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PlayStation 20th Anniversary Edition console

Sony just announced the PlayStation 4 20th Anniversary Edition, a special edition PS4 commemorating the 20th anniversary of the release of the original PlayStation (PS) on 3rd December 1994.

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The 20th Anniversary Edition will be limited to 12,300 units worldwide, a number that reflects the launch date of the original PS, and will be available at S$689 in Singapore.

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The limited edition PS4 and included accessories come in “Original Gray” color, all packaged in a special commemorative box. A special arrangement for customers in SE Asia to get this limited console will be announced during the Anime Festival Asia 2014 (AFA) Press Conference which will be held in Singapore tomorrow (4 Dec) at 2:40pm.

Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle

If you haven’t buy the Xbox One, here’s something to tempt you further. Microsoft just released the Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle. Yes, Xbox One bundled with the new Assassin’s Creed Unity.

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Available from 18 November, the Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle retails in Singapore at S$739. The bundle includes a Xbox One 500GB console, a wireless controller, a Kinect sensor, Assassin’s Creed Unity and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

And also from now to 31 December, purchase a 12-month Xbox Live Gold membership (S$79.90) with any Xbox One console or bundle in a single receipt and you stand to get up to nine games free, including the much anticipated Halo: The Master Chief Collection. So what are you still waiting for?

GameStart off to a great start

GameStart 2014, the inaugural chapter of Southeast Asia’s premier game show GameStart Asia, saw throngs of enthusiastic gamers heading to Suntec Convention Centre over the past weekend. Over 12,000 visitors from Singapore and countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Australia, America, Japan and Philippines descended upon Hall 403 on 25 and 26 October to be a part of gaming history in what proved to be two days of adrenaline-fueled non-stop action.

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Queues for the event started forming the night before, and crowds thronged the Playstation, BANDAI Namco, 2K and Blizzard booths once the doors opened at noon, eager to score loot bags and bragging rights about being the first in Singapore to try their hands at unreleased games like Bloodborne, EVOLVE, Dead Island 2, Guilty Gear Xrd –SIGN- and The Order 1886.

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There were game trials and demos for a range of games of all genres, and high- energy sessions with the producers of Sword Art Online (Yosuke Futami), Freedom Wars (Junichi Yoshizawa), and Bloodborne (Maasaki Yamagiwa). Naruto fans were thrilled to have the chance to play against producer Komoto Daisuke, who was dressed in the character’s signature orange and black outfit.

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The event wasn’t just about the big boys in the industry, as promoting the smaller and independent industry players was a priority for Eliphant. Boomzap Entertainment, IMBA Interactive, Inzen Studio, Kinetiquettes, Liongeeks, Nebo, Rock Nano Global, Shawn Beck and Witching Hour Studios all had a presence at GameStart2014.

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The GameStart2014 opening ceremony included the official signing of a three year extension of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia’s partnership with Singapore’s MDA and Nanyang Polytechnic for the Playstation Incubation Studio. The studio is an initiative by MDA and NYP to establish a complete resource centre that helps small to medium-sized studios based in Singapore to develop their games.

GameStart 2014 Day 1

Singapore’s inaugural gaming convention, GameStart 2014 is finally here. Day 1 see huge crowd flocking to Suntec City Convention Centre Hall 403. In fact, the queue to enter GameStart 2014 started forming the night before even though the doors open at 12 noon.

One of the key highlight of GameStart 2014 is the hands-on previews for Bloodborne which is slated for release in 2015. I managed play for 10 minutes and I must say the graphics is amazing. Can’t wait for it to be released in 2015.

Producer for Bloodborne, Masaaki Yamagiwa, is also in town for GameStart 2014. Meet him at the main stage area at 2pm on Sunday for a Producer Session.

Another highlight for GameStart 2014 is the Retro gaming session. For older folks like me, this is a trip down memory lane. You get to see games like TMNT, Dragon Balls Z, Bomberman, Street Fighters 2 and many more. All the 8 bits and 16 bits gaming goodness from Nintendo, Super Famicom, Sega Megadrive and more.

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And do check out Capcom Pro Tour Asia Series: Finals happening at the GameStart. Tomoaki Ayano (Street Fighter Producer) and Yoshinori Ono (Street Fighter Executive Producer) will be making a guest appearance at the competition.

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GameStart is designed to appeal to everyone from hardcore gamers to casual gamers to cosplay enthusiasts. If you love gaming, do check out GameStart 2014. I’ll leave you with few more photos that I’ve taken on day 1.

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GameStart 2014
Date: 25 & 26 October 2014
Time: 12pm – 9pm (Sat), 11am – 9pm (Sun)
Venue: Suntec City Convention Centre Hall 403
Tickets: $8.50 for 1 day pass and $15 for 2 day pass

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GameStart 2014

Good news to all gaming fans. Singapore will be having our own gaming convention. And no, we are not talking about those half hearted exhibition with a few local gaming distributors.

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The organisers for the inaugural GameStart 2014 means business here. We are talking about companies like Sony, Bandai, Blizzard and 2K as exhibitors and guests like Masaaki Yamagiwa (Producer for Bloodborne) and Junichi Yoshizawa (Producer for Freedom Wars) coming to Singapore for the gaming convention.

Sony Computer Entertainment HK (SCEHK) will be showcasing close to 30 exciting titles for the PS4, PS3 and PS Vita. These include hands-on previews for Bloodborne, The Order 1886, Until Dawn and Guilty Gear Xrd which are all slated for release in 2015. Most of the games on show will be unreleased and recently-released titles.

2K Asia will also be bringing a preview of their highly-anticipated 4v1 game Evolve to GameStart 2014. Made by the creators of Left 4 Dead, Evolve is a cooperative/competitive shooter where four Hunters face off against a single, player-controlled Monster in adrenaline-pumping 4v1 matches.

And you can’t have gaming convention without Cosplay. Renowned international cosplayers Yuegene Fay (Thailand) and Yasemin Arslan (Australia) will be at GameStart to meet fans and act as judges for the Game On! GameStart Cosplay Competition that will be held on 26 October.

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GameStart will be held on 25 and 26 October at Suntec City Convention Centre. The first 300 visitors each day will receive a ‘Random Loot Bag’ which could contain anything from limited edition T-shirts to games, posters and other exclusive items. All ticket holders qualify for a daily lucky draw in which they could win prizes such as consoles, games and gaming accessories such as Razer and the Creative SB Inferno gaming headset by Creative Sound Blaster.

GameStart
Date: 25 & 26 October 2014
Time: 12pm – 9pm (Sat), 11am – 9pm (Sun)
Venue: Suntec City Convention Centre Hall 403
Tickets: $8.50 for 1 day pass and $15 for 2 day pass

For more information, visit GameStart website.