donderdag, oktober 30, 2008

Anime for Sengoku Basara (Devil Kings) confirmed for 2009



The game developer CAPCOM has confirmed at Tokyo Game Show 2008 and on its website on Thursday that its Sengoku Basara (Devil Kings) action-adventure game franchise is getting adapted into a 2009 television anime series by Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell, The Sky Crawlers). Hiroyuki Kobayashi, the games' supervisor at CAPCOM, developed an original scenario treatment specifically for the anime.

Itsuro Kawasaki (Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE The Movie: Princess of the Birdcage Kingdom, Yumedamaya Kidan) is directing the anime, and Yasuyuki Muto (Persona -trinity soul-, Basilisk) is supervising the scripts. Tooru Ookubo (Blood+, Seirei no Moribito) serves as both the character designer and chief animation director. Kazuya Nakai, Souichiro Hoshi, and Norio Wakamoto will reprise their game roles as the Warring States Period figures Date Masamune, Sanada Yukimura, and Oda Nobunaga, respectively.
Source: Inside Games

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dinsdag, oktober 28, 2008

NARUTO: THE BROKEN BOND (XBox360)

This sequel to the Critically Acclaimed NARUTOTM: Rise of a Ninja Video Game arrives in time for Christmas 2008.
Ubisoft announced the development of NARUTO™: The Broken Bond, the sequel to NARUTO™: Rise of a Ninja and the second game under the licensing agreement with TV TOKYO Corporation and SHUEISHA Inc. NARUTO™: The Broken Bond, a game based on the world-renowned Naruto anime series, is exclusive to the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and will be available in North America, Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan for Christmas 2008.
Building on the success of Ubisoft’s Naruto™: Rise of a Ninja, this sequel features Naruto, who has now evolved into a well-respected Ninja, but his new status and abilities trigger the envy of his best friend and Ninja teammate, Sasuke. The enemy of the village, Orochimaru, takes advantage of the situation and convinces Sasuke to leave his friends and village in order to join his evil clan and become more powerful. With the help of his Ninja friends, Naruto goes on a quest to retrieve Sasuke and save him. NARUTO™: The Broken Bond is also the only Naruto video game, other than Naruto™: Rise of a Ninja that features an online multiplayer mode which allows players to compete against others in an online tournament mode.
Featuring vibrant and imaginatively detailed settings, NARUTO™: The Broken Bond will take players on an epic journey through an accurately recreated Naruto world,” said Christian Salomon, vice president of worldwide licensing at Ubisoft. "We’re excited to continue in the Naruto™: Rise of a Ninja tradition, boasting the only video game in the franchise that features an online multiplayer mode that lets players compete against their friends in tournaments over the Xbox LIVE®, online entertainment network, and also gives players the opportunity to relive genuine moments of the anime, while exploring the open universe of Naruto.
About NARUTO:
First introduced in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in Japan in 1999, NARUTO, created by Masashi Kishimoto, quickly became that country’s most popular ninja manga (graphic novel) targeting tweens and teens and has sold more than 80 million copies to-date. Today, Naruto is considered one of the most popular animated series in Japan’s history and has achieved immense success not only as a manga and TV series, but also in the realm of licensed categories such as toys, trading card games and video games. NARUTO enjoys further widespread domestic success where it debuted as the best selling manga title in North America. The manga series (also published by VIZ Media) has now sold over three million copies to-date in the US and regularly appears on USA Today’s Bestseller list and Bookscan’s Graphic Novel Top 50. NARUTO is one of the most popular animated series in North America and is also distributed domestically by VIZ Media. The show is regularly ranked as the #1 program for boys aged 6-17 on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block of programming.
Source: Ubisoft press release

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maandag, oktober 27, 2008

Dead Space on sale! (PC, PS3, XBox360)

EA LAUNCHES DEAD SPACE, NEW SURVIVAL HORROR GAME, AND REMINDS PARENTS OF 18 RATING

Guildford, UK - October 24, 2008 – Electronic Arts announced today that Dead Space™, the award-winning new action-packed, survival horror game from EA hits shelves today at British retail and reminds parents of the game's 18 rating. The game will be available for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and PC.

"Dead Space is a bold and often bloody gaming experience filled with tension and terror - this one isn't for kids," said Keith Ramsdale, Vice President and General Manager of EA UK, Ireland and Nordics. "We recognize the need to help British parents better understand the age rating system for video games, and 18 means a game is not appropriate for minors. But for adult gamers who crave gruesome action in a survival horror fiction, Dead Space promises to be a big hit!"

