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Last weekend the MCM London Comic Con passed the 100,000 visitor mark for the first time, smashing the Excel-based event’s previous highest attendance record.

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Show organisers revealed that 101,600 attendees came through the doors of MCM London Comic Con between Friday 23 and Sunday 25 May, compared to 88,000 people last October and just over 70,000 in May 2013.

“This has been the most successful MCM London Comic Con on record – in fact, the largest event of its kind ever held in the UK,” said show co-organiser Bryan Cooney. “The soaring attendance not only reflects a growing worldwide interest in comic cons and the ever-expanding range of attractions and activities at our show, but also the strength of the community that has built up around it over the years. Whether you’re into sci-fi, comics, videogames, movies, manga, anime, J-fashion or cosplay, the twice-yearly MCM London Comic Con has become the place to meet up with like-minded friends and make new ones.”

“MCM London Comic Con keeps going from strength-to-strength,” show co-organiser Paul Miley added. “As well as featuring a great special guest line-up and a host of top comic book creators, games publishers, film studios, anime distributors and retailers, this latest show saw us respond to public demand by expanding our online video, eSports and Asian culture offerings. And when we return in October, the show will be even bigger and better!”

The next MCM London Comic Con takes place at Excel London on 24-26 October 2014.

Namco Bandai Games in the UK has announced that it will lead an all-star cast of games, hit franchises, cult classics and highly anticipated major releases for hands-on at London’s premier MCM Expo for the 25th to 27th October. For the very first time we will showcase JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z, Tales of Symphonia Chronicles, Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers, as well as Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst, One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2, One Piece: Romance Dawn, PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures, Regular Show: Mordecai and Rigby In 8-Bit Land, Earth Defense Force 2025, Armored Core Verdict Day and the highly anticipated Dark Souls II.

Not only will NAMCO BANDAI Games be dazzling with its biggest line-up of titles for the public but they will also be hosting signings from legendary development teams from the ‘Tales of’ series, ‘Dragon Ball Z’, ‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’, ‘Saint Seiya’ Brave Soldiers including stage demonstrations and Q+As. Namco Bandai Games will also have signings on the Namco Bandai Games booth from Andi Ewington, Rob Williams and Simon Coleby, writers and artist of the exciting Dark Souls II: INTO THE LIGHT comic book which will be available soon as a pre order bonus with selected retailer.

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Rob Williams is an acclaimed British-based comic book writer whose credits include Ghost Rider, Daken, Amazing Spider-Man, The Dark X-Men, Cla$$war, Star Wars Tales and the 2013 British Comic Award nominated Judge Dredd: Trifecta. Simon Coleby is a British comic book artist who has worked for Marvel and 2000 AD. His credits include creating art for Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper and the popular ‘The Authority’ series from DC/Wildstorm. He also worked on the 2013 British Comic Award nominated Judge Dredd: Trifecta. Andi Ewington is an up-and-coming writer whose breakthrough debut novel ‘45’ won critical acclaim from reviewers and fans alike, and has been a #1 Amazon UK graphic novel bestseller. He featured by Wizard Magazine in their ‘5 to watch’ for 2010. He is currently developing several creator-owned IPs.

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“We are very excited to share this exciting line-up of games with MCM EXPO. It’s the first time we have some of these titles available for actual hands on” said Lee Kirton, PR & Marketing Director for Namco Bandai Games UK. “We have recently announced some new titles at the Tokyo Games Show, so to give us the chance to show these off is thrilling for us as well as those that get to play. We have also some superb pre-order only offers with Dark Souls II so we hope to challenge players to have a go at this brilliant game and meet some of the creative talents behind some of our other great games.

 

 

Meet the voices behind Batman and The Joker in Batman: Arkham Origins at GAME Stratford on 25th October

Warner Bros today announced that UK fans of the highly anticipated Batman: Arkham Origins videogame will soon have the chance to meet Roger Craig Smith and Troy Baker, the voices behind Batman and The Joker.

To mark the launch day of the next instalment in the Batman: Arkham series, games industry veterans Smith (Batman) and Baker (The Joker) will be meeting fans and signing copies of the title at GAME’s Stratford store between 09.00 and 11.00am on Friday, October 25th, 2013.

For those who aren’t able to make it to the launch day event can meet the duo at MCM London Comic Con www.mcmcomiccon.com/london on Saturday October 26 at the Batman: Arkham Origins stand.  Throughout the weekend at MCM, both will be signing autographs, making personal appearances and answering fan questions on their very own panel.

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As the UK’s foremost cultural expo, MCM London Comicon brings the best in anime and pop culture to over 100,000 consumers across the weekend.

