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The Video Gaming History of CES

The annual Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, has been running since 1967 where it was spawned as a spinoff of the popular Chicago Music Show. The show has had quite a checkered history, and for 16 years it actually ran twice each year, resulting in the Winter CES and the Summer CES. The winter shows were held in Vegas, and the summer shows were kept in Chicago. But, as summer shows in Chicago waned in popularity, they decided to move the show to different cities, and in 1995 they held the winter show in Vegas, but the planned Philadelphia show was canceled due to the first-ever E3 in Los Angeles. 

The following year, they had a summer show in Orlando, but in 1998 the planned Atlanta show was canceled, and CES became a Vegas-only winter show. It's been going strong ever since, and typically attracts well over 100,000 attendees. However, it has waned in popularity as a location to announce new game hardware and software, since E3 and shows like the Tokyo Game Show and gamescom have grown in popularity. 

But don't count CES out, because it's still the one of the biggest trade shows in the world, and it specializes in gadgets, electronics, bizarre gizmos, and high-tech gee-whizzery. We know that Capcom will be talking Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds at the show, and that Microsoft has something up their sleeve. We'll be talking to tons of third-party companies like Razer, SteelSeries, Nyko, and more, and you can read all about it here.

But what about the gaming announcements from the days of CES past? Read on to check out the highlights through the years, and then imagine what we might be seeing this week.

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GameFly To Offer Unlimited PC Play Later This Year

If you want a quick and dirty view of the desires of gamers (and really, who doesn't?), there's no better source than the weekly stats that video game rental house Gamefly sends out. As you might have guessed, The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim tops the list of the most popular cross-platform titles for last week, followed by Saints Row: The Third and Batman: Arkham City. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 continue their perpetual battle, fighting for the fourth most requested spot.

If you click the "Read More" tag, you'll be rewarded with a full, platform-by-platform breakdown of the most requested games from GameFly last week. It's so in-depth, you can even see what games are being rented for the GameBoy Advance! Neat!

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Angry Birds

Rovio’s avian-based casual gaming juggernaut Angry Birds flings its way onto the PlayStation Network tomorrow as part of the latest batch of PlayStation mini titles to come to the PS3 and PSP.

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Green Lantern Game Details Revealed

To ring in the new year, please enjoy some news of a movie tie-in game! Warner Bros. released some semi-tantalizing details about the inevitable video game that will accompany the release of The Green Lantern. Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters will be a multi-platform game and is planned for release on June 1st, a few weeks before the June 17 movie premiere. The game will star Ryan Reynolds' voice and likeness, although we don't know if any other stars of the movie will be appearing in video game form.

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Top Ten Video Games For Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, and More According to Gamefly

Check out these top ten lists from Gamefly that show what the most popular games were last week for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Xbox, PlayStation 2, PSP, DS, Game Cube, and Game Boy Advance. Yes, the Game Boy Advance. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is topping the crossplatform and Xbox 360 lists, and coming in second place on the PlayStation 3 list, right behind Sony's powerhouse racer Gran Turismo 5.

We're assuming that their crossplatform list just combines the top-ranked games on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and the Nintendo Wii, and it's worth noting that two of those top ten games aren't even out yet, which means people are lining up to request them before they're even out: Little Big Planet 2 and Dead Space 2 both charted in the top ten. Think holiday game titles that people received will shake this list up at all in the near future?

Most Popular Games Cross-Platform

  1. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
  2. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
  3. Call of Duty: Black Ops
  4. Gran Turismo 5
  5. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
  6. Little Big Planet 2
  7. Donkey Kong Country Returns
  8. Dead Space 2
  9. Fable III
  10. Disney Epic Mickey

Read on for the rest of the lists to find out what's hot on your favorite console or handheld.

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Holiday Deals Best buy

The holidays may be behind us but that doesn't mean holiday sales are. Best BuyKmart and Amazon are having post-holiday sales on their collection of video games spanning from the PS3 to the the Nintendo DS. If there are games you may have passed on during the year now is the time to pick them up. Keep reading for a list of the games on sale.

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Holiday Travel Games for Handhelds

Finding yourself with some travel time during these holidays and wondering how you can survive? Don't worry, salvation is as close as your pocket. Chances are high that you have a Nintendo DS, a Sony PlayStation Portable, or an iPhone or iPad stashed away in your pocket, backpack, or purse. That means you have a wealth of healthy distractions waiting for you right there. We've detailed some of the best games that you can play with yourself or others, so check them out and let us know what you plan on playing this weekend.

Top Nintendo DS Travel Games

Top PlayStation Portable Travel Games

Top iPhone / iPad Travel Games

Whatever your gaming plans are, have a safe and sound holiday weekend! 

