Monday, March 21, 2011

EA Announce Fans Can Vote For The Madden NFL 12 Cover Athlete Until 27th April

EA Have announced Fans have the chance to vote for the Madden NFL 12 Cover Athlete. The voting process starts now at and will run until 27th April. there are 32 candidates, one from each of the NFL teams. Fans’ votes will determine which NFL players advance through the seeded bracket, culminating in the reveal of the Madden NFL 12 cover athlete on ESPN’s “SportsNation” on April 27.

Press Release

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) announced today that football fans across the country will have the opportunity to select the next cover athlete for the award-winning Madden NFL franchise. Beginning today and continuing through April 27, fans can participate in a bracket-style voting campaign on and choose among 32 candidates (one representative from every NFL team) to appear on the cover of Madden NFL 12. Fans’ votes will determine which NFL players advance through the seeded bracket, culminating in the reveal of the Madden NFL 12 cover athlete on ESPN’s “SportsNation” on April 27.*

“ESPN is proud to continue its tradition of serving fans by collaborating with EA SPORTS and putting the cover vote of Madden NFL 12 in their hands”
Green Bay Packers quarterback and Super Bowl XLV MVP Aaron Rodgers, former Madden NFL cover athletes Drew Brees (quarterback, New Orleans Saints) and a wave of NFL stars including Michael Vick (quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles), Maurice Jones-Drew (running back, Jacksonville Jaguars), Adrian Peterson (running back, Minnesota Vikings) and Julius Peppers (defensive end, Chicago Bears) are among the 32 candidates.

Tune in to ESPN’s “SportsNation” today (March 21) at 4pm Eastern Time to see the full Madden NFL 12 cover athlete bracket.

“Whether it be from fans, media, agents, or even the players themselves, there’s never a shortage of opinions when it comes to the annual selection of the Madden NFL cover athlete,” said Anthony Stevenson, Senior Product Manager of EA SPORTS. “So this year we’re handing the keys over to the public. ESPN continues to be a tremendous partner of the Madden NFL franchise, and it makes perfect sense for ‘SportsNation’ to be the platform that gives fans the ultimate say in who graces the cover of Madden NFL 12.”

From March 21 – April 27, fans can log on to to vote daily for their favorite cover athlete candidate. Every Monday throughout the campaign, fans can tune in to ESPN’s “SportsNation” at 4pm Eastern Time for the latest voting results and see who will advance to the next round. Fans can also visit the Madden NFL Facebook page ( to fill out their own Madden NFL 12 cover athlete bracket to compete against their friends and co-workers for the chance to win a variety of prizes including Super Bowl tickets and copies of Madden NFL 12. Visit for Official Rules.

“ESPN is proud to continue its tradition of serving fans by collaborating with EA SPORTS and putting the cover vote of Madden NFL 12 in their hands,” said Raphael Poplock, Vice President, Games & Digital Partnerships, ESPN. “We believe ESPN provides the perfect platform for fans to be heard, and encourage everyone to support their favorite representative in this bracket-style vote.”

Candidates from each NFL team were selected and seeded based on a variety of criteria including on-the-field performance during the 2010 NFL season, their visibility within their franchise and community, and their personal career journey.

The Madden NFL 12 cover vote marks the second-consecutive year that EA SPORTS has asked fans to help shape the face of the Madden NFL franchise through a cover athlete voting campaign. Last year, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees, fresh off a Super Bowl XLIV MVP award, won the fans vote to appear on Madden NFL 11, beating out Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne and Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen.

Madden NFL 12 marks the 23rd edition of the video game in franchise history. Since its debut in 1989, Madden NFL has over 90 million units sold-in to date. Madden NFL 12, which launches in August, will provide an immersive and authentic experience that fans have come to expect from the award-winning franchise, including all 32 NFL teams and more than 1,700 NFL players.

Madden NFL 12 is developed in Orlando, Florida by the EA Tiburon studio, which also produces NCAA® Football, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR®, and EA SPORTS™ MMA.

* The Madden NFL 12 cover announcement date is subject to change. Visit throughout the campaign for updates and for more information.

