Pr Newswire Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Pr Newswire RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Mark your calendar for April 5th, Quantum Break is coming. https://www.gameskinny.com/8zo77/mark-your-calendar-for-april-5th-quantum-break-is-coming https://www.gameskinny.com/8zo77/mark-your-calendar-for-april-5th-quantum-break-is-coming Sun, 27 Mar 2016 09:15:49 -0400 Sagger Khraishi

We've known about Quantum Break since around the time that Xbox One launched, but the developers have kept us in the dark about its development process. They even pushed it back a year, causing it to dissolve into one of those ghost stories we tell about games that have disappeared into the Abyss. Every so often a trailer would appear to remind us that it still exists... stuck somewhere in time. But now it seems like it the game will finally break out into the world like some mad science project on April 5th.

This makes sense given the premise of the game. Set in the northeast United States, the game casts you as the protagonist Jack Joyce. Being part of a weird H.G. Wells style time travel experiment that backfired, you gain these really cool time-related abilities. You can freeze time and still move around, move projectiles, or people in harms way. It is kind of like that running scene in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

You will need to travel through and fix temporal distortions around the map that might get in the way of your objectives. You need to do this before the enemy, your ex-best friend Paul Serene, tries to take advantage of the situation and claim global dominance.

If you aren't sold already, another important feature of this game is that the actions you take have a bit of a butterfly effect on everything else. This isn't in the Skyrim way where killing xyz causes his kids to hold a grudge against you. Instead, it's something more akin to one of those Goosebumps "choose-your-adventure" type stories. As you play the game, the choices you make change the live action cut-scenes and the plot of the story.

It's been two years since we first heard of the game, but it looks like we will be delivered a powerhouse of game design and approach that can change the way we approach games when this launches. So pre-order your copy for April 5th, and let us know what you think of the game here.

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All Nintendo Direct (11/12) annoucements https://www.gameskinny.com/q22et/all-nintendo-direct-1112-annoucements https://www.gameskinny.com/q22et/all-nintendo-direct-1112-annoucements Sat, 14 Nov 2015 13:53:10 -0500 Lad Johnson

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Did you hear the news you were hoping for? Did anything blow your mind, foregoing your imagination. Let us know in the comments; and remember today several pieces of Nintendo history were made.

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Super Smash Bros

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For some this is the biggest piece of NEWS this year. Fans of Final Fantasy and Smash Bros will be pleased that one of the most requested characters has been announced. Cloud Strife is here with his buster sword and a new stage in tow. There are no dates on when he will be available, but we were told to expect news in early December. Have fun playing matches to the classic Final Fantasy theme song that will also be included.

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The Wii U has not been totally abandoned by third party developers. There are still quite a few games coming to the console.
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Hive Jump- Q1 2016

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Kerbal Space Program- Q1 2016

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Mighty No. 9- 2/9/2016

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Lego Marvels Avengers- 1/26/2016

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Terarria 4/12/2016

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Dragon Quest: VII & VIII

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Both games were announced and are set to release next year.

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Hyrule Warriors: Legends 

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Another bevy of good news; Hyrule Warriors: Legends gives us much to look forward too. A new original character was announced; a girl named Linkle that uses double crossbows. She is the first female version of Link. The release date was announced as March 25, 2016. You will also get a new home menu theme for your 3DS when you purchase the game.

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Pokemon: Blue, Red, and Yellow

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We were all blindsided by this one. All three of the first generation Pokemon games are coming to the eshop. The games will be true to their original versions sans one feature; players no longer need a link cable to trade Pokemon. You can now use wifi to trade and battle with your friends. These release the same day as the originals did twenty years ago -- February 27, 2016.

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MegaMan: Legacy Collection

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A collection of the first six MegaMan games; this title offers a lot of content for fans to collect in game. The game will have exclusive challenges that can only be accessed using a MegaMan amiibo. On that note there was also a new gold colored Megaman amiibo announced. It can only be obtained by purchasing a copy of the game's collector's edition. The game is available February 23, 2016.

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Final Fantasy: Fates

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Fans already knew the game would be releasing in two parts simultaneously. But today all the options for obtaining all three games was revealed. After completing one of the two launch games players will be given the choice to purchase the other game as half price. There is also a bundle available, as well a collectors edition that comes with an art-book and carrying pouch for your DS. This is available for $79.99. Other DLC maps are also planned for the games.

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Final Fantasy Explorers

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This game was initially released in Japan last December and has received a few updates since. The North American version of the game will gave players access to all of the game's released DLC free of charge. There is also a collectors edition releasing. It will include the game, an art-book, a CD sampler. and exclusive quests. Pick this up on January 26, 2016

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Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam 

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A release date of January 22, 2016 was announced. If you love Mario RPG's then you need this title. New battle cards with effects to help you get past tricky levels and challenges were revealed. You can use your amiibo to create character cards which are more powerful than battle cards. Mario party amiibos will be compatible with this tittle.

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Pokken Tournament

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The fighting game everyone is waiting for received some new footage. It was also revealed how players would be able to access the Shadow Mewtwo character that leaked a while back. If your copy is from the first production run; players will receive a special card that allows them to use the character immediately. If not, players can complete a few things in game and use him later. The game releases Spring 2016 for Wii U.

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StarFox Zero

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Starfox Zero was finally given a new release date. After being pushed back from this holiday season, the game is now slated to release April 22, 2016. Mark your calendars now, people.

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amiibo

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Of course these popular little trinkets were center stage. Almost every game had a mention of them. We also received a release date for some of the Animal crossing and the Lucas figures -- January 22nd

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There are also four great new games coming to the Nintendo eShop. Nintendo is obviously eyeing its casual gamer market.

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Nintendo Badge Arcade

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A free to start title, this game gives you badges to customize your 3DS home screen. Collect the badges using a claw game. Players can pay to receive more chances to collect the badges. Some badges will be limited edition, so make sure you check back often if this is something you are interested in.

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Xenoblade Chronicles X

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For those waiting on a new Metroid or Legend of Zelda game this is the best Nintendo is offering; an open world space adventure that will release on December 4th. If buying the game physically, there are four packs that can be pre-installed to allow the player to load up the game faster. It is recommended to download the first pack at the least.

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Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash

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An all-new move was revealed for this game. Performing a jump smash will allow players to jump up and attack the ball before it has had a chance to bounce on their side. This will add a new layer of strategy to matches. Knock your opponent off balance then use the jump smash from the designated point to perform an ultra smash.

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There are also mega battles where Toad will add mega Mushrooms to the match to make characters larger; how exciting? Add in amiibos to use as a partner in online and expedition matches.

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Animal Crossing amiibo Festival

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This game will initially launch packaged with two amiibos and will be the only way to acquire the Isabelle and Digby amiibos. Digby will be even more exclusive as he is only available with the launch copy of the game. Some of the games puzzles and game modes were also showcased. 

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Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon

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This game will release on November 20th and feature every single known Pokemon.  The new connection orb will allow you to send and receive rescue requests. The game will also come with a free theme for your 3DS.

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Splatoon

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Nintendo has done well keeping this seasons sleeper hit stocked with new content. This was the largest update to a previously released game announced.

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  • A Nintendo treehouse tournament is also planned for next year. There are also player tournament modes in development.
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Super Mario Maker

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A new portal site was announced that will allow you to search for particular levels on your PC or mobile device. Search for the type of level you wish to play or bookmark one you find while browsing. 

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The Legend of Zelda Tri-Force Heroes.

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A free update is being developed that will add the Den of Trials areas. Unlike normal dungeons where there might be 4 challenges, these levels will have an overwhelming amount at 30 plus! Did we mention that you and your team must defeat every single enemy in a stage to move on to the next one. But don't be discouraged; the den has checkpoints littered throughout to help you make it a little further.

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New outfits are also planned: Linebeck's Uniform, which will let you see inside of chest before opening them, and The Fierce Deity Armor, which will make your sword fire off beams in four different directions.

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These are both free updates that will release on December 2nd.

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Zelda Wii U

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New gameplay footage for this tittle was shown after the reveal of Twilight Princes HD. The new WolfLink amiibo will have an effect when used with this game.

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The release window was not updated and the game is still slated for a Wii U release sometime in 2016.

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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD

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After a weeks of speculation and rumor, Twilight  Princess HD received an official announcement. The first announcement of the event included enhanced visuals, a new wolf Link amiibo, and other enhanced features. This will be a fun experience even for those who have played this classic a few times. The game will also be compatible with other amiibos from the smash series. Twilight Princess HD releases March 4th 2016. Preorder now to receive the official soundtrack for free.

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Did you miss the Nintendo Direct event? Here's a recap of all that was announced earlier this week. Everything Nintendo has planned through early 2016 now has a release date. If you're a Nintendo fan, there is much to celebrate.

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The Nexus Beckons: Heroes of the Storm(TM) Open Beta Now Live! https://www.gameskinny.com/xu583/the-nexus-beckons-heroes-of-the-stormtm-open-beta-now-live https://www.gameskinny.com/xu583/the-nexus-beckons-heroes-of-the-stormtm-open-beta-now-live Tue, 19 May 2015 20:10:09 -0400 PR Newswire

SHANGHAI, May 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- It's time to rally your fellow heroes and let the battles begin! Blizzard Entertainment Inc. and NetEase Inc. today jointly announced that the Nexus portal is wide open to heroes everywhere, as open beta testing for Heroes of the Storm, its brand-new free-to-play online team brawler for Windows PC, is now live in China. Heroes of the Storm brings together a diverse cast of iconic characters from Blizzard's far-flung realms of science fiction and fantasy, including the Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo universes, to compete in epic, adrenaline-charged battles.

Players can download the game and start playing immediatelyhead over to the official Heroes of the Storm website to get started.

"We're thrilled to finally open the Nexus to everyone," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "We've built Heroes of the Storm to be very fun and easy to pick up, with lots of variety and strategic depth through the different characters and battlegrounds. We can't wait to see the action unfold as new players join in and take 20 years' worth of Blizzard heroes and villains into battle."

"We're excited to see the all-star lineup from every one of Blizzard's franchises meet up in Heroes of the Storm," said William Ding, CEO and founder of NetEase. "Blizzard has had a huge influence on Chinese players and the local market over the past two decades. The NetEase team is thrilled to bring its fifth Blizzard game series to China, and we will continue to work closely with Blizzard to deliver the best experience possible."

