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Nov
04

DISTURBED ANNOUNCE THE ASYLUM INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE

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DISTURBED ANNOUNCE

THE ASYLUM INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE

ONLINE GAME BASED ON THE ALBUM ‘ASYLUM’

PREMIERED OCTOBER 28, 2010

Burbank, CA – Grammy-nominated hard rock band Disturbed will premiere The Asylum Interactive Experience on October 28th    Based on the music from the band’s new album, the dark, intense game commits players to the Asylum and dares them to try to unlock its secrets.   Fans must try to escape in order to prevent a horrifying future from overtaking the world and to win exclusive songs, never-before-seen photos, and more.   The Asylum Interactive Experience can be entered at www.disturbedasylum.com.  View an exclusive trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdoae1EOT_4

Asylum, recently released on Reprise Records, is Disturbed’s fourth consecutive studio album to debut at No. 1, a feat achieved by only two other rock groups in history: Metallica and the Dave Matthews Band.   The first single off the album, “Another Way To Die” is a #1 hit at Active Rock Radio, and the current single, “Animal” is quickly climbing the rock radio charts.

Early critical praise for Asylum has been effusive.  USA Today called it “a tight, sharp-riffed ride…the combo of aggressive roar and guitar grace recalls Metallica’s finest moments” and the New York Daily News declared “On Asylum, Disturbed finely weigh power and delicacy, catchiness Read More→

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Sep
28

Dynasty Warriors, new tactical combat MMO Gameplay Preview

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Dynasty Warriors, new tactical combat

MMO Gameplay Preview

set in the Three Kingdoms era of Ancient China and the beautiful

graphics will transport players back ….

Dynasty Warriors Online is the first online tactical combat game (MMO) from Techmo Koei. It is set in the Three Kingdoms era of Ancient China and the beautiful graphics will transport players back into the heart of this dramatic and romantic period. This game artfully combines MMO elements with the fast paced, exciting combat players have grown love from other Dynasty Warriors titles. In Dynasty Warriors Online, players are able to:

• Lay waste to thousands of opponents in every battle.

• For the first time, play online with friends from around the world. Up to 24 players can participate in Show Downs.
• Unique in-game, instance based leveling allows players to change their strategies mid-fight by leveling up various attributes.
• Numerous battle modes to allow players to fight one another, hone their skills in solo modes, even capture enemy towns.

In addition to these, Dynasty Warriors Online is the first title to feature character creation that allows the player to become the hero of the story. As players grow and become more powerful warriors, they continue to become more individual as the game offers a variety of customization options for both armor and weapons. To take their power to even higher levels, players can take advantage of an easy to use item enhancement system. Every warrior should have a place to call home; Dynasty Warriors Online provides player houses and furinture to decorate the place to all their social needs. Finally, Dynasty Warriors Online has a guild system to let players create newer and greater strategies for large-scale wars!

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Aug
12

‘THE CATALYST’ FEATURED IN GAME PLAY

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EA & LINKIN PARK JOIN FORCES

FOR MEDAL OF HONOR

Exclusive Sneak Peak of Band’s new single, “The Catalyst,” will be featured in gameplay trailer directed by Joe Hahn

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – July 27, 2010 – Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) today announced that the Grammy award-winning rock band Linkin Park will headline the in-game soundtrack for Medal of Honor™ with the lead song to their new album A Thousand Suns (releasing on September 14). The song, entitled “The Catalyst,” will be featured in an exclusive trailer directed by the band’s Joe Hahn. The trailer is a unique first-of-its-kind mix of live footage and intense modern military action from the Medal of Honor game and will be released exclusively on August 1 at http://www.medalofhonor.com/linkin-park. Check out a preview of the song today at www.medalofhonor.com/linkinpark.
Medal of Honor marks the beginning of an innovative new relationship between EA and Linkin Park,” said Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive, Music and Music Marketing, EA. “I’ve personally known the band since 1999, and they have always been an intensely creative group who understand the power of videogames and have wanted to explore and expand the medium’s possibilities. ‘The Catalyst’ is one of the most anticipated tracks of the year, and the combination of this new song and Joe Hahn’s distinctive visual dynamic re-sets the bar in our commitment to bringing together landmark EA games with artists whose talents go far beyond music.”

