zondag, december 26, 2010

3 Schrijfwedstrijden in 2011

Maak kans op leuke cash prijzen:

1. FANTASY STRIJD BRUGGE
* Deadline 18 maart 2011
* Organisator: Dienst Cultuur Stad Brugge  ( fantasystrijd@brugge.be )
* Prijzen 750/500/250/100/100€
* De 20 beste inzendingen worden gepubliceerd in het boekwerk Fantastisch strijdtoneel en iedere gepubliceerde auteur krijgt 5 exemplaren
* Voorwaarden: Nederlandstlig verhaal dat behoort tot het fantasygenre van maximaal 1500 woorden, dat nog nergens anders werd gepubliceerd. Deelname is gratis.
* Gevraagde bijlagen: Artistiek CV & de ontstaansgeschiedenis/totstandkoming van het verhaal
* Volledige lijst wedstrijdbepalingen & deelname:  fantasystrijd@brugge.be of tel 0032 (0) 50 44 82 71

2. PURE THRILLERS AWARD / JACK LANCE PRIJS
* Deadline 31 maart 2011
* Organisator: Pure Thrillers ( www.purethrillers.nl )
* Prijs: 500€
* Publicatie in het magazine voor Nederlandse & Vlaamse (amateur)auteurs van thrillers, crime, suspense, detective verhalen: Pure Trillers
* Voorwaarden: Nederlandstalig spannend kortverhaal van maximaal 7000 woorden.
* Meer info & deelname: http://www.purethrillers.nl

3. UNLEASH AWARD / ADRIAN STONE PRIJS
* Deadline 31 december 2010 én 31 december 2011
* Prijs 1000€
* Voorwaarden: een Nederlandstalig fantastisch verhaal van maximaal 6000 woorden
* Meer info & deelname: http://www.unleashaward.nl

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zaterdag, december 25, 2010

DIVINITY II - THE DRAGON KNIGHT SAGA: the playable demo on XBOX 360 & PC

While Divinity II – The Dragon Knight Saga is receiving a warm welcome from the press since its release on PC and Xbox 360, we are happy to announce the playable demo of this great role-playing game for Xbox 360 on the European Xbox LIVE® network, and on PC!

In this demo, you will live the beginning of your adventure as a Dragon Slayer. A Dragon Knight has been sighted in the surroundings of Broken Valley, and this is your chance as the latest initiate of your Order to prove your value! Exploration will be rewarding, as many epic battles, numerous quests and rewards await you around every corner of this big demo’s playground!

The Xbox 360 demo is available only on the European Xbox LIVE® Network. The full game will be released in the United States Q1 2011, on Xbox 360 and PC.


- Download the PC demo (all 3 files required for installation)

WEBSITE
 
About Divinity II - the Dragon Knight Saga :
Divinity II – The Dragon Knight Saga includes the original adventure “Ego Draconis”, and “Flames of Vengeance”, the Dragon Knight's new adventure that continues the epic story and adds dozens of hours of additional gameplay. Ego Draconis appears here as an entirely new and re-mastered edition with improved graphics and content that make the game even more beautiful and more impressive than ever before!
 
As for Flames of Vengeance, this new adventure brings players new quests, new creatures and many new items. It also benefits from all the graphical improvements made to Ego Draconis, and delivers a spectacular finale to the Dragon Knight Saga! Divinity II – The Dragon Knight Saga offers a total of over 100 hours of gameplay and more than 180 original quests that combine into an epic and fantastic role playing experience.

Divinity II – The Dragon Knight Saga includes the complete and re-mastered adventure Ego Draconis, and the brand new adventure Flames of Vengeance. The game is available in Europe and will be released in the US Q1 2011 on PC and Xbox 360.

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woensdag, december 22, 2010

4de OFFSCREEN FILM FESTIVAL

Het Offscreen Film Festival, het jaarlijkse rendez-vous voor liefhebbers van onalledaagse en ongewone cinema, kondigt zich iets vroeger aan dan u van ons gewoon bent. Van9 tot en met 27 februari 2011 richten wij voor de 4de keer de schijnwerpers op nieuw werk van onafhankelijke filmmakers, zeldzame cult klassiekers en offbeat genres van over de hele wereld. Films, kortom, met een hoek af.



