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UK-based gaming charity GamesAid is once again holding an online auction this Christmas to raise money for its chosen children's causes. You can bid on rare and exclusive gaming items such as a life-size Assassin’s Creed 3 Connor statue on auction site eBay now, with all the profits going to charity.
Among the other items on offer are a copy of We Sing Robbie Williams, signed by star himself, a selection of costumes worn by David Hasselhoff for the Burnout Crash TV ads, and an Enslaved art print signed by Ninja Theory’s Tameem Antoniades and actor Andy Serkis. The money will be going to good causes including Action for Kids, Jigsaw 4U, Small Steps, Special Effect, Willow Foundation.
Bidding on any of the items? Let us know in the comments!
Minecon--the annual gathering of all things Minecraft--descends on Paris, France this weekend. And, thanks to GameSpot, you'll be able to catch the whole thing--LIVE! See the latest news, streams of the panels, and tours of the show floor direct from Disneyland's convention centre right into your web browser.
Stay tuned for the full schedule later this the week, and in the meantime, check out Danny's video for more information.
Documentary flick Indie Game: The Movie tells the inspiring story behind three of the most celebrated indie hits of recent years: Braid, Fez, and Super Meat Boy.
The film has won acclaim of its own for its fascinating account of how these games were made and the meticulously obsessive artists who made them, but it has also been virtually absent from cinema screens in the UK.
Now, GameSpot presents a special screening of the movie at London's excellent Prince Charles Cinema on Thursday July 19, at which we will be joined by the filmmakers over Skype for a Q&A session.
Come meet Team GameSpot at the cinema bar from 7.30 p.m., or skip on in at 8.30 p.m. in time for the show. For more details and to buy tickets, see Prince Charles Cinema's official site.
Jagex today announced that it is going to be attending MCM Expo in London this May to show off Transformers Universe and promote its long-standing free-to-play MMORPG RuneScape.
As well as showing off both titles on its own stand, Jagex is bringing both the RuneScape and Transformers Universe development teams to the GameSpot UK stage. Members of the Transformers Universe team will be on hand at midday on Saturday to give attendees a glimpse into the development process, while the RuneScape developers will be there at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
As well as limited-edition prizes that will be on offer during both stage sessions, Jagex says that it will be offering a limited-edition boxed version of RuneScape at the show. This will contain "an assortment of limited-edition cosmetic items, game membership, and an exclusive MCM RuneScape T-shirt."
Transformers fans will be able to be the first in the UK to get the chance to reserve their character names for Transformers Universe at the show, as well as choose their side in the Autobot/Decepticon conflict.
For more on the show, what GameSpot UK has planned, and photos from last year, check out the MCM Expo 2012 hub.
On March 17, the UK's toughest SoulCalibur players will be duking it out for a spot in the European finals and a shot at £1,000…and you could be among them. The SoulCalibur Impact 2012 grand finals will be held in London, kicking off at midday, and will be streamed right here on GameSpot.
As well as the competition itself, there will be spot prizes and freebies given out throughout the day to attendees, and all the previous SoulCalibur games will be available to play. There will also be food and drink along with performances, DJ sets, and more.
Spaces are limited, so if you want to participate in the tournament or just spectate, then register your interest on Namco Bandai's site. If you fancy a spot on the guest list, then head on over to the GameSpot facebook page for your chance to win one.
The winner of the UK tournament will go on to represent the UK in the PAL-region tournament later in the day, and take home £500, a trophy, a T-shirt, and a Mad Catz SoulCalibur fightstick. Two runners-up will get fightsticks and shirts. The winner of the European tournament will get even more, with a further £1,000 up for grabs along with a unique SoulEdge sword, presented by game director Odashima-san.
If you can't make it to the event, then you can see the livestream below!
From noon on February 4, Ryan Hart (Prodigal Son) and Marie-Laure Norindr (Kayane), along with other great players, will be doing battle in SoulCalibur V at the Chapel Bar in Islington. And you can watch their epic battles, as well as everything else from the event right here.
That's right--there will be six hours of streaming of the very best in SoulCalibur action right here for you to enjoy. Hang around--you might learn something!
For more on SoulCalibur V, check out the GameSpot review.
The launch party for upcoming fighting game SoulCalibur V will be open to all and feature stars of the UK fighting-game scene, publisher Namco Bandai announced today. The event will take place on February 4 and mark the beginning of a UK-wide search for the best SoulCalibur players who will then face off on March 16 at a secret location.
