Saturday, December 13, 2008

Marvel's Sub-Mariner Headlines CryptoLogic's Newest Casino Game Pack

E-gaming leader's newest line-up delivers more action, more entertainment-and more chances to win

10th July 2008

DUBLIN, IRELAND - Underwater adventure and intense blackjack action await online players with the introduction of the latest game pack from CryptoLogic Limited, a leading software developer to the global Internet gaming market. CryptoLogic's newest game pack features famed Marvel Super Hero Sub-Mariner and 4 Deck Multi Hand Video Blackjack, a patent-pending product developed exclusively by CryptoLogic.

Available today, these new games are offered through InterCasino (www.intercasino.com).

"At CryptoLogic, we know there are two critical elements to online gaming success: give players a compelling experience with a game or character they know, or design a fresh take on a familiar concept," said Brian Hadfield, CryptoLogic's President and CEO. "Our relationship with Marvel has enabled us to create and deliver some of the most memorable online slots today with some of the world's most recognized characters. Coupled with our patent-pending gaming innovations, CryptoLogic has aggressively positioned itself as a leader in this highly competitive space."

Sub-Mariner, one of the first Marvel Comics legends, makes his Internet casino debut with an action-packed 25 payline online slot game, joining other popular characters, including Spider-Man, The Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man and The X-Men. Watch as the game screen is flooded, leaving Sub-Mariner to swim through each level of reels. Sink submarines and destroy battleships to save the underwater world of Atlantis during rewarding and visually-stunning interactive bonus rounds for a chance to win 5000 times your line bet - all for as little as one cent!

Fans of blackjack are in for a real treat with the launch of the latest installment of CryptoLogic's proprietary Multi Hand Video Blackjack game: 4 Deck Multi Hand Video Blackjack. An incredible new twist enables players to play up to five hands at a time, against up to 50 dealer hands. With a single strong hand, you can beat the dealer up to 50 times in one round! Player friendly rules, including four decks per shoe, dealer standing on 17 and a tutorial feature, make this game a breeze - even for first-time players.

"Our innovative games make players want to come back for more, time and time again - making CryptoLogic the software of choice for players and licensees alike," said Justin Thouin, CryptoLogic's Vice President, Product Management and Business Development.

CryptoLogic has one of the most comprehensive casino gaming suites on the Internet. With more than 270 games available, including fan favourites Bejeweled®, Cubis®, Jewel Quest® and games featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes, the company has introduced some of the most popular games available on the Internet today.

CryptoLogic has earned top honours for its world-class Internet software, including Top Casino Software from Online Gambling Magazine for three consecutive years. The award, based on the votes of readers, players and website visitors, is widely considered the industry's top award.

About CryptoLogic® (www.cryptologic.com)

Focused on integrity and innovation, CryptoLogic Limited is a world-leading, blue-chip public developer and supplier of Internet gaming software. Its leadership in regulatory compliance makes it one of the very few companies with gaming software that is certified to strict standards similar to land-based gaming. WagerLogic® Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CryptoLogic, is responsible for the licensing of its gaming software and services to blue-chip customers who offer their games around the world to non-U.S. based players. For information on WagerLogic, visit www.wagerlogic.com.

CryptoLogic's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange, the NASDAQ Global Select Market and the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange).

About Marvel Entertainment, Inc.

With a library of over 5,000 characters, Marvel Entertainment, Inc. is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies. Marvel's operations are focused on utilizing its character franchises in licensing, entertainment, publishing and toys. Areas of emphasis include feature films, DVD/home video, consumer products, video games, action figures and role-playing toys, television and promotions. Rooted in the creative success of over sixty years of comic book publishing, Marvel's strategy is to leverage its character franchises in a growing array of opportunities around the world. For more information, visit www.marvel.com.

MARVEL, and all related character names and the distinctive likenesses thereof are trademarks of Marvel Characters, Inc., and are used with permission. Copyright (C) 2008 Marvel Characters, Inc. All rights reserved. www.marvel.com. Super Heroes is a co-owned registered trademark.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

CryptoLogic launches Spider-Man sequel game - 9th December 2008

One year on from launching its first Spider-Man series, CryptoLogic has created a sequel game, Spider-Man Revelations, which is due to be launched today.

This second game features a new storyline as Spider-Man battles the super villain Dr Octopus. The game includes new art, features and mechanics and it shares the Marvel Heroes three level progressive jackpot that links all CryptoLogic's Marvel games.

