dinsdag, augustus 31, 2010

Satoshi Kon: overleden grootmeester van de Japanse anime


Satoshi Kon: overleden grootmeester van de Japanse anime

De Japanse filmmaker en comicbook-tekenaar Satoshi Kon werd gelauwerd omdat hij menselijke verhalen aan verbluffende visuele composities koppelde. Niet zelden verwerkte hij traditionele elementen van de anime in zijn films - robotten met menselijke emoties, futuristische stadstableau's en een fascinatie voor de creatieve en destructieve kracht van technologie. Maar hij weefde ook literaire, artistieke en cinematografische elementen in zijn oeuvre die de hedendaagse Japanse popcultuur overstijgen. Dat leverde indrukwekkende animatiefilms op die eerder voor een volwassen- dan wel voor een kinderpubliek bestemd zijn. Dinsdagvoormiddag stierf Kon aan pancreaskanker in Tokyo.

Kon (geboren op 12 oktober 1963 te Hokkaido, Japan) begon zijn carrière als stripkunstenaar toen hij studeerde aan de Musashino Kunstuniversiteit in 1985. Het middelpunt van zijn interesse verschoof al gauw van schilderkunst naar illustratie toen hij voor Young Magazine Japanse comics of manga begon te tekenen. Hij ontmoette Katsuhiro Otomo - de man achter de baanbrekende manga 'Akira' - en droeg in de jaren '90 als animatiefilmmaker zijn steentje bij aan 'Rojin Z' - de langspeelfilm van Hiroyuki Kitakubo en 'Memories', een anthologische science-fictionfilm van Tensai Okamura.

Kon maakte pas echt naam in 1997 met 'Perfect Blue'. Zijn tweede langspeelfilm, 'Millennium Actress' was een hommage aan de meesters van de Japanse live-action: Yasujiro Ozu en Akira Kurosawa. Kon gooide naturalisme en fantasie in de blender om het verhaal te vertellen van een fictieve filmster in de periode voor en na de Tweede Wereldoorlog. Zijn volgende film 'Tokyo Godfathers' - die losjes gebaseerd was op een gelijknamige western van John Ford uit 1948 - gidste kijkers doorheen de achterbuurten van Tokyo.

'Paprika' - de laatste film die hij vervolledigde voor zijn dood - is gebaseerd op een kortverhaal van de populaire schrijver Yasutaka Tsutsui. Deze film lag aan de basis van de Japanse new wave. Hij won de publieksprijs voor beste langspeelfilm op Anima 2007, het Brusselse animatiefestival. Niemand minder dan Hollywoodregisseur Christopher Nolan liet zich voor zijn hallucinant dromenspektakel 'Inception' grotendeels inspireren door de vernuftige puzzelstructuur van 'Paprika' - waarin een enigmatisch vrouwelijk hoofdpersonage net als Leonardo Dicaprio en zijn team van de ene dimensie naar de andere reist.

Net voor zijn dood was Kon nog bezig aan 'The Dream Machine' - een film die hij in een interview uit 2008 zelf omschreef als 'een roadmovie voor robotten'.

Bron: Knack

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maandag, augustus 30, 2010

KontrolFreek Introduces FPS Freek Legendary To Honor Halo: Reach

KontrolFreek Introduces FPS Freek Legendary To Honor Halo: Reach

Limited Edition FPS Freek Incorporates New Product Innovations

08.30.2010 - ATLANTA - KontrolFreek, makers of the wildly popular FPS Freek, TD Freek and Speed Freek announced today that they are once again expanding their family of quality video game accessories by introducing the FPS Freek Legendary. This latest design was created to honor the much-anticipated release of Halo: Reach, Bungie Studio's final entry in the classic console first-person-shooter series.

