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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.

Wii Fit U to come in early 2013, will feature pack-in pedometer to enable better tracking

Fans of the Wii Fit series will be happy to hear that Nintendo is planning on continuing it with the release of the Wii Fit U in the first half of 2013. A clean-cut date has not been provided by Nintendo, though we do have a couple of details that have been provided. Details we think you'll like to read.


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The new Wii Fit U game will come with a pedometer, dubbed the Fit Meter, which will be able to be taken with a user during the day to record movement data. This information can then be transferred to the Wii U console and used in more than 77 game-based activities. It's nice to see the data collection expanding beyond just what you can gather in front of the TV.

Crysis 3 to come with high-res textures at launch, more customization for graphics settings

I'm a major Crysis fan--I'm sure most of you know that by now--and I think most of you are too, if only so that you can ask "but can it run Crysis?". System requirements for Crysis were outed over the weekend and now we have a bit more information about just what is coming at launch. Hint: High-res textures.


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Crysis 3 will launch with high-resolution textures for PC, something Crysis 2 didn't get for quite a while. Another difference from Crysis 2 is that users will be able to customize their graphics experience a bit better than what was available at launch for Crysis 2. Crysis 2 only allowed players to customize v-sync, game resolution, HUD bobbing, and a nondescript quality setting. The following options will all be available for customization at launch:


  • Game Effects
  • Object
  • Particles
  • Post Processing
  • Shading
  • Shadows
  • Water
  • Anisotropic Filtering
  • Texture Resolution
  • Motion Blur Amount
  • Lens Flares


I can't wait to get my hands on Crysis 3.

Google Maps for Wii U lets you travel the world from your console in January

If there was a list of platforms that absolutely didn't need Google Maps, Nintendo's Wii U would be very high on that list, but it looks as though the company thought otherwise as everyone's favorite Maps application will be making its way to the Wii U next month.


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Google Maps on the Wii U will use the game console to display a satellite map on the user's television while offering Street View on the GamePad controller. Users will be able to pan around locations to offer a virtual tour of locations they may not be able to see without flying halfway across the world.

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Far Cry 3 in real life video imagines Jason's adventures in first-person view

Ever since Far Cry 3 released on Tuesday, the talk around the office has gone from the usual chats about The Walking Dead and various Internet-famous felines to chatting specifically what amazing adventures we had in Far Cry 3 the night before. Many of them involved tigers, pirates and a whole lot of shooting, but what would a game like Far Cry 3 look like in real life? Devin Super Tramp did just that as he worked directly with Ubisoft to help produce his homage to Far Cry 3.


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The video is completely shot in first-person view as Jason infiltrates a heavily guarded pirate base to rescue one of his friends. The video has a nice combination of action and stealth and even has Jason's ever-growing tattoo on his left arm.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 makes $1 billion in 15 days; beats Modern Warfare 3's record

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 launched on November 13th and in its first 24 hours on sale, amassed $500 million. Today, Activision has announced its latest Call of Duty game has broke past the $1 billion mark in just 15 days, beating Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3's record by just one day.


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Not only has Black Ops 2 taken a lot of money from gamers, but it has also taken a lot of time with over 150 million hours of online multiplayer played on Xbox LIVE and PlayStation Network. This number would be much more if Activision included PC players, which for some reason, they did not in the press release issued today.

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Wii U consoles won't have the massive day-one update factory installed until 2013

Anyone who purchased the Wii U at launch or followed the launch via TweakTown or another source should know that users face a large update as soon as they plug their console in. Worse yet, if power is lost during the three-plus hour update, the console can be bricked and will have to be returned to Nintendo.


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Sadly, this is a fact of life that will remain for at least another month. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has said that it will be a few months before the update is factory installed.


"Nintendo developers want to make sure that the very best product is available to consumers," Fils-Aime said in the interview. "That creates a dynamic where our developers are working on elements until the very last point possible. That's why the system update was required on Day One - and this is quite similar to what's happened with other consumer electronic products."


If you have a slow internet connection, unstable power, or a limited data plan, you might think about holding off on purchasing the Wii U until sometime into 2013 to avoid having to download and install this update.

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