Disney Universe Announces New Characters

Disney Interactive Studios continues to roll out new characters for it’s upcoming release Disney Universe. Recent inductees include one of our favorites, Captain jack Sparrow, and others from his the high seas Adventures of the Pirates of the Caribbean: Angelica, Mr. Gibbs, Captain Barbossa and Blackbeard as playable character skins for your in game avatar. Also announced Rapunzel (Disney’s Tangled), Ariel (The Little Mermaid) and Disney’s most memorable Fairy Tinkerbell.

This is quite the cast of characters which was already impressive with earlier announcements that include Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” Disney, Pixar’s “Monsters, Inc.” “WALL•E” and Disney’s “The Lion King”.

Having played this game at a preview event this summer I can honestly say that this will be an instant family fun night game that will challenge you enough to take it seriously and entertain you enough to forget your character is dressed as the little mermaid.

Driver San Francisco – Dev Diaries

Having some hands on time with this game at a couple of recent events I was pleasantly surprised at how intuitive the new features and the game play for Driver San Francisco are. Having never played any of the previous Driver games, I’m actually not a fan of driving games, I was shocked at how well the Cars handled and how easy some of the new game play features made this a game I’m actually looking forward to getting my hands on.

The detail that the Ubisoft team put into this game is incredible. Using similar techniques to the city mapping, like in Assassins Creed, you’ll drive around a fully scaled digital representation of San Francisco, and if your at all familiar with the city you’ll be able to visits all your favourite landmarks. I’d tell you more but there are a couple (more qualified) people in the videos below that can share the secrets of Driver with you all… Enjoy!

Dev Diary 1:

Dev Diary 2:

Dev Diary 3:

Driver San Francisco available September 2nd everywhere.

Just Dance 3 set list

Ubisoft is burning up the dance floor with the Just Dance franchise lining up some great new songs and a number of classics dance tunes. Don’t take our word for it – go look at the set list yourself it includes 80’s classics from A-ha and Bananarama, some 90’s dance beats from the Chemical Brothers and Daft Punk and instant classics like Cee Lo Green’s (the clean version) “Forget you”.

Just Dance 3 will include updated game play and a number of new game features. For example: songs that feature 4-part choreographies, Dance mashup mode, create their own unique choreographies with the JUST CREATE, Just Dance choreographies. But wait that’s not all – all tracks will provide on-screen lyrics to karaoke with the hits while dancing. Don’t you worry Dance fans Just Dance 3 still has everyone’s favourite dance modes like Classic Mode, Duet Mode, Medley, Simon Says, an updated Just Sweat mode with more workout plans, and more!

Tracks available in Just Dance 3 include:

    1. 2 Unlimited – “No Limit”
    2. a-ha – “Take On Me”
    3. Anja – “Dance All Nite”
    4. Bananarama – “Venus”
    5. Black Eyed Peas – “Pump It”
    6. Bollywood Rainbow – “Kurio ko uddah le jana”
    7. Cee Lo Green – “Forget You”
    8. Countdown Mix Masters – “Beautiful Liar”
    9. Daft Punk – “Da Funk”
    10. Danny Elfman – “This is Halloween”
    11. Donna Summer – “I Feel Love”
    12. Dr. Creole – “Baby Zouk”
    13. Duck Sauce – “Barbra Streisand”
    14. Girls Aloud – “Jump (For My Love)”
    15. Groove Century – “Boogie Wonderland”
    16. Gwen Stefani – “What You Waiting For”
    17. Inspector Marceau – “The Master Blaster”
    18. Janelle Monae – “Tightrope (Solo Version)”
    19. Jessie J featuring B.o.B – “Price Tag”
    20. Brahms by Just Dance Classical Orchestra – “Hungarian Dance No. 5”
    21. Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg – “California Gurls”
    22. Kiss – “I Was Made For Lovin’ You”
    23. Konshens – “Jamaican Dance”
    24. African Ladies – “Pata Pata”
    25. Latino Sunset – “Mamasita”
    26. Laura Bell Bundy – “Giddy On Up (Giddy On Out)”
    27. Lena Meyer-Landrut – “Satellite”
    28. LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock – “Party Rock Anthem”
    29. Madness – “Night Boat To Cairo”
    30. MIKA – “Lollipop”
    31. Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland – “Promiscuous”
    32. Pointer Sisters – “I’m So Excited”
    33. Queen – “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”
    34. Reggaeton Explosion – “Boom”
    35. Rita Mitsouko – “Marcia Baila”
    36. Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman – “Somethin’ Stupid”
    37. Scissor Sisters – “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’”
    38. Sweat Invaders – “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)”
    39. Taio Cruz – “Dynamite”
    40. The Buggles – “Video Killed The Radio Star”
    41. The Chemical Brothers – “Hey Boy Hey Girl”
    42. The Girly Team – “Baby One More Time”
    43. The London Theatre Orchestra & Cast – “Think”
    44. The Sugarhill Gang – “Apache (Jump On It)”
    45. Tommy Sparks – “She’s Got Me Dancing”
    46. Wilson Pickett – “Land of 1000 Dances”

Just Dance 3 will be released worldwide on October 11.

First Sony, Now Nintendo

MSNBC is reporting that Nintendo may be the most recent victim in a string of gaming related security threats.

The same group claiming the breaking on the Sony PSN (and other services) has come forward with internal Nintendo server information. The Lulz Security group has stated that they are trying to help Nintendo by pointing out this potential flaw in hopes that they will take action and plug this potential vulnerability. In fact they professed a level of love for older Nintendo consoles and that this hack was just for fun.

