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LAST weekend loyal “Gameclubbers” were treated to a memorable twoday event at the SM Marikina Cyberzone Event Area. Gamers came in droves to participate in various tournaments, raffles, fashion shows and grand eyeballs in what could be the start of an annual gathering for Gameclub loyalists. 

Game + Cinema = Gamenima? 

Talk about a wide screen experience. 

Admit it, you’ve always dreamt of playing your favorite game on the biggest screen possible, and for fans of Special Force that dream just became reality. 

Gameclub introduced gamers to a larger than life gaming experience as it held the Special Force Championship in one of the cinemas of SM Marikina. All the matches were broadcasted in real time on the big screen letting fans enjoy the intense live competition in a cozy atmosphere, complete with surround sound and crystal clear picture quality. 

Aside from seeing the entire map on the big screen, the resonating sound effects made the matches an engrossing experience even for the spectators who cheered endlessly for their favorite clans. In the end, it was team “Six Sense” that emerged victorious, beating seven of the best teams in the country. 

According to the Gameclub, they plan to hold future tournaments in movie cinemas as well to give both participants and spectators a new experience and raise the bar for future gaming competitions. 

Date with style

The cute avatars of iDate once again came to life to express their unique fashion statement for the iDate got talent. The players joined the fashion show to boast their cool and hip avatar costumes while performing signature iDate motions as they posed and strutted on the catwalk. Lyle Montano a.k.a. PPC Heart and Wilson Chua a.k.a. Lightheart elicited the most reaction from the crowd and were chosen the winners. The group ENVY on the other hand won in the iDate dance battle. The community managers of iDate promised an even more exciting event as they plan on hosting a Twilight themed party this Halloween.

Warrior gathering
The warriors from Weapons of War and Twelve Sky 2, temporarily laid down their arms to meet both their clan mates and rivals for a grand EB. As soon as SM Marikina opened, avid WoW supporters from as far as Cavite and Bulacan came to rub elbows with their guildmates and cheer on their favorites in the Interserver Tournament. The finals came down the wire with Team Solinvictus eventually breaking the deadlock and emerging as tournament champs. 

Not to be outdone, warriors of Twelve Sky 2 battled it out at the Cyber Cafe for their House Wars and the Duel Master Tournament. More than 200 players signed up with a total of 16 teams competing for the House wars and 48 participants for the Duel Master Event. Team Deadsouls won the House Master Event while Team Noghaltz grabbed the Duel Master crown. The Best Clan/House banner titles went to Dragon House of Dragon Clan of the Apocalypse Server. 

Wolves dominate 
Eight of the best Cross Fire teams coming from the “Pride of Champions” and “CF Pride” tournament leagues gathered at Netopia, SM Southmall last August 29, to compete for national glory. In the end, the Fairview Gaming Wolves proved to be unstoppable in the double elimination tournament becoming the National Champions and walking away with the P100,000 bounty. 

The Wolves kept their flawless slate and remained undefeated in all of the tournaments they joined. 
Hopefully, their streak continues as they represent the country in the upcoming Cross Fire World Championship in China wherein a whopping $15,000 is up for grabs. 


Angry redemption
You’ve all probably heard of the upcoming World of Warcraft movie or talks about Pac Man going to the big screen, now two more videogames are making the jump to Hollywood and both have been creating quite a buzz. 

Red Dead Redemption has been one of this year’s biggest hits so it comes as no surprise that a movie adaptation is in order. The bigger story, however, is that Brad Pitt is being offered the lead role. 
According to ShowbizSpy, Pitt had been given first refusal on the role of John Marston. An unnamed source told the blog: “The idea is to make this in the style of an epic Western movie but with a few modern touches . . . Brad is perfect for the role.” Hopefully, the script would be good enough to merit Pitt’s attention and finally give videogame-to-movie-translations the respect it badly needs. 

The next game has gotten a lot of attention because unlike most movie-based games, it isn’t a console or PC title but rather a simple 99-cent app for the iPhone. According to a report in Variety, Angry Birds developer Rovio has been shopping its game to various movie studios over the last few weeks. Yep. Angry Birds. 

Unlike Red Dead Redemption, which has more workable story, Angry Birds’ gameplay—involving catapulting birds across obstacle-filled maps to wipe out a bunch of egg-thieving pigs—isn’t really screaming Hollywood blockbuster. Still, Rovio apparently plans to turn Angry Bird into a Pokemon-style franchise that spans multiple forms of media, including games, movies, plush toys and even a cartoon show.

Angry Birds certainly has a big fan base to start with having racked up over 6.5 million sales on the iPad and iPhone to date, while its free version has been downloaded over 11 million times. 


Datablitz pick of the week ‘Metroid: Other M’ (Wii)
Metroid: Other M is reminiscent of 2-D side-scrollers, but players can switch the perspective into 3-D at any time as they explore the twisting passages of a derelict space station and delve deep into a cinematic, never-before-told story of bounty hunter Samus Aran’s past.

This new approach uses a new control scheme in which players use the Wii Remote controller held sideways to battle enemies and navigate the expansive, gorgeous environments in classic Metroid fashion, then aim at the screen with the Wii Remote pointer to blast foes in first-person and hunt the world for clues and hidden passages.

The development of Metroid: Other M is an exciting collaboration between Nintendo’s Yoshio Sakamoto and Team Ninja. Sakamoto was the director of Super Metroid in 1994. Team Ninja is the renowned action developer of Ninja Gaiden. Metroid: Other M pairs Sakamoto’s expert level design and exploratory focus of the classic Metroid series with Team Ninja’s signature stylish, no-holds-barred action. 

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