vrijdag, maart 27, 2009

Atlantica Online - new content



SAN FRANCISCO - March 26, 2009 NDOORS Interactive today announced from the Game Developers’ Conference plans to release major updates to Atlantica Online, their successful MMORPG (massively multiplayeronline role playing game) title as well as new updates to Luminary: Rise of the GoonZu. Additionally, NDOORS plans to release a new title, WonderKing, in the second quarter of 2009. The new title will add to NDOORS’ growing library of high-quality, free-to-play MMO games, while the new content updates for their existing games will ensure a fresh gameplay experience for the players currently enjoying them.
This year will bring a number of refreshing updates that are scheduled for Atlantica Online, a strategic, turn-based MMORPG that combines innovative combat with character/party development and city/country management. After opening their 6th server to meet consumer demand and ensure smooth gameplay, Atlantica Online will continue to provide loyal fans and newcomers alike with the following content updates:
• 100 vs. 100: Battle with up to one hundred friends to manage attacks, coordinate tactics, collect resources and construct buildings in this RTS-style war.
• Titan Server: Atlantica’s first cross-server PvP battle area will create the first true test of who is the best between all servers.
• Housing System: Players will be able to build their own houses to raise children, educate mercenaries, and show off belongings, or decide to set up mines and gardens to cultivate resources or build a workshop to help with crafting projects.
Luminary, another of NDOORS’ free-to-play MMORPGs that incorporates real-world politics and economics, will also be experiencing new and continual content updates. NDOORS plans to fully recognize and reward the loyal fans of its longest running MMORPG and has done so already, as seen with the updates resulting in a higher level cap, new hunting grounds, new enemies, new weapons, and new quests.
In addition to the release of the new updates, WonderKing is scheduled for closed beta in the second quarter of 2009. This 2D, side-scrolling MMORPG takes players on a wildly adventurous journey with story-by-story quests, much like a fantasy novel. Players will travel from beautiful beaches to murky marshlands and frigid snowfields as they take on the mantle of WonderKing to save the world. Designed for gamers of all ages, WonderKing’s character advancement system allows players to grow into higher classes, each designed to suit different play styles.
We are constantly thinking of new ways to improve the gaming experience for Alantica and Luminary enthusiasts and are looking forward to hearing what our fans think of the current updates,” said Peter Kang, CEO of NDOORS Interactive. “Our new title, WonderKing, will be an exciting addition to our library of MMORPGs, providing something gamers of all ages can enjoy."
For more information on Atlantica Online, visit: http://www.playatlantica.com/
or check out the new trailer at http://www.gametrailers.com/player/47099.html.
For more information on Luminary: Rise of the GoonZu, visit: http://www.playluminary.com/.
source: NDoors press release

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Dementium - The Ward (NDS)



DEMENTIUM: THE WARD SET TO TERRIFY THE UK ON APRIL 17TH
SouthPeak Games Not Responsible for Replacing Any Underwear Soiled as a Result of Playing this Shocking Nintendo DSTM Title
Leicester, March 27th – SouthPeak Interactive Corporation has today announced that Dementium: The Ward from critically-acclaimed developer Renegade Kid, is due to launch on April 17th in the UK. This terrifying survival horror title pushes the Nintendo DS – and your sanity – to its limits with incredible graphics and eerie audio.After receiving great reviews on its release in America, Dementium is now ready to shock the UK with a thrilling story that sees the player trapped in a spooky derelict hospital, with no memory of how they got there. You must explore the dark corridors and battle against the hospital’s horrific inhabitants… in a bid to uncover the terrible truth of your mysterious past.
“We’re delighted to be releasing Dementium: The Ward in the UK and we’re sure that DS owners will enjoy playing this unique and terrifying survival horror,” said Jonathan Hales, Managing Director, SouthPeak Games. “With its incredible graphics and deep storyline, Dementium is an experience like nothing else on Nintendo DS.”
Jools Watsham, Owner & Game Director at Renegade Kid said: “We’re thrilled to be finally scaring Europe.”
Dementium: The Ward will be available on Nintendo DS in the UK on April 17th
Source: Southpeak press release

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woensdag, maart 18, 2009

The Three Musketeers: One for All!

The Three Musketeers: One for All! Coming to WiiWare

Legendo Entertainment today announced that The Three Musketeers, its much-loved sword-swinging platform adventure inspired by Alexandre Dumas’ classic novel and up until now only available on the PC, is in development for Wii™ and planned for release on WiiWare™ this spring.
The Three Musketeers: One for All! has been revamped for Wii to provide players with more fun and interaction as they launch sword attacks and control the game’s hero with the Wii Remote™ and Nunchuk™.
The enhanced version will enable millions of Wii console owners to become Musketeers in their living rooms and experience all the fun of the original PC game while using the innovative Wii controllers to fence enemies,” said Bjorn Larsson, CEO & Executive Producer of Legendo Entertainment.
Players will control famed musketeer Porthos during a daring adventure to save his kidnapped comrades Aramis, Athos and the young D'Artagnan from the clutches of the sinister Count Xavier and his evil lieutenant, the hook-handed Count Orsini. Packed with frenetic combat, heroic leaps and fun puzzles, and featuring three different endings, this is one adventure no aspiring hero will want to miss!
The Three Musketeers: One for All! supports widescreen and 480p and is planned for publication in North America by Legendo Entertainment this spring. A European/PAL release is intended for release shortly thereafter.
Key Features:
• Take control of famed member of The Three Musketeers, Porthos and save your comrades in this riveting platforming action romp suited to heroes of all ages!
• Immerse yourself in a swashbuckling platform adventure, duel countless enemies, solve fun puzzles, and avoid fiendish traps.
• Wii Remote and Nunchuk controls allow you to interact directly with the game. Swing the Wii Remote to launch blistering sword attacks on your foes, run and leap over rooftops and discover hidden collectables.
• Explore a multitude of breathtaking levels teeming with challenging bosses and distinctive environments that include lush forests, dark dungeons, towering castles, a haunted Abbey, the historical town of Normandy, and more!
The Three Musketeers: One for All! has been rated E for Everyone (Cartoon Violence) by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB).
Nintendo trademarks used under license. WiiWare is available only through the Wii console.
Source: Legenda press release

