donderdag, mei 29, 2008

Dark Horizon


Paradox Interactive today announced the release of Dark Horizon, a stark and atmospheric space combat simulation that aims to hurl its audience through an action-packed adventure, piloting its own ship through the perils that only space could have to offer.


"Dark Horizon follows along the same lines of classics like Wing Commander and Freelancer, and it will be a great addition to our portfolio this year," said Paradox Interactive Executive Vice President Fredrik Wester.


Dark Horizon is a plot-rich experience; 22 challenging missions, laced with special features such as full ship customization, original weapon creation, joystick support, and several modes of combat.


Dark Horizon is scheduled to ship worldwide during Q3, 2008. To learn more about this game or other Paradox releases, please visit http://www.paradoxplaza.com


Source: Paradox press release

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woensdag, mei 28, 2008

Venetica, X360 RPG

Venetica:

dtp entertainment unveils the new Deck 13 role-play game – for the PC and Xbox 360


Deck 13, one of Germany’s most successful game developers, has teamed up with dtp entertainment to present Venetica, a visually stunning role-play game with a cryptic storyline.

Venetica mixes emotions and action in a unique free roaming and living sixteenth century world full of surprise.


In the era of Venetica, Death walks among the living as a flesh & blood being, carrying out the deeds of an ancient council known by a few as Corpus. Each generation of the Corpus is set with the task of selecting the next predecessor of the bringer of death. Unfortunately, the most recent council had unwittingly selected a crafty necromancer who is determined on bringing death and destruction to the world.

This conniving imposter has managed to transform into an undead fiend, which no mortal man can kill. This power-crazed necromancer is hell-bent on destroying the reinstated Death and the council of Corpus. Only one person stands in his way, Scarlett, the daughter of Death.


Up to now she has known nothing of her origins, her powers and the capabilities that she possesses – now she is challenged to learn how to develop and use her powers to save her father and curse the necromancer and his henchmen to the eternal hereafter.


dtp entertainment is going to release Venetica in 2009 for PC and the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.




source: dtp press release

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dinsdag, mei 27, 2008

Kinepolis en BAF lanceren het “Kinepolis Anti-piracy Plan”

