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  • November 11th, 2012

    by Published on November 12th, 2012 22:50
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    Best Buy is currently running a buy two, get one free sale on a handful of 3DS games. In fact, only eight games are part of the deal, but said games include Paper Mario: Sticker Star, New Super Mario Bros 2, Mario Kart 7 and Rayman Origins. Not bad if you haven't picked them up already.

    by Published on November 12th, 2012 22:48
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    Just in time for the holidays, a slew of new Windows 8 Ultrabooks has arrived to make your shopping list all the more difficult. Not only must you settle on a screen size, you also have touch-enabled machines to consider -- and don't forget those Atom-powered hybrids, which pull double duty as standalone slates and full-fledged laptops. The deliberations may be endless, but we've whittled down the playing field to some prime contenders. Just hold your horses -- some of these slick machines are drumming up extra anticipation with release dates well into the holiday shopping season.

    Low-end / mid-range

    Sony VAIO T13
    The T13 Ultrabook has been around for some time now, but it still stands out for its many configuration options and robust spec list -- including a Core i5 Ivy Bridge CPU, a 500GB hybrid hard drive with 4GB of RAM and a slick 3.54-pound metal chassis -- offered at a surprisingly wallet-friendly price. To usher in the Windows 8 era, Sony recently added an edge-to-edge glass touch display as an option for this 13-inch machine, which makes it an even stronger contender for the students and casual users on your list.
    Key specs: 13-inch (1,366 x 768) capacitive touchscreen, Core i5-3317U processor with 4GB of RAM, 500GB hybrid hard drive, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 0.75 inches thick, 3.54 pounds.
    Price: $870 from Sony

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    Toshiba Satellite U945
    The U945 is a bargain-priced Ultrabook, and though it may sport a blue plastic coating rather than a more premium aluminum finish, it packs solid specs: a Core i5 processor, 6GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive paired with a 32GB SSD for speedy boot-ups.
    Price: $730 from Toshiba

    Samsung Series 5 Ultra Touch
    Touch doesn't have to come at a huge premium, as the Series 5 Ultra Touch so deftly demonstrates. For $850, you get a 13-inch panel ready to handle finger input, a 500GB hard drive with 24GB of ExpressCache and a Core i3 Ivy Bridge CPU.
    Price: $850 from Best Buy


    HP Spectre XT TouchSmart
    We're fans of the 13.3-inch Envy Spectre XT, which sports a great keyboard and touchpad and offers impressive performance in an attractive all-metal package. The 15.6-inch TouchSmart is even more enticing -- with a 1080p IPS display (with touch support, of course) a generous selection of ports, Beats Audio and full copies of Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements. The TouchSmart won't go on sale till December, but you can add it to your shopping list in the meantime.
    Key specs: 15.6-inch (1,920 x 1,080) IPS display, Ivy Bridge processors, 0.7 inches thick, 4.77 pounds.
    Price: $1,400 (expected in December)

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    Acer Aspire S7
    Yes, Acer's 13-inch Aspire S7 offers a bright 1080p IPS display, but its panel goes above and beyond with a design that can lie completely flat. Acer sweetens the deal with an included USB-to-Ethernet adapter and carrying case.
    Price: $1,375 on Amazon

    MacBook Air 13-inch
    Viewed alongside the new crop of touch-enabled Windows 8 machines, Apple's ultraportable may have a little less luster. But if the beneficiary of your generous gift giving can live with keyboard input, the Air's Core i5 power, Mountain Lion and best-in-class glass trackpad are a winning combo.
    Price: $1,128 on Amazon


    HP Envy x2
    HP's take on the Atom-powered laptop / tablet craze is an 11-inch slate with a detachable keyboard dock. It's not the form factor that's impressive, though: specs include NFC, Beats Audio and a 400-nit IPS display. There's also pen support, so users can interact with the device via the touchscreen, keyboard or stylus. Beginning November 14th, you'll be able to purchase this lightweight, aluminum-built hybrid for $850 -- hardly chump change, but you get a lot for those buckaroos.
    Key specs: 11-inch (1,366 x 768) display, Clover Trail processor, 64GB of built-in storage, 0.33 inches thick, 1.5 pounds / 1.6 pounds with dock.
    Price: $850 (beginning November 14th)

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    Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx
    With a dual-core Clover Trail processor, 32GB of solid-state storage and an 11.6-inch IPS display, the Lynx looks to be a solid standalone tablet. Add in the $150 dock and you get 16 hours of battery life -- when this hybrid hits the market in December.
    Price: $600 and up

    ASUS Transformer Book
    With a spun-metal lid and a sleek silhouette, this convertible looks deceptively similar to the ASUS Zenbook. But detach the tablet from its keyboard dock and you have a Core i7-powered 13-inch slate. Look for it to drop in mid-December.
    Price: TBD


