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Today, CoolGames launches the iconic video game Tetris® on the Instant Games platform for Facebook Messenger.


“People using Messenger can now play Tetris instantly and share it with their friends. Messaging apps are the next big games platform, unlocking an audience of potentially billions of players,” said Laurens Rutten, Founder and CEO of CoolGames. “It’s great to be able to develop Tetris for this new and innovative platform!”


For more than 30 years, Tetris has been captivating hundreds of millions fans worldwide, with its iconic Tetrimino shapes and addictive gameplay.  Today, Tetris remains one of the most beloved and recognized video game franchises of all time and as new platforms emerge, Tetris is always on it.


With Tetris marathon mode, players need to clear lines with the goal of achieving the highest score possible. Adding to the intense gameplay experience, new high-score leaderboards, daily missions and simple to use friend-invites, so they can easily join in the fun, have been added for Messenger’s 1.3 billion users to enjoy.


“Spanning decades and generations, Tetris has delighted hundreds of millions of fans worldwide, and we’re excited to welcome this beloved franchise to the Instant Games platform,” said Bob Slinn, Director, Games Partnerships EMEA, at Facebook. “The development team at CoolGames has honored one of the most popular games of all time, and with new platform mechanics like Group play on Messenger, fans have a chance to play, connect and share like never before.”

Maya Rogers, President and CEO of Blue Planet Software, sole agent for the Tetris brand adds, “Whether it’s on a laptop or mobile device, players across the globe love to play Tetris, which is why we’re thrilled to bring the timeless fun of this beloved game to Messenger’s billions of players.”

Tetris for Instant Games is developed by CoolGames’ in-house studio. CoolGames was a launch partner for Facebook’s Instant Games platform in November 2016. Other successful titles that were released on Messenger include BattleshipSnake, and Jewel Academy. CoolGames plans to launch several new AAA titles for Instant Games in the coming months.


Tetris for Instant Games is now available to play for free here

Tetris is one of the most beloved puzzle games of all time. It is a game that transcends generations and it is great that even more will now play this!


Source: PR Email


By otakuman5000 On 2 Mar, 2017 At 01:40 PM | Categorized As Editorials, International News, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarWe all as of March 1, 2017, it has been revealed by several sources who had the Nintendo Switch console in hand, that it does, in fact, use friend codes to add new players to their friend list. The friend codes are part of the Nintendo Network ecosystem because of the New Nintendo 3DS/3DS handhelds. People seem to have forgotten that fact.

Here is the friend code input screen courtesy of Eurogamer.

The friend code input screen is updated from the 3DS version. Now, this may seem like a step back for some. That is not the case. Now with the My Nintendo service, you can now link your Nintendo Network ID to social media services like Facebook, Twitter, and Google. You can know add your friend Tiffany through social media and no friend codes. Easy Peasy!! Also if you play Super Mario Run, Miitomo, or Fire Emblem Heroes, you can add your friends to the Nintendo Switch as well.

Your Profile page showing the number of friends and games in your library.


The world can calm down now. Hopefully, you will realize even though Nintendo has made some mistakes, they are trying to make things less complicated with The Nintendo Switch. We will update this as the console is released.

By Sebastian Marco On 2 Nov, 2016 At 01:21 PM | Categorized As ROG News, ROG Tech | With 0 Comments

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bbFree games are so rare these days. Since the introduction of currency, there’s never been anything given away without wanting something in return.

Well Oculus thinks it’s time to change that, at least with some of it’s new titles coming out on it’s platform. With Dead and Buried as it’s newest title, that makes three AAA games that will be available at launch with the Oculus touch, including VR Sports Challenge and The Unspoken.


By Jonathan Balofsky On 26 Aug, 2016 At 03:17 PM | Categorized As News, PC Games, ROG News, Uncategorized | With 0 Comments

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Blizzard has announced that you can now stream their games via Facebook Live on PC, with Mac soon to follow

Back in June Blizzard announced a collaboration with Facebook which would allow players to easily stream any of the developer’s games through Facebook Live. Today, the feature is finally going live.

Starting today the live-streaming capability will be available in every Blizzard game in the Americas, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, with a complete global rollout expected “soon.” It’s currently only available to PC gamers, but Mac support is also in the works. All you’ll need to do is connect your account to Facebook, and then you can stream games like Overwatch or Hearthstone directly to your Facebook page.

This is extremely cool news and no doubt many will take advantage of it. I hope to see many cool streams on Facebook in the near future.


By SarahTheRebel On 14 Jul, 2011 At 03:28 AM | Categorized As Featured, International News, Movie News, News | With 2 Comments

No GravatarIt’s time to celebrate Otakus! The seemingly ill-advised venture to create a live-action version of Akira featuring a mostly non-Asian cast has been shelved.

Although an Akira live-action remake could have the potential to be great, fans were most outraged with the revisions to the original story that the new live-action version was rumored to feature.

