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Is this the next Xbox – or just a very confusing infographic?

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Look! Colours and boxes!  Via VG Leaks.com

So, this is what the inside of the next Xbox looks like, apparently.

It’s a deeply interconnected series of coloured boxes with vaguely impenetrable titles, which will somehow allow you to play the next “Gears of War” in eye-wateringly intense super HD vision from the future.  Why, it’s almost as if we’re on the verge of a new generation of games consoles, Valve-approved PCs and similar free time monopolising devices of fun…

I’m no technologist, but I know that 8 GB of RAM and an identical number of CPU Cores promise lots of potential to deliver more immersive games worlds.  Of course, it’s an arguable point as to whether the complexity of the PS3‘s internal architecture was ever satisfyingly grappled with by most of the multi-platform publishers and developers in this generation of machines – if the 360 couldn’t handle it, it does seem that EA and Activision didn’t exactly shoot for the fences with the systems out there.

Ever played “Dragon Age: Origins” on the PS3?  Exactly.

Expect major fireworks to be unleashed come E3 this June – or possibly earlier, if you believe the word on t3h str33tz…

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Next Xbox rumours – out in 2012, size of a thimble, knows Kung-Fu…

Joystiq have a story today which breaks down the latest Xbox successor rumours, which is certainly of interest to gamers on a tight budget (like yours truly) who might have to start putting aside the shekels in order to save up for the thing.

What can I tell you – it’s in my DNA.

Something like this, please, Redmond peeps...

To sum it up for you – the next box will be cheaper, smaller, use Apple-inspired internals and be out in 2012, or 2013 and certainly no later than 2014.

Clear as mud, really.

 

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PS Vita – carts, box size revealed. News for nerds, people, news for nerds.

Joystiq has a story from Tokyo Game Show on the Sony Playstation Vita today, focussing on the carts (tiny, but not quite as small as the proprietary Memory Stick storage media.

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Image via CVG.co.uk

So, if you own all the home console systems, you have a new, slightly smaller DVD box to fit your shelves – and those of you who feel increasingly affronted by the amount of space that a physical media collection can take up in your homes may have something to say about that.

The dinky, teeny-tiny nature of hand-held systems and the disproportionate size of the storage boxes that their games come in – perhaps this is a solution to your potential woes?

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Crytek’s “Warface” gets a trailer – how’s your Korean?

Shooting random strangers online in the face - bringing gamers together since 1993

Crytek’s Asia-targetted free to play FPS, “Warface” now has a trailer for the closed Beta .

At this point, the game is still directed at the Asian market – competitive multiplayer being quite the thing in South Korea and China – with no sign of a Western release planned.

Ladies, Gentlemen – if you have them, fire up your VPN’s.

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If you do one Gaming thing today, you’ve got to read “The Trenches”…

Never seen a Simian wield one of these...

…because such outright douche-baggery makes you wonder how any developer sticks working in the industry for more than twenty minutes.

Recoil in horror!

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New “Penny Arcade” spin-off, “The Trenches”

Erodes the human soul, huh? Cool story, bro...

Gabe, Tycho and Scott Kurtz have a new comic, “The Trenches”.

We’re talking tales from the games tester trenches. You know – playing code over and over until you break the game (or your mind). It’s as sweet as you might suspect – and if you have your own horror tale from the Front, why not submit it?

‘Tis early days, but as the flip-side of Sony’s PS3 reality show, “The Tester”, “The Trenches” is fascinating reading.

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Whatcha been playing (NeoGaf love in the house)

With props to NeoGaf, 1Up and whomever first came up with the idea – Fluffrick’s first of many “What You Been Playin’?” updates…

The Borderlands crew - I'm the dude with the goggles and the rifle...

Gearbox Software’s very splendid and very gory Role Playing Shooter, “Borderlands”.  Get in!

An ODST, bringing the hurt...

Bungie’s last(ish) sojourn into the “Halo” universe for the near future, “Halo 3: ODST”.  I love me some Master Chief ass kickery, and I’m confident this should fit the bill nicely.

Finally, for now?

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The Audi R8, as approved by Tony Stark, in Turn 10's "Forza Motorsport 3"

“Forza Motorsport 3” – Race with assists on, or try and beat the game on it’s own terms?  Decisions, decisions…

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“Uncharted 2” – new PS3 ad

Previous readers of this blog (or the Frugal Gaming forums) may be aware that I nurse something of a man crush on Nathan Drake, erstwhile digital leading man and all-round, quip-on-the-draw badass from Sony and Naughty Dog’s “Uncharted” series of video games (the sequel, “Uncharted 2: Among Thieves” is released in ten days’ time).

You may enjoy the embedded ad above for the PS3, but doesn’t it trade on ‘Gamer Girlfriend = Clueless Bimbo’ stereotypes just a little bit?  I can see where Sony and their ad bods are coming from – the experience of playing next gen games can feel like you’re playing a high-end CG animation at times, and people walking in on a cut scene might well fail to register that a game is in progress if they are unfamiliar with the medium.  The line is being blurred between the mediums of cinema and gaming at the moment – I hope that this is the idea that Sony were trying to deliver here.

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Halo 3: ODST reviews digest

No Master Chief, No purchase?

From 1Up’s Jeremy Parish – “…a side diversion in the Halo universe, but it’s an awfully good one”.

MTV Multiplayer’s Rush Frushtick – “For Halo fans, it’s a no brainer”.

Kotaku’s Stephen Totilo – “Bungie’s done good this time. That’s a victory, even if that’s a departure from a series which has often seen Bungie do great”.

The Guardian’s Tom Roberts – “At the end of Halo 3, Master Chief put himself into cryogenic freezing. If  Halo: ODST’s fresh approach delivers on its potential, as far as I’m concerned, he can stay there”.

The initial word is very positive – and I have to admit that I’m intrigued by the prospect of non-linear storytelling influenced, in part, by Film Noir – but I wonder if there’s enough here for anybody who isn’t a dyed-in-the-wool fan of Bungie and all things Master Chief.

I didn’t try “Halo Wars” for that reason, and I don’t know that I feel involved enough in the series to pick up this premium priced campaign extension.

Jayne, Wash, Zoe and Mal

Jayne, Wash, Zoe and Mal

Of course, the vocal presence of some of these chaps could well sway me in the queue at GameStation.

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Gamers meet your Nemesis

The Man does not rock

The Man does not rock

My resolve crumbles as “Modern Warfare 2” approaches – and this man knows it…

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