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Video game console pioneer Ralph Baer dies at 92

Video game console pioneer Ralph Baer dies at 92

It's a sad day for video gamers, particularly those who remember or know well the industry's history and roots on this side of the world. Ralph Baer, a luminary in the video game world and creator of the Magnavox Odyssey, passed away December 6 at a ripe and well-lived age of 92. Baer received the National Medal of Technology from then President George W. Bush in 2006 and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2010.

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PS4 20th Anniversary Edition preorders begin, sell out in minutes

PS4 20th Anniversary Edition preorders begin, sell out in minutes

It was less than a week ago that Sony announced its special edition 20th Anniversary-themed PlayStation 4 console, featuring a gray paint job to match the original PlayStation system and limited to only 12,300 units worldwide. All Sony said was that preorders would start on December 6th in the U.S., but they didn't detail how or where reservations could be made. Well, the 6th has passed, and if you weren't one of very luck to place an order, you've probably missed your chance.

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Amazon Fire TV update bricking rooted devices

Amazon Fire TV update bricking rooted devices

Amazon's Fire TV set-top box aims to drive consumers toward Amazon's own services, and it does that by locking users down to the company's own ecosystem. Not everyone is satisfied with that, however, and so there is a strong community of DIYers who have rooted their devices to enable functions otherwise kept outside the curated wall, so to speak. Those users had an unfortunate surprise when updating to the latest firmware, discovering that it bricked rooted consoles upon rebooting.

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Imagination launches MIPS Creator CI20 dev board

Imagination launches MIPS Creator CI20 dev board

When it comes to "small computers", which covers anything from embedded systems to mobile devices, ARM, and to some extent Intel, are probably the best known names. But that doesn't mean they're the only game in town. The MIPS architecture, which powers an equally big number of embedded systems, including game consoles, is also a contender. Developers for those systems now have their own board to play around and experiment with, now that Imagination has released its own Creator CI20 as part of its programme to hook in more developers and users.

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TV viewership dropped last quarter, online streaming skyrocketed

TV viewership dropped last quarter, online streaming skyrocketed

The latest report from Nielsen shows the growing change in how consumers are watching their favorite shows. Last quarter, the number of people watching traditional television dipped by 4-percent, but those watching shows through online streaming services skyrocketed by 60-percent. This is in comparison to the same quarter (Q3) last year, and it is anticipated the increase in streaming video adoption will impact traditional TV. This news comes shortly after Netflix's CEO Reed Hastings predicted that traditional TV will be effectively dead by 2030.

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Why Xbox One could win the holiday gaming war

Why Xbox One could win the holiday gaming war

As a longtime gamer, I’ve seen the ups and downs that befall even the greatest of video game companies. I’ve watched companies like SEGA and Nintendo rise and fall, I’ve watched Sony take a few missteps, and I’ve watched Microsoft become an important player in today’s marketplace. At the risk of dating myself, I even remember the good ol’ days of Atari rising and falling and an odd device named the 3DO failing to captivate gamers (well, besides me, who still finds time to play it from time to time).

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Xbox One won the Black Friday battle says research

Xbox One won the Black Friday battle says research

Microsoft's Xbox One may be lagging behind the PlayStation 4 when it comes to hitting sales milestones, but the console proved to be the winner when it came to Black Friday demand, with one analysis firm declaring it the clear leader in retail interest. InfoScout crunched the sales numbers on over 180,000 receipts from US shoppers on Friday, November 31, and found that more than half of all consoles bought were the Xbox One. However, while it was forced into second place, the PS4 still had a better year than in 2013.

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Nintendo patent could put Game Boy on phones and flights

Nintendo patent could put Game Boy on phones and flights

A Nintendo patent application for virtualizing the Game Boy and other portable consoles, putting them in airline entertainment systems, phones, and other devices, has been revealed, lending further weight to speculation the Japanese firm may finally embrace mobile. Filed back in June, and revealed this week, the application describes how such devices could emulated classic Nintendo gaming hardware with software, and thus bring older titles like the Mario series to casual gamers. Though that could mean more to do on a transatlantic flight, it could also finally see Nintendo bringing its franchises to iPhone and Android.

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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U sets Nintendo a US record

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U sets Nintendo a US record

Turns out, all Nintendo needed to help lift the Wii U was a really, really popular game. The Japanese firm may have found it, too, in the shape of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, which has become the fastest-selling Wii U title ever in the US. More than 490,000 copies - either physical or digital - of the game were snapped up by Wii U owners in the three days between November 21st and November 23rd, adding to what Nintendo says have been a total of more than 14m sales for the Super Smash Bros franchise in the US.

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Redbox to raise movie and game rental rates

Redbox to raise movie and game rental rates

Just in time for the holiday season, Redbox will be raising the daily rates of its DVD rentals, and following this will be a somewhat substantial price increase for video game rentals in early January. Redbox promises this change will come alongside some improvements to the user experience -- most notably in the form of personalized recommendations -- as well as deals. This follows the company nixing its instant video streaming service Redbox Instant in October due to low user interest.

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