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Rosethorn’s Ramblings: Site Update

Welcome back again.  As you can see, we are starting to populate the site with new content.  There are few new writers and contributors waiting in the wings with new content.  If you are interested

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Rosethorn’s Ramblings: Site Update, GaMExpo, Nerdvana Con, Life Updates

What to Watch: You Tube

Top 5 YouTube video’s of the past week (with one blast from the past). Each week, on Tuesday, I am going to post 5 videos I think are worth watching on YouTube.  I’d love to hear what you

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What to Watch: You Tube

Rosethorn’s Ramblings: Welcome Bac

Welcome back to Killer Betties! It’s been over three years since I’ve made a post, but I am back. Before I get to what I’ve been doing for three years, I want to talk first about The

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Rosethorn’s Ramblings: Welcome Back, TWD, The Bar, and Other Random Thoughts

Football Manager 2017 Review

Football Manager 2017 is a football management simulation video game for the PC developed by Sports Interactive and published by Sega. Gameplay: In terms of gameplay, it is really fun. You can create

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Football Manager 2017 Review

Volunteers Wanted

Killer Betties is going through some growing pains and we need more bodies (and pens) to keep up with it. If you have any interest in writing video game reviews, previews, interviews or editorials, p

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Volunteers Wanted

League of Legends Tournament Results So Far

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by on June 20, 2011 at 1:23 pm

For any fans of the action-strategy-RPG League of Legends, Day 1 of the tournament with a prize pool of $100,000 for the winning team has commenced in Sweden. Eight teams are vying for the prize and the day one recap can be viewed on own3D.tv. It is currently starting day 3, and today, matches to determine who will be in the finals will take place.

The Championship match will take place at 6 PM Eastern and all coverage, including live footage of that match, can be found on the official site for this tournament – Season One Championship for League of Legends.

League of Legends is free-to-play, so anyone interested in taking it for a test drive, check out the official site.

Want to Write about Casual Games?

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by on June 7, 2011 at 9:56 pm

 

Killer Betties is seeking volunteer contributors to write about the PC downloadable casual games market. We are seeking review writers, editorial writers and artists. See below for description of positions.

Review Writers: Review writers will review casual games. Reviews must be at least 600 words in length. Games can be chosen by the review writer and we seek writers who specialize in each area of the casual game market or jack-of-all-trades.

Editorial Writers: Editorial writers fall into two categories, writers who look at series of games and those who write about the casual gaming space, trends, top 10 lists and articles of that sort.

Artists: Artists are not writers, but we seek artists who would like to express their love of casual games through their art. We seek anyone who is interested in comic series about casual games or artists who enjoy drawing about casual games in their spare time.

If you are interested in any of these positions, please email me at staci.k (at) killerbetties.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

Psych – the Game in Development

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by on June 2, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Based on the popular crime show on USA, Legacy Games announced an agreement with Universal Partnerships and NBCUniversal to produce a casual game. Pscyh is about a faux psychic crime detective – that is, he fakes it. What he really is, it turns out, is super observant. This will make a good transition to a hidden object game, since that is all about paying attention to surroudings and seeing the clues others miss. Here’s the important parts of the press release:

“Legacy Interactive is thrilled to be collaborating again with NBCUniversal,” said Ariella Lehrer, President and CEO of Legacy Interactive. “Psych is the perfect TV license for the light adventure game customer, given how its protagonist, Shawn Spencer, uses observational skills to solve crimes. Imagine the opportunities for hidden object game play. Plus, the show has such a great, fun vibe!”

“Humor, mystery, and co-operation are fantastic elements to work into a casual game design, and Psych is chock full of these attributes,” said Bill Kispert, Vice President & General Manager, Digital Platforms, Universal Partnerships & Licensing. “We are excited to bring clever, new cases to Psych fans online, and to partner again with Legacy Interactive with a leading TV brand.”

