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Angry Birds coming soon to... Facebook!

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Sun, Mar 6 2011 9:43 PM CST

Rovio has been enjoying their sky-rocketing success lately and have TV/movie spin-offs happening but also a new 'collaborative' Facebook game coming out. Currently the PS3 has a version of Angry Birds out on the PSN with Wii and 360 getting their shot soon.

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The Facebook version, "there will be completely new aspects to it that just haven't been experienced in any other platform," said studio boss Mikael Hed, who confirms that due to the social site's 'collaborative nature', "the pigs will have a more prominent role". Launching in a few days is "Angry Birds Rio" which is a tie-in with a Fox movie and swaps the evil pigs for monkeys.

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N64oid, a Nintendo 64 emulator for Android-based devices

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Sun, Mar 6 2011 10:30 AM CST

N64oid is a Nintendo 64 emulator optimized for Android. N64oid is capable of running most games smoothly with sound, but requires a high-end device like the Nexus S, Nexus One, Droid, Samsung Galaxy, etc.

The Nintendo 64 emulator also allows you to save or load from any point as well as use the in-game save support. Included is a configurable, translucent on-screen keypad that is very easy to use. Key mappings to map game keys to hardware buttons, option to use the G-sensor as the analog stick and a bunch of other settings that can be tuned to your needs.

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GDC2011: Live from the Expo Floor

Trak Lord | Gaming | Fri, Mar 4 2011 1:55 PM CST

I'm here at the last day of the GDC in dowtown San Francisco, hanging out and checking out the cool tech. Most of the things I'm going to see here are demonstrations of products and games that everyone already knows about from former press releases and the like, but it's still going to fun to play around with it. I wanted to get a first hand look at Nintendo's much-heralded 3DS, especially the AR interface, so my first stop was the Nintendo booth.

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The Nintendo array is great- demos of many games including the new Zelda. A very helpful 3DS rep named Jamie introduced me to the AR games. The 3DS uses marker-based augmented reality, meaning the the images and experienced are anchored to a physical object, like a sign or a barcode. In this case, Nintendo uses a small card with the familiar Nintendo Question Mark logo.

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Epic teases with next-gen Unreal Engine 3 effects at GDC

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Thu, Mar 3 2011 7:30 PM CST

The GDC is pumping out some great content today with Epic Games using the show as an opportunity to show off some updates to their Unreal Engine 3. The engine is now capable of DirectX 11 tessellation, subsurface scattering on characters, depth of field with bokeh effects for lights, fully modeled hair, and a new reflection effect that add a veneer of realism to the rain-soaked streets depicted.

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The results of these additions are some very impressive looking screenshots, but for now the updates are near useless until we get some DX11-based next-gen consoles. The second we get next-gen consoles, I feel there will be an absolute explosion of graphics, right now we're very much held back. The tech and software is there, it's just a matter of time.

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GDC 2011: IGF & GDC Awards- Minecraft FTW

Trak Lord | Gaming | Thu, Mar 3 2011 5:50 PM CST

Minecraft cleaned up last night at both the International Games Festival (IGF) and Game Developer's Choice Awards (GDC), winning no less than 5 different categories, including the Seamus McNally Grand Prize and Best Downloadable Game. Indie sensation Minecraft, developed by Mojang, has enjoyed a huge success in mainstream and independent gaming communities alike.

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Yesterday at GDC 2011: Nintendo Keynote is Key

Trak Lord | Gaming | Thu, Mar 3 2011 2:07 PM CST

Amidst the craziness that was the iPad 2 announcement yesterday, Nintendo's exciting news about their own portable device may have been obscured. President of Nintendo Saturo Iwata took the stage at the San Francisco 25th annual Game Developers Conference yesteday to deliver a keynote in which he spoke about the history of Nintendo and his own career.

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A look at the BitFenix Shinobi Window and Shinobi cases (video)

Cameron Wilmot | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Thu, Mar 3 2011 4:40 AM CST

Earlier on today I stopped by the BitFenix headquarters here in Taipei and spoke with product manager David about the Taiwanese company's new range of mid-range computer cases that are due to go on sale midway through April in the United States and Europe.

Shinobi is the name and there are two versions: the standard Shinobi coming in at $59 USD and the Shinobi Window coming in at $69 USD. You would be mistaken in thinking that the only difference between the two is that one has a side window and the other one doesn't. While that is partly true, the window version is actually more expensive since it also includes a well designed tool-free design for the hard drives and optical drives.

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These cases are made of a nice soft rubbery material that is easy on the eye and feels great. The design is simple with no fancy lights or anything like that, but still manages to maintain a good level of style. Internally most of the important chassis design points can be ticked off with good color coding, impressive cable management, a CPU cut out for easily changing coolers without the need of having to remove the motherboard and more.

In the video above David gives us a good introduction to both cases.

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Microsoft to stop their SideWinder gaming peripherals

Anthony Garreffa | Peripherals | Wed, Mar 2 2011 10:16 PM CST

It looks as though Microsoft might be cutting the SideWinder range of products off, reports from VR-Zone are saying that Microsoft plan to discontinue the SideWinder Range which consists of four mice (X3, X5 and X8) and two keyboards (X4 and X6).

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Microsoft discontinued the SideWinder range back in 2003 but bought it back in 2007 hoping to establish a name for itself amongst the gamers. Apparently none of the SideWinder products ever really took hold of the gamers and with serious competition from Razer, Logitech and SteelSeries, Microsoft look to be bowing out of the race.

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