While Nintendo claims no ‘third party’ (meaning gamer) data was taken, they did recognize the intrusion and will hopefully begin to address the weak point in their network security.

One final thought… Microsoft are you watching, and learning and adapting… I sure hope so.

Oh Canada! What a night for gamers

Oh what a night indeed, one that saw the Canadian gaming community join forces and put aside their console of choice in order to recognize the great things that we produce right here in our own backyard. Mix in a generous helping of representatives from major Canadian gaming development studios, a number of indy/student and social gaming companies and add a healthy sprinkling of gaming fans tossed if for flavor. It was delicious!!! A major feast for your senses.

Victor Lucas
Victor kicking the night off


Video Games Live played a major part in the nights festivities, treating the audience to the sounds of your favourite games including: Streetfighter II, Mass Effect, Assassins Creed 2 and Tetris (with full opera sing along), Uncharted 2, Halo: Reach, and an amazing Zelda inspired flute solo in full Link costume performed by Laura Intravia.

Shaun Hatton presenting at the CVAwards

Without any further delay here are the big winners from the Canadian Video Game awards:

  • Best Visual Arts: Assassins Creed: Brotherhood – Ubisoft Montreal
  • Best Technology: Kinect
  • Best Downloadable Game: Deathspank – Hothead Games/EA
  • Best Audio: Assassins Creed Brotherhood – Ubisoft
  • Best Writing: Mass Effect 2 – Bioware/EA
  • Best Game On The Go: Osmos for iPad – Hemisphere Games
  • Best Social/Casual Game: Pocket God (for Facebook) – Frima Studio
  • Best Game Design: Mass Effect 2 – Bioware/EA
  • Best Student Developed game:WOMP! Xneh?/Center for Digital Media
  • Best Innovation Award: Modnation Racers – United Front Games/SCEA
  • Best Console Game: Mass Effect 2 – Bioware/EA
  • Game of the Year: Mass Effect 2 – Bioware/EA

Congrats to all the winners and nominees, and thanks to the Electric Playground team for hosting the night and the after event party, and a big thanks to Reboot Conferences for sponsoring our attendance.

Laura and VGL's Tommy Tallarico topped off the show by hosting a sing along of Portal's <em>Still Alive</em>.

A 60-minute special on the Canadian Videogame Awards is scheduled to premiere on G4 Canada on
May 29. The CVA’s are sponsored by in part by Kinect for XBOX 360, G4 Canada, Sony PlayStation,
Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Bioware, EA Sports, Nintendo 3DS, Relic Entertainment, The Georgia Straight
and the Entertainment Software Association of Canada.

* Photos courtesy of Canadian Video Game Awards.

Wii 2 video leaked

Is this really the Wii 2 or just a lost leader.

Check out this video taken in a developer meeting with Nintendo showing what could be the next Wii. Xbox like Remotes with digital displays and a new case are shown on the screen…

But is it a hoax or is it real? You decide.

Pikachu Is Coming To Toronto

Pika, Pika! Pikachu is coming to Toronto to help Nintendo celebrate the launch of Pokémon Black and White. Don’t miss your chance to get a photo with the most famous Pokémon on the planet. Hang out with fellow Pokémon enthusiastic, don’t forget your DS, representatives from Nintendo Canada and members of the gaming media.

WHEN: Saturday, February 19, 2011 11:00am – 2:00pm

WHERE: Kids-Fest – International Centre – Mississauga, ON

Nintendo has promised a supply of Pokémon inspired giveaways onsite… so make sure to get there early for your chance to take some home

The Countdown is on:

The Lego Pirates Are Coming

Live the adventures of our favourite pirate, Captain Jack Black, and the join the crew of the Black pearl as you journey through the movie franchises that made “swabbing the deck” something fun to say again.

LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean will be incorporating storylines and characters from the first three films Pirates of the Caribbean Films as well as the upcoming fourth film, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”

Bring on Davy Jones’ Locker!

Those Lego guys are into everything… Space, Brands, Adventure and now the high seas.

Hudson Entertainment Goes 3DS

More 3DS games announced for 2011, this time from Hudson Entertainment. Three all-new 3D titles for the Nintendo 3DS including; DECA SPORTS EXTREME, Bomberman and the brain-training puzzle game Nikoli’s Pencil Puzzle.

DECA SPORTS EXTREME will feature 10 3D sports: Soccer, Tennis, Basketball, Ice Hockey, Snowball Fight, Sumo Wrestling, Bowling, Snowmobile Racing, Sport Blowgun and Trampoline. Players can collect power-ups throughout each event to unleash powerful special moves such as a giant racket in tennis, a cannon dunk in basketball, or a rainbow shot in soccer. Compatible with up to four players through download or wireless play, DECA SPORTS EXTREME allows players to customize teams and choose from various venues. DECA SPORTS EXTREME will be available on the Nintendo 3DS this Summer.

Bomberman (working title) brings the “Blue Bomber” into eye-popping 3D with its world-famous multiplayer and an immersive single-player adventure. Players can navigate beautifully designed arenas and take in the sights of Central City. Bomberman takes full advantage of the revolutionary Nintendo 3DS to provide long-standing or existing and new Bomberman fans with a 3D gaming blast. Bomberman will be available in the Fall.

Nikoli’s Pencil Puzzle (working title) is the first brain-training game for the Nintendo 3DS. Gamers can engage their minds with four challenging puzzle games including Sudoku, Hashiwokakero, Shikaku, and Akari to invigorate the mind! From world-famous puzzle maker Nikoli, Pencil Puzzle brings fan favorite puzzles to players’ finger tips. Nikoli’s Pencil Puzzle will be available the Fall 2011.