Suit Up Your
Favorite Disney Character In New Video Game
(NAPSI)—A new video game is making it easier to get
in on the action as your favorite Disney and Pixar
Designed to appeal to all ages, Disney Universe is
the first video game that brings together characters and
worlds inspired by both animated and live-action films
from Disney and Pixar.
Disney Universe is designed to engage every type of
gamer, from the enthusiast to the casual, who enjoys
playing on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii or PC.
Incorporating various film and character elements, the
game offers the thrill of fast-paced adventure with
plenty of quirky humor. Players can battle enemies,
collect coins and power-ups, and team up with friends to
explore a mix-up of worlds inspired by their favorite
Disney and Pixar stories.
Players will be able to explore six different worlds
inspired by both animated and live-action Disney and
Pixar films. Adventures will unfold in worlds based on
“Pirates of the Caribbean,” Tim Burton’s “Alice In
Wonderland,” “The Lion King,” “WALL-E,” “Monsters Inc.,”
Not only can players explore these worlds that have
inspired their imaginations, they can also dress up to
play their parts. The game lets players suit up in 45
different costumes, choosing from some of the most
iconic characters, including Sam Flynn, Quorra and Clu
(“TRON”), Baloo (“The Jungle Book”), Ariel (“The Little
Mermaid”), Sulley (“Monsters, Inc.”), Nemo (“Finding
Nemo”) and everyone’s favorite fairy, Tinker Bell
Dozens of other character costumes are also featured
in the game, including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy
and Donald, with characters from “The Jungle Book” and
“The Muppets” available in the coming months for
download into the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of
Adventures and Battles
Disney Universe features plenty of adventures and
battles. Players will be able to journey to the
enchanted city of Agrabah, sail the high seas in Jack
Sparrow’s beloved Pirate ship, or witness the majesty of
Pride Rock as they suit up to battle some of the most
fearsome villains, all while using special power-ups
that change and expand in influence as the game
The game world will then continue to expand on Xbox
360 and PlayStation 3 with downloadable content for
purchase that will provide players with brand new worlds
to explore, new costumes for the games’ mischievous cast
of characters and more.
Don’t Forget the Villains
Villains are often some of the best characters to
play. The first costume pack, now available for
download, includes five new villain costumes based on
Cruella de Vil (“101 Dalmatians”), Hades (“Hercules”),
Maleficent (“Sleeping Beauty”), The Evil Queen (“Snow
White & The Seven Dwarfs”) and Ursula (“The Little
Mermaid”). Individual costumes from the Villains Costume
Pack can be downloaded on the PlayStation Network for 99
cents, or for 80 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE.
For More Information
For more information, visit www.disneyuniverse.com. The game is available at all
major retail outlets, with some retailers offering
purchase incentive programs that will provide players
with additional characters, such as Cinderella and Peter
Pan, to download into their game.
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Dance Floor In Your Living Room
(NAPSI)—While dancing has always been a popular
activity, TV shows, movies and celebrities have made it
a hot topic in many households. With television shows
like “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can
Dance?” captivating TV viewers and movies like this
year’s “Footloose” stealing the spotlight, dance is very
much en vogue.
The dance trend recently expanded to video games, so
people no longer need to make the trip to dance studios
or night clubs, or only experience it vicariously
through television and movies. Whether learning and
perfecting dance moves solo, or playing with friends and
family, technology now allows people to bring the dance
“Dance Central 2” and its Unstoppable
“Dance Central 2” is one of those games. The latest
dance game exclusive to Kinect for Xbox 360 opens the
dance experience to friends and family in the comfort of
their living rooms. It’s accessible to everyone as a
full-body and controller-free entertainment experience,
which means it truly feels like dancing at a studio or
Created by real choreographers, the game is set to a
soundtrack from hit artists including Usher, Rihanna,
Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars, Daft Punk, Montell
Jordan and more. “Dance Central 2” includes more than 40
dance hits and classics, spanning various genres to help
get the party started.
“Break It Down” and “Perform It”
“Dance Central 2” also provides detailed feedback on
each gesture, which allows players to perfect their
moves in a game mode called “Break It Down.” Players can
use their voice with Kinect to speed up, slow down or
focus on specific moves.
