gPotato Europe will introduce fifty player Emporia Tournaments into Dragonica as part of the Tales of the Damned expansion this October
25 v 25 side-scrolling guild battles heading to European versions of Dragonica
Dragonica is the free arcade-style 3D side-scrolling MMORPG developed by Barunson Interactive and published by Gala Networks Europe. This October will see the introduction of the “Tales of the Damned” expansion for European versions of Dragonica, and we are proud to announce information on the eagerly anticipated Emporia Tournament system, available to players who download the game from http://dragonica.gpotato.eu.
Players who are members of any of the active Guilds of Dragonica are in for a treat this October. The Emporia Tournament is a Guild v Guild battleground that gives opposing teams the ability to attack an Emporia, with the aim of taking out their opponents cores, scattered throughout the brand new Emporia maps. Up to fifty players will be able to participate in frantic side-scrolling team-based action.
The Emporia Tournament system will work to a timetable that will be announced on the official European Dragonica website at http://dragonica.gpotato.eu and will offer Guilds a regular series of events that they can spend their Guild experience to enter. Winning teams will get a variety of in-game prizes, as well as develop their Guild’s prestige and be in with a chance of gaining large amounts of experience for their Guild. This experience will unlock new Guild skills that Guild members can use during their adventures throughout Dragotaka.
The Emporia Tournament is just one of many new features being introduced by the “Tales of the Damned” expansion to European versions of Dragonica. In addition to this new feature, controller support, pets, an increase in the level cap to 65, many brand new field maps, mission maps, dungeons, bosses and a revised mission scoring system will be introduced. As with all gPotato.eu games, this and future updates are all available completely free of charge, and will be delivered by a patch (or for new players a new and updated client) during October.
Dragonica is available as a free-to-play game, meaning no subscriptions, ever! You can download the game client from http://dragonica.gpotato.eu and register for your free gPotato.eu account to play the game. European users who are travelling outside of Europe, you are now able to play Dragonica with gPotato while abroad by clicking the “Register my IP” button on the Dragonica website before logging into the game.
gamescom 2009: Cologne eagerly awaits the gamescom premiere, with more than 420 exhibitors from 30 countries expected
Fans of interactive entertainment can look forward to world and European premieres of games, action, events and entertainment in Cologne at gamescom, already the international meeting place of the industry at its very first staging
Gamescom is under starter’s orders and the stands are already being set up in Cologne. Organiser Koelnmesse and its ideal partner the German Association of Interactive Entertainment Software (Bundesverband Interaktive Unterhaltungssoftware – BIU) are eagerly waiting to greet more than 420 exhibitors from 30 countries from 19-23 August. With foreign participation at 45 per cent, gamescom has become the industry’s international meeting point at a stroke. Over a total of 120,000 square metres of exhibition space, the industry community, from developers to publishers and trading partners all the way to the large group of gamers, will meet in halls 4 to 9 of Koelnmesse.
Fans and friends of interactive entertainment can look forward to a grand show of game premieres, a spectacular event and entertainment programme on the entire trade show grounds – indoors and outdoors – and in the city itself at the gamescom Festival. Already well over 100 world, European and German premieres of games in all genres are on the bill. With more than 30 exhibitors from the areas of media learning and expertise, and the gamescom congress organised by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Europe’s largest event for interactive entertainment and games is also giving a huge boost to child welfare. Koelnmesse, the German Association of Interactive Entertainment Software (BIU), the City of Cologne and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia are ready to launch the premiere of gamescom. “The games can begin,” say Oliver P. Kuhrt, Managing Director of Koelnmesse, and Olaf Wolters, head of the BIU, in unison.
Industry meeting place
With foreign companies making up 45 per cent of exhibitors – including firms from the UK, France, the US and Canada – gamescom is already the new international industry meeting place right from the start. Games producers from France, Italy, the UK, Scandinavia, Taiwan and Thailand will present their products on six shared stands. The business area (halls 4 and 5) will see the European games industry do business with their trading partners, while the entertainment area (halls 6 to 9) is devoted to companies presenting their new products to private visitors. For example in hall 6 of gamescom, companies including Activision Blizzard, Capcom, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Square Enix and Take Two will showcase their latest titles. In hall 7, Konami, Sony and Ubisoft, Bigben Interactive, Hama, Koch Media and others will cater to fans of interactive entertainment. In hall 8, next to the north entrance, firms including Nintendo, Namco Bandai, Sega, Warner Brothers, dtp and Tivola will present their innovations. Hall 9 puts e-sports, core gaming and the dynamic online gaming segment centre stage. Here, Turtle Entertainment, GOA, NcSoft, Funcom and others will show their products in the best light. To ensure that visitors to gamescom have as much active gaming time as possible, themed game zones (lifestyle, sport, action & adventure, e-sports) will complement the exhibitor stands. This is where the virtual world of games meets its real-world counterpart.
