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Archive for December, 2008
Yikes. Looks like we have a couple of Gamestop robbers here in Sacramento, CA. Yep, gamersnewsbits is done in the capital of California in the good old USA. Gamestops in the southern end of town have been held up a few times over the past couple weeks, and not only are the robbers stealing money, they’re grabbing hardware. Hopefully the people over at Gamestop are keeping track of the asset tags built into those systems, so when they go live online, the idiots get busted….wonder if they thought of this??
Here’s a full article from the Sacramento Bee http://www.sacbee.com/static/weblogs/crime/archives/018190.html
FYI, the comments section has turned into some whacked-out gun-control debate…
Here’s a tip guys. They’re gonna catch you.
If you are buying hardware from people for prices too good to be true, better make sure it’s not hot. You might wind up with more trouble than you expect!
Shin Megami Tensei: Imagine Online is the first MMO game in the franchise’s 20 year history which includes such popular titles as Digitial Devil Saga and the recently released Persona 4. In Shin Megami Tensei: Imagine Online Players fight alongside friends and demon allies to restore order in a post-apocalyptic Tokyo. The game features a real-time battle system, advanced character customization with modern and traditional Tokyo fashion, and demon fusing – the process of fusing multiple demons together to form powerful new breeds. Most importantly, new social aspects that can be found only in the MMO game are introduced. Players can find new friends by using built-in search functions that filter community members by pre-determined criteria.
As with all titles at Aeria Games, Shin Megami Tensei: Imagine Online is free to play. The game service and customer support are funded through the micro-transaction sales model where players have the option of purchasing cosmetic and enhancement items.
For more information, please visit the official game site at http://megaten.aeriagames.com.
IRVINE, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 30, 2008 - Representatives from Atlus today stood silently before assembled members of the gaming press for an estimated 30 to 40 minutes, headphones in ears, listening to the Legacy of Ys: Books I & II soundtrack. Following the awkward delay, it was then announced that the game’s renowned musical score would be offered as a free pre-order bonus at select retailers.
Epic in melody and arrangement, the Ys Books I & II soundtrack has long been considered one of the greatest video same scores ever created. Originally released in an era when many games used music simply to avoid stretches of silence, Ys offered a sweeping emotional score, building on action and tension to provide players with an altogether potent experience. As relevant today as ever, the freshly arranged music CD still manages the same level of excitement and energy, and stand as a testament to true excellence in game music.
For more info and to sample the pre-order bonus disc:
For more information about Legacy of Ys: Books I & II, visit the official website:
Legacy of Ys: Books I & II is scheduled for release for Nintendo DS™ on February 10, 2009, with an MSRP of $34.99.
About Legacy of Ys: Books I & II
Stories tell of a land of yore, now shrouded by centuries of time forgotten, called Ys. Despite its great knowledge, endless wealth, and bountiful prosperity, a sudden and unexpected cataclysm devastated the realm. Soon, its memory had faded completely from the minds of man.
Centuries later, a young adventurer named Adol set sail to explore the world and leave his mark on history. During his travels, he learned of the tragic tale of Esteria, a once prosperous island now inexplicably engulfed by a crippling storm. Adol plotted a course for the besieged isle, curious to unravel the mystery…
• Two Legendary RPGs on One Cartridge! – Experience two all time classics that helped shape the action RPG genre… Now on a portable system!
• Upgraded Ys Experience – Behold remastered 3D graphics, a remixed musical score, and new enemies and equipment to discover. Touch control and local wireless multiplayer for up to four people deepen the adventure, while difficulty levels and dual control schemes tailor the experience to the gamer.
• The Definitive Story – Available to North American audiences for the first time, this ultimate translation delivers the most substantial version of the famous Ys story ever made!
Legacy of Ys: Books I & II has been rated “T” for Teen with Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Animated Blood, Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, and Partial Nudity by the ESRB.
Dreamspike Studios has announced the release of the Official Demo of Space War Commander, their new real-time strategy game. It can be download from their web site at www.dreamspike.com.
Space War Commander is a new take on the strategy genre, avoiding base-building and micromanagement in favor of new game elements never before seen in an RTS. For example, you can take advantage of supply and demand in a galaxy, transporting goods between planets. Of course, you can also travel to contested territories, hunt enemy ships, and sell their hulls for scrap. Finally, why not buy fast ships to outrun pirates and lead them to your opponent’s base?
Space War Commander is different because you have a limited amount of money with which to buy ships. As a result, you need to really think about makeup of your hand-picked force and what to do with it. Are you going to buy massive Destroyers and fight for control of valuable planets? Or will you invest in Bombers and attempt to surgically strike your enemy where it is most vulnerable? Every ship is vital. Every decision is important. In Space War Commander, it’s Your Mind Against the Universe.
First off, all players will be able to claim a free Chinese traditional costume for their characters – A nice suit for the men and a special Mandarin dress for the ladies. These special outfits will be given out from 8:30 – 10:30 PM Eastern Time Jan 1st on the Jade Dragon Server, Jan 2nd on Golden Serpent, and Jan 3rd on Iron Monkey.
Secondly, as a “thank you” New Year present, we will award all players with Double Loot Ratio on all three servers for the first three days of 2009! This special bonus will run from midnight December 31st until midnight on January 3rd.
Finally, the main cities in WoKF will be specially decorated for the event. Don’t be surprised if a big floral basket suddenly appears by your side! Some of the GMs might even bring fireworks to enhance the celebration.
All in all, 2008 was a very good year for World of Kung Fu, and 2009 is set to be even better. There will be a major upgrade to the game in mid-January followed by others at regular intervals throughout the year. We encourage all of our players to join us for the New Year festivities, and welcome all new players into the game.
