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Microsoft Surface: Redefined

posted Friday Jun 22, 2012 by Scott Ertz

Microsoft Surface: Redefined

If you have been following our coverage of Windows 8, whether it be early looks, the new logo, the consumer preview or the most recent release preview, there has been one consistent question: would Microsoft make a branded device to be the flagship of the OS? That question was answered Monday when Microsoft unveiled Microsoft Surface.

Now, you might recognize that name from CES 2011 or CES 2012 as the Samsung SUR40, a 40-inch, Microsoft-powered, massively multi-touch device powered by PixelSense. Well, that technology will now reside under the PixelSense moniker, as that is really the underlying technology, and the new Windows 8 tablet family will take on the Surface branding in its place.

So, what is so special about this Microsoft flagship Windows 8 tablet? Hit the break to find out more and see Microsoft's announcement video.

The Hip Hop Gamer - Gaming, Music and the Hardwork to Balance the Two

posted Friday Jun 15, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

The Hip Hop Gamer - Gaming, Music and the Hardwork to Balance the Two

What happens when you mix hip hop and gaming? You get The Hip Hop Gamer. The passionate, dedicated, self-made journalist-meets-rap-star was one of the musical acts at the Shifted 2 Reality party and I had the opportunity to speak with him after bumping into him practically everywhere during the convention week.

The Hip Hop Gamer's performance at the event was absolutely great. Part of the greatness around it was that his music is exactly what you would expect it to be: hip hop mixed with lyrics about gaming. The other part of the greatness was that I was able to save the show, as he didn't have a microphone following the performance of a previous act. No worries, our trusty mic we use on camera was obviously ready and available to fulfill its duties to save yet another production and the show went on!

During our short chat, we learned about his career in music, his show and publication which now is hosted through EGM and also about his future possible appearance in a video game. Want to check out the full scoop? We have the video after the break and you don't want to miss how animated he gets during the interview! Oh yeah, and I get to hold his championship belt.

Nintendo Unleashes a Flurry of Hardcore WiiU Titles at E3

posted Tuesday Jun 12, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

Nintendo Unleashes a Flurry of Hardcore WiiU Titles at E3

At the Nintendo E3 press conference, there was a lot riding on Nintendo to deliver the goods and the hardware. While some might have been left with a bitter taste in their mouth because an actual WiiU wasn't on stage, the company did manage to show off 23 new titles that were coming out for the WiiU or 3DS.

However, in true Nintendo form, several of those titles were lumped together in what we like to call their "rapidfire title sequence." The problem, though, is that Nintendo could have really impressed us by going into more detail with some of the upcoming releases, which usually aren't games that people would associate or even see on a Nintendo console.

What are the games that we'll see? Did you miss the "rapidfire" session? It's okay, they covered 7 titles in under 90 seconds. We have you covered with full trailers and more after the break.

AVerMedia - Video Capture Devices for All Occasions

posted Friday Jun 8, 2012 by Scott Ertz

AVerMedia - Video Capture Devices for All Occasions

Every gamer has watched gameplay footage of their favorite game, or funny footage as we are in the studio this evening. There is only one way to capture that footage, and that is with a capture card. AVerMedia is here to make that capability available to the masses with their offering of computer-based and stand-alone capture devices.

If you are recording on computer games, they have an internal, PCIe-powered, capture device that allows you to capture and live-stream your computer screen over the Internet, called Game Broadcaster HD. It even gives the ability to incorporate commentary into the stream, making it a full, self-contained component for the hardcore PC gamer. If you want to record your console play, the company offers something for that, too. With their external capture device, Game Capture HD you can hook up any console, including the Wii, via component cable, and record either to the internal memory, or almost any external storage you may have.

If you have been looking for a good way to capture, stream and commentary your gaming, look no further than AVerMedia.

Beyond: Two Souls - Seems as Though I Just Became a New PlayStation Player

posted Friday Jun 8, 2012 by Carla Newsom

Beyond: Two Souls - Seems as Though I Just Became a New PlayStation Player

This week during LA gaming week 2012 Sony announced a new single-player game, Beyond: Two Souls. We are excited for this game which is estimated to be released in Spring 2013 for the PS3. The main character, Jodie Holmes, who is a young female with supernatural powers and a link with an invisible entity, will be played in a "unique way" by Ellen Page. "{She} is the most incredible Jodie Holmes I could dream of," says David Gage from Quantic Dream.

At the press conference, David Gage showed us some scenes from the game that just grasp hold of your attention and do not let go. He explains that Beyond: Two Souls tells Holmes' story in a 15 year timeframe, starting from the time that she was 8 years old. In the first scene of the game we see that Jodie Holmes is sitting in a police station. The officer who seems to have found her on the side of the road is asking her questions to see how he can help her.

Was there an accident?

Did someone try to hurt you?

Is there someone I can contact?


Finally when he is about to give up, disappointed by her silence, he notices a scar on the top of her head and asks if it's recent. A look of concern is displayed on Holmes' face and just then the coffee that he brought her shatters against the wall... without anyone's help. The officer, now confused, announces that he is leaving the room and will be right outside the door. Holmes slightly looks up to her left and says, "I know. They're coming." She appears to be speaking to an invisible entity, who Nick is 99.9999% sure is named Ivan. Although unfortunately from the clip, is unclear and there is still debate in the office as to what the name of this entity really could've been. Just then SWAT busts through the front door of the police station and asking for the girl that was brought in earlier. The preview shows more clips, which appear to be flashbacks throughout the game:

  • Holmes on a motorcycle being chased by a helicopter.
  • Holmes fighting off a police dog.
  • Explosions
  • Cars flipping over in the air.
  • Fights on top of moving trains, where she seems to surround herself with an impenetrable force as she jumps off the train, avoiding gunfire.
The video ends with the leader of the SWAT team, that we saw earlier, on the ground after an explosion. Holmes grabbing him by the collar of his shirt telling him to leave her alone or next time she'll kill everyone, and then saying, "Come on, Ivan."

I am more of an Xbox girl and know that with this game, I may just need to start playing on my brother's PS3.

God of War: Ascension Launches in March but I Want it Now

posted Thursday Jun 7, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

God of War: Ascension Launches in March but I Want it Now

Hey, current or potential PlayStation 3 owner. Yes, you there. Do you like God of War? I know, rhetorical question. Well then you probably already know about the newest title from Sony, God of War: Ascension. (Sounds just like Microsoft's attempt of the same game, entitled Ascend: New Gods, right?)

We got to see some intense single-player action on stage during the Sony press event and let me tell you that if you haven't even played the series yet, you will want to with the information and gameplay that I have for you after the break.

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