Archive for November 17th, 2008

Arkadium wins multiple honors from Stevie Awards, Davey Awards, Creativity Awards and Min Magazine

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Jessica Rovello, president and co-founder, recognized as leading entrepreneur and Arkadium games receive top honors

NEW YORK – November 17 – Arkadium, a leading game solutions developer for the advergaming and casual game markets, announced today that the company’s president and co-founder, Jessica Rovello, was honored on Friday with a Stevie Award for Best Entrepreneur. In addition, Jessica was also named to the 2008 Media Industry Newsletter (MIN) Digital Hot List this month for her outstanding media accomplishments. Other Arkadium accolades this month included a Creativity Annual Award for their National Geographic Channel Fight Science game, and a Davey Award (Gold Winner) for marketing excellence for The Pini Society: The Remarkable Truth, a downloadable game recently released.

Hailed as the world’s premier business awards, the 2008 Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs and the companies they run worldwide. This year, Arkadium’s president and co-founder, Jessica Rovello, was selected Best Entrepreneur in the Media Service Companies category. More than 1,200 entries were submitted for consideration. Details about The Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of winners are available at www.stevieawards.com/women.

The Davey Awards, an international award focused exclusively on honoring outstanding creative work from the best small firms worldwide, honors the best small firms, agencies and companies worldwide. Arkadium’s first downloadable game, The Pini Society: The Remarkable Truth, was selected as a Gold Winner for its integrated marketing campaign that was created for the game’s launch. Details about The Davey Awards and the list of winners is available at http://www.daveyawards.com/winners/.

Earlier this month, MIN named Ms. Rovello, to its “Digital Hot List.” This year’s list included 12 digital stars in the magazine brands and content providers space. MIN honored the winners on November 10, 2008 during an awards ceremony at the Grand Hyatt in NYC. More information on MIN’s “Digital Hot List” can be found at http://www.minonline.com/awards/digitalhotlist2008/.

Established in 1970, The Creativity Annual Awards is one of the longest running international advertising and graphic design competitions in the world. Arkadium’s game, National Geographic Channel Fight Science was selected as a winner in the Web Games and Entertainment Category. This year, judges from some of the United States’ most prestigious design firms evaluated a record 2,800 entries from over 44 countries and 45 U.S. states. More information is available at http://www.creativityawards.com/.

About Arkadium
Arkadium is the premier game solutions developer for the advergaming and casual game markets. The company’s growing archive of over 200 Flash-based and custom game solutions currently reaches millions of people through some of the most popular online destinations and corporate branded Web sites on the Internet. For more information visit http://www.arkadium.com.

Target’s Special Edition of Ubisoft’s Shaun White Snowboarding Video Game Now Available

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Exclusive Version Adds Content You Won’t Find Anywhere Else, Including Target Mountain

Snowboarding phenomenon and Target athlete Shaun White has finally made his way to Target stores in virtual form as the exclusive edition of Ubisoft’s newest action sports title, Shaun White Snowboarding, is now available.

The special Target edition of the game, available on Xbox 360®, PLAYSTATION®3 and Wii™, will have exclusive extended content and features that consumers won’t be able to find anywhere else, including the Target Mountain – an entire mountain environment found only in the Target exclusive edition. Gamers will also be able to take advantage of exclusive jibs, additional scenes and more characters. Additionally, players will be able to cozy up in the game’s virtual version of the Target Chalet, the real-life mountainside home where Shaun and his fellow Target athletes hang out with friends and family at the annual Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado. Among other exclusive features, the Target Chalet is the only indoor environment anywhere in the game.

“A lot of work has been put into adding great content to Shaun White Snowboarding exclusively for Target guests,” said Troy Michels, Target Lifestyle Marketing. “With the help of Ubisoft and Shaun White, we think the Target-exclusive version of the game is the complete experience and helps showcase the unique nature of the Target brand.”

