woensdag, augustus 26, 2009

Mexico in de ban van 'alien-baby'



Was het een baby-alien of niet? En vooral: werd de boer die het wezen verdronk, vermoord door pa en ma alien? De Mexicanen speculeren zich te pletter.
Het verhaal begon in mei 2007 toen boer Marao Lopez de 'baby-alien' vond in een dierenval op zijn erf. Het vreemde wezen leefde nog. Het schreeuwde en spartelde en de boer vond er niets beters op dan het te verdrinken. Maar het beest gaf zich niet snel gewonnen. Tot driemaal toe moest de boer de zogenaamde baby-alien langdurig onder water houden voor het de geest gaf. Volgens Lopez was er nog een tweede wezen dat snel wegrende. Lopez liet het wezen door universiteiten onderzoeken. Volgens die onderzoekers gaat het om een levensvorm die nog nooit op aarde werd gevonden. Het dna vonden ze nergens anders terug en ze konden het niet thuisbrengen bij één diersoort. De boer kwam op wel heel eigenaardige wijze om het leven. Zijn lichaam werd onlangs volledig verkoold teruggevonden in zijn auto. Volgens experts hadden de vlammen een veel hogere temperatuur dan normale vlammen.
Door(LDB) Nieuwsblad.be

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Monster van Loch Ness op Google Earth?




Het bewijs is volgens sommige Britten nu echt geleverd: op Google Earth zou te zien zijn dat het monster van Loch Ness bestaat. Een negentien meter lange witte vlek, met drie uitstulpsels, vlak onder het wateroppervlak leidt in Britse media tot nieuwe speculaties over het bestaan van het monster.
Volgens dagblad The Telegraph is duidelijk een 'zeewezen' te zien in het veelbesproken Schotse meer. De krant haalt een onderzoeker van het Loch Ness Project aan: ''Dit is intrigerend. Het verdient meer onderzoek'', aldus Adrian Shine.
The Sun schrijft dat de vorm van de vlek op Google Earth duidelijke overeenkomsten vertoont met die van een plesiosaurus, een uitgestorven reptiel dat in de tijd van de dinosauriërs onder water leefde.
Nessie, zoals het monster liefkozend genoemd wordt, houdt de wereld al jaren in de ban. Geruchten over het bestaan van het 'dier' doken voor zover bekend voor het eerst op in 1933. Daarna waren er nog tientallen andere waarnemingen.
Foto's van het monster bleken altijd weer nep. Toch werd ook een aantal wetenschappelijke expedities uitgevoerd in de hoop het wezen te vinden.
De afgelopen maanden werd gedacht dat het dier overleden zou zijn, omdat het al meer dan een jaar niet meer was waargenomen. Klimaatverandering zou ervoor zorgen dat Nessie niet langer kon leven in het meer.
Door: bvb (anp) / Bron: Nieuwsblad.be

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Games @ MCM Expo october'09

24-25 OCTOBER – EXCEL LONDON – ROYAL VICTORIA DOCK
MCM Expo takes gamers to the next level!
Top UK entertainment event to open London Games Festival.
London MCM Expo is set to provide the grand opening for this year’s London Games Festival, the capital’s celebration of the best in videogame culture. Held at Excel on 24-25 October, the Expo will be a gamers’ feast, with top developers from across the globe giving visitors hands-on experience with the hottest new games as well as sneak peeks at their latest projects – often months in advance of their official release.
Be among the first to get hands on with the amazing ‘Tekken 6’, the latest incarnation of Bandai Namco’s legendary fighter. Other titles include ‘Ghostbusters’, ‘Katamari Forever’ and a pair of smoking hot JRPGs, ‘Tales of Symphonia’ and ‘Magna Carta 2’, not to mention a slew of anime-inspired games such as ‘Dragonball: Raging Blast’, ‘Dragonball: Revenge of King Piccolo’ and ‘One Piece: Unlimited Cruise’ 1 and 2.
All hail Ubisoft, who are giving gamers some quality time with acrobatic assassin Ezio – star of the eagerly-awaited ‘Assassin’s Creed 2’ – as he ventures into the dark heart of Renaissance Italy. Also among the playable titles at Ubisoft’s stand will be ‘Rabbids Go Home’, a brand new comedy adventure starring the troublesome bunnies.
‘Monster Hunter Tri’ may not be hitting shelves until early 2010, but Capcom has announced that gamers at the Expo will get the chance to go mano-a-mano with the prehistoric horrors that populate the latest in their hit Monster Hunter series. And if that’s not exciting enough, the Japanese videogame giant has confirmed that ‘Tatsunoko Vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars’ will also be playable at the show.
Meanwhile, SEGA is giving fans the chance to get up close and personal with ‘Bayonetta’, a fast-paced action shooter from the creators of ‘Devil May Cry’ and ‘Resident Evil’. Step into the killer heels of the eponymous heroine to lay the hurt on the bad guys with extravagant weaponry, over-the-top moves and… demonic hair?
Get to grips with acclaimed platform puzzler ‘Scribblenauts’ courtesy of Warner Bros. Games. The winner of no fewer than 35 awards at E3, the Nintendo DS game boasts a stunningly original gameplay concept that sees players summoning any object they can think of to help hero Maxwell traverse 200+ levels.
Other big names with exciting new titles to announce include Activision; EA; Koei Tecmo; Nippon Ichi; Rising Star and 2K, so keep an eye out for more breaking news. With so much on show, the London MCM Expo is an event no gamer can miss!
For the most up-to-date Expo news visit: www.londonexpo.com
*Age restrictions may apply to some gaming experiences.
Source: MCM Expo press release

