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Metal Gear Solid 4 – hits one million copies in Europe!

Metal Gear Solid 4Officials from Konami Europe have revealed that the recently released PlayStation 3 exclusive Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots has already sold over 1 million copies in Europe.

Following its global release on June 12th, the title immediately went to the top of most European charts and has so far shown strong second week sales – retaining the number one spot in the UK and other markets. As ever, though, no independent sales data is available for any of the software charts in Europe.

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Bringing the fantastic world of the American Idol competition to your home, Konami has created the Karaoke Revolution: American Idol Encore for your Xbox 360. If you’d like to experience the excitement (or horror) of letting the three famous American Idol judges listen to your voice, then try the Karaoke Revolution: American Idol Encore for the Xbox 360.

Go right ahead; step into the spotlight and become an idol. This interactive game delivers the most realistic recreation of the American Idol experience. It has a collection of 40 smash hits from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and today. You can even expand your music library with hundreds of downloadable songs.

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3D Much? Introducing the Novint Falcon Gaming Controller

Get ready for the Novint Falcon. This isn’t your average joystick, but an entirely new type of game controller.

Designed to replace your mouse or joystick ingame, the Falcon is essentially a small robot. The Novint Falcon Game Controller allows you to experience true virtual touch in a way that’s unlike any controller in history.

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Move, Manipulate, and Feel elements of your game: the Novint Falcon

Novint Falcon Game ControllerGet ready for the Novint Falcon. This isn’t your average joystick, but an entirely new type of game controller.

Designed to replace your mouse or joystick ingame, the Falcon is essentially a small robot. The Novint Falcon Game Controller allows you to experience true virtual touch in a way that’s unlike any controller in history.

Real-time Tactile Interaction with your Gaming Reality

The Novint Falcon allows you to actually feel textile high fidelity, three dimensional force feedback. Novint Falcon Game ControllerYou move the Falcon’s controller right and left, forward and back (just like a mouse) but you can also move it up and down. When you move the free floating detachable grip and interact with a virtual object, the Falcon’s motors resist your movements creating the texture, shape, weight, dimension and dynamics relative to the game. These motors update approximately 1000 times a second, staying current with the displayed image on the screen.

Because the three dimensional feedback and interaction with the game causes the user to develop real physical manipulation skills (instead of just punching a macro key or clicking the mouse), the Novint Falcon adds an entirely new, ultra-realistic aspect of the game. While 3D imaging is nothing new, Novint’s technology transforms the user experience by adding realistically rendered tactile 3D touch to Computer Gaming.

Novint is pioneering all kinds of 3D touch products for the consumer market, the Novint Falcon being the flagship and introductory offering. In the past, the relative cost of 3D dimensional touch applications (also referred to as “Haptic” devices) made this kind of equipment impractical for consumer use. The best part about the Novint Falcon: It’s designed to be affordable for regular consumers.

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Xbox 360 Alligator skinned Custom Case Mod

Alligator Eye XBox 360 ModAn Xbox 360 mod that is just too cool to be true was spotted today from “DFW Monkie” over at XBox 360 Fanboy today – and it’s freaky too. It’s the alligator skin case – complete with an eye power button. It would be awesome if they would have included pictures with the red ring of death lit up – I’m sure it would be awesome!

Behold the alligator skinned 360 complete with rough alligator skin and an alligator eye that you have to jab your finger into to power up the console. We have one word for this custom skin … creepy Seriously, this thing is creepy odd creepy. Who comes up with this stuff?

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PNY XLR8 GeForce 9800 GX2 Video Card

PNY GeForce 9800 GX2 Video CardThe gaming world moves in such a rapid manner. As it were, it takes only a blink of an eye for developers to come up with newfangled games that boast better graphics and graphic engines that inch closer than ever to true lifelike realism. That being said, makers of graphics card are more than willing to comply to come up with fitting graphics card solutions. As for the end consumer, it then becomes very important to consider how long a graphics card is going to last before it is significantly superseded by newer models. How long is it going to serve you before you find the need to accelerate to a higher gaming gear? With the PNY XLR8 GeForce 9800 GX2 , you get a top-of-the-line graphics card that is ready for today and the future.

