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Final Fantasy IV: Complete Collection airshipping to Europe on April 22

February 28th, 2011 No comments
Cecil, Tellah, Rosa and the gang will take up arms against the powers of nefarious crystal-hogs once again in Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection, which Square Enix has now adorned with an April 22 European release date -- a few days after North America's April 19 due date.

The PSP-exclusive collection not only includes the original, SNES RPG (bolstered with some fancy-schmancy new graphics and CGI cutscenes), but also the After Years expansions, which players will be able jump right into if they don't feel like replaying the original, casualty-heavy saga.

The Complete Colelction will be available in both a standard and special edition, which includes a handful of lovely little Final Fantasy IV art cards, a PSP screen cloth and a DLC voucher for Dissidia 012 [duodecim] Final Fantasy. That cloth would actually be kind of handy -- you'll need something to mop up your tears following that one scene. You know. With those kids. And that hallway.

JoystiqFinal Fantasy IV: Complete Collection airshipping to Europe on April 22 originally appeared on Joystiq on Tue, 01 Mar 2011 01:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Source: LegalZoom in early stages of preparing to go public

February 28th, 2011 No comments

Online legal document host LegalZoom is in the early stages of preparing to file for an initial public offering, a source told VentureBeat today.

The company hasn’t filed any documents that indicate it will go public with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The process begins when a company files a Form S-1, which includes its most recent financial details and how much money the company is looking to raise. So the actual initial public offering might not happen for several months.

LegalZoom is an online service that helps people find and fill out legal documents. That can include documents to create a last will and testament, filing to incorporate a business, trademarking a name or title or filing for a divorce. The documents can range anywhere from $100 to $400, according to the company’s website. LegalZoom is not an actual law firm — they just supply the documents. That means the site won’t offer any kind of legal advice for those seeking it out.

It’s a private company, which means it does not disclose its financial information. But the company did get in a spat with the city of Los Angeles over how much they would have to pay in taxes around this time last year. The company ended up deciding to relocate its offices from Hollywood to Glendale.

The Los Angeles, Calif.-based company was founded in 2001 and has more than 500 employees. LegalZoom raised $2 million in what looks like an early seed funding round and about $46 million in an institutional funding round that included Polaris Venture Partners and Kayne Anderson Private Investors.

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Civ 5′s Polynesia DLC sets sail on Thursday

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Civilization 5's premium Polynesia scenario pack and a free multiplayer map pack will be available on March 3 for the PC version of the game.

The Polyneisa DLC will include the "Paradise Found" scenario, which tasks players with becoming the dominant culture in Polynesia among four kingdoms. The Polynesian civilization is represented by Kamehameha; who brings with him Maori warriors, Maoi statues and the ability to embark on ocean tiles from the start of the game. The add-on pack will cost $5 (£3).

The free multiplayer map pack will include a skirmish map for one-on-one battles, a map called "Ring," which will have "enemies on your flanks," and "Ancient Lake," which features an inland sea with a "secret."

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JoystiqCiv 5's Polynesia DLC sets sail on Thursday originally appeared on Joystiq on Tue, 01 Mar 2011 00:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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THQ planning North Korean protest to promote Homefront

February 28th, 2011 No comments
Surprised? Yeah, we're not either. Turns out that THQ is once again planning a North Korean-themed event , though this time it's GDC that the publisher is invading. As reported by the SF Weekly, anti-North Korean protesters (read: hired actors) will be marching across the Golden Gate bridge, through the streets of SF, and ending across the street from GDC at Yerba Buena Gardens. And as you likely inferred from the headline above, the protest is staged in promotion of the company's next game, Homefront.

This time around, the spectacle intends on decrying "North Korea's human rights violations," and apparently features "speeches by global experts, musical performances, and the launch of 10,000 balloons." We're not sure what the balloons have to do with the forthcoming launch of Homefront, but we're all about decrying human rights violations. So, um, score?

JoystiqTHQ planning North Korean protest to promote Homefront originally appeared on Joystiq on Tue, 01 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Microsoft kicks off Dream Build Play 2011 with $75K prize pool

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Registration for Microsoft's fifth annual Dream Build Play competition opened today. Submissions will be accepted from May 17 through June 14.

Dream Build Play challenges amateur developers to create a game using Microsoft's XNA Game Studio and rewards winners with a cash prize and "the opportunity" for an Xbox Live Arcade publishing contract (though it's a big commitment, previous winner James Silva warns). A total of $75,000 will be up for grabs this year, with $40,000 going to the grand prize winner, $20K to first prize, $10K to second and the remaining $5K to the third prize winner.

Last year's grand prize winner, Lumi (pictured), is available now as an Xbox Live Indie Game. Previous winners include Dust: An Elysian Tale and Silva's The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai. The latter was released on XBLA and its sequel is in the works, while Dust should arrive on XBLA in the near future.

Those wishing to enter this year's competition should head over to the Dream Build Play website.

JoystiqMicrosoft kicks off Dream Build Play 2011 with $75K prize pool originally appeared on Joystiq on Mon, 28 Feb 2011 23:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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BurgerTime HD rating cooked up by ESRB

February 28th, 2011 No comments
An ESRB listing reveals that MonkeyPaw Games is working on BurgerTime HD for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii and PC. The title is assumed to be an update of the classic 1982 arcade game fom Data East -- and likely in development for digital platforms, including PSN, XBLA and WiiWare.

