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Star Wars Pinball Announcement Trailer

The hype of Star Wars has never gone down towards up obscurity since the original film was released in 1975. And with the announcement of Disney purchasing Lucasfilm, and the next Star Wars movie will be released in 2015 with J.J. Abrams directing it, Star Wars is about to be as big as ever, which is perfect timing for Zen Studios to release a digital pinball game based on the franchise for mobile platforms, Xbox Live and PSN.

When the game is released digitally, there will be a few pinball tables to select from, which are inspired by “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Boba Fett, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”

Watch the trailer for Star Wars Pinball after the jump. (more…)

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GameLoft’s Blackberry 10 Games

Yesterday might’ve been the biggest day BlackBerry history. The company showed off its new top-of-the-line mobile phone, the BlackBerry Z10. The company is hoping to compete with Apple’s iPhone and what seems like the infinity amount of Android smart phones out there. One way the company plans to compete is getting off to a big start in the application store. According to BlackBerry, the store should have about 70,000 apps already available to download.

And one way to compete with the ever-growing mobile market, is to make sure that when people have spare time on their hands, they can play a video game on their smart phone. Gameloft has released 11 titles, that are already available on BlackBerry competing platforms, however these games should run as good as any other phone on the market, considering the power of the phone.

After the break, find out what games can be downloaded on Blackberry application store. (more…)

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PS Vita Version of Killzone Dated

During Gamescom 2012, Sony announced that PlayStation Vita would be getting its own version of Killzone. Officially titled, Killzone: Mercenary, Sony revealed that Guerrilla Games would not be developing the games, but gave the honors to GG sister studio, SCE Cambridge Studio.

During a press event last night, SCE Cambridge Studio confirmed a release for which the Killzone: Mercenary game would be in stores, which is this September 17. Which is kinda of shocking, considering there is a real possibility that brand new video-game hardware could be shipped around the same time from both Sony and Microsoft.

By checking out the visuals alone, Killzone: Mercenary looks to be a triple-A title for the Vita, something the portable device has been missing. And because of that, you’d figure Sony would market this as a system seller. But because it’s so close to a possible release date of new consoles, I would have a hard time believing the general public would be buying both a Vita and new Xbox/PlayStation home console.

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US Senator: Video-Games Are More Dangerous Than Guns

During a discussion today on MSNBC, A Republican US Sen. Lemar Alexander of Tennessee, suggested something so outrageous that your head might literally explode. Chuck Todd, the host of the Daily Rundown, ask Sen. Alexander if he would ever support universal background checks on firearms, in wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school-shooting. His answer is so crazy that some people on the far right might think he’s demented. (more…)

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Report: China Considering Lifting Ban on Game Consoles

The China Daily is reporting that the People’s Republic of China is considering lifting a 13-year ban on video-game consoles. Apparently, back in November, the PlayStation 3 received a certification from the Chinese safety standards. Rewind to 2000, and the government established the ban because according to their own research, it would jeopardize the mental stability of children’s minds. (more…)

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Disney CEO Reviewing Its Violence Games; Is Marvel and LucasArts excluded?

Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger is taking steps to prevent unwanted violence in his company’s video games, following the tragic school-shooting of Newtown, CT, according to Deadspin.

His quote was from a Q&A at HRTS Newsmakers Luncheon, which also included Hollywood-producer Brian Grazer. “Fortunately at Disney there’s very little [violent content], but I still want to make sure we’re asking ourselves the right questions in terms of that standard,” Iger said, “and also [ensure] we’re willing to be a part of a dialogue in today’s world that I think is pretty necessary in terms of what our role is and what our role should be.

While most seem to agree that Disney has very little violent content in their video-games, they do own a few video-game intellectual properties that could, in theory, be toned-down when it comes to violence. (more…)

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Boston Globe Reports on Sexism in Gaming Development

If you are a woman in the industry, there are all these little signals that you are not part of the club, that this is not your tribe. After time, it wears you down.

This was a disturbing quote in a interesting Boston Globe article yesterday, by a female game developer, who happens to also be the cofounder of a gaming studio called Green Door Labds. Marleigh Norton is her name, and she went on record with the Globe talking about some of her experiences as a female in the heart of the gaming community. And clearly, it’s not all pleasant. (more…)

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EA Laysoff Employees in Vancouver

A report from IndustryGamers has confirmed that Electronic Arts is laying-off a small number of employees from their Vancouver offices. According to the EA, the small round off pink slips is due to a “transformation” of EA Canada and Black Box (Need for Speed: The Run). (more…)

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Oklahoma Bill Would Tax Violent Video Games

Oklahoma State Representative William Fourkiller (D-Stilwell) has introduced a bill which would add a one-percent tax on “violent video games,” in order to help childhood obesity and bullying.

The bill, which was written on the twelfth of last month, would use the ESRB scale and only tax games that have a Teen, Mature or Adult rating. Of course, there are plenty of games rated Teen that aren’t considered violent by the ESRB. (more…)

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THQ Facing Delisting, CEO Takes Pay Cut, Jobs Lost

For the past two-decades, THQ has been a top publisher. But lately, the company is having major financial trouble, to say lightly.

Just yesterday, Nasdaq has given the company until July 23 to raise their share price above $1 for ten consecutive days, or they’ll be force to be delisted.

Because of the dreadful notice, the company has already started to take action and have announced some major overhauls and changes. (more…)

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