Monday, 8 November 2010

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Call of Duty Black Ops: London launch in photos

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 06:03 PM PST

Call of Duty: Black Ops went on sale across the world this evening. To celebrate, Activision dusted off the cobwebs of Battersea Power Station to mark the official UK launch right here in London. Naturally, we went along to see what all the fuss was about. Couldn’t make it? Then check out our photo gallery after the break.

The year’s most extravagant launch called for an equally sizeable venue. As venues go they don’t come much bigger or historic than the Battersea Power Station location we found ourselves in earlier this evening, for Treyarch and Activision’s latest Call of Duty effort.

Arriving at the abandoned power-house relic we were met with the sight of the Call of Duty: Black Ops game cover projected into its walls, should we needed reminded we were in the right place. After a bit (a lot) of waiting in the cold, we hot-footed it across the black carpet to get in.

The festivities kicked off with the UK’s first multiplayer Black Ops tournament. Its players were picked upon entry to the event, with twelve drawn out of a hat to compete. Not expecting to be chosen, I entered, only to be the first name picked out the hat (what luck) by Black Ops launch host, and TV presenter George Lamb. I won the first (practice) match, only to lose the second. Darn it.

It was soon time to get plenty of hands-on time, just like many of you will be doing now. There was even a chance to see some celebrities we’ve vaguely heard of getting down to some multiplayer in a celebrity tournament, before seeing Manchester City footballer, Wayne Bridge take on AC Milan’s Clarence Seedorf in a free-for-all deathmatch. The City bench can’t be doing Bridge’s football any good, but his Call of Duty game certainly wasn’t suffering, narrowly losing to the quite excellent, sharp-shooting Dutchman.

The evening wrapped up with an appearance from UK rapper,Tinie Tempah, and goody bags. Free copies of the game for the attending celebrities, and erm, a poster and notepad for everyone else. Oh.

Were you at the launch? Did you wait in line at midnight to bag your copy of Call of Duty Black Ops? Let us know in the comments section below. And don’t forget to look out for our full Call of Duty: Black Ops review coming soon.

Out now | From £39.99 | Call of Duty: Black Ops

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Create trailer: is this Scribblenauts for grown-ups?

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 10:07 AM PST

The launch video from upcoming EA Play game, Create, popped into our inbox this afternoon, and we think it looks so fiendishly fun we just had to share it. Create is a bit like Scribblenauts for grown-ups – you get a bunch of objects (pre-existing rather than ones you draw) and have to solve a puzzle, doing it in the most creative way possible, with extra points for ingenious or ridiculous solutions.

This new trailer for Create shows one part of the Challenge mode, Scoretacular, where the aim is to use as many objects as possible. The wackier the solution the better. The Challenge opportunities are “virtually limitless” according to EA Play, and the only constraint is your imagination.

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Here’s the full video for Create, which will be available for Wii, Xbox, PS3 and PC.

Out 19 Nov | £TBC

What do you think? Want it? Drop us a line in the comments and let us know!

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American gadget writer wanted

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 09:30 AM PST

If you’re reading this from the USA, we need your help. Electricpig is on the hunt for an American contributor, writing news from across the pond five days a week, and being paid for the privilege too. Up for the gig? Then read on.

We’re looking for a keener-than-English mustard American writer to file six stories a day while the UK sleeps. You’ll need an encyclopaedic knowledge of tech and gadgetry, a friendly writing style and at least a passing knowledge of the UK tech scene, and how US releases affect those in Blighty.

It’s a paying job, and we’re not looking for reams of experience, just a passion for tech and a nice line in wordplay.

Do you fit the bill? Then send an email to editor@electricpig.co.uk telling us your interests, specialties and favourite types of tech, along with a sample news story written to Electricpig style and length. If you measure up, we’ll talk turkey (and money, obviously).

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Android Gingerbread: not for tablets?

