Camera Angles: Sports photos of the week (November 24 - 30)

Camera Angles: Sports photos of the week (November 24 - 30)

West's Tanya Meyer, right , battles for a rebound with Lawton-Bronson's Anna Dreessen, left, and Makenzi Miene during basketball action at West High Tuesday, November 26, 2013. (Jim Lee, Sioux City Journal)

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Escalation now available on XBLM

New Blockbuster Map Pack Raises the Bar with Five New Maps, an All-Star Cast, and an All-New Zombie Music Track from Avenged Sevenfold

Santa Monica, CA – May 3, 2011 – Call of Duty: Black Ops is set for a second strike on Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network with Call of Duty®: Black Ops Escalation, the newest content pack, now available for download worldwide.

With 2 billion hours played and counting, Call of Duty: Black Ops consistently draws millions of gamers around the world online every day. Escalation’s four new multiplayer maps and unprecedented Zombie experience, featuring famed director George A. Romero, Robert Englund, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Michael Rooker and Danny Trejo, and an original music track from Avenged Sevenfold titled “Not Ready to Die,” will continue this global phenomenon.

The Escalation content pack’s new multiplayer maps include:

· "Hotel," where players battle it out on the roof of a Cuban luxury hotel and casino against the vivid backdrop of old Havana

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Epic single player mission of Call of Duty: Black Ops is now available

Santa Monica, CA – March 2, 2011 – The thrilling mission from Call of Duty: Black Ops, WMD, is now available worldwide for download as a single player demo on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and on PlayStationNetwork.

Revered as one of the most gripping levels in the blockbuster title that shattered entertainment records, WMD is a heart-pounding experience that takes players deep behind enemy lines as an elite Black Ops operative engaged in covert warfare, classified operations and explosive conflict. Players defy death every step of the way as they infiltrate Soviet airspace in the SR-71, the most advanced, high-altitude, long range strategic aircraft imaginable. Deep behind enemy lines, players will engage in intense combat in the harshest of conditions, and scale a formidable, hidden enemy base perched atop a snow-filled mountain range.

Created by Treyarch and published by Activision Publishing, Inc., Call of Duty: Black Ops is rated “M” (Mature) by the ESRB for Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence and Language. Fans can also look for the Call of Duty®: Black Ops First Strike map pack available now on Xbox LIVE® and scheduled for release on PlayStation Network on March 3. For additional Call of Duty® updates, visit www.callofduty.com/blackops and also via Twitter @Treyarch.

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PopCap launches Plants vs. Zombies for Nintendo DS

SEATTLE, Washington – January 18, 2011 — PopCap Games, the worldwide leader in casual video games, today announced the widely anticipated North American release of Plants vs. Zombies™ for the Nintendo DS®.  Expertly adapted in the PopCap tradition, the game features all of the engaging gameplay included in the PC edition —Adventure, Survival and Puzzle modes—while adding multiplayer action, plus four all-new, exclusive mini-games and 14 achievements.  Available immediately in North America, the game carries an SRP of US$19.95. Plants vs. Zombies for the Nintendo DS will also be available in international markets in the coming weeks.

In the next several weeks, PopCap will also launch a DSiWare version of Plants vs. Zombies.  The title will contain Adventure mode gameplay, all four of the new mini-games from the DS adaptation and one DSiWare exclusive mini-game, Zombie Trap.

“Plants vs. Zombies is already a fan favorite on PC, iPhone, iPad, and Xbox, and with this latest incarnation, we’re bringing something special to DS enthusiasts that’ll keep players equally enthralled,” said Ed Allard, head of worldwide studios at PopCap.  “Four modes of dual-screen play, multiplayer action, four all-new mini-games, and 14 achievements offer a great combination of original gameplay and unique features that makes the backyard battle for brains fresh and fun.”

