E3 2014 – Microsoft Xbox Media Briefing Highlights

Category : Conventions, E-vents, E3, Featured, Game On, Xbox, Xbox One

To watch all the trailers and gameplay footage for the titles announced during the Microsoft Xbox Media Briefing, check out the YouTube playlist we’ve cultivated.

Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, opened the briefing, promising to devote the briefing entirely to games. To start things off, Spencer announced a partnership between Activision and Sledgehammer Games for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, While not an exclusive title, Xbox players will have first access to add-on content. Look for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to be released November 4, 2014.

Dan Greenawalt from Turn 10 Studios took the stage to reveal the Nürburgring track will be available in Forza 5, available for download starting today…and it’s FREE. Ralph Fulton from Playground Games took the stage to share Forza: Horizon 2 with a bigger and more diverse inventory of cars. will have dedicated servers for instantaneous connectivity and the ability for players to create their own clubs. Forza: Horizon 2 will be available September 30, 2014.

2K Games and Turtle Rock Games announced Evolve with Xbox exclusive Beta access and DLC. Players will have the opportunity to select from four of classes, including: Assault, Trapper, Medic, Support; or, choose to play as the monster.

Vincent Pontbriand, Senior Producer at Ubisoft introduced Assassin’s Creed: Unity. The newest title in the franchise will be set in 18th century Paris, France during the French Revolution. Assassin’s Creed: Unity will allow players to join up to 3 friends to create their own brotherhood.

Electronic Arts (EA) & BioWare announce premiere content available first on Xbox One for Dragon Age: Inquisition which is set for release October 7, 2014.

Ted Price of Insomniac Games shows off Sunset Overdrive, an open-world survival game with off the wall action and comic sensibilities. In addition to the single player campaign, chaos squad mode allows 8-player co-op on dedicated servers. October 28, 2014 exclusively on Xbox One.

Capcom announces Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper EX plus αPlayers will be able to cosplay as their favorite Capcom characters with super moves, power-ups, bonus stages and a co-op mode to allow up to 4-players. Available now on Xbox Live.

Alex Rigopulos, Founder & CEO at Harmonix gave us a look at Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved for Xbox One and Xbox 360. Available October 21, 2014. Gamers play as the sorcerer’s apprentice and remix music as the core game mechanic, combining music and magic.

Also coming as a Xbox One exclusive this fall is Dance Central: Spotlight which will be available as a download only title in September 2014.

David Eckelberry, Game Director at Lionhead Studios introduces the next title in the Fable franchise, Fable: Legends, exclusive to Xbox. Players choose to be the hero or the villain.

Project Spark is back on Xbox and PC. The tool which allows players to create their own games, as well as play games created by other players. Boasting over 1,000,000 creators, multiplayer and co-op functionality, now with tools to create galaxy landscapes.

Exclusive to Xbox One is Ori and the Blind Forest from Moon Studios, available in Fall 2014.

Bonnie Ross, Studio Head, and Dan Ayoub, Executive Producer, of 343 Industries  appeared to introduce Halo:  The Master Chief Collection. Available November 11, 2014, the entire Halo franchise unlocked will be available exclusively on Xbox One to play Master Chief’s entire history however players want, including over 100 multiplayer maps, all running on their original engines at 1080p ,60 frames per seconds on dedicated servers. Halo 2: Anniversary Edition is coming for Xbox One, including the original Halo 2 multiplayer and 6 of the Halo 2 maps optimized for the Xbox One. Halo: Nightfall, the live-action digital series, produced in collaboration with Executive Producer, Ridley Scott will be included with Halo: The Master Chief Collection, to lead up to Halo 5: Guardians. Further, Halo: The Master Chief Collection will include beta access to Halo 5: Guardians starting December 2014.

And now a look into the future…to be released 2015 and beyond:

Playdead, the developer behind LIMBO, presents INSIDE which will debut on Xbox in 2015.

Chris Charla, Director of the ID @ Xbox program takes the stage to talk about indie titles coming to the Xbox, including: Forced from BetaDwarf Entertainment, Knight Squad from Chainsawesome Games, White Night from Osome Studio, Spectra from Gateway Interactive, CUPHEAD from StudioMDHR, Dive Kick from Iron Galaxy, Below from Capy Games, Grave from Broken Window Studios, Woolfe from Grin, Source from Fenix Fire Entertainment, FRU from Through Games, Lifeless Planet from Stage 2 Studios, and many more!

