Zenergy revives classic scroller Alice Cadd in new exclusive game for the ZeeBoy Platinum

Back in the days of the ZeeBox, MegamerGames dominated home consoles and Zenergy dominated the handheld market. It was almost a given in Freedemia until the release of the GoGamer that if you owned a handheld, it was probably a ZeeBoy. Zenergy later would get knocked out by MegamerGames’ newer and better handhelds, ending with the ZeeBoy Silver, and wouldn’t return until the ZeeBoy Platinum earlier this year. However, the ZeeBoy had its share of good games, though a lot of them were largely forgotten in the shadows of MegamerGames’ Snapster the Turtle and Zoball. One of those characters is coming back for the first time since 1998.

Megamer had just hit it big with Snapster the Turtle, one of the world’s most well-known gaming icons today. But at the time, Zenergy had a character from their own scroller that was perhaps the second best well known, a young girl named Alice Cadd.

Alice Cadd in Wonder World was Alice’s debut on the ZeeBoy, and served as Zenergy’s direct answer to Snapster.  As the story goes, Alice was a young orphaned girl living in Dicia. Upon saving an old woman she was told that her mother was still alive, but that she had been trapped in the wild lands of Wonder World by the evil Tortoisia (many believe that Tortoisia was actually meant to be a jab at Snapster the Turtle himself!). Alice sets out to save her mother, armed with a very strong poke. Like Snapster in his games, Alice did have a couple gadgets of her own, including a scooter, a glider, and a submarine, but she had to buy them using coins collected in the levels. Alice Cadd was notorious for the dice-based miniboss battles, where Alice would have to guess the number the boss would roll to win. (The actual boss battles would improve in game 3, Tortoisia’s Revenge, where the number the boss rolled would instead represent a move they would do, that Alice would have to be ready to fend against.)

The ZeeBoy would see 2 sequels, Alice Cadd in the Magic Fortress, and Alice Cadd 3- Tortoisia’s Revenge. Alice even got a racing game to compete with SnapsterCart by MegamerGames, called CaddCar Racing for the ZeeBoy 2.  However, the last Alice Cadd game (though the plot wasn’t actually related to the original 3 games), Alice Cadd in Karate Kate Land, would come out on the ZeeBoy 2 in 1998. The ZeeBoy Silver saw no new Alice Cadd games, though it did get a rerelease of the original 3 games with slightly improved graphics (32 bit instead of 8 bit).

The new game, Alice Cadd 4- A Dicey Situation brings Alice Cadd back for the first time in years. Zenergy plans to use the newer 32-bit graphics from the ZeeBoy Silver’s rerelease of the original trilogy. The game will be a ZeeBoy Platinum exclusive, and is one of the first games for the ZBP that actually threatens to have an impact on competitor MegamerGames. Zenergy is reportedly working on a 3D Alice Cadd game as well, with some isometric levels alongside more fully 3D experiences. That game is expected for the New Year’s shopping season next year.

Meet the candidates in Freedemia’s 2018 Presidential Election

QUENTINSBURGH- The campaign season for Freedemia’s presidential election is well underway now. The presidential campaign period in Freedemia stretches from late April to early October during major election years, with the runoff election for president and vice president taking place in November. The Freedemian Funding Party goes through a vetting process and narrows the candidate list down to approximately 5 candidates to get ballot access, though others can get access by way of petitions in all 11 states.

This year, 6 candidates made the cut, 2 by default, 3 by FFP vetting, and one by petition. Former Vice President Marco Nelson, long considered a front runner, actually decided not to run, remaining a foreign policy advisor in the Rosenthal-Houser administration after Houser extended the olive branch this past vice-presidential election.

  1. President Angela Rosenthal
  2. Vice President Patrick Houser

The first candidate is President Angela Rosethal, and the second is Vice President Patrick Houser. As is normal, the incumbent president and vice president, if they choose to run again, do not have any charges or investigations open against them, and are not at the end of their term limits, are automatically pushed into the next round.

