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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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'Mass Effect 3' launches

"Mass Effect 3" launch trailer

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War for Earth has begun, and gamers who've been gearing up for the climactic battle can finally answer the call to arms against the Reapers. "Mass Effect 3" has become one of the most anticipated releases of the calendar year.

Longtime fans will continue their journey based upon their choices made in previous games. New recruits won't feel left out either, as Bioware states that...

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Trailer: Ghost Recon Future Soldier

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

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Check out this explosive trailer for the highly anticipated Ghost Recon Future Soldier. Ubisoft's futuristic take on the series pits The Ghosts against an ultranationalist force that has invaded Russia and its neighboring countries. The game will feature single-player, multi-player, and up to four-player co-op modes....

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Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012

Finding it hard to get off the couch and hit the gym? Stick to those New Year's resolutions with Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012 exclusively on Kinect for Xbox 360.  Train in the comfort of your own home with your in-game coach covering more than 90 hours of activities and 60 new moves....

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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.

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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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Kinect open source could usher motion computing revolution

Imagine walking into a room and booting up your PC with a "Computer on" voice command, then controlling your apps with simple hand gestures. Sound too futuristic? Microsoft wants to make that happen today with the motion-sensing Kinect peripheral for the Xbox 360.

Microsoft released a software development kit  for the Kinect that gives anyone with programming knowledge the ability...

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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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Torchlight comes to Xbox Live Arcade

Torchlight for XBox available on XBox Live Arcade

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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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Logitech’s F540 brings you into the game

Logitech's F540 gaming headset. (Undated)

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Product: Logitech F540 Wireless Gaming HeadsetConsole: Xbox & PS3Whether you are a late-night gamer or just looking to get more into the game, incorporating a great set of gaming headphones is essential in taking your experience to the next level. With so many headset choices out there, it’s hard to find a product that gives you the best performance for your gaming type. If you’re...

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