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The iBow: Bringing Archery to the iPhone with Bowblade

February 1, 2013

The iBow: Bringing Archery to the iPhone with Bowblade

Archery enthusiasts will soon have the chance to try out a new program for their mobile phones, but this is not your typical app. Bowblade Corp. is currently accepting pre-orders for their signature product, a bow-shaped attachment that will let users simulate archery shooting on 35 apps available for download on either iOS or Android phones. The bow attachment is designed to emulate the weight and feel of a real bow. Chiropractor and physical wellness adviser Roy Green envisioned the concept originally to serve as a exercise tool.

The Bowblade website boasts that a full body workout can be achieved in only 10 minutes. Golf and tennis players may find the Bowblade especially useful because of the frame’s ability to strengthen rotator cuffs and forearms. Even when not actively exercising, the Bowblade develops muscle in the upper back and shoulders when using one of its related apps.

For the gamers among us, the Bowblade also offers connectivity to the Nintendo Wii and scheduled releases for the Playstation and XBox. Perhaps the makers had in mind Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts paired with this new gizmo for an added sense of immersion.

The Bowblade is set to ship in April with three sizes: a standard version for $185 and two weighted exercise editions for around $200.

The following video is a demonstration of the Bowblade:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDUPn-Yfq20

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Big Buck Hunter World Championships Take Over West Side of Manhattan

November 13, 2012

Big Buck Hunter World Championships Take Over West Manhattan, New York City

Video games rarely get this exciting and exhausting–nor do many video game championships get sports coverage by ESPN. That’s how you know the Big Buck Hunter World Championships are hardcore.

Virtual hunters came from all over the United States and the world to deliver some virtual bullets to trophy bucks in the arcade game Big Buck Hunter. ESPN reports that a group of 20-somethings drove an RV from Detroit to New York City to attend the world championships. The farthest player came from Australia.

It’s a night that consists of a double-elimination shootout between the world’s 64 best players of the arcade game, not available for personal use, but found in arcades, bars and other game centers. Stunt performer, X Games competitor and NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Travis Pastrana is the only exception to the regular players who do not own the game. Pastrana bought the arcade game a few years ago for himself and his buddies to play at parties. He competed in the World Championships in New York this year but placed at number 48 out of 64 contestants, likely because of a shoulder injury. In the 2011 championships, he placed sixth.

This year Chris Fream from Minneapolis was the overall winner, which meant he took home $15,000 in prize money–hopefully more than he spent to play the game.

All of the Big Buck Hunter machines in the world are connected and every year the 64 best players are invited to participate in the World Championships. Players win by shooting frolicking bucks while avoiding does. At the championships, competitors play competitively for six hours while an open bar entertains those not in the throes of virtual hunting.

“There are a lot of accountants, a lot of lawyers, and a lot of drunks, too, but drunks that are really smart,” Pastrana explained to ESPN. “You have to be a decent aim but you have to be very smart on what you shoot and what you don’t. Really, it’s a chess game.”

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Activision’s “Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013″ and “Cabela’s Hunting Expeditions” are Now Available

October 23, 2012

Activision’s “Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013″ and “Cabela’s Hunting Expeditions” are Now Available

We’re excited to announce that Activision’s Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013 (Xbox 360, PlayStation3, Wii and Windows PC) and Cabela’s Hunting Expeditions (Xbox 360, PlayStation3, Wii, and Windows PC) are available today!

Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013 brings bone-chilling action to life with the help of the all-new controller, the Top Shot Fearmaster. Utilizing heartbeat sensors on the controller’s grips and an infrared camera (Xbox 360 and PlayStation3 only), the Top Shot Fearmaster can actually detect a gamer’s heart rate and hand stability. Keep your cool and you’ll be rewarded with a more accurate shot, but it won’t be easy as predators come powered by the all-new Prowler AI system making them smarter and deadlier than ever before. The game also introduces a new horde-based “Maneater” mode allowing for two-player co-operative gameplay where teamwork is essential as both players must work together to strategize and complete missions in order to survive for as long as possible. 

Featuring unbelievable territories from North America to Africa, Cabela’s Hunting Expeditions allows you to explore gorgeous terrains with the most freedom of any Cabela’s game yet. Travel by foot or use one of the new all-terrain vehicles to scout the 15 in-game locations, each featuring its own distinct wildlife. To get the most out of your hunts, you can use the new “Strategic View” mode to mark your targets and plot waypoints to guide you to ideal shooting locations. Each claimed trophy comes with detailed stats of the hunt and Gunsmith points that can be used to upgrade and customize firearms.

Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013 is available with the all-new Top Shot Fearmaster for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation3 on Oct. 23 for $79.99. The game is also available with the new Top Shot peripheral, without heart rate sensors, for the Wii for $59.99. Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013 can be purchased without the Top Shot Fearmaster on Xbox 360, PlayStation3 for $39.99, Wii for $29.99 and Windows PC for $29.99. The game will be available early December on Wii-U for $49.99.

Cabela’s Hunting Expeditions is available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation3 for $39.99. The game is also available on Wii and Windows PC for $29.99. This title is also compatible with the all-new Top Shot Fearmaster (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii).

Both titles are rated T (Teen) by the ESRB.

For more information visit Activisionhunts.com  and check out both games on Facebook (Facebook.com/CabelasHuntingExpeditions) (Facebook.com/CabelasDangerousHunts) and Twitter (@ActivisionHunts)

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Activision Announces “Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013″

August 9, 2012

Activision Announces “Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013″

Prepare for a wildly exciting and heart-stopping hunt that challenges gamers like never before!  Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), today announced Cabela’sDangerous Hunts 2013 a brand new adventure in its successful Dangerous Hunts franchise that introduces the all-new Top Shot Fearmaster wireless controller.  This innovative new controller features its own heartbeat sensor that integrates the player’s own heart rate into the game, bridging the gap between controller and authentic hunting experience to make hunting gameplay more realistic than ever.

The Top Shot Fearmaster utilizes a biometric heart rate monitor to propel players into the world of hunting. Sensors are built into the controllers’ grips and gameplay varies based on the player’s ability to control their fear and maintain their cool. Players that successfully control their heart rate will increase their accuracy, deal more damage, or slow down time to line up the perfect shot. The importance of a stable, even breathing pattern and a steady hand is vital to the best shot while out in the real life wilderness, and that is no different in Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013. With the all new Fearmaster controller and on screen monitor, players will recognize how keeping their breath steady will decrease their heart rate while also increasing gun stability and ultimately accuracy.  The Top Shot Fearmaster for Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation3 computer entertainment system will have heart rate and motion stability sensors.  The Top Shot Fearmaster for Nintendo’s Wii system will only measure motion stability and will not include the heart rate sensor.

Powered by the all-new Prowler AI system, predators in Dangerous Hunts 2013 are now smarter, and deadlier than ever before. Animals now have the ability to form pack social hierarchies, coordinate complex group tactics and take advantage of the surroundings to set up deadly ambushes. No two scenarios are alike and what worked before will not work so well the next time around.

Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013 features an epic story penned by writer Andrew Kreisberg (Fringe) where two brothers are torn apart after the death of their father at the hands of a grizzly bear.  Ten years later, the estranged brothers reunite for the hunt of their lives.  One beast tore them apart.  Can another beast bring them back together?  The game also includes a new horde-based “Maneater” mode allowing for two-player co-operative gameplay where teamwork is essential as both players must work together to strategize and complete missions in order to survive for as long as possible.  The game will feature both symmetric and asymmetric missions in Maneater mode.

Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013 will be available with the Top Shot Fearmaster on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation3 on Oct. 23 for $79.99.  The game will also be available with the Top Shot Fearmaster controller for the Wii for $59.99 (the Wii Top Shot Fearmaster does not include heart rate sensors).  Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013 can be purchased without the Top Shot Fearmaster on Xbox 360, PlayStation3 for $39.99, and $29.99 on Wii.

For more information, go to www.activisionhunts.com, or follow @ActivisionHunts on Twitter and ‘Like’ on the official Facebook page.

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Deer Hunter Reloaded Video Game Introduces X-Ray Mode

April 16, 2012

Deer Hunter Reloaded Video Game Introduces X-Ray Mode

Just recently, Glu Mobile Inc., a leading global developer and publisher of games for mobile and tablet devices, acquired the Deer Hunter trademark. Deer Hunter is said to be one of the most popular and realistic hunting games on the market. Soon, Glu Games will release an updated version of the game, Deer Hunter Reloaded.

An added feature that has forums buzzing is the new “X-ray vision” mode. The game allows players to switch between X-ray and normal vision to aim directly for the brains, heart or lungs of their prey.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRKdHGGhnkM

Already the added X-ray vision has some game enthusiasts questioning whether this is too much. Pocket Gamer on toucharcade.com said, “hunting games have always been sort of borderline when it comes to grotesque brutality… this [X-ray vision] is something else. It almost seems over the line, even for this hardcore veteran of the worst shock sites the Internet has to offer.”

Deer Hunter Reloaded will be available soon as a free-to-play title. It will feature sixteen upgradeable weapons ranging from shotguns to handguns and a customizable avatar with different hunting gear.

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