Superheroes to fly into Clarksville, TN
Comic book fans can find loads of comics at Sunday
"We have dealers coming from Florida, Michigan, North
Carolina, Missouri and Nashville to offer comic book fans a
plethora of items that they probably can't find locally,"
says Thomas, who recently celebrated the first anniversary
of his Legion Street comic book store.
"Clarksville Comic Con" is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday in the Alter Gallery, 124B Legion St.
Shazam! The comic book industry sure has changed.
Walk into a comic book store these days and you're in for a
surprise. The drawing styles today are a far cry from the
simple artwork that graced the covers back in the '30s and
'40s, and even the '70s and '80s. The subject matter is more
contemporary, and marketing plans have ensured that tie-in
games, cards and action figures are in good supply.
Shonen Jump Turns Three
Special issue celebrates the milestone.
VIZ Media, LLC. (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment
industry's most innovative and comprehensive manga and
animation licensing and publishing companies, has announced
that the January 2006 edition of SHONEN JUMP will be its
biggest issue ever — commemorating the third anniversary of
North America's most successful monthly manga anthology. The
issue hits newsstands and bookstores nationwide on December
“GCL: Games-on-Demand” for Game Centers and Their
First Up: Dragonshard
Games, the world's leading game center organization, Exent,
the market leader in digital distribution of games, and game
center service provider Incycent today announced GCL (Game
Center Licensing): Games-on-Demand, a service that allows
game centers immediate, Web-based access to popular titles,
along with a flexible pricing structure.
The service launched with Atari, Inc.'s DRAGONSHARDTM, in
addition to Atari's real-time strategy game Act of War®:
Direct Action. In the coming months, other titles from
mainstream publishers will also be added to the service. The
GCL: Games-on-Demand service will be provided by Incycent,
with technology developed by Exent. DRAGONSHARD, the
first-ever real-time strategy game based on DUNGEONS &
DRAGONS and set in Wizards of the Coast's new campaign
setting of EberronTM, is under license from the Hasbro
Properties Group, the intellectual property development arm
of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS) and parent company of Wizards of
the Coast, Inc.
Gamers Charity Drive
The Child's Play children's charity, established by the
creators of the Penny Arcade comic strip and now in its
third successful year of operation, has announced the
overwhelming success of its 3rd annual toy drive.
Games industry individuals have so far purchased more than
90 GameCube consoles, 95 PS2s, 79 Nintendo DS handhelds, 153
Game Boy Advance SP systems, 30 Xbox bundles, 26 LeapPads,
30 MP3 players and 49 DVD players, in addition to hundreds
of board games, building sets, books, videos, toys,
videogame software and accessories. The items will be
distributed to sick children in one of 20 hospitals
partnered with the Child's Play charity.
Mirage Expansion for Magic: The Gathering ONLINE
Wizards of the Coast today announced that the ever-popular
MIRAGE™ set will launch at 9:00 AM PST, Monday, December 5,
as a new expansion for MAGIC: The Gathering® Online™, with
release events scheduled to kick-off on December 7.
Originally released in 1996, the MIRAGE card set consists of
some of the most memorable cards in MAGIC: The Gathering
history and continues to be a fan favorite to this day.
“The addition of the MIRAGE set to MAGIC Online is a great
opportunity for us to create excitement with new and old
players alike,” said Justin Ziran, brand manager for Magic
Online at Wizards of the Coast. “To help celebrate the
launch of MIRAGE, we are offering all participants in Mirage
League and Premier Events the Stalking Tiger avatar, with
winners receiving the Frenetic Efreet avatar.”
Limited Edition Magic Prints for Sale
This is the first series of limited-edition art prints
offered by Wizards of the Coast. Printed on archival-quality
materials, each piece is an authenticated collectible,
hand-signed by the artist.
Guildpact is coming!
The second set in the Ravnica block will have Prerelease
Events on January 21-22, two weeks before the Release
Tournaments on February 3-5, which is when Guildpact will
finally be available at your local store.
Previews starting on January 3!
PS2 Resident Evil 4 tops Japanese chart
In its first week on sale Resident Evil 4 on the PlayStation
2 has sold more copies than the GameCube version has managed
in 10 months.
Resident Evil 4 made its debut in Japan back in January on
the GameCube and to date has only managed to sell 220,000
copies. In its first week on sale the PlayStation 2 version
has surpassed sales of GameCube version with approximately
243,000 units sold. Making a new entry at No.3 is Monster
Hunter Portable, which was very popular with those
purchasing PSP hardware, selling a very respectable 114,000
The PS2 Games of 2006
Mark those calendars folks. We reveal 20 new titles to keep
an eye on next season.
This past year was definitely a great one for releases on
the PlayStation 2 (easily one of the best since the
console's inception), and we saw many genres become
ultimately refined (God of War anyone?). We also saw
franchises reborn (Resident Evil 4) and games like Shadow of
the Colossus that had wholly original and compelling
exclusive content. Instant classics like Guitar Hero
reminded us why we started playing games in the first place.
Zathura video game review for PS2
Developed by High Voltage Software and published by 2K
Games, Zathura is based closely on the book and movie of the
same name. It is an adventure platformer game with a younger
charm and appeal in my opinion. It’s the story of two
brothers, Walter and Danny, who are about to take the
wildest ride of their young lives. In the process they will
have to learn to work together and fight each other less.
All of this comes about by the playing of a game…an old game
that Danny finds in the basement. And once the game is
started it cannot be stopped until they finish the game.
They are taken into outer space in what appears to be one of
the rings of Saturn. You will take on the role of these two
brothers as you help them survive meteor showers, overgrown
lizard-like Zorgons, save a space man and defeat another
alien attack, and battle lava dogs. Remember that Zorgons
eat meat, and we are made of meat.
"Father of Gaming" talks about the state of the
Nolan Bushnell, the man behind the success of Pong and
founder of Atari back in the 70's, has used his speech at
the 2005 Digital Interactive Entertainment Conference to
make a surprising point:
he claims that the total gaming population (I presume in the
U.S.) has shrank dramatically.
“Complexity lost the casual gamer,” he says. “Violence lost
the woman gamer.” He ventures into Nintendo territory, even
slamming the PS2 controller.
“The 3D controller that Nintendo is on to is a very good
idea,” he says. “If you look at today’s controller with
triangles, Xs, squares and circles, it’s scary. It’s like a
keyboard. People are interface phobic.”
WizKids Sells Out of Tsuro
Company’s First Board Game Is Huge Holiday Hit!
December 7, 2005 (SEATTLE) — WizKids Inc., creator of the
runaway hit games HeroClix® and Pirates of the Spanish
Main™, is proud to announce Tsuro: The Game of the Path, the
company’s first board game, is sold out from WizKids’
“This rapid depletion of our stock is indicative of a very
strong holiday demand for Tsuro,” said Mike Samora,
Vice-President of Sales and Marketing at WizKids Inc.
“Retailers are reporting very strong sales, no doubt buoyed
by the game’s unique style of play and appeal to everyone.”
While WizKids is planning on going back to press with the
game, it has the potential to become quite scarce in the
2005 holiday season considering how high demand for the game
is. Reprints will not be available until 2006.
Retailers agree that they are having a hard time keeping
Tsuro on the shelves. “It’s insanely easy to sell,” said
Heather Barnhorst, manager of Attactix, a game store in
Aurora, Colorado. Players can learn the game in less than a
minute, and games take approximately ten minutes to
complete, making it perfect for families and groups of
While WizKids has sold out, the company’s distributors have
some quantities of Tsuro left for retailers to purchase.