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New Shit Has Come To Light, Man! The Big Lebowski Pinball from Dutch Pinball Nears Launch…ABIDE!

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Although at first glance and upon reading about this in a September 27, 2014 Pinball Magazine article, I thought this was going to be just another fantasy VirtualPin table, like so many I’ve seen before for genres that don’t exist in reality when it comes to the ol’ silver ball.  Low and behold, for all you Urban Achievers out there that have missed the buzz from folks like Pinball Magazine, Kotaku, Collider, Geekology and more, the guys at European based DUTCH PINBALL COMPANY, announced their forthcoming THE BIG LEBOWSKI PINBALL.  This meticulously crafted machine is not just a professionally built full-scale pinball machine and great cinematic tribute,  but is a piece of art with it’s amazing detail, hand-drawn playfield art, custom made playfield toys,  sub-playfield play with licensed Brunswick lane design, as well as video and audio clips directly from the 1998 Coen brothers film.

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the Big Lebowski Pinball by Dutch Pinball (c) Pinball Magazine 2014 (http://www.pinball-magazine.com/?p=2285)

Coming in at $8995 (plus shipping), it is a couple grand more spendy than some of it’s contemporary machines made by Stern (Stern’s 2011 Tron: Legacy LE version had an MSRP of $5699 where as the current The Walking Dead LE version carries an MSRP of $5995), which has been cause for debate in some enthusiast circles as to how it helps the already struggling pinball industry to introduce a machine at such a relatively high price point.  In contrast, however, both “Pro” editions of Stern’s Star Trek and The Walking Dead pinball machines currently have an MSRP of $8595 – $8795.

Although the small Dutch Pinball Company has obtained the official license to produce this game, it’s likely this machine won’t be made on as large of a scale as the commercially mass produced, licensed pinball machines that Stern cranks out every year.  If you’re in the States however, consider yourself lucky to have the opportunity at all to get your hands on such a great piece of pinball history, as the The Big Lebowski Pinball machine will be selling for 7995 in E.U. countries which converts to $10,166, by my calculations, so keep that in mind. Further, I’m sure the licensing costs were quite a bit to for such a small company to obtain and for what it’s worth, no other pinball manufacturer to date has attempted to produce a Big Lebowski themed machine in the movies sixteen year history.  That all being said, Dutch Pinball has helped U.S. buyers as well by keeping a State-side distribution center here in Parkridge, Illinois, which eliminates the need for Dudes on U.S. soil to pay import tariffs.

You can currently pre-order your machine for $4500 down and $4495 + shipping by April 1st, 2015.  Machines will be shipped out on a first-come/first-served basis.  Suddenly, I have a whole new idea of where I wish my tax returns could go this year!

Metallica LIVE at BlizzCon 2014!

Crank up the volume and watch the concert live with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket

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logo1IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Metallica is coming to BlizzCon® 2014! On November 8, Blizzard Entertainment’s two-dayWarcraft®, StarCraft®, andDiablo® community celebration will culminate with Metallica performing to a sold-out convention crowd, broadcast worldwide through the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket.

We’re thrilled to have Metallica blowing out our speakers at BlizzCon this year, said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. After two full days of epic gaming and intense eSports action, an earth-shaking concert is the perfect sendoff for everyone at the show and watching from home.

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Metallica is performing live at BlizzCon 2014 on the night of November 8, 2014. (Photo: Business Wire)

BlizzCon is a celebration of the global player communities surrounding Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraftgame universes. Taking place November 7 and 8 at the Anaheim Convention Center, this year’s show will feature a wide array of activities, including discussion panels, tournaments, contests, hands-on play time with the latest Blizzard Entertainment games, and more.

Tickets to the convention are sold out, but viewers at home can join the excitement by ordering the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket ($39.99 USD), which offers comprehensive live online coverage of both days of the event—including the community contests hosted by Chris Hardwick on Friday evening and Metallica’s performance on Saturday night.

In addition to the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, DIRECTV customers in the United States have the option to watch the show from home by ordering the BlizzCon 2014 Pay Per View event, priced at $39.99 USD (includes access to the Virtual Ticket online stream). Visitwww.directv.com/blizzcon for more details.

FINAL FANTASY XIII Now Available on Windows PC TODAY!

final-fantasy-xiii-background-7LOS ANGELES (Oct. 9, 2014) – SQUARE ENIX® today announced FINAL FANTASY® XIII is available for Windows PC today. The game is available through the Square Enix Online Store and Steam.

lightning__1_FINAL FANTASY XIII is the first Windows PC release in the FINAL FANTASY XIII trilogy of games, with subsequent adventures in the trilogy coming to the platform by Spring 2015. The Windows PC launch includes a number of new features such as full screen mode, 60 frames per second (FPS) support from launch and Japanese Voice support with subtitles. The trilogy will also offer a set of Steam Trading Cards for players to collect and exchange.

FINAL FANTASY XIII expands on the rich traditions of the series, with Producer Yoshinori Kitase, Director Motomu Toriyama, Character Designer Tetsuya Nomura and Art Director Isamu Kamikokuryo combining their creativity to deliver a beautiful FINAL FANTASY universe. Additionally, Composer Masashi Hamauzu presents a sweeping soundtrack while Movie Director Takeshi Nozue and his team of artists adorn the game with seamless cinematic sequences.

The FINAL FANTASY XIII trilogy began in March 2010 with the release of the original FINAL FANTASY XIII and continued with its sequel, FINAL FANTASY XIII-2, released in February 2012. The most recent release in the FINAL FANTASY XIII series, LIGHTNING RETURNS™: FINAL FANTASY XIII®, launched on February 11, 2014. The series has been widely successful, shipping over 11 million units worldwide.

