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  • 19Jan

    Sony announces release date for Motion Controller

    Sony released a late night press release to talk about their Motion Controller for the Playstation 3. The controller still has a temporary name, but will be out this fall 2010 in Japan, Asian regions and countries, North America, and Europe/PAL territories. The launch will come with a line-up of software titles as well. “We have decided to release the Motion Controller in fall 2010 when we will be able to offer an exciting and varied line-up of software titles that will deliver the new entertainment experience to PS3 users, ” said Kazuo Hirai, President and Group CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. “We will continue to work to have a comprehensive portfolio of attractive and innovative games for the Motion Controller, not only from SCE Worldwide Studios but also from the third party developers and publishers, whom we have been working closely with. We look forward to soon unveiling the

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  • 19Jan

    SOE G.I.R.L. Scholarship taking applications for 2010

    Sony Online Entertainment is accepting applications for their 2010 G.I.R.L. Scholarship. This is the third year and we’ve been huge supporters of their effort every year. The scholarship is to help educate and recruit more women into the field of video game production and design. Applications are available at www.scholarshipamerica.org/gamersinreallife and you can find all the rules at http://www.station.sony.com/girl/. “The past two G.I.R.L. Scholarship recipients were such a valued addition to our team that we are thrilled to offer this program for the third consecutive year,” said Laura Naviaux, Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing, Sony Online Entertainment. “Our goal is to continue to encourage and reward women who share our commitment and passion for developing cutting edge online games for all demographic groups.” One student will win up to $10,000 to be applied toward tuition and other educational expenses (who couldn’t use that), and get an optional internship

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  • 19Jan

    Mass Effect 2 Gets A Downloadable Content Portal…Well, At Least the Original Purchasers Do

    This is a definite shot to the heart for people who love buying used games. Looks like BioWare has opted to create a portal for downloadable bonus content that is available only to those who are the “original purchaser” of a disc (something tied to a non-transferable EA account). “The Cerberus Network” will be accessed via a special code included with downloadable and retail versions of the game. When accessing the network, gamers will be rewarded with messages, news, and (the big kicker) bonus content. So, what items are Mass Effect lovers missing out on if they buy used? First, a DLC pack that contains in-game items and extra missions. Without these extra missions, players will miss out on a new character: Zaeed, an assassin who is recruited to join Commander Shepard’s mission. The next DLC pack will include a new vehicle, new ammo, and new armor that will be

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  • 19Jan

    DJ Hero is 2009′s Highest Grossing New IP

    Looks like despite dismal sales, Activision’s DJ Hero title is 2009′s highest-grossing new IP. The title, one of many in the “Hero” line, allows players to control a faux turntable while listening to some pretty hot mashups. Instead of sticking to only rock music, as previous guitar-focused games tended to do, no one genre is the main focus of DJ Hero. Since its late October release date, DJ Hero has garnered much acclaim from critics, and even ended up on several end-of-year “best of” lists. This, along with its diverse tracklist, probably contributed hugely to the game’s success. Guess that pretty much confirms a DJ Hero 2. Glad to see that my plastic turntable will be getting more of a workout. However, a bigger question is, what games did DJ Hero supposedly beat? How many new IPs came onto the scene in the past year? Are you surprised? Leave answers

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  • 19Jan

    Lit. Angels Podcast #16 – 2010

    Last week, Stealthyslyth and I finally brought back the Lit. Angels podcast after a two month hiatus for NaNoWriMo and the December Holidays.  We chatted about our experience with NaNoWriMo in 2009, about books we finished at the end of the year, and what we’re looking forward to for 2010. We also teased some of the ideas we have for this year’s podcasts.  Also, tune in next week (January 28th, 8pm CST) to listen to us talk about our favorite young adult mystery and horror authors and series. We’re very excited to re-read some of our favorite books, and hope you’ll join us when we talk about them next week. You can listen to last week’s podcast below: Below are some of the books we mentioned that we’re looking forward to this year so you can learn more about them. Stealthyslyth’s picks: Jim Butcher’s Changes (Book #12 in The Dresden