Batman: Arkham Origins is developed by WB Games Montréal and will be available for the PS3, Xbox 360, the Wii U, and Windows PC.  The handheld version is developed by Armature Studio, Batman: City Origins Blackgate and will be available for the PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS.  The games will release on all platforms worldwide on 25th October, 2013.

About the voice artists:

Roger Craig Smith (Batman)

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Roger Craig Smith is one of the most recognizable voice actors in the entertainment business today, recently lending his voice as the lead villain “Ripslinger” in Disney’s animated feature PLANES, which debuted in August 2013.  He takes on the role of Bruce Wayne and Batman for the very first time in  Batman: Arkham Origins.

Troy Baker (The Joker)

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Rapidly becoming one of the most prominent names in videogames, Troy has performed in some of the most critically and commercially successful games of this generation.  Batman: Arkham Origins marks the first time in the franchise that Troy has taken on the role of The Joker.

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Namco Bandai to Host ‘Tales of Xillia’ and ‘Project X Zone’ Comps at MCM London Comic Con

To celebrate the launch of Tales of Xillia and Project X Zone, Namco Bandai Games UK is playing host to two awesome competitions at the MCM London Comic Con – both taking place between 10.00am and 11.00am on Saturday 25 May.

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The help get the party started, Tales of Xillia producer Hideo Baba-San will be selecting three of his favourite ‘Tales of…’ fans, based on their love for the series; the lucky winners could not only scoop a Tales of Xillia X limited edition PS3 but also have lunch with the man himself. For more details on how to enter the competition, just follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=528907090503713&set=a.233302696730822.59518.233213603406398&type=1&theatre

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Next up is Namco Bandai’s Project X Zone cosplay competition where the rules are simple – come dressed as any of the characters on the box art and the best dressed will win a copy of the game at launch! To see the box art and for more details, click here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=530263653701390&set=a.233302696730822.59518.233213603406398&type=1&theater

Tickets for MCM London Comic Con are available at: www.mcmcomiccon.com/london/tickets

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Peter Souza IV has just released version 1.28.32810.499 of his excellent software Media Center Master, and apart from a number of bugfixes there are a few feature enhancements.

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Here is how Peter describes Media Center Master for those of you who don’t know what it is:

Smooth, powerful interface to organize your media collection.
Support for the built-in Windows Media Center Video Library strip (dvdid.xml) as well as MediaBrowser extension (mymovies.xml).
Movies, television, and adult title search from a variety of configurable meta data sources.
Built-in, fully-automated episode torrenting from multiple sources. Keep your T.V. series updated through the internet for free.
Full meta-data editor with tools to automate movie and T.V. episode renaming.
Theatrical trailer downloader with options for automatic re-encoding.
Extendable fetcher system allows other programmers to write fetchers — sample source code included in the forums.
Configurable to download actor/actress thumbnails and movie/T.V. posters, fan art, backdrops, and banners.
Flexible post-processing allows command-line operations after a movie title has been fetched — works great with Stark Covers.
…and a whole lot more…

I have been using MCM for a while now and I think it’s a great product. I haven’t tried the new premium version yet, but I will. If you have Media Center, and you want a tool to help you to organise your collection, this is certainly the one to use.

There are quite a few bugfixes in this release – take a look at the release notes to see the full list including enhancements.

You can download the new version from here.

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Yesterday also saw the release of the new version of the Media Browser – codename Orion.

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Media Browser is a media aggregator plugin for Media Center that takes your recorded, digital, or ripped media and presents it in a simple, easyto use interface. Media Browser prides itself on delivering a fast, intuitive, mediarich experience for the whole family.

Highlights
  • Automatic metadata retrieval
  • Streaming latest online trailers
  • Media bookmarking (resume play)
  • Support for external players
  • Vodcast support (video rss feeds)
  • Third party plug-in architecture
  • Automatic updates
  • Custom view layouts
  • Multiple themes
  • Create random / full folder playlists

I love Media Browser – I have been using it for ages, and frankly I wouldn’t run Media Center without it!

Here is a brief run down of some of the updates – you really want to check out the complete changelog for more information:

Highlights:

  • Extended MediaInfo support with improved performance, detection and flexible custom image management through ImagesByName. Have a look here for details.
  • Various fixes for the High Quality Thumbnail plugin, improving performance and reliability
  • Default theme has been improved. Some new features have been added and various bugs have been squashed
  • Actor roles are now supported for TV Series through both Internet Providers as local metadata.
  • Internet Providers now fetch studios for movies and tv shows
  • Media files can now be deleted properly right after they have been played
  • The configurator interface has been cleaned up and offers some new options including additional extensions for external players

Complete Changelog:

To see a full list of the tracker topics for these changes, have a look here.


