Archive for June, 2008

DoodleHex for DS screenshots

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Fallout 3 screenshots

Monday, June 30th, 2008

3 screens sent to me

Hellboy Mobile screens

Monday, June 30th, 2008

iGames July 2008 calendar

Monday, June 30th, 2008
iGames Announces Events Calendar for July 2008

Civilization: Revolution, Gears of War, Counter-Strike, Plus Wanted: Game/Movie!

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, June 30, 2008—Leading game center iGames today announced its events calendar for July, which kicks off the summer with a frag-filled mix of launches, tournaments, game nights, and other gaming goodness.

July 1

Wanted: Gaming & Movie
CyGamZ
4100 Carpenter Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

July 5:

C3 Call of Duty 4 Xbox 360 Tournament
C3 Cyber Club Inc.
44710 Cape Court #118
Ashburn, VA 20147

July 9:

Xbox LIVE® HD Game Nights with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Xbox 360)
40+ iGames Centers

July 10

Xbox LIVE® HD Game Nights with Halo 3
40+ iGames Centers

Hellboy 2: Gaming & Movie
CyGamZ
4100 Carpenter Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

July 12

Civilization: Revolution Launch Party (Xbox 360 & PS3)
27 iGames centers

Gigabits Counter-Strike 1.6 Summer Tournament
Gigabits LAN Center
12243 University Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32817

July 14-27

Civilization: Revolution Showcase (Xbox 360 & PS3)
75+ iGames centers

July 16

Xbox LIVE® HD Game Nights with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Xbox 360)
40+ iGames Centers

July 17

Xbox LIVE® HD Game Nights with Halo 3
40+ iGames Centers

July 19

Vile and HOT-FM $1000 Halo 3 4v4 Tournament
Grand LAN
56 N. Division Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

July 19-20

2008 DOCS: Qualifier 4 (w/Counter-Strike 1.6)
X30 Gaming Center
11640 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

July 23

Xbox LIVE® HD Game Nights with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Xbox 360)
40+ iGames Centers

July 24

Xbox LIVE® HD Game Nights with Halo 3
40+ iGames Centers

July 26-August 8:

Age of Conan Hyborian Adventures Showcase
75+ iGames centers

July 30

Xbox LIVE® HD Game Nights with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Xbox 360)
40+ iGames Centers

July 31

Xbox LIVE® HD Game Nights with Halo 3
40+ iGames Centers

For registration and other event information, including additional iGames events, visit the iGames calendar at iGames.org or contact the iGames events team at events@igames.org.

Nanotech Entertainment partners with Too Fun

Monday, June 30th, 2008

New Partnership Expands Customer Base NANOTECH ENTERTAINMENT, the world’s most innovative gaming technology company, today announced that it has entered into an exclusive sales representation agreement with Too Fun, Inc., a worldwide leader in coin-op sales. Under the agreement, Too Fun will represent the entire NanoTech coin-op product line worldwide. “The opportunity to partner with Mehdi and the Too Fun team is an excellent opportunity for us. They are well recognized in the world coin-op market, and have vast penetration into many up and coming markets.” stated Robert DeKett, founder and CEO of NanoTech.

SAN JOSE, Calif. – June 24, 2008 –

Too Fun will immediately be offering the NanoTech MultiPin digital pinball product. “I’ve worked together with Bob for a number of years in the past establishing and developing key markets around the globe. We have a mutual respect for each other’s experience as well as the passion and drive to deliver quality products with unsurpassable service.” commented Mehdi Eghbal, CEO and founder of Too Fun. “I have seen the line up of the products Nanotech has released and also the products in development. It is absolutely a great opportunity to be a partner with Bob and Nanotech.”

For more information, go to www.nanotechent.com.

Mobile publisher to produce classics

Monday, June 30th, 2008
Paris, France – Thursday 27th 2008. Beyond stunning graphics of modern games, more and more people are willing to play again their childhood classics. DotEmu, aware of this emerging need, has completed a porting suite enabling to bring massively 70’s to 90’s games over Internet/PC and now over all Smartphones/PDAs.

The retrogaming market is being pushed forward by various compilations of retro games for modern video game consoles and on-demand services such as Virtual Console. Classic arcade games are regular best sellers for mobiles. DotEmu aims to give a second life to more classic games by targeting today high-end mobiles in addition to Web browsers. Contrary to traditional mobile porting, the end- result game is an exact replica of the original. Enhanced functionalities such as touch screen or
instant saving, well suited for mobile devices, can also be added. On top of that, it will be possible to play directly into a web browser a limited version of the game.

