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WizKids’ Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men News

dicemasters_group2WizKids‘ President Justin Ziran took to the company’s blog to address the shortage of their latest (and newest hot) game, WizKids Dice Masters. The game, which has an Avengers vs. X-Men theme, spun out of another WizKids game Quarriors, with a collectible twist. 4 years later…..

The demand for the game has skyrocketed, especially after it debuted before retailers at the GAMA Trade Show. That lead to surge of interest for the starters, though boosters are available. Luckily, WizKids has rushed out 2 reprints, that will carry the product through to the next release in September X-Men.

Basically, expect some initial shortages, and WizKids has apologized. It’s an interesting blog post that goes into shipping and some other details that might be fascinating to those who like a peak behind the curtain that is the game business. It also shoots down some rumors running around.

So, knowing all of that, does this affect your interest in getting the game or when you plan to get it?

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Highlights from Day 1 of the 11th Annual Games for Change Festival

Earlier today, Games for Change kicked off the first day of the 11th Annual Games for Change Festival, held as part of the Tribeca Innovation Week at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T (TFF). You can catch archived footage at their Livestream channel.

Below is a recap of today’s event, including highlights from a few key presentations.

Highlights from Day 1 of the Games for Change Panel include:

In a session on how games can achieve social impact at scale, GlassLab (the Games, Learning and Assessment Lab), discussed how  collaboration is the key to increasing the social impact of games. The Lab is a collaboration between leaders in commercial games, experts in learning and assessment, and many other organizations with a role to play in the landscape of 21st century learning. Participants got a first look at a new game, launched at Games for Change, called Mars Generation One: Argubot Academy, which was developed in collaboration with NASA. GlassLab provides a model to accelerate the research, development and distribution of high-quality educational games.

Jane McGonigal, world-renowned designer of alternate reality games and New York Times best-selling author, gave a talk on what games for change will be like in the year 2024. The talk encouraged spectators to think beyond today’s generation of social, mobile, and quest-based games.

Noah Falstein, Chief Game Designer for Google, spoke about the ecosystem of game development, including new technology, research, hardware, and business models that are all causing disruption and their significant implications for Games for Change.

In a talk called State of the Indie + State of the Industry, Zach Gage, game designer, and Erik Huey, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, Entertainment Software Association, highlighted the current realities and trends in the game creation world with a focus on indie gaming.

In a session by Pontus Westerberg, Digital Projects Officer from UN-Habitat, Pontus explained the process and benefits of using Minecraft in building projects, giving examples from Kenya, Nepal, Sweden and Haiti. In 2012, UN-Habitat, the United Nations programme for sustainable towns and cities, and Mojang, the makers of Minecraft, entered into an innovative partnership. Through the partnership, named Block by Block, UN-Habitat uses Minecraft to involve citizens, particularly young people, in the planning and design of quality public spaces worldwide.

Abby Speight, Senior Product Manager of Zynga.org, moderated a session called “Designing for Impact: How Commercial Games Are a Platform for Engaging Players in Social Causes.” The discussion featured experienced game designers who have proven that the right balance among competing priorities in commercial games can lead to impact in the real world without sacrificing gameplay or business outcomes.

Dr. Adam Gazzaley, neuroscientist at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), shared a vision of the future in which video games are used as an underlying engine to enhance our brain’s information processing systems, thus reducing our reliance on non-specific drugs to treat neurological and psychiatric conditions and allowing us to better target our educational efforts.

Tomorrow marks the second day of the three day-long Games for Change Festival. A full schedule of the tomorrow’s events, including panel/keynote topics can be found here.

Batman Arkham Origins Cold, Cold Heart Launch Trailer

BAO_ColdColdHeart_Ice_Key Art_LightWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today released Cold, Cold Heart, the action-packed story add-on for Batman: Arkham Origins. Set on New Year’s Eve,Cold, Cold Heart sheds light on the tragic origin story of Mr. Freeze and players will discover how he earned his place as one of Gotham City’s greatest villains.Cold, Cold Heart is available today for purchase on the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Games Store and STEAM for $9.99 and also for players who have purchased the Batman: Arkham Origins Season Pass and are connected to the Internet.

