UK games industry shines at record-breaking Golden Joystick Awards

October 30, 2010 · Filed Under Business, News · Comment 

26% voting increase as gamers cast 1.54m votes and name Mass Effect 2 their ultimate game

It’s taken 200 days, over 4000 games and 1.54 million votes, with Mass Effect 2, Plants vs. Zombies and the Call of Duty franchise all emerging triumphant with two honours apiece, as the winners of the 28th Annual Golden Joystick Awards (http://www.goldenjoysticks.com) were announced today in London.

The most coveted accolade for “Ultimate Game of the Year” at the world’s most popular gaming awards, was presented to Electronic Arts for Mass Effect 2, which also scooped “RPG of the Year.”

Plants vs. Zombies from Popcap Games also netted two Golden Joysticks, winning “Download Game of the Year” and “Strategy Game of the Year.” Activision’s seemingly unstoppable Call of Duty franchise, continued its annual winning streak with 2010’s third double, bagging “Shooter of the Year” for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and “One to Watch” for the forthcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops – released next month.

The 28th Annual Golden Joystick Awards celebrates a successful year which saw gaming further embed itself into people’s daily lives – as one of the UK’s most popular modern leisure activities. Read more

Halloween 2010: Zombie Infection Spreads Through GamersFirst

October 28, 2010 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

Halloween Haunts GamersFirst’s premier MMO Titles with Zombies, Pumpkins and Promos

GamersFirst, today’s most popular Free2Play destination, announced in a statement this morning that its headquarters and games have been breached by a mysterious infection throughout the publisher’s premier online MMOs and website (now) www.zombiesfirst.com.

Footage of the infection was first discovered on a weekly vlog produced by a GamersFirst employee of the pseudo name, Neume; where traces of the mysterious transformation first began during a producer interview. Neume’s vlogs seem to be the only connection between GamersFirst headquarters and the outside world. Regardless, game operations seem to be intact and are falling in line with new in-game content.

“We are doing the best we can to remedy this strange situation,” says Joe Rush, Director of Game Operations for GamersFirst. “It’s not out of character for our staff to play War Rock for several hours at a time, but to do it without blinking (and foaming at the mouth) leaves me feeling a little uneasy. Some of the staff has been in good spirits and are trying to pull through this ordeal, but we have had to separate ourselves from some of our more aggressive infected coworkers, to keep the games alive.” Read more

Budding Serious Sam HD Map Designers Invited to Compete for Glory and Prizes

October 21, 2010 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Hordes of Serious Sam fans and would-be level designers around the world can now have a hand in the creation of Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter’s chaotic battlefields with the release of Serious Editor 3 Beta through a free update on Steam.

Serious Sam fans can use the powerful Serious Editor 3 Beta to build single player, co-op and multiplayer maps for Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter and share them with other PC gamers around the globe. Aspiring game designers can also create their own objects and structures for placement in their custom environments to give each creation their own signature mark.

“Both Serious Sam fans and those nasty forum trolls always tell us that anyone could make a better campaign level or multiplayer map than us,” said an anonymous level designer at Croteam. “Well prove it, ladies. Knock yourselves out.”

To celebrate the launch of Serious Editor 3 Beta on Steam, Croteam and Devolver Digital will monitor the most popular multiplayer maps online and shower their creators with exquisite gifts and bottomless praise. One lucky fan may even see their custom multiplayer map become a part of the much-anticipated Serious Sam 3, garnering the creator a designer credit in the game and increased sexual prowess.

Serious Sam fans can check facebook.com/serioussamfan and twitter.com/devolverdigital for links to the most creative and original maps created with Serious Editor 3 Beta. Developed by Croteam, the creators of the Serious Sam franchise, and produced in partnership with Devolver Digital, Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter is the ultimate classic arcadestyle first-person shooter.

Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures Galactic Passport retail package

October 19, 2010 · Filed Under News · Comment 

More Than Two Million Fans Have Joined the Force Online and Players Can Now Purchase Exclusive Content Including a Yoda Bobblehead and an All-New Playable Race

Sony Online Entertainment and LucasArts have announced that the Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures Galactic Passport is now available for purchase at major North American retailers for the suggested retail price of $19.99.

The all-new retail package includes a 90-day premium Jedi Membership, 500 Station Cash, the exclusive Togruta playable character species, a Yoda bobblehead monitor topper, additional digital content and more.

