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Watch live video from Comic-Con in San Diego

Costumed characters walk to preview night on Wednesday

(Credit: AP, 2011)

Comic-Con 2011 kicked off Wednesday night at the San Diego Convention Center, and today promises to be full of even more exciting events, panels and reveals.

We're particularly looking forward to learning about the future of the Halo franchise along with news of Capcom's upcoming games, like Asura's Wrath and Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City.

This weekend is sure to be packed with...

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Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 video game

A scene from Harry Potter and the Deathly

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"Harry Potter" fans can now finish Harry’s story on their own terms with this movie game. Deathly Hallows Part 2 faithfully follows the actual scenes from the movie, which was surprising considering most movie games veer off topic quicker than a faulty broomstick. The cut scenes and even a lot of the dialogue came from the movie itself, which really made me feel like I was experiencing...

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Review: L.A. Noire is stylistic 1940's crime thriller

L.A Noire gameplay.

(Credit: Rockstar)

With the recent release of L.A. Noire, gamers finally have the opportunity to investigate crime scenes, interrogate suspects, and chase down perps. As rookie detective Cole Phelps, players will scour the streets of 1940’s Los Angeles in search of murderers, arsonists, and robbers.

L.A. Noire is unique from other games in the realism of the character’s facial expressions. Players...

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Blockbuster game over? Redbox kiosks expand to video game rentals

Redbox, a company that specializes in the rental

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Redbox, the DVD and Blu-Ray rental company that stuck those conspicuous big red vending machines into many of our supermarkets, announced it’s getting into video game rentals.

The company said each of their kiosk’s will carry anywhere from 22 to 28 of the most recent console games from the PS3, Wii, and the Xbox 360. Each game will cost $2 per day -- higher than the $1.50 daily...

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Xbox Live subscription update rip-off?

XBox Live Membership Auto renewal cost gamers too

(Credit: Matthew Cassella)

We all like things to be easier when it comes to getting online to play our favorite games on Xbox Live. But when renewing your subscription costs almost double the old price, convenience starts hurting the wallet.

Did you know an Xbox Live Gold subscription auto renewal will set you back $99 for the family subscription? I found this out when I canceled my credit card and my auto renewal choked...

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Nintendo 3DS brings 3-D to mobile gaming

Nintendo 3DS mobile gaming system

(Credit: Nintendo )

The tech gods have spoken and 3-D viewing is in. Nintendo has embraced the buzz and is the first to bring 3-D gaming technology to market. Now I’m a huge fan of 3-D movies in the theater, but when it comes to home viewing of 3-D technology, manufacturers have a long way to go. That said, Nintendo has done a great job enhancing the DS and bringing it into the three-dimensional realm.


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Torchlight comes to Xbox Live Arcade

Torchlight for XBox available on XBox Live Arcade


If you're like me and love MMORPGs like World of Warcraft but just don’t have the time to contribute, you are in luck. Torchlight is a similar, play-at-your-own-pace, single-player game that can be compared to WOW. Runic Games developed Torchlight for the PC, but now console gamers can get in on the action.

Right from the start you’ll see a lot of nuances that make one think this...

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Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City Teaser

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City Teaser


Capcom has launched its first look at the next installment of Resident Evil, Operation Racoon City. This new version is said to be a team multiplayer third-person team-based shooter. Will it live up to the awesomeness that was Resident Evil 5? We have yet to see. More details as we recieve them, but for now enjoy the teaser.


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Get ready for Bumpy Roads

Simogo's new game, Bumpy Road

(Credit: Simogo)

Platform: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and MacGenre: Action, Sidescrolling, Platform

Games that take creativity to a new level are always of interest to me. The developers at Simogo, makers of Kosmo Spin, are no strangers to clever gaming. Simogo has only one game in its lineup, but there's another in the works, Bumpy Road. Check out the debut trailer, below.Bumpy Road debut trailer...

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Gameloft pulls on the wallet strings

Gameloft Logo


Finding awesome free games on the Apple App store is a great feeling. But when a game is said to be free and turns out to be a demo, well, that just puts a damper on the whole experience. Gameloft is a publisher that loves this type of release model. They make some great games, but most of them are knock-offs of console or PC games.

Case in point is "Starfront: Collision." A real-time...

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