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  • 31Aug

    No need to learn if you are pretty and shop at JC Penney

    I sat down for lunch and saw a tweet from Sarah Kimmel about a tshirt that has a message. Unfortunately, given the world we are in right now, this message is about the worst thing you can have on a shirt. “I’m too pretty to do Homework so my brother has to do it for me”. The back to school shirt (wow the irony) is listed for Girls 7-16. The text is in varying colors, scripts all in an effort to look “girly”. The accompanying text states that the shirt’s wearer is too cute and should be listening to new Justin Bieber albums. *breathe* The official update is that the shirt has been pulled from online. No word on if it is being sold in stores and of course, no official statement. I think it would be best for JC Penney to officially apologize and create a scholarship to help

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  • 31Aug

    GameSpot and OnLive are bringing you instant demos

    GameSpot announced today that they’re launching a new way to try-before-you-buy — the ability to launch game demos from OnLive instantly, right from the site. (And if I’d made a typo, we’d have thought that GameStop and OnLive sure did make up quickly.) “By integrating OnLive-powered instant game demos, GameSpot has deepened its user experience and further distinguished itself as a premiere gaming destination,” said OnLive Vice President of Games John Spinale. “We streamline the process of sampling a game, making it an integral part of discovery and evaluation by the GameSpot reader—not a disjointed one that forces the customer to go down to the store or wait several hours for something to download to their hard drive.” These demos don’t require any downloads, so that makes them super-fast. Here’s a smattering of the available demos available now: Homefront Large-Scale Warfare Multiplayer Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction FEAR 3 Multiplayer

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  • 31Aug

    ‘Dead Island’ launch trailer hums a familiar tune

    Listen to the music in this Dead Island trailer. Sound familiar? It’s the melancholy tune that served as the backdrop for that very first emotional trailer out months ago. Remember, as the sun sets on this particular marketing campaign, that there was once a time when we thought this game would have a lot more meaning. Then, watch this launch trailer. Then, remember that the game we know now is nothing like what we thought it would be. But at least it’s bloody. (Trailer contains mature language.)

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  • 31Aug

    Get your 3DS Ambassador NES games now

    Your 3DS is about to be your portable NES system a bit ahead of schedule — the first set of free Ambassador games for system early adopters has gone live. What’s on the list? Super Mario Bros. Metroid The Legend of Zelda Wrecking Crew NES Open Tournament Golf Donkey Kong Jr. Balloon Fight Ice Climber Zelda II – The Adventure of Link Yoshi and even a little Ambassador Certificate that takes more memory blocks than three of the games put together! It also informs you when the next batch of games is available. The process by which you obtain these is a little difficult. Rather than issuing download codes, the games have already been added to your list of “downloaded titles.” How do you get there? Open up the eShop, click “Menu,” scroll down to and select “Settings/Other,” then select “Your Downloads.” You’ll have to “redownload” one game at a

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  • 30Aug

    Turning Japanese Weekly News (August 10th – August 30th)

    I’d like to first apologize for the delayed news lately. Life commitments and hurricanes can preempt such things. But without further adieu~ Sentai Filmworks Announces License of Coicent and Five Numbers Sentai Filmworks today announced its acquisition of the twin sci-fi anime mini features COICENT and FIVE NUMBERS. Although not directly connected, both films exemplify the best of Japan’s new wave of up and coming anime masters, with COICENT reuniting writer/director Shuhei Moritai and character designer Daisuke Sajiki, who previously collaborated on the seminal CGI anime hit Kakurenbo, while FIVE NUMBERS teams director Hiroaki Ando, (who handled CGI duties for Steamboy and Noiseman,) with character designer Masaru Gotsubo (Samurai Champloo,) and scripter Dai Sato, whose previous credits include HALO: Legends – The Package, Ergo Proxy and screenplays for Cowboy Bebop. Although the two titles will be available separately via digital distribution, Sentai has announced that that they will be released

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  • 30Aug

    SEGA announces ‘Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure’ for Nintendo 3DS

    Want a rhythm game set in Paris? Want it in 3D? Then you just might be interested in SEGA’s most recently announced title, Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure. You play as Raphael, an art thief with a heart of gold — he returns the art mere days later. Nope, he doesn’t steal rhythm. The titles lies in that sense. You’ll be discovering what happened to his father — as he seems to have disappeared. How do you do this? Duh, rhythm games. You’ll tap to the beat and even use the 3DS gyroscope to get Raphael through the city. Get your first look in this trailer:

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  • 30Aug

    ‘The Haunted: Hells Reach’ gets you in its digital and tangible grasps

    ValuSoft, now part of THQ, has announced that The Haunted: Hells Reach will be available for PC in stores this October, with downloadable versions on PSN and Xbox LIVE Arcade next year. The third-person survival horror shooter, which runs on Unreal Engine 3, has you fighting against evil forces that are attempting to take over Earth. You know, your basic video game plot (when it isn’t “find the princess”). You’ll use multiple weapons in your offensive, which spans multiple gameplay types (including multiplayer) and 30 stages. Here’s a trailer: The Haunted Hells Reach New Trailer from WinegumS on Vimeo. Reminds me a bit of Shadows of the Damned, but that’s not such a bad thing.

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  • 30Aug

    DICE producer gets technical about ‘Battlefield 3′

    Did you know there were Battlefield 3 tournaments (sponsored by NVIDIA) at PAX Prime? It must have been a great chance to get to know a game pretty intimately without it even being released yet. During the action, Geforce.com’s Kris Rey and DICE Producer Patrick Liu got technical — talking about DirectX 11, tessellation, Frostbite 2, and Kris even tried to get a little more information out of Patrick. But he kept appropriately mum. Check out their conversation in the video below:

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  • 30Aug

    Nintendo announces The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword bundle, next Professor Layton release date

    Nintendo has launched a brand new bundle to celebrate the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword game. Announcements came during a meeting with GameStop managers (I guess that is happening this week). The special limited-edition of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword bundle has the game, and a gold Wii Remote Plus controller when the game launches on November 20. Every copy also comes with a special music CD featuring songs performed at The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony Concert. Nintendo will also launch Tetris Axis game for the 3DS on October 2nd. Last announcement was for Professor Layton and the Last Specter for the DS system on October 17th. “Nintendo has something for you this fall, no matter what type of gamer you are, no matter what Nintendo system you’re playing,” said Nintendo’s Sales & Marketing Vice President Scott Moffitt. “Whether you’re looking for a world-spanning epic like The

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  • 29Aug

    ‘Modern Warfare 3′ will be on Steam, use Steamworks

    Bam! Another shot was just fired in the Battlefield vs. Call of Duty fight. So, people hate the fact that Battlefield 3 isn’t going to be on Steam. Guess which game is? Valve confirmed today that Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will be on Steam and use Steamworks. Excited gamers can now also pre-purchase the title before its release on November 8. If you prefer to get a tangible copy of the game, that’s going to use Steam, too, meaning that Modern Warfare 3 gets the auto-updating and Steam Achievements that many Battlefield 3 hopefuls wanted. Like I said, it’s another shot fired. And this is a war between war games that is getting increasingly dirty. Maybe stuff like Steam integration won’t make or break a title, but it sure does make some gamers think a little harder about which game they’ll purchase.

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