News:CompuExpert Premieres Latest Gaming Peripherals from Sharkoon, Mionix and Raptor at CES 2011

CompuExpert, a division of Digital Interactive Systems Corp., will be showing off the very latest gaming headphones, mice, and keyboards from Sharkoon, Mionix, and their newest line up from Raptor by appointment only at their suite at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in South Hall Lower Level – MP25824. CompuExpert is the exclusive North American distributor for Sharkoon, Mionix and Raptor, and began shipping the first products from these companies in fall 2010. 

The Sharkoon X-Tatic brand of headsets recently launched here has lately become a cult favorite among avid gamers in Asia and is now poised to convert American ears as well. The X-Tatic SX and SP headsets are especially created to deliver an optimal gaming experience, giving players crucial sound advantage over both real and AI opponents, as well as optimized control over volume and chat. The headsets feature two high-quality 40 mm speakers, an in-line amplifier for powerful audio output, and a flexible, detachable microphone which connect easily to gaming systems, PCs and home entertainment systems. The master volume control, separate volume control for voice communication, and microphone mute keep you in full command of your audio experience. The latest Sharkoon headset, the X-Tatic SR, will be on display at CompuExpert’s suite at the Consumer Electronics Show next week.
The blue supergiant Naos is one of the brightest stars in the Milky Way galaxy, and it’s fitting that the Naos gaming mouse line from Mionix has become a star among high-end peripherals. Based in Sweden, Mionix was founded by a group of passionate gamers who wanted to make original, quality accessories that fit the needs of competitive players. The Naos 3200 features an ergonomic design and grip-friendly rubber coating for comfort, as well as Plug and Play functionality for players that want to leap into a game and instantly blow away their opponents, and for marathon gaming sessions, the Naos 5000 takes ergonomics and comfort to the next level with laser accuracy.

Raptor Gaming Technology, CompuExpert’s latest exclusive peripheral line for 2011, bestows all the superhuman capabilities of the master tournament players upon mere mortal gamers with its highly innovative but affordable accessories. Launching first in North America will be the Raptor-Gaming K3 and LK1 keyboards. Aside a vast array of special keys and programmability, the K3 is specially engineered to maximize the entry speed and reactivity while playing with minimum fatigue. The LK1 features a slim, compact design while offering superlative gaming performance. Both keyboards offer anti-ghosting technology and make it simple for users to swap and remove keys for the ultimate in customized gaming.

The Sharkoon X-Tatic brand of headsets recently launched here has lately become a cult favorite among avid gamers in Asia and is now poised to convert American ears as well. The X-Tatic SX and SP headsets are especially created to deliver an optimal gaming experience, giving players crucial sound advantage over both real and AI opponents, as well as optimized control over volume and chat. The headsets feature two high-quality 40 mm speakers, an in-line amplifier for powerful audio output, and a flexible, detachable microphone which connect easily to gaming systems, PCs and home entertainment systems. The master volume control, separate volume control for voice communication, and microphone mute keep you in full command of your audio experience. The latest Sharkoon headset, the X-Tatic SR, will be on display at CompuExpert’s suite at the Consumer Electronics Show next week.
The blue supergiant Naos is one of the brightest stars in the Milky Way galaxy, and it’s fitting that the Naos gaming mouse line from Mionix has become a star among high-end peripherals. Based in Sweden, Mionix was founded by a group of passionate gamers who wanted to make original, quality accessories that fit the needs of competitive players. The Naos 3200 features an ergonomic design and grip-friendly rubber coating for comfort, as well as Plug and Play functionality for players that want to leap into a game and instantly blow away their opponents, and for marathon gaming sessions, the Naos 5000 takes ergonomics and comfort to the next level with laser accuracy.