DotEmu has signed numerous licenses with publishers and authors, and will release its first mobile products during Summer 2008. In order to reduce the Time-To-Market and to ensure better quality products, DotEmu has chosen the RabbitFactory middleware, edited by BitRabbit Ltd

Romain Tisserand, CTO of DotEmu said “While looking for a mobile OS porting solution, RabbitFactory appeared to be the most flexible, professional and easy to use middleware. It really enables us fast track porting of classic games, and to focus on our core business”.

Michael El Baki, CEO of BitRabbit said “Emulation of retro games is one of the most intensive and difficult process, and porting such technology to Smartphones is a real challenge. Our multiplatform and highly optimized APIs offer DotEmu the robustness and performance needed for that task. By combining our two technologies, mobile gamers will be able to enjoy lots of classic games”.

Rock Band adds Crüefest Pack to downloads

Monday, June 30th, 2008

ALSO AVAILABLE IS A FREE TRACK FROM VESUVIUS, FEATURED IN THE UPCOMING RAINN WILSON COMEDY, THE ROCKER

New York, NY, June 27th, 2008 – To celebrate Crüefest, one of this summer’s hottest concert packages, MTV Games and Harmonix announced today that a special collection of tracks from some of the tour’s heaviest hitters has been added to the Rock Band™ catalog of downloadable content. Songs from mega-platinum legends Mötley Crüe (“Down At The Whisky”), Grammy nominees Papa Roach (“Time Is Running Out”) and hard rockers Trapt (“Who’s Going Home With You Tonight”) will be available for a limited time at a special price of 99¢ per track or 80 Microsoft Points from Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. The tracks will be available July 1st, coinciding with the same day launch of the Crüefest in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Rock Band is also teaming up with Crüefest for the length of the tour, with Rock Band competitions taking place in every market. Fans and players can hit the Rock Band Second Stage Experience and compete for the chance to play the game onstage as opening acts of the headliners, win backstage passes to the Rock Band VIP area, score a meet and greet with all the artists on the tour and play Rock Band backstage with Crüefest artists.

Also available for download is “Promised Land” from fictitious hair metal band Vesuvius, featured in the upcoming Fox comedy The Rocker, featuring Rainn Wilson. In the film, Wilson plays Robert “Fish” Fishman, the drummer for ‘80s hair band Vesuvius. He lives the rock n’ roll dream…until he gets kicked out of the group. Twenty years later, the desperate rocker joins his nephew’s band, “A.D.D.,” finally reclaiming the rock-god throne he’s always thought he deserved—while taking his much younger bandmates along for the ride of their lives.

Each of the Crüefest tracks will be available for 99¢ per track (80 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) or $2.99 (240 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) for the entire collection of tracks. “Promised Land” will be available for free.

Release date: Tuesday, July 1, 2008 (Xbox LIVE Marketplace)
Thursday, July 3, 2008 (PLAYSTATION®Store)

Tracks: Crüefest Pack:

“Down At The Whisky” – Mötley Crüe
“Time Is Running Out” – Papa Roach
“Who’s Going Home With You Tonight” – Trapt

“Promised Land” – Vesuvius

(All tracks utilize the original master recordings)

Price: Crüefest Pack:
$2.99 (240 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) for the entire collection of tracks or
99¢ (80 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) per track

“Promised Land” – Free!

Locations: Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION®Network

** Dates for Rock Band game tracks are tentative and subject to change **

With the addition of these tracks there are now more than 200 tracks available to date via disc and download purchase (complete list of tracks at http://www.rockband.com/dlc). Rock Band continues to fly off shelves and satisfy music fans and gamers’ voracious appetite for rock as more than 12 million downloads have been purchased since its launch on November 20, 2007. TheRock Band Music Store allows players to preview and purchase downloadable individual music tracks and packs from the vast selection of offerings available to date without ever leaving the game as they build their own custom Rock Band library.

Rock Band allows online play and features that expand the boundaries of music gaming. Rock Band downloadable content is playable and integrated into setlists in all game modes including: Solo Tour, Band World Tour, head-to-head competition either locally or online, and from any Quickplay mode. In order to play downloadable content for head-to-head matches or multiplayer online, all players must own the same downloadable track. Downloadable content for Xbox 360 will be available for purchase via Xbox LIVE Marketplace using Microsoft Points and is downloaded directly to the Xbox 360 hard drive. Downloadable content for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system’s version of Rock Band will be available for purchase on the PLAYSTATION Store through the free PLAYSTATION Network and is downloaded directly to PLAYSTATION 3 system’s built in hard drive.

