Archive for July, 2009

Game With Fame: Play Xbox LIVE Arcade’s Texas Hold’em with Fabolous

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Fabolous is back with his long-awaited album, LOSO’S WAY, and to celebrate, he’s breaking out the classic Xbox LIVE® Arcade game Texas Hold ‘em and challenging Xbox LIVE Gold members to a gaming session. If you’re an Xbox LIVE Gold Member (if not, upgrade now!), and you want a chance to play with Fabolous, send a friend request to the following Gamertag and be online half an hour before (4:30 P.M. ET) the Game with Fame session starts on Sunday, July 26, 5:00 P.M. ET. If you get a chance to play with Fabolous, we want to hear about it! Send us an e-mail to xboxgwf@live.com with the subject: “GWF – Fabolous.” Be sure to include your Gamertag and home town.

Brooklyn-based hip-hop artist Fabolous (John Jackson) has released five albums, the latest of which, LOSO’S WAY, is sure to gain the Gold or Platinum status that his previous albums have achieved. From Ghetto Fabolous (2001), to Street Dreams (2003), Real Talk (2004), and the influential From Nothin’ to Somethin’ (2007), Fabolous continues to explore the perils of transitioning from the street life to musical artist.

If you want a taste of the music of Fabolous, check out these videos from Xbox LIVE Marketplace:

Exclusive Behind the Scenes with Fabolous – http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/videos/media/e5be1adc-693c-4162-b2e5-b55aedeaf6a1

“Throw It In The Bag” – http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/videos/media/950280d8-8421-4c4e-836a-da4427ee8b9d

“Baby Don’t Go” – http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/videos/media/01aa5d7f-6ac1-422a-9c33-000cd363cac9

Fabolous Game With Fame on Xbox LIVE

Date: July 26th

Location: New York City

Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM (EST)

Game: Xbox LIVE® Arcade’s Texas Hold’em

GAMERTAG: LososWay GwFame (**Note space between LososWay and GwFame)

URL: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/community/calendar/gamewithfame/2009/0726-fabolous.htm

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Innex shares success with kids in need

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Videogame Distributor Donates Percentage to Kids in Need Foundation Helping

Provide Free School Supplies to Impoverished Children

Innex, a major distributor of videogame peripherals and accessories, today announced that it has signed a cause marketing license agreement with the KIDS IN NEED FOUNDATION. Marathon Projects Ltd, the licensing agency for the Kids In Need Foundation negotiated the transaction. This will be the latest partnership agreement under the Kids In Need Foundation cause licensing program.

Believing that the meaning of success is the ability to help others, Innex, Inc. has announced that it will donate a percentage of its sales revenue to the KIDS IN NEED FOUNDATION, a charity that provides free school supplies to impoverished children. Moving forward, Innex will allocate a portion of all revenue, including sales of its exclusive brands (Komodo, Retro-Bit, Exo-Flex) to KIDS IN NEED.

Innex was established by Titi and Joey Ngoy, brothers whose family fled to a Thai Refugee Camp from Cambodia in 1979 while the country was suffering from violent revolution and extreme poverty inflicted by Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. Titi and Joey’s parents arrived in America with nothing, but managed, through hard work, to provide their children with the education necessary to prosper.

“Through our own family experience, we are very aware of the importance of an education and the difficulties faced by impoverished children,” stated Titi Ngoy, President of Innex. “Teaming up with KIDS IN NEED offers us the opportunity to make a contribution to a charity that is near to our heart and will hopefully make a difference in the lives of kids who need an extra hand getting ahead.”

David Smith, Executive Director of the KIDS IN NEED FOUNDATION stated, “KIDS IN NEED is very excited to partner with Innex since videogames are an important part of our youth’s culture. To be able to integrate Innex’s videogame peripheral and accessory program with KIDS IN NEED has fundamental appeal for both companies and helps strengthen KIDS IN NEED’S mission to provide school supplies for more children who need them.