Incumbent Angela Rosenthal is currently one of the highest esteemed presidents in Freedemian history, and is the obvious favorite for reelection. Her moves to make citizenship easier to obtain for law-abiding individuals and families; her spending reallocation act transferring money from military spending and elections to healthcare, infrastructure, and education; and her pushes for Freedemia to take its stand on the global stage in technology, innovation, and tourism have been huge steps forward for the country. Rosenthal is actually the reason for the shorter campaign period, as she pushed for election reform earlier in her term including a drastic reduction in funding for campaigns.

Former newscaster and Incumbent VP Patrick Houser’s biggest accomplishments have been on the health side of things. Along with Rosenthal, Houser spearheaded the moves for making drinking water free and accessible for all Freedemians, tackling the restroom shortage, and more than quadrupling the amount of funding for private urgent cares across Freedemia to reduce the amount of people going to the emergency room. Houser has also championed a green infrastructure plan hoping to help the country continue to go modern and go green, including roadside wind turbines, water turbines, solar farms, nationwide wifi for the digital age, etc. As a former newscaster himself, Houser also proposed an act that holds media sources more responsible for inaccurate reporting, especially where investigations or national security interests are involved.

  1. Vandover Mayor Lily Mae Clarington

Mayor Lily Mae Clarington was a major supporter and leading advocate for Amendment 30, which made public nudism and barechested equality constitutional, allowing public nudity nationwide as long as it is not accompanied by indecent behavior. Clarington has pushed for the banishment of dress codes and censorship altogether, as the city of Vandover did several years ago under her leadership. Like Houser, Clarington has pushed for investment in infrastructure. Clarington is a big advocate for making Freedemia a global hub for tourism, hoping to bring the success Laneston and Vandover have seen with nudism and movies and that Quentinsburgh has seen with arts and music to the rest of the country. Clarington also wants to essentially shrink Freedemia’s military by 85%, saying she’d like to see Freedemia truly become a center for peace, pacifism and diplomacy.

Clarington has surprised many by openly campaigning barechested, and is known for being a proud nudist who would frequently go nude on the job as mayor. Clarington also is pushing for legislation that regulates the actions of and breaks up the “clothing industry”, saying large clothing corporations are hurting and creating a negative body image for Freedemians and people all around the world.

While 94% of Freedemians identify as pacifists or non-agressionists, most do want to see a small but strong military to protect the nation, and it is unclear how voters will respond to her drastic proposed military cuts.

  1. Economist Derrick Barson

Derrick Barson is an economist, formerly an economics instructor at Hayes University in Quentinsburgh and now an economist working for the Freedemian Liberty Economic Institute based out of Franklinsburgh.

Barson’s proposals largely center around personal freedom, smaller government, and public-private partnerships, essentially helping shrink the government while stimulating the economy. Barson has proposed decriminalizing sales of marijuana products and wants to increase protections for “victimless crimes” when performed on private property. Barson advocates for helping competition by deregulating certain industries and proposes allowing non-governmental groups to take on some roles currently held by government organizations. Barson proposes fully privatizing infrastructure and simply providing some funding, pointing to FreedemiRail as a successful example and pointing out that most transit systems in Freedemia are private companies already and that private partnerships for road construction and maintenance could be successful. Barson believes private companies should be responsible for the type of green innovation Houser has proposed, and has expressed a willingness to work with Houser on his proposals as long as they were simply incentivized and not carried out by the government.

  1. TweetBook CEO Katherine Nelzer

Katherine Nelzer has become a familiar household name. Founder and CEO of the social media site TweetBook, Nelzer has become more politically outspoken in recent years, especially pertaining to the growing global cyber-security threat. Nelzer believes that Freedemia is one of the most likely worldwide to be a victim of a large cyber-attack, due to its large and growing global footprint, minimal military action, and lackluster national cyber-security protections. “A pacifist society can still be a secure one. Cyber warfare is a thing, and we need to be prepared.” Nelzer also believes that in this changing society technology is key. She supports Houser’s pushes for things like nationwide wifi and data, and, like Barson, believes incentivizing the tech industry could be one of the most important moves to help make Freedemia even more of a world leader. She cites Stepstone Technology and BuyGolly.com as two of the successes she hopes to see repeat in tech innovations nationwide, and hopes, like Houser, to see Freedemia become a champion of smart cities as a global example.

