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Hello Kitty Online Founder’s Beta Announced!

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Heads up people! The cutest MMORPG, Hello Kitty Online has a huge update. "The Founder’s Beta" has been announced. This allows those who haven’t joined in yet on the closed beta to grab a chance to try the game. Hurry up and scuttle over to their site to grab one of the limited 20,000 founder accounts.

Below is a quote from their press release:

Hong Kong – September 12, 2008: Sanrio Digital (www.sanriodigital.com) announced today that Hello Kitty Online will begin an exclusive Founders’ Beta on October 8, 2008. The Founders’ Beta will allow a limited number of users to play the official Hello Kitty MMORPG ahead of launch while receiving Founder benefits and participating in special in-game events. Hello Kitty Online (www.hellokittyonline.com) is a free-to-play Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) based on Sanrio’s famous characters. The game transports players into the cute and cuddly world of Sanrio Land, where players will meet and interact with over a hundred Sanrio characters, including Hello Kitty, Badtz-Maru, Keroppi, Dear Daniel, My Melody, Pochacco, Cinnamoroll, and many others.

Hello Kitty Online boasts several new additions and improvements since the Closed Beta version, and the Founder’s Beta will feature a new game client with an improved interface, improved graphics and special effects, new monsters, new maps, new items, and the opening of London and Paris. The Founders’ Beta will also introduce gameplay changes such as new skills, new pet systems and team-play oriented enhancements.

20,000 Founder accounts will be issued on a first-come first-served basis. Players who wish to become Hello Kitty Online Founders are required to sign up on SanrioTown (www.SanrioTown.com) and use the SanrioTown email system to send a blank message to hkofounder@hellokitty.com. Only emails originating from SanrioTown will qualify.

Hello Kitty Online is fully integrated with SanrioTown (www.sanriotown.com) and offers several features of the popular community site, including:

- Fully developed email system available in-game

- Players can create, post and view blogs from inside the game

- Upload, share and view videos in-game

- Social networking options - Multiplayer mini games with ranking system

Sources:

Hello Kitty Online Official Site

SanrioTown Community

Sanrio Digital

Gaming Endurance Enhancement Pills

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

As if people weren’t playing long enough.  Japan is known for releasing some pretty radical and sometimes very innovative stuff.  This time, the land of the rising sun is bringing us “Game Suppli”, a new supplement designed to prolong the endurance of the most fanatic video game players. 

According to their site’s advertisement, “We concentrated on developing a supplement for those who love games.”  Apart from the pill, the site sells a variety of items for gamers.

The pills come in two forms: blueberry tablets that help those tired gamer’s eyes and transparent capsules containing Docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, a fatty acid that supposedly enhances concentration.

While the drug isn’t certified to work as advertised, the prospects of video game dopers isn’t one I am a fan of.  If you need to drink something like this to keep playing it just means you are playing too much. 

[Source: Reuters]

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Sonic Unleashed Will Go Back To Its Roots

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

Lets face it, Sonic’s entry into the 3D realm has been pretty much rubbish.  It’s only reasonable that when the trailer of Sonic Unleashed was released, it had a number of people (including me) feel rather skeptical about the game.

Thankfully, the people behind this game is hell bent into not making the same mistake twice.  According to Yoshihisa Hashimoto, the game’s lead designer, the game has been developed from scratch, and will not follow the past few Sonic games.  He said:

As a development team, we originally started off this project planning to create Sonic Adventure 3″, Hashimoto revealed to the magazine. “In our minds, this game will have more in common with the older Sonic Adventure series. It has no relation to Sonic the Hedgehog [on PS3/Xbox 360] or Sonic and the Secret Rings.

Now that is one less thing to worry about.  All we can do is wait and play the game.

[Source: CVG]

 

Singing To Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Singing can be a very fun-filled activity particularly if you know the lyrics.  Well this isn’t the real lyrics but it at least sounds correct. 

Sing with me now!

 

See more funny videos at CollegeHumor

 

 

U.K. and Video Game Industry Not Going Well

Monday, March 31st, 2008

It seems that U.K.’s rather tight grasp on local video game companies is starting to backfire.  Companies once stationed in Britain are now starting to move to Canada bringing with them billions of dollars of potential revenue.

“The Canadians have driven a tank over the French Citroen and have now parked on our lawn,” Paul Jackson, head of the industry organization representing British games studios said to the Financial Times.  “It is becoming very challenging to keep core development studios here.”

