I planted a tree today. Well, I actually carried a small tree up Gasing Hill (Bukit Gasing) and placed it in one of the holes dug up by volunteers in a tree re-planting exercise organized by the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ).
The replanting exercise is done to replace trees lost in a fire in this forest reserve earlier this year. I was actually there (its a favourite hiking haunt for my girlfriend and I) when we saw the smouldering trees. The new tree that we planted this morning was placed at the peak (by yours truly), a short hike from the observation tower.
In any case, the replanting exercise will continue this October 10th (my birthday btw, I accept PSPGo and Xbox 360 consoles and even the Fallout 3 GOTY edition for the Sony PS3), and the aim here is to get 350 trees planted. So go on and land a hand.
Want to see what’s the fuss about Need for Speed Shift without paying a single cent. Well, the demo is now out on the Xbox 360, Sony PS3 and the PC! Check out the following press release and the Driving 101 video to get a headstart:
Need for Speed Shift Console Demo Available October 1
Taste the true driver’s experience in this year’s most critically acclaimed racing game.
September 29, 2009 – REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced that the console demo of the highly-rated Need for Speed SHIFT will be available for download on October 1 on PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE. The demo gives players a chance to see for themselves just how SHIFT delivers on the Need for Speed promise of speed, adrenaline and precision racing. Need for Speed SHIFT has been commended by AOL GameDaily as “one of 2009’s best racing games” and as “outstanding” by IGN.
Players will sample this year’s most intense authentic racing game by pushing one of four cars to its limits on the world-famous Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps and the tight city circuit of London River. Players that dominate each track and collect enough stars will also unlock the ultimate racing machine; the Pagani Zonda F.
Jump into the cockpit of one of these five cars and find out how Need for Speed SHIFT combines real-world physics with perception based G-forces to deliver a supercharged on-the-track experience.
The PC demo is currently available for download at www.needforspeed.com.
The game introduces a brutal first-person crash dynamic that creates an unparalleled immersive experience. The signature cockpit view delivers a true driver’s experience. Need for Speed SHIFT further personalizes the experience through the all-new driver profile – a unique persona based on the driving skill and style of each player. Need for Speed SHIFT is the most realistic and intensive authentic racing game ever.
With a perfect score from GameSpy.com and G4TV.com, and 90+ scores from IGN.com, Official Xbox Magazine, PlayStation: The Official Magazine, Team Xbox.com, Game Daily.com, Gametrailers.com and more, Need for Speed SHIFT is the highest rated Need for Speed game in years.
Need for Speed SHIFT is now available on the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system, PC, PSP (PlayStation Portable) system, mobile and coming soon on the iPhone. More information can be found at www.needforspeed.com or follow us on Twitter at NeedforSpeed.
I was driving along the highway when I saw a billboard advertisement featuring something like an obese version of the Super Mario Galaxy’s Luma. I don’t know about you, but I certainly feel that way whenever I see the mascot for Nippon Paint. Check the previous post to see how Luma looks like.
Check out the Super Mario Galaxy Mame Collection 1 figurines from Yujin currently available at Play-Asia. Consisting of Mario, Luigi, Mushroom, Star Rabbit, Hakobo and Chico, all in a yellow and black bee theme, each are now selling for a discounted price of USD 2.99 each.
Each figurine measures approximately 5 centimeters in height. Interested? Click here for purchase details.
Green Lantern #46 takes a surprising turn and gives Sinestro (of all people), a whole new level of depth that I didn’t think he would have. Here he is actually shown to be a leader who actually cares for his fellow corpsmen and the people of his home sector.
He even takes up the mantle of bringing the fight to the Black Lanterns as this issue sees the start of an unlikely alliance between Hal Jordan (Green Lantern), Carol Fenris (Star Sapphire), Indigo-1 (Indigo Tribe) and the Sinestro Corps; and not before pwning Mongul in the process.