Kinepolis en BAF lanceren het “Kinepolis Anti-piracy Plan”
2,5 maal meer filmbestanden gedownload in 2007 dan in 2006
Tijdens een persconferentie presenteerden Kinepolis Group en de Belgian Anti-piracy Federation (BAF) vandaag een vernieuwend anti-piracy programma aan de pers. Het actieplan tegen illegale filmopnames in bioscoopzalen (camcording) kreeg de naam“Kinepolis Anti-piracy Plan” mee. Via het plan wenst Kinepolis zijn maatschappelijkerol binnen de filmindustrie te vervullen, en een model te creëren om camcording actief te bestrijden, de belangrijkste bron van illegale filmdownloads op het internet. Onderzoek toont aan dat er wereldwijd op elk moment meer dan 17 miljoen simultane gebruikers op de 6 grootste peer-to-peer netwerken zijn.
Het plan wordtgelanceerd in België, maar zal uitgebreid worden naar de andere Kinepolislanden.In grote lijnen bestaat het plan uit vier luiken:
1. Het eerste luik betreft de interne aanduiding van een “anti-piracy officer” bij Kinepolis Group, een verantwoordelijkheid waargenomen door de R&D director. Deze voert in permanente samenwerking met anti-piracy organisaties zoals het Belgische BAF een actief Kinepolisbeleid tegen filmpiraterij. De anti-piracy officer zal viade meest aangewezen communicatiekanalen Kinepolisbezoekers sensibiliseren en personeelsleden opleiden.
2. Het plan voorziet ook in een campagne in alle Belgische digitale zalen en op deKinepoliswebsite http://www.kinepolis.com/antipiracy . Deze start op woensdag 28/05/08 en maakt filmfans op zeer confronterende wijze attent op de strafbaarheidvan het illegaal opnemen van filmbeelden en/of –geluiden in de zaal via camera’s of mobiele telefoons. In de trailer wordt het publiek in de zaal aangesproken en aangespoord elke vorm van filmpiraterij in de zaal te melden aan het Kinepolispersoneel.
Dit gebeurt via eeneenvoudig sms’je naar het nummer 3005 met vermelding van “ piraat + [stad] +[zaalnummer]. Leidt de sms tot de vaststelling van een reële overtreding, dan ontvangt de bioscoopbezoeker een geschenkpakket met 5 DVD’s van BAF.
3. Verder ging zopas een intensief opleidingsprogramma van start voor het Belgische Kinepolispersoneel teneinde elke illegale filmopname in de zaal te detecteren en adequaat te rapporteren. Tijdens het afgelopen weekend volgde het Kinepolis-zaalpersoneel reeds een reeks opleidingssessies. Personeelsmeldingen die leiden tot de vaststelling van een reële overtreding worden door BAF beloond met een bedrag van 500 EUR.
4. Alle politiediensten, met wie BAF reeds jaren samenwerkt, krijgen weldra een informatieve folder over camcording in de bus. Bij belangrijke premières zal BAF extra personeel inzetten voor controles in de zalen. Dat gebeurde voor het eerst op20 mei jl. tijdens de première van de nieuwe Indiana Jones film.
Nieuwe facts & figures filmpiraterij
Begin 2007 startte BAF al met een analyseren van de veiligheidsmaatregelen in de Belgische distributieketen (transportfirma’s, distributiecentra, labo’s, bioscopen,enz..). Door het gebruik van digitale technieken is het risico op piraterij in de logistieke keten van bioscopen de laatste jaren sterk gedaald. Illegaal up- endownloaden van films op het Net blijft daarentegen sterk toenemen.
Wereldwijd onderzoek in opdracht van de Motion Pictures Association toonde aan dat in 2007 meer dan 2,5 miljard filmbestanden gedownload werden. Dat is 2,5 keer zoveel als in 2006, een stijging die mede te verklaren is door de hoge breedbandpenetratie in ontwikkelde landen, die blijft stijgen. Op elk moment zijn er wereldwijd meer dan 17 miljoen simultane gebruikers op de 6 grootste peer-to-peer netwerken.
In 9 op 10 gevallen ligt camcording (illegaal opnemen van een film in de bioscoopzaal) aan de bron van de illegale versies die op het Net circuleren.Camcords worden enkele uren na opname via het Internet verspreid door zogenaamde “release groups” en de tape wordt vaak verkocht aan georganiseerde misdaad netwerken die deze gebruiken om illegale DVD’s te fabriceren en te verkopen op grote schaal, slechts enkele dagen na hun opname.
Camcording is ook in België een reëel probleem. De eerste dagen na de filmpremière,vooral bij een internationale release, zijn daarbij het meest risicovol. Onlangs trachtte een bezoeker van Utopolis Mechelen de concertfilm “U2 3D” te camcorden. Begin dit jaar werd in Kinepolis Brussel een 17-jarige jongen gevat terwijl hij een camcord van de laatste Asterix-film trachtte te maken en vorig jaar trachten piraten in Belgische zalen reeds The Simpsons en de laatste Harry Potter film illegaal op te nemen.
Bron: BAF & Kinepolis persconferentie

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vrijdag, mei 23, 2008

Sengoku Basara X Coming to PS2

Sengoku Basara X Coming to PS2
Upcoming fighter stays last gen.

by
John Tanaka for IGN



Capcom's arcade adaptation of the Sengoku Basara (aka Devil Kings) series is due for Japanese release later this month. But prior to that, Capcom has gone about announcing a home version of the game.Surprisingly, it's not for the Wii, PS3, or even the Xbox 360. Instead, Sengoku Basara X (Cross) will be coming to the PS2, the company revealed today. Although we don't have details at the moment, the Arc System Works-developed fighter promises a few new gameplay systems just for its home version.Capcom is planning a home release in Japan on June 26. Joining a standard 6,290 yen version of the game will be a 8,390 yen limited edition that will include a voice CD ad a set of character cards.

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GF9 Releases New Warmachine Terrain Sets


Two fantastic new terrain sets from Gale Force Nine's Battlefield in a Box collection for Warmachine are in stores now! These pre-painted, resin-cast terrain sets capture the mood of the war-torn Iron Kingdoms and will enhance your tabletop skirmishes. Both highly detailed sets were sculpted by Gale Force Nine's master terrain builder, Jason Buyaki.


The Menoth Altar of Flame is shining testament to the zealous faith of the Protectorate. Enemy forces know what a crushing blow to Menoth morale the loss of a shrine is to the Protectorate, so warbands target them for destruction whenever possible. But the inspiration Menoth troops draw from these places makes them the most stalwart of defenders.
This stately terrain set is a perfect centerpiece for any Warmachine battle!
The Menoth Altar of Flame includes: one (1) Holy Shrine, one (1) Altar of Flame and one (1) Menofix.

The fearsome warjacks and dark industries of Cryx are fueled by a charnel material known as Necrotite. Necrotite is created at sites of bloodshed and slaughter where the earth itself has been stained by agony and death. Over time, a lusterless dark mineral forms that at first glance resembles coal, but upon closer inspection reveals something far more sinister. The vile mineral unleashes necrotic energy which can be harnessed by skilled Necrotechs. Mining crews set up these foul mining rigs across the Iron Kingdoms, and guard them violently as their foes seek to rob them of their unholy resource.

