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E3 EA Bioware

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At the EA conference Bioware showcased their 3 major titles. Starting with Dragon Age Origins.

Simply put Dragon Age Origins looks fantastic. The talking points were set in motion. Essentially it’s supposed to be the most mature Bioware title yet. That the choices that you make would make you question yourself. Both those ideas sound fantastic. Then the lights the dimmed and the trailer rolled. For whatever reason it was set to Mason again. I guess someone in the marketing dept felt it should be used. The game from what was seen looked great. It seemed pretty mature and in a fantasy genre that seemed more interesting then the genric stuff I’ve seen.

Next up was Mass Effect 2. From what was being said you are assembling a team to help save the galaxy. Pretty much where we left off in the first one. Essentially though this is a little darker then the first Mass Effect. The gameplay looked great seemed to run a lot smoother. The only thing that feels out of place is some of the weapons. They have added some new ones that are supposed to be bigger and more powerful. I have to say I wonder how this will effect the gameplay and overall balance. Guess we will just have to wait and see.

The final showing was of the new MMO Old Republic. Let me just state that tons of jedi and sith marched out to show this :) The big announcements were that it’s going to be the first fully vocal mmo. Apparently everyone will have a unique voice. I found this to be interesting, I hope it to be true but I’m a little skeptical about it. The other big tease was that every story will be unique. I really hope this to be true but I wonder how this will effect the MMO gameplay I guess it could start off that way but then you’ll just slip into that grinding rut.

Overall a big showing for Bioware and EA. Now it’s time to gets some hands on :)

EA Press Conference

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Well I’ve been dropped off at my first conference of the day. Which happens to be for EA. When I say dropped I actually pretty much just jumped from the Pixelated Geek Mobile aka: the Prius. Anywho, we were stood a gigantic line with other Press Folk only to be told we were in the wrong line. So now in a bigger line :) More updates to come.

E3 2009 Final Weekend News and Rumors

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Oh Yeah...We're Going!

Oh Yeah...We're Going!

This is it…the weekend before E3. All of us over here a Pixelated Geek are excited to be able to cover what is quite arguably one of the biggest gaming expo’s of the year. There’s so much we still don’t know about what’s coming this year or what to expect, but here’s some more about what we know and can expect.

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Sony Unveiling New, Slim PS3?

On the Sony front, talks about a hardware redesign have started surfacing, and speculation is point towards a new PS3. Similar to Sony’s route with the PS2 and PSP, rumor has it that the company is planning to release the PS3 Slim, a significantly smaller version of the black monolith. Of course, the redesign wouldn’t bring that much new stuff to the table, except maybe table space, but the inclusion of Bluetooth 3.0 might be coming with the new system.

However, since no console was specified, the hardware redesign could be for a multitude of things, like the PS2, which is still going strong, or the PSP, though the new PSP Go! has been all but confirmed. Then again, there’s still the rumor of that PS3 Motion controller, which I wouldn’t doubt is coming.

However, there’s news that while a Slim PS3 is in fact on the way, we won’t be seeing it at E3.

Why, you ask? There’s still many standard PS3 systems still available and Sony wants to let those sell before unveiling the updated model. Maybe Sony should go forward with a price drop if they want to unload the rest of those systems. But who knows whether or not that will happen anytime soon.

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256 Player MAG Demo for Journalists

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe’s highly anticipated MMOFPS (that’s Massively Multiplayer Online First-Person Shooter for those of you that aren’t up on the latest acronyms) MAG, formerly Massive Action Game, will be playable at this year’s E3, with Journalists being part of eight-man teams to be led by the game’s developers, taking part in 256-player games. Sounds exciting.

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Microsoft Reveal Plan for Zune Integration with the Xbox 360

Microsoft will be showing off the Zune HD at E3 and, likewise, will be showcase just exactly how it will be integrated with the Xbox 360. Not just satisfied with Zune connectivity, the Zune brand will become part of the Xbox 360’s Video Marketplace, similar to Netflix Instant Streaming, and will offer a library of TV Shows and Movies to 360 owners.

