Pojo's Friday News Page
November 4th - 2005
UPPER DECK ENTERTAINMENT BLOWS INTO BLIZZCON™ WITH
NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN WORLD OF WARCRAFT® ARTWORK FOR
HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED TRADING CARD GAME
CARLSBAD – October 24, 2005 – A proud sponsor of the
inaugural BlizzCon™ celebration, Upper Deck Entertainment (UDE)
is pleased to give World of Warcraft ®fans their first
glimpse of the highly-anticipated trading card game based on
Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.’s highly-successful massively
multiplayer online game. On Friday and Saturday, October 28
and 29, UDE will host comic artist Andrew Robinson (Vs.
System™, Dusty Star) and Eisner Award-winning comic artist
Dave Dorman (Star Wars, King Kong) at the UDE booth, as they
create original art pieces for the upcoming sold in a
charity auction at the end of the event.
“The World of Warcraft TCG will capture all of the online
game’s action-packed combat and furious competition,” said
Cory Jones, Director of UDE Brand and Business Development.
“We are pleased to have top artists like Robinson and Dorman
on board making our new TCG visually engaging for players,
and will continue to enlist dozens of marquee level artists
to ensure our cards feature the jaw dropping art that is a
signature of all Upper Deck gaming products.”
Earlier this year, UDE announced plans to create and
distribute a trading card game (TCG) based on the biggest
game in the massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG)
genre, World of Warcraft. Teaming up with award-winning and
internationally recognized online computer gaming company
Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., UDE’s World of Warcraft TCG --
and its supporting Organized Play programs -- will be
available to consumers in Summer of 2006.
World of Warcraft is the most popular MMORPGs in the world,
with more than four and a half million paying customers
playing the game in North America, Australia, New Zealand,
Korea, Europe, China and Singapore, with even more players
slated to join when the game launches in Taiwan later this
year. In World of Warcraft, players assume the roles of
and interact with thousands of other players online as they
explore, adventure and quest across a vast realm. Whether
journeying together or fighting against one another in epic
battles, players form friendships, forge alliances and
compete with enemies for power and glory.
RIOT MEDIA, Inc. and WIZKIDS, Inc.
Join Forces to Create
RIOT: THE COLLECTIBLE CARD GAME
The Next Big Thing in Card Games
NEW YORK, NY—OCTOBER 25, 2005— First, the world went crazy
for Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh! Now trendsetting 21st century boys
are ready for something new, bigger and even more gripping.
RIOT Media, Inc., the only all-encompassing lifestyle brand
for tween boys, and WizKids, Inc., the leader in collectible
entertainment, have entered into a groundbreaking brand
partnership to create the ultimate collectible card game
aimed at the underserved market of tween boys.
Launching Spring 2006 at Walmart, Target and Toys R Us
outlets and at Riotweb.com’s Riot Buy It Shop, RIOT: THE
COLLECTIBLE CARD GAME provides all the thrills, chills,
humor, strategy and collectibility that 8- to 14-year-old
boys find so enthralling. A creepy circus has come to a
small American city, complete with horrifying, nefarious
clowns, freaky acrobats and slavering beasts. Only intrepid
tween and teen protagonists, along with their mischievous
ally, Riot the Chimp, can save the hometown from certain
doom. This sparks an epic battle of good vs. evil as our
young heroes strive valiantly to overcome the scary and
“WizKids is an undisputed leader in collectible games and we
are thrilled to be teaming with them to create the next big
thing in card games,” states Jay Gissen, Chief Executive
Officer and Founder of RIOT Media, Inc. “RIOT: THE
COLLECTIBLE CARD GAME is the only card game out there
designed just for tween boys and, as the only lifestyle
brand for this underserved audience, we know the card game
will take their world by storm.”
“Teaming with RIOT Media to reach tween boys is an exciting
opportunity to partner with the leader in tween
entertainment,” adds Jordan Weisman, WizKids CEO. “With
their knowledge of the market and our knowledge of games,
we’ve created a perfect storm for the ‘next big thing.’”
The story behind RIOT: THE COLLECTIBLE CARD GAME also
threads throughout RIOT Media’s other properties, including
a brand-new comic slated to launch in late November, and the
company’s flagship website, Riotweb.com. On Riotweb.com,
card game players will soon be able to learn about
game-related news and upcoming tournaments, get sneak
previews and even enter contests to create a character or
draw a card, all for a seamless RIOT: THE COLLECTIBLE CARD
GAME web experience.
