Pick A Friend And Blast Through The Walls Of Brotherhood

On the official site for Gears of Wars at Xbox.com, fans can experience an interactive Facebook connected engagement video and help blast through new content. An onboarding video spins around a cement cube which is then detonated and blasted apart. Fans can use their mouse to slide back and forth in time to watch the explosion as it flares and then dies out revealing an etching in the cement of Marcus Fenix and his partner Dominic Santiago. Fans can click on each character and reveal a new character wallpaper for Marcus and a new video featuring Dominic, both of which can be posted to Facebook or shared. To access additional new chapter content, fans can connect with their friends (“someone that’s got your back”) on Facebook and invite them into the program to continue to unlock more community assets and rewards. Act quickly, the call to action only lasts 24 hours.

PS3 – ‘Long Live Play’

For the past couple of years, PlayStation has had the “It Only Does Everything” campaign headlined by Kevin Butler. SCEA has announced that they are rolling out a new campaign called “Long Live Play” for the system’s switchover to $249, with new ads rolling out immediately on websites, TV networks, retailers and social networking outlets immediately.

“PlayStation has always been about the gamer and the PS3 is the ultimate portal to a land of infinite experiences and accomplishments. PlayStation is reaffirming our commitment to gamers like yourselves with ‘Long Live Play’ – mixing humor and a little good, clean fun with the kind of entertainment content you crave,” said Scott Steinberg, SCEA VP of Product Marketing. “What better way to transition than with a visit from Kevin Butler, back from his four-day retirement with a special message.”

Source: PlayStation Blog

Batgirl Mantle Returns To Barbara Gordon

While Barbara Gordon is probably the character most recognized as Batgirl, due to her appearances as such in various television shows, in the comics she hasn’t held the mantle since the ’80s. That will all change very soon, however, as DC looks to reboot Batman and other staple franchises.

“It’s tremendously exciting to see her smiling on the cover of her own hit book finally, ready to kick ass against Gotham City’s worst monsters,” said the series’ writer, Gail Simone.

Barbara Gordon was famously paralyzed by the Joker, and has since assisted Batman as computer hacker and information broker Oracle. This made her a prominent hero to the disabled community, being one of the only prominent characters in mainstream comics that’s confined to a wheelchair.

“For me personally, she’s always been such an inspiration,” said writer and comic book fan Jill Pantozzi, who has muscular dystrophy. “Seeing a character who’s similar in some ways is an important thing,” Pantozzi said. “Everyone wants someone they can look up to.”

While Barbara Gordon is taking a more pro-active role in her crime-fighting, the time she spent as a paralytic will remain part of her past. “We thought when you see her recovering from that, it would continue to add nuance and depth to the character,” said co-publisher Jim Lee.

While Pantozzi is disappointed in the chance, she says she’ll give the relaunch a chance. “Barbara Gordon’s an awesome character no matter what she’s doing,” she said.

Source: New York Post

Legend Of Zelda Holds Gold Wii Remote Plus Aloft

Nintendo of America have announced a limited-edition release of Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. For $70, fans can receive a copy of the game with a special gold Wii Remote Plus.

“As an additional 25th anniversary treat for fans who purchase the game early, every copy in the initial production, whether sold by itself or as a part of the limited-edition bundle, will come with a free CD featuring select orchestral arrangements of iconic music spanning the history of the franchise which will be performed at The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony Concert performances in October 2011,” added Nintendo.

Gears Of War 3 Sets Pre-Order Records

Epic Games has revealed that Gears of War 3 is the fastest selling Xbox exclusive title ever. The game has racked up over 1.3 million pre-orders so far.

Also, they announced that a Gears of War 3 season pass will be available. For $30, you’ll net the first four DLC offerings for Gears of War 3, plus they will have exclusive access to the Liquid Metal Weapon set.

PS3 ‘Must Do Better In U.K.’ Says SCE Euro Boss

The PS3 has outsold the Xbox 360 in mainland Europe, but the U.K. remains more intransigent in its support for the Xbox 360 over the PS3. President and chief executive officer of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Jim Ryan says this trend is a special concern for him.

“U.K. is one of the territories where we have to do better,” said Ryan. “Whether you approach the U.K. from the perspective of our momentum, or the perspective of the competitive landscape, for us the U.K. is more like U.S. than continental Europe. If you look across the PAL territory, where typically we outsell our competitors by around 50 percent on a weekly basis, it’s inverted in the U.K. That is something we want to address.”

“History has shown us that once you get to £199 you hit lift off,” he added about the price cut. “We can do some serious business and this kick-starts that. Getting to £199 was a defining moment for the PSone and PS2 – this will be no different.”

Source: MCV

Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Eyeborg Documentary

Deus Ex: Human Revolution deals with a near-future world where cyborgs and “transhumanism” is central to everyday life. Square Enix wanted to see how close we are in everyday life to the reality of the game and commissioned filmmaker Rob “Eyeborg” Spence to investigate prosthetics, cybernetics and human augmentation today.