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Does Miyamoto’s Absence from Nintendo’s Press Conference Mean More Gamer Oriented Presentation?

Startling news from Nintendo has revealed that the father of many great franchises, such as Mario and Zelda, Shigeru Miyamoto will not be speaking at Nintendo’s E3 Press Conference. With previous E3 Press Conferences being geared towards the more family friendly games, his absence from this year’s conference may signal a break from the current family-friendly strategy and a return to some of Nintendo’s core franchises. Who knows, we may see a new Super Mario or Zelda game announced this year. One can only hope, right?

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Wii Fit Plus to be Revealed at E3

However, even without Miyamoto at the Press Conference, speculation of a Wii Fit Plus being unveiled at E3 are still going strong. Apparently, Nintendo has already trademarked the name and E3 would be the perfect time to make a dramatic. But even with the popular title in the works, the chance of some of Nintendo’s core titles making a showing at E3 is still anticipated.

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Activision Blizzard Confirms E3 Line-Up

Activision Blizzard has released their E3 line up, though with only the Activision half of the company showing up, it’s no surprised that they’re all Activision titles.

Along with the highly anticipated Modern Warfare 2, here’s a list of what to expect:

  • Blur
  • DJ Hero
  • Guitar Hero 5
  • Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2
  • Prototype
  • Singularity
  • Tony Hawk: RIDE
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
  • Wolfenstein

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EA Unveils E3 Line-Up

EA has also released their E3 and it’s a doozy. Along with some of the more anticipated titles, such as The Sims 3 and Mass Effect 2. We’re definitely gonna have a lot on our hands when we get to the EA booth next week.

With just a little over two dozen titles, EA promises to have much to show. Here’s a list of what they’ve got in store:

  • Army of Two: The 40th Day
  • Battlefield 1943
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  • Brutal Legend
  • Dante’s Inferno
  • Dead Space Extraction
  • Dragon Age: Origins
  • EA Sports Active
  • EA Sports Grand Slam Tennis
  • FIFA 10
  • Fight Night Round 4
  • G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Madden NFL 10
  • Mass Effect 2
  • MySims Agents
  • NCAA Football 10
  • NHL 10
  • Need for Speed NITRO
  • Need for Speed SHIFT
  • Spore Hero
  • Spore Hero Arena
  • The Saboteur
  • The Sims 3
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10

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More cryptic images from Kojima regarding new Metal Gear. Plus new project: MASK

Kojima Productions has been driving gamers insane with their needless countdowns, mysterious symbols and images. And now, clicking on the Kojima Productions logo on the countdown site reveals a new site. Labeled “MASK,” my suspicions that the team at KP are working on more than just the next MGS game may have been right all along. The site shows a mask (obviously), slowly revealing a creepy woman underneath as a creepy tune plays in the background.

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And back on the MGS front, as the countdown gets lower, more symbols have begun to appear, with a picture of what appears to be the Cyborg Ninja, Raiden. However, a closer look reveals the character has brown eyes, whereas Raiden has blue eyes. Maybe this some new character altogether.

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That's not Raiden

With MASK seeming as though it is a completely separate project, will we see it at E3. And while we’re on the topic, could we possibly see any other non-MGS projects? Maybe Zone of the Enders 3?

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No Dead Rising 2 at E3 due to Swine Flu concerns

Bad news on the Capcom front. Dead Rising 2 will apparently not be shown at E3 due to Swine Flu concerns. I didn’t know Zombies had to worry about the flu, but travel precautions and government restrictions have made it necessary for the Japanese developers that back out of the trip. However, it seems that Dead Rising 2 is the only game that Capcom won’t be showcasing. Given the early stage of the game’s development, the team isn’t comfortable with someone else handling what they have. Bummer.

