Are You The Least Extreme?!?

A new app on Facebook has been launched for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 called “Unleash Your Un-Ultimate” asking fans to submit photos and videos of their least intense battles. Check out this video to see a little hyper larping in action. Submissions have ended, but check out the tab to browse the cosplay photos and videos for yourself. Fans were eligible to win an Xbox 360, copies of the game and more.

What Is The World Dreaming About

A new visualizer engagement for the new film A Dangerous Method directed by David Cronenberg allows fans to see what the world is dreaming about right now. Several hashtags have been reserved (#idreamt, #recurringdream, #nakeddream) allowing anyone to contribute and be part of the group analysis. The visualizer scours tweets and Flickr posts searching for the words ‘I dreamed’, ‘I dreamt’ and ‘had a dream’ collecting hundreds of dreams a day creating an interactive experience unlike any other. Our dreams open a window into ourselves, enter to see what the world is dreaming about and see if it opens a window into yourself.

Abobo’s Big Adventure Right In Your Face

Game mash-ups like I Wanna Be the Guy are becoming more popular as time goes on and some dedicated fans have made a new one. Can you recognize all the various games in this fan-made game

Skyrim Epic Rap

No doubt millions of gamers worldwide have plunged headfirst into the world of Skyrim over the weekend, going on quests and collecting Dragon Shouts. Dan Bull has performed a rap equal to this epic fantasy tale for all to enjoy.

APB: Reloaded – Be All You Can’t Be

APB: Reloaded is finally ready to relaunch and it’s got the trailer to prove it. [a]list games and GamersFirst present an impressive live-action trailer produced by the Ayzenberg Group with Chaundon rapping the titular song Be All You Can’t Be.

Be The Zelda Fan Of The Week

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is around the corner and in anticipation a new app called “Welcome” has been unlocked on the official Facebook page. Fans that “Like” the page can test their Zelda knowledge with an interactive quiz. Also, they can submit a photo of themselves and be featured in the profile picture of the page for a week! Fans can also browse a gallery of YouTube clips that celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Zelda. On the official home page, fans can explore the world of Skyward Sword in an interactive page that explores each area telling more of the story.

Capcom Introduces Monster Hunter Mobile Social Game

 

Capcom has revealed a new mobile version of Monster Hunter. Titled something to the effect of Monster Hunter Exploration Journal: Phantom Island, they’re taking per-registrations for the Gree mobile platform now.

The game will be based off of the Monster Hunter Frontier Online franchise and be set on the titular Phantom Island. There, players get embroiled in a quest to train and fight monsters with one another.

Source: Andriasang.com

Star Trek Warps For Free On January 17, 2012

Cryptic has confirmed that Star Trek Online will be going free-to-play on January 17, 2011. “We’ve always wanted the game to be free-to-play, in fact we tried to make it free-to-play at the original launch, but our publisher [Atari] didn’t want us doing that so we didn’t do that,” said Stephen D’Angelo, Executive Producer on Star Trek Online and Chief Technical Officer.

The developer learned from the rough transition of Champions Online to make sure that beginning loot is easy to acquire and later loot is satisfyingly difficult. “A lot of the things people acquired weren’t worth very much to them,” D’Angelo says. “[So we’re] revisiting the game’s economy.”

One big change is going to be switching over the myriad means of acquiring items with Dilithium. This material can also be exchanged for Cryptic Points, which grants access to things like certain starships, pets and consumables.

“Dilithium buys you the cool gear. People who buy Cryptic Points can go to our store and can buy the cool ships, but they can’t get the cool gear. We’re going to let people sell their Dilithium to other players for Cryptic Points,” noted D’Angelo, “if you have no money and want to spend no money you can literally get everything available in our store.”

Source: IGN

PopCap: 118.5 Million Weekly Social Game Players

PopCap today revealed that 118.5 million people now play social games at least once a week, up 71 percent over last year. People are also more willing to spend money, with 31 million players having purchased in-game currency, up 86 percent.

“The survey found that 30 percent, or 35 million people who now play social games are new to the category since February 2010, and that 17 percent of people who play social games regularly are new to gaming altogether, having never previously played a video game, representing 20 million new gaming consumers,” notes PopCap. “And while the average age of social gamers has gone down from 43 to 39, the average first time new social gamer is a 50+ year-old woman.”

PopCap also said 81 million people, or 68 percent of social gamers, play social games at least once a day, and that 49 million people, or 41 percent of social gamers, play social games multiple times a day. Demographic stats showed that the percentage of social gamers under 30 years old increased from 19 percent to 30 percent, that women comprise 55 percent of social gamers, and that 20 percent of all social gamers in the U.S. are over 60, compared to only 7 percent in the U.K.

Source: 2011 PopCap Social Gaming Research

Fiesta Online Developer Sees Gamigo Investment

Gamigo has announced that it has bought 20.1 percent of developer OnsOn Soft. The German publisher has made the investment in the Korean free-to-play developer in order to gain the European and U.S. publishing rights for OnsOn Soft’s next game.

“We’ve had a close business relationship with OnsOn Soft for years; this step will cement that further,” commented Patrick Streppel, one of Gamigo’s board members. “With this strategic investment we are securing the future of Fiesta Online in Europe and will be able to make other projects a reality with their team.”

Gamigo previously published OnsOn Soft’s popular MMO Fiesta Online.