We get the world premiere trailer for Rise of the Tomb Raider, scheduled for release in the holiday 2015.

CD Project RED shows off gameplay of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, scheduled for release February 24, 2015.

Ken Lobb, Creative Director of Microsoft Studios announces their re-boot of Phantom Dust, exclusive on Xbox One.

Ryan Barnard, Game Director at Massive Games introduces gameplay from Tom Clancy’s The Division with new content available first on Xbox One. Look for The Division to be released in 2015.

Hideki Kamiya, Game Director at PlatinumGames, Inc. gives us a peek at Scalebound, to be available exclusively on the Xbox One.

David Jones, Co-Founder of CloudGine reveals Crackdown, exclusively for Xbox One with dedicated servers on Xbox Live.

E3 2014 – Electronic Arts (EA) Keynote Highlights

Category : Conventions, E-vents, E3, Featured, Game On, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox, Xbox One

To watch all the trailers and gameplay footage for the titles announced during the EA Keynote, check out the YouTube playlist we have cultivated.

DICE Studios opens the show with a look at the behind the scenes effort put into their Star Wars: Battlefront to be released Spring 2015.

Andrew Wilson, CEO of Electronic Arts (EA) to state the company’s commitment to players, games and innovation. Then, introduces a look at Dragon Age: Inquisition. Aaryn Flynn offers a deeper look at the game and the team of heroes who will become your companions in game.

BioWare offers a preliminary look at what they are working on – the next title in the Mass Effect franchise, as well as a new intellectual property (IP).

Sims 4 will allow players to control the personality and emotions of their characters, expanding the story possibilities. Players can bring characters and items created by other players into your game. Sims 4 will be available September 4, 2014.

Brian Hayes, the Creative Director at EA Sports announces EA Sports UFC where players will be able to fight as Bruce Lee, available June 17, 2014.

Dean Richards, Studio General Manager, announces EA Sports NHL 15. NHL 15 add physics to all players, as well as the puck and includes more detailed arenas.

Patrick Soderlund, EVP at EA Studios, introduces a sneak peek at the new intellectual property (IP) from Criterion Games. Criterion steps away from their well-established background in racing games to develop a new title. The development team was heavily influenced by first-person action videos, in the style of GoPro, being uploaded to YouTube.

Cam Weber, Studio Group General Manager for EA Sports Golf, announces EA Sports PGA Tour being developed using Frostbite 3. Play famous courses or explore extreme courses starting Spring 2015.

Madden NFL 15 includes improvements to the defensive strategy, including more defensive camera angles, more control to push opponents and re-designed tackling. Additional emotional reactions. Madden NFL 15 launches August 26, 2014.

Dawngate promises to build on the traditional Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) structure with a “flexible meta” to provide a truly unique gameplay experience in every game, highly influenced by player feedback.

DICE shares the work they are putting into Mirror’s Edge, including working with parkour artists, an open-world design which appeals to new and skilled players and realistic combat interaction.

David Rutter, Executive Producer for EA Sports FIFA. EA Sports FIFA 15 includes emotional responses for players, a new ball physics system, man-to-man battles and a more immersive arena experience. FIFA 15 will be released Fall 2014.

DICE & Visceral Games announce Battlefield: Hardline. Battlefield: Hardline offers a 32-player multiplayer match in heist for a cops versus robbers gameplay experience. The Battlefield: Hardline beta access is available now on PC and PS4. Go to Battlefield.com to register for access. Adam Boyes from Sony Computer Entertainment announces that PS4 gamers who own Battlefield 4 can download the beta directly from the Battlefield 4 tile.

E3 2012 – EA Keynote Highlights


Category : Conventions, E-vents, E3, Featured, Game On, iOS, PC, PS3, Xbox

Graphic courtesy of Electronic Arts Electronic Arts (EA) takes the opportunity at their E3 2012 Keynote to highlight a few of their biggest hits. The publisher also reveals some of their goals for gaming development, including extended the gaming experience through more closely knit social interaction, more intuitive gameplay and digital downloads.