Mechanically, the bonus feature in the new game is completely different from the first game and CryptoLogic is offering more user choice to players by allowing them to reject an initial prize offer in the hope of receiving a better one. Additionally, the feature pays out in the form of free games with multipliers instead of with cash prizes like the previous game.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

CryptoLogic Releases Spider-Man Sequel

Spider-Man Revelations appears on Intercasino

December 10, 2008 (InfoPowa News) -- One year on from launching its first Spider-Man series following its copyright deal with Marvel Comics, online gambling software provider CryptoLogic has created a sequel game, Spider-Man Revelations, which should be available on Intercasino and other Crypto-powered websites this week.

A CryptoLogic statement reveals that Spider-Man: Revelations is a brand new online slot game that features Spider-Man battling it out with uber-villain Doctor Octopus in the all-action feature round. Watch out, too for Dragon Sword -- another new release this week.

This second Spider-man game features a new storyline and includes new art, features, and mechanics, sharing the Marvel Heroes three-level progressive jackpot that links all CryptoLogic's Marvel games.

Mechanically, the bonus feature in the new 25 pay-line game is completely different from the first game in the Spider-man series and CryptoLogic is offering more user choice to players by allowing them to reject an initial prize offer in the hope of receiving a better one. Additionally, the feature pays out in the form of free games with multipliers instead of with cash prizes like the previous game.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Stan Lee's Iron Man longevity, by Scott Podmore - Sunday Mail - 18th October 2008

Stan Lee, one of the creative geniuses behind Marvel Comics, has been thrilling his superhero-loving readers for almost 70 years, says.

Stan Lee's charisma walks into the room as briskly as his ageing, yet strong, frame.

"I'm good at anything except facts," he says, arms outstretched.

It's enough to calm the nerves of an Australian journalist introducing himself to the maker of his childhood comic-book superheroes.

"Loved your cameo in the Iron Man film, Mr Lee," I offer.

"Ah, yes, thank you. It (the cameo) made the movie, you know," he says, a glint in his eye.

Forget top-line actors and directors; this is Stan Lee, 84, creative force behind such historic Marvel comic-book heroes as Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man and Fantastic Four. Just for a moment, guess how many children have opened their minds and hearts to these worlds he helped co-create in the past 50 years and you may begin to appreciate the magnitude of his influence.

Despite his age, Lee makes no secret of his youthful zeal to continue moving forward. He is owner of a new company, POW! Entertainment – driving new and exciting projects – and emeritus chairman of Marvel Media.

Most recently it was Iron Man, one of his "lesser known" superheroes, who was triumphantly brought to life on the big screen and which was released last week on DVD and Blu-ray. Another recent film version of one of his characters, The Incredible Hulk, also hits these formats this month.

As is the case with most of the films featuring Marvel superheroes he helped co-create, Lee is becoming as popular for his cameo appearances as he is for his part in creating the superheroes.

In Iron Man, Lee briefly appears as Hugh Hefner, fussed over by three young blondes on the red carpet as Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) swings past and says "hello". He was the hot dog vendor in X-Men, the man who drank the contaminated soft drink in The Incredible Hulk, Willie Lumpkin in Fantastic Four and the man at the fair in Spider-Man.

"I really love them all. I was disappointed with Iron Man because I had a line, but they cut it out," he says, with a hint of sarcasm. "Standing there with my arm around three attractive blondes was none-too-unpleasant. Originally, Tony Stark was meant to come up and tap me on the shoulder and say something like, `Sorry, I thought you were Hugh Hefner', and I was meant to say, `Oh, that's OK, I get that all the time'.

"But the movie came out and they had cut the line. Either the movie went too long or he might have thought the scene would get too big a laugh and steal the show.

"The funny thing about it was when I turned around to say something to Robert (Downey Jr), I had my pipe in my mouth and I hit one of the girls right in the face. So we had to do another take. It was fun."

Speaking of fun, Lee can't hide his smile when discussing his co-creations currently sparkling in Hollywood and across the world.

Audiences in their droves are embracing the superhero-blockbuster film genre, though Lee didn't always see it coming.

"Well, not all those years ago, anyway," he says. "After Superman came out and then the success of Batman and Spider-Man, we realised we were on to something.

"It's not so much that these stories are about superheroes as it is about the fact they're different.

"They're not what you would see in an average everyday movie – not your usual gangster movie, cops 'n' robbers, western or romance. The public loves anything different, providing it's well made, of course, and you never quite know what to expect. It's that element of excitement, of `What am I going to see?', and now with the special effects you can see men flying and people walking through walls, bursting into flames."