Heroes of the Storm officially launches around the world on June 3 with a starting roster of more than 35 Heroes and 7 dynamic Battlegrounds, each with unique challenges to overcomeand even more Heroes and Battlegrounds are on the way. Players can customize their Heroes with a variety of skins to suit their style, as well as switch between a stable of special mounts that help them cover ground on the battlefield more quickly. The gamefeatures gameplay modes for players of every skill level, including "Cooperative", in which players team up against computer-controlled opponents, and "Quick Match", an accessible way to jump in and play others. Experienced players can also join forces against other teams of players in highly competitive, draft-style ranked play.

In addition to the simplified Chinese version, Heroes of the Storm is available fully localized into English, Korean, Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Polish, European Spanish, Russian and traditional Chinese.

To celebrate the launch of Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard Entertainment and NetEase will jointly hold a live-streamed prelaunch event on May 31. The event will feature a special celebrity show match, including Warcraft III stars Grubby and Sky, StarCraft superstar Bisu, interviews with members of the Heroes of the Storm development team and other guests from the world of gaming, as well as the kickoff match of Heroes ProLeague Final 16 competitions. The celebration event will be streamed at the official website of Heroes ProLeague - http://gold.163.com/live-stream. Further information will be made available as the event draws closer.

In addition to the China prelaunch event, the Heroes of the Storm global launch celebration will take place in London, UK, on the evening of June 1, and will also feature an epic live stream for players to tune into from around the world. Keep an eye on the official Heroes of the Storm site for further details.

About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

Best known for blockbuster hits includingWorld of Warcraftand theWarcraft,StarCraft, and Diablofranchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry's most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment's track record includes nineteen #1 games*and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company's online-gaming service, Battle.net, is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players.

*Sales and/or downloads. Based on internal company records and reports from key distribution partners.

About NetEase, Inc.

NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES) is a leading Internet technology company in China. Dedicated to providing online services centered around content, community, communication and commerce, NetEase develops and operates some of China's most successful online PC and mobile games, advertising services, e-mail services and e-commerce platforms. In partnership with Blizzard Entertainment, NetEase operates some of the most popular international online games in China, including World of Warcraft, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, StarCraftII, Heroes of the Stormand Diablo III: Reaper of Souls.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements: Information in this press release that involves Blizzard Entertainment's and NetEase's expectations, plans, intentions or strategies regarding the future are forward-looking statements that are not facts and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Blizzard Entertainment and NetEase generally use words such as "outlook," "will," "could," "would," "might," "remains," "to be," "plans," "believes," "may," "expects," "intends," "anticipates," "estimate," "future," "plan," "positioned," "potential," "project," "remain," "scheduled," "set to," "subject to," "upcoming" and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause Blizzard Entertainment's and/or NetEase's actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements set forth in this release include, but are not limited to, sales levels of Blizzard Entertainment's titles generally, the popularity of Heroes of the Storm among Chinese players and the effect of future expansion sets on the game, shifts in consumer spending trends, the impact of the current macroeconomic environment, the seasonal and cyclical nature of the interactive game market, the risk that Shanghai EaseNet will not be able to operate Diablo III, Heroes of the Storm, StarCraft II, World of Warcraft, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft or other games licensed by it from Blizzard Entertainment for a period of time or permanently due to possible governmental actions, the risk that Shanghai EaseNet or NetEase will be subject to penalties or operating restrictions imposed by governmental authorities in the PRC resulting from the operations of their online games, including suspension of their Internet service or other penalties, the risk that changes in Chinese government regulation of the online game market may limit future growth of Blizzard's or NetEase's revenue in China or cause revenue to decline; industry competition and competition from other forms of entertainment, rapid changes in technology, industry standards and consumer preferences, including interest in specific genres such as real-time strategy, actionrole-playing and massively multiplayer online games, protection of proprietary rights, litigation against Blizzard Entertainment and/or NetEase, maintenance of relationships with key personnel, customers, licensees, licensors, vendors and third-party developers, including the ability to attract, retain and develop key personnel and developers who can create high quality "hit" titles, counterparty risks relating to customers, licensees, licensors and manufacturers, domestic and international economic, financial and political conditions and policies, foreign exchange rates and tax rates, and the identification of suitable future acquisition opportunities, and the other factors identified in the risk factors section of Activision Blizzard's most recent annual report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and of NetEase's most recent annual report on Form 20-F and other filings and submissions with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon information available to Blizzard Entertainment, Activision Blizzard and NetEase, as the case may be, as of the date of this release, and none of such parties assumes any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements believed to be true when made may ultimately prove to be incorrect. These statements are not guarantees of the future performance of Blizzard Entertainment, Activision Blizzard or NetEase and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond their respective control and may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations.

For further information contact:

Rob Hilburger
Vice President, Global Communications
Blizzard Entertainment
(+1) 949-242-8404
rhilburger@blizzard.com

Roger Sun
Public Relations Director
BlizzardChina
(+86) 21-3133 0700
rsun@blizzard.com

Cassia Curran
NetEase, Inc.
(+86) 571-8985-2076
cassia@corp.netease.com

Brandi Piacente
NetEase Investor Relations
(+1) 212-481-2050
brandi@corp.netease.com

SOURCE NetEase, Inc.

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PlayStation4 (PS4) to Add Anticipated Features and Social Enhancements https://www.gameskinny.com/rujna/playstation4-ps4-to-add-anticipated-features-and-social-enhancements https://www.gameskinny.com/rujna/playstation4-ps4-to-add-anticipated-features-and-social-enhancements Wed, 25 Mar 2015 05:23:27 -0400 PR Newswire

SAN MATEO, Calif., March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) today announced it will release system software update version 2.50, codenamed "Yukimura," for the PlayStation4 (PS4) system on March 26, bringing highly-anticipated and requested features to the system. These forward-looking updates include the Suspend/Resume feature, which enables gamers to jump in and out of their games quickly and pick up where they left off.In addition, the PS4 system will add to its already robust set of social tools by making it easier than ever to connect gamers together, furthering its position as the best place to play with friends.

"With more than 20 million PlayStation 4 systems worldwide, PlayStation gamers are the foundation for our success.We are constantly listening to feedback from our growing community regarding improvements to make their PlayStation experience even better," said John Koller, vice-president of platforms marketing. "We continue to focus on making PS4 the best place to play with friends. That's why we're delivering features like Facebook Friend Finder, Suspend/Resume to get into gaming quicker, a more streamlined Party and friending process, and new ways for users to see what their friends are playing so they can immediately get in and game together."

Highlights coming to the PS4 system with "Yukimura" include:

Jump Back Into Games Faster with Suspend/Resume*
Suspend/Resume, which will be supported by nearly all PS4 titles, will allow PS4 owners to spend less time waiting for games to load and more time playing. Gamers will be able to suspend their game by putting their PS4 system into Rest Mode, and then quickly resume the game where they left off by pressing the PlayStation button on the DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller, which wakes their system.

Back-Up and Restore Hard Disc Drive to External USB Drive
"Yukimura" allows PS4 owners to back-up and restore the hard disc to and from an external USB drive.Hard disc drive data includes settings, saved data, screenshots and video clips as well as games, patches and download data.

Find and Connect with Friends
PS4 owners will now be able to search for Facebook friends with their linked account. Friend requests and Real Name requests can be sent together in one step when adding a friend on the PS4 system.The update will allow users to easily view what their friends are playing by adding a "Friends Who Play This" section on each game detail page, while also highlighting which friends are currently online and playing it.The process to create a Party has also been streamlined with a reduction in the number of steps required. Additionally, the What's New section will now feature a section where users can see what their friends are currently playing enabling them to join in the game if they own it or find out more on PlayStationStore.

Share Your Earned Trophies and Trophy List Enhancements
PS4 owners have been sharing their most impressive gaming moments since the launch of the system, and with "Yukimura," a screenshot will automatically be captured when a Trophy is earned, making it easy for users to share their favorite gaming moments with their friends. The update will also make it easy for players to share Trophy information to Facebook, Twitter or via Message by pressing the SHARE button. Additionally, users will now be able to sort their Trophy list by "Earned Date," "Not Earned," and "Grade," as well as the option to remove games from the Trophy list that have zero percent completion.

Improved and Expanded Accessibility Options
"Yukimura" introduces new options to customize the user experience with the PS4 system, making it easier for gamers with impaired vision and limited manual dexterity to play. Customized button assignments for DUALSHOCK 4 and a zoom feature for displayed pictures and inverted colors will be available for all system functions, apps and games. Text-to-speech and enlarged text will be available across the graphical user interface, including Message and Party, and enlarged text will also be enabled for use in the system's browser.Bolder fonts and higher contrast UI will be available for all system applications but will not apply to games or third-party applications.

Additional features and updates introduced with "Yukimura" include:

  • Remote Play and Share Play**: For games that support 60 fps, users will be able to stream those games with 60 fps for both Remote Play and Share Play on supported devices.
  • Automatic Installation for System Software Updates: Users will be able to automatically install future system software updates.
  • Sub-Account Upgrade: Users 18 years of age or older with sub-accounts will be able to upgrade to a master account directly on the PS4 system, removing restrictions on chat and enabling users to add funds to their Wallet, purchase content and more.
  • Verified Accounts: Verified accounts for game industry professionals, including developers, producers, designers and community managers will appear with a badge.
  • Dailymotion.com: Players will have the ability to upload video clips directly to Dailymotion via the SHARE button.

The PlayStationVita system and PlayStation App for smartphones and tablets will also receive system software updates with the same timing as "Yukimura," adding complementary features to those added to the PS4 system with the update. PS Vita update version 3.50 and PlayStation App update version 2.50 will add new accessibility options, including enlarge text, increase contrast and more. This update also enables PS Vita systems to support 60 fps streaming for Remote Play**.

For more information, including the full list of features added to the PlayStation 4 system, PlayStation Vita system and PlayStation App, please visit: www.us.playstation.com.

About Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC
Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) has revolutionized home entertainment since the first PlayStation console launched in 1995 in the United States, followed by the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system launch in 2000. SCEA continued to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with the PSP (PlayStationPortable) handheld entertainment system, the PlayStation3 (PS3) computer entertainment system, PlayStationNetwork, PlayStationVita (PS Vita) handheld entertainment system, and the PlayStation4 (PS4) computer entertainment system. Recognized as an undisputed industry leader, SCEA markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for PS3, PS Vita, and PS4 systems in North and South America. Based in San Mateo, California, SCEA serves as headquarters for all North and South American operations.
*Suspend/Resume is not fully supported by some software titles.
**A sufficiently robust wi-fi connection is required.