Research shows that when children are provided with basic school supplies their grades go up, their confidence increases and their attitude toward learning improves. KIDS IN NEED is the number 1 charity focused on America’s under-funded educational system. KIDS IN NEED provides free school supplies to impoverished children as well as curriculum grants to under-funded teachers.

About Kids In Need Foundation

The Kids In Need Foundation is a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1995. The Foundation’s mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need. The Kids in Need National Network of Resource Centers includes 23 facilities that allow teachers from low-income schools to obtain free school supplies for their students. In addition, Kids In Need Teacher Grants provide K-12 educators with funding to provide innovative learning opportunities for students. The Kids in Need Foundation has distributed nearly $300 million in school supplies since its founding, directly benefiting 1.6 million students and 100,000 teachers annually, and has awarded $1 million in grants to teachers. The Kids In Need Foundation has received Charity Navigator’s highest four-star rating, indicating that it executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way and outperforms most other charities in America. For more information, visit www.kinf.org. Follow Kids In Need on Twitter, http://twitter.com/kidsinneed

Dreamland Online Tests the European and American Waters

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Dreamland Online (http://do.igg.com) is beautifully crafted 3D side-scrolling MMORPG being brought to you by IGG, the gaming developer and developer with more than 8,000,000 registered users. This game is the latest addition in a string of IGG produced titles that include Galaxy Online and their debut project, GodsWar Online. With Dreamland Online enjoying acclaim for quality and playability during the 3rd Alpha Test of its Chinese Version, the English Version is set to be released in the European and American markets by the end of this year and is expected to do very well.

The game storyline centers on the Courage Source. Dreamland was a peaceful place once, but this fairy tale world was turned upside-down when the Evil Fog brought about a deadly plague. Desperate to save themselves, the people of Dreamland were rewarded for their faith by the appearance of a huge branch of the life tree, known as the Courage Source. The branch pierced the cloud of death and gave the people a special gift: Hero Faith that can endow the brave with power. The people summoned heroes to take up arms and use the power of Hero Faith to defend their homeland from monstrous threats. War had come to Dreamland, but with it came hope.

The main feature of Dreamland Online is its pet system. In Dreamland pets play a central role – they can assist players in fighting monsters and completing quests, but they are also loyal companions on lonely adventures. Also, there is the unique Change Apparel system which enables players to customize their character’s style as they like, from clothes and gear to hairstyles and eye color. In addition, a competitive PVP system makes Dreamland a place that is not as friendly and whimsical as it might first seem.

There is a ton of captivating content available in Dreamland Online, so if you want find out more visit their website (http://do.igg.com) for all the latest game information.

CJ Internet Launches Closed Beta For Highly Anticipated Fighting Online Game Mini Fighter

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

CJ Internet, the leading global entertainment company, today announced the launch of the Mini Fighter closed beta test and released a new gameplay trailer showcasing in-game battles. In the short week leading up to the launch of the beta, thousands of players pre-registered for beta keys and downloaded the Mini Fighter client. Eager players will now have the opportunity to explore various battle zones – including tag match, free battle and gem catch – and battle opponents in 14 different modes, as well as participate in a variety of community events throughout the closed beta phase.

“Players will have a lot to experience in the first beta test of Mini Fighter,” said Youngjong Jung, President and CEO of CJ Internet. “We’ve been hard at work developing these rich new zones and inaugural events in the game, and it’s exciting to see players enter into the game for the first time and truly engage with the world and its inhabitants.”

During the closed beta phase, players can explore the following new areas in Mini Fighter: battle room, coliseum and single play mode. In addition, players have several play modes to choose from including Survival and Tag Team, and can engage in Village Grapple and Siege Warfare battles with over 200 players at a time.