This dark and fantastic terrain set sets the stage for conflicts in your games of Warmachine!
The Cryx Necrotite Mining Rig includes: one (1) Cryx Mining Rig; one (1) Large Ruined Wall Section and one (1) Small Ruined Section with Hatch Door.
The Menoth Altar of Flame and the Cryx Necrotite Mining Rig are available in game and hobby shops worldwide, or direct from the
Gale Force Nine Online Store!
Warmachine is a Registered Trademark of
Privateer Press, Inc. Cygnar is a Trademark of Privateer Press, Inc. Warmachine Terrain Sets are an official license of Privateer Press, Inc.

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dinsdag, mei 20, 2008

Square Enix lanceert Space Invaders Extreme & Arkanoid DS

SPACE INVADERS EXTREME AND ARKANOID DS AVAILABLE ACROSS EUROPE THIS JULY


London (20th May 2008) – Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of Square Enix® interactive entertainment products in Europe and other PAL territories, today announces the return of two legendary TAITO® games, ARKANOID™ DS for the Nintendo DS™ handheld system and SPACE INVADERS EXTREME™ for the Nintendo DS™ handheld system and the PSP™ (PlayStation® Portable) system, will be available in Europe and PAL territories on 4th July 2008.


30 years after the original SPACE INVADERS® ignited an entire entertainment medium and founded a gaming generation; players can now prepare to play the most extreme embodiment of the game ever created.


SPACE INVADERS EXTREME combines the captivating essence of the original game with a stunning alliance of futuristic graphic design and cutting-edge audio. The gameplay experience has been developed to maximise on the consoles’ abilities, offering players a whole new range of amazing features including a vast array of new power-ups, DS Wireless Communications and Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.


ARKANOID DS updates the classic block-busting gameplay of the 1986 original, with the Vaus vessel, balls and bricks all still intact. Different modes of play provide unique challenges including Clear with 140 levels to complete and Quest mode that sets different rules for clearing each round. Points won in the game can be used to customize the game further, with new backgrounds, blocks and sound effects waiting to be unlocked.


John Yamamoto, president and chief executive officer of Square Enix Ltd. comments, “Both ARKANOID and SPACE INVADERS transcend different generations and gaming abilities, they are as loved for the gameplay experience as they are for their iconic status. With the launch of SPACE INVADERS EXTREME and ARKANOID DS we can offer existing fans the chance to enjoy the next level of gameplay, while offering a new audience the chance to experience these classics in a contemporary way.


SPACE INVADERS EXTREME features
- Futuristic, techno-inspired graphic design takes SPACE INVADERS to new heights
- Interactive, totally immersive sound scheme where sound effects are synchronised to match the beats of the music
- Wide range of amazing new power-upsAdditional Nintendo DS version features
- Play a friend with Nintendo DS Wireless Play
- Challenge other players with Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection
- High-Score table supported by Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection
- Share the multiplayer fun from a single cart with DS Download PlayAdditional PSP version features
- Play against another player via ad hoc mode
- Widescreen 16x9 support
- Soundtrack provided by critically acclaimed musicians and DJ’s including SUGIURUMN, WALL FIVE, DJ Aki, ATOM™ & MASAKI SAKAMOTO and ALTZ


ARKANOID DS features
- Over 140 levels to complete in Clear Mode, Quest mode adds extra challenge with different rules for each level
- Customize your game by exchanging points earned for new design features such as new backgrounds, Vaus vessels, blocks and sound effects
- Power-up items carefully selected from the ARKANOID series plus exciting new Power-up items: Barriers, Warp and Vanish
- Compete against friends with 2 and 4-player DS Wireless Communications
- Share the multiplayer fun from a single cart with DS Download Play
- High-Score table supported by Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection

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AT-43 - Cogs Army greens






Na de schetsen zijn er nu ook foto's van de greens... dit worden Cogs, de nieuwe factie voor Rackhams scifi tabletop scirmishgame AT-43.
Zodra de afgewerkte miniaturen worden vrijgegeven, weten we meer, maar zelfs in dit stadium zien de mini's er al mooi afgewerkt uit... nog enkele weken geduld.

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donderdag, mei 15, 2008

The Coming IV - Metalparty in Leuven


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Indiana Jones 4 - Kingdom of the Crystal Skull



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woensdag, mei 14, 2008

Zoids assault (X360)



ATLUS ANNOUNCES GRITTY STRATEGY RPG ZOIDS ASSAULT FOR XBOX 360

Kneel before Zoids!