The event--which will be held at Islington's Chapel Bar from midday to 6:00 p.m.--will be open to 200 gamers, with entry decided on a first-come, first-served basis. Those lucky enough to get in will be able to see Mad Catz's SoulCalibur V Soul Edition fight sticks and get tips from pro-players Ryan Hart (Prodigal Son) and Marie-Laure Norindr (Kayane) who will be playing some exhibition games.
Those not lucky enough to get in will be able to watch selected matchups from the event on Namco Bandai UK's Twitch TV channel.
SoulCalibur V will be released on February 3 in the UK on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Walking into your local pub on a Saturday afternoon, the most likely thing you're going to see is a bunch of sweaty fans huddled around a plasma screen watching a football match. If you'd visited the Assembly House pub in Kentish Town last weekend, though, it was a radically different picture. Rather than football chants, the bar was filled with the on-edge atmosphere of dozens of real-time strategy fans witnessing the increasing excitement of a Starcraft II tournament.
You first reaction may be "huh?" but it's an idea that has gone down well with its supporters. Known as Barcraft, the phenomenon started in Seattle last May and has spread to the UK and Europe. The British side of this eSport invasion has already appeared in Bristol and London, and what we saw of the latter seemed nothing less than a success.
Setting up Barcraft London was not easy, with many bars declining the idea. Yet for the landlord of the Assembly House, the decision to say yes to screening Starcraft II tournaments has certainly reaped benefits. Not only are the fans of Blizzard's RTS better behaved than some traditional sport fans, but since the tournament lasts a full weekend, they remain in the pub for longer. The tournaments are also streamed online for free, meaning the pub doesn't have to pay a licence fee as with other sports.
Take a look at the video to see Barcraft London in action, and catch the reaction from the Starcraft fans who attended to view the Major League Gaming tournament.
MCM Expo is nearly upon us once again, so here's the final schedule for what's happening on the GameSpot stage, which you'll find at the centre of the hall. We've got live demos, Q&A sessions, tournaments, and more giveaways than you can shake a cosplayer's replica gunblade at.
Also, don't forget to check out all the playable games and the ongoing Trials Evolution leaderboard challenge in the nearby GameSpot booth. Join us or be destroyed.
Friday October 28
14.30 GameSpot UK podcast - MCM Special
15.30 Saints Row: The Third demo/Q&A session
16.00 Trials Evolution demo/Q&A session
16.30 Dark Souls demo/Q&A/tips session
17.00 Break (free hugs)
18.30 Friday MCM Official Gaia Session
Saturday October 29
09.30 Start/Select Live
10.00 Asura's Wrath demo/Q&A session
10.30 Trials Evolution demo/Q&A session
11.00 Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 demo/Q&A session
11.30 King of Fighters XIII demo/Q&A session
12.00 Don Don Pachi Resurrection demo/Q&A session
12.30 Ninja Gaiden 3 demo/Q&A session
13.00 Break (maybe go buy some Pocky)
13.30 Street Fighter X Tekken demo/Q&A session
14.00 Street Fighter X Tekken tournament
14.30 Saints Row 3 demo/Q&A session
15.00 SoulCalibur V demo/Q&A session
15.30 SoulCalibur V tournament
16.00 Saints Row The Third tournament
16.30 Batman: Arkham City demo session
17.00 Batman: Arkham City Challenge Room tournament
17.30 Saturday MCM Official Gaia Session
Sunday October 30
10.30 Start/Select Live
11.00 Akai Katana announcement/Q&A session
11.30 Trials Evolution Tournament
12.00 Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends demo/Q&A session
12.30 Ask GameSpot!
13.00 Saints Row The Third demo/Q&A session
13.30 Break (free hugs)
14.30 Ridge Racer Unbounded demo/Q&A session
15.00 King of Fighters XIII tournament
16.00 Break (paid-for hugs)
16.30 Sunday Gaia Feedback Social
Following the announcement that SoulCalibur V, Saints Row: The Third, and Ridge Racer Unbounded will be playable at the MCM Expo this month, GameSpot UK is thrilled to reveal that Trials: Evolution and King of Fighters XIII will also be playable at our booths!
Developer Redlynx will be showing off the sequel to its hugely successful Trials HD on the stand. It adds four-player multiplayer, new track designs, and new environments to the incredibly addictive gameplay of its predecessor. We'll be hosting a time-trial tournament through Friday and Saturday, inviting the top scorers onto our stage to compete in front of the MCM crowd for the chance to win some fantastic prizes on Sunday.