RIOT’s formidable marketing support of RIOT: THE COLLECTIBLE
CARD GAME includes active contributions from two of RIOT’s
partners, The Robert Thorne Company and VPI.Net. The Robert
Thorne Company is a leading marketing and licensing firm
specializing in lifestyle brands for tweens and teens
including a 15-year tenure building the mary-kateandashley
brand and brand management for Hilary Duff. VPI.Net is a
leading interactive marketing firm that builds uniquely
promotional online initiatives for major network television
series, America’s #1 Internet service provider, and many
Fullmetal Alchemist TCG hits the century mark
Prices for Fullmetal Alchemist TCG singles continue to soar,
with a new high reached earlier this week on eBay. Several
chase and transmutated (plastic) cards have been going for
$50 and up, but a new high was set last Oct. 26. A copy of
Roy Mustang, Master Manipulator sold for $102.50, breaking
the previous observed record for a single card of $91, paid
for a Lust, Femme Fatale chase card on Sept. 21.
In total, 175 individual cards have sold on eBay for $10 or
more since the Fullmetal Alchemist TCG was released in
August. 77 of those cards have been sold for over $25, and
14 cards have sold for $50 or more. In the wake of
pre-release tournaments for the first expansion, Blood &
Water, some chase cards from that set have already appeared
on eBay, with bids at $10 to $20 and rising.
About Fullmetal Alchemist TCG
Based on the top-rated anime series on Cartoon Network's
Adult Swim, the Fullmetal Alchemist TCG released in August
with a 240-card Premier Edition base set. The first
expansion set, Blood & Water, releases Nov. 9 and adds 110
cards to the game. It includes a full parallel foil set and
a subset of chase cards printed on clear plastic. The game
is supported with tournaments, a web site, and a dedicated
volunteer corps. For more information, visit http://www.fma-tcg.com
D&D Minis Go Underground...
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS® MINIATURES™ GO UNDERGROUND
New Underdark™ Booster Set to Feature Elminster, Spiders of
Lolth, Dragons and Drow
October 27, 2005 (Renton, Wash.) – This November, Wizards of
the Coast, Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS),
invites players to explore the Underdark, the vast
underground region below the FORGOTTEN REALMS®. This latest
booster pack in the highly successful DUNGEONS & DRAGONS®
Miniatures™ line will feature iconic creatures from the
Underdark world, including the infamous and very popular
Like the previous D&D Miniatures boosters, the figures in
the Underdark set are chosen from key D&D titles such as the
Monster Manual, Book of Exalted Deeds, and Complete
Adventurer. The set also features a wealth of characters
from Forgotten Realms products such as Underdark,
Unapproachable East, City of the Spider Queen, and the
Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting. Forgotten Realms novel
readers will also recognize a range of familiar characters
from best-selling titles, including R.A. Salvatore’s
assassin adventurer Artemis Entreri and the wizard Elminster.
Each Underdark booster pack includes eight randomized,
pre-painted, plastic miniatures, stat cards for each
miniature, and a set checklist. As an added bonus, eight
miniatures will also have a second stat card that features
epic-level stats specifically for high-level versions of
January Shonen Jump Biggest Ever
Celebrating Shonen Jump USA's third anniversary, the January
issue (on sale December 6th) will be an over-sized 392
pages, the largest issue printed to date.
One of the special features for this issue will be a 55-page
preview of the Gintama manga, along with a 2-page feature
article on Gintama and a 1-page full color article on the
Gintama TV series.
4Kids Rolls Out Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
NEW YORK, November 2: RTL2, Mediaset and Canal J are among
the broadcasters that have signed up for 4Kids
Entertainment’s new animated series Yu-Gi-Oh! GX.
The 52-episode series has also been licensed to RTE Ireland,
TVNZ, SIC in Portugal, and RTL-TVI in Belgium, among others.
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX recently launched on Cartoon Network’s popular
Miguzi programming block in the U.S. and on YTV in Canada.
Kids' WB! November
Kids' WB! has announced their television programming slate
for the month of November 2005; and from the early weeks,
animation fans will be treated to television debus, new
episodes of breakout hit series' and returning fan favorites
that have delighted audiences for months on end. Kids' WB!
will be taking control of the Fall season with the exciting
animated television series Viewtiful Joe in addition to the
continually successful weekend programming block Saturday
Unleashed, which features ratings hits such as The Batman,
Johnny Test, and Loonatics Unleashed.
'Girl Power' through Japanese comics
The exhibition and symposium titled "Shojo Manga Power! Girl
Comics from Japan " — running through Dec. 7 — features
hand-selected art covering 60 years of the medium and expert
speakers on important aspects of manga and related genres.
According to the New York Times article, shojo — meaning
girl in Japanese — tends to involve angst-filled teen
situations such as finding a boyfriend, going to a new
school or escaping a clique.
National Dungeons and Dragons Day November 5
There are those for whom the old-fashioned fire of geekery,
forged on tabletops and bound with the rolling of the dice,
never dies. It may slumber deeply as the mundane tasks of
daily life intrude; but for those who are truly called to
the task, Dungeons & Dragons are forever. Your alter ego is
merely waiting to be woken so that she may join glorious
battle once more.
