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Title Eclipses Feature Film Record for Second Consecutive Year

Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), announced today that Call of Duty®: Black Ops II has crossed the $1 billion mark in worldwide retail sales, according to Chart-Track retail customer sell-through information and internal company estimates. Illustrating the strong appeal of interactive entertainment to audiences worldwide, the game achieved this milestone in just 15 days after its launch on November 13, 2012. Last year’s Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare®3reached $1 billion in retail sales in 16 days. The box office record set for feature films in 2009 by “Avatar” was $1 billion in 17 days¹.

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Santa Rockstar 1

Jingle Bell Rock?
More Like Rockin’ Jingle Bells
Santa Rockstar is Coming to Town December 12
You better watch out
You better not cry
You better not pout
Cause you know the rest…

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by Andrea Emmes

Ah, the classic Hidden Object games, loved by so many. The scenes are cluttered with a wide variety of objects that really don’t make sense in a given scene but are always super fun to spend countless hours looking for. It’s like those who love to play word searches.  At first the HOG games, as they are called (Hidden Object Games) were just a simple list of objects that the player needed to find and then move on to the next scene. Now, it seems the HOG’s are being morphed into a whole new style of gameplay. No longer are HOGs just a hunt and peck game, now they are filled with mystery and adventure as they are coupled with exciting and often time scary storylines and filled with new gameplay mechanics allowing the player to become even more immersed into finding tons and tons of objects.

If you were to look at the app store, you will find a ton of HO games from masters such as G5 Games, Big Fish Studios, Magmic, PlayFirst and more. I have been playing so many of these games lately that it feels like my eyes might be going cross. But in a good way. I love a good adventure HOG game and have been playing the following titles on my iPad3:

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Bethesda is pleased to announce Dishonored: Dunwall City Trials, the first add-on pack for the critically-acclaimed first-person action game developed by Arkane Studios, will be available worldwide on December 11, 2012 for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC for $4.99 (or 400 Microsoft Points).

Dunwall City Trials will include 10 challenge maps that will test and track your combat, stealth and mobility skills. Creatively combine your supernatural abilities, weapons and gadgets to eliminate as many targets as possible, fight off waves of tallboys, guards, weepers and thugs, or take out targets in a non-stop run of drop assassinations. Dunwall City Trials also features a new set of achievements and trophies as well as a global online leaderboard. For more information on Dishonored and the newest add-on pack please visit www.Dishonored.com.

Check out the making of the Call of Duty: Black Ops II “Surprise” live-action trailer and see what it took to create the spectacular production. Director Guy Ritchie guides an all-star cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Justine “iJustine” Ezarik, and FPS Russia.

Realms Online Becoming Champions of Regnum

Global rebranding, exciting new gameplay coming soon

GameSamba is proud to announce an evolution of the Realms Online and Regnum Online brands into a new upcoming game update entitled Champions of Regnum. Soon, no matter where you play in the world, the game’s name and brand will be consistent. This exciting expansion of Regnum/Realms Online will include a whole new way to play PvP and RvR, as well as a revised ranking and matchmaking systems. The new game logo and the Champion’s armor set are revealed athttp://championsofregnum.gamesamba.com

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Amazing updated content can be found at  www.elderscrolls.com with the first screenshots and detailed info for Dragonborn.

With this official add-on for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim®journey off the coast of Morrowind, to the island of Solstheim. Encounter new towns, dungeons, and quests, as you traverse the ash wastes and glacial valleys of this new land. Become more powerful with shouts that bend the will of your enemies and even tame dragons. Your fate, and the fate of Solstheim, hangs in the balance as you face off against your deadliest adversary – the first Dragonborn.

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Based on the popular National Geographic Channel TV show by the same name, Doomsday Preppers™ challenges you to prepare for a new (and even more fabulous) life below the ground. Design a multi-level dream bunker complete with everything you need for post-apocalyptic bliss, from a gym to a greenhouse to a disco bar! Flush out your subterranean palace one floor at a time while measuring and improving your survival skills along the way, so that you can extend your underground lifespan – and keep on building!

 

 

 

 

 

Key Features:

  • 135 floors to build – how deep will you go?
  • Six types of floors: Shelter, Security, Food and Water, Science, Workshop and Recreation
  • Over 300 products to prep and store
  • Over 150 male and female customizable avatars to choose from
  • Regular game updates to keep you plotting and planning
  • Play with other preppers, including your Facebook friends

Criterion Entertainment’s Official Star Trek Convention is coming soon. From Friday, November 16, through Sunday, November 18, Star Trek fans of all ages are welcome to celebrate and enjoy an array of events, contests, panels, and presentations. Special guests include George Takei, Walter Koenig, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, and many more. For more information about the event, head to the official Star Trek San Francisco website.

To celebrate this awesome event, the Star Trek Online team is pleased to offer a special in-game item to attendees that, once claimed and opened, contains a unique Holo-Leeta Duty Officer (pictured below) and “Convention Veteran” title for all characters on your account.

You can obtain a code for this special item through a couple different methods (limit one code per player):

Twitter – Tweet a picture of yourself at the convention to our official Twitter account, @TrekOnlineGame . Make sure you are also following us so we can DM you a code and instructions on how to claim the above rewards.

The STO Forums – Send a forum PM to STO Community Manager Brandon Felczer through this link. Under “Recipient Username(s)”, enter: pwebranflakes | Under “Title”, enter: Star Trek San Francisco | In the “Message” field, include a link to a picture of yourself at the convention. Brandon will respond with a code and instructions on how to claim the above rewards.

We hope you have fun at Star Trek San Francisco!

To download and play the award-winning Star Trek Online MMO for free, head to www.startrekonline.com

In response to the overwhelming amount of enthusiasm demonstrated by the Call of Duty® community over Treyarch’s Zombies mode, we’re happy to announce that – in addition to including it in the Call of Duty®: Black Ops II Collector’s Editions – the Nuketown Zombies map will be made available as a piece of bonus content for the Call of Duty®: Black Ops II DLC Season Pass in December.

Fans who purchase the Call of Duty®: Black Ops II DLC Season Pass not only get all four epic DLC Map Packs** for the discounted suggested retail price of $49.99*, but they also get access to the Nuketown Zombies bonus map – available for Xbox 360® first in December with other platforms to follow, plus an exclusive in-game calling card.

For those picking up the CE version of Call of Duty®: Black Ops II, the Nuketown Zombies map will be available exclusively starting tomorrow, before it becomes available for Season Pass holders in December.

Call of Duty®: Black Ops II is merely hours away, so we can’t wait for you to pick up and start playing, and look forward to seeing you online.

*Based on Season Pass suggested retail price of $49.99 and four DLC Map Packs at a suggested retail price of $14.99 each.

**DLC Content in the Season Pass may be sold separately.  If you purchase the Season Pass, do not also purchase these standalone Map Packs, as you will be charged for them.  Season Pass and DLC Map Packs may not be available on all platforms or in all territories.  Pricing and release dates may vary by platform. Call of Duty: Black Ops II game required; sold separately.

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