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EA Sports UFC: In-Game Roster Screenshots

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EA Sports has released a plethora of new screenshots of the fighter roster (all in-game) in its upcoming UFC title, EA Sports: UFC, which is due out this Spring.

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Deception IV: Blood Ties Release Date

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BURLINGAME, Calif. – JANUARY 17, 2014 – TECMO KOEI America announced today that the upcoming title DECEPTION IV: BLOOD TIES will launch in North America on March 25, 2014 for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and the PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system.

In this imaginative follow up to the classic Tecmo title ‘Tecmo’s Deception’, first released in 1996 on the PlayStation®, players get a taste of what it’s like to play on the side of evil. Much like its predecessors, DECEPTION IV: BLOOD TIES is a strategy-focused action game revolving around a deceitful main character known as the Devil’s daughter who, assisted by three Demons, defeats her foes through trickery.

DECEPTION IV: BLOOD TIES follows the story of Laegrinna, an animated fragment of an imprisoned Devil’s soul, as she battles her enemies by mischievously luring them into strategically placed traps. From rolling boulders and spiked walls to spring boards, iron maidens, human cannons, falling bathtubs and banana peels, the player can choose from a multitude of dramatic, sadistic, and comical traps in order to finish off an enemy.

However, simply setting traps is not enough, as they need to be activated in turn. Timing also plays an important role, as an untimely activation could result in Laegrinna falling into her own trap or allowing her rivals to catch her. Depending on the manner in which an enemy is killed or captured, the Devil’s three servants – Veruza, Caelea and Lilia (each representing a different aspect of cruelty: Sadistic Torment, Elaborate Death and Humiliating Demise) – reward points and upgraded traps.

Those playing the PlayStation®3 version of DECEPTION IV: BLOOD TIES will be able to upload their combos online or challenge other players to beat their highest-scoring, funniest, or most sadistic combos.

The PlayStation®Vita version boasts additional features, like Cross Play and Cross Saves between PS3/ PSVITA and touch-screen functions to select and activate traps.

DECEPTION IV: BLOOD TIES is produced by the creator of Fatal Frame, Keisuke Kikuchi and developed by Tecmo Koei. The franchise as a whole has sold more than 800,000 copies globally. For more news and information on DECEPTION IV: BLOOD TIES please follow us on https://www.facebook.com/tecmokoeiamerica or visit www.tecmokoeiamerica.com/deception4. This title has not yet been rated by the ESRB.

Griffin Unveils Bluetooth Powermate Device

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Las Vegas – January 5, 2014 – Griffin Technology, one of the world’s foremost creators of innovations for everyday life, will unveil a new wireless version of its PowerMate at CES 2014, PowerMate Bluetooth, a stylish power tool for the novice and pro computer user. Described as a clickable knob, PowerMate can be programmed to execute a wide array of key commands in virtually any application. Users can streamline routine tasks such as editing home movies like a pro, scrolling through long documents, or creating audio masterpieces.

“First introduced in 2001, PowerMate has proven to have exceptional staying power within the CE marketplace, an industry known for its rapid product life cycles and fated obsolescence,” said Mark Rowan, President at Griffin Technology. “The original PowerMate, with its timeless design and functionality, has garnered a dedicated user base and we’re certain PowerMate Bluetooth will carry on the legacy.”

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PowerMate Bluetooth functions beautifully as a convenient volume knob and mute button for Bluetooth 4.0 enabled Mac computers, but that’s just the beginning of its possibilities. PowerMate is preset to work with iMovie and GarageBand right out of the box, making editing a breeze. But it’s not just for multimedia; users can follow the easy instructions to add custom commands within their preferred applications. Spin PowerMate like a wheel to quickly move through large multimedia files, spreadsheets, and word processor documents, or click it like a mouse to select text or perform commands.

This gleaming brushed aluminum desktop peripheral is most recognizable by its blue glowing base. Users can control the behavior of this pulsing LED to provide system status at a glance. Multiple PowerMates can be paired through Bluetooth, with no entangling wires, allowing users to assign various commands to each.

Although the PowerMate can replace repetitive keystrokes and solve the most routine of tasks, it has also taken on a life of its own among creative computer hackers over the years. PowerMate fans have created everything from custom audio visualizer programs to games to Intelligent MIDI controllers and even car entertainment systems that feature PowerMate.

