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Pojo's Friday News Page
December 16th - 2005

FMA TCG Artificial Human Pre-Release Announced

The first year of Fullmetal Alchemist TCG is coming to a close, and what a great year it's been! Over 120 stores participated in our August Launch Party, with over 1,000 players across the country helping to get FMA TCG off the ground. The summer convention season introduced thousands more to this great game, with Gen Con Indy drawing over 200 players to tournaments, including the 86-person Alchemist Challenge Tournament. Fullmetal Alchemist TCG finished 2005 as the InQuest Gamer's Anime Game of the Year and the launch of the FMA TCG League.

Most players' favorite event of 2005, however, was the Pre-Release for the first expansion set, Blood & Water, which gave hundreds of players at over 50 locations across the first chance to see the Blood & Water set, up to 10 days prior to the set's release. Most importantly, it was the only way to get a copy of the exclusive Blood & Water promo card.

Building on that success, the first major event of 2006 be the Artificial Human Pre-Release Event, Feb. 3-5, 2006. This event will be your first chance to see the power of the new card type, advantages, and your first true taste of level-four leaders! You can also pick up a copy of the exclusive Artificial Human promo foil card, available only at this event, and, if you're lucky, be the first to see the preview chase card from A Hero's Passing! It'll be a blast!

If you're a player, a tournament organizer, or a State Alchemist and want to set up an Artificial Human Pre-Release near you, just download the application (found here) and take it to your local game store. If you're a retailer just download the application, fill it out, and return it yourself. All applications are due by Wednesday, Jan. 11.

Konami Opens Online Storefront

Konami has announced that they will begin selling their products directly to customers via their new online storefront, KonamiStyle.com. The online storefront launches with a catalog of 75 Konami titles, including fan-favorite franchises Castlevania, Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, Yu-Gi Oh, and Dance Dance Revolution. The move to a direct-sales website will also open up possibilities for Konami to offer customer incentive and reward programs, which Konami hopes will help maintain a community of loyal gamers around the publisher's many games. FullStory

Yakima man sentenced in international fraud

A Yakima man whose fraud scheme ensnared collectors of a popular fantasy card game on four continents has been sentenced to one year and one day in prison.

Lande, 31, was indicted by a federal grand jury in March on 39 counts of wire and mail fraud alleging he ripped off dozens of collectors of Magic: The Gathering for just over $56,000. FullStory

Dutch hacking group cracks Xbox 360
'Team PI Coder' claims to have penetrated new console's security systems

A Dutch hacking group known as Team PI Coder claims to have successfully hacked Microsoft's Xbox 360.

In a posting the group said that it has successfully penetrated the Xbox's security systems, which they report are very similar to the older version of the console. The news comes less than two weeks after the Xbox launched in Europe. FullStory

Sony CDs Still at Risk

Security experts say Sony music CDS are still vulnerable to spyware despite patches.

Consumers who were exposed to spyware after playing CDs from music giant Sony BMG on their computers may still be vulnerable to malicious software as more problems are likely to emerge over the next few weeks, security experts said Friday.

Sony has tried to recall the problem CDs in the last few weeks and has issued security patches for new vulnerabilities that have been discovered, but security experts warn that Sony hasn’t done enough to protect consumers. FullStory

Microsoft Patch Cleans Up After Sony Rootkit

Microsoft has included clean-up tools for the Sony CD copy rootkit as part of Tuesday's round of security patches.

Microsoft tucked clean-up tools for the Sony CD copy protection rootkit into its security releases Tuesday, including one that automatically deletes the hacker-style cloaking device and another that stymies Sony's uninstaller.

The monthly update to the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool adds detection and deletion for "F4IRootkit," Microsoft's name for the invisibility tool Sony BMG added to 52 of its music albums, and placed on more then 5 million CDs. FullStory

PS2 Taking Air-Guitar to the Next Level

Newsweek is reporting on the success of the Playstation 2 game Guitar Hero, which sees players don a guitar-shaped controller and strum along in time to rock anthems like David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust, and Boston's More Than a Feeling. FullStory

Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness Review

For years, Pokemon fans clamoured for a 3-D rendition of their favourite monster-hunter. While they weren’t RPG’s, the N64 Pokemon Stadium titles were a pair of good games that showcased what Pokemon may be like in 3-D. Finally, last year, fans got their wish … well, sort of. Pokemon Colosseum was part watered-down RPG and part stadium battler. It was a solid title but neither part really captured the true essence of their predecessors. Following up this year, is another 3-D RPG, Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness. FullStory

Parents: Shop Smart

Christmas is the time of the year when it's always better to give than receive.

But if you're a parent, what you give your kids is sometimes is more important than "it's the thought that counts."

Some of the popular gifts for kids and young adults this year have taken the maturity level up a notch, said Lisa Graves, spokeswoman for the New York-based watchdog group For Our Youth, which monitors popular entertainment items and their suitability for kids. FullStory

JoyRide Entertainment announces Fullmetal Alchemist TCG expansion plans for 2006

JoyRide Entertainment's Fullmetal Alchemist TCG has been the breakout hit of 2005, with a base set (Premier Edition) and expansion set (Blood & Water) selling well in hobby stores and receiving critical acclaim from players, collectors, and media. Many stores have reported frequent sellouts, and singles for the game are going for as much as $150 online! FullStory

Atari Releases Legacy of Goku Double Pack

One game cartridge. Double the Dragonball RPG.

'Dragon Ball Z(R): Legacy of Goku(TM) I & Legacy of Goku(TM) II 2-in-1 Pack' Best-Selling DBZ GBA Games Now Available on Single Game Pack. FullStory

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