The ESRB description notes that BurgerTime HD will introduce carrots, apple cores and hot peppers, indicating that a new breed of "oversized" monsters is out to destroy the "small," burger-building chef.

BurgerTime HD certainly fits MonkeyPaw's mission to remake and localize Japanese games from the past and present. The original game is a sort of munchies-induced nightmare: Chef Peter Pepper must try to escape the homicidal Mr. Egg, Mr. Hot Dog and Mr. Pickle, while attempting to assemble giant hamburgers. (There's definitely a thesis on food existentialism buried somewhere in there.)

We've contacted MonkeyPaw for more information on BurgerTime HD.

JoystiqBurgerTime HD rating cooked up by ESRB originally appeared on Joystiq on Mon, 28 Feb 2011 23:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Cooliris shows off its cool 3D ads for the iPad (video)

February 28th, 2011 No comments

cooliris immersive 3d adsMedia browsing startup Cooliris’ business plan has always revolved around high-quality, good-looking ads, and even though it recently refocused on its mobile photo app LiveShare, chief executive Soujanya Bhumkar said he’s still pushing forward on slick new ad products.

Specifically, Cooliris has created new “immersive 3D ads” for the iPad. You tap on the banner ad, which then opens into a 3D product demo that you can rotate using the iPad or iPhone, or into some other interactive ad. (Bhumkar emphasized the idea of immersiveness over 3D, since not all of the ads are 3D.) The idea is to take advantage of the iPad to deliver an ad that users are really engaged with.

Cooliris will run these 3D ads within its own LiveShare mobile app, but it also recently announced that it’s partnering with mobile ad network InMobi to make the technology available to InMobi advertisers. (The two companies will share the revenue.) Bhumkar said he’s open to working with other ad networks eventually, but he’s happy to launch with InMobi — the ad network was on board with Cooliris’ desire to make the technology available as soon as possible.

Cooliris’ Immersive 3D Ads will go live in April, but the company just sent me the demo video below to show them in action.

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Grasshopper announcing new title next month

February 28th, 2011 No comments
Suda51's Japanese dev studio, Grasshopper Manufacture, is working on a ton of stuff. Between Shadows of the Damned, Sine Mora, codename D and an uannounced NGP project, we have to imagine the folks at Grasshopper don't have much free time. Regardless, the studio will take a timeout on March 30 to host a Ustream event, during which Grasshopper will announce a new game -- perhaps that NGP title?

Dubbed "Grasstream 2: Travis vs. Garcia" (named for the main characters of No More Heroes and Shadows of the Damned), the event will feature frank discussion from Suda51 on Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, an acoustic performance of music from No More Heroes, the aforementioned "new game announce," and "hands-on impressions" of said game from "Vanilla Beans and model/gamer Kayo Sato." Yes, really.

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JoystiqGrasshopper announcing new title next month originally appeared on Joystiq on Mon, 28 Feb 2011 22:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Today in Gaming – 2/28/11: PlayStation 3 Ban, Half-Minute Hero XBLA

February 28th, 2011 No comments

Shenmue

Besides the freedom, which is what made me fall in love with the series in the first place, the thing I like most about Grand Theft Auto is its sense of humor. With the exception of GTA III's Chatterbox radio station, it's been the radio commercials that I've enjoyed listening to more than anything else when playing a GTA game. (Who will ever forget the Maibatsu Monstrosity?) It looks as if that sense of humor will be returning for the next GTA game, whatever that might be, as some GTA-style parody URLs have been registered by Take-Two.

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Humble Indie Bundle Generates $3 Million

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Ning launches Mogwee, a mobile social app of its very own

February 28th, 2011 No comments

mogweeBuild-your-own social network company Ning has seen some big changes in the last year. And here’s another one — in addition to providing the technology for everyone else’s social network, it’s launching a mobile social app of its own, called Mogwee.

Ning describes the app as “the best of mobile, all in one place.” Basically, it seems to combine a number of lightweight social networking features for interacting with your existing friends and family. You can create groups called “Hangouts,” and then break off into one-on-one chats. You can also send your friends virtual gifts, share photos, and play games.

The idea of a chat app may not sound all that innovative on its own, but Ning chief executive Jason Rosenthal said the goal was to reinvent social communication for the mobile phone, mainly by making it super-simple and easy-to-use. It seems like other startups think there’s an opportunity here too — for example Yobongo is developing a proximity-based chat app.

So why is Ning doing this? Until now, the company has focused on recruiting brands and other businesses rather than going directly to consumers, especially after it eliminated its free product last year. (Ning says it now has more than 90,000 paying customers.) Rosenthal said he and chairman Marc Andreessen were just convinced that mobile is the future of social networking, and while they’ve already incorporated mobile app builders into Ning, they also wanted to launch an app of their own.

“The fundamental social DNA in the two services is pretty aligned,” Rosenthal said.

Rosenthal added that after his experience with Ning, he didn’t want to build a product that didn’t have an obvious business plan. In the case of Mogwee, the app is free, but after the first few virtual gifts you have to pay for them.

You can download Mogwee here from Apple’s App Store. The company plans to launch on Android and other mobile platforms soon.

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