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Games @ MCM Expo october'09



24-25 OCTOBER – EXCEL LONDON – ROYAL VICTORIA DOCK
MCM Expo takes gamers to the next level!


Top UK entertainment event to open London Games Festival.


London MCM Expo is set to provide the grand opening for this year’s London Games Festival, the capital’s celebration of the best in videogame culture. Held at Excel on 24-25 October, the Expo will be a gamers’ feast, with top developers from across the globe giving visitors hands-on experience with the hottest new games as well as sneak peeks at their latest projects – often months in advance of their official release.


Be among the first to get hands on with the amazing ‘Tekken 6’, the latest incarnation of Bandai Namco’s legendary fighter. Other titles include ‘Ghostbusters’, ‘Katamari Forever’ and a pair of smoking hot JRPGs, ‘Tales of Symphonia’ and ‘Magna Carta 2’, not to mention a slew of anime-inspired games such as ‘Dragonball: Raging Blast’, ‘Dragonball: Revenge of King Piccolo’ and ‘One Piece: Unlimited Cruise’ 1 and 2.


All hail Ubisoft, who are giving gamers some quality time with acrobatic assassin Ezio – star of the eagerly-awaited ‘Assassin’s Creed 2’ – as he ventures into the dark heart of Renaissance Italy. Also among the playable titles at Ubisoft’s stand will be ‘Rabbids Go Home’, a brand new comedy adventure starring the troublesome bunnies.


‘Monster Hunter Tri’ may not be hitting shelves until early 2010, but Capcom has announced that gamers at the Expo will get the chance to go mano-a-mano with the prehistoric horrors that populate the latest in their hit Monster Hunter series. And if that’s not exciting enough, the Japanese videogame giant has confirmed that ‘Tatsunoko Vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars’ will also be playable at the show.


Meanwhile, SEGA is giving fans the chance to get up close and personal with ‘Bayonetta’, a fast-paced action shooter from the creators of ‘Devil May Cry’ and ‘Resident Evil’. Step into the killer heels of the eponymous heroine to lay the hurt on the bad guys with extravagant weaponry, over-the-top moves and… demonic hair?


Get to grips with acclaimed platform puzzler ‘Scribblenauts’ courtesy of Warner Bros. Games. The winner of no fewer than 35 awards at E3, the Nintendo DS game boasts a stunningly original gameplay concept that sees players summoning any object they can think of to help hero Maxwell traverse 200+ levels.


Other big names with exciting new titles to announce include Activision; EA; Koei Tecmo; Nippon Ichi; Rising Star and 2K, so keep an eye out for more breaking news. With so much on show, the London MCM Expo is an event no gamer can miss!


For the most up-to-date Expo news visit: www.londonexpo.com



*Age restrictions may apply to some gaming experiences.
Source: MCM Expo press release

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PSP Warriors Orochi 2 ships today

MASSIVE DYNASTY WARRIORS® AND SAMURAI WARRIORS® CROSSOVER WARRIORS OROCHI®2 AVAILABLE NOW FOR PSP® SYSTEM

WARRIORS OROCHI®2 for PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system ships to North American retailers

Burlingame, CA, August 26, 2009 - KOEI, recognized worldwide as the premier brand of strategy and action games, today announced that WARRIORS OROCHI 2 for PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system has shipped to North American retailers.With WARRIORS OROCHI 2, KOEI reunites its two biggest franchises, DYNASTY WARRIORS® and SAMURAI WARRIORS® for the sequel to its hit Tactical Action game. Jam-packed with 96 playable characters, WARRIORS OROCHI 2 transports gamers to Imperial China and to Feudal Japan where they will do battle against a venomous overlord and his menacing legions.