  1. Actor Craig Schluderman

Craig Schluderman is an actor who plays President James Glasner on the comedy crime show National Security. While Glasner was just a role, Schluderman has always been interested in politics. He had joked on TweetBook back in December about running, posting “Maybe what we need now is a President James Glasner to move us forward” with a link to an interview with comedian Greg Harveyman on the Late Night Show about Schluderman’s views on global politics today. Millions of signatures came in, giving Schluderman the ballot access he needed to be candidate #6. Schluderman’s campaign so far has emphasized Freedemia’s growing presence on the global stage, and has pushed for more diplomatic presence in global affairs. Schluderman believes Freedemia has a responsibility to equal rights and justice, and proposed reducing relations and trade with countries that currently have a record of discriminating based on race, gender, or religion or of human rights or war/land/border violations. On the domestic side, Schluderman wants to crack down harder on improper practices in the rice farming and mining industries that are so large in Freedemia to make them safer for workers.

This election is expected to bring up a lot of important issues that are expected to continue to make a difference in Freedemia no matter who is elected. A major upset could still be possible. While Rosenthal is still the favorite, if for no other reasons than her being loved by the people, being the incumbent, and being successful so far, it appears the issues this election centers around are not the same issues Rosenthal championed just 4 years ago. Between Houser championing health, green technology and innovation, Clarington championing tourism, pacifism, and body image, Barson championing fiscal responsibility and privatization, Nelzer championing cybersecurity and technological advancements, and Schluderman championing social justice and labor reform, Rosenthal surprisingly has the weakest platform, or at least the least bold one. Rosenthal has been so successful in her first term that she doesn’t have many unique campaign goals for a second one.

The first PWN poll coming out today shows an interesting trend. President Rosenthal is in the lead, as expected, with 29% of the vote. However, Vice President Houser is actually very close behind with 27% of the vote, slightly unusual for an incumbent vice president, who would normally come in second but largely behind the current president. Nelzer is in third with 18% of the vote, Barson in fourth with 11%, Schluderman in fifth with 8% and Clarington in sixth with 6%, most of which is coming from her home region of Laneston/Vandover. Marco Nelson, though not running, still managed to rake in about 0.4% of the vote in the poll as a write-in candidate.

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Schluderman seems to be in second in the sparsely populated states of North and Guijarros, both home to large amounts of rice farms, and Nelzer seems to be in second to Houser in Trenchent State, the tech capital of Freedemia, where Rosenthal is in a surprising third. Houser is leading by a large margin in his home state of Franklins, getting a whopping 57% of the state’s votes with Rosenthal trailing with 16% in Franklins. Barson did best in the Savvenahsburgh area, known for being very lenient on “victimless crimes” and for championing privatization.

The first televised debate is expected to be on June 10th, aired on PWN.

Zenergy Electronics rebrands as Zenergy Technology (ZT), releases first full line of devices and computers running ZComOS, teases ZeeBoy Platinum and ZeeBox17 releases for the summer

SAN GRANDE, FREEDEMIA– Freedemian electronics company Zenergy released their first official line of computers and mobile devices on Monday. The line currently includes 6 devices, the Zeno (which comes as an all-n-one desktop or a traditional-style PC tower), the ZenoBook, the ZenoBook Lite (sort of a lightweight hybrid between the ZenoBook and the Zeno Pad), ZenoPad, ZenoPhone, and ZenoPhab. The devices are the first full quality non-beta devices that Zenergy has released, and the first that run on the newly improved ZComOS.

“It’s one of the most aesthetically pleasing operating systems we’ve seen in a while,” app developer Ravia commented. “It almost has that same wow factor that StepStone did when it was first released.”

Zenergy first announced the new line back in October 2015, though it had been in the works for years behind the scenes.