EA and Visceral Entertainment present Dead Space 3. This horror, action-adventure game is back and more thrilling than ever! It features, for the first time in the franchise, co-op gameplay. Rife with new environments, new characters and bigger baddies, Dead Space 3 promises more heart-pounding action, coming in February 2013.

For the sports fans, Madden NFL 13 looks to enhance the franchise with more authentic gameplay. The improved Infinity physics engine creates more realistic play by taking into account physicality, action and balance. The Connected Careers function allows for a more immersive experience with an engaging story mode that creates a whole world, even a virtual Twitter feed to provide fan reactions. Step onto the field August 28, 2012.

Just when your Sim was getting a little bored, EA announces a new Sim City for PC. With even more interactivity and larger global challenges, the world-building game is bigger than ever before. Scheduled for release in 2013.

To date, Battlefield 3 has 50 million players worldwide. EA is out to prove they are a premier digital entertainment company and DICE is on hand to assist in reaching that goal. Battlefield 3 Premium is a new rewards program exclusive to Battlefield 3 players. The program offers new skins, dog tags, weapons, server priority and more! The biggest benefit is access to 5 massive digital expansion packs, each focusing on different warfare tactics. Premier membership is available now $49.99 and members will receive early access to the first DLC pack, “Close Quarters.”

BioWare is celebrating the huge success of Star Wars: The Old Republic. They are not resting on their laurels, though. Adding more PvP action, nightmare difficulty mode, more companion characters, new level caps and abilities, and a new planet with a new storyline, BioWare is serious about expanding the game so many love and bringing in new players. In July 2012, Star Wars: The Old Republic will go free-to-play up to level 15 for new players!

Medal of Honor: Warfighter goes global with their story and ties the game to real world events. Now, players will be able to choose to become one of the 12 different Tier 1 operators from 10 different countries. Serve your country October 23, 2012.

Another big focus for EA this year is to connect every game you play across every platform you play it on. Nowhere is the push towards this goal greater than in the EA Sports franchises, with FIFA 13 and Madden NFL 13 offering more interconnectivity than previously seen. I shared a bit about Madden NFL 13 earlier, so let us take a look at FIFA 13.

FIFA’s Football Social Network connects millions of fans to the sport, their friends and their clubs. To date, 11 million people make up the FIFA club. All returning 2012 players will carry their XP to FIFA 13 and will receive a special bonus in club. In 2012, iPAD, iPhone & Android users will be connected to club. The iPhone App will be re-tooled to provide greater functionality. Gameplay innovation unlike previous years. Leonard Messi is the cover player for FIFA 13 and a huge inspiration to gameplay with his dynamic dribble moves and attacking possibilities. Players can expect gameplay innovation unlike previous years, with a smarter AI system, player impact engine and greater control.

It is no doubt EA’s commitment to sports fans that prompted the mult-year partnership with UFC. UFC has a large, rabid fan base. The ink is still wet on this deal, so there is no news about a new game, but UFC fans can rest assured there will be a future for their sports on consoles.

Perhaps you are a racing fan. Not to worry, EA has not forgotten you. 2012 sees the next iteration in the hugely popular Need for Speed franchise, with Need for Speed: Most Wanted. The team at Criterion Games put their heads together to craft a game to allow the player to feel the rush of a driver on the run. This year, Need for Speed gets more competitive by making everything a challenge worth XP. Sexier cars, faster chases and more social connectivity. Get ready to put your skills to the test October 30, 2012.

Bringing back their award-winning development talent, Crytek pushes the boundaries of shooter sandbox gaming with the return of Crysis. Crysis 3 promises new tech, more powerful weapons and engaging story-telling to rival the 2 previous games. Don your nanosuit and prepare to take back the city February 2013.

EA is one of the biggest video game publishers in the world. The games featured at their EA keynote represent only a small number of their blockbuster titles. The publisher has many more upcoming titles, so stay tuned for updates.

Leave us a comment below to tell us what titles you cannot wait to play!

