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Defense Grid 2 Demo at Pax and New Screenshots

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WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. – Aug. 27, 2014 – 505 Games and Hidden Path Entertainment today announced that the full version of Defense Grid 2, the sequel to the 2008 tower defense critical hit, will be shown for the first time during PAX Prime,August 29 – September 1, in Seattle. Attendees eager to lay out their strategies before the game’s September 23 launch can visit the 505 Games booth (#6011) to get a hands-on look on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Pre-orders of Defense Grid 2 on Steam continue to gain momentum, with the likelihood of a new reward tier opening up this week. In Tier 2 of the campaign, consumers can receive ten percent off of the launch price, immediate access to the beta (currently only for Windows users), a copy of Defense Grid: The Awakening and its Containment expansion*, a digital copy of the original Defense Grid art book and a 50% off coupon for Hidden Path’s new social sandbox game Windborne (currently in Early Access).

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BenQ to Unveil Next-Gen RevolutionEyes Gaming Monitors at PAX


COSTA MESA, Calif. — Aug. 27, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., a globally renowned LED and gaming monitor expert, today announced that the company will showcase the latest addition to its highly acclaimed XL Series of RevolutionEyes™ professional gaming monitors at PAX Prime in Seattle. Shipping just in time for the competition, the new XL2430T debuts as BenQ’s next evolution in first-person shooter (FPS) purpose-built gaming monitors with new and enhanced features such as Motion Blur Reduction 2.0 and Black eQualizer 2.0 to boost gaming performance. In addition, the highly anticipated XL2420G will be on display featuring NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology to eliminate performance issues related to image tearing, stuttering, and latency — providing gamers with the ultimate in smooth, fast-action play to conQuer any gaming situation.

As a tournament gaming monitor sponsor, PAX Prime participants will battle it out using BenQ’s RL and XL Series of professional displays. The company will have the best and brightest of its gaming monitors on display and for sale at the event, with special at-show pricing for attendees. Along with raffles and giveaways taking place at BenQ’s booth in Annex level 3 in the PC area, the company will be engaging gamers and show goers via a number of social media contests. The now sold-out PAX Prime 2014 gaming event attracts more than 70,000 attendees and is being held at the Washington State Convention Center from Aug. 29 to Sept. 1. The annual convention brings together vendors, pros, developers, and enthusiasts from all over the world to experience the latest in video game technology.

“We connected with the gaming community at PAX East, and PAX Prime offers an even greater opportunity to engage with players and innovators that drive the industry,” said Bob Wudeck, Associate Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at BenQ America Corp. “PAX Prime is an ideal venue to debut our latest RevolutionEyes professional gaming monitors, which feature a slew of new gaming modes and long-awaited G-Sync technology. All of our gaming monitors are engineered exclusively to enhance game play, giving users the best possible experience at home or in competition.”

At PAX Prime, BenQ will unveil the new XL2430T 24-inch widescreen full HD display. Already a 2014 reddot award winner, the XL2430T combines BenQ’s world-renowned gaming-focused solutions in addition to new and improved enhancements. The XL2430T offers 100 percent precise control inside and out, featuring BenQ’s Motion Blur Reduction 2.0 technology to ensure an ultra-smooth, blur-free and lag-free gaming experience. With the newly improved Black eQualizer 2.0, the XL2430T is able to detect the input source and automatically adjust the amount of brightness in the game within the range selected by the user. As a result, players can identify targets effortlessly and react quickly to any in-game situation without taking time out for manual adjustments. Additionally, the XL2430T boasts new features on top of BenQ’s signature Game Mode Loader, Display Mode, and Smart Scaling. These include an Auto Game Mode that detects the genre of the game being played and either switches the display setting to the corresponding game mode automatically or makes new game mode recommendations for download. A new Game Mode to Go also allows gamers to save game modes onto a USB flash drive for easy and simple transport. Game modes can even be shared via cloud storage or social media platforms for group sharing, collaboration, and ultimate domination.

