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Monthly Archives: December 2008

Enjoy this Christmas music video by Hello Kitty and Friends!


As of December 22, 2008 at 23:59 EST, the Hello Kitty Online Founders’ Christmas Reunion has officially ended.  Here’s the Christmas greetings from the Reunion players:

Hello Kitty Founders' Christmas Reunion

Merry Christmas everyone!

In spite of the global economic downturn, Christmas will still be a wonderful time this year. Dream Cortex wishes you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2009!

Christmas Wishes from Dream Cortex

To show appreciation for the successful Hello Kitty Online Founders’ Beta, Hello Kitty Online would like to invite all its Founders to an exclusive special event for this holiday season! From December 17 until December 22, 2008, Hello Kitty Online will be having the Founders’ Christmas Reunion, where players can meet up once more before Open Beta to celebrate the last party of the year in Sanrio Land.Hello Kitty Online Founders' Christmas Reunion

The Founders’ Christmas Reunion will feature new quests to save Christmas, newly designed Christmas maps, and the map you have all been waiting for – New York!

Hello Kitty Online will open its doors once more for this special event on December 17, 2008 at exactly 22:00 EST, and will close on December 22, 2008 at 23:29 EST. Watch out the offical Hello Kitty Online Blog for all the latest upates!

On Wednesday (10th December) we had the pleasure of hosting about 25 visitors to Dream Cortex. This sizable group was part of the 150-strong Dutch delegation to Business Of Design Week 2008. The Dutch delegation are active in multimedia, online, game and animation content in the Netherlands, and the visit was led by Antoinette Hoes (Leylines), Bruni Hofman (Syntens) and Floor van Spaendonck (Virtueel Platform). They were great visitors, friendly and enthusiastic. They were especially interested in our digital media services and particularly in our work for Hello Kitty. Everyone at Dream Cortex was glad to talk and exchange ideas with them.

The group spent an hour at Dream Cortex and then enjoyed a tour of the Cyberport, the IT and digital media hub in Hong Kong where Dream Cortex has its offices. Mark Clift, COO of Cyberport, was our tour guide and showed us around the Cyberport, including the Hong Kong Wireless Development Centre (HKWDC), the Cyberport Visitor Centre (which has a screening room for 360 degrees interactive film), and the Digital Media Centre (DMC), which offers video and autio post-production facilities to tenants and clients.

We received great feedback from the Dutch delegation, and they even told us that it’s been the most informative and inspiring day of their Hong Kong trip. Dream Cortex is definitely looking forward to further dialogue with the Dutch digital media industry, and to creating more business synergies and partnership opportunities between the Netherlands and Hong Kong.


bodw Dutch Delegation visits Dream Cortex

A warm welcome to the Dutch delegation by Calvin and Alex.


bodw Dutch Delegation visits Dream Cortex

The delegation were very busy taking photos at our studio.


bodw Dutch Delegation visits Dream Cortex

Benjamin was making a presentation to the delegation, an overview of what Dream Cortex does, and the Hello Kitty projects including “The Adventures of Hello Kitty & Friends” and “Hello Kitty Online”.


bodw Dutch Delegation visits Dream Cortex

Great audience, and they all very interested in the projects that we are working on.


bodw Dutch Delegation visits Dream Cortex

Though there were many questions by the Dutch delegation, we were very glad to answer and to exchange ideas with them.


bodw Dutch Delegation visits Dream Cortex

Finished the visit at the Cyberport Digital Media Centre (DMC) with a group photo.

The 36th Annual Annie Awards ceremony will be held on January 30th, 2009, presenting honors to in the classifications of feature film, commercial, and home video productions for writing, character design, visual effects, and many others.

Other than the television categories, Kung Fu Panda is pretty much nominated in all the rest of the categories.  Seems like the panda is going to be the big winner of the Annie Awards.

36th Annual Annie Awards

Check out the Annie Awards web site here for nominations by category.

The long due WordPress 2.7 launches today.

WordPress 2.7 represents a huge shift away from earlier versions of WordPress – at least in the dashboard. Most of the changes will be visible to bloggers, but not blog readers.  The changes in the dashboard are huge.  First, the navigation menus have all been moved to the left side of the screen, giving you more room at the top of the page.  The sub-menus are also all collapsible, allowing you to navigate the dashboard without reloading the page as often.


You can customize the dashboard by dragging, dropping, adding, or deleting widgets like the Right Now screen that gives you an overview of your blog stats, or the QuickPress widget that allows you to create a post using a stripped down WYSIWYG editor right from the start page.

WordPress 2.7 also allows you to search and install plugins without leaving the dashboard.  And for the first time, an automatic upgrade tool is included in WordPress so you can upgrade to WordPress 2.7.1 or 2.8 or whatever new versions are on the horizon without having to fire up an FTP client.

Another big focus of this new release was making everything faster.  It loads faster for you to navigate. And nearly every possible task in WordPress now takes fewer clicks than it used to.

For new features list, please visit

bodw (Business of Design Week) referred to as “one of the most significant annual events on the international design calendar,” bodw, Asia’s leading design event on innovation, design and brand, attracts the best of the global design world to Hong Kong.

bodw 2008 Hong Kong

More than 50,000 participants and over 100 of the world’s most iconic designers, business leaders and educators attend bodw to share their success stories, exchange ideas, and network in an event nobody can afford to miss. The goal of bodw is to encourage businesses to unleash the power of design by focusing on the vital relationship and complex interplay between design and business.

This year’s bodw will take place on 8-13 December at the Hong Kong

Convention and Exhibition Centre. For further information and registration details, please visit

This is the TV Ad that Dream Cortex made for Empire Interactive‘s latest NDS game – Hello Kitty: Big City Dreams. The TV Ad has been airing on North American TV channels and is now available on YouTube.

When the game becomes available in Europe next year there will be European versions of the TV Ad in French, Italian, German and Spanish.

Hello Kitty: Big City Dreams is a fun, exciting and cute adventure for the Nintendo DS, featuring the hugely popular Hello Kitty characters and several mini-games. Hello Kitty: Big City Dreams is distributed by Atari, Inc. in North America under an exclusive multi-year distribution deal between Atari and Empire Interactive.