Gamer's View Of CES, From Robotic Pitchman To 3D Bikinis

While last week's Consumer Electronics Show wasn't very heavy with video game news, there was still plenty to see and do in the heart of the world's biggest gadget show.

Here for your perusal is a quick run down of all of the oddities, the gadgets, the board games and toys that we found the wrote about during our week-long stay in Vegas.

CES Showing Off The Xbox 360 That Costs More Than Fahey's Car Origin PC is showing off their obscenely expensive liquid-cooled Xbox 360, gaming computer hybrid at CES next week.

CTA Digital Showing Off Assault Rifles, Inflatable Kart, Bowling Ball at CES Our favourite Brooklyn-based wacky video game peripheral maker, CTA Digital, will be showing off their latest collection of plastic and rubber add-ons for the Wii, Playstation 3 Move and Xbox 360 Kinect at CES next week.

OnLive Gets Built Into Cheap Electronics Why spend $US99 on OnLive's Microconsole TV adaptor when you can buy an inexpensive Blu-ray player with the streaming game service built right in? OnLive teams up with bargain electronics manufacturer VIZIO to bring streaming games to the masses.

The Future of Crayons Ditches the Placemats, and the Fun Crayons have been around in one form or another since the time of the ancient Egyptians. But there hasn't been a major tech breakthrough for the stick of coloured wax since the 19th Century. Until now!

CES 2011 Can Only Get More Impressive After This Out in Las Vegas for CES 2011, our guys have spotted the En-V. It's sort of a car.

Playstation 3 Gets Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue... in 3D Sports Illustrated's annual homage to bikinis is coming to the PlayStation 3 in stereoscopic 3D amidst a flood of models-in-swimsuits related content via the PlayStation Network. Of all the PS3 exclusives this year, this is one we weren't expecting.

Live At Sony's CES 2011 Keynote What will Sony have for PlayStation 3 and PSP owners at this year's Consumer Electronics Show? What will they have to show off beyond video games? We'll find out at the PlayStation maker's CES 2011 keynote.

The Green Hornet Demands A Kato Combat Video Game Sony kicked off its 2011 CES keynote with some spectacular fight scene footage from The Green Hornet. If we don't get to play Kato in a video game, something is terribly wrong with the world.

Sony's Doing Glasses-Free 3D Too There's no glasses free 3D PSP coming yet, but Sony just showed that they will be making camcorders and cameras that show 3D images without the need for glasses.

Live At Microsoft's CES 2011 Keynote What has Microsoft brought to Las Vegas for the Xbox 360? What else will they show besides video games? The answers await inside Microsoft's CES 2011 keynote.

Avatar Kinect Is A New Xbox Live Gold Perk And A Fancier Chatroom We've been wondering what Avatar Kinect is. Now we know. It's a way to use Microsoft's Xbox 360 Kinect sensor to slip us into a Matrix of avatars hanging out together in the virtual world.

What About The PlayStation Phone And PSP2, Sony? Two notable absences from Sony's CES 2011 keynote were the long-rumored PlayStation Phone and PSP2. In the question and answer session following the conference, Sony's head of home electronics Mike Abary gives fans the old no comment.

Half-Life Devs Say New Processor Will Bring "Console-Like Experience" To PCs Intel showed off today a new processor called "Sandy Bridge". Awful name, but it's a promising piece of technology. So promising, in fact, that the boss of Valve was on-hand to pat it on the proverbial back.

Xbox Live Arcade Is Having A House Party Next Month, Five Games Invited Beginning in February, Microsoft will be holding a promotion called "Xbox Live Arcade House Party". There'll be five games released over a five week period, including Torchlight and the HD version of Beyond Good & Evil.

So, This Kinect Thing Is Popular With The Humans In its first 60 days on sale, Microsoft's Kinect peripheral for the Xbox 360 has sold millions. Actually, that should read millions and millions.

Sony's CES Keynote Ends With Elvis We may have gotten the same old song and dance from Sony regarding the PlayStation Phone and PSP2 last night following their CES press conference, but the event ended with a completely different kind of song and dance.

The Portable Laptop That Might Make PC Gaming On-The-Go Work This is the Razer Switchblade, currently an "innovative concept design" for a portable laptop computer with a customizable keyboard and touchscreen interface, a device that promises a "full desktop experience in a netbook sized solution." World of Warcraft on-the-go, anyone?

A Quick Look At Fable III Playing on the PC We already knew that Fable III is coming to the computer, but Microsoft wanted to put worrying minds to rest but showing the game off in action at the Consumer Electronics Show today.

CES 2011 Can Only Get More Impressive After This As we trudge through the myriad of gadgets, gizmos, reasons to spend, reasons to weep for humanity, we keep coming across these head-scratchers.

Xbox Avatars Invade the Windows Phone With Full House Poker Full House Poker is both an Xbox 360 and Windows Phone 7 game. A poker title that tracks your card-playing skills and pot across both platforms.

