Hello again, Parents and Gamers!

Getting right into it, we have two things that we will be looking at today: one little and one big. Starting off with the smallest bit first, we have a quick bit of information for any parents or gamers that have been waiting for the release of the PlayStation Vita handheld system. After that, we will be examining a brand-new entry into the "digital distribution" market from Exent and Nickelodeon which is setting it's sights for family friendly and casual games. Let's get started!


Sony's upcoming handheld system, the PlayStation Vita, made waves when it was announced roughly 2 months ago at the E3 electronics conference.

The new system is looking to be one of the most powerful handhelds to date and is looking to cater to just about anything a gamer or user could possibly want. With incredible graphics, computing power, 3G internet connectivity, and a host of other options for both the casual or hardcore user; the Vita has had gamers chomping at the bit as they wait for a release date.

Sadly, we do not have good news for you. While rumors have been floating about stating that the Vita could release as early as October 28th, 2011, Sony confirmed today that this highly anticipated entry into the handheld market will not be reaching Western locations until 2012. While we were still not provided specific dates, Sony announced that the Vita will be initially launched in Japan around Christmas, 2011 with further releases for the United States and Europe to be sometime next year.

If any additional information rolls our way, you will be the first to know. If you would like to read up more on the PlayStation Vita, simply click here.

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With summer burning away and many kids out of school for now, many parents have been trying their best to keep up with their little gamers and, sadly, it can get pretty expensive making trips back and forth to the video-game store.

Luckily, digital distributors Exent and Nickelodeon have paired up to create a brand new service for the PC/Home Computer and mobile devices like Smartphones and Tablets that is focused towards families and gamers alike. This service, simply referred to as "GameTanium", is looking to step up and conquer the digital market that is currently being run by gaming powerhouses like "Steam" and "Impulse".

What really makes GameTanium stand out, and thus why we wanted to bring it to your attention, are two major factors that cater well to gaming families.

First off, GameTanium has a rather strong focus on families and kid-friendly games. This service offers over 1,900 different titles, including 30 recently added Nickelodeon titles which follow big name hits like Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, and iCarly. If these titles aren't for you, trust me...they have plenty more. GameTanium allows users to search through multiple categories based on genre, (i.e. "Arcade", "Puzzle", "Strategy", "Kids", etc.), popularity, ESRB Rating, and even recommended age groups. I found everything from kid-friendly "Avatar Bobble", which I must admit I am now a fan of, upwards of Mature-rated Blockbuster title, Assassin's Creed. It even features older titles from my era like the original Age of Empires and Daikatana.

Even better, the GameTanium service features a full parental control feature that is easy to use and understand and allows a parent to monitor and control what their kids can and cannot play. Using a simple "slider" that allows you to decide what age level is appropriate and a password lock, you can keep your kids from playing games you feel are inappropriate.

Finally, and I must say that this is actually my favorite feature, GameTanium features an "all you can eat" access to the games. Unlike other digital services where you must buy each game individually and eventually rack up a fortune in game costs, this service is only $14.99 USD a month entitles a user to download and play any games they desire as much as they want. That means you won't have to drop $30, $40, even $50 dollars on a game that your gamer might not want to play a week down the road.

So, if you have a minute, try it out. The service offers a full 3-day trial for free, no strings attached, and seems like it would be excellent for old and young gamers alike: just click here.

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Lastly, a real quick piece, we have decided to post reviews of both Shadows of the Damned as well as Phineas & Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension. The Shadows piece will be posted on the 10th, Phineas & Ferb on the 11th. 

And that's it for the day! We would like to thank you for stopping by and encourage you to join us again on Sunday for another issue of The News. As always, if you have any questions, we want you to ask them! Simply shoot us an e-mail at the address provided or leave it in the comment section below and we will get back to you as quickly as we can. Thanks again and we hope you have a wonderful day!