Blizzard Announces 2012 Battle.net World Championship Event

Blizzard Entertainment is proud to announce the 2012 Battle.net World Championship, a major global eSports event featuring some of the best pro-gaming competition in the world. Slated to take place in Asia toward the end of 2012, the Battle.net World Championship will host this year’s StarCraft II and World of Warcraft Arena World Championship tournaments.
Blizzard gamers and eSports fans from around the world will be invited to attend and witness some of the most skilled pro players on the planet battle it out for cash and glory.

We’re excited to be showcasing Blizzard eSports on a truly global stage this year. We’re also heavily focused on getting Diablo III, Mists of Pandaria, and Heart of the Swarm into players’ hands as soon as possible.
In light of our jam-packed schedule, we’ve decided to hold the next BlizzCon in 2013.

More details about the 2012 Battle.net World Championship and BlizzCon 2013, including specific dates and locations, will be coming in the months ahead.

New games coming out this week

Winter Sports 2012 PC PQube Jan 27, 2012
Supermarket Mania 2 Mob (online) G5 Entertainment Jan 27, 2012
Sparta 2 – Alexander the Great PC Lace Mamba Global Jan 27, 2012
Sanctum Collection PC Lace Mamba Global Jan 27, 2012
Real Warfare 2: Northern Crusades PC Lace Mamba Global Jan 27, 2012
Fate of the World PC (online) Lace Mamba Global Jan 27, 2012
Fate of the World PC Lace Mamba Global Jan 27, 2012
Fate of the World Mac Lace Mamba Global Jan 27, 2012
Dead Block PC Digital Reality Jan 27, 2012
Tropico 3: Gold Edition Mac Feral Interactive Jan 26, 2012
3SwitcheD PC Topware Jan 26, 2012
3SwitcheD Mac Topware Jan 26, 2012
1000 AD Web (online) Mitorah Games Jan 26, 2012
Oil Rush PC (online) Unigine Corp. Jan 25, 2012
Oil Rush Mac Unigine Corp. Jan 25, 2012
Margaritaville Online Web THQ Jan 25, 2012
RiotZone PC Mail.Ru Jan 25, 2012
Victoria 2: A House Divided PC Paradox Interactive Jan 24, 2012
Quadtastic Launch Collection PC Radiangames Jan 24, 2012
Quadtastic Launch Collection Mac Radiangames Jan 24, 2012
The Sims 3 Master Suite Stuff Mac EA PLAY Jan 24, 2012
The Sims 3 Master Suite Stuff PC EA PLAY Jan 24, 2012
Timeslip PC (online) Smudged Cat Games Jan 27, 2012

Next Blizzcon Pushed to 2013

By Sean McQuillan

Citing a jam-packed schedule, with the release of Diablo III and Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm, a Blizzard rep has stated that they will be cancelling the 2012 Blizzcon. As an avid fan of Blizzard’s entire portfolio this is sad news. I loved attending Blizzcon, and it has an atmosphere unlike any other. I’ll be right there back in line for 2013, and at least this will give me some time to get lost in some Diablo III.

I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.

Source: Beefjack

Dustforce is available now on Steam

posted By chris sweda
Independent studio Hitbox Team is proud to announce the global release of Dustforce via the platform, Steam for $9.99 on PC (Windows). Dustforce earned an Honorable Mention for art at this years’ Independent Games Festival, and also took the Grand Prize at indiePub’s Independent Developer Competition in 2010.
Clean up the world with style! As an acrobatic janitor, you are an adept force against dust and disorder. Leap and dash off walls and ceilings, and deftly traverse 50 precarious environments varying in difficulty. Cleanse each level swiftly and thoroughly to achieve mastery in this 2D sweep-‘em-up platformer.
Dustforce will offer an online leader board where you can instantly watch replays of everyone’s best attempts. Fight it out online and see where you rank on each level by thoroughness and combo or speed and agility.
Team up with four-player local multiplayer and compete on game modes like King Of The Hill and Survival for loads of dust-cleaning fun!
“We’re so excited to finally be able to share with the world what we’ve been working hard on for over a year,” says Lexie Dostal of Hitbox Team. “We put so much of ourselves into Dustforce, and so we hope everyone can have as much fun playing the game as we’ve had making it.”

 

Dustforce is now available on via the platform Steam for $9.99 for PC (Windows), with an update for Mac and Linux shortly after. Early buyers can get 10% off the game during the first week of sales. Dustforce can be purchased on Steam via this link: http://store.steampowered.com/app/65300/

Silkroad-R Officially Launches

posted By chris sweda
Joymax, a developer and publisher of interactive entertainment for the global market, announced the successful launch of their new blockbuster title, Silkroad-R. The newest iteration of the Silkroad family is its own game, with unique accounts and servers, and is as always completely free to download and play! Newcomers to the Silkroad franchise alongside series veterans can now enjoy the cleanest gaming experience yet. To celebrate the game’s successful launch, Joymax is featuring numerous events and promotions from now until February 7th.  To find out more about Silkroad-R and or to enter one of the many events, visit the official site at http://www.joymax.com/silkroad-r/.

