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In what appears to be a decisive turning point, U.S. flat-panel TV shipments are projected to dip for the first time on an annual basis this year, ending an unbroken string of growth since the market began. Shipments in 2012 of flat-panel TVs into the American market are forecast to decline to 37.1 million units, down 5 percent from 39.1 million units in 2011, according to an IHS iSuppli U.S. TV Market Tracker report from information and analytics provider IHS. Only last year, shipments had inched up 1 percent from 38.6 million units in 2010. Some consumer electronics companies continue to do well, like Vizio, which can be seen in the video below showcasing new big screen TVs.


Thanks in part to the sales surge of Sony’s PlayStation 3, there are now Blu-ray Disc players in one quarter of U.S. households. Lower hardware prices for stand-alone BD players have also contributed to this growth. According to Centris Research, the installed base of Blu-ray players in U.S. homes was up 47% in Q4 2011 over the same quarter of 2010.


Think that Capcom isn't ready for zombie madness in 2012?  Think again. It’s set to assault its audience with not only the new Resident Evil Retribution film, but also THREE Resident Evil games.  Operation Raccoon City and Revelations (demo available now in the eShop) will be out this spring, but perhaps the big title that you'll want to check out for sure is Resident Evil 6, which has just been confirmed by the company.


2011 definitely flourished for some folks in the game industry, but not everyone saw profit from their game sales.  Take THQ.  The company definitely had a diverse set of releases last year, between its popular WWE games, new Red Faction and Warhammer action titles, and Saints Row the Third.  However, not all of them were financially viable, and it resulted in the cancellation of various franchises and closure of a few studios.  Will 2012 be the year the company bounces back?


There's no question that this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is going to be vitally important for Sony.  The company will not only have a handful of electronic TV's and other gadgets at the event, but it will also be providing a whole lot of push for its upcoming handheld system, the PlayStation Vita.  Tomorrow night, the company will host a press conference, where it's expected to make some Vita announcements, followed by a hands-on session with the device.  We, of course, will be in attendance.


Even though it has its certain gems, like MotoHeroz, MDK and several Mario classics, the Virtual Console service for Wii has a hard time keeping up with the more contemporary Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network providers.  Perhaps it's just a general lack of interest, or developers trying to work on stuff for the upcoming Wii U.  But not everyone has given up, as Capcom is working on a revamped Genesis favorite with an interesting new feature.


A little while back, you might have read an article on called "Modern Warfare 3 On Wii: Is it Still Relevant?".  (You can read it at this link if you haven't seen it yet.)  We had to ask the question because most "hardcore" gamers tend to stick to their Xbox 360 and PS3 guns, leaving us wondering if the Wii version was important anymore.  We gave it the benefit of the doubt, but Activision sent us a copy to check out anyway, out of sheer curiosity.  And while you won't mistake it for one of the "higher-up" versions on the market, Treyarch is to be commended for not only remedying mistakes from previous Modern Warfare mistakes, but delivering on the goods in both single and multiplayer.


Hot on the heels of our speculation article wondering what services would be available for it, Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb revealed the first official details on the streaming TV channels that would be coming to Xbox Live as part of next month's dashboard update.  And though the services may not be to everyone's liking (like ESPN), there's still plenty here to watch.


There's a flood of great games coming out over the next few weeks, and one title you should definitely consider to be near the top of your list is Namco Bandai's Ace Combat: Assault Horizon.  This new entry in the series will introduce a higher range of intensity than ever before, especially when it comes to dogfights and the new helicopter missions.  But don't just take our word for it -- you'll be able to go hands-on for yourself when the demo goes live tomorrow.


Capcom has been turning quite a few heads at this year's GamesCom event, between two new revealed characters for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Ninja Theory's intriguing take on Devil May Cry (merely named DMC), and a new Steel Battallion game.  But before you need to worry about finding space for a behemoth 40-button controller, similar to the one that worked with the first two Battallion games on Xbox, you can relax.  This one uses an interesting new control scheme that utilizes features from both a regular controller and the Kinect.  But is this a coalition that can truly make this game go places -- or merely an annoyance?


