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FIFA 14 Celebrations Video

To celebrate the PS3, Xbox 360, 3DS, Wii, PSP and PC launch of FIFA 14 tomorrow in Australia, we have our Australian pack talent, Tim Cahill, showing us his best FIFA 14 Celebration as part of the “We Are FIFA 14” campaign!! You can view the video here

 
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SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED A DC COMICS ADVENTURE

Published on September 25, 2013 in Gaming

Maxwell Unites with the World’s Greatest Super Heroes As Players Use their Imagination and DC Comics Smarts to Solve Puzzles and Battle the Mightiest Villains! 

SYDNEY, Australia – September 25 2013 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment announce the Australian launch of Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure, a new game that melds the boundless creativity of the awardwinning video game franchise with thousands of DC Comics™ characters and objects across the DC Comics universe – all drawn in the classic Scribblenauts art style. Created and developed by 5TH Cell, the game is now available for the Wii U™ system, Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system and PC through digital on Steam.

Scribblenauts Unmasked features a story where protagonist Maxwell embarks on an imaginative and comical quest through GOTHAM CITY™, METROPOLIS™, ATLANTIS™ and other iconic locales from the DC Comics Universe. In the game, Maxwell comes to the aid of BATMAN™, SUPERMAN™ and the rest of THE JUSTICE LEAGUE™ as they face the mightiest DC Comics Super Villains, such as THE JOKER™, LEX LUTHOR™ and SINESTRO™.  Fuelled by the player’s imagination where anything he/she writes comes to life, Maxwell must use his magic notebook to summon heroes or tools that will put a stop to the villains’ evil schemes and save the DC Comics universe!

Players in need of some super hero help or who just want to learn more about the vast DC Comics universe itself, can reference a brand new feature exclusive to Scribblenauts Unmasked.  The Batcomputer is an in-game encyclopedia that visually displays the names and descriptions of every DC Comics character and that can be used in the game.  It also links these characters and objects together in the form of a detailed wiki that can be used to learn about and utilise some of the most interesting and obscure characters in the DC Comics universe!

“The Batcomputer in Scribblenauts Unmasked is one of the most comprehensive resource for DC Comics knowledge ever created in a retail product,” said Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President, Production and Development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.  “Players looking for the perfect object to summon will have fun finding familiar characters or discovering lesser known ones to enhance their gameplay experience.”

A new Hero Creator tool available on Wii U and PC elevates the game’s creativity by giving players the ability to produce their own Super Heroes or Super-Villains out of anything they can think of in the game. This could mean making a something like a potato, lobster or guitar into your very own customisable Super Hero; or, taking your favourite Super Hero and crossing his/her look and powers with others in the DC Comics universe to create the ultimate combination. Players can then share their creations online with friends and family.

Scribblenauts Unmasked’s Hero Creator lets players bring out their inner super hero or villain by crafting completely original objects using any item from the DC Comics universe,” said Jeremiah Slaczka, C.E.O. and Creative Director of 5TH Cell.  “They can assign unique properties to their creations and use them to solve puzzles, or share them online with friends – which they can use in game or further modify as they like.”

Expanding on the video game franchise’s innovation, Scribblenauts Unmasked features for the first time dynamically created puzzles called Heroic Feats that increase the game’s replayability by continuously generating original scenarios requiring different solutions with each visit.  Every time a player goes to a world in Scribblenauts Unmasked they will have a unique experience that tests their creativity and wit in many different ways. They can then use the rewards they earn by solving the Heroic Feats to unlock new areas and avatars in the game and powers in the Hero Creator.

 
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The Music of Grand Theft Auto V: Three Volume Digital Album Now Available on iTunes

Today we’re pleased to announce that The Music of Grand Theft Auto V, a trio of distinct albums from Grand Theft Auto V, are available on iTunes for $16.99 each or as a full compilation for $44.99.

Volume 1: Original Music

The first volume of this compilation is a collection of brand new music from a wide array of artists including Wavves, Twin Shadow and Tyler, The Creator – along with The Chain Gang of 1974’s “Sleepwalking”, which was featured in the game’s Official Trailer.

