While there's no denying Sony knows how to make some pretty sexy laptops, we find this custom Sony Vaio F-Series much more appealing than the standard unit found on store shelves. The case mod seen above was originally created on commission for Sony, but now John “Wilhelm” Dunn of the Victorian Steam Calculation Engine Company is willing to make you your own... if you can afford it. Read More...

By Kevin Kelly

Razer has long been synonymous with hardcore gaming peripherals from mice to keyboards, but they are slowing moving into the field of gaming computers as well. At CES last year they unveiled their miniature Switchblade gaming computer concept, which has seen its tech migrate to their Blade gaming laptop, and at CES 2012 they also unveiled Fiona, their new handheld gaming device that takes PC gaming on the go.

The Fiona is a PC tablet aimed only at the gaming audience. It runs full PC games on a Core i7 Intel Ivy Bridge processor, allowing you to run current generation games, inside of an integrated housing that offers a controller experience with force feedback while gripping the device. The device also runs Dolby Home Theater v4 for PCs. While we're skeptical about such a small device that runs full PC games, if this things works, sign us up for two of them. Read More...

LEGO bricks let us use our imagination to build and design nearly anything in the physical world. Minecraft for PCs lets us use our imagination to build and design nearly anything in a virtual world. Now, Minecraft developer Mojang and the LEGO Group are joining forces to bring us Minecraft-themed LEGO sets!

The project began as a fan-created idea from users "suparMacho" and "koalaexpert" on the LEGO Cuusoo website - a place where LEGO enthusiasts can share their ideas with actual LEGO employees. If a submitted idea gets support from 10,000 different users it will be reviewed by a "LEGO jury" and possibly become an actual product. Read More...

EA Blackbox delivers high-stakes, cross-country racing with plot and Christina Hendricks--is this ride worth your time?
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Gritty narration and tortured heroes standard in all editions.
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Later this year, Sony Online Entertainment will be launching the second round of DLC for their superhero MMO, DC Universe Online. Featuring the Flash and introducing a new electricity-based power set for players, the DLC will also include new Flash-related locations and environments including (from the press release):

  • Central City – An all-new map that offers players a more open world experience that provides on-going gameplay, with solo and group missions.
  • The Flash Museum Duo – Players can now experience the Central City of today and tomorrow. In The Flash Museum Duo, players can travel back in time to the very moment when Barry Allen became The Flash and battle foes inside the Central City Police Station!
  • Electricity Powers – Players now have the opportunity to get the new Electricity Power set for current and new characters. The new Electricity Power set allows players to leverage the lightning power of electricity and use new types of attacks in combat. Electricity Powers include the Tesla Ball, which creates a floating ball of electricity that zaps nearby enemies; the Shockwave, which shoots streams of electric bolts at enemies; and Ionic Drain, which drains energy from the environment to replenish a player’s health while simultaneously damaging surrounding enemies.
  • New Gear – Players can earn all-new gear sets including the new Zoom-inspired gear set for villains, and the new Black Lightning-inspired gear set for heroes.
  • New Characters – Lightning Strikes brings players new iconic DC Universe characters including Livewire, Black Lightning, The Top, The Trickster, Static and more. New characters – such as Livewire – will be featured as new “Inspired By” options for players who can choose to create a new character inspired by some of DC Universe’s legendary characters. Additional new characters – such as Black Lighting – serve as a bounty mission that players can fight if they choose to be a villain.

Jens Andersen, the Creative Director for DC Universe Online was kind enough to answer a few questions by e-mail about the "Lightning Strike Pack" and the shape of the console and PC MMO nearly a year after its release.
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What's that? You'll still be able to go into a backwards slo-mo dive and catch dudes in the face with your shotgun? Where, sir, do I preorder?
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With 2011 drawing to a close, the MTV Geek staff took a look back at the many games that the year brought us. From stories fighting franchises rising from the ashes, to blockbuster shooters doing what they're going to do, I can honestly say it's been a year of more pleasant surprises than disappointments. While we didn't see any big-time experimentation or anything out-and-out strange or new this year among the major releases (no beautiful failures like Mirror's Edge or completely insane masterpieces like Bayonetta), the return of quite a few tried and true titles still provided some pretty spectacular peaks in console and PC achievement.

Here's MTV Geek's 2011 picks for Best Video Games.
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Are you digging Assassin's Creed: Revelations and its updated multiplayer? Feel like you need some more character skins and taunts to really make the experience great?

Well, a little under a month after the current game's release, Ubisoft is dropping some new playable characters for the Assasin's Creed: Revelations' multiplayer modes. Curiously, they're opting to start with more characters and no new maps or scenarios for the first round of DLC. On December 13th, the new downloadable lineup, dubbed the "Ancestors Character Pack," will include "the swashbuckling Privateer, the devious siren Corsair, the battle-tested Brigand and the bloodthirsty Gladiator. Each character is personalized with unique taunts, weapons and stylized assassination moves."

