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YouTube comments require Google+ account, Google faces uproar

If you want to continue commenting on YouTube,

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If you want to continue commenting on YouTube, you’re going to need a Google+ account.

Google’s overhaul of YouTube’s comment system, first announced in September, is complete and offers better sorting options than before. In the past, the thumbs up/down feature drove comments toward the top of any given thread with little, if any, moderation from YouTube.

The new system incorporates...

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Review: "PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale"

Video game characters crossover fist first in PlayStation

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Review Score:  7.5/10

"...Sony's expanding roster of video game all stars deserve the title of brawlers." - Warp Pipe


It wasn't too long ago that Sony's most recognizable video game characters were having a drink together in a bar raising their glasses to the gamers that play them. Maybe someone forgot to tip the bartender, because now they are...

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Gamers can direct live streams with PlanetSide 2

PlanetSide 2 is first game to enable direct

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Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) and Twitch, the world's largest video platform and community for gamers, announced today a partnership that will allow for a first-of-its-kind experience that is sure to expand. The two have teamed up to allow gamers to stream their gaming sessions from the free-to-play massively multiplayer online first-person shooter (MMOFPS) PlanetSide 2 with just a click of...

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Review: 'Borderlands 2' is a laugh-out-loud blast

'Borderlands 2' is available on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation

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"I cannot get enough of this game and highly recommend calling three of your friends to take a joy ride into this wild, wild space western."  - Warp Pipe


Treasure hunters and pyromaniacs alike found Gearbox and 2K Games' role-playing shooter 'Borderlands' to be a great blend of action and XP driven gameplay. But the game did lack where open world games thrived on...

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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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Review: Syndicate

Syndicate is EA's cyberpunk shooter, where you are

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In a market dominated by first-person shooting giants like Halo, Medal of Honor, and Call of Duty, it's hard for a new boy to edge his way into recognition without some kind of gimmick. Many have tried, but none have topped the perennial heavyweights — do you remember “Bulletstorm?” No?


That leads us to Syndicate, a new FPS that is actually a reboot of a 1993 strategy/shooter...

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REVIEW: Fortune Street (WII)

Photo credit: Handout

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A Japanese favorite came to the United States for the holiday season. No, it wasn't a large city-stomping reptile, although it might may very well be the Godzilla of Monopoly-styled games.

The game features a cast of characters from both Nintendo's "Mario" and Square Enix's "Dragon Quest." I personally am unfamiliar with Dragon Quest but they are by no means an obscure...

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Xbox Live subscription update rip-off?

XBox Live Membership Auto renewal cost gamers too

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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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Sony Playstation's security issues mount

Sony Hackstation

Sony's security problems continue to grow as Sony Online Entertainment  says  that the personal information of nearly 100 milion users may have been breached in a massive Internet attack that brought down the PlayStation Network late last month.

The company is currently testifying in congressional hearings on the extent of the attack.

Sony says its still not sure when their...

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