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Event Coverage: PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royal L.A. Beatdown


Sony Santa Monica Studios and SuperBot Entertainment together with iam8bit celebrated the upcoming title PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royal with a community event in Los Angeles. Dubbing it “LA beatdown” the event had a gallery showcasing “personal” items from some of the fighters. Items such as Sweet-Tooth’s Mask and Dynamite, Sackboy’s Cardboard rocket, and Heihachi’s hair gel (yes, hair gel).

Attendee’s were treated to complimentary drinks, a chance to speak with the developers, game play stations, and took photos in a photo booth with various props from the games characters. Among some of the notable attendees were former Capcom, now Sony Santa Monica studio’s lead game designer Seth Killian, as well as SuperBot Entertainment’s game director Omar Kendall and their president Chan Park.

I spoke with Seth Killian and he did confirm that the 20 characters are the only characters that will appear in the game. I tried grilling him about the final boss however he remained stoned face and said nothing. I was observing game play and one of the stages had Metal Gear Ray (Revengeance version), crashing through the background. (Where have I seen that before?)

I had a great time and it was finally nice to meet some of the Sony PR that I usually talk to through email. Special mentions goes out to my good friend Andrew costuming as Nathan Drake, Sarah as Kratos, and Heather as Sweeth-Tooth. PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royal will be available nationwide November 20, 2012.

Hit the jump for some exclusive pictures!
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Event Coverage: PlayStation on Campus With SCEA CEO Jack Tretton

Presidnt & CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America Jack Tretton (L) and Richard Lemarchand at PlayStation On Campus Event.


Sony Computer Entertainment America President and CEO, Jack Tretton, visited the University of Southern California campus last month and spoke to students about the past, present, and future of the PlayStation. I had a chance to attend this event, and it was amazing to see Mr. Tretton in a casual setting. Normally the only time we would see him is during the Sony press briefing at E3, where he speaks in front of thousands. However, this time, it was a more “me and you” type of meeting. Mr. Tretton was introduced by Richard Lemarchand, now associate dean at USC and former lead designer of Naughty Dog.

Being in the presence of SCEA’s big boss is such a crazy, unique feeling. I mean, this guy is the shot caller for everything PlayStation. He talked about how PlayStation continues to grow and extend its generations through various versions of its platform over the years, such as the first PlayStation, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation 3. He never once hinted anything about possible next generation consoles. He goes on to discuss the PlayStation Vita and how the target demographics prefer something more “adult” and that “tablets and smartphones are just an addition, but ultimately, we want to bring true handheld console gaming to our consumers”

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Event Coverage Photos: Resident Evil 6 Launch Party @ Lure Club, Hollywood, CA

Capcom celebrated the release of Resident Evil 6 in style with a star studded performance headlined by New York rapper, NAS. The event was held at Lure nightclub in Hollywood, California on September 28, 2012. The general atmosphere of the venue itself was just like any other Hollywood club. Full of wannabes and trying to be’s. Yeah, sure, it was attended by the likes of Kendra and Hank Baskett, and Shawn Roberts, however, personally, I find these events to be so ridiculous.

Official social media game industry websites advertise these events “for the gaming community” but you never get that feeling. I had to argue with the people in the media line to let me in and they kept saying it was max capacity inside. 5 minutes after arguing with them, they let me in, mind you the venue holds 1600 people; it looked more like 200 people were in there. This may come off as negative, however I just want to give credit where credit is due. The hard working producers and the fans. Without the fans, Resident Evil wouldn’t have been as big, Without the producers, the game would not exist!

More photos, courtesy of Getty Images, here.

As a gamer, do you care about the production and the people behind the title? Or do you just play it and toss it?

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EA To Showcase MoH: Warfighter, NFS: Most Wanted At UK Expo


Today, Replay Events, the organisers of Play Expo 2012 announces that games publisher, EA will showcase three of its highly anticipated 2012 titles at the event on 13th and 14th October.

Attendees at the UK’s newest games expo will be able to play Medal of Honor: Warfighter, 13 days before its release and Need for Speed: Most Wanted, 20 days before – alongside the latest version of perennial fan favourite, EA SPORTS FIFA 13.

Andy Brown, commercial director at Replay Events, says the deal with EA has already excited the Play Expo team.

“We’re thrilled that EA is attending the inaugural Play Expo – to get both MOH and NFS before they’ve been released has exceeded our expectations and we know that fans will be queuing up to play them. We have lots more announcements to come in the run-up to the event with definitely something for everyone.”

The 2012 expo will feature four distinct events: re.play, now.play, pro.play and cos.play. Play Expo is one of the first places in the UK you can preview the new Wii-U console and try out New Super Mario Bros U, Nintendo Land and Ubisoft’s ZombiU before they hit the shops.
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