Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Blizzard Entertainment Announce Tickets For BlizzCon Will Go On Sale On 2nd June And 5th June

Blizzard have announced that tickets for this years BlizzCon will go on sale on Wednesday 2nd June at 7 p.m. Pacific time and 5th June at 10 a.m. Pacific time. Tickets to the convention will be priced at $150 each and will be available for purchase from the official BlizzCon website at www.blizzcon.com. To Make getting tickets easier, its recommended that those interested should have a Battle.net account.

BlizzCon is taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, on October 22 and 23. Live coverage of the event will be available as a DIRECTV Pay Per View package and as a multi-channel Internet stream. Existing DIRECTV customers in the United States can get this package for $39.95, which also gives them the Internet streaming for free. Those without Direct TV Can subscribe to the internet stream for $39.95. They will both get access to multiple internet channels.

Press Release

IRVINE, Calif., May 18, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced that tickets for its fifth BlizzCon(R) gaming convention will go on sale in two batches on Wednesday, June 2 and Saturday, June 5, 2010. BlizzCon is a celebration of the global player communities surrounding Blizzard Entertainment's Warcraft(R), Diablo(R), and StarCraft(R)game universes. The event will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California on October 22 and 23. Live coverage of the event will be available as a DIRECTV(R)Pay Per View package and as a multi-channel Internet stream, allowing viewers online to switch between coverage of multiple panels and activities during the show.

"BlizzCon is a unique opportunity for our players to meet one another, strengthen the friendships they've formed online, and have a great time celebrating a shared passion for gaming together with Blizzard employees," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "For those who can't attend, we're pleased to be providing an unprecedented level of access to the activities and attractions that BlizzCon has to offer."

In addition to serving as a gathering place for the different Blizzard Entertainment gaming communities, BlizzCon will have an array of activities, including discussion panels, competitive and casual tournaments, contests, hands-on playtime with current and upcoming Blizzard Entertainment games, and more.

Tickets to the convention will be priced at $150 USD each and will be available for purchase from the official BlizzCon website at www.blizzcon.com. Tickets will be released in two separate batches on June 2 at 7 p.m. Pacific time and on June 5 at 10 a.m. Pacific time. Those interested in attending BlizzCon can simplify the purchase process by registering a Battle.net account at www.battle.net before ticket sales begin.

The popular DIRECTV(R) BlizzCon Pay Per View event will return in 2010, available to existing DIRECTV customers in the United States for $39.95 USD. The event will again deliver comprehensive live HD coverage from the show floor on each day of the convention, including exclusive interviews, demos, and more.

Gamers around the world will also have the option to purchase the Pay Per View event as a multi-channel Internet stream, also priced at $39.95 USD (pricing may vary by region). For the first time, anyone who purchases the Internet stream will be able to switch freely between multiple channels of coverage dedicated to different areas of BlizzCon, allowing online viewers expanded access to the panels and events they're most interested in. DIRECTV customers who order the televised event will receive this Internet stream at no extra charge, allowing them to watch in the format of their choice. Those who order the event will also receive this year's BlizzCon-exclusive World of Warcraft(R) in-game item (availability may vary by region), to be revealed at a later date. Limited streaming coverage of the BlizzCon opening ceremony and certain BlizzCon tournaments will be available via the Internet for free.

As BlizzCon draws closer, further details about the show, including ordering and programming information for the DIRECTV BlizzCon Pay Per View event and multi-channel Internet stream, will be announced at www.blizzcon.com.

To keep pace with the continued growth of World of Warcraft as well as development on other Blizzard Entertainment games, the company is currently hiring for numerous open positions. More information on available career opportunities can be found at www.blizzard.com/jobs.

About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft(R) and the Warcraft(R), StarCraft(R), and Diablo(R) series, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry's most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment's track record includes eleven #1-selling games and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company's online-gaming service, Battle.net(R), is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players.

