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Our favorite games of 2013
Article by: The GN Staff
Find out which games the Gaming Nexus staff loved playing in 2014. READ FULL ARTICLE...
Amphitheater BT2
Review by: Dan Keener
Dan checks out Kicker’s Amphitheater BT2 wireless audio system to see how well it works in today’s ever-increasing mobile world… READ FULL REVIEW...
Razer Hammerhead Pro
Review by: Jennifer Yan
Razer announces a new mobile headset today and John goes ears on with the Hammerhead Pro. READ FULL REVIEW...

News Roundup - 11/21/2013

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News Roundup - 11/20/2013

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Logitech gives Apple gamers a helping hand with the PowerShell

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If you're one of those folks who enjoy playing games on your iPhone or or 5th generation iPod Touch, Logitech's got something that can make the experience a whole lot better.

Check out their PowerShell Controller + Battery, which gives you a D-Pad, four front facing buttons, and shoulder triggers. Your iPhone or iPod sits in the middle and it can recharge as well with an included 1500mAh battery that can double your phone's battery life expectancy. 

Cut outs are there so you can easily access your volume buttons and a window for your camera on the back. There's even a headphone jack so you can plug in your ear buds to game without disturbing others around you.

Logitech has a list of games that are currently compatible with it right now, and more are sure to follow. It will retail for $100 and you can pre-order it right now.

News Roundup - 11/19/2013

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News Roundup - 11/18/2013

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Apple slips in another iOS update with a big security fix

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After all the issues with the security flaw that highlighted the iOS 7.03 update, Apple slipped a quick update (iOS 7.04) through the five-hole this weekend to fix some bug issues and problems with FaceTime. However, the more interesting piece of this is the security patch for AppStore infrastructure. The security update mentions that it closes an issue where App and AppStore transactions may take place without full authorization. In other words, there were some instances where it was automatically charging accounts without having to sign in with your password. So next time you make a purchase, it looks like Apple added some additional purchase authorization layers, although they do not say what those are.

iOS 7.0.4
Bug fixes and improvements, including a fix for an issue that causes FaceTime calls to fail for some users.

iOS 7.0.4 Security Update
App Store

Available for: iPhone 4 and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: App and In-App purchases may be completed with insufficient authorization

Description: A signed-in user may be able to complete a transaction without providing a password when prompted. This issue was addressed by additional enforcement of purchase authorization.

News Roundup - 11/14/2013

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News Roundup - 11/13/2013

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New Farming Simulator 14 trailer showcases mobile agricultural experience

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Giants Software has revealed a new trailer for its upcoming mobile game, Farming Simulator 14. Improvements from last year's mobile predecessor includes improved visuals and double the amount of agricultural equipment including the brands of Case IH, Deutz-Fahr, Lamborghini, Kuhn, Amazone, and Krone. Check out the trailer attached below for a sense of the farming gameplay.

Farming Simulator 14 will be available for both smartphones and tablets through the iOS App Store and Google Play on November 18. For further details, visit the Farming Simulator series website.

News Roundup - 11/12/2013

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News Roundup - 11/11/2013

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  • Old-school FPS Wrack is now available on Steam early access 
  • SteelSeries announces the H Wireless Gaming Headset 
  • Day one PS4 title Warframe releases The Profit teaser 
  • Beta registration for Steam's In-Home streaming is now taking applicants 
  • [Need for Speed Rivals ] 9th degree car-fu blackbelt, and Need For Speed Advisor, Ken Block presents ultimate Gymkhana Grid course 

Blizzard's online card game Hearthstone going into open beta, coming to iOS and Android

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More announcements out of BlizzCon 2013, this time pertaining to Blizzard's online card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Even though the game is still in beta Blizzard announced today that Hearthstone will be coming to iOS and Android devices sometime in the second half of 2014. This is Blizzard's first big step into the mobile market, and Hearthstone seems like the perfect game for it.

If you are excited for Hearthstone, but still haven't managed to get into the beta there is good news for you as well. Blizzard also announced that open beta for Hearthstone will begin sometime next month, which will be an early Christmas for me since I still haven't managed to get in. 

BlizzCon will be going all weekend so expect plenty more Blizzard themed announcements in the coming days.

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News Roundup - 11/07/2013

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Rift launches Update 2.5, Song of Dreams

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Trion Worlds has announced that Rift has recently launched Update 2.5, or known as the Song of Dreams, which introduces a new chapter of underwater gameplay and an assortment of other additions and improvements. The primary update features include:

  • Song of Dreams - A Mini-Saga that includes underwater gameplay.
  • Gifts of the Fae - A new Level-60 version of fan-favorite and reworked Telaran instances every week.
  • Iron Pine Peak revamped - The snowy vistas of Mathosia have now been reworked for levels 27-35.
  • Infinity Gate Dimension - The latest Dimension is inspired by the Infinity Gate, coupled with new items in expert dungeons.
  • Planar Attunement Next - All-new, PVP Tier 3.
  • Store Wish Lists - Bookmark your most wanted items.
  • International Shards - Bringing the EU gamers together and helping with language barriers.

Rift recently launched on Steam and is available now as a free-to-play game.


News Roundup - 11/06/2013

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News Roundup - 11/05/2013

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News Roundup - 11/04/2013

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News Roundup - 10/31/2013

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News Roundup - 10/30/2013

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World Zombination - a zombie RTS

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I think I speak for most gamers when I say I am sick to death, no pun intended, of zombies. Like pirates, ninjas and bacon before them, zombies are the latest thing that nerds just would not shut the hell up about and now we're reaping the consequences. Proletariat might have the last novel take on the genre, however, with World Zombination. It's an RTS for mobile devices that lets you defend against the encroaching zombie hordes or, conversely, devour and infect the remainder of mankind as the shambling ghouls. I must admit that it looks interesting...but please, can we move onto to running werewolves or Lovecraftian eldritch horrors into the ground now?

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RIFT is now on Steam, still free

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Trion Worlds has been fine-tuning their MMO RIFT for a while now but as of today, it's finally available on Steam. The free version of Rift is fully available to Steam users now, including the ascended class system, the Storm Legion expansion and the game's other 16 major updates. Free to play seems to be the smartest model for MMOs these days and putting RIFT on Steam just guarantees that it will be available to one of the biggest online communities, and potential customer bases, around.

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News Roundup - 10/29/2013

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Mad Catz announces a more mobile keyboard in the S.T.R.I.K.E. M

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Need a more mobile or tablet sized keyboard? Mad Catz has you covered. They've announced a brand new Bluetooth keyboard in the S.T.R.I.K.E. M.

The S.T.R.I.K.E. M is a compact, backlit keyboard that's designed for on the go devices. Not only can you pair up devices via Bluetooth, but it can do so with NFC as well. That's pretty cool. It also features a mouse sensor and dedicated mouse buttons, which should work well for touch based games. Media based buttons help control volume on your device.

To power the S.T.R.I.K.E. M, the keyboard has a rechargeable battery. Red, black, and white are the colors the keyboard will be available when it's released this Holiday season.

This keyboard would be a great compliment for their upcoming M.O.J.O. micro-console as well. 


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News Roundup - 10/28/2013

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Telltale tweets The Walking Dead Season Two teaser image

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Sunday, Telltale Games' twitter account posted this teaser image of The Walking Dead Season Two, along with the words, "Keep that hair short..." The baseball cap belongs to Clementine, child star of The Walking Dead's first season, and "Keep that hair short" will strike a chord with anyone that played it. The image also indicates that big news is in store for Tuesday, October 29. Just rampant speculation on my part, but it would be perfect to see a grown-up Clementine play lead on season two.