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First half of Blizzcon tickets sell out in 28 minutes

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Blizzcon 2009

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.

GL.

Are you prepared for Blizzcon 2009 ticket sales?

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Blizzcon 2009

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.

Blizzcon 2009 Website is Launched and Ticket Sales Info

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Blizzcon 2009 Website is Launched and Ticket Sales Info

Blizzcon 2009 website is finally launched.  August is getting closer and all you Blizzard fans are feeling that tingle in your pants.  But many of you are thinking, “But, will I even get a chance to buy a ticket?”  Yes, last year’s ticket sales system was a joke.  It was worse than trying to get a Bag of Crap from Woot.com. F5 keys around the world were crying in agony from the constant browser refreshes on the ticket sales page. Well, Blizzard has announce how they will be selling these hard to get tickets this year. More on that after the break.

1st half of tickets go on sale on May 16. 2nd half on May 30th.  People who cannot make the convention can watch via DirectTV. The ticket price has gone UP to $125.

Blizzcon 2009

Read On

San Diego Comic Con Sold Out of Friday One-Day Passes

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You snooze you lose, people.  If you didn’t get your passes yet, all you have to choose from is Thursday and Sunday single-day passes.  If you are still hoping for a Friday or Saturday single-day pass, what you CAN do is — oh wait, that’s closed, too.  I was about to tell you that you could volunteer, but volunteer registration is also closed. I guess the only thing you can do is wait for Comic-Con 2010. Not sure what else to tell ya, bud.

Comic-Con 2009

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We at VillainTech are happy to announce that we will be at Comic-Con again. Currently we don’t have much details to offer on what we will be covering but we hope to see you there. Comic-Con is sure to sell out this year so be sure to get’em while tickets are still available.

Comic-Con Comments on Sold Out Passes

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Enthusiasts will be upset to learn that both 4-Day and Saturday One-Day passes for Comic-Con International 2009 (CCI) have already sold out. Pixelated Geek had an opportunity to speak with David Glanzer, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at CCI, for further comments on this matter.

“People knew it sold out last year and they didn’t want to miss out,” explains Glanzer. Online ticket sales for CCI 2009 have been available as early as August 2008. Because CCI 2008 experienced an early sold-out show, it seemed that this year, fans wanted to attain tickets as early as possible. In comparison, tickets for last year’s convention were not sold out until two weeks prior to the event. CCI 2009’s 4-Day passes were sold out by mid-March — four months prior to the event.

“There’s nothing in terms of key media that we’ve done or key media that’s really done anything to promote the July show [Comic-Con]. There’s just been a lot of word of mouth and people making sure that they’re not left out.”

Saturday One-Day passes
While Saturday One-Day passes are obviously sold out, the question remains: is there still any way to get in on that day?

“Not really,” replies Glanzer. “However, we will probably be doing ticket giveaways on local radio stations in the LA and San Diego area. People can win free passes. Otherwise, there’s no way to buy a [Saturday] pass at this point.”

Comic-Con Leaving in 2012?
Loyal attendees have also acknowledged rumors of Comic-Con leaving the San Diego area. Glanzer comments on the issue:

“We have a contract with the Convention Center until 2012. One of the things we’re really trying to do is work with local hotels in the city for additional parking space, so that we can move outside of the building. We’ve maximized all of our space within the Convention Center, not only in terms of exhibitors but in terms of attendees. ”

Fortunately, there is talk of the City of San Diego expanding the venue, which will perhaps encourage the Con to stay in the aforementioned city.

Get your tickets now!
“The river itself is always there, but the water is always changing. The event is here every year in San Diego, but what happens at the event always changes,” says Glanzer. With that, expect some fun listings in the program and hurry! Purchase tickets while you still can!

For those concerned over a hot, crowded, foul-odor atmosphere, ease up: “Safety is always a big concern of ours. Not only a safe environment, but a comfortable one as well.” For example, while some conventions have 6 – or 8-foot aisles, CCI has 10- or 20-foot aisles. Oh, and there’s lots of air conditioning. Thank God for air conditioning.

Follow this link to buy your pass(es) for Comic-Con.