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Almost Every Child Play Video Games

The survey, released Tuesday, combined the telephone responses from a nationally representative sample of 1,102 young people, ages 12 to 17, and their parents. Performed from November 2007 through …
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GameStop Seeks “Ultimate Guitar Hero” – National Contest to Give Star Power to the Players

GRAPEVINE, Texas—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Can you rock out like Aerosmith or Pat Benatar? Are you a master of Star Power? Does your family jam with the best of them? If so, forget American Idol, Making the Band and America’s Got Talent, GameStop (NYSE:GME), the world’s largest video game and entertainment software retailer, today announced its Ultimate Guitar Hero Contest in search of the best video game rockers.

From now until October 10, 2008, Guitar Hero fans are encouraged to visit www.GameStop.com/UltimateGuitarHero to submit a photo and a brief description (300 words or less) of why they should be crowned champion. Held in anticipation of the Guitar Hero®: World Tour release by Activision on October 26, 2008, GameStop is looking to identify the Ultimate Guitar Heroes in each of following three categories:

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Popcorn Arcade Hits 40% market share of the European value priced Wii Games

Stourbridge, England, 15th September 2008. Data Design Interactive – a successful video games publisher and games developer are bucking the trend in the gaming industry. Most of their competitors are suffering in the worldwide credit crunch and as a result are either merging with others companies, downsizing or closing studios. By comparison over the last twelve months DDI has seen their company grow from strength to strength, resulting in an increase in staff, moving into a bigger studio premises in Stourbridge, UK and the opening of their Florida development studio in the United States.

12 months ago DDI launched their Popcorn Arcade range of Wii titles aimed at a family market for casual and social games. The Popcorn Arcade brand has been hugely successful, with sales worth 30 million Euros. DDI had more Wii titles ready last Xmas than EA, Ubisoft or other companies a thousand times bigger than themselves and their hard work and marketing strategy has enabled them to grab their targeted 40% market share of the European value priced Wii market.

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Super Smash Brothers Melee College Class

You read that right! Oberlin school of Art in Ohio offers a one hour course in Smash Brothers Melee Theory and practice. Check out the course description below.

Super Smash …
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Princess Debut Goes Gold

LET OUT YOUR INNER PRINCESS – NATSUME’S MAGICAL PRINCESS DEBUT FOR
NINTENDO DS GOES GOLD

Due Out At The End of This Month, Natsume’s Brand New IP Lets Girls
Step into the Shoes of a Princess

Burlingame, Calif., September 9, 2008 – Natsume, a worldwide developer
and publisher of family-oriented video games, announced today that
Princess Debut for the Nintendo DS has gone to gold master. Scheduled
to ship at the end of this month, Princess Debut is the perfect video
game for any young girl who dreams of becoming a fairy tale princess!

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Infogrames Entertainment and Namco Bandai Games Europe to establish a Strategic Partnership

Partnership expected to provide Namco Bandai with a global distribution network and substantially increase distribution revenues of Infogrames

Lyon, France, September 9, 2008

Infogrames Entertainment (“Infogrames”) and Namco Bandai Games Europe S.A.S. (“Namco Bandai”) today announced that they have signed a binding letter of intent establishing a strategic partnership between Infogrames and Namco Bandai. Under the terms of the agreement, Namco Bandai would acquire a 34% stake in Infogrames’ European and Asian distribution operations, with the remaining stake being retained by Infogrames.

Under the terms of the transaction, Infogrames has agreed to regroup its distribution operations into a standalone entity with exclusive physical packaged-goods distribution rights for video games produced by Namco Bandai and Infogrames within Infogrames’ European and Asian territories. Infogrames would continue to invest in, develop and publish interactive video games in a packaged format or online as one of its core activities. The newly formed entity will benefit from the extensive distribution network of Infogrames, with global reach and localized presence, while filling its pipeline from the entire range of products created by Namco Bandai and Infogrames, as well as other publishers.

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MAJESCO ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES ‘MATH BLASTER IN THE PRIME ADVENTURE’ FOR NINTENDO DS

Award-Winning PC Series Blasts Its Way To Handheld This Fall!

EDISON, N.J., September 8, 2008 – Majesco Entertainment Company (NASDAQ: COOL), an innovative provider of video games for the …
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Popcorn Arcade Presents Pig Trotters and Bacon Races in… Farmyard Party – featuring the Olympigs

Stourbridge, England, 8th September 2008. Data Design Interactive – a successful video games publisher and games developer are pleased to unveil their latest game to be released on their dedicated Nintendo Wii label Popcorn Arcade; Farmyard Party – featuring the Olympigs.