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Kingdom Hearts Team not making the trip either

More bad news, this time for Kingdom Hearts fans. Again, due to Swine Flu concerns, Square-Enix has cancelled plans for its Kingdom Hearts team to attend E3. It’s unfortunate, especially for those expecting a KH3 announcement this year, though whether an unveiling of Kingdom Hearts-related games will still surface, given that staff from both European and American divisions of Square-Enix, as well as some Japanese representatives will still be making the trip.

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Atari cancels plans for E3

Atari has seemingly backed out of E3 this year. With less than a month before kick-off, the company had apparently decided to cancel their plans for E3, supposedly focusing more on other marketing plans for their upcoming titles, including Ghostbusters. I have to say, I feel like this is more Atari’s loss than E3’s. However, only time will tell if this was a smart move.

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Well, that’s about it. Stay tuned, because next week, Pixelated Geek hits the big time, live (sort of) from LA and the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

First half of Blizzcon tickets sell out in 28 minutes

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At exactly 10am (pacific) Blizzard opens its server for the onslaught of Blizzard fans.  Even though Blizzard raised their ticket prices $25 dollars more, that still didn’t stop hordes of people buying tickets until sell out 28 minutes after the servers opened.  If you didn’t get tickets today because you forgot, overslept or just didn’t get into the queue in time, don’t QQ.  Next weekend, Blizzard will be selling the second half of the tickets.

And if you don’t get tickets then, well you have two choices. (1) Buy DirectTV and experience the con from the confort of your home, or (2) buy form a scalper. But those tickets are already up to a $810 bid on eBay.

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Are you prepared for Blizzcon 2009 ticket sales?

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Here’s a list of things you should get ready for tomorrow’s Blizzcon 2009 ticket sales.

  1. Set your alarm tonight at 8am (pst)
    This should give you enough time to to fully wake up and boot your computer. It also gives you enough time to make sure your internet is working properly.  If it isn’t, well, you have 2 hours to fix it.
  2. Don’t use a Wifi connection
    Last thing you need is to have your browser’s session interrupted because of some Wifi issue with your router.  Instead of using Wifi, hardline your laptop or desktop straight to your router.
  3. Create a Battle.net account and save your Credit Card information in the system
    You want to make sure you zip in and zip out of the check out process by having your information already in their system.  That way, it’s only a few clicks to get your precious ticket(s). You don’t want to be in the middle of entering your information then having your session somehow disconnect.
  4. Let others know what is happening, and have them help you out
    Tell your family members or roommates that you are trying to buy tickets to a very important event. If you need to go somewhere, have them help out by watching the computer for you while you’re AFK. If it becoes your turn to buy tickets, tell them to follow the prompts to buy the for you and how many of them.
  5. Don’t QQ
    If you don’t get tickets tomorrow, don’t QQ.  There is a second batch next weekend.

Good luck everyone! See you at Blizzcon!

Lemonade Tycoon for iPhone

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Lemonade Tycoon for iPhone

Lemonade Tycoon by EA mobile is a free ad-supported edition to the EA tour de force entry into the App Store.

Taking after the Tycoon games of yester-year and replicating the feel and game play of the online games of the same name, the aim of the game is pretty simple, sell lemonade and make profit. Starting out on your front lawn with a little push kart selling lemonade to your neighbours, it’s your challenge to earn enough profit, reputation and popularity to hit the big time. A simple concept of mixing the right amount of lemons, sugar and ice cubes to make the tastiest and most cost effective lemonade available. With a good recipe under your belt you can head out onto the streets and sell, sell, sell till you’ve got enough to upgrade your stall and your location.

With rent required by more populous places such as the park, downtown, the mall (great for when it rains) and many more the world is yours for the taking. Once you’ve got enough you can blast out music on a add-on sound stage or lure in customers with a massive fluorescent lemon sign, just make sure you make enough to cover your costs.

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The simple premise of buy the constituents, mix them and sell the products is so addictive you’ll easily spend hours watching people queue up for your juice. The game is funded by advertising for albums, among them U2’s latest, which are displayed in a pop-over ad every now and again that must be dismissed or bought from the iTunes app on your iPhone. While it’s nice to get something for free, I find the pop-over advertising really annoying and wish there was just a way to buy the app outright and forgo the advertising.

