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14th June 2011

Game Production Studios Reveals Dragons vs Spaceships

game production studiosDragons vs Spaceships is a new project from Game Production Studios for Microsoft’s Dream Build Play competition. According to the game’s web page, Dragons vs Spaceships uses the XNA platform, with all engines developed by Game Production Studios excluding the Easy Storage engine for data management, developed at CodePlex and used under their license.

Dragons Vs Spaceships seeks to capture the essence of the genre, while putting a new spin on old conventions. Travel across many worlds destroying the enemy, using three weapon types that combine for a total of six special weapons. Fun and challenging, players will quickly master the controls, but will have a more difficult time downing the legion of Spaceships that stand in their way on the path to victory. There’s no telling who will lose the war, but Game Production Studios says the winner will be the player.

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The game’s premise, again from the official web page, is as follows:

It had been known for centuries, the natural order of the universe: that all beings were to pay homage to the absolute rulers of the entire cosmos, The Dragons. Their power unmatched by a thousand burning stars, their lore containing the entirety of time and before, The Dragons fulfilled lifespans so long that entire galaxies formed from burning embers and were consumed by novas, without their even aging. These were the grand creatures of all being, perfectly sculpted and insurmountable in conflict. The sheer radiance and wonder of The Dragons inspired untold amounts of jealousy. In time though, vain species would arise without the proper knowledge and respect for the might of The Dragons, and attempts were made over and over by foolish civilizations to usurp The Dragons’ power, but like waves crashing upon the rocky cliffs of mountains, attempts were pitifully inept.

Through the millennia, hatred for the dragons grew. Jealousy bubbled to a raging torrent, and entire existences were demolished in hopes of scavenging power. Elder gods were consumed, blackest rituals were performed and unfathomable experiments were undergone in a quest to break the strength of The Dragons. Finally, the impossible has been realized: an unknown civilization has appeared, undetectable and unmerciful. No attempt at communication is possible. “Creatures” is not the proper word for them; they are nothing but hatred mechanized, raging monoliths with no other purpose than to bring about the absolute ruin of The Dragons. Their initial attacks were successful, and many Dragons that were present at the birth of reality perished. Four of the most powerful Dragons still remain, and under your direction they must obliterate the enemy, not just from their home world of Dragonia, but from all existence.

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14th June 2011

Chaotic Box Launches Match Panic

Chaotic BoxIndependent development studio Chaotic Box has launched its latest mobile game title to the iTunes Store. Match Panic challenges the tap skills of iOS gamers as they race to beat the clock and level up in order to increase their score multiplier as they tap madly to match the game pieces. Power-ups help blast players through each challenge to the next level, each more difficult than the previous.

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Unlock a dozen cute pixel characters and compete with friends on 5 Game Center Leaderboards. For the ultimate player challenge, there are 9 Game Centre Achievements for the taking. Match Panic is available for 99 cents USD and is rated 4+. This game is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad devices running iOS 3.1.3 or later.

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14th June 2011

Teletoon Picks Up Splatalot for the French Canadian Market

distribution360Distribution360 today announced at the Banff World Media Festival the sale of Splatalot (26 x 30’ episodes) to TÉLÉTOON. The French Canadian broadcaster has acquired rights to the French language version of the series set to air this fall. marblemedia produced three original localized English versions of Splatalot for YTV in Canada, BBC in the UK, and ABC in Australia.

 

Splatalot is a hilarious medieval-themed physical game show geared to the 8-12 year-old audience. The 26-part series features a larger-than-life extreme obstacle course with more splats and spills than ever imaginable. Each episode splatalotfeatures a different group of 12 thrill-seeking teen contestants, dubbed Attackers, competing in three hilarious rounds: Cross the Moat, Escape the Stockade, and Capture the Crown. The Defenders of Splatalot, an international squad of nine costumed gladiators, do their best to protect the castle from the Attackers—leaving only one to be crowned King or Queen of Splatalot.

“We’re thrilled to be able to bring the fun of Splatalot to audiences in French Canada,” says Stéphanie Röckmann-Portier, Head of Sales, Distribution360. “This series is a great example of a format that works well in international markets and across different languages.”

“TELETOON has been a longtime partner of ours, and we’re very excited to be working with them on this version of Splatalot for French Canada,” says Matt Hornburg, the series’ co-creator and Partner at marblemedia. “The ratings are consistently showing that Splatalot attracts a very strong co-viewing audience of both kids and parents because it’s so much fun to watch together. Matt adds, “This has definitely been a major contributing factor to the show’s success.”

Splatalot was produced with the financial participation of the Canada Media Fund, Shaw Rocket Fund, and Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund

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14th June 2011

Patrick Stewart To Help Voice War of the Worlds

Other Ocean InteractiveOther Ocean Interactive is proud to reveal that Sir Patrick Stewart, the acclaimed TV and film star, will be lending his voice talents to The War of the Worlds, its upcoming cinematic side-scrolling platformer, coming to Xbox LIVE®Arcade and PlayStation®Network later this year. Based on the classic novel by H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds showcases Stewart’s distinct voice as the narration for the game, which follows one man’s experience in 1950s London during a decimating alien invasion.