So guys, how is the Assassin's Creed multiplayer? I regrettably missed Brotherhood but I have to imagine the dynamics of trying to murder dudes (and ladies, of course) online has to be interesting at least? Also, in your experience, how many of you have been getting these new characters for the previous game? Do they inject anything new into the overall experience? I'm asking here, because I'm curious as to the response to this kind of targeted DLC. Tell you what: you can let us know through our Facebook page or Twitter feed what you think about character packs in DLC.

The "Ancestors Character Pack" DLC will be available December 13th through PSN and Xbox Live for $3.99/320 MS Points respectively. The PC version of Assassin's Creed: Revelations will be available on November 29th.

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The holiday season is upon us and that means it's time to start searching for that perfect gift. The gamer in your life would probably love some new gear and to make your annual shopping adventure a little easier we decided to put together a list of 10 awesome gaming accessories.

Boomchair Pulse
Every gamer needs a good chair for those late night gaming sessions and what could be better than a gaming chair with built in speakers, vibration feedback and wireless connectivity? For $140 the Boomchair Pulse delivers all of that and folds in half for storage. You can pick one up from Boomchair.com – they also have 19 other chairs to choose from if red isn't your color. Read More...

Thanks to IMDB, Total Video Games, and iGTA5, we might have a heads-up on who'll be playing the lead in GTA V as well as getting a name for the character providing the voice over in the recently-released trailer. I say might because IMDB, while a valuable resources is also on occasion the startlingly inaccurate home for incomplete, speculative/wishful thinking listings for films, TV series, etc. that may or may not have any chance in hell of existing.

Dousing that little bit of cold water on things, introducing the guy in the photo, character actor Ned Luke, who's credited as "Albert De Silva" in the upcoming Rockstar sequel. Luke has a list as long as my arms of stints on TV series and a couple of films stretching back to '84, and I can imagine the appeal of Rockstar to choose someone not especially well-known who's still got some work under his belt.

As for the character of De Silva being the lead in the game, well, again, this is all speculation, based in part on the fact that he's the only credited character on GTA V's IMDB page as well as a recent casting sheet listing some of the roles being filled out for the game. And while some of this jibes with the narration in the trailer--the lead has a family, is an older guy looking to retire--I'm not willing quite yet to peg Albert as the lead in the game, only because its release is so far out but I feel maybe 75% certain TVG is on the money with this one.

We'll see as more news about the game trickles out/is Internet sleuthed like crazy in the coming months.

[Via Total Video Games, iGTA5]

Grand Theft Auto V Debut Trailer

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Nearly five years after our last trip to the Elder Scrolls land of Tamriel and space-time getting ripped a new one into the depths of Oblivion, Bethesda is back to show us another corner of their dark fantasy world with Skyrim. And Skyrim, the Maryland-based developer decided to crank things up a bit: a larger world, more interactive NPCs, locations, and objects, an expanded voice cast, and most importantly, of course: dragons. So just how did Bethesda choose some of the latest additions to Elder Scrolls and what are their thoughts on the evolution of the franchise? To find out, MTV Geek spoke to Bethesda Art Director and Lead Designer Matt Carofano who discussed some of the big ideas behind Skyrim and how Fallout 3 reshaped how Bethesda thought about making their RPGs.
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This just in from an Activision employee I just made up: "This weekend, we're going to do that thing where you swim around in your money like Scrooge McDuck. That's not a thing? Well, we can afford to invent it!"

That right there, that's what what 6.5 million copies of your game in the first 24 hours looks like. That's $400 million in the U.S. and the U.K. alone and what publisher Activision is touting as the biggest entertainment launch in history. To put that into perspective, the biggest movie opening of all time, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1 was about $170 million. Activision did around two and a half times that in one day. Bobby Kotick, the guy at the top of the money pile (the CEO) is feeling pretty happy with himself right now: "Other than Call of Duty, there has never been another entertainment franchise that has set opening day records three years in a row. Life-to-date sales for the Call of Duty franchise exceed worldwide theatrical box office for Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, two of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time."??

So that happened. I'd ask any of you who wants to go see a movie or something this weekend, but it looks like you'll all be busy. Playing Modern Warfare 3.*

I would use this spot to tell you that Modern Warfare 3 is available on the 360, PS3, and PC, but you probably already have a couple of copies.

*I will also be busy, playing Modern Warfare 3.

[via The Hollywood Reporter]

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Kill Confirmed Gameplay

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You can totally take Old Flying Murder there

You can totally take Old Flying Murder there

There are two kind of readers who'll be checking this guide out: those who have played previous entries in Bethesda's Elder Scrolls series but haven't touched Oblivion in five years, and those of you who have finally succumbed to all of the (from where I'm sitting, well-deserved) hype for the expansive RPG, and finally decided to pick it up. Well this brief dive into the new game is for all of you guys and girls out there heading into the frosty, atmospheric land of the Nords in Skyrim for the first time: some things to see, some things to do... some things to run away from until you've got an axe powerful enough to hack them into Oblivion.

So throw your copy of the game into your platform of choice (or you PC people, just launch Steam), and let's see what's happening in Skyrim.
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