"PlayStation" and "DUALSHOCK" are registered trademarks and "PS4" is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. The Sony Computer Entertainment logo is a registered trademark and "SONY" is a trademark of Sony Corporation.

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The Osheaga Music and Arts Festival launches a mobile app game "The Road to Osheaga" to share their 2015 lineup https://www.gameskinny.com/sub3o/the-osheaga-music-and-arts-festival-launches-a-mobile-app-game-the-road-to-osheaga-to-share-their-2015-lineup https://www.gameskinny.com/sub3o/the-osheaga-music-and-arts-festival-launches-a-mobile-app-game-the-road-to-osheaga-to-share-their-2015-lineup Wed, 18 Mar 2015 17:49:41 -0400 PR Newswire

Developed by the Montreal firm Behaviour Interactive, "The Road to Osheaga" powered by Virgin Mobile celebratesthe Festival's 10th anniversary

MONTREAL, March 18, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Virgin Mobile presents Osheaga Music and Arts Festival, in collaboration with Molson Canadian, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this summer from July 31 to August 2, and innovates once again with The Road to Osheaga powered by Virgin Mobile. Fans can use their iPhones, iPad or other smartphone or tablet to download the free append to learn about this year's lineup.

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Initiated by evenko, creator and manager of Osheaga, the largest music and arts festival in Canada, The Road to Osheaga powered by Virgin Mobile will provide fans a fun and innovative way to discover the names of nearly 80 artists and groups who will participate in the festival's 2015 edition before the official announcement and on sale on March 24 at noon!

Developed by Behaviour Interactive, a Montreal firm and video game industry leader, "The Road to Osheaga" is an endless driver game in which Oshee and Aga, the Festival's mascots, drive through the city's streets behind the wheel of their convertible on their way to Osheaga 2015. By avoiding obstacles along the way, Oshee and Aga earn bonus "10th anniversary cake" points that will unlock a brief audio clip by the various groups and artists in attendance at Parc Jean-Drapeau this summer.

"The Osheaga team is very proud to be the first festival in North America to give such a gift to our fans to celebrate our 10th anniversary. With this game, fans can hear the music while discovering the artists and bands on the lineup, which is added value to their experience. We are glad to have found an original and fun way to bring together the world of arts and music with the gaming world, two complementary areas that are constantly making headlines and promoting the city of Montreal," said Nick Farkas, Vice-President, Concerts and Events at evenko.

This immersive experience has some surprises for the best drivers. Members of the Top 10 will be eligible for a draw of passes to attend the festival this year. The highest scorer will be crowned champion and will receive the Grand Prize which includes two Gold Passes, a 3 night stay in one of Osheaga's official accommodations and travel to Montreal from anywhere in the world!

This initiative by Osheaga's organisers, whose innovative efforts and pursuit of excellence have made the event's international reputation, is a "high five" to the faithful music and arts fans who have contributed to the Festival's incredible success for the last 10 years.

"The Road to Osheaga" powered by Virgin Mobile is available on iOS today for free download from the App Store on iPhone and iPad or at www.AppStore.com.

"The Road to Osheaga" powered by Virgin Mobilewill be available on Google Play for Android operating systems on March 19th at noon.

For more information: www.osheaga.com

To get photos and videos of the game, click here: https://cloud.evenko.ca/fl/2IModGNU2S

The 10th anniversary edition of Osheaga Music and Arts Festival will take place at Parc-Jean-Drapeau from July 31 to August 2, 2015.

About Osheaga Music and Arts Festival :

Since 2006, Virgin Mobile presents Osheaga Music and Arts festival in collaboration with Molson Canadian has established itself as the most important festival of its genre in Canada. With its numerous outdoor stages located at parc Jean-Drapeau on Montreal's Saint Helen's Island, Osheaga attracted 135 000 music lovers from North America and Europe last year. A huge celebration dedicated to music and visual arts, Osheaga has given itself the objective of discovering local and national emerging talent offering them the opportunity to play alongside some of the biggest international artists in the business including: Coldplay, The Killers, Iggy & The Stooges, Sonic Youth, The Roots, Rufus Wainwright, Arcade Fire, Eminem, Beck, Mumford and Sons, The Black Keys, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, The Cure and Jack White as well as up and coming artists such as The Stills, Coeur de pirate, Hey Rosetta!, The Barr Brothers et Half Moon Run. Over the course of several days, approximately 100 bands will take to the various stages at parc Jean-Drapeau and across the city in the festive ambiance that only a Montreal summer can provide. Osheaga also holds a series of concerts and exhibitions in several locations around the city during the week leading up to the main event. For its10th edition, the Osheaga Music and Arts festival, promises an exhilarating experience and many surprises! Osheaga is produced and presented by evenko.

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Kurio Teams Up With YouTube Kids App https://www.gameskinny.com/fnax3/kurio-teams-up-with-youtube-kids-app https://www.gameskinny.com/fnax3/kurio-teams-up-with-youtube-kids-app Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:39:13 -0400 PR Newswire

MESA, Ariz., March 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --KD Interactive, makers of the best-selling Kurio line of Android devices built for kids, and YouTube, a subsidiary of Google, announce a partnership whereby all new Kurio tablets sold in the United States will come preloaded with the new YouTube Kids app. Existing Kurio users can now find the YouTube Kids app in the Content Management section of their parent owner account and easily add it to any child profile.

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"Kids love watching videos on YouTube, but as with access to any online content, parents need to make sure that the content their kids encounter is child-appropriate," said Don Light, President, KD Group North America. "Thanks to the new YouTube Kids app, kids have access to a vast selection of videos on a wide range of topics, all of which are family-friendly and Kurio approved."

The YouTube Kids app is easy to navigate and packed full of age-appropriate videos, channels and playlists. It features popular children's programming, plus kid-friendly content from filmmakers, teachers and creators all around the world. Parents can rest easier knowing that videos in the YouTube Kids app are narrowed down to ensure that only relevant and appropriate content for kids is shown.

The first Kurio tablet was introduced in fall of 2012. Kurio Xtreme, a 7-inch Wi-Fi enabled Android 4.4. kid tablet, is the current model available.

In addition to the YouTube Kids app, Kurio Xtreme comes fully loaded with more than $300 worth of free premium content for out-of-the-box play, including more than 10 exclusive Kurio Motion body-controlled games. Thousands of more kid-safe apps can be accessed through the curated Kurio Store or parents can choose age-appropriate content from the millions of apps available through Google Play.

Kurio kid devices feature the proprietary Kurio Genius Internet filter for safe web browsing and the most comprehensive parental controls. Additional Kurio Xtreme features include: 24/7 customer care (live chat right from the tablet and techs can even take over the tablet remotely); app management by category; advanced time controls; an Intel Atom processor; Bluetooth technology and 16 GB of internal memory (expandable with Micro SD Card).

For more information, visit the Official YouTube blog or www.KurioWorld.com.

About KD Interactive
KD Interactive, a division of KD Group, is made up of an international team of specialists, including engineers, educators and scientists to ensure the highest possible quality of products for children. The company works to introduce the latest, most advanced methods and resources of educational technology into platforms aimed at children ages 2 to 14. KD Interactive delivers a true high-tech device with the necessary software applications to captivate both toddlers and older children alike. For more information, visit www.kd-interactive.com.

Media Contact:


For KD Interactive

For YouTube

Linda Krebs, LKPR, Inc.

Kelly Galvin

LK@LKPublicRelations.com

press@google.com

646-484-4539


646-824-5186 (mobile)


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PlayStation 4 to Outperform Xbox One by 40 Percent by 2019, says Strategy Analytics https://www.gameskinny.com/nk9ur/playstation-4-to-outperform-xbox-one-by-40-percent-by-2019-says-strategy-analytics https://www.gameskinny.com/nk9ur/playstation-4-to-outperform-xbox-one-by-40-percent-by-2019-says-strategy-analytics Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:17:02 -0500 PR Newswire

BOSTON, Feb. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- With the PlayStation 4 (PS4), Sony is on a path to reproduce the success of the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo Wii, having shipped 18.5 million units in its first year as total Game Console shipments grew 11 percent year-on-year in 2014 to 34 million units. According to Strategy Analytics' Connected Home Devices (CHD) report, "Year One Shipments Show Strength of Console Gaming," the global installed base of Sony's PS4 is predicted to reach 80 million units by 2019, compared to 57 million for Microsoft's Xbox One, giving the PS4 a lead of 40 percent.

Click here for report: http://www.strategyanalytics.com/default.aspx?mod=reportabstractviewer&a0=10608

  • Sony shipped 18.5 million PlayStation 4 units, far outpacing the 10.5 million units shipped in the first year of PS3 availability, nearly matching the 20.1 million units PS2 shipped during the same period of time.
  • Microsoft shipped 12.4 million Xbox One units, cruising past the 10.4 million Xbox 360 units shipped in its first year, but mirroring some of the difficulties of the PS3 launch, such as a high price point.
  • The struggling Nintendo Wii U is following in the footsteps of the GameCube, having shipped only 5.9 million units in its first year of availability, but appears to be staging a modest comeback with the release of several key first-party titles.

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Quotes:

Eric Smith, Senior Analyst, Connected Home Devices, said, "Despite reports to the contrary, the Game Console market is not dead. Core gamers have moved faster to this current generation than in any previous generation. The main difference in this generation is that casual gamers who bought a Wii are remaining largely on the side lines as free-to-play casual games and mid-core games on Tablets and Smartphones have captured this segment of consumers."

Michael Goodman, Service Director, Digital Media Strategies, added, "Strong Year One shipments and a quickly growing installed base for PS4 and Xbox One are proving that Game Consoles are still an essential part of the ecosystem. While cloud gaming may appear to obviate the need for expensive hardware at first blush, the more likely scenario will be an enhancement to hardware allowing for very powerful current generation game rendering locally and backward compatibility to large game libraries in the cloud."

