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  • 20Jan

    Activision Blizzard’s Bobby Kotick to keynote 2010 DICE

    Bobby Kotick, the CEO of Activision Blizard, will be opening the 2010 D.I.C.E. Summit Sessions with an opening keynote. Bobby is known for giving press very interesting quotes, so this keynote could be a fun one to watch. D.I.C.E. takes place Thursday, February 18,2010 at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas. The theme of Mr. Kotick’s talk is how creative talent drives the video game industry. “Bobby Kotick has believed in the power of interactive entertainment his entire career,” said Joseph Olin, president of the Academy. “The growth of Activision Blizzard, from bankruptcy to an industry leader is attributable to his unwavering drive to develop a studio model that fosters creativity to deliver great games. Activision Blizzard is home to some of the most talented developers in our industry and we are thrilled to have Bobby’s insight on how great games are built upon great talent.”

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  • 20Jan

    Nancy Drew Returns to DS Sleuthing in “The Model Mysteries”

    Today, THQ announced Nancy Drew: The Model Mysteries for Nintendo DS. The game is based on three Nancy Drew books: “Model Crime,” “Model Menace,” and “Model Suspect.” These books were originally published in the 1990s, but have been rewritten to suit today’s young audience. In the game (well, also in the books), Nancy is asked to be a bridesmaid in the wedding of a friend who is marrying a reality television star. Naturally, the whole wedding is being filmed. (Is her friend Jessica Simpson? Because I can tell her how this will end.) However, some unknown villain wants to sabotage the whole thing! Oh no! If someone did that during my wedding, I think I’d go off. Nancy, however, just decides to figure out who’s doing the plotting. I assume that she won’t really kill anyone for it, though. Nancy Drew: The Model Mysteries (hey, where were the models?) is

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  • 20Jan

    Charlie Murder Sells Out, I think

    Ska Studios, the indie developer behind I MAED A GAM3 W1TH ZOMBIES 1N IT!!!1 and Dishwasher: Dead Samurai, has decided to move into the “punk rock beat-’em-up” arena. They do this with the (probably) fictional punk rock band Charlie Murder, capitalizing on their fake feud with metal band Gore Quaffer. Apparently part of the battle involved stealing Charlie’s girlfriend, Skelekitten. So, naturally, they have to get her back by beating up anyone involved. Is there any other way? Hopefully, his princess is not in another castle. Ska Studios’ press release is probably funnier than anything I could write, and includes fake quotes and sarcasm, so take a look. (We almost thought this was about a real band for a bit, that’s how good it is.) Schenectady, N.Y., January 14, 2010 – In a move bound to shake up the music scene, punk rock super group Charlie Murder have agreed to

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  • 20Jan

    Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable

    Ready to bring your virtual social links on the road? Well, Atlus has the goods with today’s official announcement of Persona 3 Portable for North America. This version of SMT: P3 includes a female protagonist not in the original version. It also features a lot of improvements. In fact, it features the sort of improvements that should’ve been in the original version (in my opinion, anyway): Five difficulty levels, a choice of protagonist, Skill Cards, part-time jobs, and THE ABILITY TO CONTROL YOUR TEAMMATES IN BATTLE. (Sorry if I got overly excited, but why wasn’t this there in the first place?) Looks like I’ll be doing my best to obtain a PSP before July 6 so I can see the story from a different angle and enjoy it all over again. Check out the trailer below, and be wary that it does contain imagery of characters putting their Evokers (which

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  • 20Jan

    KEKKAISHI now on Hulu.com

    VIZ Media have let us know that the anime version of Yellow Tanabe’s manga series KEKKAISHI is now available to view on Hulu for our US friends to watch. KEKKAISHI is made of demon-battling and clans, and a whole lot more: Mystical forces are powerful in the region called Karasumori. For over 400 years, it has been the duty of a clan of “kekkaishi”—barrier masters—to guard the land and exterminate the supernatural creatures that are drawn to the area night after night. Yoshimori Sumimura is a junior high school student at Karasumori Academy. Following in the tradition that’s been passed down through generations, he is the twenty-second “kekkaishi” of the Sumimura clan. But by day, Yoshimori’s got other demons to battle: an addiction to sweets and a seriously crotchety grandfather! Yoshimori’s pretty neighbor, childhood friend and rival, Tokine Yukimura, is also a “kekkaishi,” but their families are feuding over who