We will also be hosting the finals of the King of Fighters XIII tournament on our stage over the weekend, giving fans the chance to see some of the top KOF tournament players kick some ass! The game isn't scheduled for release until November 25 on the PS3 and Xbox 360, so MCM is a chance to see the game in action a month before then!
For more information about the MCM Expo, check out our previous announcements on the MCM hub.
With Battlefield 3 set to be one of the biggest games of the year, GameSpot UK is giving 100 people the chance to meet up and do battle in the game's multiplayer a week before release. The event will include a whole host of new modes and maps that weren't in the recent public beta.
Battlefield 3 offers huge maps, the latest weapons, and a wide array of vehicles for players to jump in and wreak havoc in the manner they've come to expect with the series. Following on from the hugely successful Bad Company 2, Battlefield 3 will be released on the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 in the UK on October 28.
The evening event will take place on Friday, October 21, from 18:30 to 21:30 at a secret central London location. There will be 24 PlayStation 3s for you to get your hands on, as well as some nibbles to enjoy.
If you're available and can make it down to London, then simply leave a comment below, comment on our Facebook post, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "Battlefield 3." We'll draw 100 names and see the lucky winners on the night!
Also, please note that you must be over 18 to attend the event. Anyone under that age will not be admitted.
It's time for another GameSpot UK community game night! Last week, we asked you via the medium of Facebook which game you'd like to play us at, and Epic's latest shooter steamrolled the competition with 190 votes. So on Monday, October 17, rev up your chainsaws and join us for some five-on-five multiplayer action.
The event will run from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. BT, and we are looking to host a couple of matches. Guy, Mark, Jane and our newest intern Brett will be representing GameSpot UK, with two matches being hosted concurrently. That means we have space for 16 of you to join us, but we may decide to host more matches if there's overwhelming demand.
Fancy joining us? Well, post your gamertag in the comments below, and we'll let you know if you've been selected to play. See you on Monday!
The MCM Expo is returning at the end of October, and GameSpot UK can confirm two more publishers joining our booth and stage show. Namco is bringing two of its biggest franchises to the GameSpot stand--SoulCalibur V and Ridge Racer Unbounded--while THQ will be showing off Saints Row: The Third on the GameSpot UK stage.
The fighter, which is due for release in the first quarter of 2012 on the PS3 and Xbox 360, will be available for you to go hands-on with at our booth. Members of the GameSpot team will also be available for some one-on-one matches, while a Namco expert will be on our stage to offer a rundown of the game, as well as answer your questions.
Ridge Racer Unbounded, Namco's latest entry in the series, will also be available to play at our booth. Unbounded introduces a focus on destruction and is developed by BugBear Entertainment, previously responsible for FlatOut.
Over on our live stage, which is running from Friday to Sunday, THQ will be bringing Saints Row: The Third. Along with the chance to get hands-on with the game, there will be a Q&A with Volition's senior producer Greg Donovan and lead writer Drew Holmes. There will also be the chance to win a bunch of cool prizes in our Saints Row tournament, so stay tuned to GameSpot for details soon.
For the latest on all these games, check out GameSpot's previews coverage, and for more information on the MCM Expo, have a gander at our previous announcement.
GameSpot UK and Activision are pleased to announce that on Friday October 7, we will be hosting a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 community event in central London. This is your chance to play the biggest game of the year before anyone else, face off against other GameSpot UK community members in the multiplayer, and even meet the GameSpot UK team!
Before you enter, you need to be over 18 and available to come into central London on the evening of October 7 between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. If you meet those criteria, then simply do the following:
To be in with a chance, head over to our Facebook page and let us know why you deserve a place at our event. This could take the form of a video of an epic killstreak you performed, a link to your Call of Duty: Elite profile showing your epic kill/death ratio, or just a convincing explanation of how much you love COD. Whatever it is, you have 24 hours to make your mark, as our competition closes at 2 p.m. on Thursday!
The MCM Expo returns at the end of October, and GameSpot UK has been busy rounding up the biggest and best games for you to play on our stand. As well as the previously announced Batman: Arkham City, we're pleased to announce that you'll be able to play Capcom's latest fighter, Street Fighter X Tekken!
The game, which is being developed for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita, hasn't yet been given a release date, but it will be playable on the PS3 at the official GameSpot UK stand. Not only that, but GameSpot UK team members will be on hand for you to beat…er, show you the ropes, throughout October 28-30.
