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We’re back, after an outage at my server farm, we are back online. We are in the process of getting ready for summer, so the delays in posts will still be here, but hopefully we are stable again (the cost of hosting via friends :) ). Posts will start again this week.

 

And remember, this Memorial Day, our soldiers around the world, past, present and future, fighting and helping, and making our world a better place; their sacrifices, their grief, their joy their everything. We owe them our gratitude, prayers and so much more. Thank you all for your service.

-gnb

Ubisoft recruits a new Frag Doll member, unveiling at PAX East this week.

The Frag Dolls, a professional all-female gaming team recruited by Ubisoft, are thrilled to reveal their newest team member at PAX East, Melonie “Cryptik” McElhannon, along with a brand new class of Cadette interns, who will all make their debut appearance at PAX East this week in Boston.
Known also as “Melonie Mac,” Cryptik has been gaming all of her life and has cultivated a sizeable following among various social media outlets through sharing her passion of gaming with the world. Cryptik is definitely not a stranger to the gaming industry having previously worked at Razer, a gaming peripheral company. With additional accomplishments such as an impressive 2k+ arena rating in World of Warcraft, along with multiple local tournament winnings for Super Smash Brothers Melee and Super Smash Brothers Brawl, Cryptik has always been passionate about competitive gaming and she has the skills to prove it.

“Cryptik has demonstrated a genuine passion for video games, along with having the skill set and experience to really contribute to our team in a big way,” said Amy Brady, co-team captain, of the Frag Dolls.

In addition to acquiring their newest team member, the Frag Dolls have also recruited a new class of girls into their Frag Doll Cadette program, which serves as a year-long internship with Ubisoft and the Frag Dolls. After reviewing countless applications, an in-depth interview process and intense deliberation, Ubisoft and the Frag Dolls have narrowed down a cast of eight pro-level gamers, bloggers, and online media personalities from all over the country.

“By far, this was the most challenging Cadette application process yet,” said Kimberly “Sabre” Weigend, Frag Doll. “A multitude of inspiring and passionate women applied to our Cadette Academy this year, and we are very pleased with the outcome. They’re all very excited make their public debut at PAX East and I know they’re going to rock it!”

For more information about the Frag Dolls or the Cadettes, please visit: www.fragdolls.com

Developer Joymax celebrates 15 years!

The Popular Game Developer And Publisher Thanks Its Loyal Fans For 15 Great Years

Joymax turns 15 this month! In celebration of the amazing milestone, Joymax is kicking off a celebration to thank its loyal gamers and fans! Joymax first opened their digital doors in April 1997 and hasn’t stopped producing high-quality gaming content since. From their breakout hit, Silkroad Online, to their merger with WeMade and their successful line of iOS titles including Heavy Mach, to more recent key launches including Digimon Battle, Karma Online, Digimon Masters and many others, Joymax has been blessed with unprecedented success and a loyalty level from fans few other companies ever enjoy! Players who haven’t yet discovered the full catalog of Joymax titles can check out http://www.joymax.com/

“Our fans mean so much to us. Whether you play one day a week or every night for hours, YOU are our fans and members of the Joymax community and we want to acknowledge each and every one of you,” said Nam-Chul Kim, CEO of Joymax. “It’s amazing to see how many new players are joining us and how quickly they settle happily into their new home as a member of the Joymax community!”

Two special events will run from today until April 13th to reward all players who join games on the Joymax portal. The “Large Recharge” will randomly select 15 players to win back all of the Silk they’ve purchased during the week! This reward will be worth a maximum of 1,500 silk, so now is the perfect time to buy that special item you’ve been thinking about. In addition, the “Fortune 1500″ will award 15 Silk to a selection of 1500 players who have spent 15 silk or more during the celebration week. Moreover, Joymax has never stop thinking about benefits for their valued players, another huge event of Silkroad and Silkroad R is on planned, developed from ideas collected from the community.