All player participation has been facilitated by NFL PLAYERS, the licensing and marketing subsidiary of the NFL Players Association.

EA SPORTS is one of the leading sports entertainment brands in the world, with top-selling videogame franchises, award-winning interactive technology, global videogame competitions, and breakthrough digital experiences. EA SPORTS delivers personal access to the emotion of sports through industry-leading sports simulation videogames, including Madden NFL football, FIFA Soccer, NHL® hockey, NBA ELITE basketball, NCAA® Football, Fight Night boxing, EA SPORTS MMA, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® golf, and EA SPORTS Active.

About Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is a leading global interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the Company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers, wireless devices and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTS™, EA™, EA Mobile™, and POGO™. In fiscal 2010, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $3.7 billion and had 27 titles that sold more than one million units. EA's homepage and online game site is More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at

EA, EA SPORTS, EA SPORTS Active, EA Mobile, and POGO are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. John Madden, NFL, FIFA, NHL, NBA, NCAA, Tiger Woods, and PGA TOUR are trademarks of their respective owners and used with permission. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About ESPN, Inc.

ESPN, Inc., is the world’s leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company featuring a portfolio of more than 50 multimedia sports assets. The company is comprised of six 24-hour domestic television networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, ESPN Classic, ESPN Deportes) and ESPN 3D, an event-based network. ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPNEWS HD are simulcast services. Other businesses include ESPN Regional Television, ESPN International (46 networks, syndication, radio, websites), ESPN Radio,, (broadband sports network) ESPN Mobile, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Enterprises, ESPN PPV and other growing new businesses, including ESPN on Demand and ESPN Interactive. Based in Bristol, Conn., ESPN is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc., which is an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. The Hearst Corporation holds a 20 percent interest in ESPN.

© 2011 NFL Properties LLC. Team names/logos/indicia are trademarks of the teams indicated. All other NFL-related trademarks are trademarks of the National Football League.

Nintendo Announce 1,200 Stores Are Holding A Midnight Launch For The Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo have announced 1,200 stores across the UK are holding Midnight launches for the Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo have also revealed 13 stores are holding "VIP" Launches for the 3DS. these events offer shoppers to pick up 3DS games at a discount or even for free. the first person in the que will also get a texi ride home for free.

Source: Nintendo UK

VIP Stores

Asda: Derby Martin Luckwood, Asda Derby, Derby Road, Spondon , DE21 7LW
Tesco: Barr Hill 15-18 Viking Way. Barr Hill, Cambridge, CB23 8EL
HMV: Liverpool 1 5 South John Street, Liverpool, L1 8BU
Argos: Leeds Headrow Unit 2, The Gantry, 22-26 The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 8EQ
Gamestation: Birmingham New Street 138 New St, Birmingham, B2 4NS
Smyths: Toys Dublin Jervis Street, Dublin 1
Xtra-Vision: Letterkenny Unit 6-8. Letterkenny Shopping Centre Co. Donegal.
Gamestop: Dublin Henry Street, Dublin
Game: Glasgow Sauchiehall Street 146 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 2DH
Game: Cardiff 5 Grand Arcade, St Davids 2 Centre, Cardiff, CF10 2ER
Game: Manchester 124 Peel Centre, Trafford Centre, Manchester, , M17 8BL
Game: London 100 Oxford Street W1
Gamestation: GST Hull 59-60 Prospect Centre, Hull, HU2 8PW

Sega Have Released A New Conduit 2 Trailer Showing The Games Many Environments

Sega have released a new trailer for Conduit 2. this trailer shows the many levels and Environments in the game and shows in-game action from each of them.

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Autumn Games Have Released New Screenshots And Concept Art For Skullgirls

Autumn games have released new screenshots and concept art for Skullgirls. the concept art is for 2 of the games characters and the in-game screenshots show these two characters in action, they also reveal some alternative costumes.


Concept Art

This Weeks WiiWare, DSiWare, And Virtual Console Releases

Nintendo have announced the games coming out today on the WiiWare, Virtual Console, and DSiWare stores. in all there are 4 new games and 1 new game demo.