About Strategy Analytics

Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides the competitive edge with advisory services, consulting and actionable market intelligence for emerging technology, mobile and wireless, digital consumer and automotive electronics companies. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Strategy Analytics delivers insights for enterprise success. www.StrategyAnalytics.com

US Contact: Eric Smith, +1 617 614 0752, esmith@strategyanalytics.com

Co-author: Michael Goodman, +1 617 614 0769, mgoodman@strategyanalytics.com

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Gratuitous Space Battles 2 Preview https://www.gameskinny.com/9on0a/gratuitous-space-battles-2-preview https://www.gameskinny.com/9on0a/gratuitous-space-battles-2-preview Fri, 13 Feb 2015 05:47:15 -0500 Stephen F. Johnston

Gratuitous Space Battles II is the sequel to Gratuitous Space Battles, in case that wasn't obvious. The quirky, unique space battle game returns in the second installment with upgraded features such as online play, modding, visual upgrades, and visual customization options while maintaining the core explode-y space battle gameplay that made the original so much fun.

The version I am playing is only in beta, so I'm not doing an official review quite yet. 

Gratuitous Space Battles II focuses on huge space battles with ships that the player creates from parts won through encounters. At times, GSB2 feels like an RTS, but it's more of an "automaton strategy game." The goal is to win each engagement with the smallest fleet possible. The player creates the formations, picks the styles and types of ships to use and gives the units general orders, but the player has no direct control during the battle. The battle plays out completely hands off. The UI does give you the ability to move around, zoom in and out, and to speed up time as well as to view ship performance data during the battle.  

Fleet Construction is Key

Ships range in size from fighters to dreadnaughts in a typical naval style: bigger equals more guns and more armor. Each gun, engine, armor, and other items you add takes up resources on the ship in some combination of power, crew, and hardpoints. The player is primarily tasked with maximizing these values for each ship in a way that compliments the other ships in their fleet while maximizing damage-dealing potential.

Gunships

In a typical engagement you evaluate the types of ships the enemy is fielding, then place your fleet down, then run the battle. Then you either win or evaluate why your fleet didn't succeed. You move forward in the engagements if you win or adjust your fleet if you lose. Shipbuilding is its own minigame and each battle you win gives you honor points that can be spent on better items for your ships. You do have to beat your previous score on a mission to get more honor points (this keeps you from farming the easier early missions). 

Ship Building - A Game in Itself

Shipbuilding is the process of balancing crew requirements, power availability and hull limitations to create a ship design that compliments your other designs and also holds its own. During the preview, I've spent an hour sending a single dreadnaught against an entire mission until I was able to maximize its solo survivability and damage output. This was with my goal of creating a dreadnaught that could act as the central nucleus of other more specific ship types. Someone else might create three variations of dreadnaught and then compliment them with other frigates. In the below

Someone else might create 3 variations of dreadnaught and then compliment them with other frigates. In the below images you can see the wide variety of ship sizes and visuals.

The Massive Dreadnaught

Another new feature is GSB2 is the ability to paint your ships. This new ability takes fleet customization in a visuals only direction that adds to the overhaul of visual capabilities the game provides. I'm confident that there are two types of gamers: those who will fly completely unpainted ships (possibly forever) and those who will spend hours attending to every visual detail.

Ship Painting: Woot!

In summary, this game is a quirky gem built by one developer, and the UI at times could use some polish since there seems to be quite a few unnecessary clicks. The game has depth, but is laser focused on the spaces battles and their visuals.

There is plenty of gameplay here, but GSB2 epitomizes the indie development scene in mostly good ways, but also the quirks. The result is a unique and quirky game, but if this sort of thing hooks you then you'll love it. You can get the beta when you pre-order the game. If a beta isn't your thing, wait for our full review after the game is released.

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THIRTEEN's Award-Winning History Game Series Mission US Launches Its Fourth Virtual Adventure for Teens https://www.gameskinny.com/nijsb/thirteens-award-winning-history-game-series-mission-us-launches-its-fourth-virtual-adventure-for-teens https://www.gameskinny.com/nijsb/thirteens-award-winning-history-game-series-mission-us-launches-its-fourth-virtual-adventure-for-teens Thu, 12 Feb 2015 05:14:29 -0500 PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Feb. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- THIRTEEN announces the launch of "City of Immigrants," the fourth interactive experience in the award-winning Mission US series of free, digital role-playing games created to engage middle and high school students in the exploration and understanding of U.S. history.

"City of Immigrants" debuts on February 11, 2015 and supports the study of immigration, the labor movement, and cultural identity in the American History curriculum. Players take on the role of Lena Brodsky, a Russian Jewish teen who has recently immigrated to New York City in 1907. As Lena makes the Lower East Side her home, she struggles to help support her family and finds herself in the middle of the growing labor movement.

"Mission US is part of the digital transformation sweeping the educational landscape, giving students new and powerful ways to explore historical and cultural issues. Through the four role-playing games, young people can explore history in an engaging and personalized way, making it memorable and meaningful," said Neal Shapiro, president and CEO of WNET.

As young people play "City of Immigrants," they gain important insights into the struggle for safe working conditions, fair wages, and the right to bargain collectively. At the same time, they experience the challenges of cultural differences, assimilation, and prejudice. Players will interact with a variety of characters, from factory supervisors to family and religious leaders, who all had roles in creating America's labor movement and strong communities in New York. As they assume the role of Lena, players must decide: Does she dare speak up and stand up for workers' rights? Can she continue to support her family? Players will make choices and experience the consequences of those choices the same choices immigrants grappled with as they made their way in the "land of opportunity."

The content for "City of Immigrants" was developed by a team of historians and educators at the American Social History Project (ASHP)/Center for Media & Learning, a research center at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, in partnership with the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, which consulted on historical content for the game and development of educators materials. The Museum building and its artifacts also served as models for design of the game's locations, costumes, and props. THIRTEEN worked with Electric Funstuff, an educational software company that specializes in using gaming approaches and multimedia techniques to create effective learning experiences, to design, develop, and produce the game. Formative research was conducted by Education Development Center's Center for Children and Technology.

Accompanying curriculum activities and rich supplemental resources including maps, personal narratives, cultural artifacts and more will help students understand the historical context of the period. Educators and players at home can access Mission US "City of Immigrants" via streaming and download at mission-us.org.

The Mission US series of role-playing games engage young people in the exploration, discovery, and understanding of U.S. history. Research has shown that, by assuming the roles of peers from the past, students develop a more personal, memorable, and meaningful connection with complex historical content and context. The first game in the series, "For Crown or Colony?" puts players in the role of a 14-year-old printer's apprentice in 1770 Boston. "Flight to Freedom," the second in the series, gives students an unforgettable experience as a 14-year-old enslaved young woman who escapes to the North in 1848. In "A Cheyenne Odyssey" students "live the life" of Little Fox, a fictional member of the Northern Cheyenne tribe, who must learn to adapt to all the impacts of westward expansion in 1866. A fifth mission about the challenges of the Great Depression is currently in development.

For educators, each Mission US game includes a collection of educator-developed resources. These materials, like the games themselves, are available at no cost and include document-based questions, primary sources, class activities, vocabulary builders, standards alignments, writing prompts and visual aids. Professional development videos help teachers integrate the games into the curriculum successfully.

Mission USnow proudly serves more than 950,000 registered users, including 860,000 young people and 42,000 teachers. It is part of a larger initiative by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) under its American History and Civics Initiative to evaluate the potential benefits of digital history games for student learning.

Mission US has earned a Parents' Choice Award, Common Sense Media ON for Learning Award, a Gold Medal from the International Serious Play Awards, and a Webby Award Official Honoree designation. "A Cheyenne Odyssey"received the 2014 Games for Change Award for Most Significant Impact. "Flight to Freedom"won the 2013 Japan Prize Competition, honoring the best in educational media.

Mission US is produced by THIRTEEN Productions LLC in association with WNET. Sandra Sheppard THIRTEEN's director of children's and educational media, is the executive-in charge. Jill Peters is executive producer. Michelle Chen is producer. Funding for Mission US is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting with additional support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Educational outreach support is provided by The Page & Otto Marx, Jr. Foundation and Atran Foundation.

About WNET
As New York's flagship public media provider and the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to more than 5 million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, PBS NewsHour Weekend, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children's programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online. Pioneers in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life in the classroom and at home. WNET highlights the tri-state's unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams and MetroFocus, the multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region. WNET is also a leader in connecting with viewers on emerging platforms, including the THIRTEEN Explore App where users can stream PBS content for free.

About the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting.It helps support the operation of more than 1,400 locally-owned and operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television, and related online services.

About the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation.Because democracy demands wisdom, NEH serves and strengthens our republic by promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans.

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Game Developer Giving Back to Schools Across the Country with Contest Giveaway https://www.gameskinny.com/n943p/game-developer-giving-back-to-schools-across-the-country-with-contest-giveaway https://www.gameskinny.com/n943p/game-developer-giving-back-to-schools-across-the-country-with-contest-giveaway Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:29:15 -0500 PR Newswire

SEATTLE, Jan. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --CarQuiz Math Game is the talk of the internet: parents rave, the project was featured on Cult of Mac, and their Kickstarter is 75% funded. Now Smile More Studios wants to engage classrooms. Kids can win up to 100 copies of CarQuiz Math Game, the iPad edutainment title, for their school.

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Many children struggle with math. Some may even find it scary. Smile More Studios wants to challenge those who dislike math to imagine math as a monster, draw that monster and release it in to the wild!

"Don't like math? Do you tremble when you see a math equation? Release your fear of math and draw! From Jan 25 to Feb 25, 2015, Smile More Studios is holding a CONTEST to see who can create the scariest math monster! Draw the monster that you think of when you think of math, and you could win up to 100 copies of CarQuiz for your school, a 3d print of your monster or the ultimate reward - the 'I conquered the Math Monster' trophy!"

Parents, have your child draw his or her inner math monster and submit it. Artistry is not required, but bravery is! Smile More Studios will share select drawings and award prizes in several categories. And long after the contest is over, Scott Martin, co-designer of CarQuiz, believes kids will return to the game again and again.

"If a game is fun and challenging to us, while we can also steadily advance, and be awarded for that progress, then we're hooked! Can we apply these same rewards and challenges to learning math? We think it's possible and we've developed a game that we feel can get kids to play again and again."

Hopefully with a few less math monsters roaming the earth!

"The biggest monster we face now as a development team is our final stage of polish and testing. It is also a challenge to get a fan base behind a game not yet available. We are on track with releasing CarQuiz and it is testing very well. We hope the contest will draw attention to the game and help people release their fear of math!"

CarQuiz builds skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. It helps players memorize their number facts, and for parents, helps identify trouble areas with math. Join Smile More Studios on Facebook or Twitter to keep up with the latest game developments.