DIRECTV (NASDAQ:DTV) is the world's most popular video service delivering state-of-the-art technology, unmatched programming, the most comprehensive sports packages available and industry leading customer service to its more than 25.6 million customers in the U.S. and Latin America. In the U.S., DIRECTV offers its 18.6 million customers more than 130 HD channels and Dolby-Digital(R) 5.1 theater-quality sound (when available), access to exclusive sports programming such as NFL SUNDAY TICKET(TM), award winning technology like its DIRECTV(R)DVR Scheduler and higher customer satisfaction than the leading cable companies for nine years running. DIRECTV Latin America, through its subsidiaries and affiliated companies in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, and other Latin American countries, leads the pay-TV category in technology, programming and service, delivering an unrivaled digital television experience to 7 million customers. DIRECTV sports and entertainment properties include three Regional Sports Networks (Northwest, Rocky Mountain and Pittsburgh) as well as a 65 percent interest in Game Show Network. For the most up-to-date information on DIRECTV, please call 1-800-DIRECTV or visit directv.com.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements: Information in this press release that involves Blizzard Entertainment's expectations, plans, intentions or strategies regarding the future are forward-looking statements that are not facts and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Blizzard Entertainment generally uses words such as "outlook," "will," "could," "would," "might," "remains," "to be," "plans," "believes," "may," "expects," "intends," "anticipates," "estimate," "future," "plan," "positioned," "potential," "project," "remain," "scheduled," "set to," "subject to," "upcoming" and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause Blizzard Entertainment's actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements set forth in this release include, but are not limited to, sales levels of Blizzard Entertainment's titles, shifts in consumer spending trends, the impact of the current macroeconomic environment, the seasonal and cyclical nature of the interactive game market, declines in software pricing, product returns and price protection, product delays, retail acceptance of Blizzard Entertainment's products, competition from the used game market, industry competition and competition from other forms of entertainment, rapid changes in technology, industry standards and consumer preferences, including interest in specific genres such as real-time strategy, action-role-playing and massively multiplayer online games, protection of proprietary rights, litigation against Blizzard Entertainment, maintenance of relationships with key personnel, customers, licensees, licensors, vendors and third-party developers, including the ability to attract, retain and develop key personnel and developers who can create high quality "hit" titles, counterparty risks relating to customers, licensees, licensors and manufacturers, domestic and international economic, financial and political conditions and policies, foreign exchange rates and tax rates, and the identification of suitable future acquisition opportunities, and the other factors identified in the risk factors section of Activision Blizzard's most recent annual report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon information available to Blizzard Entertainment and Activision Blizzard as of the date of this release, and neither Blizzard Entertainment nor Activision Blizzard assumes any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements believed to be true when made may ultimately prove to be incorrect. These statements are not guarantees of the future performance of Blizzard Entertainment or Activision Blizzard and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond its control and may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations.

Sony And Q-Games Announce PixleJunke Shooter 2 Is Currently In Development

Q-Games and Sony have revealed that PixleJunk Shooter 2 is in development. Q-Games' Dylan Cuthbert mentions that this is most likely the last PixleJunk Shooter game, but it will have new features not seen in any PixleJunk game and PixleJunk Shooters 2 will be bigger than the first game. 2 pieces of concept art were released as well, hinting at perhaps the use of light and dark mechanics in some levels and maybe some levels could be set inside some creature. Dylan also announces that A Demo for PixleJunk Shooter is coming out on 25th May.

Concept Art

From USA Playstation Blog

EA Have Released New Screenshots For The Upcoming Overlord DLC For Mass Effect 2

EA Have released new screenshots for the upcoming Overlord DLC for Mass Effect 2. The Overlord DLC is 1 story set on a planet. this story is split into 5 levels where you find yourself battling through a laboratory to stop the enemy. Players will be able to explore the planet in the Hammerhead. The in-game screenshots released by EA show some of the computer controlled characters and the games main characters in battle.


Info From 1UP

EA Have Released New Screenshots For The Darkspawn Chronicles DLC For Dragon Age: Origins

EA Have released new screenshots for the Darkspawn DLC Expansion for Dragon Age: Origins. these screenshots are in-game and show in-game action of Shrieks and Ogres killing people as well as a Vanguard, your main character.


EA Have Released New Screenshots For Dead Space 2

EA have released new screenshots for Dead Space 2. these screenshots appear to be in-game and show the main character,Isaac Clarke, facing off against a variety of enemies. Most of the screenshots show Isaac Clarke using the Plasma Cutter, aiming it against enemies. The other focus of the screenshots is on Issac's suit, showing the subtle differences of this new suit.


Sony Europe Announce The MUBI Application Will Bring Movies To European PS3's This Autumn

Sony have announced that they have partnered with MUBI, a online film library, to bring movies to european PS3's this autumn. This service will bring Independent, International and Classic Cinema, bringing movies outside the mainstream to Playstation 3 users. This service is coming this autumn and can be accessed by a free downloadable application, giving users access to over 300 films at launch.