Additionally, CJ Internet will host two special events during the closed beta. In the first event, called “Achieve Level 25,” players who reach level 25 will receive a colorful character name upgrade that carries over to the full version of the game. In the second event, called “Phoenix Pet Griffith,” players who collect 20 gold carp and visit the Jiang Taigong NPC can exchange the carp for a special addition pet.

To view the new gameplay trailer for Mini Fighter, please click on the following link: http://global.netmarble.com/minifighter/Download/videos.asp

For more information about Mini Fighter and to register for entry into the closed beta, please visit the official Netmarble website at: http://global.netmarble.com/minifighter/

About Mini Fighter

Mini Fighter is a frenetic, side-scrolling fighting game that features massively multiplayer online battles of up to 210 combatants. Players can level-up their fighters and compete in a wide variety of modes, from Survival and Tag Team matches to Boss fights and daily Siege Warfare. Take a break from the fisticuffs to compete in a variety of minigames, including the brain-busting Quiz Village. Combining a simple user interface with action-packed gameplay, Mini Fighter is sure to be a blast no matter what kind of MMO player you are!

Public Beta Test of Hive Rise

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Today the public beta test of Hive Rise has finally started. You are invited to check the innovative combination of a real time strategy game and an MMOG for flaws. You can start playing at once, no registration is needed.

http://www.HiveRise.com

Hive Rise is an extremely fast running real time strategy game. It takes place on huge maps, each providing space for over 1000 human players. There are 12 different play modes, each offering a unique trophy. What makes it even more outstanding is the fact that the short matches (about 10 minutes) can be started at once without having to wait for teammates.

Spartacus Conquers Comic-Con with Upcoming iPhone/iPod Touch Game

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

New Starz Original Action Series ‘Spartacus: Blood and Sand,’ Coming to Premier Fan Event with Panel Discussion,

Ultimate Fan Pack Giveaways, Sneak Peek and More

First Look at Upcoming Official “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” iPhone/iPod Touch Game, Motion Comic

Fans will be able to enter the arena of the eagerly anticipated Starz original series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con July 24 from 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM PT (room 6BCF). Starz is bringing some of the leading creative and on-air talent for fans and critics to meet in person to the leading industry fan event. Set to debut exclusively on Starz in January 2010, the violent and epic gladiator tale will have a graphic novel look and style unlike any other series on TV.

Join Lucy Lawless (“Xena: Warrior Princess,” “Battlestar Galactica”), actor Peter Mensah (300, Avatar), Executive ProducersRob Tapert (Evil Dead 1-2, Drag Me To Hell) and Steven S. DeKnight (“Angel,” “Smallville, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), and actress Erin Cummings (“Dollhouse”). They will discuss the fresh narrative approach to the ancient legend and offer exclusive first look footage at the ground-breaking series. Andy Whitfield, who plays the title character, will deliver a video message and Comic-Con greeting from New Zealand.

Ultimate “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” Fan Packs to first 2,000 Fans at Comic-Con Panel

The first 2,000 fans attending the “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” panel will be treated to complimentary “Ultimate Spartacus: Blood and Sand Fan Packs,” which will include:

* Limited edition copy of “Spartacus: Upon The Sands of Vengeance, ” issue #1 in the “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” comic book mini-series with an exclusive Comic-Con cover

* Autographed 8X10 headshots, featuring 1 of 10 randomly selected autographed photos from a member of the cast of “Spartacus: Blood and Sand”

* “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” trading cards

* “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” USB flash drive featuring cast/unit photos, graphics, poster art, cast and series biographical background information, and more.

* “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” poster with mailing tube

* “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” collectible t-shirt (one of four being created)

“Spartacus: Blood and Sand” iPhone Game, Motion Comic Details

Starz Digital Media also revealed plans to jointly develop the official “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” mobile game designed for iPhone and iPod touch with Artificial Life, Inc (OTC BB: ALIF). The games will utilize the touch screens and motion sensitive features of the popular mobile devices and bring to life the action, violence and sex soon to be seen in the series.

