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Nintendo bringing Black Wii bundles to U.S. shelves

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It's been confirmed that Nintendo will be shipping an all-black edition of its Wii console to the North American market in efforts to try and attract a bit more attention with sales slipping a bit too much for Nintendo's liking.

 

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The all-black edition is said to hit (some) shelves on May 4th and will be sold in a bundle including Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort and the Wii Motion Plus. Nintendo has kept the price at the same $199.99 figure.

 

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MSI releases GE600 16-inch gaming notebook in U.S.

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MSI has just announced that its new GE600 gaming notebook is now available for purchase in North America.

 

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The GE600 is a 16-inch notebook with a Core i5-430M processor and Radeon HD 5730 GPU packed inside. Other features include 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 320GB HDD, 4-in-1 card reader, DVD writer, 1.3MP camera, 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth.

 

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It comes with a 6-cell battery and weighs about 2.67Kg. You can pick it up with a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit over at Newegg for $899.99.

 

Further details in the full announcement here.

 

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Sony PS3 Slim hardware update inbound

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It hasn't been too long since Sony unveiled the PS3 Slim that replaced the old fat PS3. Along with the slimmer profile came a few other upgrades. Sony is now said to be using newer hardware inside some PS3 Slim consoles.

 

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The new consoles are using a RSX graphics chip built on the 45nm platform that uses 15% less power and has fewer issues with overheating. The Cell processor is reportedly the same.

 

The new PS3 hardware update also uses a pair of 128MB XDR RAM chips rather than the four 64MB chips of older models. This hardware update may be the first time Sony turns a profit on the PS3, which is a big deal for a console that has lost money or at best broke even since it debuted.

 

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Origin offers Asus Rampage III Extreme in Genesis gaming desktop

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Origin is one of the newest gaming PC companies around. The firm has some interesting gaming machines in notebook and desktop flavors. Origin has announced that it is updating its Genesis gaming desktop with some new hardware.

 

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The Genesis gaming desktop is now using the new Asus Rampage III Extreme mainboard. The board supports Intel processors up to the Core i7-980X Extreme. The board also supports multiple graphics options.

 

Those graphics options include 3-way SLI and CrossFireX for serious flexibility. The board has lots of overclocking features and the Genesis PC starts at $1,999.

 

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MSI release GX640 gaming notebook in North America

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MSI has just announced availability of a tidy number in its gaming notebook lineup dubbed the GX640.

 

This unit sports an ATI Radeon HD 5850 GPU and Intel Core i5-430M processor. Its display is 15.4-inch sized with a resolution of 1680x1050. Other specs include 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 500GB SATA 7200RPM HDD, 802.11a/g/n and Bluetooth connectivity, 2MP webcam and 9-cell battery.

 

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MSI's GX640 can now be purchased from Amazon at a base price of $1099.99 and it will be listed on Newegg within the next week.

 

For further information, check out MSI's full press release here.

 

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MAINGEAR supes up eX-L 15 Gaming Notebook with Core i7 / HD 5870 options

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Pre-built Gaming PC specialists MAINGEAR have just updated their tidy eX-L 15-inch notebook with the latest and fastest technology. You can now purchase it with a Core i5 or Core i7 processor and Radeon HD 5870 GPU.

 

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The 15" HD display runs a native 1080p resolution which the HD 5870 will have no problems handling in all the latest games, but there is an option to go with a cheaper 1600x900 res panel if the unit gets a bit too pricey after spec'ing it up with all the other goodies during the customization phase.

 

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For a full rundown on the specs, check out MAINGEAR's press release on the unit here. You can start customizing today with a base price of $1,599.

 

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Left 4 Dead 2: 'The Passing' expansion coming out this week

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Many of you are no doubt holding out for Valve's first downloadable expansion for Left 4 Dead 2 dubbed 'The Passing' but despite all the teasing from Valve about it since December, it's been unclear as to when exactly it would be released.

 

This should bring a smile to your faces; a recent posting on the Left 4 Dead blog suggests sometime this week!

 

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The Passing is set to take place following Left 4 Dead 2's Dead Center campaign and will feature both characters from the first game along with the sequal's killing zombies in the small rural town of Georgia. There will also be some new game modes in this expansion along with the ability to shout out "Fooouur" and swing a golf club at the mongrels along with getting down and dirty thanks to Mr. M60 machine gun and much more.

 

The Xbox 360 version of it is said to cost 560 Microsoft points which works out to $7 U.S. while we're not sure if or what the charge will be for the PC version as yet (remember, downloadable content for the original Left 4 Dead on PC was always free).

 

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Tired of nagging parents when gaming into the night? Click here!

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The general consensus towards people, especially youngsters playing video games right before bedtime is a definite no no if a good night's sleep is in order.

 

Many parents are quick to believe playing a violent video game for a while before bed (let alone any other time of day) will result in lots of tossing and turning through the night and maybe even a few cold sweats from sleep deprivation or vidid nightmares.

 

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However, despite the logic associated with the above concern, a new study by the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine magazine suggests little influence is had towards the quality of sleep through the night from teens playing Call of Duty 4 for a while beforehand vs teens who were watching a relaxing documentary on TV beforehand.

 

The difference between the two groups? it took the gamers on average only 3 more minutes to fall asleep than those who kicked back to the March of the Penguins documentary, so nyer nyer mum and dad!

 

Want less interruptions and repeat arguments at home every night whilst going on your virtual killing sprees? Point the folks in the direction of the link below.

 

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Rare Atari game fetches $31k on eBay

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If you were a gamer back in the early 80's you had an Atari 2600. The system was in many homes and the games were horrible compared to what we have today. Many geeks still have the systems from their childhood and some of the games are worth big money.

 

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A guy named Tanner Sandlin from Austin, Texas read a story about rare video games and realized he owned one of the games. The game in question is Air Raid. Sandlin had the game in its original box and put it up on eBay.

 

The game ultimately went for $31,600 and is only the 13th known copy left and the only one with its full package. Go check your garage or basement now; you might be sitting on enough money for a new car.

 

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