Dead Space is a science fiction survival horror game set in the far future that sees the main character, Isaac Clarke, battle against a malevolent alien presence. The 18 rating advises consumers of the presence of adult content in the game.

DEAD SPACE COMIC by TEMPLESMITH & JOHNSTON

The Dead Space comic is the prequel story for the game. This series tells the gut-wrenching tale of a deep space mining colony that unexpectedly pulls an ancient and vicious alien life force from the dark rock.

The world of Dead Space has such a deep storyline that it’s easily adaptable to other mediums,” said Executive Producer of Dead Space, Glen Schofield. “We love the fact our story is being told across multiple forms of media, providing different experiences to different audiences, which all lead to the same dark place.

Ben Templesmith is an Australian commercial artist best known for his work in the American comic book industry - most notably Fell with writer Warren Ellis, published by Image Comics, and 30 Days of Night with writer Steve Niles published by IDW Publishing. The 30 Days of Night novel provoked a bidding war between film studios for the movie rights when the story was pitched a second time with Templesmith's artwork. Ben has been nominated for multiple Eisner Awards three years in a row for his comic work. He has also created book covers, movie posters, trading cards, and concept work for film.

Antony Johnston was born and raised in the Birmingham, England area and is the author of thirteen graphic novels, including Stormbreaker and Point Blanc (adapted from Anthony Horowitz' best-selling Alex Rider novels), The Long Haul, Julius and Three Days in Europe. He writes two ongoing serials, the sci-fi epic Wasteland and the children's fantasy Texas Strangers. He has adapted many of Alan Moore's prose stories to comics, written for the Texas Chainsaw Massacre comics license, and is the only other writer to have penned a story for Greg Rucka's award-winning Queen & Country series. He also writes novels; his debut Frightening Curves won the 2002 American Independent Publishing Award for Best Horror. His second novel, Stealing Life, was published in 2007.
Source: EA press releases

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donderdag, oktober 23, 2008

The last Remnant pre-order extra

THE LAST REMNANT PRE-ORDER NOW FOR UNLOCKABLE CONTENT
London (23rd October 2008) – Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of Square Enix® interactive entertainment products in Europe and other PAL territories, today announces exclusive unlockable content is now available with pre-orders for THE LAST REMNANT™ with selected retail partners. THE LAST REMNANT will be released across all PAL territories on 20th November, 2008, on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system.


THE LAST REMNANT is a completely original adventure title, benefiting from the finest creative talent to build a lush, real-time fantasy world. The game's battle system has been carefully crafted to deliver a brand-new experience for gamers, as they control forces in massive cinematic battles.

Pre-order THE LAST REMNANT now to receive three special unlockable formations (Scatterswarm, Goblet and Catapult) that will boost your tactical strength during battle.
John Yamamoto, president and chief executive officer of Square Enix Ltd. comments, "THE LAST REMNANT represents a significant step in bringing our titles to a global audience and to make each new release a global event. I hope fans enjoy this exciting new adventure that delivers a thrilling gaming experience."

For more information about THE LAST REMNANT and for links to pre-order retail partners, please visit the official website that launches today at
http://www.lastremnant-game.com/

About THE LAST REMNANT

Story
In ancient times, mysterious artefacts referred to as Remnants were discovered all over the world. Offering incredible power, they soon came into the hands of the covetous few, and thus was the world's delicate equilibrium shattered. The people were divided into those who ruled and those who were ruled over. War was inevitable. Our story begins a thousand years later…
Rush lives with his sister Irina on the secluded Eulam Island, a place far removed from the ceaseless battle for control over the Remnants which rages on the mainland. However, his peaceful life is shattered one day when he witnesses his sister's abduction by a mysterious group of soldiers. He immediately sets off after them, ill-prepared for the evils of the outside world but determined to find his sister at any cost.