Good To Be A Gamer Podcast, Episode 122 – Week of 04/09/2012


Category : Featured, Good To Be A Gamer

Recorded 04/16/2012

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Good To Be A Gamer – At the Con: PAX East 2012
Geek Moms Podcast #19 – PAX East & Plague Town Author Dana Fredsti [Geek Mom]

Good To Be A Gamer on EVO TV!
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Guild Wars 2 Beta Keys
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BioWare Delivers Intense PvP Action with New Free-to-Play Online Game Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes [EA]

Dark Souls PC to Use Games for Windows Live [Inquisitr]

Game of Thrones Delayed, but Here’s a New Trailer to Tide You Over [QuickJump]

US Government Looking to Track Suspects via Game Consoles [Gamasutra]

Halo 4 Gameplay: “Master Chief can Parkour with the Best of Them [Official Xbox Magazine]

Hitman: Absolution Joins the List of Games Screwing You Over With Pre-order Weapons [Kotaku]

Sony to Cut TV Production by 40%, 10,000 Jobs to Go [TechRadar]


Eidos: New IP Isn’t Crucial as Games Get Sophisticated [Destructoid]

Interview: GoG Speak Their Brains on All Things “G” [Rock Paper Shotgun]


Boston Comic Con
Hynes Convention Center – Boston, MA
April 21-22, 2012


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At the Con Podcast: PAX East 2012


Category : Conventions, E-vents, Featured, Game On, Good To Be A Gamer, Guest Appearances, iOS, Mac, Nintendo, PAX East, PC, Product Announcements, PS3, Wii, Xbox

Recorded 04/08/2012



Jessa Phillips and David Lucier are together at last! Recording in the same room for this epic podcast episode, they are joined by special guest, Kat Lucier to talk about all the video games, cosplay, panels and more from on-site at PAX East 2012.

This episode is particularly lengthy and jam packed with goodness. For the ease and convenience of our listeners, we have included time stamps below for the topics we discussed.

In the interest of full disclosure, this episode contains adult language.

00:23 – Introductions
01:39 – General Impressions

10:40 – Lollipop Chainsaw
12:04 – Aliens: Colonial Marines
13:44 – Jack Lumber (Indie)
16:25 – Go Home Dinosaurs (Indie)
17:56 – Retrograde (Indie)
22:06 – Theatrythm: Final Fantasy
24:39 – Spelltower (Indie)
29:59 – Snapshot (Indie)
32:45 – Primal Carnage (Indie)
36:31 – Super Time Force (Indie)
40:06 – Vessel (Indie)
41:08 – Game Minder App
43:38 – Could Summer Become the Season for Indie Games?
48:34 – Kickstarter
49:01 – Miskatonic School for Girls
51:18 – Scallops
52:56 – Cards Against Humanity
53:53 – Win, Lose or Banana
54:21 – The Secret World
57:39 – Mark of the Ninja
1:01:10 – Firefall
1:07:14 – Far Cry 3
1:09:29 – Miniature Paint n’ Take

1:13:55 – The Entertainment Consumers’ Association (ECA)

1:15:08 – Cosplay
Portal 2 Atlas & P-Body [Kotaku]


1:19:16 – Selecting Save on the Games We Make
1:21:11 – How to Make an Arcade Stick
1:21:22 – XY: Transgender Issues in Gaming
1:21:45 – Chris Avellone of Obsidian talks Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2
1:24:50 – Balancing Gameplay & Plot
1:28:36 – Future of Dungeons & Dragons
1:31:51 – Stuff Your Criticism, I Want a Review
1:42:30 – Education & Gaming
1:46:00 – Future of Online Gaming
1:54:19 – DLC: Continuing the Story
1:56:48 – Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker
1:58:09 – Epic Games
1:58:58 – Legal Issues in Gaming
2:01:44 – Omegathon: Just Dance 2

2:05:02 – Final Thoughts

Good To Be A Gamer Podcast, Episode 119 – Week of 03/18/2012

Category : Featured, Good To Be A Gamer

Episode 119 – Week of 03/18/12 through 03/24/12

Recorded 03/25/2012


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Prey 2 canceled (rumor)

Socom dev to be shut down? (rumor)

EA Shuts Down Game Servers [EA]

Silicon Knights resurrect “most requested” IP

Epic Mikey 2 Promises to Build A Better Mouse [1UP]
Announcement Trailer -http://youtu.be/p6ymMqNzTZk
Nicole Wakelin “Total Fan Girl” Reviews Disney Epic Mikey -http://www.goodtobeageek.com/?p=507