Issues with the remake

Non-Asian Cast

As you can read for yourself in the timeline of events below, all of the rumored cast members, with the exception of Morgan Freeman, were caucasian. For a film as unambiguously Japanese as Akira, this was quite a surprise. Out of all the amazing Asian actors we have on the scene, the old white guys were best suited to play Japanese boys? This was almost a slap in the face of the Asian community.

To be honest, they might have been better off making this a completely different movie and simply admitting that the movie had a similar plot to Akira!

This is how that made me feel…


So how do we explain all these white guys in Neo Japan? We don’t. The setting was moved to modern-day New York City.

Umm…. ok then… so … doesn’t this completely change the plot? This anime dealt with the feelings of isolation, confusion and anger that Japanese teenagers experienced at that time. How is this even remotely the same movie if it doesn’t take place in Japan? Why would the characters be named Tetsuo, Kaneda and Akira?!

They should have changed the movie name to “Alex” and moved along.

Mr. Sulu saves the day

Perhaps the most amazing part of this story is that the film appears to have been shelved due to the fan outcry. Often Hollywood is perceived as ignoring the purists and aiming at new fans when they make a cartoon or book into a live-action movie (this happens less in cartoon adaptions I’ve noticed).

Instead, it appears that the voice of the fans had an effect on the decision to abandon the movie. George Takei, known for his role as Mr. Sulu in the first Star Trek series, created a petition in outcry of the lack of Asian cast members and the removal of the setting from Neo Japan in the proposed remake. Bravo Mr. Takei!


If you’ve read my previous post about Akira, you will know that I am a huge fan of the movie.I understand that some changes need to be made when going from manga or anime to live-action, but changing the setting and race of the characters in this classic, milestone of a movie is obscene.

I can’t even imagine the flavor, edge of desperation, context or culture of the original making its way into this remake in any form, shape or fashion. The fact that the director would even consider it is a wake up call to the fact that although Hollywood has come a long way (they no longer cast white men as Native Americans for example) they still struggle with their inherent racism that probably stems from the fear of alienating the main, white audience.

This is a foolish fear, as we all know, but it seems to persist nevertheless!

What do you think?

You’ve heard my opinion: now I want to hear yours! Are you relieved or disappointed by this news? What do you think will happen from here? Do you think the movie will really never see the light of day?

Dilemma resolved… without even needing the gun!

Timeline of events

Here is a summary of the events leading up to the cancelation.

  • In 1988, Akira, the anime version of the manga by Katsuhiro Otomo was released.
  • Around the early 2000s, talk surfaced of Warner Brothers acquiring the rights to a live-action remake of the film.
  • Stephen Norrington and Jon Peters were linked to the film.
  • In 2008, Anime News Network reported that Ruairi Robinson would direct, Gary Whitta would write and Andrew Lazat, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson would produce the film.
  • In 2009, Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon Levitt were rumored to be stars in the film
  • Late 2009, Gary Whitta said he was no longer attached to the film and Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby were rumored to be taking over script writing.
  • In February 2010, Deadline reported that Warner Brothers was in talks with Allen and Albert Hughes to direct the film.
  • In November 2010, it was reported that Zac Effron was in talks for the leading role and that Morgan Freeman would be Colonel Shikishima.
  • On June 17, 2010, Lazar said a new writer had been hired, the movie would be fast-tracked, Albert Hughes would be the only director and that the first movie would be based on volumes 1-3 and the second on 4-6.
  • In February 2011, it was reported that James Franco was in talks for the role of Kaneda.  That same month, Vulture reported that Mila Kunis was offered the role of Kei, but turned it down.
  • In March 2011, Deadline reported that Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Justin Timberlake, Joaquin Phoeniz and Chris Pine were in the running to play Kaneda, while Andrew Garfield and James McAvoy were rumored to be in talks to play Tetsuo.
  • In April 2011, a petition against casting a live-action Akira film with non-Asian actors was set up on Facebook and George Takei spoke with The Advocate about the rumors.
  • On May 6, 2011, Keanu Reeves was offered the role of Kaneda, but 11 days later he was reported to have turned it down.
  • On May 26, 2011, it was reported that Albert Hughes had left the project due to creative differences.


After much going back and forth with the project, the plug was finally pulled on AKIRA a few days ago. Many hardcore anime rejoiced at the fact their beloved anime epic would’nt be ruined by Caucasian castings or redesigns of the plot. However…..


It was recently reported by Variety Magazine that the AKIRA project recently found a new director for the film in the form of Jaume Collet-Serra. In the past, he directed such films as “House of Wax” and “Orphan”. The saga of this anime turning live action movie continue….


Check out the Variety post below.