In addition to the many clever programming hacks users have developed with PowerMate, Griffin’s iconic accessory has crossed over into pop culture as well. Among various cameos, PowerMate was prominently featured in the 2013 summer blockbuster movie Pacific Rim, as well as the 2005 thriller The Island, starring Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson.

PowerMate Bluetooth will be available Summer 2014 for $59.99. For more information visit store.griffintechnology.com/powermate-bluetooth and check out the PowerMate Bluetooth on display at CES 2014 (LVCC, North Hall, Booth #5306).

Geigerrig Tactical Guardian Hydration Pack Review (Airsoft)

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Geigerrig has rocked the hydration carrier industry with their pressurized water systems. No longer do you have to bite down and suck on a traditional bite valve for a little bit of water. Now, you can fill the hydro pack up with water, pump up the pressure, and spray water from the valve. This water can be used for drinking, wound cleaning, and wherever else you may need pressurized water in the field.

The Tactical Guardian model is but one of their “Tactical” series hydro packs. The biggest difference, visually, is that the Tactical Guardian features a piece of polycarbonate armor which protects the bladder from minor impacts. Please note that this is not a ballistic armor plate – it is a piece of protective plastic. Still, it works for minor things like accidentally dropping the unit on gravel or accidentally bumping into obstructions or your teammates while walking backwards.

Underneath the armor in a pouch, you will find a 70 ounce bladder which is connected to two different hoses via quick-release valves. Unlike most hydro packs which connect to one hose, this model has two – one which connects to the pressurizing bulb and the other which connects to your bite valve. Each hose is insulated and connects very easily to the bladder thanks to those connectors.

At first, I disconnected everything and cleaned the 2 liter hydration bladder. A good thing to mention is that, unlike some popular brands out there, the bladder did not have a rubber or synthetic scent, so I was hopeful the water wouldn’t taste awful. I re-inserted the bladder, connected the two hoses, and put the pack on via its backpack straps. The Geigerrig Tactical Guardian also comes with a cross-sternum strap that does a nice job of keeping everything tight on your body – even while running.

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I started pumping up the system using the pressure bulb, giving it the recommended 15 pumps. Then I took off the protective cap for the bite valve and gave it a test drink. I immediately pulled the bite valve from my mouth as water sprayed everywhere. After having used Camelbaks for an age and a half, the sheer amount of water that the pressurized Geiggerig hydro engine puts out was very impressive.  You can even press on the bite valve with your fingers to spray water where needed. What puzzled me most was how the system worked. I mistakenly believed that the pressure bulb injected air into the bladder, but that logic didn’t track as that alone would not provide pressure to force the water out of the bladder. Geigerrig’s solution to pressurizing the system is ingenious. The 2 liter hydro pack bladder is actually divided into two separate sections. The rear bladder section is where the pumped air goes into, which in turn puts more pressure on the water-filled bladder section.

I wore the Geigerrig Tactical Guardian on a number of runs and decided it would be perfect to mount onto the back of my MOLLE vest and play some airsoft with. Mounting the pack to a MOLLE vest proved a bit more challenging, the main issue is making sure the backpack straps are tucked into the hydro pack back pouch and as flat as possible. From there, you have to provide the attachment straps. On some tactical hydro packs, the backpack straps actually “tear down” to reveal MOLLE sized straps which then weave into itself to attach the pack to your vest. With the Geigerrig Tactical Guardian, you have two rows of MOLLE and 6 D-rings you can use – but, again, you have to provide the straps.

The Geigerrig Tactical Guardian hydration carrier is an amazing solution for not only staying hydrated, but also a lot of other uses not previously possible with generic hydro packs. It retails for $150 dollars and is available now at their official website. We are awarding the Geigerrig Tactical Guardian a 4 out of 5 as we thought it should have four built in straps to use to attach itself to a MOLLE vest.

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Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 Review (Tech)

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Creative Lab’s Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 is a very intriguing device. Part karaoke machine, part Sound Blaster, part NFC speaker, part battery bank, part mobile conferencing speaker, part voice recorder, part megaphone, and part MP3 player. When pieced out, this should add up to about a $1000 dollars. Creative Labs has managed to squeeze all of these features into a white monolith about the size of a large diameter candle that will retail for about $300 dollars (less with the current holiday promotion).

