Bioware Reveals DRAGON AGE Toolset Details

August 31, 2008 · Filed Under News · Comment 

TOOLSET TO DEBUT AT 2008 PENNY ARCADE EXPO

Leading video game developer BioWare™, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), today announced that it will continue in the studio’s long tradition of delivering powerful content-creations to the gaming community by releasing the Dragon Age™ Toolset. BioWare will be presenting the Dragon Age™ Toolset at the Penny Arcade Expo in the Washington State Convention & Trade Center today through Sunday. Designed specifically for the highly-anticipated Role-playing PC game Dragon Age™: Origins, the Dragon Age Toolset provides players with developer-grade tools that will allow them to produce their own content.

Attendees of the Penny Arcade Expo will be the first ever to see the new toolset in action as BioWare will provide a live demonstration of some of its exciting features and capabilities. The Dragon Age Toolset will be part of a stage demonstration during the Penny Arcade Expo at 1:30pm, August 31, on the main stage at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle, Washington.

Key features include:
Create Original Adventures – Using the rich set of Dragon Age assets and locations as starting blocks, users can modify these stunning areas by adding new quests, characters and scripting to craft their own adventures, fate-defining conversations and cut-scenes.

Powerful Script Editor – Users can fully customize combat and creature AI, allowing them to create detailed action sequences full of heart-pounding party-based tactical combat.

Content Creators Community – BioWare plans to have a dedicated community area online where content creators can share content easily and get content updates for the toolset.

On-Going Toolset Content Updates – BioWare plans to release additional assets and features for the toolset in the future, allowing for expanded creation of new areas.

BioWare has a long history of delivering powerful content-creation tools and support to its community. In 2002, the studio released a Toolkit for the ever popular Neverwinter Nights™ which has allowed fans to create over 5,000 adventure modules of their own design, the most fan-created content in BioWare’s history. Fans have not only created stand-alone adventures with the trailblazing Neverwinter Nights toolset, they still continue to create modules, five years after its original release and have crafted thousands of completely new monsters, hundreds of thousands of in-game objects (eg. weapons, armor, food, special effects, building facades, etc.) and dozens of worlds.

For more information about Dragon Age: Origins, the latest updates, or to join BioWare’s Dragon Age community, visit www.dragonage.com.

ACE Online

August 29, 2008 · Filed Under Beta, News, Online · Comment 

New Registrants Will Take Part in Exclusive Game World Events and Giveaways

Wicked Interactive (www.wickedinteractiveltd.com), a North American MMO publisher, announced today that its strategy role-playing space shooter, ACE Online, has entered open beta. The game is being hosted on Wicked Interactive’s web portal: www.subagames.com.

In celebration of the open beta launch, Wicked Interactive is holding numerous game world events and giveaways such as, player vs. player tournaments, special item lotteries, and “Last Nation Standing” Nation Wars.

“This is a major milestone for Wicked Interactive and Suba Games as we launch our first open beta and begin to build the ACE Online and Suba games communities,” said Stanley Yu, CEO of Wicked Interactive Ltd.
“The response to the game’s closed beta release has been overwhelming and we are truly excited about the community that is building around the game and the Suba Games platform. ACE Online really is an innovative title that combines elements of strategy, role-playing and aerial combat to offer an experience fit for every type of player.”

ACE Online is a 3D space shooter that combines action and MMORPG elements. Developed by Yedang Online, one of Korea’s most renowned gaming enterprises, the game puts players in the role of fighter pilots and behind the controls of ships known as “Gears”. As the player battles in this intergalactic world at war, they will complete missions and engage other players in intense aerial dogfights.

ACE Online injects action and shooting elements into the traditional MMORPG formula. Players have complete control over their gear and must engage enemies directly in combat – relying on quick shooting and skillful maneuvering in order to survive. As players progress through the game, they acquire credits which can be used in the game’s item shop to purchase hundreds of customizable weapons and add-ons for their “gear”. Players can then fly their “gear” into immense online space battles as part of ACE Online’s “Nation Wars” PvP system. These RPG elements add a layer of personal customization and multiplayer strategy to ACE Online’s already action-packed gameplay. Through the blend of these two gameplay genres, ACE Online offers a fully unique and unrivaled MMO experience.