Still with that said Lemonade Tycoon is an amusing and addictive little game that easily deserves a place on your iPhone.

MTV Games, Harmonix and EA Head to Nashville with Rock Band Country Track Pack

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MTV GAMES, HARMONIX and EA HEAD TO NASHVILLE WITH
ROCK BAND™ COUNTRY TRACK PACK™

Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Rogers, Shania Twain and More Join the Rock Band Platform July 21, 2009

Cambridge, MA — May 12, 2009 — Harmonix, the leading developer of music-based games, and MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks, (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), along with distribution partner Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), today announced plans for a July 21, 2009 North American release of Rock Band™ Country Track Pack™ for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment systems, and Wii™ system from Nintendo.

“Rock Band loves country music too, and these tracks are among the most fun to play of any we’ve released to date,” said Paul DeGooyer, Senior Vice President of Electronic Games & Music for MTV Networks Music Group. “We’ve received a ton of requests from fans to bring more country to the game, and our artist partners responded. We’re very excited to be able to offer this set, featuring some of the greatest songs ever recorded.”

Rock Band Country Track Pack is a standalone software product that allows owners of Rock Band® and Rock Band®2 to keep the party going with 21 songs from an outstanding mix of country artists, including Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Shania Twain, Rascal Flatts and the legendary Kenny Rogers. Many of the tracks will be exclusive to the Rock Band Country Track Pack disc for a limited time before joining the Rock Band® Music Store as downloadable content. Additional artists and songs from the track list will be announced in the coming months.

In addition, Rock Band Country Track Pack, like all Rock Band software, is compatible with all Rock Band instrument controllers, as well as most Guitar Hero® and other current third party video game instrument controllers.

Fans who buy the Rock Band Country Track Pack for Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 system can play directly from the disc or download the songs onto their consoles’ hard drives through a free offer with Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network or the PlayStation®Network. Once downloaded, the songs will automatically appear in the player’s custom Rock Band library and can be integrated into setlists and played in all game modes. With more than 660 tracks available in the Rock Band music catalogue and regular releases of downloadable content every week, Rock Band Country Track Pack is yet another way music-lovers can continue to expand and customize their music libraries.

First Confirmed Songs for ROCK BAND COUNTRY TRACK PACK:

Artist

Song
Title

1.

Alan
Jackson

Good
Time

2.

Brooks &
Dunn

Hillbilly
Deluxe

3.

Dierks
Bentley

Free
& Easy (Down the Road I Go)

4.

Dixie
Chicks

Sin
Wagon

5.

Drive-By
Truckers

3
Dimes Down

6.

Jason
Aldean

She’s
Country

7.

Kenny
Chesney

She
Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy

8.

Kenny
Rogers

The
Gambler

9.

Lucinda
Williams

Can’t
Let Go

10.

Martina
McBride

This
One’s For the Girls

11.

Rascal
Flatts

Me
and My Gang

12.

Shania
Twain

Any
Man of Mine

13.

Steve
Earle

Satellite
Radio

Price: $29.99 MSRP

The Rock Band franchise is the ultimate platform for music fans and gamers to interact with music like never before. The game challenges players to put together a band and tour for fame and fortune — all while learning to master lead/bass guitar, drums and vocals. Featuring the most master recordings of any music game ever by the world’s biggest rock artists, the Rock Band music catalogue includes tracks that span every genre of rock, ranging from alternative and classic rock, to heavy metal and punk.

Rock Band™ Country Track Pack™ is rated “E10+” for Everyone 10+ with a descriptor of Lyrics by the ESRB. Rock Band and Rock Band 2 are currently available for Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 and PlayStation 2 systems and Wii.

For more information on Rock Band and Harmonix Music Systems please visit www.rockband.com and www.harmonixmusic.com.