Friday, May 15, 2009

Sony - Free Realms Now Has Over 1 Million Users In Only 17days. - Press Release

In only 17 Days, Free Realms has had over 1 Million Registrations. In celebration all current users can get a T-shirt available for limited time, with the 1 Millionth user getting lifetime membership, a Astronaut Suit, and 10,000 Station cash.

Press Release
SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – May 15, 2009 – Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) today announced that more than one million unique users have registered for Free Realms™, the free, family-friendly online video game that launched on April 28. To mark this milestone, SOE is rewarding all current Free Realms players with limited edition, in-game T-shirt featuring special graphics. The one-millionth player will also receive a lifetime membership to the game, a one-of-a-kind in-game astronaut suit, and 10,000 Station Cash™.

“The excitement surrounding
Free Realms, and the positive response the game has already received, is overwhelming,” said John Smedley, president of Sony Online Entertainment. “To achieve this milestone so rapidly speaks to the quality and the fun gameplay experience Free Realms offers to players of all ages.”

Along with the limited edition
Free Realms T-shirt for their character to wear, 999,999 players will receive a matching pet T-shirt for their four-legged friends, and 200 Station Cash to use toward the purchase of in-game items.

Free Realms, players can customize their characters, explore, quest, battle monsters, and play a wide variety of minigames in a safe, online environment, packed with stunning visuals, distinctive environments, and social networking capabilities. Players are free to do or be anything: Fight like a ninja, cook a tasty meal, raise a pet, battle goblins, set out on epic quests or connect with friends through a safe, social networking site. Also available is the Free Realms Trading Card Game: a full-featured trading card game, playable both digitally within the Free Realms online game and offline via physical card decks available wherever you buy trading cards.

Free Realms game starter cards and Station Cash cards, which can be used to purchase a membership, in-game items and more, are available at such stores as Target, Best Buy and 7-11.

Free Realms
is rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and up with content descriptors of Crude Humor and Fantasy Violence. To play Free Realms, visit:

About Sony Online Entertainment
Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) is a recognized worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games, with hundreds of thousands of subscribers around the globe. SOE creates, develops and provides compelling entertainment for the personal computer, online, game console and wireless markets. Known for its blockbuster franchises and hit titles including EverQuest®, EverQuest® II, Champions of Norrath®, Untold Legends™, and PlanetSide®, as well as for developing Star Wars Galaxies™, SOE continues to redefine the business of online gaming and the creation of active player communities while introducing new genres on various entertainment platforms. Headquartered in San Diego, CA, with additional development studios in Austin,

Activision - The Transformers Movie Tie-in Game Will Have Voice Overs By The Cast Of The Movie - Press Release

Shia LeBeouf, Megan Fox, Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime), Mark Ryan (Bumblebee), Jess Harnell (Ironhide), Charles Adler (Starscream) and Robert Foxworth (Ratchet) reprised their film roles for the game. Voice-over veterans John Di Maggio (Sideways) and James Arnold Taylor (The Fallen) also join the roster.

Press Release
SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 15, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATVI) has assembled an all-star cast for the upcoming Transformers(TM): Revenge of the Fallen video game, including the film's leads Shia LeBeouf and Megan Fox, who will reprise their starring roles in the game, and fan favorites Peter Cullen and Frank Welker, the voices of OPTIMUS PRIME and MEGATRON from the original animated series. In the new game, developed under license from Hasbro, players are thrust into an adrenaline-pumping battle to defend Earth from a DECEPTICON attack that threatens mankind.

"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen features an extensive line-up of film actors, along with the voice talent that fans will recognize from the classic animated series," said Rob Kostich, head of marketing for licensed properties, Activision Publishing, Inc. "The diverse cast allowed us to not only capture the epic storyline from the film, but also seamlessly expand the fiction to
create a unique and authentic TRANSFORMERS experience that fans of all ages will enjoy."

In addition to Shia LeBeouf and Megan Fox, Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime), Mark Ryan (Bumblebee), Jess Harnell (Ironhide), Charles Adler (Starscream) and Robert Foxworth (Ratchet) reprised their film roles for the game. Voice-over veterans John Di Maggio (Sideways) and James Arnold Taylor (The Fallen) also join the roster.

The Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen video game is based on the upcoming live-action feature film from DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures in association with Hasbro, which opens nationwide on June 24, 2009.* The game lets players
take on the role of their favorite AUTOBOTS(R) or DECEPTICONS(R), picking from the largest, most diverse range of playable Transformers - each with their own distinct abilities and weaponry. Set in unique environments across the globe such as Cairo
and Shanghai, the game allows players to instantly switch between vehicle and robot modes as they drive, fly, fight and blast their way through intense, pressure-packed levels. After engaging in single player action, players for the first time ever will be able to go online and battle friends in all-new multiplayer modes.

The Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen video game is currently in development by Luxoflux for the Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PLAYSTATION(R)3 computer entertainment system, and is rated "T" (Teen -
Mild Language, Violence); the Windows PC version is being developed by Beenox Studios and is also rated "T" (Teen - Mild Language, Violence); the distinct Wii(TM) and PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system versions are being developed
by Krome Studios and are rated "T" ("Teen" - Fantasy Violence); two unique AUTOBOT(R) and DECEPTICON(R)-specific Nintendo DS(TM) versions are being developed by Vicarious Visions and are rated "E10+" (Everyone 10 and older - Fantasy
Violence); the PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system version is being developed by Savage Entertainment and is rated "E10+" (Everyone 10 and older - Fantasy Violence).

For more information on the game and to receive exclusive updates about the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen video
game, visit

* In the highly anticipated "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," debuting June 24, 2009, Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) again
joins with the AUTOBOTS(R) against their sworn enemies, the DECEPTICONS(R). Michael Bay directs from a screenplay
written by Ehren Kruger & Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman. DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures Present, In
Association with Hasbro, A di Bonaventura Pictures Production, A Tom DeSanto/Don Murphy Production, A Michael Bay Film
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" starring Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and John Turturro.
The film is directed by Michael Bay from a screenplay written by Ehren Kruger & Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman. Based on
Hasbro's TRANSFORMERS(TM) Action Figures. Produced by Don Murphy & Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian
Bryce. Executive producers are Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian. This film has not yet been

About Hasbro, Inc.
Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS) is a worldwide leader in children's and family leisure time products and services with a rich portfolio of
brands and entertainment properties that provides some of the highest quality and most recognizable play and recreational
experiences in the world. As a brand-driven, consumer-focused global company, Hasbro brings to market a range of toys,
games and licensed products, from traditional to high-tech and digital, under such powerful brand names as TRANSFORMERS,
we inspire play through our brands at (C) 2009 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

About Paramount Pictures Corporation
Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NYSE:
VIA, VIA.B), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. The
company's labels include Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies.
PPC operations also include Paramount Digital Entertainment, Paramount Famous Productions, Paramount Home
Entertainment, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., Paramount Studio Group, and Worldwide
Television Distribution.
About Activision Publishing, Inc.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and
distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.
Activision Publishing maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden,
Spain, the Netherlands and Australia. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's

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(C) 2009 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved. (C) 2009 DW Studios L.L.C. and Paramount Pictures Corporation. Paramount and the
Paramount logo are trademarks of Paramount. TM (C) 2009 Paramount. All Rights Reserved. Game (C) 2009 Activision
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Re-Cap of Yesterdays News (oldest to newest)

  • PS3: Firmware Update 2.76 is now online.

  • Sony is predicting it will loose 110 billion Yen ($1.15 Billion) for the financial year to march 2010.

  • 360: Wolfenstein 3D has a page. still no official confermation, but it looks certain to be coming.

  • PS3: Shatter is coming to the PSN. it's being developed by Sidhe (New Zealands largest studio). out this year.

  • PSP: Gamestop has an exclusive Final Fantasy Dissdia PSP Bundle. it also comes with 2gb and FF Advent Children

  • American Console sales. DS On Top with 1.04m, Wii with 340k, 360 175k, PS2 172k, PS3 127k, and PSP 116k.

  • American Top 10 Game Sales. Wii Fit On top with 471k, Pokemon Platinum 433k and MArio Kart Wii 210k

  • PS3: The PS3 Slim Logo may have been used in the latest Home Video. It is no the same as the slim pictures.

  • Wii: there have been teases of a New Wii game, built from the ground up and mature. this is the only picture.