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October 30, 2007

VIRTUA FIGHTER 5 NOW AVAILABLE ON XBOX 360

***/VIRTUA FIGHTER 5/** NOW AVAILABLE ON XBOX 360*

/Premier Fighting Game Franchise Ships to Retailers Nationwide With /

/Online Head-to-Head VS. //Mode/

* *

*SAN FRANCISCO *(October 30, 2007) – SEGA® of America, Inc. announced
today that the highly-anticipated arcade fighting game, /Virtua
Fighter™/ /5 /for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system, has
shipped to retail outlets in North America.

/Virtua Fighter™/ /5 /features an online two-player VS. mode via Xbox
LIVE^® online entertainment network, allowing /Virtua Fighter™/ players
to compete online. Players can select one of the 17 characters and
customize a character in Quest mode. Customization features enable
players to modify their characters with one of four base costumes and a
wide range of unlockable and earnable items. Players can achieve victory
and earn in-game money by defeating highly-skilled opponents, which
enables them to purchase many items at an in-game shop.

/ /

/Virtua Fighter™/ /5 /is based on the latest arcade version update and
features both analog stick and D-pad control, as well as vibration
support. The game also includes an improved Quest mode featuring more
CPU rivals, items, and emblems for character customization. The DOJO
mode has added features including leaderboards, training move settings,
improved throw escape training, and the option to change your opponent’s
position and recovery type. These all work to create a more refined DOJO
mode where players can improve their fighting strategy.

“This is the moment /Virtua Fighter™/ fans have been waiting for –
online head-to-head fighting for /Virtua Fighter™/ /5/,” said Rick
Naylor, Director of Marketing, SEGA of America. “The introduction of
online play opens up the /Virtua Fighter™/ competition arena to a global
scale, enabling players to compete and challenge anyone, anywhere,
anytime, using Xbox LIVE.”

Created by the renowned development team AM R&D Department #2 out of
SEGA Corporation, Japan, /Virtua Fighter™/ /5/ is rated “T” for Teen by
the ESRB and has an MSRP of $59.95. For more information, please visit
the official Web site at www.sega.com/VF5 . For
art assets, please visit the SEGA Press site at
http://segapr.segaamerica.com .

*_About SEGA of America Inc.: _*

SEGA® of America, Inc. is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA
Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside
and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes
interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware
platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by
Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. SEGA of
America’s Web site is located at www.sega.com .

*_About SEGA Europe Ltd.:_*

SEGA® Europe Ltd. is the European Distribution arm of Tokyo, Japan-based
SEGA Corporation, and a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment
both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and
distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of
hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those
manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment
Europe. The SEGA® Europe Web Site is located at www.sega-europe.com
.

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NARUTO: RISE OF A NINJA SHIPS TO NORTH AMERICAN STORES

Ubisoft's Video Game, Based on the Popular U.S. Animation Series Arrives =
in North American Retailers This Week



SAN FRANCISCO ? October 30, 2007 ? Today Ubisoft, one of the world's larg=
est video game publishers, announced that NARUTO: Rise of a Ninja(TM), ex=
clusive to the Xbox 360=AE video game and entertainment system from Micro=
soft, has released and will be arriving on North American store shelves t=
his week. The NARUTO: Rise of a Ninja video game is based on VIZ Media's =
hugely popular NARUTO(TM) animation series which airs on Cartoon Network.=
=20

"Not only is NARUTO: Rise of a Ninja the first original NARUTO video game=
developed for North America, it melds an open-world action-adventure wit=
h a cutting-edge fight game,? said Tony Key, vice president of marketing =
at Ubisoft. "It remains true to the NARUTO universe that will make fans p=
roud, as well as provides a full and action-packed experience to new recr=
uits.?

In NARUTO: Rise of a Ninja, players will experience NARUTO starting from =
the series' beginning, and will be able to relive the hit animation and m=
anga and experience Naruto's transformation from noisy ninja-academy fail=
ure to respected ninja. =20

Key features of NARUTO: Rise of a Ninja include:
? Experience Growing Up As Naruto: The only game that allows you to step=
into Naruto's shoes from the series' beginning. Complete authentic missi=
ons and relive the NARUTO manga and animation experience.

? Immerse Yourself in the NARUTO Universe: Roam freely and discover authe=
ntic environments. Explore the Leaf Village and its surroundings. Inter=
act with Sasuke, Sakura, Kakashi and members from the NARUTO cast. =20

? Unparalleled Depth and Variety of Gameplay: The first NARUTO game to c=
ombine action adventure gameplay, classic platforming battles, head-to-he=
ad fighting and in-depth character development.=20

? Build Your Fighting Techniques to Defeat Deadly Enemies in Fast-Paced C=
ombat: Define your own way of the ninja as you learn to better control yo=
ur chakra, improve your techniques, master new taijutsus and ninjutsus, a=
nd command more powerful ninja weapons. Train with Kakashi-Sensei and lea=
rn to execute hand signs with your controller's sticks. =20

? Play With Friends: Select your favorite NARUTO character and challenge =
a friend. Customize your character and pick your own battle field. Or ch=
allenge the world's best on the Xbox LIVE=AE online gaming system.

NARUTO: Rise of a Ninja ships with an ESRB rating of "T? (Teen), and a ma=
nufacturer suggested retail price of $59.99.

For more information on NARUTO: Rise of a Ninja and NARUTO, please visit =
the game's official website at: www.NarutoXbox360Game.com and www.viz.nar=
uto.com.

Naruto:(TM) Rise of a Ninja(TM) software =A9 2007 Ubisoft Entertainment. =
All Rights Reserved. Ubisoft, Ubi.com, and the Ubisoft logo are trademark=
s of Ubisoft Entertainment in the U.S. and/or other countries. NARUTO art=
work and elements =A9 2002 MASASHI KISHIMOTO. All Rights Reserved. SHONEN=
JUMP(TM), NARUTO(TM) and RISE OF A NINJA(TM) are trademarks of Shueisha,=
Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. This product is manufactured, d=
istributed and sold in North, South and Central American territories unde=
r license from VIZ Media, LLC. Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE, and =
the Xbox logos are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies.

About Ubisoft:=20
Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive e=
ntertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through a stro=
ng and diversified lineup of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offic=
es in 21 countries and sales in more than 50 countries around the globe. =
It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game title=
s to consumers. Ubisoft generated sales of 680 million Euros for the 2006=
-07 fiscal year. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com.

About VIZ Media, LLC:
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of=
the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga pu=
blishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owne=
d by three of Japan's largest creators and licensors of manga and animati=
on, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan Production Co., Ltd. (=
ShoPro Japan), VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution o=
f Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America and a gl=
obal licensor of Japanese animation. The company offers an integrated pro=
duct line including, magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphi=
c novels, videos, DVDs, audio soundtracks and develops and markets animat=
ed entertainment from initial production, television placement and distri=
bution, to merchandise licensing and promotions for audiences and consume=
rs of all ages. Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94=
133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and at www.VIZ.com.


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Halo: Contact Harvest Launches Today

*_FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE_*
**
*TOR BOOKS LAUNCHES / HALO^® : CONTACT HARVEST/ TODAY*

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*/Bungie Lead Writer, Joseph Staten, Pens Latest in Best-Selling Series /*

New York , NY – Tuesday October 30, 2007 - Tor Books, an imprint of Tom
Doherty Associates, LLC—the largest publisher of science fiction in the
world—announces the launch of /Halo/®: /Contact Harvest/. The new novel
is the latest of the /New York Times / bestselling series based on the
hugely successful Microsoft and Bungie Studios' /Halo/® video games for
the Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system. / Halo: Contact
Harvest/ is written by Joseph Staten, Bungie Studios' lead writer and
one of the original creators of the Halo game trilogy.

Though /Halo:/ /Contact Harvest / marks Joseph Staten first foray into
novel writing, he has served as a writer and cinematics director for
Halo (2001) and Halo 2 (2004) and the record-breaking Halo 3.

In/ Halo: Contact Harvest/, Staten reveals the state of the Halo
universe leading up to humanity's devastating first contact with the
Covenant —a chance encounter that catapulted mankind into a struggle for
its very existence. Readers will experience the start of the
Human-Covenant war from the perspective of Staff Sergeant Avery Johnson,
Master Chief's legendary confidant and mentor. As readers follow the
young Sergeant's adventures, they will gain terrifying insights into
both the Covenant's genocidal fury and the vicious civil war that
threatened to destroy humanity's fledgling interstellar empire, even
before the Covenant got their chance.

"It goes without saying that Joseph has great, intimate knowledge of the
Halo universe, so who better to tell the harrowing tale of humanity's
first contact with the Covenant?" says Tor Editor Eric Raab. "In the
novel, Joseph not only reveals exciting nuances of known events and
characters such as Sgt. Johnson. But he also breaks new ground —takes
readers on an action-packed journey to a little-known but vital part of
the Halo universe: the far-flung, ill-fated word of Harvest."

Halo has emerged from the video game world as a global phenomenon. Its
latest installment, Halo 3, garnered more than $300 million in its first
week alone, making it the fastest selling video game ever, and one of
the most successful entertainment properties ever. With a fully
fleshed-out universe of heroes, villains and epic scenarios, the novels
expand the universe to give fans a grander view of the game environments
and characters they encounter.

To date, over 20 million copies of the games in the /Halo/ trilogy have
been sold worldwide. The record week one sales comes on the heels of the
previously announced $170 million in sales in the U.S. within the first
24 hours of the game's release, which marked not just the biggest
videogame launch, but the biggest entertainment launch in history. The
Xbox 360 title beat previous U.S. sales records set by blockbuster
openings for entertainment events like the release of Spider-Man 3 and
/Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows/. Additionally, more than 1.7
million copies of /Halo 3/ were preordered in the United States, making
it the fasting pre-selling game in history, surpassing the previous
record-setting pre-sales of /Halo 2
/.


_About Tor Books_


Tor Books, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, is a New
York-based publisher of hardcover and softcover books, founded in
1980 and committed (although not limited) to SF and fantasy
literature. Between an extensive hardcover and trade-softcover line,
an Orb backlist program, and a stronghold in mass-market paperback,
Tor annually publishes what is arguably the largest and most diverse
line of science fiction and fantasy ever produced by a single
English-language publisher. Books from Tor have won every major
award in the SF and fantasy fields, and for the last twenty years in
a row we have been named Best Publisher in the Locus Poll, the
largest consumer poll in SF.

*HALO/^® / : Contact Harvest by Joseph Staten*

A Tor Trade Paperback Original

On-Sale Date: October 30, 2007

Cover Price: $14.95

Also Available from Audio Renaissance Unabridged CD $29.95

Available everywhere in the English speaking world

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October 29, 2007

Wii-kly Update: Three New Classic Games Announced for Wii Shop Channel

This Halloween, you needn't leave your own living room to encounter spooky
spirits and creepy creatures from mysterious otherworlds. The Wii Shop Channel
is celebrating the year's most frightfully fun holiday by offering a mix of
eerie games that'll keep players' spines tingling. Mash with monsters in a
classic Castlevania sequel, tangle with supernatural samurai or battle as a
powerful magician-you're bound to discover cool tricks and visual treats no
matter which titles you choose. Happy Hallo-Wii!Today Nintendo adds three new
classic games to the popular Wii(TM) video game system's Wii Shop Channel. The
games go live at 9 a.m. Pacific time. Nintendo adds new games to the channel
every Monday. Wii owners with a high-speed Internet connection can redeem Wii
Points(TM) to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop
Channel or at retail outlets.

This week's new games are:

Castlevania(R) II Simon's Quest (NES(R), 1 player, Rated E for Everyone-Mild
Fantasy Violence, 500 Wii Points): In this one-player adventure, you'll take on
the role of Simon Belmont once again and duel to the death with Count Dracula.
Grab your legendary whip, Vampire Killer, and roam freely through Transylvania
on a quest to find the count's missing body parts-these are the key to breaking
an evil curse. This quest won't be easy, though, for you must battle hideous
fiends who stalk the land. In addition to the intense action and tight control
the Castlevania series is known for, this sequel also introduced several unique
game-play elements into the fold. Build experience the longer you play, buy
weapons and items from merchants, or talk with villagers to get clues (some of
which are false). Watch as day turns to night and then back again. Take a deep
breath, steady your nerves, and help Simon end his curse and defeat the count
once and for all.

SAMURAI-GHOST(TM) (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older
- Animated Blood and Violence, 600 Wii Points): This action platformer features
a samurai ghost from the depths of the underworld. In a past war, Kagekiyo
managed to defeat the shogun Yoritomo and his clan. However, their evil spirits
were not completely destroyed, and now, in the world known as Dark Side, they
seek the time of their rebirth. In order to shatter those ambitions, Kagekiyo
must make his way across seven zones and head for "The Heart of the Darkside"
where Yoritomo lies in wait. Use spirit weapons to power up your sword, or
other items, such as candles to recover health, and defeat the endless hordes
of enemies. Each zone is not only protected by a boss but also includes demons
as well as real samurai from 12th-century Japan. Get ready for some intense
one-on-one combat action.

MAGICIAN LORD (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, Rated T for Teen - Blood and Fantasy
Violence, 900 Wii Points): Released in 1990 and regarded as one of the NEOGEO's
earliest signature games, this side-scrolling platformer mixes action with the
mystical world of fantasy. A magician named Elta, last descendant of the famed
Magician Lord, takes on an epic adventure to save the world from the evil
Gul-Agieze. Elta must battle through eight stages, collecting the eight tomes
of power that are key to defeating Gul-Agieze and his evil plans. By obtaining
orbs in one of three colors (elements) that appear during the game, Elta's
offensive powers and jumping abilities can be strengthened. The effect varies
considerably depending on the combination of elements, though, and Elta can
transform into six different forms: Waterman, Dragon Warrior, Shinobi, Samurai,
Raijin or Poseidon. Can you help Elta to become the new Magician Lord?

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Rock Band Set List Unveiled

MTV Games and Harmonix Unveil Set List for Rock Band
Video Game to Feature 58 Tracks Including Songs from Mega Rock Artists
Rolling Stones, Metallica, The Police, The Clash, Foo Fighters,
Radiohead and More

Cambridge, Massachusetts – October 29, 2007 – Harmonix, the leading
developer of music-based games, and MTV Games, a division of Viacom’s
MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), along with distribution partner
Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:ERTS), announced today the final song list for
its highly anticipated music videogame Rock Band™. Featuring the most
master recordings of any music game ever by the world’s biggest rock
artists, Rock Band includes 58 tracks and spans every genre of rock
ranging from alternative and classic rock to heavy metal and punk. With
multiple instruments and an impressive selection of online and offline
game modes to choose from to play as a band or individually, Rock Band
offers an infinite number of ways to play each song and live out their
ultimate rock and roll fantasies.

“Our goal with Rock Band was to give players the chance to experience an
amazing cross section of music from the last four decades, and our final
list of tracks includes everything from emerging bands to iconic
artists,“ stated Paul DeGooyer, MTV’s Senior Vice President of Home
Entertainment, Music and Games. “The overwhelmingly positive response
from artists, music publishers and record labels made the final
selection process challenging, but extremely exciting. As a result, 51
out of 58 of the final selections are based on original masters, giving
fans an unprecedented way to get closer to the music they love.”

Eric Brosius, Harmonix audio lead stated, “Now that the disc track list
is locked and Rock Band is being prepped for manufacture, we are working
with our music partners to set an exciting download schedule, both for
launch and beyond. Through DLC, players will have the ability to take a
deeper dive into the music of the artists featured on the Rock Band
disc, or further explore different genres of rock or additional bands if
they choose.”

Rock Band Set List:
In addition to the 45 tracks listed below, Rock Band will also feature
13 songs ranging from a variety of established bands to up-and-coming
independent artists that can be unlocked as you play through the game.

1960s
Rolling Stones "Gimme Shelter"

1970s
Aerosmith “Train Kept a Rollin’”*
The Who "Won't Get Fooled Again"
Boston “Foreplay/Long Time”
Mountain "Mississippi Queen"*
The Police “Next to You”
David Bowie "Suffragette City"
Black Sabbath "Paranoid"*
Blue Oyster Cult "Don't Fear the Reaper"
The Ramones "Blitzkrieg Bop"
Deep Purple "Highway Star"
KISS "Detroit Rock City"
Molly Hatchet “Flirtin’ With Disaster”
The Outlaws “Green Grass & High Tides”*
Sweet “Ballroom Blitz”*

1980s
Rush "Tom Sawyer"*
Bon Jovi "Wanted Dead or Alive"
The Clash "Should I Stay or Should I Go"
Faith No More "Epic"
R.E.M. “Orange Crush”
Iron Maiden “Run to the Hills”*

1990s
Foo Fighters "Learn to Fly"
Metallica "Enter Sandman"
Nirvana "In Bloom"
Stone Temple Pilots "Vasoline"
Weezer "Say It Ain't So"
Smashing Pumpkins "Cherub Rock"
Radiohead "Creep"
Beastie Boys "Sabotage"
Hole "Celebrity Skin"
Garbage "I Think I'm Paranoid"
Soundgarden "Black Hole Sun"

2000s
The Hives "Main Offender"
Queens of the Stone Age "Go With the Flow"
The Strokes "Reptilia"
Jet "Are You Gonna Be My Girl"
OK Go "Here It Goes Again"
Nine Inch Nails "The Hand That Feeds"
Pixies "Wave of Mutilation"
Yeah Yeah Yeahs "Maps"
Red Hot Chili Peppers "Dani California"
Coheed & Cambria “Welcome Home”
Fallout Boy “Dead on Arrival”
The Killers “When You Were Young”
New Pornographers “Electric Version”

* Indicates a cover song, all others songs are original master recordings

Rock Band is a new platform for music fans and gamers to interact with
music like never before, challenging users to master the lead/bass
guitar, drums, and vocals as solo artists or cooperatively as part of
their own band.

Rock Band is slated for release on Xbox 360™ video game and
entertainment system from Microsoft® and PLAYSTATION®3 computer
entertainment system on November 20, 2007, and on PLAYSTATION®2 computer
entertainment system December 18, 2007 in North America.

Rock Band will ship for the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment
system from Microsoft® and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system
and PLAYSTATION®2 computer entertainment system in the first quarter of
2008 in Europe.

Rock Band is rated “T” for Teen (lyrics, mild suggestive themes) by the
ESRB.

EA will serve as the exclusive distribution and marketing partner for
Rock Band, managing distribution for the game in US, Europe and Australia.

For more information on Rock Band and Harmonix Music Systems please
visit www.rockband.com and www.harmonixmusic.com.

#####

About MTV Networks:
MTV Networks, a division of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the
world's leading creators of programming and content across all media
platforms. MTV Networks, with 130 channels worldwide, owns and operates
the following television programming services - MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION,
MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND,
SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN/THE N, VH1 CLASSIC, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and
THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services,
all of these networks trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects
with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and
its more than 200 interactive properties worldwide, including online,
broadband, wireless and interactive television services and also has
licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all
of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

About MTV Games:
MTV Games is dedicated to creating, marketing and publishing
high-quality, innovative interactive products that are relevant to the
MTV audience and complement the core values of the MTV Networks brands.

About Harmonix Music Systems, Inc:
Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., based in Cambridge, MA, and established in
1995, is the leading developer of groundbreaking music-oriented
videogames. Harmonix was founded by Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy, who
formed the company to invent new ways for non-musicians to experience
the unique joy that comes from making music and have pioneered music and
rhythm gaming in the US. For more information please visit:
http://www.harmonixmusic.com

About Electronic Arts:
Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is
the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded
in 1982, the company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive
software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers, cellular
handsets and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under
four brand names: EA SPORTS™, EA™, EA SPORTS BIG™ and POGO™. In fiscal
2007, EA posted revenue of $3.09 billion and had 24 titles that sold
more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is
www.ea.com. More information about EA's products and full text of press
releases can be found on the Internet at http://info.ea.com.

© 2007 Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Harmonix, Rock
Band and all related titles and logos are trademarks of Harmonix Music
Systems, Inc., a division of MTV Networks. Rock Band developed by
Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. MTV: Music Television, MTV Games and all
related titles and logos are trademarks of MTV Networks, a division of
Viacom International Inc. All other marks are the property of their
respective owners.

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Midway Ships Action Packed Stranglehold for the PlayStation





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October 28, 2007

Rock Band Preview

I was lucky enough to be invited up to MTV the other day to take a look at the upcoming Rock Band. First of all, that building is really something. The lobby has a big waterfall and they actually had someone playing piano. I couldn't help but wonder when Sarrel Group is going to hire a pianist to play in the lobby during lunch time. Second of all, the room they showed me the game in was like a home theater lab and was very cool. Big huge projection screen TV and a massive sound system. Add that to an inside look at one of the most anticipated games of the year and what could be bad?

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To cut to the chase, I loved it. I had a great time playing the game. So much fun. It really tapped the closet musician in me. Much more than Guitar Hero, which is a hell of a lot of fun too, but Rock Band gives you more variety. If I felt like playing guitar I could. If I wanted to sing I could. Or I could play drums. Or not play drums very well as it would turn out. I wish there were more songs in the game, but overall I totally have to recommend Rock Band for people who want to play music games.

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My love affair with Harmonix began back in the day of Frequency and Amplitude. At one point I reviewed Amplitude as one of the most innovative games to come out on PS2. Gameplay has remained essentially the same and I love it. This is apparently the culmination of everything that Harmonix has been working towards over the years.

The hook here is that you can play bass, guitar, drums, or sing. There is a real group experience. People can form their own band and then play together either in one place or online. The cool thing is that how well each of you play affects the overall score and the band's success. If someone screws up the others can bail them out with "overdrive" which is similar to GH's "star power". Guitar and bass are the same. Drums was really hard for me. After screwing up over and over again I developed the theory that I can no longer move my arms to push buttons as part of a game - I can only move my fingers to push buttons in a game. Vocals kicked ass. I have always wanted to scream Mississippi Queen (you know what I mean) while pretending I'm Leslie West.

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One of the things they've done is try to build the experience of an actual performance. The HUD (or track down which the notes float) has been minimized. Where GH seemed cartoony, Rock Band has put the emphasis on being realistic. They did mocap with a bunch of bands and a crowd. It doesn't sound like much because the real core of the game is still the same, but it does make it feel a little more real.

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They're going to sell this as a bundle with the instruments for $169 and just the game separately for $59.99. Guitars from previous games may or may not work with Rock Band - official party line is that the game will work with any Xbox or PS3 "standard" controller. The PS3 version will ship with a wireless guitar. The Xbox 360 version includes a USB hub so that all the guitars, drums, microphone, etc can be connected at once.

rockband-drum.jpg

World Tour mode is where it all really shines. This is the career mode. Create a band and a bunch of musicians and then hit the road. Creating musicians is very detailed with many more options for customization that GH. You pick your character's name, hometown, attitude (which affects how he/she moves on the stage), and physique (height, weight, facial features, hair, skin). I think I heard someone say that you can design a t-shirt in the game and then get it made in real life. Tattoos (and stickers for guitars) are almost completely customizable. You can pick one or make one, resize it, move it, and place it anywhere.

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There will be a full review coming. I'm not allowed to talk about the songs in any detail. But I love this game. And I'm usually the guy who writes bad previews because he isn't impressed. I can't wait until Rock Band comes out.

October 26, 2007

SEGA REVEALS DETAILS OF PHANTASY STAR UNIVERSE: AMBITION OF

/Xbox 360 Expansion Pack for the Epic Sci-Fi Action RPG /

/ Soon to be Available for Download Via Xbox Live/®//

/ /

*SAN FRANCISCO *(October 25, 2007) – SEGA® of America, Inc. today
released details for /Phantasy Star/™/ Universe: Ambition of the
Illuminus /for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from
Microsoft, Playstation®2 computer entertainment system and for PC.
/Phantasy Star/™/ Universe: Ambition of the Illuminus /is/ /an expansion
to the epic sci-fi action role-playing game,/ Phantasy Star Universe,
/and will be available on November 20, 2007/. /The Xbox Live/ /download
will be available for 1600 Microsoft Points/$20 USD and the
PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and PC versions will be
available at retailers across North America for $39.95 USD.

Whether tackling quests online with a party of up to six adventurers, or
fighting through the next chapters of the exciting online story missions
from the original game, /Phantasy Star Universe: Ambition of the
Illuminus /enables gamers to experience the wonders of the Gurhal System
through the eyes of a personalized avatar. The expansion pack/ /allows
gamers to experience an even richer and more varied /Phantasy Star
/experience. Players will explore exciting new levels, such as the Ruins
of Old Rozenom City and the subterranean Granigs Mines, where they will
encounter new and more powerful enemy types and bosses, and master
additional versatile class types.

The expansion further enriches the online /Phantasy Star Universe/
experience with newly created and enhanced gameplay and customization
features. Players can commune in new and expanded lobby areas filled
with colorful decorations and music, including the new Casino Voloyal
where roulette and slots can earn players special casino-only items.
Character and weapon customization is even deeper with the introduction
of new weapon types, armor, Photon Arts, and clothing. Also, each
Guardian’s individual Room is upgraded with far greater options for
customization.

/Phantasy Star Universe: Ambition of the Illuminus/ continues the
exciting single-player action-RPG storyline as a new Human
Fundamentalist group, known as the Illuminus, disrupts the peaceful
Gurhal System throwing the Gurhal Government into chaos. Using their
custom-made Guardian, players embark upon a series of missions where
they will meet familiar characters like Ethan Waber from /Episode 1/ and
others including GUARDIAN instructor Laia Martinez from /Episode 2/.

Since its introduction in 1988, /Phantasy Star/ has revolutionized the
RPG genre by creating new standards through innovative gameplay, as well
as being the first console RPG to offer an online experience in
/Phantasy Star Online. /This new installment also expands the popular
online adventure of its predecessor and continues the quest for peace in
the Gurhal System.

/Phantasy Star Universe: //Ambition of the Illuminus/ is rated “T” by
the ESRB. For art and assets, please visit http://segapr.segaamerica.com
. Online play requires a subscription,
for more detailed information, please go to the official website at
www.phantasystaruniverse.com .
Please note that the Xbox 360 download requires the original /Phantasy
Star Universe/ game.

/*/_ _/*/

/*/_About SEGA of America, Inc.:_/*/
SEGA® of America, Inc. is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA
Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside
and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes
interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware
platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by
Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. The SEGA® of
America, Inc. Web site is located at _www.SEGA.com _.


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October 25, 2007

UBISOFT ANNOUNCES ASSASSIN'S CREED VIDEO GAME HAS GONE GOLD

UBISOFT ANNOUNCES ASSASSIN'S CREED(TM) VIDEO GAME HAS GONE GOLD ?

LAUNCHING NOVEMBER 13

SAN FRANCISCO ? October 25, 2007 ? Today Ubisoft, one of the world's largest video game publishers, announced its highly anticipated Assassin's Creed(TM) video game has gone "gold? and is set to launch in North America on November 13, 2007. The title is one of the most anticipated games for the holiday season, arriving on the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft at the MSRP of $59.99 with the Limited Edition priced at $69.99 ? rated "M? for Mature by the ESRB. In addition, those who pre-order Assassin's Creed at GameStop will receive an exclusive Assassin's Creed art book bonus when they pick up their game.

"We've been working very hard for nearly four years to make Assassin's Creed a reality and now there is a confirmed date when players will get to experience the results of our efforts,? shared Jade Raymond, producer of Assassin's Creed. "This is a huge event for the team. Our biggest reward will be everyone having a lot of good solid fun.?

About Assassin's Creed
The game is set in 1191 AD, when the Third Crusade was tearing the Holy Land apart. Shrouded in secrecy and feared for their ruthlessness, the Assassins intend to stop the hostilities by suppressing both sides of the conflict. Players will assume the role of the main character, Altair, and will have the power to throw their immediate environment into chaos and truly experience the art of a master assassin. For more information, please visit www.assassinscreed.com.


About Ubisoft:
Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through a strong and diversified lineup of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 21 countries and sales in more than 50 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers. Ubisoft generated sales of 680 million Euros for the 2006-07 fiscal year. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com.

© 2007 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Assassin's Creed, Ubisoft, Ubi.com, and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the U.S. and/or other countries. "PlayStation?, "PLAYSTATION?, and "PS? Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE, and the Xbox logos are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies.


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SEGA GETS SHAKIN' WITH SAMBA DE AMIGO

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE *


*SEGA GETS SHAKIN’ WITH /SAMBA DE AMIGO/*

/ /

*LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO* (October 25 2007) - SEGA® of America, Inc. and
SEGA® Europe Ltd. are excited to announce that they are bringing back
/Samba De Amigo™/, the Dreamcast classic that helped to create the
now-popular rhythm music genre. Created exclusively for the Wii home
video game system, this vibrant and addictive new game lets players
shake to the beats of a samba-infused soundtrack comprised of popular
new songs as well as fan-favorites from the original game.

Playing as the grinning, sombrero-topped monkey, Amigo, players shake
the Wii Remote and Nunchuk like maracas, in time with the visual beats
of the music on-screen. The perfect party game, /Samba De Amigo/ is
packed with lively stages and a host of colorful characters. More
details about this exciting new title including a full song listing as
well as new special features will be revealed over the next few months.

“The Wii’s controllers enable players to enjoy /Samba De Amigo/’s unique
gameplay without having to purchase an expensive peripheral,” said Rick
Naylor, Director of Marketing at SEGA. “Between the music, the quirky
art style, and the maraca-shaking players, /Samba De Amigo/ is as much
fun to watch as it is to play.”

Developed by acclaimed developer, Gearbox Software, /Samba De Amigo/
will be exclusively available for the Wii in spring 2008. For more
information, please visit www.sega.com .
For press assets use: http://segapr.segaamerica.com
.

_ _

/*/_About SEGA of America, Inc.:_/*/
SEGA® of America, Inc. is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA
Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside
and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes
interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware
platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by
Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. The SEGA of
America Web Site is located at www.SEGA.com .

*_About SEGA Europe Limited:_*

SEGA® Europe Limited is the European Distribution arm of Tokyo,
Japan-based SEGA Corporation, and a worldwide leader in interactive
entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company distributes
interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware
platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by
Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. SEGA
Europe’s web site is located at www.sega-europe.com
.

/*/_About Gearbox Software_/*/
Gearbox Software, located in Dallas, TX, is respected industry-wide for
their ability to create award winning, bestselling interactive
entertainment. The company has established itself as a premier
developer, creating games for many of the industry's top franchises
including Halo: Combat Evolved, Half-Life: Opposing Force, Aliens and
Tony Hawk as well as developing their own blockbuster franchises in
Brothers in Arms and Borderlands. The company is currently developing
multiple original titles for next generation video game consoles and
Windows Vista. Additional information regarding Gearbox Software can be
found at www.gearboxsoftware.com
.

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ROCKBAND.com Taking Center Stage

HARMONIX, MTV GAMES AND ELECTRONIC ARTS BLEND ROCK FANTASY AND REALITY
WITH ROCKBAND.com

Social Website Allows Rock Band™ Community to Create Custom Band
Homepages and Network via “Musicians Meeting Musicians” Classified Section

Cambridge, Massachusetts – October 25, 2007 – Harmonix, the leading
developer of music-based games, and MTV Games, a division of MTV
Networks which is a division of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), along with
distribution partner Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS), revealed today
details for the ROCKBAND.com social community website. The site will
launch on November 20, alongside the North American release of Rock Band
for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360 ™ video
game entertainment system from Microsoft®. A PlayStation 2 version of
the game will also ship on December 18.

The ROCKBAND.com Web site will incllude in-depth Rock Band™
leaderboards, personal and band home pages, and a “Musicians Meeting
Musicians” classified section to help form bands online. The site will
also give fans the opportunity to create their own Rocker Profile pages
and communicate with other Community members, blogging about their
musical tastes and meeting others with similar interests.

“ROCKBAND.com blurs the lines between fantasy and reality, ” said
Melissa Macaulay, Producer of ROCKBAND.com, Harmonix. “The site allows
you to hype your in-game band’s accomplishments, while providing a forum
to meet other real-life people and potential band mates who share your
musical tastes.”

ROCKBAND.com Features:

Personal & Band Pages: ROCKBAND.com will automatically load your in-game
characters and game stats from an online database so your personal
profile page will always be up to date. Choose from four genres in the
game to customize your profile pages with cool background skins that
reflect your rock tastes.

Band Classifieds: Find and create your own band through the ROCKBAND.com
Band Classifieds page. Here you can advertise your own rocker skills or
search through dozens of rocker profiles to choose band mates who share
similar music tastes.

Rock Band Leaderboards: Climb to the top of the charts as a solo artist
or band! From band rankings to solo scores, the ROCKBAND.com
leaderboards will earn you fame and fortune as you progress on your
journey to Rock Band stardom.

Rocker Blogs: Find out what’s happening behind the scenes with your
favorite bands through their blogs. Use your blog to communicate with
band mates about practice times, meet others with similar musical
interests and keep your groupies in the loop with the website’s unique
blogs.