GameStop Goes Big on Mobile with New Business Unit, BuyMyTronics Acquisition [Gamasutra]

Playing Dead with Telltale Games & The Walking Dead Game Available for Pre-Order [Telltale Games]

When ex-BioWare Devs Make Their Own Strategy RPG [Gamasutra]

BioWare done with Dragon Age II [Destructoid]

Darksiders II to be Wii U Lanch Title, Adds Enhanced Controls [Digital Spy]

Adventure Time Game in Works at WayForward [GameSpot]

PSA: Hunger Games: Girl On Fire Out Today [Joystiq]

Video Games Live “Off The Grid” Tour – Coming To a Small Town Near You [Video Games Live]

The Witness – Latest work in progress from Braid designer Jonathan Blow
Zynga’s CEO on Leadership, Startups & Mobile Gaming [GigaOM]
Get a Tattoo or Mohawk from Ubisoft at PAX East [Destructoid]

Mass Effect 3 ending explained (by a fan) (SPOILERS!!)

Bioware responds to ME3 outcry


PAX East
BCEC – Boston, MA
April 4-8, 2012

Questions? Comments? We want to hear from you! Feel free to post a comment on the podcast entry athttp://www.goodtobeageek.com, or email us at gamer@goodtobeageek.com. You can also email David at dlucier[at]goodtobeageek.com, email Jessa at jphillips[at]goodtobeageek.com.
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Good To Be A Gamer, Episode 114 – Week of 02/05/2012


Category : Good To Be A Gamer

Recorded 2/12/2012


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Dreamcast the Movie: Casting Eternal Champions

DICE 2012: Is the Publising Model Broken? [GamaSutra]
Halo Dev: Don’t Block Used Games With Xbox 720: Lower Prices Instead [Official Xbox Magazine]

Image Metrics Unreils Live Driver [Animation Magazine]

Gamebase to Unveil Gambryo 4.0 at GDC 2012 [Gamers Hell]

Double Fine Adventure Exceeds Funding Expectations [Kickstarter]

Notch offers to fund Psychonauts 2 [Pcworld]

Fighting Fantasy coming to iOS [Digital Spy]
IndieCade 2012 Accepting Submissions [IndieCade]

Dragon Age: Redemption Hits DVDs on February 14th [Joystiq]

Forget Used Games; Some New Game Sales Don’t Support Their Creators [1UP]

Battleship: The Video Game Trailer [IGN Entertainment]

Minecraft: Day One Live Action Web Series Project

Total Confusion
Holiday Inn – Mansfield, MA
February 23 – 26, 2012

Independent Games Festival
San Francisco, CA
March 5-9, 2012
Public can now vote for the 2012 Audience Award winner!

PAX East
April 4-8, 2012

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Special thanks to Sterling for the use of his music in the podcast. Be sure to check out hisMagnatune profile pageto learn more about him and discover more of his music.

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Good To Be A Gamer, Episode 102 – Week of 10/31/2011


Category : Good To Be A Gamer

David Lucier joins Jessa Phillips to bring you the top news and upcoming events from the video game industry. They are feeding your need to know and delivering their take on the the week’s top stories. Get your video game fix every week.



DC Universe Online draws 120,000 new players since Free-to-play launch [Game Spy]


Modern Warfare 3 Updates Wrap-Up
- PC Version will not ship with Call of Duty Elite Access [IGN]

- Modern Warfare 3 Online Multiplayer looks to be the best of both games [Xbox 360 Magazine]

- Activision Won’t Ban Gamer with Early Copies of Modern Warfare 3 [Joystiq]


Mass Effect 3 Beta Leaked on Xbox Live [IGN]


Grand Theft Auto V Trailer Released [Game Rant]


Resident Evil Chronicles HD Selection Bound for PS3 [Adriasang]


PSN Limiting the Amount of Active Devices for Content Sharing [G4TV]



To the Moon

Star Legends

Burn the City
Android Market – https://market.android.com/details?id=com.JoshOClock.BurnTheCity
App Store – http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/burn-the-city/id444525916?mt=8



PAX East 2012 – April 6-8, 2012
Boston, MA

Carnage Con 2012 – November 4-6, 2011
Fairlee, VT

Temple Con 2012 – February 3-6, 2012
Warwick, RI

Total Confusion 2012 – February 23-26, 2012
Mansfield, MA



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Mass Effect Anime Movie Coming in 2012

Category : Anime, Entertain Me, Game On, Movies

I firmly believe the storytelling and art design of some of my favorite games would make compelling films. More and more, video games are being adapted for film. Some of the best examples are the anime features. Joining titles such as Final Fantasy and Halo Legends is Mass Effect.

