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2nd December 2008

Syberia on Nintendo DS Has Shipped To North American Stores

TorontoDreamcatcher, a leading publisher of interactive entertainment software and Microïds, one of the leading adventure games producers and publishers, owner of the Syberia franchise, has announced that Syberia for Nintendo DS™ has shipped to retail stores in North America.

A visual masterpiece created by Benoit Sokal, Syberia has captured the hearts and the imagination of PC gamers worldwide. The charming characters, stimulating puzzles and fascinating storyline of Syberia come to life on DS bringing with it the full musical score and breathtaking cut scenes which helped to make this title PC Adventure Game of the Year.

“Syberia has been a favorite among the adventure gaming community since its release in 2002,” said Brian Gladman, Global Product Manager at The Adventure Company. “We wanted to remain true to the quality of this title in the DS version, players will find the adapted soundtrack and stunning visuals of Syberia translate extremely well into the DS platform.”

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26th November 2008

Home Sweet Home: Christmas Edition Is Out

London, OntarioBig Blue Bubble is proud to present “Home Sweet Home: Christmas Edition”! Christmas spirit has faded away in the town of Good Tidings. It’s up to you and your expert team of builders to help them out!

Make your clients happy by solving their riddle based requests and designing their dream room! You can design rooms in an infinite number of ways because you pick the type of furniture, its color, style, and where it goes. It’s going to take all of your New Tools and New Furniture to bring Style and Christmas Cheer to the Living Rooms, Offices, Basements, Kitchens, and Bathrooms of the townspeople.

The remarkably easy and intuitive drag and drop system and helpful tutorials will allow you jump right into designing rooms and making your clients happy. Santa needs you – so get designing!

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26th November 2008

New Farming Board Game Has Roots Deep in the Canadian Prairie

Mississauga – Christmas shoppers looking for something different this year could be forgiven for thinking that the only new board games available these days are yet more “-opoly” variations. But this year, a Canadian game inventor is out to change that. His unique new game, “Sodbusters”, allows players to relive the adventure of settling and farming the prairie, and is now available in Peavey Mart and selected True Value stores throughout Western Canada.

“Just about everyone has one or two ‘-opoly’ games already kicking around the house,” notes Randal Heide, designer of Sodbusters. “But how often are they played? Who isn’t tired of games where all you do is roll the dice and move around the board on a track?”

Enter Sodbusters, which was not only designed in Canada but produced by a Canadian artist and a Canadian manufacturer. “When I sat down to design a game based on farming,” says Heide, “I focused on the essence of the profession: acquiring land and deciding what to raise on it. So that’s what you do in Sodbusters – no moving around a board hoping to land on a lucky space.”

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25th November 2008

Fantasea Line Releases the FS-610 Underwater Housing for Nikon Coolpix S610 and S610c Digital Cameras

VancouverFantasea Line announces the addition of a new housing specifically designed for the Nikon Coolpix S610 and S610c digital cameras. The FS-610 housing is fully functional providing photographers with access to all camera functions. Fantasea’s new housing design and improved construction, together with a depth rating to 60 meters/200 feet, makes the FS-610 ideal for outdoor and underwater photographers. The Fantasea FS-610 housing has a double O-ring seal on all controls, anti-glare hood over LCD screen, and built-in diffuser. The FS-610 also features a 46mm port ring thread for easy attachment of accessory lenses and filters.

Additional controls and features include:

Shutter Release
Power Switch
Exposure Compensation
Flash Mode
Self Timer
Macro
Playback
Menu
Mode
Delete
OK Button

The FS-610, like all Fantasea Housings comes with an optional Accessory System which enables photographers to further enhance their imaging capability.

Underwater photographers can dive or snorkel and capture all the excitement of this fascinating world, while outdoor photographers also have the option of capturing the action of such activities as white water and paddle sports, sailing and boating, surfing, fishing, hunting, backpacking and camping. The FS-610 protects the Coolpix camera from water, sand, dust, and other damaging elements.

Flood Insurance:

As with all other Fantasea Camera Housings, in the event of accidental water leakage, the Coolpix camera inside is insured. This attractive additional protection is exclusive only to Fantasea Housings and provides the ultimate peace of mind for photographers, who want to be sure their cameras are adequately and safely protected during use in these rugged environments.

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25th November 2008

Tritone Launches CourseWatch 2.0 Offering Customizable Music Education Content

Vancouver Tritone has released the newest version of CourseWatch, Tritone’s course management system. A significant upgrade to the current product line, CourseWatch 2.0 was created in conjunction with the University of New Brunswick Faculty of Computer Science.

Tritone Music Education Systems, located in Vancouver, British Columbia is an innovator and developer of online music education services, applications and technology software. Tritone is a pioneer in e-learning music education solutions for public schools and distance education.