Accelerate to Higher Gaming Gears

Released in March 2008, the PNY XLR8 GeForce 9800 GX2 is based one of the latest in NVIDIA’s family of Geforce 9 cards. It is a PCI Express 2.0 card that boasts two on-board 9-series GPUs that work together in order to achieve unparalleled levels of graphical realism. It is simply like having the power of two high-end graphics cards all rolled into one convenient package. Moreover, NVIDIA claims that this dual-GPU design boasts significant advantages over its single-GPU cousins. And who are we to argue with NVIDIA? They’ve been around for some time, and if their past records are any indication, then it is wholly safe to put our money on the PNY XLR8 GeForce 9800 GX2.

PNY GeForce 9800 GX2 Video Card

The PNY XLR8 GeForce 9800 GX2 is big in size and specs as well. Inside the sleek looking casing which has the word “XLR8” emblazoned on it are the components that make this DirectX 10-capable graphics card as powerful as it is. Impressively, it has a core clock speed of 600 MHz, a memory clock speed of 2 GHz, a shader clock speed of 1.5 GHz, 256 stream processors, and 1 gigabyte of lightning-fast DDR3 RAM divided between the two GPUs. All these remarkable numbers allow the graphics card to deliver unbelievable gaming performance—a level that will silence purists and please the rest of us to a great degree. It delivers an astounding 76.8 billion pixels per second and a memory bandwidth of 128 GBs per second. It also allows you to connect two monitors at a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1600 thanks to its dual-link DVI capabilities. Lastly, it boasts an HDMI port for the best video signal possible.

Just as impressive as the hard components of the PNY XLR8 GeForce 9800 GX2 is the advanced software technology it is equipped with. It is the first NVIDIA graphics card that features NVIDIA HybridPower technology. This feature controls the level of video-processing power according to the current needs of the PC; maximum power for gaming and low-power operation for easier tasks.

However you need to combine this graphics card with an NVIDIA Hybrid SLI-enabled motherboard to make use of this feature. In addition, this graphics card features a unified architecture that efficiently allocates resources for drawing pixels or shading. Aside from that, it also supports advanced shaders and simultaneous anti-aliasing and HDR lighting, which makes for a truly definitive gaming experience.PNY GeForce 9800 GX2 Video Card Watching high-definition movies is also a joy thanks to the power of the PNY XLR8 GeForce 9800 GX2.

Without a doubt, the PNY XLR8 GeForce 9800 GX2 is a high-end graphics solution ideal for hardcore gamers who simply have to have the best. Rest assured you’ll enjoy quality gaming for years to come with this modern and future-ready graphics card.

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PC Gaming Experience at its Best

l23-7260.jpgAlthough more known for their mice, PC speakers, and keyboards, Logitech was still able to make a name for itself in the gaming gear arena. In the goal to expand expertise in product design beyond the computer mouse, Logitech has increased its portfolio with other interface devices for computers, consoles, and digital music or home-entertainment systems. High quality and performance is the top priority of this company, as it is constantly innovating products to adapt to the rapidly expanding world of technology. Logitech’s collection of innovation now includes a wide array of products for PC navigation, gaming, Internet communications, digital music and home-entertainment control. And their products are sold all over the world.

The Chillstream is one of Logitech’s latest gamepad offering to the world today. Created to be compatible with your PC so you could enjoy PC games better, it was designed to have a built in 40mm fan to keep your hands cool when in the middle of long gaming sessions. While it has a near identical design as the Xbox 360 controller, including similar locations for the joysticks, navigation pad and button controls, the Logitech Chillstream stands out for delivering smooth controls while keeping your hands cool. This signature feature comes in three fan settings: continuous, interval, or off, and works consistently. The patented cooling system lets air to flow into your fingers and the palm of your hands, for countless hours of sweat-free gaming fun. Besides the Chillstream technology for cool, dry hands, the controller also features soft rubber grips, so your hands will never slip during every game.