ALIEN: ISOLATION Now Available To Purchase!

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HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SURVIVAL HORROR GAME TURNS ON THE TERROR TODAY

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SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON – October 7, 2014 – SEGA® of America, Inc., SEGA® Europe, Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products today announced that Alien: Isolation™ is available to purchase from today. A thrilling first-person survival horror experience focusing on capturing the horror and tension evoked by Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic film, Alien: Isolation is a truly incredible game, capturing perfectly the essence of what makes the Alien™ the Universe’s deadliest killer.

“Alien: Isolation is a game born of the passion the studio has for one of the most enduring of sci-fi series,” said Alistair Hope, Creative Lead Creative Assembly. “We set out to make the Alien game we had always wanted to play, one which put the player head-to-head with a ruthless and unstoppable creature with no means with which to kill it. It’s survival horror in its purest form and a truly terrifying experience.”

Media Reactions:

“A taut, confident, and electrifying horror game that perfectly captures the essence of Ridley Scott’s legendary film. 93/100” – PC GAMER

“The most tooth-crackingly tense, ferociously believable, and emotionally harrowing survival action you’ve ever experienced. 4.5/5” – GAMESRADAR

“Alien: Isolation is the most terrifying game I’ve ever played.” – THE VERGE

Patent Claims Against Activision Blizzard’s Use of Lip Synchronization & Facial Expression Technology in Call of Duty(R), Skylanders(R) and StarCraft(R) II Are Dismissed

Dismissal Follows The Supreme Court’s Recent Ruling Confirming that Abstract Ideas are NOT Patentable

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SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced that the United States District Court, Central District of California has invalidated all patent claims asserted against the Company by McRO, Inc. d.b.a. Planet Blue.

The Court concluded that two patents for automatically animating lip synchronization and facial expressions of 3D characters were invalid, and as a result, the case against Activision Blizzard has been dismissed.

Meritless patent cases such as this stifle innovation and the creative process across the industry, said Chris Walther, Chief Legal Officer of Activision Blizzard.We will aggressively defend our investments in the innovative franchises at Activision Publishing and Blizzard Entertainment, as we did in this case with Call of Duty®, Skylanders® and StarCraft® II, from entities whose sole purpose is to use patent litigation to hold innovative companies captive for monetary gain.

First Gameplay Footage For Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition Now Live

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New 101 Trailer teaches you everything you need to know

SQUARE ENIX, INC. LOGO Los Angeles (25th September 2014) – Square Enix and United Front Games today release a brand new 101 Trailer that details everything you need to know about SLEEPING DOGS™: DEFINITIVE EDITION.

Game improvements include native 1080p and new high resolution textures for the new generation of consoles, increased traffic and pedestrian density, new lighting, ambient fog and improved gameplay. In addition, a total of 24 pieces of downloadable content have been integrated into the gaming experience, including the story-extending episode Year of the Snake and the horror-themed add-on Nightmare in North Point.

Sega’s Steampunk Dystopia Themed JRPG “Resonance Of Fate” Now On Playstation Network For PS3!

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SegaLogo_transSEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA® Europe, Ltd. today announced that fan-favorite Japanese role-playing-game (RPG) Resonance of Fate™ is now available for purchase for the first time on PlayStation® Network for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. Resonance of Fate is a unique RPG set in a dystopian future where Earth is no longer capable of sustaining life. Adding a fresh spin to the RPG genre, the game features a cinematic action gameplay system centered around gun-play and a fascinating steampunk-styled world.

As part of the Private Military Firm, our heroes (Vashyron, Zephyr and Leanne) seek out and complete quests for their clients but are eventually led on a journey that will reveal the dark secrets behind the world they live in. Key features of the game include:

Call of Duty Publisher Activision Moves to Dismiss Former Military Dictator Manuel Noriega’s Absurd Lawsuit

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani Named as Co-Counsel Today –  Discusses Noriega’s Claims

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LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), the creators of the popular Call of Duty franchise, today will file a motion to dismiss the frivolous lawsuit by former dictator and convicted murderer Manuel Noriega. Former New York City Mayor and U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani who is now a named partner of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, will serve as co-counsel and defend the company on the grounds that Noriega’s depiction in Call of Duty is a protected right to free speech.

General Manuel NoriegaWhat’s astonishing is that Manuel Noriega, a notorious dictator who is in prison for the heinous crimes he committed, is upset about being portrayed as a criminal and enemy of the state in the game Call of Duty. Quite simply, it’s absurd, said Rudy Giuliani. I’m not interested in giving handouts to a convicted murderer and drug smuggler like Manuel Noriega who is demanding money from Activision and its popular Call of Duty franchise for simply exercising its right to free speech. Noriega’s attack on the rights of Call of Duty comes as no surprise considering he’s a lawless tyrant who trampled over the rights of his own people.

New Alien: Isolation Trailers – More in the #HowWillYouSurvive Series

 

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AlienIsolationSeptember 18, 2014 – The second release of trailers in Alien: Isolation’s #HowWillYouSurvive series of shorts – Don’t Shoot, In The Vents and Hear You Scream – reminds players of the dangers that wait around every corner of the station. Patience and cunning are the watchwords for survival, panic and it’s all over.

Alien: Isolation is a first-person survival horror game capturing the fear and tension evoked by Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic film. Players find themselves in an atmosphere of constant dread and mortal danger as an unpredictable, ruthless Xenomorph is stalking and killing deep in the shadows. Underpowered and underprepared, you must scavenge resources, improvise solutions and use your wits, not just to succeed in your mission, but to simply stay alive.

Alien: Isolation will be available from October 7, 2014, for Xbox One, PS4™, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and PS3™.