Contest:
http://www.smilemorestudios.com/mathmonster.htm
Kickstarter Campaign:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/937722637/carquiz-math-game
About Smile More Studios
Smile More Studios is a father/daughter collaboration of Scott and Mariah Martin. They are the developers of the CarQuiz Math Game available in the App Store early 2015.
If you would like more information about this topic, email info@smilemorestudios.com

Contact:
Scott Martin
425-269-2729
Email
www.smilemorestudios.com

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Bethesda Softworks Announces The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited Arriving on Consoles June 9 https://www.gameskinny.com/by9cs/bethesda-softworks-announces-the-elder-scrolls-online-tamriel-unlimited-arriving-on-consoles-june-9 https://www.gameskinny.com/by9cs/bethesda-softworks-announces-the-elder-scrolls-online-tamriel-unlimited-arriving-on-consoles-june-9 Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:36:38 -0500 PR Newswire

ROCKVILLE, Md., Jan. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --Bethesda Softworks, a ZeniMax Media company, today announced that its long awaited, award-winning multiplayer roleplaying game, The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, will release worldwide on June 9, 2015 for the PlayStation4 system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. For the first time in history, players will explore the legendary world of Tamriel with their friends on console. In the latest and biggest Elder Scrolls game ever made, players will be able to adventure alone, quest with friends, or join an army of hundreds in epic player vs. player battles as they explore and discover the secrets of a persistent Tamriel.

We are also pleased to announce that The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited players will no longer be required to pay a monthly game subscription for extended play. Players will make a one-time purchase of the game and can then enjoy hundreds of hours of content without the requirement of a monthly game subscription fee when The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited becomes available on console in June and beginning March 17 for PC/Mac players.

The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited includes all the great gameplay from the original PC/Mac game, plus all the updates and content additions, including the exciting new Justice and Champion systems. All existing PC/Mac game accounts, open or closed, will be updated to the Tamriel Unlimited edition in March and former players will be invited back to the game at that time to experience all that is new in the world. New players will make a one-time purchase of the game and play, without restrictions, for as long as they like without game subscription fees. Tamriel Unlimited will be supported with special, optional downloadable content available for purchase and an in-game Crown Store for convenience and customization items. Regular updates and new gameplay will be offered to all players to enjoy free of additional charges.

In addition, Bethesda will offer ESO Plus to players who wish to pay a single monthly charge for a premium membership service, providing exclusive in-game bonuses, a monthly allotment of crowns to use in the store and access to all DLC game packs while a member. PC/Mac players with active subscriptions on March 17 will be automatically enrolled into ESO Plus and begin enjoying its membership privileges.

"Our fans are our biggest inspiration, and we've listened to their feedback on the entertainment experience they want," said Matt Firor, Game Director of The Elder Scrolls Online. "We know that Elder Scrolls fans want choice when it comes to how they play and how they pay, and that is what they will get. We have made numerous changes to the game over the past year, and are confident this is a game that Elder Scrolls fans will love to play. Players can explore Tamriel with friends, battle creatures, craft, fish, steal, or siege. The choice is theirs. The game offers hundreds of hours of gameplay with unlimited adventures with one single game purchase. We can't wait for everyone, whether they've played before or will be experiencing it for the first time, to begin adventuring in The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited."

For more information on the different ways players will be able to experience The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, please watch our livestream on twitch.tv/zenimaxonlinestudiostoday at 12pm ET or visit: elderscrollsonline.com/faq.

The Elder Scrolls Online, named Best Role Playing Game at E3 2013 by the Game Critics, was released for PC/Mac on April 4, 2014. The previous chapter in this franchise was The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim which was released in November 2011 and enjoyed worldwide critical and commercial success. As the sequel to the 2002 Role-Playing Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, and the2006 Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Skyrim earned hundreds of 'Game of the Year' awards and sold over 20 million copies.

The Elder Scrolls Onlinehas been rated M for Mature by the ESRB. For more information on The Elder Scrolls Online visit http://elderscrollsonline.com.

About ZeniMax Media Inc.
ZeniMax Media is a privately owned media organization headquartered outsideWashington DCwith international publishing offices in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Eindhoven, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Sydney. Through its subsidiaries, ZeniMax Media creates and publishes original interactive entertainment content for consoles, the PC, and handheld/wireless devices. ZeniMax Media divisions include Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, Arkane Studios, Tango Gameworks, MachineGames, Battlecry Studios, ZeniMax Online Studios, ZeniMax Europe Ltd., ZeniMax Asia K.K., ZeniMax Asia Pacific Limited, and ZeniMax Australia Pty Ltd. For more information on ZeniMax Media, visitwww.zenimax.com.

About Bethesda Softworks
Bethesda Softworks, part of the ZeniMax Media Inc. family of companies, is a worldwide publisher of interactive entertainment software. Titles featured under the Bethesda label include such blockbuster franchises asThe Elder Scrolls, DOOM, QUAKE, Fallout, Wolfenstein, Dishonored, Prey and RAGE. For more information on Bethesda Softworks' products, visitwww.bethsoft.com.

About ZeniMax Online Studios
ZeniMax Online Studios, a division of ZeniMax Media Inc., was established to become a leading developer of online games, with special focus on Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Games (MMORPGs). ZeniMax Online Studios is located in Hunt Valley, Maryland. For more information on ZeniMax Online Studios, visit www.zenimaxonline.com.

The Elder Scrolls, Skyrim, Bethesda Game Studios, Dishonored, Arkane, The Evil Within, Tango Gameworks, MachineGames, Battlecry Studios, Prey, Bethesda, Bethesda Softworks, ZeniMax and their related logos are registered trademarks or trademarks of ZeniMax Media Inc. in the United States and/or in other countries. Fallout is a registered trademark or trademark of Bethesda Softworks LLC in the United States and/or in other countries.id, id Software, DOOM, QUAKE, Wolfenstein and RAGEare registered trademarks or trademarks ofid Software LLCin the United States and/or in other countries. "PlayStation" is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. "PS4" is a trademark of the same company. Other product and company names referenced herein may be trademarks of their respective owners. All Rights Reserved.

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PlayStation4 (PS4) Sales Surpass 18.5 Million Units Worldwide https://www.gameskinny.com/6jz35/playstation4-ps4-sales-surpass-185-million-units-worldwide https://www.gameskinny.com/6jz35/playstation4-ps4-sales-surpass-185-million-units-worldwide Mon, 05 Jan 2015 16:57:24 -0500 PR Newswire

TOKYO, Jan. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced that the PlayStation4 (PS4) computer entertainment system has cumulatively sold through more than 18.5 million units*1 worldwide as of January 4, 2015, and that the holiday season*2 retail sales exceeded 4.1 million units*3 globally. PS4 continues to demonstrate the fastest and strongest growth in PlayStation hardware history.

In addition, over 10.9 million users have been taking advantage of the features and benefits of the PlayStationPlus (PS Plus) membership service, as of January 2, 2015. Subscribers have access to a wide variety of features such as "Instant Game Collection," which allows members to play full versions of popular titles from third party developers and publishers, as well as from SCE Worldwide Studios, with no time limits or extra costs. PS4 owners have also been enjoying online multiplayer with PS Plus.

"We are absolutely delighted that so many customers around the globe have continued to select PS4 as their console of choice throughout this holiday season," said Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. "We will continue to reinforce and deliver additional value on PS4 as the best place to play, by bringing even more exciting content and by enriching our wide array of service offerings."

With strong support from users as well as 3rd party developers and publishers worldwide, PS4 software sales also remain strong with more than 81.8 million*1 copies sold in retail stores globally and through digital downloads on PlayStationStore as of January 4, 2015, including 17.8 million*3 sold during the holiday season*2.

The PS4 system's games portfolio will continue to expand with highly anticipated titles such as STREET FIGHTER V (CAPCOM CO., LTD), Batman: Arkham Knight (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment), Bloodborne (SCE Worldwide Studios), The Order: 1886 (SCE WWS), The Tomorrow Children (SCE WWS), Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (SCE WWS) , and Until Dawn (SCE WWS). The independent development community will also continue to deliver innovative new titles for PS4 including The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (The Astronauts), The Witness (Jonathan Blow) and No Man's Sky (Hello Games).*4

SCE will continue to expand the world of PS4 to deliver entertainment experiences that are only possible on PlayStation.

The PS4 system is currently available in 123 countries and regions*5 worldwide.

*1 Number of retail sales to consumers is estimated by SCEI. PS4 sales data in Japan collected 2/22/2014 1/4/2015. PS4 sales data in North America collected 11/15/2013 1/3/2015, in Europe and Latin America collected 11/29/2013 1/3/2015, and in Asia collected 12/17/2013 1/4/2015.
*2 From 11/24/2014 1/4/2015 for Japan and Asia, from 11/23/2014 1/3/2015 for North America, Latin America and Europe territories.
*3 Number of retail sales to consumers is estimated by SCEI. PS4 sales data in Japan collected 11/24/2014 1/4/2015. PS4 sales data in North America, Latin America and Europe collected 11/23/2014 1/3/2015, and in Asia collected 11/24/2014 1/4/2015.
*4 Title line-up as well as the number of titles differ by regions.
*5 Number as of 12/2/14.

About Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
Recognized as a global leader and company responsible for the progression of consumer-based computer entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) manufactures, distributes, develops and markets the PSP (PlayStationPortable) handheld entertainment system, the PlayStation3 (PS3) computer entertainment system, the PlayStationVita (PS Vita) portable entertainment system and the PlayStation4 computer entertainment system. SCEI has revolutionized home entertainment since it launched PlayStation in 1994. PlayStation2 further enhanced the PlayStation legacy as the core of home networked entertainment. PSP broadens the entertainment experiences into the portable arena. PS3 is a computer entertainment system that incorporates the powerful Cell Broadband Engine and RSX processors. PS Vita is an ultimate portable entertainment system that offers a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity. PlayStation4 redefines rich and immersive gameplay with powerful graphics and speed, intelligent personalization and deeply integrated social capabilities. PSNSM, that includes PlayStationStore, delivers unparalleled online gaming experience to PlayStation users. SCEI also delivers the PlayStation experience to open operating systems through PlayStationMobile, a cross device platform. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, SCEI, along with its affiliated companies, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd., and its division company, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia, develops, publishes, markets and distributes hardware and software, and manages the third party licensing programs for these platforms in their respective markets worldwide.