Shaun White is an Olympic Gold Medalist and has 42 professional wins, including seven Winter X Games gold medals. He was also the first athlete to win gold medals in Winter and Summer X Games in unique disciplines. White has collaborated with Ubisoft’s award-winning development team to create Shaun White Snowboarding. The game features open-world mountains across the globe, where players are free to define their own experiences, and express themselves through tricks, unique riding styles, and highly customizable avatars. Players can also hang out with their friends and have fun off the board by throwing snowballs, hiking to access secret spots, and filming their friends doing tricks.

For more information about Shaun White Snowboarding, please visit www.shaunwhitegame.com.

Game with Fame presents…Play with Calle 13 on Xbox Live

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Game with Fame presents…Play with Calle 13 on Xbox LiveLatin urban band Calle 13 brings their unique sound to Xbox LIVE® as they play Xbox LIVE® members Tuesday, November 18, in Call of Duty® World at War. If you’re an Xbox LIVE Gold member, and you want a chance to play with Calle 13, send a friend request to the following Gamertag and be online half an hour before (7:30 P.M. ET) the Game with Fame session starts on Tuesday, November 18, 8:00 P.M. ET.

Latin band Calle 13 combines sounds from around the world to make their own distinct music, on display in their debut self-titled album, their tremendous Grammy winning follow-up Residente o Visitante, and now with their third full-length, Los De Atrás Vienen Conmigo (Those in the back come with me). René Pérez Joglar (Residente) and Eduardo José Cabra Martínez (Visitante) have a goal for their group. René says, “I would like to communicate with more people around the world, no matter the language. I don’t know how, but I know that we are going to make that come true.” Help make that come true by playing the band on Xbox LIVE November 19!

Be sure to check out Calle 13′s Artist of the Month page: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/live/artist/latin/calle13.htm

If you get a chance to play with Calle 13, we want to hear about it! Send us an e-mail with the subject: “GWF – Calle 13.” Be sure to include your Gamertag and home town.

Xbox Live Game With Fame with Calle 13
WHEN: November 18th
TIME: 5:00PM to 7:00PM (PST)
WHERE: Los Angeles
GAME: Call of Duty World at War
GAMERTAG: Calle 13 GWF (** space between Calle and 13 and GWF)

LINKING URL: http://www.xbox.com/gwfCalle13

Weekly Wii Update – 2 WiiWare, 2 VC games today

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Big week. 4 games released!

WII-KLY UPDATE: TWO WIIWARE GAMES AND TWO VIRTUAL CONSOLE GAMES ADDED TO WII SHOP CHANNEL

Nov. 17, 2008

The ever-growing library of games on the Wii™ Shop Channel truly offers something for every gaming occasion, as seen in this week’s new additions. Want to settle in for a few single-player laughs? Check out the latest hilarious Strong Bad adventure. Socializing with friends?Target Toss Pro: Bags lets you play with as many as 15 of your pals. Gathering with family? Even your grandparents can enjoy the arcade classic SPACE INVADERS®. And the side-scrolling action of FORGOTTEN WORLDS™ provides a wickedly fun diversion for solo gamers and fantasy-loving groups alike. 

Nintendo adds new and classic games to the Wii Shop Channel at 9 a.m. Pacific time every Monday. Wii owners with a broadband Internet connection can redeem Wii Points™ to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at retail outlets. This week’s new games are:

WiiWare™

Strong Bad Episode 4: Dangeresque 3 (Telltale Games, 1 player, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older – Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Crude Humor, Mild Cartoon Violence, 1,000 Wii Points): Move over, generically buff action heroes. Strong Bad is here to show you how it’s done in his hand-crafted cinematic masterpiece,Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective. You play Dangeresque, a dirty cop in pursuit of a little action and several big sacks of cash. Can our hero stay alive long enough to defeat his arch-nemesis, save the world and get the girl? Looks like he’s gonna have to jump.

Target Toss Pro: Bags (Incredible Technologies, 1-16 players, Rated E for Everyone, 700 Wii Points): Target Toss Pro: Bags is a new video game based on beanbag toss, the nation’s hottest backyard and tailgate sensation. Bags – or Cornhole, as it’s called in some parts of the country – originated in the Midwest in the 1960s and has since become a staple at outdoor social events from coast to coast. Similar to horseshoes, Bags is a deceptively simple yet extremely competitive game where players try to toss beanbags into a hole in a slightly raised platform or “box” for points. Whether at a tailgate party or a summer barbecue, the game has become a social focal point, and the unmistakable thud of bags hitting the box is now a universal party soundtrack.

