Next Level Dundee: The Official Artwork

7 08 2009

Next Level Dundee PosterLooking good guys! Now, if you are interested in digitla media but have yet to take that first, bold step into the sector or perhaps you are thinking about taking a univeristy or college course in the digital arts, then sign up to this superb event and work alongside some of the biggest names in Scottish digital media. This could be your dream ticket.

Head over to http://www.nextleveldundee.com to apply for free now!

Ink Media will be there to check out what teams have been creating, best of luck to all entrants when the event comes around!

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Next Level Dundee: Scotland’s biggest digital media jam to encourage creativity and collaboration

7 08 2009

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Entry for participants of Scotland’s largest digital media jam now open

Dundee 07 August 2009 – Have you got what it takes to leave a lasting impression on the big players in Scottish digital media? Next Level Dundee, Scotland’s newest digital media event has today opened its doors to a new round of participants for its highly anticipated mixed media project. The event, running from Monday 7th to Friday the 11th of September will see several teams consisting of members of the public and students operating outside the digital media sector, coming together to collaborate on innovative new projects that meet a pre-determined brief.

These hopefuls will work closely with mentors and industry experts comprised of Scotland’s most prominent digital media players and academics, drawing on their expertise and furthering their own skills and knowledge of the sector. The event is being supported by some of Tayside’s key players in digital media, including game developers Realtime Worlds, Cohort Studios, Proper Games and Electric Top Hat alongside web design agency Wangbar, Dundee Contemporary Arts and The University of Abertay Dundee.

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Bloons iPhone hits number one in the US

9 05 2009

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Congratulations to our client, independent mobile developer Digital Goldfish for reaching the top spot in the Apple App Store US chart, with their horribly addictive arcade puzzler Bloons.

The game is a mobile version of the popular flash original developed by New Zealand studio Ninja Kiwi and features 50 made-for-iPhone stages and all new features.

The aim is to help your little monkey hero burst as many balloons as possible by throwing darts at them. Players must gauge the angles correctly and pull off a range trick shots to win.

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The first free update for Bloons iPhone will be available via app store soon and features an additional 50 stages, unlimited darts mode and a level editor.

We’ll have more news on this as the update launches but for now, get on the app store and download the game, it’s absolutely brilliant.





Digital Goldfish: Bloons iPhone Bursts Onto App Store

22 04 2009

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Balloon-Popping Arcade Puzzler Bursts onto Apple App Store

Dundee: Wednesday, 22 April 2009 – Award-winning game studio Digital Goldfish has unveiled its latest iPhone title, a revamped version of the flash classic Bloons. Originally developed by New Zealand studio Ninja Kiwi, the iPhone and iPod Touch versions retain the addictive appeal and long-lasting replay value that made the flash version an internet sensation.

It’s monkey versus rubber as you help a cheeky chimp hurl darts at balloons across 50 iPhone-exclusive stages. It wont be easy however, as fiendishly-placed bouncy blocks, steel barriers and frozen balloons get in the way. Players must use a combination of the environment, power-ups and well-placed shots to hit the targets and pass onto the next level.

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You wont be doing it alone however, as players can collect power-up balloons, such as screen-clearing boomerangs, triple darts and bombs, perfect for causing high-scoring chain reactions and awesome trick shots.

Become good enough and you might just win the slew of unlockable content available only to the best players. Also, go ape with up to three friends and duke it out on one console for the best high score using the games multiple save slots. .

Bloons is one of the most addictive arcade games available today, made better by iPhone touch-screen control and a host of forthcoming exclusive features which will be available for download via App Store throughout the year.

