E3 2010

The New X-Com Trailer: Better than my Childhood?

The New X-Com Trailer: Better than my Childhood?

Huge swathes of my childhood were devoted to two things: X-Com, and the X-Files. And now both of those wonderful things are being poured into one mold, called "XCOM". Unlike the original turn-based game, it is an FPS. Made by 2K Games, the same devious bastards who brought us BioShock. It looks to be set in the late-40s, early 50s, which place it much earlier in time than the original X-Com.

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Nintendo v. Apple

Nintendo v. Apple

I was at E3 last week (was that just last week?) and attended two separate Nintendo events: the press conference where Nintendo talked about upcoming products, and an Analyst Q&A session where Nintendo executives explained Nintendo’s strategy to a group of mostly financial analysts who looked grossly out of place at E3 (financial analyst types dress much, much better than the average E3 attendee). One of the things that struck me in the press conference is how much Nintendo is competing against Apple in mobile gaming, and one of the things I discovered in the Q&A session is how much alike the two companies are in their approach to product development.

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The Daily Slash: June 17th 2010

The Daily Slash: June 17th 2010

We're at the tail-end of the week, but that's not slowing us down. Welcome to tonight's edition of The Daily Slash. We're glad you could make it, as usual. Tonight, in the Best of R3 Media, we've got the Nexus One launching with Froyo, the Nintendo 3DS won't make it across the pond for awhile, and the iPhone 4's got some RAM under that hood. And then in the Dredge 'Net, Microsoft is promising a new mobile OS -- kind of, there's already someone waiting for the iPhone 4, and there's even more doubt about the HP Slate.

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Microsoft: 3D Gaming is Too Expensive

Microsoft: 3D Gaming is Too Expensive

We know Sony's pushing 3D hard on their home video game console. Nintendo? They've got 3D down in the mobile gaming market. So, where's Microsoft's stand on all of this? When it comes to 3D, Microsoft doesn't seem to be making a play for the 3D market quite yet. In fact, if it weren't for motion-based gaming with the Kinect, it wouldn't seem like they were moving into the future at all (unless you count that shiny new console). Thanks to the head of Xbox in the UK, we now get a glimpse of what Microsoft thinks of this "new" platform.

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CTA Digital Inflatable Race Car Accessory for the Wii Unveiled at E3

CTA Digital Inflatable Race Car Accessory for the Wii Unveiled at E3

We're beginning to think that part of the draw of Nintendo's video game console isn't the console itself, but the crazy accessories people can create for the games. From footballs to rowing machines, they really are all over the place. This time around, though, we may have hit the nail on the head. Because if you've played a few games of Mario Kart Wii, then you know holding that steering wheel accessory isn't nearly as cool as it should be. Why? Because you don't have a car to go along with it. Now you do.

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Tritton AX 180 Wireless Gaming Headset Unveiled at E3

Tritton AX 180 Wireless Gaming Headset Unveiled at E3

Things keep sneaking out of E3. When it comes to headphones for gaming, gamers usually have their favorite already picked out. We're not sure if there are fanboys of headphones out there, but we'd be surprised if there aren't. As far as Tritton goes, it's one of the favorites out there, and touted as some of the best pieces of peripheral audio equipment by those who use them. As of right now, the AX 180 comes in a wired version, but all of that's about to change. Meet the wireless model!

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One Console to Rule Them All

One Console to Rule Them All

Competition is usually great for consumers, especially in the gadget world. Competition among phone makers is the most obvious example, but even digital cameras, laptops and netbooks, and HDTVs are all part of a highly competitive electronics landscape. Buyers can now find these products at lower prices with more features than ever before. It's tough, perhaps even un-American, to argue against competition, but in the video games industry, a little less competition would do gamers a lot of good.

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