Also, in association with Double Barrel Motion Labs, Starz Digital Media will bring to market a four-part “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” motion comic series. These action-packed videos will feature gladiators battling for eternal glory in a gore fest derived from Devil’s Due Publishing (DDP)’s official upcoming “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” comic book mini-series, to which DeKnight contributed. “Spartacus: Upon The Sands of Vengeance” is the first in the four-part comic book mini-series. A sneak preview of the “Spartacus: Upon the Sands of Vengeance” motion comic episode will be available after the “Spartacus” Comic-Con panel at www.starz.com/spartacus.

“‘Spartacus: Blood and Sand” is the most ambitious project ever undertaken at Starz,” said Bill Hamm, executive vice president, originals production and development for Starz Media. “Comic-Con offers a terrific stage to introduce the series to fans and we are delighted to have such a strong lineup for our debut appearance in San Diego.”

“We look forward to working with a number of key production and distribution partners in bringing ‘Spartacus: Blood and Sand’ to life across multiple platforms and media,” said Marc DeBevoise, senior vice president, digital media, business development and strategy for Starz Media and lead executive for Starz Digital Media. “The projects we’re developing around this franchise offer a tremendous opportunity for us to reach mobile gamers, comic book fans and online video viewers with incredibly unique and compelling content, all prior to the series’ premiere of “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” on Starz.”

On July 24, DeKnight, along with the comic book’s editorial consultant R.H. Stavis, will sign limited edition copies of issue No. 1 in the “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” comic mini-series, with an exclusive Comic-Con cover. The autograph session will be from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM at the DDP booth (#2229).

Comic-Con attendees can swipe their electronic credentials at Starz’ Anchor Bay/Manga booth (#3345) and “enter for a chance to win a one-of-a-kind shield; an authentic prop from the battlefield of “Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

The official “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” trailer, “Spartacus: Upon the Sands of Vengeance” motion comic episode trailer and behind the scenes videos will also be available post-panel at www.starz.com/spartacus and via the Starz “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” Twitter feed, Twitter: @spartacus_starz. “Follow us,” then “direct message” to receive the videos and future “Spartacus” exclusives.

About “Spartacus: Blood and Sand”

Debuting exclusively on Starz, “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” is produced by Starz Media with Executive Producers Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi (Spider-Man and Evil Dead), Joshua Donen The Quick and the Dead), along with DeKnight .

The UK-born and Australia-based Andy Whitfield portrays Spartacus, a soldier in the Roman Auxiliary who is taken prisoner. As punishment for defying a Roman Legate, Spartacus is sentenced to die in the gladiator arena. But after surviving numerous fights, his sentence is commuted and is sold as a slave to be trained as a gladiator. A newcomer in the U.S., Whitfield has gained acclaim in numerous Australian drama series (“McLeod’s Daughters,” “Packed to the Rafters,” “The Strip” and “Out of the Blue”) and also starred in the feature film Gabriel, one of the highest grossing films at the Australian Box Office in 2007. He recently wrapped shooting on the Australian feature, The Clinic.

Lawless is cast as Lucretia, who along with her husband Batiatus (John Hannah), own the slave Spartacus and the Ludus (a gladiator camp) where the former soldier learns the ways of the arena fighter. The couple has fallen on hard times financially and has bought Spartacus hoping his fighting prowess will help them regain their status in the brutal world of gladiatorial contests. Among her many roles, Lawless is best known for portraying “Xena: Warrior Princess” in the long-running global hit series, and has appeared in Syfy’s critically acclaimed “Battlestar Galactica.”

Hannah is the BAFTA Film Awards nominee best known for his work in The Mummy trilogy as well as Four Weddings and a Funeral and on a number of successful British TV series, including “Rebus,” “New Street Law” and “MDs.”