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Italy dig unearths female 'vampire' in Venice

An archaeological dig near Venice has unearthed the 16th-century remains of a woman with a brick stuck between her jaws -- evidence, experts say, that she was believed to be a vampire. The unusual burial is thought to be the result of an ancient vampire-slaying ritual. It suggests the legend of the mythical bloodsucking creatures was tied to medieval ignorance of how diseases spread and what happens to bodies after death, experts said.

An undated handout photo from the University of Florence shows the remains of a female "vampire" from 16th-century Venice. Italian researchers believe they have found the remains of a female "vampire" from 16th-century Venice, buried with a brick in her mouth to prevent her feasting on plague victims. Matteo Borrini, a forensic anthropologist from the University of Florence, said the discovery was the first confirmation of a Medieval belief that vampires were behind the spread of epidemics, such as the Black Death.


Forensic anthropologist Matteo Borrini from the University of Florence and his researchers believe they have found the remains of a female "vampire" from 16th-century Venice, buried with a brick in her mouth to prevent her feasting on plague victims. Borrini said the discovery was the first confirmation of a Medieval belief that vampires were behind the spread of epidemics, such as the Black Death.


source: REUTERS

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LAATSTE WEEKEND OFFSCREEN FILM FESTIVAL - DOWN UNDER BOVEN

LAATSTE WEEKEND OFFSCREEN FILM FESTIVAL - DOWN UNDER BOVEN
Het laatste weekend van het Offscreen Film Festival kondigt zich al aan. Na Interactieve Cinema en Raro Italiano ligt de focus in Cinema Nova het derde weekend op de Australische exploitation cinema. De module gaat op donderdag 19 maart van start met de avant-première vertoning van
Not Quite Hollywood. Deze documentaire geeft een wervelend overzicht van de bloeiende jaren ’70 en ’80 van de Australische B-film aan de hand van filmfragmenten en interviews met regisseurs, acteurs en andere betrokkenen. Alvast een goed voorsmaakje voor de rest van het weekend. Naast Not Quite Hollywood regisseur Mark Hartley zullen ook enkele prominente figuren uit de Australische B-film wereld, zoals producer Richard Brennan en regisseur Brian Trenchard-Smith het hele weekend op het festival aanwezig zijn. Zo brengt Richard Brennan de bevreemdende animalistische horrorprent Long Weekend mee en presenteert Brian Trenchard-Smith drie onvermaarde en hilarische cult klassiekers waarin hij vlotjes elementen van diverse genres door elkaar mengt. Op het programma staan The Man from Hong Kong, een Australische kungfufilm met George Lazenby, het apocalyptische en cynische Dead-End Drive-In, en Stunt Rock, een docudrama over rock en magie vol spectaculaire stunts… Verder zeker niet te missen is de vertoning van Mad Max op een nieuwe 35mm kopie. Daarnaast gaat ook de William Castle retrospectieve vanaf deze week verder in de Cinematek. Wie na de vertoning van The Tingler en Mr. Sardonicus de smaak van Castle’s gimmicks te pakken heeft kan nog gaan genieten van de Illusion-O gimmick tijdens de vertoning van 13 Ghosts op dinsdag 17 maart. Deze vertoning wordt voorafgegaan door Joe Dante’s hommage aan Castle, Matinee. Andere Castle films die nog op het programma staan zijn Strait-Jacket, Zotz!, Homicidal, The Night Walker en de absolute spokenklassieker House on Haunted Hill. Ten slotte zijn er ook nog twee First(Off)Screenings, waaronder het loeiharde portret Bronson van Nicolas Winding Refn en eindigt het festival zondagavond met de vertoning van Charlie Kaufman’s regiedebuut, Synecdoche, New York, voorafgegaan door een exclusieve vertoning van Shadow of the Vampire regisseur Elias Merhidge’s korte film uit 2006. Het festival wordt feestelijk afgesloten door een concert van The Error Team.