Movies in this MUBI application will be either free to watch or pay per view, which you will be able to rent for a week. A monthly subscription will be available letting users watch as many movies as they want. MUBI will also get Oscar-winners, Palme D’Or winners, collaborations with international film festivals, and many more. MUBI will come out in UK, Ireland, France, Italy, Iberia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Nordic countries, Australia and New Zealand initially this autumn.

A Comment on the EU Playstation Blog reveals that the movies will initially be SD only and UK prices for the pay per view movies are £1 for shorts or £3 for features.


Press Release

Cannes, 18th May 2010: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe [SCEE] has announced a partnership with leading online film library MUBI, to bring to PlayStation®3 (PS3™) a new service that will break open the world of independent, international and classic cinema, and introduce PS3 owners to movies outside the mainstream. MUBI will be a free, downloadable application that gives PS3 owners the key to the ever-expanding film library of MUBI - an incredible online ‘cinemateque’ for movie lovers, packed to the rafters with acclaimed independent, foreign and classic films to stream on demand.

This autumn, PS3 users will have access to a treasure trove of celluloid curated by experts - so that even non-experts can enjoy what might otherwise take a lifetime to discover. MUBI will offer more than 300 films at launch from directors from Audiard to Zeferelli; and they’re all going to be available to stream directly to your PS3. You’ll get to discover movies you never dreamed about, watch your choice of films whenever you like, and talk about the ones you love with your friends.

So how will it all work? First, you download the free MUBI application from PlayStation®Store. Then, you open it up and start watching – it’s really that easy. Next, you look around in amazement. You find festival gems, classics, famous independent releases and art-house flicks. You discover the work of world-famous directors like the Coen Brothers and Tarantino alongside Latin American directors and restored shorts from the most obscure of archives. You’ll spot free-to-watch movies alongside pay-per-view movies that you can rent for a week – and you’ll be tempted by the thought of an all-you-can-watch monthly subscription. You find exclusive online premieres, Oscar-winners, Palme D’Or winners, collaborations with international film festivals, and so many other choices you might not know where to start. But MUBI offers a whole community of film loving fans so that help is always at hand

Joining SCEE President Andrew House in Cannes at the unveiling of the new service, MUBI founder Efe Çakarel said: “MUBI is the fastest growing online destination for lovers of independent, foreign and classic film - and it is amazing how many people that covers.
Our partnership with PlayStation® brings online cinema to TV screens in homes around the world giving PlayStation owners a whole new world of entertainment to explore. And discovery couldn’t be more fun - from finding out about the films behind the latest buzz at Cannes, to taking the film recommendation of MUBI members like Martin Scorsese.”

Andrew House welcomed MUBI to PlayStation adding: “PlayStation is about great entertainment, from games to content, delivered straight to the living room or enjoyed on the go. Today this ranges from VidZone, the free on demand service music service, through to PlayTV where you can watch, record and rewind live TV at your leisure. MUBI offers the perfect independent counterpoise to our box-office blockbuster, hi-def, video delivery service, catering for the tastes of an ever broader customer base. Add in PS3’s DVD and Blu-ray disc player and we have the perfect ticket for film lovers.”

This is cinema for cinema lovers – a movie service that takes you beyond the mainstream and deep into thousands of views of our world through different lenses – all streamed straight to your PS3 to turn your living room into your own private cinema. MUBI for PS3 will be launched this autumn initially in the UK, Ireland, France, Italy, Iberia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Nordic countries, Australia and New Zealand. Prepare to dim your lights and enjoy the main feature.

About Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), based in London, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and sales of PlayStation®3, PlayStation®2, PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) and PlayStation®Network software and hardware in 99 territories across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. SCEE also develops, publishes, markets and distributes entertainment software for these formats, and manages the third party licensing programs for the formats in these territories. Since the launch of PlayStation 3 in November 2006, over 35.7 million units have been sold globally and continue to be sold at a record level.  Maintaining its position as one of the most successful consumer electronic products in history, PlayStation 2 has sold over 144.5 million systems worldwide.  Since its launch at the end of 2004, over 61.5 million PSPs have been sold globally, highlighting the importance of the portable entertainment market.  With the huge increase in interest and accessibility of network applications and network gaming, over 47 million accounts have registered to PlayStation Network, the free-to-access interactive environment, and over 980 million items have been downloaded.

