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Activision Blizzard Launches ‘Activision Blizzard Studios’ to Create Original Film & TV Content Based on Iconic, Globally-Recognized Franchises

Initial Productions to Include Skylanders™ TV Series and Call of Duty™ Film Series

Disney Veteran Nick van Dyk Named Studio Co-President

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With the release today of the first FULL trailer of Legendary Pictures’ highly anticipated World of Warcraft movie, set to release next summer on June 10, 2016, it is fitting that today it has also been announced that Activision Blizzard has launched their own studios to create original film and TV content, based on their multiple IPs.  This is a very exciting time in history to be a gamer, indeed!

images (1)November 10, 2015 — SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced the launch of Activision Blizzard Studios, a new film and television studio devoted to creating original content based on the company’s extensive library of iconic and globally-recognized intellectual properties. Activision Blizzard’s owned content includes some of the most popular entertainment franchises in the world, including Call of Duty®, Skylanders®,Diablo®, Hearthstone® and StarCraft®. Former Disney executive Nick van Dyk has been tapped to co-head the division, along with a senior creative executive who will be announced soon.

skylandersActivision Blizzard Studios’ first production will be “Skylanders™ Academy,” an animated TV series based on the award-winning Skylanders® game. Currently in production under the supervision of showrunner Eric Rogers (“Futurama”), “Skylanders™ Academy” will feature the voices of Justin Long (“Alvin and the Chipmunks,” “Ask Me Anything”) as Spyro, Ashley Tisdale(“Phineas and Ferb,” “High School Musical”) as Stealth Elf, Jonathan Banks (“Breaking Bad,” “Better Call Saul”) as Eruptor and Norm Macdonald (“Saturday Night Live”) as Glumshanks. Additional voice talent includes Harland Williams and Richard Horvitz. The award-winning, $3 billion Skylanders® franchise has sold through more than 250 million toys since pioneering the toys-to-life category in 2011i.

Turtle Beach Corporation’s New Sandtrooper Gaming Headset For Star Wars Battlefront & X-wing Pilot Headset For Star Wars: The Force Awakens Hit Retail Shelves!

Limited Edition
Star Wars
Battlefront Sandtrooper
Headset Features Individual Numbering
& Comes with an Extra Set of Swappable Star Wars
Speaker Plates – Available Only at Best Buy in the U.S.!

The Star Wars X-Wing Pilot Headset is Available at Retail Outlets Nationwide & Features Turtle Beach’s All-New Lightweight & Comfortable Recon Series Design


turtle+beach+logoSan Diego, CA – November 3, 2015 Turtle Beach Corporation, the leading-edge audio technology company and #1 in gaming audio, today announced the Star Wars™-themed Sandtrooper and X-Wing Pilot gaming headsets are now available at retail. In celebration of the soon to be released Star Wars Battlefront video game, the limited edition Sandtrooper headset is themed after the squad of Stormtroopers donning the signature orange shoulder pauldron, are individually numbered, and come with an extra set of swappable Star Wars speaker plates. The limited edition Sandtrooper headset is available only at Best Buy in the U.S. for a MSRP of $99.99, while the standard edition of theSandtrooper headset is available at participating retailers in the UK and Australia, and in select territories across Europe. Additionally, in anticipation of the theatrical release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the X-Wing Pilot headset is themed after the signature orange jumpsuits worn by Rebel Alliance pilots and is based on Turtle Beach’s all-new lightweight and comfortable entry-level Recon series design. The X-Wing Pilot headset offers a handful of features and functionality no gamer should be without, and is available at participating retailers for a MSRP of $49.95.

SQUARE ENIX Reveals NieR: Automata at Paris Game Week 2015; Check out the Trailer!

SQUARE ENIX, INC. LOGOFirst Action-Packed Gameplay Footage Showcases Joint Project with PlatinumGames

LOS ANGELES (Oct. 29, 2015)
SQUARE ENIX today unveiled the full name for the upcoming action-packed addition to the NIER series as NieR: Automata.

During a stage presentation at Paris Games Week, producer Yosuke Saito (DRAGON QUEST X / NIER) and director YOKO TARO (Drakengard / NIER) provided audience members a first-look at the title’s gameplay, which features PlatinumGames’s signature action-oriented combat.

unnamed (1)NIER struck a chord with many passionate gamers.  It was something so special that we felt compelled to heed the fans’ call for a follow-up, said Saito. To create the ultimate action-RPG, it dawned on me that a collaboration between PlatinumGames and SQUARE ENIX would be a dream come true.

