SDCC 2010 is coming

For those unaware, Comic-Con 2010 is about to arrive, each year the show packs endless interviews /panels and showings from the Comic / Animation / Film / Television industries and more. It’s a showcase for many fan related medias and we’re proud to be there again to dish the latest dirt.

Also it helps to shoot a ton of cool pictures for everyone to see. 😀

SDCC 2009 Gallery 1

SDCC 2009 Gallery 2

Just a taste of what was in store last year when time was a factor and I was running double time. This year should pack a different flavor with actual reports from what goes on over the course of the 5 day event (Wednesday – Sunday).

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THQ sale this week on Direct2Drive

Gaming is expensive for everyone, with the summer upon us and boredom reaching new highs for many THQ is here to save the day… kinda.

Using Direct2Drive through July 12 scores these deals for THQ products.

July 7th – 50% off all Company of Heroes games
July 8th – 75% off Supreme Commander Gold
July 9th – 75% off STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl
July 10th – 75% off Saint’s Row 2
July 11th – 75% off Frontlines: Fuel of War
July 12th – 50% off all Warhammer games

The list looks good and honestly I might get Saint’s Row 2 finally for that kind of a deal.

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Team Fortress 2 – Engineer Update

Sentry down! Building a Sentry! Teleporter up! Okay sorry, I am a bit of a fan of the Engineer in TF2, from the start of the game I loved jumping each team further into battle. This week Valve has announced that the beloved Engineer will get a class update including new maps, items and achievements.

For loyalists still working hard in the warzone, golden wrenches will be given out to players creating their arsenal in the field. Anyone cranking out a Dispenser, Teleporter or Sentry will have a chance to score one of these wrenches between now and Thursday.

For every 25th wrench awarded the folks at Valve will dish out a little extra information about the new update. Those who just want to watch the action can track the progress here. For more info about the update check the TF2 website.
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Xbox Live Summer of Arcade 2010

While I had a post on Hydro Thunder Hurricane earlier, I figured it makes sense to unleash the full fury to everyone. Welcome to the Xbox Live Summer of Arcade 2010! Pictures and more info follow after the jump.

Limbo – Playdead / Microsoft Game Studios – July 21 – 1200 Points

Experience the hauntingly beautiful world of
“Limbo,” and take a journey of exploration
with a boy uncertain of his sister’s fate. An
Independent Games Festival award-winning
title, “Limbo” is both hauntingly
beautiful and philosophically provocative.

Hydro Thunder Hurricane – Vector Unit / Microsoft Game Studios) – July 28 – 1200 Points

“Hydro Thunder Hurricane,” a full-featured
sequel to the longtime favorite arcade
racer, blasts rocket-powered water speed-
boats across dynamic water surfaces in
gorgeous interactive environments.

Castlevania: Harmony of Despair – Konami – August 4 – 1200 Points

Designed by Koji Igarashi, producer of the
legendary Castlevania series, “Castlevania:
Harmony of Despair” delivers loads of multi-
player gameplay and lets you stake it out 1:1
to see who’s the best vampire hunter.

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F1 2010 – Tracks and Cars Dev Diary

F1 2010 looks to be the latest introduction for the GRiD / DiRT engine that everyone has come to know. Packing the same design for driver development and story progression each player will control the fate of their racer and crew in the FIA F1 series.

The latest developer diary showcases the tracks and cars of F1 2010, most screens to this point have only shown 2009 cars on the tracks in-progress. Take a look and see what the minds behind Codemasters have been able to come up with.

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Netflix and Relativity Media bring First Run movies to the home

Netflix on-demand grows with each day, bringing movies to the fingertips of the masses at large. From classics to hit television shows and newer movies the catalog has a bit of something for everyone. Today Netflix brings news of a new change, a deal to bring first run movies from Relativity Media to netflix subscribers for the first time.

The first wave covered by the new agreement includes “The Fighter” with Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg and Amy Adams. The other is “Skyline” directed by the Brothers Strause. Unfortunately the release dates are still a bit off with both of them set to be ready in early 2011, “Season of the Witch” and “Movie 43” by Peter Farley are also on the list but those will arrive toward the end of the year.
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Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan simulcasts from Japan

Viz is bringing anime fans the action this summer, first announcing Bleach simulcasts from Japan and now the company is bringing Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan to the US hours after it airs.

For those unfamiliar with the series.

When night falls, the Yokai King will rise! Rikuo Nura is caught between two worlds, being three-quarters human and part yokai (supernatural demon). During the day, Rikuo’s an ordinary teenager, but at night when his yokai blood awakens, he transforms into the future leader of the Nura clan, with a hundred demons at his command!

Keep an eye out for the series on VIZanime.com
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Hydro Thunder Hurricane coming July 28

The gem of racing about a decade ago was Hydro Thunder, for the Dreamcast it was a next generation assault that had players in a wet world. The details and boats and multiplayer made it addictive for all to experience, today we get wind that the game will take a second wind for XBLA.

Hydro Thunder Hurricane is the first sequel, running on a new engine and graphics to make it a true successor while observing the features that made the original a success. Packing 8 tracks, single player modes, leaderboards and online support for 8, the potential of the new installment seems limitless. Coming in at 1200 Microsoft points the team hopes really capture the hearts of 360 owners in the Microsoft Summer of Arcade on July 28th.


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Def Jam Rapstar – You Don’t know rap challenge

With Def Jam Rapstar still months away, the crew wants everyone to keep the game fresh in the minds of everyone as E3 starts to fade away. The challenge has five levels and timed questions about rap history, lyrics, history, slang and more are all fair game. As players progress the game rises in difficulty to leave only the strongest standing.

Check out the minigame here – Def Jam Rapstar

Blacklight: Tango Down hits XBLA tomorrow!

July 7 marks the launch of the latest shooter from Ignition Entertainment, Blacklight: Tango Down. The shooter brings futuristic combat and incredible amounts of weapon combinations to players, all while maintaining a $15 package price. Those familiar with Unreal Tournament and the Modern Warfare series will find themselves at familiar with some aspects of the game. Combat is fast and frantic much like the Unreal series, the loadout and selections are structured like a MW game.

I was able to preview Tango Down quite a few times this year, the game has an addictive quality for a dedicated online shooter. The Hypervisor allows for quick targetting while on the run, balancing out with no ability to go on the offense while it is activated. Custom loadouts mean that anyone can develop the best kit for each map. Those on the fence that are familiar with UT and MW should have no problem jumping into the action and ranking up in the virtual virtual combat field.


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