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LAATSTE WEEKEND OFFSCREEN FILM FESTIVAL - DOWN UNDER BOVEN

LAATSTE WEEKEND OFFSCREEN FILM FESTIVAL - DOWN UNDER BOVEN
Het laatste weekend van het Offscreen Film Festival kondigt zich al aan. Na Interactieve Cinema en Raro Italiano ligt de focus in Cinema Nova het derde weekend op de Australische exploitation cinema. De module gaat op donderdag 19 maart van start met de avant-première vertoning van
Not Quite Hollywood. Deze documentaire geeft een wervelend overzicht van de bloeiende jaren ’70 en ’80 van de Australische B-film aan de hand van filmfragmenten en interviews met regisseurs, acteurs en andere betrokkenen. Alvast een goed voorsmaakje voor de rest van het weekend. Naast Not Quite Hollywood regisseur Mark Hartley zullen ook enkele prominente figuren uit de Australische B-film wereld, zoals producer Richard Brennan en regisseur Brian Trenchard-Smith het hele weekend op het festival aanwezig zijn. Zo brengt Richard Brennan de bevreemdende animalistische horrorprent Long Weekend mee en presenteert Brian Trenchard-Smith drie onvermaarde en hilarische cult klassiekers waarin hij vlotjes elementen van diverse genres door elkaar mengt. Op het programma staan The Man from Hong Kong, een Australische kungfufilm met George Lazenby, het apocalyptische en cynische Dead-End Drive-In, en Stunt Rock, een docudrama over rock en magie vol spectaculaire stunts… Verder zeker niet te missen is de vertoning van Mad Max op een nieuwe 35mm kopie. Daarnaast gaat ook de William Castle retrospectieve vanaf deze week verder in de Cinematek. Wie na de vertoning van The Tingler en Mr. Sardonicus de smaak van Castle’s gimmicks te pakken heeft kan nog gaan genieten van de Illusion-O gimmick tijdens de vertoning van 13 Ghosts op dinsdag 17 maart. Deze vertoning wordt voorafgegaan door Joe Dante’s hommage aan Castle, Matinee. Andere Castle films die nog op het programma staan zijn Strait-Jacket, Zotz!, Homicidal, The Night Walker en de absolute spokenklassieker House on Haunted Hill. Ten slotte zijn er ook nog twee First(Off)Screenings, waaronder het loeiharde portret Bronson van Nicolas Winding Refn en eindigt het festival zondagavond met de vertoning van Charlie Kaufman’s regiedebuut, Synecdoche, New York, voorafgegaan door een exclusieve vertoning van Shadow of the Vampire regisseur Elias Merhidge’s korte film uit 2006. Het festival wordt feestelijk afgesloten door een concert van The Error Team.

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dinsdag, maart 17, 2009

HALO 3, MASS EFFECT AND PGR4 RACE ONTO CLASSICS ROSTER


HALO 3, MASS EFFECT AND PGR4 RACE ONTO CLASSICS ROSTER
Expanded Classics range brings blockbuster titles at budget prices

Brussels - 17 March, 2009 - Microsoft® today announces the expansion of its Classics collection in EMEA to include three blockbuster titles, as it continues its strategy of offering high quality experiences at outstanding value. On 20 March, Halo® 3, Mass Effect™ and Project Gotham Racing® 4 will join the elite selection of Xbox 360™ Classics, with each game available at an Estimated Retail Price (ERP) of just € 29,99.

The Ultimate Blockbuster

Halo 3 made entertainment history when it launched in 2007, setting sales records that smashed those set by all previous video games and blockbuster movies. It remains the most played game on Xbox LIVE®, with over 1,000,000,000 multiplayer games played since launch. The award winning action series has sold more than 25 million units worldwide and its third instalment sees Master Chief, the last known survivor of a secret military project, fight to save humanity and uncover a secret so incredible, it will change the galaxy forever.

Lose Yourself in a Living Galaxy

Mass Effect, developed by BioWare, is an immersive, story-driven experience coupled with awe-inspiring visuals, exclusive to Xbox 360. As one of the first human beings to step onto the galactic stage, players must face a grave threat that may destroy all of civilization. Travel across an expansive universe, exploring the uncharted corners of the galaxy, searching for pieces of the truth in order to discover how to defeat the coming destruction.

Racing to the Fore

Project Gotham Racing 4 is the latest instalment of the legendary street racing series. This time motorbikes join the action and the weather elements push you to the limits as you tear up the stunning tracks in the best of racing machines.

We are delighted to add three of our finest titles to the Classics range, adding to the exceptional entertainment offering available on the Xbox 360 at outstanding prices,” said David Gosen Vice President of Marketing, Xbox Europe. “As we see more and more families looking to save money by staying in, Xbox 360 continues to offer high-quality home entertainment at fantastic value and consumers are clearly recognising this as we sail past 8 million console sales in Europe.”


source: MS press release

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maandag, maart 16, 2009

THREE KINGDOMS MMO - goes live today

UFORIA'S THREE KINGDOMS: THE BATTLE BEGINS OFFICIALLY GOES LIVE TODAY
The New MMO Launches Today at 8PM PST at http://threekingdoms.uforia.com/intro.aspx

Redwood City, Calif. - March 16, 2009 - Uforia, Inc., a new online game publisher specializing in massively multiplayer online games, today announced that its new MMO Three Kingdoms: The Battle Begins will officially launch with the opening of its cash shop at 8 PM Pacific Standard Time today at http://threekingdoms.uforia.com/intro.aspx.

Three Kingdoms: The Battle Begins is a new free-to-play MMO based on one of the most well-known Asian novels of all-time.

"Three Kingdoms: The Battle Begins has received a great response in just the few short weeks since we announced it and held some beta tests," said Mike Min, Game Operations Producer of Uforia. "Now we are inviting the community and fans and MMO players out there to come and enjoy the full Three Kingdoms: The Battle Begins experience."