Saturday November 5th may be just the clarion call to waken
the nerd buried deep within. November 5th is Worldwide D&D
Day - a celebration of 31 years of the venerable
pen-and-paper game that's been a core influence for so many
Dungeons & Dragons Online(TM): Stormreach(TM) Kicks
Off Public Beta with IGN; Beta for ''Most-Anticipated MMO''
To Launch On Top-Ranked Gaming Network
"We are excited about opening the public Beta with IGN,"
said Jeffrey Anderson, president and CEO of Turbine, Inc.
"An outstanding game like Dungeons & Dragons Online deserves
a great Beta partner."
Cryptozoologist got his start at SIUC (The study of
This week Coleman is celebrating the first-ever Creature
Appreciation Week, sponsored by the Wizards of the Coast's
Duel Masters trading card game, for which Coleman is also a
consultant. Coleman says children's interest in these
creatures is often a gateway to education in the sciences.
"I get 500 e-mails a day from kids 7 and 8 and up through
college who are interested in monsters. I tell them to stay
in school and follow their passions."
2K Games drops Zathura to PS2 and Xbox
2K Games said Thursday that it has dropped Zathura for the
PS2 and Xbox to North American retailers. The game is based
on Columbia Pictures' family film, Zathura: A Space
Adventure, due out Nov. 11.
Zathura is based on the best-selling children's book by
Chris Van Allsburg.
The video game features film and book environments, and more
than 36 alien enemies, including Zorgons and robots.
Players can take the role of Walter or Danny, two brothers
who have unique stengths and abilities.
Star Wars Battlefront II (PS2, XB, PSP) – Screens and
Become the Jedi you have always wanted to be with Star Wars
THE STAR WARS BRAND, in itself, is a hugely successful
franchise, and it comes as no surprise that Star Wars
Battlefront II promises to be just as successful.
Battlefield 2 Contest
Kill stuff and win money.
Two questions. Do you like Battlefield 2: Modern Combat? Do
you like tons of money? Well, if you answered yes to at
least one of those, then you should be interested in
Electronic Arts' "Best of the Battlefield" Online
Tournament. Provided you have a clan or can scrap one
together you'll be able to sign up for this first come,
first served competition.
Tony Hawk American Wasteland (Xbox, Xbox 360, PS2,
Nintendo GameCube - Activision)
The Tony Hawk series suffers from the same success as the
Madden NFL franchise. The basics don't change so how do you
make each year better than the last? Easy, offer a lot more
features and slightly better graphics.
PlayStation 2 Slim-Line Compatibility Problems
Though the latest hardware revision of Sony's PlayStation 2,
the "slimline" SCPH-70000, has no known compatibility
differences with the models that have been sold since March
2000, an upcoming modification beginning with the Japanese
SCPH-75000 line introduces some problems with a few games in
the system's lineup. A list of the affected games has been
posted to Sony of Japan's site, and translated by consumer
Yoshi's Cookie evolves for a new franchise. Hands on with
One of the coolest puzzle games during the whole "Let's be
better than Tetris" era was Yoshi's Cookie, a tile-matching
game that required players to slide rows and columns around
to pair up like-patterned pastries together to remove them
from play. It wasn't a concept as classic as the Russian
puzzle design, but it still had its merits. And, of course,
it had Yoshi headlining it all, so it's not all that bad.
Kids Can Challenge Their Pokemon Knowledge in New
Racing Themed Windows PC Game
AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- THQ
(Nasdaq: THQI) today announced today announced the release
of Pokemon(R): Team Turbo. Published by ValuSoft, a division
of THQ, this game is rated "E" for Everyone and will be
available at retailers throughout North America for $19.99
"Pokemon: Team Turbo features everyone's favorite Pokemon
characters," stated Scott Zerby, Vice President of ValuSoft.
"Kids can race 'em all in fast-paced speed matches, while
the games test their knowledge of each Pokemon character.
And with multiple skill levels, fans of all ages can enjoy
Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness
Disaster about as big as the droppings of an angry shadow
The end result is a disaster of epic proportions. Not only
is this game perhaps among the worst the franchise has seen,
but it is also perhaps the worst game to come out this year.
Could this turn out to be the worlds first rainforest
As you might be able to ascertain from the screens below,
Pokémon Ranger is in fact a new DS title. All we really know
about the game thus far (courtesy of a French-to-English
translator and Jeux-France.com) is that players will take
control of a forester that lives in the magical world of
Pokémon. Your task will be to protect a forest from an
intense onslaught of aggravated monsters; you will of course
have some trusty Pocket Monsters to aid you on your mission.
Nintendo get writing on DS
Nintendo, in their wise zen-fuelled wisdom, are set to
encourage handwriting on the DS handheld, as part of a new
deal signed with the vaguely scary sounding Zi Corporation.
The new deal will see the Big N licensing Zi's Decuma
handwriting recognition software for the handheld console,
and this will add yet another feather in the DS' already
impressive cap of control/input methods. The Decuma
technology is usually used in PDAs and the like.