For more information, please visit www.digital-goldfish.com or if you would like to review Bloons for iPhone and would like to speak with Digital-Goldfish, please contact David Hamilton – davidhamilton@digital-goldfish.com

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For press information, please contact:

Dave Cook
Managing Director, Ink Media
t: +44 (0)131 557 2183
m: 07525358281
e: fastrez@gmail.com

David Hamilton
Digital Goldfish
t: +44(0)131 208 2838
m: +44(0)77194 81594
e: davidhamilton@digital-goldfish.com

About Digital Goldfish

Established in 2005, Digital Goldfish is a games and entertainment studio based in Dundee, Scotland which creates high quality, original content for iPhone, iPod touch and a variety of mobile phone handsets.

Although Digital Goldfish creates games for the mass market, it has a special focus on delivering quality content for female gamers. The developer released its first title, Babygrow, directly to consumers in 2005. They have since gone on to release a string of best-selling titles such as the award-winning Reach For The Starz on mobile.

About Ninja Kiwi

Based in Auckland, New Zealand, Ninja Kiwi is a casual publisher and developer of online flash games. Their popularity as a flash games developer sprouted from their well-renowned Bloons series. Since then they have gone from strength to strength, with successful puzzle and arcade alternatives including Boombot, Potion Panic and Replay Racer.





SquareGo and Gamestation Team up In March

26 02 2009

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Edinburgh – 2009 SquareGo
, the jargon-free video game magazine has today secured a deal with games retail giant Gamestation that will see 25,000 readers able to get a free dose of videogames information from all 25 Scottish stores throughout March.

The announcement comes as the magazine gears up for its sixth issue, which will be its biggest and best yet, featuring  all-new Gamestation-sponsored release lists and new budget gamer guide ‘Bargain/Bin’. In its short six-month history, SquareGo has achieved a massive cult following online with its mix of jargon-free articles, off-beat humour and original features such as the insightful ‘Debate This!’ and retrospective ‘For the Love of…’ series.

Launching at the 2008 Edinburgh interactive Festival, the magazine pulls together many of Scotland’s best unsung heroes of gaming critique, including managing editor Josh Wilson who conceptualised and launched the publication from scratch and Games Media Award-winning features editor, Dave Cook.

Managing editor Josh Wilson said: “The editorial team are extremely excited at the prospect of our magazine being stocked by Gamestation. The chain successfully remedied the daunting game shopping experience for parents and casual gamers, young and old, with its charismatic and unique spin on the game store. I feel that this, coupled with SquareGo’s accessible and plain English content, we can speak out to their customers and keep them informed about gaming news in ways other, jargon-heavy magazines simply can’t.”

Gamestation’s Marketing Coordinator Dean Shaw said: “We are really excited to be supporting Square-Go. Being such avid gamers themselves, it was a natural fit and we are happy to offer our customers this great magazine!”

The magazine is now calling on companies to get in touch regarding advertisements. With highly competitive pricing structures and a readership of 25,000+ in March alone, the magazine urges all interested companies, even those out-with the gaming to get in touch early to secure their place.

For further advert space queries, please contact the sales team at sales@square-go.com

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For press information, please contact:
Dave Cook / 0131 557 2183 / 07525358281 / fastrez@gmail.com
Josh Wilson / 07929381197 / josh@square-go.com

About SquareGo

The newest independent gaming magazine, catering for gamers of all backgrounds and skill levels. Distancing itself from using technical terms and jargon, stockist and reader feedback since the publication’s launch in August 2008 has been superb.

Originally launching with a distribution of 3,500 free copies across Edinburgh, 5,000 copies currently make their way to over 25 entertainment retailers across the capital, Glasgow, Dundee, Perth and Sterling including Game, Gamestation, HMV, Blockbuster, Chips, indie stores and various pubs and cafes.

In February 2009, the magazine secured a deal with games retailer Gamestation, which will stock over 10,000 copies across all 25 Scottish stores throughout March 2009. The publication has its sights set on the wider UK audience with national interest in the print version hitting ever-growing peaks thanks to the internet-distributed digital edition being downloaded well over 2,000 times.

SquareGo’s website, www.square-go.com features additional daily news, reviews and features. Currently enjoying an average of 12,000 unique web hits a month, it has steadily built up a base of regular visitors.