Elk jaar presenteren we een kleine selectie avant-premières, waaronder openingsfilm Rubber van Quentin Dupieux en de nieuwste van minimalistisch animatiefilmer Phil Mulloy, Goodbye Mr Christie, die hij zelf van een inleiding komt voorzien.
Eregast is Amerikaans regisseur Monte Hellman, één van Hollywood’s meest cryptische figuren. In zijn wel heel atypische carrière als filmmaker heeft hij zich een klein, maar briljant en consistent oeuvre bijeengefilmd. Zijn bekendste en kritisch meest gerenommeerde film is Two-lane Blacktop (1971) die Cinematek op een nieuwe kopij uitbrengt. Ook zijn ‘acid westerns’ uit 1965 met Jack Nicholson in de hoofdrol, The Shooting en Ride in the Whirlwind, hebben een cultstatus verworven. Deze films kunt u opnieuw ontdekken in Bozar en Cinema Nova, Brussel, en Cinema Zuid, Antwerpen. Bovendien brengt hij zijn eerste langspeler in 21 jaar mee, Road To Nowhere, die wij in avant-premiere zullen vertonen en geeft hij een masterclass in Cinema Rits.
Onder de noemer “Outer Space” zoeft het Festival naar de verste uithoeken van het heelal, “to boldly go where no man has gone before”, op zoek naar de verloren parels, cult favorieten en klassiekers van de science fiction film uit het tijdperk voor de intrede van digitale effecten. Met 25 films verspreid over Cinematek en Cinema Nova, mag het geen toeval zijn dat de festival affiche naar deze module refereert. Op het programma staan onder andere: Terrore nello spazio van Mario Bava, Dark Star van John Carpenter, This Island Earth van Joseph Newman, Alien van Ridley Scott en Starcrash van Luigi Cozzi. Bijzondere aandacht besteden wij aan de science fiction film van achter het Ijzeren Gordijn: zo onder meer de socialistische DDR productie Im Straub der Sterne, de Tsechische New Wave SF Ikarie Xb1, On The Silver Globe van de Poolse regisseur Zulawski, de Sovjetrussische rolprenten Aelita, Planeta Bur en To The Stars By Hard Ways


Verder ligt de focus op Kung Fu films van de legendarische Shaw Brothers studio’s uit Hong Kong met de vertoning in Cinema Nova van een aantal vintage 35mm kopijen in originele versie zoals 36 Chambers of Shaolin en 8 Diagram Pole Fighter. In het kader van deze hommage, georganiseerd met de steun van de Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office, geeft kenner en Brits filmcriticus Tony Rayns een lezing in Cinema Rits.
Met “Face/off” verbinden we een filmkwartet aan de uitspraak van Rimbaud: “Je est un autre”. Deze module focust op een bijzonder thema: gezichtstransplantatie en het effect dat dit heeft op iemands persoonlijkheid. Op het programma: Seconds van John Frankenheimer, Les yeux sans visage van Franju, The Face of Another van Hiroshi Teshigahara & Dark Passage van Delmer Daves.


Nieuw is de speciale voorstelling in Cinema Nova van First Off-shorts, een kortfilmavond in samenwerking met het online magazine Kortfilm.be dat een platform biedt aan recente films, met bijzondere aandacht voor Belgische producties, die binnen de Offscreen criteria passen: ongewoon, bizar, verrassend en origineel.
En tijdens de Museum Night Fever op zaterdag 26 februari, tenslotte, pakken we in Bozar uit met “Animation Extravaganza”, een 2 uur durend geanimeerd filmprogramma met trailers en fragmenten uit alle hoeken en gaten van de wereldcinema gepresenteerd door cultexpert Jan Doense, bekend van de Nacht van de Wansmaak.


Het volledige programma staat online vanaf 19 Januari 2011.
4de OFFSCREEN FILM FESTIVAL
van 9 tot en met 27 februari 2011
Cinema Nova - Cinematek - Bozar - Cinema Rits
BRUSSEL
www.offscreen.be

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zondag, december 12, 2010

Win 10 free BIFFF 2011-tickets


If you enjoy horror/scifi/fantasy movies, you are 18+ and you would like to win a pack of 10 tickets to the Brussels Festival of Fantastic Films (7 -> 19 april 2011 in Tour&Taxis, Brussels) then send them  photograph of yourself and at least 4 friends (or random people in the street) showing the ugliest & scariest faces the 5 of you can make. No need for grime of special attributes... your mug shuld be scary enough.

The 10 winning pictures will each receive 10 tickets.

Send your picture to: facebifff@bifff.net BEFORE 15th of february 2011
A sample from the BIFFF-crew themselves...