One must first ask why would they need a device like this. The nice thing about the Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 being as capable as it is becomes clear when looking at those features – there is at least one thing that it can do that a person might be interested in. For many people, multiple features will be appealing. In my case, I am a hardcore PC gamer that does not need to use it as a Sound Blaster, but the Bluetooth speaker and conferencing options really appeal to me. Everyone is different.

In terms of design, the Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 follows the same basic shape as its sister products in the Axx line – the biggest difference being its smaller size and white coloring. It has the attractive touch-based control pad on the top of the device as well as some switches and buttons on the back of the unit to control power, recording, and megaphone features. Functionally, the Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 is simple and straightforward to use and displays high quality in every respect. The megaphone option is overwhelmingly loud when turned all the way up and the AXX 200 allows users to insert a blank MicroSD memory card into it in order to play music or record voice notes.

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You can even plug your computer into the AXX 200 via USB cable and your PC will use it as a full-fledged sound card. The AXX 200 features Creative Labs SB-Axx1 multi-core audio processor and puts out some very good quality audio. This would make a great speaker system/sound card for your gaming laptop or even to plug the audio output of your backyard projector into for family movie nights.

Cooler still is that the AXX 200 is a Near Field Communication speaker system – so, if your mobile device supports that, you will have no problem pairing them up. If you are like me and only have Apple mobile devices, then you can still interface with the speaker system via Bluetooth. In fact, the Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 has two Bluetooth channels so that you can connect two devices to it at the same time. The idea behind this is that you can be gaming on your tablet with its audio piping through the AXX 200, then seamlessly switch over to a conference call as the AXX 200 is also connected to your phone. Why wouldn’t you just use your phone for the conference call? The AXX 200 features four microphones to pickup voices from all around the conference table. It also utilizes Creative Labs Crystal Voice technology to eliminate background noise and provide more clear voice traffic. In my testing the device, I was blown away by how nice the quality is – it was actually distractingly-good in comparison to dedicated teleconferencing units I have used.

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While the Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 has a lengthy battery life of up to 15 hours, you can also use its stored energy to charge your mobile device. Just plug it into the USB port and it will start the electrons flowing. This makes the AXX 200 a great backup battery if you are every stranded without access to a wall or car outlet. Personally, I am going to pack this in my CES bag for when I need to recharge my phone on the fly.

We were also able to check out the charging dock, which is sold separately. I highly recommend picking this up as it provides a nice base station to set your AXX 200 on when not in use that charges it up as well. The only thing that would have made the charging dock better was if it used a smooth charging pad a la the late and underrated Palm Pre. The current charging solution had two little pins that stick up from the charging dock that touch two little points on the AXX 200 which are revealed when the bottom of the device is opened up via small plate.

I can see myself taking the AXX 200 with me if I ever get to go hiking again. You could easily signal for help using the megaphone option, keep your phone charged with it for when you get in range of a cellular tower, or just play some tunes on it if you are camping. Overall, the Sound BlasterAxx Axx 200 portable sound system is a very cool sound solution that will replace a great many device types. It is available now for about $149, while is a special and limited time holiday price point. Once the special over, the price will be back at its MSRP of $299. You can find out more about the Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 over at its official product page.

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Darkout Gets Launch Trailer

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom – 27 November, 2013 – Independent micro studio Allgraf today announced that its sandbox science-fiction action-release Darkout will launch on PC digital download channel Steam on December 4th. Set on a remote, undiscovered planet, Darkout features a sandbox environment, where players progress through randomly generated 2D levels as they research, build, and defend themselves against alien beings that roam the darkness. Darkout will be available on Steam from December 4th for $14 .99, £9.99, €11.99.

“Commencing with a stunning new intro, and offering a new cast of enemies with a deeper storyline, we are excited to announce the release of the first Darkout stage on Steam”, said Adrian Banninga, CEO of Allgraf, “We know players will savour this heart pounding survival experience and look forward to expanding the universe in future iterations.”

Darkout Stage 1 launches with a revitalised focus and polish that moves the genre to a new level. A new and intuitive storyline, including the introducing of a new male character, complete with voice overs creates an immersive play experience. The launch of a new item database, allows players to control every aspect of their game experience to ensure the best chance of survival, by improving performance with crafting, storage and containers. Stage 1 also includes the introduction of revamped AI and new lighting enhances mining and exploration on the surface and in the city.