"PlayStation" is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.. "PS4" and "PSN" is a trademark of the same company.
All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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Big Fish, World's Largest Publisher and Distributor of Casual Games, Chooses Canines for Disabled Kids for Impact Award https://www.gameskinny.com/gc53n/big-fish-worlds-largest-publisher-and-distributor-of-casual-games-chooses-canines-for-disabled-kids-for-impact-award https://www.gameskinny.com/gc53n/big-fish-worlds-largest-publisher-and-distributor-of-casual-games-chooses-canines-for-disabled-kids-for-impact-award Thu, 01 Jan 2015 18:16:17 -0500 PR Newswire

OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --The Canines for Disabled Kids organization has been chosen to receive "Big Fish Casino's Impact Award." Each quarter the Big Fish Casino team selects one team member who has made a significant impact on the success of the team and product during that quarter.The selected team member then chooses a charity to receive the "Big Fish Casino Impact Award." The amount of the award is based on the quarterly success of Big Fish Casino, a top ten, top-grossing social mobile casino game and platform.

The second Impact Award to be granted is to the charitable organization, Canines for Disabled Kids.This worthy cause received a donation from Big Fish that represented a percentage of Big Fish Casino's success during the second quarter of 2014. The team member that chose the organization thought that the pairing of disabled children with dogs needed to be supported and believes in the charity's mission of "supporting the creation of child-canineservice teams to promote independence and social awareness."

"Our Impact Award program is good for everyone it helps our employees feel added value for what they do and have achieved in the quarter, and it is good for the communities that the various charities serve," said Carey DiJulio, general manager and vice president of Big Fish Casino. "Canines for Disabled Kids helps not only the children become more independent but also raises awareness for the benefits that service dogs provide to their owners and the community."

At Big Fish, we believe that to play is to live fully, and that everyone deserves to have fun.Our company has delivered fun to millions of people around the world by distributing more than 2.5 billion games to customers in 150 countries. The Big Fish Casino app is Big Fish's most popular game. It combines classic casino favorites slots, craps, blackjack, Texas Hold 'em poker, video poker and roulette -- with non-traditional social game mechanics, such as unique slot mini-games where individual players can trigger bonus rounds and scatters that pay out to the whole group. Big Fish Casino is currently available on all mobile devices, PCs and on Facebook.

About Big Fish

Founded in 2002,Big Fish is the world's largest producer and distributor of casual games, delivering fun to millions of people around the world. Through its mobile and online distribution platforms, Big Fish has distributed more than 2.5 billion games to customers in 150 countries from a growing catalogue of 450+ unique mobile games and 3,500+ unique PC games. After successfully transitioning from a PC-centric to a mobile-centric company, Big Fishhas emerged as a top grossing mobile publisher worldwide with a portfolio that includes the #1 mobile casino game, Big Fish Casino.The company is headquartered in Seattle, WA, with regional offices in Oakland, CA, and Luxembourg.

Contacts:

Susan Lusty
Big Fish, VP of Corporate Communications
Susan.Lusty@bigfishgames.com
206-269-3672

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LG To Introduce World's First 21:9 Gaming Monitor With AMD FreeSync At CES 2015 https://www.gameskinny.com/crxtj/lg-to-introduce-worlds-first-219-gaming-monitor-with-amd-freesync-at-ces-2015 https://www.gameskinny.com/crxtj/lg-to-introduce-worlds-first-219-gaming-monitor-with-amd-freesync-at-ces-2015 Tue, 30 Dec 2014 17:47:44 -0500 PR Newswire

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Dec. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- LG Electronics (LG) today announced plans to introduce the world's first 21:9 "UltraWide" gaming monitor compatible with AMD FreeSync technology for fluid motion during fast gameplay.

The new monitor headlines LG's expanded lineup being unveiled next week at the 2015 International CES and further solidifies the company's leadership in the growing 21:9 segment, which caters to the digital imaging, business professional and gaming markets. Based on IDC's Worldwide Quarterly PC Monitor Tracker, LG is the world sales leader in this monitor segment over the last seven fiscal quarters (as of the third quarter of 2014) with a market share of 77.3 percent of the world's 21:9 monitors.

21:9 UltraWide Gaming Monitor with AMD FreeSync Technology
LG's UltraWide Gaming Monitor (34UM67) is the company's first 21:9 monitor specifically developed for graphics-intensive gaming. AMD's FreeSync technology eliminates the screen tearing that occurs when the monitor and graphics card are out of sync. Furthermore FreeSync technology guarantees the smoothest and most seamless gaming experience, generating fluid motion without any loss of frame rate.

"AMD FreeSync technology is an innovative monitor technology, based on free and open industry standards, to eliminate the tearing and stuttering that has plagued PC gaming for 30 years," said Roy Taylor, corporate vice president of ISV/IHV Partner Group, AMD. "We are pleased that LG Electronics stands with us with truly exciting AMD FreeSync-ready displays like the LG UltraWide Gaming Monitor."

The 34UM67 also has an exceptional UltraWide field of view (FOV), allowing gamers to gain the upper hand by revealing hidden spaces that were invisible on regular 16:9 monitors. The monitor's Black Stabilizer illuminates dark scenes and helps to clearly define the deep black areas where objects and enemies could be hidden. The Dynamic Action Sync mode minimizes input lag, enhancing users' real time gaming experience. Many popular games such as Battlefield 4, World of Warcraft and ArcheAge currently support 21:9 resolution with more games expected to support this resolution in the future.

World's First Curved 34-inch 21:9 Monitor with Extensive Screen
LG's curved 34-inch UltraWide monitor (34UC97) in Quad HD resolution (3440 x 1440) makes maximum use of its wide screen real estate. It allows creative professionals, such as graphic designers or photographers, to look at more images as thumbnails and media creators to see longer video image sequences or graphical representations of sound. The monitor is compatible with Thunderbolt 2, which allows for Mac users to take advantage of its high-speed bulk data transfers. And for gamers, the curved display provides a more immersive experience.

The monitor's 178-degree viewing angle of the In-Plane Switching (IPS) display recreates colors across over 99 percent of the sRGB color space, so there is no color distortion at any angle. The monitor's color accuracy, viewing angle and sRGB color space have been certified by TUV Rheinland and Intertek and also validated by UL.

21:9 Curved UltraWide Multi-Display for Enhanced Productivity
The 21:9 Curved UltraWide Multi-Display (34UC87M) provides various multiple-display set-up options, raising productivity levels for financial professionals, such as stock traders who need to keep track of large amounts of data simultaneously. This monitor can be used as a trading workstation or a large dashboard to display charts, quotes or pending orders on each screen, allowing the user to explore a wider range of opportunities.

Digital Cinema 4K Monitor for Superb Color Management
LG will also showcase the Digital Cinema 4K Monitor (Model 31MU97) featuring 4K resolution (4096 x 2160), with more pixels than standard Ultra HD resolution (3840 x 2160). The 31MU97 shows 4K content as it was meant to be seen with native resolution and it is also well suited for handling Digital Intermediate (DI) processes. With over 99.5 percent Adobe Color Space, it is the ideal monitor for accurate color management.

"LG's premium 21:9 UltraWide monitors are designed with the unique needs of consumers in mind," said In-kyu Lee, senior vice president and head of the TV and monitor division at the LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company. "The industry has come a long way from the days when one display design was thought to be suitable for all users. With the amount of time we spend in front of monitors, these products are no longer one size fits all."

Visitors are encouraged to stop by LG's booth at CES 2015 (Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall #8204) from Jan. 6-9 to see LG's innovative monitor lineup in person.

About LG Electronics, Inc.
LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing 82,000 people working in 119 locations around the world. With 2013 global sales of USD 53.10 billion (KRW 58.14 trillion), LG comprises four business units Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance & Air Solution, and Vehicle Components and is one of the world's leading producers of flat panel TVs, mobile devices, air conditioners, washing machines and refrigerators. LG Electronics is a 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year. For more news and information on LG Electronics, please visit www.LGnewsroom.com.

About LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company
The LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company is a global top player in television, audio video systems, monitors, personal computers, digital signage and commercial displays. The company opened a new era of innovation in the TV market, creating pioneering technologies like OLED TV and implementing an intuitive operating system to allow customers to experience the full benefits of smart TV technology. LG is committed to improving customers lives with innovative home entertainment products led by its award-winning 4K OLED TVs, ULTRA HD TVs and webOS TVs.

About LG Electronics USA
Named 4K Ultra HD Partner for the 2015 International CES, LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a $53 billion global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications, home appliances, air solutions and vehicle components. In the United States, LG Electronics sells a range of stylish and innovative home entertainment products, mobile phones, home appliances, commercial displays, air conditioning systems, LED lighting and solar energy solutions, all under LG's "Life's Good" marketing theme. LG Electronics is a 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year. For more information, please visit www.lg.com.

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EQUESTRIA's Newest Princess Saves the Day in First Ever MY LITTLE PONY Deluxe Storybook App From Hasbro and PlayDate Digital https://www.gameskinny.com/9u64e/equestrias-newest-princess-saves-the-day-in-first-ever-my-little-pony-deluxe-storybook-app-from-hasbro-and-playdate-digital https://www.gameskinny.com/9u64e/equestrias-newest-princess-saves-the-day-in-first-ever-my-little-pony-deluxe-storybook-app-from-hasbro-and-playdate-digital Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:06:28 -0500 PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Dec. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --This holiday season, curl up with your little one and enjoy MY LITTLE PONY: TWILIGHT'S KINGDOM, a deluxe interactive storybook app from PlayDate Digital, under license from Hasbro, Inc. This extended storybook app is based on the two-part Season 4 finale of the animated series MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC, created byHasbro Studiosand currently airing on Discovery Family Channel in the United States.

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Being a princess doesn't come with an instruction manual, but neither does becoming a hero! TWILIGHT SPARKLE, EQUESTRIA's newest princess, is looking for a way to prove herself worthy of the title. To save EQUESTRIA from a villainous centaur, TWILIGHT SPARKLE will need help from her closest pony friends, and a surprise ally, to restore magic to EQUESTRIA and unlock a kingdom fit for a princess. TWILIGHT'S KINGDOM recaps how TWILIGHT SPARKLE's friends earn their keys of friendship and includes 27 pages of television quality animation, as well as the original voice talents of John de Lancie as Discord. PlayDate Digital has saved the best for last this year, serving up a thrilling gift for emerging readers and MY LITTLE PONY fans of all ages.

