Play! @ The Schuster Center

From/De: Play! A Video Game Symphony

PLAY! is coming to Dayton for one night only!‏

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 8, 2009 – Today, Jason Michael Paul Productions, Inc. announced Dayton, Ohio as the next date for PLAY! A Video Game Symphony the international concert series with music from a catalogue of blockbuster video games. The concert will be presented in Dayton, Ohio at The Schuster Center on Saturday, April 18, 2009.

Tickets are still available. You can call The Ticket Center Stage Box Office at 1-888-228-3630.

The PLAY! concert at The Schuster will feature award-winning music from titles such as FINAL FANTASY (R), SILENT HILL (R), BATTLEFIELD 1942 (TM), WORLD OF WARCRAFT (R), SONIC THE HEDGEHOG (R), THE ELDER SCROLLS (R) IV: OBLIVION (TM), LEGEND OF ZELDA(TM) and many others. Outstanding graphics on a big screen above the orchestra accompany the scores, highlighting memorable moments from the video games.

The concert will be performed by the Dayton Philharmonic and chorus, conducted by Grammy Award-winning artist Arnie Roth.

Says Jason Michael Paul, producer of PLAY!: “We are delighted to have been invited to Dayton. Since our first Dear Friends tour in 2005, we have received mail from Ohio folks hoping for a video game music concert. I am pleased to be able to deliver the ultimate symphonic game music concert to them in the hopes that this phenomenon can continue to spread and be received in the states and all over the world.”.

Tickets are on sale and can be purchased through The Ticket Center Stage Box Office at 1-888-228-3630..

Find more news at http://www.play-symphony.com.

Capcom & GameStop: Street Fighter IV National Championship Finals

From/De: Capcom

GAMESTOP PARTNERS WITH CAPCOM AND THE EVO CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES TO “FIGHT AGAINST HUNGER” AT STREET FIGHTER IV NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS

WHAT: GAMESTOP, the world’s largest video game retailer, has partnered with CAPCOM and the EVO Championship Series, the largest and longest-running fighting game tournaments in the world, to host the Street Fighter IV US National Championship Finals on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 7p.m. The event will take place at Fort Mason in San Francisco, where 16 national finalists will battle it out for the Grand Prize before advancing to represent the US in an International Exhibition featuring champions from Japan and Korea. Street Fighter fans will be able to experience the action up close and personal as the finalists will be playing live-on stage with a giant jumbo screen to show off every bit of the battle.

To coincide with the tournament, attendees are invited to join GameStop and Capcom for the “Street Fighter Fights Hunger” charity food drive in partnership with SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK. Guests are invited to do their part by bringing gifts of canned foods or nominal donations to be collected at the event.

Additional event festivities include:

* SFIV game play kiosks
* Autograph signing with YOSHINORI ONO, Producer for SFIV, and SETH KILLIAN, EVO founder and Special Advisor to the game
* Performances by freestyle dance crew and America’s Best Dance Crew finalists, SUPREME SOUL, live on-stage throughout the night
* DJ spinning throughout the night
* SFIV-themed costume contest, activities, and prizes
* E-Shots photo booth, Venom Energy Drink samplings, Estate LA custom hat experience, Coveroo laser etching experience, and SFIV models

* VISUALS:
* Crowds of enthusiastic gamers (more than 1,500 people expected)
* Fans cheering for “cage-style” video game tournament
* Attendees making donations for charity food drive
* Consumers playing at game kiosks
* Costume contest with fans competing for prizes

WHEN: Saturday, April 18, 2009

7–11p.m.

WHERE: Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

http://www.fortmason.org/directions/index.shtml

EA & Will Wirght: Stupid Fun Club

Will Wright and EA Partner on Stupid Fun Club

Legendary Game Designer to Explore New Projects

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) announced today that EA is making an equity investment in Stupid Fun Club, Will Wright’s new adventure. Stupid Fun Club is an entertainment think tank developing new Intellectual Properties to be deployed across multiple fronts including video games, movies, television, the internet, and toys. Will Wright is leaving EA to run Stupid Fun Club.

EA and Will each own equal percentages of Stupid Fun Club and are the principal shareholders. In addition, EA has the right to develop game concepts that spring from Stupid Fun Club projects. Will Wright is represented by Creative Artists Agency.

“The entertainment industry is moving rapidly into an era of revolutionary change,” said Will Wright. “Stupid Fun Club will explore new possibilities that are emerging from this sublime chaos and create new forms of entertainment on a variety of platforms. In my twelve years at EA, I’ve had the pleasure to work alongside some of the brightest and most talented game developers in the industry and I look forward to working with them again in the near future.”
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GH World Tour: We Will Rock You