 

Raptor Gaming Technology, CompuExpert’s latest exclusive peripheral line for 2011, bestows all the superhuman capabilities of the master tournament players upon mere mortal gamers with its highly innovative but affordable accessories. Launching first in North America will be the Raptor-Gaming K3 and LK1 keyboards. Aside a vast array of special keys and programmability, the K3 is specially engineered to maximize the entry speed and reactivity while playing with minimum fatigue. The LK1 features a slim, compact design while offering superlative gaming performance. Both keyboards offer anti-ghosting technology and make it simple for users to swap and remove keys for the ultimate in customized gaming.

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Original Castlevania Composer to Perform at Video Games Live!

Legendary female Japanese composer Kinuyo Yamashita will be performing her original music from Castlevania along with the New Jersey Symphony this Wednesday, December 29th and Thursday, December 30th at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC).  Aside from performing in both shows, Yamashita-san will also be taking part in the post-show meet & greet which is open to all ticket holders.  New seating and tickets have just opened up and start as low as $21.

Also performing for the first time ever with Video Games Live is internet sensation Brentalfloss who is best known for his hilarious game music lyric parodies on YouTube viewed by millions of people around the world. 

The show will be starting at 7:30pm on both nights but doors will be open 2 hours early for game competitions, costume contests, prize give-a-ways and classic arcade gaming!
NEW SEATING FOR BOTH SHOWS NOW AVAILABLE HERE:
http://www.njpac.org/show_events_list.asp?shcode=15554.

Masthead Studios Announces “Earthrise” Digital Release Date

Masthead Studios, a leading independent developer of MMOs, announced today that the highly anticipated MMORPG Earthrise will be available through digital distribution on February 4, 2011.

“The Masthead team is thrilled for the fans who have been following Earthrise closely to now be able to play the game that they have been so eagerly awaiting,” said Atanas Atanasov, producer of Earthrise and director of Masthead Studios.  “We have worked incredibly hard to make Earthrise the best sandbox MMORPG on the market, and we can’t wait for players to fully experience all of our hard work and become immersed in Enterra.”

Earthrise is a post-apocalyptic, sci-fi MMORPG set in the distant future. Featuring a unique skill-based advancement system and player-driven economy, as well as extensive, meaningful player-vs.-player combat, Earthrise gives players countless options to forge their destiny through its sandbox-style game mechanics. Whether a noble soldier in the raging conflict between the Continoma and the Noir, a criminal hiding from the law, or a world-renowned engineer whose power extends into intricate trade and politics, players’ actions will echo throughout the game world. Visit www.play-earthrise.com to learn more.

Top Earthrise features include:

  • Unique sandbox environment, allowing players’ actions to influence the entire game world.
  • Distinctive, high-tech post-apocalyptic setting.
  • Sophisticated Player vs. Player (PvP) mechanics.
  • Dynamic third-person combat featuring dynamic targeting, customizable power armor and hundreds of high-tech weapons.
  • Deep crafting mechanics that allow players to design and manufacture unique items from blueprints and raw resources.
  • Friendly to casual players, with challenges designed for the hardcore audience.
  • Single, massive world. Earthrise will run on one server for players in all regions.

Minimum Requirements:

OS: Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista SP1, Windows 7
Free hard drive space: 20 GB
CPU: 2.4+ GHz Single Core Processor
RAM: 2 GB
Video Card: NVIDIA 7800GT+ or ATI Radeon 9800 SE 256-bit
High bandwidth internet connection (DSL, Cable)

Sony Online Entertainment Releases Green Mana

MtGT - LogoSony Online Entertainment today releases the natural power of Green Mana, revealing some of the gargantuan creatures and elemental spells appearing in Magic: The Gathering – Tactics, the animated grid-based tactics title due out this winter for the PC.

 Life, growth and continual regeneration drive Green Mana wizards to war against the manmade artifacts and enchantments that threaten the natural order of the world. Taping into the strength of the earth itself, Green Planeswalkers can extend their own life with regenerating spells while summoning frenzied behemoths that trample weaker creatures under hoof. Planeswalkers can pull from a wealth of forest found creatures, including the unstoppable Force of Nature, the Enormous Baloth and legendary planeswalker Garruk Wildspeaker

SONY ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT DECKS THE HALLS WITH VIRTUAL HOLIDAY CHEER

Sony Online Entertainment is gearing up for winter by spreading holiday cheer across its online gaming catalog with festive in-game events, activities and more in Star Wars®: Clone Wars Adventures™, Free Realms™, EverQuest®, EverQuest® II, and Star Wars Galaxies™.

