E3 2010

Playing games can now earn you cash prizes. Virgin Gaming has partnered with Sony Computer Entertainment America and Edge Shave Gel for the KZ3 Get Your Edge $40,000 Challenge. For the very first time in a Virgin Gaming tournament, teams of three will compete for cash and prizes to stake their claim as the top team of Killzone3, the new 3D game from Guerrilla Games available exclusively for the PlayStation 3. Sir Richard Branson talks about his return to video games in this exclusive video interview from E3.

Twisted Metal is one of those amazing Sony franchises from back in the PSone era. It was the quintessential multiplayer title--I recall going to friends' houses--with 10 of us crowded around the system camped out on a rooftop detonating buildings from afar with Axel in Twisted Metal 2. Twisted Metal 3 and 4 weren't the greatest moments in the franchise due to the change from now Incognito Studios to Sony's 989 studios, but Twisted Metal: Black on the PS2 steered the series back in the proper direction. Since, we've seen appearances on the PSP with Twisted Metal: Head On and re-releases of Twisted Metal installments on the PSN. Now it's time for Twisted Metal to bring its vehicular carnage to the PS3.

Zynga is going Hollywood. The social gaming giant has added DreamWorks SKG co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg to its board of directors in an attempt to work more closely with Hollywood film and television properties. The San Francisco-based online game developer previously worked with DreamWorks on the 3D blockbuster Megamind, integrating the feature film into its Facebook hit FarmVille. Katzenberg talks about THQ’s Megamind video games in this exclusive video interview.
Electronic Arts and Epic Games are offering an incentive for gamers to pick up the Xbox 360 version of Bulletstorm. Developer People Can Fly’s new game will come in an “Epic Edition” with access to the public beta for Gears of War 3, the spectacular conclusion to one of the most memorable and celebrated sagas in video games. Players that purchase the Epic Edition are guaranteed early access to the Gears of War 3 beta. Bulletstorm ships February 22, 2011 for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Check out an exclusive video interview with Epic’s producer below.
NAMCO BANDAI Games America is making PAC-MAN, the beloved pop culture icon, the first videogame character to receive its own float at the 122nd Annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif. on January 1, 2011. Through the decades, the popularity for this yellow rotund hero continues to span generations and this honor affirms his global appeal. PAC-MAN will be appearing to commemorate 30 years of power pellet eating fun. Check out the exclusive video interview below with the makers of the newest game, PAC-MAN Party which is now available for Wii.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 broke the franchise record for a midnight opening, earning $24 million at the box office. Opening at approximately 3,700 locations in North America, the midnight shows sold out in advance, as fans lined up for hours to be among the first to see Part 1 of the series’ final title. The midnight grosses eclipsed the previous record of $22.2 million, set by the sixth film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This bodes well for Electronic Arts, which has released a new action shooter game based on the movie. Check out an exclusive video interview with the developer below.
Megamind continues to rule the box office thanks in large part to its 3D haul. For the second weekend in a row, the family film beat out the competition. The movie earned over $29 million at the U.S. box office. Megamind has earned $88.8 million domestically in its first ten days. That’s good news for THQ, which has released games based on the latest 3D computer animated blockbuster from DreamWorks Animation SKG. Dreamworks Jeffrey Katzenberg talks about the new game in this exclusive video interview.
ESPN on Xbox LIVE is now available, delivering the ultimate interactive experience for sports fans with live events from ESPN3.com, ESPN.com video-on-demand clips and sports highlights and other features on the Xbox 360 console.  Xbox LIVE members are able to access the service via a free Xbox LIVE software update. The new upgrade will also integrate Kinect for Xbox 360 into the ESPN experience for some unique interactions for gamers to become more immersed in their favorite sports.
The Video Game Voters Network (VGVN) today urged members, game enthusiasts and the industry to stand together in a show support for preserving First Amendment protections for computer and video games. This call to action comes in anticipation of the Supreme Court's consideration of Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association/Entertainment Software Association on November 2.
One of Nintendo’s big games of 2010 has zipped onto store shelves. The platforming fun of Nintendo’s newest Wii game release is literally bursting at the seams. Kirby’s Epic Yarn finds the pinkprotagonist Kirby jumping, battling and transforming his way through a remarkable world where everything is made of yarn and fabric. The game weaves dazzling graphics and outrageous characters together into a wild, wooly new adventure that can be instantly enjoyed by players of any age or background. A cooperative two-player mode even lets friends experience the game’s irresistible action together.
HELSINKI – Videogames are a global force. The NHL kicked off its 2010-11 season with a trio of NHL Premiere Series regular season match-ups throughout Europe. The 2006 Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes took on the Minnesota Wild at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki Finland for a pair of games. EA Sports promoted its latest NHL 11 game throughout the event. The Canes ended up sweeping the two-game series on October 7 and 8, defeating the Wild 4-3 the first night and then winning in an overtime shootout 2-1 the second night.

Anticipation for one of the big games of 2010 is heating up. Electronic Arts’ Medal of Honor has set a new franchise record, hitting the highest number of pre-sell units in the franchise’s 11-year history. This milestone positions Medal of Honor alongside EA’s top pre-selling action games, and there is still one week remaining until the game hits retails shelves on Oct. 12.


There’s Chaos at Sea, but the new season of the hit Discovery Channel show hasn’t even started filming. Come October 15th, when the new season of crab fishing begins, the seventh season of the TV series will be without Captains Sig Hansen and Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand and their boats, the Northwestern and the Time Bandit. All three of those captains and their boats will be in the new Deadliest Catch: Chaos at Sea Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii game shipping this November. Check out Sig Hensen’s exclusive video interview below.


Electronic Arts revealed new details of the Medal of Honor Limited Edition that will be released in North America on October 12, 2010. The Limited Edition features a host of weapons, powerful ammunition and camouflage. The weapons and camouflage give players a tactical gameplay advantage on day one. Gamers who own the Medal of Honor Limited Edition will receive an invitation to the beta for another highly-anticipated EA shooter, Battlefield 3. Battlefield 3 is the latest entry in the award-winning shooter franchise from DICE in Stockholm, Sweden.