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Indie Game Challenge

Source: ps3blog.net

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
www.indiegamechallenge.com

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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Best games of 2008 X-Play Award nominees

Source: videogamesblogger.com

X-Play Best of 2008 Awards

X-Play will have their annual Best Games of 2008 Awards on Tuesday, December 9th at 8:00 PM Eastern/Pacific time on G4.

X-Play is the most watched videogame series on TV and has announced the nominees for it’s various award categories for the Sixth Annual Best of 2008 Awards. The categories cover over 20 different sections including Most Original Game, Best Strategy Game, Best New Character and Best Sound Design.

The categories have also been expanded this year to cover some all new ground. These include: Best New Downloadable Game, Best Racing Game, Best Music/Rhythm Game, Best Handheld and Best MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online Game).

The special episode of the awards will take viewers through each category, revealing the winners and explaining in detail exactly why each game won. It will culminate finally in the highly coveted Game of the Year Award, where players can watch with anticipation in finding out which of this years heavy-hitters will win it all.

Fallout 3 (screenshot) is one of this year's biggest games

Will it be Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic epic Western RPG Fallout 3? How about the intense sequel to one of the Xbox 360’s best games in Gears of War 2?

Or Valve’s latest innovative shooter, the zombie-packed Left 4 Dead? EA’s first foray into the first-person adventure genre with the acrobatic action game Mirror’s Edge? And there’s many others as well, from Will Wright’s latest opus, the creature-building Sims-follow-up Spore to EA’s first gory survival horror game Dead Space to Rockstar and Take Two’s latest epic open-world crime game Grand Theft Auto IV. And don’t forget about Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Wii Fit, Mario Kart Wii and big DS and PSP titles like God of War: Chains of Olympus, Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy IV, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and Professor Layton and the Curious Village. There’s lots to choose from and all the awards this year should be really interesting.

“It seems commonplace to expect and find every year to improve on the one before,” says Adam Sessler, Host and Managing Editor, “X-Play.” “But the level of sophistication and depth found in 2008’s standout titles are truly extraordinary.”

“Every year, it gets tougher and tougher to pick the winners,” says Morgan Webb, Host, “X-Play.” “This year was no exception and we had to really challenge ourselves to whittle down the list of nominees to come up with the best of the best.”

The Complete List of “X-Play Best of 2008″ categories and nominees include:

Game of the Year

* Fable 2
* Fallout 3
* Gears of War 2
* Grand Theft Auto IV
* Left 4 Dead
* Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
* Resistance 2

Most Original Game

* Boom Blox
* Braid
* LittleBigPlanet
* Mirror’s Edge
* No More Heroes
* The World Ends With You

Best Gameplay Innovation

* “Level creation/sharing” – LittleBigPlanet
* “AI Director” – Left 4 Dead
* “Objective-based multiplayer” – Resistance 2
* “Voice command” – Tom Clancy’s EndWar
* “Right stick combat” – Too Human
* “Public quests” – Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning

Best Multiplayer Game

* Gears of War 2
* Left 4 Dead
* Madden NFL 09
* Resistance 2
* Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
* Too Human


Best Action/Adventure Game

* Dead Space
* God of War: Chains of Olympus
* Grand Theft Auto IV
* No More Heroes
* Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots


Best Sports Game

* FIFA 09
* Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds
* NBA 2K9
* NHL 09
* Madden NFL 09

Best Shooter

* Call of Duty: World at War
* Far Cry 2
* Gears of War 2
* Left 4 Dead
* Resistance 2

Best RPG

* Fable 2
* Fallout 3
* Persona 4
* Tales of Vesperia
* The World Ends With You

Best New Character

* The dog – Fable 2
* Niko Bellic – Grand Theft Auto IV
* Sackboy – LittleBigPlanet
* Drebin 893 – Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
* Travis Touchdown – No More Heroes


Best Art Direction

* Fable 2
* Fallout 3
* Far Cry 2
* LittleBigPlanet
* Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
* Prince of Persia

Best Animation

* Grand Theft Auto IV
* Left 4 Dead
* NBA 2K9
* Madden NFL 09
* Prince of Persia
* Resistance 2

Best Writing

* Grand Theft Auto IV
* Fable 2
* Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
* No More Heroes
* The Witcher: Enhanced Edition

Best Original Soundtrack

* Gears of War 2
* Mirror’s Edge
* Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
* No More Heroes
* Resistance 2

Best Sound Design

* Battlefield: Bad Company
* Condemned 2: Bloodshot
* Dead Space
* Fable 2
* Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Best Downloadable Content

* Burnout Paradise – bikes/map expansion
* Call of Duty 4 – maps
* Rock Band 2 – DLC songs
* Team Fortress 2 – class upgrades
* Warhawk – PSN expansions

Best New Downloadable Game

* Bionic Commando Rearmed
* Braid
* Geometry Wars 2
* Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty
* Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
* World of Goo

Best Strategy Game

* Advance Wars: Days of Ruin
* Galactic Civilizations 2: Twilight of the Arnor
* Sins of a Solar Empire
* Tom Clancy’s EndWar
* Valkyria Chronicles


Best Racing Game

* Burnout Paradise
* GRID
* Mario Kart Wii
* MotorStorm: Pacific Rift
* Pure


Best Music/Rhythm Game

* Audiosurf
* Guitar Hero: Aerosmith
* Guitar Hero World Tour
* Patapon
* Rock Band 2

Best Handheld Game

* Chrono Trigger DS
* God of War: Chains of Olympus
* Patapon
* Professor Layton and the Curious Village
* The World Ends With You

Best M-M-O

* Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures
* Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning
* World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

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Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe hands on video from G4TV

Source: videogamesblogger.com

MK vs DCU Batman vs Scorpion Screenshot Artwork

Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe (MK vs DCU for short) is the upcoming 8th game in the Mortal Kombat franchise. And as you probably have heard by now, the game pits the beloved Mortal Kombat fighters against the equally beloved DC comics superheroes including American icons like Superman, Batman and Wonder Women and notorious villains such as The Joker, Catwomen and Lex Luthor. See the full list of fighters in our Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe characters list.

Additionally, the game includes fatalities and “brutalities” (from the DC heroes, who can’t kill) and a complete revamping of the MK fighting engine along with new features such as the ability to fight while dropping through environments (Free-Fall Kombat), “Close Kombat” (pulling the view in for a hit-by-hit attack/counter-attack mini-battle) and a new “Test-Your-Might” where you can charge your opponent and ram him through a building or other environmental object. It also includes full online play.

X-Play went hands-on with Mortal Kombat versus DC Universe with MK-creator and MK vs DCU producer Ed Boon for an in-depth look at what makes this game so special.


MK vs DCU releases on November 16th, 2008 in the U.S. (November 21 in Europe) for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.


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