Monday, March 31, 2014
From the Press Release
TECMO KOEI America is extremely pleased to announce that YAIBA: NINJA GAIDEN Z is now available in North America for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. In celebration of this momentous occasion, TECMO KOEI America has released the official launch trailer and created a brand new piece of artwork featuring the cyborg ninja, Yaiba Kamikaze.
In YAIBA: NINJA GAIDEN Z, players take on the role of YAIBA, an elite ninja warrior and master in combat. Cleaved in two and left for dead at the hands of the legendary Ryu Hayabusa, YAIBA is brought back to life by a mysterious organization through the use of cyber technology. Now, armed with a powerful array of mecha weapons and an unquenchable thirst for blood, YAIBA’s relentless quest for revenge finds him slicing his way through hordes of undead in a world ravaged by a zombie outbreak.
“Developed by the talented teams led by Team NINJA’s Yosuke Hayashi and comcept’s Keiji Inafune, YAIBA: NINJA GAIDEN Z is an ambitious project, and we are excited to introduce this new type of ninja to NINJA GAIDEN fans and newcomers alike,” said Amos Ip, SVP and General Manager of TECMO KOEI America. “When it comes to creating an exciting new property utilizing ninja and zombies as source material, there are no better experts than Team NINJA and Inafune-san.”
Step into the stylized living comic book world of YAIBA: NINJA GAIDEN Z where stunning visuals and fluid combat depict a world gone mad. YAIBA’s bloodlust is matched only by the deadly assortment of weapons in his arsenal. Shred through hordes of zombies by transforming YAIBA’s cybernetic arm into a razor chainsaw or tear off an opponent’s arms for a pair of make-shift zombie nun chucks. Each fallen foe brings YAIBA closer to the ultimate showdown with his rival as he leaves a trail of death and destruction in his tracks.
YAIBA: NINJA GAIDEN Z comes from the teams behind the famed ninja and zombie videogame experiences, Team NINJA, creators of the revolutionary NINJA GAIDEN series, and legendary producer Keiji Inafune, and developer, Spark Unlimited. Enter a world where ninja, zombies, cybernetic weapons, and cell-shaded comic book visuals clash and come alive in an action packed adventure that draws from the NINJA GAIDEN franchise with an original storyline and new style of play.
YAIBA: NINJA GAIDEN Z for the PlayStation®3 and Xbox 360® is available for a suggested retail price of $59.99 in North America. This title been rated M (Mature) by the ESRB.
More information about YAIBA: NINJA GAIDEN Z can be found at www.YaibaNGZ.com
The slavering hordes of undead rule the streets of Baltimore, their decaying forms shambling across the ruined city, implacable and unstoppable. The remaining survivors hide desperately, for all hope seems lost... until an armored fortress on wheels plows through the ghouls, crushing bones and decayed viscera. The vehicle stops and two men emerge from its doors, armed to the teeth and ready to cancel the apocalypse. This is K. Michael Gibson’s “Dead Pulse RISING.”
The story follows the onset of a mysterious disease that infects the populace of Baltimore, turning many into flesh-eating zombies. Whether it is a manifestation of Mother Nature’s wrath or a new form of biological warfare remain unknown. What law enforcement officer and ex-USAF special operator Kyle Walker and his partner Marvin Winters know is that they have to use their fighting skills, their massive armored vehicle, and copious amounts of firepower in order to survive and protect those dear to them. Their struggle is further complicated when spooks from the United States Department of Homeland Security arrive and display an unwanted interest in something Kyle has aboard his vehicle. The Homeland Security agents are also hell bent on keeping the Baltimore situation a secret, and are prepared to use any means to keep the greater public in the dark of what has happened to the city.
The author combines social anxieties about doomsday scenarios, threats of bio-terrorism, and unwarranted government intrusion to craft an original take on the zombie apocalypse genre. Cannibalistic monstrosities, special forces operatives, tactical combat action, and the end of the world await readers in the pages of “Dead Pulse RISING.”
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"The Walking Dead" reached Terminus with quite a climax: its best finale ratings ever.
AMC's zombie smash gathered 15.7 million total viewers on Sunday, according to Nielsen. That was easily the show's most-watched season closer ever and up 27% compared with the Season 3 finale last year.
It was also well above "Walking Dead's" season average of 13.3 million.
However, the finale did not quite match the 16.1 million for the Season 4 premiere back in October. It's the first time in "Walking Dead" history that a season finale has not topped the ratings for the season premiere. That leads to questions about whether "Walking Dead" can keep growing in Season 5 - or whether the show has peaked.
The season ended with a shootout at the Terminus, the rail station that a group of survivors saw as a sort of safe house from "walkers" (zombies).
