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MapleStory SEA Find Maple Friend

Pocket MapleStory SEA just launched the “Find Maple Friend” page recently. The platform allows Maplers to search for popular MapleStory SEA players and get in touch with their old pals from the PC game.

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Pocket MapleStory SEA hopes to get in touch with the pioneer batch of MapleStory SEA players who were featured on The New Paper in 2005 and awarded the “Mark of Beta” – a symbolic in-game bandanna acknowledging beta participants. Players can also look for their past guilds and in-game friends from a simple shout-out on the notice board at the “Find Maple Friend” page.

PlayPark, publisher of the Pocket MapleStory SEA, wishes to reconnect with players of the long-standing MMORPG franchise at an upcoming invite-only event by Pocket MapleStory SEA in early 2016. Pocket MapleStory SEA is the mobile adaptation of the PC game, MapleStory SEA. It features single- player adventure modes, party raids and new quests only available in Pocket MapleStory SEA. The Southeast Asia version will be available for players in Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand in 2016.

Players will receive rewards upon launch when they sign up at the preregistration page for the anticipated mobile release.

First glimpse of the Battle of Jakku in Star Wars Battlefront

We are just a few weeks away from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. For those who pre-ordered Star Wars Battlefront, you will be getting a first glimpse of the Battle of Jakku that took place 29 years before the events in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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The Battle of Jakku was the pivotal moment when the New Republic confronted key Imperial holdouts on a remote desert planet. Taking place in the aftermath of the Rebel victory in the Battle of Endor, players will experience the events that created the massive, battle-scarred landscape of Jakku shown in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Players who pre-ordered Star Wars Battlefront can fight the battle one week early starting today. All other players will get access to this free content on 8 December 2015.

Star Wars Battle Pod at GameStart 2015

Star Wars fans, this weekend might be the only chance that you can play the Star Wars Battle Pod in Singapore. The Star Wars Battle Pod by BANDAI NAMCO is an experiential arcade game that features a 180 degrees dome-shaped screen that transport players to five iconic Star Wars locations.

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Game play is rather simple. But no complains here as the game did well in recreating the battle scenes you see in the film. There is even a fan in the front that blows air towards you to simulate the high speed chase on the speeder bike. Together with 5.1 surround sound, this is perhaps the most immersive Star Wars arcade gaming experience.

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At $2 per game, this is definitely a must try at GameStart 2015.

Huge thanks to the folks at Geek Culture for making this happen at GameStart 2015.

PlayStation VR first public hands on in South East Asia at GameStart 2015

Visitors to GameStart 2015 are in for a treat. For the first time in South East Asia, visitors will be able to try the PlayStation VR headset peripheral.

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Previously known as Project Morpheus (which is a much cooler name), PlayStation VR transport the player into an impressive virtual world. As the player’s head rotates, the image of the world will also rotate naturally and intuitively in real time. By utilizing 3D audio technology, sounds that players hear will also change in real-time depending on their head orientation within the 360-degree virtual space.

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There are several demos available at GameStart 2015 such as The Deep, Kitchen, Playroom VR, The London Heist etc. Oh, and fans of Hatsune Miku can also attend her virtual concert and wave their PlayStation Move Motion Controller together with the audience. Pretty cool.

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The PlayStation VR is expected to be launch in the first half of 2016.

GameStart 2015: twice as big with more hot new games

Following the success of its inaugural show last year, GameStart 2015 will be taking place this weekend from 13 to 15 November at Suntec Convention Centre Halls 401 and 402. This is doubling the floor space from last year at almost 4,000 square metres.

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More than 12,000 game enthusiasts from Singapore and around the region attended last year’s GameStart, trying their hands at over 45 games, cheering players at tournaments and competitions, and getting the insider view on everything to do with gaming.

This year, visitors can expect to see numerous trial stands and demo booths across PC, console and mobile platform with over 60 hot new games including several that have yet to be launched. There will also be meet-the-producer session, show matches, eSports tournaments, cosplay runway showcase and exclusive promotions for game bundles and show merchandise.

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Visitors to GameStart 2015 will be the first in Southeast Asia to try the PlayStation VR headset peripheral.

Bandai Namco Entertainment will showcase upcoming games Dark Souls III and Gundam Extreme vs. Force.

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment will be presenting Lego Marvel’s Avengers, which is expected to launch in January.

GameStart 2015 attendees will also be the first in Singapore to experience the Star Wars: Battle Pod, an experiential arcade game that features a dome-shaped screen, transporting players into heated battles in a galaxy far, far away.

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The retro gaming section “Retro DNA”, where gamers can check out vintage game consoles, games and arcade machines from the 1980s to early 2000s is back.

Celebrity cosplayers Johnny (Junkers Cosplay) and Karin (Acanthastar Cosplay) from the United States and TUNA from South Korea will be in town to meet their fans and be judges for the Game On! Cosplay Runway Showcase organised by Neo Tokyo Project on Sunday.

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GameStart 2015 will also include an industry-focused Business Day and conference session on 13 November, Friday. Themed “Gaming in Asia: Trends & Insights”, the inaugural business day aims to promote career opportunities in the gaming industry.

Ubisoft Singapore Senior Producer Hugues Ricour will be the keynote speaker for the conference and will share his views on how AAA HD game titles put Singapore on the map. Attendees will also get the inside scoop from experts from Facebook, Mad Catz and Twitch, among others.

GameStart 2015 is happening from 13 to 15 November 2015 at Suntec Convention Centre Halls 401 and 402. Standard priced tickets can be purchased at GameStart Asia’s website, Saint Games (The Cathay), GameScore (Funan outlet), and all GameXtreme outlets.