BenQ will also showcase the highly anticipated XL2420G G-Sync gaming monitor, which promises virtually lag-free gaming and releases later in the year. The 24-inch widescreen full HD display features expanded connectivity and the same award-winning G-Sync technology recognized by with CES Editors’ Choice when the monitor was shown for the first time. While most monitors only have a single Display Port, the XL2420G offers dual HDMI®, DVI, as well as Display Port. In addition, the monitor’s new G-Sync Mode enables smooth, low-latency gaming that creates more lifelike on-screen action to augment the gaming experience. By synchronizing the display’s refresh rate to the graphic card’s GPU, G-Sync technology eliminates screen tearing for better graphic integrity, minimizes stutter for smoother gaming, and reduces input lag. The results are scenes that display instantly, sharper object resolutions, and smoother overall game play.

Featuring BenQ’s exclusive RevolutionEyes technology for exceptional monitor performance, both monitors house a new direct LED-backlight system with ZeroFlicker™ technology to eliminate flickering at all brightness levels, letting gamers protect their eyes during extended periods of use. With Motion Blur Reduction 2.0 the blurring effects and associated eye fatigue are dramatically reduced, while BenQ’s unique Low Blue Light modes enable the monitors to successfully manage the exposure of emitted blue spectrum light, resulting in more comfortable viewing. The displays’ gaming refresh rate optimization management (GROM) systems give gamers the freedom to custom-build their personal gaming experiences according to viewing preferences such as refresh rates (100/120/144Hz), resolutions, and screen sizes. With blazing-fast 1-ms GTG response times, the XL Series monitors offer the ultimate in fast-action play with striking visual clarity and seamless motion fluidity for hours of full-on gaming.

The XL2430T is now shipping at an MSRP of $449. The XL2420G releases in Q4 2014 at an MSRP of $649. For the full lineup of BenQ’s gaming monitors, visit For more information about PAX Prime, visit

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Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Empire Vol 1 TPB Release Date


New York, NY – August 27th, 2014 – Marvel is excited to announce the release of an oversized dose of a galaxy far, far, away – Star Wars comics are coming to Marvel’s prestigious Epic Collection format – STAR WARS LEGENDS EPIC COLLECTION: THE EMPIRE VOL. 1 TPB.

Let the dark times begin! Marvel welcomes Star Wars to the Epic Collection program, with this first volume of a series focusing on the years that follow Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith! After the end of the Clone Wars, the Republic has fallen and Palpatine exerts his ruthless grip on his new Galactic Empire. Now, the few Jedi that remain must decide whether to hold true to their faith, or abandon it completely in the face of a brutal purge — one carried out by the new Dark Lord of the Sith. Rise, Darth Vader!

“We’re thrilled to be bringing our innovative Epic Collections to a galaxy far, far away,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “We’ll be bouncing around to different periods of Star Wars history with each Epic Collection, constructing one huge tapestry, collecting full unbroken runs of all the greatest Star Wars comics from the past 35 years.”

STAR WARS LEGENDS EPIC COLLECTION: THE EMPIRE VOL. 1 TPB. will offer a new way for fans to collect and read iconic Star Wars stories across the past 35 years of published titles. These oversized, self-contained color collections will bring the adventures of the Rebellion, the Galactic Empire and more to the masses with exciting new Epic Collections.




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Knott’s Announces Labor Day Weekend 2014 Festivities

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BUENA PARK, CA (August 26, 2014) – This Labor Day weekend, Friday August 29 through Monday September 1, Knott’s Berry Farm will offer a sensational lineup of live entertainment, made-to-order BBQ in Calico Square and dozens of signature attractions the whole family can enjoy. Knott’s Soak City will also join in on the weekend celebration with open-air BBQs, splash-tastic water slides and a cool lazy river in which to relax and enjoy.