Capcom: Street Fighter V Release Date, New Challenger & Post Launch Details!

street-fighter-v-logoOctober 27th, 2015 — Revealed today during the Sony press conference at Paris Games Week, a host of brand new information for Street Fighter V was shared. Yoshinori Ono took to the stage to confirm that the title will be launching across Europe and North America on February 16, 2016! Additionally, everyone’s favorite yoga-inspired fighter, Dhalsim, has stretched his way into the Street Fighter V roster. Attendees at Paris Games Week will have the opportunity to play the first ever demo build featuring Dhalsim, as well all of the previously confirmed characters: Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Cammy, Vega, M. Bison, Birdie, Charlie Nash, Necalli, R. Mika, Rashid, Karin, Zangief and Laura.

Also during the conference today, new details were shared regarding post launch support plans for Street Fighter V. Over the course of 2016, six new characters will be added to the title, bringing the total roster up from 16 at launch to 22 by the end of next year. Additionally, gameplay content, costumes, new challenges and balance system updates will be continually made available throughout 2016 and beyond.

Life is Strange Comes to A Gut-wrenching Finale with Release Of Episode 5: POLARIZED


Final Episode Available for Download Today



Tuesday, October 20, 2015 — Arcadia Bay, OR — The Storm finally hits Arcadia Bay, some nine months after the series’ first began with the release of DONTNOD’s inaugural episodic adventure game; Life is Strange.

Since the launch of the first episode, the response to the game has been overwhelming for our small Parisian studio,said Luc Baghadoust, Producer on Life is Strange.The entire team would like to take this opportunity to offer their complete gratitude and thankfulness for so much love and support over this past year.

The end is here, however, and with the release of Episode 5: Polarized the series draws to a close. In it Max will face the most agonising decision of her life whilst Arcadia Bay is preparing to weather a huge storm as Life is Strange comes to a gripping and gut wrenching conclusion.

Long Awaited Bethesda Update for FALLOUT SHELTER Mobile App FINALLY HERE!


October 15th, 2015 —  Softworks/Bethesda Game Studios — Not long after the launch of Fallout Shelter for Android, many GooglePlay users begin to experience glitches in the game release version for Android devices.  As can be seen on Bethesda’s own forums, not much response was given at to user feedback regarding the issue, and for many frustrated Fallout Faithfuls, dealing with an unusable game, crashes, and data loss, some users did experience a difficult time getting refunds for in-app purchases, as well.  As one of these users, and as a massive fan of anything Fallout and the Fallout franchise, I really wanted to like Fallout Shelter, and DID!  Very addicting.  Very fun.

I begin to see a pattern with other frustrated Android users experiencing the same issues I was.  Yes, it was a bummer (especially when you put effort and time into a game one really enjoys), however, being a fan of Bethesda, in general, I had a feeling with Fallout Shelter, being the lead-up to the new Fallout 4, the issues would eventually be fixed, and there was no point bitching about it anymore, so I’ve been biding my time.  Still, it would have been nice to have a few more updates over the past couple months, at least assuring frustrated users as to the progress 😉  Better late than never!

That all being said and done, it looks as if us Fallout Faithfuls that had issues with Fallout Shelter for Android will be back in the saddle….with some new new bonuses, like cloud storage! Without further adieu, it’s this DarlingDork writer’s pleasure to share this announcement released today by Betheseda:

fallout-shelter-iconWe’re pleased to announce that an all-new update is now available for Fallout Shelter™, the first-ever mobile game set in the celebrated Fallout® universe from Bethesda Game Studios®, available for free on Android and iOS devices.

Thanks to Vault-Tec, a new mode, extra tools and new features have been added to protect and perfect your Vault including:

  • New Vault-Tec network protocols are finally in place. Now you can save your Vault to the “cloud,” (no moisture condenser necessary!) and continue any Vault experiment on all of your devices.
  • Some Dwellers are reporting sightings of a mysterious individual in Vaults around the Wasteland. Vault-Tec is offering a bottle cap reward for any positive identification!
  • Faced all the challenges the “normal” Vault simulation can provide? Introducing Survival Mode! More danger, More glory. Make Vault-Tec proud!
  • New Vault-Tec directive – Dwellers have been given authorization to scavenge equipment from dead Raiders. Gear up!
  • Are you an experienced Overseer who has already undergone Vault operational training? Now you can skip the tutorial!
  • In an effort to assist Overseers in running their Vaults more efficiently, Vault-Tec has added a statistics page to the Vault Dweller’s Survival Guide (VDSG).
  • Support added for Russian-speaking Overseers.
  • Continued general maintenance to the Vault simulation.  Because when you speak, Vault-Tec listens!
  • Available exclusively on the App Store, all new legendary character Piper from Fallout 4 and five FREE lunchboxes!


Titan Comics: ASSASSIN’S CREED #1 Available Now: BRAND NEW Comic Trailer

Titan Comics is thrilled to release the brand-new trailer for Assassin’s Creed #1 written by Anthony Del Col & Conor McCreery with art by Neil Edwards.

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.





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

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: