Pojo's Friday News Page
October 1st - 2005
Gen Con So Cal
Slated to be the West Coast Gaming Event of 2005
ANAHEIM, CA. (September 26, 2005) Fans of all ages
interested in gaming, fantasy and science fiction are
gearing up for the third annual Gen Con So Cal Convention
set for November17-20 in the Anaheim Convention Center in
California. For any one into games, whether electronic,
interactive, tabletop or role-playing Gen Con is the place
where enthusiasts come together with some of the industries
best and brightest designers, manufacturers and distributors
to share in everything gaming!
"Gen Con So Cal has by all measures been a success the past
two years. Attendance has beaten our expectations and
exhibitors enthusiastically participate," said Peter Adkison,
CEO of Gen Con LLC. "This year we anticipate an even better
show, with more attendees, more exhibitors and events and
show highlights unmatched on the West Coast. We look forward
to making Gen Con So Cal a great event especially for all
those game lovers living on the West Coast."
Gen Con So Cal will be open to the public Thursday, November
17 through Sunday, November 20 with gaming events offered 24
hours a day. On Thursday, the gaming events will take place
across the street at the Marriot. The Exhibit Hall and other
convention activities will begin on Friday, November 18 at
the Anaheim Convention Center, a 933,000 square foot state
of the art facility in Anaheim, CA just steps from
Attendees must purchase a badge to gain entrance to the
show. Badge pre-registration runs through October 24, 2005,
noon PST at www.gencon.com. On-site badge registration
starts at 5pm on Wednesday, November 16. A Three -day badges
is $45 with pre-registration, or $50 on site. A one-day
badge is $20 with pre-registration, or $23 on site. Children
8 and under are free with an accompanying adult. For more
information and to register, call (800) 529-EXPO or visit
WWE's MONDAY NIGHT RAW is moving from Spike to USA Network
on Monday, October 3rd at 8/7C with an unprecedented Live
3-hour Homecoming Event.
Torrie Wilson of the WWE pictured left... hubba hubba.
STAMFORD, Conn., - World Wrestling Entertainment and USA
Network announced today that some of the greatest figures in
sports entertainment history will participate in the
homecoming episode of Monday Night RAW when it debuts on USA
Network live on October 3, 2005, at 9 p.m. (ET).
RAW’s USA debut will mark the return of “Stone Cold” Steve
Austin, Hulk Hogan, Mick Foley, Triple H, Ric Flair, Shawn
Michaels, Kurt Angle, and Mr. McMahon; and will be the debut
of WWE Champion John Cena on USA.
Also featured will be the 7’ 500 lbs, Big Show, Kane, Edge
and Lita, the Intercontinental Champion Carlito, Women’s
Champion Trish Stratus , World Tag Team Champs Hurricane and
Rosey, Shelton Benjamin, Chris Masters, Eugene, Torrie
Wilson, Candice, RAW Diva Search winner Ashley, and more.
LARGER-THAN-LIFE LIMITED EDITION DUNGEONS & DRAGONS«
MINATURES™ LOOM FOR 2006!
September 27, 2005 (Renton, Wash.) – Bigger is bolder!
Wizards of the Coast, Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc.
(NYSE: HAS), has announced it will launch a new product line
of massive DUNGEONS & DRAGONS« Miniatures™ in 2006. Called
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ICONS™, these non-randomized D&D
Miniatures™ will be available in two size categories:
“Gargantuan” and the even bigger “Colossal,” both of which
will tower over figures from last year’s highly popular
GIANTS OF LEGEND™ expansion. D&D ICONS™ will depict dragons
and other legendary creatures drawn from D&D lore, and will
be fully compatible with the ever-expanding universe of D&D
Miniatures™. These limited edition monsters are
proportionally sized per D&D roleplaying rules to be either
Gargantuan (4” x 4” base) or Colossal (6”x6” base). Wizards
of the Coast plans to issue two D&D ICONS™ every year, which
will be available for a limited time only following release.
Here Be Dragons!
D&D ICONS™ debuts next June with the menacing Black Dragon,
a Gargantuan figure ideal for both the game player and
collector. In August, Wizards will release the first
Colossal product -- a strikingly painted Red Dragon. Each
figure is sold with a full-color map, a playable game
scenario and double-sided stat cards, as well an
accompanying standard-sized miniature to help start the
battle. Like all the figures in the D&D ICONS™ line, the
Black and Red Dragons are playable in both the D&D
Miniatures skirmish game and any roleplaying campaign, and
will be indispensable for collectors of D&D products.
