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Fariko Impact Wins Inaugural Call of Duty® Championship, presented by Xbox – Takes Home $400,000 of the Tournament’s $1 Million Prize Purse Plus the Highly Coveted Honor as the best Call of Duty®: Black Ops II Players in the World

 Winning their way through three days of intense multiplayer competition against 30 other professional four-player teams, Fariko Impact and EnVyUs met face to face at center stage for Sunday’s finals matchup to determine who would be crowned World Champions at the Call of Duty Championship®, presented by Xbox.  In the end, Fariko Impact, consisting of Damon “Karma” Barlow, Adam “Killa” Sloss, Marcus “MiRx,” and team captain Chris “Parasite” Duarte (pictured below) emerged victorious and cemented their spot as the best Call of Duty®: Black Ops II players in the world, taking home $400,000 of the tournament’s $1 Million prize purse.  Team EnVyUs took home $200,000, while third place team OpTic Gaming took home $120,000, with the remaining prize purse distributed among the remaining top eight teams.

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Last weekend, as you all know, was the Wondercon spectacular and Forbiddenpanel had front row seats to this very cool comics and more show. Unfortunately for yours truly, the gaming section was extremely limited. There were only three game companies representing their wares this year. Nintendo, Namco and Capcom. All presenting some pretty cool games though and we will go through some of the highlights of what Capcom had to bring to the table.

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DuckTales Remastered has seen the development team take the levels and layout from the original 1989 release as a foundation before expanding upon them to significantly enhance the gameplay experience but where this update truly impresses is its graphics and sound. All of the visuals from the 8-bit game have been beautifully re-created as hand-drawn and animated sprites, across a backdrop of luscious, re-envisioned level backgrounds. Furthermore, original Disney Character Voices talent, including some from the cartoon TV series, bring in-game characters to life with charm and wit, while the classic melodies of the original soundtrack are given a modern twist.

Further additions to the original include an all new tutorial level where players can get familiar with the iconic pogo jump and cane swing; while Scrooge McDuck’s Museum allows players to track all their stats and compare their progress with others via global leaderboards.

A Disney Interactive licensed property, DuckTales Remastered is being developed for Capcom by WayForward and is scheduled for release digitally on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and Wii U™ this summer.

While walking around the Con, I ran into Tad Stones, who produced the original Darkwing Duck series. Though the beloved Darkwing isn’t in Disney’s DuckTales Remastered, it was still an awesome nostalgic moment to run into one the creators of  such an amazing era in animation! Stones told me that he hadn’t worked on the Capcom game but that he has a new project in the works with the hopes of getting back in the saddle with Disney. Let’s hope they greenlight his project.

Playing DuckTales Remastered was exciting and a huge bummer at the same time. It was so awesome to replay a game from my childhood and see the evolution of technology and seeing the once 8-bit characters redrawn into a high level experience. The controls I used were for the Xbox and it was really intuitive. I will admit that the Pogo Jump did take me a little bit to master but once I had it, good old Scrooge McDuck was bouncing on his cane like a mad duck! The extreme downside to this was that I only had 7 minutes to play the demo.  🙂 The demo took me through some exposition between Scrooge and his nephews but other than going through a couple of areas, all i got to do was bounce on a few treasure chests and collect some gems and try to avoid the ghosts. All in all, still a fun game.

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So this past weekend was Wondercon.  You are going to see a lot of different reviews and news coming from the show and I thought I would hop on here and tell you what it was like from behind the booth.

First off, I wanted to thank our fans for coming out.  It was so amazing to see what a following we have.

Wondercon saw the release of 2 new books from us.  The Plagued #2 from Daniel Whitfield.  You can now purchase this on our store in booth CBR and PDF format.  It also saw the release of our first anthology book, Forbidden Tales.  We also have this available in our store in both CBR and PDF.  If you enter B1EQ4TOVGMZX into the coupon section you will get $2 off. Continue reading

Hey Gamer Geeks!