But aside from the brilliant cooling design of the Logitech Chillstream, game players will also love the energy-saving auto-off feature that automatically shuts the device down after a few minutes of inactivity. To start it back up at the the same power at which you left it set, all you will have to do is to press any button on the controller. This wonderful gadget is guaranteed to work with Games for Windows Vista, 2000, or XP. It attaches easily to any USB port and it conveniently has a fairly long cord as well, so you can enjoy more hours in front of your computer.

The Logitech Chillstream also boasts of having superior responsive action that enhances your accuracy and gives you better control. Its high performance analog sticks and trigger lets you experience superior speed and precision every time you use it. It operates silently, also, so as to not distract you from your game.

Apart from the Logitech Chillstream controller, every Logitech Chillstream package comes with a quick installation guide and a small driver disk. It is covered by limited warranty for two years, backing up the high performance and superior quality of the Logitech controller.

To sum it all up, the Logitech ChillStream is a well-designed, comfortable, Vista-ready gaming controller with a main feature internal fan that vents air on the player’s palms. It has Logitech’s quality of craftsmanship, durability and high perfomrmance. And since it is every PC gamer’s dream to achieve maximum gaming experience, now with the Logitech Chillstream for PC controller, that dream can definitely be reached.

By Ethel Kay Merioles

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Guitar Hero Strums Way into World Record

Guitar Hero III (Image Credit: Activision)While millions are playing Guitar Hero, few were lucky enough to attend the most recent event recognized by the Guinness World Records.

Teenager Chris Chike is the No. 1 ranked Guitar Hero III player in the world and was awarded with a certificate in New York City.

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Feel the Force from your headphone

edim-5p1audiof-e128-1020-ma.jpgHere is a definite must-have for any hardcore gamer. Don’t let the old school look fool you as this gaming headset from eDimensional and world renowned console modder extraordinaire Benjamin J. Heckendorn (popularly known as BenHeck) is set to blow your mind away. The result of the collaborative effort is a high quality headset designed to enhance the player’s gaming experience.

The AudioFX Pro 5+1 Force Feedback Headsets packs great new features. The 5+1 refers to the 5.1 surround sound decoder with in-game silent frequencies. Using this allows gamers to hear in-game sounds such as footprints, alerts, and gunfire in a simulated three-dimensional arena which makes pinpointing opponents’ locations easier than ever.

Force Feedback is the technology that uses the integrated subwoofer to produce low frequency sounds that create the extra rumble which adds to the three-dimensional illusion. This is really a valuable tool in any game as it greatly boosts the spatial awareness of the player and adds to the immersive qualities of the game through realistic the engine noise, gunfire, and explosions.

The microphone provides excellent noise-cancelling features that provide clear and crisp lines when talking. The microphone is also TeamSpeak certified. TeamSpeak is a VOIP software that enables users worldwide to simultaneously chat with others in a conference call. You can also easily change the position of the microphones using its ambidextrous swivel. Reinforced bearings also provide increased durability that can take a lot of abuse.

The AudioFX Pro 5+1 Force Feedback Headset is also not your typical standard headset. The leather colored ear pieces and headband adds style and appeals not only to the gamers but to non-gamers as well. The new oval-shape ear cup designs are soft and very comfortable. The new design also enhances audio and blocks external noise. In addition to this, the ear cups can be pivoted and the head band can be fully adjusted to provide comfort when used for extended periods. Each ear cup contains 8 LEDs designed for level meter reading and lights up depending on the sound level.

The headset also comes with a very long cord which can be a boon for users who need to be connected while away from the computer. The in-line controller is used to control the volume as well as the vibration for the Force Feedback feature and also adds the ability to mute the microphone if needed.

Aside from gaming, the product can also be used in listening music, movies, VOIP, or any other type of audio use. If you are looking for a headset that offers great features and provide better value, check out this product.

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  • TigerDirect Sponsors Dream PC

    Dream PC 2008Want the best PC available? A PC worth $30,000? It’s not a stretch, and TigerDirect is proud to announce their sponsorship of the PC World 2008 Dream PC. And you can win it too!

    “If money were no object, you’d probably build the biggest, baddest, best PC. Well, that’s what we’re doing–only we’re giving it away when we’re done! PC World’s editors are picking their favorite components to custom-build the ultimate desktop computer, and you could win it!1

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