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Overhyped Videogames FableWhen Fable came out, everyone got to see if all the hype (and cool features expressed by Lionhead Studio head Peter Molyneux) is worth anything. Depending on where you go, you'll find glowing reviews to so-so reviews, mostly depending on if that person expected more (with good reason), or could just live with what the game actually provides. I personally feel that game reviews should be based on what the game has done right and wrong, rather than what I wanted to see, resulting in nitpicking every little detail.

But in this case, is it wrong to expect more? The Gear Live editors present their case after the jump.

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Van Helsing DVD ReleaseThis week is a little light on the cool movies with good special effects meter. I mean, you have Van Helsing which utilized some nice effects, but the movie was horrible (wasn't it?). Then you have others like Xena, which just sucked altogether. Oh hell, go pick up Arrested Development. It might not be a movie, but you can at least let out a few laughs.

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U2 Special Edition Black iPodThere have been quite a few rumors over the past few days regarding Apple's upcoming announcement at a U2 event next week in San Jose, CA. If you have watched any primetime television recently, you have probably seen U2's Vertigo music video/iPod commercial. Apparently, a deal has been struck which will result in a Special Edition U2 iPod. The iPod would be similar to any other you might buy from Apple, except it will have the entire new U2 album, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb preloaded on it along with other choice cuts from the bands history. Oh, and it will probably be black. You can also expect that the new album will be exclusive to iTunes for a predetermined amount of time, before becoming available in other music stores.

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The Sony PSP


With all the recent Nintendo DS coverage, we at Gear Live didn't want you to think we're not looking forward to Sony's upcoming portable. Just last week, it was announced that the PSP would support MP3 playback as stored on a Memory Stick Duo card, sold separately. With analogue controls, a vividly bright screen, wireless capability, and UMD disc-based storage (read: more detailed and richer sounding games), what's not to love? In addition, it will provide about the same graphical processing power of a PS2, which is leagues better than Nintendo's upcoming DS. Third party support should be strong as well, as evidenced by Activision's recent announcement that it will be launching versions of SpiderMan 2 and Tony Hawk's Underground 2 with the unit when it arrives here in the states early next year.

Much more PSP love to be found by clicking here for the PSP Thread on the Gear Live Message Boards.
Free iRiver H320How would you like a free iRiver H320? Maybe a free TiVo or ReplayTV is more your style. If watching your favorite shows on the go is your thing, then a free portable media center sounds about right. No, these are not scams, schemes, or hoaxes - they are the real deal. And it's the latest craze sweeping the internet. Not convinced? Click on one of the links above, and sign up. You will be on your way to expensive electronics at no cost to you. We take a closer look after the jump.

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ColorWare PC XBOX Paint White



A couple of months ago, ColorWare took our iPod and gave it the golden treatment. After such a stellar job, we decided to find out what they could do with a game console. We sent ColorWare our regular black XBOX along with a controller, and they sent them back white as snow. We take a closer look after the jump.

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Public Enemy It Takes a Million ReviewThis week's Gear Live Playlist takes a look at one of the most controversial alblums of all time, along with new releases by Interpol and Sum 41. If you want something with more of a mixed flavor, we have a review of the Garden State Soundtrack. Get this week's music fix after the jump.

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AT&T Mobile Music Store


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mMode Music Store IDWe all know how frustrating it can be to hear a song on the radio that you like, but not know the name of it (or the artist who sings it). What if you liked it so much that you wanted to purchase it? Well, with AT&T's new mMode Music Store along with the Music ID service, all you need is your cell phone. All you need to do when you hear a song playing is dial #ID on your phone, and hold it up to the speaker for 15 seconds. You will then get a text message giving you all the 411 on the track, as well as the option to purchase the song (or a related ringtone). Sounds interesting. From AT&T:

"Now consumers no longer have to scribble down the names of songs they've discovered and wait until they get home to download them onto their computers," Sam Hall, vice president of mMode services for AT&T Wireless, said in a statement. "The convenience and immediacy of our mobile digital music store lets users remotely explore and buy digital music while on the move."
Rumor: 60GB iPod with color screen AND video out?ThinkSecret.com is reporting on a rumor as old as time itself (ok, thats a slight exaggeration, but am I the only one who feels like this has been a rumor for the longest time?). The rumor of a 60GB iPod has been around for a while as well as the rumor of a color screen. Now, according to ThinkSecret.com, it will only be a rumor for about 30 to 60 more days. The device (as mentioned earlier) will have a 60GB hard drive capabable of holding up to 20,000 music tracks and 25,000 photos. Of course file size and quality will affect these numbers but not by much with such a large drive. The screen size will remain the same, but the two inch screen would be in color, and of a higher resolution. Big news is the new video out option to view all your photos on your television/projector. Apparently, the iPod would sync not only with iTunes, but also with iPhoto. If this ever materializes, look for the new iPod to cost $499 USD.

We will have more on this as the story becomes official, until then, remember, its only a rumor (but hey, wasn't the internet created for rumor sites about Apple?).

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Philips Streamium HDTV 23PF9976i Wi-Fi



There are more and more adding wireless networks to their homes, as the technology has come down in price quite a bit. After taking that plunge, most try to make future purchases based on whether the device has integrated Wi-Fi or not. It's understandable, as you have invested in the technology in the first place. Philips is finally ready to release their Streamium HDTV. What does one have to do with the other? The Streamium 23PF9976i is an HDTV with integrated 802.11g Wi-Fi.

Philips claims the TV is "future proof" as well. This simply means that the TV will check Philips servers for updates on codecs and other features throughout its lifetime. Sounds nice, but that's not all the Wi-Fi does. The main attraction of this unit is that it can stream audio (MP3, MP3 Pro, PCM, WAV), video (MPEG-1/2/4, DivX, XviD), and photos (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG ) over your network and display them on its 23-inch high definition screen. It also boasts a built-in FM tuner, and if that isn't enough, you can stream internet radio as well.

So what's the price? So far, Philips hasn't made it public. We can expect an announcement soon, though, as the Streamium HDTV is set to be released in November. While 23-inches might seem small, it is the perfect compliment to your Streamium Boombox. Right.

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