29th August 2008

Bioware Reveals Dragon Age Toolset Details

Leading video game developer BioWare™, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), today announced that it will continue in the studio’s long tradition of delivering powerful content-creations to the gaming community by releasing the Dragon Age™ Toolset. BioWare will be presenting the Dragon Age™ Toolset at the Penny Arcade Expo in the Washington State Convention & Trade Center today through Sunday. Designed specifically for the highly-anticipated Role-playing PC game Dragon Age™: Origins, the Dragon Age Toolset provides players with developer-grade tools that will allow them to produce their own content.

Attendees of the Penny Arcade Expo will be the first ever to see the new toolset in action as BioWare will provide a live demonstration of some of its exciting features and capabilities. The Dragon Age Toolset will be part of a stage demonstration during the Penny Arcade Expo at 1:30pm, August 31, on the main stage at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle, Washington.

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29th August 2008

Bioware Reveals Dragon Age Toolset Details

BioWareEdmonton – Leading video game developer BioWare™, a division of Electronic Arts Inc., today announced that it will continue in the studio’s long tradition of delivering powerful content-creations to the gaming community by releasing the Dragon Age™ Toolset. BioWare will be presenting the Dragon Age™ Toolset at the Penny Arcade Expo in the Washington State Convention & Trade Center Dragon Agetoday through Sunday. Designed specifically for the highly-anticipated Role-playing PC game Dragon Age™: Origins, the Dragon Age Toolset provides players with developer-grade tools that will allow them to produce their own content.

Attendees of the Penny Arcade Expo will be the first ever to see the new toolset in action as BioWare will provide a live demonstration of some of its exciting features and capabilities. The Dragon Age Toolset will be part of a stage demonstration during the Penny Arcade Expo at 1:30pm, August 31, on the main stage at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle, Washington.

Key features include:

Create Original Adventures – Using the rich set of Dragon Age assets and locations as starting blocks, users can modify these stunning areas by adding new quests, characters and scripting to craft their own adventures, fate-defining conversations and cut-scenes.
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28th August 2008

The Adventure Company Ships Outcry for Windows

August 28, 2008. Toronto, Canada: The Adventure Company, a leading publisher of adventure games in North America, is pleased to announce the haunting adventure title Outcry for Windows® has shipped to retail stores across North America.

Players will take on the role of a middle-aged writer who receives a strange invitation from his brother who he hasn’t seen for years. Accepting his invitation, you are soon confronted with the discovery of his sudden disappearance and his connection to a mysterious machine which, according to your brother, can separate one’s consciousness from his body.

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28th August 2008

New Media BC 10th Annual General Meeting

The tenth Annual General Meeting for New Media BC will be held on Thursday September 25, 2008 at Radical Entertainment, 8th Floor – 369 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. The doors will open for registration and networking at 3:15pm, followed by the official meeting at 4:00pm. New Media BC members will be updated on all of the activities which New Media BC has participated in over the past year, see an outline of what is planned for the coming year, go over the financial reports and elect the Board of Directors for 2009-2010. There will also be announcements regarding Digital Week 2009. After the conclusion of the AGM, members are invited to celebrate Canada’s first National Digital Media Day by mingling to catch up with old friends, make new friends, and view a Politube Shorts Screening presented by New Forms Festival. Members need to pre-register for the AGM and Mixer – if you’re not a member of New Media BC but would like more information, please check out the Membership Benefits page on the New Media BC site.

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27th August 2008

Natasha Bedingfield Featured Spokesperson For Boogie SuperStar

Hot Song List Features Hits Made Famous By The Jonas Brothers, Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Fall Out Boy and Leona Lewis

International music sensation Natasha Bedingfield was today unveiled as the featured spokesperson of Boogie™ SuperStar, the upcoming Wii™ title from the Casual Entertainment Label of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS). Bedingfield lends three songs to the Boogie SuperStar soundtrack, also announced today, which features a total of nearly 40 hit singles made famous by some of today’s hottest artists.

Bedingfield, who has topped the charts with number one singles and albums in both the U.S. and the U.K., has joined forces with EA to promote the game, which allows girls to perform their favourite Bedingfield songs including her current single Angel, Love Like This, and the title track from her new hit album Pocketful of Sunshine.
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27th August 2008

Lighthouse Releases East India Company Screenshots

Toronto, Canada – August 27, 2008 –Today leading computer game publisher Lighthouse Interactive, part of SilverBirch Inc.’s video game division, and developer Nitro Games, released six never-before-seen screenshots for East India Company. These print quality screenshots highlight the three basic gameplay elements: strategy, combat and trade. Scheduled to release in Q1 2009, this dynamic real-time strategy war game for Windows® PC is based on the exploits and adventures of the infamous 18th century East India Companies. It challenges players to build the World’s most powerful trading empire as they engage in fierce open sea battles in both single player and multiplayer modes.