The special Labor Day weekend-only entertainment serves up family fun for a variety of ages and interests, including a spectacular Labor Day Sunday fireworks show. On August 31st, the Park’s skyline will glow with a brilliant fireworks show that can be seen for miles. Open-air BBQ grills in Calico Square will offer sizzling delectable fare. Guests can also take a journey through the newly refurbished Calico Mine Ride, and stroll through the Park’s Old West Ghost Town® or hang with the PEANUTS gang in a fresh Camp Snoopy, the land of high sierra fun!

There’s live entertainment everywhere you turn.  The line-up of can’t miss shows includes:

  • On Saturday, August 30, staring at 6:00pm, Go Country 105 and on-air personality Ginny Harman will host special live performances by Pickleback Shine, Southern California’s premiere modern country cover band,  in Wagon Camp and welcomes theme park goers to strap on their dancin’ boots and move to country music’s best tunes!
  • Krazy Kirk & The Hillbillies!  From the deep country hills of Anaheim, these boys will have toes tappin’ hands clappin’ and guts bustin’ during the best darn musical comedy show ever performed in the famous Bird Cage Theater.
  • Camp-goers will love Charlie Brown’s Happy Campers performed in the newly renovated Camp Snoopy Theatre, which now features a brand new shade structure. Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, their friend JT, and the world’s most popular beagle, Snoopy, will take the stage in a show that’s sure to make an outdoorsman out of anybody!
  • Calico Saloon Cancan Show, because what’s a Saloon without a show! Don’t miss this revered show for some good old’ fashioned barroom fun.
  • The Citizens of Ghost Town, Sherriff Jebediah Smith, saloon owner Beau Regard, the delightful Sweet Adeline, and others will again be roaming the streets of Ghost Town to make guests feel as if they have stepped back in time to the 1890s.

Knott’s Labor Day weekend celebration is included with regular daytime admission. Theme Park hours are: Friday, August 29 10am – 8pmSaturday, September August 30 10am – 11pm; Sunday, August 31 10am – 11pm; Monday, September 1 10am – 8pm. Starting August 29th, 2015 Season Passes offer a year of family fun and includes one free visit in 2014.  And, for a limited time, purchase a Season Pass for as low as nine Easy Pay payments of $8.50!  To purchase Season Passes or tickets or for more information about Knott’s Berry Farm, visit or download the Knott’s mobile app for your smartphone today.

ESCAPE Dead Island Gets Release Date


Larkspur, Calif., August 27, 2014 — Deep Silver today confirms the release of ESCAPE Dead Island®, a third-person survival mystery spin-off that unravels the origins of the zombie outbreak and connects the events of multi-million-seller Dead Island with the recently announced successor Dead Island 2, for November 18 in North America. Developed by Fatshark, ESCAPE Dead Island will be available for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and for the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft as well as Windows PC.

Delivering the key features of a Dead Island game – visceral melee combat set in a beautiful paradise setting – ESCAPE adds a completely new tone to the zombie universe. The visually unique styles accompanies the player on his struggle against insanity as he experiences the secrets of the Dead Island universe, fights off zombies with a vast and unique array of weapons and opens the path to the events that will happen in Dead Island 2.

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4 Player Coop Announced for Dragon Age: Inquisition


August 27, 2014 – EDMONTON, Alberta – BioWare™, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA), today announced the cooperative dungeon crawling multiplayer mode in Dragon Age™: Inquisition. Created alongside the massive single player campaign, this marks the first time gamers can play with their friends in the Dragon Age franchise. The multiplayer mode in Dragon Age: Inquisition will feature action-packed four player cooperative quests separate from the single player open world story.

“For Dragon Age: Inquisition, a special team of veteran developers from the Dragon Age and Mass Effect franchises created fun, fast-paced multiplayer gameplay that requires strategic teamwork on top of Inquisition’s party-based combat and extensive loot and crafting system,” said Aaryn Flynn, General Manager, BioWare. “It was early in the game’s development that we realized how much fun fans of our series were having, with so many players teaming up in Mass Effect 3’s multiplayer mode. We can’t wait to giveDragon Age fans an even bigger and deeper experience.”