Players who created a character during last week's Open Beta will be able to keep and play with that character. Many changes were also made to the PK balance system to make for more even game play.

Starting on Tuesday and available to Three Kingdoms: The Battle Begins players, there will be monsters dropping special items. These items can then be traded to special NPCs available only for the commercial launch for great in-game prizes.

Three Kingdoms: The Battle Begins, developed by G-rex Soft, chronicles the tragic last reign of the Han dynasty (206 B.C.-A.D. 220), when the Chinese empire was divided into three kingdoms at battle. This important period in Chinese history became a subject of extreme and continuing interest to historians, poets, and dramatists. Three Kingdoms: The Battle Begins narrates this account and provides players the opportunity to choose from 4 gripping and distinctive character classes to help battle through 200 extraordinary levels packed with boss monsters and their relentless followers. As players undergo the world of Three Kingdoms: The Battle Begins, they can reshape the story by carefully planning and executing political assassinations.

Three Kingdoms: The Battle Begins offers a one-of-a-kind quest system that delivers missions to players while they are still in the battlefield, maximizing the player's enjoyment of and involvement in the battle. This unique feature enables the player to continue their travels while having the benefit of receiving items from completing quests. Player vs. Player (PVP) battlegrounds are available on the hour every hour 24/7, allowing the winners of the battle to become Lords who are granted access to exclusive skills and items. Honor points are awarded during these battles and can be used to purchase unique items and equipment from special merchants.

An exciting Player Kill (PK) system is also part of this epic adventure which includes a unique "Death Note" feature. This element exists so if a player is killed by the same opponent multiple times, the opponent is added to the player's death note. The opponent's location will be specified on the player's map as a blinking signal, enabling the player to execute revenge more easily.

For more information about Three Kingdoms; The Battle Begins and to sign up for the Open Beta visit http://threekingdoms.uforia.com/intro.aspx

Source: Clever press release

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Final Fantasy XI - add-on A Crystalline Prophecy – Ode of Life Bestowing


SQUARE ENIX ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE OF NEW CONTENT FOR FINAL FANTASY XI

Award-Winning MMORPG's New Add-on Scenario will be Available for Purchase March 23rd

London (16th March 2009) – Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of Square Enix® interactive entertainment products in Europe and other PAL territories, today announced that the first in a series of three previously announced add-on scenarios for their MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) game, FINAL FANTASY® XI, will be available for purchase on 23rd March, 2009.

This add-on scenario, titled “A Crystalline Prophecy™ – Ode of Life Bestowing,” will be available exclusively for online purchase through the PlayOnline® Viewer, and will be priced at €9.99 and £7.99. After purchase, FINAL FANTASY XI players will have access to this new content after the release of the upcoming version update in early April 2009.

Creation of these three upcoming content packages is led by Masato Kato, who created the stories and scenarios for FINAL FANTASY XI, and its first expansion pack, Rise of the Zilart®. Two additional add-ons, “A Moogle Kupo d’Etat™ – Evil in Small Doses” and “A Shantotto Ascension™ – The Legend Torn, Her Empire Born”, will be released later this year.

About A Crystalline Prophecy – Ode of Life Bestowing

Story
One day, a giant crystal appeared in the skies above Jeuno, triggering a series of unexplained happenings across the land. Now, adventurers will set forth to unravel the mysteries of this primordial crystal that holds the secret of Vana’diel’s past.

Accommodating players in North America, Europe and Japan, FINAL FANTASY XI is the first massively multiplayer online role-playing game capable of simultaneous multiplayer cooperation across three different platforms. Now in its sixth year of service, FINAL FANTASY XI has a robust community of 500,000 subscribers from around the world. The series continues to evolve and expand, offering newcomers and fans alike an immersive, engrossing and engaging universe to traverse, defend and explore.

For more information about FINAL FANTASY XI, please visit the official website: http://www.finalfantasyxi.com.
Source: Square Enix press release

