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Translating Your Brainwaves to Geek!

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InteraXon is the next device promising to let users control computers, and everything else, with their brains.  Similar to other devices, the InteraXon can only get a general reading of your EEG level and, as their website explains, translate your thoughts "to geek." 

We'll have to wait and see how well the device actually performs, but their site claims that the experience is "so seamless, the connected technology seems like an extension of your own body."

Video Game Performance Art

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Video games may or may not be capable of being art, but the Game Play Festival currently running at the Brick Theater in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is making some great art out of video games.  Reimagine Donkey Kong as an abusive boyfriend, watch Mario and Luigi hallucinate giant turtles and evil plants while high on shrooms, and witness the spectacle that is "Grand Theft Ovid."  Four different transmedial pieces are running at the theater through July 25th.

Rumors of Red Dead Pink Slips

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Red Dead Pink Slips

Rumors are emerging of the firing of a "significant" number Rockstar San Diego employees who worked on the immensely popular and critically acclaimed Red Dead Redemption.  Rockstar has noted that this is a normal part of their development process, but skeptics point to previous reports by employees of "unfair working conditions" during the game's development.

Read Rockstar's full response

And You Thought Video Games Were Exciting...

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DOUBLE RAINBOW ALL THE WAY!!

OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD!!

If you haven't seen it yet, then do yourself a favor, log out of WoW, and take a peek.  You'll be glad you did, and you'll know what the heck your friends are talking about.  Maybe if you watch real close, you'll even be able to figure out "what does this mean??"

I'm in Your 7-Eleven Advertin' on Your Foods!

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Advertin' on your food...

Zynga-branded products have taken over my local 7-Eleven.  Watch out for FarmVille food invading a snack aisle near you!

Zynga is in the middle of a massive promotional campaign with 7-Eleven.  Zynga games are advertised on the packaging of a whole spectrum of the convenience chain's eatables, and in some cases they even have their own products - FarmVille ice cream for example.

Madden 11 AFC Spotlight Trailers

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Madden 11 recently released trailers for each division in the AFC, highlighting the coaches of each team and certain high stats of individual players. All four trailers can be seen after the break.

The videos don't show a ton of gameplay but honestly, if you really want to know how Madden 11 is going to play, I suggest picking up a copy of Madden 10; I guarantee you it will be similar.

NCAA Football 11 Now Available

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NCAA Football 11 released yesterday for the PS2, PS3, and Xbox 360. The game promises deeper AI integration that should lead to better blocking and more dynamic defensive and offensive plays. Be sure to check out the video trailer after the break.

First Shot: APB

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I finally sat down to take APB for a spin today. The intro video did a good job of setting up the premise of the game: rampant crime in the fictional city of San Paro has led the mayor to enact measures by which regular citizens can become "enforcers" (read: vigilantes), which in turn has led to an increase in crime, bordering on a civil war between lawmen and outlaws.

First Shot: Crackdown 2

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My favorite part of the first Crackdown was jumping from building to building, collecting agility orbs that let me jump higher and higher.  I was some sort of frog-themed superhero—frogman, perhaps—who could leap out of the sky, punch a dude, and then spring away again into aerial oblivion, arms cartwheeling in glee.  “Oh god,” the gang-members would say, “it’s frogman, defender of no one in particular, puncher of dudes.”

Lost in Space

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