32oz limited edition wow cup of goodness for 1.99

By Chris Sweda

This morning when I was paying my $4.35 a gallon for gas at my local ampm I noticed something I wanted to share with all you lovers of World of Warcraft out there. Blizzard entertainment has teamed up with ampm to bring you Kil’jaeden, Illidan, the Lich King, and Deathwing memorialized each on a 32oz limited edition wow cup of goodness for 1.99. This is all part of the new promotion Blizzard entertainment has with ampm.NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Visit the sweepstakes page to enter for a chance to win epic World of Warcraft and ampm loot between now and April 2. Below you can see what the cup look like stop by your local ampm today.

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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.

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/

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.

Call of Duty ELITE’s Friday Night Fights Premieres November 25

Friday Night Fights, the first original entertainment program to air on Call of Duty® ELITE will debut this Friday, November 25th. Executive produced by Ridley Scott and Tony Scott’s RSA Films, and director RJ Cutler, Friday Night Fights lets real life rivals settle their differences Call of Duty® style via epic multiplayer battles in Call of Duty®:
Modern Warfare® 3. The inaugural episode features one of the greatest rivalries of all, pitting teams from the U.S. Army vs. U.S. Navy.
The new weekly series
is being produced from Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), and is available exclusively to premium members of Activision’s new digital service, Call of Duty ELITE.

“From the beginning, our goal with Call of Duty ELITE has been to bring the Call of Duty community together in new ways. Fans of Call of Duty spend as much time playing the game, as sports fans spend following their favorite teams—if not more. So we figured, if sports fans get all kinds of shows outside of the games to feed their passion, why not do the same thing for Call of Duty fans?” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO, Activision Publishing. “When you’re working with the likes of executive producers Ridley Scott and Tony Scott, the production values don’t get any higher.
And the Call of Duty community deserves nothing less. We want to give people new ways to connect with the game they love. That’s what Call of Duty ELITE is about, and Friday Night Fights is just the beginning.”

Friday Night Fights will premiere this Friday, November 25th at noon PST on Call of Duty ELITE as part of ELITE’s program guide, which is available to premium members.

Following each initial broadcast, Friday Night Fights will be available for replay via streaming. Users can register for Call of Duty ELITE by going to http://www.callofduty.com/elite.

World of Warcraft Seventh Anniversary and DVR Alert

World of Warcraft Seventh Anniversary
World of Warcraft is turning seven on Wednesday, November 23. To celebrate this anniversary with the community, all players who log in between Sunday, November 20 and Saturday, December 3 will receive a Feat of Strength and a celebration package item. When used, the package shoots off fireworks and temporarily grants both a special tabard and a 7% experience point and reputation bonus.

DVR Alert: New World of Warcraft TV Spot Airs Sunday on CBS
This Sunday, November 20, an all-new World of Warcraft television commercial will debut on CBS during theChargers-Bears NFL game (kickoff time: 1:15 p.m. PST/4:15 p.m. EST). The ad is set to air sometime during the first half… and when the star of this spot asks, “what’s your game?” you’d best have an answer ready.

Meet the Pandaren Monk

source:Blizzard Entertainment

With the launch of the next World of Warcraft® expansion, the Mists of Pandaria™ will lift to reveal the pandaren, a long-secluded race that has spent generations mastering the way of the monk — World of Warcraft’s newest playable class. To get an inside look at the upcoming World of Warcraft race and class options, the Blizzard Insider recently sat down with Lead Systems Designer Greg “Ghostcrawler” Street to discuss the design decisions that went into creating the pandaren monk

Read the full article here 

Modkit and Capture the Flag Available Now for Dungeon Defenders on Steam!

Today, Trendy Entertainment is opening Dungeon Defenders up to the community with the release of its Dungeon Defenders Development Kit and 16-player Capture the Flag pre-alpha on PC. With these tools, Dungeon Defenders players will not only be able to modify Dungeon Defenders’ content and create entirely new games based on its code, but they’ll be able to directly influence the development of Trendy’s next major gameplay mode – 16-player Capture the Flag. With seamless multiplayer matchmaking with automatic transferring of new maps and content over the Internet, all players will be able to enjoy this user-created content.
The Dungeon Defenders Development Kit (found here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/202522/?snr=1_4_4__103) is a robust set of tools for players to modify all aspects of Dungeon Defenders and create their own content and games. Packaged with the game’s complete source code and art assets, it is one of the definitive Unreal reference codebases for anyone looking to create their own Unreal games.
This Dungeon Defenders Capture the Flag: Pre-Alpha Pass (found here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/202523/?snr=1_4_4__103) grants players early access to Dungeon Defenders’ 16-player Capture the Flag mode. Here they must form 8-man teams and score the most points by killing opponents and holding the flag for the longest time. This mode will be playable online with players’ existing characters, and players can provide feedback to Trendy Entertainment while they flesh out this gameplay mode through their forums here.

More information on the Dungeon Defenders Development Kit and Dungeon Defenders Capture the Flag: Pre-Alpha Pass can be found in this YouTube video

example of the First Person Defenders mod included with the Development Kit

 

Sixth Grader designs iPhone Apps

By Sean McQuillan
What did you do in the sixth grade? I learned how to play Oregon Trail on an old black and green screen, while Tom Suarez has become one of the youngest successful designers of iPhone/iPad apps. As he explains in his TED talk, he was already interested in programing and has learned a couple other programing languages to get the basics down, including Java and Python, when the iPhone was release and with it the iPhone Software Development Kit. Not only has he created a published 2 apps to the app store, Earth Fortune and Bustin’ Jeiber, but has founded his own company, CarrotCorp. Not too shabby for a kid in middle school.

Tom gets asked frequently how he made the app, both by fellow students and adults alike, and so with the sponsoring by a teacher at his school he has created an “App Club” where his fellow students can come and learn how to make apps. He says “I got a lot of inspiration from Steve Jobs.”

Check out his TED talk below.