Volume 2: The Score

GTAV is the first entry in the series to feature a dynamic original score composed and engineered to be completely responsive to the player’s actions within both missions and open world gameplay. The score was composed in a one-time collaboration between a team of legendary producers and composers including vanguard German electronic band Tangerine Dream, Woody Jackson (Red Dead Redemption,L.A. Noire) and renowned hip-hop producers The Alchemist and Oh No. For The Music of Grand Theft Auto V: Volume 2, the stems of the game’s interactive score are layered, mixed and arranged into an album of songs by acclaimed producer and DJ, DJ Shadow.

Volume 3: The Soundtrack

The collection of music in GTAV is the biggest and most ambitious in the history of the series. Volume 3 features select songs from across the game’s unique in-game radio stations. Snippets from all 17 in-game radio stations are also now available for your listening pleasure on the Music page on the GTAV official site. Featuring tracks by Bootsy Collins, Flying Lotus, Bob Seger, Jai Paul, Toro y Moi, Waylon Jennings and more.

Check out each volume’s full tracklist below and see more at www.rockstargames.com/V/music.

The Music of Grand Theft Auto V – Volume 1: Original Music

1. Oh No – Welcome To Los Santos

2. BJ The Chicago Kid – Smokin’ and Ridin’ (feat. Freddie Gibbs & Problem)

3. Twin Shadow – Old Love / New Love

4. Neon Indian – Change Of Coast

5. Wavves – Nine Is God

6. Gangrene – Bassheads

7. Flying Lotus – Stonecutters

8. HEALTH – High Pressure Dave

9. OFF! – What’s Next?

10. Tyler, The Creator – Garbage

11. Nite Jewel – Nowhere To Go

12. A$AP Rocky – r – Cali

13. Age Of Consent – Colours

14. Marion Band$ – Hold Up (feat. Nipsey Hustle)

15. 100s – Life Of A Mack

16. Favored Nations – The Set Up

17. Yeasayer – Don’t Come Close

18. The Chain Gang Of 1974 – Sleepwalking

 

The Music of Grand Theft Auto V – Volume 2: The Score

Tangerine Dream, Woody Jackson, The Alchemist & Oh No, DJ Shadow

1. We Were Set Up

2. A Legitimate Business Man

3. A Haze Of Patriotic Fervor

4. Los Santos At Night

5. North Yankton Memories

6. The Grip

7. Mr. Trevor Philips

8. A Bit Of An Awkward Situation

9. No Happy Endings

10. His Mentor

11. (Sounds Kind Of) Fruity

12. Minor Turbulence

13. Chop The Dog

14. A Lonely Man

15. You Forget A Thousand Things

16. Impotent Rage/Am I Being Clear Now?

17. Fresh Meat

18. Therapy And Other Hobbies

19. Rich Man’s Plaything

20. The Agency Heist

21. Hillbilly Crank Dealers’ Blues

22. Welcome To Los Santos (Outro)

 

The Music of Grand Theft Auto V – Volume 3: The Soundtrack

1. Flying Lotus – The Kill (feat. Niki Randa)

2. Lee “Scratch” Perry – I Am a Madman

3. Jai Paul – Jasmine (Demo)

4. George McCrae – I Get Lifted

5. Kausion – What You Wanna Do

6. Charlie Feathers – Can’t Hardly Stand It

7. Weirdos – Life of Crime

8. Mexican Institute of Sound – Es Toy

9. Joe Goddard – Gabriel (Soulwax Mix) [feat.Valentina]

10. Bootsy Collins – I’d Rather Be With You

11. Bob Seger – Hollywood Nights

12. Dan Croll – From Nowhere (Baardsen Remix)

13. Problem – Say That Then (feat. Glasses Malone)

14. Waylon Jennings – I Ain’t Living Long Like This

15. Yellowman – Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt

16. Simple Minds – All the Things She Said

17. Toro y Moi – Harm in Charge

18. Hot Snakes – This Mystic Decade

19. Cashmere Cat – Mirror Mau

 
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Europa Universalis IV Annexes Massive Update into Game Territory

Published on September 25, 2013 in Gaming

NEW YORK — September 24, 2013 — Paradox Interactive, a publisher of games and a dabbler in patchwork, today issued a tremendous free update to Europa Universalis IV, the award-winning grand strategy game of empire building developed by Paradox Development Studio for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The new update, available today as a free downloaded patch, implements hundreds of fixes, feature updates, balance adjustments, checks and balances,  including support for windowed fullscreen, new idea groups for more than 20 nations, and a “suggest demands” button which will automatically populate a peace offer that the AI will accept when trying to end a war. Full patch notes for this massive update can be found here: http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/showthread.php?723913-1.2-Released

