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Queen Mary Announces Sinister Circus

March 20, 2017 – The same creative team behind Southern California’s scariest Halloween haunt, Dark Harbor, brings their demented and twisted creativity to life through this first-ever haunted summer costume ball aboard The Queen Mary on Saturday, July 29th from 8:00pm to 1:00am.  Dark Harbor’s Sinister Circus is brought to you by The Queen Mary in conjunction with LA’s biggest haunt, Halloween and horror festival, Midsummer Scream.

Following a day of macabre fun at the Midsummer Scream event taking place at the Long Beach Convention Center, dress up to become one of the Ringmaster’s minions for Dark Harbor’s Sinister Circus.  The top three best costumes will be awarded with cash prizes with the 1st place winner receiving $250.   Dance under the evening stars while many of your favorite Dark Harbor characters make their appearance during the party.  While at the party you just might get a sneak-peak of some of the terrifying new tricks that are being “cooked” up for the 2017 season of Dark Harbor.

Tickets are available for $29 online or $34 at the door.  (Note* Dark Harbor’s Sinister Circus is a 21+ Event).  Make it a weekend stay aboard the haunted Queen Mary by using the link below to book your room that will include discounted weekend pass to Midsummer Scream, as well as discounted admission to Dark Harbor’s Sinister Circus.

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2016 Scare LA Wrap-Up and Photo Gallery

As we move closer to the Halloween season, one of the great Southern California joys is going to Scare LA, a Halloween / horror convention. Now in its fourth year, Scare LA has grown quite a bit from its meager beginnings. Scare LA creator Lora Ivanova has crafted this show into a huge event and it brings in some top talent for its panels and classes.

There were a number of panels to take in – with all the names in the haunted attractions industry showing up. Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights and Knott’s Scary Farm gave a few more interesting tidbits about their upcoming events and we even had panels featuring Elvira herself! Elvira was the big name and host of Scare LA 2016 and she took a lot of time signing autographs on the exhibit floor.


Speaking of the exhibit floor, the Pasadena Convention Center is a very large space and they did a great job of filling it with vendors and even mini-escape rooms! We are big escape room fans and it is great to see them get floorspace in these events. Last year, there didn’t seem to be as many vendors as I had hoped – this year was a huge improvement. The Decayed Brigade (a group of “sliders” originally from Knott’s Scary Farm) were back again this year and put on some great displays of athleticism in their shows.

As usual, there were several mini-haunted houses at the event – with amazing showings from the folks at Creep LA as well as an all-new, in-house haunted house directly from the creators of Scare LA! Blood Offering featured some great set pieces, very good runtime – especially for a mini-haunt, as well as some nice acting components. Scare LA teamed up with former Knott’s Scary Farm maze designer Brooke Walters and Hollywood prop maker Donald Julson for the walk-through (and crawl-through at times).


You could even purchase a “Scare Student” pass to the event and take in a variety of classes pertaining to haunted attractions. Haunt music creator Jon Autopsy taught a course in crafting music for your haunted house while makeup artist Ken Frankling taught a course in airbrush makeup. There were, of course, a lot more to attend, but these were just a couple examples.

Overall, the 2016 Scare LA was a great time for horror and Halloween fans alike and I can’t wait to check out the 2017 event.

Check out Scare LA’a website for more information!

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Activision Announces Call of Duty Championship for March


Santa Monica, CA – January 9, 2014 – Gamers prepare for the ultimate Call of Duty® competition where victory is determined in the blink of an eye. From Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq:ATVI), Infinity Ward and Xbox, in partnership with Major League Gaming (MLG) and other international eSports partners, the second annual Call of Duty® Championship, presented by Xbox tournament will play host to 32 of the best Call of Duty teams from around the world as they compete for rights to the Call of Duty“World Champions” title and lion’s share of the tournament’s $1 million prize purse this March 28 – 30, in Los Angeles.

“Last year’s championship came down to the final minute of the final match with everyone holding their breath to see who would win. The skill, passion and energy brought by these teams and the crowd looking-on showed just what makes our community the best in the world,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “Call of Duty is more than a video game. It’s a pastime shared by millions. It’s exciting to play and fun to watch, and we can’t wait to see what this year’s event has in store.”