Joymax is based in Seoul, South Korea with other offices around the world including the U.S.A., the U.K, the Philippines and employs over 230 staff members who care for a variety of titles including Silkorad Online, Digimon Battle, Digimon Masters, Silkroad-R, KARMA Online, with more titles under development and even more unannounced. The iOS division, developed by WeMade, has numerous successful titles including the Heavy Mach series, Viking Island and Chaos & Defense.. Joymax will have more news on both the Silkroad and Digimon franchises in the near future, and can’t wait to share the exciting news with their millions of registered players.

 

Bioware announces Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut

Free* DLC Pack to Provide Additional Cinematic Scenes to the ending of Mass Effect 3 this Summer

BioWare announced Mass Effect™ 3: Extended Cut, a downloadable content pack that will expand upon the events at the end of the critically acclaimed Action RPG. Through additional cinematic sequences and epilogue scenes, the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut will give fans seeking further clarity to the ending of Mass Effect 3 deeper insights into how their personal journey concludes. Coming this summer, the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut will be available for download on the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC for no extra charge*.

“We are all incredibly proud of Mass Effect 3 and the work done by Casey Hudson and team,” said Dr. Ray Muzyka, Co-Founder of BioWare and General Manager of EA’s BioWare Label. “Since launch, we have had time to listen to the feedback from our most passionate fans and we are responding. With the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut we think we have struck a good balance in delivering the answers players are looking for while maintaining the team’s artistic vision for the end of this story arc in the Mass Effect universe.”

Casey Hudson, Executive Producer of the Mass Effect series added, “We have reprioritized our post-launch development efforts to provide the fans who want more closure with even more context and clarity to the ending of the game, in a way that will feel more personalized for each player.”

The Mass Effect franchise is one of the most highly decorated series in the history of games, having earned over 250 awards from critics around the world. Mass Effect 3 launched last month to universal critical acclaim, receiving over 75 perfect scores. For more information on Mass Effect 3, please visit http://masseffect.com, follow the game on Twitter at http://twitter.com/masseffect or “like” the game on Facebook at http://facebook.com/masseffect. Press assets for Mass Effect 3 are available at www.info.ea.com.

 

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From Dust PSN release date revealed

Today, Ubisoft announced that From Dust, a modern God game from visionary creator Eric Chahi, will be available to download in the US on PlayStation Network September 27, 2011.

From Dust – winner of “Best Strategy Game” from the Game Critic’s Awards: Best of E3 – allows players to control the destiny of a primitive tribe against the backdrop of a world in constant evolution. From Dust enables players to interact in one of the most advanced real-time nature simulations, where everything evolves dynamically, offering a constantly renewed experience.

For more information on From Dust, please visit: http://from-dust.ubi.com/from-dust/en-US/home/

Crytek and EA bringing Crysis to Xbox Live and PSN

Electronic Arts and award-winning developer, Crytek GmbH, announced today that the critically-acclaimed Crysis franchise will debut a new experience on Xbox LIVE and PlayStation Network. In October 2011, shooter fans will be able to download a modified and enhanced version of the award-winning single-player campaign from the original Crysis, remastered for console players using Crytek’s state-of-the-art CryENGINE 3 with all new lighting, effects and other visual optimizations. For just $19.99 SRP or 1600 Microsoft Points, gamers will download the most robust and exciting Xbox LIVE and PlayStation Network game to date.

In 2007 and again in 2011, critics around the world hailed Crysis and Crysis 2 as titles that ushered in the next-generation of gaming with jaw-dropping visuals, industry leading technology and groundbreaking sandbox gameplay, featuring the super-powerful Nanosuit. Today, the original, award-winning 2007 single-player campaign has been remastered for Xbox LIVE and PlayStation Network with optimized Nanosuit controls, fine-tuned combat and full stereoscopic 3D support.

“We are extremely proud of what we were able to accomplish with Crysis. We set out to create a next-generation FPS and delivered a PC experience that became a benchmark for quality – and still is for many gamers even four years later,” said Cevat Yerli, CEO of Crytek. “By bringing the single-player campaign to console, we believe we are again setting a new standard for quality in downloadable gaming.”