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Assassin’s Creed - Altaïr's Chronicles

Assassin’s Creed - Altaïr's Chronicles HD Description
The benchmark of action/adventure games on next-gen consoles lands for the first time on iPad, with entirely refined graphics.
Jerusalem, 1191 A.D. The Third Crusade is tearing the Holy Land apart. You are Altaïr, a Master Assassin sent by the Order of the Assassins on a quest to find the "Chalice”, an object of such power that, in the right hands, can end the Crusades. Steal the Chalice from the Templars before someone offers them the right price for it. The fate of the Holy Land depends on you...
Plunge into this direct prequel to the critically acclaimed Assassin's Creed™, full of rich gameplay and a well-balanced mix of stealth, chaotic action, and riddle-solving exploration in the midst of a 3D world set in the historical Middle East.

 
iPAD EXCLUSIVE FEATURES
- Impressive HD graphics
- iPad-optimized camera
- Customizable interface

MASTER ASSASSIN SKILLS
- Benefit from a wide range of acrobatic moves.
- Perform impressive combo attacks, mixing sword finesse and kicks.
- Skill-based mini-games put your patience & dexterity to the test: Carefully steal precious items by picking pockets from the crowd and coerce informants to speak.

EXPERIENCE THE POWER
- Adapt your fighting tactics using 6 weapons for both close combat and long-range attacks including swords, daggers, a grappling hook, and bombs.
- Collect orbs to upgrade health and weapons.

 
DEEP IMMERSION IN THE MIDDLE EAST
- Explore the fully 3D-rendered and historic world of the Crusades
- Uniquely dramatic tension, intensified by 3D cinematics and character voices

(c) Gameloft & Ubisoft

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Stars Without Number - now for free

The year is 3200 and mankind's empire lies in ashes.
The Jump Gates fell six hundred years ago, severing the links between the myriad worlds of the human diaspora.
Now, the long isolation of the Silence falls away as men and women return to the skies above their scattered worlds.
Will you be among them?

Stars Without Number is a retro-inspired science-fiction roleplaying game influenced by the Old School Renaissance. The contents are compatible with most old school clones and are designed to be easily imported to your own favorite gaming system. In addition to a complete pre-made stellar sector, Stars Without Number offers GMs and players the tools to create their own sandbox-style adventures in the far future.



•Classic mechanics adapted for science-fiction adventure in the far future

•Extensive GM support for building adventure-crammed sandbox settings more quickly and easily

•World-building resources for creating system-neutral planets and star sectors

•100 adventure seeds and guidelines for integrating them with the worlds you've made

•Old-school compatible rules for guns, cyberware, starships, and psionics

•Domain rules for experienced characters who want to set up their own colony, psychic academy, mercenary band, or other institution

http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product_info.php?products_id=86467&it=1&SRC=TMP

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Sturmwind for... Dreamcast

New Dreamcast game "Sturmwind" presented in 3sat show "neues" - now available to pre-order

As revealed through the redspotgames Twitter and Facebook accounts, the Munich-based publisher announced its upcoming title "Sturmwind" on Sunday, December 5th 2010 in the TV show "neues" on German-Austrian-Swiss broadcaster 3sat.

In the show, redspotgames CEO Max Scharl presented the game to the public for the first time with exclusive gameplay footage. It is currently slated to be released in Q2 2011. "Sturmwind" is a classic shoot 'em up with 2D gameplay, powered by a hybrid 2D/3D engine.
Players fight over 20 boss enemies in 16 levels. In addition to the so-called "Award Trophy System" which ensures longterm motivation through unlockable content, there will also be an internet highscore list in which players can compete against each other worldwide.
•16 levels
•3 selectable difficulty levels
•configurable controls
•adjustable screen position
•varied choice of weapons
•More than 20 large boss enemies
•Hundreds of different enemies
•FMV intro sequence
•Hybrid 2d/3d game engine
•Resolution of 640x480 pixels
•PAL50, PAL60, NTSC and VGA (with Adapter) compatible
•Region free
•Works with any MIL-CD compatible Dreamcast
•CDDA Sound
•Supports: Gamepad, Arcade Stick (Analog/Digital), VMU, Rumble Pack (configurable)
•Internet WEBcode Hiscore Tables
•Award Trophy System with unlockable content

Pre-orders have been made available in the redspotgames online shop in conjunction with this announcement. The standard edition of the game can be pre-ordered for 35,49 EUR (US$ 46.00 / 29.50 GBP). Payment before release is not required.




Further information such as a screenshot gallery, a presentation trailer or details about the package will be released over the next few weeks.