Features
• A cutting-edge new adventure from Square Enix and the creators of the FINAL FANTASY® series

• Innovative new battle system that allows for large scale battles delivered with an unrivalled cinematic intensity
• Selective Encounter System allows you to engage the enemy your way, eliminating random battles
• Unreal® Engine 3 takes Square Enix's legendary production values to the next level
• Fully localised for PAL territories with French, German, Spanish and Italian subtitles and menu screens
DLC Content"March to War Set"
Boost your tactical strength with this pack of three formations.
• Scatterswarm – Sacrifices defence to improve attack on the left flank and mystic attack of right.
• Goblet – Improves attack of lead ranks, but reduces defence of flanks. Effective versus avian fiends.
• Catapult – Improves the mystic attack of back ranks, but reduces attack and defence of lead ranks
source: Square Enix press release

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Beowulf & Retinue in 28mm

"Who are ye, then, ye armed men, mail folk, that yon mighty vessel have urged thus over the ocean ways, here o'er the waters?" So the question was asked of Beowulf and his followers when they splashed ashore in the land of Scyldings.

The poem Beowulf is one of the great - indeed, one of the few - surviving epics of Anglo-Saxon literature and tells the story of Beowulf, a Geat noble, who sails with his retinue of companions (thegn) to the land of the Scyldings (Danes), and the mead hall of King Hrothgar. Here he battles and defeats Grendel, a fen monster, who has been terrorising Hrothgar and his followers for years. Having disposed of one supernatural foe, Beowulf is then obliged to face another, Grendel's bereaved mother, in deadly combat. He wins - just - and returns to his homeland a hero, eventually to be crowned King of the Geats. Later in life Beowulf takes up his sword again, this time to protect his own people from a fire-breathing dragon. He slays the dragon but dies from his injuries, and the poem ends with a hero's funeral.
The date of the poem's authorship is still debated by scholars, but the personalities and places the story portrays are broadly agreed to fit a historical and archaeological framework of around the late fifth and early six centuries (J.R.R. Tolkien dated the story to 520AD), while the location for the tale centres on southern Sweden and the islands of what is now Denmark.

We wanted to represent Beowulf in something close to his correct historical context - with perhaps a few nods to popular modern interpretations of the story - so designer Alan Marsh has provided these figures with an authentic mixture of Dark Age dress, weapons and armour, together with a few 'external influences' from the eastern Baltic, Europe, and even the mysterious East! As such, these miniatures should fit seamlessly into any Early Saxon or Early Norse army, and add lots of character to your Dark Age Lord's personal retinue.




Here are the catalogue details for the new miniatures:
New 28mm Beowulf and Retinue (from our Dark Age range)
Sculpted by Alan Marsh
Number in parenthesis denotes the number of variants. Variants are supplied randomly.
100DAK04 - Beowulf, and retinue - 15 figure set
100DAK06 - Beowulf, the Geat (1)
100DAK07 - Geat thegn, bareheaded, with shield - Beowulf's right-hand man (1)
100DAK08 - Geat thegn, crested helm, shield and sword (1)
100DAK09 - Geat Musician, with boar's head trumpet (1)
100DAK10 - Geat Standard bearer, with draco standard (1)
100DAK11 - Geat thegn - bare-chested strongman (1)
100DAK12 - Germanic companion, with axe (1)
100DAK13 - Eastern companion: 'The thirteenth warrior'? (1)
100DAK14 - Geat thegn, great iron bound shield and spear (1)
100DAK15 - Frankish companion, spear, shield, and Francisca axe tucked in belt (1)
100DAK16 - Geat thegn, scale armour, spear and shield (1)
100DAK17 - Beowulf's bodyguard 1: Scandinavian helmet, leg guards, spear, shield (1)
100DAK18 - Beowulf's bodyguard 2: Scandinavian helmet, spear, shield slung across back (1)
100DAK19 - Geat thegn, spear, no shield, and mail coat worn under his tunic (1)
100DAK20 - Geat thegn, Late Roman cavalry helmet, spear and shield (1)

All these miniatures can also be ordered in the U.K. from Fighting 15s, and in the U.S.A. from Eureka Miniatures U.S.A.


Source: Eureka Minatures press release

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zondag, oktober 19, 2008

Batman - Arkham Asylum

Published by Eidos Interactive and developed by Rocksteady Studios, Batman: Arkham Asylum boasts an original story featuring iconic DC Comics’ characters Batman, The Joker and Killer Croc amongst others - all completely revisioned by WildStorm.

Welcome to the Madhouse, Batman” Upon entering Arkham Asylum, The Joker greets Batman over a loudspeaker and Batman has no choice but to enter into what can only be an ambush. Batman: Arkham Asylum features brutal combat, giant sized boss battles and deadly experiments all within the notorious island prison.

