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SimCity's latest trailer shows how you can work with other cities, friends

I've got to admit, I'm pretty excited about SimCity - every trailer so far has been better and better, and this trailer is no different. This one goes into some more detail of how surrounding city interactions work, and more.



As you can see in the video above, you can work with neighbor cities, or friends cities. The video has a great example of using a Fire Department from another city - in the case that you didn't have one, a neighboring city will come over and put out your fires for you, all without any user interaction.


I'm loving the upgrades to buildings, and the very social aspects of the game. I'm incredibly excited to see what the final game turns out to be!


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Blizzard are testing Diablo III on consoles, could eventually see a release

Blizzard are one of the only developers left that are PC-only, but it looks like this could change. The developer are testing Diablo III out on consoles, and have said that it could eventually turn into an "official project", which would see a departure from their PC-only stance.


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We heard rumblings of a console release earlier this year, but haven't heard anything else until today. We might eventually see Diablo III, and previous as well as future Blizzard titles reach current- and next-gen consoles. Rob Pardo, Chief Creative Officer at Blizzard has told Polygon:


We're still kind of exploring it. We've got builds up and running on it. We're hoping to get it far enough along where we can make it an official project, but we're not quite ready to release stuff about it, but it's looking pretty cool.

Arduino Esplora, the first open source gaming pad!

Meet the Arduino Esplora, an open source Arduino Leonardo based gaming pad that can be used in DIY Gaming projects, to control robots or just about any other project where a hand held controller is needed. Sporting an Atmega32U4 AVR microcontroller with 16 MHz crystal oscillator and a micro USB connection capable of acting as a USB client device, like a mouse or a keyboard.


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With 32 KB of memory (with 4 KB used for the bootloader) and a 3 axis acceleration on board we are sure that there will be some awesome games configured to support this controller. The Esplora can appear as a generic keyboard and mouse, and can be programmed to control these input devices using the Arduino Keyboard and Mouse libraries.


"To facilitate writing sketches for the Esplora, there is a dedicated library that contains methods for reading the sensors and writing to the outputs on-board. The library offers high level methods which provide pre-processed data, like degrees Fahrenheit or Celsius from the temperature sensor. It also enables easy access to the outputs, like writing values to the RGB LED." We can't wait to see someone playing Angry Birds on their 10" tablet using the Arduino Esplora as the control device!


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Razer announces crowd sourced specs for upcoming 'Project Fiona' gaming tablet

Razer releases crowd sourced specs on its long awaited "Project Fiona" gaming tablet today, after the project received 10,000 likes on Facebook. Fans spec'ed out the Windows 8 tablet with some pretty beefy hardware, including an Intel i5 or i7 processor, room for a mid range GPU, and dual controllers were considered a must.


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Would be consumers also stated that they would be willing to pay something in the $1300 to $1500 range. Razer has not yet confirmed if these specifications will make it into the production model. Sources have stated that a variant of Project Fiona has already made it past FCC scrutiny. No release date has been set as of this posting.

Nintendo Wii U is the most energy-efficient of the current consoles

The Nintendo Wii U has been out for a few weeks now, and there have been some more interesting tests run on Nintendo's next-gen console. With no increase in actual processing power over the current-gen Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, where can we see some improvements? Efficiency.


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Performance per watt numbers show Nintendo have the lead, where the Wii U offers some of the same graphical capabilities and gameplay experiences that the current Xbox 360 and PS3 offer, but at much lower power consumption numbers.


The Wii U is slimmer than the just-released PlayStation "Super Slim" model, but offers the same performance (and sometimes better) in terms of resolution support, and lower power consumption numbers by a decent amount. During the FIFA 13 Demo, the Wii U only consumes 32w of power compared to the Xbox 360S and PS3 Super Slim with 76.5w and 70w, respectively.

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RumorTT: League of Legends might soon arrive on Steam

I don't know why this hasn't happened sooner, but it looks like League of Legends just might make it to Steam after all. The latest tease comes from entries in the Steam CDR database for something called the 'lol.launcher.exe, and versions of League of Legends in French, German and Spanish.


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Considering League of Legends is often referred to as the world's most popular game, putting it on the biggest PC digital distribution network, Steam, would be a great move. Gabe Newell has said that he liked the genre which competes against his own DotA 2, but who knows if he meant he'd like to see DotA 2's main competition on his Steam network is the million-dollar question.