“This is a unique, creative association for us and a collaboration that we are excited about,” said Joe Hahn, trailer director and DJ for Linkin Park. “The opportunity to help introduce “The Catalyst” via the new Medal of Honor game creates a new bond between EA, our fans, and the band’s overall vision for the new digital frontier. We are enormously proud of the music on A Thousand Suns and are excited to have created an exclusive trailer around the lead track.”

Linkin Park was recently named the No. 1 selling Rock/Alt Band of the Decade by SoundScan/Billboard. Over the course of the past few years, they’ve amassed more than 50 million worldwide sales, a remarkable string of chart-topping hit singles, a pair of Grammy wins, and an international fan base whose members number in the millions.

For the first time in its 11-year history, Medal of Honor leaves the WWII theatre and enters the modern setting of war-torn Afghanistan. The game is told through the lens of a small band of fictional characters. Medal of Honor introduces players to the Tier 1 Operator, an elite warrior and relatively unknown instrument of the U.S. Military that operates under the National Command Authority to take on missions no one else can handle.

Medal of Honor launches on October 12, 2010 in North America and October 15 in Europe for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system and PC. Follow the game on Twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/medalofhonor or become a fan on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/medalofhonor.

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About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is a leading global interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the Company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers, wireless devices and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTS™, EA™, EA Mobile™ and POGO™. In fiscal 2010, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $3.7 billion and had 27 titles that sold more than one million units. EA’s homepage and online game site is www.ea.com <http://www.ea.com>. More information about EA’s products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at <http://info.ea.com>.

EA, EA SPORTS, EA Mobile, POGO and Medal of Honor are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc.  “PlayStation” is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.  Xbox and Xbox 360 are trademarks of the Microsoft Group of companies. iTunes is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Twitter is a registered trademark of Twitter, Inc. Facebook is a registered trademark of Facebook, Inc.

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Jun
27

NICKELBACK DEBUTS ROCK BAND MUSIC GAME RELEASE

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NICKELBACK. ROCK BAND. ‘NUFF SAID.

Cambridge, Mass. – June 25, 2010 – Harmonix and MTV Games today announced that Canadian rockers Nickelback will make their Rock Band debut next week in the Rock Band Music Store of downloadable content for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Wii.

With more than 400 artists, including Jimi Hendrix, The Who, AC/DC and Green Day, who are exclusive to Rock Band, as well as more than 1,500 songs available through the Rock Band platform and 70 million songs sold through its download store alone, Rock Band is the undisputed sales and content leader in the interactive music space, providing the deepest and best selection of artists, songs and albums.

Rock Band DLC additions for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system and Wii

Alternative rockers Nickelback, formed in 1995 in Canada, are the 11th best-selling act of the 2000s, with more than 30 million records sold worldwide. The band will make their debut in Rock Band next week with a six pack of songs.

“Nickelback Pack 01” will include “Burn It to the Ground” and “This Afternoon” from 2008’s album, Dark Horse, which has held a place in the Top 100 of the Billboard 200 since its release last year. Also included are “Photograph” and “Rockstar” from 2005’s All the Right Reasons, which was certified eight-times platinum in the United States in October 2009, making it one of the best-selling albums in U.S. history. “Figured You Out” from 2003’s three-time platinum The Long Road and “Never Again” from 2001’s six-time platinum Silver Side Up will also be featured in “Nickelback Pack 01.”

Available on Xbox 360®, Wii and PlayStation 3 system (June 29):

· “Burn It to the Ground”

· “Figured You Out”

· “Never Again”

· “Photograph”

· “Rockstar”

· “This Afternoon”

(All tracks are original master recordings)

(These tracks will be available in Europe on PlayStation 3 system June 30)

These tracks will be available for purchase as “Nickelback Pack 01” as well as individual tracks on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 system, and as individual tracks only on Wii.

