BUST-A-MOVE UNIVERSEI don’t know, you might’ve heard that some Japanese company is about to release some new version of some video game platform that everyone seems to love… errr… or something, like, I think it has 3d??

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PAX East 2011

The crack crew from Maverick PR East — and that means MavPR Partner Matt Frary — took on the monstrosity that is PAX East this year with the good folks from Eidos-Montreal and Square Enix.  Armed only with the mighty MavPR Canon EOS Rebel T2i, a tripod and a pop-up Deus Ex: Human Revolution banner, we conquered the show with media interviews and an enormous stage presentation of the best RPG-shooter of 2011!

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ASTRO Gaming MixAmp 5.8 and A*Stars in USA Today

ASTRO Gaming’s recently released Wireless MixAmp 5.8 and A*Star In-Ear Headsets were just highlighted in the latest issue of USA Today and their Technology Live blog.

No surprises here…they loved em.

“The Wireless MixAmp ($100; www.astrogaming.com) from premium video game equipment maker Astro provides wireless connectivity between your Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 to nearly all headphones, something that keeps the living room or den looking neat. Simply connect the wireless connector to your audio receiver and the headphones to the MixAmp unit and players get 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound.

Using its belt clip, you can attach the MixAmp and play fully wirelessly during new Microsoft Kinect and Sony PlayStation Move games. Astro’s new Blade Runner-esque looking In-Ear Headset ($80) usuable with the system, also has a sound baffling microphone so if you happen to use them outside the home, your cellphone calls come in clearer.”

Check out the coverage in your local hotel or hit the jump for the story — ASTRO in USA Today.

Hello, Old Friend

Well, we may not exactly be taking over the planet but we certainly plan to promote some cool new games as Atari gets back into gear this year.

Of course, the Maverick team has deep roots with Atari and the Fuji.  Atari just so happened to be Maverick’s very first client back in 2005.  We worked with the team to promote the sequel to one of the greatest RPGs of all time (Neverwinter Nights and Neverwinter Nights 2) as the franchise transitioned from Bioware to Obsidian Entertainment.

Needless to say, we’re super excited to be working with our friends again…Erik, Matt and Brandon back together!

We’ll be working with the studio on their latest digital download title — The Undergarden.

Atari's The Undergarden

Stay tuned for more.

We’re really excited to be working on one of the biggest and most important franchises in video games – Deus Ex.  With Deus Ex: Human Revolution, this awesome blend of FPS action and RPG gameplay comes to current generation systems, bringing along exciting new human augmentations, and choose-your-own-gameplay fun — play stealth, run-and-gun, hacking… whatever you like.

We’ll be in Germany next week with Square Enix helping them to show off the game at GamesCom in Cologne.  In the meantime, enjoy the newest trailer, which shows off gameplay publicly for the very first time.

ASTRO Gaming Scout Backpack reviewed by Wired's Game|Life

If ASTRO Gaming has a peripheral to its award-winning A30 and A40 Headsets and Audio Systems it would have to be their Transport Series of gaming equipment bags.  Wired’s Game|Life was so intrigued by the studio’s gear hauling accessories that they decided to give the ASTRO Gaming Scout Backpack a spin.

The end result was a hearty recommendation from Wired and an 8 out of 10!

Read on for some quotes:

The Scout Backpack is mandatory gear for the geek on the go.

the Scout Backpack is designed with the gamer in mind. From the outside, the bag appears modest. But inside, it is lined with a buttery fabric that softly cradles all your gear.

The Scout’s versatile front compartment will make geeks truly happy.

While I moved around airports, the backpack’s exterior pockets — one for sunglasses and another ideal for quickly stowing a boarding pass and smartphone — got a lot of use.

the Scout’s convenient and thoughtful storage solutions have convinced me to permanently ditch the flimsy and uncomfortable shoulder bag I’ve previously been using to lug my nerd stuff around the country.

