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  REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE Phone
This year's Google Reference phone - the latest entry in the Nexus line - has finally shipped. A lot of us thought the day we could put our hands on this phone would never come. Is this really The One Phone to Rule Them All or is this just another Verizon let down? Details inside ...

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  EDITORIAL: Tablets Defined
The public is growing confused over what exactly is a "tablet" ... Is the Amazon Fire a tablet or an eReader? What about the Nook Tablet? What's the difference and why should you care? The answers are inside.

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  EDITORIAL: 10 Things You Won't Be Doing With the Amazon Fire
Is the Amazon Kindle Fire device really the one tablet to rule them all - or is it just a color eReader propaganda device to hook you into Amazon's cloud and retail services? If it were a real tablet, it would be able to do these ten simple things ...

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  EDITORIAL: How Much of a Threat is Mobile Gaming?
There is doom and gloom talk about how cell phones and tablets are going to kill dedicated gaming devices. After all, how can a game machine beat 99 cent games you always have in your pocket? In this article, we'll assess just how real this threat is.

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  Review: Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions (3DS)
Pac-Man and Galaga are back and living large on your shiny new Nintendo 3DS - bringing you not only the arcade classics but brand new games and the insanely popular Pac-Man Championship Edition. Sounds good ... but just HOW good is it?

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  EDITORIAL: Console Innovation: Personal Screen Trumps Motion
The genie is out of the bottle ... along with bringing the Nintendo console up to (and possibly exceeding) current generation gaming specs with HD 1080p graphics and a robust online service (eluded by Big Reggie himself) - we have another new disrupter; the personal screen on the Wii U controller.

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  Nintendo 3DS eShop: DSiWare Transfers from DSi to 3DS
The Nintendo 3DS eShop is now available. Along with new content, you are allowed to transfer your purchases from the DSi and DSi XL to your new 3D portable. How does it work? Can you transfer everything? Any gotchas? Check out our article with videos!

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  EDITORIAL: Exploring Digital Distribution Part 4: Unsustainable Success Stories
In this multi-part article on Digital Distribution, we will explore various aspects of the digital distribution model along with successes, failures and speculate on the future of this model based on current and past trends. This series will be primarily aimed at video gaming and media such as film and television.

In our last article, we compared and contrasted the promised delivery of Digital Distribution and why they just don't pass the test. In this final article, we will take a look at some of the success stories of current day Digital Distribution and discuss the future.

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  REVIEW: The Bionic Woman Season 2 (DVD)
Jamie Sommers is back on DVD in Season 2 of The Bionic Woman. If you watched the original 'bionic' TV shows in the 70s, you probably remember the exciting three-part cross-over episode featuring the scary 'more powerful than bionics' FemBot episode 'Kill Oscar'. It is here - along with the best the show had to offer - including BigFoot!

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  EDITORIAL: Exploring Digital Distribution Part 3: Fact or Fiction?
In this multi-part article on Digital Distribution, we will explore various aspects of the digital distribution model along with successes, failures and speculate on the future of this model based on current and past trends. This series will be primarily aimed at video gaming and media such as film and television.

In our last article, we discussed all the Good Things(tm) that Digital Distribution promises; both to consumers as well as Content Providers. Now we need a reality check on these points.

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  EDITORIAL: Exploring Digital Distribution Part 2: Let the Sun Shine In
In this multi-part article on Digital Distribution, we will explore various aspects of the digital distribution model along with successes, failures and speculate on the future of this model based on current and past trends. This series will be primarily aimed at video gaming and media such as film and television.

In our last article we discussed what Digital Distribution is, how you have been living with it for decades and how it has affected the major areas of entertainment. In this article, we will look at the positive side of Digital Distribution from the point of views of both the content providers and consumers.

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  REVIEW: Pirates of the Caribbean - The Video Game (3DS)
Shiver our timbers ... Jack Sparrow and company are back in a new 3DS swashbuckling adventure of epic proportions - and in 3D. Will this game raise your sails or will you want to walk the plank? Pull into port and check out our review.

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  REVIEW: Super Monkey Ball 3D
A long-time console launch regular, Sega's Super Monkey Ball showcases what are perhaps the 3DS's best new assets: the Circle Pad and the 3D screen.

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  REVIEW: Rabbids Travel in Time 3D
The Rabbids make their first debut on the new Nintendo 3DS hardware with this time-centric side scroller platforming game. Is it the Super Mario placeholder we were hoping for or or is this game stuck in a time warp by "someone"?