New players can join now for a chance to win Amazon Gift Cards by reaching level 30, 50, or 70 with randomly selected winners in February.  This give-away is in addition to all the in-game items awaiting players, starting at level three and available every 4-6 levels.  Already joined?  The race to 80 is on!  The first 100 players to hit this plateau will be gifted special Seals to upgrade their armor and weapons.  These bonus items include amazing buffs like the Berserk Regeneration Potion, HP Increasing Scrolls, Skillpoint Scrolls, Pandora’s Boxes, and many other items that allow players to level faster and/or customize their players in ways they had previously not imagined.

Feeling creative?  Submit a wallpaper or greeting card to Joymax and win a coveted Hanbok Avatar Set, along with a Magic Lamp Cleaner.  Those just looking for a quick boost can pop by the NPC So-OK for a 5-hour exp buff that can be used once per day. Players seeking an even bigger boost can find a variety of items in the cash shop to enchant their items, improve their experience rate, and so much more.

“There’s many aspects of Silkroad-R that we changed or improved based on user feedback, and we took a long time investigating the cash shop and evaluating each item.” said Joymax CEO, Nam-chul Kim.  “Players will find all the items they love in the cash shop, but every item has been buffed in some fashion, making the Silkroad-R cash shop the strongest yet!”

In addition, a new server, Merv, was added based on player feedback, to ensure that players will have the perfect gaming experiences from logon to finish.

Games coming out this week

posted by Chris Sweda
Deluxe Ski Jump 4 PC MediamondJan 16, 2012

Epicx Web IONES.com Jan 16, 2012

I Shall Remain PC Jacob Way Jan 16, 2012

M4 Tank Brigade Online PC (online) iEntertainment Jan 16, 2012

Ski Jump Giants An Greentube Jan 16, 2012

Dustforce Mac Hitbox Team Jan 17, 2012

Dustforce PC Hitbox Team Jan 17, 2012

Steel Armor – Blaze of War PC UIG Entertainment Jan 20, 2012

Gotham City Impostors to launch in February

posted by Chris Sweda

Today Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment confirmed that the launch of Gotham City Impostors has been moved to February.

Gotham City Impostors is a download only title that will be available in the Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®Network and Windows PC. Fans can go to http://www.GothamCityImpostors.com for updates and news.

Gotham City Impostors is an original download-only first-person shooter where up to 12 players battle for control of an unhinged Gotham City overrun by Impostors inspired by the DC Comics characters Batman and The Joker. Gotham City Impostors is an online multiplayer game unlike any other, giving players the opportunity to engage in unconventional urban warfare as they personalize their own Impostors. Gamers will create their very own version of the Bats or the Jokerz characters using unprecedented customization options including insane costumes, homemade gadgets and a wide range of traditional and inventive weapons. The game will feature maps and modes inspired by DC Comics’ Batman license.

EA AND BIOWARE UNVEIL MASS EFFECT 3 IN-GAME PRE-ORDER GEAR

posted by Chris Sweda

Gear up and take Earth back in the Action RPG, Mass Effect™ 3! On March 6, Earth is ground zero in a battle to save the galaxy, and EA and BioWare are giving gamers an opportunity to arm themselves with cutting edge weapons and armor to prepare for the upcoming war.

Starting today, with each pre-order purchase of Mass Effect 3 at participating retailers, fans will receive the M55 Argus Assault Rifle*. Deadly at any range, the Argus boasts quick burst-fire to ensure ammo conservation and maximum accuracy on the battlefield.

Additionally, fans who pre-order at select retailers in U.S. and Canada will receive the following items:
•N7 Warfare Gear, exclusive to fans who pre-order at GameStop and EB Games*, which includes:

N7 Valkyrie Assault Rifle – Deliver two rounds per shot with deadly accuracy and stop the opposition dead in their tracks with superior high caliber rounds.

N7 Defender Armor – Improved shields and health, players can survive even the most punishing of battles and withstand sustained enemy fire. The N7 Defender Armor also offers:

– Increased ammo capacity. Additional ammunition compartments to ensure players are always battle-ready.

– Amplified weapon damage. Built-in power cells provide an additional punch to weapon fire.
•AT-12 Raider Shotgun – Available to PC players who pre-order through EA’s Origin service*, the AT-12 Raider Shotgun fires a large pellet spread, ensuring maximum coverage for close-range targets. Designed for superior rapid fire, the AT-12 allows for optimal recovery time between shots.

The Mass Effect franchise is set in a science fiction universe blending world-class shooter combat with interactive and cinematic storytelling and space exploration. It is one of the most highly decorated series in the history of games, having earned over 200 international awards including the 2011 AIAS Interactive Achievement Award for Game of the Year for Mass Effect 2. Recently announced as the winner of Spike TV’s 2011 Video Game Awards Most Anticipated Game of 2012, Mass Effect 3 enhances all elements of gameplay from its critically acclaimed predecessors and tells the beginning and end of the epic war against a highly advanced alien race, and Commander Shepard’s desperate struggle to take Earth back.