Zenergy has gone for the same “seamless experience” concept StepStone Technology has, with a standard UI across all computing devices (though phones especially have what one may call the “lite version”). The devices don’t actually navigate through the home “launch screen”, but through a modern-looking half-screen menu window that appears when you press either the built in Z button or click on the Z icon in the bottom left corner of the screen. (The Z Button is the default in phones, the Z icon is the default on laptops and desktops, and tablets can be adjusted to have the on screen Z Icon in addition to the Z button.) Essentially, this means your home menu is always accessible, no matter what app or program you’re in, in contrast to having to leave a program or move windows around to get back to it.

Some of the later Zenergy Beta models (such as the ZenergyPhone Beta 10) will be eligible for a software upgrade from ZComputeOS Beta 4.3 to ZComOS 1.0, but most of the older test models were not made to run the new system. Zenergy does plan on releasing one final update to ZComputeOS Beta (to be dubbed Beta 5 Final) as a final thank you to those who were early adaptors of the Zenergy computing line.

Zenergy also included a free, fully functional, official ZeeBoy emulator in every new device, as an homage to the days when Zenergy ruled handheld gaming. This may have been done in an effort to compete with MegamerGames‘ GamePhone SuperNova.

Zenergy’s market share is expected to grow dramatically in the near future as these devices hit the shelves. Currently Zenergy has about 1% of the Freedemian mobile device market, with Stepstone, Saehan Group, and Cyclo dominating.

Zenergy gaming fans will also be ecstatic to know that the new ZeeBoy Platinum and ZeeBox are coming out this June. The extent of their success may depend on the third party game offerings they’re able to attract to the platforms.

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The release images of the smaller ZenoPad and the larger version of the ZenoPhone.

Middle school newspaper reporter writes scathing article revealing location of PWN Kids’ Granola Street is truly unknown

EAST GILLEPSIE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL, GILLEPSIE, FREEDEMIA– “Please tell me, How can I Get to Granola Street!!” The popular intro to the educational PTN show so many Freedemian children and children around the world love- Granola Street. However, one Freedemian media outlet isn’t holding back in their criticism of the show. 7th grader and reporter Amy Callendino for East Gillepsie Junior High School’s Gator Journal  (the school newspaper) wrote a scathing expose article in last week’s edition titled “You Really Can’t Tell Me How to Get to Granola Street, Can You?- Freedemia’s Children searching for a place that Doesn’t Exist”. Callendino focused on the suspiciously small amount known about where Granola Street is actually supposed to be, then scrutinized the few details known.

“First, let’s just go based off of appearance. The urban, but somewhat historic neighborhood seems like something that could be in the Garland Park area, considering the architecture and the appearance of the neighborhood. However, the subway station complicates this judgement- while the area looks like it should be along the Capitol Shuttle, on the show it lists routes 1, 2, and 3, none of which directly serve the area, especially not at a shared stop.”

“The largest and most specific piece of evidence we have here is once again the oh-so-famous Granola Street Subway station, pictured in almost every episode next to Goober’s Store. This stop isn’t listed on any QUARTA subway map, not even any historical maps. Even more suspicious is the sign for the station itself. According to the signage, the station is home to subway lines 1, 2, and 3. However, there isn’t a single local station in the system that is home to just lines 1, 2, and 3. In fact, the only stop in the entire system where all three stop is Fredrick Street/Convention Center, the busiest station in the QLine Metro System, home to lines 1, 1X, 2, 2X, 3, 3X, 7, 7X, 14, 14X, and AX, and eventually line 10 when it reaches completion. Frankly, based off the subway station, there’s no possible location that makes sense.”

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The famous fake subway entrance sign seen so frequently on Granola Street.
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Actual signage from a real QUARTA QLine station. Notice the small differences, such as the QUARTA logo and the smaller font used on the actual signage compared to that used on Granola Street.

Callendino also covered several other points, such as the fact that if there was an entire neighborhood of big furry “Funsters” living in downtown Quentinsburgh someone would have noticed by now, and the fact that the bus that ran to the local bus stop was a route 19, which in the QUARTA system cannot exist (to reduce confusion with the metro lines which at some point may number all the way from 1-19, buses are numbered 20 and up), not even mentioning the fact that the street was too small to need a “Route 19- Granola Street” bus.