The Minis Success Story
Since the debut of the initial 80-figure HARBINGER™ set in
the form of Entry and Expansion Packs in September 2003,
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS Miniatures have proved highly successful
with players, selling over 10.3 million individual
miniatures. The DUNGEONS & DRAGONS MINIATURES HANDBOOK,
released in October 2003, offers expanded rules for
skirmishes and mass combats, new classes, feats, spells and
more. In June of 2004, the 72-figure GIANTS OF LEGEND™ set
introduced Huge figures –- at least three times the size of
other Miniatures –- that represent classic, larger-than-life
D&D icons, from stone golems to gold dragons. Future
expansions will continue to provide both roleplaying and
miniatures players with an ever-widening range of D&D
figures to enhance their collections. More information
regarding the development of D&D Miniatures and a special
online gallery featuring many of the initial miniatures are
currently available at wizards.com/dnd
GameTap’s “all-you-can-play” gaming service coming to PCs
Check out the latest GameTap trailer showing the new world
of gaming coming to PC's in October:
What is GameTap
GameTap provides subscribers an “all-you-can-play” gaming
service accessible from up to two household computers. To
access GameTap, players securely download and install
Turner-developed client software from www.gametap.com that
acts as a gateway to the GameTap library. Because games
reside securely on the PC, not across a network, they act
just as if they were still on the console or at the arcade.
Fast response times, 3D effects, colors, and characters are
all present and accounted for. GameTap supports navigation
and game play using both keyboard and mouse, as well as most
USB peripherals. For GameTap, Turner has licensed nearly
1,000 games from 17 publishers. The service will launch with
300, and then roll out new titles and programming each week.
Programming is created expressly for GameTap – coming
attractions and behind-the-scenes peeks that introduce the
games and provide background information.
DS gets Shonan Jump gaming title Jump Superstars
Perhaps it was with this in mind that Shueisha decided to
approach Nintendo to turn their umbrella of manga titles,
published in Shonen Jump, into one giant crossover video
The plot, as much as there is, mostly surrounds the evil Dr.
Mashirito and his plans to take over the four disparate
regions that make up “Jump World.” Of course, it’s up to you
and the squad of Jump characters you can assemble to make
sure that he can’t conquer Jump World once and for all. As
to why they don’t all just automatically fall in line (or
the heroes, at any rate), well, the game never gets around
to answering that. Nor do they get around to answering why
so many villains don’t even bother acting. Just shut up and
save your mythical manga universe and be lucky to even have
one. I mean, back when I first started gaming, we couldn’t
even get a Voltron game, and we dealt with it.
Retro Anime: Original 'Astro Boy' coming out first
time on DVD
IL - For the first time, U.S. audiences will be able to
enjoy all 51 episodes of the original Astro Boy Japanese
color TV series from Japan's "God of Comics," Osamu Tezuka
on DVD. Manga Entertainment is proud to present the Astro
Boy Collectors Box Set featuring 7 DVDs (over 25 hours of
animated adventure) on November 22, 2005. Each DVD will
offer these classic episodes with both the English language
dialogue and, for the first time ever, the original Japanese
The premiere anime ever to broadcast outside of Japan, Astro
Boy wowed American audiences in 1963 when the original black
& white episodes first aired on NBC, finding their way into
the highest rated time slot (6:30pm-7:00pm) for the New York
Popularity of Japanese Comic Books Translates to U.S.
Bye-bye, Archie and Vaeronica. So long, Bugs and Daffy.
There's a new generation of characters in the world of comic
books, with names like InuYasha, Ai Yori Aoshi, Naruto and
Tohru Honda. They haven't replaced the superhero standbys
like Superman and Batman, but they've commanded the
attention, and the dollars, of readers of all ages.
Downsized baseball card industry looking to end slump
The shelves are crammed with boxes of baseball cards at Mike
Mittrick's store. It gives his customers lots of choices,
but also illustrates how the hobby's landscape has become
cluttered and confusing for collectors.
Faced with declining revenue in the last decade, the
baseball card industry ---- once composed of four major
manufacturers ---- has been halved in a matter of months.