WARRIORS OROCHI 2 comes with exclusive content for PSP® system including: new playable characters, new scenarios, and even a Japanese voice option.

Learn more about WARRIORS OROCHI 2 for PSP system on the official product minisite at koei.com/wo2psp. Also visit “Warriors Orochi 2 Dedicated” at koei.com/wo2dedicated to download music tracks and over a dozen specially-modified high-resolution movie clips to create your own WARRIORS OROCHI 2 fan video.For the latest updates, follow @KOEIcorp on twitter. KOEI is also on facebook at koei.com/facebook.Gamers can order the game now from Amazon, Best Buy, Game Crazy, GameFly, and GameStop.

About WARRIORS OROCHI 2

Shattering time and space, the venomous Serpent King Orochi kidnapped history’s greatest warriors in a scheme to test his might. The heroes eventually defeated Orochi and his menacing army. Now the slain Orochi lies in the netherworld, and a mysterious alliance is hatching a plan to resurrect Orochi.


With four different storylines featuring characters from SAMURAI WARRIORS® and DYNASTY WARRIORS®, WARRIORS OROCHI 2 includes three new game modes: Dream, VS and Survival, as well as “Tag Team”-style matches that pit fighters in head-to-head arena combat.

A star-studded lineup boasts 96 playable characters including the massive boar-like Gyuki and the faceless Dodomeki. New playable characters exclusive to the PSP system include the graceful San Zang and the warrior-monk Benkei.

New features exclusive to the PSP system also include: 2-Player VS mode plus Co-op play in Story, Free and Dream modes, 12 new scenarios in Dream mode, and a Japanese and English voice option.

WARRIORS OROCHI 2 for the PSP system is developed by KOEI Canada and based on an original work by Omega Force.

Play is for 1 to 2 players. Multi-player play is via ad-hoc wireless only.
This game is rated “T” (Teen – Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence) by the ESRB.

Source: Koei press release

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vrijdag, augustus 21, 2009

Hive, Queen & Country (Steampunk tabletop wargame)



Terry Sofian has finally taken the plunge, and has started a webpage dedicated to the Hive Queen and Country Victorian setting.
A very active Yahoo! Group has been supporting and developing detailed background for a VSF setting emphasizing exploration and adventure. Alien races inhabit "our" solar system and death or riches can be found on Venus, Luna or Mars.
If this is of interest, check out
hivequeenandcountry.com.
This setting is already supported by a line of miniatures from Tom Dye, and will soon see a rulebook from
The (Virtual) Armchair General.

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UK Zombie mob 4



A week later than planned, but Zombie Mob 4 is now available from our website. These eight miniatures come in our now-famous (or infamous) mock video case, and bring our total up to 33 different zombie minis.
Zombie Horde 2 will be out in September, and with another 22 zombies out before Christmas, we think you zombie buffs should be kept busy enough.

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1$ Mikachi miniatures

Black Orc Games announces the next release in the Resale Bin: Mikachi is now available for purchase for $1.00 USD each.
Make sure to check out all the awesome figs in our Mini-Sculpt section and the Resale Bin. Great figs for a great value.
A very important milestone has been reached, as we now have exceeded the magic number of 100 figs available at the tremendous price of $1.00 USD.
If you are not able to find what you are looking for within what we have available, please
contact us with your idea, sketch or even better your sculpt, and we will hook you up with the appropriate team to make your dream come true...

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Fable III


Compassion or Cruelty? The Race for the Crown of Albion Begins in “Fable III” Exclusively on Xbox 360
Microsoft and Lionhead Studios unveil a thrilling new adventure in the multimillion-selling “Fable” franchise, while introducing episodic distribution of “Fable II” only on Xbox LIVE.

Alexander the Great. Genghis Khan. Queen Elizabeth I. Che Guevara. Throughout history, revolutionary leaders have taken very different paths to power, bringing about prosperity and poverty, peace and sometimes anarchy to their people. Now Microsoft Corp. and Lionhead Studios will explore the journey to rule, with you in pursuit of a kingdom, in “Fable III,” the exciting new game in the critically acclaimed “Fable” franchise. The title’s debut was confirmed today at gamescom in Germany by Peter Molyneux, Lionhead’s creative director, and will be available exclusively on Xbox 360 in the 2010 holiday season.


