VTree’s New Accessible Video Game is Here

Ernie Els, PGA TOUR® golfer, three-time Major Champion and Golf Hall of Fame Inductee has joined with VTree LLC as the featured player in our latest accessible video game, “My Golf Game featuring Ernie Els.”   

“The goal of our latest video game is to make accessible to people with special needs the ability to play golf in a first-class video game,” says Chuck Bergen, founder and president, VTree LLC. “The game can be played with touch screen, foot pedals, voice recognition and other adaptive, assistive technology while working with the traditional game-play devices like a mouse, keyboards, and Xbox 360™® game controllers.”    

Current World #10 Ernie Els adds: “I am proud to be associated with “My Golf Game…” As a parent of a child with autism it is great to see such a high quality game available to a wider group of gamers that will help develop key coordination skills.”

A percentage from the sales of “My Golf Game featuring Ernie Els” will go to The Els for Autism Foundation. The foundation, founded in 2009, is working to build a world class Center of Excellence – the first of its kind, incorporating all the services a child with autism needs in order to become a productive member of society. It will combine cutting-edge education, therapy and research for children in the autism spectrum. You can read more about The Els for Autism Foundation and their work at: http://www.ernieels.com/autism  

“My Golf Game featuring Ernie Els” is DVD-based for the PC.

The game is easy to learn (even for non-gamers) and allows for one-click play inside the game when play begins. It is compatible with a wide-range of accessibility devices which is very unusual in such a high quality video sports game. There are over thirty game options inside three levels of play.

My Golf Game…” can be played on any desktop or laptop with a Windows XP, Vista, or Windows7 operating system. The game is compatible with any USB XBOX 360 game controllers and many USB adaptive devices.

The game can be ordered today on our website and the will be ready to ship October 11. Just in time for the holiday season.

Please visit our website at http://www.vtreellc.com

New PC Games For Week Of September 28th

Battle vs Chess Mac Topware Sep 28, 2010

Battle vs Chess PC Topware Sep 28, 2010

Dead Rising 2 PC Capcom Sep 28, 2010

Knights in Shining Armor: Our King’s Tale PC (online) FLUFF Entertainment Sep 28, 2010

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light PC (online) Square Enix Sep 28, 2010

Titanic Mystery PC O-Games Sep 28, 2010

Legend of Edda PC (online) Gamescampus Sep 30, 2010

FIFA 11 PC EA Oct 1, 2010

Assassin’s Creed II Mac Ubisoft Oct 1, 2010

FreeJack PC (online) Game Bridger Entertainment Oct 1, 2010

HISTORY Great Battles Medieval PC Slitherine Software Oct 1, 2010

Kitsu Saga PC (online) Aeria Oct 1, 2010

Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2 PC Ubisoft Oct 1, 2010

Battle lines drawn in the fight for Strategy Game Of The Year

A wide range of best selling games feature in the nominations list for the Strategy Game of the Year, in the world’s biggest video games awards event, the Golden Joystick Awards.

A universe of different worlds collide in this diverse line-up of contenders. From the bizarre space age strategy of Command & Conquer, to the Napoleonic intrigue of Napoleon: Total War to plant life and zombies in Plant vs. Zombies.

Also in this hotly contested category are the likes of Supreme Commander 2, Age of Empires III, Anno 1404, The Sims 3, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Chaos Rising and iphone game Worms. There are ten games in all competing for the lion’s share of gamers’ votes and the ultimate accolade, a Golden Joystick.

The full list of nominations in the Strategy Game Of The Year category for the 2010 Golden Joystick Awards is;

Age of Empires III
Anno 1404
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 – Uprising
Napoleon: Total War
Plants vs. Zombies
Supreme Commander 2
The Sims 3
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Chaos Rising
Worms iPhone

The categories in the Golden Joystick Awards are voted for by the only people who matter – the gamers themselves. Known as the ‘people’s gaming awards’ it is also held in high esteem in the global video games industry with nearly 1,000 executives attending the glittering ceremony, which will this year be held at London’s Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel on 29th October 2010.

The ever-growing Golden Joystick Awards has been the ultimate accolade in gaming since 1982 and is now recognised as the biggest and most popular gaming awards on the planet. Gamers cast 1,223,646 votes in 2009 as the awards scooped its own accolade, being named ‘World’s most popular video games awards’ by Guinness World Records.

To vote – visit http://www.goldenjoystick.com today and make your vote count!

STAR WARS®: CLONE WARS ADVENTURES LOGS ONE MILLION PLAYERS ONE WEEK AFTER LAUNCH

Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) and LucasArts, a division of Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd., today announced that Star Wars®: Clone Wars AdventuresTM has registered one million users one week after launch on September 15. Clone Wars Adventures is a free-to-play, family-friendly online virtual world based on the popular Cartoon Network animated series, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”

“We are thrilled to have hit the one million player mark in Clone Wars Adventures so quickly and look forward to seeing the player community continue to grow,” said John Smedley, president of Sony Online Entertainment. “Combining the technology, design infrastructure and lessons learned from Free RealmsTM with the amazing Clone Wars brand, we knew we could make a great game, and we’re happy to see that fans of all ages are enjoying the content as much as we enjoyed creating it.”