Links:

Preorder at the redspotgames online shop:
http://www.redspotgames.com/shop/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=19


Interview and "Sturmwind" presentation on "neues":

Gameplay scenes of "Sturmwird" while studio preperations:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-XRNuVFKiE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rj2y90WzH-M
http://www.redspotgames.com/sturmwind
http://sturmwind.duranik.com/
http://www.twitter.com/redspotgames
http://www.facebook.com/pages/redspotgames/210719714872
http://www.flickr.com/photos/redspotgames/

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donderdag, december 02, 2010

Greed Corp

Greed Corp - Battle is rejoined!
The award winning turn-based strategy game comes to Steam, better than ever
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – 2nd December 2010 – W!Games, part of the Vanguard Entertainment Group, are proud to announce that their innovative, multiple award winning turn-based strategy game Greed Corp, will be released on Steam on 10th December priced at £7.99/€9.99.
Released earlier in 2010 on Xbox LIVE® Arcade and PlayStation®Network to widespread critical acclaim, Greed Corp now arrives on Steam with significant improvements over the console version including an overhauled tutorial, a better balanced campaign, and sped up game AI.
The first in a series of games based in the rich Mistbound Universe, Greed Corp is set in a world of feudal warfare and environmental destruction through industrial consumption. As one of four warring factions your aim is territorial domination, but at what cost? Can you find the delicate balance between harvesting the land for resources and preserving it to stay alive? Will you defend your territory or sacrifice it to keep it out of enemy hands?
Featuring an innovative land collapsing mechanic which constantly alters the strategic landscape, you must destroy your enemies or the very land they stand on before they do it to you. Build Harvesters to reap your land for credits and spend them on armouries and cannons. Manufacture walkers to conquer enemy territory and order carriers to transport your troops across the map. Ultimately, defeat your enemies by eliminating their troops and destroying or capturing their structures.
Key New Features
• Tutorial – completely overhauled to now convey the mechanics, strategies, consequences and overall gameplay nuances required to be successful
• Campaign – the difficulty and level progression requirements have been eased. The time per turn allowed for each faction is now different beginning with unlimited time in the Freemen campaign, the first campaign played. Winning a level is also no longer required to progress with the introduction of a new points based mechanic. Points unlock new maps
• AI – players no longer have to wait for the game AI to finish its turn. Just hit the ‘End Turn’ button
• Steam Integration – full integration of Steam functionality including Steam Achievements
For more on Greed Corp go to www.greedcorp.com

What the critics said about the console release of Greed Corp:
Greed, at least in this case, is definitely good.”

TeamXbox 92% (winner of the TeamXbox Editor’s Choice award)
Watching Greed Corp’s tiles crumble into dust has been one of my favourite gaming moments of the year so far.”

IGN 88% (winner of the IGN Editor’s Choice award)
Overcoming Greed Corp’s challenging and clever adversaries is a taxing experience, but damn if it isn’t one of the most gratifying.”

Official Xbox Magazine 85%
“…this is a hugely absorbing and satisfying journey into pure strategy gaming.”

Eurogamer 8/10
About ‘Mistbound’

A beautiful world, divided by greed...

Mistbound is the name of the original IP developed by W!Games. This rich fictional world was created as a platform for the studio's multi-format downloadable games and other media. Greed Corp is the first in a series of games situated in this universe. Inspired by the industrial revolutions of the 19th century and its subsequent destructive effects on the environment, Mistbound tells stories of a beautiful world once rich in resources and now on the brink of collapse. Automated industry has brought great material wealth, but relentless harvesting and mining has forever altered the world and its inhabitants. The last unspoiled lands are at stake in new conflicts between four factions, while the stripped and barren earth around them slowly succumbs to a thick mist that creeps ever closer...

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Age of Zombies for PSP/PS3

TRY THE ZOMBIE-BLASTING ACTION OF BARRY STEAKFRIES FOR FREE!

Age of Zombies is the latest App Store release from Halfbrick, creators of the best-selling iPhone games Fruit Ninja and Monster Dash. Now you can try it today for free with Age of Zombies Lite!
Lock and load through the history of time as a tough-as-nails commando named Barry Steakfries, who is looking for nothing more than to shoot some zombies and make it back in time for a hearty dinner!
The evil Professor Brains has sent hordes of undead to the furthest reaches of time to destroy mankind, but Steakfries won’t be taking that lying down. He’ll take it with a gun, a Zombie T-Rex and a whole repetoire of cheesy one-liners!
Age of Zombies Lite features the full first chapter of the game in Prehistoric times, where you can even meet the legendary Zombie T-Rex! Best of all, you can even unlock the first map for Survival mode, upload scores to online leaderboards and even earn Achievements! AOZ Lite also features a wide arsenal of weapons including the new Buzz Saw and Sentry Gun!
Finally, if you download Age of Zombies Lite, you will receive a bonus unlock code which can be redeemed in the full version of Age of Zombies for an awesome new gameplay item – the Hoverboard! A throwback to our favorite time-travelling trilogy, the Hoverboard is an exclusive item for those who purchase Age of Zombies, only available via the redeem code in Age of Zombies Lite!
Age of Zombies is the definitive action-comedy experience for the iPhone and iPad, so there's no better time get your Steakfries on with Age of Zombies Lite!

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