Expect social gaming to break a billion dollars this year

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Think Farmville is a joke? What about Mafia Wars? Well, do you think a billion dollars is any kind of laughing matter? It turns out that the social gaming market is being projected to be a million dollar business for 2011. That’s a lot of virtual farms on Facebook!

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Nintendo 3DS to sell for $300, launches February 26 in Japan

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Man, I was really hoping that Nintendo would be a little more competitive with the price point on the new Nintendo 3DS. Most of us were hoping for something in the $200 range, maybe pushing $220 or $230, but that’s not where it is at all. Instead, they’ve bumped it to a whopping $300.

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Apple iOS overtakes Sony PSP in mobile gaming

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Gaming purists scoffed when Apple enthusiasts proclaimed that the Apple iPhone and iPod touch were not only viable mobile gaming platforms, they said that they could be even more popular than conventional gaming handhelds. That claim has now come to fruition with the increasing popularity of Apple’s iOS products.

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Hardware specs for Nintendo 3DS handheld leaked

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By now, you’ve probably heard about the Nintendo 3DS. You may have seen some of the hands-on pictures and videos that were posted during E3. That’s all fine and dandy, but what can we expect under the hood of Nintendo’s latest handheld? Well, that part has apparently been revealed too.

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Real truck driven like third-person video game, not so easy after all

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You know when you play most racing and driving video games you have that option of switching through various different viewing perspectives? In general, it seems easier to use the “out of the car” viewpoint where the camera is placed just behind the car. Apparently this does not translate in to real life.

What you see here is a specialized rig meant to simulate the video game experience, but it uses a real vehicle. Seeing things from a third-person perspective actually makes driving quite a bit more difficult for the average person, despite the opposite being true in a video game environment.

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Geometry Wars to rule them all

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Among the hundreds of iPad apps that go live for download tomorrow is one that stands out among all others, and that my friends, is Geometry Wars. If you own the Xbox 360 you should be well versed in the retro-styled space shooter. Graphics are positively stunning and the gameplay is addictive.

From what I can see, this iPad version looks just as good as the Xbox Live Arcade one. I’ve got a burning suspicion that it makes use of the accelerometer in some way, tilting your way through intergalactic stellar stardust.

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Super rugged Xbox 360 consoles for NBA’s road warriors

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I love nothing more than curling up on my couch or bean bag chair, grabbing my Xbox 360 controller, and dialing in some hours on Street Fighter IV or NHL 10. However, not everyone has that kind of luxury. For NBA players who are always on the road, 2K has devised the perfect solution.

It’s not quite the same as the Xbox Portable we want to see to compete against the Nintendo DSi and Sony PSP, but it’s still portable.

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REVIEW – Scribblenauts for Nintendo DS

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Aside from some special apps and mini-games that are being offered as DSiWare, the Nintendo DSi has yet to receive any full retail launches with games of its own. I guess Nintendo still wants to capture those of us who own a regular Nintendo DS (Lite) and with games like Scribblenauts, they’ll continue to captivate […]

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Video: Buster Bros to Burst Bubbles on Apple iPhone

The great thing about the Apple iPhone and other similar handhelds is that they provide the perfect platform for gaming nostalgia. If you go back into the 80s and 90s, you’ll find that the arcade cabinets of the day were no more powerful than what we hold in our smartphones today. Well, another classic is […]

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Street Fighter IV Cell Phone Strap = Talking Arcade Stick

It’s no secret that I’m a pretty big fan of fighting games and I’ve been playing quite a bit of Street Fighter IV. I have a t-shirt to express my enthusiasm already, but this new cell phone charm from Japan could be going a little too far. Many cell phone users, particularly from Asia, seem […]

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