World premieres and interactive supporting programme
In the entertainment area, visitors to gamescom will experience a festival of new computer and video games. It will feature new products in just about every genre, from infotainment and edutainment games, to casual, sports and music games, all the way to action and adventure. In short, video and PC, online and browser games producers and hardware providers, too, will be presenting their latest developments, with exhibitors presenting more than one hundred world, European and German premieres. Sports fans, for example, can look forward to the premieres of Pro Evolution Soccer 10, FIFA 10, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 and Tony Hawk Ride, while racing aficionados will be treated to Need for Speed Nitro and Forza Motorsport 3. The pulses of music-lovers will also be quickened by titles such as Guitar Hero 5, DJ Hero 5, The Beatles Rock Band, Band Hero, LIPS – No. 1 Hits and Just sing.
The line-up of global players from around the world is already being hotly awaited by the European gaming community in the focus area of online, browser and mobile games. Besides browser game market leaders gameforge and Bigpoint, more than 20 companies from Germany, Europe and South Korea will present the entire gamut of games and latest blockbusters, among them World of Warcraft and “Celebrities”.
Away from the screens and monitors, the interactive supporting programme at gamescom will provide the best in entertainment. Creative costumed action fans and friends of relaxing entertainment at gamescom will certainly get their money’s worth in the real world too. For example, from Thursday the best case modders will battle it out in the German case-modding championships, which will award prizes to the most inventive homemade PC housings. People looking to enter the games industry or move within it will want to head straight to the job and career centre in hall 8. There visitors will also find the “Retro Gaming 1972-2009” exhibition, showcasing almost four decades of gaming history. Outside, cosplayers – costumed players – will be awaiting their turn. On Saturday, the south entrance will be the setting for a cosplay world record attempt, which has been officially registered with Guinness World of Records. Another outdoor event will see the most daring motorcyclists take their racers through the freestyle course. In hall 8, the German Motorcycle Trade Association (Industrie-Verband Motorrad Deutschland – IVM) will showcase the fascinating world of motorbikes and scooters. Participation is the order of the day in other supporting events too. The outdoor course will test entrants’ mettle in overcoming obstacles and becoming the fastest and most effective in getting from A to B, a skill that comes first and foremost in many games, after all. Trade show visitors can also attend small workshops to learn the basics of this trend discipline straight from the pros. From Thursday to Sunday, the other outdoor exhibitor events will provide perfect entertainment for fans and families alike. Those in need of a break from the hubbub in the halls and the grounds can escape to the gamescom beach, where they can relax and recharge before the next round of show highlights.
“gamesCompetence” unites teaching content and expertise
Youth protection, media learning and instruction in media skills come under the “gamesCompetence” heading at gamescom. This event throws the spotlight on offers from young people for their age group, associations, clubs and institutions, as well as the gamescom congress organised by the state government. Almost 40 exhibitors, among them associations, clubs, and educational facilities, will actively participate in the “gamesCompetence” event highlight. The NRW 2009 Youth Forum in hall 8 hosted in collaboration with Cologne Youth Welfare Office will centre on offers from young people for young people. Also taking part in the “gamesCompetence” programme: the Federal Centre for Political Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung – BpB), the Commission for the Protection of Minors in the Media (Kommission für Jugendmedienschutz – KJM), the Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons (Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Medien – BPjM) and educational facilities including the University of Cologne. The main highlight of the gamescom days under the sign of youth protection, media learning and expertise is the gamescom congress to be staged under the state government’s auspices on 20 August in the Congress Centre North. The congress, which is free to all, is devoted to the latest debates revolving around the world of computer gaming. The topic of age-appropriate use of interactive media does not only play a role in the specialist part of gamescom – the right way to deal with games will also be demonstrated live in the trade show grounds. To ensure young people are protected at gamescom itself, visitors will be given coloured armbands according to their age. This follows the guidelines of self-regulating software body the USK and enables exhibitors to ensure that games are only played by the age groups they are intended for. Games for players aged 16 and over will be demonstrated in a closed-off area of exhibitor stands. All in all, the offers for parents and teachers, educators, politicians, media and other interested parties at “gamescompetence” range from practical applications and tools all the way to top political discussions.