Plants vs. Zombies for the Nintendo DS has been tuned specifically for dual-screen gameplay and features multiplayer action via an ad-hoc wireless network in the game’s Versus mode, where players can go head-to-head against one another as sunflowers, or zombies. Along with this, and all three modes of original content, the game introduces unique non-stop action:

Four All-New and Exclusive Mini-Games

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PopCap Games launches Bejeweled 3

World's Most Popular Puzzle Game Series Celebrates 10th Anniversary With First Sequel in Six Years

SEATTLE, Washington, and DUBLIN, Ireland – December 7, 2010 — PopCap Games, the worldwide leader in casual games, today announced the immediate availability of Bejeweled® 3, the first true sequel to its beloved flagship franchise in more than six years. With twice the game modes of its predecessor as well as eight mini-games and a complete revision of sound and graphics, Bejeweled 3 is a quantum leap forward in the match-3 category pioneered by the original Bejeweled. The game is available today on PopCap.com and major portal partners such as MSN Games, Pogo.com, Steam, GameHouse and WildTangent, as well as at retail outlets throughout North America including Walmart, Target, Best Buy, GameStop, and Amazon.com, at a suggested retail price of US$19.95.

Beyond crystal-sharp, high-definition graphics (1920 x 1200 in "ultra" mode) and a catchy new soundtrack, Bejeweled 3 boasts eight different modes containing a cornucopia of new game experiences. Among those, four our all-new "secret" modes (Butterflies, Diamond Mine, Ice Storm and Poker) provide exciting new interpretations of the Bejeweled theme. Proclaim your prowess across all the new modes and mini-games by maxing out 65 achievement badges and topping the high score lists, or check your progress with the fun statistics at the end of each game.

“I've played Bejeweled nearly every day for 9 years, and have been astounded at how much more there is to explore and enjoy in Bejeweled 3 than in previous editions,” said Cindy Morrison, aka Julia Gemstone, author of the unofficial strategy guides for Bejeweled 2, Bejeweled Blitz, and now Bejeweled 3. “Not only do I get to play my favorite Bejeweled game with new gems and Hypercube matches, but the new Quest mode and secret mini-games are beyond incredible fun! I expected fantastic, and it's so much more than that. My hat's off to PopCap!”

In Bejeweled 3, Classic mode delivers all the untimed match-3 fun millions of players know and love, but with several new twists, like the powerful Star gem. Fans of Bejeweled Blitz will enjoy the electrifying new Lightning mode, which offers all-out, beat-the-clock action. Zen offers a relaxing endless mode loaded with options for meditation and stress relief, including breath modulation, ambient sounds, binaural beats and mantras for focusing your thoughts. (All Zen mode options can be combined and adjusted in virtually infinite ways to create each player's own custom "mental vacation.") And for puzzle fans, Quest mode offers dozens of unique variants, like Balance and Alchemy, which will test players' skills as they try to restore five lost relics.

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EA SPORTS FIFA Soccer 11 now available in stores

EA SPORTS FIFA Soccer 11 now available in stores
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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – September 28, 2010 – Electronic Arts Inc.  announced today that EA SPORTS™ FIFA Soccer 11 is available in stores throughout North America today and will launch across Europe and Asia beginning Sept. 30. Localized into 18 languages and available in 51 countries, FIFA Soccer 11 is the most popular^ sports videogame in the world. It will be available for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system, Wii™, PC, Nintendo DS™, PlayStation®2, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable), iPhone® and iPod® touch. FIFA Soccer 11 for Wii will be available throughout North America beginning Oct. 4 and on Nintendo DS throughout Europe and Asia on Oct. 8.

FIFA Soccer 11 reinvents player authenticity–on and off the ball–-with all-new Personality+. Individual abilities are now reflected in-game, allowing clear differentiation for every player on the pitch. Plus, players will experience true freedom in man-to-man interactions with 360° Fight for Possession that transforms physical play from lateral jostling to full 360° collisions and new Pro Passing, where pass accuracy is determined by a gamer’s ability on the control pad, and player skill, situation and urgency on the pitch.

My Live Season premium service for FIFA Soccer 11 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, which enables subscribers to feel the weekly pulse of soccer with dynamic updates of real-world information, will be available beginning Sept. 29. The My Live Season premium service will feature weekly updates of player form, transfers, injuries, suspensions, fixtures, results and league standings for Barclay’s Premier League, La Liga BBVA, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and Serie A. My Live Season is valued at $4.99 for the ongoing season on PlayStation Network and 400 points on Xbox Live Marketplace for each individual league. A package of all leagues is available for $9.99 for the ongoing season on PlayStation Network and 800 points on Xbox Live Marketplace.

