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Square Enix’ Just Cause 3 Official E3 Playthrough & Interactive Choose-Your-Own-Chaos YouTube Trailer, Released Today

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SE Following an incredibly successful E3 for JUST CAUSE 3 – with 10 award wins and over 20 nominations – Square Enix and Avalanche Studios are proud to share the new ‘OFFICIAL E3 PLAYTHROUGH’ trailer.

The island republic of Medici is the ultimate sandbox. With Rico’s new abilities and countless weapons and vehicles, there’s an infinite amount of possibilities around every corner. Each obstacle presents countless options for an explosive outcome – how creative can you be with Rico’s vast arsenal of equipment?

Anime/Manga Themed Video Games

Mobile_Suit_Gundam_-_Zeonic_Front_CoverartGuest Submission Japanese style manga/anime video games share some fundamental conceptual elements, and these have proved to be a real success with most gamers. Manga are comics that originate from Japan, and they have a complex and long pre-history in ancient Japanese art. Various genre of manga exist such as action-adventure, sports and game, comedy, science fiction, etc. Various manga characters from popular novels and series, which are considered as established media characters have been adapted into new stimulating media genre such as video games and online casino slots games. Various manga/anime series are released each and every year, and some of them are planned to be broadcasted for only one or two seasons, in order to gauge the interest of the viewers. And if the series prove to be popular, video games themed on the characters of these series are released. This acts as a cost-effective way of keeping a franchise active, whereby it is not necessary to follow up on the original anime series.

A popular Japanese style manga/anime online slot game known as Super Graphics Upside Down by Realistic Games can be played at Magical Vegas, a leading online casino. Symbols found on this 5 reel 20 payline slot game include the maneki-neko which is a common cat figurine that is often kept as a lucky charm.  This game perfectly portrays the manga/anime style along with Japanese inscriptions. Classic slot game symbols such as number 7, melon, grapes, plum and lemon can be found on this game, along with high ranking cards. 15 free spins are awarded when 5 scatter symbols appear anywhere on the reels. When triggered, a blue haired Japanese anime character named Satsuki will walk in front of the reels before it is turned upside down, and this feature may award up to 5000x the stake value.

Fallout Shelter Achieves Massive Global Success; Debuts At #1 On App Store; Game Coming To Android Later This Year

Fallout Mobile Game Quickly Tops Charts in 48 Countries

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ROCKVILLE, Md., June 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — 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® – quickly became the top downloaded game in 48 countries and the top downloaded app of any kind in 25 countries following its release.


World’s Most Anticipated Game in Development at Bethesda Game Studios

Full Details to be Unveiled on June 14th at Bethesda’s E3 Showcase

 FO47344June 3, 2015 (Rockville, MD) – Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today confirmed the upcoming global release of Fallout® 4, the next generation of open-world gaming. The world premiere of the game will take place during Bethesda’s E3 Showcase being held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on June 14th beginning at 7pm PST, and streamed live around the world via Twitch and YouTube.

“The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses” Continues to Expand U.S. Tour Schedule for Master Quest

Critically-Acclaimed Master Quest Adds New Fall Tour Dates for 2015!

1 (1)REDMOND, Wash. – May 26, 2015 —   The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert series has announced new U.S. tour dates for the 2015 worldwide tour of “Master Quest.”

Featuring music and visuals from the recently remastered The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D and the addition of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, the concert series will maintain the beloved experience fans have come to expect while remaining the ultimate Zelda experience currently available to fans. “Master Quest” has already embarked on its world tour with much acclaim in the U.S. and in Japan, and is set to make its next stops across Canada and Europe. Based on one of the most popular and beloved video game series of all time, the tour features live orchestral performances of theme music from Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda franchise. The newly announced dates include performances in Charlottesville, District of Columbia, Columbus, Dallas, and Portland.

Upcoming concerts include:

Boise’s 2015 Anime Oasis Convention Comes to a Close; Reaches Record Attendance; 2016 to See Expansion

11196299_10152707909986269_825436462154574663_nMay 26, 2015 – Boise, ID — This past Memorial Day weekend saw the return of Boise’s longest running four-day anime convention, Anime Oasis, hosted on three floors of The Grove Hotel and Century Link Arena in downtown Boise, as it has been for it’s sixth year running.  From it’s humble beginnings in 2002, hosted at a Best Western motel in south Boise, Anime Oasis has endured the ebb-and-flow of changing economies and population booms,  having run consecutively for fourteen years straight, as of this year.

IMAG1092Calling western/southwestern Idaho home, this appropriately named convention has nearly doubled in attendance in just the past few years, with peak attendance for this year reaching 2591 unique paid attendees (an increase of 521 from last year alone), according to Jeremy Loppett, Anime Oasis’ chairman and founder, on the Anime Oasis Facebook page.  Not huge compared to some of the larger conventions in other parts of the U.S., however for a small to mid-sized city like Boise, nestled into the Mountain West’s Treasure Valley region, with a population of less than 250, 000 (just under 1.75 Million for the entire state of Idaho…Portland, Ore. alone has over 1/2 million residents) being a long-standing exclusively anime/Japanese pop-culture oriented convention as a fixture amongst in the reagion for going on two decades, has been something that local fans and cosplayers have really appreciated and have enjoyed calling their own over the years, in having the opportunity to meet in person, get autographs by and listen to panels from world-renowned voice actors, artists, and other talent relevant to the world of Japanese animation, manga, gaming, music, or acting.