Rock Band Forums: Interact with other rockers and music lovers about
anything and everything rock!

Photo Creator: (Coming Soon!) Take the ultimate promo band or solo shot
with the website’s Photo Creator. Pick a location, the right lighting,
and a coordinated (or not!) pose for your band. Take it over the top
cheesy or seriously intense. It’s all about your band’s total image.

“We see ROCKBAND.com as a true extension of the Rock Band world. It will
be an awesome way to meet new people who have similar musical tastes,”
said Josh Randall, Creative Director for Harmonix. “With ROCKBAND.com
players will be able to come together and express themselves in a
collaborative manner, which is what playing music is all about.”

Harmonix has partnered with the San Francisco creative powerhouse
Mekanism to build the social networking site.

“We are designing ROCKBAND.com as an online home for your band, and as a
creative platform for living out your rock and roll fantasy”, said Pete
Caban, partner at SF-based digital studio Mekanism. “The bands and
rockers that you can create in Rock Band are insanely unique, and it’s
going to be fascinating to watch this community come to life.”

Rock Band is slated is also slated for release in Europe in Q1 2008. The
game is rated T for Teen by the ESRB. For more information on Rock Band
and Harmonix Music Systems please visit www.ROCKBAND.com and
www.harmonixmusic.com.

#####
About MTV Networks:
MTV Networks, a division of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the
world's leading creators of programming and content across all media
platforms. MTV Networks, with 130 channels worldwide, owns and operates
the following television programming services - MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION,
MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND,
SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN/THE N, VH1 CLASSIC, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and
THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services,
all of these networks trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects
with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and
its more than 200 interactive properties worldwide, including online,
broadband, wireless and interactive television services and also has
licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all
of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

About MTV Games:
MTV Games is dedicated to creating, marketing and publishing
high-quality, innovative interactive products that are relevant to the
MTV audience and complement the core values of the MTV Networks brands.

About Harmonix Music Systems, Inc:
Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., based in Cambridge, MA, and established in
1995, is the leading developer of groundbreaking music-oriented
videogames. Harmonix was founded by Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy, who
formed the company to invent new ways for non-musicians to experience
the unique joy that comes from making music and have pioneered music and
rhythm gaming in the US. For more information please visit:
http://www.harmonixmusic.com

About Electronic Arts:
Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is
the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded
in 1982, the company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive
software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers, cellular
handsets and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under
four brand names: EA SPORTS™, EA™, EA SPORTS BIG™ and POGO™. In fiscal
2007, EA posted revenue of $3.09 billion and had 24 titles that sold
more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is
www.ea.com. More information about EA's products and full text of press
releases can be found on the Internet at http://info.ea.com.

© 2007 Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Harmonix, Rock
Band and all related titles and logos are trademarks of Harmonix Music
Systems, Inc., a division of MTV Networks. Rock Band developed by
Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. MTV: Music Television, MTV Games and all
related titles and logos are trademarks of MTV Networks, a division of
Viacom International Inc. All other marks are the property of their
respective owners.

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October 23, 2007

Microsoft Launches New Xbox 360 Console for Families

> New console includes five games, wireless controller and storage to save
> games - all for the incredible value of $279.99
>
> REDMOND, Wash. - Oct. 22, 2007 - Just in time for holiday, Microsoft Corp.
> today released a new Xbox 360® console that delivers games and content to
> everyone in the family for an incredible value of $279.99 (U.S. estimated
> retail price)*. Available in stores beginning today, Xbox 360 Arcade console
> is the first Xbox 360 console to include five family-friendly games, a
> wireless controller, a high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) connection
> to enable high-definition output if desired and 256 MB of memory useful for
> storing games and entertainment content. At $279.99, the Xbox 360 Arcade
> console will include five best-selling games: "PAC-MAN Championship Edition"
> (NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.), "Uno" (Carbonated Games), "Luxor 2"
> (MumboJumbo), "Boom Boom Rocket" (Electronic Arts Inc.) and "Feeding Frenzy"
> (Sprout Games).
>
> "As families gather together this holiday, it's the perfect time to launch a
> new low-priced, high-value Xbox 360 that plays games, TV shows and music for
> everyone to enjoy," said Jeff Bell, corporate vice president of global
> marketing, Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. "In addition to
> offering an incredible all-in-one package for families to get right into the
> fun, the Xbox 360 Arcade system features the industry-leading Family
> Settings, which allow parents to control what their kids are watching and
> playing - and we know how important that control is to families around the
> world."
>
> Karen Dodge, senior vice president and chief merchandising officer at Toys
> "R" Us, added, "We are excited to offer this new gaming experience to our
> customers - children and families - who can now enjoy the fun of Xbox 360
> together. Many of this holiday season's hottest items provide Internet
> connectivity, and with the online entertainment options available through
> Xbox LIVE®, Xbox 360 Arcade offers families a great mix of online content and
> traditional gaming in one console."
>
> The news of Xbox 360 Arcade comes as part of a broader initiative by
> Microsoft to bring the Xbox 360 experience to families everywhere. Microsoft
> also announced today that it is significantly expanding its catalog of high-
> and standard-definition family fun content that is available on demand direct
> to the consumer's living room. This includes the addition of everyone's
> favorite characters such as "Bugs Bunny" and "Daffy Duck" from Warner Bros.,
> which will be delivering the first ever "Looney Tunes" cartoons for download
> on Xbox 360, starting today. In addition, Nickelodeon is adding three new
> shows to its already large library of more than 300 episodes of TV shows on
> Xbox LIVE, Microsoft's premier online gaming and entertainment service, with
> the inclusion of "Blue's Clues," "The Backyardigans" and "iCarly."
> "SpongeBob SquarePants Underpants Slam(tm)" (THQ Inc.) and "SHREK-N-ROLL(tm)"
> (Activision) games will also be available exclusively on Xbox LIVE Arcade,
> the place to download games for Xbox 360 over Xbox LIVE, adding more fun for
> everyone in the family.
>
>
>
>
> Microsoft's commitment to family entertainment is complemented by the largest
> next-generation library of "E"- and "T"-rated games, more than 200 in all,
> available at retailers nationwide this holiday, including "BEE MOVIE(tm)
> GAME" (Activision), "Guitar Hero III®: Legends of Rock" (Activision),
> "Naruto: Rise of a Ninja" (UbiSoft Entertainment), "Scene It? Lights, Camera,
> Action" and "Viva Pińata®: Party Animals."
>
> About Xbox 360
>
> Xbox 360 is a superior video game and entertainment system delivering the
> best games, unique entertainment features and a unified online gaming network
> that revolve around gamers. Xbox 360 will have a portfolio of more than 300
> games and will be available in nearly 40 countries by the end of 2007. More
> information can be found online at http://www.xbox.com/xbox360.
>
> About Microsoft
>
> Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in
> software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize
> their full potential.
>
> #########
>
>
>
> * Prices herein are estimated retail prices. Actual retail prices may vary.

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October 22, 2007

Wii-kly Update: Three New Classic Games Added to Wii Shop Channel

Autumn leaves aren’t the only reason your October is about to get a lot more
colorful. The latest additions to the Wii Shop Channel deliver a brisk,
eye-pleasing mix of classic gameplay for fall. Dive into this pile of vibrant
titles for a timeless dose of fun and fantasy.Three new classic games go live
at 9 a.m. Pacific time. Nintendo adds new games to the Wii Shop Channel every
Monday. Wii™ owners with a high-speed Internet connection can redeem Wii
Points™ to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop
Channel or at retail outlets.

This week’s new games are:

Lunar Pool® (NES®, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points): Lunar
Pool takes the historical game of billiards and reinvents it with a unique and
futuristic flair. The rules are simple: All you need to do is use your cue
stick to hit the white cue ball, causing it to hit the other numbered balls and
make them go into the pockets. You can enjoy nearly unlimited game play with 30
tables, two different ball arrangements, and the ability to change the degree
of friction on the table. You can play against a computer or another human
player, so try challenging someone once you’ve got the hang of the game.

Ninja JaJaMaru-kun® (NES®, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 600 Wii
Points): Take on the role of a ninja called JaJaMaru and rescue the captured
Princess Sakura from the evil Namazu Dayuu in this action-packed game,
previously unreleased outside of Japan. JaJaMaru must use his throwing stars to
defeat the monsters lurking in each of Dayuu’s many hideouts. JaJaMaru has to
be careful though, as each monster has its own unique weapon and method of
attacking. The only way for him to advance is to break the floor bricks above
him and move up and down between the levels of each round, defeating monsters
as he goes. To help him, broken bricks sometimes reveal items that JaJaMaru can
use to his advantage, possibly leading to the ultimate power-up: a ride on
Gamapakun, the giant frog. Throw in some bonus stages and you’ve got a game
with a style all its own.

Golden Axe™ III (Sega Genesis, 1-2 players, Rated E10+ for Fantasy Violence,
800 Wii Points): The once-peaceful kingdom so familiar to fans of the original
Golden Axe is under threat once again. The Prince of Darkness has stolen the
invaluable Golden Axe, taken over the kingdom and rendered its warriors
harmless with an evil curse. One warrior breaks free from the curse and must
defeat the prince and regain the Golden Axe to save the kingdom. In this one-
or two-player action game, play as a giant, a panther or a sword-wielding human
and fight your way to victory once again.

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October 18, 2007

Red Mile Secures Key Talent for Sin City Game

*SAUSALITO, Calif., October 18, 2007* – Red Mile Entertainment, Inc.
(OTCBB: RDML), a worldwide developer and publisher of interactive
entertainment software, today announced it has engaged acclaimed
video-game industry writing and production talent to participate in the
development of Red Mile’s upcoming game based on multi-award-winning
creator/writer/artist Frank Miller’s /Sin City/ graphic novels and comic
books.

Accomplished game and animation veteran, Flint Dille, will spearhead the
design, scriptwriting, story generation, and overall production of “Sin
City: The Game” (working title). Dille has twenty years of game
experience to his name, and has twice won “Story of the Year” for his
work on /The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay /and on
/Dead to Rights/. In addition to his solid game and animation
credentials, Dille is also a close friend of /Sin City/ creator, Frank
Miller – enough so that Miller named the storyteller in his epic
/300/ “Dilios.” “Frank and I met during what I call our ‘professional
adolescence’ when he was doing the /Dark Knight/ and I was doing the
/Transformers/ cartoon series,” says Dille, “and we’ve been great
friends ever since.” About the /Sin// City/ game, Dille adds, “Frank and
I have been having a party coming up with nasty stuff for the game. In
true /Sin// City/ fashion, some old characters will return, new
characters will appear and – without giving anything away – probably die
horribly. It’s great to be working with the Red Mile team on this
project: They clearly share Frank’s and my commitment to bringing a new
and true /Sin City/ to interactive life.”

Also participating in the game’s development is Union Entertainment.
Union’s video-game producer credits include /The Red Star/ and this
year’s breakout hit, /The Darkness/. Union generated the original /Sin//
City/ concept document that first got Miller interested in adapting
/Sin// City/ as a video game, and was central to setting up the /Sin//
City/ project with Red Mile. “/Sin City/ is one of a select few
properties that everyone agrees is ideal for video games,” said Union
President, Richard Leibowitz, “and we’re very proud to help make that
happen.”

“Flint and Union bring a deep and broad array of video game experience
to /Sin City/ and they’ll be integral to Red Mile’s creating a video
game experience that delivers on gamers’ and fans’ expectations,” said
Chester Aldridge, CEO of Red Mile Entertainment.

*About Red Mile Entertainment, Inc.*

Red Mile Entertainment, Inc. is a worldwide developer and publisher of
interactive-entertainment software. Red Mile creates, incubates, and
licenses premier intellectual properties and develops products for
console video-game systems, personal computers, and other interactive
entertainment platforms.

For more information about Red Mile Entertainment, Inc. please visit our
web site at www.redmileentertainment.com
.

*About Union Entertainment, LLC*

Union Entertainment is a talent management and production company
specializing in video games. Union has been instrumental in designing,
packaging, writing, developing, producing and/or providing talent for
video games that have collectively amassed more than half-a-billion
dollars at retail. As a producer, Union works with top talent to develop
and produce video games and feature films through major publishers and
studios. In addition, Union manages a roster of top console and handheld
video game development companies, writers, designers and artists. Union
enjoys unparalleled success in the marketplace, direct access to
publishers, extensive relationships with Hollywood studios and talent
agencies, and a firm grasp of the entertainment business.

* *

*About Flint Dille*

Flint Dille is one of the most experienced and respected creators in the
video game business today. Flint’s career includes extensive animation
writing, editing, and/or producing for hit television animation programs
including /G.I. Joe/, /Inhumanoids,/ /The Transformers/ animated
feature, and /American Tail II: Fievel Goes West/. Flint is also active
in the live-action feature film business, having co-created and
co-executive produced Dimension’s 2005 cult horror film, /Venom/ (aka
/Backwater/). Flint is consistently the game publisher’s “go-to” writer
for major franchise properties, including /Fantastic Four 2/, /The
Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay/, /Teen Titans/, /Dead to
Rights/, /Superman Returns/, /James Bond: Tomorrow Never Dies, Soviet
Strike, Nuclear Strike/, and two upcoming projects official
announcements for which are pending. In addition to his full slate of
video game work, Flint has an original game/multimedia property in
development and a book about video game writing (co-written with his
frequent writing partner John Zuur Platten) that is expected to be
published within the year. Flint, grandson of the creator of /Buck
Rogers/, has also written for comics and worked for game company, TSR.

*About Frank Miller*

Frank Miller first came to prominence drawing and/or writing comics
properties such as /Spider-Man/, /Wolverine/, /Daredevil/, and/
Elektra/. Miller then created /Ro-nin/, a science-fiction samurai drama,
which is in development at Warner Bros. as a feature film. Miller then
wrote and illustrated the groundbreaking /Batman: The Dark Knight
Returns/ (an inspiration for the 1992 feature /Batman/), which not only
redefined the classic character, but also revitalized the comics
industry and reawoke audiences to the potentials of the medium. Miller
also wrote /Batman: Year One/, which was a basis for 2005's /Batman
Begins/.

Miller introduced his noir masterpiece /Sin// City/ in 1991, and it
became an instant sales success. To date, Miller has written and
illustrated seven /Sin// City/ graphic novels. In 2005, Miller
co-directed with Robert Rodriguez the feature film /Frank Miller's Sin
City/.

/300/, Warner Bros. feature-film adaptation of the award-winning graphic
novel by Miller (with Lynn Varley) smashed box-office records this year.

Miller is currently in preproduction of a feature-film adaptation of
Will Eisner's /The Spirit/, for which Miller has written the screenplay
and is set to direct.

©Red Mile Entertainment, Inc. All rights reserved. RoverActive, the
RoverActive logo, Red Mile Entertainment and the Red Mile Entertainment
logo are trademarks of Red Mile Entertainment, Inc. Sin City and the Sin
City logo are trademarks of Frank Miller, Inc

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LEGENDARY SEGA CHARACTERS PUT A WACKY SPIN ON SEGA SUPERSTARS

//*SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON *(October 18, 2007) – SEGA® of America, Inc.
and SEGA® Europe Ltd. today announced /SEGA Superstars™ Tennis/,
starring some of the most recognized characters in the SEGA universe
playing on some of the most unusual courts and outrageous settings
imaginable. /SEGA Superstars Tennis/ will be released in early 2008 on
the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®2 computer
entertainment system, the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system,
the Wii™ home video game system and Nintendo DS™.

/SEGA Superstars Tennis/ includes over 15 playable SEGA characters –
like Sonic The Hedgehog, AiAi from /Super Monkey Ball/ fame, Ulala of
/Space Channel 5/ and Amigo from /Samba De Amigo/, each of whom have
their own unique attributes, and superstar tennis skills. The game’s
arcade style matches are played out on courts based on environments from
Sega games of the past such as the lush tropics of Sonic’s Green Hill
Zone or the street fair fiesta of Amigo’s Carnival Park to name a few.
In addition, there are a host of cameos and other surprises for fans of
Sega games/./ Details on the gameplay modes and online play will be
revealed in the coming months.

“Sega Superstars Tennis delivers a fun and fresh new take on tennis,”
said Rick Naylor, Director of Marketing for SEGA of America. “From its
pick-up-and-play arcade action to its exciting roster of fan-favorite
characters and settings, Sega Superstars Tennis has something for everyone.”