Be not deceived. Revolutions do not go backward.” — Abraham Lincoln


Since its inception, the blockbuster “Fable” franchise has offered players the opportunity to choose their own destinies as a hero, villain or someone between, where the possibilities are limitless and the consequences can weigh heavily on the path to greatness. In this new adventure, players will witness tyranny, poverty and injustice plague their land. They will see a people divided, and they will be compelled to stand up for change. They will also be forced to answer a question: What would you sacrifice to secure the crown of Albion? Will you uphold the values and principles that led to your ascension, or will you be corrupted by the station you’ve strived to acquire? Will you be a monarch of the people, or bring the entirety of Albion to the brink of collapse?


We’ve spent a lot of time at Lionhead thinking about how we can innovate the gameplay and progress the world of the ‘Fable’ games for its third chapter, and we’re confident that players won’t second-guess what we have planned for ‘Fable III,’” said Molyneux, who also serves as creative director of Europe, the Middle East and Africa for Microsoft Game Studios. “Though I can’t give too much away right now, players should expect to have to make much tougher choices with far wider consequences than ever before in Albion — and with many more interactive adventure elements.


In the epic story of “Fable III,” the journey to rule the throne of Albion begins five decades after the events of the last chapter, and you play as the child of your hero from “Fable II.” As you rule your kingdom as king or queen, you will be called upon to make choices and sacrifices that will test your morality and can affect your entire kingdom. Themes of heroism, leadership and consequence are taken to a grand scale as you fight to unite a divided people.
“Fable II” in Single-Serving Sizes


While “Fable II” has become the best-selling role-playing game of all time on Xbox 360, there are some who still have not experienced the magic and adventures that await them in Albion. For those who have watched from the outside, unsure if they were hero material, a surprise awaits. Microsoft and Lionhead Studios are about to embark on a new journey with the episodic release of “Fable II” on Xbox LIVE. The launch of “Fable II: Game Episodes” will debut Sept. 29 with the release of the first episode for free download exclusively on Xbox LIVE.
In the first episode, players will experience childhood and the trials of being a young adult in the world of Albion. After completing the chapter, players have the choice to then purchase the next installment or the entire game (in select regions). “Fable II: Game Episodes” delivers the entire “Fable II” experience in five consecutive instalments, with all the Achievements, challenges and excitement of the disk-based game, as well as full compatibility with the previously released Game Add-ons, “Knothole Island” and “See the Future.” The episodes are also fully compatible with the disk-based, retail version of “Fable II,” allowing players to enter Albion and continue their story should they purchase “Fable II” at retail. All editions of the game offer cooperative play with friends on the same couch as well as on Xbox LIVE.*
With the launch of Games on Demand on Xbox LIVE, we have a great tool in place to deliver classic titles in an incredibly convenient fashion,” said Phil Spencer, general manager of Microsoft Game Studios. “With the ‘Fable II’ episodic model, we’re encouraging people to experience the first chapter of the game for free, then move onto other chapters when they are ready. It’s a unique model and one that will appeal to gamers who’ve been hesitant to dive full into the original retail release.”
“Fable III” will deliver a sweeping, powerful story and new innovations in gameplay and Xbox LIVE functionality when it is made available in the 2010 holiday season, only on Xbox 360. More information about “Fable III” and the episodic release of “Fable II” will be made available at a later date at
http://www.lionhead.com.


About Lionhead Studios
Acquired by Microsoft Game Studios in 2006, the U.K.-based Lionhead Studios has developed a unique formula for creating original and innovative games such as the extremely successful “Black & White” for Windows in 2001, “Fable” for Xbox in 2004, “Fable: The Lost Chapters” for Windows in 2005, “Black & White 2,” “The Movies” in 2005, and “Fable II” in 2008, the best selling role-playing game of all time on Xbox 360.