    HTC One X
    Ready to take home one of AT&T's hottest smartphones? Today's offering is the tried-and-true HTC One X, which remains one of our top picks on the US carrier's LTE network. To enter for your chance to win, be sure to review our full guidelines, then leave a comment below.
    Good luck!

    by Published on November 12th, 2012 22:21
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    Bookies Paddy Power and Ladbrokes have revealed their odds for this year's contenders for the UK Christmas No.1 chart spot.
    Both firms told MCV they make Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 the favourite, ahead of FIFA 13and the likes of New Super Mario Bros U,Medal of Honor: Warfighter, Assassin's Creed 3 and Halo 4.Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: "It would be one of the upsets of the year if Black Ops didn't land the top spot this Christmas."
    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim claimed the Christmas No.1 spot last year, marking the first time in eight years the Xmas top spot didn't go to an EA or Activision game.
    Paddy Power odds:

    • 1/20 - Call Of Duty: Black Ops II
    • 8/1 - FIFA 13
    • 20/1 - Medal of Honour: Warfighter
    • 28/1 - Borderlands 2
    • 33/1 - World Of Warcraft: Mists Of Pandaria
    • 33/1 - Assassin's Creed III
    • 33/1 - New Super Mario Bros. U

    Ladbrokes odds:
    • 1/8 - Call of Duty: Black Ops II
    • 12/1 - New Super Mario Bros U
    • 14/1 - Halo 4
    • 16/1 - Assasin Creed III
    • 16/1 - FIFA 13
    • 25/1 - LEGO Lord of the Rings
    • 25/1 - Hitman Absolution
    • 33/1 - Medal of Honor: Warfighter
    • 33/1 - WWE '13
    • 50/1 - Just Dance 4
    • 50/1 - Football Manager 2013
    • 50/1 - Need for Speed Most Wanted
    • 66/1 - Far Cry 3
    • 100/1 - Madden NFL 13
    • 100/1 - Forza Horizon
    • 100/1 - Diablo 3
    • 100/1 - Resident Evil 6
    • 100/1 - Dishonored

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    by Published on November 12th, 2012 22:13
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    Nintendo has confirmed UK release dates for a number of upcoming limited edition 3DS XL models.
    White 3DS XLs, one with Mario Kart 7 pre-installed and another with Super Mario 3D Land pre-installed, will launch on November 16 and November 30 respectively, with the former priced at Ł199.99 at retailers including GAME.Meanwhile, Pokémon fans will be able to pick up a 3DS XL featuring an image of Pikachu on the system for Ł179.99 from December 7.
    None of the three systems will come bundled with an AC power adapter, but they are compatible with DSi, DSi XL or 3DS AC adapters, which can also be purchased separately.

    by Published on November 12th, 2012 22:10
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    Dan Houser, co-founder of Rockstar and co-writer of Grand Theft Auto 5, has said the immense size of Los Santos was necessary to accommodate flying.
    Last week Houser was quoted as saying thatGTA 5's world is bigger than Red Dead Redemption, San Andreas and GTA 4 combined.Now Houser has told The Guardian that players will be doing a lot of flying in GTA 5 so it was important to the studio that there's plenty of airspace.
    "We wanted to make a big place, as much as anything, to allow you to fly," he said. "A lot of the decisions, we're talking about them here on a philosophical level, but they're also practical decisions, too: we're making a game. You have to understand the medium.
    "On an obvious level we wanted somewhere big so you can fly properly - we have a lot of missions that involve flying, in helicopters or whatever, it was logical. Also, Jet skis work better around LA than they would in New York.
    "We're using the environment to let us have toys we couldn't have had otherwise," Houser added. "And equally, we're using the story and environment to introduce missions that can be more extreme. In some ways we wanted the game to have a larger-than-life Hollywood feel; the stories we heard in LA, we wanted to capture them in the game. If the place isn't informing what we're doing, we're not using it correctly."
    For details on bank heists, dynamic missions and underwater gameplay read our GTA V full details story.

    by Published on November 12th, 2012 21:49
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    Turning on an Xbox 360 / PlayStation 3 / Nintendo Wii:

    1. Walk to living room, pick up television controller.
    2. Turn on television, select input / applicable volume / etc.
    3. Put down television controller.
    4. Pick up gamepad. Turn on power.
    5. Select profile.

    Five steps. Let's compare this to Nintendo's new console, the Wii U.

    1. Walk to living room, pick up Wii U tablet controller.
    2. Press TV button on controller, power on television, select input / applicable volume / etc., power on console.
    3. Select profile.