SEGA Superstars Tennis is being developed by Sumo Digital Ltd., the
developer behind the acclaimed Virtua Tennis™ series. For more
information please visit www.sega.com . For
press assets please visit: http://segapr.segaamerica.com
.


*/_About SEGA of America_/*

SEGA of America, Inc. is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA
Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside
and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes
interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware
platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by
Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. SEGA of
America’s Web site is located at _www.sega.com/usa
_

_ _

*_About SEGA® Europe Limited:_*

SEGA Europe Limited is the European Distribution arm of Tokyo,
Japan-based SEGA Corporation, and a worldwide leader in interactive
entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company distributes
interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware
platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by
Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. SEGA
Europe’s web site is located at www.sega-europe.com
.

*_About SUMO Digital_*

Sumo Digital Ltd is a UK based game developer. Formed in 2003 Sumo
Digital is enjoying an enviable reputation for their recent work on
Handheld, Current and Next Gen Consoles. With over 100 staff, many of
whom have worked together for more than a decade, Sumo is licensed to
develop on all the leading gaming platforms; PLAYSTATION®3 computer
entertainment system, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and
PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system Microsoft Xbox 360, Xbox, Nintendo DS
and Wii. Sumo Digital Ltd. has recently joined the Foundation 9
Entertainment, Inc. family of studios.Website is located at
www.sumo-digital.com


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Official Demo Released for Horror Adventure Game Inspired


DARKNESS WITHIN: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder
Official Demo Released for Horror Adventure Game Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft
Lighthouse logo

Toronto, Canada -- Oct 18, 2007 -- Leading publisher Lighthouse
Interactive and developer Zoetrope Interactive today released a demo for
their upcoming psychological horror Adventure game, Darkness Within: In
Pursuit of Loath Nolder. This chilling PC CD-ROM game, inspired by the
works of H.P. Lovecraft, will be releasing across Canada and the U.S.
this Halloween. Darkness Within is Windows® Vista(tm) compatible.

Onur Samli, CEO of Zoetrope Interactive said, /"The demo will take
players into a world where nothing is as it seems. Mysteries unfold and
players will toe the fine line between sanity and insanity. We wanted to
create an eerie game world where players will enjoy being frightened.
The story is also very involving - not only are players tasked with
finding fugitive murder suspect Loath Nolder, but they must also uncover
the astonishing truth behind their own character." /

/"Zoetrope created a suspenseful and intriguing adventure true to the
works of H.P. Lovecraft. Darkness Within stands out from other games in
its genre since it takes players deep into the dark recesses of the
human psyche exploring themes such as the occult, nightmares and
paranormal events,"/ said Erik Schreuder, CEO of Lighthouse Interactive.
/"The demo gives players a peek into the twisted world built around a
compelling murder investigation. Darkness Within will keep players
entertained for hours!"/

The demo features one of the frightening game settings players will
encounter during the murder investigation. Strange happenings will
occur, so players will need to keep their wits about them in order to
escape the terrifying darkness.

GAME SUMMARY:
As police detective Howard E. Loreid, players are tasked to solve the
murder of Clark Field, a wealthy man involved in the occult. At the top
of your list of suspects is Loath Nolder; a highly respected private
investigator who mysteriously abandoned his last case for reasons
unknown. Rumor had it that he ventured to several exotic places around
the world learning from tribe shamans and sorcerers. It remains a great
mystery as to why Loath Nolder disappeared so suddenly, resurfacing five
years later and resuming his investigations just as abruptly as he had
left them. Why does this venerated P.I. now sit on the other side of the
law?

Your seemingly routine investigation takes a dramatic twist as strange
and terrifying happenings begin to plague your psyche. You experience
lucid horrifying dreams and are tormented by paranormal happenings. Why
do days pass instead of hours when you sleep? What's real and what's
not? As you pursue fugitive murder suspect Loath Nolder, you must face
dire truths hidden deep within a haunting darkness and the recesses of
your mind.

FEATURES:

* *Built-in Hint System with 3 Difficulty Levels -* Players can
choose to play in Standard, Detective or Senior Detective modes.
* *Unique Inventory System - *Utilizing the 'thinking screen' allows
players to collect and examine items, and thoughts. Clues can also
be researched, combined or used.
* *Dynamic Puzzles and Features -* Traditional adventure game
puzzles are complimented by deciphering dreams and underlining
excerpts in documents to garner critical clues.
* *Enhanced Gameplay Experience - *The proprietary game engine
enables compelling special effects, stunning visuals, and dynamic
lighting and shading, in a panoramic first person game environment.
* *Eerie Gameplay Atmosphere - *An immersive experience is created
by a fascinating story, chilling real-time cut scenes, and
haunting music.

To download the demo (152 MB compressed), visit:
http://www.mmpr.com/MMPRFTP/FTP%20Folders/Lighthouse/

To find out more about Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder and
to keep up with the latest news on the game, visit
www.lighthouse-interactive.com and
www.zoetropeint.com/In/gameinfo.htm .

About Zoetrope Interactive

Leading game development company Zoeptrope Interactive is located in
Istanbul, Turkey. The team is dedicated to create quality games in which
gamers will enjoy a unique gaming experience. Zoetrope currently focuses
on their mysterious and suspenseful psychological thriller game Darkness
Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder. www.zoetropeint.com

About Lighthouse Interactive

Lighthouse Interactive is a fast growing publisher of interactive
entertainment with offices established in Toronto and Montreal, Canada,
Haarlem, The Netherlands and London, England. The company is focused on
bringing strong titles to the worldwide market in a wide array of genres
including: RPG, Simulation, Adventure, Action and Strategy. Staffed with
industry veterans, Lighthouse is the right choice for developers looking
to bring their products to a worldwide audience.
www.lighthouse-interactive.com



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SEGA RALLY REVOT PC DEMO NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD

SEGA(r) of America, Inc. announced that the PC demo for SEGA Rally
> Revo(tm), the truly thrilling and highly anticipated racing game, is
> available for download. The demo features two quick race tracks taken
> from the colorful, steep sided Canyon environment and the gloriously
> muddy and downright dirty Tropical environment. Players will also have
> the choice of literally tearing up the deformable surfaces in either the
> Mitsubishi Evo IX FQ3 or the Subaru Impreza STi Spec C type RA.
>
>
>
> Now, go and try out the unique deformation technology which the SEGA
> Racing Studio has worked so hard to implement into SEGA Rally Revo. For
> the first time ever you can not only see the deformation in action, but
> feel every bump along the way.
>
>
>
> Demo Download Link:
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> http://download.sega.com/u/srr/demoUS/PC_SEGA_Rally_Demo_US.zip

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October 17, 2007

Super-Ego Games Unveils Rat Race

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First-Ever Episodic Game for the PLAYSTATION(r)3 Set to Deliver New,
> Innovative Comedy Adventure Experience for the Next Generation Audience
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> New York, NY -- October 16, 2007 - Super-Ego Games today announces the
> company's first title, Rat Race, an original comedy adventure franchise.
> Rat Race will be the first-ever episodic game for the PLAYSTATION(r)3
> (PS3(tm)) and will be distributed as individual episodes that can be
> purchased and downloaded via the PlayStation(r)Network.
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> "We believe that next-gen gamers seek new and innovative game titles,
> and Rat Race is just that," says Greg Easley, Co-founder and President,
> Super-Ego Games. "Rat Race represents a completely new take on the
> adventure genre, combining it with living, breathing characters and
> TV-quality comedy writing. The game delivers what action gamers want,
> but it also has funny, engaging dialogue, well-conceived characters and
> a comedic story that really hooks people."
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>
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> Rat Race drops players in the shoes of Tina Brooks, an ambitious brand
> manager at BiggCo, the massive consumer products company whose slogan,
> "Making the world a better place," couldn't be any more cynical. Tina
> quickly discovers that "business as usual" means an unending series of
> wacky, over-the-top, and wildly inappropriate situations. It's up to the
> player to outsmart, outwit, and sometime outrun co-workers and
> upper-management in a set of hilarious scenarios created by some of New
> York City's best comedy writers.
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>
>
> Super-Ego Games has developed a series of innovative proprietary
> technologies to bring the Rat Race world to life. From dynamic
> conversations to non-linear scripting to advanced character AI systems,
> Rat Race represents a rethinking of how videos games are developed; with
> its distinct sense of story and character development, the title will
> help establish episodic games as a new form of interactive
> entertainment.
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>
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> Players will explore an array of highly detailed environments, from the
> cube farm to the animal testing lab to the happy hour bar. Through a
> combination of quick wit and action skills, players will diffuse
> political bombs and steer through outrageous situations scripted and
> voiced by NYC-based comedians with credits on Saturday Night Live,
> Chappelle's Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brian, Flight of the Concords,
> Ugly Betty, Sex in the City, My Name Is Earl, and more. Each episode
> will introduce new characters and locations, as well as new storylines
> and gameplay mechanics.
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> Rat Race is currently in development by Super-Ego Games. The first
> episode is scheduled for release this Winter.
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> About Super-Ego Games
>
> Super-Ego Games, founded in 2001, has offices in San Francisco and New
> York City, with 35 employees. The company's mission is to create a new
> generation of character-driven interactive entertainment products across
> game consoles, television and the Internet. Super-Ego is currently
> working on Rat Race, an original property that will be the first
> episodic game available for the Sony PLAYSTATION(r)3 Entertainment
> System. Rat Race will feature carefully conceived storylines and
> lifelike, fully interactive characters. Super-Ego has previously worked
> with Mattel and Activision prior to working with Sony. The official
> homepage of Super Ego is www.superegogames.com
> .

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October 16, 2007

UBISOFT ANNOUNCES ASSASSIN'S CREED(TM) VIDEO GAME SCORE COMPOSED

SAN FRANCISCO ? October 16, 2007 ? Today Ubisoft, one of the world's largest video game publishers, announced the score for the highly anticipated Assassin's Creed(TM) video game is being composed by British Academy Award¬¬?winner Jesper Kyd. Players will become truly immersed into the mindset of Altair, the game's main character, and the rich environments of the game through Jesper's thematic score. The combination of epic orchestral compositions with acoustic, percussion and vocal performances delivers a deeply spiritual aesthetic with Hollywood flair. The rich and melodic palette, created exclusively for Assassin's Creed, will be discovered by players worldwide this November.

"We listened to many composers before finding the right person for Assassin's Creed.
"Jesper Kyd turned out to be the perfect match for the title because he is able to create epic historical pieces fused with both traditional medieval instruments and modern synth sounds,? shared Jade Raymond, producer of Assassin's Creed. "For Assassin's Creed we wanted the score to capture the gruesome atmosphere of medieval warfare but also be edgy and contemporary. Jesper not only achieved this balance but also underlined the changes in gameplay and pacing in a way that immerses the player even further into the
Assassin's Creed experience.?

While the graphical beauty and detail of Assassin's Creed is quite evident visually, the music takes on the same level of precision and attention. Each setting within the game has its own theme and distinct musical identity, ranging from the tragedy-stricken city of Acre to the proud stoic stronghold of Damascus to the powerfully spiritual and multicultural capital of Jerusalem.

"I was inspired by the deep and engaging world of Assassin's Creed and working with the visionary team at Ubisoft Montreal was a fantastic experience,? said Jesper Kyd. "It was truly refreshing to be given so much creative freedom for such a high-profile blockbuster title and I believe we took it to the max.?

In such instances as the surreal and hypnotic compositions that accentuate the Assassin's approach to his target, Kyd instilled his immersive style and film scoring techniques in Altair's interior meditation and stealth modes, while also capturing the action, combat and escape sequences with measured tone that crescendos into a fast-paced fervor.

About Assassin's Creed
The game is set in 1191 AD, when the Third Crusade was tearing the Holy Land apart. Shrouded in secrecy and feared for their ruthlessness, the Assassins intend to stop the hostilities by suppressing both sides of the conflict. Players will assume the role of the main character, Altair, and will have the power to throw their immediate environment into chaos and truly experience the art of a master assassin.

In 2006, Assassin's Creed received the Game Critics Award: Best of E3 2006 for "Best Action-Adventure Game? and swept the "Best PS3 Game? category across numerous video game websites.*

Assassin's Creed will be available in North America at the MSRP of $59.99 with the Limited Edition priced at $69.99 ? Assassin's Creed is rated "M? for Mature by the ESRB. For more information, please visit www.assassinscreed.com.

*1UP "Best PS3 Game,? GameSpot "Best PLAYSTATION 3 Editors' Choice Winner,? GameSpy "Best of E3 PS3 Game of the Show,? Games Radar "Best of E3 PLAYSTATION 3,? GameTrailers "Best of Show,? IGN "Best PS3 Game of the Show?

About Ubisoft:
Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through a strong and diversified lineup of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 21 countries and sales in more than 50 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers. Ubisoft generated sales of 680 million Euros for the 2006-07 fiscal year. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com.

© 2007 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Assassin's Creed, Ubisoft, Ubi.com, and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the U.S. and/or other countries. "PlayStation?, "PLAYSTATION?, and "PS? Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

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HER INTERACTIVE TEAMS WITH THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB AS THEY SHIP

_HER INTERACTIVE TEAMS WITH THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF SE LOUISIANA_

_IN CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM_

_Program Heralds the Launch of Newest Nancy Drew PC Game_

_‘Nancy Drew^® : Legend of the Crystal Skull’_

BELLEVUE, WA, October 16, 2007 – With *Nancy Drew*^® *: Legend of the
Crystal Skull,* the 17^th offering from its award-winning series hitting
retail shelves this week, Her Interactive today announced it is
partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana to help
support the six clubs located throughout southeast Louisiana, an area
still dealing with the deleterious effects of Hurricane Katrina.

As part of the program, each individual club will receive a complete
library of Her Interactive Nancy Drew PC games as well as financial
support for the overall program. Her Interactive’s latest release,
*Nancy Drew*^® *: Legend of the Crystal Skull* takes place in “America’s
Most Interesting City,” New Orleans.

“With the city of New Orleans as the backdrop for *Nancy Drew*^® *:
Legend of the Crystal Skull*, we feel this is an excellent opportunity
to support one of the finest organizations for young people in an area
that is still in need of assistance,” said Megan Gaiser, President and
CEO of Her Interactive.

Adds Johnny DiBartolo, President of the Boys and Girls Clubs of
Southeast Louisiana: “We are thrilled to have such a well-regarded
company as Her Interactive support the wonderful computer programs of
the Boys & Girls Clubs. Their donation will assist in re-establishing
our clubs and giving youths a safe place to congregate.”

Rated “E” for Everyone, *Nancy Drew: Legend of the Crystal Skull* finds
the teen super sleuth in the Big Easy on the case to find out what
happened to Bruno Bolet. Bolet owned a legendary crystal skull that
allegedly protected him from any natural causes of death.

So what happened? Was he murdered? In a mystery so big that it takes two
characters to solve, *Nancy Drew*^® *: Legend of the Crystal Skull
*allows players to play as both Nancy and Bess as they explore a
mysterious mansion, investigate a swampy cemetery, and infiltrate a
secret society. Players should take chances when deciphering cryptic
clues, as the game automatically returns the player to a point in the
game before a fatal decision, allowing players to discover tiny
“treasures” and hidden rooms.

*About Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana*

Companies and individuals looking to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of
Southeast Louisiana are encouraged to contact Mr. John DiBartolo,
President of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana at
504-566-0707 or jdibartolo@bgcsela.org .

*About Nancy Drew*

Nancy Drew debuted in 1930 and is still going strong in 2007. She is a
smart, independent, gutsy and resourceful teen detective who can crack
even the toughest case. Publishing in 22 languages and with more than
100 million copies in print worldwide, Nancy Drew has engaged readers
and served as a role model globally for generations.

*About Her Interactive*

Her Interactive is the pioneer of high quality fun and inspiring
interactive entertainment targeted to female play preferences. The
company designs, develops and publishes high-quality, award-winning
mystery adventure games that engage and empower players. More
information about the company and the Nancy Drew games can be found at
www.HerInteractive.com .

Copyright 2007 Her Interactive, Inc. All rights reserved. Nancy Drew is
a registered trademark of Simon & Schuster, Inc.


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TNA Bound for Glory!

TNA Bound For Glory
Gwinett Center, Duluth GA
10/14/07

As part of Midway’s weekend of TNA they took about 50 journalists to witness first hand the excitement of a live TNA professional wrestling event. Although the action was clearly staged (many times I saw the participants laughing or counting with each other to make sure that the timing of the stunts was correct), it was thrilling. It was like a Broadway show, but one based on violence and acrobatics. And the crowd loved it. They ate up every minute of it, every 2 and a half count, every act of bravado, and every broken chair.


If you'd like to view the slideshow click here.