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Steampunk Art Competition

GameX Announces Steampunk Art Competition with Top Industry Judges

Ten Grand in Prizes from Alienware, Wacom and ZBrush
GameX, the Games & Media Expo, announced the launch of their debut artwork contest, the “GameX Steampunk Art Competition.” Presented in conjunction with the GameX, the game consumer show and industry conference supported by NBC Local Media Philadelphia, the “GameX Steampunk Art Competition” is a one-of-a-kind science fiction-fantasy art contest designed to support and promote both professional and student artists in the games, film and comic art communities.
An all-star line-up of industry judges in film, animation, games and comics include top artistic talent from companies such as Universal Pictures, DreamWorks Animation, Universal Studios, 2K Boston, Ubisoft and Turbine. Winning entries will be on display in the Artist Market area at GameX, October 23-25 in Philadelphia.
Artists are invited to create an original steampunk-themed artwork and submit their art entry online by Saturday, October 10, 2009. Presented by Steam Gear Lab, the GameX Steampunk Art Competition will award one Grand Prize Winner, one 2D Winner, one Digital 3D Winner, and one Physical Construction/Sculpture Winner. The contest Grand Prize Winner and three finalists will receive a combined total $10,000-worth of art tools, software and technology from contest sponsors Alienware, Wacom, Pixologic ZBrush, 3D Coat, Digicel and Faber-Castell.
Steampunk is a sub-genre of fantasy fiction usually set in Victorian or Edwardian era England, with prominent elements of science fiction or fantasy. Steampunk is influenced by the style of 19th century scientific romances by authors such as Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle and Mary Shelley. Steampunk is often represented by alternate history-style presentations of technology, such as dirigibles or digital mechanical computers.
Notable examples of Steampunk in media include filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki's anime films such as Howl's Moving Castle and Laputa: Castle in the Sky, the comic book series League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the Disney animated film Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and a slew of games, such as Final Fantasy VI, Space: 1889, Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends, Damnation and numerous other popular films, books and games.
Ahren "Professor" Gauthier of Steam Gear Lab, states “As part of the steampunk community in the U.S., we are determined to share and promote the knowledge, innovation and talent of deserving steampunk artists and enthusiasts. GameX is offering something special for steampunk fans and practitioners alike to enjoy and experience.”
Artists entering the “GameX Steampunk Art Competition” will have their original work seen by top industry judges, including Amy Bond, principal at Bondepus Graphic Design; Todd DeMelle, director of concept and production art, Turbine; Craig Elliott, visual development artist, Universal Pictures; Ahren "Professor" Gauthier, Sociologist of the Strange Prof. with Steam Gear Lab; Mike Haynes, manager of art for Red Storm Entertainment/Ubisoft; Dave Inscore, studio art director for Big Huge Games; James E. Lyle, freelance cartoonist and illustrator; Jason Manley, president of Massive Black, Joey "Dr. Grymm" Marsocci of Steam Gear Lab; Chris Merritt, art director with Universal Studios; Joe Pearson, art director and writer; Gabriele Pennacchioli, animator and character designer for DreamWorks Animation; Stephen Silver, character designer, Silvertoons; and Nate Wells, Art Director for 2K Boston.
Fiona Cherbak, vice president of business development for GameX, offers “We are pleased to welcome such an esteemed line-up of art professionals as judges for the ‘GameX Steampunk Art Competition.’ This content provides an opportunity for professional and amateur artists alike to show off their design skills and artistry in a truly unique and fantastical style that has become increasing popular in recent years. Steampunk as a genre has grown out of traditional literature into an entire universe of intense imagination, artistic and technical innovation and experiential culture.
The “GameX Steampunk Art Competition” Grand Prize package features a special steampunk “mystery” item contributed by Steam Gear Lab, an Alienware 21.5 inch OptXHD monitor, and a Cintiq 12 WX Interactive Pen Display from Wacom. Alienware OptX is ideal for latest-generation games and high-def movies, delivering an intense and immersive entertainment experience. At just 4.4 pounds, the new Cintiq 12WX combines the advantages of a wide-format LCD monitor with Wacom's patented, professional pen technology to provide all the advantages of direct pen-on-screen input in a low profile, lightweight design.
Three “GameX Steampunk Art Competition” finalist winners will each win a Wacom Intuos 4 pressure-sensitive tablet, while all four “GameX Steampunk Art Competition” prize packages include a selection of software, including Digicel Flipbook Pro 6, Pixologic ZBrush 3.1 and 3D Coat, plus numerous prizes from Faber-Castell.Twenty art entries will make it to the finals and be displayed on the GameX online contest page, while the four winning works will be on display at GameX, October 23-25.
Deadline to enter is Saturday, October 10, 2009.
Winners will be announced by Tuesday, October 20, 2009. Learn more about the “GameX Steampunk Art Competition” contest prizes and entry guidelines at: www.gamexpo.us/expo/artcompetition.
About Steam Gear Lab
Steam Gear Lab is a full service prop shop based in Hartford, Connecticut. We produce concept designs, props, makeup effects and provide production design services for film, stage and television. We are also a fine purveyor of steampunk haberdashery, mad science accoutrements, science guns and wonders of all kinds. All of our wares are hand crafted by two mad geniuses with over25 years of model making, painting and fabrication experience between them.
Source: GameX / Steam Gear Lab press release

