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Indie Game Challenge


If there are any indie / independent video game developers out there reading this blog, this may be your chance to make it big. Check out the video for some more info. The entry period is from 7.14.09 – 10.1.09. The winners will be announced on 1.15.10. If anyone from the blog enters let us know how it goes.

Prize Details | Official Rules

Winners in various categories will share in a total of almost $300,000 in prize monies and scholarships, including $100,000 grand prize awards for both the winning professional and non-professional games.

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New Call of Duty: World at War multiplayer trailer


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Multiplayer builds from Call of Duty: World at War show a persistent online experience with more squad based interaction. New development with party systems allows an intimacy with squad based combat never before seen in Call of Duty. Combined infantry and vehicle missions on new maps add a new dimension to the online warfare and offers more PERK abilities.

Watch the Call of Duty: World at War multiplayer trailer:

Call of Duty: World at War ships on November 11.

Via Evilavatar

Published on October 23rd, 2008 under , , , , , , , ,

Call Of Duty 5 co-op multiplayer shown in new trailer


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The Call of Duty first-person shooter series returns to World War II, but this time you can fight alongside your friends in either two-player local split-screen (on consoles) or four-player online play. Watch the new direct-feed co-op gameplay footage from Call of Duty 5: World at War.

Click on the bottom-right corner arrow to view it fullscreen.

PS: As a “24″ show fan I am geeking out over Kiefer Sutherland’s voice-over work. )

Published on August 11th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Catwoman, Sonya and The Flash join the Mortal Kombat VS DC Universe cast


Flash fighting Sonya in Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe
New characters for Mortal Kombat VS DC Universe have been revealed, including Catwoman, The Flash and Sonya Blade!

Catwoman in Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe. Click for big picEd Boon has stated that four new characters will be revealed at the upcoming E3 trade show. Catwoman was one of them.

Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe pits the two established worlds against each other in a colossal showdown. Already revealed MK vs DC characters include Superman, Batman, Scorpion and Sub-Zero.

Via Kotaku, MK Secrets

Super Mario Marathon LIVE all weekend!


A live marathon of Super Mario Bros. 1, 2, 3, World, Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine & Super Mario Galaxy is going on as we speak! Click “Play” to start the LIVE feed!

That means that right now, three former college room mates (Brian Brinegar, Dan May and John Groth) are attempting to play through each one of the above Super Mario games in their entirety. That’s seven games, totalling fifty-five hours!

So why, you ask, are they doing this? Well besides for fun (and bragging rights), the trio are raising money for the Child’s Play charity! So please, make sure to give what you can because it’s going towards a good cause.

The marathon will be broadcasting live all weekend, so be sure to check it out! I know I definitely will. D

Also, check out Mario Marathon site for a FAQ, to chat with the guys, or to make a donation to the Child’s Play charity.

Top Spin 3 preview


Top Spin 3 for WiiTop Spin 3 for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii and DS has gone gold, which means it’s heading to factories for it’s June 24th release date.

As one of, if not the, most authentic tennis video game, Top Spin 3 features stunning graphics and revolutionary gameplay with innovative new controls, signature player animations and styles, and expansive online offerings. Top Spin 3 gives players control over a wide selection of current top ranked tennis pros like Andy Roddick, Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova, as well legendary players Boris Becker, Bjorn Borg and Monica Seles (only available in certain versions). An incredibly deep player creator system provides fans with complete control over every aspect of their character with a new freeform face sculpting editor, and customizable swing animations, hairstyles, makeup, tattoos and grunts.

The game also supports a wide variety of gameplay and features, including situation-specific behaviors, revamped audio with enhanced crowd reaction, and precise controls that fans can easily pick up and play while still providing the most genuine tennis experience possible. All-new Evolutionary Visuals showcase the intensity of the game as players sweat, demonstrate fatigue and accumulate grass and clay stains on their clothing over the course of a match, while also competing on courts that have dynamic weather changes. Competitive players will also be able to create matches online and test their skills against friends or other ranked players around the world via singles or doubles in Exhibition, Custom, or World Tour Matches.

Here’s the features list in easy-to-digest bullet form:

* New gameplay controls: Intuitive controls, now incorporating the right thumbstick, allow for precise movements and shot variety providing gamers with an unprecedented tennis experience.
* Signature style: The world’s best players are accurately depicted like never before with actual apparel, equipment and swing animations.
* Tennis legends: For the first time ever, play with or against legendary figures of the tennis world.
* 2K Sports online: Play against anyone, anywhere, anytime in up to four game modes including singles, doubles, quick-match, and a comprehensive world tour with live stat tracking.
* All-new soundtrack: New music is included featuring Jamiroquai, Calvin Harris, Boys Like Girls, The Go! Team, Stone Roses, and Franz Ferdinand.
* World Tour(PS3): Here you can participate online tournaments, exhibition matches etc. World Tour resets every 14 days.

Remember readers we’re giving away 3 copies of Top Spin 3 and much more in our 2K Games Sports Competition.

