Seattle LAN Parties in Chaos after Mountain Dew Disaster

Plans to enjoy harrowing local games of Diablo III and Counterstrike in Seattle this weekend were all but dashed when a truck carrying the all-important Mountain Dew was sliced in two by light rail train in Seattle. It’s not clear at this time what caused the truck to stop on the rail tracks, but gamers should be advised to stock up as supplies could be limited. Levels of other necessary supplies, such as doritos, chex mix, cheetoes, and red vines, should also be monitored as the situation develops.

Source: KING5.com Seattle.

iFest Independent Game Festival This Saturday in Seattle

 

iFest Independent Games Festival for 2012 is hosting an event in Seattle this year on Saturday June the 2nd. Speakers will include Brian Dawson of Valve Software and Thomas Buscaglia, the Game Attorney. The event will be held at the Seattle Center and best of all, registration is Free!

Source: iFest Independent Game Festival.

Oops: BBC Mistakes ‘Halo’ Logo For United Nations Emblem [VIDEO]

This has to be one of the oddest graphic goofs I’ve seen. While reporting on the conflict in Syria, the crew of the BBC posted the United Nations Space Command logo from Halo instead of the UN Security Council logo. This was probably the result of a google image search gone horribly wrong. Still, it’s not like Syria couldn’t use a visit from the Master Chief at this point.

Source: Mashable

Infographic on the Realities of the Mobile Market

Village Gamer has posted an infographic from app-promo.com on the realities mobile developers face when they bring their apps to market. Only 12% of apps earn $50,000 a year or more, and they each spend an average of $30,000 for marketing. With the current hype over Vancouver’s Mobile Market, how can smaller devs pay their way. Either there needs to be more Venture capital, or we have to put effort into building the local community.

Source: Village Gamer

Win Tickets to EMP Museum’s Latest Exhibit from the Geeky Hostess!

The EMP museum in Seattle is opening their “Icons of Science Fiction” Exhibit this Friday, and the Geeky Hostess is holding a contest for free tickets! The exhibit will feature exhibits from Star Trek, The Matrix, The Terminator, and even Doctor Who! Here’s how to enter.

Any of the following counts as one entry–do as many as you like, but leave a separate comment for each so it counts! I will randomly pick a winner on Friday, June 1st and your name will appear on Will Call for the June 8th event.

Leave a comment letting me know which part of the exhibition you can’t wait to see!
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Want more chances to win? Enter the EMP Museum’s contest to win tickets to the party AND an overnight stay at Hotel Max! Or skip the chances and just purchase tickets to the event.

The Geeky Hostess.

Xbox 360 Could be Banned in the US!

Judge David Shaw of the US International Trade Commission has recommended that the Xbox 360 be banned in the US due to a patent dispute with Motorola over its H.264 video compression technology. When questioned about how that would be fair to consumers, Shaw just said that Nintento and Sony could pick up demand. Nintendo and Sony? Wow, I don’t think Mr. Shaw knows that your maxbox platters don’t go playmation slot. If his colleagues agree with him, the matter will go to President Barack Obama for a final say on the matter.

Source: TDW Geeks.

Pinky, Bubbles, Bender, Ren, Stimpy, and Everyone Else Perform Star Wars at ECCC

Last March, the Emerald City Comic-con bore witness to the Epicest Epic that ever…Epicced! A Super Team of voice actors featuring Billy West, Tara Strong, Maurice LaMarche, John DiMaggio, Kevin Conroy, Jess Harnell and Rob Paulsen brought a trusty set of scripts from Star Wars: A New Hope and performed the greatest impromptu performance of Star Wars: The Radio Drama ever conceived. All of the actors place their most popular characters in the roles of their lifetimes. Pinky and Bender play Luke, Bubbles plays Darth Vader, and the rest…you will just have to watch the video to find out!

Source: Topless Robot

Valve Teaming up with Overkill Software for Non-Half-Life 3 Goodness

Sweden’s Overkill Software, creators of Payday: The Heist are teaming up with Valve Software for a new FPS project. Details are scant, but the new game appears to be a cross-over between Left 4 Dead and Overkill’s respected Bank Robbing Shooter. Could we be robbing banks after a Zombie Apocalypse for useless paper? If it’s the undead guarding lost treasure, it sounds like Dungeons and Dragons transplanted to the modern age which…sounds pretty cool actually! Details of the project will likely arise at E3.

 

Source: Reviews on the Run.

 

Bungie co-founder Alex Seropian’s mobile dev teams up with Unreal Engine

New details have emerged about Industrial Toys, the mobile game developer created by Bungie co-founder Alex Seropian. It seems that the company has signed a multi-title deal with Epic Games to use their Unreal Engine, which was used to great success in the Infinity Blade series. Industrial Toys is billing itself as a core gaming company, so it’s not likely your going to see just another Popcap or Zynga clone from them in the near future.

Source: Gamasutra

Blizzard Entertainment and Valve Software End DOTA Dispute

Blizzard has issued a statement that they have come to an agreement with Valve regarding the trademark of DOTA (Defense of the Ancients). Under the new terms, Blizzard may use the name for its non-commercial modifications, and Valve will continue to develop DOTA 2. It’s a relief to see two great companies come together like this. I have a feeling that  if this was the movie industry, they would have to fight to the bitter end.

Source: GamePolitics