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Astro Partners With Activision And Treyarch on Call of Duty



ASTRO Gaming, creators of premium video gaming equipment, today announced an exciting new partnership with Call of Duty®: Black Ops III publisher Activision and its award-winning development studio, Treyarch.  As part of the agreement, ASTRO Gaming’s new eSports products, which will be revealed at PAX Prime in Seattle August 28-31, have become the Official Audio Gaming Headsets of Call of Duty: Black Ops III.

ASTRO Gaming is already well-known as the preferred gaming headset brand for numerous competitive Call of Duty teams, including Team EnVyUs and 2-time X-Games Gold Medalists OpTic Gaming. In addition, ASTRO’s A40 headset and MixAmp Pro were featured at the Call of Duty® Championship earlier this year.

“As we prepare to unveil a new evolution in ASTRO Gaming professional audio equipment, we’re honored to be working with Call of Duty, the leading console eSports franchise worldwide, and of course one of the biggest gaming entertainment properties in history.” said Aron Drayer, VP of Marketing, ASTRO Gaming.  “eSports has grown dramatically over the last 5 years, and with it the needs of the athletes has also evolved. Our new products will redefine expectations of what Pro really means. We will be working closely to spread the message about our new products to all consumers, while simultaneously helping to grow awareness of the eSports lifestyle overall, including competing, spectating and streaming.”

Details relating to ASTRO Gaming’s new Call of Duty: Black Ops III headsets and accessories will be announced at PAX Prime, in Seattle, August 28-31.  For more information about ASTRO Gaming, please visit www.astrogaming.com.

About Call of Duty: Black Ops III
Call of Duty: Black Ops III is set in the year 2065, where bio augmentation and cybernetic enhancements have given rise to a new breed of Black Ops soldiers. Through Direct Neural Interface (DNI) technology, players are now connected to the intelligence grid and their fellow operatives during battle. This elite squad consists of men and women who have enhanced their combat capabilities to fight faster, stronger, and smarter. Black Ops III also offers the deepest, most rewarding multiplayer ever offered in Call of Duty®, featuring a brand new chain-based fluid movement system, Specialist characters with unique weapons and abilities, Gunsmith weapon customization tools and, in the PlayStation® 4, Xbox One and PC versions of the title, a range of new eSports capabilities.  In addition, Treyarch’s signature Zombies mode makes its return with “Shadows of Evil,” an on-disc experience set in a 1940s film noir-inspired era that follows four unwitting characters that must work together to stay alive while a mysterious, shadowy figure offers them a path to redemption.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III, slated for release on November 6, 2015, is in development for the PlayStation® 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation® 3 and Xbox 360.  The title is not yet rated. For more information, visit: www.callofduty.comwww.youtube.com/callofduty.

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Exciting Lineup For Indiecade Festival 2015


IndieCadeSiteCornerLogoRTIndieCade, the premier international festival of independent games, has revealed a diverse and exciting programming lineup for this year’s IndieCade Festival that will explore the transformational and inspirational power of game development and challenge attendees to push the limits of game design themselves.

This year’s annual event will feature talks across three different tracks – “THINK” (previously known as the Conference), IndieXchange and GameU – each led by some of the most influential independent game developers from around the world. These tracks will dig deep into how design impacts player experience, represents games as art, and much more.

IndieCade Festival will once again be held in downtown Culver City, CA, October 23-25, 2015, with IndieCade Conference and IndieXchange beginning October 22. Tickets for the Festival and more information can now be found on the IndieCade website.

“The game industry is transforming, with emerging voices bringing diversity, talent and inspiration to some spectacularly creative games,” said Stephanie Barish, chief executive officer and founder, IndieCade. “Part of this transformation comes from pushing the boundaries of design and fearlessly tackling topics like gender and sexuality, as well as all forms of games and creation, whether tabletop, virtual reality, experimental games, or others. IndieCade Festival 2015 will celebrate this growth and will help push this trend further forward. Through our programs, our session leaders and developer attendees will collaborate and learn from one another, and have the opportunity to find their own paths through the continuing industry transformation.”

