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IGDA Leadership Forum October 27-28 2011, Los Angeles Press Release

Sep. 20, 2011; By Charles Rector

October 27th & 28th, 2011Sheraton Gateway Hotel, LAX6101 W. Century BoulevardLos Angeles, CA 90045 Friend on FacebookFollow on TwitterForward to a FriendREGISTERABOUTSCHEDULESPEAKERSSPONSORTRAVELPRESSGOLD SPONSORS A limited block of rooms have been set aside for IGDA Leadership Forum attendees. Reservations may be called in through Central Reservations in the Continental U.S. and Canada at 1-800-325-3535. Calls outside the U.S....

Play Station Network Press Release

Sep. 20, 2011; By Charles Rector

On September 15, 2011, Sony Network Entertainment America Inc. ("SNEA") will transfer its online services operations, including your wallet and the funds in it, to Sony Network Entertainment International LLC ("SNEI"). The first time you sign in to your PlayStation®Network account on or after September 15, 2011, you will be asked to enter into a new Terms of Service and User Agreement ("TOS") and Privacy Policy with SNEI if you wish to...

Reed Hastings Apologia to Netflix Customers

Sep. 20, 2011; By Charles Rector

 I messed up. I owe you an explanation.It is clear from the feedback over the past two months that many members felt we lacked respect and humility in the way we announced the separation of DVD and streaming and the price changes. That was certainly not our intent, and I offer my sincere apology. Let me explain what we are doing.For the past five years, my greatest fear at Netflix has been that we wouldn't make the leap from success in DVDs...

Jason of Star Command's Sid Haig to Attend Blue Water Film Festival

Sep. 20, 2011; By Charles Rector

***For Immediate Release***      We are delighted to announce that Sid Haig will be attending the U.S. red carpet premiere of one of his latest films, Mimesis, at the Blue Water Film Festival in Port Huron, Michigan.     Mimesis, co-written and directed by Douglas Schulze and starring Courtney Gains (Children of the Corn, The 'Burbs), Allen Maldonado (Midnight Meat Train, Live Free or Die...

Exit Games Photon 3 Game Engine Press Release

Sep. 20, 2011; By Charles Rector

Exit Games Unveils Photon 3 - The Network Engine for AAA Studios andIndiesThe Leading Network Engine For Unity, iOS, Android, Windows Phone 7,HTML5, Flash, Silverlight and More Is Now Available With New UpgradesAnd FeaturesPortland, OR and Hamburg, Germany - September 19, 2011 -Exit Games today announced that its market leading network enginePhoton has been upgraded to version 3 and will be released and madeavailable with immediate effect. The...

F1 2011 Now in Stores

Sep. 20, 2011; By Charles Rector

F1 2011(tm) In Stores Now!F1 2011, the official game of the 2011 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLDCHAMPIONSHIP(tm) and sequel to the BAFTA award-winning F1 2010(tm) racesoff the starting grid with new circuits, split-screen and co-opchampionship modes, all the cars and stars from the 2011 season, alongwith the much-anticipated debut of the safety car. the driver, live the life - go compete...

The Space Review August 29th, 2011

Sep. 4, 2011; By Charles Rector

Welcome to this week's issue of The Space Review:Resilient, disaggregated, and mixed constellations---US military space programs are facing a vicious cycle of cost, complexity, and requirements that is no longer sustainable.  Thomas Taverney proposes that large, exquisite systems should be replaced by constellations that mix big spacecraft with smaller, less expensive ones. about a lack of...

Dark Orbit: Great Pirate Hunt

Sep. 3, 2011; By Charles Rector

Great pirate hunt & new missions: Aug. 29 to Sept. 9Greetings We've pushed the pirates back to their sectors and rid our star system of this menace. Now it's time to launch a massive counter attack! Give 'em hell: Start the assault from August 29 to September 9, 2011 and pulverize the scum!Explosive fireworks eventSuit up for the pirate hunt and earn new titles for yourself, your company and your clan!Brand-new permanent pirate questThe...

Sylien Games Newsletter September 2, 2011

Sep. 3, 2011; By Charles Rector

SYLIEN GAMES NEWSLETTER September 2nd 2011     UPDATE PART 1: FORUM AND WEB INTERFACEIts finally ready, after many delays, and some actual blood... and some amounts of sweat, we are ready to launch the next major update of the game. Now before you all become slack-jawed, let me tell you that this is a two-parter. The first part involves only the social and game infrastructure, not the game itself. We take care of the game in part...

Bodycount in Stores Press Release

Sep. 3, 2011; By Charles Rector

Go ballistic with Bodycount - in stores now!Go ballistic with the arcade shooter that will make you fall in lovewith firepower! This is the gun centrefold you've been waiting for...Buy It Now At GameStopGUN > Deploy delicious, powerful, super-charged guns designed to blastyour enemies off their feet and put a smile on your face. Fromsilky-smooth silenced pistols to death delivering boom-sticks, there's aweapon for every gamer.BULLET >...

Longer Form Response to the West Memphis 3 Case Travesty

Aug. 28, 2011; By Charles Rector

Here is a longer, more detailed and link rich post from Merrin at the West Memphis 3 Hoax Forum at:,10428.0.html?PHPSESSID=cf8f9de341e176478c5d068d65723847       The official statement of Mr. Todd Moore, father of victim Michael Moore:,10443.0.htmlProfessional crime profiler Patricia Brown's (http://www...

Bodycount Demo Available for Downloading

Aug. 26, 2011; By Charles Rector

Download the Bodycount Demo now!Bodycount - Demo Out Now the Bodycount Demo now!Grab your pad and prepare for gun ecstasy! The Bodycount demo throws youinto the chaos of warzones with a mandate for destruction and equippedwith a selection of weapons guaranteed to put a smile on your face.Unleash the pain with the relentless G35 SMG, blow your enemies offtheir feet...

