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Star Wars Battlefront Pre-Order Bonuses Available

Star Wars Battlefront

You may have heard the saying, "Everything is coming up roses."  Well, in the case of movies and video games of late, everything seems to be coming up Star Wars.  In addition to May 4, 2015 being Star Wars Day, or "May the force (4th) be with you Day", there is a lot of buzz about the upcoming Star Wars movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens which will feature several alumni actors from the Star Wars Return of the Jedi movie  --including Mark Hamil, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford.  Star Wars:  The Force Awakens movie releases on December 18, 2015.  By the way, Vanity Fair just announced that Star Wars will grace its June 2015 magazine cover, so it appears that Star Wars is not lacking in its share of publicity -- online as well as in print.

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Star Wars' gamer fans are also included in the Star Wars publicity machine.  Specifically, the video game Star Wars Battlefront will release on November 17, 2015.  Star Wars Battlefront is the third entry in the Star Wars Battlefront series where the action and adventure will involve battling as a Stormtroopers or as a Rebel Alliance soldier.  The multiplayer mode will accommodate up to 40 players.

Star Wars Battlefront If you want to get a head start on playing the DLC that will be available after the game releases, you can pre-order Star Wars Battlefront from Amazon.com as well as other video game places.  At Amazon.com, the pre-order bonus for Star Wars Battlefront is  you will receive the DLC a week earlier than other gamers.  The DLC consist of two maps set on the planet Jakku before the Star Wars: The Force Awakens saga begins.  The DLC will be released publicly on December 8, 2015; however if you preorder, you will receive the DLC a week earlier on December 1, 2015.

Star Wars Battlefront is published by Electronics Arts (EA) and developed by EA Digital Illusions CE.

Whether you plan to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie when it comes out, or if you plan to play the Star Wars video game -- Star Wars Battlefront -- or even enjoy both -- May the force be with you.

Last Updated on Monday, 04 May 2015 06:44

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Will Metal Wolf Chaos Video Game Ever Come to America?

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President Michael Wilson from the From Software video game developers has been recognized as the most patriotic politician in video games.  However, his patrotism must be admired from afar, because as of 2015, he and his heroic exploits are in a video game that never reached America.  The video game I'm referring to is, of course, Metal Wolf Chaos, a video game that received high praise in its day, but for some reason or another never was released in America.  If you happen to live or reside in Japan and you have the original Xbox video game system, you can play this game to your heart's content.  Not so easy if you live elsewhere.

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Metal Wolf Chaos was released only in Japan on December 22, 2004.  Even though some of the graphics and languge are in Japanese, the game has all English voice acting.

In the Metal Wolf Chaos video game, President Michael Wilson must protect the United States from rebel forces being led by none other than his Vice-President.  President Michael Wilson stands out from other Presidents by going a step further in defending the U.S.  How?  Well for starters, he has his own mech which he uses to its maximum capacity to battle the enemy.

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Your guess is as good as mine as to when and if this game will ever reach the United States. For now, it is available as a Japan import, playable only on the original Xbox video game system, and unfortunately is rather expensive -- selling as high as $294.02 on Amazon.

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One of my mottos is to "Never say never."  Maybe in due time Metal Wolf Chaos will reach America's shores so many can enjoy playing this video game and find out first hand just how patriotic President Michael Wilson really is.  For now it seems as if Metal Wolf Chaos will continue to be known as the most patriotic video game that never reached America.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 February 2015 06:08

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How to Dance to a Broadway Musical at Home

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Are you a fan of Broadway musicals?  If so, how would you like to dance to some of the most popular songs from several musicals, many of which are still playing live on Broadway?  You can do just that if you have either a Wii or a PlayStation 3 video game system as well as the video game Dance on Broadway.

Dance on Broadway has been out for a few years now so the game is readily available.  It was originally released for the Wii back in 2010 and later for the PlayStation 3 in 2011.  Dance on Broadway is a dancing game so you essentially move in concert with the avatars on the screen.  Based on how well you follow the steps and movements you will be met with varying forms of assessments such as "Great", "Excellent", etc.