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woensdag, augustus 19, 2009

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow


Konami unmasks the Belmont Clan in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
Veteran heroes of Konami's Castlevania series to return in new Next Gen epic


Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH has unveiled an extended trailer for its eagerly-awaited Castlevania: Lords of Shadow title, and confirmed that the Belmont family – the stalwart heroes of the long-running series – will play a part in the new game.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is under the wing of Konami’s fast-growing European Product Planning department, and marks a new beginning for the Castlevania series, with Madrid-based developer Mercury Steam working closely with Konami’s respected Kojima Productions studio, led by Hideo Kojima. The PLAYSTATION®3 and Xbox 360 title is an incredibly ambitious and ground-breaking title that mixes stunning combat elements, with a fully interactive 3D realm populated by all manner of undead and inhuman denizens.


The new trailer further outlines the sheer scale and epic nature of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow and reveals key new elements to the game’s plot. The game’s as yet unnamed protagonist, voiced by Jason Isaacs, is heard to proclaim he will “wipe the name of Belmont from this world… forever”, while a mysterious new Mask adds further to the mystery…Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is set in a ravaged Europe of the middle ages. The planet has been devastated by a powerful magic. The souls of the dead are trapped on our earthly plane unable to find peace, and inhuman creatures of nightmare now roam the Earth, wreaking havoc. Having witnessed his wife Marie (voiced by Natascha McKelhone) murdered at their hands, Gabriel (Robert Carlyle) pledges revenge against those responsible: the mysterious Lords of Shadow.Gabriel learns from an ally called Zobek (Patrick Stewart) that each of the Lords possesses pieces of a relic called ’The God Mask’ that, when assembled, can purify the world and has the power to bring the dead back. Thus, Gabriel must face the three factions of the Lords of Shadow and confront them – defeating huge adversaries that dominate the screen, making his way across inhospitable but beautifully realised locations, and using the Combat Cross device to whip, swing, and rappel his way to the Mask’s location.//MORE


Gabriel will stop at nothing to see his beloved returned to him but someone has other plans for Gabriel and the mask holds the key. For good or for ill, Gabriel will meet his destiny: what is the secret of the masks and how are the Belmonts involved?Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is a visual masterpiece, and the new gamescom trailer details more of the gameplay elements that have established the game as a worthy return for the Castlevania series. The additional uses for the Combat Cross are alluded to, while more of the enormous adversaries and the action set pieces fans can look forward to are premiered for the first time.

gamescom is shaping up as the most exciting European showcase imaginable, so it is fitting that we bring something new and exciting to the show – and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is just that,” commented Dave Cox, Producer and Head of Product Planning for Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH. “The new trailer will show key elements and content for the first time and will further cement Castlevania: Lords of Shadow’s reputation as one of the landmark games of 2010.”

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Recreational conflict zombies& zombie slayers



Recreational Conflict miniatures now has two new sets of 28mm zombies & zombie slayers up as singles. So if you're looking for a few Undead doctors and patients, now is your chance to slip them into a moderns or sci-fi game.


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zondag, augustus 16, 2009

Avatar gratis preview in Kinepolis/Imax bioscopen



Avatar the Imax Experience toont de eerste beelden. Op vrijdag 21 augustus worden de eerste 3D-beelden uit Avatar van Aliens-regisseur James Cameron wereldwijd voorgesteld. In België gebeurt dat in Metroplis Antwerpen, Kinepolis Brussel en Kinepolis Luik.
Er zijn telkens drie GRATIS vertoningen van de 15 minuten durende previewmontage. (19u, 19u30, 20u)
Wie of wat is Avatar? Wie wil voorproeven kan zich gratis inschrijven via http://www.kinepolis.com/avatar . Een print van de bevestigingsmail volstaat voor toegang tot de Avatar Imax-zaal... de hype kan beginnen.

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zaterdag, augustus 15, 2009

Aion, the divine beings MMO


The most anticipated MMO of the year lands on store shelves starting September 22 in North America and September 25 in Europe

It’s time to get ready to spread your wings and take flight in this year’s biggest massively multiplayer online game (MMO) release, Aion.

NCsoft, the world's premier publisher and developer of MMOs, unveiled the official release date for Aion, the highly anticipated game where players take on a key role in a war between divine beings that will determine the fate of the world. Aion launches in North America on September 22, 2009 and makes its official debut in Europe starting September 25, 2009.