In Batman: Arkham Asylum, developed by Rocksteady Studios, the player assumes the role of Batman as he delivers The Joker to Arkham Asylum. There, the imprisoned super-villains have set a trap and an immersive combat gaming experience unfolds. With an original script penned by Emmy Award-winning Batman writer Paul Dini, the game brings the universe of DC Comics’ detective to life with stunning graphics.

In Batman: Arkham Asylum Eidos and Warner Bros. are building a true action adventure game experience worthy of gamers and fans,” said Phil Rogers, CEO of Eidos Interactive. “Players become Batman, like he has never been seen before in a video game, as he fights through intense circumstances in Arkham Asylum utilizing his intuitive detective skills and aggressive melee attacks.

Batman: Arkham Asylum offers players the chance to battle Gotham’s worst villains with Batman’s physical and psychological strength in a graphically distinct and story-driven game,” said Martin Tremblay, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “We look forward to working with Eidos on expanding DC Comics’ world-renowned character Batman in the game space with a noticeably different feature set in an incredibly dark interactive environment.

Release: 2009
System: PC, PS3, XBox360
Source: Eidos interactive press release

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zaterdag, oktober 18, 2008

Cyber-Assassin & Cheeky Sniper (40mm scale miniatures)

After what seems like an age since Kev sculpted them, we have the first batches of resin castings of these two gorgeously sculpted 40mm scale females in stock.
First up is HF4007 Tammi. Named by Caerban on the FOD (who wins a free copy of her), she is a post-apocalyptic loner who likes to pick off zombies with her long-shooter. Cheekily she sticks her tongue out at those who say a girlie can't handle a gun like that! She is cleanly cast in blue-grey resin and supplied unassembled with a 40mm round base.
Next up, we have HF4005 Siouxsie. This high-kicking Cyber Assassin was supposed to be cast in the same HF blue-grey resin as Tammi. However, we ran into a few casting issues with this little lady, and ended up casting her in a black resin as the pole needed to be reinforced slightly (we added some iron powder to give it extra strength). This means, though, that she is only going to be available in the batch of 50 black resin as a limited run. Her next casting incarnation will be metal in the New Year.


Source: Hasslefree Miniatures press release

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dinsdag, oktober 14, 2008

Mega Ruimteschip te zien op 14 oktober 2008 12u15?