Key Features of ACE Online:

  • Free to download and free to play, no monthly subscription fee
  • Inventive mix of MMORPG strategy and social elements with action-packed aerial combat
  • Four unique “Gears” to choose from, each with its own unique strengths and weaknesses
  • Deep leveling and gear customization systems – literally hundreds of customizable weapons

and add-ons

  • Nations Wars PvP Combat – engage other players and nations in massive air battles
  • Voice Chat – communicate with squad-mates in-game

For more information about Wicked Interactive, ACE Online or Suba games, please visit www.wickedinteractiveltd.com or www.subagames.com.

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First Trailer for Kickster

August 28, 2008 · Filed Under News, Online · Comment 

Frogster publishes first trailer-video for Kickster – Online Street Soccer

Frogster has just released the first trailer for the roleplaying game in the league of football games. The new video for Kickster – Online Street Soccer not only gives a brief glimpse into the character creation in cool comic-look, but also demonstrates actual gameplay footage and is all about the game motto: „Pimp your Player, Pimp your Game!“ First ingame scenes deliver a good impression of the fast-paced trick soccer and the diversity in character creation that Kickster will offer. From sexy to casual and absurdly funny – players will have a wide choice of how they want to customize their personal alter ego to play on the backyard courts in the game. As soon as they reach the expert level, Kickster offers strategic gameplay and lots of new powerful moves. The trailer that was already shown at the Game Convention in Leipzig is now ready for download in two different qualities from a closing blog post for the exhibition on the official website:
http://kickster.eu/en/content/blog/08/aug/gc-last-onepromised.

Kickster – Online Street Soccer
Stale football simulations are a thing of the past – on the comic inspired online grounds of Kickster only those players who control the most individual character and master the coolest special moves will rule. Two vs. two or three vs. three: with their team of real buddies online, players stir up international tournaments and leagues. With dashing moves, impressive tricks and absolute ball control, PC kickers gain respect from the ball addicted online community. Only those who have the coolest special skills will climb up the player rankings.

Kickster offers various scenarios in authentic street style. Backyards, parking lots or factory premises – a fast match can kick off anywhere. Thanks to the dynamic motion system, artists with the ball sweep their opponents from the court with impressively animated dribbling, tackling, tricks and straddles. But only players with the best skills receive respect from the streets. As soon as they reach the expert level, Kickster offers even more strategic gameplay and lots of new powerful moves. A tutorial is available to get you started and will help new players increase their skill level ready for human opponents. The dynamic and elaborate tournament and league system of Kickster will see the best players unveiled and glory claimed. “Easy to download” and “free to play” – Kickster offers fun football without complications or any payment liabilities. The original online game can be quickly installed and runs smoothly on any average PC. Currently Kickster – Online Street Soccer is in the private alpha stage. The closed and open beta phases are scheduled for August and September respectively. This autumn the whistle will blow: Kick off in the backyards!

Features Kickster – Online Street Soccer

• Free2Play: free game client, no subscription fees
• Team based multiplayer online game (no single player, no AI opponents)
• Getting started easily: comprehensive tutorial with 13 game missions, hints and rewards for completed missions
• Intuitive controls, but profound gameplay
• Ingame chat and community tools
• Compact game client of about 300 MB and moderate system requirements
• Customization of player character in large-scale item shop: trendy outfits from head to toe and special moves available for micropayment
• Level based game system: advanced skills learnable with progress
• Strategic team play and tactical moves in expert level
• Elaborate league system with promotion and relegation
• Ample tournament system
• Formation of clubs and club ranking available in the future

Angels Online: Warming-Up for the New Expansion

August 27, 2008 · Filed Under News · Comment 

The Lost Atlantis, the long-awaited Angels Online (http://ao.igg.com/main.php) new expansion, is fast approaching. To celebrate this, AO team will be holding a New Expansion Warm up event from August 28th to September 1st.

Not only all items with 2x exp effects will be enhanced to 3x exp, but a training place- the Flame Area will be available for all players. The AO team hopes that all Angels can level up fast and become strong enough to defeat the evil army from the Evil Lyceum.

Event Details:

1. From August 28th to the server maintenance on September 1st, all items with the double exp effect such as Double Exp Cards, Double Skill Exp Cards, and Pet’s Double Exp Cards will deliver 3X exp effect.

2. All items with speedup effects such as Collecting Speedup Cards and Facture Speedup Cards will offer players quicker effects.