However, in the beginning, it wasn't easy bringing Marvel and its legion of comic-book characters to the table for mainstream entertainment media. Lee had to bang down doors and persist.

"We had a funny experience," he says, after a deep breath.

"The previous management of Marvel didn't want to do movies or TV. I had arranged for a network to meet about a TV series we had planned on a character we called the Black Widow, and in those days Bo Derek was a big star and we had her lined up.

"The network was excited, but the person running Marvel said, `No, I don't want to do it'. I asked why and they said, `If the series doesn't do well, it will hurt our character'.

"I couldn't understand that kind of logic because if you looked at it that way you would never do anything.

"So, we had the same trouble with the idea for Daredevil. I gave up at that point. Luckily, we had new management later on and they realised the value of TV and movies, especially movies. We were off and running."

Surprisingly, his most famous creation, Spider-Man, almost never saw a comics stand. But Lee continually challenged conformity and backed his own ideas until he emerged.

While writing for Marvel he pitched the Spider-Man concept to his publisher, only to be told it was "the worst idea he had ever heard".

"From his point of view, he was right because I wanted Spider-Man to be a teenager who had a million problems and my publisher said, `First of all, Stan, people hate spiders. And he can't be a teenager because teenagers can only be sidekicks, not heroes'," he says. "But it just happened that I found the right artist and apparently we handled it the right way and it caught on. Whether it's a superhero movie or a romance, the most important thing is you have to care about the characters. You have to understand the characters and you have to be interested in them."

So how has the comic-book guru managed to continually reinvent, while remaining faithful to his characters? "That's a tough one, because if I give away too much information, all our competitors will swoop," he says, laughing. "There's no secret; just do your best.

"You create a character and you know your character, and the story works, but the problem comes when you have to do the next story because it's a series. You've got to make it different from the first one – so people don't think they're reading the same thing over and over. Yet you've got to keep it true to the first one in that you have to keep the character in character. It's a balancing act you play.

"I don't know that there's a formula.

"You've just got to really think it out all the time. And I know that's why I don't have a bigger head of hair as I used to. When I had to do Spider-Man, the Hulk and the X-Men – and I had to do a new one every month – the problem was, `How do I make each one different yet the same?' If you're lucky and you think it out, the story comes.

"If not, you bang your head against a wall." Not only has Lee brought us diverse characters, he also pioneered the shared universe: the first time superheroes interacted in other stories, something being adopted in the big-budget movies today. Marvel Studios teased us in Iron Man when Samuel Jackson's Nick Fury, Marvel's agent of Shield, appears briefly at the end. "Well, it seems the most natural thing if you have superheroes who exist in the same world and you're doing movies on them," he explains.

"The most difficult thing is some of the characters at Marvel are under contract at different studios.

Spider-Man at Sony, Iron Man at Paramount and so forth. So they've got to take characters they can control, so to speak.

"In the comics it happened accidentally. I had written every story separately, but then it occurred to me that if they all live in New York, why couldn't they meet? So it became fun to get them in the one story and that's how it happened."

Iron Man is out now on DVD and Blu-ray. The Incredible Hulk DVD and Blu-ray are released on Thursday.

(Credit: The Daily Telegraph)

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Thursday, December 04, 2008

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Marvel comics strikes web casino deal

Online casino game developer CryptoLogic has secured a multi-year licensing agreement with comic book firm Marvel Enterprises, home to super hero brands such as X-Men, Blade and The Hulk.

The deal will makes CryptoLogic the sole developer of Marvel-branded casino slot games on the Internet. Under the agreement, an initial six Marvel-themed, multi-currency jackpot video slot games are set for release this autumn. Players have the chance to win cash prizes in US dollars, Euros and Pounds Sterling.

Characters including The Hulk, Daredevil, The X-Men, Blade and The Punisher will feature in five new 9-line progressive jackpot video slot games. The new games offer multi-stage, interactive bonus levels with three separate jackpots available to be won. In addition, The Hulk will feature his own Fruit Machine game.

The deal, announced today but signed in late 2004, was made through CryptoLogic's wholly-owned subsidiary, WagerLogic.

Lewis Rose, CryptoLogic's president and CEO, said "By delivering big-name action like the X-Men and The Hulk to the Internet, we're enhancing the entertainment factor of CryptoLogic games - and helping our customers appeal to an even wider player audience."

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