My first thoughts were, “Wow, this looks really fake.” “They’re not even hitting each other.” “This isn’t wrestling.” “The game is more real than the event because the outcome is uncertain.”

And then I left our corporate box and went down into the crowd. The enthusiasm was infectious. It wasn’t about fake fight anymore; it was about an intricately choreographed dance and controlled violence between personalities. Who cares if it was fake? It was fun and fairly clean and yes, exciting.

If you'd like to view the slideshow click here.

I sure as hell roared with approval when my buddy Samoan Joe (a future post will include an interview with him) dove through the ropes to tackle his opponent out on the arena floor. I laughed when it took three “normal” females to throw an absolute monster named Kong out of the ring. She was indeed a monster, probably bigger than most NFL linemen.

This brings me to a greater understanding of professional wrestling. It’s a show and the performers are talented. The writing is hackneyed, banal, and predictable. The actors portray strong personalities and the stunts they do look pretty difficult to pull off to me. There was a lot of aerial combat. I’d imagine that a person could get hurt pretty badly if they screwed one of those stunts up. And if your opponent screwed something up it could probably even kill you; being off by a few inches on a piledriver would definitely crack your skull or break your neck.

These guys are not always so big. As you can see from the photos, I might even be considered in the same ballpark size and fitness of the smaller ones. This is, of course, a joke. When I wrestled I was a lean 140 and I’m about 60 lbs heavier than that now. The thing is that these guys must be tough as nails (I may have been tough as nails as a teenager, but at 37 I’m far from it). They get smacked around and bash into things all day every day. It can’t be all that much fun getting thrown out of the ring or having a 250lb guy land on you. Sure, the wrestling isn’t real and I bet that a very good high school heavy-weight could take almost all of them in a straight on wrestling match. But, first of all, that’s not what it’s about and, second of all, I really have to admire grown men who can participate in something this physically demanding and at the same time exhibit so much charisma.

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How do wrestlers measure up against other athletes? The first thing that comes to mind is that I’m pretty sure if Scott Stevens unloaded on any of them they probably wouldn’t get up. They couldn’t juke and run down a football field either. They probably couldn’t beat Tiger Woods in golf, but if he stepped into the ring he might never walk again. I’m not so sure professional wrestling is a sport. It is a cultural phenomenon, an intricately choreographed display of violence in which some really tough guys hold the crowd in the palm of their hand and under the spell of their charisma. It is a spectacle, and a spectacle of the best kind – a fun one!

October 15, 2007

Bioshock Review

Bioshock
Publisher: 2K Games
Developer: Irrational Games
Rated M for Mature
Rating: 5 out of 5

Review by Matt Congdon

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There are a few rare games out there that force you to play them; once you lay down that cash, you're sucked in until you finish. Sure, many games have great stories (Final Fantasy X), and some have great game play (God of War), but few combine both into something so special that you just can't quit. One such title this year that shouldn’t be missed any adult gamer looking for a bit of adventure.. The game creates an intriguing story, but it’s the gameplay that makes the story come alive. Too many games these days have stories that aren't connected with the actual gameplay, but rather just feature boring cut scene movies--which the typical ADD gamer (such as myself) doesn’t really like to sit through. Bioshock’s story is delivered mostly through audio, which is transmitted to you via radio, so you're listening to the story while shooting, dismembering and electrocuting baddies through Bioshock’s Levels.

The story of Bioshock was so intriguing to me that when I was getting an important message from Atlas concerning his family, I found myself telling my roommates to shut the hell up. The only cut scene in the game is found right at the beginning when your plane crashes. The moment you surface, your character gasps: I did the same, though I was gasping at the amazing water and fire effects. Even before entering Rapture (the main setting), you are nervously anticipating what’s to come.

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In a nutshell, the story behind the game is that a somewhat mad man created an underwater civilization where rich people, crazy artists, and mad scientists can live in peace. Of course, things go wrong as people start to crave a substance called adam, which provides them with ungodly powers. Soon this whole “world” starts to freak for this substance adam. Common people follow no real rules to society and become mindless killing machines known to us merely as splicers. Girls known to us only as "little sisters" use a special needle-like tool to take the adam straight from victims' heart. Big Daddies protect the little sisters; they look like 1950’s navy divers with big suits and huge drills. They don’t attack without being provoked, thankfully, but you will not be able to resist the urge to attack them. You'll be craving adam soon enough, no better then a crazed splicer. The Big Daddy fights present a challenge and a chance to get creative. After fights you are given the chance to harvest the little sisters or rescue them, these decisions play out in the end of the game and give the game some definite replay value. Bioshock’s variety of plasmids is where a lot of the games strength lies. There are so many weapons, powers, and other things you can use in Bioshock that no fight is ever the same.

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As for weapons and power (called plasmids in Bioshock), they're a blast to use. All the guns in the game have a cool 1940’s feel to them and are pretty powerful in the beginning. The first gun you get is the pistol, and it has some nice stopping power at short range. Head shots can turn splicer heads into red Kool-Aid pretty easily. The shotgun, my weapon of choice for taking down those nasty splicers, has a nice spread of fire. All guns can be upgraded, and all can use three different kinds of ammo. The shotguns exploding 00 buck is hard to come by but nasty fun to use. The pistol’s anti-personnel ammo can cut up those splicers fairly easily. The difficulty with Bioshock lies in its resource management. You must plan how to use what equipment as effectively but more importantly efficiently as you can. Plasmids are some fun good fun, too. My personal favorites are winter blast, swarm of bees, and telekinesis. Using them together creatively is the best. I like to set my target on fire, watch him try to jump into water, then send an electricity blast through the water. Or light a table on fire, then chuck it at someone. Or how about freezing your enemy, surrounding him with mines and gas tanks, then when they thaw out, blow em up. Killing really shouldn’t be this fun.

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There isn't much more I can tell you about Bioshock that isn't a spoiler, but I can tell you that it feels like you’re in rapture. Bioshock defines next generation gaming. Its artistic graphics and art-deco style cannot be compared to most games. The audio is what really makes the game come alive. The ambient sounds and old music are what make you feel in game. Every piano key plink and bullet ricochet feels and sounds appropriate. The money you spent on your Xbox 360 or 4 thousand dollar gaming computer will certainly feel justified, at least while your playing. Bioshock is well-designed game that most adventure, horror, fps, and action fans will appreciate. The game isn’t meant just to be played, but also to be experienced. If your lucky enough to read Maxims review(or should I say unlucky) they truly disgraced the game with a 3/5 rating. No offense to Maxim fans but maybe keep the meat-heads out of the games department. As a non steroid user I feel this is a possibility for game of the year. [I think it’s not that they’re meatheads, it’s that they don’t play the games and just rate the press releases and trailers. MDS] Currently I don’t believe there to be a better single person console shooter experience for any system, Bioshock is an experience not to be missed. A great game.

Wii-kly Update: Three New Classic Games Added to Wii Shop Channel

This week marks the first appearance of a CD-ROM game for the TurboGrafx16 on
Virtual Console™. Take control of the Hunting Dog ship and battle deadly
Obbellon fighters in the classic horizontal sci-fi shooter, Gate of Thunder. If
shooting’s not your thing, you can go out and save the world from evil demons
or a power-hungry general in this week’s other offerings that bolster the Wii
Shop Channel’s catalog of action-adventure and real-time strategy games.

Three new classic games go live at 9 a.m. Pacific time. Nintendo adds new games
to the Wii Shop Channel every Monday. Wii™ owners with a high-speed Internet
connection can redeem Wii Points™ to download the games. Wii Points can be
purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at retail outlets. This week’s new games
are:

Ninja Gaiden II™: The Dark Sword of Chaos (NES®, 1 player, rated E for
Everyone – Mild Violence, 500 Wii Points): In Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword
of Chaos, a new villain, Ashtar, is revealed. Take on the role of Ryu Hayabusa
and rescue Irene Lew, a former CIA agent, from Ashtar. Destroy the Sword of
Chaos, a weapon of great power forged from the bone of a demon. Use techniques
such as the Fire Wheel or the Windmill Throwing Star and attack while holding
on to walls and ladders. Use the most innovative technique of all – the
ability to create Shadow Clones, orange shadow versions of Ryu that will
constantly follow him, repeating previous actions (moving or attacking) in a
delayed cycle. Once again defeat henchmen, creatures and bosses with new
fighting techniques and even more weapons as you progress through multiple
stages on your way to destroying Ashtar, Jaquio and the Realm of Chaos.

Metal Marines® (Super NES®, 1 player, rated E for Everyone – Fantasy
Violence, 800 Wii Points): Set in the near future, most of Earth’s land has
been disintegrated in the chaos of the Anti-matter War. This real-time strategy
game portrays the Colonies’ Allied Force – the Metal Marines – in their
epic struggle against General Zorgeuf and the Imperial Federation, who are bent
on world domination. Commanding the Metal Marines across a series of battles,
the player must strategically allocate resources, ready supplies, manage funds
and move troops in an effort to outwit and outmove the opponent. The real-time
battle system rewards split-second decisions and adaptability in the struggle
for military superiority. Unlike most turn-based strategy games, Metal Marines
engrosses the player in a fast-paced and frantic battle in which both sides
advance simultaneously. A constant eye must be kept on enemy movements to
maintain a formidable defense and not miss the perfect chance to strike.
Strategic foresight and quick judgment hold the key to victory.

Gate of Thunder (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, rated E for Everyone – Fantasy
Violence, 800 Wii Points): The legendary sci-fi shooter is back! Gate of
Thunder is a horizontal side-scrolling shooter that places you in control of
special undercover agent Hawk, whose mission is to stop the deadly army of
Obbellon fighters. Jump into the action as Hawk gets aboard his ship, the
Hunting Dog, and heads out toward the enemy. Blast through stages while
effectively using all three of the weapons at your disposal and receiving
support from ally Wild Cat ships. Switch through equippable power-up options on
the fly to change the direction of your attack. You’ll have to blast in front
of and behind you to survive all seven stages. Hard-core shooting-game fans
looking for a challenge can select HARD or DEVIL mode to experience even more
intense action!

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Nintendo's Flash Focus Offers a New Vision for Video Games

Fun Eye Exercises Challenge Hand-Eye Coordination, Peripheral Vision

REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The new Flash Focus(TM): Vision
Training in Minutes a Day is like nothing you've ever seen before. Just as
Nintendo's brain-training games gave your gray matter a workout, Flash Focus
aims to train users' eyes in areas like hand-eye coordination, peripheral
vision and visual acuity. It launches today, exclusively for Nintendo DS(TM).


It might sound like a strange concept, but top athletes have long
usedhigh-tech computerized visual training programs to give them an edge on the
baseball diamond, basketball court and football field. Now Nintendo makes this
remarkable technology available to anyone who wants to have fun while tracking
improvements in the various visual exercises. It's a great tool for moms who
like to keep a "peripheral vision" watch on their kids or for people who want
an edge spotting holiday sales.

"Flash Focus represents another one of our software titles that delivers fun
with a purpose," says George Harrison, Nintendo of America's senior vice
president of marketing and corporate communications. "Flash Focus should be in
the training arsenal of every coach in the country, but it's also ideal for
casual game players of any age who want to keep their vision sharp."

The first time users pop in Flash Focus: Vision Training in Minutes a Day, they
take a series of tests to determine their DS Eye Age. As users spend a few
minutes each day with the activities, they get better and better at the
exercises and their Eye Age lowers to demonstrate their improved focus
abilities. Some of the many fun activities in Flash Focus: Vision Training
in Minutes a Day include:

-- A variation of the hidden ball "hat dance" seen at baseball parks: A
circle is placed in one of three boxes, and the user must follow the
location of the circle as the boxes shuffle rapidly on the screen.
-- Watching two symbols flash on the screen, then tapping the touch screen
to indicate whether they matched.
-- Memorizing a target letter and counting how many times it appears in a
fast-moving stream of letters on the screen.

The worldwide innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo
Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for
its Wii(TM), Nintendo DS(TM), Game Boy(R) Advance and Nintendo GameCube(TM)
systems. Since 1983, Nintendo has sold nearly 2.4 billion video games and more
than 420 million hardware units globally, and has created industry icons like
Mario(TM), Donkey Kong(R), Metroid(R), Zelda(TM) and Pokemon(R). A wholly owned
subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as
headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more
information about Nintendo, visit the company's Web site at http://www.nintendo.com.

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October 14, 2007

Midway TNA Impact! World Premiere

I'm down in Atlanta covering the world premiere of Midway's TNA Impact! video game. This is a very cool event focused on what looks to be a very cool game. We've rubbed elbows with TNA wrestlers, played the game against lead designers, drank an awful lot of bourbon, and enjoyed ourselves to the fullest. You might even say it's been "Total Non-stop Action".

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I'm going to follow this up with a post tonight about the actual wrestling match. They got us press passes so we can get right up front and hopefully we'll take some great photos. I've also got some interviews with wrestlers that I'm going to post. I had a great time talking to Samoan Joe. He and I both wrestled in high school and then played judo afterwards. And now I write this blog and he beats the crap out of people in an 18 month undefeated streak.

The game looked very good. The wrestlers worked closely with Midway on facial capture, mocap, and the dynamics of the game. The 6 sided ring is there - they're adding cages, glass, and barbed wire later. The version we saw was about 60% complete so it was a little buggy, ie you could throw guys through fences and stuff. It was really fun to play, not like other wrestling games which have traditionally been a mix of button mashing and really hard to memorize combos. I thought that even at this early stage it had a very good feel to it in terms of how satisfying it was to lay the smackdown on someone and the rhythm of counter-attacks and reversals. One thing that I like in particular is the way guys react to getting punched; if you punch a guy in the face he grabs his face, and if you kick him in the gut he grabs his gut.

There are a lot of grapples, reversals, alternate-grapples, and aerial moves. It's pretty fast paced for a wrestling game. There's the beloved Irish Whip, climbing the turnbuckles, and running around the ring. The ropes ripple when you run into them which is a nice touch.

We only played some one on one quick play. They're adding a story mode, create-a-player, tag team, and online play.

Oh yeah, and Samoan Joe says he's going to kill you.

Here's some info on the game itself, due out Spring 2008 on PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii. We played it on Xbox 360.

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GAME DESCRIPTION
TNA Wrestling™ is the exclusive Total Nonstop Action wrestling game based on the top-rated weekly television show, TNA Impact! Choose the wrestling style, custom move set and clothing to construct the ultimate champion. TNA drenches the player in moves and match types that allow amazing acrobatic and aerial feats along with the bone-jarring crush of hard-hitting impacts. The game also features top wrestling talent such as Kurt Angle, Jeff Jarrett, Rhino, Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, Sting, Christian Cage, Abyss and more to deliver all of the excitement and action of the television show!
FEATURING MORE THAN 20 CUSTOMIZABLE TNA WRESTLERS- Take control of the top TNA wrestlers such as Kurt Angle, Sting, Jeff Jarrett, Christian Cage, Rhino, Samoa Joe, Abyss, AJ Styles and more!
BECOME A LEGEND- Build a lifetime of fame through story mode. From the poorhouse to the penthouse, choose a career path by making crucial decisions and teaming up with the right faction to get a shot at the belt.
STYLE, SHOWMANSHIP AND PRESTIGE- Get a shot at the top by pulling in the crowds and building up reputation. Over the top entrances and clothing are all ingredients that get the crowd involved and help humiliate and punish opponents in the ring.
GET IN WRESTLING SHAPE- Hiring the right manager makes all the difference. They specialize in different fighting styles, teaching special moves, and helping new wrestlers learn the ropes. Ringside or in the gym, a manager can change the momentum of the wrestler. A variety of training mini-games will allow players to build abilities, unlock new moves and enhance their appearance.
IN-DEPTH CREATE A WRESTLER- Choose wrestling style, custom move set and clothing to construct and personalize the ultimate champion!
THE VIRTUAL RING- Join in on two-player training games and exhibition fights with any unlocked TNA characters as well as any customized characters, or climb into the virtual ring with in Official Online Tournaments. Other online game modes include Custom Games like Tag Team Wrestling (two on two), Ultimate X, King of the Mountain, Fatal Four-Way and more!