Virtual Console™

SPACE INVADERS: The Original Game (Super NES™, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 800 Wii Points): Experience one of gaming’s iconic franchises in this perfect rendition of the arcade classic. Take aim at the field of invaders relentlessly marching toward you. Move quickly but carefully, using the barriers for protection as you avoid missiles fired by the aliens and try to destroy all of them before they reach the bottom of the screen. Further enhance the nostalgia by choosing from several modes that simulate different versions of the arcade game (such as upright cabinet or black-and-white). Or if you want to prove your superior skills to a friend, try the new VS mode and see who can stop the alien menace the quickest. All in all, it’s pure gaming at its best, now with no quarters required.

FORGOTTEN WORLDS (SEGA GENESIS, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone – Fantasy Violence, 800 Wii Points): FORGOTTEN WORLDS is a one- or two-player side-scrolling shooter made by CAPCOM. It was one of the first games to incorporate 360-degree aiming and shooting. This SEGA GENESIS version provides the same impact and intensity of the classic arcade game. In the 29th century, without warning, warships broke through the sky, loaded with fiendish aliens. They rained down fire, bombs, missiles and napalm, leaving the land barren and inhospitable. Humanity was enslaved and Earth became known as the Forgotten World. In a hidden place, a group of brave humans raised two male children in secret. They brought up the young men as warriors, training them for battle. The two warriors emerged as armed machines of might, strength and super power – the Nameless Ones. Fight the hateful invaders as the powerful Nameless Ones. Collect Zenny to upgrade your weapons and satellite, and free the planet.

For more information about Wii, please visit wii.com.

Strong Bad Episode 4: Dangeresque 3 out today!

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Move over, James Bond! Strong Bad’s here to show you how it’s done in his hand-crafted cinematic masterpiece, Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective, now available for PC and WiiWare.

 In this action movie spoof, you play Dangeresque, a dirty cop in pursuit of action and big sacks of cash. Can our hero stay alive long enough to defeat his arch-nemesis, save the world, and get the girl? Looks like he’s gonna have to jump…

 

The WiiWare version of Dangeresque 3 can be downloaded through the Wii Shop Channel for 1,000 Wii points. The PC version can be purchased from www.telltalegames.com/strongbad for $8.95, or as part of the $34.95 season set (five episodes total). A PC demo is also available: http://www.telltalegames.com/demo/dangeresque3

 Screenshots, video, and the game’s official walkthrough can be found here: http://www.telltalegames.com/strongbad/dangeresque3

 To celebrate the launch of the new episode and kick off the holiday shopping season, Telltale is offering free shipping in our online store today through Wednesday, on any order that includes a downloadable game. Why pay for shipping when you could put that money toward a game instead?! To take advantage of this limited-time offer, head over to the store: http://www.telltalegames.com/store


And don’t forget, today’s penultimate episode takes us one step closer to the big season finale, starring Trogdor! For a first look at the Burninator in action, check out the preview video included with Dangeresque 3.

Xbox To Launch NXE, the New Xbox Experience

Monday, November 17th, 2008

With T-Pain, Tenacious D, All American Rejects, Kerli, and Hinder

Be Expressive, Be Social, Be Entertained

Launching November 19th 2008, NXE (New Xbox Experience) connects you effortlessly to friends, family and the world’s largest online entertainment center, allowing you to play games, watch movies, and share moments on the couch or around the world. To help kick-off NXE, Estonian breakout pop-star Kerli, hip-hop superstar T-Pain, rockers All American Rejects and Hinder, as well as Jack Black’s brainchild, Tenacious D will participate in the fully interactive Game With Fame sessions. Game With Fame connects artists with fans through their favorite games and allows each artist to play fans directly

Allowing optimum expressivity, NXE boasts customized avatars, virtual party hosting, as well as remote capabilities. Promoting shared entertainment experiences NXE features Party Video and LIVE Party/Photo applications, allowing users to directly video chat, instant message and send photos. As a one-stop shop for all entertainment needs, NXE puts a plethora of interactive entertainment options at your fingertips! Users can utilize NXE Overview Video, which highlights a broad variety of available gaming options, view over 10,000 feature films via Netflix, as well as view all of the above options through the only gaming console to provide HD and standard-definition resolution.