 

PSP Firmware 6.0 Coming Soon, Not A Major Update

Traveling is usually the most stressful part of the holidays. You’ve bought presents, finished up at work or school and now you’re being rewarded with a few days off for the holidays. How do you spend it? By traveling across the country to see friends and family. The friends and family part is usually fantastic, getting there however is a nightmare.

The entire nation has been struck with crazy weather. It’s been rain here in California for a week and other parts of the country have been snowed in. No matter where you’re going you can expect delays, layovers, and traffic. As a state-certified video game specialist I feel that it’s my duty to let you know you don’t have to have a miserable traveling experience. All you need is a handheld gaming console. Whether you have a Nintendo DS, a Sony PSP, or even one of Apple's miracle devices, a world of entertainment could be at your fingertips. Here are the best PSP games to travel with.

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Our Five Favorite Games of 2010: J.P. Shub

J.P. Shub is a Supervising Producer for X-Play. Hailing from Arizona, J.P. is an ultra cool rock god (seriously, he's in a band and everything), but don't let the exterior fool you: he's a geek at heart.

Our Five Favorite Games of 2010: J.P. Shub

Rock Band 3

I finally have an excuse to learn how to play all those Bon Jovi songs for real thanks to the pro modes. This was my personal game of the year because it took my favorite game genre to a whole new level of excellence. Also, practicing guitar is a lot more fun with leaderboards than a metronome.

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New L.A. Noire Screenshots Feature Crime Scenes, Lineups, And Stylish Sauntering

As part of its latest financial report, Take-Two Interactive laid out its projected 2011 and 2012 release schedule for a number of the publisher’s most high profile titles including L.A. Noire, BioShock Infinite, Duke Nukem Forever, and XCOM.

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Take-Two Interactive Revenues Climb 65 Percent Over

According to its latest financial earnings report, Take-Two Interactive saw net revenues rise to $1.16 billion over the past year, an increase of 65 percent, thanks to the performance of a number of high profile releases including Red Dead Redemption, Mafia II, NBA 2K11, Sid Meier’s Civilization V, and Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition.

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Over 1 Million More People Playing Call of Duty: Black Ops On 360 Than PS3

Activision, Nintendo, and Microsoft were the big winners for November according to the last sales figures provided by research firm NPD Group. Treyarch’s ubiquitous shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops took the top spot for software sales, while the Xbox 360 was the best-selling console for the sixth consecutive month, securing its position as the best-selling console in the U.S.  for 2010.

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X-Play Best of 2010 Awards December 14th @ 6PM ET!

We've just about reached the end of another stellar year in the world of videogames, and, as always, X-Play is celebrating by naming their Best of 2010 in a variety of categories. This Tuesday, December 14th, at a special time of 6PM ET, Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb will announce all of the winners, and you'll get to see what X-Play picked as best of the year.

Not only that, but X-Play will announce the winners of G4tv.com's Videogame Deathmatch, a people's choice award that is the result of a month of voting in different brackets. We've narrowed the final choices down to two, Mass Effect 2 and Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty. Find out how the rest of the world voted, and check out the games of the year when X-Play presents the Best of 2010, Tuesday at 6PM ET!

For a complete list of nominees and categories, click here.



You there! Little orc! What day is this? Well, it’s Feedback day, sir! Why, that it is! Take this nickel and go down to the G4 store and pick me out the World of Warcraft-iest Feedback in the window! And ... scene. Please, no standing ovation necessary. Sit. Sit. So as you probably know by now, this week’s episode of your favorite weekly web show devoted to all things gaming is a particularly special one. Not only did our own Adam Sessler, Morgan Webb, and Leah Jackson get together to talk about the hotly anticipated release of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (and some of the week’s other big news), but they were also joined by two very special guests: Blizzard lead designers Alex Afrasiabi and Tom Chilton. Because if you’re going to talk WoW, you might as well go to the source. Or, have the source come to you.

Feedback -- Blizzard Talks WoW: Cataclysm Edition »


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X-Play Game Of The Year 2010 Nominees Announced

We've spent the last 12 months playing every major game released, and today, we're ready to reveal the nominees for 2010's Game of the Year. These are the best video games of 2010 and we're giving out 21 awards for great games this year, including Best Shooter, Most Original Game, Best RPG, Best Sports Game, Best Multiplayer and of course the coveted Game of the Year!

The winners will be revealed in a special one-hour X-Play special to be broadcast on G4 on Tuesday, December 14 at 6PM, so make sure to mark your calendar.

Without further ado, click the link for the nominees...

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