This year’s tournament will also serve as the first official competitive Call of Dutyevent played on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, where prize money will be awarded. Programming covering the weekend’s non-stop excitement and hard fought matches will be live streamed on the Xbox Live online entertainment network and MLG.tv for the world to experience.

Call of Duty teams from six continents covering North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia will contend for their place at the Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox tournament in a range of qualifying events hosted by eSports organizations. Qualifying for the Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox will be handled through online tournaments played on the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and broadcasted on MLG.tv, with select live regional finals taking place late February through early March in Australia, the United Kingdom and the U.S. The live regional finals will be played on Xbox One and will also be broadcasted live on MLG.tv and other broadcast partners.

The Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox tournament is open to all qualified players, whether professional gamers or not, provided they meet the requirements of the official rules and regulations. Further details on the 2014 Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox, including full rules and regulations,Call of Duty®: Ghosts maps and modes for the tournament, prizing distribution, travel accommodations and more can be found athttp://www.majorleaguegaming.com/news/qualify-for-the-call-of-duty-championship/.

Additional tournament information will be made available athttps://callofduty.com/esports.

Call of Duty: Ghosts is rated “M” (Mature – Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, and Strong Language – content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older) by the ESRB. For more information, please visit www.callofduty.com/ghosts,www.facebook.com/CODGhosts, or follow on Twitter  @InfinityWard.

Where to Watch the Microsoft XBOX Reveal Event


Many are wondering where exactlty they can watch this morning’s new Xbox  reveal event. Well, here are your options:



Microsoft’s Website

On Spike TV

*UPDATE: If you have a Windows Phone 8, you can watch on Microsoft’s free live event player app.

*UPDATE #2: Of course, you can also watch on Xbox LIVE if you are on your Xbox 360 console.

KONAMI to Stream Pre-E3 Show


EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – May 14th, 2013 – Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced that GameSpot, part of CBS Interactive, will live stream its third-annual “Pre-E3 Show 2013” beginning at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET on June 6th on www.gamespot.com. The show will also stream via the GameSpot app on Xbox LIVE.

To promote the show, special tune-in announcements will air on CBS Television stations in eight major markets, reflecting the first time a gaming manufacturer’s online news event will be promoted on television stations across the country.

During this year’s show, KONAMI will update fans and gaming enthusiasts for the third year in a row by releasing company news, game trailers and exclusive interviews all prior to E3. The company’s Pre-E3 show will provide insight into upcoming products from its social games studios, feature behind the scenes footage and interviews for the next addition to the PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER franchise with Producer Kei Masuda, and provide the inside scoop on Hideo Kojima’s next title in the METAL GEAR SOLID series, METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN. Exclusive first-time access with developer MercurySteam and a brand new gameplay trailer for CASTLEVANIA: LORDS OF SHADOW 2 will be unveiled, in addition to other major company announcements.

“KONAMI is bringing back the Pre-E3 show once again this year, with the biggest and best content the company has to offer,” said Tomoyuki Tsuboi, President of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. “We have partnered with the best in the industry, CBS Interactive and Gamespot, to provide our fans updates on some of their favorite franchises, all in advance of the world’s marquee video game conference.”

“E3 is the biggest event in the gaming industry and GameSpot will cover every aspect of the event online, on mobile and now on-air with a pre-E3 show that we will produce and which will air on CBS Television stations nationwide,” said Ben Howard, Vice President of Programming for GameSpot. “In advance of our special, we will dedicate several of the promotions specifically to the KONAMI Pre-E3 show, to drive tune in for their event and to help bring game enthusiasts closer to one of the biggest players in the gaming industry.”

The promos featuring KONAMI will air on CBS television stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Seattle and Sacramento, as well as on CW stations in San Francisco, Atlanta and Seattle starting May 27th.

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) event is one of the largest cultural events held in Los Angeles. Computer and video game companies, business partners, media, and industry analysts from over 90 countries will converge on the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 11th, 2013 to June 13th, 2013 to attend this year’s E3.