Star Wars is a franchise that has the power to transcend generations and appeal to fans both young and old,” said Mary Bihr, VP of Global Publishing at LucasArts. “The game provides kids with a great way to extend the Clone Wars experience in a fully realized virtual world. They can watch the weekly series, and then share a collective experience with their friends.”

To mark this milestone, SOE and LucasArts are rewarding all current Clone Wars Adventures players with a limited edition, in-game Golden Mouse DroidTM pet. Players can also celebrate the million mark together and show off their new pets by participating in the first ever in-game virtual party. The first in a series of weekly live events, this celebratory community party will be held Friday, September 24 at 3 PM PDT. Players can gather, meet with friends, accept duels, show off gear and talk about upcoming episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. A special gathering for JediTM Members will be held in the Officers’ Club at 4 PM PDT.

Developed and published by SOE, creators of the critically acclaimed kids’ game, Free Realms, and licensed by LucasArts, in conjunction with Lucasfilm Ltd., Clone Wars Adventures is an action-packed browser-based virtual world where fans can live out the thrills and excitement of Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated TV series on Cartoon Network. Players will be able to battle alongside their favorite Star Wars characters, including Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda and Ahsoka Tano.

Players can go online to experience fun minigames, daily activities, events, rewards, lively social environments and competitions. Clone Wars Adventures is a dynamic world and will be updated with new content following new episodes of the animated series.

Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures is rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and up, with content descriptors for Crude Humor and Fantasy Violence.

To play Clone Wars Adventures now please visit: http://www.CloneWarsAdventures.com/.

CompuExpert to Spread Dead Rising 2′ Zombie Infection

CompuExpert, a leading distributor of PC games, announced today that it has signed a deal with Capcom to be the exclusive North American PC distributor for Dead Rising 2, the highly anticipated sequel to 2006’s critically acclaimed survival horror action game.

Set several years after the Willamette incident of the original game, Dead Rising 2 takes place in Fortune City, a glamorous entertainment playground where people attempt to escape from reality and the threat of zombie outbreaks by winning at games of chance. Players take on the role of Chuck Greene, a former national Motocross champion and handyman who is willing to do anything for his daughter Katey, including fighting the undead.

The original Dead Rising forced gamers to fend off hundreds of zombies at any time by using everyday objects like bowling balls, shower heads and traffic cones. Dead Rising 2 will pack even more zombies on screen, as well as additional new items that Chuck can use to make customized weaponry, such as explosive footballs or chainsaws strapped to kayak paddles.

Dead Rising 2 is being developed by Canadian developer Blue Castle Games in close collaboration with Capcom. Members of the original Dead Rising team, including Capcom’s global head of research and development (and game producer) Keiji Inafune, have worked alongside Blue Castle to create this next chapter in the series.

Dead Rising 2 for the PC will be available at Gamestop, Best Buy, Amazon and other PC game retailers on September 28. The game has been rated M for Mature by the ESRB.

Shuttle Offers 25 Percent Off Award-Winning AMD-Based Barebone PC For End of Summer Blowout at Newegg.com

Shuttle, the industry leading designer and manufacturer of
high-performance small form factor (SFF) PC solutions and creator of the
XPC, is offering 25 percent off plus free shipping on its award-winning
AMD-based barebone PC, Shuttle(R) SA76G2, at Newegg.com starting September
16 and ending September 22.

Today, leading online retailer, Newegg.com, rolled out its “End of Summer
Blowout” sale with $50 off — a 25 percent discount at $149.99 — and free
shipping on the Shuttle(R) SA76G2. To get the deal, enter the exclusive
code at checkout (promo code: EMCYXZT73) before September 22, while
supplies last.

Named the “Best Barebone PC Overall” by Bestcovery, a review website
founded by the former CEO and co-founder of comparison shopping website
PriceGrabber.com, the Shuttle(R) SA76G2 is among the best performing in
this form factor and price point.

“[The Shuttle SA76G2] packs high performance potential into a relatively
small form factor and low price tag,” notes Matthew Smith, Expert at
Bestcovery.com. “Building a complete system based off this kit is possible
for around $400 [or with this deal, $350]… great for a home theater
PC.”

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Vtree, EA SPORTS, and Ernie Els announce My Golf Game featuring Ernie Els]

VTree LLC with PGA TOUR® and three-time Major champion Ernie Els proudly tee off and launch “My Golf Game” a dynamic, interactive golf video game engineered specifically for golf enthusiasts of all ages and especially those with special needs.

“The objective of “My Golf Game” is to give millions of people with special needs the opportunity to play golf on a modern video game,” says Chuck Bergen, founder and president, VTree LLC. “The game can be played with touch screen, foot pedals, voice recognition and other adaptive, assistive technology devices, in addition to traditional devices like a mouse, keyboards, and Xbox 360™® game controllers.”

