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Diggin’ In the Carts takes a much needed look at game music

Diggin’ In the Carts takes a much needed look at game music

When you pick up a game or read a game review, chances are much of the focus is on the graphics and then on the gameplay (with story following at third, if there is one at all). But video game music can also make or break a game and is, more often than not, overlooked. Red Bull Music Academy is giving VGM, or video game music, a well-deserved and long overdue focus with its Diggin' In The Carts documentary.

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Batman sighted in Japan riding on a trike

Batman sighted in Japan riding on a trike

It's not unusual to spot costumed personalities doing stunts while shooting or doing some promotional thing. But suddenly zooming past you in the middle of a highway? Not so much. One lucky resident of Japan's Chiba prefecture was able to snap up some shots of the Caped Crusader cruising down the highway on what looks like a very strange three-wheeled bike.

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Sharp redefines “edge-to-edge” smartphone display

Sharp redefines “edge-to-edge” smartphone display

This week the folks at Sharp have let loose images and hands-on with their new "Aquos Crystal" phone. This device runs Android and will be sent up by carriers with VoLTE, but the most important feature is the most obvious: a near bezel-less front panel. When we first heard the term "edge-to-edge display", this is what we were thinking.

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PlayStation 4 gets icy makeover in Japan until July 16

PlayStation 4 gets icy makeover in Japan until July 16

If you thought that gaming consoles are just for the males of the species or that certain animated films are only for the young ones, perhaps it's time drag yourself to the 21st century. As if trying to say that gaming, and some films, are for every person of any age or gender, Sony is selling a limited edition PlayStation 4 console in Japan that has undeniable markings of the Disney 3D animated hit Frozen.

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Dragon Quest X on Nintendo 3DS to use streaming tech

Dragon Quest X on Nintendo 3DS to use streaming tech

Fans of the Dragon Quest franchise in Japan will probably have mixed feelings about the arrival of the latest title on Nintendo's 3DS handheld. While Dragon Quest X, also known as Dragon Quest X Online or DQXO, is known for being a semi-online game, on the 3DS it will become fully online, because, instead of running off a cartridge or internal memory, the game will be completely streamed to the handheld instead.

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VAIO Inc opens up shop with three new laptops

VAIO Inc opens up shop with three new laptops

VAIO laptops are back, but they're not your grandfather's VAIO, so to speak. But even with new management, a new brand of its own, and the absence of Sony, VAIO's new laptop models, two new VAIO Pros and a new VAIO Fit, won't be giving you any form of culture shock, as they unabashedly look exactly like your grandfather's VAIO.

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