3. From August 28th to the server maintenance on September 1st, players can obtain a Flame Area Ticket if they buy one Lucky Bag. With the ticket, players can go to find the Guide Angel in the Angel Lyceum (157, 78) and enter the [Flame Area] for 24 hours.

4. From August 28th to September 1st, the upper limit of exp pet’s Exp Stones can deposit will be double.
For more information about this event visit: http://ao.igg.com/news/news.php?aid=1316

Spectacular new game trailer released for forthcoming Action RPG SACRED 2 – Fallen Angel

August 27, 2008 · Filed Under News · Comment 

ASCARON, one of the leading European developers of gaming software and Deep Silver, Koch Media’s gaming label and one of the leading producers and marketers of digital entertainment products, today announce the official release of the SACRED 2 – Fallen Angel trailer for the Games Convention 2008.

The trailer boasts over two minutes of stunning footage taken straight from the fantasy world of Ancaria, making it a must-have movie for gaming fans everywhere.

The hotly anticipated video can be downloaded from the official SACRED 2 homepage: www.sacred2.com.

Drawing on the work of creativity of professional producer Thorsten Wehner, the SACRED 2 – Fallen Angel trailer features a different visual approach with fast-paced creative cuts propelling viewers through the full spectrum of action, magic, RPG, combat and all-round majestic beauty of SACRED 2.

Thorsten Wehner is a globally active creative producer specialising in the area of viral marketing with high profile clients in the IT, entertainment, automotive and medical sectors.

Speaking about his involvement in the project, Wehner expressed his enthusiasm for the game and for his work, “The implementation of the new SACRED 2 GC trailer was a truly special challenge and a great joy. The SACRED 2 – Fallen Angel game presents endless creative options, and I’m excited to hear the reaction from the industry press and the worldwide gaming community.”

The SACRED 2 – Fallen Angel trailer is now available for download in WMV, MOV, 3GP and iPhone file formats.

More information on Thorsten Wehner is available at http://www.360zz.org.

SACRED 2 – Fallen Angel releases in 2008 on PC, PLAYSTATION®3 and Xbox 360® across all major territories in time for the festive season.


Associated links:

Watch the brand new “SACRED 2 – Fallen Angel” trailer:

High Definition Trailer
HD mov
http://download.ascaron.com/sacred2/videos/gctrailer08/HD_Sacred2_Fallen_Angel_Trailer_GC2008_mov.zip
HD wmv http://download.ascaron.com/sacred2/videos/gctrailer08/HD_Sacred2_Fallen_Angel_Trailer_GC2008_wmv.zip

Standard Definition trailer
wmv: http://download.ascaron.com//sacred2/videos/gctrailer08/Sacred2_Fallen_Angel_Trailer_GC2008_wmv.zip
mov: http://download.ascaron.com//sacred2/videos/gctrailer08/Sacred2_Fallen_Angel_Trailer_GC2008_mov.zip
M4v: http://download.ascaron.com/sacred2/videos/gctrailer08/Trailer_GC2008_iPhone_Ipod.zip
3gp: http://download.ascaron.com/sacred2/videos/gctrailer08/Trailer_GC2008_Phone-cell.zip

More information on Thorsten Wehner is available at http://www.360zz.org (in re-design status)

Glu Mobile Unveils Line-up of Games Launching in Europe in the Second Half of 2008

August 25, 2008 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Leading Global Publisher Adds Popular Game Shows, Cartoons, Blockbuster Movie Franchises and Original Titles to its Portfolio

Glu Mobile Inc. (Nasdaq: GLUU), a leading global publisher of mobile games, today announced its roadmap of titles launching in Europe in the second half of 2008. New titles include games based on global brands from DreamWorks, FOX, Granada, Hasbro, Konami, Playfirst, Sony, Sega, Warner Bros., ZeniMax Media/Vir2L Studios, and 2 Way TRAFFIC, as well as original titles from Glu including sequels to some of Glu’s favourite titles.

“Our European line-up for Q3 2008 is by far our most exciting yet and fully demonstrates the strength of our partnerships and the quality of our studios,” said Frank Keeling, MD of Publishing, EMEA, Glu. “Our partnerships with the world’s best film studios, console publishers and world-class brand holders ensure our roster for the remainder of the year is hugely rich and varied, combining immensely popular game shows, arcade classics, cult favourites, outstanding film and sports licenses and brilliant original IPs.”