"The Talking Dead" aftershow delivered a record 7.3 million viewers - a figure higher than that for many series on broadcast TV.
The World Health Organization has confirmed that an outbreak of the ebola virus that has killed 70 people in Guinea has spread to Liberia. Two cases of the disease have been reported in the country, and Reuters says that another 11 deaths in Liberia and Sierra Leone — both of which share borders with Guinea — are suspected to be linked to ebola.
The WHO took seven samples from the Foya district of Liberia, a region less than 12 miles (20 kilometers) from the border with Guinea. The organization said two of those samples tested positive for the ebola virus. The outbreak in Guinea was first reported on March 23rd, when the WHO and Guinea's Ministry of Health acknowledged fatal cases of the ebola virus in south-eastern areas of the country. The disease then spread to Guinea's capital, Conakry, with four suspected cases of the virus confirmed by laboratory analysis. Guinea's Ministry of Health claimed a fatality rate of 63 percent, with 70 deaths from 111 cases of haemorrhagic fever. Ebola appears to have made its way into Liberia more than a week ago: the WHO said that a 35-year-old woman who died on March 21st tested positive for the virus.
Guinea's neighbors have reacted to quell the spread of the disease. Reuters reports Senegal closed its land border with Guinea on Saturday, and halted the operation of weekly markets in the area. Senegal has also implemented sanitary checks on flights between its capital Dakar and Conakry, while West African airline Gambia Bird has delayed the launch of a new route to Guinea's capital.
Ebola is spread primarily through contact with infected bodily fluids. It's a highly contagious and regularly lethal disease — 68 percent of all recorded cases in the past have been fatal — that has killed more than 1,500 people since its first recorded transferal to humans in 1976. The confirmed cases in Guinea and Liberia are particularly notable because they are the first to be recorded in the west of the continent — prior to this outbreak, every known case of fatal Ebola infection (excluding laboratory accidents) took place in in south and central Africa. Should the outbreak continue to gather pace, it could stretch West African health providers to the limit.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
If you love AMC’s hit zombie show The Walking Dead but hate all off the things that make The Walking Dead a zombie show–mainly the graphic depictions of exploding zombie heads–then you’re in luck.
AMC and MyNetworkTV (a Fox-owned network) have reached an exclusive deal to air “family friendly” edits of the popular series, two at a time, one night a week.
“This agreement extends the reach of the number one show on television among adults 18-49 by giving viewers Primetime access to ‘The Walking Dead’ with back-to-back episodes on broadcast television one night a week,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. ‘The Walking Dead’ has grown in each of its first four seasons on AMC, and we look forward to exposing this compelling story and these unforgettable characters to new fans on MyNetworkTV.”
…But without all the fun stuff. Come to think about it, I’m not even sure how MyNet is going to air the most recent episode when they get around to it. I’m 28 and it f-cked me up. Sheesh.
According to Entertainment Weekly, The edited Walking Dead will hit MyNet with a TV-14 rating. You may remember that early episodes of TWD ran on AMC with that rating, but the network changed it to TV-MA after a bunch of parents organizations flipped out.
If you’re unfamiliar with MyNetworkTV, they’re responsible for reruns of House, Monk, and various Law & Orders.
It’ll be interesting to see what these edited episodes of TWD look like in their final form. While it probably won’t be as painful as trying to watch The Sopranos in syndication on A&E, one can’t imagine a scenario where this is a good thing.
It wasn’t so long ago that zombie-fever was more a mild zombie-cough. Sure, zombie movies came out every now and then, but that was about it. Nowadays, however, the undead are more popular than vampires, pirates and ninjas combined. Case in point, here is a zombie-themed beer actually made from brains.
Introducing Dock Street Brewing Company’s Walker beer. Don’t worry. The brewers didn’t raid the local morgue and throw a few human specimen in a Vitamix blender. It’s actually made from goat brains, which is still pretty gross and, depending on the lore, would still make a great beverage to an actual zombie. The brains are smoked, if that makes any difference to your gag reflex.
As of next week, it will be available in Philadelphia at Dock Street Brewing Company, either by the pint in the bar or by the growler if you want to imbibe in the comfort of your own panic room.
Has a plague already arrived? 205 Americans die each day after acquiring superbug hospital infections
If a jumbo jet crashed into the ocean every single day, it would roughly equal the number of Americans who die each day following superbug infections acquired at U.S. hospitals. Far from being some hyped-up scare story, that's actually the conclusion of none other than the CDC, which has now publicly warned that 1 in 25 hospital patients gets infected and tens of thousands die each year.
