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Games

Central to the Skirmos system, and one of several factors designed to set it apart from ot...

From Pong, to 2D platforms and onto online first person shooters, our desire for an increasingly realistic gaming experience was always going to see platforms emerge where we combat our friends, foes and flesh-eating zombies using our real-world bodies. Skirmos, the latest take on the laser tag system, uses gun-mounted LCD display, radio-based dynamic scoring and open-source programming in an attempt bring the complex and varied experience of the modern multi-player shooter to life.  Read More

We share our extended hands-on impressions of the Sony PlayStation 4 (left) and Microsoft ...

Which is better: the PS4 or the Xbox One? It's a question that's already been asked countless times before. And while we won't pretend to have a universal, one-size-fits-all answer, now that we've spent hours on end with both consoles, we have a few things to say about the matter. Join Gizmag, as we take a closer look at the two big next-gen gaming systems: Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4.  Read More

Harmonix has announced the Closed Alpha release of Chroma

As with movies, the music running through a modern video game can help define the pace, atmosphere and overall feel of gameplay. The latest offering from the folks who brought us such addictive free-time-eaters as Rock Band and Dance Central, however, moves the soundtrack from a supporting role in the background to become central to the game itself. Getting down with the beat in the new Chroma First Person Shooter from Harmonix Music Systems will be rewarded with faster movement or the chance to cause more damage. The music can even change the very landscape of the battlefield.  Read More

Microsoft has made a number of announcements regarding its next-gen console

Microsoft has made a number of recent announcements regarding its next-gen console, including an all new headset and a pair of updates that aim to streamline the service. The software fixes and hardware releases combined, should solve a number of the Xbox One's early issues such as the lack of a storage management utility and an inability to use third party headsets.  Read More

The QuadStick aims to afford quadriplegics the ability to play video games

A new device called QuadStick is designed to give quadriplegics the ability to play video games without the need for a traditional gaming controller. Instead, it uses a series of sip and puff sensors, a lip position sensor, a push switch, and voice commands to represent the inputs of a standard video game controller.  Read More

Sinister is looking to change the way gamers play PC games

The humble game controller has received plenty of enhancements over the years, but most of the changes have been minor. A joystick here, some shoulder buttons there, but the core elements have remained pretty much the same. Tivitas Interactive is aiming for a fundamental revamp of the traditional design with Sinister – a device that it doesn't even look like a game controller at first glance.  Read More

Gizmag reviews Rocksmtih 2014 from Ubisoft

When Rocksmith was released in 2011, it had all the ingredients of a gaming pie capable of satisfying kings of Guitar Hero and Rock Band controllers wanting to learn how to play a real instrument in a familiar digital environment and new six-string slingers looking for an entertaining, full-featured learning package. The platform has now been refreshed for 2014, and Gizmag has spent some considerable time in the company of Rocksmtih's infinitely patient, always available virtual guitar teacher on Ubisoft's note highway to callus hell.  Read More

OUYA is offering a matte black console with 16GB of internal storage

OUYA, one of Kickstarter's big success stories, is rolling out a new model of its Android micro-console. While the bulk of it remains the same, it has introduced a new color and increased the amount of storage for downloading games. Of course, the price tag of this new model has also seen a slight jump to US$130.  Read More

Measuring just over an inch in diameter, the Ozobot is a robotic game piece that is design...

The Ozobot robotic game piece is the latest in a growing range of products looking to occupy the middle ground between virtual and real world gaming. The pocket-sized device can be programmed to play a role in various multiplayer games and aims to inject a dose of education into the equation alongside good old fashioned gaming fun.  Read More

Satoru Iwata has revealed part of Nintendo's strategy for the coming year

Given the continued weak sales performance of the Wii U, it's clear that Nintendo is a company in need of strong new direction. Speaking at a financial results meeting yesterday, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has detailed the company's strategy for the coming months, outlining how the console maker will renew its efforts to communicate the benefits of the GamePad, while bringing classic software to the system's Virtual Console.  Read More

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