From/De: BHPR via GamesPress
AWARD-WINNING MUSICAL WE WILL ROCK YOU – BASED ON THE MUSIC OF QUEEN – AND GUITAR HERO® WORLD TOUR PARTNER TO OFFER THE ULTIMATE NIGHT OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL
Wednesday 8th April/… The critically acclaimed and longest-running musical at London’s prestigious Dominion Theatre, We Will Rock You - based on the music of Queen – has partnered with Activision Publishing, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: ATVI) Guitar Hero® World Tour to offer patrons the ultimate night of rock. Before and after select performances of the hit musical, which embarks on its first UK tour this month, people will be able to rock with Guitar Hero World Tour to three of Queen’s hit tracks, “C-Lebrity,” “Fat Bottom Girls” and “We Are The Champions,” as well as the entire 86-song on-disc set list, with prizes awarded to the best virtual performers. The game will also be featured at regional We Will Rock You preview and launch events, where members of the cast can mingle with press and VIPs.“We’re thrilled to have Guitar Hero World Tour hitting the road with the extremely popular musical, We Will Rock You,” says Ian McClellan, Senior Brand Manager, Red Octane. “As one of the driving forces in music and video games today, Guitar Hero® is the perfect offering which enables fans to experience Queen’s, plus a bevy of other rock ‘n’ roll giant’s, music in an all new way.”We Will Rock You played at the Palace Theatre, Manchester between 21st March and 26th March; and will run at the Sunderland Empire between 10th June and 27th June; the Birmingham Hippodrome 1st July and 5th September; the Bristol Hippodrome between 16th September to 31st October; and the Edinburgh Playhouse between 4th November and 9th January 2010. Please see regional box offices for ticket availability.
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Rock Band: Kick Pedal w/ Double Bass Adaptor

From/De: EA
HARMONIX, MTV GAMES AND PDP ANNOUNCE THE ROCK BAND® KICK PEDAL WITH DOUBLE BASS ADAPTOR IS NOW AVAILABLE

Officially Licensed Rock Band Pedal Allows Players to Rock Two Pedals at the Same Time for Advanced Game Play

Cambridge, MA – April 7, 2009 – Harmonix, the leading developer of music-based games, and MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), today announced that the officially licensed Rock Band® Kick Pedal with Double Bass Adaptor distributed by Performance Designed Products (PDP) is available now at retail stores. The Rock Band Kick Pedal with Double Bass Adaptor is available for the suggested retail price of $24.99.

The officially licensed kick pedal comes bundled with an adaptor that allows players to use two Rock Band kick pedals at the same time. The Rock Band Kick Pedal with Double Bass Adaptor works with all Rock Band and Rock Band 2 games and functions with all in-game tracks including freestyle and drum fill sections [1]. In addition, the Rock Band Kick Pedal with Double Bass Adaptor is also compatible with Guitar Hero® World Tour and Guitar Hero®: Metallica® when used in conjunction with a Rock Band drum set.
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Rock Band Unplugged [PSP] – Jun. 9, 2009

From/De: EA
MTV GAMES, HARMONIX AND EA HIT THE ROAD ON JUNE 9 WITH ROCK BAND UNPLUGGED FOR THE PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) SYSTEM
Rock Band Unplugged to utilize the first fully-featured in-game store for downloadable content on the PSP system

Guildford, UK., 8th April- Harmonix, the world’s leading developer of music-based games, MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), and distribution partner Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced plans today to release Rock Band Unplugged exclusively for the PSP (PlayStation®Portable) system. The game will be available in North America and Europe beginning June 9, 2009, with software retailing for £24.99 in the United Kingdom.

“Rock Band Unplugged reinvents band gameplay while staying true to the authentic feel of the Rock Band console games,” said Bob Picunko, Senior Vice President of Electronic Games for MTV Games. “Harmonix delivers innovation with every game they develop and we are excited to continue our long-list of industry firsts with the Rock Band in-game wireless music store on the PSP system.”
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The Beattles: CD & Game release – Sept. 9, 2009

As a fan of the Beattles since childhood (hey, the cartoons arrived many years later where I was back then after they were translated and aired on TV in other countries, so don’t think I’m 40- or 50-something-years-old), the release of their songs on CD the same day the Rock Band version of the famous band comes out will bring lots of happy moments to remember and re-live to all of its fans.
Como un fanáticos de los Beattles (hey, los dibujos llegaron varios años después donde estaba en ese entonces luego de que fueron traducidos y transmitidos por TV en otros países, así que no piensen que tengo 40 o cinquenta y pico años de edad), el lanzamiento de sus canciones en CD el mismo día que salga la versión Rock Band de la famosa banda traerá varios momentos felices que recordar y revivir a todos sus fanáticos.
From/De: EA via GamesPress
THE BEATLES’ ENTIRE ORIGINAL RECORDED CATALOGUE REMASTERED BY APPLE CORPS LTD. AND EMI MUSIC FOR WORLDWIDE RELEASE ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2009

Rock Band: The Beattles

Rock Band: The Beattles

London, England – April 7, 2009 – Apple Corps Ltd. and EMI Music are delighted to announce the release of the original Beatles catalogue, which has been digitally re-mastered for the first time, for worldwide CD release on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 (9-9-09), the same date as the release of the widely anticipated “The Beatles: Rock Band” video game. Each of the CDs is packaged with replicated original UK album art, including expanded booklets containing original and newly written liner notes and rare photos. For a limited period, each CD will also be embedded with a brief documentary film about the album. On the same date, two new Beatles boxed CD collections will also be released.

The albums have been re-mastered by a dedicated team of engineers at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios in London over a four year period utilising state of the art recording technology alongside vintage studio equipment, carefully maintaining the authenticity and integrity of the original analogue recordings. The result of this painstaking process is the highest fidelity the catalogue has seen since its original release.

The collection comprises all 12 Beatles albums in stereo, with track listings and artwork as originally released in the UK, and ‘Magical Mystery Tour,’ which became part of The Beatles’ core catalogue when the CDs were first released in 1987. In addition, the collections ‘Past Masters Vol. I and II’ are now combined as one title, for a total of 14 titles over 16 discs. This will mark the first time that the first four Beatles albums will be available in stereo in their entirety on compact disc. These 14 albums, along with a DVD collection of the documentaries, will also be available for purchase together in a stereo boxed set.
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