Author: Erika Graham

Greenlight Teams Up With Ford Explorer and the New York Yankees for Yankee Ford Explorer Night

On Wednesday, June 29, the New York Yankees are hosting the Yankee Ford Explorer Night, a family-friendly event that includes giveaways and prizes. Greenlight Toys has teamed up with the New York Yankees and Ford Explorer to create a 1:64 2011 Ford Explorer replica in full Yankees regalia for the game. The first 18,000 fans who attend and are 14 years old or younger will receive a complimentary die-cast 1:64 2011 Explorer as they walk in. One lucky fan will receive a full size Ford Explorer, courtesy of Northeast Ford Dealers, with the same Yankees theme as the version from Greenlight. Greenlight also plans to incorporate the 1:64 Ford Explorer model into its regular offerings, including a police-themed vehicle for its series, Hot...

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Majesco Entertainment Announces Lineup at E3 2011

Majesco Entertainment announced its upcoming video game lineup at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, which was held June 7-9. Some of the highlights included: For Nintendo DS and 3DS: Cooking Mama 4: Kitchen Magic – Mama will return to the kitchen this fall with all new recipes and surprises in this popular game series. Camping Mama: Outdoor Adventures – Mama expands her skills in the wilderness in this Nintendo game for girls and boys. The Hidden – Use the Nintendo 3DS camera to search through real-world environments in this reality ghost-hunting experience. Face Racers: Photo Finish – Use photos of your face, via the Nintendo 3DS camera, to customize a ride in this personalized arcade racing game. Pet Zombies – Create and control a personal pet zombie! For Wii: Zumba Fitness 2 – Following the hit game Zumba Fitness, Zumba Fitness 2 adds more dance numbers, and fans can find a behind-the-scenes preview of the sequel at the Majesco E3 booth (West Hall, Meeting Room 512). For Kinect for Xbox 360: Hulk Hogan’s Main Event – Train with Hulk Hogan and learn the art of showmanship to win over the crowd in this motion-based wrestling game. Take Shape – Flexibility will come in handy for this fun party game which names shapes, symbols, and animals that players have to twist and shrink into. Mind ‘n Motion –...

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Microsoft at E3 2011: A Focus on Kinect

Kinect for Xbox 360 became the fastest-selling consumer electronics device in history when it debuted in 2010. Now, as Microsoft announced its 2011 E3 lineup, it is clear that Kinect games will be the focus of the company’s video game development. Some of the highlights include: Kinect: Disneyland Adventures – The first product of a partnership between Microsoft and Disney, this game will take players through the Magic Kingdom park with the added sense of reality from the motion-based sensors of Kinect. Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster – This storybook game features cooperative play for the whole family through levels filled with life lessons. Kinect Star Wars – Players can physically experience Jedi training and battles with their very own lightsaber and Force mind abilities. Kinect Sports: Season 2 – This sequel to last year’s hit features American football, golf, baseball, winter skiing, darts, and tennis. Dance Central 2 – The party is back with this sequel featuring all-new routines and multiplayer experiences. For a full list of new games for Microsoft’s Xbox, click...

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PlayStation to Launch New Gaming System and 3-D Display

Later this year, Sony will premiere the PlayStation Vita, which will redefine the portable gaming world with an inventive new platform for a heightened game experience. The device will feature a 5-inch multitouch OLED as the front display and will also incorporate a unique multitouch pad on the back. This technology allow users to interact with motions that were previously not available, such as grabbing, pushing, pulling, and tracing finger motions. The Vita will also be equipped with two analog sticks, enabling for a wider range of game genres. Two versions of the PlayStation Vita will be available for sale: the Wi-Fi model ($249) and the 3G Wi-Fi model ($299). Additionally, this fall, the new PlayStation 3D Display will be available at all major retailers. The display is a 24-inch, full HD LCD screen that will give PlayStation users full access to the three-dimensional realm of entertainment. There will be a 3-D Display bundle, including the 3-D Display, 3-D glasses, an HDMI cable, and the Resistance 3 game, available for $499. The 3-D glasses will also be sold separately for...

