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ESL to Host US$50,000 Halo: The Master Chief Collection Launch Invitational


(Los Angeles, CA) October 22, 2014 – ESL, the world’s largest independent esports brand, is set to host a US$50,000 Halo: The Master Chief Collection competition in their newly built ESL studios in Burbank, California. The Master Chief Collection Launch Invitational will see 32 of the best Halo players battle it out from November 8-9, ahead of the game’s release on November 11th.

Timo Karamustafa, Product Manager Pro Gaming ESL, said, “We are thrilled to host the Halo: The Master Chief Collection Launch Invitational at the ESL Burbank studios in collaboration with 343 Industries and Twitch TV. We are kicking off the launch for the most anticipated shooter in 2014 and continuing to support Halo esports with the best players and a kick-ass show! $50,000 on the line is the only way for us to do it right.”

Eight competing teams will undergo a double-elimination bracket in a best-of-three series, in the hopes to get to the final and take home US$20,000 in first place winnings. The winners will also be the first to play the all-new Halo 5: Guardians Mulitplayer Beta, yet to be released to the public. Tonight, over on, team captains for the competition will be announced. The competition in Burbank will be commentated by Andy ‘Bravo’ Dudynsky and Alex ‘Goldenboy’ Mendez, and will be streamed live over Twitch.

Andy ‘Bravo’ Dudynsky, Community Manager at 343 Industries: “We are excited to continue in partnering with ESL and Twitch TV for the launch of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The Launch Invitational tournament will feature 32 of the biggest names in eSports, $50k in prizing, and a full weekend of Halo eSports. I can’t wait to commentate the matches, and I’m excited see who will take home first place.”

More Halo action is scheduled for November 10 in the Avalon Theatre (Los Angeles), with some first-look footage of the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta and the world premiere of the live-action Halo: Nightfall series. Find out more on and Xbox Wire.

Ghost Train at the Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum 2014 Review


I had not heard of the Ghost Train event at the Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum until this year’s ScareLA convention. The booth the event had setup was eye catching – illuminated in black light and featuring a floating candle, I had to investigate further. So, when I had the opportunity to attend and ride the Ghost Train this past weekend, I jumped at it. The Ghost Train is the official fundraising event for the Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum and, as I found out, the workers of the Ghost Train are all volunteers from the parent group.

The road leading up to the site from the 5 freeway off-ramp is pretty dark and desolate, which sets the mood just right for the spooky fun to follow. Rounding the last curve, we were greeted with a ton of cars lining the street, families walking up the side of the road towards the event gate, and a staggering array of visible Halloween decorations – even Halloween music playing. We found a parking spot nearby and walked up to the Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum – the location of the Ghost Train.

The line was fairly long, so expect to wait a bit to get in on busier evenings. However, the wait is worth it. Walking into the first set of gates, the Ghost Train’s train station looms with black lit decor, a couple of pyrotechnic effects, and a set of three singing LED monitor jack-o’-lanterns which entertain guests. The amount of families lined up to get in was pretty impressive. We are used to reviewing more hardcore Halloween attractions, so the change of pace was welcome.


I was blown away by the detail of the small, scale model trains which traveled on by as we waited to board. The Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum has all kinds of trains – steam, diesel, and electric. Had I been there in the daytime (they also run on Sundays from 11am to 3pm), I could have spent hours admiring all the detail work put into them. When our group was called up, we boarded out train by straddling the bench seat-lined box cars and putting our feet snugly in the car’s side steps.

The ride itself is an absolute Halloween hoot of a time. Your train passes by (and through) some really cool dioramas, sets, animatronics, and more all decked out for the season. Some are obvious homages to various films and others are completely original. For those of you that get a little claustrophobic, know that there are a couple of dark, foggy tunnels on the ride that your train will travel through. However, the claustrophobic person in our group just closed her eyes for them and she was fine – they are pretty short in length. The train bench seats are reasonably comfortable, and the whole ride lasts for about twenty minutes, so you get a lot of value for the $10 dollar ticket price.

Getting off the train, I was very happy with the whole experience and it reminded me a lot of the kid-friendly Halloween activities that my family and I would go to when I was just a kid. Southern California could use more attractions like this – too many have been sent out on this haunted house “arms race” of becoming more and more extreme.


If I could change the Ghost Train somehow, I would probably add a small food/vendor area outside the gates, in the large field where the line cues up at. Even if they just invited a food truck or two out to the field, it would give people something to see/eat while they waited. As an added bonus the food trucks’ social media accounts would provide secondary advertising for the Ghost Train. After all, nothing seals the Halloween fun deal like a hot cup of cocoa on a cold evening.

Additionally, I have to give the event big applause for the Ghost Train’s clean “port-a-potty” restrooms. Many events suffer in this department, but on the night we attended, it appeared as though everyone was keeping things hygienic and that is always appreciated.

Overall, the 2014 Ghost Train is the perfect family-friendly Halloween attraction for you and yours. It has lots of spooks and fun without the over-the-top, extreme blood and guts of more hardcore events – all with a reasonable ticket price. The Ghost Train runs from 7pm to 10pm on October 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31 as well as November 1 and 2.

You can find out more information both at the Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum Facebook page and official website.

*Images taken from the Ghost Train’s official Facebook page

Strike Suit Zero Creators Announces Fractured Space


October 22, 2014 — Edge Case Games, a new British games studio formed from the team behind Strike Suit Zero, has revealed its debut game: Fractured Space. A bold new vision in tactical space combat, Fractured Space puts players at the helm of gigantic capital ships in online, team-based space battles on a cosmic scale.

Edge Case Games has committed to an open development ethic in bringing Fractured Space to life for PC, working in step with its growing community by sharing early assets, prototypes and project plans while listening to players every step of the way. Founding community members are already contributing to the game’s development as they play and comment on early builds of Fractured Space in private playtests.


“Fractured Space is an ambitious project we have wanted to do for quite some time, and we’re very excited to now confirm its development,” said James Brooksby, CEO of Edge Case Games. “Above all else we want to transmit a sense of scale to the player – the feeling of participating in a massive space battle inside their own titanic capital ship, blasting apart enemy ships and working together with other players to achieve a common objective.”

Fractured Space will launch on Steam Early Access later this year, before transitioning to a free-to-play model upon wider release in 2015. Founders on Early Access can look forward to a range of perks, including exclusive ships, crew, boosters and ranks. More information will be revealed in the coming weeks.

To keep up with development updates and register to take part in early playtests, head to

Silence – The Whispered World 2 Coming to Xbox One


Hamburg, October 22, 2014 — Daedalic Entertainment is pleased to announce today that Silence – The Whispered World 2, their genre-defining, visually stunning adventure game, will now also be coming to Xbox One™, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft®. The Xbox One™ version will be released simultaneously with the PC and Mac versions in early 2015.

“Silence has always been a multi-platform project,” said Daedalic’s Studio Manager Steffen Boos. “From early on, we planned to release Silence – The Whispered World 2 on consoles as well, but we wanted to make absolutely certain the controls were tuned to each platform before announcing its console status,” he added.

Silence – The Whispered World 2 is Daedalic Entertainment’s first move into next gen development. “We think the new generation of consoles offers a platform that is ideal for indie development, and with the new gameplay we’re introducing to the adventure genre with The Whispered World 2, adventure games now also can be a good fit to consoles,” said Boos.

Silence – The Whispered World 2 follows Noah, who is about to lose his little sister Renie to the perils of war. He barely manages to follow her and finds himself alone, back in Silence – the world he once traveled as Sadwick the clown. And even here war ravages the land. In search for his sister, Noah joins a group of rebels who fight the false Queen.

Featuring completely new 3D visuals, Silence – The Whispered World 2 will offer many unique and exciting features. Sadwick’s and Renie’s quest will lead them to a visually stunning and emotionally deep adventure, with many mysteries to unravel around Sadwick, his sister, and the world of Silence.

Silence – The Whispered World 2 will be released for Xbox One, PC and Mac in early 2015.

Knott’s Announces 25th Annual Military Tribute Program



BUENA PARK, Calif. – Knott’s Berry Farm continues its tradition of honoring the brave men and women who have served in the U.S. military, both past and present, with free admission during its 25th annual Military Tribute. Knott’s is the only theme park that has continuously offered free admission to veterans and active military personnel in honor of our nation’s Veteran’s Day holiday.