The issue ends with Sinestro meeting an old friend, the one who discovered the Blackest Night prophecy in the first place, along with an old flame. Fun times ahead in future issues of Sinestro, I mean, Green Lantern.
Here’s a bit of industry news but before that, a bit of background. Nine Over Ten 9/10 has always received news on new games from PR firms or directly from publishers/developers. I don’t go about scouring other video games to post up secondhand news. That’s just how we roll here to ensure you, the reader, will always get something unique out of visiting this site.
So it’s pretty heartening to see people getting together to form PR companies that aim to make a difference, in this age of social media. One such company would be the newly formed Fusion PR Group consisting of industry veterans with the focus on fusing traditional PR and social media to create campaigns that not only reaches, but also influences the target audience.
Check out the following press release from Fusion PR Group:
FUSION PR GROUP REPRESENTS NEW AGENCY MODEL
New Virtual Communications Firm Features Roster of Well-Known Technology and Video Games PR and Social Media Pros
(Los Angeles, CA) – October 1, 2009 – Fusion PR Group opened its virtual doors today to service clients in the video games, consumer products, and mobile industries. The new agency is made up of a team of senior-level consultants, each with at least ten years communications experience in a variety of specialties such as social media, Internet marketing, corporate PR, traditional and non-traditional public relations.
Because the team is made up entirely of seasoned communications professionals, Fusion PR Group avoids the bait-and-switch often employed by conventional PR firms, and instead provides clients with long-range vision, demonstrated passion and proven know-how for every campaign.
Each project team is hand selected to make sure its areas of expertise mesh well with the business and industry of the client. Once the team has been customized, each communications plan the agency develops will live at the crossroads of new media and old school tactics to ensure clients receive the most effective marketing communications campaign possible.
“Fusion PR Group is a departure from the traditional PR firm because we know how to fuse the best of both worlds – traditional PR and social media – into a campaign that not only reaches, but also influences the audience,” said James Little, co-founder, Fusion PR Group. “We represent a new way of thinking about how to most efficiently meet the communications and business goals of our clients.”
Current team members and their areas of specialty include:
James Little – Video games and consumer electronics industries, iPhone applications, corporate message development, social media
Jennifer Campana – Kids’ interactive entertainment, licensed products, pop culture/mass market brands, virtual worlds/goods and digital economies
Lindsay Plotkin – Video games targeting more mature audiences, online games; traditional media relations; corporate PR
Karen Blondell – Wireless, video games (casual, console, online), mobile games (including iPhone), virtual worlds, consumer electronics; Corporate PR strategy, media relations, speech writing, internal communications, crisis communications and executive visibility
Brian Fitzgerald – Mobile, sports and entertainment industries, consumer packaged goods; business development
Ben Fisher – Entertainment and technology Internet marketing, social media marketing, SEO; development of iPhone applications and games
Sean Angus – Consumer product marketing, website development, and social media marketing in the consumer electronics, consumer goods and video games industries
“Every Fusion PR Group team member works remotely and independently, which means we have very minimal overhead costs, and can pass these savings on to our clients,” said Jennifer Campana, co-founder, Fusion PR Group. “We are confident we can outbid any traditional PR agency – and deliver better, more targeted results.”
About Fusion PR Group
Fusion PR Group is a full-service marketing communications firm made up of only senior level communications professionals who specialize in launching new companies and products in the video games, mobile, consumer products and technology sectors. As a departure from the traditional agency model, we represent a new way of thinking about how to most efficiently meet the communications and business goals of our clients.
Our strategically executed campaigns fuse the best tactics from PR and social media, so every campaign we develop lives at the crossroads of new media and old school tactics. We also understand how important value is, so we have eliminated overhead costs, and pass the savings on to our clients. With the team and the tools in place to achieve great results, we are confident about delivering results that will meet and exceed client expectations. For more information, visit www.fusionprgroup.com
Check this out, I-Play has just released a music game like no-other on the iPhone. Featuring multiplayer DJ battles and real-time scratching technology with exclusive tracks from every generation of hip hop, Hip Hop All Star is set to blow everything else out of the water.