Available in limited quantities, the FPS Freek Legendary will begin shipping on September 14 and is available immediately for pre-order here: www.kontrolfreek.com/legendary.asp

Featuring a laser-etched grip surface on a new convex-shaped, platinum color thumb pad, this latest FPS Freek model also incorporates an improved three-clip attachment - giving players a boost to both style and functionality. The FPS Freek Legendary is what snipers, laser-lovers, and players who enjoy sticking n00bs with plasma grenades need. Players that prefer to engage from a distance, and especially those that are salivating for the new DMR (Designated Marksman Rifle) will find the perfect companion in the FPS Freek Legendary. The FPS Freek has proven time and time again to help gamers at all skill levels improve their shooter play. By lengthening the controller analog sticks, the attachment allows for approximately 40% greater leverage and unmatched aiming precision in all FPS environments.

KontrolFreek is extremely pleased to be able to offer this special edition FPS Freek to our community of FPS gamers,” said Ashish Mistry, CEO of KontrolFreek. “KontrolFreek has helped tens of thousands of players become better at the games they love and, with the addition of the stylish FPS Freek Legendary, our tradition of offering innovative and effective console gaming accessories proudly continues.”

About KontrolFreek

Fast-growing KontrolFreek makes high-quality video game console controller accessories that give players at all levels the competitive edge. Using the latest in ergonomic science, engineering, and materials, the company's Xbox 360 and PlayStation accessories are acclaimed by both critics and consumers alike. KontrolFreek's product line cleverly combines simplicity of design with performance boosting features to improve speed, accuracy, maneuverability and comfort for players of all levels and across a variety of gaming genres. KontrolFreek is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. For more information, visit www.KontroFreek.com. To meet KontrolFreek's growing community, visit www.facebook.com/kontrolfreek.

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donderdag, augustus 26, 2010

Auditioning for parts in The Count of Monte Cristo (PC adventure game)

Auditioning for parts in The Count of Monte Cristo (PC adventure game)

SUMMARY
The Count of Monte Cristo needs your photos! The game is already designed, but the artist is waiting to fill in the faces. For maximum realism, most faces in Enter The Story games are based on real people: people who send their photos to the website.

DATES
Closing date for photos: September 30th 2010
Game release estimate: December 15th 2010


MALE ROLES, STILL TO BE ASSIGNED:
1. Benedetto: thief, murderer, confidence trickster and ladies' man. 2.
Danglars: the main antogonist. Wealthy and ruthless.
3. Fernand Mondego: the soldier who married the hero's girl, Mercedes. 4.
Albert: Fernand and Mercedes' noble and impetuous son.
5. Morrel: elderly ship owner, one of the few honest men in the novel. 6.
Caderousse: sleazy, dangerous low life.
7. Abbe Faria: literature's archetypal polymath.
8. Bertuccio. Smuggler and loyal friend
9. Vampa - notorious bandit chief.
10. Maximilien - pure hearted son of Morell; loves Valentine

FEMALE ROLES, STILL TO BE ASSIGNED:
1. Eugénie - feisty, intelligent, has no time for men.
2. Valentine - pure hearted victim, loves Maximilien 3. Heloise, the lady Macbeth type

And many others.

FURTHER DETAILS
Anyone can send in a photo (as long as it's their own). Major characters require the same face from many different views (front, side, half front-side etc.). All photos will be used, but the more views you send, the higher your chance of landing a major part. The artist will choose the most appropriate face for each part. The artist's decision is final.
Remaining images will be used for creating crowd scenes. Full terms and conditions, and examples of people who feature in pevious games, are at
http://enterthestory.com/auditions.html

WHERE TO SEND THE PHOTOS
The email address and full details are at
http://enterthestory.com/auditions.html

ABOUT THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO
The Count of Monte Cristo is arguably the world's greatest adventure novel. The story follows Edmund Dantes as he is unjustly condemned to life imprisonment, escapes, and returns to seek his revenge.
This adventure game has no connection with the hidden object game of the same name.

SPLASH SCREEN AND BOX SHOT
http://enterthestory.com/The_Count_of_Monte_Cristo.html
Further details, screen shots, etc. will appear on that site nearer the release date.