Price: $1.99 USD, £.99 UK, €1.49 EU (160 Microsoft Points) per track

$9.99, £4.99 UK, €7.99 EU (800 Microsoft Points) for Nickelback Pack 01

$2.00 USD (200 Wii Points) per track

** Dates for Rock Band game tracks are tentative and subject to change. **

Website Links:

For more information, please visit:

Rock Band Website

Nickelback Website

Rock Band 2 is available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and Wii system. Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system and Wii versions support downloadable content.

Downloadable content for Wii is purchased via the in-game Rock Band Music Store using Wii Points™ purchased through the Wii™ Shop Channel and can be downloaded to the system memory or to an SD card for additional storage.  The tracks stream directly from the SD card for seamless play.

With these additions, there are now 1,529 tracks available to date via disc and download purchase (complete list of tracks at www.rockband.com/music). Rock Band continues to satisfy music fans’ and gamers’ voracious appetite for rock with more than 70 million paid downloads since its launch Nov. 20, 2007.  The Rock Band Music Store allows players to preview and purchase downloadable individual music tracks and packs from the vast selection of offerings available to date without ever leaving the game as they build their own custom Rock Band library.

Rock Band and Rock Band 2 are rated “T” for Teen (lyrics, suggestive themes) by the ESRB. Music downloads are not rated by the ESRB.

For more information on Rock Band 2 and Harmonix Music Systems please visit www.rockband.com and www.harmonixmusic.com.

Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE, and the Xbox logos are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies.

“PlayStation” is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Wii is a trademark of Nintendo. © 2006 Nintendo.

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May
10

LINKIN PARK 8-BIT REBELLION GAME

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LINKIN PARK 8-BIT REBELLION!

