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Razer unveils Mass Effect 3 accessories and iPhone case

Razer unveils Mass Effect 3 accessories and iPhone case

It's hard to make video game aesthetics work in the real world. Halo's segmented green and Starcraft's otherworldly blue end up looking like odd residents when saddled to desktop staples or game consoles. But Bioware's Mass Effect series seems to do well when translated into physical goods, mostly thanks to the subtle red-on-black racing stripe of Commander Shepard's N7 armor. If you feel like you need a little more intergalactic style in your life, Razer's introduced a collection of accessories (both gaming and fashion) to celebrate the upcoming release of Mass Effect 3.

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Bethesda’s Skyrim was second best-selling game in 2011, MW3 was first

Bethesda’s Skyrim was second best-selling game in 2011, MW3 was first

The fact that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 pulled in more money than any other video game in 2011 is not a surprise. Anyone could have seen that coming. But the title that managed to score second place is rightfully turning some heads. The latest entry in Bethesda's epic Elder Scroll franchise, Skrim, outsold all the others in the race to become the top non-Call of Duty title of the year. This comes despite a backlash after some PS3 users found game-crippling lag problems when playing through the open world adventure.

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Blizzard’s BlizzCon benched for 2012

Blizzard’s BlizzCon benched for 2012

Every year since 2007, a teeming Hoarde of gamers perform Zerg rush on the Anaheim Convention center to attend BlizzCon, the convention specifically for mega-developer Blizzard. The World of Warcraft creators use the venue as a place to make their biggest yearly announcements directly to their most ardent of fans, creating a spectacle that's sort of like an extremely targeted E3. The 2011 BlizzCon in October went over well, but fans will have to wait a while for a repeat performance: Blizzard broke the news on its Battle.net website that the convention won't return until 2013.

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Steam Sales double – Again!

Steam Sales double – Again!

Valve disclosed their Steam sales in 2011 more than doubled the mark set in 2010, marking seven consecutive years of 100 percent growth. Can we stop with the cute "PC gaming is dying", and let the numbers speak for themselves? Steam sales are no where near slowing down based on this new information, and the number of simultaneous users surpassing the five million mark. PC gaming is thriving.

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GameStop – Buy the World of Warcraft BattleChest, get Wrath of the Lich King free

GameStop – Buy the World of Warcraft BattleChest, get Wrath of the Lich King free

Since Black Friday in November there have been massive deals in the world of gaming. If you missed it, GameStop offered the World of Warcraft BattleChest for $9.99, which includes World of Warcraft and The Burning Crusade expansion. The Wrath of the Lich King and Cataclysm expansions were on sale for $19.99 each. The holidays are definitely a time to get on the World of Warcraft bandwagon if you have yet to start your very own dancing-on-mailboxes Night Elf, or finally get those friends who have been on-the-fence an inexpensive gift.

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Microsoft Flight simulator goes free to play with in-game purchases

Microsoft Flight simulator goes free to play with in-game purchases

No doubt about it, the free to play model is earning its wings. After years as one of the most respected flight simulator games out there, Microsoft is taking a new approach with the latest version, now renamed simply "Microsoft Flight." In the years since Fight Simulator X was released, downloadable content and Valve's Steam platform have redefined PC gaming, and in order to keep up Microsoft is making the core version of the new game completely free to play. For a given value of free, anyway.

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Portal 2 takes your holiday shopping to a new dimension this season

Portal 2 takes your holiday shopping to a new dimension this season

There's a game out there called Portal 2, and in that game it's the physics of the environment you're in that dictate how you play the game - this holiday season, it is you who will be dictating the happiness of your closest associate with a whole heaping couple of handfuls of Portal 2 oddball gifts, each of them announced just this week for sale online. Though there are many places you could get these gifts if you have some sixth sense for seeking them out, each has been offered by ThinkGeek in one handy category starting today, and a Portal shopping you shall go! Even if you've only played the game once, even if you've only ever played the first game in the series and not the second, you will not be able to resist - that's how awesome these little trinkets are.

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