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  • HybridPlay Blends Video Games with the Great Outdoors

    Parents and teachers everywhere can rejoice; HYBRIDPLAY has developed a new video game system that blends two seemingly opposite entities: the alluring fun of technology and the great outdoors. A specialized wireless sensor,  along with an app, changes ordinary playground equipment, such as swings, seesaws, or slides, into video game controllers that will get kids of all ages and abilities outside and moving.  Twenty prototypes have already been created and tested extensively with thousands of children. The creators are now in the final steps of its creation.  HYBRIDPLAY needs at least $80,000 by November 28, 2014, so it can improve game design and development thereby creating a device that meets its full potential. HYBRIDPLAY will be compatible not only with Android and iOS smartphones and tablets via Bluetooth, but also with Google-ware devices. In the future, iPhone watch compatibility is also planned.

    “Too many kids nowadays are no longer playing outdoors,” said a HYBRIDPLAY representative. “They are inside playing games on phones and tablets. Video games are a fun and enriching tool, but with HYBRIDPLAY, we can go a step further and make games not only mentally challenging, but physically engaging as well.”  It is also designed to encourage social interaction, verbal communication, and peer collaboration.

    So, how does it work? Simply clip the wireless sensor to a chosen piece of playground equipment. It works with static elements such as slides or even equipment that rotates on an axis like seesaws and swings. Next, start the app. Then play. Yes, it’s really that easy. The playground equipment becomes the game’s controller. The actions that the users make on the playground, directly affect what happens in the game, thereby integrating the real world with the virtual world like never before. The customizable, weather-resistant HYBRIDPLAY also fulfills the requirements of Design for All (DfA) which means that it is designed to be used by all people— kids, adults and seniors— regardless of ability. As an added bonus, HYBRIDPLAY is an open project. It uses Gamesonomy so kids, parents and educators can code their own games for personal or educational use.

     

    13 hours, 29 minutes ago by Patrick Wright to News

  • Amazon Video Game Countdown to Black Friday Deals Week Kicks Off (11/23 Update)!

    Countdown to Black Friday Deals

    Black Friday Video Game Deals have officially kicked off! Save on video games, electronics, and more as part of their hourly lightning deals and weekly specials.

    This morning, Amazon reloaded their Countdown to Black Friday Video Game Deals Store! Grab some pre-Black Friday / Cyber Monday / Cyber Week video game lightning and daily featured deal goodness on PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC, Xbox 360, PS3, PS Vita, 3DS and more.  Lightning deals include Shadow of Mordor on PS4 and Xbox One, as well as a cheap deal match on BestBuy's $24.99 PS4 game sale. 

    Current highlights include:

    Source:  Amazon Black Friday Video Game Deals 

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    Black Friday 2014 will be here soon, but we didn't want you to wait until the day after Thanksgiving to save on Black Friday deals, so we are counting down to Black Friday 2014 with exciting deals today, and tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day, and...you get the picture. Stop by each day through November 28 for early Black Friday deals, including sales on electronics, low prices on DVDs, magazine subscription specials, toy bargains, and fashionable deals on clothing, shoes, jewelry, and more. You'll find our best Black Friday deals, and Deal of the Day bargains you won't want to resist for holiday gifts.


    Something else to be excited about--at Amazon, Black Friday 2014 isn't just a day to us--it's a whole week! We'll kick off Black Friday Deals Week early Black Friday deals and sales all day, every day that week, including Black Friday, with those big after-Thanksgiving sales you've been waiting for. Trust us, if you love a good deal, you won't want to miss it!
    To continue the excitement we have made Cyber Monday 2014 a whole week too! The first Monday after Thanksgiving we'll be kicking off Cyber Monday with a week's worth of cyber deals on December 1, just in time for you to get back to work after Thanksgiving ... and shop online. Shhh ... we won't tell your boss! You'll find more great deals every day during Cyber Monday Deals Week.

     

    13 hours, 34 minutes ago by Patrick Wright to News
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  • Black Friday Video Game Deals: Amazon PS4 Xbox One Deals for 11/22!

    Countdown to Black Friday Deals

    Black Friday Video Game Deals have officially kicked off! Save on video games, electronics, and more as part of their hourly lightning deals and weekly specials.

    This morning, Amazon reloaded their Countdown to Black Friday Video Game Deals Store! Grab some pre-Black Friday / Cyber Monday / Cyber Week video game lightning and daily featured deal goodness on PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC, Xbox 360, PS3, PS Vita, 3DS and more.  Lightning deals include Shadow of Mordor on PS4 and Xbox One, as well as a cheap deal match on BestBuy's $24.99 PS4 game sale. 

    In addition to the hourly Lightning Deals set to kick off through Saturday, enjoy the new Black Friday video game deals recently added!

