New Anime For Girl Magazine Hits
Beckett Spotlight: Anime For Girls
reaches a growing demographic of the
Japanese anime world -- girls!
In Japan, the term Shojo (Shoujo) refers
to an anime or manga (comic book) title
geared towards female fans. Beckett
Publications has been closely watching
this fast-growing female market and is
now ready to unleash its first "shojo"
publication on newsstands - Beckett
Spotlight: Anime For Girls.
Anime retailers as well as anime
conventions around the world have
reported a huge influx of females into
the anime realm. Recently, more and more
anime DVD and manga releases both in
Japan and the United States have been
targeting their products towards 12 to
20 year old females.
Girl power fueling manga boom in U.S.
Sales of Japanese comics — more
familiarly known as manga (pronounced
MAHN-gah) — are exploding in the United
States, and much of the boom is due to
efforts by comic book publishers to
extend their reach beyond young male
Beyond all males, in fact.
“Manga producers in the United States
have tapped into a new audience for
comics — the female consumer,” said
Milton Griepp, the publisher and founder
of ICv2, an online trade publication
that covers pop culture for retailers.
Business magic is in the cards
3C'sgames enjoy support from children
Owner Marc Leier said his shop was
active because what occurs there is more
than just having fun. The most-played
games are Yu-Gi-Oh! and Magic The
Gathering, and Leier said children can
pick up a handful of skills by holding
"That's what makes the game so unique,"
Leier said of Magic. "First of all, it
teaches kids to interact on a
He also said that youths learn reading
comprehension by interpreting the texts
and using them in play. Players must
think ahead and strategize. Leier also
stresses good sportsmanship.
NEW FREE CROSS-GENRE CONVENTION IN
Anime O-Tekku of Georgia Tech presents
MomoCon, an anime and gaming convention
held in Atlanta, GA, March 26-27, 2005
at the Georgia Tech Student Center.
MomoCon is a free admission convention,
with local vendors and artists selling
their wares in addition to numerous
MomoCon’s anime events include panels
hosted by anime company representatives,
voice actor panels, karaoke events,
anime showings (including company
screeners), and promotional goodies from
many anime companies.
NCAA Football 2004 - PS2, Xbox, GameCube
What isn't there to like about NCAA
2004. It was an awesome football sim,
they've expanded the list of schools,
songs, and mascots, taken it online (PS2
only...grrr) and added a slew of new
features, and unlockables. This is more
than a 'minor update' this is a must
have football game.
Sony sets March date for its mini PS2
ELECTRONICS giant Sony has confirmed it
will launch its new hand-held game
console in North America and Europe in
The company launched the PlayStation
Portable (PSP) on December 12 in Japan,
where it sells for around £100. It
shipped about 510,000 units by December
31 and aims to ship three million units
worldwide by March 31.
Mercenaries Goes Gold
Hitting store shelves for Xbox and PS2
LucasArts is excited to announce the
highly anticipated title, Mercenaries
has officially GONE GOLD on PS2 and Xbox
and is scheduled to explode onto store
shelves the week of January 10, 2005.
Mercenaries is a revolutionary
third-person combat-action game that
delivers the next level of free-form
game play in massive interactive
environments. The game gives players the
opportunity to take on the role of a
soldier for hire in an open-ended world
set in North Korea. In the game, players
choose to be one of three mercenaries:
an American ex-soldier, a British secret
agent, or a Swedish bounty hunter. Under
orders from Executive Operations, a
private military company, the hired
mercenary will need to track down the
"deck of 52" fugitive members of the old
hardliner regime - before they can
launch a nuclear attack.
Kids WB! January Scheduling
Kids WB! is gearing up for an awesome
January in order to bring in a New Year
full of great television programming.
Many of the network's shows are getting
new episodes, which are great partners
for newly acquired programming as well
as seasonal special programming as well.
In particular the phenomenon that is
Pokemon will spread to Kids WB! when the
world premiere of Pokemon the movie:
Destiny Deoxys makes its way to the
Nintendo DS Looks to the Future After a
Powerful Holiday Season; Millions of
Owners Will Enjoy Wild New Games
LAS VEGAS --(Business Wire)-- Jan. 5,
2005 -- The video game industry closed
2004 with a rush to portable game
systems, and especially a rush to
Nintendo DS(TM). The new year starts
much the same way, with the 1.3 million
new Nintendo DS owners in North America
experiencing games and interacting with
one another in ways never before
possible. From the Consumer Electronics
Show in Las Vegas, Nintendo announces
that new games planned for the first
quarter of 2005 will expand this
community even more by demonstrating
that there's more to hand-held video
games than pretty pictures.
PSP Unveiling - with pictures
We took time out of our busy day of
gambling and eating to check out one of
the most-anticipated gaming systems of
Every year, Las Vegas becomes the center
of the technology world for a few days,
as companies from around the globe show
off what's new and hot for the upcoming
year at the Consumer Electronics Show.
Giant TVs and surround sound systems
occupy the same space as kitchen gadgets
and wireless routers, and you can't walk
more than 10 feet without seeing
something that you simply must have
before everyone else. Not surprisingly,
gaming has become a much larger part of
the show over the years, and 2005
features one of the most exciting
platforms ever to hit the scene: Sony's
Sony ready to battle Nintendo in game
arena - with More pictures
Sony's highly anticipated hand-held
gaming device will be released in the
United States in March, company
executives said Wednesday at the annual
Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
While Sony declined to offer firm
pricing and a target date, it did say
the PlayStation Portable will cost about
$199--approximately what the PSP sells
for in Japan.
Nintendo ex-president in Microsoft slur
Rumours have been circulating on the
internet that a former Nintendo
President, in answer to a request by
Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer to buy
Nintendo, replied: “hey, Ballmer, why
don’t you @@@@ (read it yourself)”.
But former Nintendo President Hiroshi
Yamauchi never told off Microsoft CEO
Steve Ballmer during a meeting to
discuss a possible Microsoft acquisition
of the Japanese game maker, Nintendo
In response, Ballmer and Microsoft
officials present at that meeting were
reported to be "disgusted and making a
ruckus," the hoax interview alleged.
However, that meeting never took place,
Minagawa said. "Everybody in the
industry was talking about that and
laughing about it," Minagawa said.