ABOUT ENTER THE STORY
Enter The Story is a thirty year project to convert one hundred of the world's greatest classics into adventure games. This will eventually include all thirty seven of Shakespeare's plays. All the stories join up to make the world's biggest point and click adventure. Planning began in 1997, and the game currently has four stories and one in development. By
2011 a new story will be released every three months. Players can vote on the next story to adapt, and can send in their photos and have their likenesses used for characters in the game. All profits from the game go to research solutions to global poverty.
Goals of the project:
http://enterthestory.com/about.html
History of the project:
http://enterthestory.com/history.html

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Space 1889: Red Sands (Steampunk RPG)


Since Thomas Edison first explored the worlds with the help of his marvelous ether propeller, the British Empire has grown to include the red plains and stately canals of Mars, the steaming, dinosaur-infested swamps of Venus, and even a remote outpost in the twilight zone of Mercury. In 1889, the sun truly never sets on the British Empire! But deep inside the Empire, a core of revolt festers and grows. Martian cults cry out for the Earthling's expulsion. Britain teeters at the edge of war with the Oenotrian Empire. In the midst of seething turmoil, the being known only as Kronos siezes the technology of a forgotten race to threaten the very future of mankind!

Steampunk RPG'ing at it's best!

Space 1889: Red Sands brings Frank Chadwick's classic Space 1889 setting to the popular Savage Worlds system in a 192-page full-color hardback Plot Point Campaign packed with all the flavor of the original game and the ease of play and quick preparation of the Savage Worlds system. And it's (somewhat) available right now.

The Space 1889 Pre-Order Bundle is available now on our webstore. You get the PDF immediately, and will have the printed book shipped to you when it's available for distribution (targeted for October). And you'll get all that at a discount over buying the book and the PDF separately. But bundling isn't your only option. You can buy the Space 1889 PDF or the Space 1889 Player's Guide PDF immediately. For the first time from Pinnacle, you can also pre-order Space 1889: Red Sands (just the book, no bundle).

And if that's not enough for you, the Space 1889 Bennies are also available on our webstore for immediate purchase. These are available in very limited quantities right now, so you may want to act fast. Check out our other custom bennies and Fate Chips while you're there, too.


Order it from Pinacle games

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GEARS of WAR novel: Anvil Gate

The Saga of the Award-Winning Video Game Series Continues…

By #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Traviss

Blockbuster video game franchise Gears of War has been a household name among gamers, with over 12 million copies sold to date. At the demand of fans asking to know more about the story, Gears of War burst onto the book scene in 2008 with Aspho Fields and then with Jacinto’s Remnant following one year later, both penned by #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Traviss and both instant bestsellers. Now in the third book of the series, GEARS OF WAR: ANVIL GATE (Del Rey Trade Paperback, on sale August 31, 2010, $16.00), the human race struggles to move on after the tragic events on Jacinto.

With the Locust Horde seemingly destroyed, Jacinto's survivors have begun to rebuild human society on their island stronghold. Raiding pirate gangs take a toll — but it's nothing that Marcus Fenix and the Gears can't handle. Then the terrifying life-forms they thought they'd left behind - the Lambent, creatures even the Locust feared - begin to advance across the planet. Gears and gangs must fight side by side to stop their deadliest enemy yet, falling back on the savage tactics of another bloody siege: Anvil Gate.

"Anvil Gate is part of the fast-moving storyline between the second and third Gears games, so it's essential reading for any fan who wants to fully understand the events of Gears of War 3 - the final game of the trilogy, also written by Karen," said Epic Games Executive Producer Rod Fergusson.

The Gears of War series is one of the most popular franchises in Xbox history, having won more than 30 Game of the Year awards, and spawning New York Times bestselling novels, an ongoing comic book series, an upcoming film, collectible figures and more.

