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  • 26May

    Get the American Idol Star Experience

    Interactive entertainment company Ludia and FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) have announced the release of American Idol Star Experience game today, May 26th, to coincide with the Season 9 finale of American Idol (the show). Idol lives on in every player as they put together online performances for friends and the entire Facebook community. Download the free performance creator for your PC and design your original stage performance with an avatar of your creation, one of your favorite rock, punk, pop, hip hop, disco, R&B or country hit songs, fun dance choreography, different camera angles, and flashy special effects, which you can post on Facebook for others to enjoy, rate, comment on, and discuss with others. “We are excited to release a unique game experience based on American Idol, one of the most important entertainment franchises in the world,” said Alex Thabet, Founder and CEO of Ludia Inc. “American Idol Star Experience

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  • 26May

    Help Pick the Fan Contribution to NBA Jam on Facebook

    EA Sports’ Wii-exclusive NBA Jam is coming closer and closer, and they want to get the fans in on the action. So, you know those fun little phrases the announcer will say during certain events? To take a completely famous one as an example – “Boomshakalaka!” for a dunk? Well, they’ve given us, the NBA Jam fans, a chance to add a touch of our very own. The entry phase of the contest is already over (sorry about that), but you can vote in the brackets to choose your favorite phrase. It’s operating a lot like NCAA basketball at the moment – four brackets with eight matchups a piece, going down until we get a Final Four. Want to play? Go to the NBA Jam Facebook page, and click on the “Boomshakalaka” tab to get started. Best part? You can listen to all of the contenders so you know exactly

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  • 26May

    Casual Games Boost the Brain

    . An ongoing study out of East Carolina University’s psychophysiology lab has released information regarding the relationship between playing casual games, such as PopCap’s Bejeweled and Peggle, and improvement in both cognitive response time and executive cognitive function (doing things faster and getting them right). The study group consists of adults over the age of 50 and focuses on the short term cognitive abilities measured by both electroencephalography (EEG) and parts A and B of the standardized Trail Making Test™, a timed neurological test that incorporates numbers and/or letters in a ‘connect the dots’ format. Compared to the control group, those who played 30 minute sessions of either Bejeweled or Peggle showed significant improvements in both areas (87% in cognitive response time and 215% in executive function). “The initial results of the study are very intriguing, in that they suggest that the ‘active participation’ required while playing a casual video

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  • 26May

    Bach and Allard Retiring from Microsoft This Fall

    Microsoft’s Robbie Bach, president of the Entertainment and Devices Division, will be leaving this fall. After his departure, Don Mattrick and Andy Lees will lead the Interactive Entertainment and Mobile Communications, respectively. J Allard, Senior VP of Design and Development (also in Entertainment and Devices – I get the feeling that everything is very compartmentalized over at Microsoft), will also be leaving Microsoft in order to take a role as a strategic advisor to Steve Ballmer and his team. Allard previously oversaw Microsoft’s entry into the console realm back in the early 2000s. (He also makes having a one-letter name look cool, even though his real first name is James.) Follow

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  • 26May

    From Deep Silver, with love; “Secret Files” series for Wii and DS

    Deep Silver’s take on the classic puzzle mystery Secret Files: Tunguska will be launching on Wednesday, June 30 for both the Nintendo Wii and DS, retailing at $19.99 each. Back in 2007, Deep Silver announced plans to port the former PC games, citing that platforms like Nintendo’s Wii and DS “deserved them.” The unchanged story focuses on Nina Kalenkov as she tries to figure out what happened to her father, a prolific scientist who has suddenly disappeared. Her search leads her to Siberia, where you can point-and-click to your heart’s content in over 100 different locations traversing the region in order to find out more about the top-secret research Dr. Kalenkov was conducting. Players MacGyver their way through the game by using and combining clues found in each scene. The story still incorporates the atomic Tunguska Explosion of 1908 and also features over 10 hours of gameplay, a hint tool, playability with

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  • 26May

    “Gears of War 2″ Triple Experience Weekend and All Fronts Discount

    The sixth update for Gears of War 2 is available on Xbox LIVE today. This update introduces the “Social Matches” feature, which lets you jump in and out of games without disruption, even if it’s a Horde match. Your party can join a game already in progress if there’s one that suits your fancy. The update also contains other improvements. Visit http://gearsofwar.xbox.com/tu6.htm for a full list of the changes. The Social Matches feature is available to anyone who owns all four map packs, now conveniently discounted in the “All Fronts Collection” for 800 Microsoft Points. Individual map packs have also been discounted. With these new developments, Epic’s decided that it’s the perfect time for a Triple Experience Weekend on Xbox LIVE! Starting Thursday, May 27, and going until Tuesday, June 1, you’ll get three times the experience in any multiplayer mode. If you’ve been waiting to get into Gears 2,

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