Atlus U.S.A., Inc., hailed as publisher of the month by "Hulking War-Machine Weekly," today announced Zoids Assault, a gritty militaristic strategy RPG featuring enormous beasts of steel, exclusively for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Zoids Assault further demonstrates Atlus' commitment to Xbox 360® system and the strategy RPG genre, joining Operation Darkness and Spectral Force 3 in a stacked 2008 lineup.

Manage a team of elite war machines through a campaign of intense military conflicts. Advanced upgrade and customization options combine with challenging objective-based gameplay to offer a fresh new strategy RPG and a daring new vision of the long-running Zoids universe. Commanders, start your engines (of war)!

Zoids Assault is currently scheduled for release on August 26.

Visit the official site:
http://www.atlus.com/zoids

Discuss this announcement in the forums:
http://www.atlus.com/new_forum/viewtopic.php?t=1226

About Zoids Assault:
When war broke out between the world's two main superpowers, the Guylos Empire and the Republic of Helic, the effects rippled across the globe, dragging other nations into the fight. Two such nations were Maroll and Jamil.

During the war, Maroll's attacks on the neighboring Jamil were devastating, and even a decade after the war had ended, Jamil's economy and infrastructure hadn't fully recovered. Animosity, paranoia, and mutual mistrust between the two nations hindered their ability to find a common ground and complete their peace talks. For ten long years, the two nations found themselves in the middle of a cold war.

After a mysterious explosion at one of Maroll's military bases, two covert ops teams are sent into Jamil territory, their exact mission details never disclosed. Somehow, the events of the present are inextricably linked to the past-to the final days of the war, ten years ago...

Key Features:
- Command a Zoid army - Take control of a fleet of giant biomechanical life forms that blend the assets of beast and machine to create fierce weapons of war.
- Advanced military tactics - Facing armies that far outnumber you means optimizing your tactical advantages. Mastering the concentrated fire tactic, managing the scan gauge and support tactics, and utilizing the Electromagnetic Pulse System will be crucial to your survival.
- First-class customization - Take your units to the next level with upgrades, including melee weapons, rockets, rifles, machine guns, shotguns, cannons, and more

Zoids Assault has been rated "T" for Teen with Fantasy Violence and Mild Language by the ESRB

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maandag, mei 05, 2008

Rocketmen: It came from your Uranus

Rocketmen: It Came from Your Uranus

The next chapter of Capcom’s Rocketmen: Axis of Evil is coming!
Rocketmen: It Came from Your Uranus, an expansion to the original digitally-distributed title, will be available through Xbox LIVE Arcade and the PlayStation Network Store on Wednesday, May 14 and Thursday, May 15 respectively. For 400 points on Xbox LIVE or $4.95 on PlayStation Network, Rocketmen fans will have access to new maps, weapons, and enemies.

A digitally-distributed add-on to Rocketmen: Axis of Evil
• Players must have already purchased Rocketmen: Axis of Evil in order to play It Came from Uranus
• Continue the Rocketmen saga with your characters from the original game.
• 400 XBLA points / $4.95 PSN Store

3 New Weapons
• Blobber: Shoots blobs of goo at enemies, does damage over time in the part of the ground that it covers.
• Beamer: Shoots lighting at enemies, does high intensity damage.
• Bomber: Shoots grenades instead of bullets; grenades explode on impact doing damage.

2 New Secondary Weapons
• Falcon: Robotic falcon that attacks enemies automatically
• Screw bomb: Rocket that turns into a proximity mine on impact
3 New Levels
• Level 11 - Finding Jane: The player must escape the Saturnian prison mine and reclaim Nick's ship, the Icarus Jane.
• Level 12 - Clear the Asteroids: The player must clear a path for the ship through Saturn's rings
• Level 13 - The Plan: The player must make his way through the Saturnian palace and convince Angelica, leader of the Saturnians, to join the Alliance.

New Enemies
• Saturnian Marine
• Saturnian Elite
• Heavy Mining Terra Scientists
• Terra Rocket Marines
• Saturnian Pit Boss
• Saturnian Asteroid Demolition Machine
• Lord Angelica

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vrijdag, mei 02, 2008

Pulp scifi spaceships




Blue Moon Manufacturing has have just released three more spaceships in their Aliens and Spaceman range, true to 20-30-40-50'ties pulp science fiction.


These ships are resin-cast in a 28mm-scale, and come with metal parts plus the plastic bubbles and stands.

BMM155 Falcon $50.00 USD
BMM156 Triad $50.00 USD
BMM157 Seawolf $50.00 USD

As always, the Old Glory Army discount applies to Blue Moon Manufacturing products.

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