Find out more about NXE here: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/live/nxe

Dates and session info is as follows:

Kerli – November 20th in Los Angeles city from 2PM-4PM PST playing new Bond 007 game (Quantum of Solace).
GAMERTAG: KerliGWF
LINK: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/community/calendar/gamewithfame/2008/1120-kerli.htm

Tenacious D – November 20th from 5:30PM to 7:30PM on-site @ Tonight Show in Los Angeles playing Rock Band 2 game. GAMERTAG: TenaciousD GWF (space between TenaciousD and GWF)
LINK: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/community/calendar/gamewithfame/2008/1110-tenaciousd.htm

Hinder – November 24th playing Guitar Hero World Tour from 3PM-5PM (Central Time) in Starkville, MS. GAMERTAG: Hinder GWF (**space between Hinder & GWF)
LINK: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/community/calendar/gamewithfame/2008/1124-hinder.htm
All American Rejects – November 24th in NYC from 6 to 8pm (EST) playing Frogger and Rock Band 2. GAMERTAG: AAR GWF (space between AAR and GWF)
LINK: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/live/artist/rock/allamericanrejects.htm

T-Pain – November 28th in Chicago, time TBD playing Rock Band 2. GAMERTAG: T Pain GWF (**space between T and Pain and GWF)

Metal Slug 7™ for Nintendo DS Detonates in Stores on November 18, 2008

Monday, November 17th, 2008
Includes Special Bonus Disc Containing Exclusive Wallpaper and Game Trailers
 
Glendale, CA – November 17, 2008 – Ignition Entertainment Ltd., a UTV Enterprise, a worldwide publisher and developer of videogames, in conjunction SNK Playmore is pleased to announce that Metal Slug 7™ for Nintendo DS is confirmed to blast into retail stores nationwide on November 18, 2008. Along with the fast-paced 2-D shooting action for which the franchise has been widely renowned, Ignition is offering as a gift to fans a special bonus disc including exclusive wallpaper and game trailers.
 
“Adding a premium extra to the game is our way of saying thank you to the fans who have given so much loyal support and dedication to the Metal Slug series throughout the years,” said Ajay Chadha, President of Ignition Entertainment.  “We hope that Metal Slug lovers are as excited as we are about this upcoming release!”
 
Hailed by Nintendo Power as a game “as true to its roots as it can get,” and saluted by PLAY magazine as “A raging run ‘n gun, tailor made for life on the go,” Metal Slug 7 features seven brand new and fully detailed missions and six playable characters along with a host of new weapons, colossal new bosses, new Slugs to pilot and new gameplay modes for added replay value.
 
First revealed 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 lauded as sheer artistry and have been acclaimed by game fans of all genres.
 
For more information, please visit www.metalslug7-us.com

Spice Things Up With The ezGear® ezBling™ For The iPod® nano G4

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Spice Things Up With The ezGear® ezBlingTM For The iPod® nano G4

Murray, Utah – November 17, 2008 – ezGear, a leading manufacturer of iPod and videogame accessories, announced today the ezBlingTM for the iPod® nano G4.
Protecting the iPod in style, the ezBling uses a brand new material and design to provide protection to the iPod yet still allows the iPod color to shine through. Made of a special soft material, the ezBling case fits onto the iPod like a glove while giving it a crystal-like appearance. A panel in the back makes it easy to install on the iPod and keeps it covered. A thin static screen protector is provided to keep the screen free from scratches and gives access to all ports and clickwheel.

