will give fans interesting experiences, especially with the possibilities the controls for the Wii offer. The press release did give some points on gameplay though: Classic Gameplay Reinvented: From huge-scale multi-enemy combat to dizzying feats of acrobatic prowess

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  • 16Dec

    3 million play Battlefield Heroes

    EA’s free-to-play third person shooter has hit a milestone amongst some controversy. EA and DICE announced that they have hit over 3m players that have signed up to play Battlefield Heroes. “Battlefield Heroes continues to grow fast with well over 50,000 new players joining us every week,” Battelfield Heroes’ general manager Ben Cousins stated. The title has had some controversy as they tweak the gameplay to test microtransactions. At the Spike VGAs we spoke with Gordan Van Dyke about all things Battlefield. Look for that video to be up late this weekend or early next week. Follow

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