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Alienware 13 and Graphics Amplifier: merging the powerful and portable

Alienware 13 and Graphics Amplifier: merging the powerful and portable

Alienware is targeting gamers who want the best of both worlds: a portable gaming machine that is powerful enough for when they're out and about (or just chilling in the recliner), and a powerful machine for when they need all the performance they can get. In comes the Alienware 13 laptop and the Graphics Amplifier, which complements the laptop by boosting its performance to desktop levels via graphics card innards. The company has also dropped some details about its Area-51 flagship gaming rig.

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Virtual Pong replaces the ball with an orb of light

Virtual Pong replaces the ball with an orb of light

Pong has aged nicely over the years, growing from that game you played with two bland paddles to its latest virtual iteration, Virtual Pong. Dubbed such by Shaper Image, this real-world version of the game ushers in a digital projected ball and two wireless paddles for hitting it, allowing players to get off the couch and compete face to face without the hassle of losing the ball or compensating for gravity. Essentially, and somewhat futuristically, it is indoor tennis played with light.

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Sunset Overdrive Review: The Awesome-pocalypse is opon us

Sunset Overdrive Review: The Awesome-pocalypse is opon us

Over the past week and a half we’ve been playing Sunset Overdrive, a game exclusive to Xbox One and entirely unique in its look, gameplay, and next-level splattering of pop culture references. Sunset Overdrive places you in the customizable body of an apocalypse survivor. But this isn’t any normal apocalypse. As one NPCs suggests, this is the Awesome-pocalypse. This game isn’t about getting harangued for shooting your opponent incorrectly or for falling off a building too many times in a row. It's about having FUN.

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Xbox One gets holiday cut as Microsoft chases PS4

Xbox One gets holiday cut as Microsoft chases PS4

Xbox One may be trailing its PlayStation 4 rival in the sales charts, but Microsoft isn't going to take that lying down, announcing a price cut on the console ahead of the holidays. As of November 2nd, 2014, those in the US will be able to pick up an Xbox One for $349, as Microsoft applies a $50 cut across its console line-up including bundles and limited-editions. That means the latest Sunset Overdrive bundle, too.

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PlayStation 4 upcoming Share Play feature explained

PlayStation 4 upcoming Share Play feature explained

Excited for the big two-point-oh update for your PlayStation 4? Looking forward to changing your console's home screen themes? The awaited major update for the console will be landing on eager users' hands, or rather on their devices, starting October 28 but the update isn't just about themes, of course. Lest you forget, there are also other interesting additions that await you, like the totally new Share Play feature. And to make sure that you don't forget indeed, Sony has published a video and a blog post detailing what Share Play really is.

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Steam is down, and it’s a little funky

Steam is down, and it’s a little funky

Over the past hour or so Steam has been a bit shaky. Valve is currently working on the problem, but as this article is written, just about half of Singapore is offline (3 of 6 servers, as it were) while 59 of 62 servers are up. Of course even a single server down results in someone realizing it and flipping out, so it's time! It's time to watch the madness unfold.

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Custom Xbox One backgrounds: how to make it yours

Custom Xbox One backgrounds: how to make it yours

Customization of the wallpaper on your Xbox One console is a feature that's been blasted over the past week. Unless you're part of the Xbox One Preview program right this minute - when this article is posted - you'll have to wait to customize your own console. If that time has arrived for you, you'll have only to move through a few very easy steps. By all means, have a peek at how you can make your Xbox One's background as wild as possible.

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PlayStation 4 software update 2.0 arrives October 28

PlayStation 4 software update 2.0 arrives October 28

The past couple of weeks have been a blur of game console updates and pre-update details, with the Xbox One October update having started rolling out on October 15, and PlayStation having followed closely behind it with details about its own users can expect in the 2.0 update. While Sony did detail the goods last week, in terms of features and improvements, it didn't say when PlayStation 4 users could expect to see the update, which makes it hard to be anticipatory.

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Paranautical Activity creator resigns after making death threat

Paranautical Activity creator resigns after making death threat

In case you missed it, a bit of hoopla surfaced earlier this week revolving around Steam, the game Paranautical Activity, and the game's rage-prone creator Mike Maulbeck. The final version of Paranautical Activity was released on Steam on Monday, but some snafu resulted in the game's page showing it as "Early Access". This frightened Maulbeck, who was worried that still being dubbed Early Access would "cripple" the game's success. Rather than dealing with the problem like an adult, Maulbeck resorted to raging -- something that resulted in a death threat, the game being pulled, and, more recently, the creator resigning from the company.

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Counter-Strike zombie chickens rise for Halloween

Counter-Strike zombie chickens rise for Halloween

What's more fun than video games? Easter eggs and similar things slipped in games for the sole purpose of giving you a smile (or, you know, a fowl-based zombie to kill). Halloween is quickly approaching, and as it approaches gamers have been presented with what the company calls "A Murder Most Fowl". That is, a zombie chicken, which you can identify by its green color and outstretched feather-frocked wings. The zombie chickens aren't the only addition, however, with Valve going all-out in the holiday spirit.

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