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  • 22Feb

    Weekly Roundup 4 – next week a new name!

    Hi everyone! I hope you had a great holiday weekend! I spent the weekend in Vegas! Not winning much but I didn’t lose much either. It was nice to get away, but before I did, we recorded our weekly roundup! This week we announced our new name and covered the following: - Playing Games reduces stress - Felicia Day creates Dragon Age webseries - Borders closes 192 stores (Get those sales!) - Who’s playing Wonder Woman? I hope you enjoy this week. Next week, we up the production level! [wpaudio url="http://www.GamingAngels.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/weeklyroundup4.mp3" text="WeeklyRoundUp" autoplay="0"]

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  • 22Feb

    “Brunswick Pro Bowling” makes its way to Kinect today

    Crave Games’ Brunswick Pro Bowling, previously available for Wii and PlayStation 3 (with Move), is taking another step: removal of any controller. “As a professional bowler, this is the most natural bowling experience without being on an actual lane or having a bowling ball in my hand,” said Sean Rash, a PBA Tour professional bowler. Rash apparently enjoys the game’s “accurate ball and pin physics.” The game also features five gameplay options (League Play, Exhibition, etc.) and online multiplayer. For the kids, bumper bowling is also available.

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  • 22Feb

    Nintendo reveals official 3DS launch day lineup and pricing

    When the Nintendo 3DS launches on March 27, you’ll have a grand total of 16 titles to choose from if you want something 3DS-specific to play (remember, it does also play your old DS titles, unless they require the GBA slot). Nintendo thinks that over 30 titles will be launching before E3 in June, but we’ll have to see. As far as the things you can get next month, three of them are first-party (with a suggested MSRP of $39.99), with the other 13 coming from a wide variety of publishers. As far as first-party titles go, we’ll see (descriptions by Nintendo): Pilotwings Resort, an aerial adventure featuring airplanes, hang gliders and rocket belts. Players soar above tropical Wuhu Island in 3D as they complete missions or snap pictures. Steel Diver, a submarine game that involves strategy and combat. The 3D visuals give players the sensation that they are looking

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  • 22Feb

    “The Games We Play” shows what game artists are up to in their off-hours

    At the Game Developers Conference next week, Present Creative and Nieto Fine Art will combine their powers in San Francisco for the art show “The Games We Play.” See, when they’re not creating art for games, game artists are just…well, artists. “Pixelated princesses and cutesy critters pay the bills”, said Present Creative Co-founder and CEO Ben Sutherland, “but, there’s a wealth of imagination and talent that lies virtually unseen due to the commercial nature of the gaming industry.  We’re just providing an outlet for that creativity.” An outlet that officially goes on display March 3 at Nieto’s gallery space, located at 565 Sutter Street in San Francisco. The 26 artists at the show have worked with many of the world’s top game companies, including EA, Zynga, Blizzard and Wizards of the Coast. The exhibit’s gala opening will occur from 7pm-11pm on March 3, and the exhibit itself will run in

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  • 22Feb

    Archaia reveals FCBD cover

    Archaia has released their Free Comic Book Day cover showing a preview of the Mouse Guard/The Dark Crystal Flipbook. On May 7, 2011, the flipbook will be available for free (get it free comic book day?). The flipbook has 32 pages and gives fans a preview of a brand new Mouse Guard tale and a prelude for the upcoming The Dark Crystal graphic novels. Free Comic Book day is a great day to check out some new titles and experiment. On the website, you can see what comic book shops are participating. Drop by and check out something new!

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  • 22Feb

    Interview: Penka Kouneva

    Penka Kouneva is a Sundance Composer Fellow and a rising Hollywood film composer who blends her native Eastern European influences with modern orchestra, medieval chant, rock, and electronica. Recently, she composed additional score for the videogames “PRINCE OF PERSIA” 2010 and “TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN” working alongside the TRANSFORMERS composer Steve Jablonsky.  I was given the opportunity to ask her a few questions about herself and her experience with Ubisoft.  Enjoy! GamingAngels: How did you feel when you were first approached by Ubisoft to compose for Prince of Persia The Forgotten Sands? Penka Kouneva: When I found out that Ubisoft had approved me to work alongside Steve Jablonsky I was ecstatic and remember jumping to the ceiling with joy. I was being given the one “lucky break” and had to step up to the occasion. Right away I immersed myself in Middle-Eastern and Persian music. I tend to think

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  • 22Feb

    Jane McGonigal: Reality is Broken at the Science Pub In Portland, OR

    Portland, a place where the geek & chic come to play and make a home, was the center stage for Jane McGonigal’s presentation “Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change The World.”  The Science pub is put together by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and the idea is that you can go to one of the talks, learn about cutting-edge topics in science and technology from leading experts, and ask questions all while drinking a pint and with some tater tots. So when I heard that Jane McGonigal was going to be at the Bagdad theater where I presented at Ignite #9 (Samus: Legend of a Girl Gamer), about her new book “Reality is Broken,” the math was very simple… Jane McGonigal + video games + beer + tater tots = EPIC WIN! See? Even Einstein would back me up on that

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  • 22Feb

    Opinion: A Mother’s Thoughts on the MAVAV Organization

    First, I am a Mother, and as a Mother, I feel it is my personal responsibility to monitor my children’s activities.  From the time they wake up in the morning until they go to bed.  When it comes to games, I enjoy all types and I consider myself a gamer.  Since I enjoy this as a past-time, so does my family.  I personally play games with any ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) rating however, I decide what is and what is not appropriate for my children.   I do not rely solely on ESRB ratings or game reviews to make those decisions.  I read reviews, I ask opinions and if I buy a game, I usually try it out first.  Seeing organizations like MAVAV (Mothers Against Videogame Addiction and Violence) makes me question, what type of parent would start such an organization?  My opinion, a parent without responsibility.  One who does

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  • 22Feb

    Sony’s Deadfall Fruit

    When a tree has a fatal disease and it is about to die, it produces the most flowers and the most abundant fruit. And then it dies. This year Sony is putting out several smart products and now a tablet is expected to drop in the fall. In 2009 and 2010 Sony lost money, and fired executives: Sony Online Entertainment, publisher and developer behind DC Universe Online and The failed (or postponed?) ‘The Agency, laid off 35 employees. For Sony, a cloud based delivery of music, videos, games and eBooks means that you need not own anything ever again. Good for them, not for you. Does the world need another device that picks and chooses what it will do online like a vegan at a buffet? Apparently, instead of releasing a product that helps you to digest existing content that you are interested in, they want to recreate the content,

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