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  • E3: Dead Island demo

    June 20, 2011 @ 10:45 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    You remember the trailer for Dead Island, right? Well here’s some of the in-game footage.

    It’s 18s rated, and a zombie game, so expect lots of blood, mutilation and screaming. And swearing. Don’t forget the swearing.

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  • E3!

    June 7, 2011 @ 11:13 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    E3 officially starts today, but the major games firms have been holding their press conferences over the past 24 hours.


    Microsoft, as expected, is concentrating on Kinect, with motion gaming elements planned for titles such as Mass Effect 3, Forza Motorsport 4 and even FIFA.

    Sony, meanwhile, is concentrating on 3D, and yesterday announced the name of its new portable device, the Playstation Vita – probably the worst kept secret of the exhibition. We also saw some pricing – €249 to €299, depending on whether you want 3G or not.

    And today it’s Nintendo’s turn. We’re expecting to get a glimpse of its Wii successor at its conference later, and get an indication of how Nintendo expects to handle the competition in the games market.

    Expect more details – including game trailers for all platforms – later today.

  • Fifa 12 – the Impact Engine

    June 4, 2011 @ 2:14 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    A quick video of how Fifa’s new Impact Engine will affect gameplay. I got a sneak preview in April, and it was impressive. The movement looks more real, any collisions are vastly improved – no arms going through players, and you can even play a little more like Messi & Co.

    It’s smarter, it’s more impressive – it’s just all-round better than Fifa 11.

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  • Tech Tools: Metal Inkless Micropen

    June 1, 2011 @ 9:00 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    Ever had the need to write upside down? How about under water? You never know when the mood will strike.So just in case, you really need this pen.

    And even if you’ll never need a pen that works in space or sub-zero temperatures, the Metal Inkless Micropen  is impressive.

    It’s inkless, because it writes in metal. It’s almost smudge-free, for pretty much the same reason.

    Best of all, you’ll never need to refill the ink or sharpen it, giving it a major advantage over regular writing implements.

    The lead-based tip will leave a permanent mark – so it’s probably best to keep it out of your mouth – and it comes with a keychain, so you can keep it close by. Get over to to get one.