Garnett MacMullin , President of Tritone: “CW 2.0 (CourseWatch 2.0) reaches another milestone for Tritone in improving online music education. CourseWatch is tailored for online delivery and hosting interactive multimedia educational content. The system returns an immediate response to the student and tracks all learning activities for the teachers. Tightly integrated with the Javatrax keyboard interface, CourseWatch retains the student’s activities as part of the reporting system for immediate review or playback”.
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25th November 2008

Skate 2 Hits Stores January

Vancouver – Black Box, an Electronic Arts Inc. studio announced today that Skate 2, the sequel to the genre-defining original game will hit retailers in North America on January 21st, 2009 and worldwide on January 23rd, 2009 – making it one of the first must-have games of 2009. Players that can’t wait until January can indulge their irrepressible Skate craving even sooner, with the Graphics Creator, a web-based customization tool launching next month on www.skate.ea.com. For those in North America anxious to shred the streets in blaring style can pre-order now for an exclusive code to unlock the Throwback Pack, a special upgrade pack that includes retro clothing, accessories and gestures.

The Graphics Creator is a web-based application that ups the ante in self-expression. With this tool, gamers have the freedom to create custom graphics for their in-game hats, decks and shirts, infusing their skateboarding experience with an unrivaled level of individuality. The Throwback Pack features a variety of retro stylings including, tie-dye t-shirts, Skate or Die apparel, Robot and ‘Window Shade’ sunglasses, gestures circa the hippie-age and much more!

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21st November 2008

Rusty Axe Releases Big$hot

Rusty Axe Games, a developer and publisher of downloadable game software located in Terrace, BC, is proud to announce the release of Big$hot! Big$hot is an exciting new financial strategy game about buying and developing business properties from the team that brought you Real E$tate Empire.

In Big$hot you play the role of an entrepreneur whose job is to build a portfolio of properties that can be leveraged into a business empire.

Big$hot is easy to learn how to play with a complete tutorial system, context sensitive help and an online Q&A system that can be launched from within the game.

What to hold, what to fix, what to package up and deal off – it’s all about risk and reward as you try to build your property monopolies and acquire strategic businesses that will help you build and promote your burgeoning business empire.

Game Features:

Build monopolies to reduce costs and increase profits.
Drive down repair and improvement costs by picking up construction companies.
Reduce advertising costs by owning media companies.
Control a realty business to fast track sales of your own businesses.

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21st November 2008

Ubisoft Announces New Downloadable Content For Far Cry 2 Before Month’s End

Today Ubisoft announced it will release exciting new downloadable content (DLC) for Far Cry® 2, which was developed by Ubisoft Montreal. The Fortune’s Pack DLC will bring new vehicles and new weapons to both the single-player game and the multiplayer game, giving gamers even more diverse means of destruction. Be the silent stalker armed with your silent shotgun or jump on your new quad and blast through the dunes of Africa. The Fortune’s Pack DLC for Far Cry 2 will be available for download from Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and from PlayStation®Network.

The Fortune’s Pack DLC for Far Cry 2 includes:

Single-Player Mode

Three brand-new weapons
– Silenced shotgun
– Sawed-off shotgun
– Crossbow

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19th November 2008

Gothic 3: Forsaken Gods and Gothic 3 Collector’s Edition

Toronto – JoWooD Productions and DreamCatcher Games, leading publishers of interactive entertainment software around the world, today announced Gothic 3: Forsaken Gods for Windows® has shipped to retail stores in North America. Also releasing today is the Gothic 3 Collector’s Edition, the complete Gothic 3 experience in a special collector’s tin case containing the most up-to-date version of Gothic 3, the complete version of Forsaken Gods Add On, a ‘Making of Gothic’ DVD, Official Soundtrack CD and a full-color map.

The official Gothic 3 Add On, Forsaken Gods takes you a step further into the fantastical world of this epic RPG series. This exciting new chapter of the Gothic series introduces intoxicating new quests, monsters, armour and weapons while the gaming experience offers a sense of intense realism, provides 15-20 hours of non-stop gameplay and introduces an improved combat system.
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19th November 2008

Shred Concrete This Holiday With Skate It!

EA’s Award-Winning Videogame Brings the Thrill of Skateboarding to Gamers of All Ages Today


EA Montreal and Black Box, studios of Electronic Arts Inc. have announced that their award-winning Skate It videogame hits retailers in North America today and in Europe starting November 20th for the Wii™ and Nintendo DS™. Gamers can feel the rush of nailing the perfect skate line by using the Wii Remote, nunchuck and Nintendo DS stylus controls. Or they can get in touch with the skateboard even more by planting their feet on the Wii Balance Board and using it to skate, manual and throw down dozens of other authentic moves.

“We wanted to reinvigorate the action sports genre for the Nintendo audience,” said Scott Blackwood, Executive Producer, Black Box. “Skate It is not only true to the soul of the Skate franchise, but also leverages everything unique about the Wii and Nintendo DS, making it one of the best and most intuitive skateboarding games for the Nintendo platforms.”

In Skate It, gamers return to a destroyed San Vanelona, where they’ll skate their favourite skate spots, customize areas to make them their own, and earn the opportunity to travel the world, all on their path to becoming Thrasher Magazine’s Skater of the Year. The game also boasts a variety of high-action multiplayer challenges that will have players competing for ultimate bragging rights.

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