Pojo's Friday News Page
September 23th - 2005
Weekend for Fullmetal Alchemist: Blood & Water announced
Blood & Water, The highly anticipated first expansion to the
critically acclaimed Fullmetal Alchemist(tm) TCG, arrives in
stores November 9. With new leaders, new mechanics, two new
theme decks, and more of the great gameplay fans have come
to expect, this set should be even hotter than the Premier
But if you can't wait that long, JoyRide Entertainment has
your answer, with the Blood & Water Pre-Release Weekend
coming up Oct. 28-30! If you're a retailer who wants to host
a Pre-Release Tournament for Blood & Water, send an e-mail
to firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 7 with your store name,
city, state, and preferred contact information, and we'll
fill you in on what needs to be done to secure your
Pre-Release event. Or, if you're a Tournament Organizer,
first clear it with the store where you want to hold the
event and then write to the above address with the store's
info (including a contact number/e-mail).
And, as if you needed any more incentive to sign up, the
Pre-Release Tournaments will be the only place you can get
the exclusive Blood & Water promo card! This card showcases
one of the new mechanics in the set, allowing a player to
spend one experience to draw three cards! This powerful card
is sure to be a popular addition to almost any deck.
The search for the Philosopher's Stone goes on, but you can
get a head start on the opposition with this opportunity to
get an early look at Blood & Water! Only a limited number of
stores will be granted Pre-Release Tournaments, so sign up
TEMPLE GAMES ANNOUNCES WORLDWIDE RELEASE OF CHIZO RISING
COLLECTIBLE TILE GAME
SAN LEANDRO, CA - September 22, 2005 - Temple Games, Inc.,
today announced the worldwide release of its new game ChiZo
RISING. ChiZo RISING is a unique Collectable Tile Game (CTG),
featuring the depth of a CCG crossed with the elegance of a
board game, all wrapped up in striking game tiles printed in
Germany by the world-renowned Ludo Fact, GmbH.
"Officially unveiled at GenCon Indy 2005, ChiZo RISING has
already garnered rave reviews from those who have played the
game," said Jason Seeber, director of marketing at Temple
Games, Inc. "Now that we have full distribution and our
street team program in place, we can start to introduce the
world to the next generation in collectible gaming with
What do Pamela Anderson, Pokemon, and DBZ have in
According to Lycos Inc., which offered one of the Web's
earliest search engines, we've put this vast, powerful,
revolutionary new communications medium to work in service
of information about ... Pamela Anderson.
The rest of the top 10 has a few more wholesome subjects.
Dragonball was No. 2, followed by Pokemon, Britney Spears,
World Wrestling Entertainment, tattoos, Las Vegas, the NFL,
the Sept. 11 attacks and Christmas.
Slumping baseball card industry looks for ways to get
back in the game
Faced with declining revenue over the past decade, the
baseball card industry -- once composed of four major
manufacturers -- has been halved in a matter of months.
Insiders hope the shake-up will bring the struggling
industry out of its slump and help reclaim its main
demographic -- boys who are spending their money on other
diversions such as video games and the popular Yu-Gi-Oh game
Overwhelmed With D&D Online Players
Turbine, Inc. announced today that over 125,000 players have
officially joined the Dungeons & Dragons® Online: Stormreach™
Alpha program, but only a few thousand players have been
allowed entry into the Alpha due to limited space.
Toys "R" Us Announces Its Annual List of the Hottest
New Toys for the 2005 Holiday Season
GBA Micro from Nintendo makes the list as well the new iZ™
from Zizzle which isn’t even out yet.
Nintendo Unveils Revolution Controller
The company seeks to set a new interface standard for games
with its new freehand-style device
We waited and waited, and then waited some more, but now we
finally know what the Nintendo Revolution controller is all
about. Forget all the rumors you heard as this is nothing
like those. Come on in and discover for yourself how
Nintendo plans to change gaming as we know it.
L.A. Rush is blinged in gold for PS2 / Xbox
Midway said Thursday that the company's new racer L.A. Rush
has reached gold manufacturing status and will be available
in stores on October 10th.
The latest in the "Rush" series, L.A. Rush incldues a
virtual L.A. city with over 350 miles of road and 35
licensed vehicles. A story mode will let players race
through five recreated L.A. cities.
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2006 (PS2)
year, another PS2 wrestling game. Not that it's a bad thing,
mind you. Last year's SmackDown vs. Raw took as many steps
backwards as it did forwards, but that's to be expected from
a reinvented franchise. It still emerged a very decent
The crowd looks phenomenal, as well. I usually judge
wrestling game environments by the number of 3D fans that
are in the audience. This game has more than a few rows of
them, and they're some of the most rambunctious "marks" ever
in a wrestling game. Of course, they have a lot to cheer
about, with the amount of gameplay improvements being made
"American Chopper" Coming To Xbox, PS2 & PC
The cast of 'American Chopper', the hit Discovery Channel TV
series, feature in this excellent free roaming and racing
Gamers have to work against the clock to design and build
customised choppers under the orders of cult reality show
stars Paul and Paul Junior.
Madden touches down on PSP
Madden for the PSP shrinks almost all of its PlayStation 2
counterpart onto Sony's handheld, including familiar
play-calling screens, a robust franchise mode, and all the
on-field action Madden gamers are used to.
Gretzky hits the ice on the PS2
The Great One may be stuck behind the bench in Phoenix this
year as the Coyotes' new coach, but he's still lacing up the
skates and lighting the lamp in the lucrative licensed
likeness market. Sony Computer Entertainment America today
announced that Gretzky NHL 06 for the PlayStation 2 is now
available in stores across the country, with all the new NHL
rules, a new Wayne vs. Wayne mode, and an exclusive AHL
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (PS2,
"Something wicked this way hops..." The cracking great,
well-loved TV series is about to make its cinematic debut,
and keeping it company will be a movie tie-in game. See
what's in store with these early screenshots.
The cheese-loving, bumbling wallace and his sidekick Gromit
- a dog of almost frightening intellect - make the
long-awaited transition to the big screen with their latest
Fahrenheit ships to stores
Psychological thriller on its way to PC and consoles
Already receiving much critical praise in previews from the
media, Fahrenheit is a psychological thriller where the
player assumes the role of mulitple characters in a cat and
mouse chase to find the truth behind a series of grisly
murders in a frigid New York City.
Pokémon Mysterious Dungeon screenshots & details
Nintendo have recently unleashed several new screenshots
from their upcoming Pokémon titles, Pokémon Mysterious
Dungeon Red and Blue Rescue Force for the GBA and DS
respectively. We’ve also managed to uncover several new
details of both the story and the gameplay.
Apparently, at the beginning of the game your character is
transformed into a Pokémon. As with previous Pokémon titles,
which version you have will determine what Pokémon you will
transform into (fire types for Red & water types for Blue).
You are also asked a set of questions which determine the
result of your transformation.
Avoiding 'Pokemon' Seizures From TV, Video Games
The Epilepsy Foundation has issued new guidelines to help
avoid rare cases of seizures triggered by flickering lights
from TV and video games.