U.K. is not letting this go unabated.  The U.K. Ministry of Culture, Media and Sport has now initiated an investigation of Canada’s trade practices via the European Commission.

According to the commission, “the U.K. government is concerned that state aid offered to computer games companies by a number of federal institutions in Canada may not be compatible with World Trade Organization principles.”

Working against them is Canada’s very forgiving tax system.   Companies there can write off a whopping 45% of labor costs at Manitoba, while Quebec and Ontario give up to 37.5% and 30% respectively.  A bit hard to beat when you consider Britain does not give tax credit for labor expenses.  Instead, investors can get a 30% refund totaling to a maximum of $60,000 for new media ventures.

[Source:  The Vancouver Sun]

Free Guitar Faceplate For Guitar Hero III Wii Owners

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

When EA screwed up, they gave away free games.  To say that Activision screwed up the Wii version of Guitar Hero III is pretty accurate, so what are they doing?  They are giving away freebies of course!  Don’t expect a game though, all they are giving away is a Guitar Hero guitar controller faceplate.

The faceplate also comes with a nice love letter from RedOctane and Activision.  Here’s how it looks like:

If you are one of those waiting for a replacement CD, should you be happy with it?  You should.  It means Activision hasn’t forgotten you.  The fact that this was not publicly announced gives a little more credibility to their sincerity.  Maybe they really are sorry.

 

Do You Know What’s in the EULA?

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Let me ask you a question, do you know what a EULA is and have you ever read through the many EULAs you had to agree to?  If you don’t know what a EULA is, it stands for End-User License Agreement.  It’s those long contracts you have to agree to before you can install or use software and chances are, you never read one to the end.

I wouldn’t blame you though, I don’t read most of them either.  Somehow, I’m beginning to think that they were written that long so that you can miss some important and rather alarming provisions; provisions that curtail consumer rights.

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Sonic Unleashed Gameplay Video

Monday, March 24th, 2008

I have always loved Sonic.  I would even dare say that I like him better than a certain mustached Italian plumber.  However, despite my fanboyism, the last Sonic games released in recent times have been complete disappointments to me. 

Finally, Sega may have seen the light, and returned the side of Sonic we all came to love.  Here is some footage from the game:

 

A Musical Barrage of Gunfire

Monday, March 17th, 2008

There is nothing better than waking up to such a beautifully made video.  Created from the various gun sounds found in Call of Duty 4 and spliced meticulously together by serpento99, the video has gained instant popularity garnering an impressive 17,000 views in its first day at Youtube.  Within a week, the video got 168,000 views and 800 subscriptions. 

It’s not surprising such a video has gained so much fame.  The editing was top-notch, and I couldn’t imagine the amount of time it took to make such a wonderful video.  Best of all, the beat is catchy and I love how the different guns sounded as percussion instruments.

If you liked it that much, a high quality version is available for download.  For the password, enter “serpentoisthebest” without the quotation marks.  An mp3 version is also available so you can take the soundtrack along in your portable mp3 player.

 

Gibson and Activision Entering Legal Battle Over Guitar Hero

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

Let the lawsuits fly!

Last January, Gibson Guitar Inc., a leading guitar manufacturer, issued a letter to Activision Inc. stating that their Guitar Hero video games infringe on one of Gibson’s many patents. 

According to Gibson, the games which make players press buttons on a guitar-shaped controller in sync with notes on a TV screen violates a patent filed in 1999.  The patent in question shows how to combine a musical instrument, 3D headset with stereo speakers and a pre-recorded concert to simulate a live musical performance.  Because of this, Gibson is now demanding that Activision should obtain a license from them.

Activision isn’t taking chances.  Yesterday, they filed a lawsuit requesting the U.S. District Court for Central California to declare Gibson’s patent invalid and to prevent it from seeking damages.  A copy of the letter sent by Gibson has been included in Activision’s lawsuit.

In a comment from Activision’s general counsel, George Rose, Activision isn’t doing this out of spite.  According to him, “Gibson is a good partner, and we have a great deal of respect for them. We disagree with the applicability of their patent and would like a legal determination on this.” 

Activision maintains that its games did not infringe on Gibson’s patent.  In addition to that, they claim that by waiting for three years before raising its claim, Gibson had granted an implied license for the technology.

[Source: Reuters]