Karen Traviss is the author of five Star Wars: Republic Commando novels: Hard Contact, Triple Zero, True Colors, Order 66, and Imperial Commando: 501st; three Star Wars: Legacy of the Force novels: Bloodlines, Revelation, and Sacrifice; two Star Wars: The Clone Wars novels: The Clone Wars movie novelization and No Prisoners; as well as her award-nominated series City of Pearl, Crossing the Line, The World Before, Matriarch, Ally and Judge. A former defense correspondent and TV and newspaper journalist, Traviss lives in Wiltshire, England.

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First London Games Festival Events Confirmed


London to become gaming capital for a month as London Games Festival extends its reach

26th August 2010: Organisers of the London Games Festival have today confirmed the first set of events which will be taking place in and around the Capital during the inaugural event.

The festival has been extended to run for just over a month, kicking off on September 30th 2010, and concluding on November 4th 2010. During that time, the city will host a series of gaming events aimed at consumer and industry alike.

Eight varied events have been confirmed today, with many more to follow:

* London Games Festival will kick off on a 30th September, with a gala opening and VIP preview at the Eurogamer Expo, Earl's Court.
* For the following three days (October 1st - 3rd), the Eurogamer Expo will host up to 20,000 consumers in the UK's largest gaming exhibition. As well as showcasing forthcoming releases from all the major publishers, the event will host a comprehensive series of presentations from the very best game developers and designers.
* A Eurogamer Expo party raising money for GamesAid will be held on 1st October, with all proceeds raised heading straight to the games industry's chosen charities.
* The Games Media Awards take place on October 14th. Aimed at celebrating and rewarding the very best in gaming journalism, it's sure to be a feisty evening as magazine battles magazine, website battles website and new games media legends are born.
* The Golden Joystick Awards will be held on October 29th. The world's largest - and longest-running - consumer voted awards are always hotly contested, and will reveal the country's favourite games across 16 categories.
* The MCM Expo returns from October 29th - 31st, bigger and better. The UK's largest Entertainment event taking place at ExCeL London with up to 45,000 consumers. Packed full of gaming content, all the major publishers showcasing forthcoming releases with larger than ever exhibition space and more gaming lectures and panel discussions.
* TIGA will host a developer-focussed event on October 27th - a one day business summit on marketing and sales aimed at developers looking to move into self-publishing.
* The London Games Conference will close the Festival on November 4th. Based around a theme of 'Survival and Profit in a Changing Industry', it features a packed itinerary of gaming-focussed presentations and debate, and will provide essential analysis and informed predictions on the future of the industry.

In addition, events at BAFTA, Great Ormond Street and Chessington World of Adventures - among many others - are soon to be announced on the Festival's website: http://www.londongamesfestival.com/. You can also follow the festival on Twitter @londongamesfest
"We really want London Games Festival to be a completely inclusive variety and diverse range of events," says Kirsty Payne, director, London Games Festival. "By extending the event to run for just over a month, we've been able to ensure a full and diverse programme - whether you're a consumer or working in the games industry; a hardcore player or someone who doesn't necessarily class themselves as a gamer. We've many more incredible events to announce over the coming weeks - and we look forward to welcoming everyone to the Festival from September 30th."

The London Games Festival will run from September 30th to November 4th, in and around London. For specific information on the programme announced so far, please visit http://www.londongamesfestival.com/.

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Dungeon Defenders


REVERB PUBLISHING and TRENDY ENTERTAINMENT SET TO INVADE YOUR LIVING ROOM THIS FALL WITH DUNGEON DEFENDERS

Fight for Team and Territory in an Epic Mash-up of Action, RPG, and Tower Defense.

Twain Harte, California – August 25, 2010 – Reverb Publishing, an initiative of Reverb Communications, cdv Software Entertainment USA and Trendy Entertainment today announced that Dungeon Defenders will march onto the PlayStation®Network for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows-based PCs on Steam, Direct2Drive, IGN Entertainment’s digital retail game site, Impulse and GamersGate this fall.