GAME SUMMARY

In East India Company, players will assume the role of Governor Director of one of the East India Companies or other rival companies. There are eight nationalities to choose from: British, Dutch, French, Danish, Portuguese, Swedish, Italian or Spanish – with the goal of bringing new colonies and wealth such as: tea, spices, gold, diamonds and other precious cargo back to Europe, but they must dominate the other rival empires along the way. Wars will be waged and blood will be spilled. Players will also conquer the open sea and explore 40 different cities, towns and villages. Starting modestly, you will build your fleet, establish connections to far away countries, and keep the rivaling nations at bay. Choose from an array of ship classes and types of transport and military vessels: small sloops, schooners, brigantines, frigates and ship-of-the-line. Create different fleets and assign them to specific trading routes. Controlling well situated ports and upgrading them is one key to success.

Conflicts and wars are inevitable. When hostile fleets engage each other, the spectacular naval battles are fought at a real-time tactical level. Devastating broadsides are fired with a deafening roar and cannon balls tear through enemy ships and their crew. At a tactical level, you have direct command over your ship and give independent orders to each of your other fleets. Fight against the other European powers to create a trading empire that will rule above all others!

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26th August 2008

LanPartyEh Relaunched

Popular Canadian LAN party site LanPartyEh, which went into hiatus in July 2007 is back with a new look and new proprietors. Once a project of NeoSeeker’s Howard Ha, the site became too large and too time-consuming for Howard to maintain. Local LAN organizers Nathaniel Sabanski and James Charlton spearheaded the project, uniting two separate projects into one. James approached Howard with a proposal regarding the old LanPartyEh site, Howard agreed, and earlier this month the new site was relaunched with a new, updated look and a new sense of unity among Vancouver-area LAN organizers. The project brings together the CapLAN-LowermainLAN, C-Toan, AelatisLAN and Digital Storm events. The administration and staff of LanPartyEh hope to see the site grow into a community which effectively connects not only the BC lan community, but the lan community across Canada.

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26th August 2008

SPARK Animation ’08 Events Announced

The ACM SIGGRAPH Vancouver Chapter has announced the calendar of events for the upcoming SPARK Animation Festival taking place this September 10 – 14 at the Vancity and Empire Theatres. With featured speakers from Dreamworks and Pixar, along with animation pioneer Ed Hooks, movie screenings and more, SPARK promises to be an exciting event to attend. Please see the Vancouver SIGGRAPH event page for further information and to purchase tickets.

Schedule of Events:

Day 1 – September 10 at the Empire Theatre
A Night With Dreamworks

6:30 pm Mixer
7:30 pm The Pursuit of Awesomeness
w. directors John Stevenson & Mark Osborne
9:00 pm Intermission
9:30 pm Screening of “Kung Fu Panda”

Day 2 – September 11 at the Vancity Theatre
A Night With Blue Sky Studios

6:30 pm Mixer
7:30 pm Creating a New Kind of Classic
w. directors Jimmy Hayward & Steve Martino
9:00 pm Intermission
9:30 pm Screening of “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!”

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25th August 2008

The Adventure Company Ships Murder in the Abbey for Windows

August 25, 2008. Toronto, Canada: The Adventure Company, a leading worldwide publisher of interactive entertainment software, today announced Murder in the Abbey for Windows® has shipped to retail stores in North America. The title will sell for a suggested retail price of $19.99 USD.

“Murder in the Abbey is a fresh approach for adventure gamers,” said Brian Gladman, Product Manager at The Adventure Company. “The game offers a remarkable reproduction of a medieval abbey, with stunning architecture and works of art. Players will have 60 locations to explore in a unique cinematic presentation which combines 2D and 3D graphics.”

Storyline:

Monks, murder, and above all, suspense…

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22nd August 2008

Tank Universal Ready For Battle

Montreal – August 22, 2008 Meridian4 and Dialogue Design are pleased to announce that their highly-anticipated and critically acclaimed Indie title; Tank Universal is now available for download on most digital channels.

“After much hard work, a little digital elbow grease and in conjunction with our publishing partner, Meridian4 – Dialogue Design is thrilled to announce that today is the day for the release of our much-awaited indie tank blasting title Tank Universal.” said Phil Jones of Dialogue Design, “Interest has been strong in the lead-up to the game’s release and we would like to thank all those who pre-ordered and to wish everyone good luck (and good aiming) in the virtual tank battles ahead!”

“As I have stated before, we instantly took a liking to Tank Universal when it was shown to us. Its unique look, its gameplay features and the fun factor were all present. Now that gamers and the press have a chance to play it, I know it’ll become an instant Indie classic.” said Andy Sher, CEO at Meridian4.

Tank Universal is available now for $9.99 on most digital online channels including Steam, D2D, Impulse, GamersGate and many more.

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