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A patriot is born in Ubisoft's epic title 'Assassin's Creed 3'

Play as Ratonhnhake:ton, also known as Connor Kenway

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In the “Assassin’s Creed” series, Ubisoft has immersed players in key historical cruxes like 12th Century Damascus and 15th Century Venice through the eyes of “Brotherhood Assassins,” who track down and kill assigned targets (usually the Assassins’ archenemies, the Templars). Ezio Auditore, the charming Venetian as adept at taking maidens’ hearts as he is taking contracts’ lives, has been the focal...

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'Call of Duty: Black Ops 2' launches

The official "Call of Duty: Black Ops 2"

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is in stores now and Activision is already sweetening the deal on the game's optional 'DLC Season Pass'.

A Nuketown Zombies bonus map will be included with the digital download of the 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Season Pass,' according to the game's publisher and Treyarch.  This map was only available with purchasing either the Hardened or Collectors Editions. ...

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Gift-getters prefer tablets to laptops, survey finds

The Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T switches

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If you’re shopping for a high-priced tech gadget this holiday season, your loved one would probably prefer a new tablet to a laptop, according to a PriceGrabber.com survey released Nov. 8, 2012. The online price comparison service found that 59 percent of the 1,475 online U.S. shoppers it polled late last month would prefer a tablet to a laptop.

So is this the beginning of the end for the...

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Gamers can direct live streams with PlanetSide 2

PlanetSide 2 is first game to enable direct

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Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) and Twitch, the world's largest video platform and community for gamers, announced today a partnership that will allow for a first-of-its-kind experience that is sure to expand. The two have teamed up to allow gamers to stream their gaming sessions from the free-to-play massively multiplayer online first-person shooter (MMOFPS) PlanetSide 2 with just a click of...

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RGIII teams up with AC3

It?s often said that good things happen in

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The NFL gridiron's quarterback sensation has teamed up with the most anticipated video game of the year.  Robert Griffin III joins Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed 3 and mi adidas to help drive awareness and support for the upcoming presidential election.  

Limited Editions of Assassin's Creed 3 and Rock the Vote-inspired CC Seduction sneakers will be sold together with the video game's...

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Samsung merges tablet, laptop for Windows 8

The Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T switches

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Samsung is blurring the line between tablets and laptops just as Apple shrinks the size of its market-leading tablet in a nod to the smartphone.

The Korean technology manufacturer is showcased what it’s calling the Smart PC -- a touch screen ultrabook with a detachable keyboard -- at an event introducing its new line of products designed specifically for Microsoft’s forthcoming Windows 8 operating...

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Review: 'NHL 13' packs simulation but misses the 'Hitz'

NHL 13' is available now on Xbox 360

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EA Sports and their NHL franchise has be long praised as one of THE best sports games available ever since puck heads like myself were introduced to the 'Skill Stick'.  Yet each year somehow, the series has just kept getting better.  Now with Madden pulling their own wild cat offense and shaking their series up for the better does NHL 13 once again raise the bar?  

Don't expect...

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Combat 'Resident Evil', vote for Adam Benford

Warp Pipe received a campaign kit from 'Resident

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War, economics, terrorism and zombies...

While President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney continue to make headlines this election year, one man is stepping up to remind the American people that there is hope left for our nation's safety and security.  That man is Adam Benford.

In a press kit sent to us at Warp Pipe, President Benford in a written address...

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'Sleeping Dogs' is a eye-opening joy ride

"Sleeping Dogs" was developed by United Front Games

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Open-world gaming has a ton to offer yet some titles have found themselves lost within their own sprawling massive cities. The developers at United Front Games were up for the challenge and impressed publisher Square Enix with the original IP.

Players assume control of Wei Shen, crossing the line between federal agent and criminal. Wei is an officer of the San Francisco Police Department assigned...

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Review: 'Spec-Ops: The Line'

"Spec-Ops: The Line" was released in North America

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If you’re looking for another military shooter to hold you over, you might be in for a bit of a surprise. On the surface, "Spec Ops" seems like just another action-packed terrorist hunt in the desert, but there’s more to see and play here than you might expect.

In "Spec Ops: The Line", players take on the role of Captain Martin Walker, the leader of an elite delta squad...

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