29th October 2008

Episode Two of Penny Arcade Game Available Now

VancouverHothead Games today announced that Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode Two is now available worldwide simultaneously via Xbox LIVE® Arcade (except Korea) and via the Greenhouse digital distribution platform for the Windows®, Mac®, and Linux® versions. Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode Two is expected to offer players six to ten hours of gameplay, and is priced at $14.95 for the Windows, Mac, and Linux versions and at 1200 Microsoft points via Xbox LIVE Arcade. The game has been rated “M” for Mature by the Entertainment Software Rating Board for all platforms.

The madcap Penny Arcade experience continues in Episode Two of the RPG-adventure game series! Players can jump right in with a fresh character and new customization options or carry over their look and stats

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29th October 2008

Meridian4 and Frogames Raise Awareness for Penguins’ Struggle

MontrealMeridian4 is chilled to announce that they have signed an agreement with Frogames to help digitally distribute their FPS (First Penguin Shooter) through numerous online sites across the net.

“I have bookmarked their website for a long time because Meridian4 has always published great games made by indies!” said Christophe Canon at Frogames.

“Put a penguin in a game and I’m hooked, but put a penguin in a surprisingly sophisticated and well crafted FPS where bullets are replaced with snowballs and I’m addicted. The moment we played Penguins Arena, we knew that it fit our company and the games we publish.” said Steve Milburn, Marketing Director at Meridian4 and penguin lover.

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29th October 2008

All-New 2009 Nissan Z Debuts in Need For Speed Undercover

– Vancouver – EA and Nissan shift into high-gear this holiday! The series continues the tradition of featuring the most desirable cars as Need for SpeedBlack Box, a studio of Electronic Arts Inc. and Nissan today revealed the highly-anticipated all-new 2009 Nissan 370Z. This marks the first time an auto manufacturer has partnered with a videogame company for the world premiere reveal of a car. The Nissan Z® will be available exclusively in this holidays hottest action driving title, Need for Speed Undercover, available in North America on November 18 and in Europe on November 21.

For the past 15 years, Need for Speed has helped define contemporary automotive culture by bridging the gap between gamers and the worlds hottest cars. As such, we are very excited to partner with one of the automotive powerhouses today to exclusively reveal the all-new Nissan Z®, said Keith Munro, Vice President of Marketing at Electronic Arts. Need for Speed is about style, fast-paced action and power; this is definitely a car made for Need for Speed fans. Come November, theyll be able to test drive the all-new 370Z in the game before the car is released on the market.

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29th October 2008

The Coming Debuts in A Sneak Preview This November

The Coming, a feature film written and directed by Vancouver Film School graduate and instructor Chad Costen will be shown in a special sneak preview at the VanCity Theatre this November 11th. A film which tells a story about the end of the world brought about by humanity’s fear of itself was produced by Nicky Forsman, a graduate of VFS’ Entertainment Business Management programme and also features the talents of several other VFS Film programme grads.

Costen began production of his film with a rather unique grass-roots fundraising campaign which rippled out from his site I Am Canalien. Fundraising involved T-shirt sales and “gathering specimens” which was essentially film supporters gathering lists of “human specimens” who each donated $11.00 towards the cost of producing the film.

At the beginning of this project, Chad had this to say on the VFS Blog: “It’ll feel good to finally just get out there and shoot something. We have the best cast and crew in the world, so no matter what happens we know that we’ll end up making a movie worth being proud of. You don’t need a fortune to make good films, you just need to be fortunate enough to know good people that will make films with you.”

The Coming’s pre-show activities begin at 1:15pm, with the film’s presentation at 2:15pm. Please see The Coming’s official site for teasers, trailers and more information.

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28th October 2008

The Embassy’s Work On Terminus Nominated for The AEAF Awards

Vancouver VFX studio The Embassy has been nominated and short-listed in the AEAF Awards for their work on the short film Terminus. The list of finalists were narrowed down from over 200 submissions in 11 categories. Award winners will be announced at the AEAF Awards ceremony on November 12th, which is held in conjunction with Sydney, Australia’s Digital Media Festival. Terminus was also an Official Selection at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival and was chosen as the Best Canadian Short Film at the 2008 Montréal ‘Just for Laughs’ Comedy Festival. Terminus was directed by Trevor Cawood and co-written by Jason Cawood.

