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Pojo's Friday News Page
December 2nd - 2005

Pinnacle Entertainment Group to Produce WizKids RPGs, Scenario Books!

NOVEMBER 15th 2005 (Los Gatos, CA) – WizKids Inc., creators of the Constructible Strategy Game and Collectable Miniatures Game genres has granted award-winning game publishers Pinnacle Entertainment Group the rights to produce and support a range of roleplaying books for its game properties, including the Pirates and Rocketmen Constructible Strategy Games and the Mage Knight Collectable Miniatures Game.

The deal also allows GWG to support such genre-defining products as Pirates of the Spanish Main and MechWarrior with a series of scenario books, including new rules, games pieces, and fiction, bringing an additional level of fun and a new twist to some of WizKids’ best-loved properties.

“We’re huge fans of WizKids’ games, and are thrilled to be able to help further flesh out and develop their worlds,” says Shane Hensley, CEO of Pinnacle. “These are going to be full-color, gorgeous books that maintain WizKids and Pinnacle’s taglines of fast, furious, and fun!”

Pinnacle’s line manager for the new WizKids products, Paul Wade-Williams, says, "As a fan of the WizKids’ lines, it’s great to be able to take their wonderfully rich worlds and add an entire new level of game play and creativity.”

“Pinnacle has emerged as a leader in role-playing products in recent years,” said Jordan Weisman, CEO of WizKids Inc. “It is an honor to work with a cutting-edge company and a staff of role-playing pros.”

King Kong (XBox, PS2, Gamecube, PC, Nintendo DS, Gameboy) Reviewed

I'd seen enough demos of the King Kong video game based on the upcoming movie to know it was taking shape well. And I'm happy to report the finished version is well worth owning.

The intro sequence where you are lowered in a boat from the Venture and rowed to shore in the middle of a howling storm, sets the scene for a visually impressive and immersive experience. FullStory

New Mystical Powers Make This Christmas More Magical

Number One Trading Card Game Yu-Gi-Oh Launches New Characters & Monsters

While Santa is squeezing down chimneys this Christmas, kids across the nation will be battling it out in duels to have the honour of being named Yu-Gi-Oh! The number one trading card game in Japan and already a kid's favourite in the UK is set to explode this Christmas taking the mythical and magical powers to an all-new level. Yu-Gi-Oh is second biggest toy property for 7-12 year old boys only behind Lord of the Rings as well as being the number one trading card game globally. FullStory

Hand of Evil trading cards featuring killers and terrorists sparks debate

A countess who slaughtered 600 virgins and bathed in their blood is featured alongside the terrorist mastermind of the 9/11 attacks in a set of trading cards listing the "30 most evil people of all time." FullStory

Yu-Gi-Oh!™ ONLINE enters Phase 2

Konami of Europe has announced the second phase of its phenomenally successful Yu-Gi-Oh! ONLINE campaign, with a new DUELPASS system set to offer users more cards for online play.

With hundreds of thousands of registered users in Europe enjoying Yu-Gi-Oh! ONLINE's competitive and social aspects, the new elements go live in November. FullStory

Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach - Reviewed

I recently had the pleasure of getting some play time with Turbine's upcoming D&D MMORPG, Stormreach. The game is still a few months away from being complete, but what I saw gave me multiple nergasms. FullStory

PS2 breaks sales records

PlayStation2 has broken the record to become the fastest console to ship 100million units. FullStory

Resident Evil 4 Review

Capcom's masterpiece finally arrives on the PS2.

The hype surrounding Resident Evil 4 on the GameCube was typically low key for a Nintendo machine, despite the popularity of Capcom's long running series. Much of this was down to the fact that there were so many questions people needed answering. Could it possibly be the best Resident Evil? How can it be changed so drastically and still feel like RE? For those who showed no interest in the previous games, what on earth could Capcom do to evoke their interest? And what about existing fans of the series? No umbrella? No zombies?! Well, all fears were put to rest as the game achieved top praise from us back in March, and now Capcom have seen fit to release this masterpiece onto the PlayStation 2. Given that the game was such a technical powerhouse, many could be forgiven for being skeptical about how well it would transfer to the PS2 hardware, but in all honesty there’s very little to worry about. FullStory

PS2 gone wonky? You may get $25

If your PlayStation 2 doesn't work, find the model number on the back to see if you're entitled to a free repair or a $25 check.

The PS2's maker, Sony Computer Entertainment of America, recently settled a class-action suit alleging that some PS2s quit working or destroyed disks within 13 months of purchase.

The suit covers model numbers 30001, 30001R, 35001, 39001, 39010, 50001 and 50010, and it affects you if the unit you bought was new and unused, or if someone bought one of those model numbers and gave it to you as a gift. FullStory

Latest Pokemon Games Are Buggy

Fortunately the problem can be worked out in Japan first before any US release.

Those who have imported the latest Pokemon games from Japan, Pokemon Mysterious Dungeon Blue Rescue Force for the Nintendo DS and Pokemon Mysterious Dungeon Red Rescue Force for the Game Boy Advance.

Nintendo has learned of a major bug that exists in the DS version of the game. Normally, the DS game can link up with the Game Boy Advance game by pluggin the GBA game directly into the DS, which apparently works just fine. FullStory

Beyblade The Next Big Thing?

Take a bow and step aside Pokemon. Beyblade has just spun its way into children's imagination, bagging the coveted status of new toy on the kid bloc.

What is Beyblade? Quite simply, just a spinning top. The toy originates from a cartoon series by the same name that started airing on a toon channel in May. The wow factor emerged following that, its subsequent adverts on television, and its war cry like catchline: Let it RIP. FullStory

Nintendo Revolution set for unveiling in May

It looks like Nintendo’s next generation console – for now dubbed the ‘Revolution’ – will finally be unveiled to the world on 9th May next year at E3 2006 in LA. Coincidentally that’s almost exactly a year since the great Mario Land President, Satoru Iwata, first announced it so it sounds like a solid date to us. FullStory

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
Cel-Shading, Gameplay, and Storyline combine to make one of the best RPGs

At first, this game may seem a little bit too childish. The Dragon Ball Z artwork, the monsters, the voice acting, etc. But cast that aside for a moment and think back to most of the old school RPGs. A lot of them had the simple artwork design. On top of that, it's been said that when you try to make a game look realistic, you can always find faults in the artwork. Take the Final Fantasy series (of which I’m also a hardcore fan). The graphics are great, but until they are able to get the CGI graphics in every single aspect of the game, it’s not going to be perfect. That’s why Dragon Quest VIII is so fun with the graphics. Because it has that cartoon look to it, it makes it easier to get involved in the world. FullStory

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