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donderdag, maart 12, 2009

I love zombies


Zombie stamp by ~woobit on deviantART

Warning sign 128 by ~hjkiddk on deviantART

woensdag, maart 11, 2009

2e WEEKEND OFFSCREEN FILM FESTIVAL IN HET TEKEN VAN DE ITALIAANSE GENREFILM

TWEEDE WEEKEND OFFSCREEN FILM FESTIVAL IN HET TEKEN VAN DE ITALIAANSE GENREFILM
De tweede editie van het Offscreen Film Festival is alvast goed begonnen. Zowel de vertoningen in Cinema Nova als de Kinoautomat in Bozar trokken volle zalen. Het tweede weekend kondigt zich dan ook veelbelovend aan.
De hoofdmoot wordt ingenomen door Raro Italiano, een programmamodule waarbij we het publiek willen laten proeven van het zeer diverse aanbod uit het gouden tijdperk van de Italiaanse genrefilm: de jaren ’60 en ’70. Het programma spitst zich toe op de zogenaamde “giallo”, een uniek Italiaans genre van gewelddadige thrillers. Voor deze module hebben we enkele ongewone en zelden vertoonde juweeltjes geselecteerd zoals het beklemmende
Perfume Of A Lady In Black (donderdag 12.03), het nog nooit buiten Italië vertoonde Footprints On The Moon (zaterdag 14.03), de middernachtvertoning van het lugubure Autopsy (zaterdag 14.03) en de absolute giallo klassieker What Have They Done To Solange? (zondag 15.03).
Wij nemen ook een zijstapje naar de “poliziottescho” of brutale politiefilm, een genre uit de vroege jaren ’70 gekenmerkt door een realistische aanpak en excessief vertoon van geweld. Zo combineren we op vrijdag 13 maart Fernando Di Leo’s
Milano Calibro 9 met een concert van Calibro 35 een uit Milaan afkomstig kwartet dat zich specialiseert in het uitvoeren van Italiaanse exploitation film soundtracks. Het concert wordt gevolgd door een DJ set in de Nova bar.
Op zondag 15 maart komt de Italiaanse regisseur
Corrado Farina zijn film Baba Yaga uit 1973 aan het publiek voorstellen. Met deze avant-gardistische en surrealistische filmadaptatie van Guido Crepax’s SM strip, Valentina, wist hij perfect de stijl van de “fumetto nero” te vatten. Op maandagavond 16 maart zal de regisseur trouwens nog enkele korte films voorstellen aan het publiek van Stella Solaris (het Restaurant - Bar- Publiek Salon in de Lakensestraat 34, waar ook een kleine expo rond de wondermooie covers van de fumetti neri loopt).
Dezelfde dag komt regisseur
Konstantin Lopushanski zijn film Letters >From A Dead Man voorstellen. Lopushansky, productie assistent op de set van Stalker, zet met zijn eerste film Tarkovsky’s nalatenschap voort. Deze visie van de andere kant van het IJzeren Gordijn op de waanzin en nasleep van een nucleair conflict is een sober en aangrijpend meesterwerk en één van de hoogtepunten in de post-apocalyptische filmmodule.
Tenslotte vertonen we nog twee ongewone en onuitgegeven “first-offscreenings”.
Eagle vs Shark, is een hilarische Kiwi komedie over de merkwaardige liefde tussen twee sociale buitenbeentjes. De film wordt voorafgegaan door Emma De Swaef’s korte animatiefilm Zachte Planten. En met de science fiction film The Clone Returns Home, presenteren we een adembenemend mooie meditatie over geheugen en verleden die thematisch verwant is aan Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris.

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vrijdag, maart 06, 2009

Ghost in the Machine (RPG-adenture)


Ammo... check.
Missiles... check.
Bounty Head in my sights... check.
Ghost... check?!
What do you do when everyone is trying to kill your Bounty Head and your ship suddenly decides it's going to be haunted? You turn a bounty hunt into a ghost hunt. Then you go get your man.
Welcome to Bounty Head Bebop: Ghost In The Machine, the latest adventure for the Bounty Head Bebop roleplaying game. In this book you will find a haunted ship, two rival gangs gunning for you, and the Happy Happy Digy-Poke-Tron-O-Mon! So strap in, load up, and get ready to rock in this wild haunted ride from Venus Vegas to the moon of Europa all while dodging bullets and haunted corridors.
Price $2.99 USD
Creators Jean-Pierre Denaut
Format PDF

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Khurasan Strike Infantery



The elite attack force of the Federation of Humanoid Worlds, the Strike Infantry bring unparalleled power to the battlefield. Dropping in single-man pods to the surface of the planet from starships, these troopers wear thousand-pound suits of powered armour which give them immense strength and enhanced senses. Jet- and rocket-boosted, the suit permits the Marine to bounce along the surface of the planet at speeds which would be the envy of 21st century mechanized forces.Each Strike Infantryman has a veritable arsenal of weapons at his disposal, enough to take on the military of a small nation. His two main weapons provide devastating attack ability: a rocket launcher with low-yield thermonuclear warheads for maximum devastation, and a flame thrower to spray gouts of advanced incendiary fluids distances which would astonish 21 century armies. But that's not all. On the rocket/jet booster pack is a rack firing high explosive bombs, and on each arm is mounted a potent secondary weapon - a hand flamer on the left for "close encounters," and a laser cutter on the right to burn through the thickest walls and fortifications.

I worked closely with Aaron Brown of Black Crab Sculpting to design a suit that was built around the actual human form, so that it looked plausible. says Chris.
The models come in a squad of five - two using the heavy flamer, two the nuclear rocket launcher, and a fifth sending flames to the foe with his hand flamer. The squad comes with five sets of legs, as well in three different poses - left foot forward, right foot forward, and abreast - these are supplied with a good random mix (two of one type, two of a second, one of the third).

Assembly is very easy, as the pieces have been kept to a minimum - each model is made of a head, a torso with arms attached, a rocket/jetpack, a weapon to be glued into the rack (two for the man using the hand flamer), and a set of legs. Best of all, all the torsos fit into all of the legs, so that there's a great variety of poses - five different torsos and three different leg sets.

These will make great opponents for the Garn, and of course they were born to kill Arachnians - literally!
Painted by
Chris Yaro.

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donderdag, maart 05, 2009

Inschrijvingen AVATAR 2009 zijn geopend

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Atlantica Online updates & 6th server


Content Upgrades Include New Character Classes, Dungeons, Hairstyles, and More

NDOORS Interactive, creators of the strategic turn-based MMORPG, Atlantica Online, today released a major update for the award-winning title. The update adds several new features, including two new main character classes – Musician and Maniac. These new features and classes will enhance the player’s journey through time and history in their quest to find the lost land of Atlantis.

The majority of the new content will be accessible to all players immediately, while some of the new features will only be available to players who have reached level 100.