Star Wars®: Clone Wars Adventures™:  The decorations are up on Orto Plutonia for Life Day in Clone Wars Adventures. Life Day brings a host of holiday decorations to the virtual world.  Players can collect Life Day Orbs from around the Jedi Temple for rewards or wear Life Day Robes and collect presents from the Gifting Tree. Clone Trooper nutcrackers, Clone Snowtrooper outfits, Droid garland and many more festive items will be available for purchase in the Marketplace. For detailed information please visit www.CloneWarsAdventures.com.

Free Realms™: Snow Days triumphantly takes over Snowhill for the second annual winter holiday celebration in Free Realms, complete with fruitcake, fun and decorations galore.  Candi Ivy returns to look after the Gifting Tree and share its gifts with players, but the Abominable Snowman and his snowmen minions are trying to steal the presents. Players can pelt these thieves with snowballs to earn rewards and keep Snowhill a joyous winter wonderland.  The Marketplace is stocked with holiday clothes, costumes and items, including the new snow-globe and snowball rides! Snow Days sticks around through Jan. 19, 2011. For detailed information, please visit www.FreeRealms.com.

EverQuest®: The annual Frostfell event will be celebrated throughout Norrath through Jan. 8, 2011. For years, Frostfell celebrations have been spoiled by thievery and crisis and this year, Santug Claugg is suffering a horrible melancholy and wants to cancel the holiday festivities. Players must help him feel like himself again by participating in Operation: Jolliness and Gathering Holiday Cheer. To get started on the holiday tasks, players can head to the Plane of Knowledge or visit www.eqplayers.com.

EverQuest® II: Frostfell, the annual Norrathian festival of kinship, feasting and giving, returns to EverQuest II. Festive decorations can be found all around, including New Halas, where Gigglebigger goblins abound. Players who want to jump right into the holiday spirit should enter the Frostfell Wonderland Village through one of the various Magic Closets. Santa Glug is back with 13 tradable gifts and Gixen, one of Santa Glug’s helpers in Enchanted Lands, is exchanging odd gift-boxes and toys for Frozen Tokens of E’ci. For detailed information, please visit www.eq2players.com.

Star Wars Galaxies: Through Jan. 11, Dearic, Wayfar and Doaba Guerfel will be beautifully decorated for the annual Wookiee Life Day festivities. Trandoshan Traders and Wookiee Freedom Fighters have plenty of winter-themed quests to offer. Members of the Rebellion can decorate trees to receive special Life Day rewards while Members of the Empire will be rewarded for destroying presents that the Rebels leave behind. Players can also visit the Wroshyr Tree to receive special gifts and listen to holiday tunes from Figran D’an and the Model Nodes. For detailed information, please visit http://starwarsgalaxies.station.sony.com.

SOE is also continuing its support of Child’s Play, a charity that is dedicated to providing children with toys and age-appropriate games at more than 70 hospitals worldwide, by participating in the annual Child’s Play Winter Charity Drive. For each select in-game item purchased from Dec. 21 through Dec. 31, SOE will donate $10 to the charity, up to $50,000 total. Participating items include: P3-NUT, a nutcracker-themed Droid pet in Clone Wars Adventures; a penguin pet in Free Realms; the Child’s Play cardboard tube ornamentation, an effect that makes any weapon look like a cardboard tube in EverQuest and the cloak of falling snow in EverQuest II.