Sinds begin augustus dit jaar gaan er geruchten over het internet dat er op 14 oktober 2008 een massale UFO waarneming zal plaatsvinden die gezien en gefilmd zal worden door miljoenen mensen. Blossom Goodchild, een Australische actrice en schrijfster heeft de hele UFO wereld op z’n kop gezet met gechannelde informatie over de verschijning van een gigantisch buitenaards ruimteschip die drie dagen lang in de lucht te zien zal zijn. Zij noemen zich ‘de Federatie van Licht’, komen uit een andere wereld en zullen op deze manier de aardse bevolking laten zien dat er leven elders in het universum is. Daarbij geven zij de media de gelegenheid hier uitgebreid verslag van te doen en op die manier sceptici en debunkers het zwijgen doen opleggen. Gesuggereerd wordt dat dit boven Alabama in Amerika gaat afspelen, maar is niet met zekerheid te zeggen.
Blossom is niet de enige die met deze voorspelling, of liever gezegd aankondiging, komt. Ook door andere personen (mediums) wordt dit bevestigd en komt hun informatie overeen met die van haar. Eén van hen is
Dannion Brinkley. In zijn laatste boek, getiteld “Secrets of Light” dat gepubliceerd werd in 2004 schrijft hij:
“Rond het jaar 2008, komt naar buiten dat we niet alleen zijn in het universum en zal absoluut duidelijk zijn voor iedereen op deze planeet. Met miljoenen planeten en miljarden sterren, begrijp ik niet dat we ooit anders hebben kunnen denken. Hoe dan ook, voor degenen die twijfelden, de buitenaardsen zullen zich bekendmaken. Ik geloof dat zij voelen dat ze geen andere keus hebben om zichzelf te laten zien, omdat wij op het punt staan van zelfvernietiging, genocide en vergiftiging. De waarheid over onze intergalactische afkomst zal de gewoonste zaak van de wereld worden. Als ik het mag geloven, dan zal de waarheid over onze intergalactische afkomst de mensheid een wilde rit bezorgen.”
Een paar zaken zijn opmerkelijk te noemen. Ten eerste… het is uiterst ongewoon voor mediums om exacte datums en plaatsen te geven voor gebeurtenissen – laat staan over de verschijning van een buitenaards schip. Meestal worden er marges aangehouden, maar niet in dit geval. Blossom is standvastig op de datum.
Een ander punt om bij stil te staan is bij het lezen van het materiaal op haar website,
www.blossomgoodchild.com, is dat zij zelf verbaasd is over de informatie – alsof ze zichzelf helemaal niet de geschikte persoon vindt om deze taak uit te voeren en deze informatie naar buiten te brengen. Dit is zeer opmerkelijk te noemen bij mediums. Bij zulke mensen komt ongeloof of twijfel bijna nooit voor met eigen hun voorspellingen.
Ontkenners zullen direct Blossom’s standpunten verwerpen als iets belachelijks. Maar als zij bewust de boel zou oplichten en er een slaatje uit zou willen slaan, dan doet ze dit op een totaal verkeerde manier. Een ieder die ervaring heeft op het gebied van marketing, zou haar de volgende tips geven:
1.2.Haar voorspelling werd gedaan op 1 augustus dit jaar, met het geplande gebeuren binnen drie maanden tijd – dat is erg kort om er rijk van te worden.
En dan nog het volgende. Haar geloofwaardigheid staat hiermee op het spel. Als zij foute informatie verstrekt is het wel duidelijk dat iedereen die haar stukken heeft gelezen, haar verdere werk in de toekomst zal negeren of vermijden. Dus persoonlijk staat er behoorlijk wat op het spel voor Goodchild. En dat weet ze zelf ook.
En om nog maar even dieper op het onderwerp in te gaan, overweeg dan eens dat de Canadese minister president
Stephen Harper de afgelopen week vervroegde verkiezingen heeft aangevraagd die op, je raadt het al, 14 oktober 2008 zal moeten gaan plaatsvinden. Volgens Alfred Webre van Exopolitics.com, nemen de wereldleiders de aankondiging van de komst van het buitenaardse schip serieus en worden er plannen gemaakt om de aandacht van het gebeuren af te leiden door politieke onderwerpen op het programma te zetten.
In dit geval zou alle commotie die ontstaat bij vervroegde verkiezingen, de perfecte afleidingsmanoeuvre zijn. Als buitenaardsen zich wensen bekend te maken die dag, zullen ze rekening moeten houden met dit soort verstoringen, of zelfs met een tiental andere mogelijkheden. En als ze hoog ontwikkeld zijn, zullen zij dat ook wel doen.
In ieder geval laaien de discussies op diverse forums op het internet hoog op.
Youtube filmpjes over Blossom’s voorspelling zijn overal te vinden.
Zelfs als Blossom het bij het verkeerde eind blijkt te hebben wat betreft de aangegeven datum, is het wel duidelijk dat, gezien het feit hoe we er als mensheid voor staan, toch vroeg of laat een dergelijke gebeurtenis te verwachten is. Volledig contact en tussenkomst (tot op zekere hoogte) in het menselijk bestaan zal vooraf gaan met een reeks van soortgelijke scenario’s als voorgaand beschreven. Op deze manier zal aan de hele wereld voor eens en altijd kenbaar worden gemaakt dat buitenaardsen echt bestaan. Ze zullen zichzelf, hoe dan ook, bekend maken.


Bron: UFOdigest

Volledig artikel: Niburu

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donderdag, oktober 09, 2008

Dynasty Warriors Strikeforce (PSP)

KOEI SPOTLIGHTS NEW DYNASTY WARRIORS® GAMES AND PORTABLE MULTI-PLAYER EXCLUSIVES AT THE 2008 TOKYO GAME SHOW



KOEI announces details on two exclusive titles, Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce for the PSP system, and Monster Racers for Nintendo DSTM, and also unveils Dynasty Warriors 6 Empires for the Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION3




Chiba City, Japan - October 9, 2008 - At the Tokyo Game Show today, KOEI revealed new details on the company’s upcoming portable exclusives. These latest offerings are designed to create communities for gamers, centered on fun and engaging multi-player experiences.




KOEI is taking new steps, in new directions, to bring the world together through entertainment,” said Kenji Matsubara, president and COO of KOEI, Co., Ltd.