Developed by Trendy Entertainment using Epic Games’ award-winning Unreal Engine 3, Dungeon Defenders throws action-RPG and tower defense gameplay into the proverbial blender to create a seamless mix of leveling, looting and high-action territorial combat for casual and core players alike.

We’ve worked with the Trendy team members on numerous games in the past and couldn’t be happier about launching the publishing side of our business with such a strong partner,” said Doug Kennedy, general manager of Reverb Communications.

“Dungeon Defenders turns the tower defense genre on its head and adds a degree of depth seldom seen in a digital title,” said Jeremy Stieglitz, development director of Trendy Entertainment. “There is meaty character leveling and customization, awesome loot drops and plenty of team-oriented defensive strategy to manage, but then you have this action-packed wave-based standoff that gets continually more intense. It’s as deep as it is instantly fun.”

Dungeon Defenders features a lovingly-rendered watercolor art style and allows up to 4 players, online or locally, to take one of four distinct classes into fierce battle against ever-increasing waves of baddies and bosses across 15 arenas and multiple modes.

Dungeon Defenders will be available for Xbox 360, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and Windows-based PCs on Steam, Impulse, & GamersGate this fall. Dungeon Defenders is one of the first games to take advantage of GameSpy Open, GameSpy Technology’s independent developer program, allowing Trendy access to several pieces of GameSpy technology, including server and network tools, voice chat and stat tracking services.

For more information, please visit dungeondefenders.com. Follow Dungeon Defenders on Facebook and Twitter.
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maandag, augustus 09, 2010

De katkrokodil van Gondwana

Fossiele krokodil had 'zoogdiergebit'

In Tanzania is een fossiele 'katachtige' krokodil ontdekt met kiezen die lijken op die van zoogdieren.

Een pakasuchus jaagt op libellen.

"Dergelijke vondsten laten vermoeden dat het dierlijk leven op aarde ouder is dan gedacht", zeggen onderzoekers uit Ohio.

In 2008 werd een honderd miljoen jaar oud fossiel van de pakasuchus gevonden in het Rukwa Rift Basin in zuidwest Tanzania. Recent werden stukken van zeven gelijkaardige krokodillen aangetroffen.

"Wie de tanden van het dier ziet, zou niet aan een krokodil denken, maar aan een zoogdier", aldus onderzoeksleider Patrick O'Conor van de Ohio University of Osteopathic Medicine. Het dier kreeg de
wetenschappelijke naam pakasuchus. Paka betekent 'kat' in het Swahili en 'suchus' krokodil in het Grieks.

Het gebit van de pakasuchus is klein in vergelijking met dat van andere krokodillen, maar de kiezen zijn uniek. "De meeste conische tanden van krokodillen dienen om vlees te verscheuren, dat daarna in grote stukken naar binnen gewerkt wordt. De pakasuchus heeft echter kiezen die gelijkenissen vertonen met die van vleesetende zoogdieren." De kleine krokodillensoort at vooral insecten en kleine dieren.

De pakasuchus leefde tussen andere krokodillensoorten, dinosauriërs, schildpadden en vissen op Gondwana, het continent dat uiteendreef tot Afrika, India, Madagascar, Antartica, Australië en Zuid-Amerika.

"De vondst zorgt ervoor dat de grenzen van het dierlijk leven op aarde steeds meer in de tijd opschuiven. Het is enkel nog wachten op de ontdekking van zoogdieren uit die tijd", menen de wetenschappers.

Het volledige onderzoek verscheen in het wetenschappelijke tijdschrift 'Nature'.

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woensdag, augustus 04, 2010

BUT Film Festival Breda


Hoofdgast en eerste filmtitels van BUT2010 bekend

Van 8 t/m 12 september vindt de vijfde editie van BUT Film Festival plaats in hartje Breda. BUT is opsomming van de genres B-movie, Underground en Trash en richt zich op eigenzinnige cinema die afwijkt van de doorsnee film die in de bioscopen, videotheken en op internet te vinden is.