Its the Saturday before Easter and what did I do for the holiday?? I went to Wondercon of course!! I will be posting some pretty cool stuff soon about the lastest games from Capcom, Namco and Nintendo.  I also have some fun snapshots of those crazy awesome fans and their costumes.

Stay tuned!!!

 

 

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Perfect World Entertainment is pleased to announce that RaiderZ’s first expansion, Broken Silence, is launching on April 3. Several weeks ago, we released details about the new features that this expansion brings to players. Here’s a summary of what players can look forward to:

 

 

  • Increase level cap to 40
  • New region of Cowen Marsh
  • New epic bosses
  • New armors and weapons
  • New PvP Battle Arena
  • Improved party matching system

With a new level cap of 40, warriors can gather the necessary strength to fight and protect themselves from dangers ahead. One of those dangers is Cowen Marsh, which was once a beautiful, lush, and vibrant region full of life. However, recent contamination has turned this area into a toxic wasteland seeping throughout and into the sacred Temple of Renas. With the Party Matching System, players can team up with adventurers with similar combat experience and go on the hunt together. The new PvP Battle Arena will allow players to earn Battle Arena points and new costumes.
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Current RaiderZ fans and new players will be able to check out all its exciting new features for free. Join RaiderZ’s epic monster hunting experience by registering for a free account here:http://www.playraiderz.com

Counter-Strike Co-creator Minh “Gooseman” Le Launches Long-Awaited FPS, TACTICAL INTERVENTION

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Legendary FPS Creator Returns with his New Team-Based Shooter,
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 OGPlanet, a leading publisher of Free-to-Play, multiplayer, online games, along with Counter Strike co-creator, Minh “Gooseman” Le, announced today that they have officially launched TACTICAL INTERVENTION, a team-based, online first-person shooter (FPS) in North America.

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From Bungie, the creators of Halo®, and Activision, the publisher of Call of Duty®, comes Destiny, the next evolution in interactive entertainment and an epic adventure unlike anything players have experienced.

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In Destiny you are a Guardian of the last city on Earth, able to wield incredible power. Explore the ancient ruins of our solar system, from the red dunes of Mars to the lush jungles of Venus. Defeat Earth’s enemies. Discover all that we have lost. Become legend.

 

 

 

 

the reefDestiny delivers an all new way to experience first-person action games. A sweeping adventure set within a bold new universe, featuring an unprecedented combination of cooperative, competitive, public, and community activities seamlessly woven into an expansive, persistent, online world.   Continue reading

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I had a nostalgically grand time playing Perfect World’s new MMORPG, “Dungeons & Dragons – Neverwinter” tonight and I must say, I’m pretty impressed. Like most kids who grew up in the 80’s, I love Dungeons and Dragons and Neverwinter has given the players a nice taste of the good old D&D magic. Cryptic Studios has gone out of their way to make sure that they remain faithful to the world that so many role-players adore while bringing the city of Neverwinter to life. Continue reading

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Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studios are pleased to unveil the next chapter of Star Trek OnlineLegacy of Romulus. This will be the largest Star Trek Online expansion since launch and will feature the Romulans as a playable faction for the first time ever. In addition to the new Romulan Republic faction, players will have a chance to take command of mighty Warbird Class starships. Denise Crosby also returns to reprise her role as Empress Sela for die-hard Trekkies along with much, much more in Legacy of Romulus.  Check out the official website at www.legacyofromulus.com for full expansion details. Continue reading

Battlecry Studios, ZeniMax Media’s newest studio, is looking for top talent to join them at their Austin, TX-based offices. Working on Free-To-Play AAA online games, they are currently looking for a number of people to round out their team. A full list of job openings can be found at jobs.zenimax.com.

Listings currently include:

  • Environmental Artist
  • Senior/Lead Environmental Artist
  • VFX Artist
  • Character Artist
  • Senior Technical Designer
  • Senior Systems Designer
  • Systems Designer
  • Associate Multiplayer Level Designer
  • Tools Engineer
  • Gameplay Engineer
  • Senior Server Database Engineer
  • Senior Server Engineer
  • Senior Network and Systems Administrator
  • Senior Concept Artist
  • Monetization/Systems Designer
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