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Microsoft Launches Get Game Smart Campaign for Families

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310w ago - Microsoft has launched a safety education campaign to help parents their children's digital media use. Below is the press release with the announcement:

Press Release: Microsoft Encourages Families to Get Game Smart

Safety education campaign helps families manage video gaming and media use; company starts nationwide search for parents and teens to serve as gaming safety ambassadors.

REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- With 65 percent of American households playing computer or video games,(1) it is more important than ever for parents and caregivers to be aware of - and have access to - resources and tools to manage their children's digital media use.

This is why Microsoft Corp., along with the nation's most prominent children's media advocates and consumer electronics retailer Best Buy(R), is encouraging families to Get Game Smart with a first-of-its-kind approach to educating and engaging American families.

Get Game Smart is a new public service campaign designed to help parents and kids maintain a dialogue about balanced and age-appropriate media use and, more specifically, video gaming on the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system and Windows-based PC in their homes.

Get Game Smart gives families resources and incentives to...
 

UK Retail Giant GAME Launches Online Rental Service

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310w ago - UK retail giant GAME has launched a new online game rental service.

The new service has been created in association with SwapGame and allows customers to borrow two games at a time for a monthly fee.

To quote: GAME has unveiled its first foray into the games rental space with its new online service - GAME Rentals.

The service was formed in partnership with SwapGame, and allows consumers to borrow two games at a time for a monthly fee. GAME Rentals also offers unlimited play time with no late fees.

"We spent a lot of time talking to customers, to find out what services they want from us and how we can help them enjoy more games and get great value," GAME's online business MD Alex Croft told MCV.

"GAME Rentals will allow customers to rent games for a small subscription each month. Two games can be rented at a time, and when customers post one back to us, another will be sent out to them.

"It is a great way to help customers try games out before they buy. GAME.co.uk gives customers every possible choice, so that whichever way they want to get hold of games, we offer it - be it through home delivery, downloading, renting, ordering online or collecting in store."
 

Dissidia: Final Fantasy Officially Launches Tomorrow for PSP

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314w ago - Originally announced in May 2007, Dissidia: Final Fantasy instantly intrigued Final Fantasy gamers all around the world. They were initially sceptical, but at the 2008 Jump Festa, Western media got their hands on the game and showered it with glowing praise.

Since then, there have been numerous high profile character announcements, coupled with continued endorsement from the gaming media and this have culminated in one of the most anticipated PSP releases of the year in Japan.

It all comes to an end tomorrow though, as the game will officially be released to the Japanese public and we're eagerly waiting to see what the sales figures are like for the game as the potential is huge!

Although there is rumor that the street date for the release has been broken today, we shouldn't let that marr the occasion that will mark the release of this celebration of 20 years of Final Fantasy tomorrow on the 18th of December, 2008.
 

Phantom Games Online Gamestore Launches

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314w ago - Phantom Entertainment has launched its online gamestore today. The store currently features over 2600 PC games, although most are still none the wiser regarding the actual Phantom console (prototype from ArsTechnica pictured below) that we've heard so much about previously.

Press Release: Phantom Entertainment today launched its highly anticipated online game store, located at gamestore.phantom.net.

The game store features an impressive catalog of over 2,600 PC games including top sellers like Fallout 3 and Far Cry 2. The store allows for outright purchasing of video games or try before you buy, and features level 4 merchant abilities.

It uses a highly advanced content licensing management system to track all games purchased, so once a game is paid for and downloaded, the user owns the license forever and can return to re-download the game in the future without incurring additional cost.

This is all made possible by a strategic partnership with GameStreamer, Inc. and their Enterprise Class Gaming Network built on top of Savvis Communications Tier 1 backbone and data centers.

GameStreamer...
 

Sony: PlayStation Home Open Beta Launches Tomorrow

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315w ago - To solidify earlier confirmations, PlayStation Home Director Jack Buser stated the following via PS Blog today:

The day we've been waiting for is here! And this is just the beginning...

Today we announced that PlayStation Home will enter into open beta, and will be available to everyone tomorrow. This milestone represents the very beginning of a long journey together, as PlayStation Home is an ever evolving, always changing, organic experience – full of new friends to meet, new events to enjoy, and new content to explore.





If this will be your first time in PlayStation Home, be sure to talk to folks that have been around for a while, as they can show you the ropes. We also have a tutorial built in that will get you started with the controls, as well as help menus for you to reference in the Menu Pad. If you don't have a USB keyboard or Bluetooth headset paired with your PlayStation 3, now is the time to do so - either option will allow you to easily talk and meet everyone.

One of the first things that you'll notice that there are always things going on - parties, tournaments, events - some of which will be announced, and...
 
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