    Current highlights include:

    Source:  Amazon Black Friday Video Game Deals 

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    Black Friday 2014 will be here soon, but we didn't want you to wait until the day after Thanksgiving to save on Black Friday deals, so we are counting down to Black Friday 2014 with exciting deals today, and tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day, and...you get the picture. Stop by each day through November 28 for early Black Friday deals, including sales on electronics, low prices on DVDs, magazine subscription specials, toy bargains, and fashionable deals on clothing, shoes, jewelry, and more. You'll find our best Black Friday deals, and Deal of the Day bargains you won't want to resist for holiday gifts.


    Something else to be excited about--at Amazon, Black Friday 2014 isn't just a day to us--it's a whole week! We'll kick off Black Friday Deals Week early Black Friday deals and sales all day, every day that week, including Black Friday, with those big after-Thanksgiving sales you've been waiting for. Trust us, if you love a good deal, you won't want to miss it!
    To continue the excitement we have made Cyber Monday 2014 a whole week too! The first Monday after Thanksgiving we'll be kicking off Cyber Monday with a week's worth of cyber deals on December 1, just in time for you to get back to work after Thanksgiving ... and shop online. Shhh ... we won't tell your boss! You'll find more great deals every day during Cyber Monday Deals Week.

     

    11-22-2014, 7:40 AM by Patrick Wright to News
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  • Watch Dogs Launches on Wii U!

    Today, Ubisoft® announced that top-selling new franchise Watch Dogs® is now available for Wii U™ across retailers in North America for $59.99. Watch Dogs is rated M for Mature. Watch Dogs will take advantage of Wii U with a detailed and interactive map of Chicago to be displayed on the Wii U GamePad. The game also features off-TV play, letting gamers continue playing Watch Dogs solely on the GamePad.

    The development of Watch Dogs for Wii U is being led by Ubisoft Bucharest in collaboration with Ubisoft Montreal. Watch Dogs is currently available for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC. Watch Dogs tells the story of Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker whose criminal past led to a violent family tragedy. Now on the hunt for those who hurt his family, players will be able to monitor and hack their enemies by manipulating everything connected to the city’s Central Operating System (ctOS). Watch Dogs lets the player use Chicago as their ultimate weapon and exact their own style of revenge.

     

    11-22-2014, 7:35 AM by Patrick Wright to News
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  • Amazon Black Friday Video Game Lightning Deals Streaming, Feature $29.96 PS4 Xbox One Games!

    Black Friday video game deals are live and streaming on the Friday before Black Friday.  Make sure to check the LIVE Amazon Lightning deals on video games!  Currently featuring PS4 and Xbox One games!

    Highlights include The Evil Within, NBA 2K15, Watchdogs and more for $29.96!

    Source:  Amazon Black Friday Deals Week

     

    About Evil Within:

    Developed by Shinji Mikami -- creator of the seminal Resident Evil series -- and the talented team at Tango Gameworks™, The Evil Within™ embodies the meaning of pure survival horror. Experience a disturbing reality as you try to break free from warped machinations that could only exist in the most horrifying worlds. Face twisted creatures and experience true terror, all heightened by cutting edge lighting and animation made possible by a customized version of the id Tech 5 engine. While investigating the scene of a gruesome mass murder, Detective Sebastian Castellanos and his partners encounter a mysterious and powerful force. After seeing the slaughter of fellow officers, Sebastian is ambushed and knocked unconscious. When he awakens, he finds himself in a deranged world where hideous creatures wander among the dead. Facing unimaginable terror, and fighting for survival, Sebastian embarks on a frightening journey to unravel what’s behind this evil force.

    Amazon Black Friday:

    Black Friday Deals Week is here!  Say goodbye to waiting in line and say hello to Black Friday 2014 deals all week!

    Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect jacket, or a new TV, don’t miss out on our hottest deals and discounts each day this week. Keep checking back to see what new sales, coupons, and promotions we’ll have every day, as often as every 10 minutes. Find the best Black Friday deals, including toy bargains, magazine subscription specials, low prices on DVDs, and fashionable deals on jewelry, shoes, clothing, and more. With Black Friday 2014 just around the corner, we couldn’t wait to share the savings with you! From stocking stuffers like classic watches and enticing fragrances to the newest tablets and mobile devices, you won’t want to miss our after-Thanksgiving sales. Easily find something for everyone on your list this year with our wide selection of Black Friday deals, including electronics, toys, kitchen tools, pet supplies, and more. And don’t forget to get a little something for yourself--it’s that time of year to indulge and finally buy that coveted item on your wish list.

    Black Friday deals are just the beginning--we’ll have more deals coming your way with our Cyber Monday specials, great Lightning Deals, and Gold Box savings. With so many deals at your fingertips, and our famous shipping options, you can shop online all night long--all week even--without having to wait in the lines. Trust us, if you love a good deal, you won't want to miss it!  What are you waiting for? Dive into major savings with Black Friday deals every day this week with Amazon.com, and cross everyone off your holiday shopping list today.