Bodycount Newsletter Premiere Issue

Aug. 26, 2011; By Charles Rector

Welcome to the first Bodycount newsletter!In the darkest depths of Guildford in the UK, a crack team of coders,artists, designers and testers are working on Codemasters' next FPSgame, Bodycount. If you don't know much about the game then get readyfor an all-out info-assault on your senses. Bodycount is gun ecstasy - acolourful arcade shooter, packing intense firefights, shreddableenvironments and a mouth-watering arsenal of super-charged...

August 30, 2011: Short Horror Films at Viscera Film Festival

Aug. 26, 2011; By Charles Rector

Short Horror Films from Viscera Film Festival14 horror short films from female filmmakers The International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival and Midnite Movie Mamacita present a collection of short horror films from Viscera Film Festival.Click here for $8 tickets Tuesday, August 30th at 7pmHarkins Scottsdale 101This collection of 14 films is a special showcase featuring films from the archives of the Viscera Film Festival. The festival...

F1 Online: The Game Set to Launch in Early 2012

Aug. 26, 2011; By Charles Rector

F1 Online: The Game(tm) set to launch early 2012Recently, Codemasters® announced that F1 ONLINE: THE GAME, afree-to-play browser game will be launching in early 2012.F1 ONLINE: THE GAME : will give you the chanceto be the driver and the team boss in a game that combines intuitivetop-down racing gameplay with a rewarding management game as you createand manage your own team.Race with your favourite team in online...

Short Form Response to West Memphis 3 Case Travesty

Aug. 21, 2011; By Charles Rector

Here is a post by a guy named Merrin at that is informative and leads readers to learn more about the West Memphis 3 case that has been resolved in a most shameful way by the so-called justice system:     I think it would be useful to have all the factual links collected in one place, so that we can give them out easily. Here is a collection:

The Dark Knight Movie Review Rough Draft

Aug. 16, 2011; By Charles Rector

Following is a movie review rough draft that quite obviously will need to be revamped before it is posted as a fully done movie review:     The Dark Knight is the single most misreviewed movie of this year (2008) thus far. All too many movie reviewers are pandering to what they believe their readers want to hear, rather than what they actually believe. As a result, what is actually a movie with a confusing plot and a tendency towards...

F1 2011 Premiere Newsletter

Aug. 16, 2011; By Charles Rector

First Gameplay Video for F1 2011(tm) Launches!---------------------------------------------------------------------- CharlesWelcome to our first newsletter for F1 2011! In this debut instalmentwe're excited to be able to tell you about our recently released firstgameplay video for the game, along with showing...

PlayStation Network/Qriocity Press Release

Aug. 16, 2011; By Charles Rector

==================================================================PlayStation(R)Network and Qriocity(TM)==================================================================We are writing to provide you with notice of changes to the Sony Network Entertainment America Inc. ("SNEA") Terms of Service and User Agreement, which will be effective August 9, 2011, and Privacy Policy, which will be effective August 11, 2011. Please click...

Movie Review Rough Draft: The New Girl (2003 DTV)

Aug. 8, 2011; By Charles Rector

  Espionage and fashion modeling have long been subjects for movies. However, its rare that both of these glamorous occupations would play equally important roles in the same movie. This is what makes the strangely fascinating made for TV movie The New Girl unique. This is one flick with no-talent actors and actresses, but an original story even if it is rather flaky. The movie opens in an unnamed Midwestern town where this blond chick...

Movie Review Rough Draft: The Ruins (2008)

Aug. 8, 2011; By Charles Rector

  Following is a rough draft of a movie review that will be revised and posted in October:   Scott Smith is both an up and coming author and filmmaker. His novels are landmarks in the development of contemporary American fiction. The film versions of his works are also very good. The 1998 film adaptation of his novel A Simple Plan is generally regarded as one of the single greatest crime dramas of the last few decades. Naturally,...

Movie Review Rough Draft: The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

Aug. 8, 2011; By Charles Rector

  This is a rough draft of a review that will be posted in final form in Sept. along with a review of Fast Five.     Of all the movies that constitute the Fast and the Furious series, the third installment entitled “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” is the single best one. Whether or not that is much in the line of praise is squarely in the eye of the beholder. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift opens with a...

Web-Grognards Added to OMGN Resources Directory

Jul. 23, 2011; By Charles Rector

Web-Grognards at  is a leading website covering the world of wargames, of all varieties.  This includes computer/internet games.  Given its centrality to the wargaming scene, it has been added to the OMGN Resources Directory.

X-Men: First Class (2011) Movie Review Rough Draft

Jul. 22, 2011; By Charles Rector

Please comment on the following.  A revised version of this review will run on FlickZone at when the DVD comes out.   X-Men: First Class is an attempt to resuscitate the fortunes of the sagging X-Men movie franchise.  However, instead of adding a new sequel to the series, the producers decided to instead create a new series of X-Men flicks.  In other words, X-Men: First Class is really a...

Scorching Shrapnel Games Summer Sale

Jul. 22, 2011; By Charles Rector

From the folks at Shrapnel Games :     Eight Games For Eight DaysScorching Shrapnel Games Summer Sale Starts Now!Eight days that will shake the world! Join Shrapnel Games as weunleash a very special summer sale, a sale designed to free you fromthe confines of your false reality! Pierce the veil and bathe in thewombs of the eight worlds before you. Spit upon the mundane, bind themonotonous, and lust for that...

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