With the addition of a multiplayer experience, two
players can dance at the same time to new choreographed
routines. Friends can team up in the “Perform It” game
mode or choose to play as part of a dance crew as they
go head-to-head in a fierce dance battle. Players can
also quickly perform dance moves worth extra points.
And, if they’ve worn out the competition, they can jump
out at any point in a song.
Have Fun and Sweat it Out
“Dance Central 2” shows that dancing is a fun
activity, a hot topic and a great way to get off the
couch and start moving. As a result of dancing’s
popularity, more people are aware of the lifestyle
benefits of dance. Workouts such as Zumba, Jazzercise
and Bollywood are an increasingly popular way to get
moving and have fun.
Games like “Dance Central 2” let players have fun
with an authentic dance experience while sweating it out
in the comfort of their living rooms with friends and
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Tips To Get
Ready For A New Pet
(NAPSI)—Whether you’re thinking of adopting a pet now
or in the future, it’s never too early to prepare for
your future family member. To ensure a smooth
transition, it’s helpful to plan for the arrival of your
new pet by putting together a shopping list,
reorganizing your schedule to make time for your pet and
even participating in activities that allow your family
to interact with animals now.
• Try a virtual pet—“The Sims 3
Pets,” the newest offering from one of the world’s most
popular videogame franchises, will give your family the
chance to care for-and even be-a virtual pet with
personality traits and moods just like a real pet.
Playing the game both entertains and sheds light on the
responsibilities of caring for a pet, including
scheduled feedings, playtime, training and even dealing
with your pet’s unruly side. You can also take on the
role of a pet to gain a new perspective and see the
world through an animal’s eyes. The Sims 3 Pets,
available now for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo 3DS,
PC and Mac, will virtually help you prepare for your new
• Sponsor an animal—A great activity
for the family is an adopt-an-animal package from a
local zoo. By donating and registering for the adoption,
you can foster a great relationship with animals while
helping to support them at the zoo. The donation is even
tax deductible. Another great option to engage your
family with animals is to donate to a non-profit
organization such as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and
help endangered species by adopting or sponsoring a
particular animal with your family.
• Volunteer at a local shelter—A
rewarding way to gauge your ability to care for a pet is
to volunteer at a local animal shelter or rescue
organization. Not only will you spend time with animals
that need care and attention, but you and your family
will also have the opportunity to bond directly with
animals. It can prepare you for life with a pet or help
determine if you are ready for the responsibilities of
becoming a pet owner.
Preparing for your pet is incredibly important so
that you can enjoy a happy and healthy life with your
pet. For more information on The Sims 3 Pets videogame,
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Hulkamania In Your Living Room
(NAPSI)—With its over-the-top theatrics,
uproarious stunts and Hulk Hogan, getting in the
ring is fun for kids of all ages!
If you ever wanted to take on the
larger-than-life characters of professional
wrestling, now you can come close with the help
of legendary global icon Hulk Hogan.
The first step toward ruling the ring is
building an exciting alter ego. Who better to
school you in the art of showmanship than the
From the moment he first stepped into a
wrestling ring, Hogan changed the face of sports
entertainment. With his 24-inch “pythons” and an
unrivaled charisma that sparked the “Hulkamania”
phenomenon, Hogan helped turn the sport into
As your mentor in “Hulk Hogan’s Main Event”
game on Kinect for Xbox 360, Hogan shows you how
to entertain roaring fans with stunts, combos
and hits—like the dreaded clothesline—that will
knock your opponent to the mat and down for the
“Hulk Hogan’s Main Event” utilizes the Kinect
technology, which picks up all your movements
without needing a game controller and what most
people will love about this video game is it
gets the kids off the couch, up and moving to
perform the stunts. It’s activity disguised as a
fun video game. Just imagine the fun of throwing
an elbow or head-butting your opponent. While
it’s pretend in your living room ring, your
actions translate to the real-time gameplay.
“I’m going to teach you all to perform for
the crowd and compete in the ring as
superstars,” said Hogan.
“Hulk Hogan’s Main Event” is all about
showmanship, so get the crowd roaring to earn
higher scores and better status.
With Hulk’s new game, you can:
• Perform more than 50 jaw-dropping special
moves and stunts. Pump up the crowd with amazing
combos using pile drivers, chair hits and body
slams to take down your opponent.