New DLC packs have also been released for those players who would like to expand upon their empire expansions, entitled “American Dream” and “National Monuments II,” adding in the opportunity to live out the inspiring tale of the American Revolution through in-game events, and then go out and conquer several new iconic landmarks around the world. The new update is free to all Europa Universalis IV players whether or not they purchase the DLC. Buy the new DLC here: europauniversalis4.com/buy

Also available today is a brand new strategy guide for Europa Universalis IV, penned by longtime Europa Universalis guru and Paradox forumite Jason Pitruzzello. Created for both new and experienced players, this complement to the Europa Universalis IV experience includes a special section for returning players that details the differences between Europa Universalis IV and its predecessors, tips on how to Westernize non-European nations, and invaluable insight into Europa Universalis IV’s new monarch power system. For more information on where to buy One Land, One Faith, One Queen: The Europa Universalis IV Strategy Guide, please visit: http://www.paradoxplaza.com/books/eu4

To see the latest changes to Europa Universalis IV in action, join a live stream featuring Europa Universalis IV Project Lead Thomas Johansson tonight at 8 p.m. CET / 11 a.m. PDT on Paradox Interactive’s Twitch.tv channel. Watch history in the making at http://www.twitch.tv/paradoxinteractive.

To watch friendships in the UN-making, fans can watch the second episode of “Frenemies,” the live-action mini-series about a group of Europa Universalis IV players who take their game far beyond the boundaries of acceptable gameplay and human decency. Episode two is online now at http://youtu.be/FOoboLdSf9g.

Strategy fans and ambitious conquerors can purchase Europa Universalis IV now at www.europauniversalis4.com.

Europa Universalis IV is the critically acclaimed history-spanning strategy game that allows players to tell their own stories, determining the course of international events as they see fit. Whether they’re guiding a tiny nation to global greatness, or starting a war between two otherwise friendly superpowers, Europa Universalis IV offers enough options to satisfy any tyrant, general, diplomat, or provocateur.

 
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Company of Heroes 2 – Theater of War DLC and new maps march onto Steam

Published on September 25, 2013 in Gaming

Today the first Theater of War single player and co-operative content update for Company of Heroes 2 is available for download from Steam.

The Case Blue mini-pack is based on an actual German campaign of the same name which occurred on the Eastern Front in 1942. Players will control the full might of the German army as they take the fight into the very heart of Soviet Russia. The Case Blue includes two new solo challenges, two AI battles and a Co-Op Scenario.

Eligible pre-order customers as well as those who own the Collector’s Edition or Digital Collector’s Edition will receive the Case Blue mini-pack for free when it releases. Case Blue will also be available to purchase on Steam.

As well as the Case Blue Theater of War mini-pack Relic will be releasing two new multiplayer maps as part of the same patch. The first of these maps, Rostov, is a large scale six player map based around a frozen river. The second, Kharkov is an industrial city scape which will encourage close-quarters fighting and strategic control of key choke points. Both of these multiplayer maps will be added to the roster and available for all players to download for free.

Greg Wilson, Producer of Company of Heroes 2, commented, “Theater of War has become an overnight fan favorite and we are delighted to be able to add even more content with the Case Blue mini-pack.

 
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EA SPORTS LAUNCHES FIFA 14 ON MOBILE WORLDWIDE

Published on September 25, 2013 in Gaming

FIFA 14 Now Available As a Free Download!

September 25, 2013 – EA SPORTS announced today the worldwide availability of FIFA 14 on mobile. The most popular sports franchise in the world is available now as a free download in five different languages on the App Store?, Google Play™ and Amazon Appstore.

Building attack and scoring amazing goals has never been more intuitive with the all-new Touch Flow Controls, which easily allows players to touch the screen to select players, tap to pass or defend, and swipe to shoot. The new controls within FIFA 14 on mobile also let players position an entire team instead of just one or two players. Choose between 34 stadiums, over 600 teams, from over 30 leagues in the game. With an improved console-like interface, users will enjoy the authenticity and innovation that the FIFA franchise is known for.

