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Big Names in Games Come Out for Spike TV’s ‘Video Game Awards 2009’

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Big Names in Games Come Out for Spike TV’s ‘Video Game Awards 2009’

“Megastars from the worlds of video games, Hollywood, music, sports and more will gather to pay tribute to the outstanding achievements within the video game industry during the past year at Spike TV’s 7th Annual “Video Game Awards 2009.” Broadcasting in over 180 territories and countries, the VGAs will be a global celebration of all things gaming as it premieres LIVE on Spike TV Saturday, December 12 at 8:00 PM, ET (tape delay west coast). “

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New Games Debuting at VGAs

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Blockbuster Global Premieres of Medal of Honor, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten:

“The biggest night of the year for the video game industry just got bigger! Today Spike TV confirmed that three highly-anticipated new games – Electronic Arts Medal of Honor, Ubisoft‘s Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, and Microsoft‘s Crackdown 2will premiere LIVE at Spike TV’s ‘Video Game Awards 2009,’ Saturday, December 12 at 8:00 PM ET.”

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Band Hero Available Now

BAND HERO(TM), THE BIGGEST MUSIC EVENT TO HIT LIVING ROOMS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, IS AVAILABLE AT RETAIL OUTLETS NATIONWIDE

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“Hitting store shelves throughout North America today, Activision Publishing, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: ATVI) Band Hero™ for Wii™, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment systems and Nintendo DS™ Lite explodes onto the scene with the most exciting and accessible set lists everyone can enjoy at home or on the road, featuring chart-topping tracks from the most popular bands of yesterday and today. With the console versions, up-and-coming pop superstars can create the band of their dreams with any combination of multiple guitarists, bassists, drummers and vocalists or hit all the high notes together in the new karaoke-style Sing-Along mode. Fans can also step into the spotlight as their favorite popular music stars with Taylor Swift and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine making appearances as playable characters.”

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New PS3 Back in Black

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New Slimmer and Lighter PlayStation®3 to Hit Worldwide Market This September:

“TOKYO, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ — Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today unveiled the new PlayStation®3 (CECH-2000A) (body color: charcoal black) computer entertainment system, featuring an extremely streamlined form factor with a 120GB Hard Disk Drive (HDD). The new PlayStation®3 (PS3®) system will become available in stores from September 1, 2009, in North America, Europe/ PAL territories and Asian countries and regions at a very attractive recommended retail price (RRP) of US$299 and euro 299, respectively. The system will become available in Japan on September 3, 2009,( )at a RRP of 29,980 yen (including tax). With the introduction of the new PS3 system, SCE will also reduce the price of the current PS3 with 80GB HDD to a RRP of US$299 from August 18 and euro 299 from August 19. Also in North America, the price of PS3 with 160GB HDD will be reduced to a RRP of US$399 from August 18. By launching a vast library of exciting and attractive software titles for PS3 this holiday season and offering customers a line-up of hardware models and pricing to match their preference, SCE will build on the momentum and further accelerate the expansion of the PS3 platform.”

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Game Companies Can Now Engage Over 14 Million Gamers More Deeply With Xfire’s New Communities Platform

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Game Companies Can Now Engage Over 14 Million Gamers More Deeply With Xfire’s New Communities Platform:

“MENLO PARK, Calif., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ — Xfire, the gaming community mainstay with a user base that just surpassed 14 million, today introduced Xfire Communities, providing the latest communication tools and features that allow gaming companies to take managing their communities to the next level.

With the new Xfire social networking infrastructure, a company wanting to reach out to the Xfire community can now utilize the platform in the same vain as Facebook and Twitter. Xfire Communities currently boasts nearly 350,000 individual clans and guilds, over one million captured videos and six million game play screenshots. This is truly a viral entertainment toolset.”