FIFA Soccer 11 will feature Online Pass*, a one-time use registration code with each Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 copy sold new at retail which allows access to online services and features.

Visit http://www.facebook.com/easportsfifa to join the EA SPORTS FIFA Facebook group or visit http://www.ea.com/soccer/ for more information about the game.

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StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty one-month sales break 3 million mark

Blizzard Entertainment’s sci-fi real-time strategy game continues record sales pace

IRVINE, Calif. -- September 1, 2010 -- Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced that StarCraft® II: Wings of Liberty™ has sold over 3 million copies worldwide in the first month of its release, building on the game’s momentum as the bestselling PC game of 2010 and the fastest-selling real-time strategy game of all time.*

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty was released simultaneously in North America, Europe, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau on July 27. With day-one sales topping 1 million copies, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty became the bestselling PC game of 2010 within its first 24 hours of availability. The game went on to sell more than 1.5 million copies in its first 48 hours, setting the record for fastest-selling strategy game of all time, and has won numerous critical accolades, including multiple editor’s choice awards from major gaming publications.

"We appreciate all the enthusiasm that players around the world have shown for StarCraft II," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "It was important to us to deliver an overall gameplay experience that was accessible, balanced, and fun, and it’s been gratifying to see how strongly the global community has already embraced the game."

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is the sequel to Blizzard Entertainment’s 1998 hit StarCraft, which has been hailed by players and critics worldwide as one of the top real-time strategy games of all time. Sporting a vibrant 3D-graphics engine, StarCraft II once again centers on the clash between the protoss, terrans, and zerg, with each side deploying legions of veteran, upgraded, and new unit types. Unparalleled online play for StarCraft II is available through a new version of Battle.net®, Blizzard Entertainment's world-renowned gaming service. Battle.net has been redesigned from the ground up to be the premier online gaming destination for Blizzard gamers, with several enhancements and new features, such as voice communication, cloud file storage, leagues and ladders, achievements, stat-tracking, and more.

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The Guitar Hero music library gets hotter this summer

SANTA MONICA, CA – July 6, 2010 – Summer is in full swing and the only thing more blistering then the July sun is the guitar solos, drum fills and vocal ranges in the 12 new additions to the Guitar Hero® music library. Compatible with both Activision Publishing, Inc.’s  Guitar Hero® 5 and Band Hero®, as well as forward compatible with Guitar Hero®: Warriors of Rock when it’s released this fall, these latest additions to the music library will feature tracks from GRAMMY® Hall of Fame Award winners Queen, heavy metal rockers Avenged Sevenfold and Disturbed, and the Guitar Hero debut of hard rock band, Shinedown.

To kick things off, world-renowned British rock band, Queen, returns to Guitar Hero with an all-new three song track pack that will satisfy both Queen and Guitar Hero fans alike. Available for download beginning today, the Queen 2 Track Pack will feature three of their biggest hits, including “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “Killer Queen” and “Somebody To Love.”

Before American rock band Avenged Sevenfold rips it up in the on-disc set list for Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock when it hits stores this September, they’ll first bring three killer tracks to the Guitar Hero music library on July 13. The Avenged Sevenfold Track Pack will allow fans to shred along with three hit singles, “Afterlife,” “Almost Easy” and “Scream,” from their self-titled, fourth studio album.

Gamers looking to experience the hard rock, musical stylings of Disturbed should grab their axes, drumsticks and microphones and get ready for the Disturbed Track Pack on July 20, which features “Down With The Sickness,” the second single off their debut album, The Sickness, “Stricken,” the lead single off the band’s third studio album, Ten Thousand Fists, and “Indestructible” the fourth single off their fourth studio album similarly titled, Indestructible.

Continuing to provide compelling ways for gamers to experience and interact with premier music like never before, the Guitar Hero music library is proud to announce Shinedown’s debut Guitar Hero appearance. Starting July 27, fans can enjoy the Shinedown Track Pack, which features “Devour,” “Second Chance” and “Sound of Madness,” three of the biggest hits off their certified Platinum album, The Sound of Madness.

