20th August 2008

Need For Speed Undercover Fact Sheet

THE CHASE IS ON IN NEED FOR SPEED UNDERCOVER
Take to the Highway to Outrun Cops and Battle Rivals in this Holiday’s Biggest Action Racing Adventure

Black Box, a studio of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS), today unveiled new details of Need for Speed™ Undercover, the intense action racing game scheduled for release worldwide this November. Need for Speed Undercover has players racing through speedways, dodging cops and chasing rivals as they go deep undercover to take down an International crime syndicate. The new game heralds the return of high-intensity police chases and introduces the all-new ‘Heroic Driving Engine’ — a unique technology that generates incredible high-performance moves at 180 miles per hour during breathtaking highway battles.

“Need for Speed Undercover puts you at the center of a big-budget Hollywood movie with all of the drama, action and dazzling chase scenes, right on your gaming console. The unique Heroic Driving Engine will give you ultimate control over the hottest cars and push you to use every ounce of skill to outrun the law and take down criminal adversaries,” said Executive Producer Bill Harrison.

A mix of stunning computer graphics and live-action movies will immerse gamers in the rich world of the Tri-City Bay Area. The city’s open-world environment features over 80 miles of roads, including an enormous highway system that sets the stage for heart-pounding highway battles. These high-speed, high-stake chase sequences will push players to the limit as they fight off cops and opponents while whipping through traffic at 180 miles per hour.
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20th August 2008

Crash Bandicoot: Mind Over Mutant Details Released

Details and facts about the upcoming addition to the Crash Bandicoot franchise were released this week at GC Leipzig.


Publisher Sierra Entertainment
Category Action
Developer Radical Entertainment
Format Xbox360, Wii, PS2, DS, PSP

Product Overview
In Crash Bandicoot: Mind over Mutant, a rejuvenated Neo Cortex is taking over the world one brain at a time! Cortex and N. Brio devise a new kind of evil; a text-messaging, do-anything device which controls both mutant and bandicoot minds. Armed with his quick-wits and lightening agility, Crash must free his friends, the titans and save the day!
Product Features
• Mutant in Your Pocket! – Not only does Crash keep the ability to control his enemies when he jacks them – now he can store his favorite monsters in his pocket, upgrade them and utilize their powers when they are most advantageous

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19th August 2008

Pacific Storm Available On Steam

Montreal – August 19, 2008Meridian4 and Buka Entertainment of Moscow, Russia are pleased to announce that the long-awaited sequel to Pacific Storm; Pacific Storm Allies arrives on Steam with an unforgettable mix of real-time strategy and blistering arcade combat, recreating World War II’s most heated battles.

Save 10% off the regular price of $9.99 for Pacific Storm Allies when you buy before August 25th or save 20% when you buy the two titles; Pacific Storm and Pacific Storm Allies as a bundle pack. Gamers can visit the games section of Meridian4’s web site or Steam for further information.

About Pacific Storm Allies

Experience large-scale naval and air operations of the Pacific as either the United States, Imperial Japan, or new playable nation – the UK. Marvel at the enhanced 3D visual engine complete with detailed damage modeling. Settle disputes via diplomacy or battle. Or assume direct control over stunningly-rendered ships and planes to personally annihilate your adversaries. From the US to USSR, Germany to Japan, new missions, tactical maneuvers and multiplayer modes offer armchair admirals greater excitement than ever.
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18th August 2008

Electric Playground Goes Daily on G4 TechTV Canada

G4techTV is pleased to announce the Telly-Award winning TV series The Electric Playground is expanding to offer viewers daily gaming, tech and entertainment news. Starting August 18, 2008, EP Daily will air on G4techTV from Monday to Friday, at 6pm ET.

After 12 successful years as a weekly TV series, The Electric Playground will continue to bring viewers all the latest news and product reviews from the gaming universe and will expand its content as part of the move to a daily show. The show will continue to go on location and behind the scenes to provide interviews with video game developers, previews of upcoming games, industry news, technology features and celebrity gamer segments, as well as a look at the latest gadgets, toys and comics. Under the new daily format, the show will also feature the who’s who of filmmakers, animators, musicians, novelists, visual effects professionals and athletes, as well as the low down on cool websites, gadgets, television programs, movies and the top gaming and consumer tech conventions.

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18th August 2008

SilverBirch Inc.’s Lighthouse Interactive Signs With Nintendo

Leading worldwide videogame publisher Lighthouse Interactive, part of SilverBirch Inc.’s (SVB : TSXV) video game division, announced today that it has signed a Publisher License Agreement with Nintendo of Europe GmbH. This allows Lighthouse Interactive to publish and develop products on Wii™ and Nintendo DS™ platforms.

Steve Wall, Cofounder and Vice President of Lighthouse Interactive said, “This is a significant milestone in the continued growth of the company. It gives us the opportunity to further expand our product catalogue and take Lighthouse Interactive to the next level. We look forward to working with Nintendo.”

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16th August 2008

Meridian4 Inks Deal For SpaceTrader

Montreal– August 16, 2008 – Meridian4 is pleased to announce that they have signed a publishing agreement with Hermitworks Entertainment Corporation of Grande Prairie, Alberta for their unique, habit-forming Action-Trading game; Space Trader.

“We’re really excited to be working with Meridian4. They share our vision in offering players a unique game play experience. We’ve changed the rules of traditional action games to challenge both new and veteran players and Meridian4 supports us in this.” said Cameron Tofer, President and Co-Founder of Hermitworks Entertainment.