The titles launching in Europe in the second half of 2008 include:

Beijing Olympics 2008™
Go for the Gold at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games! Feel the excitement of the Olympic Games as you compete in four popular events – 100m, Hammer Throw, 200m Individual Medley and Table Tennis. Set records and earn your place on the awards podium. Rich graphics, easy controls and two game modes will get you in the action. 32 countries represented in the only official mobile game of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Launched July 2008

The Dark Knight™
Play as Batman in The Dark Knight, the thrilling action game based on Warner Bros. Pictures’ blockbuster film. Batman fights to eradicate street crime in Gotham City using his advanced combat skills and an array of unique gadgets. However, things take a darker turn when a new reign of chaos is unleashed on the terrified citizens of Gotham by a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker.

Launched July 2008

Dewy’s Adventure
Based on Konami’s Nintendo Wii title, Dewy’s adventure is a unique and innovative isometric puzzle game with a simple to pick up one-button control system accessible to all. The evil Don Hedron has descended upon the peaceful forest with Black Water and it’s up to Dewy, a small droplet of water, to eliminate the terrible scourge and save the Tree of Seven Colours. Take control of Dewy by rolling him around the environment and using special elemental powers to take on the dastardly forces of Don Hedron.

Launched July 2008

Little Britain
Join all your favourite Little Britain characters in a series of wacky puzzle challenges – in Little Britain: The Mobile Game you don’t just watch the fun, you’re part of it! This game is a must-own for all fans of the hit television series including cult favourite characters Lou & Andy, Emily, Daffyd and Vicky Pollard. Featuring the catchphrases so often repeated on school playgrounds all over the country, it’s highly likely that if you own the DVDs you’ll be saying ‘I want that one!’

Launched July 2008

Ice Age™: Mammoth Mayhem
Manny, Diego, Sid and Scrat are back in their newest mobile adventure, ICE AGE: MAMMOTH MAYHEM. Based on the award-winning Ice Age™ films, the sub-zero heroes must work together to overcome their prehistoric world’s natural obstacles. Travelling across frozen tundra, icebergs, volcanic caves and green valleys, the unlikely team must help their smaller friends survive the world’s first migration!

Launched July 2008

TRANSFORMERS: G1 Awakening
After 4 million years, a volcanic eruption awakens the TRANSFORMERS. Now fans can battle as the classic TRANSFORMERS robots in a conflict based on the original “G1” animated TV series. Players can use the strengths of each AUTOBOTS character to defeat the DECEPTICONS in turn-based battles. With up to 23 unique playable characters, this game is MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE.

Launches August 2008

Sushi Shuffle™
Kanpai! You’ve got a bar full of hungry customers and they are all depending on you to deliver their sushi fix. Move sushi around the board to make matches and earn money. Match colourful seafood treats from a menu of 8 tasty fresh sushi. Fill up plates using combos, chains, and side dishes and soon your customers will be dancing with sake satisfaction! Successful Sushi chefs are bestowed with rich awards, including ancient sushi etiquette, so you’ll know which sharkskin to use with Mr. Miyagi’s fine wasabi!

Launches August 2008

Super Slam Ping Pong!™
In the spirit of Glu’s runaway hit, Super K.O. Boxing, Super Slam Ping Pong is a hilarious, over-the-top game that features a cast of wacky opponents such as Master Wu-Pong and the Gnarly Gnome. Players must keep an eye out for each opponent’s tell and weakness as they fill their Super Slam meter to unleash powerful slams.
Launches August 2008

Wheel Of Fortune
The legendary TV gameshow makes its way to UK mobiles, featuring puzzles devised by the makers of the show itself, customisable avatars, downloadable puzzles of the day and dynamic graphics and animations that capture the essence of the Wheel. With the Bonus Round, Mystery Round and Jackpot Rounds to navigate in solo mode or vs the wily computer opponents, it’s time to spin the wheel, buy a vowel and solve the puzzle!

Launches August 2008

Lemmings Tribes™
The timeless playability of Lemmings Tribes marches towards its mobile release. This real time puzzle game challenges the player to save a set number of Lemmings within specified time limits on a number of levels filled with devious traps using only the skills provided. This requires a combination of problem solving, logic and experimentation from the player. The Lemmings come from three different tribes. Classic Lemmings only have access to their original skills whereas the others two tribes, Space Lemmings and Medieval Lemmings have access to new skills for extra challenge.