Psych blends light adventure gameplay with challenging hidden object searches, as players take on the role of Shawn Spencer, who consults with the local police department to solve crimes as a would-be psychic while actually using his heightened observational skills. The game consists of two all-new episodic cases to solve with a cast of quirky witnesses and suspects and no shortage of witty banter between Shawn and best friend Gus. While exploring the beautiful Santa Barbara locales, players must collect inventory items, play mini-games to find previously undetected evidence, solve clever puzzles, and help Shawn and Gus talk their way into and out of trouble. Players must stay alert and watch for clues only an expertly trained investigator, or perhaps even a real psychic, would be able to see in order to uncover the truth.

Sounds exciting!

Twilight Zone on the Way for PC and Mac (do do do do, do do do do)

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by on June 2, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Legacy Interactive, a leading casual game developer and publisher, announced just a few minutes ago that they will be producing a game based on the popular science fiction television show The Twilight Zone. Legacy has signed an agreement with CBS and the game is currently scheduled to be released in the first quarter of 2012. It will be available to PC and Mac users. This should come as no surprise, since Legacy continues to turn TV shows into casual games, with previous titles based on House, M.D., Ghost Whisperer, Criminal Minds, Psych and Murder, She Wrote.

“Legacy Interactive is thrilled to be collaborating with CBS Consumer Products and developer Spark Plug Games on this amazing franchise,” said Ariella Lehrer, President and CEO of Legacy Interactive.  “Who doesn’t remember episodes like ‘Time Enough at Last’ or ‘Nightmare at 20,000 Feet’? Beloved by baby boomers worldwide, Legacy hopes to bring the same chilling intelligence, social relevance, and supernatural themes to our Twilight Zone video game.”

In Groundhog Day fashion, The Twilight Zone’s story will revolve around an actor who becomes trapped in a TV show he can’t escape. He has to uncover his role in each storyline before he can move on. This title will be an adventure style game with hidden object gameplay.

While I’m definitely a fan of Twilight Zone, I have a beef to air. There is an episode called ‘A Little Peace and Quiet’ that I saw when I was much younger and I have never been able to get it out of my head. Spoilers ahead, so if you haven’t seen it yet and don’t want it ruined, step back from this post.

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Killer Monkeys!

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by on February 3, 2011 at 10:43 am

Players on virtual world Next Island solved an interesting development bug. New players were coming into areas where aggressive island mobs were taking them down.

The Next Island pioneer community has set up rescue missions to help unlucky newbies. I already knew that we have a helpful, fun crew, but this is amazing. Bemo, Rufwon, Manny, Softhart and other forum regulars have an entire thread devoted to timing and organizing rescue missions to run to dangerous areas to help new players. I also ran into Corey Greyfox, Lee DeLioncourt and others running noob rescues inworld. These are a few names from a long, long list of experienced Entropia players volunteering to spend their playing time and their armor decay to rescue newbies from aggressive mobs.

How awesome is that? I’m so lucky to be part of this community. A gameworld bug is a temporary setback, but a caring, vibrant virtual community is long-term. Thank you, Islanders!

The problem was then solved by adding Sacred Death Tikis to dangerous areas.

Via Killer Monkeys On The Loose! on Next Island News

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EverQuest®’s Landmark Seventeenth Expansion, EverQuest House of Thule announced

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by on August 9, 2010 at 11:47 am

The unparalleled seventeenth addition to Sony Online Entertainment LLC’s epic adventure EverQuest® House of Thule™ is on its way. Now in its unprecedented twelfth year, House of Thule brings immersive gameplay, captivating storytelling and exciting worlds to continue the EverQuest legacy, now set in a never-before-seen dreamland full of mystery and adventure. House of Thule offers an expansion rich in content and packed with game-changing features including a level cap increase and the addition of player housing, which new players, veterans and MMO fans will relish.

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Fantasy University on Facebook

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by on May 12, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Playing the alpha version of Fantasy University, a Facebook game in development from Simutronics Corp .Fantasy University on Facebook wil have a closed beta in June and open enrollment in July.