The gamescom Festival takes the games into the city
The supporting gamescom Festival takes the games into the city where it will address the target group of casual gamers, leisure and occasional players after the trade show closes with lots of fun. The city centre around Rudolfplatz, Friesenplatz and Neumarkt will feature two stages with an entertaining line-up of live acts, while the area between Rudolfplatz and Friesenplatz will be given over to interactive gaming with show trucks and game modules. The festival will open its doors on 19 August with top European music act Die Toten Hosen who will appear with Gentlemen and other top names to rock the audience in the dancing zone adjoining the trade show grounds. Following the opening ceremony on Wednesday, the city festival in downtown Cologne will provide spectacular entertainment from Friday to Sunday. National and international music acts, interactive gaming and the BÄM Awards will showcase fun from its best angle over three days true to the gamescom motto, “Celebrate the games”.
Ten days of early access for lucky beta key holders
European Dragonica Closed Beta Test dates announced: May 13th – May 22nd
gPotato Europe is proud to announce that Dragonica, the new free arcade-style 3D side-scrolling MMORPG, is to enter closed beta testing on the 13th of May. From the 13th to the 22nd of May, all users in possession of a beta-key or chosen by lottery from those already pre-registered at the official website will be able to download and play the game for free from the www.gpotato.eu game portal.
European gamers will soon be able play in this brand new online world, where 3D side-scrolling combo-based combat sits alongside cutting edge massively multiplayer online gameplay, free of charge and without subscriptions. Dragonica simply requires a broadband connection, and works across a wide variety of notebook, desktop and netbook computers.
Dragonica uses only the keyboard for precise combos and accessible combat. As you train your character from one of the starting classes to stronger versions, you will gain access to more powerful weapons and train up a wide variety of hilarious skills to develop your own fighting style. It also includes a fast-paced arcade-style ten player multiplayer mode, party support for up to four players, a couple system granting additional powers to pairs of players, and all the guild, trade, communication and quest fun that players expect from a top MMORPG.
As soon as servers open, the Dragonica team has a packed schedule of events planned for the ten day Closed Beta. There are plenty of great prizes up for grabs, so if you want to start off the June’s Open Beta in style, entering the CBT events is the best way to earn some unique items to make you stand out. The team will be “meeting and greeting” players at the start to welcome and help them into the game. After the festivities die down, we’re getting straight into the action with combo competitions, challenges to beat the games bosses, PvP tournaments and lots more. Keep an eye on the Dragonica website for full details.
The Dragonica Closed beta commences on Wednesday 13th of May, and runs for ten days until Friday 22nd May. It will then be available to everybody with a free gPotato.eu account in June, for free, for life. Want to know more? Visit the official European Dragonica website at dragonica.gpotato.eu for your last chance to enter the Closed Beta lottery!
Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto IV Takes Home Coveted “Game of the Year” Award, Along with “Best Action Adventure Game,” “Best Story,” “Best PlayStation3 Game” and “Best Xbox 360 Game”
GameTrailers (GT) – the premier provider of video for gamers – announced the winners of the “GameTrailers Game Of The Year Awards 2008,” crowning Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto IV as “Game of the Year.” Other notable winners include Bethesda Software’s Fallout 3 and SCEA’s LittleBigPlanet.
Celebrating the outstanding caliber of games in 2008, GameTrailers revealed the nominees and winners of 28 game award categories during a ten-day series, culminating on New Years Eve. The GT editorial staff selected the nominees and winners after spending countless hours reviewing hundreds of games for their gameplay, design, artistry and innovation. In honoring the five nominees and ultimate winner in each category, GT produced informative video packages that showcase gameplay highlights and editorial comments on the merits of each nominee.
“This was yet another epic year for the gaming industry, and choosing a winner for each category proved to be very difficult,” said Shane Satterfield, Editor in Chief, GameTrailers. “It was a lengthy, yet fulfilling task to sit with our experienced editorial staff and pick the winners. We want to congratulate the many developers and publishers for their exceptional games and hope their great results carry on into the New Year.”
Log on to GameTrailers to watch all of the “Game of the Year Awards 2008” at www.gametrailers.com
Winners of the “GameTrailers Game Of The Year Awards 2008” are as follows:
Best Puzzle/Parlor Game
Professor Layton and the Curious Village – Nintendo
Best Strategy Game
Sins of A Solar Empire – Stardock
Best New Franchise
LittleBigPlanet – SCEA
Best PlayStation 2 Game
Rock Band 2 – MTV Games/Electronic Arts
Best Racing Game
Burnout Paradise – Electronic Arts
Best PSP Game
God of War: Chains of Olympus – SCEA
Best Nintendo DS Game
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia – Konami
Best Action Adventure Game
Grand Theft Auto IV – Rockstar Games
Best Sports Game
NHL 09 – Electronic Arts
Best Role-Playing Game
Fallout 3 – Bethesda Softworks
Most Innovative Game
LittleBigPlanet – SCEA
Grand Theft Auto IV – Rockstar Games
Best Third-Person Shooter
Gears of War 2 – Microsoft Game Studios
Biggest News Story
Final Fantasy XIII for Xbox 360
Best Downloadable Game
Braid – Number None Inc.