Launches September 2008

AMF Bowling
Play as any member of an elite international group of professional bowling celebrities on their journey around the world in the AMF World Cup for the coveted Golden Ball! The game blends new styling and atmosphere with dramatic and rewarding, skill-based & online accessible gameplay, offering a competitive and fun mobile bowling game with rich 3D graphics for mobile players anywhere! With the new and revised one-finger play, a variety of locations and player selections, un-lockable features, live multiplayer or tournament options, AMF Bowling is better than ever! Bowl “On-The-Go” and take your bowling anywhere with AMF Bowling Deluxe for mobile phones!

Launches September 2008

Afterworld: GLOBAL CONTACT
A catastrophic planetary event known as “The Fall” has caused 99% of the world’s population to disappear, along with almost all technology. Welcome to Afterworld: GLOBAL CONTACT, the new mobile adventure game where survivors journey the world in search of their families, going from continent to continent, encountering daring adventures in cities such as Paris, Seoul, Sydney and Rio de Janeiro. Confront each challenge and battle your enemies as you struggle to create communication towers to allow the world to regain GLOBAL CONTACT.

Launches September 2008

Silent Hill Mobile 2
The smash hit Silent Hill series returns with the follow up to the critically acclaimed first mobile release. Building on last years hugely successful mobile game, Silent Hill 2 will be darker, scarier and more challenging and bring the dark and decaying environments of Silent Hill to life.

Launches September 2008

Pro Evolution Soccer 2009
The world’s greatest football game returns to mobile! Building on last years hugely successful and critically acclaimed mobile game, PES 2009 will be everything you’d expect from this blockbuster series- the most playable and best looking football game on mobile!

Launches October 2008

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
RUN FOR YOUR WILDLIFE! The official mobile game of DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa! Roar into action as Alex the lion and earn your stripes as Marty the zebra, but when things get hairy, you may need to dance your way out of trouble! Chart a course for side-scrolling African adventure, fun mini-games and puzzles.

Launches October 2008

QUANTUM OF SOLACE
You’ve seen James Bond in action – but never like this. With cutting-edge technology, your enemies just got a lot more dangerous and they can not only destroy your cover, but also dodge bullets and stay in hot pursuit. Never one to be ruffled in the heat of battle, you’ll unleash a world of hurt thanks to a technologically advanced combat system that allows you to hurl bouncing grenades and fire projectiles from guns that actually damage the environment. Immerse yourself in the high-intensity danger of the world’s most famous spy with levels and settings taken straight from the new QUANTUM OF SOLACE movie.

Launches October 2008

Call of Duty®: World at War
Call of Duty: World at War thrusts players into the ruthless and gritty chaos of combat and challenges them to band together to survive the most harrowing and climactic battles of WWII that led to the demise of the Axis powers on the European and South Pacific fronts. The title re-defines WWII games by offering an uncensored experience with unique enemies and combat variety. Demolish enemy buildings, call in air strikes and utilize deadly new weapons like flamethrowers as you fight your way like never before.

Launches Fall 2008

Bugs Bunny: Rabbit Rescue
Help Bugs Bunny escape some hare-y situations in Bugs Bunny: Rabbit Rescue. Marvin the Martian, Yosemite Sam, Elmer Fudd and others have trapped Bugs in a series of devious puzzles. Players use logic and cartoon smarts to outwit Bugs’ legendary Looney Tunes foes and rescue the wascally wabbit.

Launches November 2008

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? 10th Anniversary Edition
This 4th edition celebrates Millionaire’s 10th Anniversary introducing innovative new features, new questions, and a chance to win real cash prizes.
Launches November 2008

Space Monkey™
Space has been consumed by Earth’s garbage and it’s up to one courageous monkey to clean up the entire cosmos. Gamers must help Space Monkey navigate the galaxy while avoiding hazards and taking down space enemies that get in his way.
Launches December 2008
For more information go to www.glu.com

New Lego Universe Behind-the-Scenes Video Unveiled at Games Convention in Germany

August 25, 2008 · Filed Under News · Comment 

The LEGO Group debuted a new behind-the-scenes video for the upcoming MMOG (massively multiplayer online game), LEGO Universe, during Games Convention Developers Conference. The video provides a look at how The LEGO Group is working with its fan community to create LEGO Universe, and reveals new art images from the game. Viewers will see footage from a recent event where a group of 49 adult fans – known as LUPs (LEGO Universe Partners) – came together with the game developers to build content for the MMOG. For more information, visit www.LEGOuniverse.com (or visit the new German language website at www.LEGOuniverse.de).