Additional cast members include: Cummings as Spartacus’ Thracian wife, Sura; Mensah as Doctore, Batiatus’ most loyal and trusted slave; Manu Bennett (30 Days of Night, The Condemned) as Crixus, the top gladiator at Batiatus’ Ludus; Antonio Te Maioha (“Xena: Warrior Princess,” “Legend of the Seeker”) as Barca, a big, hulking brute of a man who is Batiatus’ bodyguard and hit man; Craig Parker (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, “Legend of the Seeker”) as Glaber, a Roman Legate, who blames Spartacus for his failed military campaign; and Nick E. Tarabay (“Crash,”

“The Sopranos”) as Ashur, a former gladiator who is now the Ludus’ resident bookie.

DeKnight is the head writer for the series, which is being produced in New Zealand by Starz Media. DeKnight recently finished consulting on Joss Whedon’s “Dollhouse” and will be writing the upcoming eighth installment of the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” comic book series.

Starz’s new “Spartacus” series was inspired by the actual slave of the Roman Republic who in 73 BC led a slave revolt that grew to more than 120,000 fighters. Defying the Roman Republic’s legions of soldiers, they campaigned for two years through much of what is now Italy before succumbing to a much larger army. The new series will tell a new set of stories rich in character, action, sex and combat.

Anchor Bay Entertainment will hold exclusive worldwide home entertainment distribution rights to “Spartacus,” while Starz Media’s Worldwide Distribution group will handle international television and domestic syndication sales and Starz Digital Media will be responsible for all digital distribution globally.

“Spartacus” is just the latest original series for Starz. Its first dramatic series, “Crash,” a co-production from Starz Entertainment and Lionsgate, premiered in October 2008 and is set for its second season in September 2009. Starz Media also produced “Party Down” for Starz, which debuted in early 2009 to high critical acclaim and which was recently renewed for a second season and is set to air in 2010.

Friday, July 17th, 2009

KONAMI UNVEILS Q&A SESSION WITH HIDEO KOJIMA

AND NEW METAL GEAR SOLID®: PEACE WALKER SCREENSHOTS

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today revealed a Q&A session with legendary video game creator and head of Kojima Productions, Hideo Kojima, and new screenshots from the highly anticipated title coming to the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system in 2010, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. This latest PSP installment picks up where Metal Gear Solid®3 for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system leaves off as players take control of the famed Naked Snake. Taking place in 1974, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker features original game design, story and scenario by Hideo Kojima. The game takes the series in an exciting new direction with its incredible visuals and its unique new game system designed specifically with the PSP in mind.

HIDEO KOJIMA – Q/A

1) I bet many users had expected the next MGS5 announcement. When did you start this project?

I actually had the plan for this project in mind while working on MPO. Back then, I intended to place the project in the hands of the next generation of creators at Kojima Productions. However, in the end, I felt that it was still a little too early to leave it completely in their hands, so I decided to take the reins.

This game is an MGS5-class game. I am supervising, designing, producing, directing, and editing this title together with the MGS4 team. Therefore in that sense, “METAL GEAR SOLID” has not ended, and the “METAL GEAR SAGA” continues.

2) You have been telling for many years that your ultimate theme is “Anti-war and Anti-nuclear weapon”. Does this theme continue in this title?

Absolutely. The METAL GEAR SOLID series has always featured “Anti-war” and “Anti-nuke” themes. This title is no exception.

In the event of an attack from a neighboring country, I believe that finding a solution through diplomacy is ideal. However, the fact is that even peaceful countries with no intention of retaliating still maintain armies just for the sake of deterrence. I am sure there are varied opinions regarding this subject, but I believe that it is our generation’s role to “create peace through discussion.” What makes things complicated is that the youth of today have been born into a world where the current situation is the norm, so it’s difficult to convey this message. That is why my hope is to have players ponder and learn about why there are people who advocate the “need for armies, military power, and nuclear weapons” so that they may realize “why things turned out the way that they did” while they play this game.

3) I understand that it is a tactical espionage action game but could you provide some explanation for bringing this title to the PSP platform? I saw 4 Snakes in the trailer presented at E3, is this COOP?

