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Insider Talk: Ticket to Ride for iPad

Insider Talk: Ticket to Ride for iPad

We're here at Showstoppers during the CES 2012 events in Las Vegas Nevada where we've spoken with Mark Kaufmann co-founder and VP of marketing for Days of Wonder, a group touting their board game cum iPad game Ticket to Ride. This game comes at things a little bit backwards - the group having worked with mobile games several years ago, quitting to work with board games. What they've done here is to get back into the art of mobile with this game which is able to jump above the one platform to the mighty, mighty iPad.

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Sony confirms Hirai not rising to President, not yet at least

Sony confirms Hirai not rising to President, not yet at least

Earlier today the report was that Sony's Executive Deputy President Kaz Hirai was being lifted up to President, but as reports were not confirmed, so too did the report reflect - now Sony has reached out to the press to assure us all that this simply isn't the situation, but without a formal denial that it COULD happen in the future. The original report came from Japanese news service Nekkei which sited unnamed sources. This report is reinforced by a comment given to Bloomberg this past November which had Sony Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Howard Stringer noting he'd not be going anywhere any time soon.

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South Park 2012 gameplay looks like the tv show

South Park 2012 gameplay looks like the tv show

There's a new South Park video game coming out inside the second half of 2012 complete with a role-playing perspective on adventures inside everybody's favorite mountain town. This game is called, simply, South Park: The Game, and has you playing the part of a new kid coming into the town to make both friends and enemies in strange environment after strange environment. What we're seeing this week is a set of gameplay screenshots, each of them showing a new scenario you'll be getting in: and it looks fantastic!

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HP Pavilion HPE h9 Phoenix gaming PC hands-on

HP Pavilion HPE h9 Phoenix gaming PC hands-on

Earlier today we showed off the other piece of this double announcement in the HP Omni 27 all-in-one PC, and now it's time for the monster - the HP Pavilion HPE h9 Phoenix performance PC. This strangely endearing looking tower has your choice of Intel X79 or AMD 8-core processors and contains some rather lovely red lights under its black and silver exterior. Its innards are revealed to you through the side and gaming prowess throughout. This look like something you're willing to plop down the side of your desk for $1,149.99, a cool price coming on January 8th?

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Qualcomm Snapdragon GameCommand launch date set

Qualcomm Snapdragon GameCommand launch date set

This week the folks at Qualcomm are letting loose a bit more information on what's now set to be called Snapdragon GameCommand, an environment not unlike what we've seen thus far from NVIDIA and their Tegra Zone, both arenas containing games that, at least for a limited time, work only on their own chipsets. We first heard about this Qualcomm project back in June, it then being nicknamed the Qualcomm Snapdragon Game Pack. Since then they've given a face and a brand new application to the project, and it'll all be shown off on the 10th of this month, right in the middle of CES 2012.

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HiveMind has SimCity creator aiming to turn your real life into The Sims

HiveMind has SimCity creator aiming to turn your real life into The Sims

For those of you that don't know, Will Wright is the primary designer behind such massive hits as SimCity, The Sims, and Spore - and this week he's letting us all know that we, not our avatars, will be taking part in his next opus. This game will be called HiveMind, and will be more than just a casual gaming experience. You'll be using your phones, tablets, social network identities, computers galore, and your own brain to make a move in this virtual reality space. This will be the next generation, says Wright, in Alternate Reality Games (ARGs).

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NVIDIA high-fives Sega for Sonic the Hedgehog 4 mobile release

NVIDIA high-fives Sega for Sonic the Hedgehog 4 mobile release

Sega is coming on strong on the Sonic tip here at the end of 2011, first with Sonic CD for the mobile platform, now with Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 2 for Android devices sporting either an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core or Tegra 3 quad-core processor onboard! What you'll be playing here is a new vision of Sonic in the classic setup: complete with the rebirth of an old enemy and the return of no less than everyone's favorite sidekick: Tails! And just wait until you hit the go button on the video to hear that classic "SEGA" sound effect - flawless victory!

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Age of Wulin pre-release auction nabs $16k for a virtual sword

Age of Wulin pre-release auction nabs $16k for a virtual sword

There's no denying that the virtual world is one lucrative enough for people on both sides of the equation to dedicate their lives to it - and in no more relevant a place today than a pre-release auction of virtual goods for a game by the name of Age of Wulin, this auction selling a man a sword for $16,000 USD. Of course he didn't drop USD on this weapon, and the only physical representation of it he'll see is a plaque (generous of them!) that he can hang in his room while he uses the "real" thing in the game when it's released in the Spring of 2012. This game will also be released in the USA soon after the Chinese Beta, but it'll only be this one lucky fellow who'll be slaying his opponents with this one sword.

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Microsoft Canada starts Developer Movement, shows USA how to do it

Microsoft Canada starts Developer Movement, shows USA how to do it

Though as a graphic designer by training, I'm not exactly keen on promoting contests to produce results in workers, it does seem like a pretty awesome idea here as Microsoft tries to push developers to make awesome apps for their platforms (including but not limited to Xbox360 and Windows Phone) up in Canada. What you've got here is a "Join the Developer Movement" contest in which Microsoft judges your developed apps as "quality", and depending on how many you've got made until May 20th, you get rewards galore! Not only that, the first 200 people who register for the Developer Movement have the chance to get their AppHub account waived entirely!

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