LEGO Universe is the first MMOG created for children and LEGO fans. The game will bring the LEGO play experience online, encouraging creativity, collaboration and communication between fans all over the world. Within LEGO Universe, players will safely create, build, quest and socialize together.

The new video expands on recently released footage by including more interviews and information about the LUP event, and also new concept visuals and character animations for LEGO Universe.

Best of GC: The Best New Products at the GC – Games Convention 2008 Are Now Known!

August 23, 2008 · Filed Under Business, News · Comment 

For the sixth time, the Leipziger Messe has awarded the title of “Best of GC” to the most innovative new products at the GC – Games Convention. This year’s winners in nine categories were announced yesterday evening. A total of 29 exhibitors at the GC – Games Convention had submitted 122 hardware items and software titles (2006: 85) for the award.

The happy winners were:

In the category Best PC Game:

SPORE – Electronic Arts
In “Spore”, Will Wright lets players create their own species and send them off on a journey through five billion years of evolutionary history. In the process, he succeeds in combining elements from casual, strategy, role-play and action simulations into a single game – and opens the door to a games galaxy in which all living elements are designed by the players themselves. “Spore” is at the same time both complex and comprehensible and will have an inspirational effect on video game development for many years to come.

In the category Best Xbox 360 Game:

MIRROR’S EDGE – Electronic Arts
“Mirror’s Edge” sends its title heroine “Faith” off into a modern police state full of contrasting colours and vertiginous architecture. The special achievement of the action adventure is to cloak the player particularly closely in the skin of his or her avatar. Acrobatic leaps, fierce close combat and the character’s increasing exhaustion are almost physically perceptible.

In the category Best PSP Game:

RESISTANCE: RETRIBUTION –
Sony Computer Entertainment Deutschland

This makes it official at last: shooters for out and about can be fun. With outstanding visuals, in “Resistance: Retribution” neither the small console nor the gamer can take a breather till Europe has been liberated from an extraterrestrial fleet of invaders. It also includes a multiplayer setting for up to eight players.

In the category Best PS3 Game:

LITTLE BIG PLANET –
Sony Computer Entertainment Deutschland

Sony brings new life to an old genre, the laterally scrolling platformer. It also adds both a social and a creative element to the console world: the gamer community becomes the developer community. “Little Big Planet” comes with a convincingly vivid backdrop and almost unlimited possibilities with entertaining level structure.

In the category Best Wii Game:

SKATE IT – Electronic Arts
The Wii Fit Balance Board can do much more than just aerobics and yoga: by shifting weight and skilful use of the Nunchuk, the player carries out the most amazing tricks in (four) virtual roles. A genuine skater feel is created on the run through half-pipes and over ramps. “Skate it” gives an authentic and original recreation of the trend sport and benefits from the special features of the Nintendo console.

In the category Best NDS Game:

SONIC CHRONICLES: Die Dunkle Bruderschaft – SEGA
What looks at first like a colourful jump’n’run, turns out after only a few minutes to be an atmospheric RPG. Thanks to the exciting story, the amusing dialogue and the tactical fight system, older Sonic fans will also find this very entertaining. BioWare has given the DS an epic adventure all about the blue hedgehog.


In the category BEST MOBILE Game:

PES 2009 – Konami
Smoothly animated mini-players, a passing game and runs into the centre – it’s all possible, even on a small mobile phone screen. Depending on the type of phone and with a certain amount of practice, the one-button control makes even complex game moves possible. “PES 2009” for mobile phones even allows for multiplayer games by Bluetooth and is much more than just a stopgap to pass the time.

In the category Best Online Game:

Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning – GOA GOA (developed by Mythic Entertainment)
The creators of the online RPG legend “Dark Age of Camelot”, still so successful today, are back with “Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning”. GOA squares up to the alpha male “World of Warcraft” with spectacular visuals, innovative play modi, neat control and an enormous, appealing fantasy world.