Known to millions for his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the popular TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation, as well as his performance as Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men film franchise, Stewart has enjoyed tremendouswar of the worlds success over his decades-long film career including several Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.  However, providing narration for The War of the Worlds is an experience that hearkens back to Stewart’s childhood.

“As a young boy, I remember watching the The War of the Worlds so many times I was quoting the lines,” said Stewart. “The alien invasion both terrified and fascinated me and the movie has stuck with me since then. Now, being part of this project will provide a new way for gamers around the world to experience a fresh new take on a classic.”

The War of the Worlds is a dark and breathtaking new vision inspired by the classic H.G. Wells novel, retold as a single player, 2D action-adventure. The gameplay narrative parallels the timeline and events from the 1953 movie adaptation, but introduces a new story arc, characters, locations, and sub-plots.  With gameplay paying homage to classic cinematic platformers such as Flashback and Out of This World, players follow the exploits of an unknown everyman struggling to escape the Martian invasion of London and rescue his family. Forced to think through insurmountable odds, players will outsmart an army of alien tripods, spiders and drones as they make their way through a landscape of total devastation.

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14th June 2011

Pocket God on Facebook Releases Episode VIII – Hi-islanders

frima studioFrima Studios and Bolt Interactive have announced today that the Pygmies of Pocket God on Facebook have to worry not only about the gods smiting them, but now their fellow tribe members as well in Episode VIII: Hi-islanders. The latest expansion for the Pocket God world features a brand new item, a LARP rack, which enables Pygmies to duel one another using one of five fantastical weapons, introduces a new god challenge from new rival god Kali, and also expands the amount of in-game content by adding five new solo quests and a plethora of clothing options based on characters from the Pocket God comic book.

Since its debut in December 2010, the Facebook version of Pocket God has grown exponentially and is attracting more players every month. To date, there are more than 700,000 deities who have tortured Pygmies and more than 55 million loyal, unquestioning Pygmies have met their demise—that’s approximately the record-setting number for most votes cast in a single show on American Idol (okay, one more vote: Simon or Steven). Another two million sacrifices can be attributed to friends on Facebook sacrificing other friends in a host of brutal and irreverent ways, including electrocution, shark attack, venus fly traps, tornados, tar pits, and more!

The new updates for Hi-islanders include:

There Can Only Be One Hi-islander: A mysterious LARP rack has appeared on the island and there’s only one thing to do now that it’s here: kill everyone. The new LARP item dons five video game-inspired weapons and swords, and when two Pygmies each get a hold of a weapon you’ll be witness to a fight to the death until only one Pygmy is left standing. Alternatively, if you dangle one of your hapless devotees in front of an armed Pygmy, your floating follower will be pummeled like a piñata (candy sold separately).

• Challenge Kali and Her Rack: New rival god Kali has showed up on the island, and she thinks that her rack is better than yours. Of course, you agree, and if you try to touch her rack then you best prepare for trouble as she won’t take your advances lightly. Successfully defeating Kali will earn you a weapon rack idol of your own, proving that your rack rules them all.

• Dress Up in Those Snazzy Comic Duds: Pocket God on Facebook is taking some fashion advice from its comic book counterpart and now offers fans the ability to customize their Pygmies with articles of clothing found in Pocket God Comics, as well as control the actual characters from the comic themselves! What’s that? You’ve always wanted to feed Ooga to a shark because he goes against everything the tribe says? Well then, your wish is our command.

• New Quests and UI Improvements Added: As always, we’re making sure to deliver new content for newbies and veterans alike with the latest update including five new solo quests for those deities who like to go it solo, as well as a slew of UI improvements in the Power and Clothing stores, along with some gameplay balances here and there.

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14th June 2011

Wild Game Studio Releases Three New Trailers

Wild Game StudioThe first of today’s Wild Games Studio video releases features the five minute E3 trailer for Dhaila’s Adventures, which focuses on the games’ three open worlds and the dungeons.

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The second trailer, also from E3, introduces the studio’s new IP World Circus, an innovative and original game that allows players to build and manage their own circus. World Circus is scheduled for release in 2013 and offers 3 game modes – career, simulation and multi-player.

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The third and final E3 video presents Wild Games’ new iPhone game Kung Fu Lobster, a colourful undersea world where you control a well-armed lobster and take on other denizens of the deep to prove that only the strong survive.