The major content updates include:

Two New Main Character Classes
Head out into the world with the new classes and get your hands on some unusual gear: a guitar or a power saw.

The Musician wields a guitar, which can be selected by any player, new or ongoing. Specializing in long-range combat, the Musician attacks by playing music that strikes two enemies in a line. Its magic attack, the Ravaging Melody, depletes enemies’ attack power, defense, and health, and aids your mercenaries’ attacks. When they attack, they utilize moves that would make Angus Young envious.

The second new class is the Maniac, and he/she brandishes a power saw. Only players at level 100 can create a main character using the power saw, although that character will have to start anew at level 1. The Maniac’s attack hits all enemies in a row, and has a magic cast called Storm Blast.

New Mercenary
The Elementalist is a new, Class B magic mercenary that can be recruited in North America after you reach level 100. When upgraded, the Elementalist becomes the legendary Native American, Pocahontas.

New Dungeons
Now offering even more locations, Atlantica boasts a handful of new dungeons including Alcatraz Prison, which can only be accessed by nations. Additionally, the Valley of Oblivion, also in North America, can only be accessed by guilds, and is the route players must take to acquire the Elementalist. There are also new side quest dungeons based in China.

Celebrate Your Character’s Individuality
Not only will your character now have three new options for hairstyles (the long wave, the afro, and the rasta), your main character will now receive a present on his or her in-game birthday.To read the complete list of the new updates for Atlantica Online, please visit www.playatlantica.com.


Atlantica Online is a strategic turn-based MMORPG that combines innovative combat with character/party development and city/country management. Players take on the quest to destroy the Oriharukon, a powerful energy sensor from the lost civilization of Atlantis that survived and is now endangering humanity. This journey will take players around the globe, to locations like the Great Wall of China and the pyramids of Egypt, and they will come face-to-face with monsters ripped from history and lore, such as the ruthless Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu and Dracula.

NDOORS Interactive, today announced that they will be opening their 6th server, Delphi, to meet growing consumer demand. Each day brings new players into the world of Atlantica Online and the increase in server capacity improves the game’s performance and provides the best online experience possible. The expansion follows a major content update for the award-winning free-to-play MMO. With a 6th server online, Atlantica is prepared to welcome thousands of new users with a smooth gaming experience and allow veteran players the opportunity to start anew and tryout the new character classes. To celebrate the success of Atlantica Online and herald in the new server, NDOORS will be hosting the ‘Fortnight of the Oracle,’ a series of power-leveling festivities.

For a two-week period following the Delphi server’s opening on March 6, 2009, every player will receive a 120% experience boost, increased to 150% on weekends. In addition to the universal experience boost, players will have the opportunity to participate in:

• Level-up Race
–More than 100 players will receive 1,000 Gcoins for reaching a designated level the fastest.
• Screenshot Contest
– Players who submit the best screenshots will receive Gcoin prizes.
• Quiz Bowl
– Players who correctly answer questions from GMs will receive in-game item prizes.
• Monster Hunts
– Unique enemies will be spawned at various sites for new players to battle and earn rewards.
• Treasure Hunts and Item Giveaways
– New players will have more opportunities to find crystals and scroll boxes and receive other free in-game items.

During the ‘Fortnight of the Oracle’ new players and veterans alike will be able to level up faster than ever. New players will have an edge in their development and veterans will have even more reason to try the new Musician class. Then they can make it to level 100 and unlock the new Maniac class.

Peter Kang, CEO of NDOORS Interactive, commented, “The opening of Atlantica’s 6th server is a result of the game’s steady growth in membership. With the announcement of our latest update on Feb. 18, we’ve seen a 55% jump in the number of new people registering to play. We want to welcome new players into our community, and make sure we’re providing them a smooth and seamless Atlantica experience. We also want to reward those who have been with us for a long time, including the 34% of our level 100 players who have already started at the beginning again with the new Maniac character. Hosting the ‘Fortnight of the Oracle’ is our way of showing players that we appreciate them and are committed to keeping the experience fresh and exciting.”

For more information on Atlantica Online, please visit: http://atlantica.ndoorsgames.com/center/default.asp
Source: NDOORS press release

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Dragonica - the Warrior and the Magician