Best Music and Rhythm Game
Rock Band 2 – MTV Games
Most Disappointing Game
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed – LucasArts
Gears of War 2 – Microsoft Game Studios
Best First-Person Shooter
Resistance 2 – SCEA
Resident Evil 5 Tokyo Game Show Trailer – Capcom
Best Software Lineup
Best Multiplayer Game
Rock Band 2 – Electronic Arts
Final Fantasy XIII for the Xbox 360
Best PC Game
Fallout 3 – Bethesda Softworks
Best Wii Game
Super Smash Bros. Brawl – Nintendo
Best PlayStation 3 Game
Grand Theft Auto IV – Rockstar Games
Best Xbox 360 Game
Grand Theft Auto IV – Rockstar Games
Game of the Year
Grand Theft Auto IV – Rockstar Games
3D multiplayer indie arcade game with robots, bombs, swords and messed up physics.
Beatnik games, an Independent developer based in central London, are pleased to announce that the beta signup to their first game – Plain Sight – has begun.
“This is a call to anyone interested in annihilating robots with a sword whilst they bounce around a tiny planetoid, but also that wish to help a out a small developer to test their first title.” said studio head, Robin Lacey
Small Indie developers can’t even afford to buy themselves a Turkey for Christmas, which means helping them to test their game will allow you to enjoy robot based multiplayer action, and feel warm and fuzzy inside at the same time – so sign up and help to test one of the most unheard of games you’ll hear about today.
Beta testing will begin before Christmas and continue through into January. Everyone is welcome to come along and show us how to play our own game.
About Plain Sight
Plain Sight is a 3D multiplayer arcade game with robots; robots who bounce around cityscapes on mini planetoids and wield swords which are used to destroy one another.
Destroying another robot makes you bigger, stronger, better… a different colour.
It also gives you points.
Spoiler: You can’t keep the points until you kill yourself.
- Oh my!
Plain Sight is scheduled for launch in early 2009, with a price point under £10.
Arcade-style game for PC combining armed combat and off-road racing with high-stakes poker is ready for action
ot Game Entertainment LLC today announced that “Arctic Stud Poker Run” has gone gold. Developed by Game Refuge, the veteran arcade team behind “Rampage World Tour” and “General Chaos”, this “full-contact poker” game for PC is a decidedly irreverent, over-the-top reinvention of real-life cross-country “poker runs” in which players race from place to place picking up playing cards in an effort to assemble a winning hand. The Got Game Entertainment release of “Arctic Stud Poker Run” features loads of upgrades and enhancements to the developer’s earlier limited-run edition of the game. “Arctic Stud Poker Run” will make its North American retail debut in March at $19.99 (USD). The game will also be available for download purchase via www.ArcticStudPokerRun.com. “Arctic Stud Poker Run” is rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB for Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Comic Mischief, and Mild Violence.
“Arctic Stud Poker Run” is an arcade-style combat racing game with a revolutionary multi-player battle experience. The action-packed “full contact poker” game includes everything from heat-seeking missiles and dynamite-filled snowmen to spell-casting goblins and bullet-proof long-johns.
The Got Game Entertainment release includes the following upgrades and enhancements to the limited-run Game Refuge edition:
- 37 characters from which to choose
- New single player progression
- Event trophies and award ceremonies
- Progressive betting
- No-limit poker and “all-in” options
- Spectator speech and “side nets”
- New bot settings
- User-customizable controls
- Remote server controls
- New game duration options
- Additional incendiaries
- Secret incantations
- Instant access to online games
- Enhanced AI
- Expanded print documentation
For more information, visit
PC release of award-winning franchise expected June 2008
Empire Interactive, a wholly owned subsidiary of Silverstar holdings (NASDAQ: SSTR), announces that the PC-DVD ROM version of the best selling arcade racer FlatOut Ultimate Carnage is currently in development and is due for release in June 2008.
The FlatOut series has enjoyed global success on multiple formats, selling over 2 million copies and winning numerous awards in the process, with FlatOut 2 being named Xbox® ‘Best Racing Game of 2006’. FlatOut Ultimate Carnage for Xbox 360™ was released to critical acclaim in June 2007 and now award-winning Finnish studio and creators of FlatOut, Bugbear Entertainment, are currently developing FlatOut Ultimate Carnage for PC.