The game will be stealth-action based. I can’t reveal too many details yet, but we are implementing features that can only be realized on the PSP platform that I believe everyone can look forward to. The game will be a little different from the METAL GEAR that players have come to know. However, the story can be replayed numerous times and the game is full of challenges to complete, so I feel that this title will really satisfy players with its long-lasting play time. Just as an example, do you recall the cardboard box at the end of the Peace Walker trailer? In addition to that two-man box, we are preparing a variety of other different cardboard boxes this time around.

To give a little more insight into the game, you can, how shall I say… customize Snake according to your preferences and determine what kind of soldier you will use prior to embarking on your mission. For example there’s heavy gear configurations that make a lot of noise, but that allow you to equip numerous weapons. Or, there are other configurations that won’t allow you to carry many weapons, but will allow you to be light on your feet. We will be preparing a variety of other types as well. Being able to make decisions and plot a strategy will be one of the really enjoyable features of this title.

We are also working on a “growth feature” as well, where your character evolves. It will be a new type of system, so I hope everyone will look forward to it!

4) “You’re known for boot camps and on site checks. This time which part would you like to stress about the reality in terms of game quality?

We conduct research in many ways and then begin game production. In regards to the quality of the game, the main staff of MGS4 are producing it. They are aiming for PS3 quality because they were creating MGS4 on the PS3 not too long ago. In reality it is hard to maintain the same quality as the PS3 but we strive for it and we are expressing this in ways only we can express it in.

5) Regarding the KJP countdown teaser site, there were several signs as a message, could you explain what this message is all about?

5=it is an MGS5 class game

S=Snake

巳=snake in Kanji

E=E3

R=Raiden

3=3 from 360 and E3

6=6 from 360

P and S=PSP and adding 3 makes it PS3

Aside from the Snake and Raiden visuals, we featured a total of 10 “symbols” and when all of these are rearranged, they form connections to the announcements that we made at E3.

The first symbols that appeared were the number “5″ and the letter “S” for Snake that represented PW which, to me, is a “5″ class title. “巳” not only hints at the lowercase lettering of “E” for E3, but it is the kanji for the word “snake.” Also, the symbol that appeared at the very end is the kanji “日” and represents a sunny background and the sunrise that links to RISING.

The “RISING” of “METAL GEAR SOLID RISING” implies “the sun rising,” “the sun shining,” and “the sun shining on Raiden” that was revealed in the visuals on the HP. In addition, “RISING” also represents how “METAL GEAR SOLID” will be taking the next step up.

Going back to the symbols found on the HP, they also link to “the day of 360″ and also to each of the titles that we announced at E3. When each of the symbols are rearranged, I think you’ll be able to recognize E3, PSP, PS3, 360 and others. So everyone, how did you like it? Were your predictions on the mark?

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is being developed exclusively for the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system and is scheduled to launch in 2010.

WonderKing Closed Beta Launches

Friday, July 17th, 2009

NDOORS Interactive today officially launched the closed beta of their adventure-filled new MMORPG, WonderKing. Over 30,000 hopefuls turned out across the internet to claim closed beta keys and most are expected to enter the game world during this closed beta period.

“We’re proud to welcome the first group of players into the world ofWonderKing today,” said Peter Kang, CEO of NDOORS. “We plan to make good use of this closed beta period to fine tune the experience and we look forward to a seamless commercial launch later this summer.”

WonderKing is a 2D, side-scrolling MMORPG that takes players on an adventurous journey to become a hero and don the mantle ofWonderKing. Your quest to save the realm will take you from beautiful beaches to murky marshlands and spooky ghost towns. Some of the features in WonderKing include:

• PvP: Challenge each other and battle one on one at a special map for points that can be exchanged for special in-game items.
• Pet System: Adorable and loyal AI animals will aid in hunting, item collecting, and other tasks.
• Class Advancement: The game allows players to focus on specific character abilities and advance to higher classes to learn even more powerful techniques.
• Mounts and Vehicles: Get moving with a variety of vehicles to ride and animals to mount, providing boosts to attack and defense.
• Castle Battles: Engage in PvP battles using siege warfare across castles. This system will be available for players later this year.
• Home Town System: Players can personally decorate a private room where they can rest and store items and trophies. Like castle battles, this system will be implemented later this year as well.