Introducing Dragonica’s Combat – the Warrior and the Magician
Dragonica is the brand new free arcade-style 3D side-scrolling MMORPG. It will be available to download across Europe this Spring from the http://www.gpotato.eu/ gaming portal. As the gPotato team prepares for the game’s launch in Europe, we are proud to release information on the dynamic combo-based combat system and take a look at the Warrior and Magician special moves.
The warrior is agile and fearless, and can quickly slash in a variety of directions as he circles around his opponents. Warriors can knock over multiple opponents, slash upwards sending them skyward, jump up and combo them in the air before smashing them into the ground. When a warrior needs a bit of space, they can throw their sword to stop an enemy advance, or catch multiple enemies in a whirlwind of sword hits. Is your enemy down but not out? Pull out one of three giant hammers to finish them off. As Warriors progress, they can develop into a Gladiator or a Knight.
Gladiators throw away their shield and focus on large, two-handed swords. Smash your sword against the ground and enemies tumble as the ground is shaken underneath, put on a bears head to boost your strength or focus on improving your sword mastery. A yellow kung fu fighter can help deal with pesky enemies in a variety of ways.
Knights use a one handed sword but have the benefit of a shield. They can unleash a brand new range of attacks including aerial smackdowns, hammer hits in the air and dropping 1000 ton weights to squash their enemies. Pulling out a broomstick, they can quickly take out the toughest of enemies. Both can also use a variety of skills to temporary boost their damage and defensive skills.
The Magician is a ranged fighter who can handle themselves in a close combat fight. A Magician can summon a meteor to deal massive damage to multiple enemies, or launch a devastating ground explosion throwing opponents into the air. They can flip fallen foes into the air before frying them in a bolt of lightning. For larger enemies, they can pull out a cannon and fire a huge projectile into a group of opponents. Magicians are also healers, able to heal their party and their own health while in combat, making them an essential part of any team. As Magicians progress, they can choose to be a Monk or a Battlemage.
Monks have continued developing their skills as healers. They can summon a nurse to heal your party or themselves and resurrect fallen comrades. They have a host of new tricks up their sleeves with flaming orbs protecting them, a spell to turn multiple opponents into frogs, and a defensive shield that party members can recover in.
Battlemages really like dealing damage, so they are a welcome addition to any party in Dragonica. They can summon a fireball to slowly move through a crowd of enemies unleashing damage, call a tornado to suck them off their feet, and unleash a blizzard on them. They can also release a poisonous cloud or rain destruction on their foes with ten missiles.
As with all gPotato games, you will be able to download and play Dragonica for free, for life!
About Dragonica
Dragonica, the upcoming free-to-play arcade-style 3D side-scrolling MMORPG is developed by Barunson Interactive and available to download this Spring at the http://www.gpotato.eu/ gaming portal. It is available in English, German and French. With original keyboard-controlled gameplay, a vibrant 3D universe and plenty of tongue-in-cheek humour along the way, Dragonica has universal appeal. By attracting all types of people the game has lots of fun and interesting content to keep players busy. For more information about the game, visit the official European website: http://dragonica.gpotato.eu/
Source: goPotato press release

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dinsdag, maart 03, 2009

OPENING 2e OFFSCREEN FILM FESTIVAL - DONDERDAG 5 MAART



Aanstaande donderdag 5 maart, gaat de tweede editie van het Offscreen Film Festival van start in Cinema Nova met de avant-première van Tokyo! een omnibusfilm van Michel Gondry, Leos Carax en Joon-Ho Bong. Tijdens het eerste weekend wordt ook de Amerikaanse indie film Frownland van Ronald Bronstein aan het publiek voorgesteld.
Eén van de thematische programmamodules dit jaar is de post-apocalyptische film. Vanaf donderdag kan je een aantal cult klassiekers en onbekende pareltjes ontdekken, zoals het cynisch-grappige
A Boy And His Dog, de Italiaanse Mad Max rip-off The New Barbarians, een nieuwe kopij van de klassieker The World, The Flesh and The Devil en het BBC docudrama Threads, een schokkend realistisch relaas van hoe ‘the aftermath’ van een atoomexplosie er zou kunnen uitzien! Bovendien wordt het interieur van Nova door Animus herschapen tot een nucleair inferno. Kom er gezellig napraten in een hoogradioactieve bunkerbar of mateloos genieten van troosteloze postapocalyptische aanblikken.
Het eerste weekend staat overigens volledig in het teken van interactieve cinema. De aftrap wordt gegeven in Cinema Nova op vrijdag 6 maart met
InterActive Night. Met vertoningen van twee William Castle films, Mr. Sardonicus en het legendarische The Tingler. Enkele van de originele gimmicks van weleer worden gerecreëerd en de knotsgekke bende van cirQ zorgt voor de nodige live animatie. Tussen deze twee filmvertoningen vindt de interactieve performance Cause and Effect plaats, gebracht door Chris Hales en Teijo Pellinen. Daarna presenteert Jack Stevenson enkele interactieve rariteiten uit zijn persoonlijke filmcollectie met o.m. Psychorama en 3-D films. Zachtjes achteruitzakken is alleszins geen optie. Voor het volledige programma kijk hier.
Op zaterdag 7 maart vangen we om 13u aan met een
symposium rond interactieve cinema met lezingen over Kinoautomat, gimmick films, precinema...

Sprekers:
-Thomas Weynants – Interactivity in early visual Media
-Jack Stevenson - Scared to death: the movie gimmick in theory and practice -Alena Cincerova - Introduction to Kinoautomat-Christopher Hales - Interactive cinema, from Kinoautomat to the present day-Teijo Pellinen - Audience participation within television
De inkom is gratis en deelnemers hebben bovendien recht op een reductie voor Kinoautomat tickets. Voor meer info en registratie kijk hier.

’s Avonds wordt het interactieve programma in stijl afgesloten met de unieke vertoning van de allereerste interactieve film uit 1967, Kinoautomat. Deze unieke voorstelling in Bozar wordt opgeluisterd door live interventies en het publiek kan door middel van stembakjes zelf het verloop van de film bepalen.
Tenslotte kan u, vanaf de dag van de opening tot het einde van het festival, achterin de omgebouwde schuilkelder van Cinema Nova, de Canadese interactieve film
Late Fragment (2008) op eigen ritme exploreren in onze videoruimte.
Kinoautomat in samenwerking met Bozar Cinema en het Tsjechische Centrum van Brussel.

Symposium in samenwerking met VDFC vzw Vlaamse Dienst voor Filmcultuur & MEDIA Desk België – Vlaamse Gemeenschap.