Published on June 23rd, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , ,

First Call of Duty 5: World at War video


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The first footage of Call of Duty 5: World at War has finally been revealed.

As previously reported, the game brings the series to a new setting; From modern day Middle East in Call of Duty 4, to the Pacific Theater of World War II in Call of Duty: World at War. It will be the first Call of Duty to feature co-op play for between one and four players for the entire campaign. Multiplayer focuses on squad elements as well as vehicular combat.

Those features will be hitting the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3, with the Wii version not only including support for the Wii Remote & Nunchuck, but also the Wii Zapper and unlike the PS2 & DS versions the Wii game will be running on the Call of Duty 4 engine like the PC, Xbox 360, PS3 versions.

As the video reveals (which is only for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 versions), new features to Call of Duty: World At War include: Flamethrowers and bayonets, destructible environments and the ability to climb trees! As well as the previously mentioned four-player co-op.

Watch the first Call of Duty 5 video:

The game is schedule for release sometime in 2008, likely around Christmas-time. If I had to bet.

John Rambo videogame arcade shooter coming from Sega(ta)


Thankfully this version of Sega's Rambo game was just for promo purposes
Rambo inspired millions of 80’s teens to go in “guns blazing” in their backyards, and it’s only fitting that 25+ years after Sylvester Stallone first wow’d us in the original Rambo: First Blood, he is once again inspiring a new generation of commando’s due to the new Rambo movie (which just came out on DVD if you haven’t seen it yet).

And now Rambo is making his long-awaited return to the video game world, and in an unlikely format . . . the arcades! Running on Sega’s advanced Lindbergh Red ex board, the game attempts to replicate the theatrical experience, with a large 62 inch HD screen and an advanced speaker system.

Gameplay is all gunplay, with players making use of a low-weight light gun to blast enemies and bosses, making use of an anger gauge that provides a power boost and temporary invincibility when filled. In-game, your weapon changes between regular guns and a bow-and-arrow depending on the situation and there will also be “special events” that will happen as you play through the stages (no real details on that yet).

Strangely, the new game doesn’t have anything to do with the new movie, which is due for release in Japan on May 24. Instead, the game follows the story of the first three movies, allowing players to relive classic scenes from the films.

This new video game adaptation of Rambo will hit Japanese arcades some time this year. No word yet on if it will get an international release, but considering the popularity of Rambo, I wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

Oh and in case you were wondering who the guy in the picture is, that was Sega’s “human mascot” known only as Segata Sanshiro (and thus the headline is a pun) who was played by Hiroshi Fujiioka. This guy was extremely popular in Japan in the late 1990’s and inspired people to play more Sega Saturn! Which was a response from Sega to sluggish sales of their gaming system. — Via IGN, NeoGAF and Kotaku

Published on June 20th, 2008 under , , , , , , ,

Doom 4 officially announced


An infamous scene from Doom 3. Now just imagine the graphics from Doom 4!
Doom 4 (though it hasn’t officially been named) has officially been announced by id Software coinciding with the fact that the company is looking for new blood (in the form of new employees, not the actual red stuff).

Although the announcement avoided mentioning specifically what platforms the game will be created for, it’s pretty obvious that it will be hitting the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. Particularly since the job listings posted online mention all three platforms as well as stuff like a listing for a cinematic art director that asks for “an experienced and creative visionary…who wants to apply their craft to the development of legendary id brands like Quake and Doom” for the “PC, Xbox 360, and PS3.”

Doom 3 for PCSince Doom 3’s release, id has shifted it’s focus to more of a multi-platform developer, even supporting the Mac with their upcoming open-world game Rage. Which is an all-new IP and quite a departure for the developer. And instead of simply farming out platform versions to outside developers, they have now been working on the other platform versions themselves. Which will definitely make all the difference with future titles.

Published on May 8th, 2008 under , , , , , , , ,

Nintendo’s ex-President Hiroshi Yamauchi is Japan’s richest man, several game execs also make list


Former Nintendo President Hiroshi YamachiJapan’s 40 richest, according to Forbes, include Nintendo’s former President Hiroshi Yamauchi, who topped the list out at #1! Thanks in no small part to the hugely successful Nintendo Wii (and the continued success of the Nintendo DS). This caused the 80 year old’s net worth to more than triple. It now stands at $7.8 billion. Last year his net income rose 48% to reach USD 2.5 billion.

Yamauchi, who was succeeded by current Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, retired from Nintendo in 2005 after 55 years of service to the company, but has remained a major shareholder.

Yamauchi surpassed last year’s richest member on the list, property developer Akira Mori, who gained $2.2 billion but not enough to stay on top.

Other gaming-related people to make the list include Kagemasa Kozuki, who heads up Konami (and makes the list as one of three returning billionaires) and Keiko Erikawa, chairman emeritus of Koei (and one of only three females on the list, who shares her $720 million fortune with her husband who co-founded the company with her). — via Forbes

Published on May 8th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , ,

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