Courtesy of BioWare

BioWare, a division of Electronic Arts, Inc. has teamed up with FUNimation Entertainment and T.O Productions, Inc. to bring the acclaimed video game to home video. With an expansive universe and intrguing story, a movie is a natural medium to expand the Mass Effect franchise. “Partnering with FUNimation ensures that we will bring this rich universe to life with the utmost quality and the same attention to detail that the Mass Effect games are known for,” Casey Hudson, executive producer for the Mass Effect franchise is quoted. FUNimation Entertainment is already in bed with BioWare working on the Dragon Age movie currently in production.

The anime production of Mass Effect is already underway and the completed project is expected for digital distribution and home video sale for summer 2012. In addition to the anime film, BioWare is hard at work on the release of Mass Effect 3, perhaps the most anticipated video game of the year.

Read the complete press release at Business Wire: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20110407005391/en/EA-FUNimation-Entertainment-Announce-Mass-Effect-Anime

2010 Spike Video Game Awards – Live Blog


Category : E-vents, Entertain Me, Game On, PC, Product Announcements, PS3, Spike Video Game Awards, Television, Xbox

The 2010 Spike Video Game Awards opened with a musical number to introduce Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), this year’s host. When Harris took the stage, he quickly dispatched the tuxedo wearing chorus boys with his “firearms.”

Game of the Year Nominee Announcement – Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Game Trailer – Batman: Arkham City, to be released Fall 2011.

Olivia Munn (The Daily Show, Attack of the Show) presented the award for Studio of the Year to BioWare. The other nominees included Blizzard Entertainment, Bungee Studios, Rockstar San Diego.

Bethesda Game Studio presented the preview trailer and announced Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will be available 11/11/2011.

Game Trailer – Mortal Kombat Playstation 3 Exclusive – Playable Kratos from God of War.

Actor and Comedian, Dane Cook (My Best Friend’s Girl, Good Luck Chuck) presented Character of the Year Nominee – Ezio of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood.

Another Character of the Year Nominee is revealed – Kratos of God of War 3

AnnaLynne McCord (90210, Nip/Tuck) presented a sneak peak at the preview trailer for Thor: God of Thunder, to be released 5/3/2011.

Chris Hemsworth (Thor) presented the award for Best Action Adventure Game to Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. The other nominees included God of War 3, Red Dead Redemption & Super Mario Galaxy 2.

Denise Richards (Blue Mountain State, The World Is Not Enough, Wild Things) introduced My Chemical Romance for a performance of their song Get Up and Go from Gran Turismo 5.

Jason Ritter (The Ev3nt) presented Game of the Year Nominee Mass Effect 2. Following the performance was a preview trailer for Mass Effect 3, scheduled for release Holiday 2011.

Danny DeVito, Charlie Day, Kaitlin Olson, Glen Howerton, & Rob McElhenney (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) presented the award for Best Shooter to Call of Duty: Black Ops. The other nominees included Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Halo: Reach & BioShock 2.

After Olivia Munn goes off on Neil Patrick Harris, explaining why she deserved to host the Video Game Awards, Harris presented the game trailer for Resistance 3, to be released 9/6/2011.

Dane Cook returned to present another Character of the Year Nominee – John Marston of Red Dead Redemption.

Nick Swardson (Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time, Reno 911!) presented Game of the Year Nominee God of War 3.

