Barely a day goes by anymore without you seeing some video of a bizarre, new Kinect PC hack on your video gaming news website of choice. Put the tech out there and the homebrew crowd will go to town on it, that's just the way of things. It looks now as though at some point down the road making the Kinect play nice with your computer will be made easier thanks to planned PC support from Microsoft.

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Your iPad is NOT a toy. The important thing to remember though is that it CAN be! As gaming becomes more and more popular on Apple's sun-hot tablet device, developers are taking bigger and bigger risks. The latest zany iPad gaming enhancement comes to us today from the good folks at ThinkGeek. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the iCade!

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Razer is a peripheral manufacturer with a reputation for making stylish devices that also do what they're designed to do exceptionally well. They've yet to really delve into the console market however. Which is why the reveal of their Onza Xbox 360 controller at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week is so exciting.

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Netbooks, as we all know, are great for portability and basic web-browsing needs, but when it comes to gaming, you better not expect to be playing anything much more involved than Flash games. Recent advances in technology have, however, opened the door for more intensive netbook gaming (the Macbook Air, for example, runs "Portal" and "Left 4 Dead" like a pro). Razer, a company known for their gaming-specific keyboard and mouse peripherals, are looking at this new world with open eyes, and are impressing the crowds at CES with The Switchblade, seen above.

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The rise in popularity of digital 3-D has created a problem for gamers: those TVs are freaking expensive! Sony's come up with a solution, which they revealed this week in Las Vegas at the annual Consumer Electronics Show.

The console maker is "working on" a standalone 3-D display that looks like one of those old school virtual reality game headpieces, gameindustry.biz reports. Hopefully, "working on" also includes giving it a new name: "Headman," an obvious play on "Walkman" portable cassette players (remember cassettes?), really isn't doing it for me.

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Earlier this week I brought you word of a powerful new combination CPU/GPU from AMD called Fusion. Designed with portable devices like netbooks in mind, the chip offers DirectX11 support and 1080p video processing capabilities -- which means high-end gaming potential -- in miniature. It edges out Intel's Atom chip, but the company revealed a new CPU of their own which promises even more power to the PC gaming market.

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Today there has been a literal flood of action on the OnLive front. For starters, the team has grown larger by one: Former Pandora COO Etienne Handman has joined the cloud gaming company in a COO role. Also news is the revelation that Vizio HDTVs will start shipping with OnLive support built directly into the set. And for those who aren't currently in the market for a new TV but still want to try out the service, take heart: in honor of this week's 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, the company has slashed prices on their MicroConsole from $99 to $66!

All in all, not a bad day for the continually growing console/PC-alternative gaming service.

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Several years back technology developer AMD and graphics card manufacturer ATI merged in a pretty major deal. Now we're about to see the fruits of that partnership in the form of a powerful new PC processor which functions as a combination CPU and GPU, appropriately called Fusion.

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By Craig Goldstein

Earlier this week, we took a look at some good game picks to watch out for this holiday season. Unfortunately, gamers are notorious for being on top of game releases and there's a chance you could be giving them a game they've already finished. We're a dedicated bunch, we are.

A nice alternative to giving the gift of specific games is giving a gift of something else the gamer would enjoy. We've been digging through the tech of the holiday season to find some solid overall picks to help you through this trying time.

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Earlier this year, I was able to check out Astro's A30 headset. Astro is known as one of the most popular headset brands for professional gamers, but the earlier A40 model was simply too bulky for casual use. Astro's answer was to make the A30s, which were smaller and more portable. And even though they sounded great, there was a problem. As a glasses-wearer, it's tough to wear headsets for longer than a half hour, as the pressure for the ear cups starts to get uncomfortable. So I recommended the A30's to everyone but glasses-wearers. Thankfully, those myopic souls now have an alternative.

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