Virtual Console

Natsume Championship Wrestling
This is the Super NES version of the game and its a 1-4 Player game that costs 800 Wii Points. the game has 12 wrestlers to choose from and over 50 moves to master.


Arcade Essentials
This is a 1 player only game that costs 500 Wii Points. this collection has 5 arcade classics that have had a modern reincarnation. there are also levels to unlock.

WiiWare Demos

Dive: The Medes Islands Secret


G.G Series D-TANK
This is a 1 player only game that costs 200 DSi Points. you are a tank that can respawn numerous times. you need to complete defensive and offensive missions.

This is a 1 player only game that costs 500 DSi Points. this puzzle game comes with 150 levels across 15 worlds. this game requires you to balance the balls that come down whilst you are creating lines.

Press Release

Forget about tan lines and beach towels. This spring break, you can download the ingredients for a fun-filled getaway on your Wii™ or Nintendo DSi™ system. Fans of classic 16-bit action can launch themselves into the wrestling ring as Natsume Championship Wrestling™ - a brawny favorite from the Super NES™ era - makes a fresh appearance on the Virtual Console™ service. Other adventuresome offerings include G.G Series D-TANK for the Nintendo DSiWare™ service, which places players on the front lines of a fierce tank battle. Visit the Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi Shop today to browse hundreds of downloadable games, no sunscreen required.

Virtual Console

Natsume Championship Wrestling
Original platform: Super NES
Publisher: Natsume Inc.
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Mild Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points™
Description: Step into the ring. Choose from 12 outrageous wrestlers and bring the pain. Wield the massive power of Asteroid, the lightning-fast strikes of Viper, the underhanded attacks of Phantom and many more madmen of the ring. With its robust grappling system and more than 50 moves to master, Natsume Championship Wrestling delivers the deepest and most realistic wrestling action of the 16-bit era. Test your might against the crafty AI, or up to four players can compete in exhibition, tag team and round-robin matches. (Additional accessories are required for multiplayer mode and are sold separately.)


Arcade Essentials
Publisher: Nordcurrent
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Arcade Essentials is a collection of five classic arcade games. All are presented in a modern reincarnation with enhanced game play, stylish graphics and sound effects. Jump right in, enjoy the nonstop game play and immerse yourself in these popular games as you did many years ago. Discover lots of levels to unlock, plus high score tables and other cool stuff to keep you entertained.

Dive: The Medes Islands Secret (demo version)
Publisher: Cosmonaut Games
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Violence
Price: 0 Wii Points; full version available for 1,000 Wii Points
Description: Over the past five centuries, hundreds of ships flying every ensign have succumbed to the power of the ocean. Merchant boats, pirate ships, navy vessels - all of them have ended up covered in coral at the bottom of the ocean. They all guarded secrets that remained hidden over the years, secrets that have always been a mystery...until now. In Dive: The Medes Islands Secret, you are John Sanders, a treasure hunter and experienced diver who spends months planning and documenting a major expedition to locate and recover several ships of different ensigns around the world.

Note: Some demo versions do not support all game features, and players cannot save their in-game progress in demo versions.

Nintendo DSiWare

G.G Series D-TANK
Publisher: Genterprise Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: You control a tank that can respawn any number of times. The focus of this shooting game is to put your life on the line to successfully carry out a variety of defensive and offensive missions. In defensive missions, you must take out the enemy tanks targeting your base before it is destroyed. In offensive missions, you must capture the enemy's stronghold within the time limit. The key to success in these missions is the strategic use of items such as bombs and special ammo.

Publisher: Tik Games, LLC.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Shapo is a challenge that will keep you on the edge. Balance the scales as you place shapes made of different materials. Play more than 150 levels in Classic or Puzzle mode to unlock the greatest wonders of the world. Stunning art brings 15 wonders of the world to life. Enjoy exciting power-ups such as the material bomb and line bomb. Each ball and shape has a different weight, so be careful when placing your pieces. In Classic mode, create lines to remove balls. Match sequential lines and watch the combo multiplier grow. In Puzzle mode, complete increasingly complicated levels by filling the grid with the given balls.