According to writer Jason Cawood, Terminus is about a 1970’s businessman who, after he unknowingly offends “a strange entity that accosts him on his way to work, quickly finds himself in the midst if a bizarre predicament. What follows is a rapid descent into madness, a journey both eerie and darkly humorous. The exact nature of the businessman’s tormentor is purposefully ambiguous, lending itself to a variety of interpretations. Is Terminus a surreal critique of human alienation in the modern urban environment? or is the protagonist’s struggle an internal one, his mysterious stalker a manifestation of his repressed subconscious mind? Either way, Terminus’s innovative visual effects and distinctively vintage atmosphere make it a highly engrossing experience.” From the IMDB listing for Terminus

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28th October 2008

Festival Arcadia Merges Videogames and Fashion

Montreal – In conjunction with Festival Arcadia, a Virtually Fashionable evening will be held at 9 p.m. on Saturday, November 8, at the Society for Arts and Technology [SAT]. For this world first event that merges the fashion and videogame industries, ten of Quebec’s best-known fashion designers are creating costumes for famed videogame icon Lara Croft. Two of these outfits will be incorporated into Lara’s official wardrobe as downloadable content for Tomb Raider: Underworld post launch. At the show, Bodybag by Jude, Complexgeometries by Clayton Evans, Denis Gagnon, Helmer, Marie Saint Pierre, Philippe Dubuc, Tavân & Mitto, Travis Taddeo, Valérie Dumaine and Yso will unveil designs that have been made specifically for the heroine’s upcoming new adventure.

Attendees of Virtually Fashionable will get to see the designs on real life and virtual models as they strut down the catwalk to music mixed by event sound designer Frigid. After the show, a jury that includes Cynthia Cooper, Curator of the McCord Museum, Herby Moreau, host and journalist, Stephane Le Duc, Editor of Dress to Kill Magazine, and Sandrine Belleteste, fashion consultant, will decide on one outfit that will be incorporated into Lara’s official wardrobe, with the designer taking home a $3,000 purse. A second outfit will be chosen by the public and both will be made available for download via Xbox LIVE® (Marketplace for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®) so gamers will have the chance to play through the entire Tomb Raider: Underworld experience in a new award-winning outfit.

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28th October 2008

Expansion Coming For Supreme Ruler 2020

World War III is only a mouse click away… Supreme Ruler 2020 expansion – Global Crisis announced

Ontario – Paradox Interactive today announced a new expansion pack for the Geo-Political, Military Strategy game Supreme Ruler 2020, developed by BattleGoat Studios.

“This is the first time we’ve developed an expansion pack and we wanted to ensure that we had significant new content for our dedicated players to enjoy,” remarked David Thompson, BattleGoat’s Lead Designer and Co-Founder.
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28th October 2008

Sitemasher Launches Partner Program

Website Platform Enables Designers To Boost Revenue and Reach New Markets

VANCOUVER – Press Release –Sitemashers new online website platform puts the focus on the website and not the programming and IT development needed to create it. Today, Sitemasher goes one step further in letting professional web designers be web designers and not IT people by launching a partner program aimed squarely at firms focusing on website design, development, and brand marketing and consulting. With Sitemashers website building platform, partners will be able to earn more revenue by speeding the design and development process and to access new markets by maximizing the skills of the entire team.

Sitemasher changes the game in building and managing websites. Traditionally a sophisticated, interactive site requires several people, including a designer, developer, back-end IT administrator and a project owner, to implement a full project. But the Sitemasher website platform enables designers to create pixel-perfect, full-featured custom sites that can be implemented easily without programming and IT integration.

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27th October 2008

Greenhouse Unveils Nitrogen Software Dev Kit

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Greenhouse Interactive today announced that the Nitrogen Software Development Kit (SDK) is now available free of charge to independent developers seeking to enhance their games selected for the Greenhouse digital distribution service. Major tools offered in Nitrogen include the social networking functionalities of ‘triumphs’ and ‘standings,’ which will allow developers to reward players for their in-game accomplishments and then display them for the rest of the Greenhouse gaming community.

Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode Two, scheduled to launch this Wednesday for Windows®, Mac® and Linux®, will be the first title on the service to implement the new Nitrogen SDK and offer gamers triumphs and standings to enhance their gameplay and Greenhouse community experience.

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27th October 2008

Copyright Board Issues Internet & Music Decision

OttawaThe Copyright Board of Canada issued a decision dealing with the second part of the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) Tariff 22 with respect to the communication of musical works on the Internet.
The first part of that tariff was issued on October 18, 2007 and dealt exclusively with online music services. This second part sets rates for other music uses over the Internet such as the websites of radio and television stations as well as other sites that use musical works as part of their Internet activities. As was the case for the first part, this second part of the tariff sets the rates to be paid to SOCAN for the period 1996 to 2006.

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