Magazine content is also featured in the game section of free Scottish culture magazine The Skinny, currently enjoying a circulation of over 33,000 copies and 46,000 unique web hits per month. For more information, please visit www.theskinny.co.uk





Welcome aboard: Interactive Tayside

4 02 2009

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Ink Media has today secured Interactive Tayside as a client, starting with a premier release on behalf of member business, prominent marketing company Avian, which will be going out in the coming weeks.

At the heart of the digital media landscape in the region, Interactive Tayside is a key player in the sector, raising the profile of emerging and established companies.

We look forward to assisting the organisation with its media relations going forward. Please check back here regularly for news items, press releases and an insight into Interactive Tayside’s current activity.

Managing Director, Dave Cook

http://www.interactivetayside.com

About Interactive Tayside (source: http://www.interactivetayside.com/aboutus.cfm?page_ID=2)

Interactive Tayside is a partnership between public, private and academic sectors to develop and promote Tayside’s digital media industry. Digital media represents a key part of Tayside’s economy and through Interactive Tayside, a local delivery mechanism has been established that aims to build the digital media industry in the area, encourage higher levels of collaboration between businesses and with academia, develop new commercial opportunities and promote the high-quality skills and talents of the area’s digital media practitioners to a wide audience.

Historically, Tayside has always been a hot-bed of creative talent, particularly in the publishing, design and music industries and the area has always been renowned as a breeding ground for innovation and skills.

Today, Tayside continues to enjoy a vibrant and rapidly expanding cluster of businesses, organisations and individuals engaged in digital media and creative industries sectors. There are over 350 businesses operating in the area of digital media in Tayside, employing over 3,300 people and generating a combined annual turnover in excess of £185 million.  The sector has experienced growth in employment of 225% since the year 2000 and a further two thousand jobs are expected to be created in the sector within the next 3 years (by 2010).

The area’s 2 universities and 3 further education colleges carry out leading edge research and deliver innovative and high quality teaching across a wide range of digital media related subjects.  Every year, over 900 students, from over 50 different nationalities, graduate in digital media disciplines from the region’s higher and further education institutions.

Computer games and electronic entertainment, mobile platform development, software development, animation, graphic design, publishing and music and just some of the specialisms in which Tayside companies excel.

The region is home to many exciting digital media companies including Scotland’s largest games development studio, Realtime Worlds, BAFTA Award winning mobile development studio Dynamo Games, 2d and 3d animation studio, Ink Digital, and also the largest internet service provider in Scotland, ScotlandOnLine.  Tayside’s success stories in these industries are numerous.

Though Interactive Tayside, liason between businesses, academic institutions and support agencies is actively encouraged, creating a stimulating environment in which ‘start-ups’ and established companies alike can quickly translate ideas into commerical reality.

In addition to this informative, regularly updated website ofering all the latest news on Tayside’s digital media industry, Interactive Tayside offers a regular events programme; events that are free and open to everyone, covering a variety of topics relevant to the digital media industries and affording ample opportunity for attendees to network informally with like-minded individuals.  Be sure to sign up for our newsletter so as not to miss out on all of the region’s digital media news and invites to our events.

Enterprise is actively encouraged in Tayside by a flexible and dynamic support structure. Everything you need to develop your business or turn ideas into reality is available here from a variety of institutional and commerical sources. As you would expect from a centre with a renowned academic reputation, Research and Development and training and skills are thick on the ground for large and small businesses. With this support, Tayside continues to be a rich source of intellectual capital, media content and commercial opportunity.

The vision for the digital media industry in Tayside is to become ever more renowned for the standard of its creative and technical talents and skills, internationally recognised for the quality of its products and level of innovation, globally networked, and make an every increasing contribution to the economy of the Tayside area and Scotland as a whole – establishing Tayside further as an international centre of excellence in digital media.