De eerste namen zijn bekend:
Nederlandse premières van de film Cadavres, de in Australië verboden film LA Zombies van Bruce LaBruce, de film Captain Berlin vs. Hitler van de controversiële Duitse filmmaker Jörg Buttgereit, films van de Nederlandse kunstenaar/filmmakers Arno Coenen en Hester Scheurwater en het symposium "Grenzen verkennen en overschrijden?".
Een nieuwe aanvulling op het programma zijn optredens van underground dichters met o.a. Diana Ozon, Nick J. Swarthe en DASTRUGISTENDA uit Gent.


Hoofdgast: Jörg Buttgereit
Jörg Buttgereit's films staan bekend om de controverse die deze wereldwijd hebben veroorzaakt. Nekromatik heeft Jörg Buttgereit zelfs de titel van Duitslands ‘Most Wanted filmdirector’ opgeleverd. In de loop der jaren hebben zijn films echter het respect gekregen die ze verdienen.
De befaamde regisseur neemt Nekromantik 1 en Schramm mee ter vertoning en hij zal een kort filmprogramma samenstellen met zijn korte films. Tevens is van hem een hoorspel, in het Duits, te beluisteren en zal hij deelnemen aan het symposium "Grenzen verkennen en overschrijden?".


Eerste filmtitels BUT2010
Tragicomedie Cadavres(2009) van regisseur Eric Canuel opent het BUT film festival. De film is gebaseerdop het boek Cadavres van François Barcelo. De film heeft zeer uiteenlopende reacties gekregen sinds de release vorig jaar, maar door onze programma commissie unaniem tot zeer BUTwaardig is bestempeld.
De door Australië bestempelde ‘Gay Zombie Porn’ en zodoende verboden film LA Zombies(2010) van regisseur Bruce LaBruce is opgenomen in het filmprogramma. LaBruce reageerde laconiek op het verbod door de Australian Film Classification, ze hebben volgens hem nog wel de ‘softcore version’ van zijn film gezien.
Tijdens het festival zal de Nederlandse première van Captain Berlin vs. Hitler(2009) te zien zijn.
De film is bewust camp, met hilarische fake sets en volledig overdreven karikaturen. Nooit saai, een must-see: wie anders dan Buttgereit kan Hitler, Dracula en een superheld samenbrengen.


Symposium ‘Grenzen verkennen en overschrijden?’
Wat is een kwaliteitsfilm en wie bepaald dit? (vrijdag 10 september)
Om de normen en grenzen van kwaliteit te verkennen wordt dit jaar voor het eerst een symposium georganiseerd met het titel “Grenzen verkennen en overschrijden?”. Aan de hand van filmfragmenten, samengesteld uit werk van de deelnemers, wordt het thema ingeleid en de discussie gestart met de andere deelnemers en het aanwezige publiek. Onder leiding van moderator Anneroos Goosen komen de deelnemers uit verschillende disciplines van het BUT aan bod. Deelnemers zijn o.v.: Jörg Buttgereit (Underground filmmaker en producent, Berlijn) en Hester Scheurwater (controversieel filmkunstenaar, Rotterdam), Powerplant (filmkunstenaarsduo, Venlo/Utrecht), DASTRUGISTENDA (dichter, Gent).


Line-up Muziek en Performance programma
Muziek en performances die afwijken van de doorsnee, getuigen van creativiteit en bol staan van eigenzinnigheid en vermaak zullen de BUT avonden afsluiten, met dit jaar elke avond een thema:

-futuristic rituals- met: Akoustic Timbre Frekuentie, Kristus Kut en Om Digidelica
-futuristic erotics- met: Mental Plastic Body Filler en Schulz
-futuristic classic- met: Hexperos en Ybrid
-futuristic party- met: Surfaders en Abattoir Rouge


Underground dichters programma
De Underground dichters zullen de bezoekers verrassen tussen andere geplande performances, optredens en/of film door. Van guerilladichten, dichtperformances tot dichten in de boxring.
In het verlengde van het BUT film festival worden ook hier de grenzen van het toelaatbare opgezocht. De diverse dichtersacties zullen in gepaste stijl de bezoekers van dit BUT festival een stukje undergroundpoëzie meegeven.