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  • 19Jan

    Game Developers Choice Award Nominations Bring Few Surprises

    Today, organizers of the tenth annual Game Developers Choice Awards announced the nominees for every award that will be handed out at the March ceremony in San Francisco (except the Ambassador and Lifetime Achievement Special Awards). The recipient of the 2010 Pioneer Award will be Gabe Newell, as reported last week. Several of the nominations are no-brainers. Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 2: Among Thieves leads the pack with seven nominations (if there was a “Movie of the Year” category, it would have eight nominations and one sure win), while one surprising title follows it with five: downloadable PSN title Flower. Assassin’s Creed II had four nominations. Even iPhone games like Flight Control got recognition. Looks like the nominees are very inclusive this year – while some of them are quite obvious, everyone seems to have gotten a fair shake. A full list of nominees follows. Best Game Design Batman: Arkham Asylum

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  • 19Jan

    MapleStory Trading Card Game

    Nexon America is opening up beta testing for an online version of the MapleStory Trading Card Game starting on Wednesday, January 20th. Innitally, play times will be from 10am to 6pm PST. iTCG is based on the popular free online MMORPG MapleStory. iTCG will be Nexon’s first browser-based game, which means it needs no download to be able to play. Players of this online TCG will be able to choose one of the four MapleStory classes: warrior, magician, bowman, and thief. Players will get several abilities in the game like being able to attack other players and monsters, using non-attack actions like healing their HP (hit points), adding items to their character, and taking on side quests. Users can customize the starter decks that come with the game, and booster packs can be bought using in-game points they earn while playing. There’s also a trade lobby so users can trade

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  • 19Jan

    Guest Interview: Curtis Lawson, Owner Broken Soul Press

    Curtis Lawson is a 30 year old comic writer and the owner of Broken Soul Press. In his short career Curtis has been nominated for several awards and led the fifth place creative team in the 2008 Platinum Studios Comic book Challenge. His creations include Divis Morte, Kincaid, The Sleeping King and The Insufferable Suffolk Gang. In addition to his self published efforts, Curtis has written comics that have appeared in publications by Dimestore Publications, Platinum Studios, Severed Head comics and more. What made you get into writing comics? Well before I started doing comics I had been playing in metal and punk bands for years. When I was 25 I had a really awful band experience and became completely fed up with that whole dynamic. The truth of the matter is that I was never an exceptional musician anyway, but friends, teachers and family always seemed to think I

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  • 19Jan

    The “Crown of Love” now available from VIZ

    VIZ are about to bring out another manga so early in the new year – a shojo manga named “CROWN OF LOVE”. Meet 16 year old Hisayoshi “Kumi” Tajima. He wasn’t looking for somebody to love until he bumps into teen idol Rima Fujio – and since then, he can’t stop thinking about her. Enter Rima’s former agent Ikeshiba who offers Hisayoshi a chance to meet up with Rima again by way of making Hisayoshi an idol! Unfortunately, Rima doesn’t seem to be keen on this and thinks Hisayoshi is competing for Ikeshiba’s attention. Elizabeth Kawasaki, Senior Editorial Director, VIZ Media: “CROWN OF LOVE offers a complex story of unrequited love between a pair of teenagers who are each on the brink of stardom,” says Elizabeth. “Creator Yun Kouga has already attracted legions of North American fans with her popular manga series GESTALT, also published by VIZ Media, and we

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  • 19Jan

    Interview: Guy “Yug” Blomberg talks about The Mana Bar

    It had to happen at some point: video games finally got chic. The Mana Bar is the culmination of a vision by Brisbane boys Guy ‘Yug’ Blomberg, Ben ‘Yahtzee’ Croshaw, Pras Moorthy, and Shay Leighton. Three of the leading minds in Australian gaming culture and a bar lad with 15 years’ experience in the UK and US are asking Australia to put our social gaming into their hands, and quite frankly I cannot think of anyone more qualified. At last, you don’t have to resort to your mate’s place for a beer and a game of Halo 3 – now the two of you (and 48 others) can head over to Fortitude Valley in Brisbane, Australia to sip a cocktail and either play a game or watch a game on one of many LCD screens. Forget the arcade, cancel the local LAN party, and throw away your membership to your

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