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Xbox One tops PlayStation 4 in next generation console war

The Xbox One may not be as powerful

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PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the highly anticipated next-generation gaming consoles, are finally on their way; Sony's entry even launches sales at midnight Thursday. If you know an avid gamer or even an interested amateur, one of these consoles could very well be on your shopping list this holiday season. Though similar in some aspects, the PS4 and Xbox One offer different gaming experiences -- knowing...

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Call of Duty: Ghosts released just days before Playstation, XBox's next generation

A screenshot shows play in Activision's Call of

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Activision released its latest iteration of Call of Duty Tuesday -- Call of Duty: Ghosts -- a frenzy-inducing event in the gaming world. The title is the franchise's 10th, and the first new one since Black Ops II launched last November and sold 7.5 million copies (to the tune of $500 million) on opening day in the  United States alone. It marked the fourth consecutive year a Call of Duty game...

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Final Fantasy XIV Realm Reborn: 10 reasons you should be playing

Final Fantasy fans have been waiting a long

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Final Fantasy fans have been waiting a long time for developer Square Enix to make up for the debacle of a Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) experience that was Final Fantasy XII. To say the latest crack at an MMO is an enormous improvement would be an understatement. If you’re into MMOs and not playing this already, you should be. We’ve been racking up the hours on this game and it’s fantastic....

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GTA Online fans enraged over PS3, Xbox software issues

This screenshot shows play during the Grand Theft

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Since the Sept. 17 release of Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto V, millions of gamers have been eagerly awaiting the launch of  Grand Theft Auto Online, a massive multiplayer online game bundled with the main game that debuted Oct. 2. But excitement has quickly given way to disappointment because the game was riddled with malfunctions. As a result, the game's developer, Rockstar, has become...

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2013 E3: The most anticipated games

The teaser trailer for XBox One's forthcoming Halo

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The annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) kicked off June 11 in Los Angeles and runs through June 13. The event brings together the biggest names in video game development and offers them a grand stage to unveil their latest, greatest titles. 

Click below for our ongoing list of the hottest games displayed during the conference. We'll continue to update it as more games are announced.

The...

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Stony Brook video gaming competition lures tech's present, future to LI

Stony Brook University senior Paul Gifford presents a

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Business leaders searching for seedlings of a technology boom on Long Island, like the one Silicon Valley experienced two decades ago, would have been wise to have stepped into the Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University last Friday. There, an impressive roster of successful video game developers with roots on Long Island gathered to see the work of the next wave of computer science enthusiasts.

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Halo 4 review: A classic redefined

Halo 4 Poster

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"With an epic story line, nonstop action and a soundtrack to match, this isn’t a game... It’s a full-on experience"

- Warp Pipe

 

 

There are few game releases in this world that rival those of Halo. Every rendition of this story has spawned an amazing game to experience. This fourth edition follows suit and does not disappoint.

There are some benchmarks...

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Pack smart for New York Comic-Con

A backpack full of essentials for a day's

(Credit: Daryl Thomen)

Whether it is your first convention or you a yearly veteran, it pays to be prepared when going to the New York Comic-Con. Proper planning can make things easier so that the only thing you'll have to worry about is witnessing an unpleasant cosplay wardrobe malfunction from some not-so-super men.

Here is some of the items worth tossing into your New York Comic-Con bag:

Bottled Water -...

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Video games in gym class

St. Patrick's Elementary School in Huntington tests out

(Credit: Amanda Voisard)

At Warp Pipe we encourage kids to get "Off the Couch", especially through our video segments of the same name. One elementary school gym feels the same way and are using video games to help kids learn to stay active.

Catholic Health Services provided Catholic Elementary Schools in Huntington with a $140,000 grant to promote health and education. Using the grant, the school system...

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You and Nintendo's Wii U

Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime

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Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aimes hit the stage this past Thursday morning in New York City to announce that the Nintendo Wii U will hit U.S. retailers Nov. 18 with two price tags of $299 (basic model) or $349 (Deluxe edition which include NintendoLand gaming experience and more). Now that the cat is out of the bag, or should I say the Italian plumber is out of the pipe, is...

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