Here’s the press release from I-Play:
I-play Launches Hip Hop All Star for iPhone™ and iPod® Touch Featuring New Exclusive Tracks From Every Generation of Hip Hop
Multiplayer DJ Battles, Breakthrough Real-Time Scratching Technology and an Integrated Facebook Connect Feature Usher In I-play’s First Micro-transaction Enabled Music Game, Now Available in the Apple® App Store
NEW YORK & LONDON-September 30, 2009-I-play, Oberon Media’s publishing division and the world’s leading multi-platform casual games publisher, today launched Hip Hop All Star for iPhone™ and iPod® touch. Featuring an original playlist with some of the biggest names in hip hop including Busta Rhymes and Kid Cudi, Hip Hop All Star introduces an all-new way for fans and hip hop enthusiasts to experience their favorite tracks.
Turning the iPhone into virtual turntables, players use the touch screen to scratch and spin their way to DJ stardom. Hip Hop All Star brings the swagger back to music games with a playlist starring hip hop chart-toppers alongside old-school hip hop classics, some of them exclusive to the game.
Hip Hop All Star puts players behind the wheels of steel and on center stage as they rock the crowds in five different party locations-starting at a house party and spinning their way to a fan-packed arena. When the crowds crave more, players can turn their show into a showdown with WiFi and BlueTooth DJ battle modes.
Aspiring DJs go head-to-head to earn power-ups, show off scratch tricks and unlock in-game accessories. When a winner emerges, players can earn DJ bragging rights by posting top scores and trash talk directly to Facebook with the integrated Facebook Connect feature.
Hip Hop All Star is I-play’s first micro-transaction enabled music game. Players will be able to make in-game purchases on their favorite Hip Hop All Star songs through a direct link to the iTunes® Store. In addition, once the 10 included songs have been mastered on the turntables, players can keep the party going by purchasing the Hip Hop All Star Track Pack that includes two additional songs for $0.99. The music never has to stop, as I-play will keep the needle on the record with the release of additional Track Packs.
“If you are a hip hop music fan, this game is for you,” said Don Ryan, chief operating officer of Oberon Media. “As the first and only all hip hop DJ game, we wanted to make sure players are continuously engaged with the music and that the game was true to real DJing techniques and principles. The micro-transactions keep the game fresh by offering players an entirely new experience with each purchase.”
The Hip Hop All Star set list features tracks from Busta Rhymes, DJ Green Lantern, Slim Thug, Unk, Mya and Ray J, with exclusive music from Kid Cudi, DJ KO, Greg Nice, DJ Jason Nevins, Scarchild, Eddie Jaymez, and DJ Serafin. Kool G Rap, one of the most influential and skilled MCs of all time, joins them with an exclusive track.
“It’s mind blowing to see how hip hop has evolved from the beginning,” said Kool G Rap. “When I began in this business, I never could have imagined turntables like this. But it goes to show that great minds will continue to revolutionize hip hop and the DJ experience-that’s why hip hop will be around forever.”
Hip Hop All Star is now available through select mobile carriers, and in the Apple® App Store for a special, two-week price of $2.99. Download the game at www.itunes.com/apps/HipHopAllStar.
I recently finished Flower on the PS3, and netted four trophies in the process. One of the trophies that I’ve yet to obtained involved not playing the game for a week. How’s that for a reward?
In any case, Flower is a downright beautiful game, and the ending is rather epic for such a simple (did I mention pretty as well) game. One way to describe its metaphorical style would be the game expounds the light that comes after the darkness, or the silver lining in every cloud.
Having completed Flower (but I’m planning to revisit it, for the trophies), I purchased Age of Booty a couple of nights ago. I’ve been wanting to try this game since reading about it somewhere and so far this pirate-themed RTS hasn’t disappoint.