The latest showing of the game from Tokyo Game Show unveiled a new gameplay mechanic called Pandora, which lets you sacrifice a character completely in return for greater damage and a limitless super bar. There'll also be new customization options, allowing you to tweak timings for characters in the crossover fighter.
Batman: Arkham City is one of this year's most anticipated games, and next Friday, September 30, we're giving you the chance to put your questions to the development team at BAFTA's London headquarters. GameSpot UK is hosting an exclusive event with the creative team from Rocksteady Studios, who will be on hand to show off the game themselves.
The event will begin at 8.45 p.m. with a live demo, followed by the chance to put your questions to the team. It will then end with a competition to win an Xbox 360 console, plus a signed copy of Arkham City once it's released. There will also be a chance to catch up with the GameSpot UK team before and after the event, as your ticket entitles you to a free drink at the bar!
Tickets are now available for £5 each on the BAFTA website, and we will be giving away 10 pairs of tickets on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Start following them now to be alerted when the competitions go live, and let us know if you'll be heading down!
Following a successful debut at the MCM Expo in May, GameSpot UK will be returning as the official gaming partner for the event's next show in October. The MCM Expo London Comic-Con will take place at the ExCEL exhibition centre from Friday 28 October to Sunday 30 October, and GameSpot UK is excited to announce some of the games that we'll be showcasing at the event.
Batman: Arkham City is one of the biggest games of the year, and as such, it will have a huge presence at the GameSpot UK booth. Come along to our stand and you'll be able to play the new game on one of the three consoles we'll have set up, as well as have a chance to win some exclusive Arkham City merchandise.
GameSpot UK will also be hosting MCM's only live gaming stage show all weekend, and Capcom has announced it will be appearing with its upcoming fighting game Street Fighter X Tekken. We'll be picking out the best-dressed Street Fighter and Tekken characters from the audience and inviting them to take part in a live fighting tournament, with awesome Capcom prizes available to competitors.
We'll have more partners to announce in the run up to the show, so let us know which games you'd like to see in the comments below. You can also find out more by visiting our MCM hub, where you can see all the cool stuff from the May show, including our extremely popular photo gallery.
GameSpot UK needs your help! The 2011 Games Media Awards have officially been announced, and we need you guys to help us make the shortlist.
Anyone is eligible to nominate simply by sending an e-mail to email@example.com with your entries. We've suggested some possible candidates in the categories that we're eligible for, but feel free to enter your own. Anything you think we've missed? Let us know in the comments!
For the full list of categories, head over to MCV's website. The final awards will be handed out at a ceremony in London on October 26, 2011.
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Did you miss out on the cosplay-fueled fun that was the MCM Expo? Sad you didn't get your dose of free hugs? Angry that all your MCM-going friends got their hands on Child of Eden? While we aren't going to don a giant sword and give you a cuddle, Ubisoft's got you covered if you want to give Mizuguchi's latest psychedelic shooter a go.
The publisher has opened up The Child of Eden Experience in London's Soho, giving members of the public a chance to play Child of Eden in some suitably funky surroundings. Set over two floors, visitors can play the game in special booths equipped with big TVs, insanely loud sound systems, and a multitude of colored disco lights, all while being waited on hand and foot by Ubisoft lackeys.
We invited members of the GameSpot community down to the Experience last night, where we gave away an Xbox 360, Kinect, and a copy of the game to the person who got the highest score. The lucky winner was James World, who you can see looking rather pleased with himself in the photo to the right.
If you fancy yourself a spot of Kinect-powered action, The Child of Eden Experience is open from June 4 to June 17 from 12:00 to 20:00 daily at 34-35 Dean Street, London W1. Entry is free; just tell 'em GameSpot UK sent you. You can check out more photos from the event over on our Facebook gallery.
Following a Child of Eden live stage demo at the MCM Expo, for which GameSpot UK is the exclusive video games partner, we ran a competition to win tickets to an exclusive hands-on event next week. At the event, which will take place on Thursday, June 2, in a central London "pop-up shop," winners will get their hands on the much anticipated psychedelic shooter from Tetsuya Mizuguchi.
The competition question was: For which platforms did Mizuguchi's Rez, to which Child of Eden is the spiritual successor, originally come out? The answer was the Dreamcast and PlayStation 2, and the winners are:
Our lucky winners will each receive two tickets and will be contacted individually with details of the event. Catch the rest of the action from the London MCM Expo at mcm.gamespot.com.