Important Notes:

  • All Media Browser supporters will now have access to 3 very awesome plugins: Trailers, CoverArt and the pearl theme, you should get an email with your supporter key in the next few days.
  • Several plug-ins will require upgrades to work with this version. Be sure and check all your installed plug-ins for available updates.
  • It’s recommended to clear the cache after updating to Orion. Media Browser will likely rebuild anyway and SQLite users can benefit from a new optimized SQLite database file

You can download the latest version from here.

You also might want to download and use Media Center Master as well with Media Browser – they work great together.

Do you use these? If not, what do you use and why?

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Peter Souza IV has just released version 1.26.26110.406 of his excellent software Media Center Master, and apart from a number of bugfixes, the biggest change is that there is now both a free and a premium version.

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Here is how Peter describes Media Center Master for those of you who don’t know what it is:

Smooth, powerful interface to organize your media collection.
Support for the built-in Windows Media Center Video Library strip (dvdid.xml) as well as MediaBrowser extension (mymovies.xml).
Movies, television, and adult title search from a variety of configurable meta data sources.
Built-in, fully-automated episode torrenting from multiple sources. Keep your T.V. series updated through the internet for free.
Full meta-data editor with tools to automate movie and T.V. episode renaming.
Theatrical trailer downloader with options for automatic re-encoding.
Extendable fetcher system allows other programmers to write fetchers — sample source code included in the forums.
Configurable to download actor/actress thumbnails and movie/T.V. posters, fan art, backdrops, and banners.
Flexible post-processing allows command-line operations after a movie title has been fetched — works great with Stark Covers.
…and a whole lot more…

I have been using MCM for a while now and I think it’s a great product. I haven’t tried the new premium version yet, but I will. If you have Media Center, and you want a tool to help you to organise your collection, this is certainly the one to use.

There are quite a few bugfixes in this release – take a look at the release notes:

Release notes
v1.26 September 18, 2010 build 26110.406

  • Media Center Master is now a licensed product with both a free and premium version. Please see this licensing page for full details.
  • Issue #102: fixed: Download Missing Trailers tool supports nested folders now.
  • Issue #157: duplicate of issue #178.
  • Issue #172: fixed: thetvdb.com fetcher no longer downloads multiple posters for a season, occassionally downloading a banner over the poster.
  • Issue #175: fixed: clearing meta data and then clearing it again (or performing other kinds of actions) no longer shows errors.
  • Issue #178: fixed: blank meta data (no LocalTitle in mymovies.xml or SeriesName in series.xml) will cause Media Center Master to display blank entries in the media list that show errors when interacted with.
  • Issue #179: fixed: T.V. shows with ampersands was causing ampersand code to display in media list and other media applications.
  • Issue #180: fixed: movie list cache was not being written to disk on exit, so cleared titles were not staying cleared properly (and other oddities).
  • Issue #182: fixed: uTorrent manager was showing errors and generally not working.
  • Issue #188: fixed: multiple backdrop support is no longer dependent on fetcher priority.
  • Issue #189: fixed: multiple backdrops aren’t being downloaded upon certain circumstances (like no backdrops at all at one source, or if one fetcher didn’t match the movie title, but the other fetcher did). Additionally, multiple backdrop support handles failures with backdrop downloading much more gracefully now.
  • Issue #190: fixed: adjusted for isohunt.com HTML change.
  • Issue #192: fixed: Media Center Master resized and repositioned its layout several times on start-up, causing it to appear to flicker and dramatically reducing usability for a few moments across network connections.
  • Issue #193: fixed: absolute episode numbering at thetvdb.com was not working properly. It now works when ‘treat SEE as AAA’ is turned on.
  • Issue #195: fixed: left/right pane sizing was causing layout issues if Media Center Master was closed while its window was maximized.
  • Issue #2: added: the download parser now supports specials (when labeled using thetvdb.com’s “season 0″ method).
  • Issue #155: added: media list columns are now selectable (right-click the columns and you can toggle on/off visibility for any column). Column visibility is persistent and will save between launches of Media Center Master.
  • Issue #171: added: when using XBMC meta data generation, T.V. show posters and banners preference is now configurable.
  • Issue #174: added: video/media information XML support for MediaBrowser 2.2.7+.
  • Issue #181: added: added a tool to undo the XBMC wide T.V. show posters (restoring folder_bak.jpg).
  • Issue #185: added: the media list filter is no longer case-sensitive.

You can learn more about Media Center Master, and download it from here.

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