Talking bout downloadable content on the PS3, I’m beginning to wonder on when are we going to see the Fallout 3 DLCs made available for us Asian region gamers. Or maybe I should just wait for the GOTY edition which comes with all the DLCs and the original game.
My birthday is coming up on the 10th, so I could use the game, or a brand new PSPgo. Hint hint 🙂
Hmm. One would think what a shotgun-toting granny would be doing walking around a farm in her nightie and rollers in her hair. Wait, a shotgun?
If the granny was Elmer Fudd, she’ll go: “Shh…I’m hunting some U-FOEesss”
This is practically the premise of ClockRocket’s Shotgun Granny for the iPhone, with the addition of granny being a little potty-mouthed. And when compared to old retro games (which I like to do), Shotgun Granny is a modern day Space Invaders with a twist.
You move ol’ Granny left or right at the bottom of the screen, and tap the area above her head to shoot in that general direction. Unlike the little spaceship that could in Space Invaders, Granny only has a finite number of shotgun shells.
Fortunately, shot UFOs drop shotgun pellets and this adds a layer of strategy to the game where players will try and shoot more than UFO with a single shot since they yield more “bang” per “buck” shot.
Graphics wise, the game is presented in 2D, in a clean and functional way that doesn’t get in the way of shooting down UFOs.
I didn’t really pay attention to the sound since I didn’t have a pair of headphones on reviewing the game, but if you are concerned about Granny’s potty mouth, you don’t need to turn up the volume to play the game.
There’s the high score, and there’s also the Online Leaderboard provided by the OpenFeint service. And yes, with OpenFeint, the term “Achievement Unlocked” is no longer limited to the Xbox 360 with a total of 28 achievements to earn.
I’m currently rankend 45 on the list with just 231 points. To put things into perspective, the highest score in the list is in excess of 20000+.
At 99 cents, Shotgun Granny is pretty much a bargain shmup with some surprises thrown in. The online leaderboard and achievements are a boon that should be included in every game. Click here to purchase and download the game at the App Store.
P/S: Check out the loading screen. It’s pretty funny.
Talk about giving a new definition to “seeing things”. Freeverse’s Fairy Trails for the iPhone is an augmented reality game in which users shake the device to power the detector and then scan their surroundings to detect fairies, fireflies and butterflies flittering just beyond the naked eye.
Curious about the game? Check out the press release below:
Freeverse Announces the Fairy Trails App: Augmented Reality Game on the App Store
BROOKLYN, NY – September 28, 2009 – Freeverse today announced the Fairy Trails App, a beautiful augmented reality game for iPhone and iPod touch, leveraging the latest technology in iPhone OS 3.1 including camera and compass access.
Shake the device to power the detector and then scan your surroundings for magical creatures. Fairy Trails uses the camera and compass of iPhone 3GS to merge the real world and game world in spectacular ways. For iPod touch users, a stunning forest setting is rendered for the fairies to inhabit.
Simply tap the fairies, fireflies and butterflies to collect them in your jars. The more fairies you capture, the more power you’ll have to detect the special quicker fairies!
Ian Lynch Smith, president of Freeverse said, “The iPhone’s ability to allow us to merge 3D game elements with real world, real time environments, opens up tremendous possibilities for new games and apps. We’re really excited about this new technology and have just begun to scratch the surface of its potential.”
Fairy Trails is tailored to provide a compelling gaming experience on iPhone and iPod touch models.
• iPhone 3GS – Full AR and range of motion using compass-based movement
• iPhone, iPhone 3G and all iPod touch models with 3.1 – Full accelerometer-based vertical movement
• All iPhone models running iPhone OS 3.1 – Full camera support
Freeverse strives to develop and publish seamless software, with a particular concentration on the Mac and iPhone platforms. Our developed and published titles have been honored with more Apple Design Awards than any other company. Freeverse is at the forefront of creating compelling, cutting edge games.