Nintendo adds new titles to the Nintendo DSi Shop and the Wii Shop Channel at 9 a.m. Pacific time on Mondays. Users with broadband Internet access can redeem Wii Points or Nintendo DSi Points to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel. Nintendo DSi Points can be purchased in the Nintendo DSi Shop. A Nintendo Points Card™ can be purchased at retail locations. All points from one Nintendo Points Card must be redeemed in either the Nintendo DSi Shop or the Wii Shop Channel. They are not transferable and cannot be divided between the two systems.

Remember that both Wii and Nintendo DSi feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit or

Hit X Podcast: All The News From QTE Gamers From The Weekend Of Saturday 19th And Sunday 20th March

This is all the news From The Weekend Of Saturday 19th And Sunday 20th March.

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The Re-Cap: News From QTE Gamers From The Weekend Of Saturday 19th And Sunday 20th March

  • QTE Blog: The Re-Cap: News From QTE Gamers From Friday 18th March
  • QTE Blog: Hit X Podcast: All The News From QTE Gamers From Friday 18th March
  • PC: The Minecraft team are working on Pet Wolves for the game
  • PSP2: Sony's Andrew House says games will come out digitally and at retail at the same time on the PSP2
  • iPad2: 5 key components in the iPad 2 are sourced from Japan, due to the disasters there could be iPad 2 shortages
  • QTE Blog: Nintendo Announce European Club Nintendo Members Who Get A 3DS Have A Chance To Get A Limited Editon Shirt
  • QTE Blog: Sony Have Released Several New Kevin Butler Adverts For MLB 11 The Show
  • Sony PSN email reveals Red Faction Battlegrounds comes out on 5th April for $9.99, PS+ members get it free on 25th March
  • QTE Blog: Ankama Play Have Released A New Trailer For Islands of Wakfu
  • Radek Marek, Silent Hill Downpour Art Director, reveals they're making a separate Multiplayer Silent Hill game for XBLA
  • IDW announce they are releasing a 6 issue mini series Crysis comic set between Crysis and Crysis 2
  • QTE Blog: EA Have Released A New Shift 2 Unleashed Video Showing Tommy Milner Doing A Hot Lap Around Laguna Seca
  • QTE Blog: Sony Online Entertainment Have Released A New Video For DC Universe Online Showing Villain Safe Houses
  • PC: Blizzard and NetEase announce a StarCraft 2 beta starts on 29th March in China
  • 360: Zynga say Xbox Live was too small for social aspect to work and not worth them bothering to make games for
  • QTE Blog: EA Have Released A New Gameplay Video For Cysis 2
  • PSP: FF Type 0 4 countries named after 4 Chinese contellations, Byakko, Genbu, Seiryu, Suzaku. each have crystals/at war
  • Gun Loco Art Director tweet hints that game was cancelled back in February when he left Square Enix
  • QTE Blog: What Have You Played This Week?
  • QTE Blog: QTE Tweets Of The Week

QTE Tweets Of The Week

This is the top 9 most clicked news stories from the QTE Gamers Twitter Stream. Its good to see interest was high with the Hit X Podcast and The Re-Cap. There ware no surprises in this weeks top 9 apart from news regarding Lightbox's game. The number 1 story was the clear winner this week as it got posted in a few sites.

9 Capybara Games announce Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes comes to PSN and XBLA in mid April

8 AMD say their GPU is 10x as powerful as 360/PS3, but Direct X Stops PC games looking 10x Better

7 Kaos Studios announce they're looking into Homefront freezing issues. THQ say they didn't support yesterdays price drop

6 Lightbox's Dylan Jobe teases a possible game reveal is coming soon

5 PS3: A Video has emerged reportedly showing the PS3, with firmware 3.60, hacked

4 QTE Blog: The Re-Cap: News From QTE Gamers From Friday 11th March

3 QTE Blog: Hit X Podcast: All The News From QTE Gamers From Friday 11th March

2 iPad2: Apple's website lists the iPad 2 as shipping in 2/3 weeks

1 UK Game Charts Top 6, Dragon Age II, Pokemon White, Fight Night Champion, Pokemon Black, Just Dance 2, Bulletstorm