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Double Fine Happy Action Theater comes out February 1st and since it's our job here at G4TV to test out all the latest and greatest games, we decided to reenact some famous movie moments all inside this wacky yet awesome Kinect game. Watch as Donell Tucker, Moye Ishimoto, and a surprise guest step in to movie roles from Terminator 2, Godzilla, Beauty and the Beast and more. We are accepting Oscar Nominations.

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When Microsoft and BioWare revealed Mass Effect 3 would have Kinect integration I was skeptical. Time has passed and my skepticism has blossomed into excitement. Jessica Chobot was at CES where BioWare finally let us test out Kinect's integration with Mass Effect 3. After watching this video, I am a believer. "Kaidan, I love you." Oh sorry, just practicing.

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Check out our Mass Effect 3 for Kinect preview, and check out what other CES attendees thought after the break.

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Double Fine announced its minigame collection Happy Action Theater toward the end of last year, a Kinect-powered Xbox Live Arcade release that was supposed to arrive sometime during the holidays. It never surfaced, which is probably a good thing given how jam-packed the 2011 holiday season was. The game is still coming though, and soon, Joystiq reports.

A Double Fine rep confirmed to the site that Happy Action Theater is now set for release sometime in February. With Microsoft's House Party 2012 promotion kicking off on February 15, that pretty much just leaves the first two weeks of the month open. I can't imagine any game releases doubling up alongside the House Party 2012 titles. There's also no price announced yet, though you can expect to hear plenty more soon enough.

Source: Joystiq

Kevin Pereira and the Attack of the Show! crew got to check out the CES 2012 keynote from Microsoft, and according to them, it was a pretty awesome address to tech lovers everywhere. While there wasn't much gaming news out of Microsoft at CES, the company did unveil a bunch of new things like the Nokia Lumia 900 phone, Windows 8, and the introduction of Kinect for PCs and portable devices.

Microsoft Keynote Revelations from CES 2012 »


Be sure to check out all of our CES 2012 content to find out about the latest and greatest tech products being introduced this year.

Kinect For Windows Coming On February 1

Microsoft doesn't want you to confuse Kinect for Windows with Xbox 360 console-based Kinect peripherals that have been forced to work with PCs. These are two separate things. The company confirmed during yesterday's CES 2012 keynote that the official Kinect for Windows release is happening on February 1 (via Gamasutra).

There's no price announced, but Amazon pegs the number at $249.99 (via Major Nelson's Twitter). That's a full $100 more than the MSRP for the console version of the peripheral. The PC version of Kinect was confirmed last year to be an improved take on the Xbox 360 release, highlighted by an ability to detect objects in close proximity to the camera lens.

You can probably expect to hear more on what this Kinect for Windows release entails as CES week continues to unfold, so stay tuned to G4 for more.

Source: Gamasutra

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We've seen plenty of people using Microsoft's Kinect to accomplish impressive feats, and today's offering is no different. Youtube user Taylorveltrop has managed to program his Kinect, in conjunction with a Wii remote, to control and navigate a NAO robot. While I think this is really the first progress we've made toward controlling Gundams, this genius used it to brush his cat. Also commendable.



What do you think about controlling robots via the Kinect sensor? What types of things would you make the robot do?


From the creators of Red vs. Blue comes one of the funniest Kinectimals videos we've seen yet. Actually, we haven't seen that many funny Kinectimals videos, so get on that, people! This video in particular takes us on a journey with Joel as he teaches his friend Jack all about Kinectimals and some of their "playful" yet ferocious personalities.




Nom nom nom! What did you think of this video? Tell us in the comments section.


While Microsoft's Kinect, PlayStation's Move and the WiiMotion plus are sometimes not taken seriously by "hardcore" gamers, the holidays aren't about being hardcore; they're about togetherness and fun. Everyone else digs the gimmick of motion control, so get with the program and buy your giftee one of the following awesome motion games. I promise you'll enjoy yourself too.

Holiday Buyers Guide 2011 - Best Motion Games »


Dance Central 2

Even if you have two left feet, you'll be able to pop, lock and have dance battles with your relatives until after New Years. This game is note-perfect and fun for everyone. You got served!

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Kinect Underground: The Secret World of Microsoft's Motion Controller

According to a report from Eurogamer, future Xbox consoles may come bundled with the powerful Kinect 2. The Kinect 2 is rumored to offer improved motion sensing, voice recognition, and be powerful enough to read gamers' lips.

It's also said the Kinect 2 will somehow be able to detect when players are angry by tracking the pitch and volume of their voices and their facial characteristics. Could this mean my Kinect 2 will now notice when I'm getting pissed off that my stupid panda from Kinectimals Now With Bears isn't reacting to me when I try to get it to climb trees?

The new and improved Kinect 2 will be able to do all of these funs things by dropping its current USB controller interface restrictions and increasing the bandwith between the Xbox and the motion sensor.

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Black Friday is upon us, and that means tons of great deals await those willing to put in the time to seek them out. Thankfully, Microsoft’s Major Nelson has gone ahead and done the heavy lifting for you by compiling a handy dandy list of all the Black Friday deals for Xbox 360-related games and hardware currently available over at Amazon.

You can also find tons of other gaming deals at Amazon’s general Black Friday video game hub.

Source: Major Nelson

UPDATED 10:25 AM PT: Thrifty Nerd has also put together a list of all of Amazon's Black Friday Lightning Deals going on throughout the day if you want to drastically reduce your sitting-in-front-of-the-computer-waiting-to-find-out-the-next-deal time today.

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CheapyD at CheapAssGamer.com scours both the online and offline world for the best deals on video games, and to help out your wallets, we're bringing his weekly recap to you!