In Dragon Age: Inquisition’s multiplayer mode, four players will team up across a range of multiplayer quests and objectives, exploring intricate dungeons and vanquishing all who oppose them. While dungeon-crawling, players will collect loot, salvage items, craft new weapons and armor, and unlock new characters. At launch, players will be able to unlock up to twelve characters across the three Inquisition classes of Warrior, Rogue and Mage, each playing a different and strategic role in multiplayer combat. Multiplayer in Dragon Age: Inquisition is a standalone experience from the open world story players will embark in the main game, and will not have an impact on single player progression or story.

Fans of Dragon Age: Inquisition have the chance to experience multiplayer August 29 – September 1 at PAX Prime in Seattle, Washington. Hands-on will be available in the XBox Booth located at the North Hall, 4th Floor, Booths 412, 422, 432.

Players can pre-order* Dragon Age: Inquisition to get special bonus content. Visit the Dragon Age website for more information on editions, including the Deluxe Edition available for pre-order and the upcoming Inquisitor’s Edition.

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Midnight City Brings Costume Quest 2 and More to PAX 2014


August 26, 2014 — Midnight City is celebrating our first anniversary at PAX Prime 2014 in Seattle, WA by hosting the Costume Quest 2 ‘Trick or Treat’ Collector’s Challenge with Double Fine Productions and friends. Players must collect a complete set of four buttons you can ONLY find at our booths. Massive Chalice will be playable at Double Fine (#117) and Costume Quest 2, Slender: The Arrival and VIDEOBALL will be at Midnight City (#6808). Play each of the four games, collect their pins then visit Oni Press & Fangamer (#3808) to check out their upcoming comic Costume Quest: Invasion of the Candy Snatchers to finish off the set. Show us all five buttons at Midnight City to snag one of our 2014 Skull shirts OR a Costume Quest 2 Trick or Treatin’ Bag.

We will be jumping on livestreams all weekend with partners like, ScrewAttack and more – so keep an eye on our social media for dates and times to catch us live on your media device of choice. If you’re going to be in Seattle at PAX – we want to see YOU at Booth 6808! Stop by one of our panels and listen to us ramble on about games, or come meet us at the booth and get the inside track on how these titles are made from the developers that build them.


SEGA Unveils PAX 2014 Lineup


SAN FRANCISCO (August 26, 2014) – SEGA® of America, Inc. is heading to 2014 PAX Prime in Seattle with its fall lineup in tow and ready to unleash on all in attendance. Gamers will be given the chance for hands-on demos of Alien: Isolation™, Sonic Boom™: Rise of Lyric, Sonic Boom™: Shattered Crystal and Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA™ F 2nd, creating a unique experience for fans as they get a detailed look at the hottest games of the year.

Coming off the heels of its national debut at San Diego Comic-Con, Alien: Isolation will be showcased in amazing, spine-tingling fashion at Booth #232 with game demos in a custom-designed, giant-sized Alien egg pod. The pod creates a self-contained, fear-inducing, immersive gaming experience for the newest title of the Alien™ franchise. As gamers tremble in fear, the Alien: Isolation booth will have a live on-site stream feeding on-lookers and fans the POV gaming perspective, prepping gamers for the intense experience before they enter one of several gaming stations.

To help extend the demo experience onsite, SEGA will host a “Survive the Demo Competition,” giving gamers the chance to win exclusive limited edition Alien jackets (while supplies last). Alien: Isolation is available worldwide on October 7, 2014 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.