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Falsebound Kingdom
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Falsebound Kingdom is a non card based game,
instead it uses the actual monsters as an army commanded by
people in a Real-time Strategy based RPG. The RTS is the
main part of the game where you move your units on the map
to bases and to fights. The fights are in RPG format, teams
of three fight each other in turn based combat featuring all
those RPG moves everyone knows.
Dragonshard, New Dungeons & Dragons Review and Screens
Atari, Inc. and developer Liquid Entertainment today
announced that Dragonshard, a real-time strategy (RTS) game
for Windows is available at retail stores nationwide.
Dragonshard is based on Wizard of the Coast's newest
campaign setting, Eberron, and invites gamers to explore the
Dungeons & Dragons universe above and below ground.
Dragonshard has a unique dual-layer play feature that allows
gamers to seamlessly participate in two distinct styles of
gameplay: above ground where massive battles reign supreme,
and underground where parties crawl through dungeons in
search of treasure and more.
Resident Evil 4 PS2 Preview
Many dismissed the concept of a PlayStation 2 port of
Resident Evil 4 as a pointless waste of effort; an
embarrassment waiting to happen. Whether these premature
opinions were borne of partisan conclusion-jumping or valid
technical concerns, it's not entirely clear, but few
expected Capcom to be able to bring its much-admired
GameCube masterpiece to the PS2 without some hefty
compromises. Surely the creaking architecture of the veteran
Sony machine would be unable to cope with the lavish demands
of Capcom's survival-horror epic and PS2 owners would be
left with nothing but a pale facsimile of the glorious Cube
PSP Vs DS vs GBM - The Nintendo DS
A new era in handheld gaming is about to begin. Today we
examine the Nintendo DS.
A new era of handheld gaming is upon us. The eternal
domination of Nintendo is actually under some serious
threat. Competitors have come and gone without a second
glance, but this time, they’re up against an opponent who
has the ability to compete with them, whatever the cost. And
this same opponent has easily dethroned them from the home
console market as well. On September 1st, Sony officially
entered the worldwide handheld console market with a
European and Australian release of the PSP.
INTERVIEW: CALL OF DUTY 2: BIG RED ONE
We convened a council of war and sat down with developer
Treyarch's Creative Director Christian Busic, to hear about
how Call of Duty 2: Big Red One, could change the face of
current-gen warfare forever.
Final Fantasy Joins Dragon Quest on PS2
Final Fantasy XII may be long in the coming, but you'll be
able to savour it soon.
The biggest game of the last few years in Japan is
PlayStation 2 RPG Dragon Quest VIII, Square Enix's latest
instalment in the genre defining series. The company has
announced that when the game ships in North America later
this year, it will come with a playable demo for Final
Fantasy XII, the hotly anticipated next game in the
company's other popular series.
Go on tour with some of the best golfers in the world
with Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06.
TIGER WOODS PGA Tour 06 is scheduled for release on 22nd
September (PC), and 6th October (PS2, Xbox). Tiger Woods PGA
Tour 06 features 8 new courses and 15 other PGA Tour players
to choose from. Go head to head with some of the best in the
world including Tiger Woods himself.
Create your own golfer and perfect your skills to make
perfect tee shots or to sink those match winning puts with
the likes of Tiger or Jack Nicklaus right on your heels.
Your career starts here - go out and earn million dollar
sponsorship and who knows you might even surpass Tiger Woods
on the overall money list.
Pokemon Dungeon: First Details
Pokemon Dungeon has been in development for several months
now. However, details regarding the nature of the title have
only recently emerged.
Fans of the Nintendo DS have been awaiting the arrival of a
Pokemon game for the system since its launch in late
November. It is now known that Dungeon will indeed be the
first game in the series to release for the portable when it
releases this November in Japan.
Nintendo DS price drop
The Nintendo DS will reduce in price by 10 percent across
Europe on October 7, a few weeks after Sony launched its
rival portable machine.
Highly Anticipated Dragon Ball Z Game Goes Gold
LYON, FRANCE - 28 September 2005 - Atari today announced
that development is complete on Dragon Ball Z®: Budokai
TenkaichiTM for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment
system. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi is a 3D fighting
action game and the first title in the respected series to
allow players to battle in true 3D.