Rock Band is rated “T” for Teen (lyrics, mild suggestive themes) by the ESRB.
For more information on Rock Band and Harmonix Music Systems please visit www.rockband.com and www.harmonixmusic.com.

Rock Band is going to be everywhere this summer!

Monday, June 30th, 2008

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED GAME HITS TOWNS ACROSS AMERICA AND GOES ON-TOUR WITH SOME OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN MUSIC
New York, NY – June 27, 2008 – Harmonix and MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), have turned up the heat on this summer’s concert season by putting Rock Band™ on the road. The best-selling video game is going mobile and bringing music to the masses – hitting State Fairs across the country and some of this year’s biggest tours and festivals, including Bonnaroo, the Vans Warped Tour and Crüe Fest, to name a few.

So grab your family and friends and live out your own rock ‘n roll fantasies at the following locations:

Rock Band Truck Tour
Rock Band will begin appearing at State Fairs across the country from North Carolina to California, Minnesota to Arizona and everywhere in between. Sponsored by Energizer®, Stride® Gum and Hot Topic, fans will be able to rock out on main stages that will feature the authentic concert experience complete with lighting and a monster sound system. For example, fans can sign up to participate in the Energizer® “Head-to-Head Drum Competition” that will be held on the Rock Band stage at each event. While going head-to-head in the drum competition, contestants will compete for an opportunity to win a “Rock Band” Drum Kit and other gifts courtesy of Energizer®. At the same time, Stride® will be looking for those who can rock for a ridiculously long time by giving Rock Band stage bands the chance to rock the longest songs in the Rock Band catalog six times every day. Computer kiosks and a merchandise area will also feature Rock Band products, plus a sweepstakes offer.

Crüe Fest
Beginning July 1, fans attending Crüe Fest can become a real rock star for the night with a chance to become the opening act for Mötley Crüe, Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Sixx:A.M. and Trapt in each local market. Fans will compete on the Rock Band Second Stage Experience – a 53’ foot trailer that includes practice areas. There will also be classic rock memorabilia courtesy of the Hard Rock Café as part of the Rock Band Second Stage Experience at Crüe Fest. The artists and guests on the tour will also be able to enjoy the game, thanks to a backstage Rock Band VIP lounge with game demo areas. Mötley Crüe, in a first for the music and video game industry­­, recently released their first single “Saints of Los Angeles” simultaneously on Rock Band in addition to the traditional outlets and sold over 5X the number of downloads on Rock Band than any other platform in its first week.

Jimmy Buffett
Fans attending the Jimmy Buffett tour will be able to play Rock Band on a custom golf cart – the Sharkart – that will make its way to parking lots at each stop, and feature a flat screen monitor and state-of the art sound system. For more information, visit www.margaritaville.com.

Take the Stage
Rock Band will be teaming up with PLAYSTATION®3 at some of this summer’s hottest music festivals and events to offer fans the opportunity to channel their inner rock star and Take the Stage to compete for prizes and bragging rights. See below for a list of events where you can Take the Stage.

Vans Warped Tour
For the long-running Vans Warped Tour, Rock Band will partner with Xbox and 20th Century Fox as part of a promotion geared around the film studio’s upcoming comedy, The Rocker, which features Rock Band in the movie. In between sets by bands such as Gym Class Heroes and Motion City Soundtrack, kids can visit a 40 x 40 branded tent with four gaming stations and a special Rocker-themed stage where they can compete for fun and prizes.

Rock Band can be found at the following events throughout the Summer:

*AST Dew Tour
Now – October
Select cities
N/A

*Brooks & Dunn
Now – 10/5
38 US Dates
Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney and ZZ Top (select dates)

*Jimmy Buffett Tour
Now – 10/25
20 US Dates
Jimmy Buffett

Vans Warped Tour
Now – 8/17
US & Canada
Against Me!, Danger Radio, and Gym Class Heroes, Rise Against for Aug. 6-17 only

San Diego County Fair
6/19 – 7/6
San Diego, CA
N/A

*Summerfest
6/26 – 7/6
Milwaukee, WS
STP, Alicia Keys, Steve Miller Band, Tim McGraw, John Mayer

Crüe Fest
7/2 – 9/30
US & Canada
Mötley Crüe, Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Sixx A.M., Trapt

Rocklahoma
7/10 – 7/13
Tulsa, OK
Triumph, Poison, Trixter, Lita Ford, Warrant, Enuff Z’nuff, Tesla