The Cold, Cold Heart Story Add-On introduces new locations including Wayne Manor and GothCorp, taking players on an ice-cold journey as Victor Fries encounters Batman for the first time. Players will have access to all new gadgets including Thermocharged Batarangs and Thermal Gloves. Batman is also equipped with his powerful Extreme Environment (XE) suit to take down Mr. Freeze and his Cryo-thugs in hours of new story content.

DC HeroClix: The Flash Out in October

28434The Flash Gravity Feed_MDHeroclix and Wizkids brings the speed (force) this October 15 with DC HeroClix: The Flash. October will see the release of the 24 count Gravity Feed. In November we’ll see booster packs and a Fast Force pack released. The set will also have a Release Day Organized Play Kit.

Single-figure foil packs retail for the usual $2.99 and feature 10 figures. That release will have a flat rarity and will include Max Mercury, Golden Glider, Gorilla City Soldiers, and Central City Police.

28434Heroclix Flash  Booster_MDThe booster packs will retail for the usual $12.99 and feature five figures. That set will contain 68 figures from all eras of the Flash’s history. The release will include the Harley Quinn HeroClix World Champion Piece and the 2013 DC Fan Vote Winner, Etrigan the Demon. You can expect to see the Rogues, allies, and even the Authority. The set will have 17 common figures, 16 uncommon, 16 rares, and 12 super rare figures. Each of those will have a prime figure as well. There’s also 3 chase figures.

28434Flash The Rogues_MDThe DC HeroClix: The Flash The Rogues Fast Forces Pack will include 6, Captains Cold, Boomerang, Mirror Master, Weather Wizard, Heat Wave and the Pied Piper, as well as two exclusive maps.  It’ll retail for $16.99.

The Release Day Organized Play Kit will include 3 limited edition 3D objects (three copies of one object), five 2-sides maps, and an instruction sheet.  Stores are limited in the number of OP Kits they may order from their distributor based on cumulative cases of product ordered, with no more than 3 OP Kits per retail store.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Game – Launch Trailer

Become Spider-Man in an action-packed, open-world adventure, as the extraordinary wall-crawler must save New York City from the formidable villain Electro in the midst of a massive villainous gang war! Experience web-slinging, wall-crawling, and fluid aerobic combat like never before on your mobile device!

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here! I’ll be heading to Awesome Con, so if anyone will be there, find me and say “hi”!

Around the Tubes

The Mary Sue – This Cosplayer Made Herself Into Pacific Rim’s Gipsy Danger, Will Kill All Kaiju For Her Family – So awesome.

ArtsBeat – Cast of ‘Fun Home’ Heading to South Carolina Amid Dispute Over Book – Good on them.

The Mary Sue – Bob’s Burgers Wendy and Lizzie Molyneux Tapped to Write Comic Book Movie Adaptation – I approve.

The Hollywood Reporter – ‘Spider-Man 2′ Post-Credit ‘X-Men’ Cameo Explained – Not some big deal, just interesting advertising deals.

Kotaku – Spider-Man Is MIA On Xbox One, And Activision Won’t Say Why – A loss?

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – Batman Eternal #2

Comic Vine – Captain Action Cat: The Timestream CATastrophe! #1

Comic Vine – Five Weapons #8

Talking Comics – Ms. Marvel #3

Comic Vine – Ms. Marvel #3

Talking Comics – Sinestro #1

Comic Vine – Solar, Man of the Atom #1

Comic Vine – Translucid #1

Comic Vine – Uncanny X-Men #20

Comic Vine – Wolverine #4

CBR – X-O Manowar #24

Comic Vine – X-O Manowar #24

Pax East Insights from Eventbrite

Last weekend was PAX East, and all of geekdom (and social media) rejoiced, so Eventbrite, an online ticketing service popular amongst gamer events, decided to give us a peek behind the curtain of the show for those who couldn’t attend. Partnering with Mashwork, Eventbrite analyzed all posts from Twitter, Facebook, forums, and blogs about Pax East during the three-day convention.