October 10, 2007

Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of The Betrayer Ships

-Highly-Anticipated Expansion Hits Retailers in North America-
>
>
>
> NEW YORK, October 09, 2007 - Atari, Inc (Nasdaq: ATAR) and Obsidian
> Entertainment today announced that the highly-anticipated expansion
> Neverwinter Nights(tm) 2: Mask of The Betrayer has shipped to stores
> nationwide in North America. Developed by Obsidian Entertainment, the
> expansion to the award-winning Neverwinter Nights 2 is set in the
> DUNGEONS & DRAGONS(r) Forgotten Realms(r) universe created by Wizards of
> the Coast, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS). DUNGEONS &
> DRAGONS is under license from Hasbro. Rated "T" for Teen, Neverwinter
> Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer is available for Windows platform at a
> suggested retail price of $29.95.
>
>
>
> In Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer, players are transported
> back to the Forgotten Realms shortly after the events detailed in the
> original Neverwinter Nights 2. Following the climactic battle against
> the King of Shadows, the player awakens alone and stranded deep beneath
> the earth. Surrounded by a horde of evil spirits, the player embarks on
> an epic adventure that reveals his true destiny. In addition to more
> than 25 hours of new game play, Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the
> Betrayer allows characters to advance to Epic levels (above level 20)
> and provides over 100 new spells and feats.
>
>
>
> "Atari's commitment to the Neverwinter Nights franchise and its enormous
> community is strong," said Larry Liberty, Senior Producer, Atari, Inc.
> "We're confident that Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer will
> deliver a truly satisfying role-playing experience that further engages
> fans."
>
>
>
> The Neverwinter Nights franchise has sold more than three million copies
> worldwide, is translated into 10 languages, sold in more than 40
> countries and features one of the largest and most active fan
> communities in all of gaming. To date, fans of the franchise, which
> includes Neverwinter Nights, Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of
> Undrentide(tm), Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark(tm) and
> Neverwinter Nights 2 have created more than 5,000 modifications to the
> original game using the award-winning toolset included with the full
> game that allows players to create their own universes, quests and
> storylines.
>
>
>
> More information about Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer can
> be found at www.nwn2.com, which includes user forums, project news,
> development updates and more.

SEGA SHIPS SEGA RALLYT REVO FOR NEXT-GENERATION SYSTEMS

> SEGA(r) of America, Inc. today announced that SEGA Rally(tm) Revo has
> shipped in North America for the PLAYSTATION(r)3 computer entertainment
> system, the Xbox 360(r) video game and entertainment system from
> Microsoft and the PSP(r) (PlayStation(r)Portable) system. This
> genre-defining competitive racing game is the first title developed by
> the newly-formed SEGA Driving Studio and is already receiving applause
> for its genre-defining look and gripping gameplay.
>
> SEGA Rally Revo is the new benchmark in next-gen off-road racing,
> turning every lap into a new experience. Experience truly deformable
> tracks for the first time, using proprietary GeoDeformation(tm)
> technology. Bumper-to-bumper races in single-player and multiplayer
> modes on a constantly changing track surface, using fully customizable
> licensed cars. The genre-defining SEGA Rally arcade brand sets a new
> off-road racing benchmark with SEGA Rally Revo, made possible by the
> processing power of next-generation platforms.
>
>
>
> Key Features:
>
>
>
> * GeoDeformation(tm) - a unique feature which dynamically
> changes the course during each lap with revolutionary surface &
> environment deformation.
>
>
>
> * Vehicles - over 30 in total across 4WD, 2WD, Classic and Bonus
> types, most with three variants each (Road, Rally & All Terrain).
>
>
>
> * Environments - wide range of hyper-realistic next-generation
> deformable environments including Safari, Artic, Canyon and Lakeside.
>
>
>
> * Tracks - a range of off-road and on-road tracks, with a
> variety of surface types and creative track designs.
>
>
>
> * Multiplayer - speedy online and offline multiplayer modes for
> up to six people.
>
>
>
> * Action-Oriented Arcade Heritage - in contrast to other
> simulation-themed rally racers, SEGA Rally Revo features action-oriented
> next-gen arcade racing unlike any other game.

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Wii OWNERS SHARE ANECDOTES AND FUN TALES AT MyWiiStory.com

Every Wii(TM) owner has a unique Wii story to tell: the guy whose girlfriend
could finally partake of his video gaming pastime -- and win... the family
whose weekly game night shifted from board games to video games... the mom who
refused to let her son keep the Wii in his room -- because she wanted to play
too.

In response to the growing Wii phenomenon, Nintendo has set up MyWiiStory.com.
It's a place where Wii owners and their friends and family have been gathering
to post real-life anecdotes about the way that Wii has changed their social
dynamic or even their opinions about video games. Men and women, young and old,
kids and grandparents -- people of all types have posted anecdotes, photos and
videos of their experiences with Wii.

"Everyone's a gamer and every gamer has a Wii story to share," says George
Harrison, Nintendo of America's senior vice president of marketing and
corporate communications. "We want all Wii owners to go to MyWiiStory.com to
further demonstrate the extent to which we have brought new players into the
world of video games."

Here is a sampling of some of the kinds of stories you will find on the site:
-- "We are the house that everyone wants to be at because of the Wii.
When we have dinner parties, the evening ends up in the living room for
dessert, coffee and Wii. It has brought our family closer." -- Katia
Clark

-- "I bought the Wii to use for exercise indoors. ... People assume
that it belongs to one of my sons and I get a kick out of seeing their
faces when I tell them it's mine!" -- Jeanne Boutwell

-- "I'm a 46-year-old mom, never really played any video games. My kids
are now 25 yrs, 22 yrs and 19 yrs old. I am having a Wii party on the
21st of this month. We sent out invitations and I have about 15 women
coming to try to play Wii." -- Sue Leone

-- "I always liked to bowl, although I wasn't very good at it, but I had
to stop 4 years ago when I was diagnosed with bone cancer. A few months
ago we purchased a Wii and I was able to bowl again. We have major
family tournaments and I have hit 'PRO' status. Thanks to Wii I am able
to enjoy one of my life's pleasures again." -- Randy Bhaga

-- "As a woman with multiple sclerosis, I have found that playing the Wii
has offered me both a chance to use my body and my mind. I've
recommended it to other MSers on one of my Web sites. I think it is just
a phenomenal way to exercise and play." -- Diana de Avila

The worldwide innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo
Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for
its Wii(TM), Nintendo DS(TM), Game Boy(R) Advance and Nintendo GameCube(TM)
systems. Since 1983, Nintendo has sold nearly 2.4 billion video games and more
than 420 million hardware units globally, and has created industry icons like
Mario(TM), Donkey Kong(R), Metroid(R), Zelda(TM) and Pokemon(R). A wholly owned
subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as
headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more
information about Nintendo, visit the company's Web site at http://www.nintendo.com.

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October 9, 2007

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*Sherlock Holmes versus Arsčne Lupin: France challenges England! *

While France is ready to face the English team during the Rugby World
Cup semi-final, Arsčne Lupin, the French gentleman thief, is preparing
to challenge England and its most famous detective Sherlock Holmes in
the upcoming adventure game - /Sherlock Holmes versus Arsčne Lupin/.

To illustrate this epic battle of wits, Focus Home Interactive has
released seven new images from the game. These new screenshots let you
join Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson as they investigate the splendid
library of the British Museum, looking for precious clues that can help
them as they chase Arsčne Lupin. In the screens, we will also follow the
famed detective as he investigates some of London's most popular
landmarks - including Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London, the
National Gallery and the Tower Bridge, which are all faithfully
reproduced by the game's 3D engine.

*Visit the official website
*http://www.sherlockholmes-thegame.com

A true battle of wits between two of the greatest figures in popular
literature, /Sherlock Holmes versus Arsčne Lupin/ will send players to
19th Century London where Arsčne Lupin, a young French burglar with an
impressive track record, has just challenged Scotland Yard and the most
celebrated of detectives -- Sherlock Holmes. Lupin has announced that he
plans to rob the capital of five objects of immense value over the
course of five days. The objects are housed in highly prestigious
locations such as the National Gallery, the British Museum, the Tower of
London and even Buckingham Palace! Sherlock Holmes will have to muster
all his courage and ingenuity to save England from terrible humiliation.

*About Focus Home Interactive
*Founded in 1996, Focus Home Interactive is a French publishing and
distribution company based near Paris, France. Known for the diversity,
quality and originality of its catalogue, Focus now publishes and
distributes many of its titles throughout Europe and also world-wide in
both boxed retail and digital distribution formats. The last five years
have been very successful for Focus in France, with many of its PC
licenses becoming top-sellers. Focus has also published several original
titles, including the adventure game /Runaway/, the renowned /Cycling
Manager /and the much-loved /TrackMania/. The coming months will be
exciting and full of surprises with the release of high-quality games
such as /Blood Bowl, TrackMania United, Loki, Paradise City, Sherlock
Holmes: The Awakened/ and sport games dedicated to major events such as
the 32nd America's Cup or the Tour de France. For more information,
please visit http://www.focus-home.com

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Spider-Man 3 PSP Ships

Santa Monica, CA - October 9, 2007 - Fans of Marvel's Spider-Man can now
> unleash the power of the Black Suit while on the go with the release of
> Activision, Inc.'s (Nasdaq: ATVI)
> Spider-Man 3(tm) for the PSP(r)
> (PlayStation(r)Portable) system. Set in the first fully-streaming
> Spider-Man environment for the PSP system, the game gives players the
> freedom to choose their own gameplay experience as they master
> Spider-Man's unique and powerful skill-sets and abilities while also
> experiencing his darker, more mysterious persona, Black-Suited
> Spider-Man, through multiple movie-based and original storylines.
>
>
>
> In Spider-Man 3 for the PSP system, players must draw upon Spider-Man's
> unique combat and powerful, upgradeable moves to protect the citizens of
> Manhattan by defeating arch-rivals from the blockbuster film as well as
> classic Marvel villains during missions and epic boss battles. In the
> PSP system exclusive Conquest Mode, missions must be completed by dawn,
> and if successful, players will be rewarded generously with Hero Points,
> which allow them to upgrade and customize their Spider-Man skills.
>
>
>
> Spider-Man 3 for the PSP system is available at retail stores nationwide
> for a suggested retail price of $39.99 and has been rated "T" (Teen -
> Animated Blood, Mild Language, Violence) by the ESRB.
>
>
>
> For more information on the Spider-Man 3 video game, please visit
> www.sm3thegame.com .
>
>
>
> About Spider-Man Merchandising, L.P.
>
> Spider-Man Merchandising, L.P. is a 50/50 limited partnership comprised
> of Marvel Entertainment, Inc. and Sony Pictures Consumer Products, Inc.
> The partnership oversees all of the licensing and merchandising for the
> Columbia Pictures feature film "Spider-Man 3," as well as the Sony
> Pictures Television's animated series entitled "The Spectacular
> Spider-Man," all based on the Marvel characters.
>
>
>
> About Activision
>
> Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Inc. is a leading
> worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive
> entertainment and leisure products. Founded in 1979, Activision posted
> net revenues of $1.5 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007.
>
>
>
> Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom,
> France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Scandinavia, Spain, the Netherlands,
> Australia, Japan and South Korea. More information about Activision and
> its products can be found on the company's World Wide Web site, which is
> located at www.activision.com.

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SEGA SLASHES ITS WAY INTO STORES WITH BLEACHT FOR THE WII AND NINTENDO DS

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> SAN FRANCISCO (October 9, 2007) - SEGA(r) of America, Inc. today
> announced that Bleach(tm): Shattered Blade(tm) on the Wii(tm) home video
> game system from Nintendo and Bleach(tm): The Blade of Fate(tm) on the
> Nintendo DS(tm) portable handheld system has shipped to retailers in
> North America. Both games are based on the hit animated series currently
> in its second season on Adult Swim. The games offer relentless action
> and dazzling swordplay with crisp, highly-stylized graphics that stay
> true to the TV series and offer players an authentic anime experience.
> The games feature a robust cast of characters voiced by the original
> voice actors from VIZ Media's award-winning BLEACH(tm) anime. With a
> dynamic cast of over two dozen characters in the games including Rukia,
> Kon and hero Ichigo, gamers can spend hours furiously engaged in combat
> while unlocking individual character stories, all based on the animated
> series' story arc.
>
> The BLEACH storyline follows fifteen-year-old Ichigo Kurosaki who is
> able to see spirits from the afterlife known as "Soul Reapers." The Soul
> Reapers are tasked with defending humans from otherworldly beings called
> "Hollows". One fateful day, Ichigo meets Rukia, a Soul Reaper who lends
> him her powers after she is injured by a Hollow. In the game, players
> progress through an exciting storyline facing increasingly difficult
> opponents in their quest to uncover the truth.

> About SEGA of America, Inc.:
> SEGA(r) of America, Inc. is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA
> Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside
> and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes
> interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware
> platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by
> Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. SEGA of
> America's Web site is located at www.sega.com.
>
> About VIZ Media, LLC:
>
> Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one
> of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga
> (graphic novel) publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of
> Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan's largest creators and
> licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and
>
> Shogakukan Production Co., Ltd. (ShoPro Japan), VIZ Media is a leader in
> the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking
> audiences in North America and a global licensor of Japanese manga and
> animation. The company offers an integrated product line including,
> magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, videos,
>
> DVDs, audio soundtracks and develops and markets animated entertainment
> from initial production, television placement and distribution, to
> merchandise licensing and promotions for audiences and consumers of all
> ages. Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133;
> Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and web site at www.VIZ.com
> .

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October 8, 2007

TNA Announces Midway Games as Title Sponsor For "BOUND FOR

**Biggest Weekend in TNA History Kicks Off with "Bound For Glory Fan
Interaction" on Saturday, Oct. 13, features world premiere of /TNA
iMPACT!/ video game**

**Atlanta****, Georgia**** (October 8, 2007)** – TNA Entertainment and
Midway Home Entertainment, a subsidiary of Midway Games Inc. (NYSE:
MWY), a leading interactive entertainment software publisher and
developer, today announced the world premiere of the /TNA iMPACT!/ video
game as part of Midway's title sponsorship for Total Nonstop Action
Wrestling™'s "Bound for Glory," taking place next weekend in Atlanta,
Oct. 13-14.

"'Bound for Glory' promises to be the biggest wrestling event of the
year, and the 'Bound for Glory Fan Interaction' is the perfect place for
Midway to unveil the /TNA iMPACT!/ video game," said Steve Allison,
Midway chief marketing officer. "TNA and their superstars have been
closely involved in the game's development, and we can't wait to deliver
the authentic and cutting-edge TNA style of wrestling to gamers next
spring."

As part of 'Bound for Glory,' Midway and TNA will feature the world
premiere of the /TNA iMPACT!/ video game, scheduled for release in
spring 2008 for the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from
Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Nintendo Wii™
and PlayStation 2, during the "TNA Bound for Glory Fan Interaction" on
October 13, which puts the stars of TNA up close and personal with fans
for a once in a lifetime experience

As title sponsor for 'Bound for Glory,' Midway has been heavily featured
in all promotional materials, including print and radio advertisements,
posters and guerilla marketing tactics. A 30-second teaser trailer for
Midway's /TNA iMPACT!/ video game is currently being shown on TNA Today
and in many advertisements leading up to the world-premiere unveiling of
the game during the 'Bound for Glory Fan Interaction.' A "first look" is
also scheduled as part of the pay-per-view telecast, and ring skirts
will feature the /TNA iMPACT!/ video game logo during Sunday night's
matches.


**_About "Bound for Glory Fan Interaction"_**__

On the eve of "Bound For Glory," the biggest Pay-Per-View event in TNA
history, fans can meet their favorite superstars at the "Bound For Glory
Fan Interaction" on Saturday, October 13 at the Busbee Center at
Gwinnett Technical College (5150 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, Ga.).
More than 40 TNA stars will come together for over four hours to sign
autographs, take pictures with fans and much more. Got something to say
to the superstars of TNA? This is your chance to be heard.

Scheduled to appear are: TNA World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle, "The
Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe, "The Instant Classic" Christian
Cage, The Steiner Brothers, Abyss, Team 3D, "The Phenomenal A.J.
Styles," Triple X, Raven, "Black Machismo" Jay Lethal, Tomko, "Wildcat"
Chris Harris, The Latin American Xchange, "Cowboy" James Storm,
Kazarian, Judas Mesias with James Mitchell, "Showtime" Eric Young,
Voodoo Kin Mafia, Robert Roode, Miss Brooks, Ron "The Truth" Killings,
Lance Hoyt, "The Canadian Destroyer" Petey Williams, "The Guru" Sonjay
Dutt, Black Reign, Gail Kim, Jackie Moore, Christy Hemme, So Cal Val and
more! The talent lineup is subject to change without notice

Tickets are now available for $40 at www.ShopTNA.com or $50 at the door
(if available). Doors will open at 11 a.m. for ticket pickup and
merchandise sales. The autograph signing will begin at 12 p.m. and end
at 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.tnawrestling.com
Don't miss the most talked about pro
wrestling event of 2007 and the biggest night in TNA history, as "Bound
For Glory" will be held live at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Atlanta
on October 14, airing exclusively on pay-per-view. Tickets for "Bound
For Glory" go on September 8 at all Ticketmaster locations or online at
www.ticketmaster.com

**_About TNA Wrestling_**__

TNA Wrestling delivers a distinct brand of high-risk, athletic
entertainment, featured weekly on "Thursday Night iMPACT!" at 9 p.m.
ET/PT on Spike TV. TNA features the innovative six-sided ring and the
high-flying "X Division," as well as concept matches such as "Ultimate
X," "King of the Mountain," and "Six Sides of Steel." TNA Entertainment,
LLC is a privately held company headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee.
For more information, visit www.tnawrestling.com
.

