ELEAGUE Crowns Its First Champions

Courtesy: Turner/WME - IMG

Courtesy: Turner/WME – IMG

ELEAGUE has crowned its very first champion.

The professional gaming league created by Turner and WME – IMG has crowned the champion of its inaugural season.  Virtus.pro defeated Fnatic Saturday 16 – 10 (Cobble) and 16 – 8 (Mirage) at the league’s championship showdown.  The match was aired live on TBS from the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia.  Audiences can see the final moments of the championship match online now here.  More information on ELEAGUE is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://e-league.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ELeagueGaming

 

 

 

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Gaming Fans Now Have New Way To Catch ELeague Championship Online

This afternoon at 4pm ET the gaming league known as ELEAGUE reaches the end of its debut season when Fnatic takes on Virtus.pro live on TBS.  Now fans will have a brand new way to catch all of the action on television and on the air.

ELEAGUE, created by Turner and WME – IMG has developed a new mosaic video player that will allow gaming fans to watch all of the championship action live online through a customizable interface.  The new player launched during Friday night’s seminfinals.  It offers fans countless different viewing options including watching four players simultaneously, a complete team vantage point for either team, observer feed, and a larger view of the game map.

Courtesy: Turner/WME/IMG

Courtesy: Turner/WME/IMG

More information on the new video player is available online now along with all of the latest ELEAGUE news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.e-league.com/finals

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/eleagugaming

Twitter: http://twitter.com/EL

 

 

 

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Avenged Sevenfold Featured In New COD Game

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Call of Duty:  Black Ops 2 is finally here!  The anticipation is over.  And for those who perhaps haven’t yet had the pleasure of checking out this game, fans now have one more reason to go out and pick up this game whether for themselves or for the gamer in the house.  Avenged Sevenfold is featured in the game.  The band’s new song, ‘Carry On’ is actually featured in full in the game.  And now fans can check out the official crossover video for the song.  It actually puts the band into the game.

The video features the band performing on stage in its digital form with full on pyro and audience rocking to the performance.  It should be noted that due to language, it may not be entirely suitable for some younger viewers.  Other than that, audiences can check out the official video for the song now at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJbrTgUL0Dk.  Fans of Avenged Sevenfold can also get all the latest news and more from the band when they go online to http://www.avengedsevenfold.com and http://www.facebook.com/AvengedSevenFold.

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FAWN TV introduces the gaming world to Kat Gunn

Good morning, everyone.  I know that typically I run reviews and news about music and movies, and even the occasional book.  But lately, I’ve been thinking about branching out just a little bit more.  So today, for all you gamers out there, I’ve got a little treat. Read on and let me know what you think.  Do you like this blog branching out to include gaming, too?

Gaming is big busines in today’s world of electronic entertainment.  Gaming companies, tech companies, and gamers converge every year at a number of conferences–the biggest being E3–to check out all the latest gear, games, and gadgets.  As big as gaming is today, it’s a largely male dominated world.  There are female gamers out there.  But they are far fewer in numbers than the men who dominate the industry.  However, a new young star has come up to be a role model for other female gamers.  Her name is Kat Gunn.  In the latest edition of FAWN Channel’s “Close Up & Personal”, Gunn discusses what it’s like being a female in a male dominated industry and more.  It can be viewed now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOf9XeEHPDE.

Audiences can learn more about Kat Gunn online at http://twitter.com/mystikgunn and http://www.facebook.com/mystikgunn. To check out FAWN Channel online, go to http://youtube.com/FAWN, http://fawn.tv, http://www.facebook.com/fawnofficial and http://twitter.com/FAWNinc.

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As I Lay Dying debut new single, prep new album, tour

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

As I Lay Dying is a busy band this year.  The band has officially debuted the lead single off of its upcoming new album, “Awakened” as it prepares to take aprt in this Summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.  Fans can check out the new single, ‘Cauterize’ now on liquidmetal.com.  The band’s brand new album, “Awakened” is currently schedule to be released September 25th via Metal Blade Records.

Audiences who come and check out the band this Summer will get the opportunity to pre-order “Awakened.”  The band will make available special limited edition laminated that will allow fans to pre-order the new album right at the band’s merchandise booth at each of its stops on the tour.  The laminates will each have a special code that can be entered online at http://www.metalblade.com/awakened.  Fans simply need enter the code to pre-order the album and have it hand delivered to their door.  The code must be redemmed by no later than November 1st , 2012.  The laminates are available only at the band’s stops on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, and this offer is only available in the United States. 

Fans can get a full listing of the band’s tour dates and news online at http://www.asilaydying.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/asilaydying, on Twitter at http://twitter.com/asilaydying, and on its official Youtube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/asilaydying.

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NCircle Entertainment brings back another piece of television nostalgia

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The 1990’s was one of the greatest eras of television.  That’s especially the case for children’s programming.  However, it wasn’t the only great era of broadcasting for kids.  Kids had a lot from which to choose during the 1980’s, too.  One of the greatest of the cartoons from the 1980’s was the one and only Super Mario Brothers Super Show.  Who doesn’t remember watching this after school animated classic on the original Family Channel way back before it became Fox Family and then ABC Family?  Now, fans that grew up watching Mario, Luigi, Toad and Princess Toadstool take on King Koopa can enjoy a whole volume of episodes all over again, thanks to Super Mario Brothers Super Show Volume One.

