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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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Gift-getters prefer tablets to laptops, survey finds

The Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T switches

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If you’re shopping for a high-priced tech gadget this holiday season, your loved one would probably prefer a new tablet to a laptop, according to a PriceGrabber.com survey released Nov. 8, 2012. The online price comparison service found that 59 percent of the 1,475 online U.S. shoppers it polled late last month would prefer a tablet to a laptop.

So is this the beginning of the end for the...

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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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Microsoft's big shift: Be more like Apple

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer introduces Surface, a

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Slowly but surely, Microsoft is creeping further into the hardware business. In Tuesday’s annual letter to shareholders, Steven Ballmer, the firm’s chief executive, outlined plans to develop devices to capitalize on the company’s most prized Windows features.

The announcement marks a pivot from the tech giant’s decades-long focus on developing software and licensing it to many of the largest...

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Don't run, fly in 'Hybrid' on Xbox Live

"Hybrid" was developed by 5th Cell and is

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Developer 5th Cell surprised the gaming world with a brand-new third-person shooter concept nearly a year ago, and now their vision is available exclusively on Xbox Live as part of the Xbox Live Summer of Arcade. The digital download costs 1200 Microsoft Points ($15), but does "Hybrid" have enough game life for gamers to pull the trigger for purchase?

The new approach "Hybrid"...

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Assassin's Creed 3 re-starts a revolution

Play as Ratonhnhake:ton, also known as Connor Kenway

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Thanks to comic books, movies and cartoons, many look to their heroes as those associated with men and women in skintight outfits. Before there was The Avengers, even before there was the United States of America we call our country, there were our founding fathers--the real-life patriots such as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin that helped bring forth one nation divided from tyranny. One...

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Wii U best of the 'Big Three'

"Pikmin 3," the first original entry in the

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Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo have concluded their presentations at E3 this year, and it's no surprise that the Wii U left the biggest impression.

The Wii U's impact at the Electronic Entertainment Expo began even before Nintendo took the stage Tuesday at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The final version of the Wii U controller was shown during a pre-E3 Nintendo broadcast highlighting comfort...

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Forza Motorsport 4's graphics set video game standard

Screenshot from Forza Motorsport 4

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Forza Motorsport is back. The latest iteration of Xbox’s premier racing game manages once again to marry an authentic simulator with that of classic arcade racing. There aren’t any major upgrades within the driving experience in this fourth installment, but there are plenty of improvements within the game modes and graphics that make Forza Motorsport 4 a must-buy for racing enthusiasts.

Basics

Forza...

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Gears of War 3 gives fans a satisfying conclusion

Gameplay shot in Gears of War 3.

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Gears of War 3 is just as much fun as you expected it to be. For longtime fans, Gears 3 is the satisfying conclusion to one of the most popular series on the Xbox 360, and one that has spawned book series, comics, toys and even board games.

The game follows Marcus Fenix and the other members of Delta Squad as they search for Marcus’ missing father. The human government on the planet...

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Gears of War 3 early preview

Gears of War 3 screenshot

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I was invited to play the single-player campaign of Gears of War 3, the follow-up to 2009’s smash hit Gears of War 2. Unfortunately, I'm unable to write about the actual game mechanics and controls until closer to the release date, but I did get to spend some hands-on time with the single player campaign.

Gears 3 takes place two years after the conclusion of the second game, and we find...

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