For more information about World of Kung Fu including tutorials, forums, screenshots, videos, and downloads, please visit the official World of Kung Fu website at http://www.worldofkungfu.com .
With the New Year in sight, the Wonderland Online (http://wl.igg.com) Team has planned several interesting events for players to enjoy right through to 2009.
1. Drive Your Turtle Car III
Players who have never purchased WLO Points Cards and exchanged them for WLO Points will, from January 1st until January 10th EST (GMT-5), be rewarded with a cute Turtle car.
For more details, click here：http://wl.igg.com/news/newscontent.php?aid=1593
2. Win Double EXP Together
Wonderland Online will hold the Double EXP event for one day if the maximum number of concurrent users is 25,000 or more from 6:00pm, January 2nd until 1:00 am, January 3rd.
For more details, click here: http://wl.igg.com/news/newscontent.php?aid=1590
3. New Year Fortune Bombing
Wonderland has released its New Year’s Fortune Bombing! From December 31st to January 5th, 2009, players can spin the wheel using their credits. The WLO team has many amazing gifts prepared for everyone.
More details, click here: http://wl.igg.com/news/newscontent.php?aid=1596
4. New Year Pleasant Surprises
From January 1st to January 10th EST (GMT-5), players who have consumed at least 500 Wonderland Online points in total will receive 20,000 Gold as a New Year’s gift. In addition, the top three players who have consumed the most points will be awarded big rewards.
For more details, click here: http://wl.igg.com/news/newscontent.php?aid=1591
Zu Online: Five Powerful Flying Mounts Overview
In Zu Online (http://zu.igg.com/), you can fly freely gather legendary treasure, shapeshift into Buddha and much, much more. When you’ve hit a pretty high level, you will certainly want to enjoy more fun than the lower-level players, such as enjoying a flight through the lofty peaks of Zu on a mount. Now we would like to introduce the five powerful mounts that can take you soaring into the skies of Zu Online.
1. Fiery Phoenix
Fiery Phoenix is a holy beast. When beating their powerful wings to take off into the night sky they leave a blazing trail behind them. Fiery Phoenix looks amazing and also possesses awesome stats. The Fiery Phoenix is one of the swiftest and coolest looking mounts in Zu Online.
2. Cloud Runner
Cloud Runners live in Little Sky. The Boulder Immortal likes it a lot because it was born from a talisman and flies like a meteor. It looks like a horse but it is covered with green scales and has wings and horns. Rumor had it a divine pet called Cloud Runner, which was born on Starfalling Cliff, can forecast their master’s future.
3. Snowy Sophist
Snowy Sophists are saint beasts that reside in an undisturbed region in the North. They are very rare. It is said they became the mount of the Old Snow Demon. Their snow white fur represents their icy spirit.
4. Ink Kylin
The Ink Kylin is a beast that absorbs the vapor of clouds and fog from the top of Kunlun Mountain. Ink Kylin’s ride the clouds to fly.
5. Jade Roc
It is said it was the pet Whitebrow fed, it mastered the human’s languages and possesses unusually deep spiritualism. Evil creatures dare not come close to it.
Do you envy those who can take a flight by mounting a pet? Do you wish to mount a pet to fly too? Just try to get one and see where it takes you!
For more information, please click http://zu.igg.com/news/newscon.php?aid=1587 .
IGG today release the latest video for GodsWar Online. This video demonstrates the Priest class skills and their function in a party.
Priests are holy men who have the powers of Heal, Area Heal, Mana Shield, Dripstone, Holy Light and Stalagmite Skills. As the envoys of the Gods, they can heal injured friends as well as releasing teammates from bad effects, thus priests play a key role in a team. Likewise, even though they may be in considerable danger when venturing by themselves, they can also easily defeat enemies with their water element force.
For more details about GodsWar Online classes, please visit the official site at http://gw.igg.com/guide/guide.php?acid=9
A new version of the indie strategy game MAGI was released. The developers lowered the price to $15.95, and announced that every owner of MAGI will get a 50% discount for ArcMagi, its upcoming sequel.
www.getmagi.com, December 30, 2008 – Tom Grochowiak, independent game developer, released a new version of MAGI, a downloadable strategy/rpg in which the player takes a role of a dueling wizard. With the new release, the price of the game was lowered to $15.95.
The developer also announced that every owner of the full version of MAGI will get a 50% discount for ArcMagi, its upcoming sequel. „This promotion is my token of gratitude towards all the great folks who bought the game. Without them there would be no ArcMagi. All the money I raised through MAGI sales were used in the development of updates and now the sequel. Thanks, guys.” – explains Tom Grochowiak, the main developer of the game.
ArcMagi is a promisingly good looking cross between RPG, strategy and a fighting game. Much like the original MAGI in its premise of taking part in wizard duels, but with beautiful and detailed 2d art, live-recorded soundtrack by Rob Westwood and several gameplay improvements.
„It’s more of a rework than a sequel. We took all the money and feedback we’ve got from MAGI and used it to make something really great. It’s going to be dynamic, strategically deep, playable in short bursts as well as long sessions, well presented and, hopefully, fun as hell” – Tom promises.
ArcMagi was announced on September 21, 2008 on the MAGI community forums. The exact release date is still unknown but the developers say they aim for summer 2009.
„We’re indies, we’re free to work on the game as long as we feel is necessary, and we’re going to use that to our advantage. We would like ArcMagi to be available on Q3 of 2009, but we’re more focused on making a great game. And if it will need a few more touches, we will take our time to add them”.