The majority of the game is entirely free to play – which means gamers can enjoy the award-winning gameplay and experience the thrill of football at no cost – and fans who want to engage further are able to purchase three classic game modes at once for a deeper experience.

EA SPORTS also unveiled the official launch trailer for FIFA 14 on its YouTube channel:

FIFA 14 as a free download includes:

FIFA 14 Ultimate Team for mobile
Build your team with the finest players in the world and pick your style of play in Ultimate Team for mobile. Manage your club and compete to earn coins, then spend them on new players and items to improve your team with endless possibilities. Included in Ultimate Team, the Single Player Seasons allows players to progress through a league system by being matched against other teams of a similar level within 10 Divisions.

Games of the Week
Play the next game your team will play in real life and five of the top upcoming real-world clashes in Games of the Week. The recent form of your team and players, as well as injuries and suspensions, are reflected in game.

Penalty Shootout
A Lottery or a Science? The Penalty Shootout mini-game enables you to experience the thrill of 5 vs. 5 kicks from the penalty mark to decide the winner of a match.

Online Multiplayer*
Compete with friends anytime, anywhere using Online Multiplayer. Rise to the top of the Leaderboards and use superstars like Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale to crush your competitors around the world.

Fans can upgrade their game for $5.49AUD and enable three classic game modes at once**:

Manager Mode: Develop players and choose the best tactics to make your squad the team to beat.

Tournament Mode: Live the fantasy of competing with a team of your choice for one season.

Kick-off mode: Play with your favourite team against AI.

Download the game from:
App Store https://itunes.apple.com/app/fifa-14-by-ea-sports/id639816646?mt=8 

Google Play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ea.game.fifa14_row

For more information on FIFA 14 on mobile please visit: http://www.easports.com/fifa/news-updates-gameplay. Stay in the conversation of all things FIFA 14, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

 
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Film and gaming experts touch down in Sydney to discuss the future of interactive storytelling

Published on September 25, 2013 in Gaming

Expert panel analyse the future of the interactive drama genre in BEYOND The Game: Live Forum  

SYDNEY, 25th September 2013 – This week, in celebration of one of the most anticipated titles of 2013, the upcoming PlayStation®3 exclusive BEYOND: Two Souls™, Sony Computer Entertainment Australia (SCE Aust.) hosted BEYOND The Game: Live Forum.  The event saw film and gaming industry experts from across the globe unite in Sydney, Australia, to discuss the rise of the ‘interactive drama’ genre across the entertainment industry in front of a live audience.

David Cage, Writer and Director at the critically acclaimed game development studio, Quantic Dream, travelled from Paris to join the panel.  A true pioneer for the interactive drama genre with strong opinions on the blurring of lines between game and film, Cage spoke of his personal experiences through the development process of BEYOND: Two Souls, which stars Hollywood greats, Oscar nominee Ellen Page (Juno and Inception) and Willem Dafoe (Platoon and Spiderman) as the leading roles in the game.

Hollywood-based casting director, Suzanne Goddard-Smythe, responsible for selecting the main cast of BEYOND: Two Souls, spoke about the evolving requirements of actors and the skillset needed to remain competitive with the emergence of this new entertainment category.

Sydney natives Nicholas Clifford, 2013 Tropfest winner and film director, and Sydney University film lecturer, Dr Bruce Isaacs, rounded off the panel by bringing their own specialist insights into the conversation. The evening and a live audience Q&A was hosted by Logie Award winning Australian actor and writer, Robert Carlton.

Drawing from their varying specialist career disciplines and unique personal experiences, the panellists explored how consumers, actors, film crews, game developers and the entertainment industry as a whole are being influenced by the rise of this new take on the drama genre.

“BEYOND: Two Souls is by far the most ambitious title Quantic Dream has worked on to date. We wanted to create this emotional journey into the life of a character and tell her story through fifteen years. Blending the frontiers between video games and films was one of the challenges we had to face: we wanted to create an experience that would be fully interactive with a strong story that the player would tell through his actions rather than through cut scenes” said David Cage.

You can watch the highlights of BEYOND The Game: Live Forum here or watch the full discussion here.

BEYOND: Two Souls is due for release on 9th October 2013, only on PlayStation 3.