    11-21-2014, 4:49 PM by Patrick Wright to News
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  • Alphadia Genesis Releases on Wii U eShop

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    Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer and publisher of family-oriented video games, today launches their first title for the Nintendo Wii U, Alphadia Genesis. The first game in the classic Alphadia series to hit consoles in North America, the game is rated E10+ by the ESRB, is available exclusively on the Wii U eShop. Alphadia, Year 1092: Fifteen years have passed since the end of the terrible Energi Wars, where clones were used as weapons. Two kingdoms, after nearly destroying each other and the natural resources of Energi, signed an important peace treaty, and have been co-operative neighbors ever since: Augustine and Archleign, where the story of Alphadia Genesis begins.

    "We are excited to be launching our first Wii U title, and are especially excited that it's a JRPG,” said Hiro Maekawa, President and CEO at Natsume. "We hope veteran fans who loved the classic gameplay style and storytelling of Mystic Chronicles and End of Serenity as well as new fans will love Alphadia Genesis!"

    Join Fray, Aurra, Enah, Corone, Walter, and Grande as they work together – somewhat unwillingly – to discover the mystery behind clones who have begun murdering their masters! It hasn’t been very long since the end of the war where clones were used and nearly destroyed the planet – have the kingdoms of Archleign and Augustine not yet learned the terrible lessons of war?

     

    11-21-2014, 9:13 AM by Patrick Wright to News
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  • Walmart Pre-Black Friday 2014 LIVE, Features PS4 Console Deal and Cheap Games!

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    Walmart Pre-Black Friday 2014 LIVE, Video Game Deal Highlights!

    The Walmart Black Friday sale is live now!  New Black Friday sales will run daily through next week and 24/7 online at Walmart.com. They are featuring many Black Friday deals on video games for PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, 3DS, Xbox 360, PS3, and more.  Grab the PS4 console with bonus $50 gift card for $399.99.  Other notable items on sale include select PS4 and Xbox One games for $29.99 including Madden NFL 15.  The recently released Skylanders Trap Team Starter Kits are available for $37.  The Evil Within on PS4 and Xbox One is discounted to $30.  The Emerson 40 Inch HDTV is slashed to $115. 

    Free shipping on orders over $50, or select 'in store pickup' to secure the deal and save on shipping.

    Source:  Walmart Pre-Black Friday Sale icon

     

    11-21-2014, 8:55 AM by Patrick Wright to News
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  • Gamefly Top Queued Games for the Week: 11/20/2014 Edition!

    Gamefly Top Queued!

    For the week ending November 16, 2014, this weeks release highlight, Call of Duty Advanced Warfare, remains at the top of the cross-platform Gamefly 'Most Queued' list. Following closely behind as well is Far Cry 4 in the second overall spot.  Far Cry 4 has a scheduled release date of November 18, 2014.  Additional highlights include Grand Theft Auto V and Assassin's Creed Unity are also gaining popularity. 

    The weekly GameFly Top 10 Most Popular is the leading source of online video game rental data and the only Top 10 list that features what gamers actually want to play. The GameFly Top 10 Most Popular list reflects gamers' requests from more than 7,000 titles for the PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, PSP, PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, and Game Boy Advance consoles and handhelds.

    Queue up the complete Gamefly Top 10 most requested lists:

    Most Popular Games Cross-Platform:

    1. Call of Duty Advanced Warfare
    2. Far Cry 4
    3. Assassin's Creed Unity
    4. GTA V
    5. Dragon Age Inquisition
    6. Middle Earth Shadow of Mordor
    7. Assassin's Creed Rogue
    8. The Evil Within
    9. Destiny
    10. LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

    About:

    Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC will feature a range of major visual and technical upgrades to make Los Santos and Blaine County more immersive than ever. In addition to increased draw distances and higher resolution, players can expect a range of additions and improvements including: new weapons, vehicles and activities, additional wildlife, denser traffic, new foliage system, enhanced damage and weather effects, and much more. Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC will also feature enhanced radio selections with over 100 additional new songs and new DJ mixes from returning DJs across the game’s 17 radio stations.

    Enhancements to Grand Theft Auto Online include an increased player count, with online play now for up to 30 players on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. All existing gameplay upgrades and Rockstar-created content released since the launch of Grand Theft Auto Online will also be available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC with much more to come. The current community of Grand Theft Auto Online PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 players will have the ability to transfer their Grand Theft Auto Online characters and progression to their choice of PlayStation 4, Xbox One or PC.

     

    11-20-2014, 6:55 AM by Patrick Wright to News
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  • BestBuy Black Friday 2014: 6 Days, 6 Deals Highlights!