Dynasty Warriors®: Strikeforce is a game unlike any other in the franchise. Until now, the quintessential Dynasty Warriors experience pitted a lone warrior against thousands of enemies. For the first time, up to four friends can join together to form a “Strikeforce”. Working as a team, players can plan coordinated assaults to conquer massive armed fortresses and colossal beasts.

While immense castles, towers and ships serve as the settings for these legendary quests, the lighting-fast action will go where it has never gone before- the skies above. Gifted with new supernatural abilities characters can streak across the skies and battle enemies at high-altitude.

With both single-player and multi-player quests, new “air” fighting techniques, radical character customization, new challenges to conquer, and downloadable content, Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce will forever change the way gamers experience the Dynasty Warriors universe when it comes to North America and Europe in 2009.


Developed by KOEI’s Omega Force, Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce is exclusive to the PSP® (PlayStation® Portable).




Set in a world very similar to our own, Monster Racers will take players on a journey where they will build lasting friendships with new allies and encounter daunting challenges from a bevy of rival racers. The fun begins on Star Island, the official home of Monster Racing. From there, players will embark on a quest that will take them around the globe in search of monster breeds to train, nurture and race.

Players can choose to be either one of two characters at the start of their adventure. As players progress, they’ll explore different regions, race wild monsters in their native habitats, and see how their relationships develop with the game’s heroes and villains.

Monster Racers utilizes side-scrolling platform-style action to create a racing experience that everyone can easily learn and enjoy. For first time in the genre, challenges will use the player’s skill in controlling speed and reaction time, in fun and familiar settings. Throughout each race, players will gather power-up items while avoiding obstacles such as “icicles”, or "meteors”. With a wide variety of courses and monsters, players can choose which monster is best suited for each race.Up to four friends can compete in race tournaments.


Monster Racers will feature Wireless DS Single-Card Download Play and Wireless Multi-Card Play. Players can also download courses and share their race times via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection,“ said Hisashi Koinuma, KOEI’s producer for Monster Racers.Developed by KOEI Co., Ltd. Monster Racers comes to North America and Europe in 2009.



KOEI also announced another new entry in its hugely successful Dynasty Warriors series. Combining the most exciting aspects of Action, Fighting and Strategy games, Dynasty Warriors 6 Empires for Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION®3 will make its North American and European debuts in 2009. This title is not yet concept approved by Microsoft.


These games are not yet rated by the ESRB. For more information please visit www.koei.com or www.koei.co.uk.



Source: Koei press release

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MCM Expo London (25-26 oktober 2008)

Na België, Nederland, Frankrijk en Duitsland trekt Aztek-TV nu ook naar the UK voor een genreconventie... en wat voor één. We hebben gelukkig wel al een idee wat ons te wachten staat na de beelden van de mei-editie. Maar het zal nu nog groter zijn aangezien het is samengegaan met het London Games Festival...
Het ganse immense Excell-complex is onderverdeeld in verscheidene villages,
Comic village, Anime village, Games village en de Manga alley.
Enkele aanwezige acteurs:
Michael Hogan (Col. Thigh uit Battlestar Galactica), Ben Barnes (prince Caspian), Greg Grunberg (Heroes), Lucy Brown (Primeval), Brea Grant, David H Lawrence, Ken Lally, Brad Swaile (X-Men evolution),...
Kunstenaars:
Ben Templesmith (30 days of night-comic), Charlie Higson, Kev Walker, ETHAN VAN SCIVER (Superman/Batman, Justice League, X-Men,...), John McCrea (Batman), Svetlana Chakova,...
Lanceringsacties van films & TV-series:
Max Payne, Taken, The day the earth stood still, Primeval, 4400, Eureka,...
Boots (geanimeerde standen) van de belangrijkste publishers uit de werelden van videogaming en tabletop gaming,...
Wedstrijden voor cosplayers, kunstenaars,...
Uiteraard allemaal in de aanwezigheid van horden cosplayers waarvan een 200-tal gelukkigen ook aanwezig kunnen zijn op het Cosplay Ball van zaterdagavond.
Én... slechts 2 dagen de tijd...