    Just three! At the risk of sounding like late-night TV pitchmen, we must emphasize how important this is. It remains impressive after days of using the console at home. Ever since we (as a society) first plugged computers called "gaming consoles" into our televisions, we've been following an archaic process of swapping remotes and pushing buttons and all sorts of needless busywork. Nintendo's Wii U tablet controller thankfully streamlines that process in a small, but tremendously meaningful way: during initial console setup, you're prompted to sync your television and the tablet controller, allowing the tablet itself to control the TV's power, volume, channels, and input directly.
    And let's pause to emphasize the importance of this step as part of the initial console setup, rather than background functionality to be sussed out later on -- this fundamentally transforms how the vast majority of soon-to-be Wii U owners will interact with their Wii U. The console instantly becomes the de facto media unit, interacting with your cable box, DVR, and various digital streaming offerings, as well as directly controlling your television.
    by Published on November 12th, 2012 20:51
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    Violent games could be facing a potential clampdown in Russia after authorities linked them to a recent shooting.
    Last week Russian office worker Dmitry Vinogradov shot dead five former colleagues with two more admitted to hospital, one of whom was a former girlfriend of Vinogradov.
    However, as is sadly too often the way authorities have also noted that Vinogradov had previously played Rockstar’s Manhunt.
    United Russia reps have since gone on to make official media statements about the game and demand an inquiry into the sale of the title with the view to a ban. They are also looking for a Russia-wide ban on violent video games content.
    Manhunt is no stranger to controversy, of course. The game was thrust into the media spotlight when it was claimed that youngster Warren Leblanc, who murdered his friend Stefan Pakeerah, was a fan of the game and took inspiration from it.
    It later emerged that it was the victim Pakeerah who had played the game.
    Its sequel, Manhunt 2, was nearly banned too though ELSPA (now UKIE) successfully appealed for that decision to be overturned.

    by Published on November 12th, 2012 20:40
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    Activision insists it takes street dates 'very seriously' following reports of early selling of Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
    The firm told MCV that it is 'looking at appropriate action,' but insists that these incidents are the 'exceptions.'
    Some consumers have received their copies of Black Ops II early, as certain online retailers - including online indie Simplygames.com – have sent the game out ahead of time.
    "We take street dates very seriously," Activision's UK MD Peter Hepworth told MCV.
    "The vast, vast majority has held the line. Everyone wants the big community event at midnight when the sales come through. I am aware of some exceptions. We are looking at appropriate action. But we are pleased to say we have got the support of all of the retail partners, and they are not causing these issues. They want to help us celebrate it at midnight tonight."
    Call of Duty: Black Ops II launches tonight with over 6,500 retailers selling the game, with in excess of 2,000 midnight openings. There's a big launch event and there will be 'surprises' at the HMV official event at midnight.

    by Published on November 12th, 2012 20:37
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    The Wii U arrives in the US this weekend, but one leading analyst has claimed Nintendo will need to up its game if it wants the new console to replicate the success of its predecessor.
    IHS Screen Digest analyst Piers Harding-Rolls does, however, believe that Wii U will have a more immediate impact than Wii achieved, predicting sales of 3.5m Wii U consoles by the end of the year. Wii managed 3.1m sales in the same time period in 2006.
    However, Harding-Rolls remains less certain of the console’s long-term potential. In fact, he forecasts that Wii U sales over its first four years will only reach around 70 per cent of the Wii's.
    “This time around, Wii U's pure innovation, coupled with a limited volume of high-quality Nintendo software, will not be enough to drive the on-going sales momentum we witnessed with the Wii console, especially at a higher price point,” Harding-Rolls stated.
    “Long-term success depends on on-going consumer engagement delivered through the constant release of high-quality content from both first and third parties, a competitive non-games entertainment proposition and a sound digital and online strategy to go along with such innovation.
    “Nintendo is still some way short of delivering a comprehensive engagement-led value proposition at the launch of the Wii U.
    "How the company executes on these new initiatives will have a substantial impact on the Wii U's ability to maintain its market relevance past the launch phase when competing with the burgeoning choice of connected devices that serve.”

    by Published on November 12th, 2012 20:35
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    Q4 has got off to a rough start for UK?games retail, with fewer games sold in October than September.
    In total 2.83m games were sold last month, a fall of 29.5 per cent over the same period a year ago. This is also 20.5 per cent down over September, which benefitted from the late release of FIFA 13.
    In terms of revenue, the UK High Street generated Ł83m, which is 29.8 per cent down year-on-year and 22.8 per cent down month-on-month.
    The market dipped due to the lack of a major blockbuster in October. The data released by Chart-Track runs up to October 27th, so does not include Assassin’s Creed III.
    FIFA 13 was the No.1 seller, with Resident Evil 6 at No.2, Dishonored at No.3, Skylanders Giants at No.4, and Medal of Honor: Warfighter reaching fifth place.
    Electronic Arts was once again the top publisher.

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