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  • 20Jan

    Burned Zombies…Coming to an Amazon Near You

    Hit PS3 downloadable game Burn Zombie Burn! has always been available on the PlayStation Store. But what if you want to mix it up? What if you want to do things a little differently? Yes, if the PlayStation Store just isn’t doing it for you lately, Burn Zombie Burn! is now available elsewhere…Amazon.com. If you want to shop the rainforest for zombie goodness, just navigate here, buy the code along with whatever else you want (I’d love a Canon macro lens, thanks), and then enter the code at your leisure for some zombie-shootin’ good times. What else does this make easier? Gift-giving, of course! Now, you can add the game to your Wish List, or give it to someone who has it on theirs. Sure beats getting socks from Mom.

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  • 20Jan

    Rock Band Network Beta Opens to Public

    The Rock Band Network, designed to let music artists submit their own tracks to the Rock Band platform, is now open to the public (but is still in beta). The Network allows artists to author and submit their own Rock Band tracks for play by the community, which then gives feedback and allows a track to be changed before final submission. The Rock Band Network platform allows someone to submit music to Rock Band at any stage of their career — someone need not be an established artist to use it to its fullest potential (and to make money!). Any song submitted gets 30% back in royalties. But, before any royalties come into play, songs have to be submitted to playtesters and peer reviewers (who get to play the song before anyone can buy it – quite an awesome reward, if you ask me). There, the artists get any feedback

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  • 20Jan

    Sweethearts Candy add “Tweet me”

    Sweethearts candy are a staple of Valentine’s Day. With or without a valentine, I can easily go through boxes of these sugar candy treats. You may have noticed through the years Valentine’s Candy have added sayings like, “Text me” and now the newest hearts will say, “Tweet me”. USA Today has the report that Sweethearts will be embracing Twitter on the heart-shaped candies. Your odds of getting a heart that says Tweet Me is one in 80. A year ago, an online survey asked consumers to come up with their next candy saying. Tweet Me overwhelmingly won. “It’s even more proof that people can say anything in short messages,” says Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter. “A 140-character message may seem short. Sweethearts are even smaller.”

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  • 20Jan

    Coachella 2010 lineup announced

    The 11th Coachella Valley Music & Arts festival lineup was announced yesterday. The artists include Thom Yorke, Vampire Weekend, Faith No More, David Guetta, Devo and many more. Coachella runs from Friday, April 16 – through Sunday April 18 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA. Coachella is one of the most fun concerts a music lover can go to. It is exhausting, but worth it. The best part of Coachella is being exposed to new bands. Festival goers can purchase 3-day festival tickets starting January 22, at 10am. There are always layaway payment plans for onsite camping. In the past they have listed individual days for sale, but that is only if there are tickets after the 3 day sale. Three-day weekend passes are $269 plus surcharges. You can find all information at www.coachella.com. Here is the lineup! I’m hoping to attend Friday and Saturday. What days interest

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  • 20Jan

    Guest Review – Rubik’s Puzzle Galaxy: RUSH

    There is no better way to enjoy a holiday than with a good puzzle game – they are wonderful little gems in the video game world. Given the technical and complex narrative advancements of video games over the last ten years alone, I am highly suspicious of any video game that requires the player to merely jump over obstacles without applying some level of critical thinking. Platform: Nintendo Wii/Wiiware ESRB: E (Everyone) Genre: Puzzle Number of Players: 1-2 Developer: Two Tribes Release Date: December 11 2009 (PAL), December 14 2009 (NA) Official Website: http://www.rubikspuzzlegalaxy.com/ But the concept of Rubik’s Puzzle Galaxy: RUSH frustrated me. In my experience, it is a stretch to have a puzzle game on a console that is not a handheld console. Give me any number of puzzle games on my Nintendo DS and I will huddle away like a squirrel coveting a beautiful acorn. But put

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