New Creative wireless gaming headset has 50mm drivers

Editor’s Note: The following article is reprinted from the Geek Tech blog at PCWorld.com.

Are you hardcore gamer and need that extra boost in communication to boost your performance when pounding away at the keyboard? If so, you may want to check out the Sound Blaster Tactic3D Omega Wireless Gaming Headset. Creative's new headset works with a variety of games like World of Warcraft and other role playing games, as well as for listening to music, Netflix, or chatting on Skype.

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Mac App Store gives gamers plenty of options

Thursday’s launch of the Mac App Store not only opens a new avenue for getting software onto your computer. It also marks a big step forward for Mac gaming.

With the Mac App Store now open for business, gamers can download ports of iOS games, games previously only appearing on the Steam online gaming service, and ports to the Mac platform that had received little fanfare up until now. And that’s one of the Mac App Store’s greatest advantages—in one place, you can find and download almost 200 games.

Mac gamers can choose from among 200 games in the Mac App Store.

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Feral Interactive offers download services for Mac games

Mac game developer Feral Interactive announced Wednesday that a selection of its titles are now available for online purchase and download. Through Direct2Drive, GamersGate, and MacGameStore, users can download some of Feral's most popular titles.

LEGO Harry Potter

Though other titles and their release dates have yet to be confirmed, currently three of the company’s more successful games are already up and ready for purchase: Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition, a first person role-playing shooter game ($50), action game Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 ($40), and Rome: Total War Gold Edition, an epic classical-period strategy game ($30) are all available on Direct2Drive, GamersGate, and MacGameStore.

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Firm files patent lawsuit against Activision Blizzard, Zynga

An invention firm started by Priceline.com founder Jay Walker has filed a lawsuit against two large computer gaming companies, Activision Blizzard and Zynga, alleging that some of their most popular games infringe on an online tournament patent.

Walker Digital, in a complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, alleged that a number of games offered by the two companies infringe a July 2002 patent related to online tournaments. Patent No. 6,425,828 is for a database-driven online distributed tournament system.

The Activision Blizzard games that infringe the patent, according to the complaint, include World of Warcraft and three add-on games—Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and DJ Hero 2.

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Jenga HD for iPad

With over 50 million versions of Jenga sold since it was released over 25 years ago, there is a huge audience of fans wanting to know if NaturalMotion Games' Jenga for iPad stacks up.

No virtual people to accidentally bump the table here.
Just like the physical block game, you begin with 54 wooden blocks stacked in a tower of 18 levels of three blocks each. The objective is to systematically remove blocks from lower levels and add those blocks to the top to see how high you can build the tower. You can play alone or pass-and-play. Once the tower starts to topple and blocks hit the table, the game is over. Jenga for iPad also includes an arcade mode in which the blocks are different colors, and you race against a countdown clock to match colors or place blocks quickly to score additional points. Share scores via e-mail, online scoreboards, Facebook, or through Game Center integration.

For a game like Jenga, a virtual touch-screen version will never completely replace the original. Unlike the physical game, you get no immediate feedback as you probe for loose blocks, and there isn’t quite the drama of a toppling tower when only a press of the screen cleans up and stacks the blocks for you. However, the iPad version does an excellent job despite being trapped behind a screen. Navigating around the tower is extremely smooth with intuitive pinch-to-zoom controls, taps to bump blocks, and drags to pull on them. Color highlights indicate how loose or tight a block is positioned in the tower—replacing what you would otherwise feel in the physical game. Most importantly, the physics are very well done. You really get a good sense of how the blocks are interacting with one another.

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Bejeweled 3 for Mac

Classic puzzle game Bejweled gets a makeover in PopCap’s newest version of the game, Bejeweled 3. The original game, which was released in 2001, was also followed up by Bejeweled 2, Bejeweled Twist, and Bejeweled Blitz. This latest addition to the casual series brings fresh graphics, sounds, and all new modes of play.

Oh it may look simple, but PopCap has a nasty habit of making addictive, challenging games.

For those not familiar with the million-seller franchise, the game couldn't be easier to pick up: the screen is filled with a board stacked in rows of multicolored gems. You can swap two adjacent jewels’ positions by clicking on them in order to make a row or column of three or more jewels of the same color. This makes them disappear and awards you points. Aligning a large number of gems earns extra points and bonuses. There’s not much in Bejeweled 3 that’s a huge departure from this core "match-3" concept. The game is basically a variety of modes that use the same basic concept with small tweaks for added difficulty or strategic maneuvering.

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Tap Tap Revenge 4 released

Disney Mobile's Tapulous launches Tap Tap Revenge 4 for iOS devices today. The music rhythm game is a free download from iTunes.

Tap Tap Revenge 4 features gameplay similar to Guitar Hero or Dance Dance Revolution. The game challenges players to tap through the beats and shake left or right as arrows fall from the top of the screen. The game also features additional tracks for a small fee, along with a head-to-head two-player mode.

Tap Tap Revenge 4 features new tracks from Linkin Park, Katy Perry, Benny Benassi, My Chemical Romance, Kid Cudi, Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, Train, Far East Movement, Hinder, Edward Maya, Selena Gomez & the Scene, Florence and the Machine, Cee-Lo, Nicki Minaj, Young MC, and Bad Religion.

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