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E3 2014 roundup: Uncharted, Halo and Zelda

With both Sony and Microsoft having had their latest consoles on the market for more than six months, this year’s E3 was always going to be about the games. There was a wealth of new titles announced, including appearances from Nathan Drake, the Master Chief and Link, as well as closer looks at previously revealed games. The sheer volume of announcements made during the press events makes it impossible for us to cover everything, but here are some of the highlights from E3 2014.Read More

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Nintendo gets back on track with Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)

Mario Kart is one of Nintendo’s most loved franchises, and it’s a testament to the strength of its core gameplay how little it has changed since its inception. While the latest entry might not bring much new to the table, its fast-paced, re-tuned gameplay is the most fun we've had with the series for a long time. Read More

GameChanger brings virtual flexibility to tabletop games

For decades, tabletop gamers have crafted characters, dungeons, and war zones using whatever material was available, from a pen and paper to sculpted metal. But, like many hobbies in the modern age, these games may soon be getting a high-tech upgrade. UK-based company Splendiferous Press recently revealed its debut product, the GameChanger, a damage-resistant screen that acts as a virtual surface for tabletop games, such as Dungeons & Dragons and Warhammer 40K. Read More

Microsoft details the future of the Halo franchise

Microsoft and 343 Industries have announced details regarding the next major instalment in its ever-popular Halo series. We already knew that the game was heading to Xbox One, but the news sheds light on the title and release window for new entry, as well as details regarding the Spielberg-helmed live-action series that will accompany the game.Read More

Microsoft to sell Xbox One without Kinect, and drop paid-only access to entertainment apps

Microsoft has announced a turn-around on its policy towards the somewhat controversial Kinect sensor, usually bundled with its next-gen Xbox One console. In what is likely a response to pressure from both consumers and the strong sales of Sony’s competing PlayStation 4 system, the company has today announced that it will sell its latest console without the Kinect sensor, lowering the price of entry to the system.Read More

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Video: Gizmag test-crashes the $250,000 Motionators Formula 1 simulator

Like a video game arcade on steroids, Motionators offers drivers the chance to experience the thrill of Formula 1 racing in a giant, lurching motion rig that simulates bumps, acceleration, deceleration and cornering G-forces – and crashes; very physical crashes, as the rather pedestrian Gizmag Race Team discovered. Thankfully we had budding US F2000 racer Scott Andrews on hand, who holds every lap record at the facility, to show us the way around Monaco.Read More

NES reborn as aluminum-clad Analogue Nt

Many of those who cut their gaming teeth on Nintendo's original 8-bit console still hold a candle for the Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES (released as the slightly-different but compatible Famicom in Japan). Retro-gaming hardware company Analogue Interactive is set to capitalize on this nostalgia with the Analogue Nt, an updated NES that boasts modern upgrades and is housed in a case made from a single solid block of aluminum. Read More

Audio-only game Grail to the Thief puts a blind-accessible spin on old-school adventures

Games that are accessible to the blind are few and far between, and – aside from a handful of stellar exceptions like Somethin’ Else’s Papa Sangre series on iOS – those that do exist tend to be amateurish at best. But a recently-funded Kickstarter project (which still has a few days to go) aims to rectify the problem. Grail to the Thief harks back to classic adventure games like Zork, Day of the Tentacle, and Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, except that instead of text-only descriptions of twisty little passages and the like, it presents the entire game through audio. Read More

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Nintendo's Gameboy celebrates its 25th birthday

This week marked the 25th anniversary of what is arguably the most important handheld game console ever made: the Nintendo Game Boy. The fondly remembered grey brick redefined when and where we could enjoy video games, and was the birthplace of many gaming franchises which are still going strong to this day. Now seems like the perfect time to review its storied history, including its predecessors, competition, and some of its stand-out software titles.Read More

KOR-FX haptic vest brings games closer to your chest

That pounding in your chest when the action gets really intense in a video game or movie takes on a new dimension with the KOR-FX 4DFX, an adjustable and lightweight vest that translates audio into subtle vibrations that are meant to help you feel where explosions occur and gunshots comes from – or simply to better enjoy your favourite music.Read More

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