While simulation racers have traditionally found their home on PCs, FlatOut Ultimate Carnage blurs the line between arcade and simulation, offering PC gamers a “Deathproof” experience with carnage gameplay modes and enhanced graphics to rival the Xbox 360™ version. Multiplayer online provides wheel-to-wheel action as opponents try to fishtail other cars and get across the finish line in a ‘no holds barred’ extreme driving smash fest.
Ian Higgins, CEO of Empire Interactive commented, “We are very excited about bringing FlatOut Ultimate Carnage to PC gamers. Research suggests that arcade racers are becoming ever more popular on the PC, with the Xbox 360 controller providing the perfect way to enjoy the genre. Ultimate Carnage is an entirely new prospect for PC and we’re excited to be bringing FlatOut’s unique gameplay experience to PC gamers everywhere.”
Clive Kabatznik, CEO of Silverstar Holdings added, “The FlatOut series has been a global success story for Empire and we are delighted that Ultimate Carnage will now be made available to PC gamers. With over 2 million sales globally the FlatOut franchise is an important part of the Empire portfolio and we are sure that the FlatOut Ultimate Carnage for PC will only add to the ongoing success and bring new fans to the title.”
Jussi Laakkonen, Business Development Director of Bugbear Entertainment noted, “We’ve witnessed fanatical anticipation and demand for FlatOut Ultimate Carnage to be released on PC ever since we announced the Xbox 360 release. It gives us great pleasure to be finally providing what FlatOut fans have long been clamouring for!”
FlatOut Ultimate Carnage for PC launches globally in June 2008.
The next instalment in the franchise, FlatOut Head On for the Sony PSP, is due for release on 14th March 2008.
Leading video games publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. announced that Namco Museum™ DS is bringing its popular arcade games to the Nintendo DS ™ this summer. Namco Museum DS introduces a new generation of gamers to an era of timeless games and non-stop entertainment.
Namco Museum DS allows gamers to experience a virtual arcade portal where they can choose from up to eight games: Pac-Man®, Pac-Man VS®, Galaga®, Xevious®, Dig Dug II®, Galaxian®, Mappy®, and The Tower of Druaga. Bringing back the meaning of family-fun, Namco Museum DS delivers excitement to gamers of all ages and offers entertainment all can enjoy.
“Namco Museum DS is a perfect way to bridge generation gaps between all people both old and young,” Makoto Iwai , Executive Vice President and COO at NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., said. “Older gamers will love the old school arcade feel, and new gamers will enjoy the addicting quality of the games on a handheld system.”
Features that are unique to Namco Museum DS include a screen mode selection that allows the use of different screen combinations on the Nintendo DS. This will allow players the chance to fit their classic games specifically to the Nintendo DS or in the “stand-up” arcade style. Players can also enjoy wireless battles in Pac-Man VS, an addictive take on Pac-Man which was previously only available exclusively with the purchase or pre-order of previous games. This version of the game features downloadable play where up to four players can battle using only one Game Card.
Namco Museum DS Includes:
Originally released in 2003 – For the first time in the series, you and your friends now have the chance to be the famous Ghosts from Pac-Man! With one person playing as Pac-Man, and up to 3 people playing as Ghosts, this incredibly fun multiplayer game offers endless enjoyment with just one game card.
Dig Dug II
Originally released in 1987 – Equipped with only a drill and a pump, hit weak fault line points in an attempt to sink portions of an island sending your enemies deep into the sea!
Originally released in 1981 – Pilot a space ship, fend off frantic swarms of bee-like aliens, try your luck with “Challenging Stages,” and find the best way to deal with enemies’ powerful tractor beams!
Originally released in 1979 – A precursor to Galaga, destroy flying aliens as they move in from formation to attack you.
Originally released in 1983 – Control Mappy, a police mouse. Bounce on trampolines and open or close doors to dodge chasing cats, all in an attempt to retrieve valuable items from the cats’ mansion
Originally released in 1980 – Play the most popular arcade game of all time! Navigate the yellow fellow through the original Pac-Man maze, avoid ghosts while chomping pellets and fruit, and use power pellets to turn the ghosts blue and get some payback!
Originally released in 1982 – Use a heavily armed fighter plane to destroy enemies and targets in the air and on the ground.
For more information about Namco Museum DS, please visit the official site at www.namcobandaigames.com Namco Museum DS will have a suggested retail price of $19.99 when it hits shelves this Summer.