Originally, both volumes of this classic cartoon’s episodes were released by Shout! Factory in 2006.  Now, NCircle Entertainment has re-released the show in a trimmed down format.  This collection offers all of the classic Super Mario Brothers Super Show cartoons sans the live action segments that bookended them in the show’s original airings.  As enjoyable as those segments were, the cartoons themselves were just as enjoyable.  And Volume One has more than its share of enjoyable episodes.  Volume One sees Mario, Luigi and Toad having to care for Princess Toadstool after she’s turned into a baby.  Also, Mario and company tackle the classic tale of Jack and The Beanstalk in their own way.  And in a Halloween themed episode, the gang faces King Koopa and his evil minions in their own take on Brams Stoker’s horror classic, Dracula.

One of the key episodes in this most recent release of Super Mario Brothers Super Show is “Two Plumbers and a Baby.”  It could be argued that the title is a spoof of the classic 80’s movie franchise, “3 Men and a Baby.”  In this episode, Mario Luigi, Toad, and Princess Toadstool are in the kingdom of youth.  They have to face down King GooGoo GaGa Koopa.  Of course, it’s really King Koopa in disguise.  They are hunting Koopa down because he’s using the kingdom’s fountain of youth for his own evil purposes.  Surprisingly, the fountain works.  Only it works too well.  When Princess Toadstool accidentally falls into the fountain, she gets turned into a baby.  So Mario, Luigi, and Toad are left to protect her from King Koopa.  She causes all kinds of trouble for the guys along the way, including being carried away on a raft.  Things reach a head when the princess follows some fireflies to Koopa’s castle. During the conflict, Mario and Luigi swing King Koopa into the fountain, turning him into a baby, too.  Once he’s out of the way, the guys turn the water’s flow and turn everyone back into an adult.

The Super Mario Brothers Super Show spoofed more than popular culture during its run on television.  It also spoofed classical literature.  One of the best of those spoofs is in the episode, “Mario and The Beanstalk.”  This episode is a loose take-off of the classic tale, with a few minor changes thrown in.  Mario and Luigi have to get 100 Gold Coins to save the Mushroom Kingdom orphange.  So the princess tells them to sell the royal cow to get the coins.  They end up selling the cow for a handful of Garbanzo beans.  When they bring the beans back, the princess is anything but happy.  She tells them that she’s allergic to Garbanzo beans, and tosses them out.  While everyone is sleeping later that night, a giant beanstalk grows.  The group discovers the beanstalk in the morning, and climbs it to see how high it goes.  It leads them to a castle in the sky.  Instead of a giant, they encounter a giant King Koopa.  In their attempt to outrun Koopa, they stumble on his treasure room, and the fabled “Golden Goose.”  Instead of laying eggs, the goose lays Gold Coins.  When they help the goose escape being held captive by Koopa, the goose helps Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool, and Toad get away from the castel.  They all get out together and climb back down the beanstalk where Mario cuts it down.  When the beanstalk falls, it brings Koopa’s castle with it.  The castle falls into a pond, causing Koopa to shring down to their size. 

Jack and The Beanstalk is just one piece of classical literature that The Super Mario Brothers Super Show spoofed during its run.  In “Count Koopula”, Mario and the gang are lured into the castle of Count Koopula, who is, of course, really King Koopa.  This time, he takes on the mantle of the infamous Count Dracula.  As they try to escape Count Koopula’s castle, the group has to face wereturtles, zombie Goombas and Koopa’s lead henchman, Mouser.  When the princess is captured, the guys take some spare garlic that they have, and eat it.  They use their powerful garlic breath and natural light to defeat Koopa.  Koopa turns into a bat and flies out the castle, leaving it to crumble after being defeated.  The group gets out of the castle safe and sound before it crumbles.

Super Mario Brothers Super Show has so many great episodes.  There are far more in this new volume of episodes than there is room and time to discuss.  That in mind, this is one more great piece of nostalgia for anyone who gew up in what is arguably one of the greatest eras of animation.  After having released so many single disc collections, it’s great to see NCircle Entertainment release this newest double disc set.  And with any luck, whenever the next volume is released, it will include  not just the rest of the show’s original episodes, but the Mario Bros. plumbing live action segments that originally came with the show, too.  Until then, this first volume is still a great chance for many viewers to go back to their own childhoods once again.

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Jack’s Mannequin releases video for new single

Jack’s Mannequin has officially released the video for its new single, ‘Release Me.’  The song comes from the band’s third full length studio release, “People and Things.”  The video was directed by Michael J. Goldberg and Matt Campbell.  Fans can check out the video now on the band’s official Youtube channel, http://www.youtube.com/jacksmannequintv

Fans can also keep up with all the latest news from the band online at http://www.jacksmannequin.com, and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/jacksmannequin

“People and Things” is described by band member Andrew Mcmahon as a “final installment to a three-part story,” that was started with the band’s previous two albums, “Everything in Transit” and “The Glass Passenger.”