**_About Midway_**__

Midway Games Inc. (NYSE:MWY), headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with
offices throughout the world, is a leading developer and publisher of
interactive entertainment software for major videogame systems and
personal computers. More information about Midway and its products can
be found www.midway.com .

TNA, TOTAL NONSTOP ACTION, and other TNA indicia used on or in this
product are trademarks, copyrighted designs and other forms of
intellectual property of TNA Entertainment, LLC and may not be used in
whole or in part, without the prior written consent of TNA
Entertainment, LLC. © 2005 TNA Entertainment, LLC. All rights
reserved."PlayStation" and the "PS" Family, "PLAYSTATION" are registered
trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Xbox 360 and Xbox Live
are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States
and/or other countries. Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS are trademarks of
Nintendo. © 2001 Nintendo. Nintendo Wii and the Wii logo are trademarks
of Nintendo. © 2006 Nintendo. All other trademarks are the property of
their respective owners. Midway has provided the www.shoptna.com
, www.tnawrestling.com
and www.ticketmaster.com
links solely as a convenience for you.
Information on these sites has been prepared by third parties, and
Midway does not monitor, endorse or accept responsibility for the
content on non-Midway sites.

"This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the
meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995
concerning future business conditions and the outlook for Midway Games
Inc. (the "Company") based on currently available information that
involves risks and uncertainties. The Company's actual results could
differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking
statements as a result of these risks and uncertainties, including,
without limitation, the financial strength of the interactive
entertainment industry, dependence on new product introductions and the
ability to maintain the scheduling of such introductions, the current
console platform transition and other technological changes, dependence
on major platform manufacturers and other risks more fully described
under "Item 1. Business - Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report
on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006, and in any more
recent filings made by the Company with the Securities and Exchange
Commission. Each forward-looking statement, including, without
limitation, financial guidance, speaks only as of the date on which it
is made, and Midway undertakes no obligation to update any
forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the
date on which it is made or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or
unanticipated events or circumstances, except as required by law."


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Wii-kly Update: Three New Classic Games Added to Wii Shop Channel

This week, Nintendo adds another delicious category to its smorgasbord of
classic titles. NEOGEO games will now be appearing in the Wii Shop Channel for
download. NEOGEO becomes the sixth platform represented in the Wii Shop
Channel, and it adds additional depth and breadth to the best selection of
classic games available.

Hard-core gamers will especially appreciate the vibrant, arcade-quality
graphics and the ability to finally play games they might have missed during
the NEOGEO heyday. The first NEOGEO offering includes three fighting games that
are a mix of familiar franchises and cult classics. Dive in and check out the
deep game play, diverse characters and special moves and combos.

The three new classic games go live at 9 a.m. Pacific time. Nintendo adds new
games to the Wii Shop Channel every Monday. Wii™ owners with a high-speed
Internet connection can redeem Wii Points™ to download the games. Wii Points
can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at retail outlets. This week’s
new games are:

FATAL FURY (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, rated T for Teen – Violence, 900 Wii
Points): Released in 1991 and one of the longest-running series in the
fighting-game genre, this title introduced players to Terry Bogard, Andy Bogard
and Joe Higashi. Select one of the three and visit many locations as your
chosen fighter engages in numerous street fights around the fictional city of
South Town. If you’re good enough, you’ll eventually take on Billy Kane and
then his boss, the notorious crime lord Geese Howard. Use each fighter’s own
finishing maneuver and battle in two different planes on the screen, one in the
foreground and the other farther away in the background. The game also features
a two-player mode that is well known for its unique setup, which allows
fighters to both fight and help each other. Do you have what it takes to win
the King of Fighters tournament?

WORLD HEROES (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, rated T for Teen – Animated Blood,
Violence, 900 Wii Points): A fighting game released in 1992 featuring eight
characters, including Hanzo, Janne and Rasputin, modeled on historical figures
from throughout the ages. The fighters compete against each other to become the
world’s toughest combatant, with players using a setup consisting of only
three buttons (one each for punching, kicking and throwing). Adding to this
unique system is the fact that the strength of your offensive blow depends on
how long the button is pressed and held. Along with regular match styles, Death
Match mode is also available and features mines, electrified ropes and other
dangerous objects in the battle arena that can change conditions during the
fight or damage players. Enjoy the wide range of combat forms as you take on
history’s best!

ART OF FIGHTING (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, rated T for Teen – Animated Blood,
Violence, 900 Wii Points): This fighting game, released in 1992, began the
story of the Sakazaki family and Robert Garcia, further developed in two later
sequels. Yuri Sakazaki has been abducted by Mr. Big to punish her father,
Takuma, and her brother, Ryo. To rescue her, Ryo and Robert must take on
numerous enemies around South Town, eventually reaching the mysterious Mr.
Karate. The passion of the game’s creators is evident in the unique game-play
elements introduced. These include an energy gauge that is depleted every time
a fighter uses a special maneuver, Desperation Attacks that are usable only
when a fighter’s health is low and camera zooming that adjusts on the fly as
fighters move around the stage. All these features ensure that players use
strategy and tactics, rather than simply mash buttons. Adding to the mix are
little touches such as characters showing cuts when they are injured and
voice-over samples during cut scenes. Can you perfect the art of fighting and
save Yuri?

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October 4, 2007

Halo 3 Review

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Here's an interesting debate. Matt C. feels that Halo 3 should not be judged harshly just because it is a sequel. In his words, "If it weren't a sequel and were a free standing game, then it would definitely get a 5." In some ways, he's right. But, looking at it the other way, I (Matt S.) think that Halo the first really kicked ass, then Halo 2 was really good but still just more of the same, and now Halo 3 is literally just more of the same and very short. I was disappointed. Sure, it's a great game, but there isn't really any innovation.

What do you think? Is Halo 3 everything it was cracked up to be? Or is it just a few more maps that should be downloaded for free for Halo 2 owners?

Leave a comment and let us know.


Review by Matt Congdon

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What is perhaps the most anticipated game ever was finally released. After a staggering 1.7 million presales, Halo 3 is finally in the consumer’s hands. If I had to review this game in one word, it would be "solid."

Halo 3 is very much a sequel, which you should expect when first playing it. I was so full of anticipation that I was almost disappointed with my first Xbox Live match. But I grew to love Halo 3. The guns are sick, the environments are beautiful, and the game play is even more addicting than before.

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For this sequel, Bungie has included new gadgets called “equipment.” It's is a blast to fool around with, and can actually can come in handy once in a while. Gravity Lifts are great for sniper games, giving you a better vantage point. Trip mines are work well in levels with a lot of vehicles--Vahalla, for example--and Bubble Shields can help you out in a pinch;,they are spherical shield which surrounds you, where neither gunfire nor grenades can enter or leave but people and vehicles can. This allows you to get creative with your killing[s] and try out a few new things.. A clever man could turn a flamethrower and a bubble shield into a Ronco Showtime Rotisserie BBQ, just set it and forget it! Some equipment is pretty pointless, though--for example, the Regenerator (your shields regenerate regardless). But mostly, these gadgets make every online game unique.

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The new guns are a boatload of fun. Ripping turrets off their hinges and chasing down people is true psychotic bliss. Most guns have been retooled to be more effective in certain situations; but of course, some are more effective than others. (Bungie claims to have balanced the weapons, but I really don’t see it.) The best close-range gun is the flamethrower; the best medium-range is the spiker, and the best long-range is the battle rifle. Of course, a smack to back of the head is still the best way to take out your co-op partner.
Matchmaking is pretty much flawless. You can get into games quickly, and you get a very detailed stat report after the action. Now you also can customize your armor when you unlock new items through good play. These are unlocked by how many achievement points you have in Halo 3. it’s another way to set yourself apart from the other people online. My one complaint about online is the new version of the Rumble Pit, Lone Wolves. This used to be my favorite type of game to play; now only 4 to 6 people are allowed in a game, which prevents the craziness of 8 people fragging the crap out of each other.

Campaign mode, simply put, is nice. You can now play online with up to 4 other people. My recommendation is to play through the campaign mode cooperatively with one person, on legendary difficulty mode or just alone. 4 people is way too easy and you can blow through any difficulty with ease. . on the legendary difficulty setting, every enemy is a challenge, every jackal can hit headshots around 75% of the time, and every brute won’t hesitate to try that Chuck Norris jump attack to your face. When you're beating that tough section, after you headshot that tenacious brute with your last sniper bullet, don’t be surprised if you scream out, “Who's the man?” Beating Halo 3 on legendary certainly gives you that feeling of accomplishment that few games can rival.

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You must use cover effectively, ammo conservatively, and equipment wisely if you stand to even beat the first levels. Don’t count on the marines or the arbiter to help you, because they suck at everything: They can’t shoot, drive or wipe their own asses. The only thing the arbiter is good at is dying. It would have been nice to have partners similar to those in Gears of War. Maybe Halo 4?
Halo 3 has been on everyone’s "most wanted game" list for years now. It shouldn’t be missed by either hardcore or casual gamers; it's a terrific example of the next-gen power and potential of the 360, and video games today. Go buy it, if you haven’t already. What are you waiting for?

Worldwide Soccer Manager 2008 Coming October 23rd

*WORLDWIDE SOCCER MANAGER 2008 ANNOUNCED FOR HOLIDAY RELEASE*


*/The Critically-Acclaimed Soccer Management Game Returns with
New Features and Updated Teams and Players on October 23rd/*

* *

*SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON *(October 3, 2007) – SEGA® of America, Inc. and
SEGA® Europe Ltd. today announce the release date for /Worldwide Soccer
Manager™ 2008 /for Games for Windows™ PC and Apple Macintosh. The latest
in this award-winning series, developed by acclaimed studio Sports
Interactive, is scheduled to be available in North America on October
23, 2007 exclusively at Amazon.com and via digital download.

/Worldwide Soccer Manager/ 2008 will allow players to build their dream
team from a library of over 5,000 playable teams from over 50 countries.
The game also gives players the opportunity to manage every facet of
their dream team including trading players, allocating budgets, and
seizing media opportunities. Players will lead their team in competitive
Cup matches, leagues, European Championships, and major international
tournaments. Improvements in the game will now offer a more
sophisticated and realistic experience including a new Confidence Center
to gauge fan reactions, an enhanced Media Center to allow for more
feedback and competitive news, and a revamped Finance section.

Some of the other new features include:

* *Match-Flow* – An improved system that allows the game day to flow
seamlessly without requiring players to pause for tactical
changes. The new system also includes a mini-radar pitch when
making tactical changes to keep the player constantly connected to
the action. Players will get involved with match previews, team
talks, instructions for opposing players, and half-time as well as
post-game breakdowns.
* *International Management* – Improvements in international
management include media improvements, international retirements,
player interaction, international scouting, and improved pool and
captain selection.
* *Fan days* – The board can now arrange fan day events to boost low
attendance.

"With /Worldwide Soccer Manager 2008/, we're once again raising the bar
in the sports management genre," says Miles Jacobson, Studio Director of
Sports Interactive. "Based on fan feedback, we have added dozens of new
features and upgraded the elements the game is best known for. We are
really looking forward to giving fans the game they helped to create and
develop and we know - without a doubt - that /Worldwide Soccer Manager
2008/ is the best the series has to offer."//

/ /

/Worldwide Soccer Manager 2008/ for PC (XP & Vista) and Apple Macintosh
(OS10.3.9 and above) is set for release exclusively on Amazon.com and
via digital download in North America on October 23, 2007. For
additional information, please go to Amazon.com. For game assets, please
visit the Sega press ftp at: http://segapr.segaamerica.com

*_About SEGA® Europe:_*

SEGA® Europe Ltd. is the European Distribution arm of Tokyo, Japan-based
SEGA Corporation, and a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment
both inside and outside the home. The company develops and distributes
interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware
platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by
Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. SEGA
Europe’s web site is located at www.sega-europe.com
.

/*/_About SEGA® of America, Inc._/*/
SEGA® of America, Inc. is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based
SEGA//®// Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment
both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and
distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of
hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those
manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
The SEGA® of America Web Site is located at _www.SEGA.com
_.


*/_About Sports Interactive_/*

Sports Interactive (SI), is the world’s leading developer of football
management simulations through it’s Football Manager series of games
Founded in 1994 and based in the Old Street area of London, SI has a
full-time staff of 44 and employs the services of more than 1,500
part-time researchers across the globe. The company’s games have enjoyed
an unparalleled history of commercial and critical success, with nine of
its creations among the UK's Top 20 fastest-selling PC games of all
time, and 4 in the UK’s top 20 best selling PC games of all time. Sports
Interactive became a wholly owned subsidiary of Sega in 2006. Further
information on the company and its games is available from the SI
website, www.sigames.com .

* *


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October 2, 2007

Hot Pixel Ships for the PSP

Atari's Hot Pixel Lands on PlayStation(r)Portable System
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> - Hot Pixel's Furious Rapid-Fire Gameplay Expected to Set Thumbs
> Atwitter -
>
> NEW YORK, October 02, 2007 - Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR) one of the
> world's most recognized brands and a third-party video game publisher,
> today announced that Hot Pixel for the
> PSP(r) (PlayStation(r)Portable) system has shipped to retailers across
> North America. Hot Pixel is a fast-paced and frenetic portable game
> that challenges players to think on their feet as they are presented
> with a barrage of 130 diabolical mini-games played in quick succession
> over just a few scant, exciting, sweat-inducing seconds. Hot Pixel is
> rated T for Teen and is available for a suggested retail price of
> $29.95.
>
> Tailor-made for gamers on the go, Hot Pixel provides players with
> bite-sized chunks of gaming; each mini-game offering cool tasks and
> goals which take no more than a few seconds to figure out and complete.
> These goals range from navigating through an old-school Zaxxon
> play-alike, busting out tricks on a skateboard, to crowd surfing at a
> pixilated concert. Each game is infused with a style that is inspired
> by early 80s Atari arcade classics, and modern-day street culture. Hot
> Pixel features 130 mini-games available throughout the game, in addition
> to a bundle of 70 all-new mini-games available to download for free on
> the official Hot Pixel website: http://www.hotpxl.com/
> .
>
> "Hot Pixel is a hybrid of old-school retro and street smart cool,
> combining colorful and stylistic graphics with an electro-pop and
> hip-hop soundtrack," said Donny Clay, Producer, Atari, Inc. "Players
> can even remix custom Smart Playlists full of their favorite mini-games.
> Hot Pixel is right at home on a system that boasts an impeccable style
> and a rich multimedia experience."
>
> Due to the pick-up-and-play nature of the gameplay, Hot Pixel can be
> enjoyed by gamers of all types. Hot Pixel also offers a variety of game
> modes for casual and hardcore players alike; with the Story Mode,
> players can unlock new game options and variations of the mini-games
> that encourage social play, while the wireless multiplayer mode allows
> gamers to vie against each other in heated head-to-head matches.
>
> More information and downloadable mini-games for Hot Pixel can be found
> on the official website: http://www.hotpxl.com/
>
>
> About Atari, Inc.
>
> New York-based Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR
> ) develops interactive games for
> all platforms and is a third-party publisher of interactive
> entertainment software in the U.S. The Company's 1,000+ titles include
> hard-core, genre-defining franchises such as Test Drive(r); and
> mass-market and children's franchises such Dragon Ball Z(r). Atari,
> Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames
> Entertainment SA (Euronext - ISIN: FR-0000052573), an interactive games
> publisher in Europe. For more information, visit http://www.atari.com
> .

