Online Gaming: There’s Something for Everyone

Regardless of the genre or platform of online gaming, and whether or not some of us have cared to admit it, there is an emotional need that is fulfilled amongst gamers of different genres and backgrounds, that varies on different levels.  Be it for educational purposes (Brain Age, Math Blaster),  wanting to relive the days of the old-school arcades, to perhaps just wanting to unwind or connect with others via social media and mobile games (Candy Crush, Farmville, Star Wars Commander), or, it may be to exercise a little of one’s competitive spirit in a co-op First Person Shooter (Halo, CoDMW), there is certainly something for everyone.

o-AMERICAN-CLASSIC-ARCADE-MUSEUM-570For those that are game history buffs, a sense of nostalgia can certainly be gained by visiting sites like The Internet Arcade archive, which is a web-based library of vintage arcade video games range from between the 1970s through the ’90s, which you can play via an online emulator.  Here you can find hundreds of games classic coin-op arcade titles, The Internet Arcade offers the arcade enthusiast not just entertainment  by archiving original video game ROMs (not for download purposes), but also allows for historical comparison, research, and education. Be it classics like Joust, Gauntlet or Street Fighter, arcade enthusiasts can relive their childhoods during lunch at work, or in the comfort of their own home all while being reminded just how much skills some of those old classics took to beat.  There is nothing like reliving that sort of nostalgia.

FarmvilleAccording to a 2014 article from CNN, the popular game ‘Farmville’, became the most popular Facebook game with over TEN MILLION players just upon the first few weeks of its release in 2009, followed by Zynga’s sequel ‘Farmville 2,’ released in 2012, which the article makes mention of how players aren’t just planting crops, tending to livestock and virtually living off the land, in-game anymore, but connecting with communities, playing with significant others, and even ‘marrying’ virtual sweethearts. Both games have spilled over onto Android and iOS platforms, increasing the amount of active players over the years.  Contrary to the belief of some, there is a very social aspect to modern gaming, and as mentioned above, there is an emotional satisfaction that is different for everyone when it comes to gaming.

Others online gamers may feel a little more competitive or cathartic and enjoy FPS games like those in the Call of Duty franchise, or MMOs like World of Warcraft, depending on how you want to play the game.

NetBet-300x200-blFantasy sports leagues have really taken off over the years, as well as online-off-track sports betting and virtual casino games have been increasingly popular.  With various sites and genres out there, one can play online casino games with Netbet.   Here you will not only find licensed virtual slot machines such as Terminator 2, Hitman, Super Monopoly Money, Jurassic Park, and more, but Netbet also offers a full range virtual casino experiences such as roulette, video poker, poker, blackjack and virtual sports.  Real-world sports betting is provided as well, and one can even choose to play with live casino game dealers.

A recent BBC article reports on how it has been shown that video games in general are known to improve motor skills, visual ability, and brain growth. Regardless of different views on certain types of games, one thing is certain, and that it’s here to stay, and among them are classic, old-school casino games that continue to blur the lines between the real world casino experience and online virtual casino gaming.





Titan Comics Launching BLOODTHIRSTY September 30th!

titanSept. 24th, 2015 — September 30th sees the launch of Titan Comics’ visceral new thriller, Bloodthirsty: One Nation Under Water, by Mark Landry and Ashley Witter (Squarriors, Interview With The Vampire).
WRITER: Mark Landy
ARTIST: Ashley Witter
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
FORMAT: Softcover
PRICE: $4.99

Image Comics Brings BITCH PLANET to Local Comic Shop Day!

Image Comics Brings Fan Favorite BITCH PLANET to Local Comic Shop Day™

Exclusive Hardcover Edition Adds to November 28 Event

imageComicsPRO, the trade association of storefront comic book specialty retailers, and Image Comics are pleased to announce support of Local Comic Shop Day™ participating retailers with the first hardcover collection of BITCH PLANET.

Written by Eisner Award nominee Kelly Sue DeConnick (PRETTY DEADLY, Captain Marvel) with art by Valentine De Landro (X-Factor), BITCH PLANET takes place in a dystopian reality where non-compliant women are jailed in an off-planet prison. The LCSD hardcover edition features cover art by Filipe Andrade and is limited to 750 copies. It collects the first five issues of the series.

We’re thrilled to have Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, and Image Comics choose Local Comic Shop Day™ as the event to release the first Bitch Planet hardcover, said Marco Davanzo, ComicsPRO Executive and owner of Alakazam Comics in Irvine, California. Image Comics continues to be ahead of the curve with originality, quality, and vision.

Founded in 1992, Image Comics is the publisher of many award-winning, creator-owned and fan-favorite series.


FINAL FANTASY V Launches On PC Today!