• Create your personality by choosing body
type, face, hair style, tattoos and more.
• Progress through nine exciting venues,
including the backyard to the big stage.
• Use a variety of props and objects that add
to the over-the-top fun, including chairs and
ladders, to excite the fans and win the match.
• In Head-to-Head mode, you can take turns
dominating your opponent with a friend’s help.
• Relive your best stunts in slow motion to
revel in your glory days.
To watch the launch trailer and find out
more, visit www.hulkhogansmainevent.com.
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Harry Potter™: Years 5-7 Videogame Gives Fans the Chance
to Be Part of the Ultimate Wizarding Battle
(NAPSI)—Harry Potter™ and LEGO fans who can’t get
enough of the magical adventures of The Boy Who Lived
can now rediscover their inner wizard and continue the
spellbinding saga in LEGO® Harry Potter™: Years 5-7,
the sequel to last year’s fan favorite videogame from TT
Games and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The
two beloved brands come together again to give families
a chance to participate in Harry’s epic battle with Lord
In this family-friendly videogame, players are
transported through the final three books and final four
films in the Harry Potter series, culminating in the
ultimate battle between good and evil. Players are
encouraged to learn and use new charms and spells,
master advanced dueling skills, solve new puzzles and
explore new locations such as Grimmauld Place, Godric’s
Hollow and the Ministry of Magic. Gamers of all ages and
abilities can play through two dozen story events and
return to Hogwarts to attend 16 different lessons.
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 features easy
drop-in and drop-out cooperative gameplay with a dynamic
split screen, giving kids, parents and friends hours of
enjoyment together. Fans can immerse themselves in their
favorite environments and unlock more than 200
characters, including Fenrir Greyback™, Bellatrix
Lestrange™ and Professor Horace Slughorn™, all while
enjoying the humor and creative storytelling that are
the hallmarks of LEGO®. The exciting and rewarding
gameplay experience gives players the chance to
encounter new faces and new challenges to prepare them
for the ultimate face-off against Lord Voldemort.
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 is rated “E10+”
by the ESRB and is available for the Xbox 360® videogame
and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3
computer entertainment system, the Wii™ system, the
Nintendo DS™ and Nintendo 3DS handheld systems, PSP™
(PlayStation® Portable) and Games for Windows PC.
For more information, visit www.harrypotter.lego.com and become a fan of the
game at www.facebook.com/legoharrypottergame.
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A New Approach To Teaching
(NAPSI)—There’s good news for those who want to learn
how to play guitar but don’t know where to start.
A new instructional system that offers students a
teacher, an amp and a band—all in a single box—is said
to be striking a chord with students.
The system includes a guitar-to-USB cable that lets
you play guitar through your computer, complete with a
wide range of effects and presets created to make it
sound as if you were playing through different kinds of
amplifiers, and a wide range of stomp-box effects,
including distortion, chorus and a wah-wah pedal.
Called Raw Talent Guitar, the system also includes an
“all-in-one” instructional software course for beginners
and intermediate players and high-definition video
lessons taught by Padraig O’Kane, a university professor
for over 20 years with a master’s degree in guitar.
O’Kane has worked as a studio musician and lists a
number of working musicians among his former students.
Said to “make anyone a better guitarist in 30 days,”
Raw Talent Guitar also uses a program it calls an RT
Evaluator. This “evaluator” is designed to monitor
performance and provide feedback to encourage you to
practice enough to improve your guitar skills in 30
The focused, challenging curriculum also contains pro
tips and additional activities designed to enhance a
student’s skill and knowledge.
The instructional package also includes licensed
songs from artists such as Boston, Oasis, Joan Jett and
The Clash. Students can remove the lead or rhythm track
and play along to on-screen scrolling sheet music,
guitar TAB and guitar chords.
The software also makes it possible to play for hours
in a variety of styles including rock, blues, jazz,
metal and classical, while you practice solos and scales
with dozens of jam tracks in various keys and different
To learn more, visit the website at www.rawtalentguitar.com.
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Vince Gill's Latest Album Is
Filled With Love And Redemption
(NAPSI)—One of country music’s premier “guitar
slingers” is back—and better than ever.