By otakuman5000 On 20 Jun, 2011 At 10:28 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, PC Games, Reviews | With 1 Comment

No GravatarEver on the prowl for new gaming experiences, the newest installment in the PC platform series is on Facebook games and gaming through social media.  A wide range of games are available from simple puzzle games to all-out rpg’s.  There are certain similarities in all of these games, but plenty of differences.  The most frustrating thing about many of these games is the absolute impossibility to continue forward unless you are able to get your friends on the social media to play the game with you.  Coming in at a close second is the inability to progress past a certain point unless you spend real-world money on the game.

Badgering your friends to play seems to be really limiting to the concepts of these games.  Yes, it’d be great if one could run off and tend someone else’s farm for a minute and help themselves in the process, but on the other hand most of the items are on some kind of timer, and the very items that your friend came over and fertilized (or groomed, or played with for you, or did whatever the game wants you to have friends do) may be lying dead on the floor when you come back from that vacation that didn’t have any internet access, or had a hard week at work and only wanted to play something mindless when you got home at night.  Social Media games tend to keep one on a very short leash as far as time limits go, and for that alone it’s somewhat frustrating.

Keeping all of that in mind, in short, there are two styles of games.  One style is persistent, continuing even when one is offline, and requiring lots of checking, rechecking, and care.  The other is (for the most part) a really fun bunch of puzzle games which give you an absurdly low number of lives.  At the beginning, to get you hooked, the puzzle games are incredibly easy, it’s easy to match the time limits, and there’s no problem getting to the end goals.  As things progress, the life count becomes more than absurdly small (2 lives in a day?) and the game becomes quickly increasingly difficult.  When one is out of lives they are invited to spend real-world money to obtain additional lives.

There is also advertising.  If you choose to do so, in certain games, you can recieve extra ‘money’ by watching advertising on video.  The advertisements are very short, although stopping to watch costs you time you could be playing.

There is, however, literally something for everyone here.  Even as jaded and spoiled as your author is, I found a few games that were playable without significant monetary investment (although I am begging my friends to play them frequently), and more importantly, that were pretty fun.  Gaming off the shelf at Gamestop runs me about $60 per game, so definately not averse to paying some to play, but on the other hand social media games can get out of hand really quickly.  I have seen some best value in game cash for x number of ‘game dollars’ for $299 in real money.  Added on to the fact that it’s pretty darn easy to buy ‘game dollars’ with your cell phone, and it’s a recipe for disaster if your 15 year old who has no idea how much it costs to buy groceries and pay bills decides best value means that’s what she should buy.

Some games are greedier than others, and although I do respect the need to pay the bills, a few of these guys had the thought “Are you serious?  For THIS?” going through my head.  The graphics and animations, although almost universally what would qualify as ‘cute’ or ‘cartoony’ wouldn’t be worth more than about $10 to play with no restrictions on your pc at home, so perhaps that’s a good guideline to start.

A few I really enjoyed:

Gourmet Ranch is a cute little game that has you raising crops and cooking food to serve in your own cafe.  Little Kahuna’s has reached level 16 and has had $9 in real-world money spent on it.  It’s easy to level without a significant investment, and gives out expansions for either game coins (which are the reward for playing in-game) or real-world money.  The nicest decorations are available for real-world cash only, but they’re only window dressing or worth points toward leveling, which is nice, but unneeded.  Pretty much everything one would want in a farming/restaraunt game without spending a significant amount of real-world money.  There’s a lot to like about this one.

A little bit of RPG and world domination is available in Empires and Allies.  This game does draw significantly on your friends list, and if your friends aren’t willing to play then you do become pretty handicapped.  That being said, the actual production, and the gameplay isn’t really impacted too much except that you quickly run out of the ability to build more houses and make more money.  Basically, possible to play without a hefty friends list, but it’s going to take you a while to get somewhere with it.  Even at that, it’s a fun little game with attainable quests and plenty of entertainment.

In the puzzle genre, I enjoyed Fluffy, a cute little matching game with birds building a birdhouse.  You match the birdies up according to the birds the game is asking for, and recieve coins, which are used to buy the birdhouse.

There’s much, much more than these games out there in the social media network.  These are the ones this author liked best and played for research for the article.  If your favorite wasn’t picked, send me an invite on facebook, I might try it out.  If any of these seem interesting to you, connect!

By otakuman5000 On 17 May, 2010 At 07:52 PM | Categorized As Featured, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Well you cannot believe everything you read. After reading that GameStop is reserving Otomedius Excellent for Xbox 360, I decided to call my contacts at Konami for confirmation. Well, as for right now there are NO plans to release this game stateside. I know, I said “dammit” too. But there is hope for us though.

GameStop Says it is coming to the US

Konami says there are no plans to release it yet. Maybe?

Now Konami says there are no plans to release it at this time. So, if you want this game to be released in the states I think everyone should hit up Konami on Twitter and Facebook. Let our voices be heard. I guess this is as good a time as any to announce our Konami Appreciation Week. We will focus on Konami and their games and history.  Thanks to Robert Santini for the clarification.