VOGSTER ENTERTAINMENT¹S CRIMECRAFT JOINS GRAVITY INTERACTIVE, INC.¹S

Vogster Entertainment¹s action packed online shooting MMO, CrimeCraft, joins the WarpPortal online platform family for the North American market this December.  More information can be found at www.warpportal.com <http://www.warpportal.com>
CrimeCraft is a Free to Play MMO Shooter that blends a gripping, action-packed shooter experience with the best community and role-playing elements found in MMORPGs. The recent launch of CC: Bleedout, the first major expansion to the product, adds a deep story-driven campaign and exciting PvE action to its competitive PVP-based feature set.

³We are ecstatic that Vogster Entertainment has joined our WarpPortal
platform,² states Yoshinori Kitamura, CEO of Gravity Interactive, Inc.
³CrimeCraft¹s innovative, interactive and engaging approach to the next
generation of MMO¹s is a wonderful addition to the titles that are available
on WarpPortal.²

³We¹ve watched our customer base experience consistent growth month over
month in both registrations and in-game population,² says Daniel Prousline,
vice president of development at Vogster. ³Our partnership with Gravity is a
great fit as they continue to expand their reach with high quality games
with low barriers to entry.² CrimeCraft will be available in December 2010, is free via the WarpPortal
platform.

WORLD OF WARCRAFT(r): CATACLYSM(tm) SHATTERS PC-GAME SALES RECORD

Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced that World of Warcraft®: Cataclysm, the third expansion for the critically acclaimed massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), sold through more than 3.3 million copies as of its first 24 hours of release, making it the fastest-selling PC game of all time.* This milestone eclipses the previous record of more than 2.8 million copies sold in 24 hours, set in November 2008 by Blizzard’s second World of Warcraft expansion, Wrath of the Lich King®.

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm was simultaneously released in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Europe, Russia, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand on December 7, and became available in Korea and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau on December 9. More than 10,000 stores throughout the world opened their doors at midnight to welcome players who wanted to be among the first to obtain a copy of the expansion. In addition, more than 15,000 players attended official launch events hosted by Blizzard and key retail partners in the US, Canada, France, Germany, Russia, Sweden, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK, and the region of Taiwan.

“We had to bring Azeroth to the brink of destruction in Cataclysm, but the result was our best expansion yet,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We want to thank all of our new, existing, and returning players throughout the world for their incredible enthusiasm and support, and we look forward to hearing what they think about all the new content.”

“World of Warcraft: Cataclysm delivered even bigger day-one sales than we experienced with StarCraft® II: Wings of Liberty in July,” said Bob McKenzie, senior vice president of merchandising at GameStop, “making this a record year for Blizzard Entertainment at GameStop.”

Prior to the launch of Cataclysm, World of Warcraft’s subscriber population had grown to more than 12 million players globally, further strengthening the game’s position as the world’s most popular subscription-based MMORPG. More information about the new expansion can be found at the official Cataclysm website: http://www.blizzard.com/games/cataclysm/.

To keep pace with the continued growth of World of Warcraft as well as development on other Blizzard Entertainment® games, the company is currently hiring for numerous open positions. More information on career opportunities available at Blizzard Entertainment can be found at www.blizzard.com/jobs.

New for the week of the 13th

Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures Mac Sony Online Entertainment Dec 13, 2010

Divine Souls PC (online) Outspark Dec 14, 2010

Spy Alliance Web Heroic Interactive Dec 14, 2010

Beach Volleyball Online PC (online) Omniverse Games Dec 15, 2010

Biplane Baron PC Xing Dec 15, 2010

James Patterson: Catch a Killer Web Sony Online Entertainment Dec 15, 2010

Legend of Martial Arts PC (online) Perfect World Entertainment Dec 15, 2010

Titanium Power Up Web Trend Micro Dec 15, 2010

Pandora Saga PC (online) Atlus Dec 16, 2010

Wonder: The Evil PC (online) Pompi Pompi Dec 17, 2010

Battlefield Bad Company 2: Vietnam PC EA Dec 18, 2010

Cookie Rush iP (online) Mobjoy Studio Dec 18, 2010

Impossible Shoota WP7 (online) Elbert Perez Dec 18, 2010