  • PAX East created a bit of a social media frenzy: the event drove a whopping 193,000+ social media posts, driving 500+ more posts than PAX Prime 2013 and 25% more social volume than PAX East 2013!
  • There were more women in the mix than ever: 28% of people talking about PAX East were women, up from 25% at PAX East 2013 and 26% at PAX Prime 2013, indicating that female attendance and social sharing at gaming events is steadily growing.
  • Move over, Nintendo! Indie games drove big buzz: Over a third of all discussion around game announcements and demos centered on indie games — great to see new names breaking through.

Conversations studied ran the gamut, and general excitement about PAX East dominated social discussion (48%), followed by chatter about gaming tournaments, like the Towerfall tournament and the 25K Infinite Crisis Event (15%). Other discussion topics included cosplay (12%), game announcements and demos (10%), Panels (9%), and parties and concerts (6%). The biggest social spike of the convention was the announcement of PAX South, driving over 5,500 posts from excited gamers.

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Magic: Prominent Game Devs Help Design Magic 2015

As if there isn’t already enough excitement around the upcoming release of Magic 2015, Wizards of the Coast has announced that the set will feature fourteen cards from some of the world’s most renowned game developers! The Magic 2015 – Core Set releases July 18, 2014.

The announcement was made at PAX East with George Fan, designer of Plants vs Zombies, revealing the card he designed, Genesis Hydra:

The developers who contributed their card ideas for Magic 2015 include:

  • George Fan: designer of Plants vs Zombies
  • Mike Krahulik & Jerry Holkins: Gabe and Tycho, creators of Penny Arcade
  • Markus Persson: “Notch,” creator of Minecraft and founder of Mojang
  • Richard Garriot: “Lord British,” creator of the Ultima series
  • David Sirlin: designer on Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, Yomi
  • Rob Pardo: chief creative officer at Blizzard, lead designer of World of Warcraft
  • Isaiah Cartwright: lead game designer for Guild Wars 2
  • Justin Gary: designer of Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer and Solforge
  • Stone Librande: lead designer at Riot Games, designer of Diablo 3, creative director of SimCity
  • Brian Fargo: founder and CEO of inXile Entertainment, director of Bard’s Tale, Wasteland, executive producer of Fallout
  • Mike Neumann: Gearbox Software, creative director on Borderlands
  • James Ernest: owner and lead designer for Cheapass Games, designer of Kill Doctor Lucky
  • Edmund McMillen: indie designer of Super Meat Boy, featured in Indie Game: The Movie
  • Brad Muir: game designer at Double Fine Productions leading Massive Chalice, project lead on Iron Brigade

In addition to the cards designed by the 14 game developers, Magic 2015 will feature a card designed by the Magic community.  The card, Waste Not, was a result of “You Make the Card,” a six-month long event during which the Magic community worked together to design a brand-new Magic card.

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Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare’s New Zomboss Down DLC

Starting now, the hilarious shooter Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare heads to the Wild West in Zomboss Down, the brand-new free downloadable game pack. The new pack will feature even weirder shooter fun with the new Cactus Canyon Gardens and Graveyards Map, eight new playable characters, over 200 wild customization items, an increased Level cap from 20 to 30 for each character, and all-new challenges to accomplish on Xbox One, and Xbox 360 systems.

In Zomboss Down the plants have blasted down Dr. Zomboss’s blimp and unleashed packs of zombies, who are now roaming the desert and battling their way through the wreckage to reach the local golf course. This golf course doubles as a super-secret facility housing a Cactus army on the unbelievable new Gardens and Graveyards Map, Cactus Canyon. Players will also enjoy increased character levels and eight fun new characters like the Archeologist Zombie, the Wrestling Star Zombie, the Law Pea and the Sun Pharaoh. In addition, players will discover weapon upgrades and skins for new characters, new accessories, tattoos and facial hair, and even more.

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Can you Read Fables to same way after seeing this The Wolf Among Us Bug?

Kotaku has found what they think is one of the best video game bugs of the year in The Wolf Among Us, the video game based on the Vertigo comic series Fables. I know I’ll never be able to see Bigby Wolf the same way after witnessing this. What the eyes can not un-see…. If the whole being a Fable/detective thing doesn’t work for Bigby, he’ll make a great addition to Magic Mike 2.

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