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Black Friday Geek Guide

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Black Friday Geek Guide

I’ve never gone Black Friday shopping – waking at 5 AM to fight my way through hordes of shoppers, just to save a few dollars isn’t exactly high on my priorities list.

But this year is different – stores are opening even earlier (meaning there’s a greater chance I’ll still be awake from the night before), and more and more companies seem to be catering to gamers and geeks. And of course, an essential part of Black Friday is the prep work.

One does not simply walk into Black Friday without doing a little research first – but lucky for our readers, I’ve done the research for you! Here are the best Black Friday deals of 2011 for geeks and gamers:

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[Video Review] Memorex Universal Game Selector for DS

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[Video Review] Memorex Universal Game Selector for DS

Sick of having to pick just one DS game before you leave the house?

Memorex has come up with a solution: the Universal Game Selector for the Nintendo DS game system. It’s an accessory that attaches to your DS – without voiding the warranty – and allows you to select from up to three different games without having to remove or insert game cartridges.

Watch the video to see how it works and what we thought of it!

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[Review] Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth Edition

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[Review] Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth Edition

Since the late ’90s, Razer has been producing high-quality computer peripherals designed with gamers in mind. Although they started small, Razer has quickly become a household brand among pro gamers and us plebs alike. I personally have been a fan of Razer products for a while now, already owning the DeathAdder mouse and Lycosa keyboard (and loving them both).

So when I got the opportunity for a BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth Edition review unit, I jumped at the chance.

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e-SportsCenter – BarCraft edition!

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e-SportsCenter – BarCraft edition!

Welcome to the October 30 edition of e-SportsCenter! This week, the world of e-sports was a bit slow. Not wanting to deprive my readers of their usual fix, I present to you a very special BarCraft edition!

If you’re already an avid e-sports fan, the hope is that you’re already familiar with the concept of BarCraft. Or, better yet, you’ve participated in one. However, if you’ve recently discovered the fascinating world of televised competitive gaming, hopefully the following video will make things a little more clearer for you.

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Huge Update for the Nintendo 3DS this Holiday Season

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Huge Update for the Nintendo 3DS this Holiday Season

Although the high price of the Nintendo 3DS deterred many potential customers at first, the company seems determined to really give the customers what they want. In addition to the somewhat recent price drop, Nintendo is also releasing a whole slew of new games and features that will “make Nintendo 3DS a smart gift option this holiday season,” said Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime.

As a precursor to their exciting system update, Nintendo has released a new 3D animation available for download from the eShop, and will “soon” (though no exact date has been set) begin to deliver 3D music videos. These new 3D videos seem to simply be gearing fans up for the end of November, when Nintendo’s big update will hit.

So what’s the next big thing for the Nintendo 3DS? Read On

Star Wars: The Old Republic to be Released December 20

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Star Wars: The Old Republic to be Released December 20

Finally, after months of waiting with baited breath, BioWare and LucasArts have decided to keep us is the dark no longer. According to the official Star Wars: The Old Republic news site, this highly-anticipated MMORPG (not to mention potential WoW-killer) will be released on December 20 in North America, and the 22nd in Europe.

I’m pretty excited about this for two reasons. First, it’s sure to be a phenomenal game. But second, it means the release date rumor we heard from a BioWare rep all the way back at PAX East turned out to be entirely true. And who doesn’t love being right?

 

[Review] Deus Ex: Human Revolution

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[Review] Deus Ex: Human Revolution

It goes without saying that Deus Ex: Human Revolution was one of 2011’s most highly-anticipated games. I feel the need to follow up such a cliched statement with the disclaimer that this was the first Deus Ex game I’ve played, though the hope is that this fact won’t color your opinion of the rest of my review.

Deus Ex: HR is noteworthy in that it is one of the more universally playable games I’ve encountered  recently; the gameplay style is so versatile that one can use augmentations (the game’s name for character upgrades) to tailor the game specifically to his or her playstyle preferences. For instance, if you love the Metal Gear Solid series, you can choose a stealth route. Maybe you’re bad at sneaking but good at shooting? Go for the hack-n-slash method.

I personally chose the latter; the game was a challenge at certain points, but as I progressed through the necessity of using an all-out shooting method became much more apparent.

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