Virtual Romantic | Guy Proposes to Girlfriend via Video Game!

We’re suckers for all things romantic (really sappy movies and commercials – yes some of those get us too – can sometimes test our waterproof mascara) and while we’re generally annoyed (re: jealous) by public proposals, we have to admit that this is a pretty cool way of getting proposed to, especially if you’re an avid gamer.

Robert Fink, an artist from Portland, Oregon aka Knightman proposes to Angel, his Wicked Princess via a game he designed on the Gaming console OUYA. OUYA allows any developer, big or small, experienced or new, paparazzi-famous or up-and-coming, to easily build games for the big screen – and every game is free to try. Ladies, be prepared for the onslaught of tears as Lana del Ray’s aptly chosen “Video Games” plays while Angel tries to win enough points to rescue the princess and to her surprise proposal (…as for you guys – sorry if your girlfriend is giving you the side eye or you’re beginning to feel the pressure.

The project took him five months to complete and tells the story of a white knight who tries to save a princess via a series of challenges. Fink even designed a website (you can see the screen shot above) that resembles the vintage-looking game which gives the full story of their non-virtual love story. Check out Angel playing the game and her reaction below (are your tissues ready?):

We must note we found one part kinda hilarious – at the end when her points filled up the heart to 86%, it said “You can do better”. Hope that doesn’t mean anything. Anyway, Fink gets major points on creativity (and that this isn’t another flashy dance blitz proposal) and integrating digital into the romantic world. Now excuse us while we drown the sorrows of our bare ring finger into a pint of ice cream. Congrats to the happy couple.

Majesco Entertainment Launches NBA Baller Beats on Kinect for Xbox 360

I’m taking a slight break from covering Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week to let you know about a new interactive video game launching today – NBA Baller Beats. I had the pleasure of attending the preview for this unique video game in July and was wowed by how it allowed the player to develop real Basketball skills and get a real workout (check out my video of a player trying out the game later in this post).
NBA Baller Beats Box

NBA Baller Beats is the first ever motion-based sports video game that requires you to actively play using a real Spalding Basketball in an interactive beats-driven experience. Players earn points while dribbling the basketball to a hot soundtrack that includes Kanye West, Common, Skrillex, LMFAO and more. The video game comes bundled with an official, full-size Spalding® NBA game ball replica for $59.99 and features Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets point guard and two-time NBA All-Star, on the cover. Not a great Basketball player? The game has Move School where you can practice difficult moves like the cross-over

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Another great feature is venue select – want to play at surrounded by Knicks or Timberwolves themed basketball courts? NBA Baller Beats gives you the option

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Want to see what this exciting game is all about, check out video of Curtis R. Smith (who helped develop the game with Majesco Ent) as he plays the hardest song (Missy Elliott’s Get Ur Freak On) on the hardest level (Baller).

Check out all of NBA Baller Beat’s awesome features below:

  • A fun, high energy and first-of-its kind basketball video game where Kinect for Xbox 360 tracks every move and every bounce of the ball.
  • The first time a video game requires a real basketball in your hands for real physical gameplay.
  • An officially-licensed NBA game ball replica from Spalding® comes packaged with the game.
  • Time your dribble to the beat and perform a variety of skill moves displayed on-screen, to score points, earn achievements and unlock assets and additional gameplay.
  • Train alongside your favorite NBA franchise as all 30 teams are represented through unlockable virtual assets and team-themed court environments.
  • The music is your guide as you aspire to perform like a pro and master ball-handling skills.
  • Features a slammin’ soundtrack including 30 licensed tracks spanning decades and genres including hip-hop, rock, and old school favorites.
  • Score bonus points by performing 20 special baller moves displayed on the skill move flash cards including crossovers, between the legs, behind the back and more.
  • Unlock songs and difficulty levels as well as over 100 NBA posters and Panini’s 2012 NBA HOOPS basketball trading cards showcasing NBA pros’ greatest moves from unforgettable games.
  • To maximize your performance, visit the extensive in-game tutorial where two-time NBA champion and Emmy Award-winning TNT NBA analyst Kenny Smith dishes tips for success.
  • Multiple game modes extend the action in your living room court:
    • Move School: Practice different skill moves to become a better all-around baller.
    • Single Player: Play in one of four unique environments and unlock songs, difficulty levels, player posters and trading cards as you master the skills of NBA pros.
    • Battle Mode (Up to 8 Local Multiplayer): Go head-to-head against multiple players – the highest score wins bragging rights.
  • Show-off your baller skills as the Kinect sensor takes pictures that you can upload and share on Facebook.