Players begin by choosing a character class, either Dodgebrawler, Emomancer, Slackninja, Cheermonger or Mathemagician. Player classes are based on everyone’s favorite RPG stereotypes, crossed with everyone’s favorite college stereotypes. Next, players select hair and face options from an equally-recognizable list of options, and enroll in classes at FU.I picked a Slackninja (What can I say? I shrug at the idea of combat.), prettied up my hair, and set off to explore campus.

Players’ stats are Beefiosity, Zip, Loathing (like Willpower, only you despise instead of overcoming), Smarts, Charms (looking adorable always helps in difficult situations) and Durability. As you run round fighting hilariously-named bad guys and carefully choosing your side in the Juice Wars, you’ll increase your stats, and earn the local currency, Fubars.

Via Simpson’s Paradox » Fantasy University

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Looking for Group Expo Coming in June 2010!

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by on November 15, 2009 at 3:04 pm

There’s been a fan event that has been sorely lacking in our industry. We have Penny Arcade expo which is a great general gaming event and there’s Comic-con, which covers a portion of the gaming industry. GenCon also has a side show for gaming, but nothing really focuses on the special needs of the MMO player. A lot of games hold their individual events, but just because a person plays one game doesn’t mean they wouldn’t like to socialize with others playing other games, right?

So I’m very excited to be involved in the Looking for Group Expo. It is going to be in June 2010 in Minneapolis. It will be a celebration of the MMO gamer and will be a lot of fun! We’ll have events that cater to pretty much every type of MMO gamer, whether you are an achiever, a socializer, an explorer or a killer, or a mix of all these types. (For the record, when I took the test, I got 0% killer. Crazy, huh?)

So stay tuned to this site for more news on this exciting event.

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Looking for Reviewers/Contributors to the site

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by on August 25, 2009 at 2:35 pm

We are looking for Women contributors and/or reviewers of games. Be it casual, hardcore, or MMO-type games, we are looking for anyone with an opinion 🙂

If you are interested, send an e-mail to staci.k(at)killerbetties.com, or mr715(at)killerbetties.com.

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Wizard 101 beta testing

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by on August 31, 2008 at 2:54 pm

I got to check out the upcoming Wizard 101, here are some of my thoughts from my own blog:

I was predisposed to like the new Wizard 101 game. It’s not exactly a secret that I love Harry Potter, and the game promises to be a wizard school MMOPRG. The game is adorable from the first loading screen. They’ve got a Wizard 101 gallery on the website, but it doesn’t do justice to the fantastic sketch drawings and handwritten notes, or the cheery game characters.

I was asked not to post screenshots, (edit 8/25: that’s changed, my W101 pictures are here) as the game’s still in beta, so you’re just going to have to believe me that one teacher is a qipao-clad animated cow. And there’s an attack leprechaun! Even the menu screens are draw like classroom doodles. If I could post just one screenshot, it would be the stick figure cartoons on the map and in the margins… a girl and a boy who are always getting into mischief. Also, I would put a pair of glasses on the girl!

The Wizard 101 quests are flavored with mixed-up fairy tales and subtle puns for adult players. While the quests themselves are the usual fare of “kill 5 baddies” or “return this item to an NPC”, they’re mixed with a Fairground of minigames. The minigames are quick casual games, a bit like the puzzle games in Neopets. The point of the Fairgrounds is to recharge your mana and make a few coins, but I really liked Potion Motion.

The game is intended for tweens, and I was a little annoyed by all the safety controls. Users must be over 13 to even have access to chat. Also, you can’t pick your own name, there’s a spinner that chooses a first name and a two-part last name (something like Starspinner or Whitethorn). You can set the spinner to your favorite combination, but there’s no chance to make up your own name. While it does eliminate the players running around cleverly named “YOURMOMSUCKS”, it’s billed as a safety feature, forbidding kids to use their real names and identifying information, and I think it’s taking ‘net safety a bit too far.

Read the full review at Simpson’s Paradox.

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