"TWILIGHT'S KINGDOM is the perfect year-end treat for little ones," said Shaan Kandawalla, PlayDate Digital co-founder. "It is a high-stakes adventure that provides children with valuable lessons, through TWILIGHT SPARKLE's journey, about patience, loyalty, and friendship."

"Discord is definitely a fan favorite, and we're excited to have him make his storybook app debut in this seventh MY LITTLE PONY installment from PlayDate Digital," said Samantha Lomow, SVP Global Brand Strategy and Marketing, Girls & New Brand Franchises at Hasbro, Inc. "And we are thrilled to have John de Lancie as the voice of Discord from our series!"

Product Highlights:

  • The first MY LITTLE PONY deluxe storybook, including the biggest cast of characters to date!
  • Features John de Lancie, the original voice of Discord.
  • Interactive MY LITTLE PONY action and voices on every page.
  • Television quality animation.
  • Read to Me and Read Along modes for every level of early and emerging readers.
  • New and advanced vocabulary highlighted and sounded out throughout the storybook.
  • Includes a Sight Word practice section.

Designed to create Learning Goals:

  • Early and emergent literacy.
  • New vocabulary.
  • Practicing early reading skills.
  • Focusing on reading comprehension.

MY LITTLE PONY: TWILIGHT'S KINGDOM is available for $3.99 in theApp Store on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch or atwww.AppStore.com.

About PlayDate Digital Inc.

PlayDate Digital Inc. is anemergent publisher of high-quality, interactive, mobile educational softwarefor children, designed tonurture children's emerging literacy and creativityskills. Created in collaboration with leading preschool education experts,PlayDate Digital content is built in partnership with some of the world's mosttrusted global brands for kids and developed andpublished for iOS and Androiddevices. More information can be found online atwww.playdatedigital.comor "Like" them onFacebookand follow them on Twitter(@playdatedigital).

About Hasbro

Hasbro, Inc.(NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company dedicated to fulfilling the fundamental need for play for children and families through the creative expression of the Company's world class brand portfolio, including TRANSFORMERS, MONOPOLY, PLAY-DOH, MY LITTLE PONY, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, NERF and LITTLEST PET SHOP. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative play and entertainment experiences, in a variety of forms and formats, anytime and anywhere. The Company'sHasbro Studios isresponsiblefor entertainment brand-driven storytelling around Hasbro brands across television, film, commercial productions and short-form. Through the company's deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." Learn more atwww.hasbro.com and follow us on Twitter (@HasbroNews).

CONTACT:
Allison Katz
Nobl Communications
508-963-9034
akatz@noblcomm.com

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Telltale Games and Mojang announce 'Minecraft: Story Mode - A Telltale Games Series' https://www.gameskinny.com/0ygx0/telltale-games-and-mojang-announce-minecraft-story-mode-a-telltale-games-series https://www.gameskinny.com/0ygx0/telltale-games-and-mojang-announce-minecraft-story-mode-a-telltale-games-series Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:33:08 -0500 PR Newswire

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., and STOCKHOLM, Dec. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Leading and award-winning developer and publisher of digital entertainment Telltale Games, and world-renowned game developer Mojang, today announced that 'Minecraft: Story Mode A Telltale Games Series' isin development and is set to premiere in 2015.

Minecraft: Story Mode will be an all-new narrative-driven, episodic game series, developed by Telltale in collaboration with Mojang and members of the Minecraft community. Set in the world of Minecraft, the game series will introduce new characters and familiar themes, but will be an entirely original Minecraft experience inspired by the game that continues to inspire a generation.

"Partnering with Mojang is a dream come true for us as game makers and as storytellers," saidKevin Bruner, President and Co-Founder of Telltale Games. "Minecraft is a world of infinite possibility and imagination. Working with the Mojang team on our own unique, story-driven interpretation of their fascinating universe is a tremendous honor. We simply cannot wait for fans across the world to take off with us on this new adventure."

Minecraft: Story Mode will be a standalone product, separate from the core Minecraft game, and will be available to download in 2015 on Xbox consoles, PlayStation consoles, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android-based devices.

"People really like the idea of stories about Minecraft, but forcing a narrative into our core game experience would restrict players' freedom to view the world in their own unique ways. Instead, letting them explore an alternate interpretation via Minecraft: Story Mode, driven by the proven might of Telltale, seems like a no-brainer," said Owen Hill, Chief Word Officer at Mojang. "We're big fans of Telltale Games at Mojang, and we can't wait to reveal more details on Story Mode soon."

Minecraft: Story Mode A Telltale Games Series is currently in development, and is not yet rated by the ESRB. The series will be published digitally in 2015 by Telltale Games in partnership with Mojang.

For more information on Telltale Games, visit Facebook and follow @TelltaleGames onTwitter.

For more information on Mojang, visit the official website, follow @Mojang and @Minecraft onTwitter, and like Minecraft onFacebook.

About Mojang

Mojang is a Microsoft owned game studio based in Stockholm, Sweden. We're responsible for the relatively popular video game, Minecraft. More recently, we released Scrolls; it's nothing like Minecraft, but also fun to play. We're also publishing Cobalt, an upcoming game from Oxeye Game Studio; it'll include lots of robots performing slow-mo combat rolls.

About Telltale, Inc.

Telltale is a leading independent developer and publisher of games for every major interactive platform from home consoles and PC to mobile and tablet devices, and is the pioneer of the episodic delivery of digital gaming content. By successfully developing games as an episodic series and frequently releasing in the format a game season, they create longer consumer engagement than traditional games for each release. Founded in 2004 by games industry veterans with decades of experience, Telltale has quickly become an industry leader with numerous honors and awards from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, BAFTA, the IMGA, and more, as well as being named Studio of the Year in 2012, after establishing a model for successful episodic game creation and digital publishing. Telltale's reputation for quality has been established across more than two dozen different product releases over the years with recognition and acclaim from publications like IGN, The New York Times, and Variety, including over 100 "Game of the Year" awards from publications like USA Today, Yahoo! Games, Wired, Spike TV VGAs, E!, Official Xbox Magazine, The Telegraph, Metacritic, and more. Telltale is a fully licensed third party publisher on consoles from Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo, and also publishes games on the PC, Mac, and Apple iOS platforms. For more information visitwww.telltalegames.com.

Press Release 2014 Telltale, Inc.

TELLTALE GAMES CONTACT: Job J. Stauffer // Telltale Games // jstauffer@telltalegames.com

MOJANG CONTACT: Owen Hill // Mojang // owen@mojang.com

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Social and Gaming Platform bitLanders Offers Maximum Privacy and Security with Anonymous Registration https://www.gameskinny.com/06t9i/social-and-gaming-platform-bitlanders-offers-maximum-privacy-and-security-with-anonymous-registration https://www.gameskinny.com/06t9i/social-and-gaming-platform-bitlanders-offers-maximum-privacy-and-security-with-anonymous-registration Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:55:02 -0500 PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Dec. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Social media supremacy and the increasing amount of information shared online every day have raised many privacy and security issues.

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In a world where protecting private data has become essential and necessary, bitLanders has decided to make privacy and security its paramount priority.

bitLanders is launching its new anonymous registration, giving all new users the option to register to its content and gaming platform without giving out their name or email address. Users will only have to choose a nickname and password to join and create a profile, and no personal data will be collected during registration.

This new anonymous registration follows the platform's original initiative to use avatars to represent their users, instead of profile pictures.

On bitLanders.com, users can upload videos and pictures, write blogs and micro-updates, interact with the community, and get rewarded for their content, influence, and social activity. The platform uses its proprietary algorithm, the BuzzScore, to monitor and reward high quality content, and protect the integrity of the websiteand its users.

bitLanders' goal is to give everyone the freedom to express their voice safely and get rewarded for their content. By offering full anonymity, the platform takes one step forward in the respect and protection of personal data and security.

About bitLanders
bitLanders.com is an Influencer's RPG (Role Play Game) designed in Italy and developed in New York City. bitLanders is an Ecosystem with 400,000 influencers who engage 125 million viewers organically with visual media, written content, and native advertising. bitLanders ranks influencers and content creators based on their BuzzScore, a proprietary algorithm that measures the influencers' engagement, content quality, and their reach and influence to bitLanders' larger audience of 125 million users. The currency of bitLanders is Bitcoin, the global digital currency.

bitLanders was launched in 2014 by MTI USA, Inc., the original holding company started in 1995 by Francesco and Tommaso Rulli who immigrated to the United States in the early 1990's. While the original fabric, design and fashion business still operates on 20th Street in New York City, MTI USA, Inc. has evolved into a series of companies at the cutting edge of technology, Bitcoin, philanthropy, fashion, insurance and real estate.

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Jennifer Bourne
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MGT Launches Fantasy Sports Platform on Facebook https://www.gameskinny.com/vwkn0/mgt-launches-fantasy-sports-platform-on-facebook https://www.gameskinny.com/vwkn0/mgt-launches-fantasy-sports-platform-on-facebook Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:53:29 -0500 PR Newswire

HARRISON, N.Y., Dec. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- MGT Capital Investments, Inc. (NYSE: MGT ) is pleased to announce the official launch of Daily Fantasy Legend, a Facebook-based fantasy sports game where players create teams of athletes from the rosters of major professional sports, and then compete in tournaments on a daily basis. Daily fantasy sports for cash prizes is a rapidly growing online gaming experience, more than doubling in size between Q4 2013 and Q4 2014 according to published reports by industry leaders. Daily Fantasy Legend seeks to further capitalize on this popularity by reaching a vast new audience with proven monetization ideas.

The launch by MGT brings the proven success of MGT's fantasy sports model from real money to virtual currency. As a result, it dramatically widens the addressable audience of this gaming phenomenon to include those below 18 years of age, and those with an interest in playing but not ready to take out their credit card. The game is free to play and will be available to anyone aged 13 and up with a Facebook account at http://www.dailyfantasylegend.com.

Exciting features have been added for the Facebook platform as players can challenge friends, create leagues, rise up the leaderboard, and continually unlock ever more exciting contests. The average daily fantasy sports player exhibits a strong level of engagement, spending several hours each week drafting teams and monitoring contest standings. Top Facebook games in the sports category can top 10 million active users per month, roughly 20 times the largest daily fantasy sports sites. Daily Fantasy Legend plans to monetize the site by selling virtual currency to allow players to enter larger, higher stakes contests, and by serving traditional video ads.