 
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MADMAN ACQUIRES COPPELLION SERIES TO PREMIERE ONLINE ‘DAY & DATE’ WITH JAPAN

Wednesday, 25 September 2013: Madman is proud to announce yet another digital screening milestone in the acquisition of brand-new anime series, COPPELLION, which will premiere 3rd October on the Madman Screening Room (madman.com.au/screeningroom) in simulcast with Japan.

COPPELLION is a post-nuclear action/drama series based on the hit manga series of the same name by Inoue Tomonoki and is produced by ‘GoHands’, the talented new animation studio, founded in 2008, behind the MARDOCK SCRAMBLE films and last year’s hit action series ‘K’.

In the year 20xx, the old capital that once stood proud lies in ruins, devastated by a catastrophic nuclear meltdown that has wiped out 90% of the area’s population. Decades on, three seemingly normal looking high school girls arrive at the old capital without any kind of clothing to protect them from the radiation.

They are COPPELLION, genetically engineered children who are impervious to the effects of radiation. As members of the Ground Self-Defence Force Dispatch 3 Special Force, their mission is to rescue survivors in the radioactive wasteland. The struggle for life begins now…

COPPELLION will stream online and in simulcast on the Madman Screening Room, day and date with the Japanese TV broadcast on 3rd October, 2013.

COPPELLION will also release to home and further digital formats in 2014.

 

For more details, visit www.madman.com.au/screeningroom.

 
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DOWNLOAD A GOOD DEED FOR ORANGUTAN CARING WEEK

Helping Borneo’s orphaned orangutans just became easier thanks to Borneo Orangutan Survival Australia’s brand new mobile app

SEPTEMBER 24th, 2013: Can a smartphone app save a life? It’s a question that is set to become a reality, as Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Australia gears up to launch its first mobile app just in time for the calendar week closest to its heart: Orangutan Caring Week (November 10 – 16), 2013.

Due to poaching, the highly illegal orangutan pet trade, trafficking and habitat destruction, Borneo’s orangutans are at risk of extinction in the wild within the next decade. A non-profit organisation, BOS Australia has been raising funds to rescue and rehabilitate the endangered orangutans of Borneo since 2001.

During Orangutan Caring Week, BOS needs your help in drawing attention to the plight of these endangered gentle giants, who share 98 per cent of our DNA.

Launching in early October, the free BOS Orangutan app will allow iPhone and Android users to make a secure contribution of $10 or more to assist the rehabilitation of orphaned orangutans in Indonesian Borneo. Users will also be able to check in to see pictures of baby orangutans (who can be “adopted” for as little as $12 per month), access video and text updates about the latest release of rehabilitated orangutans back into the wild, and find out more about why BOS ambassadors including Aussie personalities like Offspring’s Linda Cropper, The Project’s Gorgi Coghlan, and Triple J’s Lindsay McDougall lend their star power to this fantastic cause.

“As our dedicated team in Borneo work around the clock to care for orphaned orang-utans and prepare them for release back into the wild our new app will give animal lovers at home an opportunity to become even more involved in the progress of these beautiful animals in our rehabilitation centres and protected sanctuaries,” says BOS Australia President Tony Gilding.

Working closely with sister organisations and the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry, BOS pairs its rescued orangutans with surrogate human mothers for a period of up to six years to help them learn the life  skills necessary to survive in the wild. On Valentine’s Day last year, the first two graduates of BOS’ Orangutan School were successfully released into Borneo’s protected Kehje Sewen forest, where their progress has been closely monitored.

BOS has helped to secure the freedom of a further 89 orangutans to date, and recently welcomed the birth of Atsuko, their first release baby, to Orangutan School graduates Astrid and Tarzan. With your help, BOS hopes their new app will help secure the funds to release a total of 170 orangutans back to their jungle homes by the end of 2013.

Reach out to a fellow primate during Orangutan Caring Week by visiting www.orangutans.com.au and downloading the BOS Orangutan app from the Apple App or via the Google Play store.  All certificates and adoptions are tax deductible.

 
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New Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain screenshots

Published on September 24, 2013 in Gaming

Kojima Productions dropped several new screenshots overnight, focusing on the daytime gameplay from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. In the second screenshot fans will be able to get a glimpse at how the new tagging system works, which replaces the traditional radar from previous games.

 
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