The NBA Baller Beats soundtrack features an exciting mix of 30 licensed tracks ranging across decades and
genres from hip-hop to rock to old school favorites.

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The full set-list includes:

“Access Hollywood” – Consequence
“Autobiotics” – Calling All Cars
“Canon” – Justice
“Championship Fever” – Najee
“Disparate Youth” – Santigold
“Don’t Sweat the Technique” – Eric B. and Rakim
“Get Ur Freak On” – Missy Elliott
“It’s Ok” – Cee-Lo Green
“Music Makes Me Feel So Good” – Static Revenger
“Night By Night” – Chromeo
“O.N.E.” – Yeasayer
“Roll Up” – Wiz Khalifa
“Satellite” – Rise Against
“So Good” – B.o.B.
“Surf Hell” – Little Barrie
“Amazing” – Kanye West ft. Young Jeezy
“Another One Bites the Dust” – Queen
“Bangarang” – Skrillex ft. Sirah
“Blue Sky” – Common
“Bust A Move” – Young MC
“Chillin” – Wale ft. Lady Gaga
“C’Mon Catch ‘Em By Surprise” – Tiesto vs. Diplo ft. Busta Rhymes
“It’s Tricky” – Run DMC
“Let It (Edit Remix)” – Machine Drum ft. Melo X
“New Fang” – Them Crooked Vultures
“Obstacle 1” – Interpol
“Party Rock Anthem” – LMFAO ft. Lauren Bennett and GoonRock
“Slam” – Onyx
“Stylo” – Gorillaz ft. Mos Def and Bobby Womack
“Tightrope” – Janelle Monae

NBA Baller Beats hits shelves today. Get it while you can.

NEW Duo by Discovery Bay iPad “Appcessories” Games

Thanks to Duo by Discovery Bay, “a new line of interactive products for the iPad®, designed for a wide range of ages, that create shared, togethertime gaming experiences with friends and family”, those of us who grew up playing Atari games such as Asteroids®, Centipede® and Missile Command® will once again enjoy these games from those carefree days but on a more modern platform – your iPad.

Atari Arcade

Above is the Atari Arcade, which brings a mobile experience of arcade classics right to your iPad for true arcade game enjoyment. With its authentic, retro design complete with an analog joystick and four control buttons, the Atari Arcade-Duo Powered is exactly the way arcade games were meant to be played! Unlike wireless connections, the hard-wired dock provides accurate and speedy response to actions taken with the joystick and control buttons while also powering the Atari Arcade without the need for batteries. The Atari’s Greatest Hits app for Atari Arcade is designed for 1-2 players. You can download 100 games for only $9.99. The Atari Arcade is available now for $59.99 at Target, Apple Stores,, and Toys R Us.

Duo Plink™

Duo Plink™ is a new and easy way to connect and learn more about family and friends. It turns your iPad into a digital game board. A great game to start out with which will give you the chance to really get to know family and friends is Yoomi, a free game that consists of players in the role of Guessers and Choosers. The guessers answer questions by placing tokens on the Duo Plink color that matches the chooser’s answers. There’s no worrying about score-keeping or counting as Plink drops the winning tokens into its bank or counting necessary and the person who gets rid of all their tokens wins. Duo Plink is available now at Target and retails for $29.99.

Duo Pop

Do you love game show where the first one to buzz in with the answer wins, then you’re going to love Duo Pop. With Duo Pop, multiple players or teams compete to be the first to pop their Duo Pop buttons and answer the questions correctly using one of four color coded handheld poppers. Duo Pop interacts wirelessly with your iPad for a night of interactive fun. A great game to try is the Saturday Night Live The Game, fans of the show will fully enjoy this trivia experience. The Duo Pop is also available now at Target, retailing for $39.99.

Dance Your Way to a Sexy Body with Zumba Fitness 2 for Wii

There is nothing more gratifying than slipping on a pair of too-small jeans and finding that they actually fit again. It’s the best mood booster you can ask for. This is the gift that Zumba Fitness 2 for Wii gives you. What’s even better is you don’t realize you’re actually working out, you’re just having fun, which is why Zumba is called the “fitness party”. Dancing is why dancers always have amazing bodies; just look at all the celebs who’ve been on Dancing with the Stars, they all end up looking very svelte. I remember taking Zumba classes last year but my erratic schedule didn’t allow me to attend as much as I wanted but with the Zumba Fitness 2, I can dance my way to a slimmer body by toning, sculpting and burning fat anytime I want.

