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Angela Bellotte demoing the Angry Birds live motion control system

Samsung gave journalists attending this year's IFA a treat with an appearance by Victoria's Secret model Angela Bellotte. Hot models on stage with her included the Samsung 75-inch ES9000 LED Smart 3D TV and the ES9500 55-inch OLED TV. Bellotte demoed the gesture-controlled version of Angry Birds that's included on the ES9000, and took part in Samsung's introduction of the new Multi View feature on the ES9500.  Read More

Horticultural-themed zombie defense game Plants vs. Zombies is set to return with a sequel...

Get your Cob Cannon locked and loaded, because the sequel to cross-platform zombie defense oddity Plants vs. Zombies is due to launch in the first half of 2013, with "late Spring [Northern Hemisphere]" cited as the likely release window. While details on the game are still rather thin on the ground at present, Plants vs. Zombies creator PopCap Games teased that the title will feature "Hordes of New Plant and Zombie Types and Mulch More" – all of which should suffice to whet the appetite of horticultural zombie slayers.  Read More

Retro Alien Couch is the perfect sofa for retro gamers

Gaming is always evolving, with the technology forever pushing the boundaries of what is possible. This means there's a heavy dose of nostalgia lurking inside all gamers of a certain age who once played Tetris and Pac-Man and now play Call of Duty and Halo. Retro gaming is big business, on eBay and beyond, and it isn't just about the games themselves but all the merchandise associated with them - even furniture, such as this Retro Alien Couch from designer Igor Chak.  Read More

ArmA II zombiepocalypse mod DayZ has its sights set on a a fully-fledged standalone title

DayZ, a zombie survival horror mod for PC military simulator title ArmA II that has attracted rave reviews, has been given the green light by developer Bohemia Interactive to make the step up into a fully-fledged standalone title. The mod, which according to its New Zealand creator Dean Hall has attracted over one million users in the four months since its release, has propelled ArmA II back to the top of the Steam sales charts a full three years after that title's release and it's expected the standalone game will enjoy the same kind of success.  Read More

GameKlip in action - with Samsung phone and PS3 controller

Handheld games consoles such as the impressive PS Vita, though still popular, are in danger of being sidelined by increasingly capable smartphones and the games that are available to play on them. There is one problem with this transition however: the control system on touchscreen phones and tablets leaves a lot to be desired. Which is where GameKlip enters in to the equation.  Read More

A computer model (left) and a physical model of it, created using the new software

Take a look at all the Portal toys that are currently available, and you’ll realize just how much gamers like to own physical models of the digital characters that they know so well. When it comes to characters that are really physically “weird,” though, there can be a problem – goofy anatomy that works in a computer-generated world may not work in the real world. In other words, a physical model of a monster from a video game may be too top-heavy to stand up on its own, its arms may positioned in such a way that they can’t bend properly, or it may otherwise just be plain ol’ gimped. However, new software has been designed to solve those problems – it takes any three-dimensional computer character, and then uses a 3D printer to create a fully-assembled articulated figure based on it.  Read More

Precision hits in urban environments will keep you on your toes

When it comes to real world action shooters, the Tom Clancy Ghost Recon series has stood head and shoulders above many of its contemporaries. Tense tactical squad based combat where your demise is one ricochet away, is what this series has always been about. Following its release on PS3 and Xbox 360 in May, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier has landed on PC and the third person tactical shooter hits the bulls eye more often than not.  Read More

The Ouya games console comes with a controller designed by Yves Behar

Ouya (pronounced Ooo-yah) is a new Android-powered games console currently under development. New games consoles from companies other than the established big three of Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo are rare, and with good reason. Gaming hardware is notoriously difficult to get right and is usually a loss-maker with the software sold being where the real money is. However, Ouya isn't your typical home games console, and it isn't designed to go head-to-head with the PS3, Xbox 360, or Wii in any real sense. Instead it's an Android-powered device that will sell for just US$99.  Read More

The qualifying entry from North Street Labs for this year's Red Bull Creation competition ...

Part of the huge appeal of the electronic follow-me game of Simon was its simplicity. Anyone in the family could step up and play without needing advanced scientific know-how or seriously fast hand-to-eye co-ordination skills. It was an entertaining challenge where the punishment for incorrectly following Simon's lead resulted in no more than a disapproving buzzer sound ... until now. A group of hackers has constructed a modern violence edition as a qualifying entry for this year's Red Bull Creation competition that is quite literally a bone shaker.  Read More

The GameDock turns the iPhone into a home game console

The GameDock is a new accessory in the works for iPhone and iPad that converts your mobile device into a retro game console, complete with controller support for two players and video output for big screen gameplay. The controller is similar to the original Nintendo Gamepad and features a single directional pad and two action buttons in a comfortable and well tested layout.  Read More

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