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 07:37 AM PST

Word on the digital grapevine is that Android Gingerbread could be out of hiding before the end of the week, and is headed to developer versions of the Nexus One. A tweet from Alvaro Fuentes Vasquez from the Open Handset Alliance said (roughly translated): “Prepare your Nexus One (Developer version) for Android OTA update 2.3 (Gingerbread) in the next few days:-D”

But this tweet doesn’t just tell us about the imminent arrival of Gingerbread, it also tells us that Gingerbread will not be Android 3.0, but will in fact be Android 2.3. Gingerbread was rumoured to be the tablet version of Android, but if Gingerbread is Android 2.3 rather than 3.0, added to the fact that it will be arriving on Nexus One developer versions this week, then it’s highly unlikely that Gingerbread is Android for tablets.

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Android for tablets is now expected to be Honeycomb, which will be arriving in the first quarter of next year.

What do you think about this development? Excited or disappointed? Drop us a line in the comments and let us know!

[via The Android Phone, TechCrunch]

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Samsung Galaxy Tab caked in crystals

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 07:01 AM PST

The Samsung Galaxy Tab just got majorly pimped out. Harrods has unveiled a crystal encrusted limited edition version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, caked in 5,700 Swarovski Bright Crystals, with each one stuck on by hand “to create the world's most exclusive tablet device”, which will set you back £2,700. If you’ve got pockets deeper than the Grand Canyon, then you can get your hands on one from Micro Anvika at Harrods. As if the Tab wasn’t expensive enough already…

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Infinity Blade iPhone video: Project Sword is Epic!

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 06:34 AM PST

Infinity Blade, the finished version of the Project Sword demo shown at September's new iPod touch launch, has broken cover in a demo and boy, it looks ace. Created by Chair Entertainment, a subsidiary of Epic (Gears of War, Unreal), Infinity Blade uses the Unreal 3 engine and will be hitting iPhone, iPad and iPod touch by Christmas with the graphics tuned to the Apple A4 chip. Somehow we suspect those PSP cheerleaders might feel a little sick watching the amazing Infinity Blade video after the break…

Out TBC | £TBC | Epic

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Call of Duty: Black Ops: will you queue?

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 06:25 AM PST

Call of Duty: Black Ops will be out in the wild from midnight tonight, and HMV and Sainsbury's will be opening some of their stores at one minute past midnight for determined shoppers wanting to be the first to get their hands on Black Ops. Question is, will you queue? Click and tell, and drop us a line in the comments to tell us where you’ll be picking up your copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops…


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Call of Duty: Black Ops pricing roundup!

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 06:20 AM PST

Are you getting fidgety waiting for Call of Duty: Black Ops to hit the shops? With HMV and Sainsbury’s opening at midnight tonight, and a million different prices knocking around in Sunday paper adverts and online, we thought it might be useful to get the official line on how much Call of Duty: Black Ops will set you back, and we found that there are some deals to be done, in particular at Blockbuster, where you can trade in and get Call of Duty: Black Ops for 99p. Click through for a full roundup of Call of Duty: Black Ops pricing…

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Amazon
PS3 and Xbox: £36.97.
PC: £34.91.

HMV
£7.99 when you trade in Medal of Honor (until 15 Nov).
£42.99 without trade in.

Asda
£4.97 when you trade in Fable 3/Fallout New Vegas/Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2.
£36.97 without trade in.

Sainsbury’s
£27.97 when you spend £30 or more in-store.
£37.97 on its own.

Tesco
£25 when you buy: 2100 Xbox Live Points Card/ three months Xbox Live Gold Membership/ £20 PS3 PSN Card.
£39.90 on its own.

Morrison’s
£29.99 if you buy another chart game.
£39.99 on it's own.

Play.com
£42.69 for Xbox and PS3.
£34.99 for PC.

Game and Gamestation
£24.99 when bought with another title from the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 charts (until 14 Nov).

Blockbuster
£0.99 when you trade in two of these games: Medal of Honor, Fable 3, Fallout New Vegas, MMA, F1 2010, Star Wars The Force Unleashed 2. There are other titles, but details are only available in store, and Blockbuster says staff are negotiable on what they can take as trade in.
£44.99 without trade in.

Where are you getting your copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops? Give us a shout in the comments!