IndieCade will be host to several IndieCade Festival keynote discussions and main sessions. Naomi Clark, developer of Consentacle, Nina Freeman, creator of How Do You Do It?, and Robert Yang, developer of Cobra Club and Succulent will discuss intimacy and sexuality in games during their keynote. Another keynote session will throwback to take a look at “Girl Games” from the 80s and 90s, and will feature Brenda Laurel, creator of Purple Moon and Christy Marx, developer of Tales of the Crystal, and will be moderated by Rachel Weil of FEMICOM. (more…)

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RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Available Now for iOS

RC 3Considered by critics to be the all-time genre-leading coaster park simulation game, RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 is a bestselling PC classic, now available for iPhone and iPad as it was always intended without in-app purchases or free to play functions.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 brings all the fun of running your own rollercoaster park to iOS, with new touch-friendly controls and an all-new modernized user interface. Players can sculpt organic landscapes and reshape the world with a touch, personalizing parks with paths, shops, scenery, rides, twisting rollercoasters and more, all in stunning 3D.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 for iOS features all 18 scenarios from the original PC game, five park themes, 100 pre-built rollercoasters, the fully-featured rollercoaster creator, and the complete original sandbox mode where creativity can run wild. An in-depth management simulation drives the performance of the park, as players thrill guests with rides and entertainment, earning money to dream and build even bigger.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 for iOS supports iPad Mini 2 (2013), iPad Mini 3 (2014), iPad Air (2013), iPad Air 2 (2014), iPhone 5S (2014), iPhone 6 (2014) and iPhone 6+ (2014). RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 is available now on the App Store for £3.99 ($4.99, €4.49). Play RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 for iOS and unleash your creativity anywhere, any time.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 is developed and published by Frontier Developments, developers of the upcoming Planet Coaster. Planet Coaster is an all-new game that embodies the spirit of the classic ‘Tycoon’ titles, launching in 2016 for PC and available now to preorder. Planet Coaster is the new destination for everyone who cares about coaster parks and management sims.

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Robot Invader’s Wind-Up Knight 2 coming To Wii U™


WK2LogoUnity Games, the game publishing division of Unity Technologies Japan, today announced the release of the popular Wind-up Knight 2 for the Wii U™ system.  Originally developed by Robot Invader for Android and iOS, Wind-up Knight 2 has since become one of today’s most popular mobile platform games.  The game has been extensively updated and rebalanced for the console experience and is available now on Wii U in the Nintendo eShop for $7.50 USD SRP.

As the game publishing studio behind the Unity engine, Unity Games is directly involved in showcasing the engine’s platform extensibility by identifying exceptional games and introducing them to entirely new gaming audiences on entirely new gaming systems.  With Wind-up Knight 2, Unity Games went one step further, by directly managing the game’s transition from iOS and Android to Wii U.  The studio curated an internal development team who focused on updating the title and making sure the popular mobile platform game was even more accessible and easy-to-use for Wii U fans.  Wind-up Knight 2, represents the first ever Wii U title from Unity Games and the studio’s North American debut as a Nintendo publisher.


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World’s First Smart Ring Gaming Controller Launched

Titanium Falcon Talon

Talon (PRNewsFoto/Titanium Falcon, Inc.)

Founded in 2014, the company plans to raise $300,000 funds on crowdfunding site Indiegogo.com in a campaign aimed at early gadget adopter and will last one month from the end of this August.

The Smart Ring Gaming Controller, so-called Talon, has a slim fashion design with less than 3.8mm in thickness and at a price no more than $100.

An innovative product always starts from a great idea. “Currently, in order to play motion-controlled games, consumers must purchase all the expensive hardware: TVs, Wii, X-box or Kinect are just a few of them,” says CEO and Founder Guo Juan. “We believe our touch-less and motion controlled smart ring will change the way users play games forever.

By using Bluetooth Low Energy technology and 9-axis motion control sensor, Talon smart ring could connect with any smart device (phone, tablet, smart TV, smart watch, PC/MAC or VR headset), and the ring will convert users’ hand gestures to appropriate input for the game or application.

Titanium Falcon focuses on making the user experience easier and more fun with Talon. “Talon will enable gamers to play games instantly at any place and time, free hand, while on the go,” Guo says. “Users can play mobile games or control applications even when they are doing other things such as running, cooking, taking the bus and so on.”

Talon is also equipped with 2 action buttons to offer more control options for gamers. The ring is compatible with almost all types of games, including shooting, racing and sports games.

Key technology features of the Talon include: Bluetooth low energy, 32-bite CPU, Noise Reduction Technology and 9-axis motion control sensor, including accelerometer, gyroscope and compass.

With a diverse team of designers and engineers, and focusing on renovating the gaming industry by developing the latest wearable product, Titanium Falcon has become a pioneer company in developing innovative smart gear. The company says it just won the 1st Place in the Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Pitch Fest.

For more information, visit www.TitaniumFalcon.com

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