With Killzone 3, Guerrilla Games has created a triumphant first-person shooting experience, one that still holds up even four months after the game's release.  Its awesome attention to detail, superb gameplay (especially with the jet pack flying mechanics) and wanton destruction are unmatched by any other PS3 shooter, and the ability to take on both bots and other players in a varied multiplayer environment boosts the replay value significantly.  Which leads us to wonder...why didn't the game sell better?


Nintendo has continuously tried to be a game company for everyone.  They want to please the casual fans with accessible games, while still maintaining some sort of outreach to the hardcore fans that grew up with their NES and SNES consoles.  But it's hard to please everyone all of the time.  And its latest decision have left a few of their faithful feeling burned.

Undoubtedly the biggest sport in the U.S. is football. From the tailgating in parking lots of stadiums to groups of people huddled around TVs in homes and bars across the country, football has become deeply embedded in our culture. It would also come as no surprise that one of the biggest sports franchises is the Madden franchise from EA Sports. New to the series in Madden NFL 10 was MaddenUltimate Team, a mode where players build teams by purchasing cards with coins earned from playing exhibition games. This year will see a few new changes to the mode, making it a much deeper experience than before. We had the chance to talk to Associate Producer Donny Moore about what football fans can expect in this next iteration of Madden Ultimate Team.

I'm just going to get it out there, the Bioshock Infinite video demo was one of the most exciting things I saw at E3 2011. Bioshock Infinite is set on an alternate history floating Island called Columbia, sort of a skyward World's Fair and a monument to "American Exceptionalism." In this alternate timeline, the floating city became militarily involved in the Boxer Rebellion, killing many innocent civilians. The United States disowned the floating city, and it took to the clouds and out of the public eye. For years it was spoken of as a legend or "Boogie Man" to scare children.


Months since the release of the hauntingly beautiful teaser trailer, the general gaming public still know little about Techland's upcoming zombie slasher Dead Island. After playing a timed demo on the E3 show floor, I've got a good grasp on what exactly walks these beaches.


 Yesterday, we took a look at Microsoft and what they will have in store for us at this year's E3. From what it looks like, this year will focus on software for the XBox 360, as well as possible details on a new console. It's a bit of a different story for Sony. Sony is giving another try at handheld gaming with the NGP, a console that they claim brings the experience of the PS3 on the go. They have already shown off the console this year, but at E3 Sony will most likely release all of the specs of the system, as well as set a date for release and pricing of the system. Will the NGP be able to hold a candle to the 3DS?

With Nintendo 3DS now launched and available around the globe and selling like Apple’s iPad 2, new analysis has revealed what the costs of components inside the new autostereoscopic (glasses free) 3D device are. According to a preliminary physical dissection of the product conducted by the IHS iSuppli Teardown Analysis Service, when the $2.54 manufacturing cost of the 3DS is added in, the total cost to produce the portable gaming system rises to $103.25. This compares to a retail cost of $249.99 in the United States.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer took the stage at CES with his annual pre-CES keynote speech by announcing that Microsoft had sold over 8 million Kinect controllers in its first 60 days since its launch and also introduced AvatarKinect for Kinect which can track facial expressions such as eye winks, mouth movements and other facial movements and display that on your Xbox Live avatar online. AvatarKinect will be available as a free update for all Kinect customers in the summertime.


It’s official. James Cameron’s Avatar has just beaten James Cameron’s Titanic to become the highest grossing film ever. James Cameron’s 3D epic surpassed worldwide box office sales of the previous top-selling flick, Titanic, on Monday, with $1.859 billion in box office receipts globally compared to Titanic’s $1.843 billion. Titanic held the crown for 13 years, when it surpassed E.T. which surpassed Star Wars before that.



The ambitious and highly anticipated 3D blockbuster Avatar scored $232.2 million in its first weekend opening globally in 106 countries making it the highest grossing global non-sequel release ever with some industry experts estimating that the film could eventually hit over $1 billion in ticket sales globally. As a comparison, James Cameron’s Titanic grossed $1.6 billion globally.