“When we were first presented Space Trader, we were thrilled to see a small, independent developer, close to home producing such a unique title.” said Andy Sher, CEO of Meridian4, “With its clever mix of FPS and Trading, we were, as I’m sure gamers will be, hooked immediately.”

About Space Trader
In the far future, humanity is ruled by The Ministry of Accounts, an oppressive bureaucracy that tracks, records and taxes every transaction of daily life. From the depths of Red Tape, a new breed of marketeer arises to challenge the authority and make a profit: the Space Trader is born!

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13th August 2008

Bioware Taking Dragon Age: Origins To The World’s Marquee Game Conventions

BioWareEdmonton – Leading video game developer BioWare™, a division of Electronic Arts Inc., will be presenting their upcoming dark heroic fantasy Dragon Age™: Origins publicly for the first time ever to fans at Gen Con in Indianapolis, Indiana, the GC Developers Conference in Leipzig, Germany and the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle, Washington.

Coming from behind closed doors and onto the show floor, BioWare is thrilled to reveal the heart-pounding demo that wowed international media at E3 2008 to the eager fans at Gen Con Indy, August Dragon Age14-17, 2008, at the Indianapolis Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. This marks the very first public appearance of Dragon Age: Origins ever, with fans able to get a first-hand look at some of the exciting combat, devastating magic and credible digital actors that make up this epic adventure.

Dragon Age: Origins will then cross the ocean to Leipzig, Germany, to reveal itself to eagerly awaiting European fans at the GC Developers Conference, held August 20-22, 2008, at the Leipzig Exhibition Center. Dragon Age: Origins project director and executive producer Dan Tudge will be conducting behind closed doors demos to the press, revealing new details about combat, exploration, dialogue, the game’s origin stories and a few other juicy surprises not to be missed! BioWare’s community team will also be there to demo Dragon Age: Origins in a special lounge for invited members, fans and leaders of international EA community sites, August 22-24.
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12th August 2008

Splitfish Goes to Leipzig

Edmonton, Canada- SplitFish AG (SplitFish), the world’s premiere designer of PlayStation®3 first-person-shooter (FPS) console controllers, announced that it will be showing off its award-winning FragFX controller at Games Convention August 20-24, 2008 at the Leipziger Messe exhibition halls in Leipzig, Germany. Some of Europe’s best first person shooter gamers will be on hand at the booth offering tips and demonstrations of top PlayStation 3 games. Splitfish’s booth will be located in Hall 1, Booth #78H. Splitfish is inviting press and other attendees to schedule appointments with them during the show. Additionally, wholesalers are welcome at the Splitfish booth to pre-order the latest version of the FragFX.

Splitfish recently announced a partnership with LIVING PICTURE AG that would allow Splitfish access to Living Picture’s established worldwide distribution network and immediately provide financial and additional sales resources required to increase the SPLITFISH production capacity. SplitFish`s popular Playstation 3 controller, the FRAGFX, has a current backlog of orders in Europe and North America.

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10th August 2008

Mendella Rocks Aldergrove!

UK Rock Sensation Mendella was given a taste of home yesterday, while playing a free concert for anyone choosing to seek shelter under the big blue tarp at the Aldergrove Band Shell, next to the Heritage Telephone Museum. Even the pouring rain and threats of lightning could not keep these rockers off the stage and away from the people listening in, and only those who dared to venture out beyond the reaches of the makeshift shelter felt the fury of the weather falling upon them.

What started off as a wet morning turned rather suddenly into an outright downpour. But, thanks to some quick thinking and creativity of the sound and tech crew (Curtis and Ryan from Sonic Voodoo Productions), promoter and owner of VillageGamer Tami, and “space occupier and video camera person” Scott, a very large tarp was strung out over the field, giving the feeling of watching a concert inside a circus tent. Thus it was born, “Under The Tarp Productions: Always A Unique Show”. While the wind battered at our defenses of black poly from the sides and rear of the stage, the rain tried to bring down our shelter. Still the band played on, and in moments of true creativity, even added it into the act. Lead singer Tom “Butters” occasionally changing around lyrics of their songs to reference “the rain keeps coming down” (and down and down), while “set design and emergency water management” Scott (that’s me, people) scrambled to pop various small holes in the tarp to drain the growing lake forming overhead in the low points of the shelter. Drummer Toby Parker was even supplied some “backup beats” from the thunder in the distance, which simply added to the effect of “Rain or shine, we come to rock your (soaking wet) socks off!”.
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7th August 2008

XGen Studios Challenges Castle Defenders

Indie Game Developer XGen Studios Challenges Players to Defend Your Castle

Edmonton, Canada – Repel attacks from swarms of invaders, earn powerful spells, and gain upgraded arsenals with the release of XGen Studios‘ hit WiiWare™ title, Defend your Castle™. Developed by a small team with big ideas, the game invites up to 4 players to become commanders of their kingdom and fight off relentless hordes of invading enemies through a mixture of cooperative and competitive play. Immense masses of invaders employ many types of soldiers in their quest to seize the domain. Will players and their courts rise to the challenge, or stand aside as they raze the castle to the ground?

XGen Studios Inc., acclaimed casual game developer, is pleased to announce the release of Defend your Castle on Nintendo’s downloadable game service WiiWare in Europe & Australia today.

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