Another Character of the Year Nominee was revealed – Sgt. Frank Woods of Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Rachel Bilson (Jumper, The O.C.) presented the award for Best Performance by a Human Male to Neil Patrick Harris as Peter Parker/Amazing Spider-man (Spider-man: Shattered Dimensions). The other nominees included Gary Oldman as Sgt. Reznov (Call of Duty: Black Ops), Daniel Craig as James Bond (007: Bloodstone), John Cleese as Jasper (Fable III), Martin Sheen as Illusive Man (Mass Effect 2), Nathan Fillion as Sgt. Edward Buck (Halo: Reach), Rob , Sam Worthington as Alex Mason (Call of Duty: Black Ops) & Rob Wiethoff as John Martson (Red Dead Redemption).

Tony Hawk presented the debut trailer for Prototype 2, to be released in 2012.

Director and Producer, Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Pan’s Labyrinth) made an appearance to announce that he is teaming up with THQ & Volition to develop his own game, InSANE.

He also presented the award for Best Independent Game to Limbo. The other nominees included Joe Danger, Super Meat Boy & The Misadventures of P. B. Winterbottom.

The cast of The Deadliest Warrior presented the award for Most Anticipated Game to Portal 2. The other nominees included Batman: Arkham City, BioShock: Infinite & Gears of War 3.

Michael Chiklis (No Ordinary Family, Fantastic Four) introduced Jose Gonzalez to perform his song Far Away from Red Dead Redemption.

Dominic Monaghan (Flash Forward, LOST, Lord of the Rings) introduced a clip from the guys at Top Gear US who presented a preview trailer for Forza Motorsport 4, to be released Fall 2011.

Nathan Fillion (Castle, Waitress, Firefly) made an appearance, accompanied by a live violin solo, to announce Game of the Year Nominee Halo: Reach.

Sam Trammell & Rutina Wesley (True Blood) presented the game trailer for SSX: Deadly Descents.

Character of the Year Winner is Sgt. Frank Woods of Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse, Tru Calling) presents the premiere trailer of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, to be released 11/1/2011.

Game of the Year goes to Red Dead Redemption.

* All game trailers provided courtesy of GameTrailers.com.

At the Con: E3 2010 – EA . . . Innovative and Online

Category : Conventions, E-vents, E3, Game On, PC, PS3, Xbox

Electronic Arts (EA) has long been one of the most popular and respected game publishers in the industry. With games to appeal to players of all genres, I am excited to see what we can expect from the company in the near future. Announcing 10 upcoming titles and a loyalty rewards club, EA has a bit of something to appeal to players of all genres.

The keynote opened strong with a frantic chase scene from the upcoming release, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. Craig Sullivan, Creative Director at Criterion Games appeared to highlight the latest game from the popular franchise. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit gives players the option to play as a career driver or a police officer in high speed car chases. Criterion Games has set out to push the franchise beyond the 2-player experience by incorporating online connectivity. Sullivan expounded on their mission, “we are setting out to re-imagine Need for Speed in a Criterion Games style for a connected generation.” The Autolog component to the racer allows players for compete and compare their results with connected friends. Watch the Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit trailer below and get ready to play “cops and robbers” on PC, PS3, Xbox 360 or Wii beginning November 16, 2010.

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John Riccitiello, CEO of EA, took the stage to announce the remaining 9 games set for the coming year, starting with Dead Space 2. Steve Papoutsis, Executive Producer at Visceral Games, boasted the unmitigated success of the Dead Space franchise with the original game, comic series, animated feature and Dead Space: Extraction. Followed by Rich Briggs, Producer on Dead Space 2, who took the stage to show off some gameplay. Dead Space 2 is set to bring back all the gruesome violence and tension-filled, creepy atmosphere that helped the original game capture the horror/thriller game genre. Battle the necromorphs on PC, PS3 or Xbox 360 on January 25, 2011.

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In some of the most anticipated news, EA Los Angeles and DICE teamed up for Medal of Honor. Sean Decker, General Manager of EA LA, presented the first person shooter which takes place in Afghanistan and provides a single-player experience, as well as online multiplayer gameplay. The muti-player game includes Team Assault mode, a death match mode where teams go head-to-head attempting be the first team to earn a set number of points. To show just how impressive the multiplayer game is, EA staged a live 24-person demo. Become a Tier 1 Operator when Medal of Honor launches on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on October 12, 2010. Pre-order the game now to gain access to the online multiplayer beta which goes live June 21, 2010.