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  REVIEW: TRON (1982) Blu Ray
With the 20th Anniversary TRON DVD in moratorium and fetching hundreds on eBay - we finally get TRON back on home video - including Blu Ray. Technically stunning for its day, does it still stand up against the test of time?

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  REVIEW: MadCatz 3DS Traveler Bag
When you have a $250 handheld, you might want some protection for it. With dozens of options available, what's a concerned owner to buy? Check out what we found at our local Fry's Electronics. Is it for you?

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  REVIEW: Steel Diver (3DS)
You've probably heard a lot about this first party submarine title for the Nintendo 3DS - and most of it is likely bad. But does this title have redeeming values? Who is it for? Check out our full review to see if this title sinks or swims.

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  REVIEW: From DroidX to Thunderbolt: One Man's Story
The DroidX is a great phone. But maybe you're considering the new 4G HTC Thunderbolt? A Droid lover has taken the plunge and divulges everything you need to know from features to battery life; from hardware to software. Are you ready?

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  Interactive Nintendo 3DS Kiosk Locator map!
Dying to put your hands on a Nintendo 3DS but don't know who has one? Have you seen one and want to share its location with others? Now you can use this interactive map to share kiosk locations and information!

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  EDITORIAL: A Minute With The Nintendo 3DS
The Nintendo 3DS is coming in less than two weeks. We finally got to put our hands on one and here is what we saw. Do you really have to "see to believe"? Shane gets a few minutes to test out that theory - and here is his mini-report.

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  REVIEW: Atari Greatest Hits Vol. 2 (Nintendo DS)
We've been bitten by emulation packages in the past, but Volume 1 of Atari Greatest Hits was an enjoyable experience. Can Volume 2 keep up the momentum or does it fall flat?

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  EDITORIAL: Will developers force Nintendo's hand and accelerate a Wii successor's debut?
Despite that fact that Nintendo held onto it's position as the best selling game console in 2010, developers are starting to pass on Wii projects, opting to move previously announced Wii titles to other platforms including the greener pastures of 3DS.

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  REVIEW: You Don't Know Jack (Nintendo DS)
In the 1990s, You Don't Know Jack was one of the most played games on the internet. Laced with sexual innuendo, pop culture references and a snarky host - the game was a blast to play with friends or alone. Now it's back - but was it worth waiting for?

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  EDITORIAL: Portable Consoles Are Not Dead: The True Cost of Smart Device Gaming
Cheap gaming on mobile devices and tablets are said to threaten traditional handhelds from Nintendo and Sony. The zealots claim $1 games will rule the world - but are smart apps as cheap as they seem? Let's talk about the TRUE price of gaming...

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  REVIEW: Game Frames
Video game and movie boxes gathering dust on the floor or closet? Got some bare walls that need filling? Maybe your spouse doesn't want you showing off your stuff? The Game Frame promises to put those boxes to good use in style - but how does it work?

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  Review Lagoon's Nintendo 3DS Launch "Frequently Asked Questions"
We'll stay on top of all the details leading to the launch of Nintendo 3DS--so you don't have to.

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  REVIEW: Atari Greatest Hits Vol. 1 (Nintendo DS)
Classic video game collections on the Nintendo DS are far and few between with very mixed results ranging from "mediocre" to "digital abortion". Could this title break the curse of sub-standard emulated classic or is it just more bargain-bin fodder?

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  REVIEW: Dragon's Lair (Nintendo DS)
Fan of Dragon's Lair have been chasing a "perfect version" for years and casual gaming fans have been dying to get Dirk the Daring on their portable devices.

We take the DSiWare and DS retail cartridge and put it through it's paces ...

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  Review Lagoon: What to Expect from Wii in 2011
Will there be a price decrease in the first half of the year? And can we expect to see a $99 Wii sometime in 2011? Each guess is as good as the next. So perhaps it's best to take a look at what we do know about what we can expect from Wii in 2011 so far.

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  Review Lagoon's Wii 2010 Year in Review
In what many are predicting to be the Wii's last year of console market dominance, 2010 turned out to be a year of stellar game releases for Nintendo's little white box--perhaps it's best year yet. While competitors played catch-up with gesture-based gaming solutions of their own to capture the ever elusive 'casual' market, it was mainly a back to basics year for Wii that will be remembered for nostalgia-driven releases and surprising third-party successes.

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