“With the launch of Clone Wars Adventures Galactic Passport at retail we are able to offer fans a mix of real-world and virtual world content to enjoy and enhance their gameplay,” said John Smedley, president of Sony Online Entertainment. “With the holiday season right around the corner, the Galactic Passport and Yoda bobblehead will make great stocking stuffers for Star Wars fans of all ages.” Read more

2029 Online: Beware the Humanoid BOSSes

October 18, 2010 · Filed Under News, Online · Comment 

Some say humans are superior to lesser animals because we use tools.

While that may be true, in 2029 Online, humanoid BOSSes are among the most dangerous in the game thanks to their most potent weapon: the mind. Unlike more brutish adversaries, humans don’t have thick hides or sharp claws, but one look at the following BOSSes will tell you they are more frightening than a simple beast.

The Brutal Fallen Lunatic
Lunatic leads the troublemakers at Sunset Beach. He is infamous for his brutal personality and sheer strength. Never one for idle chit-chat, his restless and cynical heart forces him to make as much trouble as possible. This level 12 BOSS is the last obstacle on the way to Bright City.

The Foxy Police Captain
It is difficult to see past this foxy, insidious Police Captain’s disguise as a law enforcer. From the very beginning, he has pushed to resolve troubles within the alliance through violence. Nobody knows that he is perhaps the alliance’s biggest problem. He constantly tries to cheat those who place their trust in the police, looking for illicit profit from innocents who pass by Center Station.

The Wily Evil Eye Sammy
As the rebel leader in Cloud Woods, this venomous BOSS covets all the territory she lays eyes upon. Don’t be fooled by her appearance, or this level 84 BOSS will take what she wants without a second thought. If you dare stand up to her, make sure you are well prepared for a fight!

As if these three weren’t tough enough, they also have legions of followers to help make life miserable for any adventurer who opposes them. The alliance can’t stop them from destroying peace at every turn. Will you be one of the heroes who steps up to take them on?

Grand Chase World Championship Tournament 2010 Announced

October 17, 2010 · Filed Under Competitions, News · Comment 

Competitors Vie for $20,000 Prizes Alongside Facebook Promotion, New Guild System Released

Ntreev USA, Inc., developer and publisher of several popular free-to-play games, announced details about the upcoming Grand Chase World Championship. The tournament, in which players from six countries will fight it out for $20,000 in total winnings, will take place in South Korea from Oct. 29 through Oct. 31.To help all Grand Chase players get in on the action, Ntreev is also hosting a Facebook event where players can create tournament brackets and predict which team will win. These two events are coming on the heels of the release of a full Grand Chase guild system.

“We are thrilled to provide our players with continual promotions for and additions to our games,” said Chris Lee, CEO of Ntreev USA. “Grand Chase’s World Tournament is a fantastic competition between the very best Grand Chase players from across the world, and we are looking forward to seeing how well our players predict the outcome on Facebook.”

The Grand Chase World Tournament will include 3 players each from Korea, Brazil, Taiwan, USA, Thailand and Indonesia for a total of 18 participants. These top Grand Chase brawlers will compete for cash prizes in 3v3 team matches as well as 1v1 solo matches – and every North American participant will walk away with a pair of GWC Astro headsets. The tournament is scheduled to run from Oct. 29 to Oct. 31, and will take place in the Daegu Exhibition & Convention Center in Daegu, South Korea.

“Not only do I get to represent North America in Grand Chase,” said JRTSeven, a North America Grand Chase team member headed to the World Championship Tournament. “but I get to travel to South Korea, meet the Ntreev and KOG staff, hang out with some bros, and overall have the time of my life. I feel truly honored.

The Facebook event connected to the tournament allows more fans to participate in the World Tournament from afar by selecting tournament brackets in a bid to guess the victorious players at the event. The most accurate predictions will win prizes, with the grand prize being a pair of custom-made GWC Astro headsets. Players must submit their brackets between Oct. 22 12:00 a.m. PST and Oct. 28 5:00 p.m. PST.

And just when it seems the excitement is waning, Ntreev will be bringing more community events to its players in celebration of the recent release of a guild system for Grand Chase. To create a guild, players can visit Guild Manager Bestair in the Park and redeem Game Points.

