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Microsoft Launches Get Game Smart Campaign for Families

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315w 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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315w 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."
 

Aksys Games Announce Bit.Trip Beat for Nintendo Wii

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315w ago - Grab onto your pixels, as Aksys Games has announced a retro-esque WiiWare title, called Bit.Trip Beat.

Press Release: AKSYS GAMES ANNOUNCES BIT.TRIP BEAT

Once again, getting the high score is all that matters in life

Torrance, CA (January 13, 2009) - Aksys Games, a publisher of interactive entertainment software, is pleased to unveil BIT.TRIP BEAT exclusively for WiiWare™! Developed by Gaijin Games, BIT.TRIP BEAT marks the first adventure of Commander Video.

Using the Wii Remote™, players will test their twitch skills as they battle through a retro-esque universe, familiar to the old generation and yet reinvented for the new.

BIT.TRIP BEAT STORY

Everything comes from something. We were before we became. From life comes rhythm, and from rhythm comes life. We are beings of information. Everything is a conduit for learning. We communicate in bits and bytes. And we will return to something once we become nothing; after our BIT.TRIP is complete.

"BIT.TRIP BEAT is a crazy mix of 80s aesthetics and modern game design," states Michael Manzanares, Producer of Aksys Games. "It's challenging, yet fair, and completely addicting."

"The Gaijin Games team wanted to make a game that used the tools of today to inspire the fun of...
 

Nintendo's Wii Music Game Coming to Classrooms Nationwide

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316w ago - Nintendo's collaborators in this effort include MENC: The National Association for Music Education, which is recognized as the world's largest arts education organization and as a teaching resource for all levels from preschool to graduate school.

MENC will help teachers in 51 cities across the nation integrate Wii Music into their curricula, making use of the game's 60-plus instruments and fun array of tutorial exercises in rhythm, tempo and song structure.

Press Release: Nintendo's Wii Music Strikes a Chord with Music Educators

New Partnerships Bring Fun Music Software to Classrooms Nationwide

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nintendo's new Wii Music™ game is spreading From The family room to the classroom, thanks to newly formed collaborations with select schools and educators.

To help inspire students and promote an active appreciation for music, Nintendo is working with teachers to incorporate Wii™ consoles and Wii Music software into their lesson plans to offer teachers a unique tool for creativity and improvisation.

"The goal of Wii Music is to inspire people of all ages to enjoy music," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "By partnering with educators and bringing...
 

PlayStation 2 Not Dead Yet, Still Playing Games and 50M Strong!

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316w ago - The Associated Press reports that Sony's PS2 console has just sold 50 million units in North America. To date, Sony still has total faith in the system and commented they do not plan to do away with it any time soon.

To quote: The Sony PlayStation 2 debuted in 2000, before the beginning of the Bush administration, when Google Inc. was still a private search startup and the iPod and Windows XP hadn't been born. Yet despite its age in a business obsessed with the new, the video game console remains a big seller today.

In fact, Sony Corp. announced Tuesday that it has sold 50 million PlayStation 2 units in North America.

Microsoft Corp., meanwhile, has already discontinued the original Xbox, which launched a year after Sony's PS2. According to the most recently available figures From The NPD Group, which tracks U.S. sales only, Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft sold 14.5 million of those Xbox consoles.

Nintendo Co.'s GameCube, another PS2 competitor, sold 12 million units in the country. NPD puts U.S.-only sales of the PS2 through November at 43 million.
 
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