More information about PlayStation products can be found at www.playstation.com

PlayStation, the PlayStation logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. PS3 and PSP are trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

About MUBI
MUBI is the fastest growing online destination for lovers of independent, foreign and classic film; an online cinema, anytime, anywhere. MUBI will give you the latest buzz from the Cannes Film Festival or a restored masterpiece personally chosen by Martin Scorsese (he's a member, too!).  A social network that can let you find a visual gem that will definitely not be released in the local multiplex, and allows you to find a girl in Tokyo who loves Kubrick (she actually exists, her name is Yuko and she's into Wong Kar-Wai too...).  MUBI invites you to watch, discover and discuss visionary films from all over the world.  Founded in 2007 by Efe Cakarel, MUBI is backed by Celluloid Dreams, The Criterion Collection and Costa Films and is the exclusive partner of The World Cinema Foundation.  MUBI is based in Palo Alto, New York, Paris, London and anywhere around the world where there's a movie lover.

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360: Swedish retails have priced Natal at 1,499 SEK, which is around $200/£132 http://ht.ly/1LZi6

360: Pictures have emerged of a white Natal that looks close to the black Natal concept images from last years E3 http://ht.ly/1LZjX

3DS: A FCC filing for a Nintendo CTR Target Board possibly reveals the 3DS has 2 screens, 1 is 16:9, 1 is 4:3 http://ht.ly/1LZxB

PSP2: not showing at E3, Devs had kits for months, 2 cameras, touch screen+buttons, 2011 release, 4 Cell CPU + more http://ht.ly/1LZpT

UK Charts, 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, Alan Wake, Lost Planet 2, Just Dance, Skate 3 are top 5 http://ht.ly/1LZms

QTE Blog: Sony Have Released A ModNation Racers Artist Spotlight With Kevin Bulter, VP Of Artistic Modification http://ow.ly/17oVTl

Harmonix are polling Rock Band fans over possible future titles, but no guarantee of them being made http://ht.ly/1LZsf

GameStop have exclusive Assassin's Creed: Brotherhhood pre-order bonus, a Harlequin character http://ht.ly/1M4gG

QTE Blog: Sony Announce Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep is Coming Out 7th September In USA and 10th September In EU http://ow.ly/17oY1C

QTE Blog: Pokémon Sunday Reveal In-Game Footage From Pokémon Black And Pokémon White http://ow.ly/17oY1D

PS3: United Front Games have announced that ModNation Racers will get a post launch patch fixing loading times http://ht.ly/1M5bV

PS3: Sony rumoured to be revealing a premium PSN upgrade at E3, it would cost £50 a year, 1 Free PSN Game a month + more http://ht.ly/1M5gD

QTE Blog: EA Have Released A Developer Interview With The Ambitions DLC For The Sims 3 Associate Producer http://ow.ly/17oZMV

QTE Blog: EA Have Released A Developer Interview With Need For Speed World's Producer http://ow.ly/17oZMW

PS3: Disney have responded to Split/Second Install worries by saying its size is only 3.7GB not over 7GB http://ht.ly/1M5ja

PS3: ESRB reveal some games in Sports Champions, Gladiator Duel,disc golf, volleyball, archery, table tennis and bocce http://ht.ly/1M5li

QTE Blog: EA Have Released A Developer Interview With Rockband Greenday's Producer http://ow.ly/17p2Qd

QTE Blog: EA Have Released A Developer Interview With The Executive Producer From Crysis 2 http://ow.ly/17p2Qc

Wii: American Heart Association puts its stamp of approval on the Wii, Wii Sports Resort, and Wii Fit Plus http://ht.ly/1Mbbm

PSP2: Eurogamer source confirms reports from earlier today of PSP2 specs http://ht.ly/1Mbpw

QTE Blog: EA Have Released A Developer Interview With The Designer From Skate 3 http://ow.ly/17p4wd

EA have registered 14 new Need For Speed domain names. 1 new game is expected to be announced soon http://ht.ly/1Mbzo

PS3: Nintendo 2010 sales figures for Europe puts Heavy Rain as the best selling PS3 title, and it outsells all 360 titles http://ht.ly/1MbBb

QTE Blog: This Weeks WiiWare, DSiWare, And Virtual Console Releases http://ow.ly/17p6Cs

QTE Blog: Sony Announce The echochrome Soundtrack is Coming To The PSN on 18th May As Well As A Gallery Demo http://ow.ly/17p6Cr

Red Dead Redemption review scores have gone live with most scores 9/10 - 10/10 http://ht.ly/1MbCx

PS3: Media Molecule have warned that not all user created levels will be in Little Big Planet 2 due to use of exploits http://ht.ly/1MbIg