ACTION ADVENTURE GAME FOR iPHONE,

IPOD TOUCH AND IPAD LAUNCHES

ON APP STORE TODAY

MASSIVELY MULTI-PLAYER GAME FEATURES BRAND-NEW SONG “BLACKBIRDS” AND 8-BIT REMIXES OF LINKIN PARK’S BIGGEST HITS

Burbank, CA – Two-time Grammy winning rock band LINKIN PARK, game developer Artificial Life, Inc. and Warner Bros. Records announced today the launch of the LINKIN PARK 8-BIT REBELLION!  App for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
Created by Linkin Park and Artificial Life, Inc., the LINKIN PARK 8-BIT REBELLION! App is a heightened app experience for music fans and gamers alike with multiplayer features.
In the LINKIN PARK 8-BIT REBELLION! App players embark on an epic adventure taking them through six unique districts in the game, each featuring the distinctive style of a band member. The master goal is to retrieve the band’s stolen music track – Blackbirds, a brand new, unreleased Linkin Park song made exclusively for the game. The song is unlocked upon completion of all missions inside the game.
Production on the LINKIN PARK 8-BIT REBELLION! App began more than a year ago, with the band (vocalists Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington, drummer Rob Bourdon, guitarist Brad Delson, DJ Joe Hahn and bassist Dave “Phoenix” Farrell) working closely with Artificial Life, Inc. on every aspect of the game: storylines, gameplay, character design and of course, music.  Mike Shinoda designed the band members’ avatars and edited every line of dialogue, making this much more than just a simple rhythm game.
The iPad app renders the adventure with high-definition graphics and a unique user interface that has been specially redesigned to utilize the iPad’s larger screen. Essential functions are now just a touch away, so players never need to pause the action to dig into menus. The iPad app also includes two control schemes, allowing players to choose the setting that best suits their gaming style.
Among the game’s endless highlights are original and 8-bit remixes of Linkin Park tracks including “New Divide,” “One Step Closer,” “In The End,” “Crawling,” “QWERTY,” “Hands Held High,” “Faint,” and “No More Sorrow.” This marks the first time that Linkin Park’s music has been reinterpreted using old-school video game sounds. The game, which also includes original artwork by the band, opens with “One Step Closer” sounding like it was coming out of a first-generation NES.
Additional game features include:
  • Personalization of players’ avatars and apartments provide a unique community experience
  • Non-player characters (NPCs) inhabit the world, adding drama to the gaming experience
  • Shopping for virtual items with coins awarded by winning fights and completing missions
  • Earning trophies for adding friends to the rebellion
  • A news feed to stay up-to-date with Linkin Park
  • Facebook and Twitter integration connecting millions of social network users worldwide
The iPad app features include:
  • Enhanced graphics to allow players to see their avatars and the six districts come to life in great detail
  • Optimized user interface for the larger screen makes menu items easy to access at all times: equip weapons and change music tracks without ever leaving the main screen.
  • Multiple controls so gamers can choose between two control schemes to best fit their playing styles. The iPad-specific D-pad setup has been implemented for players more comfortable with button-oriented controls.
“As opposed to putting together an app featuring just our songs and name, we wanted to make this an exciting gaming and music experience and the folks at Artificial Life shared that vision,” says Shinoda. “They were able to turn my sketches and our creative ideas into a living, breathing world that we think gamers and fans will thoroughly enjoy.”
For more details about Linkin Park 8-Bit Rebellion!, please visit: http://www.botme.com/linkinpark
The game’s trailer can be seen here: http://linkinpark.com/video/linkin-park-8bit-rebellion
The Linkin Park 8-Bit Rebellion! App for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad is available for $4.99 from the App Store at:
www.itunes.com/app/linkinpark8bitrebellion for the iPhone and iPod touch; and www.itunes.com/app/linkinpark8bitrebellionipadedition for the iPad Edition.
ABOUT LINKIN PARK
Linkin Park was recently named the No. 1 selling Rock/Alt Band of the Decade by SoundScan/Billboard. Over the course of the past few years, they’ve amassed more than 50 million worldwide sales, a remarkable string of chart-topping hit singles, a pair of Grammy wins, and an international fanbase whose members number in the millions. Linkin Park is currently in the studio preparing a new album for release in 2010. Together with their non-profit, Music For Relief, Linkin Park recently launched “Download To Donate For Haiti,” an initiative to raise funds for the devastated nation of Haiti following the magnitude-7.0 earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince on January 12th. For more info, visit www.musicforrelief.org or www.linkinpark.com
ABOUT ARTIFICIAL LIFE
Artificial Life, Inc. has been a pioneer in artificial intelligence and mobile technology since its inception in Boston in 1994. We are a public US corporation (NASDAQ OTCBB: ALIF) with headquarters in Los Angeles. Our production center is in Hong Kong and we have additional offices in Berlin, Germany (EMEA headquarters) and Tokyo, Japan. As a leading provider of broadband mobile content and technology solutions in the world, we develop and sell a wide range of mobile applications for 3G, 3.5G and 4G network-enabled mobile (smart) phones. Currently our main business areas are: high quality 3D interactive multi- and single- player mobile games, mobile participation television (MoPA-TV™), mobile business applications (Mobil Diab® and Mobile Property) and our mobile commerce technology platform (OPUS-M™). We are supporting all major mobile phone operating systems and platforms such as J2ME, iPhone and iPod touch OS, Android, Brew and DoJa. Recognized internationally for outstanding content quality and technology we have received many international awards and have been ranked one of the fastest growing companies in Asia Pacific by Deloitte. For more information about Artificial Life, Inc., please visit our websites www.artificial-life.com or www.botme.com
Facebook: http://www.botme.com/ref/alife-fb
Twitter: http://twitter.com/alifegames
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/artificial_life_inc
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/alifegames
About Warner Bros. Records
Warner Bros. Records is one of the most successful recording companies in music history and home to some of the most influential and innovative established and emerging artists of our time.  Under the guidance of Chairman/CEO Tom Whalley, the Warner Bros. family of labels, which includes Warner Bros. Records, Reprise Records, Sire Records, Nonesuch, and Asylum, has taken a visionary approach toward discovering and nurturing musical talent. It is currently home to an impressive roster of major artists, including The Black Keys, Bone Thugs n’ Harmony, Michael Bublé, Disturbed, Enya, Eric Clapton, The Flaming Lips, Goo Goo Dolls, Josh Groban, Gucci Mane, Iyaz, Jason Derulo, K.D. Lang, Linkin Park, Mastodon, Metallica, Michelle Branch, Muse, My Chemical Romance, Neil Young, New Boyz, R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Damien Rice, Rilo Kiley, Seal, Regina Spektor, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The White Stripes, Wilco, and many others.
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