"On any given day, 1 in 25 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection," reports the CDC newsroom.(1)
"The CDC's 2011 survey of 183 hospitals showed that an estimated 648,000 patients nationwide suffered 721,000 infections, and 75,000 of them died," reports the Washington Post.(2)
If you do the math, that comes out to 205 deaths per day, on average, in U.S. hospitals.
Keep in mind that if terrorists were killing 205 Americans per day, every news network in the country would cover the story 24/7. If airplane crashes were killing 205 Americans per day, it would be headline news everywhere, and if vitamins were killing even just 1 person a day, the entire government would be calling to "ban all vitamins!"
But when hospital superbug infections result in the deaths of 205 Americans per day, it is simply another statistic and not treated as a national emergency. Somehow, the annual death of 75,000 Americans is considered "business as usual" in a sick-care system that virtually everyone considers a disastrous failure.
A hospital is one of the most dangerous places you can go in AmericaWhat these numbers prove is that a hospital is a very dangerous place. Simply entering the hospital for a seemingly routine surgical procedure can result in your death. I personally know of many people who entered the hospital to undergo elective, non-emergency surgery and then never came out alive.
And who is the most likely person to infect you in a hospital? Your doctor, of course. The very people who claim to be state-licensed authorities on all things related to health are actually carriers of deadly disease who routinely (and inadvertently) infect new patients with extremely dangerous microbes. They don't do this on purpose, of course, but neither do they take the precautions necessary to prevent it.
Hand washing practices, for example are routinely ignored by most medical staff. In fact, a study commissioned by the licensing body for U.S. hospitals found that poor sanitation practices by hospital staff kills 247 patients each day across America. The study found "that doctors and nurses washed their hands only 30 to 70 percent of the time that they entered or exited a patient's room."
By definition, "superbugs" like c. diff are completely resistant to modern antibiotic drugs. All of Big Pharma's chemicals are useless against them. And because conventional medicine completely disregards the antibacterial power of colloidal silver, copper, garlic or antibacterial herbs, patients are never given those treatment options. As a result, a superbug infection almost always means death when you're in the hospital. This is a case where the ignorance of conventional medicine can literally get you killed.
As it turns out, doctors and hospitals have no clue how to stop superbug infections, so they leave patients to die. And they die by the hundreds each day: over 200 daily in the United States alone. The CDC isn't even trying to hide this statistic. They're claiming, in fact, that they are "making progress" on this front when in truththey have already lost the war.
The great failure of modern medicine is that it invented and unleashed the vehicle of our own medical self destruction: antibiotics. These patented chemicals were once heralded as "miraculous cures" but have now thrust humanity to the brink of medical self-destruction. Soon, a simple infection entering your body from a minor scrape or cut may prove deadly, with doctors having run out of prescription chemical weapons to use against it.
And then, every routine surgery will be a life-and-death matter. This includes cosmetic surgery, gallbladder removal surgery and of course emergency room trauma surgery.
As I wrote in September of 2013:
The coming plague will not be stopped by drugs: CDC now admits era of antibiotics at an end as bacteria out-wit drug companies. The whole approach of fighting bugs with isolated chemicals was doomed to fail from the start, of course, since Mother Nature adapts to chemical threats far more quickly than drug companies can roll out new chemicals.
Sadly, the very approach of using an isolated chemical to combat disease is rooted in a 1950's mentality that has nearly reached its endpoint in the history of medicine. The CDC all but admits this now, saying the era of antibiotics is nearing its end. "If we are not careful, we will soon be in a post-antibiotic era" - Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC.
Every day, 205 Americans die from the after effects of antibiotics. Sure, antibiotics saved a lot of lives in the short term, but how many lives will they kill in the long run? Because sooner or later, a superbug plague may emerge that burns through the population, unstoppable by vaccines and antibiotics. The official cover story will likely be that the plague was a bioweapon released by terrorists, but the real, sobering truth is that it's just a runaway superbug nurtured into existence by the careless over-use of antibiotics.
Developed by Funova Technology, Zombies Ate My Pizza is a top-down, MMO action shooter set in a post-apocalyptic world. Taking inspiration from anime in its character design, the game promises intense action and fierce events while delivering comic relief with its quirky dialogue and singular storyline.
After selecting between two unique character classes, players embark in various missions to collect supplies, clear invaded areas and fight boss battles. Key features include daily missions, basic training in 3v3 battle mode, a Superpower system and player-run Militias.
As part of the Open Beta release celebration, Zombies Ate My Pizza will be hosting a free code giveaway on its Facebook page. The first 100 fans who enter the giveaway will receive a code to redeem a Zombie Survival Pack, which will include gold, souls and other items.