When it comes to SEGA’s iconic Blue Blur, Sonic the Hedgehog will be racing into PAX at top speeds in Sonic Boom, a brand-new extension of the Sonic Universe.  Touching down at Booth #652, fans will get an exclusive first-look at the brand new multiplayer capabilities of Sonic’s newest adventures Sonic Boom™: Rise of Lyric. The new games Sonic Boom™: Rise of Lyric for the Wii U system, developed by Los Angeles-based Big Red Button, and Sonic Boom™: Shattered Crystal for the Nintendo 3DS hand-held system, from San Francisco-based Sanzaru Games, will introduce two unique and epic adventures as Sonic and team work together to stop the evil villain- Lyric! Play as multiple characters, each with their own abilities, as you explore, fight and speed through an undiscovered land. Each game features its own individual story and gameplay features. As an added extra for Hedgehog fanatics at PAX, SEGA will also preview the upcoming toys from TOMY® and the newest trailer for Sonic Boom™: Shattered Crystal. Be sure to tune into Sonic’s first-ever CG-animated television series debuting on Cartoon Network this fall.

Sonic Boom™: Shattered Crystal for the Nintendo 3DS hand-held system will be available onNovember 11th, and Sonic Boom™: Rise of Lyric for the Wii U system will be available on November 18th. All those who pre-order one of the upcoming Sonic Boom video games from Gamestop will get an exclusive Sonic Boom figure by TOMY, featuring Sonic the Hedgehog with the Ancients’ Crystal! Anyone who pre-orders Sonic Boom™: Rise of Lyric for the Wii U system from Amazon will get an exclusive luminous Sonic Boom character costume pack that can be used in the game. Attendees can also pre-order the games at the booth.

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd, the sequel to the ultimate rhythm game featuring the world’s most popular virtual singer, produced by Crypton Future Media, INC, will also be available for show goers and fans at Booth #652. Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd features 20 classic songs from the previously Japan-only PSP games making their first debut in the West and 20 brand new songs to the Project DVIA series. SEGA will be showcasing the recently announced English lyrics for the eagerly awaited title, launching on November 18, 2014 on PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system and via digital download on PlayStation®Network.

Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved at PAX 2014


BURBANK, Calif. — (August 26, 2014) – Disney Interactive and Harmonix are delivering music and magic to PAX Prime 2014 in Seattle with the award-winning “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved.”  Disney Interactive and Harmonix will be on hand for the ultimate fan experience, giving attendees opportunities to collect exclusive swag, play new songs at the Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved Soundscape, and receive a behind-the-scenes look at the music production for the game at the ‘Music Evolved – From 8 Bit Soundtrack to Gameplay’ panel.

  • “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved” Soundscape
  • When: Friday, August 29 – Sunday, August 31 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Monday, September 1 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Location: Portland & Discovery Rooms at the Grand Hyatt (721 Pine Street)

Stop by the Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved Soundscape and play through new worlds and music featured in the game to earn limited edition “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved” giveaways including collectible buttons (8 styles – collect them all!) and a T-shirt featuring award-winning original artwork, while supplies last.  Fans can also enter for a chance to win a custom Xbox One.  Daily drawings will be held one hour before doors close.

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  • “Music Evolved – From 8 Bit Soundtrack to Gameplay” Panel
  • When: Saturday, August 30 at 12:00PM – 1:00PM PT
  • Location: Hedgehog Theatre at the Washington State Convention Center

Join Award-winning Composer, Inon Zur, Recording Producer and Engineer Eddie Kramer, Host/Producer of “Classical MPR” Emily Reese and instrumental members of the Disney Interactive music team to get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to produce music for the first-ever immersive music discovery platform.  Full soundtrack will be announced and never-before-seen footage of recording sessions revealed.

Featuring over 30 tracks – including contemporary hits, classic rock, classical music, and more – “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved” transports players to a breathtaking world where music and magic combine to transform extraordinary interactive landscapes in entirely new and creative ways.

“Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved” will be available worldwide on October 21, 2014 for $59.99 for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Kinect for Xbox 360 with an ESRB rating of E10+ with lyrics descriptor. For additional information about “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved,” join the Facebook community at, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @FantasiaGame and view all videos on our YouTube channel at