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Finally, the ICO giveaway contest

Well, we had a great time at Worldcon. We did not win the Hugo, but we met lots of great people, had two wonderful panels on Japanese and cross-cultural science fiction, and made novelist N.K. Jemisin jump up and down and glee by presenting her with a copy of ICO: Castle in the Mist by Miyuki Miyabe.

The new hotness.

And now it’s your turn to jump up and down! We’re giving away four copies of ICO, to the readers with the best answer to this question:

What makes ICO such a great videogame anyway. Describe why it stands out from the pack to someone not familiar with modern gaming.

Of course, we’ll take answers in English, Spanish, German, Japanese, Greek, or French. You have till Friday at noon, Pacific, to post your answer as a comment to this blog post. Then we will select four winners and send those free copies out immediately. You don’t need to be in the US to play—we ship everywhere!

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ICO is out!

ICO: Castle in the Mist by Miyuki Miyabe is out today! People are excited about this one. In fact, one guy taped himself opening his book package and put it up on YouTube:

You may be wondering, “When’s the giveaway contest!” Usually, we do one before the book comes out, but last week we had a short work week and this week we’ll be at Worldcon, so…Monday. Get your essay-writing muscles limbered up for this one. And if you’ve already purchased the book, thank you! I hope the gamers out there try some of our other titles, like the fighting game novel Slum Online, or Miyuki Miyabe’s The Book of Heroes. And Ico fans, please do leave a review on amazon, goodreads, your blog, or wherever you like!

Happy reading!

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ICO—it’s real!

Well well, look what came in the morning mail:

It’s the advance copy of ICO: Castle in the Mist. You can get it next month, or…if you’re feeling lucky, in our giveaway contest that we’ll launch just as soon as we get the first box of twenty here at the office?


Yeah, you’re excited.

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The boy was smiling.

Toto understood instantly. He wasn’t hiding from whatever it was everyone else had been looking at—he was playing hide-and-seek. Whatever happened to the people in this city had happened so quickly, he hadn’t even had time to realize that he was about to die.

Reluctantly, Toto admitted what he had known for some time already. This city was no grand work of sculpture. This was the reason why the mountains in the north were forbidden. This was the curse of the Castle in the Mist.

The master in the castle was capable of dooming an entire walled city in the space of a breath.

This was what Ico had seen. This was what he meant by “trouble”, why he was so determined to sacrifice himself for the village.

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