"We are already the clear #3 in the space with our cash gaming offering, DraftDay.com, and have twice the variety of contest types as our competition. Merging this expert technology platform with the social power of Facebook opens new doors for potential partners and sponsorships, as well as allowing new players to experience our great technology and have some real fun," stated Robert Ladd, Chief Executive Officer of MGT.

About MGT Capital Investments, Inc.

MGT Capital and its subsidiaries operate social and real money gaming sites online and in the mobile space, including ownership of the 3rd largest daily fantasy sports wagering platform, www.DraftDay.com. The Company also offers games of skill through www.MGTplay.com and social casino games with SlotChamp, and also operates an online portal for fantasy sports news and commentary, www.FantasySportsLive.com. In addition, the Company owns intellectual property relating to slot machines and has asserted its claims via patent infringement lawsuits.

Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. The words or phrases "would be," "will allow," "intends to," "will likely result," "are expected to," "will continue," "is anticipated," "estimate," "project," or similar expressions are intended to identify "forward-looking statements." MGT's financial and operational results reflected above should not be construed by any means as representative of the current or future value of its common stock. All information set forth in this news release, except historical and factual information, represents forward-looking statements. This includes all statements about the Company's plans, beliefs, estimates and expectations. These statements are based on current estimates and projections, which involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include issues related to: rapidly changing technology and evolving standards in the industries in which the Company and its subsidiaries operate; the ability to obtain sufficient funding to continue operations, maintain adequate cash flow, profitably exploit new business, license and sign new agreements; the unpredictable nature of consumer preferences; and other factors set forth in the Company's most recently filed annual report and registration statement. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect management's analysis only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date hereof. Readers should carefully review the risks and uncertainties described in other documents that the Company files from time to time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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'Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series' Season Premiere Now Available For Download https://www.gameskinny.com/vjtyr/game-of-thrones-a-telltale-games-series-season-premiere-now-available-for-download https://www.gameskinny.com/vjtyr/game-of-thrones-a-telltale-games-series-season-premiere-now-available-for-download Tue, 02 Dec 2014 03:17:00 -0500 PR Newswire

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Dec. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading and award-winning developer and publisher of digital entertainment Telltale Games and HBO Global Licensing today announced the release of'Iron From Ice,'the first of six episodes ofGame of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series.

Based on the award-winning HBO television drama series,Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Seriestells the story of House Forrester. Caught up in the events of The War of the Five Kings, they are placed in a precarious position where members of the household must do everything they can to prevent the house from meeting its doom.

The season premiere episode is available today on PC and Mac from the Telltale Online Store, Steam, and other digital distribution services, and on the PlayStationNetwork for PlayStation 4 in North America (SCEA). The episode will be available on Wednesday, December 3rd on the Xbox Games Store for Xbox One and Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, as well as the PlayStationNetwork for PlayStation 4 in European (SCEE) territories. The series will also be coming to compatible iOS devices via the App Store on Thursday, December 4th and to Android-based devices later this month. The premiere will also be coming to PlayStationNetwork for PlayStation 3 in North America (SCEA) and European territories (SCEE) on December 9th. Follow Telltale Games on Twitter and Facebook for the latest details on release dates.

"HBO's Game of Thrones series is absolutely among the best television dramas of our time," said Dan Connors, CEO and co-founder of Telltale Games. "Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series will expand upon a world already epic in scope and detail, giving fans of the franchise an opportunity to forge their own path as they interact with characters they know from the TV show, and new ones from House Forrester and beyond."

Some cast members of the television series will reprise their roles in the game. While players will control five members of House Forrester in their story, the series will have them interacting with fan favorite characters throughout the season, including Tyrion Lannister performed by Peter Dinklage, Cersei Lannister performed by Lena Headey, Margaery Tyrell performed by Natalie Dormer, and Ramsay Snow performed by Iwan Rheon. Additional cast members will appear in later episodes.

The game series is based on the world, characters and events seen in HBO's TV show, which in turn is based on George R. R. Martin's books (A Song of Ice and Fire). The events in the game series begin towards the end of Season Three of the series, and end right before the beginning of Season Five. Players will visit familiar locations such as King's Landing and The Wall, as well as unfamiliar locations such as Ironrath, the home of House Forrester.

"We're always looking for new ways to keep our fans engaged with and immersed in the world of Game of Thrones," said Josh Goodstadt, Vice President of Global Licensing for HBO. "This game is going to open up the story like never before. We're very excited for fans to finally have the chance to play it."

House Forrester is a noble house from the Wolfswood in the north of Westeros. Bannermen to House Glover, they have always offered unswerving loyalty to the ruling great house of the North - the Starks. The Forresters are seated at Ironrath, an imposing stronghold surrounded by towering ironwood trees. Built over fifteen hundred years ago by Cedric Forrester and his triplet sons, Ironrath is a testament to the strength and endurance of ironwood. The Forrester house words are 'Iron from Ice', which echoes their belief that - like the ironwood itself - the adverse conditions and unforgiving landscape of the North only makes them stronger.

The game will be played from five different points of view. Each is either a direct Forrester family member, or a person in service to the House. Scattered across Westeros and Essos, each will play their part in seeking to save House Forrester from destruction.

Playing as five characters not only reflects the epic scope ofGame of Thrones, but is also something that the player needs to be mindful of. The actions of one character can ripple out to affect the rest of House Forrester. Multiply the actions of one character by five, and you're trulyplaying the Game of Thrones... where you win, or you die.

Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series Episode 1: 'Iron from Ice' is rated 'M' (Mature) for Intense Violence, Blood and Gore, and Strong Language by the ESRB. Future content in the series is yet to be rated by the ESRB.

For more information on Telltale Games,visitthe official website,Facebook forGame of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series, and follow Telltale Games on twitter @TelltaleGames.

For more information on Game of Thrones, HBO Global Licensing, and all of their titles, visithttp://www.hbo.com/game-of-thrones,facebook.com/GameofThrones,store.hbo.comand twitter @GameOfThrones.

About HBO Global Licensing

HBO Global Licensing officially licenses the HBO brand for the development and merchandising of innovative product lines inspired by the network's award-winning programming. With products created around hit series like Game of Thrones and True Blood as well as classic series like The Sopranos, Sex and the City, and Entourage, items include fashion apparel, figures, jewelry, digital and CD soundtracks, prop and costume replicas, games, books, and beverages, as well as exclusive, premium collections in partnership with upscale, designer brands. Merchandise can be purchased in retail stores nationwide, at http://store.hbo.com, and at the groundbreaking HBO retail hub, the HBO Shop, located at 42nd and 6th Avenue in New York City. HBO Global Licensing products are also sold internationally across Europe (www.hboshopeu.com), Asia and Australia.

About Telltale, Inc.

Telltale is a leading independent developer and publisher of games for every major interactive platform from home consoles and PC to mobile and tablet devices, and is the pioneer of the episodic delivery of digital gaming content. By successfully developing games as an episodic series and frequently releasing in the format a game season, they create longer consumer engagement than traditional games for each release. Founded in 2004 by games industry veterans with decades of experience, Telltale has quickly become an industry leader with numerous honors and awards from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, BAFTA, the IMGA, and more, as well as being named Studio of the Year in 2012, after establishing a model for successful episodic game creation and digital publishing. Telltale's reputation for quality has been established across more than two dozen different product releases over the years with recognition and acclaim from publications like IGN, The New York Times, and Variety, including over 100 "Game of the Year" awards from publications like USA Today, Yahoo! Games, Wired, Spike TV VGAs, E!, Official Xbox Magazine, The Telegraph, Metacritic, and more. Telltale is a fully licensed third party publisher on consoles from Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo, and also publishes games on the PC, Mac, and Apple iOS platforms. For more information visitwww.telltalegames.com.

Press Release 2014 Telltale, Inc.

TELLTALE GAMES CONTACT: Job J Stauffer // Telltale Games // jstauffer@telltalegames.com// 415.258.1638 ext. 152

HBO Contact: Janine McGoldrick //Janine.mcgoldrick@hbo.com // 212.512.1753

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Discover New Dungeons In Wizard101 https://www.gameskinny.com/ufryv/discover-new-dungeons-in-wizard101 https://www.gameskinny.com/ufryv/discover-new-dungeons-in-wizard101 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 05:00:00 -0500 PR Newswire

PLANO, Texas, Nov. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --KingsIsle Entertainment proudly lengthened the reach of Wizard101's hallways today with new dungeons, high-level spells, and several fun changes that will challenge and excite players in ways only dreamed before.

"After finishing Morganthe's epic story line in Khrysalis, it was finally time to delve into some hidden reaches of the Spiral where there had been only locked doors or whispered rumors," said Josef Hall, vice president and creative director at KingsIsle Entertainment. "Our players love conquering dungeons in the hunt for rare treasures, and we've answered that call along with epic new stories of enlightenment, intrigue, and reconciliation."

Level 25 adept wizards can now venture to the snowy Shangri-Baa Mountains. Level 40 master wizards will patrol Barkingham Palace. Legendary level 60 wizards will scale the House of Scales, and only the most exalted of wizards can attempt to approach the eerie gates of Castle Darkmoor, where a familiar foe of the past waits once again to challenge players.

While creeping and crashing through Darkmoor, players will also learn new, powerful "Shadow-Enhanced" spells designed to make your skin crawl--featuring bugs, spiders, and vermin of all types in hilarious and powerful attacks: http://youtu.be/tgPbWBLrzHo

Update notes for this latest Wizard101 expansion, including improvements to gear organization, member benefits, multiplayer improvements and more, can be found here: https://www.wizard101.com/game/community/update-notes/november2014

About KingsIsle Entertainment, Inc.

KingsIsle Entertainment is a developer and publisher that specializes in creating high-quality online games which provide entertainment for the entire family. KingsIsle games have received numerous honors, including the Parent Tested Parent Approved Media Seal and recognition by the National Parenting Publications Awards. KingsIsle's first game, Wizard101, was named Best MMO of 2010 by Beckett Massive Online Gamer Magazine, Best Family MMO of the Decade by Massively.com and the #1 Best Family Game of 2009 by MMORPG.com. KingsIsle is headquartered in Plano, Texas, and has a development studio in Austin, Texas. Information about the company's games, which include core titles Wizard101 and Pirate101, can be found at http://www.kingsisle.com/corporate/products.

KingsIsle, Wizard101 and Pirate101 are trademarks or registered trademarks of KingsIsle Entertainment Inc.

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