Following the worldwide best-selling original, Zumba® Fitness 2 from Majesco Entertainment, builds on that phenomenal success while elevating the exer-game category to a new high of fun, effective fitness. This cutting-edge experience layers in loads of new features and improvements, amps up the dance-fitness party and gives you even more ways to sculpt your body and party yourself into shape. Just wrap the exclusive Zumba® Fitness belt (included free in the game box) to your waist and slide the Wii Remote into the holster to dance hands-free.

Get a total body workout with 32 electrifying new routines and music tracks, including hits from today’s hottest artists including Pitbull, Nicole Scherzinger and Yolanda Be Cool & DCup. A friend shared video of someone learning how to use Zumba Fitness 2 for Wii at a video game event. He was a novice and not a dancer but he was doing a pretty good job of keeping up with the game, see below for how easy and fun Zumba Fitness 2 is:

Zumba Fitness 2 has 24 different dance styles and routines, from fan favorites like Merengue, Samba and Cumbia to new additions like Axe, Bollywood, Latin Pop, Ragga and Pasodoble.

Zumba 2 also allows you to follow along with celebrity Zumba instructors Tanya Beardsley (featured in the screen shot below), Gina Grant and Beto to guide you through each routine with new 3D models of each instructor making the game feel like you’re taking a real class with Zumba’s elite celebrity trio!

If you’re a dancing novice, you don’t have to worry about being overwhelmed because Zumba 2 gives you four different game modes to help you get in shape plus it features a new video cueing system that makes the choreography easier to follow for new players:

Single Song: Dance a single routine of your choice. The new song preview feature gives you a feel for a track before you dive in and lose yourself in the music.

Full Class: A work-out block of routines in 20, 45 or 60 minute formats. You can now create your own custom routines by saving a playlist of your favorite songs.

Multiplayer: Up to 4 players can join the party in your living room with cooperative gameplay.

Learn the Steps: Revamped tutorial mode lets you learn at your own pace by breaking down the core dance styles into the basics.

Other new features include five stunning, dynamic environments, from a Miami Yacht to a LA nightclub and you can watch your Zumba party grow as you match moves throughout each area!

And a new Progress Tracker that lets you follow every stat relating to your gameplay, including: calories burned, trophies earned, overall rank, technique score based on how many moves matched overall, and more (so you can beat your own best).

BlackBerry’s BBM Ugly Sweater Fan Night Party with Michael Strahan

Wearing some of the ugliest holiday sweaters they could find, BlackBerry fans came together for the ultimate holiday celebration of all things BlackBerry. Hosted by Michael Strahan, adoring fans and video game enthusiasts attended the BBM Ugly Sweater Fan Night Party at Aspen Social Club in NYC.
Guests test-drove Angry Birds 3 on the PlayBook and new BlackBerry 7 devices, created ugly holiday sweater avatars and snapped holiday pictures with friends in the photo booth.
The main event began when Michael Strahan challenged a few lucky fans to a friendly game of Madden ’12 on the BlackBerry PlayBook. The competition was tough, but Michael, sporting his white sweater with snowmen and stockings, offered fans tips on how to defeat the master in his own game.

It was non-stop hilarious commentary, tips and tricks from Michael Strahan as each fan tried their best to win.

Fans who attended the event scored their tickets to the party, BBM’ing gloves and a new BlackBerry Bold 9900 through an online contest hosted by BlackBerry. To win, they had to submit a BBM Ugly holiday sweater avatar and tell BlackBerry via Twitter what BlackBerry product is on their holiday wish list. 12 winners won an opportunity to join a BBM group conversation to chat personally with Michael Strahan via a Twitter contest where fans shared a time Michael Strahan made a “Bold” move on the field.

Throughout the evening, party guests nibbled on tray passed hors d’oeuvres and sipped spiked cider while posting photos and documented all of the festivities via live Twitter feed, which was on display for BlackBerry fans at the event, and provided updates to those at home who weren’t able to join in on the action.

For those of you whose lives depend on their BlackBerry devices, scan and click on the QR Code in the photo below to learn about all the new apps available to you like BBM Music.