BUT film festival
Het BUT Film Festival is het B-movie, Underground en Trash Film Festival met als thuisbasis Breda. Een vergelijkbaar festival is er niet in de Benelux. BUT richt zich op eigenzinnige cinema die afwijkt van de doorsnee film die in de bioscopen en videotheken te vinden is.
Steeds meer bezoekers weten BUT te vinden en te waarderen. Zo ook een groeiend aantal nationale en internationale filmmakers. Films met slechts een fractie van Hollywood-budgetten door makers die niet te weerhouden zijn hun creativiteit de vrije loop te laten. Ieder jaar een sterk randprogramma, met o.a. underground dichters, BUT filmworkshop, BUT jong en nog veel meer activiteiten die met eigenzinnigheid en enthousiasme vormgeven aan de unieke BUTsfeer.


Kaarten voor het BUT film festival kunt u reserveren via de website. Gedurende het festival kunt u kaarten kopen bij de kassa op het festivalterrein.
Gehele programma wordt de laatste week van augustus bekend gemaakt op de website.
Meer info:
www.butff.nl

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dinsdag, augustus 03, 2010

Fable III pre-order bonus

Start the Revolution Today! Create Your Own In-Game Villager When You Pre-Order “Fable III”

The “Fable III” pre-order tool invites fans to design their own villager with over 2,000 possibilities; pre-order incentive includes bonus quest and gold fortune



Great heroes of the past and present all know one thing is true: the revolution starts with you. That’s why Microsoft and Lionhead Studios are giving fans the chance to get into the action now before “Fable III” launches in Belgium on Oct. 29. With the all-new character creator tool, called the “Fable III” Villager Maker, fans who pre-order the game can create and bring their personalized villager to life. Your custom in-game villager will deliver to your hero a thrilling new quest and 1,000 gold fortune, and then continue to interact with you on your journey to become ruler of Albion.



The Villager Maker, launching today in the U.S. and U.K. and worldwide later this week, is available for everyone to access and experiment with at www.xbox.com/fable3. Fans can utilize the tool to create a male or female villager with more than 2,000 different variations, including an enthralling backstory for the character, unique personality traits, clothing, accent, hairstyles and the region they hail from. Whether you create a valiant ally, an evil villain, or perhaps the perfect spouse, let your imagination run free as you make your mark in the fantastical world of “Fable III.”



The fun doesn’t stop there. With the Villager Maker, you’ll be able to save your character as a desktop wallpaper and share your creation with your friends on Facebook and Twitter to see who has the coolest design. Anyone can start designing, but transporting the villager into “Fable III” is a reward given only to fans who pre-order the game at participating retailers. A redeemable code will be provided that allows players to bring their character creation to life in “Fable III” when the game launches.



“Fable III” sets the stage for an unparalleled action and adventure experience, in which you will be called upon to lead a rebellion and rise up as the new ruler of Albion. The choices and sacrifices you make while fanning the flames of revolution, and then as you rule as King or Queen, will lead to an ever evolving world of consequences that will be felt across your entire land. Witness all the action, drama and humor as you’re propelled into a rich and engaging story, featuring a unique cast of characters around you.



“Fable III” will be available in a Standard Edition (€69.99) and Limited Collector’s Edition (€84.99) for Xbox 360.The Limited Edition offers unique collectibles that true “Fable” fans won’t want to miss, including downloadable content that Windows gamers can also access. Wrapped up in the likeness of a book from “Fable III,” the contents include an exclusive quest, dog breed, outfit, playing cards, a Guild Seal Coin and more.



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“Fable III” launches in the Belgium on Oct.29 and is not yet rated by PEGI.

For more information, visit xbox.com/fable. For additional details, visit Lionhead at lionhead.com/fable3 and facebook.com/fable3.

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