Designed for gamers of all ages, WonderKing is set in a vibrantly colorful world and features some of the most uniquely creative character designs and gorgeous graphics in any game. As with all of NDOORS’ titles,WonderKing is 100% free-to-play.

For more information on WonderKing, please visit:http://www.playwonderking.com/wk.

GOG.com releases two weekend promos

Friday, July 17th, 2009
This week their catalogue of classic PC games has grown with the addition of two strategy games: The Nations – a sequel to Alien Nations and Empire Earth – the first part of the series that allows you to build your own civilization and relive some of the most important moments of the world’s history. Both games are only $5.99 and to celebrate the release of The Nations they’re running a promotion where you can grab The Nations + Alien Nations for $8.98!
But that’s not all. Today they have launched Tom Clancy’s Promo – you get 50% discount if you buy Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six bundle ($9.99 for both) or 30% discount if you buy the games separately ($6.99 each).
Both promotions end on Monday, July 20 at 11:59 p.m. EDT (Tuesday, July 21 at 5:59 a.m. CET).
Here are direct links:
The Nations + Alien Nations promo - http://www.gog.com/en/page/nations_promo

Galaxy Online: Intensified Space to Conquer

Friday, July 17th, 2009

In the vast expanses of space, Galaxy Online combines many unique design elements, including a commerce system, planetary colonization, warship design, fleet command, imperial expansion and much, much more. With all the game has to offer, the Galaxy Online team nevertheless has found a way to make it even more exciting. To create a better gaming environment with more intense PvP competition, they will merge Aries, Taurus and Gemini servers into the Libra server.

In addition, the developers are making modifications to some features to further encourage player conflicts and cooperation. First, the default nodes that separate the player factions will be removed. As players are forced to interact more with members of rival factions, they will evolve better combat strategies and teamwork. After the server merger, all characters’ friends and corps data will be deleted. Players will have to look for new friends and corps on the combined server, forming powerful new forces to withstand the challenges of a more densely populated universe.

If these changes aren’t enough to spice up your plans for exploration and conquest, the Galaxy Online team will also add offensive pirates to the vast universe. The extra variable will make battles more complex and their results more difficult to predict. Will pirates be your friends or foes when you engage your enemies? Either way, they will be a force to be reckoned with.

The merger will also have an impact on players’ characters and virtual property on the affected servers. Only one character per account will be transferred over. By default, the character with the highest Composite Strength score will be selected, unless players apply to have a different character transferred. The remaining characters will be deleted. Characters moving to the Libra server will have the planets they occupy outside of their home galaxy moved into their home galaxy. Despite their new locations, players shouldn’t see any changes to those occupied planets. Also, any GO Mall points exchanged by a character marked for deletion will be moved over to the character that is transferring over to the new server. When the merger is complete, every character on Libra that was created with an account registered before 1:00 AM EDT (GMT-4) on July 17, 2009 will receive 500 GO Mall Points. Based on Composite Strength ranking, the top 2,000 characters on each of the affected servers will receive an additional 500 Mall Points.

After the Libra merger, the Galaxy Online team will open a brand new server for new Galaxy Online players.

Make no mistake: the Libra server will be a dangerous, intense place to play, but as characters encounter and overcome these challenges, their accomplishments will be that much more impressive. Get ready to test yourself against new foes and make new allies as you expand your horizons and experience epic journeys to far off places, all in Galaxy Online!

Visit http://go.igg.com to learn more about Galaxy Online.