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Snapple Goes Airborne with Mobile Games

Airborne Entertainment — one of the world’s leading mobile entertainment publishers — has entered into a wide-ranging partnership with Snapple, part of Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages. Airborne will leverage Snapple’s Real Facts under the cap trivia campaign, its quirky personality, and iconic packaging to create "the best mobile phone stuff on earth." Snapple lovers can look forward to downloading games, applications, wallpapers and animated ringers directly on their phones. Each product promises to capture Snapple’s irreverent, refreshingly full-flavored attitude. Andy Nulman, Airborne’s President explained how the partnership came out. "I popped the cap on my Peach Snapple when I learned … Continue reading Snapple Goes Airborne with Mobile Games

Underdog US Team Gets 5th at Ragnarok

Team Denuo Convena, second place winner of the U.S. Ragnarok Championships, handed stunning defeats to some of the world’s top teams at the Ragnarok World Championships (RWC), ultimately placing fifth. Several of the Asian guilds have been playing together for the past three years, while the U.S. teams had less than six months to prepare. With relatively green teams, both U.S. guilds were expected to be eliminated in the first round. The final results of the competition proved the predictions about the U.S. teams to be wrong. During the course of the tournament, Denuo Convena defeated several teams favored to … Continue reading Underdog US Team Gets 5th at Ragnarok

Xpand Rally Delayed

As Techland announced today, Xpand Rally MP Demo will be postponed until 26.08.2004. "Although it’s just a demo version, we want to give players as good product as possible, so we have decided to delay the release of the Xpand Rally MP demo a bit. This additional time will allow us to polish the demo to the stage we originally wanted", says Pawel Marchewka – Xpand Rally Executive Producer. The demo will feature two cars with two different paintings and two tracks. Players will have the ability to choose from two different car handling models: simulation and arcade. Besides the … Continue reading Xpand Rally Delayed

Ben Kingsley, Kristanna Lorken to star in BloodRayne

Oscar-winning actor Ben Kingsley is bringing the bloodsucking ruler of the BloodRayne videogame to life. The ‘Gandhi’ star will play Kagan, the leader of a vast and dangerous vampire army. ‘Terminator 3’ star Kristanna Lorken been tapped as Kingsley’s daughter, who also must save the world by overthrowing his empire. The film will be set in 18th century Romania and the production will be filmed on-location in that country beginning later this month. A sequel for the videogame is expected to be released this fall.

Midway changes Area 51 Launch Date

Chicago-based interactive entertainment developer and publisher, Midway Amusement Games, LLC announced today that its sci-fi first-person shooter is now scheduled to ship the first half of 2005. Committed to publishing games of the highest calibre, Midway decided to give AREA 51 the extra development time needed in order to achieve the triple-A game quality that is expected of the title. In addition to honing graphics and fine tuning gameplay, the development team has confirmed that they will be adding new features to the game including a new alien enemy, as well as a new alien weapon. The new launch date … Continue reading Midway changes Area 51 Launch Date

Games help Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

We all are professionals that need to follow somebody's instructions, to meet the deadlines and to work after hours from time to time. Yes, our kids have computers and those cute games installed on them. Confess that you also have a couple of games running on your PC. Would we want to feel like home everywhere? Is playing the game from a wide screen of our PC (either Windows, Mac, or Linux) on our PDAs brings us sweet home memories? If it does, then we should stop burning ourselves down and take a time out to relax while playing our … Continue reading Games help Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

UBISoft Releases Race For Presidency Game

Ubisoft, a leading company in the multimedia industry, announced with Stardock Entertainment the release of The Political Machine, which ships today to retailers nationwide. A PC-CD strategy game based on data collected from surveys, exit polls, and the 2000 U.S. Census, The Political Machine users are challenged to spend 41 weeks on the campaign trail, serving as a campaign manager for a presidential candidate. In an effort to secure a spot in the Oval Office, the user is tasked to secure the greatest number of electoral votes and utilize the various facets of political strategy. Players can design their own … Continue reading UBISoft Releases Race For Presidency Game

Altec Ships New Gaming Headset

Altec Lansing Technologies, Inc., the leader in the design and manufacture of Powered Audio products, today unleashed its AHS602 Headset, the most satisfying, pulse-pounding personal audio experience yet for computer game users. The AHS602 plunges the wearer into the middle of the action using two high-performance, 40mm neodymium drivers combined with SRS Headphone technology-a patented 3-D breakthrough from SRS Labs that repositions sound from inside the listener's head to outside the listener's ears, creating a natural, yet awesomely intense audio effect. Altec Lansing's AHS602 is a premium headset for serious gamers. Featuring a noise-rejecting wraparound microphone for hands-free operation, the … Continue reading Altec Ships New Gaming Headset

Madden NFL 2005 Ships

Signaling the start of football season, Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:ERTS) today announced that Madden NFL 2005, the flagship EA SPORTS videogame and the largest-selling franchise of all time in North America, with over 37 million copies sold, has shipped to retailers nationwide and will be in stores in time for National Madden Vacation Day on Tuesday, August 10th. Madden NFL 2005 celebrates the franchise's fifteenth anniversary by pushing the boundaries of realism forward with new defensive innovations including the Hit Stick, that for the first time make playing defense as fun as playing offense, an immersive new Storyline Central in Franchise … Continue reading Madden NFL 2005 Ships

LucasFilm To Set Up in Singapore

A slice of Hollywood glamour landed in Singapore yesterday, as the film company behind blockbusters Star Wars and Indiana Smith announced plans to set up a production studio here, its first foray outside the US. By early next year, Lucasfilm – headed by the iconic director George Lucas – will set up a digital animation studio producing films, television shows and games in Singapore. It aims to create a new style of animation here by blending East and West. The firm plans to eventually hire up to 300 content producers, directors, artists, designers and story writers here, who will work … Continue reading LucasFilm To Set Up in Singapore

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