Video Games

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Interactive Pet Game

Hulkamania Video Game
Harry Potter Video Game

Raw Talent Guitar Game

Vince Gill Guitar Slingers

Preserving Photos and Videos

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 characters.

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.

Imaginative Worlds

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.,” and “Aladdin.”

Iconic Costumes

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 (“Peter Pan”).

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 the game.

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 continues.

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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Hit The 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 experience home.

“Dance Central 2” and its Unstoppable Soundtrack

“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 club.

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 family.

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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 family member.

• 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, visit http://www.thesims3.com.

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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 Hulkster?

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 must-see theater.

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 count.

“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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LEGO® 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 Voldemort™.

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 Guitar

(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 days.

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 tempos.

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 15-song version.

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 years.

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.’”

Guitar Sweepstakes

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 website, www.vincegill.com.

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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 few years.

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 sales.

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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