FINAL FANTASY V and FINAL FANTASY VI Also Now Compatible with Amazon Fire TV


SQUARE ENIX, INC. LOGOLOS ANGELES (Sept. 24, 2015) SQUARE ENIX® today announced that FINAL FANTASY® V is now available on Steam® for PC. This updated title features enhanced graphics created by character designer Kazuko Shibuya, optimized controls and additional content, including:

·   The Sealed Temple, an additional dungeon originally featured in the 2006 version of FINAL FANTASY V for Game Boy Advance, and Enuo, the optional boss created by renowned designer Tetsuya Nomura
·   Collectible Steam trading cards and achievements

Hastings & Valiant Entertainment Team Up for “The Craft of Comics” – A Weekly Workshop Hosted Live Nationwide

Win Your Chance at the Ultimate Prize…Become a Valiant Comic Artist 

SEPTEMBER 2, 2015 Hastings stores across the nation have joined forces with award-winning comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment for “The Craft of Comics” – a groundbreaking comic book workshop live-streaming with live audience Q&A for four weeks this fall. The month-long in-store event will launch Saturday, September 19th and continue every Saturday through October 10th.

Broadcasting live into more than 140 Hastings locations nationwide, each installment of “The Craft of Comics” will feature a live tutorial with an all-star Valiant creator as they detail the practice and principles underlying one of the four key disciplines involved in the creation of comics: writing, penciling, inking, and coloring.

January Horrors Bring Resident Evil Origins Collection & Playable Wesker for Resident Evil 0!

The undead will be arriving in hordes this January!


Capcom_logoBeginning January 19, 2016, everyone will be able to experience an introduction to the Resident Evil origin stories that started it all in Resident Evil Origins Collection, a physical disc product that contains both the upcoming release of Resident Evil 0 and the recently released critically-acclaimed Resident Evil. This collection will be available for MSRP $39.99 for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One. Resident Evil 0 will also be available to purchase digitally for MSRP $19.99 / €19.99 / £14.99 early 2016 for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Windows PC.

Check out the brand new video featuring Wesker and the new abilities he brings to the gameplay:

Go Behind the Scenes of FALLOUT 4 in the Newest Collaboration Between Bethesda & Dark Horse Comics

“THE ART OF FALLOUT 4” Is What Every Vault Dweller Needs


unnamed (5)Tuesday, Aug. 24th, 2015 – MILWAUKIE, OR—Dark Horse is pleased to announce its newest art-book partnership will be with Bethesda Game Studios for Fallout® 4, one of the most anticipated games of 2015.

Bethesda Game Studios, the award-winning creators of Fallout® 3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim®, welcome you to the world of Fallout® 4—their most ambitious game ever and the next generation of open-world gaming.

Square Enix Confirms Lara Croft Go Will Traverse iOS, Android, & Windows Phone for an Aug. 27th Release

New Screenshots Emerge!

LaraGoMONTREAL (August 19, 2015) Square Enix announced today that Lara Croft GO™ – the follow-up to Square Enix Montreal’s critically acclaimed Hitman GO® mobile game – will launch simultaneously on the iTunes App Store for iOS, Google Play for Android and Windows Marketplace for Windows Phone on August 27. The puzzle game featuring the classic character will be available for $4.99.

YES!!! FALLOUT SHELTER Now Available For FREE On Google Play

#1 Smash Hit Arrives on Android Devices Worldwide

falloutshelter_featuredbannerAugust 13, 2015 (Rockville, MD) – Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today announced that Fallout Shelter™, the first-ever mobile game set in the celebrated Fallout® universe from Bethesda Game Studios®,  is now available worldwide for FREE on Google Play for Android devices.

 Praised for its fun, addicting gameplay, and for its player-friendly approach to in-app purchases, Fallout Shelter has received  accolades from some of the industry’s leading outlets, earning ‘Game of the Week’ from Touch Arcade and nominations for ‘Biggest Surprise’ from IGN and ‘Best Handled/Mobile Game’ from the official Game Critics Awards.

Transreality Graphic Novel Sequel Launches Kickstarter

unnamed (5)August 5, 2015 – Keighley, UK Witch House Media UK has announced the launch of a Kickstarter fundraiser for the sequel to its critically acclaimed first graphic novel, Transreality. The upcoming book, Transreality: New Worlds, is a science fiction story that explores the ideas of artificial intelligence, physical and mental modification of human beings and what it truly means to be human.

 Transreality: New Worlds explores a future where people can live solely as digital beings in virtual environments. These digital people can make copies of themselves to live more than one life at a time. They can also download their consciousnesses into real, physical bodies in the living world. But having more than one version of yourself can cause unexpected problems and societal changes.