SAS hero Chris Ryan signs copies of the new Medal Of Honor – Limited Edition game at HMV’s Oxford Street store

October 12, 2010 · Filed Under Consoles, News · Comment 

SAS hero, Chris Ryan, helps celebrate the release of the new, ‘Medal Of Honor – Limited Edition’, game with a signing session at HMV’s flagship Oxford Street store in London’s West End on Friday 15th October 2010.

Chris will be at the store from 1.00 pm, to meet fans and sign copies of the new game, which includes the exclusive Chris Ryan book ‘Medal Of Honor’, and is released by Electronic Arts the same day.

As one of the great pioneers in military simulations, ‘Medal of Honor’ returns to gaming with this new series depicting modern warfare for the first time, on a harrowing tour of duty in current day Afghanistan.

‘Medal of Honor’s’ gritty single-player campaign is inspired by and developed with actual Tier 1 Operators, and gives players the unique ability to step into their boots. Utilising the surgical skill set of these elite warriors – in combination with the overwhelming force of the U.S. Army Rangers – to infiltrate enemy-held territories in the unforgiving battlefield conditions of Afghanistan this unparalleled experience offers the most authentic and relevant combat to date.

World of Warcraft Subscriber Base Reaches 12 Million Worldwide

October 11, 2010 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

Blizzard Entertainment announced that the subscriber base for World of Warcraft, its award-winning massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), now exceeds 12 million players worldwide.

This milestone was reached in the wake of the mainland Chinese launch of World of Warcraft’s second expansion, Wrath of the Lich King, and also as global anticipation continues to mount for the December 7 release of the game’s third expansion, Cataclysm.

“The support and enthusiasm that gamers across the world continue to show for World of Warcraft reaffirms our belief that it offers one of the best entertainment values available today,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We are as committed as ever to taking the game to new heights, and we look forward to demonstrating that with Cataclysm in December.”

Since debuting in North America, Australia, and New Zealand on November 23, 2004, World of Warcraft has become the most popular subscription-based MMORPG around the world. It was the bestselling PC game of 2005 and 2006 worldwide, and finished behind only World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, the first expansion pack for the game, in 2007. For 2008, the World of Warcraft series represented three of the top five bestselling PC games, with Wrath of the Lich King finishing the year at #1, and in 2009, World of Warcraft titles claimed three of the top six spots. Read more

New Social Game, Jamia Online Launches Globally

October 7, 2010 · Filed Under News, Online · Comment 

India-based game publishing company, Gamiana Digital Entertainment has announced the global launch of their flagship online social world, Jamia Online. Jamia is a free-to-play browser-based game and social space where players can connect and interact with thousands of other people from all over the world in a fun, safe environment.

The heart of the game is in its community-centric features and player driven content. Players begin by creating an avatar which can be fully customized in terms of clothing and appearance. Through this avatar, they can meet and chat in beautifully designed maps, play multiplayer games together, engage in quests for gold or throw parties in their apartments. In addition, players can create a personal profile, publish a blog, join fan clubs, showcase their self-made artwork and more. There is also a unique instant messenger system for friends which can be accessed throughout the site.

Jamia is safe and accessible to all age-groups, and with a plethora of available features to explore and more on the way, it has something to appeal to everyone.

To sign up for Jamia Online, visit http://www.jamiaonline.com/

UK videogamers come joint second in World Cyber Games

October 5, 2010 · Filed Under Competitions, News · Comment 

Best ever result achieved this weekend in Los Angeles

Representatives from the UK’s videogaming scene have achieved their best-ever result during the World Cyber Games this weekend.

Held in Los Angeles for four days through until Sunday 3rd October 2010, the 10th World Cyber Games saw more than 450 players from 58 countries compete in 13 games for a share of a $250,000 prize pot.

Players from the UK triumphed in the Guitar Hero and Forza Motorsport competitions, which helped propel the team to second in the medal charts – behind South Korea and tied with Germany and Brazil.

“We’re enormously proud of our UK players,” says Craig Fletcher, MD of Multiplay.co.uk, which runs the UK arm of the World Cyber Games. “In a thrilling weekend of videogaming competitions we proved we’re close to the best in the world – and we hope the achievement this weekend will propel our players to go one better next time. We’d also like to express our thanks to the support we received from Samsung, without which the UK participation would not be possible.”

The World Cyber Games (WCG) is an international e-sports event backed by Samsung. The festival is influenced by the Olympic Games with an athletes village for competitors and since 2004 a different host city every year. The UK teams are managed by Multiplay.co.uk, the country’s leading gaming community.

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