Orange County Fair
7/15 – 8/3
Costa Mesa, CA
N/A

Ohio State Fair
7/30 – 8/4
Columbus, OH
N/A

*Lollapalooza
8/1 – 8/3
Chicago, IL
Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Wilco, NIN, Gnarls Barkley, Love & Rockets, Bloc Party

Western Montana Fair
8/5 – 8/10
Missoula, MT
N/A

Iowa State Fair
8/7 – 8/17
West Allis, IA
N/A

*All Points West
8/8 – 8/10
New York, NY
Radiohead, Jack Johnson, Cat Power, Chromeo, Secret Machines

California Expo
8/15 – 8/31
Sacramento, CA
N/A

Minnesota State Fair
8/21 – 9/1
St. Paul, MN
N/A

Los Angeles County Fair
9/5 – 9/7
Pomona, CA
N/A

Oklahoma State Fair
9/11 – 9/21
Oklahoma City, OK
N/A

Eastern States Exhibition
9/12 – 9/28
Springfield, MA
N/A

Texas State Fair
9/26 – 10/13
Dallas, TX
N/A

Mississippi State Fair
10/3 – 10/12
Jackson, MS
N/A

North Carolina State Fair
10/16 – 10/26
Raleigh, NC
N/A

Arizona State Fair
10/17 – 10/26
Phoenix, AZ
N/A

*Take the Stage with PlayStation® events

Rock Band, praised by Rolling Stone for its “groundbreaking” game play, has already made its presence felt on this year’s concert circuit, having appeared at the Flyleaf – Seether Tour, Bamboozle, Rock on the Range and Sasquatch Festival. Through a variety of promotions and special offers, the game is amplifying the concert experience by offering ticket buyers a chance to interact with music like never before.

For more information, please visit www.rockband.com.

Metal Slug 7 coming soon to DS

Monday, June 30th, 2008
Glendale, CA – June 27, 2008 - Ignition Entertainment, a UTV Enterprise and worldwide publisher and developer of videogames, in conjunction with SNK Playmore announced today that Metal Slug 7 for Nintendo DS™ will be released this fall.

Developed by SNK Playmore Corporation and published by Ignition Entertainment, Metal Slug 7 follows in the footsteps of its predecessors by continuing to deliver the high-energy and frantic, fast-paced 2-D shooting action that the franchise has always been widely renowned for.

Players will join Marco, Tarma, Eri, Fiolina, Clark and Ralph as they prepare to take on Modern’s Forces across 7 new missions that will bring them from Garbage Island to the Fortress of Ruins and beyond. Aside from featuring 7 brand new and fully detailed missions and six playable characters, Metal Slug 7 will also feature a host of new weapons, colossal new bosses, new Slugs to pilot and new gameplay modes for added replay value.

“Truth be told, I have a pink DS and was embarrassed to play it in public. Now with Metal Slug 7 loaded, I have no qualms,” said Ajay Chadha, President of Ignition Entertainment. “Needless to say, and in all seriousness, we are very excited to announce our partnership with SNK Playmore USA to give both core and casual gamers a whole new insight into the unique, all-action, eye-popping world that is Metal Slug.”

First released in 1996, the Metal Slug series has continuously dazzled legions of fans with its awesome variety of frenetic action and superbly balanced, non-stop gameplay. Its unique art style and memorable boss battles have been hailed as sheer artistry and have been acclaimed by game fans of all genres.

For more information on Ignition Entertainment or SNK Playmore USA please visit www.ignitionusa.com or www.snkplaymoreusa.com.

Official Metal Slug 7 website coming soon!

Get into the All-Star Mood Early with Major League Baseball 2K8 and Darryl Strawberry on July 1st

Monday, June 30th, 2008
What: 2K Sports and Best Buy will host a video game tournament with Major League Baseball 2K8 this coming Tuesday, July 1st. Baseball fans and gamers are encouraged to come out and compete for prizes in this exciting baseball video game tournament. Players can register in-person at Best Buy that day. This is a great way for baseball fans to start off this year’s All-Star festivities in New York City.

Who: Darryl Strawberry, NY baseball legend and former 8-time All-Star player, will be in attendance to sign autographs and meet with fans. Mr. Met will also be stopping by to greet fans.

When: Tuesday, July 1st – 5PM

Registration – 5PM-6PM

Tournament – 6PM-8PM

**Space is limited so players are encouraged to arrive by 5PM in order to register for the tournament**

Where: Best Buy – Noho

622 Broadway

New York, NY 10012

**Between Houston and Bleecker Streets; take the N/R subway to Prince Street**