KONAMI’s third annual Pre-E3 Show 2013 will debut on June 6th, 2013 on Gamespot.com (http://www.gamespot.com/shows/gamespot-live/?event=konami-pre-e3-show-2013) beginning at 10:00 am PT/1:00 PM ET. Fans can also check out the show in its entirety on events.konami.com. Those who have an XBOX Live Account can also tune into watch the show on Xbox Live via the GameSpot app.

2K Games Will Not Have E3 2013 Booth


On its forums today, 2K Games Ronnie Singh announced that the company would not have a booth at this year’s E3 expo.

Forum Post:

At 2K, we’re excited for the new opportunities coming with the next generation of hardware, and are hard at work preparing our announced titles for release. While 2K will not have a booth on the show floor at this year’s E3 conference, we will have a lot of great news coming your way this spring. Our slate of titles coming this year include highly anticipated games like Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Brave New WorldXCOM: Enemy Unknown for iOS,  more content for Borderlands 2, as well as WWE 2K14 and NBA 2K14. Stay tuned for our live gameplay and event broadcasts to see the latest gameplay from our upcoming titles. Subscribe to our Twitch channel at twitch.tv/2K and on YouTube at youtube.com/2Kgames.

SOE Live Tickets Now on Sale


SAN DIEGO – April 25, 2013 – Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) today announced that tickets are now available for its annual community fan event, SOE Live, which will take place at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on August 1 – August 4, 2013.

“At SOE Live 2013 we are planning exciting announcements, panels, and special activities for every game in our portfolio, meaning that there are multiple reasons for our entire community to join us in Las Vegas and represent their favorite SOE games,” said Linda Carlson, Director of Community Relations, Sony Online Entertainment. “Players will be able to meet their favorite developers, enter tournaments, participate in live quests, and game late into the night. Additionally, there will be some big news for those who are interested in the next chapter of theEverQuest franchise; you won’t want to miss it.”

For 2013, players are invited to register early and save! Of particular note:

  • There are pricing options available for every budget, including a discount rate on all-access passes ($129) that will remain valid until May 22, 2013.
  • This year the venue has changed to Planet Hollywood, but the low room rates from previous years have stayed the same ($79 weeknight, $129 weekend). The new location offers great restaurants and convenient access to tons of fun activities in the heart of the Las Vegas strip!
An annual SOE-sponsored event, SOE Live is set to be the ultimate gathering for the SOE community, and provides players an opportunity to celebrate their favorite free-to-play SOE games, including: DC Universe OnlineDragon’s Prophet®EverQuest®, EverQuest IIFree Realms®, PlanetSide®2PoxNora®, Star Wars®Clone Wars Adventures™Legends of Norrath™,Vanguard: Saga of Heroes®,and a first look at what’s coming next for the EverQuest franchise.

SOE Live echoes the core belief that all SOE players are part of one extended family and presents an opportunity for fans of all ages to meet the talented people behind some of the online world’s most successful games. In addition to a slew of social events, SOE will also host developer panel discussions and game-themed live events, giving attendees a chance to voice their opinions of current and upcoming game content. SOE Live will also feature access to new announcements and beta programs, tournaments, premium swag, and more.

For additional information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.soe.com/soelive.

Nintendo Will Not Have Large E3 Press Event


According to a Gametrailers post, Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo, has stated that the company will not hold a traditional, large-scale E3 press event as they have done in years past. Instead, the company will be holding a number of smaller events focused directly on the West. Here is a translation of Satoru’s comment from a recent investor conference:

“Unlike previous years, we will not have a large-scale presentation [at E3] directed to everyone in the world. Instead, we are planning several smaller events focusing on software for America. Among these hands-on events will be one for American distributors and another for western media.”

Depending on who you ask, this is a wise or unwise decision for the company, whose Wii U console has sold 33% fewer units than expected. With the recent PlayStation 4 event and even more recent announcement that Microsoft will reveal the next Xbox on May 21, it is clear that Nintendo does not want to go head to head with the two gaming goliaths.