8th January 2009

EA Announces Support for PlayStation Home Beta

EA SPORTS to Debut on PlayStation®Network With EA SPORTS Complex

EA SportsBurnaby Electronic Arts Inc. has announced its initial plans for the PlayStation®Home Beta for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, the 3D social gaming community that allows users to interact, communicate and share gaming experiences online. EA’s support of the PlayStation Home Beta will begin with the EA SPORTS™ Complex, which is currently in development and is slated to launch this Spring.

“We’re proud to support the PlayStation Home Beta with a very robust offering from EA SPORTS,” said Peter Moore, president of EA SPORTS. “As part of our continued commitment to the connected experience and the digitization of our business, the EA SPORTS Complex is a rich new online environment that presents a compelling and immersive social gaming experience for the global sports audience.”

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8th January 2009

D-BOX Sets The Gaming World In Motion At CES 2009

Motion FX Technology set to Support Growth through Video Games and Hollywood

D-BoxLongueuil QCD-BOX Technologies Inc (DBO.A on the TSX Venture Exchange), a leader in innovative motion technology for the entertainment industry, is showcasing exciting new products and initiatives, including a new hybrid motion system priced at $US 2,999 at the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Booth # 21537, South Hall 1.

In conjunction with the video game development community and Hollywood, D-BOX is delivering the most complete viewer/player immersion experience to date: bold, immersive and invigorating journeys of realistic Motion Effects (MFX) perfectly synchronized with onscreen action and sound! This new hybrid motion system, which offers the flexibility of either playing video games or watching home movies, offers great value for consumers looking to get the most from their entertainment dollar, which is supported by the fact that D-BOX won the 2008 CES Innovations Design and Engineering Honor in the Electronic Gaming Product category.

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8th January 2009

Samsung to Provide Fully-Integrated PC-Over-IP LCD Displays Using Teradici Technology

Global Leader in Display Technology with Pioneer of Advanced PCoIP Technology to Introduce New, Efficient, and Innovative Desktop Display Solution at CES 2009

TeradiciBurnaby Teradici Corporation, the industry leader in delivering a true PC experience over standard IP networks, today announced a partnership with Samsung Electronics to provide Teradici’s revolutionary PC-over-IP® (PCoIP®) technology directly integrated into new SyncMaster 930ND 19” LCD display.

The innovative Samsung display incorporating PCoIP technology will deliver a rich graphical experience to desktop users in a fully-integrated display product with all host computing equipment located in a datacenter or any remote location. The SyncMaster 930ND is the world’s first PCoIP display that fits conveniently on a desktop and allows users to take advantage of all the high-resolution graphics, HD media and interoperability enabled by PCoIP technology. It is a fully stateless client that supports any user type from task worker to extreme 3D workstation in a single desktop appliance – an innovative alternative that delivers greater scalability than traditional thin clients.

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8th January 2009

Gateway Delivers Cinematic Multimedia Notebook In Canada

New Line Serves Mobile Customers Looking for Mobility, Style with Latest Technology, Excellent Value

Gateway OntarioGateway today debuts a new notebook line in Canada optimized for multimedia enthusiasts on a budget, the new 15.6-inch Gateway MD Series notebook line.

The new Gateway MD Series notebook line leverages the fashion-forward style and the capabilities of the popular Gateway MC Series to deliver cinematic mobile entertainment and mainstream performance at an affordable price.

It is available now throughout Canada in several set configurations at leading retailers starting at $749.99. “The new MD Series notebook line is an all-around winner – it pairs a distinct style with a mobile-ready form factor and best-in-class technology at incredible values,” said Ray Sawall, senior product marketing manager for Acer America. “The entertainment and multimedia capabilities of the MD Series are just what today’s savvy mobile notebook customers need for their active lifestyle.”

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8th January 2009

Spark FX 2009 Speaker Schedule Released

Siggraph Vancouver Vancouver – The organizing committee for Spark FX 2009 have released the speaker schedule for the upcoming SFX festival, but co-chair Mike Davison notes that there are one or two sessions still to be finalized. Spark FX runs from January 21 – 26 at the Vancouver International Film Centre, 1181 Seymour Street. Tickets for film showings and speaker events can be purchased through the ACM SIGGRAPH Vancouver Chapter’s website, along with full speaker bios and film information.

DAY 1 Wednesday January 21 – Doors Open 6:30pm

7:00 pm FILM “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad” with Ken A. Priebe
9:30 pm FILM “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”

DAY 2 Thursday January 22 – 8:30 am – Registration

11:15 am SPEAKER SESSION – “Fictional Interfaces” with Mark Coleran
3:15 pm SPEAKER SESSION – “Make-up with Gordon Smith” with Gordon J. Smith
5:00 pm PANEL – “Pipedreams: In Search of the Perfect Production Solution” with Dave Fracchia, Anthony Brown, Leo Chan & Troy Brooks
7:00 pm FILM – “Forbidden Planet” with Keith Blackmore
9:30 pm FILM – “Alien”

DAY 3 Friday – January 23 – 8:30 am – Registration
9:30 am SPEAKER SESSION – “Spanning the Valley” with Paul Debevec
11:15 am SPEAKER SESSION – “Digital Cloning at ILM, from Lemony Snicket’s Baby to Pirates’ Davy Jones” with Christophe Hery
1:30 pm SPEAKER SESSION – “A VFX Journey Through Pan’s Labyrinth with CafeFX” with Jeff Barnes

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8th January 2009

Second Update for Sword of the Stars Released

Second Update Released for 4X Space Strategy Game A Murder of Crows

Lighthouse InteractiveToronto – Leading video game publisher Lighthouse Interactive and acclaimed developer Kerberos Productions continue to prove their commitment to the dedicated Sword of the Stars community, by releasing the second update (1.6.4) for A Murder of Crows (PC) to the public shortly after a surprise, early release to gaming fans on the Kerberos and Lighthouse message boards.

The following key features are included in Update 1.6.4:

• Auto-pause feature added to single-player games.
• Added tech negotiation news event art.
• Fleet list can now be filtered by Flagship or Deep Scan.
• Slavers are back!
• Research bonus added for killing the VN grand menace.
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8th January 2009

Build And Prove Your Football Knowledge With EA Sports Football Academy

EA SPORTS Announces First Title Exclusively Developed For Nintendo DS Coming In March 2009

EA Sports VancouverEA SPORTS™, a label of Electronic Arts Inc., today announces EA SPORTS™ Football Academy – a collection of mini-games and challenges that improves football knowledge in a fun and entertaining way. EA SPORTS™ Football Academy, currently in development at EA Sports in Vancouver, will launch exclusively for the Nintendo DS in March 2009.Football Academy

EA SPORTS Football Academy offers an entertaining way to learn football strategy, positioning and technique. Players build their knowledge by completing tasks and take their improved skills onto the pitch to compete against their friends. Additionally EA SPORTS Football Academy offers a variety of mini-games that provide fun for fans of all ages.

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