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maandag, maart 02, 2009

Palmares van Anima 2009


Het palmares

De grote winnaar van ANIMA 2009 is ongetwijfeld de Franse kortfilm Skhizein van Jérémy Clapin. Hij wint de Grote Prijs van Anima 2009 voor de korte animatiefilm, een prijs ten bedrage van 3.000 €, geschonken door het Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, en een licentie op de professionele animatiesoftware Toon Boom.
De Prijs voor de beste kortfilm ging naar Kudan van Taku Kimura (Japan). In dezelfde categorie gaf de jury drie speciale vermeldingen: Hot Dog van Bill Plympton (USA), Lies van Jonas Odell (USA) en Dinner in Lisbon van André Carrilho (Portugal).
De internationale jury kende de prijs voor de beste studentenfilm toe aan Keith Reynolds Can't Make It Tonight van Felix Massie (UK). De Prijs voor de beste videoclip ging naar No Place like Home van Rosto (Pays-Bas).
De Prijs voor de beste reclamefilm ging naar Tiji TV Le Voyage van Yoann Lemoine (F).
De prijs voor de beste kortfilm voor jongeren ging naar Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death van Nick Park (UK).
Skhizein en Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death vielen ook in de publieksprijzen. Het publiek viel ook voor Kappa no Coo to natsu yasumi (A Summer Day with Coo) van Keiichi Hara (Japan) en voor Piano no mori van Masayuki Kojima (Japan) als beste langspeler voor jongeren.
De jury van de Nationale competitie kende de Grand Prix de la Communauté Française toe aan La Vita Nuova van Christophe Gautry en Arnaud Demuynck. De SABAM Prijs ging naar La Svedese van Nicolas Liguori.
De SACD Prijs was voor Zachte Planten van Emma De Swaef en de Prix TVPaint voor de beste studentenfilm was voor Milovan Circus van Gerlando Infuso.
HET PALMARES
Internationale competitie
- Prijzen toegekend door de jury
Grand Prix Anima 2009 van het Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest (3.000 €+ software Toon Boom): Skhizein, Jérémy Clapin (Fr)
Prijs voor de beste kortfilm (software Toon Boom): Kudan, Taku Kimura (Jp)
Speciale vermeldingen: Hot Dog, Bill Plympton (USA) / Lies, Jonas Odell (USA) / Dinner in Lisbon, André Carrilho (Port)
Prijs voor de beste korte studentenfilm (software Toon Boom + TVPaint):Keith Reynolds Can't Make It Tonight, Felix Massie (UK)
Prijs voor de beste kortfilm voor jongeren (software Toon Boom): Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death, Nick Park (UK)
Prijs voor de beste videoclip (software Toon Boom): No Place like Home, Rosto (NL)
Prijs voor de beste reclamefilm (software Toon Boom): Tiji TV Le Voyage, Yoann Lemoine (F)
- Prijzen toegekend door het publiek
Publieksprijs voor de beste kortfilm (software Toon Boom): Skhizein - Jérémy Clapin (F)
Publieksprijs voor de beste kortfilm voor jongeren (software Toon Boom): Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death - Nick Park (UK)
Publieksprijs voor de beste langspeelfilm (software Toon Boom): Kappa no Coo to natsu yasumi – (Summer Day with Coo) - Keiichi Hara (Jp)
Publieksprijs voor de beste langspeelfilm voor jongeren (software Toon Boom): Piano no mori – Masayuki Kojima (Jp)
- Prijzen toegekend door de festivalpartners
BeTV Prijs voor de beste langspeelfilm (aankoop uitzendrechten): $9,99, Tatia Rosenthal (Israël / Aus)Nationale competitie
- Prijzen toegekend door de jury
SABAM Prijs (2.500 €): La Svedese, Nicolas Liguori
Grand Prix de la Communauté française, bestemd voor een film afkomstig uit de Franse Gemeenschap (2.500 €): La Vita Nuova, Christophe Gautry , Arnaud Demuynck
SACD Prijs (2.000 €): Zachte Planten, Emma De SwaefTVPaint
Prijs voor de beste studentenfilm (Licentie software TVPaint): Milovan Circus, Gerlando Infuso
- Prijzen toegekend door het publiek
Publieksprijs voor de beste Belgische kortfilm: Milovan Circus, Gerlando Infuso
- Prijzen toegekend door de festivalpartners
BeTV Prijs (1.500€ inclusief uitzendrechten): Milovan Circus, Gerlando Infuso
Prix de la RTBF (1.500 € inclusief uitzendrechten): De si près, Rémi Durin
Prijs van Cinergie (elektronisch persdossier): Ex aequo : Jazzed, Anton Setola & Paola poule pondeuse, Louise Marie Colon

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Steampunk Legends - trailer


Steampunk x Fantasy x Alchemistic Magic...

In this alternative world steampunk machinery and technologies are heavily intertwined with alchemical spells. People have learned to control elemental spirits, and use them as a power source, intermingling divine powers with gears and mechanisms, creating gigantic ships and enormous trains. But the spirits were to break out, if the alchemical chains were to be corrupted or mechanisms happened to be destroyed. This gave birth to the whole new way of leading combat and developing battle tactics.

More Steampunk Legends artwork by Russian artist ArseniXc
The videotrailer:



spl trailer from ArseniXC on Vimeo.

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