In the category Best Hardware:

PlayTV – Sony Computer Entertainment Deutschland
The PlayTV enables users to record, play back and pause for playback of TV programmes received in DVB-T format. This is the first time that a game console serves as a hard drive recorder. The remote function is particularly impressive, making it possible to watch recorded TV shows or live TV programmes on the Playstation Portable (PSP).

In the category Best PS2 Game:

As there were too few entrants, no award was made in this category.
With the “Best of GC” title, the GC – Games Convention awards the computer and video game industry’s most outstanding product achievements every year. Exhibitors at the GC – Games Convention had until 1 August 2008 to make submissions in the category hardware accessories as well as in the categories Best Game PC, Xbox 360, PSP, PS2, PS3, Wii, NDS, mobile and online. All companies exhibiting at the GC were eligible, if their products could be played in the public area and had not been published before the fair.

Game Entertainment Europe Releases Hovorun Open Beta

August 23, 2008 · Filed Under Beta, News · Comment 

Game Entertainment Europe has officially launched Hovorun’s Open Beta version. Hovorun (www.hovorun.com) is Europe’s first casual online multiplayer racing game. The open beta will be made available for gamers in the European territory including Russia and Turkey. Hovorun is currently available in English and will soon be followed by a Dutch, German and French version.

Hovorun is a 3D casual racing game developed by Korean game developer Lots Entertainment. The game is a Free2Play game and the game client (87MB) can be downloaded for free. The game has many interesting features such as a clan system, a shop with many different items for purchase, high scores tournaments, friends lists and an in game chat.

Users are able to buy GO (virtual credits) to obtain cool items in game for new avatars or to change their avatar with scarves, goggles, helmets etc. Users can also choose the Hovo mode to switch gears for the hovercraft vehicles to enhance their racing skills. And for those who are really good at playing the game, it is possible to use their experience points to buy exclusive items. When gamers start playing Hovorun, they will receive one Hovo and avatar for free.

“Hovorun has a wide appeal to the European target group who love to play casual games. With this Open Beta, we want to get gamers in Europe to provide their feedback and help us improve our services for the game,” said Richard van Barneveld Hovorun, CEO , Game Entertainment Europe,

“A revolutionary feature of this game is that it includes a real time dynamically profiled advertising mechanism that can be controlled by the advertising handling companies themselves. Beside this feature it is possible to handle all kinds of advertising methods ranging from sponsored items to entire branded race tracks”, said Jurriaan van Rijswijk, CCO of Game Entertainment Europe.

The Virtual War has Begun!

August 23, 2008 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Meridian4 (http://www.meridian4.com) and Dialogue Design are pleased to announce that their highly-anticipated and critically acclaimed Indie title; Tank Universal is now available for download on most digital channels.

“After much hard work, a little digital elbow grease and in conjunction with our publishing partner, Meridian4 – Dialogue Design is thrilled to announce that today is the day for the release of our much-awaited indie tank blasting title Tank Universal.” said Phil Jones of Dialogue Design, “Interest has been strong in the lead-up to the game’s release and we would like to thank all those who pre-ordered and to wish everyone good luck (and good aiming) in the virtual tank battles ahead!”

“As I have stated before, we instantly took a liking to Tank Universal when it was shown to us. Its unique look, its gameplay features and the fun factor were all present. Now that gamers and the press have a chance to play it, I know it’ll become an instant Indie classic.” said Andy Sher, CEO at Meridian4.

Tank Universal is available now for $9.99 on most digital online channels including Steam, D2D, Impulse, GamersGate and many more. For more information visit www.meridian4.com or any of the digital sites listed.

About Tank Universal
Tank Universal creates a huge virtual ‘Tron-like’ world where you take part in immense 3D tank battles involving scores of units both friendly and not so friendly in wide open levels!

Players can bombard the enemy from a distance or close the gap and dodge shells point blank – all in an immersive first person perspective.

• 20 levels of highly addictive and intense tank battles
• Some missions require you to leave the safety of your tank and explore the world on foot
• Ability to upgrade weapons and tank equipment
• Fight alongside allies against highly intelligent and numerous enemies
• Spectacular looking virtual world and eye-popping particle effects
• Take the battle in any direction with wide open levels allowing freedom of play
• Intriguing storyline switching between the ‘real world’ and the digital virtual world
• Enhanced resolutions, including widescreen support up to 1680×1050

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