Uncharted 3's 3D Trailer Shows But A Grain Of New Gameplay The CES 2011 trailer for Naughty Dog's next PlayStation 3 adventure, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, had a slightly different conclusion than the one that premiered late last year. Call it an alternate ending, if you will.

Hands On With Game Room For Windows Phone 7 Microsoft is bringing its Game Room retro collection to the Windows Phone 7, starting with Centipede, Asteroids Deluxe and Shao-Lin Road. What does Game Room gaming look like on a mobile phone? Let's take a look.

Watch Music Unlimited Stream Your Music Collection To A PS3 Despite going digital, music remains oddly attached to the devices used to buy it. Sony hopes to change that with the advent of Music Unlimited, a service that can stream your music to a variety of devices including the PS3.

CES 2011 Can Only Get More Impressive After This Morphing cars, dancing Tiger Lillies? They've got nothing on this AC/DC-loving robot.

This Is Portal 2 Played With A Magnetic Motion Controller Keyboard and mouse controls got you down? Yeah, didn't think so. But if millimeter precise motion control sounds like an interesting way to play Valve's first-person puzzler Portal 2, you might want to buy yourself a Razer Sixense.

Could This Be the Perfect Portable Gaming PC? Perhaps the most innovative bit of gaming tech at this year's Consumer Electronics Show is a palm-sized, touchscreen gaming PC that comes packed with a keyboard that can transform on the fly.

iCade Makes Your iPad Feel Like A Real Arcade Machine What began life as an April Fool's Day joke is now a real product at CES 2011. This is Ion Audio and Think Geek's iCade, the mini arcade cabinet for your iPad.

Watch A $US5,000 Game Controller Land A Plane In Las Vegas Why spend mere hundreds of dollars on a fancy flight stick for your flight simulator needs when you can spend thousands on Saitek's Procedure Trainer, an insane collection of instrument panels, yokes and rudder pedals?

What's Up With Xbox 360 As A Cable Box, Virtual Game Room, And Game Show Host? Microsoft has a lot they want to talk about at this Consumer Electronics Show: Their big Kinect sales numbers, the future of that tech, their new phone. But they also have a few things they're not keen to discuss.

Avatar Kinect's Silent Scream Hints At Enormous Potential The silent man contorts his face in expressions of agony and humor. A fine web of digital lines traces every movement. He grimaces, he smiles, his eyes go wide, his mouth gapes open in a silent scream.

Fable For The Phone Is A Fun Round Of Coin Golf The Fable series may be known best for its wild ambition, but the Windows Phone 7 spin-off keeps things perfectly simple. This is Fable: Coin Golf.

Sifteo Is The Coolest New Game Platform At CES Playing with blocks just got a lot cooler thanks to Sifteo, a new game platform, playable at CES 2011, one that uses a computer and a trio of LCD cubes. How does it work? Sifteo's creators show us how.

How Does Angry Birds (The Board Game) Work? Well, how else could it work? Mattel explains the straightforward board game port of Rovio's iPhone hit Angry Birds, which is a simple pig smashing game. Angry Birds: Knock On Wood is coming soon, but playable at CES right now.

Why The Razer Onza Might Be The Better Xbox 360 Gamepad Hardware maker Razer is getting into the console game with the Razer Onza, the Xbox 360 gamepad that might make you want to dump the official Microsoft version.

Medal Of Honor Toys Bring Deathmatch To Your Living Room Floor This Christmas, the war in Afghanistan gets even more fun with EA and Interactive Toys' Medal of Honor line-up of radio controlled cars. This is vehicle based deathmatch, designed for your living room floor.

Nvidia's Kegputer Can Play StarCraft II On 3 Screens, Get You Drunk An important piece of technology was tucked away at Nvidia's CES 2011 booth, the Kegputer, which is part Sierra Nevada dispensing beer keg, part high-powered gaming rig. Kris from Nvidia explains what makes this refrigerated PC so unique.

Gaming Still Grabs Some Spotlight at the Consumer Electronics Show A nearly pocket-sized computer gaming rig and a video game console that can mimic your facial expressions were among the gaming innovations shown off at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week.

See Homefront Played on a 3D TV the Size of An Apartment Wall Not due out until March on the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, Homefront can be seen here playing on the world's largest 3D television.

This Is How Kinect Turns Your Face Into A Talking Avatar At CES 2011, Microsoft unveiled Avatar Kinect, a new Xbox 360 app that uses the Kinect camera to track your facial expressions for a personalised, glorified chatroom. Just what does Avatar Kinect see? More than you might think.

Microsoft's Answer to Portable Gaming is Windows Phone 7 Don't expect a portable, dedicated gaming platform from Microsoft anytime soon. There will be no answer to the DS or PSP, no portable Xbox 360. That is unless you count the Windows Phone 7.

The Xbox 360 Tries Again To Replace TV Programming Starting this (northern) spring Microsoft will again test the waters for a video game that replicates, perhaps replaces, something you might watch on television.


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