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Michael Jordan the greatest of all time to grace the cover of NBA 2K11

Michael Jordan the greatest of all time to grace the cover of NBA 2K11
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New York, NY - June 3, 2010 - 2K Sports announced today that 14-time NBA All-Star, five-time NBA Most Valuable Player, six-time NBA World Champion and recent Hall of Fame inductee, Michael Jordan, will appear on the cover of NBA® 2K11. Jordan, who is considered by many as the greatest basketball player in history, will fittingly team up with the NBA 2K series, the top rated and top selling basketball simulation video game*.

"It's an honor to be featured on the cover of NBA 2K11," said Jordan, current majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats. "I have no doubt that NBA 2K11 will be a big hit with gamers and basketball fans alike. I'm looking forward to getting back out onto the court, virtually. Let's hope they get my dunk from the foul line right."

2K Sports is paying homage to the NBA legend by placing him on the cover of its award-winning franchise. NBA 2K11 will continue to build upon the outstanding success of the NBA 2K series with continued improvements to the graphics, gameplay, signature styles and game modes seen in previous iterations.

"Without a doubt, Michael Jordan is the greatest of all time and we're excited to partner with a living legend," said Greg Thomas, president of product development for 2K Sports. "Working with Jordan adds tremendously to our game and lets us do things with NBA 2K11 that we've never been able to do before."

NBA 2K11 is not yet rated by the ESRB and will be available October 5, 2010. For more information, please visit www.2ksports.com/nba2k11.

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Be an ace entrepreneur or fearless hero in The Sims 3 Ambitions

Be an ace entrepreneur or fearless hero in The Sims 3 Ambitions
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REDWOOD CITY, Calif., June 1, 2010—The Sims are working hard for the simoleons. The EA Play Label of Electronic Arts Inc. today announced that The Sims™ 3 Ambitions Expansion Pack*, the second expansion pack to the best-selling PC game of calendar 2009**, The Sims 3, is available at retail nationwide and for digital download today for the PC and Mac. The game will be in stores worldwide in 60 countries and in 20 languages this week.

“The Sims community has long wanted to control their Sims actions at work and now with the seamless open neighborhood those actions have a direct impact on the town and other Sims,” said Scott Evans, General Manager of The Sims at EA. “Offering a variety of new and exciting careers, players can choose to complete their work tasks in a heroic manner or take the deviant route.”

The Sims 3 Ambitions allows players to pursue a variety of exciting careers in their Sims’ lives that in turn affect their overall gameplay experience and neighborhood. Players can choose to hunt down vengeful spirits as the ghost hunter, invent brilliant and potentially destructive gadgets as an inventor, craft glorious masterpieces as a sculptor, dole out experimental medicine as a doctor, save lives as a firefighter, and solve riveting cases by any means necessary as an investigator with dozens of cases to solve and numerous clues to find. For the first time, players will be in charge of how their Sims’ career progresses and decide if they will work for good or evil, pursue creative endeavors or technical affairs, change the town for the better or wreak havoc on everyone’s homes. Choices made while playing the new careers and activities such as stylist, architecture designer and tattoo artist directly impact the look and feel of the town and other Sims. For example, as a player you get to determine what a Sims’ new appearance will look like, whether that be a hip makeover or a new tattoo fit for a rockstar. Additionally, players will be able to explore Twinbrook, an entirely new playable town in The Sims 3 Ambitions, where they will be able to meet new locals, explore their surroundings and find new employment opportunities.

There will also be a hot, new soundtrack to go along with the gameplay. Over a dozen new artists have laid down their tracks in Simlish including GRAMMY Award-winners Lady Antebellum and Toni Braxton, and new-comers Rise Against, Charice, Neon Trees, The Acorn and more! Players will want to turn up the volume and sing along with the new Simlish songs.

The Sims 3 Ambitions will also be available for feature phones, iPhone and iPod touch in late 2010 from EA Mobile™. These versions will have customized mobile gameplay features, which will be revealed in the coming months and will not require a base game to play. For information on carrier availability and pricing for all EA Mobile games, please visit www.eamobile.com.

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