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Katrina Strafford, Senior Director Online at EA, provided a break in the game announcements by presenting the Gun Club. Gun Club is a rewards program for loyal EA gamers and provides early access to news, events and beta gameplay, as well as weapon unlocks and special features. The first incentive is for Battlefield: Bad Company 2 VIPs who pre-order Medal of Honor. They will be rewarded with beta access to Medal of Honor beginning June 17, 2010.

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EA also likes sports to prove it, they are releasing EA Sports MMA. A game in development for two years that brings authentic details from the look of the athletes to their individual fighting styles. EA Sports MMA also works in the international aspects of the sport with different training facilities and cages, fighting styles and rules. Peter Moore, President of EA, touched on the integration of online connectivity stating, “where, as always, we’re providing deep innovation for the core, we’re also on new platforms with new experiences and we’re infusing online aggressively into everything that we do.” The EA Sports Live Broadcast functionality of EA Sports MMA is a perfect example of how online community is factoring into game-play. With EA Sports Live Broadcast, gamers create their own fighters and hype videos. The online community selects the fighters they want to see battle it out. The selected fighters meet in the cage, while the match is broadcast live online, via console and internet, with live commentary. Get ready to square off on PS3 and Xbox 360 on October 19, 2010.

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Looking to capitalize on the motion controller buzz, Andrew Wilson, Head of Development, took the stage to introduce EA SPORTS Active 2. Making the most of online functionality, wireless and biometrics with an included heart monitor, more than 70 exercises and the ability to track progress online, EA is doing their best to help keep gamers active. EA SPORTS Active 2 will launch November 16, 2010 on PS3, Wii and Xbox 360, with Kinect compatibility.

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Keeping with sports, Peter Moore was joined by Hall of Famer, Joe Montana to talk Madden NFL 11. Tying Joe Montana’s insight into the complexities of calling plays with the new features in Madden NFL 11, EA’s mission with this installment of the much beloved franchise was to create a game that was “Simpler. Quicker. Deeper.” To that end, EA created a game that cut the time to play a full game in half and gives gamers more control in calling and changing plays. They also included 3-on-3 co-op gameplay. Get in the huddle on PS2, PS3, PSP, Xbox 360 and Wii on August 10, 2010.

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This year Sims get free will. Rob Humble, Executive VP at EA Play Label introduced us to a wold of endless possibilities with Sims 3. Building on the fully immersive game, EA is taking it further with the ability to customize just about everything, from the look and personality traits of the Sims themselves to the design of their dream home. Sims 3 is available now for PC and will be available for Nintendo DS, PS3, Wii and Xbox 360 this fall.

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In a world on the brink of anihilation, you are the ultimate supersoldier struggling to save New York City from an alien invasion in Crysis 2. Cevat Yerli, Founder, CEO & President of Crytek brought an action-packed demo and announced the Holiday 2010 release on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360, including 3D versions.

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If you are looking for an over-the-top shooter, People Can Fly, part of Epic Games, would like to introduce Bulletstorm. A first-person shooter where players are rewarded for excessively violent and creative kills. Adrian Chmielarz, Creative Director at People Can Fly, Cliff Bleszinski, Design Director at Epic Games and Tanya Jessen, Producer at Epic Games presented a live demo that highlighted extravagant explosions, blood and foul language. This game is all about the havoc you can wreak. Why not earn points for the carnage you inflict? Look for Bulletstorm to blow up on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on February 22, 2011.

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Finally, to close out the keynote, Mary Bihr of Lucas Arts and Greg Zeschuk of BioWare brought the news every Star Wars fanboy (and girl) has been waiting for . . . a look at Star Wars: The Old Republic. The much anticipated massively multiplayer online game (MMO) touched most of the audience with a poignant and inspiring cinematic trailer titled “Hope”. In addition to the interactive game-play, allowing players to engage in player versus player battle using lightsabers and the power of The Force, each player will get their own starship. The starship will act as a home base, where players can interact with their companion characters and other players, or plan their next adventure. Watch the “Hope” trailer below and feel The Force.

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EA always promises innovation. With 10 upcoming releases, including games with 3D and motion control integration, they have lived up to expectation for the coming year. Integrating online connectivity and games to appeal to every kind of gamer is sure to entice more people to spark up their PCs and consoles. I’ll see you in game.