With Black Friday hitting later this week, these offers end on Wednesday.

Best Buy includes a $100 gift card with the Xbox 360 4GB Kinect bundle, a $10 gift card with The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword or Gold Wiimote Bundle, and a $10 gift card with Just Dance 3.

Kmart provides a $20 gaming coupon with The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword (or Gold Wiimote Bundle) and/or WWE '12. Buy Super Mario 3D Land for $39.99, get any other 3DS game for 50% off.

Target offers the Nintendo 3DS for $145, several new releases for $47 (WWE 12, Batman Arkham City, NBA 2k12, FIFA 12, NCAA Football 12, and NHL 12), and Skylanders Starter Pack for $49.99. Also, buy a $149.99 Wii bundle, get Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword for free.

Toys R Us throws in a $10 gift card with The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword or $25 gift card if bought with the strategy guide. There's a Buy 1, Get 1 40% off sale on all DS and 3DS games. Receive a $20 gift card with with the purchase of a 3DS system and 3DS Skylanders starter set. Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii Skylanders starter kits are $20 off, and there is a 2 for $10 sale on all Skylander figures normally priced at $8. WWE '12 also qualifies for a $10 gift card. Select Kinect games are on sale, including Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster for $25.

Amazon has matched the Skylanders Starter Pack, Buy 1, Get 1 40% Select 3DS & DS Games, and $47 select new releases offers. Additionally, WWE '12 is $47 + $10 credit.

Visit CAG for more details and the rest of this week's Sunday ad deals.

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Hold on to your controllers my little nerds, Video Game Deathmatch is back! It's finally time for you to choose the best video game of 2011. We've narrowed down the list to the 32 best games (in our opinion) for you to choose from including notable titles like The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, Saints Row: The Third, and also some others that you may have forgotten about by now like Portal 2 and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm*.
 

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If you want your vote to count, all you have to do is head over to G4TV.com/deathmatch and choose your favorite in each of the matchups. You should obviously also tell your friends to vote too, since the more people who vote for your favorite game, the better chance it has of winning.

 

The winning game will be announced on X-Play's best of the year episode on December 14 at 3:30 PM ET/PT, so don't forget to tune in!

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*Before you throw a fit about WoW, it missed the cut off for last year's edition, but we believe it still deserved a spot on the list since it was a highly rated title after our best of. 


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If there's one thing the Kinect is good at, it's dancing games. X-Play got a look at the recently released Black Eyed Peas Experience and talked with Ubisoft's Dance Team member Candice Lewis about the moves in the game and the new Choreo-maker mode where you can make your own dance routines.

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CheapyD at CheapAssGamer.com scours both the online and offline world for the best deals on video games, and to help out your wallets, we're bringing his weekly recap to you!

Best Buy includes a $75 gift card with the Xbox 360 250GB Kinect Holiday Bundle, a $20 gift card with the combined purchase of Disneyland Adventures & Disney Universe, and a $25 gift card with the combined purchase of Need for Speed: The Run + Wireless Speed Wheel. Buy 2 select PS3 3D enabled games, take $20 off.

Kmart provides a $35 gaming coupon with a Nintendo 3DS system purchase, and a $15 coupon with a Super Mario 3D Land purchase. They are also holding a buy 1, get 1 50% off sale on select new releases: Modern Warfare 3, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Saint's Row: The Third, Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Rayman Origins, Need for Speed: The Run, and Halo Anniversary.

Target offers $50 gift cards with the PS3 320GB Uncharted bundle and/or the Xbox 360 4GB Kinect bundle. The Nintendo 3DS qualifies for a $20 gift card. Also, get a $20 gift card with the purchase of 2 select games, inclduing: Assassin's Creed Revelations, Saints Row: The Third, Skyrim, Uncharted 3, and others.

Toys R Us is holding a buy 1, get 1 40% off sale on all Wii and 3DS games. On Tuesday only, get a $15 gift card (+ 7" figure) with Assassins' Creed: Revelations and a $10 gift card (+ game guide) with Saints Row: The Third. Need For Speed: The Run, Halo: Anniversary, Disneyland Adventures, and LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 also come with $10 gift cards and various bonuses.

Amazon has matched the buy 1, get 1 50% off sale on new releases and the buy 1, get 1 40% off sale on 3DS/Wii games.

Visit CAG for more details and the rest of this week's Sunday ad deals.

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Walmart Black Friday Deals Start On Thanksgiving Day: Get An Xbox Kinect Bundle For $199

One of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions is to go Black Friday shopping with my dad, and this year Walmart is making it much easier by offering their Black Friday deals at 10pm on Thanksgiving evening, followed by events at Midnight and 8 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 25.

“Our customers told us they would rather stay up late to shop than get up early, so we’re going to hold special events on Thanksgiving and Black Friday,” said Duncan Mac Naughton, chief merchandising officer, Walmart U.S. “We’ll have this season’s hottest gifts at prices only Walmart can provide. And by sharing our Black Friday specials earlier than ever, we hope to make buying decisions easier for parents working hard to give their families the Christmas they deserve.”

And luckily for you, we've got a list of some of the best electronic goods that you may want to keep an eye out for during the sale.

At 10pm on Thanksgiving you can snag the following:

  • Xbox360 4GB with Kinect Console – $199.96 plus a $50 Walmart gift card          
  • 6V or 12V Ride-Ons (e.g., Jeep Wrangler, X Games ATV or Barbie Jeep) – $99 each
  • Barbie, Disney Princess or Bratz branded Fashion Dolls – $5 each
  • Paula Deen®  20-Piece Cookware Set – $86.44
  • Black & Decker Blender, Coffeemaker or Electric Griddle – $9.44 each

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