The free-admission offer applies to all U.S. veterans, retired and active military personnel and their spouse (or one guest.)  Up to six additional tickets may be purchased at Knott’s Ticket Booths for only $24 each from November 2 -21 and for $29 each November 22 through January 4, 2015.  Military personnel may also purchase additional tickets at a participating local Military ticket office.

U.S. veterans, retired and active military personnel must present military ID or proof of U.S. military service at Knott’s ticket booths to receive the complimentary tribute tickets.  Veteran, retired and active military personnel must be present.

U.S. veterans, retired and active military can also take advantage of a great $84 a night rate at the Knott’s Hotel, plus free parking. Rate is based upon a standard room and subject to availability. For reservations, call (866) 752-2444, or visit or your local military base.  For information on Park operating hours, please call Knott’s Information at (714) 220-5200 or visit

Thrillbent Releases Comic Reader iPad App


October 21, 2014 — Thrillbent has announced the launched of an all-new Thrillbent Comic Reader iPad App that further enhances the company’s reputation for providing its fans with state-of-art technology to enjoy the wonders that can only be found in digital comics. The reader app provides Thrillbent users with the ability to read all their comics in one place as they can import their personal collection of PDFs, CBZs, CBRs, and Comixology downloads directly from Dropbox into the Thrillbent Comic Reader.

Thrillbent Reader Link

Additionally, the comic reader will allow users to view facing pages as they were intended – as one seamless piece of art – and enjoy full screen reading with easy zooming and page turning designed to get the interface out of your face. At launch, the Thrillbent Comic Reader will be accessible on more than 50 Free comics from writers and artists including industry luminaries Mark Waid, Karl Kesel, James Tynion IV, Alex de Campi, Geoffrey Thorne, and Barry Kitson. Users will also have access to Thrillbent exclusives, and a growing library of more than 350 comics, with new ones added every week.

Alien: Isolation Corporate Lockdown DLC Release Date


October 21, 2014 — SEGA today announced that the first of five add-on packs for Alien: Isolation™, ‘Corporate Lockdown’, releases October 28, 2014, offering players three new challenging and terrifying maps for the game’s Survivor Mode. Each challenge pack offers a new perspective on the events on-board Sevastopol Station in the days before the arrival of the Weyland-Yutani team, with a new playable character, a unique set of objectives and a new game mode.

In ‘Corporate Lockdown’, Seegson Executive Ransome has learnt that he has been abandoned by his paymasters. Knowing that the Torrens is on the way, he decides to make his escape and hitch a ride on board, taking decoded Nostromo data with him. However, while escaping he wants to tie up a few loose ends… Across three new challenge maps, ‘Severance’, ‘Scorched Earth’ and ‘Loose Ends’, players are challenged to compete against others through Alien: Isolation’s online leaderboards, to escape the station in the fastest possible time or attain the top score through numerous side quests and hidden bonus objectives. New to ‘Corporate Lockdown’ is the addition of Gauntlet Mode where players are challenged to top the Gauntlet Mode leaderboards by completing all three challenge maps back-to-back without dying.

‘Corporate Lockdown’ will be available to download via online marketplaces for available platforms fromOctober 28, priced at MSRP $7.99/€6.99/£5.59 and will be followed by four more packs: ‘Trauma’, ‘Safe Haven’, ‘Lost Contact’ and ‘The Trigger’. Each will feature a new playable character alongside a mix of new maps, objectives and game modes to challenge even the most proficient player. Players wishing to explore every inch of Sevastopol Station can take advantage of the Alien: Isolation Season Pass, offering access to all five Survivor Mode add-on packs at up to a 25% discount. All add-on packs are scheduled to be released by March 2015.

Alien: Isolation is a first-person survival horror game set on board a decommissioned trading station in the fringes of space. Players find themselves in an atmosphere of constant dread and mortal danger as an unpredictable, ruthless Xenomorph is stalking and killing deep in the shadows. Underpowered and underprepared, you must scavenge resources, improvise solutions and use your wits, not just to succeed in your mission, but to simply stay alive.

Alien: Isolation is available now for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Windows PC, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.

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