In addition to an international retail presence, Aion will also be available as a digital download at NCsoft.com, Direct2Drive and through Steam, a leading platform for the delivery and management of PC games with more than 15 million accounts worldwide.
Unlike any MMO before it, Aion is a uniquely crafted online experience where flight offers much more than just a way to explore the landscape - it is a strategic and integral part of combat, quests, and exploration. Players will dive into battle and plunge through thousands of unique, story-driven quests, all while trying to save a world literally shattered in half from centuries of brutal conflict. Using one of the most flexible and in-depth character customization systems ever featured in an MMO, players will be able to create genuinely distinct characters and explore a visually stunning world of ethereal beauty brimming with otherworldly inhabitants, mysterious enemies, and ancient secrets.

For more information about Aion go to
http://www.aiononline.com.

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Aion, the divine beings MMO

The most anticipated MMO of the year lands on store shelves starting September 22 in North America and September 25 in Europe


It’s time to get ready to spread your wings and take flight in this year’s biggest massively multiplayer online game (MMO) release, Aion.


NCsoft, the world's premier publisher and developer of MMOs, unveiled the official release date for Aion, the highly anticipated game where players take on a key role in a war between divine beings that will determine the fate of the world. Aion launches in North America on September 22, 2009 and makes its official debut in Europe starting September 25, 2009.


In addition to an international retail presence, Aion will also be available as a digital download at NCsoft.com, Direct2Drive and through Steam, a leading platform for the delivery and management of PC games with more than 15 million accounts worldwide.

Unlike any MMO before it, Aion is a uniquely crafted online experience where flight offers much more than just a way to explore the landscape - it is a strategic and integral part of combat, quests, and exploration. Players will dive into battle and plunge through thousands of unique, story-driven quests, all while trying to save a world literally shattered in half from centuries of brutal conflict. Using one of the most flexible and in-depth character customization systems ever featured in an MMO, players will be able to create genuinely distinct characters and explore a visually stunning world of ethereal beauty brimming with otherworldly inhabitants, mysterious enemies, and ancient secrets.


For more information about Aion go to http://www.aiononline.com.

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Legends of Godwars


Legends of Godwars (SGQC Online), the first mysterious-adventure-themed online game developed by Perfect World, is featured with the combination of oriental and western cultures. And in this game you will go deep into eight famous lost city which have already vanished from history. From the grand Qin Shihuang Tomb to Angkor Wat in luxuriant forest; from mysterious Pyramid to Easter Island with hundreds of massive stone busts, the game bring us not only traditional MMO gameplay, but also give ue a chance to play the part of Indiana Jones.
(Source: MMO news)