Singer, songwriter, producer and
multi-instrumentalist Vince Gill has followed up his
last release—the award-winning four-disc album These
Days—with a new album, Guitar Slinger.
A New Direction
Gill thinks the strength of the new project comes
from making a 180-degree turn from his earlier winning
blueprint. Whereas the previous project was big and
bold, Guitar Slinger is a personal and poignant
collection of songs about love, reflection, redemption
and spirituality, including what he considers three of
the most powerful songs of his career—“Threaten Me With
Heaven,” “Bread And Water” and “If I Die.” The album
will be released in both a 12-song version and a deluxe
As hard as he is to please, he likes how the CD
turned out. “I think the songs are better, I play
better, I sing better and it sounds better,” he says.
“Everything’s improving that’s supposed to. I feel like
if there is a place I can improve most, it would be in
writing songs, and these songs seem to have grown a
notch from those on the last record. There are some
beautiful, powerful songs here. There’s fun and tons of
guitar playing. The first half of this record is as much
about guitar playing as anything else, with long,
extended and different styles of solos.”
A Trip to the “Crossroads”
Recently, Gill and singer-song-writer Sting performed
in front of an invitation-only audience as part of the CMT Crossroads series. The show will premiere on
Nov. 25 at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT.
Each episode of CMT Crossroads matches a
country star with an artist from another genre,
featuring them collaborating on each other’s most
popular tunes. Past pairings have included Brooks & Dunn
with ZZ Top, Dolly Parton with Melissa Etheridge, Brad
Paisley with John Mayer, Sugarland with Bon Jovi and
Taylor Swift with Def Leppard. Gill and Sting’s episode
marks the first to be filmed in New York City in five
An Award-Winning Career
Gill has recorded more than 17 studio albums, sold
more than 26 million copies and won 20 Grammys and 18
CMA Awards. The two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year is
the only man to ever win five consecutive CMA Male
Vocalist of the Year awards and the only songwriter to
win Song of the Year four times.
In 2005, he was inducted into the Nashville
Songwriters Hall of Fame. Two years later, he became one
of the youngest performers ever inducted into the
Country Music Hall of Fame.
Gill says his main goal now is just to get better. “I
have an interesting reaction to the Hall of Fame
induction,” he explains. “Most people would surmise,
‘OK, I’ve accomplished that. I can go relax and take it
easy. I’ve accomplished the greatest of whatever it is I
could possibly accomplish.’ It has the reverse effect on
me: It made me want to go earn it and fortify my place
in the Hall. I say, ‘OK, now I want to prove to myself
and to everybody else that it was warranted and good.’”
To celebrate the release of the album, fans can enter
for a chance to win a guitar autographed by the “guitar
slinger” himself. To enter, visit the website at www.VinceGillSweeps.com.
For more news about Gill and the new album, visit his
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Preserve Tapes, Movie Film, Slides And Photos: Five Tips
For Treasuring Memories
(NAPSI)—Produce isn’t the only perishable in your
home—memories are at risk, as well. With the
introduction of new cameras and photo services every
year, taking proper precaution and care of your growing
collection of videos, photographs and slides is key to
treasuring these captured moments forever.
Rest assured—resources abound for digitally
preserving your memories to make them last. Revisit your
nostalgia and read on to get started:
1. Convert your tapes before they
deteriorate—for VHS and most camcorder tape
formats, color and sharpness can be lost within just a
2. Wow your loved ones by pulling
together old photos, images and videos into personalized
DVDs—a great gift for any occasion.
3. Ship images and videos directly
to sites such as YesVideo’s Memory Safe service that
transfers, protects and hosts your memories for sharing
with friends and family.
4. Visit the photo station at CVS,
Costco, Sam’s Club, Walgreens, Ritz Camera, Walmart or
Rite Aid to drop off your tapes, movie film reels, and
photos for digital conversion. Promotions abound during
the winter shopping season, so watch out for nearby
5. Recycle your old electronics—Most
cities offer safe, sustainable recycling stations for
equipment. Check listings for a location nearby.
Converting digital media can be a tricky thing—but be
sure to preserve your memories before it’s too late.
For more tips and tricks on how to keep your old
photo and video memories alive, visit www.yesvideo.com/faq.aspx.
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