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Rockmelt: Twitter and Facebook friendly browser revealed

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 06:03 AM PST

Rockmelt is a browser for the Facebook and Twitter obsessed. Built on the open-source build of Google Chrome (Chromium), it integrates Facebook and Twitter straight into the main window. On the left you get you Facebook friends there to chat to and check out status updates while on the right of the screen your RSS and Twitter feeds burble along. Rockmelt uses push notifications to let you know when you've got messages stacking up and you can update your own Twitter and Facebook accounts from wherever you are on the web. Rockmelt is in beta right now. You need to sign up with Facebook Connect to get in on the beta. We're waiting for our invite and will let you know more when we get it!

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Call of Duty: Black Ops launch: HMV opening at midnight

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 05:25 AM PST

UPDATE: We’ve now got hold of a full list of HMV stores opening! Click through for the full list.

As well as 200 Sainsbury’s stores, HMV will also be opening the doors of 70 of its stores at one minute past midnight tonight for folks itching to get their hands on Call of Duty: Black Ops. HMV pricing for Call of Duty: Black Ops will be £7.99 on Xbox and PS3 until 15 Nov, if you trade in a copy of Medal of Honor.

The HMV games flagship at 150 Oxford St, London will be giving the first 200 gamers in the queue a free copy of the official strategy guide book. The first 500 will get their hands on a free t-shirt and “midnight opening bag” with some as yet unnamed goodies, and will be entered into a free draw to win a copy of the Call of Duty: Black Ops Prestige Edition. Click through for a full list of stores…