In Crysis, gamers will travel to 2019 where a team of US scientists makes a frightening discovery on an island in the South China Sea. All contact with the team is lost when the North Korean Government quickly seals off the area. The United States responds by dispatching an elite team of Delta Force Operators to recon the situation. As tension rises between the two nations, a massive alien ship reveals itself in the middle of the island. Now with hope rapidly fading, the US and North Koreans must join forces to battle the alien menace, fighting epic battles through stunning, photorealistic tropical jungles and frozen landscapes.

For more information on Crysis, please visit http://crysis.ea.com or http://mycrysis.com and follow the game on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/crysis or “Like” Crysis on Facebook at http://facebook.com/crysis.

Camping Mama releases Sept 13

Launching September 13 for the Nintendo DS, Camping Mama sets players off on an island camping adventure with Mama, Papa and their two children…navigate the wilderness, live off the land and master your survival skills to thrive in the great outdoors! Features of Camping Mama include:

• Based on the best-selling Cooking Mama franchise that has sold more than 8 and a half million units in North America alone, Camping Mama: Outdoor Adventures allows players to explore the camp site and island as they play a mix of stylus-based cooking, crafting, treasure hunting, and action mini-games in the signature Mama format.
• Play through 38 levels with 100 brand new mini games as Mama’s son or daughter with either Mama or Papa on hand to provide guidance.
• Participate in activities including rock climbing, swinging on jungle vines, spelunking, rowing a boat, tree climbing, and more.
• Use items in mini-games to survive in the woods – craft a fishing pole to fish, sharpen knives and axes with stones you’ve collected, make a fire to cook shellfish you’ve caught, cook the eggs collected from captured chickens to eat, set up your camping tent to sleep in, construct a net to catch butterflies, and much more!
• Experience nature in a variety of settings, such as the Forest, Mountains, and Seas in day, night, snow, and more!
• Find treasure that you can use in further adventures, or even to decorate your camp.
• Collect insects, fish, treasure, and more, and then survey your collection in your scrap book. Aim to find everything!
• Perfect mini games you’ve unlocked in Challenge Mode.

Atari’s Greatest Hits for iOS Released

Atari, one of the world’s most recognized publishers and producers of interactive entertainment, today announced Atari’s Greatest Hits for the iOS has dropped in price from $14.99 to $9.99. Players can purchase 25 additional packs available for download at $0.99 or all 100 games for the new discounted price of $9.99.

With over 3 Million downloads in the iTunes App Store already, even more iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users can download the App to relive the Golden Age of Gaming with a collection of the most popular retro games from the 70s and 80s. This extensive catalog plays homage to each of the originals, with controls designed to mimic what Atari fans remember from 30 years ago. With 100 games to choose from ranging from sports games to brain stimulating games to adventure games, there is something for everyone.

Ubisoft announces Just Dance Kids 2 for October release

The #1 Dance Game for Kids and Families is Back; Now Available on All Motion Platforms

Today, Ubisoft announced that Just Dance Kids 2 will be available for the first time for Kinect for Xbox 360 and the PlayStation Move for the PlayStation 3, and will return to the Wii. Developed by Land Ho!, Just Dance Kids 2 will feature more than 40 new songs, including today’s hottest hits, such as “Love Me,” “Whip My Hair,” “Just The Way You Are,” and popular songs from kids’ favorite TV shows and movies. In addition, the game includes mixes of classic kids songs like “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” and “The Hokey Pokey” in several languages. Just Dance Kids 2 also contains all-new features exclusive to each platform and will be released in North America on October 25, 2011.

“Just Dance Kids 2 provides families and kids of all ages with exciting new features building upon those elements that first made the game a success,” said Tony Key, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Ubisoft North America. “For the first time, Just Dance Kids 2 will be available on all three motion control platforms, making it a must-have family title. The game will get kids active and moving while bringing the entire family together, laughing and dancing in their living rooms.”