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Star Trek Franchise Expands

For the first time ever, gamers will be able to play the roles of Captain Kirk and Spock in the latest Star Trek video game, Star Trek . Cooperative role-playing allows players to work together to stop a legendary enemy race bent on conquering the galaxy. The original story line is being written by BAFTA award winner Marianne Krawczyk (God of War), in collaboration with the writer/producers of the new Star Trek films, Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Digital Extremes is heading the development of Star Trek, and Paramount Digital Entertainment will be publishing the game. Fans in Los Angeles will be able to catch a sneak preview of the game at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (June 7 – 9). The Star Trek franchise is also gearing up to release new books that will appeal to both new and seasoned fans. CBS Consumer Products has launched a publishing program that will put two new Star Trek titles on the shelves. Star Trek TNG (The Next Generation) 365 is a detailed guide of the TV program that aired from 1987-1994. The Star Trek Vault, written by Scott Tipton (comics101.com), charts the first 40 years of the Star Trek franchise. For young fans, Star Trek Book of Opposites mixes visual appeal with educational learning to please parents as well as children. CBS is also expanding on its CSI products with the...

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Nintendo DSiWare to release House M.D. – Globetrotting

Gamers can now test out their own medical and sleuthing skills in the new game being released on Nintendo DSiWare, House M.D. – Globetrotting. Based on the popular T.V. series, House M.D. – Globetrotting is the first of five episodes, featuring all eight stars from the show. New game episodes will be released monthly. Players will be plunged into the world of Dr. House and his team as they are asked to solve mind-bending puzzles and mini-games to uncover valuable information about the patient’s hidden life. NBC Universal, Legacy Interactive and Glyphic Entertainment, LLC will co-publish the game...

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Legacy Interactive Developing “Pysch” Game

Legacy Interactive has signed a licensing agreement with Universal Partnerships & Licensing to create a new video game based on the popular television series Pysch. This game will be the newest addition to Legacy’s “Hollywood Hits” game series, which includes House M.D. and Criminal Minds. Pysch blends light adventure game play with challenging hidden object searches modeled after the character Shawn Spencer, who uses his own finely tuned observational skills to solve police cases. The game, featuring two all-new episodic cases, will be carried by top retailers nationwide and will be available for download to a PC or Mac at www.legacygames.com. Gamers can also find a free 30-minute trial of the game at...

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Skechers Signs Deal with Street Flyers

Skechers USA, Inc. has signed a licensing agreement with Street Flyers, LLC to produce sporting goods and safety gear collections for children and young adults. Both collections are scheduled to launch in toy and mass-market retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada next spring. Under the agreement, Street Flyers will design, produce, and distribute Skechers-branded bicycles, skateboards, scooters, skates, and safety gear. The children’s collection will incorporate designs and images from Skechers’ Zevo-3 animated television series and Skechers Kids characters. Each character will represent a uniquely branded Skechers Kids footwear collection, such as Twinkle Toes by Skechers, Sporty Shorty by Skechers, and more. In addition, Skechers footwear branding will be used for the young adult collections. Skechers is currently negotiating with additional licensees and continues to seek partnerships and...

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Spin Master Set to Launch Redakai Line

Spin Master is launching its new boys’ action property, Redakai, at hobby and specialty stores June 4, followed by a mass retailer launch nationwide in August. Redakai features fresh, strategic gameplay and Blast3D technology. A new ”stack to battle” gaming advancement automatically tracks players’ progress and allows them to see the damaging effects of their attacks. Starting on launch day, kids will be able to play Redakai through Official Redakai Organized Play programs. Organized Play kits will contain everything needed to run league events and tournaments, including prize cards, training materials, and game accessories. Redakai Organized Play will be fully supported at Redakai.com, including nationwide leaderboards and achievements. Redakai: Conquer the Kairu airs on Cartoon...

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Regulators Approve Walmart’s Massmart Deal

According to the Associated Press, regulators approved Walmart’s $2.4 billion bid to buy a controlling share of South African retail chain Massmart. The AP reports that the deal followed “a fierce debate over protectionism in the country with the continent’s most promising economy.” Under the ruling, government agency the Competition Tribunal said Walmart and Massmart could not lay off any workers for two years, must respect Massmart’s existing labor agreements for three years, and must invest in training South African suppliers. The AP reports that the company had already pledged to spend $14 million over the next three years to help farmers and other South African suppliers. Walmart CEO and president Doug McMillon said he expected the transaction to be completed in a few...

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