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zondag, augustus 09, 2009

Personathlon op Elf Fantasy Fair Arcen

Personathlon

Personathlon is een samenvoeging van twee woorden: Persona en Athlon. Persona - eigenlijk een Etruskisch woord - betekent in het Latijn: Masker. Athlon betekent in het oud Grieks: wedstrijd. Samengevoegd betekent personathlon dus eigenlijk: maskerwedstrijd.
De Elf Fantasy Fair kent al sinds jaar en dag een kostuumwedstrijd. Deelnemers in allerlei hoedanigheden deden hier aan mee. Er zijn nooit echte grenzen gesteld aan de kostuums: alles was mogelijk. Het beschilderen van je gezicht of een deel van je lichaam is ook al een aspect die steeds meer te zien is. Al deze uitingen hebben gemeen dat ze een alledaagse menselijke verschijning willen laten veranderen in een andere hoedanigheid, een ander karakter. Dat kan een mens zijn uit de historie, een superheld, een fantasie figuur of een combinatie van dit alles. En niet alleen het uiterlijk is belangrijk, maar ook het verhaal achter het karakter, achter de metamorfose. In Elfië willen we nu eindelijk meer erkenning voor al die creaties, of ze nu een pure kostuum achtergrond hebben, of een cosplay karakter vertonen of juist meer bodypaint georiënteerd zijn. We hebben dan ook een nieuwe naam verzonnen voor een nieuwe presentatie: Personathlon. Met een vakkundige jury die niet alleen naar de creatie kijkt maar ook naar het verhaal dat erachter zit.
GEEF JE OP VOOR PERSONATHLON:
Omdat de organisatie van de Elf Fantasy Fair ook meer de ruimte wil bieden aan het verhaal achter de karakters, is het belangrijk dat je je van tevoren opgeeft. Dit kan nog tot en met woensdag 16 september via de website http://www.elffantasyfair.com of rechtstreeks op personathlon@elffantasyfair.com.
Vermeld er het volgende bij:
- Je/jullie volledige naam
- Je email adres en je mobiele nummer waarop je/jullie tijdens EFF bereikbaar bent
- Je/jullie leeftijd
- Op welke dag(en) je mee wilt doen: zaterdag, zondag of beide dagen
- De naam van je karakter(s) + een korte omschrijving van maximaal 50 woorden
- Of je een cd met muziek meeneemt voor je/jullie act.
- evt. een foto van je creatie, als je die al af zou hebben.
Let op: je act mag maximaal 2 minuten lang zijn oftewel 120 seconden
PRIJZEN
Als je zaterdagmiddag 19 september meedoet, dan maak je kans op grote prijzen. De eerste prijs is een prijzenpakket ter waarde van 500 euro. En er zijn nog veel meer prijzen te winnen. Zaterdag is er ook een jury aanwezig die jou/jullie vooraf in besloten kring een aantal vragen zal stellen over het werk dat je aan je/jullie karakter gehad hebt.
Overigens gaan de prijzen naar de creator van de act en niet naar het model. In de meeste gevallen zijn creator en model echter één en dezelfde.
KOSTUUM KARAKTER ACT
Je kan zelf bepalen hoe je je act/kostuum presenteert, dat is helemaal aan jou. Het kan ook met een ander persoon. Je hoeft ook niets te zeggen tijdens de act, maar hou er rekening mee dat de jury het als een act ziet en dat het niet alleen om het kostuum gaat. Ook het publiek zal de mogelijkheid hebben om haar mening te geven.Je kan ook iemand meenemen die je act van tekst voorziet.
Je mag het zelf helemaal zelf invullen. Laat je fantasy de vrije loop!
De uiteindelijke winnende act krijgt ook een adellijke onderscheiding van Zijne Koninklijke Hoogheid, Gyan I, en zal worden bijgeschreven in de Kronieken van Elfia.
Zondag 20 september: geen jury en prijzen, wel Personathlon
Op zondag 20 september is er geen jury maar is er wel de mogelijkheid tot een presentatie van je act/karakter van maximaal 2 minuten in het Forum Theater. Er zal alleen geen jurering plaatsvinden en er zullen geen prijzen worden uitgereikt. Presentatie zal ook hier in de handen zijn van prof. dr. Rotherham.Wil je meedoen, stuur dan dus een e-mail naar personathlon@elffantasyfair.com
(Bron: EFF)

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woensdag, augustus 05, 2009

Bayonetta Re-envisioned Art Contest











SEGA ANNOUNCES "BAYONETTA RE-ENVISIONED" ART CONTEST ON WIZARDUNIVERSE.COM

Aspiring Artists Invited to Submit Original Drawings of Bayonetta for Chance to Win Video Game System and Placement in Wizard Magazine

SEGA® of America, Inc. announced the launch of “Bayonetta™ Re-Envisioned,” a user-generated art contest, hosted by Wizard Entertainment at WizardUniverse.com .

The contest invites artists to submit original drawings to WizardUniverse.com of Bayonetta, the lead heroine in the self-titled SEGA game. The winning submission will be spotlighted in Wizard magazine and the winner will receive an Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system, a 50 inch Panasonic TC-P50X1 HDTV Plasma TV and a developer-autographed copy of BAYONETTA for Xbox 360.


BAYONETTA is being developed for SEGA by PlatinumGames, the Japan-based independent video game development company that recently took the video game and art world by storm with the inventive look and gameplay mechanics of MadWorld™. Following in the forward thinking footsteps of this critically-acclaimed title, BAYONETTA is a stylistically unparalleled action game that stars a witch named Bayonetta who has guns attached to her hands and her feet, uses her larger-than-life hair, other weapons and acrobatic skills to subdue her angelic enemies.

Partnering with Wizard Entertainment is a natural fit given their prominence in the comic community,” said Sean Ratcliffe, Vice President of Marketing, SEGA of America, Inc. “We are excited to see what fans can do with a distinctive, feature-rich character like Bayonetta.”

All submissions must be received by August 28, 2009 to be eligible for consideration. Fans can vote for their favorite original drawing on WizardUniverse.com from September 1 to September 30, 2009. Wizard Entertainment and PlatinumGames will review the votes and comments to help them determine the Grand Prize winner, as well as the top 10 runners-up, who will be awarded with autographed copies of the game. The winners will be announced in October 2009. For the official rules, visit: www.wizarduniverse.com/bayonettacompetition.html

BAYONETTA™ is slated for release in January 2010 for Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system.
Source: Sega press release

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