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woensdag, oktober 08, 2008

Cosmos (Sagan)


“Sagans enthousiaste presentatie van de inhoud … is zowel eerlijk als aanstekelijk, en kijkers die de reis door Cosmos ondernemen zullen nooit meer op dezelfde manier naar het onderwerp wetenschap kijken.”
Holly E. Ordway, DVD Talk

Zelden heeft een documentaire zo weten te boeien als Cosmos. Het eerste deel van deze fantastische reis doorheen het universum verscheen in 1980 en in totaal wist de serie maar liefst 600 miljoen mensen in 60 landen te boeien.

Dat niet alleen de filmwereld, maar ook de wetenschappelijke wereld onder de indruk was, werd geïllustreerd door de nominatie voor een Hugo Award,terwijl Cosmos daarnaast onder andere twee Emmy’s en nog een Emmy-nominatie in de wacht wist te slepen. Nu brengt Bright Vision Entertainment de hele reeks uit in een oogverblindende, modieuze boxset, terwijl de documentaires door de makers aangevuld werden met recente informatie. Voor de fantastische muziek tekende onder andere Oscarwinnaar Vangelis.

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dinsdag, oktober 07, 2008

Afro Samurai (PS3 & XBox360)

THE TIME HAS COME FOR 'AFRO SAMURAI' TO SETTLE THE SCORE

Afro Samurai's Stylish Tale of Revenge Comes to Europe in 2009


LYON, FRANCE – 7 October 2008 – Atari gets ready to take arms with news that Afro Samurai, the vengeful videogame from NAMCO BANDAI Games, is coming to Europe for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system. Based on the manga created by Takashi Okazaki and the hit anime series starring Samuel L. Jackson, Afro Samurai drips with cutting edge style through its fusion of hip hop and Japanese culture that’s as sharp as Afro’s sword. Afro Samurai will fight its way into Europe in 2009.


Afro Samurai is the story of a man on a lifelong journey to avenge his father killed by the lethal fighter Justice. Now, shedding Justice’s blood is Afro’s only reason to live. Seeking Justice and fighting his final adversary to the death won’t be easy as loyal assassins and trained henchmen are determined to destroy our tormented hero. In killing Justice, Afro will take the coveted number one headband for himself, and in this bitter world of chaos and megalomania, there’s only room for one at the top.


Afro Samurai captures the essence of the anime and Afro’s character through its beautifully portrayed environments and characters drawn using dynamic cross-hatching visuals to give the game a pen and ink hand-drawn look, with Samuel L. Jackson once again providing the voice for Afro. The innovative combat system gives Afro the ability to dismember enemies with ease. This system coupled with Afro's expansive arsenal of graceful and elegantly sharp moves make Afro Samurai a blood-spattered masterpiece. Staying true to the soul of the anime series, Afro Samurai is set to an original hip hop musical score with a new track by The RZA of Wu Tang Clan fame, a legend of hip hop music and culture.

source: Atari press release

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Attack of the Cannibal Zombies from Dimension X


Comfy Chair Games is proud to present the release of the first three figures from our new game, Attack of the Cannibal Zombies from Dimension X (ACZDX)!
The rulebook will be due out in mid '09, but you can get your hands on some zombies now! Each model is between 45 and 50mm tall! These models will be web-sales only, which is how we are able to keep the prices as low as they are in a time when many of our competitors are raising prices. Below, we have asked Mr. Jingles to stand beside a zombie for a size comparison - don't worry, the zombie refused to bite Mr. Jingles because he says the Dirty Clown tastes funny.
ACZDX is a tongue-in-cheek Horror game that pays heavy homage to the monster movies of the 1950's, while simultaneously giving a nod to some more recent films. What you end up with is a game filled with Dark Humor and twisted laughs. We hope you'll enjoy this game as much as we enjoy creating it!
To purchase these models now, you can visit our webstore at
comfychairgames.com.


Source: CCG press release

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Asianim 2008 - Luik (1-2 november)