Created with kids and families in mind, the game boasts colorful and lively graphics, super fun dance moves and easy-to-follow kid-friendly gameplay. The choreography will have players dancing to covers of such hits as “Burnin’ Up,” “Barbara Ann,” “Shake Your Groove Thing,” and the YouTube hit song, “I Am A Gummy Bear (The Gummy Bear Song).”

Just Dance Kids 2 takes full advantage of each motion control platform, providing each with a unique feature and experience for the player. The Kinect for Xbox 360 version of Just Dance Kids 2 will allow kids to play without using a controller, star in their own music videos, and create and save their own dance routines to challenge friends and family members. With the PlayStation Move, kids have the ability to capture their cool dance moves with the PlayStation Eye, which snaps photos of players while dancing. In addition, kids can select their favorite song medleys. The Wii version of Just Dance Kids 2 features a brand-new multiplayer mode called Balloon Pop, which lets kids shake their Wii Remote controllers to earn more points and have more fun while dancing. All three platforms feature a brand-new game feature called Nonstop Shuffle, where players can play the game for designated periods of time of 15, 30, 60 or 120 minutes without having to push any buttons or navigate through menus for non-stop play.

For the latest information on Just Dance Kids 2, please follow the game on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/justdancegame

Square Enix announces All-Star PAX 2011 lineup

Exclusive Panel from the Mind behind PORTAL, Kim Swift, to Unveil New Downloadable Game; “Word to Your Moogle” Tour Embarking for a Second Destination

Square Enix, Inc has announced its lineup for Penny Arcade Expo (PAX Prime), set to take place at the Seattle Washington State Convention & Trade Center from August 26–28.PAX Prime attendees will be able to preview and play the following Square Enix titles at booth 3646:

Dead Island – In Deep Silver’s hotly anticipated action title arriving at retailers September 6, the lush island paradise of Banoi truly is a holiday destination with everything – including a lethal zombie outbreak.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution – The critically acclaimed and award winning release from Eidos Montréal will be available at North American retailers tomorrow! PAX attendees are invited to experience the game rated at 94 percent by PC Gamer, as well as attend a premier community event.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 – Serah and Noel are desperately searching for Lightning in the next installment from Square Enix’s all-star production team.

Heroes of Ruin – The Nintendo 3DS becomes the backdrop for a deeply social adventure featuring a band of unlikely heroes.

Wakfu – Discover the vibrant world of Wakfu, the latest MMORPG from Ankama Studios. With 14 different classes to choose from, in Wakfu, everything depends on you! A new class will be unveiled exclusively for PAX attendees.

In addition to getting hands-on with the games, PAX attendees will be the first to see Square Enix and Airtight Games globally reveal a top-secret joint project through their exclusive panel. Meet the development team, including Creative Director Kim Swift (Portal, Left 4 Dead 1, Left 4 Dead 2) and the rest of the Airtight Games team, and hear their explanation of how they are bringing an incredibly fascinating and quirky game to life. The panel will be held on Saturday, August 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the Pegasus Room.

PAX Prime attendees are also invited to take part in community events devoted to Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Final Fantasy XIII-2:

August 26–28 (All day at booth 3646): Final Fantasy XIII-2 “Word to Your Moogle” tour will embark on its second stop at PAX Prime, where fans can enter to win event exclusive prizes. The leaderboard and official contest rules can be found at www.wordtoyourmoogle.com.

Friday, August 26, 7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.: Deus Ex: Human Revolution partners with AMD, machinima.com, and OnLive to celebrate the official release of the newest installment of the Deus Ex series! Attendees of the launch party at the Diller Room (1224 First Avenue, Seattle, WA) will be treated to food and drink, a playable AMD Eyefinity three-screen demo station, as well as exclusive swag and premium prizes. More details of the event to be followed.

Dead Island and Deus Ex: Human Revolution are rated M (Mature). Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at www.esrb.org for more information about ratings.