Callendino’s teachers and those running the school newspaper have been supportive of the unconventional article.

“We encourage critical thinking here at EGJHS, so we wanted her to write the article. It showed that she was thinking critically and deeply about everything she interacts with,” newspaper editor and Ingerish teacher Carla Hermando explained. “It was well written and well thought-out.”

Kids Edutainment Workshop, the creator of Granola Street, released a statement today in response to the article going viral, saying “the numbering of the subway station routes was simply meant to look realistic while reinforcing numbers to kids watching at home”.

Belphenian pop singer Araki Isono calls Battle of Shirahoshi Warriors ‘weak’ in her latest single, “The Resurgence of a Fateful Day”, causes outrage on social media

Calumet City (Sakura News Center) – Many B-pop bands, and the Battle of Shirahoshi families, victims, samurai and pirates started filing complaints to the Belphenia Radio and Telecommunications Council about a Belphenian pop song that was played on national Top-40 radio, because of an offensive part of the lyrics from a member of a popular girl band based from the prefecture of Edaleria who sang her solo song, “The Resurgence of a Fateful Day”.

Araki Isono, 19, a Belphenian pop singer and member of the popular girl band Flying Petals, is under fire for singing an offensive part of the song lyrics and calling the samurai and pirates who were involved in the Battle of Shirahoshi weak. One pirate from Yaelian Prefecture said on social media that “the song is so bad, that she offended many Battle of Shirahoshi Warriors, families and victims”. “Isono does not deserve to stay with Flying Petals because she is nothing but controversy, only to offend the warriors of the Battle of Shirahoshi. Why did she make a song that is offensive to the samurai and the pirates who liberated us from Volkman… What have she done this time!” Anzai Inokawa, a member of Flying Petals said and broke down to tears when she watched the story about Isono’s latest single on our local TV Sakura affiliate BNDL-TV in Zeref.

In Beauregard, Edaleria, the samurai were angry when a local radio station played Isono’s song on Saturday. The samurai, even the city’s mayor had to resort to legal remedies with the BRTC to have the song pulled from airwaves because of the lyrics Isono was singing offended the warriors, victims, and families of the Battle of Shirahoshi.

In the music video, Isono portrayed as a homeless girl named Sarenna with her clothing ripped apart and sang the lyrics, while looking at the pirates letting one Volkman supporter and a Battle of Shirahoshi Warrior to begin a relationship across the Shirahoshi River. What you’re about to see are offensive. “For the last time, the pirate will live together with the comrade along the Shirahoshi… and he killed her, where the samurai across the river start to get frowned up and said ‘I’m supporting you all'”, Isono said when she was singing the lyrics and then, she rages. “You’re weak! The samurai are weak! The pirates are trash i*******! The elite are weak! YOU’RE ALL WEAK!!!” Then, in the video’s postlude ending, she finds a broken time machine and travels to the year 1538, and walks up to Elena Heartfilia, the founder of the original Belphenia who died in 1602 and made her cry by using expletives referring to words that describe torture. “I really hope you will suffer the consequences of being weak and pathetically ridiculous, you Nydigolithian ******!”

“That time travel scene… oh for the love of Great Heart! I can’t believe Araki Isono said that”, Taketsu Buehler, a female lead singer of Ararina saw the video on social media in disgust and flagged the video as offensive and logged out.

Belphenia’s popular pop bands Shadow’s Miracle, Distant Horizons, Ararina, SHN32, and the Angels of Seraphina took the matter to social media asking Isono to apologize to the families, victims, and warriors of the Battle of Shirahoshi through social media, national news outlets including Sakura News Center and state media for singing the lyrics that offended the samurai and pirates.

Guilds in the states of Shirahoshi and Sakura want Araki Isono expelled from Flying Petals and have the controversial song be pulled from social media and Belphenian airwaves including local and national television.