With LoL enjoying 30 million active monthly players per month, it would be a great addition to Steam. I'm guessing the large majority of those 30 million gamers use Steam, but would hate not having LoL on Steam. Then we have the fact that Valve's competitor to LoL, DotA 2, isn't even out yet - another issue.

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Valve's Gabe Newell confirms they're working on a competitor to the next-gen consoles - hello, Steam Box

I've just come back from a 2 hour drive with my family to see my niece for her 7th birthday, and between getting home and going out again to drop my wife off to a friends house so they can go to the J Lo concert (ugh), I thought I'd sneak in some weekend news - little did I know I'd stumble across this bad boy.


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As soon as I read the article, the inner-kid in me got incredibly excited, so here we go. At the VGA's on the weekend, Valve's Gabe Newell confirmed that you'll be able to buy a living-room-friendly PC package next year that will be a competitor to the next-gen consoles from Microsoft and Sony.


You might know I'm a little bit passionate about Valve, as I really think they're about the only company that can firstly, save PC gaming and secondly, change gaming in general. Gaming right now is stuck in this pathetic cycle where developers have all but abandoned high-end, or even now mid-range systems, and run off to the consoles. We see yearly releases of the same games (COD) and we don't really get anything exciting anymore.

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First Wii U GamePad prototype was two Wii Remotes and a monitor taped together

You read the title right. When Nintendo was first envisioning the Wii U GamePad, they prototyped one by taping two Wii remotes to a monitor. They used this prototype to develop roughly 30 Wii U game concepts. It looks pretty cheesy, but you can definitely see how the GamePad was developed from the prototype.


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"We used this prototype and two Wii consoles to run simulations for Wii U," EAD boss Katsuya Eguchi said. "EAD isn't a hardware department, but a 'handicraft team' knowledgeable about hardware makes stuff like this. One of the staff members expressed a desire for a game that would gather Nintendo's franchises into a single spot and each franchise would have something to do with the others. It was quite a grand concept. But we were like, 'How do we bring them all together?' We didn't take it too seriously."

Crytek teams up with Albert Hughes for Crysis 3 video series that will set the scene

Crysis 3 is incoming in just a couple of months and to get ready for the release, Crytek has teamed up with filmmaker Albert Hughes. Hughes will produce an online video series that draws inspiration from the Seven Wonders of Crysis 3. The show is aptly named The 7 Wonders of Crysis 3.


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The videos will help to set some background, as well as the setting, for the upcoming Crysis 3 game. Viewers will catch a glimpse of the game's graphics, weapons, enemies, and gameplay features. Hughes is known for directly films such as Dead Presidents, From Hell, and Book of Eli, but his roll in the Crysis 3 videos is a bit more expansive.


He has helped with the scripts, storyboards, and shot plans. The nice thing about this is that the video will be using the game engine, so it will be exactly what players can expect when they hop in the game in February.


"When EA and Crytek approached me about being involved in creating 'The 7 Wonders of Crysis 3' video series, I liked the idea of creating emotional stories using only computer generated images," said Hughes. "The challenge of producing something intensely human without ever seeing a human on screen was incredibly compelling, and the technology of the CryENGINE that Crytek developed enabled me to do that and venture into a completely unique medium of storytelling."


Tune in on December 12 when the first episode goes live.

TIME Magazine dons the Nintendo Wii U with #2 in their Top 10 Gadgets of 2012

TIME Magazine have done a "Top 10 Everything of 2012", and within this, is the "Top 10 Gadgets of 2012". Taking out the number two spot is the Nintendo Wii U, which has only been out for a couple of weeks.


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I find this great for Nintendo, but worrying for their credibility. Have TIME been using this for 6 months? Can you really don something with "second-best gadget of 2012" when there are only a handful of games, problems with updates, and more? I guess so. This is what they had to say:


The stakes are high for this $299.99 game console: It's the follow-up to 2006's phenomenally successful Wii, which changed gaming forever with its motion-sensing Wii Remote. The Wii U's key innovation is its GamePad, a game controller with a built-in 6.2" touchscreen. It interacts with your TV in different ways in different games, and has the potential to be a big deal if game developers make good use of it. Also potentially huge: TVii, which combines streaming video from sources such as Netflix with your cable lineup and TiVo recordings. It's the first time that the famously game-centric Nintendo has poured its heart and soul into a non-gaming feature.


Taking out the #1 spot was Apple's iPhone 5.

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