Farmyard Party: Featuring the Olympigs brings farmyard fun to the Nintendo Wii. The game has eight Olympig events which are divided into four categories: all-round, speed, power, and skill. Game modes include a marathon challenge, party modes themed around event styles, single event fun and some hilarious bonus games.

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Nintendo at AARP’s Annual Life@50+ Expo Event – photos

Brenda Stells of Berwyn, PA, watches as her friend Kathleen Marshall of Wyndmoor, PA, bowls a strike at Wii Sports: bowling at AARP’s annual Life@50+ Expo event at Washington, D.C.’s …
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The Wizard of the Wii: CMU grad’s ‘tinkering’ leads to innovator award
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The Wizard of the Wii: CMU grad’s ‘tinkering’ leads to innovator award

Based on such creations, Technology Review 2008 named Dr. Lee as one of the world’s top 35 innovators under the age of 35. The review lauds his …
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DOORS OPEN FOR PAX 2008 TOMORROW

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SEATTLE – August 28, 2008 – The organizers of the fifth annual Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) today sent a reminder that this year’s gaming festival will begin later this week. …
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PBS and MIT: 8 Myths Of Gaming

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1. The availability of video games has led to an epidemic of youth violence. 2. Scientific evidence links violent game play with youth aggression. 3. Children are the primary market …
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Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness Now Available for DS

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GRAB YOUR SEEDS, YOUR WATERING CAN, AND YOUR DS!

HARVEST MOON: ISLAND OF HAPPINESS FOR NINTENDO DS NOW AVAILABLE!

New Handheld Harvest Moon Adventure Kicks Off The 10-Year Anniversary
Celebration For The Ever-Popular Harvest Moon Franchise!

Burlingame, Calif., August 26, 2008 – Natsume, a worldwide developer
and publisher of family-oriented video games, announced today that
Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness for the Nintendo DS has officially
shipped, marking Natsume’s ten year commemorative anniversary
celebration for the popular Harvest Moon series. Harvest Moon: Island
of Happiness is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB and will retail for
$29.99.

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WII-KLY UPDATE: ONE WIIWARE GAME AND TWO VIRTUAL CONSOLE GAMES ADDED TO WII SHOP CHANNEL

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Aug. 25, 2008

Hollywood packs its share of excitement, but video games can deliver just as many mind-blowing thrills as the biggest summer blockbuster. For proof, look no further than …
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Leipzig 2009 Dated

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“The GC – Games Convention will be back in Leipzig again in 2009”, as Wolfgang Marzin, CEO at the Leipziger Messe GmbH, has announced on the last day of Europe’s biggest games fair. “The industry and visitors are giving us their clear support to continue with the fair in Leipzig.” He named 19 to 23 August 2009 as the dates for the next GC – Games Convention.

In a representative survey carried out by the Leipzig Institut für Marktforschung, the vast majority from the games industry and of visitors voted to keep the GC – Games Convention at its traditional venue in Leipzig. To the question “Do you think there should be a GC in Leipzig in 2009?”, only ten per cent of exhibitors answered “no”. And out of the 14.600 trade visitors at the GC – Games Convention, only 13.2 per cent responded with “no”. *

Private visitors voted with a clear “yes”, with more than a third of them having travelled over 300 kilometres to be here: 82.1 per cent of them want a GC 2009 in Leipzig. “It’s a clear picture”, is how Messe boss Marzin described the outcome.

City Mayor Promises the Industry his Full Support

Burkhard Jung, mayor of Leipzig City, was pleased with the clear vote of confidence from the industry. “Anyone who has experienced the enthusiastic mood in the exhibition halls over the last seven years knows: this fair belongs in Leipzig.” Jung, who is also chairman of the board at Leipziger Messe GmbH, assured the games industry of his full support for the future. For example, four new hotels with 1,500 beds were to be built and would also be available in future for other trade show events. “The fairs and conferences in Leipzig are becoming increasingly international and attract more and more visitors. We’re pleased with this development. I completely agree with the governor of the Free State of Saxony, Stanislaw Tillich, that we will do everything to help this new cultural sector and the GC – Games Convention to achieve further success.”

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The Big Five!!! Top 5 games of this year, world wide

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I thought that this info was good enought to make it in the big five. The NPD Group, GfK Chart-Track Limited and Enterbrain, have come together to put together the top five sale games of this year, so far. Three Nintendo only games out of five makes up for not having the number one spot, in my opinion. Check after the jump for the press relase.

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Successful Start to the GC – Games Convention 2008

Europe’s biggest computer and video games fair, the GC – Games Convention in Leipzig, began today with crowds of visitors. 38,000 game fans (2007: 35,000) flocked to the Leipzig Exhibition …
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