As the sole survivor of an escape pod crash, Darkout presents the ultimate challenge – to survive a brutal life threatening post apocalyptic environment, deserted by mankind after disaster struck. The game’s sandbox technology presents randomly generated levels with austere settings where the fight to stay alive is just one objective. Players must research, build and defend themselves against alien, light-sensitive beings that become more hostile as night falls. Periods of twilight allow players limited security to explore, rebuild, craft weapons and gather resources, whilst developing personalised strategies to survive in a hostile terrain. Finding and interacting with items whilst assimilating intuitively presented stats screens must be strategically balanced for your ongoing welfare. Every decision has a consequence so you must keep one step ahead.

Multiplayer is currently in development to offer players more dimensions of gameplay and a competitive twist. Future stages in development will present an enigmatic and evolving storyline together with Underwater Biome, Sky Base, Feral Jungle, Penguin Drones, more Bosses, Unique Treasures, and much more as the Darkout universe expands to a captivating finale.

For information on Darkout please visit the official site: www.darkoutgame.com/

Follow Darkout on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DarkoutGame

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World of Tanks Named an Official WCG 2013 Discipline

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November 27, 2013 — Wargaming, the award-winning videogame developer and publisher, today announced that World of Tanks has been selected as an official discipline at the World Cyber Games 2013, taking place November 28th through December 1st in Kunshan, China.

“Watching World of Tanks take the world of eSports by storm has been truly amazing,” said Global eSports Director at Wargaming Jonghyuk Baak. “Being selected as an official discipline of this year’s World Cyber Games is truly a testament not only to the popularity of World of Tanks around the world, but also to a clear sign of its continued success in competitive gaming.”

The best tankers in the world will converge on the international championship to compete for a prize pool that includes $35,000, $21,000 and $7,000 for the top three finishing teams, respectively. In total, 16 national teams will compete in the Grand Finals, with all of the intense team-based action being live streamed online.

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5.11 Tactical Maverick Assaulter’s Belt Review (Airsoft)

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The 5.11 Tactical’s Maverick Assaulter Belt has made some waves in the airsoft community, where a good TAC belt is hard to come by. Many low-end equipment-makers prey upon unsuspecting airsoft players with low prices and high promises. The airsoft player will use the gear a few times and find it already has tearing and wear marks. The Assaulter’s Belt from 5.11 Tactical, however, is the real deal – literally, as 5.11 Tactical makes actual duty gear. What this means for the airsoft player is that, while their prices are high, the quality is very good and able to take some serious punishment.

The 5.11 Tactical Maverick Assaulter’s Belt comes in two color flavors: Black and Sandstone, and in multiple sizes. One of the more unique features of this belt is its overall shape. If looked at from the side, the belt actually has a slight chamfer to it. This is to mold itself more naturally to the shape of the human hip. The end result is a very contoured and exact fit which sits on the user’s hips.

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Its made from very strong nylon and features a hearty AustriAlpine “Cobra” buckle system. This buckle system is very reliable, and can only be unbuckled by pressing the two tabs. I got the chance to use the Maverick Assaulter’s Belt through several games over the course of two days of play in very rugged terrain. The belt’s Cobra buckle held tight and, thanks to the “fit and forget” strap system, never lost its sizing – unlike less expensive, BDU style belts that I have used and have to adjust throught the day as I move about. The biggest drawback I found in this belt was that it did not fit through some of the belt pads I have due to the shape and size of its buckle as well as loop. I had to force it through the 5.11 Tactical VTAC Brokos belt, MOLLE segment by MOLLE segment. Eventually, however, it did get through to the other end.

The nice thing about pairing the Maverick Assaulter’s Belt with the 5.11 Tactical VTAC Brokos belt is that they both have that 5.11 Tactical belt chamfer I mentioned earlier. This means that they wont bunch up strangely as their form follows each other’s basic shape. Additionally, I am excited to try this Assaulter’s Belt with the new HSGI Sure-grip Padded Belt that we have coming our way to review. My hypothesis is that the two products would compliment each other very well.

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Overall, I have found the 5.11 Tactical Maverick Assaulter’s Belt to be more than up to the task of getting me through long-engagement airsoft games in rugged terrain. The belt retails for about $90 dollars and is available now over at Evike’s website and other retailers. While more expensive than traditional BDU and pad belts, its durability and reliability makes up for the cost in spades.

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