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14th June 2011

CPRS Calgary Summer Social and Networking Event To Follow AGM

Canadian PR Society Calgary ChapterCalgary’s chapter of the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) is hosting its annual summer social and networking event immediately following the organization’s annual general meeting at the Vue Café on Thursday, June 16, 2011. The meeting will run from 5:30pm – 6:00pm with a networking social immediately to follow. A new members’ reception will be held immediately before the meeting from 5:00pm – 5:30pm. The gallery closes at 8:00pm.

“This is a great opportunity and venue for Calgary’s PR community to connect again before dispersing for the summer,” says the Calgary chapter president, Dan Muys.

 

Chapter news and updates, as well as future organizational plans, will be discussed at the AGM, which is open to both members and non-members. Only members in good standing can vote. CPRS will host a summer social and networking event immediately following the meeting. The social is a chance for public relations professionals to meet and network while exchanging ideas and best practices. This event is free for CPRS-Calgary members, $25.00 for non-members. The Vue Café is located in the Virginia Christopher Fine Art Gallery on 11th Ave SW.

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14th June 2011

Canada Revenue Agency Warns of Phishing Scams

Government of CanadaThe Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) warns all Canadians to beware of telephone calls, mail, or email that claim to be from the CRA but are not. These are phishing scams that could result in identity thefts.

Canadians should especially beware of phishing scams asking for their personal information, such as a social insurance, credit card, bank account, and passport numbers. Some of these scams ask for this personal information directly, and others refer the taxpayer to a Web site resembling the CRA’s where the person is asked to verify their identity by entering personal information.

An email scam that has been recently circulating notifies taxpayers that a complaint containing evidence of involvement in tax evasion has been filed against them and the company with which they are affiliated by using the Informant Leads Program. This email is not from the CRA. The CRA’s Informant Leads Program Web page warns taxpayers about this scam.

The CRA has well-established practices to protect the confidentiality of taxpayer information. For more information about security of taxpayer information and examples of fraudulent communications, go to the CRA’s Security Info Page.

Anyone who receives a suspicious communication should immediately report it to the Anti-Fraud Centre or to the institution that it appears to be from.

For information on scams, to report deceptive telemarketing, and if personal or financial information has been unwittingly provided, go to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Web page.

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14th June 2011

Spin Master To Manufacture Moshi Monsters

spin masterIn its second news statement of the day, Spin Master Ltd., this time with Mind Candy, one of the world’s fastest growing social online gaming companies have announced the upcoming launch of an official toy line based on its safe online social networking platform for children, Moshi Monsters. The product assortment, which will be available across the U.S. exclusively at Toys”R”Us stores and online at Toysrus.com in late July, will feature six adorable plush Moshi Monsters characters, as well as 32 Moshling minifigures manufactured by Spin Master Ltd.

“We know that web-savvy kids want to enjoy tangible experiences with their favorite virtual properties, and the Moshi Monsters toy line delivers these experiences in a big way,” said Richard Barry, Vice President, General Merchandise Manager, Toys”R”Us, U.S. “We are thrilled to be the only U.S. retailer to provide kids the opportunity to bring Moshi Monsters into the physical world.”

Moshi Monsters is a new form of children’s entertainment, with its website forming the heart of the experience, combines adoptable pet monsters, safe social networking, stories, games, missions, virtual interaction and educational puzzles. The site has become hugely successful over the last year, growing at the rate of one new registration every second – with the fastest growth across North America. Recently, Moshi Monsters welcomed its 50 millionth registered user worldwide. Read the rest of this entry »

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14th June 2011

Merger Of Sirius Canada And XM Canada Moving Ahead

xm radio canadaCanadian Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., the parent company of XM Canada, and Sirius Canada Inc. have released a statement that the final regulatory and government approvals related to the proposed merger announced in November, 2010 have been received.

The Merger is now currently scheduled to close on June 21, 2011 contemporaneously with the closing of CSR’s refinancing. CSR’s refinancing consists of an exchange offer and consent solicitation for its 12.75% Senior Notes due 2014 and a concurrent private placement offering of its 9.75% Senior Notes due 2018. The expiration date of the Exchange Offer is now set for June 16, 2011. The Exchange Offer and Concurrent Offering were undertaken in order to refinance certain debt of CSR in connection with the Merger. As of the date hereof, US$68.83 million aggregate principal amount of Existing Notes have been tendered in the Exchange Offer. The New Notes have not been, and will not be, qualified for distribution to the public under the securities laws of any province or territory of Canada or registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933.

On November 24, 2010, CSR and Sirius Canada entered into a securities purchase agreement to combine the companies in an all-stock merger.  On February 17, 2011, CSR received the support of its shareholders to approve the Merger.  On April 19, 2011, the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission rendered its regulatory approval of the transaction.

Both Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. and Sirius Canada Inc. want readers to note that this statement does not constitute an offer to purchase or sell any securities. Any offer to purchase or sell securities will be made by means of an offering memorandum. No offer, solicitation, purchase or sale will be made in any jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation, purchase or sale would be unlawful.

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