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Burgeoning attendance can be a double-edge sword, between stretching facility resources and staff a little thin, and resulting in more crowded convention space, 2016 will see Anime Oasis’ first facility expansion since 2009.  Not only will Anime Oasis 2016 (dubbed Anime Oasis SP) be hosted at The Grove Hotel and Century Link Arena, but will share convention space within part of the adjacent Boise Center, adding a considerable amount of space for events, activities, artists, vendors and con-goers alike.

Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim Reveals OFFICIAL The Force Awakens Trailer #2!!

newSTMark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, John Boyega, Daisy Ridly, Oscar Issac, Kathleen Kennedy and J.J. Abrams all took the stage just this morning discussing the the production of Episode 7, The Force Awakens, casting, practical effects, and not only brought out the and officially introduced the WORKING BB-8 Droid as seen in the first teaser trailer, but also introduced an quad of new elite looking Stormtroopers!  Sadly, Harrison Ford was not available due to recent injuries, but he is doing well.

Behold…The OFFICIAL Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer #2

You can view the full panel that begin at 10:00AM PDT on 4/16/2015 in Anaheim at Star Wars Celebration here:

Sega’s 3D Classics Return This Summer With Sega Genesis Games For Nintendo 3DS!!

SegaLogo_transSAN FRANCISCO & LONDON April 14, 2015 SEGA® of America Inc. and SEGA® Europe, Ltd. today announced the addition of three more titles to the second batch of 3D re-masterings exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system. Featuring some of the most iconic games from SEGA’s Genesis™ console, The SEGA 3D Classics Series will let fans relive SEGA’s legendary console era and take them on a 3D ride through gaming’s golden age with 3D Streets of Rage 2™ in July, 3D Gunstar Heroes™ in August and 3D Sonic™ The Hedgehog 2 in September 2015. These games will follow the releases of 3D Fantasy Zone II (April 16, 2015) and 3D Thunder Blade™ (May 14, 2015).


IDW Games: New Expansion for Machi Koro Releases This Summer!

Latest Expansion Will Add New Cards and Mechanics!

San Diego, CA (April 14, 2015) – Get ready for more fast-paced, city-building fun! The latest expansion for Machi Koro, Machi Koro: Millionaire’s Row, will be available in June! With almost 100,000 copies of Machi Koro and Machi Koro: Harbor Expansion already in circulation, the buzz keeps growing around one of the year’s biggest gaming hits! This new expansion adds more than 80 new cards and a new strategic mechanic that will have players completely re-thinking their construction plans.

We have been completely bowled over by the outpouring of love by gamers and their families for Machi Koro and theHarbor Expansion, said Molly Wardlaw, Managing Director of Pandasaurus Games. We love our Machi-fans and can’t wait to unleash Millionaire’s Row so they can grow the Machi-world even further with new, thrilling mechanics, eye-popping art and a dash of glam!

Machi Koro: Millionaire’s Row contains 12 new establishment cards for Machi Koro. That brings the total number of market cards now available for play to more than 30, meaning gamers will never play the same game twice, and it gives the ability to fully customize their gaming experience by swapping establishments in and out of their marketplace in order to build the perfect Machi Koro game for any group. This new expansion also brings an interesting and infuriating Vacation mechanic into play that will foil even the best-laid plans. Machi Koro: Millionaire’s Row is truly re-shaping the whole town!

It’s About To Get Real™: Activision Unveils Guitar Hero® Live, Available Worldwide This Fall!


guitarheroliveSANTA MONICA – Apr. 14, 2015
Guitar Hero, the pop culture phenomenon that exploded onto the scene and brought a new way to interact with music, is back, with true, breakthrough innovation that will re-ignite your dreams of becoming a rock star.Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc.(NASDAQ: ATVI) today announced Guitar Hero Live, introducing a brand new generation to Guitar Hero, which upon its release became the quickest console franchise in video game history to reach one billion dollars in sales in North America and Europe, and was played by over 40 million players. Developed by FreeStyleGames, the studio behind the critically-acclaimed DJ Hero and DJ Hero 2, Guitar Hero Live introduces two powerful ways to play, including GH Live, a first-person point of view where you are up on stage as the star of the show. A quantum leap forward in immersion and realism, GH Live is a live-action experience that delivers the full emotional roller coaster of being on stage and performing in a real band, in front of real crowds, who dynamically react in real-time to how well or poorly you play. As the lead guitarist, you play an array of songs that span the changing musical landscape, in a variety of venues, from the smallest club stage in front of a hundred people, to the massive main stage of an outdoor festival in front of a hundred thousand people.

7239_0229_GHLive Stage1 Guitar Hero Live also introduces GHTV, the world’s first playable live music video network. GHTV is a 24-hour mode that lets fans play along to a continually-updated collection of official music videos – across a wide variety of genres – from the newest releases to favorite hits. Fans can pick from multiple channels and themed shows, discovering new songs as they play, and can also choose songs to play on-demand. In GHTV, fans can also play with their friends in the same room and against players from around the world to see who has the highest score on a given song, while completing challenges along the way. GHTV is a living, breathing platform that serves as an ever-growing source for new music discovery while further bringing the party atmosphere back to the living room.

The breakthrough innovations in Guitar Hero Live also extend to mobile. Both GH Live and GHTV arefully playable both on consoles as well as tablets and mobile phones. More exciting details will be announced in the near future.

Guitar Hero is a franchise that so many people love. Figuring out how to bring it back with true breakthrough innovation has been years in the making, and a labor of love, said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc. Guitar Hero Live lets people rock real crowds with real reactions. Our goal was literally to give people stage fright. And with GHTV, we have created the world’s first live, playable music video network. All of it is playable on consoles, or mobile devices. Guitar Hero is back and better than ever.