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Nintendo Goes Green with Environmental Game and 500 Trees

Nintendo Goes Green with Environmental Game and 500 Trees
Chibi-Robo: Park Patrol for Nintendo DS Shows Kids How
to be Green

REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nintendo is on a mission to
make some locations -- both virtual and real -- a little greener. In honor of
today's launch of Chibi-Robo(TM): Park Patrol for the portable Nintendo DS(TM),
Nintendo is offering 500 tree seedlings to kids who want to help keep their
environments clean and beautiful.
Chibi-Robo: Park Patrol is one of the first games based on the growing
environmental movement, and it's a great way to get kids and their parents on a
green path. In the game, players take on the persona of a cute little robot.
They clean up a park by planting flowers, building park equipment and defeating
toxic enemies called Smoglings.

Chibi-Robo: Park Patrol lets players use the Nintendo DS touch screen to
control actions like watering plants, squirting enemies or riding a bike.
Chibi's good deeds are converted into Happy Points that power him and the
friendly toys he meets along the way. He even uses environmentally friendly
modes of transportation to get around.

"From hybrid cars to energy-conserving light bulbs, everyone is going green,"
says George Harrison, Nintendo of America's senior vice president of marketing
and corporate communications. "Chibi-Robo: Park Patrol represents one of the
first environmentally themed video game adventures."

To get a tree seedling, register at http://www.Chibi-Robo.com between now and
Nov. 9. Before America Recycles Day on Nov. 15, Nintendo will choose 500 people
at random to receive a seedling that they can plant in their community.

But Nintendo's environmental efforts are not limited to video games. In the
real world, Nintendo has already undertaken multiple initiatives to help
preserve the environment. Nintendo:
-- recycles the paper it uses company-wide, limits the use of colored
paper (since it's not easily recycled) and purchases recycled paper
towels, report covers, message pads and writing pads.
-- recycles more than 70 percent of the waste generated at its
headquarters and promotes the recycling of aluminum cans and glass in
its corporate cafeterias. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency, the United States as a whole recycles about 32 percent of its
waste.
-- requires manufacturers not use any banned substances (such as lead,
mercury, etc.) in components, nor use them in the manufacturing process
for any components used in its products.

Chibi-Robo: Park Patrol Rated: E for Everyone Available: Oct. 2
exclusively at Wal-Mart stores

For more information: http://www.Chibi-Robo.com.


The worldwide innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo
Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for
its Wii(TM), Nintendo DS(TM), Game Boy(R) Advance and Nintendo GameCube(TM)
systems. Since 1983, Nintendo has sold nearly 2.4 billion video games and more
than 420 million hardware units globally, and has created industry icons like
Mario(TM), Donkey Kong(R), Metroid(R), Zelda(TM) and Pokemon(R). A wholly owned
subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as
headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more
information about Nintendo, visit the company's Web site at http://www.nintendo.com.

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Award-Winning Composer Leads Soundtrack to CALL OF DUTYR 4: MODERN WARFARE

HARRY GREGSON-WILLIAMS TO PRODUCE SCORE
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> CALL OF DUTY(r) 4: MODERN WARFARE (tm)
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> Award-Winning Composer Leads Soundtrack to Infinity Ward's Epic Thriller
>
>
>
> Santa Monica, CA - October 2, 2007 - Infinity Ward and Activision, Inc.
> (Nasdaq: ATVI) have announced that award-winning Call of Duty(r) 4:
> Modern Warfare(tm) will feature an original score by Stephen Barton with
> the Main Theme & Music Production provided by award-winning composer
> Harry Gregson-Williams. Gregson-Williams' work has been featured in
> numerous feature films, television series, and videogames with credits
> including Enemy of the State, Man on Fire, Spy Game , The Chronicles of
> Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Team America: World
> Police. The soundtrack for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was performed
> and recorded by a full orchestra, largely at the legendary Abbey Road
> Studios in London, England.
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>
>
> "Harry Gregson-Williams was the perfect choice to craft an immersive and
> rich soundtrack that matches the heightened atmosphere and tension of
> Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare," says Grant Collier, Studio Head at
> Infinity Ward. "Harry's wealth of experience, passion and intensity
> together with the talents of young composer, Stephen Barton, shine
> through in the score draws gamers deeper into the epic and cinematic
> experience that is Call of Duty 4."
>
>
>
> Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare for Xbox 360(tm), Windows(r) PC and
> PLAYSTATION(r)3 computer entertainment system will begin deployment on
> Tuesday, November 5, 2007 and has been rated "M" for Mature by the ESRB
> for Intense Violence, Strong Language, Blood and Gore. The game will
> also be available for and Nintendo DS(tm) and has been rated "T" for
> Teen by the ESRB for Teen for Blood and Violence.
>
>
>
> Players anxious to answer the call can visit www.charlieoscardelta.com
> for additional information and
> exclusive updates.
>
>
>
> About Activision, Inc.
>
> Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Inc. is a leading
> worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive
> entertainment and leisure products. Founded in 1979, Activision posted
> net revenues of $1.5 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007.
>
>
>
> Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom,
> France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Scandinavia, Spain, the Netherlands,
> Australia, Japan and South Korea. More information about Activision and
> its products can be found on the company's World Wide Web site, which is
> located at www.activision.com.

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LOKI: HEROES OF MYTHOLOGY Shipping to Retail

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October 2, 2007. Toronto, Canada: DreamCatcher Games, a leading
> publisher of interactive entertainment software, today announced that
> the Action Role-Playing Game Loki: Heroes of Mythology for Windows(r)
> has shipped to stores in North America for a suggested retail price of
> $39.99USD. Players will take on the role of one of four great
> mythological heroes as they explore stunning game environments, confront
> hordes of evil minions and defy the gods in an adventure bristling with
> rage. This hack-and-slash title is loaded with content in its solo,
> co-op and multiplayer game modes, all wrapped up in stunning
> environments just waiting to be explored.

> Storyline
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> Egyptian God, Seth, once condemned to a sealed tomb for his evil and
> malice ways, has escaped to release a fury of pent up revenge onto the
> Norse, Greek, Aztec and Egyptian worlds. You have been chosen by the
> other gods to help bring order back. Play as a mighty Norse Warrior, a
> fierce Greek Fighter, a powerful Egyptian Sorcerer or a mystical Aztec
> Shaman in your quest, traveling through vast territories in fierce
> battle against hundreds of legendary and deadly enemies. Prepare
> yourself for fast-paced, action-packed gameplay where it is up to you to
> conquer all four worlds and put Seth back where he belongs.
>
>
>
> Features:
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>
> * Endless possibilities - Experience your adventure as one of four
> different mythological heroes each with distinct strengths and combat
> styles. Worship different gods in order to gain access to more than 200
> different skills. A powerful random level generator ensures that you
> never experience the same game twice.
> * Create your legend your way - Embark upon your quests solo or
> with your friends as part of a group. Challenge others in PvP mode
> inside a dedicated online arena or dice with death by taking part in one
> of the online challenges.
> * Collect and exchange thousands of items, including 500 unique
> objects, such as Thor's Hammer and Achilles' Armor. Customize your
> weapons and armor by visiting the blacksmith's forge. Disassemble and
> rebuild weapons with new attributes and increase their magical powers
> with runes.
>
>
>
> Loki: Heroes of Mythology is developed by Cyanide Studio and has an ESRB
> Rating of M (Mature). For further information please visit our website
> at www.dreamcatchergames.com .

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ENEMY TERRITORY: QUAKE WARS LAUNCHES FULL-SCALE ATTACK ON RETAIL SHELVES


ENEMY TERRITORY: QUAKE WARS LAUNCHES FULL-SCALE ATTACK ON RETAIL SHELVES

Award-Winning, Highly-Anticipated Multiplayer Shooter Available Now

Santa Monica, CA � Oct. 2, 2007 � The battle for Earth has begun with the announcement that id� Software�s Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars� for Windows PC, published by Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), is available on North American store shelves now. Developed by Splash Damage and named one of the most-anticipated new games of 2007 by nearly a dozen publications from around the world, Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars pits the armies of Earth�s Global Defense Force (GDF) against the invading alien Strogg in the multiplayer strategic shooter that transports players to the front lines in this ultimate battle for the planet.

�Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars is a new and unique approach to multiplayer combat. It combines team objectives with distinct player classes, cutting edge graphics, cool vehicles, and powerful deployables,� said id Software CEO, Todd Hollenshead. �Whether your thirst is for the savior or domination of Planet Earth, Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars is there to quench it.�

Set within the expansive QUAKE universe in the year 2065, Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars offers the ultimate in objective-based multiplayer action, either online or offline with computer controlled players. Up to 24 gamers can play online, electing to play as the human GDF or alien Strogg in one of five unique character classes. Employing an arsenal of weapons, vehicles and deployable armaments, players engage in an action-packed test of skill and coordinated teamwork through a series of combat objectives. Persistent character growth and achievements reward gamers for teamwork, while clearly defined mission and class objectives guide new players to meaningful contributions on the battlefield.

"Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars represents Splash Damage's first full retail game and it would not have been possible if it weren't for the support of id Software, the incredible investment on behalf of the team members over these past four years and the dedication of such an active community around the Demo and the Betas," said Splash Damage Owner and Creative Director Paul Wedgwood. "We really can't thank fans enough for their incredible support and getting us this far. We can't wait to see the game on store shelves!"

Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars delivers the most diverse battlefields, from real-world locations, including deserts, glaciers, mountains and countrysides. id Software�s new MegaTexture rendering technology renders unprecedented large, highly-detailed and un-tiled outdoor environments all the way to the horizon. Outdoor dynamic lighting allows for every battle to be fought during day or night, with accurate simulation of shadows, atmosphere, vegetation, and weather.

Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars for Windows PC is rated �T� by the ESRB and carries a suggested retail price of $49.99 for the regular edition and $59.99 for the Limited Collector�s Edition.

The Limited Collectors Edition comes complete in a premium package with a bonus DVD featuring tons of additional items and content, including: 10 beautifully rendered, oversized collectible cards, highlighting select Strogg and GDF vehicles and deployables; a bevy of concept art and final artwork, as well as must-haves like exclusive ringtones.

Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars is also in development at Nerve Software for the Xbox 360� video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and at Activision Foster City for the PLAYSTATION�3 computer entertainment system.

To learn more about the game visit http://www.enemyterritory.com/.

About id Software
id � defined by Freud as the primal section of the human psyche; id Software, located in Mesquite, Texas, was founded in 1991. From inception to present day, id Software has relentlessly provided technical, design and artistic leadership as an independent game developer and technology provider. Transcending the games industry, id�s iconic brands such as Wolfenstein, DOOM, QUAKE and Enemy Territory have become staples of popular culture for generations of gamers. More information on id Software can be found at www.idsoftware.com.

About Splash Damage Ltd.
Based in London, England, Splash Damage Ltd is an independently-owned game developer dedicated to online gaming, and one of the leading Shooter developers in Europe. Splash Damage developed id Software�s Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, winning multiple �Game of the Year� awards, and is now developing Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. Founded by Paul �Locki� Wedgwood in 2001 with key members of the mod-making community, Splash Damage also contributed to DOOM 3 and Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Game of the Year Edition. For more information, visit www.splashdamage.com.

About Activision, Inc.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products. Founded in 1979, Activision posted net revenues of $1.5 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007.

Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Scandinavia, Spain, the Netherlands, Australia, Japan and South Korea. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's World Wide Web site, which is located at www.activision.com.

October 1, 2007

Nintendo Invites Everyone to Spend Some Time With Deep New Zelda Game

Nintendo Invites Everyone to Spend Some Time With Deep New Zelda Game
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass Marks Series' Debut on Nintendo DS
REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Today's launch of The Legend of
Zelda(R): Phantom Hourglass for Nintendo DS(TM) marks the arrival of perhaps
the deepest, richest story ever to appear on a hand-held video game system. The
game requires players to fill up the Phantom Hourglass with sand and give
themselves enough time to delve deeper and deeper into the ultimate dungeon. It
has received critical praise both in the United States and in Japan, where it
launched in late June.

"The storyline for The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass represents a new
pinnacle for hand-held video games," says George Harrison, Nintendo of
America's senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications. "The
touch-screen controls make it easy for newcomers but fresh and engaging for
Zelda fans."

Veteran gamers should be able to pick it up and start playing instantly. "The
game is a pure testament to both the power and innovative aspects of DS,
delivering an overall product that will blow gamers away visually,
stylistically and cinematically," says Mark Bozon of IGN.com, who rated the
game 9 out of 10, including a perfect 10 rating for its "stunning" graphics. A
notoriously critical Japanese publication also gave The Legend of Zelda:
Phantom Hourglass a near-perfect score: Four judges rated it a perfect 10,
while one gave it a 9. But what about people who haven't played a Zelda game
since the original on the Nintendo Entertainment System(R) in 1987? No worries.


The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass has players navigate through the game
using only the touch screen. Sliding the stylus swings hero Link's sword, while
tapping other characters starts conversations or battles. Players can even
write notes on their maps to remind them of places they should revisit once
they gain more items and experience.

If two players want to spend a little time together with The Legend of Zelda:
Phantom Hourglass, they have two options. If they're in the same room, they can
play over a local wireless connection. If they're far apart, they can use their
Internet connection to log onto Nintendo(R) Wi-Fi Connection and battle in the
two-player mode, which lets one player control Link while the other player
controls the enemies who are after him.

As a special bonus for Nintendo's rewards club, My Nintendo members who
register the game and their Nintendo DS hardware at MyNintendo.com and fill out
a short survey will receive a special Nintendo DS stylus that looks like an
old-fashioned quill pen (subject to availability). The epic adventure is rated
E for Everyone.

The worldwide innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo
Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for
its Wii(TM), Nintendo DS(TM), Game Boy(R) Advance and Nintendo GameCube(TM)
systems. Since 1983, Nintendo has sold nearly 2.4 billion video games and more
than 420 million hardware units globally, and has created industry icons like
Mario(TM), Donkey Kong(R), Metroid(R), Zelda(TM) and Pokemon(R). A wholly owned
subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as
headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more
information about Nintendo, visit the company's Web site at http://www.nintendo.com.

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Wii-kly Update: Two New Classic Games Added to Wii Shop Channel

Oct. 1, 2007Wii-kly Update: Two New Classic Games Added to Wii Shop ChannelThis
is a special week on the Wii Shop Channel. Frankly, it’s a gamer’s dream
come true: Nintendo is launching the new Import genre with the release of two
games that previously have never been available in the Western Hemisphere on
their original platforms. The first will be hugely popular with Mario™ fans,
who will love reliving the style of his classic games as they encounter new
skills, new levels and new dangers. Nintendo® 64 enthusiasts also get a
masterpiece of the shooter genre and perhaps the best game never released
outside of Japan. Welcome to Import Week for the Wii Shop Channel!The two new
classic games go live at 9 a.m. Pacific time. Nintendo adds new games to the
Wii Shop Channel every Monday. Wii™ owners with a high-speed Internet
connection can redeem Wii Points™ to download the games. Wii Points can be
purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at retail outlets.

This week’s new games are:

Super Mario Bros.™: The Lost Levels™ (NES®, 1 player, rated E for
Everyone, 600 Wii Points): Originally released in Japan as Super Mario Bros.®
2, this game has previously made only brief cameo appearances in the Western
Hemisphere. Now available on the Virtual Console™ in all of its original
splendor, Mario fans will appreciate the familiar look and feel of the game,
while finding that its updated game play creates an entirely new challenge. No
longer content just to wear different-colored overalls, Mario and Luigi also
possess different skill sets: Mario can stop quicker, while Luigi can jump
higher. In addition to the classic enemies already known to fans worldwide,
there are also Poison Mushrooms, backward Warp Zones, and the occasional wind
gust (which can help or hinder your progress) to take into account. And if
that’s somehow not enough, expert players can go looking for the game’s
secret worlds. So get ready to put your Mario skills to the ultimate test, and
save the Princess again. Just don’t be surprised if she’s in another
castle.

Sin & Punishment™ (Nintendo 64, 1-2 players, rated T for Teen – Blood,
Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, 1,200 Wii Points): Created by the legendary
development studio Treasure, this is a game that hard-core gamers and fans of
Japanese imports recognize as one of the finest Nintendo 64 titles to have
never previously reached North American shores. Its unique combination of
English voice-overs with Japanese subtitles (preserved in this version) has
only added to the enthusiasm for its eventual release here. Experience the
frenetic pace of a classic shooter, while choosing from a variety of options
and a number of different skill levels until you are ready to take on the
full-blown challenge of Turbo Hard mode. Not to be outdone by the action,
however, the intriguing story line gives the game its soul and draws you even
further into the mix. Set in the near future, on an overpopulated Earth starved
for resources, players uncover the intriguing mystery of two teenagers (Saki
and Airan) and their battle against the Ruffians as they advance through level
after level of nonstop action. Take a deep breath, gather your energy and
prepare to see why this game is so highly praised.

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