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‘Halo Legends’ Anime Project Announced

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Halo Universe Breaks New Ground With Unveiling of Halo Legends Anime Project

“REDMOND, Wash., July 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — A renowned set of storytellers from some of the world’s leading anime studios in Japan are about to take one of the most iconic franchises in science fiction and video games to a new level. Microsoft Corp., in collaboration with some of the most acclaimed anime creators, today unveiled a new project called Halo Legends, which will bring the Halo franchise and its sweeping sci-fi saga to an entirely new medium, in the form of several original anime short films.

“Halo Legends, which will officially debut at a panel presentation today at Comic-Con International in San Diego, is being produced by Microsoft’s 343 Industries and features creative direction from anime pioneer Shinji Aramaki, director of the critically acclaimed Appleseed and Appleseed EX Machina anime features, and Mamoru Oshii, director of the landmark Ghost in the Shell movies, with additional production from Joseph Chou of J-Spec Pictures. The compilation will include a series of short stories that explore different times, themes and characters from the “Halo” universe and will be distributed globally by Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. company. Influential studios that are part of the project include the creators behind some of the most popular and celebrated anime to come from Japan, such as The Animatrix, Cowboy Bebop, Fullmetal Alchemist, Ghost in the Shell, Dragon Ball and more.

“A preview of select Halo Legends episodes will first debut on Xbox LIVE, the largest gaming and entertainment network in the world, starting this fall through a new experience called Halo Waypoint. Launching in fall, Halo Waypoint will be a new destination for Halo fans on Xbox LIVE around the world. It will inform fans of the latest Halo news and activities, and grant access to content ranging from podcasts, trailers and screenshots, to exclusive video footage you won’t find anywhere else. It also will provide a new challenge for Halo gamers with a career system and player rankings tied to both in-game and out-of-game accomplishments related to Halo. In addition to the limited, early episode premieres, Halo Waypoint will debut several behind-the-scenes videos that chronicle the making of Halo Legends.”

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EA Sports Teams Up with MLG

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Major League Gaming and EA Sports Partner to Launch A New Era of Competitive Sports Video Gaming

“NEW YORK and REDWOOD CITY, Calif., July 20 /PRNewswire/ — Electronic Arts Inc. (Nasdaq: ERTS) and Major League Gaming today announced a collaboration to bring the 2009 EA SPORTS™ Challenge Series to gamers around the world. Beginning this summer, MLG will operate live and online qualifying competitions for multiple titles from the EA SPORTS line-up. Best Buy, one of the nation’s leading gaming retailers, continues its commitment to EA SPORTS Challenge Series as presenting partner for the competitions. The 2009 EA SPORTS Challenge Series will be played on the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system.

“MLG and EA SPORTS are also teaming to create new online offerings for the EA SPORTS Challenge Series, allowing for competitors to join the 2009 EA SPORTS Challenge Series online for the first time. Both online and live competitors in the 2009 EA SPORTS Challenge Series will be competing for cash and prizes totaling $170,000, made possible by Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.

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New CodWaw Maps Dropping This August

Call of Duty®: World at War Map Pack 3 Locked and Loaded to Release Four New Maps This August

“SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Reinforcements are scheduled to arrive for one of the most-played online multiplayer games, as Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) and developer Treyarch, confirmed plans today to deliver Call of Duty: World at War Map Pack 3 in August. Map Pack 3 will feature three multiplayer maps (“Battery,” “Revolution,” and “Breach”), co-developed with partner Certain Affinity, and one new Zombie map (“Der Riese”), for the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system. Visit www.CoDWaW.com for more details.”

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Pokemon National Championships June 27th and 28th

The Country’s Best Pokemon Players Compete In National Championships June 27th and 28th:

“BELLEVUE, Wash., June 22 /PRNewswire/ — After months of intense head-to-head regional tournaments, The Pokemon Company International, the worldwide leader in video games and trading card games, today announced details for its 2009 Pokemon(R) Video Game and Trading Card Game (TCG) National Championships. This weekend — June 27th & 28th — Pokemon Video Game and TCG competitors from across the nation will converge at the America’s Center in St. Louis, MO, in hopes of surviving the two-day storm of battles. Those that rise victorious will then test their skills against the best players from across the globe at the 2009 Pokemon World Championships in August.”

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