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    Beats by Dr. Dre - Beats Solo HD On-Ear Headphones - Drenched in Red - AngleMicrosoft - Special Edition Camouflage Wireless Controller for Xbox 360 - Camouflage - Larger FrontUltimate Ears - BOOM Wireless Bluetooth Speaker - Indigo/Black - Larger FrontiHome - AirPlay Speaker System for Apple® iPod®, iPhone® and iPad® - Black - Larger Front

     

    BestBuy Black Friday 2014:  6 Days, 6 Deals!

    Today, BestBuy has kicked off their Black Friday 6 days with 6 deals promotion on their website.  Score some Black Friday goodness now, while shopping online without the crowds!  Cheap sale options include Xbox 360 controllers for $36.99, Skylanders Trap Team Starter Packs for $49.99 ($25 off), iPod Touch 64GB for $249.99, Beats by Dre Solo HD headphones for $99.99, iHome AirPlay Speaker for $49.99 (Save $250), Westinghouse 40" HDTV for $199.99, Asus Laptop for $249.99 (Save $100) plus much more! 

    Source:  BestBuy 6 Days 6 Deals icon

     

    About:

    The 2014 Black Friday sale is the best way to save on the gifts they really want and kick off the holidays right. On November 28, 2014, our Thanksgiving doorbusters and deals on TVs, laptops, appliances, cameras, video games and more will be ready for holiday shoppers. Come in to get your hands on all the must-have electronics, gadgets, and gifts at the best prices of the year. Black Friday deals and sale pricing on cell phones, tablets, and laptops make it easier to stay connected to friends and family during the holiday season, while great deals on appliances and home theater products will make your home the ideal holiday destination. Find all the movies, music, giftcards and accessories for everyone on your list, and capture the magic of the season on a digital camera or camcorder.  There's no place like Best Buy for incredible Black Friday savings; and the Best Buy deals for Black Friday 2014 will blow you away. Find Black Friday savings and doorbusters starting November 27 at BestBuy.com, and on November 28 in our Best Buy stores nationwide. Whether you enjoy the excitement of a busy Black Friday sale at your local store, or you prefer to shop from the comfort of your home at BestBuy.com, you'll be sure to find great deals on the items you want.

     

    11-20-2014, 6:38 AM by Patrick Wright to News
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  • Immersed Virtual Reality Conference Kicks Off November 23rd

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    Organized by The Immersive Technology Alliance,  Immersed features two days of sessions led by leaders in virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and 3D. Taking place at 99 Sudbury in Toronto, Ontario on Sunday, November 23rd to Monday, November 24th, full registration includes sessions, meals, and priority exhibit access. Free public exhibition runs 2:00PM to 5:30PM on Sunday. Pre-Register to ensure access! "Immersed is Canada's premiere gathering of creative and technology VR and immersive minds. Geneva Film Co. is very excited about bringing ideas and creativity to the next immersive platform - 360 3D. If you are inspired by technology, you have to be there," said James Stewart, CEO of Geneva Film Company.
     
    Jaunt and New Deal Studios will showcase the cutting edge of storytelling with Jaunt's 360-degree, stereoscopic cinematic VR capture and display technology. Viewers will be "inside" the action with "The Mission," a WWII rescue mission film directed by Matthew Gratzner, complete with Tanks, pyrotechnics, firefights and close combat; "Black Mass," a horror vignette from Gregory Plotkin, Director of the Paranormal Activity movie; and "Kaiju Fury," from Ian Hunter, featuring a massive scale city torn to shreds by rampaging Kaiju. New Deal Studios' work is also seen in the "Interstellar" movie. "Immersed is going to be a great opportunity to see and try the latest VR technologies. With immersiveness plus 3D plus interactivity, VR movies shall be a lot more enjoyable and will be a fast growing medium in the next 10 years. We shall demonstrate our Z6X3D, the smallest and most powerful VR video system available for production houses to make their own 6K stereoscopic 3D content in 360-degree format. Future-proofing VR film making is an affordable option, and you will see it at Immersed," said KC Lai, CEO of iZugar Studio.
     
    Speakers include John Gaeta (The Matrix Trilogy Academy Award winner, Lucasfilm), Mary Spio (Next Galaxy), Ian Hunter (New Deal Studios), Neil Trevett (The Khronos Group, Nvidia), Scott Broock (Jaunt), Habib Zargarpour (Microsoft Studios), Gord Harris (Christie Digital), David Nalasco (AMD), James Milward (Secret Location), Ana Serrano (Canadian Film Centre Media Lab), Ray Sharma (XMG Studio), and more. Media, investment community, and the world's leading experts will be at Immersed. All the tools needed to firm up a career or business with immersive content or technology will be present.

     

    11-19-2014, 2:52 PM by Patrick Wright to News
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