ABERDEEN
ASHFORD
ASHTON UNDER LYNE
AYLESBURY
AYR
BALLYMENA
BANBURY
BANGOR
BANGOR WALES
BARNSLEY
BASILDON
BASINGSTOKE
BATH
BAYSWATER WHITELEYS
BECKTON
BEDFORD
BELFAST BOUCHER RD
BELFAST DONEGALL
BELFAST FORESTSIDE
BEXLEYHEATH
BIRKENHEAD
BIRMINGHAM BULLRING
BIRMINGHAM HIGH ST
BIRMINGHAM PALLASADES
BIRMINGHAM THE FORT
BLACKBURN
BLACKPOOL
BLANCHARDSTOWN
BLUEWATER
BLUEWATER SLT
BOLTON
BOLTON MIDDLEBROOK
BOSTON
BOURNEMOUTH
BOURNEMOUTH CASTLEPOINT
BRACKNELL
BRADFORD
BRENT CROSS
BRIGHTON CHURCHILL SQ
BRIGHTON WESTERN RD
BRISTOL BROADMEAD RESITE
BRISTOL CRIBBS
BROMLEY
BURNLEY
BURTON UPON TRENT
BURY
BURY ST EDMUNDS
CAMBERLEY
CAMBRIDGE
CANARY WHARF
CANTERBURY
CARDIFF RESITE
CARLISLE
CHELMSFORD RESITE
CHELTENHAM
CHESHIRE OAKS
CHESTER
CHESTERFIELD
CHICHESTER
CLYDEBANK
COLCHESTER
COLERAINE
CORK
COVENTRY NEW
CRAIGAVON
CRAWLEY
CREWE
CROYDON
CROYDON CENTRALE
CWMBRAN
DARLINGTON
DERBY
DERRY
DONCASTER RESITE
DROGHEDA
DUMFRIES
DUNDALK
DUNDEE
DUNDRUM
DUNFERMLINE
DURHAM
EALING
EAST KILBRIDE RESITE
EASTBOURNE
EDINBURGH FORT KINNAIRD
EDINBURGH GYLE CENTRE
EDINBURGH OCEAN TERMINAL
EDINBURGH PRINCES ST
EDINBURGH ST JAMES
ENFIELD
EPSOM
EXETER PRINCESSHAY
FALKIRK
FOLKESTONE
FOPP: BRISTOL
FOPP: CAMBRIDGE
FOPP: COVENT GARDEN
FOPP: EDINBURGH
FOPP: EXETER
FOPP: GLASGOW
FOPP: GLASGOW BYRES RD
FOPP: GOWER STREET
FOPP: MANCHESTER
FOPP: NOTTINGHAM
FULHAM
GALWAY
GATESHEAD
GATWICK NORTH
GATWICK SOUTH
GLASGOW ARGYLE
GLASGOW BRAEHEAD
GLASGOW BUCHANAN ST
GLASGOW FORT
GLASGOW SAUCHIEHALL
GLASGOW SILVERBURN
GLOUCESTER
GRAFTON STREET
GREENWICH
GRIMSBY
GUERNSEY
GUILDFORD
HAMMERSMITH
HAMPSTEAD
HANLEY
HARLOW
HARRODS
HARROGATE
HARROW
HASTINGS
HATFIELD GALLERIA
HEATHROW T5 DEPARTURE LEVEL
HEATHROW TERMINAL 1
HEATHROW TERMINAL 3
HEATHROW TERMINAL 4
HEMEL HEMPSTEAD
HENRY STREET
HEREFORD
HIGH WYCOMBE
HORSHAM
HOUNSLOW
HUDDERSFIELD
HULL
ILFORD
INVERNESS
IPSWICH
ISLE OF MAN
ISLE OF WIGHT
ISLINGTON
JERSEY
KETTERING
KILKENNY
KINGS LYNN
KINGS ROAD
KINGSTON
KIRKCALDY
LANCASTER
LEADENHALL
LEAMINGTON SPA
LEEDS BIRSTALL
LEEDS HEADROW CENTRE
LEEDS WHITE ROSE
LEICESTER
LIFFEY VALLEY
LIMERICK
LIMERICK CRESCENT
LINCOLN
LISBURN
LIVERPOOL BOLD ST
LIVERPOOL ONE
LIVINGSTON
LLANDUDNO
LLANELLI
LOUGHBOROUGH
LUTON
MAIDSTONE RESITE
MANCHESTER 90 MKT STREET
MANCHESTER AIRPORT
MANCHESTER ARNDALE
MANCHESTER TRAFFORD
MANCHESTER WEST ONE
MANSFIELD
MERRY HILL
MIDDLESBROUGH
MILTON KEYNES
MONKS CROSS
MOORGATE
NEWBRIDGE
NEWBURY
NEWCASTLE
NEWCASTLE SILVERLINK
NEWPORT
NEWRY
NEWTOWNABBEY
NORTHAMPTON
NORWICH
NORWICH CHAPELFIELD
NOTTINGHAM LISTERGATE
NOTTINGHAM VICTORIA RESITE
NOTTINGHAM WHEELERGATE
NUNEATON
OLDHAM
ORPINGTON
OXFORD
OXFORD CIRCUS
OXFORD ST 360
PERTH
PETERBOROUGH
PETERBOROUGH QUEENSGATE
PLYMOUTH
PLYMOUTH DRAKE CIRCUS
POOLE
PORTSMOUTH
PORTSMOUTH GUN WHARF QUAY
PRESTON
PUTNEY
READING FRIAR ST
READING ORACLE
REDDITCH
RICHMOND
ROCHDALE
ROMFORD
ROTHERHAM
SALISBURY
SCARBOROUGH
SCUNTHORPE
SELFRIDGES
SHEFFIELD HIGH ST
SHEFFIELD MEADOWHALL
SHREWSBURY
SLIGO
SOLIHULL
SOUTH SHIELDS
SOUTHAMPTON
SOUTHEND VICTORIA
SOUTHPORT
SPEKE PARK
ST ALBANS
ST HELENS
STAFFORD
STAINES
STANSTED
STEVENAGE
STIRLING
STOCKPORT
STOCKTON ON TEES
STRATFORD
STRATFORD UPON AVON
SUNDERLAND
SUTTON
SWANSEA
SWINDON
SWORDS
TALLAGHT
TAMWORTH
TAUNTON
TEESSIDE
TELFORD RESITE
THANET
THURROCK
TORQUAY
TROCADERO
TRURO
TUNBRIDGE WELLS
UXBRIDGE
VICTORIA STATION
WAKEFIELD
WALSALL
WALTHAMSTOW
WALTON ON THAMES
WANDSWORTH
WARRINGTON
WATFORD
WELLINGBOROUGH
WESTFIELD LONDON
WIGAN
WIMBLEDON
WINCHESTER
WINDSOR
WOKING
WOLVERHAMPTON
WOOD GREEN
WORCESTER
WORKINGTON
WORTHING
WREXHAM
YEOVIL
YORK

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