“The new iPod nano comes in so many personalized colors, it’s a shame to cover it up,” said Charlie Bernstein President of ezGear. “With the ezBling, not only do the true colors shine through, but the diamond pattern adds a unique chromatic style.”

For more information or to purchase the ezBling or any of the ezGear products, please visit www.ezgear.com

MSRP for this product is $19.99 and is available at retail stores in North America and Europe.

Feral Interactive confirms November 28th Mac version release of LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Feral Interactive has today announced Friday, November 28th as the worldwide release date for the Mac version of LEGO® Indiana Jones: The Original AdventuresTM, a captivating take on the cinematic adventures of Hollywood’s iconic archaeologist.

Developed by TT Games©TM and LucasArts – the same people behind LEGO Star Wars II – LEGO® Indiana Jones: The Original AdventuresTM takes the fun and creative construction of LEGO bricks and combines it with the wit, daring and non-stop action of the original movies.

With a unique tongue-in-cheek take on the original adventures, LEGO® Indiana Jones follows Indy’s escapades through the jungles of South America to the mountaintops of India. Players can build and battle their way through their favourite cinematic moments, from Indy’s entanglements with snakes to his dashing boulder run.

“With the extra benefit of Lego Indiana Jones running on all Intel Macs including MacBooks, we are proud to be bringing another great title from TTGames and LucasArts to the Mac platform” said Feral Interactive’s David Stephen.

“We’re delighted to be bringing LEGO® Indiana Jones: The Original AdventuresTM to the Mac,” said Garry Edwards, Business Development Director of TT Games. “The winning combination of charming humour, intuitive puzzles and continent hopping adventure has been a great success and now everyone can enjoy it.”

The game will retail in North America for US $39.95, £29.95 (inc VAT) in the UK and €39.95 (inc VAT) throughout Europe. It is currently available to pre-order from Feral’s online store (http://www.feralinteractive.com/?section=buy&language=english).

Minimum system requirements call for a 1.8GHz Intel Mac only, 512MB RAM, 128MB graphics card, DVD drive and Mac OS X v10.4.10 or later.

More details and selected trailers of the game are now available at: http://feralinteractive.com/game/legoindy

Angels Online: New Expansion Scene Overview-Puqi Village

Monday, November 17th, 2008

In the southwest part of Cherry Village, there is an entrance to the Lost Atlantis, the new expansion for Angels Online (http://ao.igg.com). Players will arrive at the ancient Puqi Village after they pass through the entrance. Today, the Angels Online team is giving a brief introduction about Puqi Village, which is a fort for both the Angels and the Devils.

Puqi Village is located to the northeast of the new city “Palm Base”. It’s surrounded by green trees and refreshing sea breeze blows gently. To the south players can go to Golden Beach and to the north, the endless Atlantis Ocean stretches out before them.

As the first station after players enter the new expansion, Puqi Village is fully equipped for their needs. Tropical thatched cottages can be found everywhere here. Players will be attracted by the amazing scenery if they are here for the first time. It is an ideal place for dates because of the endless stretch of perfect beach and the beautiful sunsets. What’s more, there is a Cafe near the sea. The hot waitress Teny is always ready to offer players excellent service. Players can enjoy the peace and invite their friends to hold a sunshine party here.

Players may meet an NPC called Flora here. She likes to collect various flower seeds from around Eden. It is the beginning of the quest, “Flora’s Wish” in Angels Online.

In the southernmost part of the coastline, the experienced diver, Veifu, always awaits Angels at the entrance to the deep sea. Only after learning skills from Veifu can players find out how to dive into the deep sea.

Although the business in the most famous bar here has gotten better and better, the boss is still depressed recently because crab meat is in high demand. If players can do him a favor, they may obtain abundant rewards from this generous businessman.

Due to its special geographic location, Puqi Village is busy all the time. A smart businessman, Mr. Howsufa has opened a craftwork shop here. It is said that he would like to recruit someone to help him collect fancy craftworks. Production players may obtain a surprise from him if they can help him out.

For more information about Angels Online visit
http://ao.igg.com/act/atlantis/detail.php?acid=110&aid=1338.