Koopstanden Het deel van de manga is georganiseerd door Slumberland. Verder nog een aanbod van dvd's, goodies, artbooks, videogames, dolls, etc.
Gasten: Junko Kawakami (schrijft oa BL onder het pseudoniem Nishi Memari) & Keiko Ichiguchi & Jean David Morvan
Demonstraties van gevechtskunsten
1. Door 'Japan bvba'
2. Door het kickboxing team van Luik
3. Door 'La mante Belge': Kun-Fu Shaolin, dans van de leeuw en dans van de draak
Cultuur
1. De 'Clan Takeda' laat je volgende spelen ontdekken: - origami - haïku - mah-jong - Go
2. De 'Passerelle Japon' geeft je veel info over: - de kunst van de Japanse theeceremonie - de Japanse keuken - de Japanse taal - de Japanse Kalligrafie - de yukata - gevechtskunst: Katori
3. Bonzai club van Luik is present
4. Rollenspel door 'La Fumble Asylum' Animeren gans de dag, door zaken na te spelen uit Bleach, One Piece en Naruto
5. Sumo Gonflable Wordt gedurende enkele minuten sumo worstelaar
6. Purikura Fanzines - Tomodachi - Némesissement Vôtre - Matsuri - Papillon - LaboZïe - Loozin - Lemon Squash - Hanami - Deniya - Tit-Flo - Alexander Krenin
Animatie & Cosplay
1. Belgian Cosplay Team - zorgen voor diverse spelen en karaoké - zorgen voor een cosplay wedstrijd op zondag
2. Abunai Team - zorgt voor een quiz - zorgt voor spelletjes gebasseerd op J-pop
3. Conférences du clan Takeda
4. Dans van de leeuw en de draak
5. Wedstrijd van videogames - zowel moderne als vintage games
6. Wedstrijd van 'Dance Dance Révolution - een DDR dus
7. Tekenwedstrijd georganiseerd door 'La voie du Manga'
Projectie van anime
Doorheen gans de conventie kan je in de cinemazaal terecht om verschillende anime te bekijken.
Elektronische standen
1. Stand van 'Dance Dance Revolution'
2. Videogames: PS3, Xbox 360 en de Wii 3. Gameboy DS en PSP
Muziekstanden
1. J-Music stand door Abunai Team
2. Stand van Higashi Music: presenteren verschillende Japanse muziekgroepen
3. Een AMV stand - AMV clips worden geprojecteerd door Blackspider - er is een AMV wedstrijd
Eten en drank
1. Sushi en andere sashimi
2. een Thee stand met veel verschillende smaken
1+2 november, Palais des Congres in Luik

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FACTS conventie (11 & 12 oktober 2008) - Programma

SATURDAY OCTOBER 11.
10.00. FACTS 2008 Day 1 starts. Dealers' area (three rooms on the ground floor), life size props (ground floor) and fan village (first floor) open.
10.30. First signing session actors & artists starts.
11.30. Sword Fight demonstration by Elanor (first floor)
12.00. Exclusive projection Catblue Dynamite (first floor).
12.10. Martial Arts demonstration, followed by Q&A (first floor)
12.30. Magic Show by Fanwars (first floor)
13.00. End first signing session.
13.00. Start Bleach cosplay competition (first floor).
13.45. Start second signing session.
14.00. End Bleach cosplay competition.
14.10. Cosplay show by BCT (first floor).
14.30. Start cosplay competition (first floor).
15.00. Stargate Q&A preceded by Don S. Davis tribute (first floor).
16.00. Richard Hatch Q&A, incl. showing of exclusive material and trailers (first floor).
17.00. 'Allo 'Allo Q&A (first floor).
17.00. End cosplay competition.
18.00. FACTS 2008 Day 1 ends.
21.00. FACTS 2008 Party @ Twieoo, Overpoortstraat, Gent.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 12.
10.00. FACTS 2008 Day 2 starts. Dealers' area (three rooms on the ground floor), life size props (ground floor) and fan village (first floor) open.
10.30. First signing session actors & artists starts.
12.30. Sword Fight demonstration by Elanor (first floor)
13.00. End first signing session.
13.10. Martial Arts demonstration, followed by Q&A (first floor)
13.30. Magic Show by Fanwars (first floor)
13.45. Start second signing session.
13.45. Cosplay show by BCT (first floor).
14.00. Start cosplay competition (first floor).
16.30. End cosplay competition.
17.00. FACTS 2008 ends.
17.30. John Williams Concert in Kuipke (next to ICC) starts!
Some of the guests:
Richard Hatch (Apollo from the original Battlestar Galactica, Tom Zarek in the new BSG series), Morena Baccarin (Firefly, Serenity, Stargate SG1), Cliff Simon (everyone's favourite villain from SG1, Ba'al), Silas Carson (Hidalgo, Star Wars, Dr. Who), Paul McGillion (Carson Beckett in Stargate Atlantis) and even two actors from the famous British cult series 'Allo 'Allo (Agent 'Good Meurning' Crabtree & Mimi)

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