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You may ask how does this dance video game differ from some of the others that are more current, such as Just Dance and Dance Central.  Well, there are similarities between Dance on Broadway and other dance type video games; however, the major difference is that Dance on Broadway is comprised entirely of songs and music from musicals -- no pop, rock, rap or soul -- simply musicals.  Some songs you may be familiar with which are on this video game are "All that Jazz" from the musical Chicago; "Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In" from Hair and "Cabaret" from the musical Cabaret.  In fact there are twenty different musicals you can dance to when you play Dance on Broadway.  Unfortunately, the songs are not directly from the musicals but are sung by other talented singers instead.  However, the tune and flavor of the actual songs from the musical are reflected in the twenty songs. The biggest plus is as you dance you will be exercising as well, while having fun!

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If this sounds like a video game you would like to play, it's easy for you to own.  Dance on Broadway is available on Amazon, GameStop and other retail estabishments where video games are sold. If you have a PS3, you will have to use the PS move controller to play Dance on Broadway.  

Get the Dance on Broadway video game and before long you will be dancing as if you are the star of a big time musical, without even leaving the comfort of your home.

Dance on Broadway was developed by Longtail Studios AiLive; published by UbiSoft and is rated E +10.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 April 2015 00:00

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Marvel's Agent Carter Debuts

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You may have seen Marvel's Agent Carter in the Captain America and Avengers movies.  Did you know she is coming to ABC in her own television series, titled Agent Carter?  If you saw the commercial premiering her show, you may want to know more about her.

She is a fictional character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.  Even though the time period is the 1940's, she fought right alongside Captain America in the French Resistance and  is a skilled marksman. Due to the creative reach of comic book stories, I will not divulge her activities, including if there is still a relationship between her and Captain America.  It looks as if she will be depicted as a capable, independent woman, able to  not only fiend for herself, but also to have a strong leadership role as well.

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Agent Carter and Captain America

Hopefully in an effort to have Agent Peggy Carter taken seriously as a main character instead of her usual supporting role, the stories do not have her come across as overly serious.  However, I guess that waits to be seen.

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Regarding video game appearances, Agent Carter appears in The Avengers tie game, Captain America, Super Soldier.

The television series starring Hayley Atwood as Agent Carter, will premiere on ABC, January 9, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 November 2014 04:47

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Killer Instinct Maya - Beyonce Controversy

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If you have played the Killer Instinct video game character Maya or even watched this character during gameplay, you may have noticed she has, in my opinion, a strong resemblance to Beyonce Knowles.  Back in the day when Beyonce was part of the group Destiny's Child, she wore her hair in braids often similar to how Maya is depicted in the video game.  When I watched this game being played, I also noticed the character has certain victory movements that are signature moves for Beyonce -- even though anyone of course could do these moves as well.mayabeyonce

The question I have is why, unlike Lindsay Lohan, Beyonce has not come forward to challenge the use of her likeness without her permission.  As you may know, a few months back Lindsay Lohan sued those behind supposedly or alledgedly using  her likeness in the video game, Grand Theft Auto V -- which is still pendng.  However, not a whimper has been heard from Beyonce.

Could it be that Beyonce is still reelling from the recent video game settlement she made with game developer Gate Five after  being sued for over $100 million dollars for backing out of a video game deal?  Or maybe there are other reasons.  By the way, details of the settlement were not disclosed.

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Of course it is possible that her likeness is based on someone else who simply resembles Beyonce, which essentially means the controversy between Maya and Beyonce's likeness does not exist.  Maybe this is the case   since the game has been out for some time now and there has not been nary a peep from Beyonce or her people about how Maya looks like Beyonce in the video game Killer Instinct.

If you would like to weigh in on this yourself, you may check out  Killer Instinct which is an Xbox One exclusive video game, rated M for Mature.  Maya is a playable character in the Killer Instinct Season 2 series that launched October 15, 2014.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2015 10:09

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