“My Golf Game” is DVD-based for the PC that utilizes technologies used in EA SPORTS™ games to bring authentic golf action to the gamer.

Current World #8 Ernie Els adds: “I am proud to be associated with “My Golf Game.” As a parent of a child with autism it is great to see such a high quality game available to a wider group of gamers that will help develop key coordination skills.”

A percentage from the sales of “My Golf Game” will go to The Els for Autism Foundation. The foundation, founded in 2009, is working to build a world class Center of Excellence – the first of its kind, incorporating all the services a child with autism needs in order to become a productive member of society. It will combine cutting-edge education, therapy and research for children in the autism spectrum. You can read more about The Els for Autism Foundation and their work at http://www.ernieels.com/autism.

“My Golf Game” has been created to be inclusive and accommodate children and adults with special needs. The game has three levels of play allowing users to practice basic skills and compete in contests of different lengths.

VTree’s “My Golf Game” is available in a PC-based format that can be played on any desktop or laptop with a Windows XP, Vista, or Windows7 operating system. The game is compatible with any USB XBOX 360 game controllers and many USB adaptive devices.

The game sells for $44.95 and can be ordered by visiting http://www.vtreellc.com

CCP Announces Winter 2010 Expansion – EVE Online®: Incursion

CCP, one of the world’s leading independent game developers, has announced a new expansion for all subscribers and trial users of EVE Online that will be released in November, 2010. EVE Online®: Incursion will feature the escalating attacks of the deadly Sansha’s Nation which is bent on instituting itsown utopia and exacting vengeance against the pilots who stand in its way. Pilots can join public fleets and co-operate to destroy the Sansha incursions and return the universe to normal, receiving wealthy bounties, earning loyalty rewards and high commendation.

EVE Online®: Incursion will also include many improvements as suggested by the Council of Stellar Management, as well as hardware upgrades, software improvements and new cluster components aimed at increasing game and fleet battle performance to even higher levels.

Further improvements include updating the character creator with CCP’s Carbon character technology for fresh pilot portraits, a Sansha Mothership and fighterbomber, the Noctis salvaging vessel, improvements to NPCs and their AI, new coveted loot and rewards,  storyline events, amazing new visuals and a more  dynamic and simplified system for Planetary Interaction.

EVEGate, the web-based social networking platform for pilots, sees improvements and additions such as new forums which underline the importance of organizational and communication tools in the virtual world. The expansion enhances the power of individual choice in the context of meaningful relationships with other players—EVE’s true strength—as highlighted in the “Causality” trailer and the classic “Butterfly Effect” trailer.

“Incursion marks a point where our PVE experience moves towards the co-operative roots of EVE and the largest introduction of our Carbon Technology platform to date. Never before have so many players and developers contributed to EVE’s living universe”, says Sr. Producer Arnar Gylfason.

More information on continuing development of EVE Online®: Incursion will be available in the coming months

Stuff News: Rude Gameware Announces the “Drive Your Roommate Musically Insane” Contest

School is back in session on college campuses across the country, but for some students, the beginning of the school year has already started off on a bad note.  This isn’t because they haven’t gotten the classes they wanted or had to break up with a crush; no, it’s because they discovered that they can’t stand their roommate.  Well, Rude Gameware has come up with a possible way for students to exact revenge on their annoying co-habitants and potentially win a ton of prizes.  Starting today, Rude is launching the “Drive your Roommate Musically Insane” contest, which is searching for the most irritating, maddening and infuriating song possible that could send people screaming from a dorm or reduce them to being curled up in a ball.
 
Does the sound of Britney Spears’ Greatest Hits stuck on repeat for 24 hours at maximum volume give you night tremors? Is the idea of the Macarena mashed up with death metal frightening?  Perhaps any collaboration between Taylor Swift and Kanye West makes you want to tear your hair out.  While Rude doesn’t endorse “field research” by any means, interested applicants are encouraged to vote for the worst musical “attack” possible, or come up with something that is more eardrum shredding. Make your pick or submit your own idea at http://www.rudegameware.com/musicalinsanity along with your email and win!
 
The Grand Prize winner with the wildest torture possible will win a special ‘Defense Against Annoying Roomates’ package designed to drown out any roommate or music around.  This will include a Primal Wireless Headset and Mic for the Xbox 360 as well as a Primal PC Gaming Headset. To compliment and prolong their gaming sessions, the winner will also receive a Fierce Teflon mousepad, a Rude Gamewear shirt and a six pack of Rude Energy Drink (A prize pack worth $210.75). Two Second Place winners will receive a Primal PC Gaming Headset, A Rude Gamewear shirt and two Rude Energy Drinks (Worth $68.90).  Three Third Place winners will receive a Rude Gamewear shirt and a Rude Energy Drink (Worth $15.95).
 
Contestants may enter as often as they want, but all entries must be received by October 4, 2010. For a full list of contest rules and details, head to www.rudegameware.com/musicalinsanity