Seriously consider this bag for your next geek outing. Penny Arcade Expo is, after all, right around the corner.

WIRED Dazzling array of pockets that will hold anything a geek might want; luxurious inner lining protects your investments.

TIRED Thick fabric can get you a bit sweaty during prolonged use.

GameSpot's Exclusive Look Hits on the X360 Page

GameSpot – along with a handful of other outlets – nabbed a private demo with us last week and had a chance to delve deeper into Square Enix’s upcoming action game, Mindjack.  All of this during a first look preview tour Maverick put together in San Francisco.

While all of the outlets we visited will be posting their thoughts on the game shortly, including 1UP, Gamepro, GamesRadar, Worthplaying, and many more, GameSpot is first out of the gate with their exclusive first break, along with a new video and exclusive video interview with Square Enix’s Johnny Fournier.

If you’re not familiar with Mindjack, it is an unusual game that combines single and multi-player action in to a unifying, intense and always different experience.  The way I try to explain this is imagine that you fire up your single player campaign as normal but at any time, you might discover the enemies your are battling and squad mates fighting by your side are controlled by other gamers somewhere in the world through Xbox Live and Playstation Network.  Now THAT’s good AI. 🙂

Take a look at the video interview on GameSpot below – some pretty cool stuff happening in the world of Mindjack.  And be sure to visit the game on it’s Facebook Page and “Like” away!

Dungeon Siege III for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3

It’s been five years, but Dungeon Siege III is finally in production!  Square Enix has partnered with Obsidian Entertainment to bring us the latest installment in the Dungeon Siege series.

The other good news is Chris Taylor and Gas Powered Games will remain involved throughout the development process to provide key insight and game continuity.  That said, Obsidian Entertainment was a perfect choice to carry the DS torch forward with a great track record on a host of other major RPG franchises including KOTOR, Neverwinter Nights, Fallout, etc.

Needless to say, we’re really excited to be working with both Obsidian Entertainment and Gas Powered Games again.

Check out some of the latest concept art for Dungeon Siege III:

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ASTRO Gaming A30 Audio System in July OXM

The editors at Official Xbox Magazine (OXM) got to spend some time with ASTRO Gaming’s latest on-ear, on-the-go, headset — the A30 Audio System — this past month.

The result: an 8.5 out of 10!

ASTRO was just shy of an Editor’s Choice award…something we plan to rectify next time around!

Overall, the editor’s loved the new ASTRO cans.  Here are some quotes:

“…you’ll love what you hear.”

“…at this price point you won’t do a whole lot better than the A30s.  The sound quality is amazing: the basses boom, the highs are wonderfully clear, and all of it comes from a pair of super-comfy headphones.”

“Amazing sound quality.”

“Incredibly comfortable headset to wear.”

That about says it all.  The review appears in the July issue of Official Xbox Magazine.

ASTRO Gaming MGS:PW Edition A30 Headset

Aaaahhhh…Words cannot adequately express my contentment with ASTRO Gaming and their insanely awesome products.  Yes, ASTRO is a client.  Yes, we at Maverick are soulless  schills.  Yet, their products remain insanely awesome in light of this seeming contradiction.

Put it this way, I use my ASTRO A40s every single day for hour after hour at work and then I turn around and use them for hour after hour of play.  Awesome!  I never leave home without my ASTRO A30s (in black) and they’ve now traveled all over the U.S., Europe, Africa and even Asia.  Still insanely awesome!

So, how does ASTRO repay my love for their products?!  By working with Konami to make a Special Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker Edition ASTRO A30 complete with custom silver color and MGS speaker tags, is how!  Needless to say, I want them…and you should too.

Hit the jump for more info on the new MGS:PW-themed ASTRO A30s and an opportunity to pick up a copy of the game for only $20!

Astro Gaming

In the meantime, here are a few more images of the custom MGS:PW A30:

On Ear Action

Stealthy, Black

Hidden in the Snow, White

Standing Next to a Steel Drum, Silver