A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D Bikinis

While last week's Consumer Electronics Show wasn't very heavy with video game news, there was still plenty to see and do in the heart of the world's biggest gadget show.

Here for your perusal is a quick run down of all of the oddities, the gadgets, the board games and toys that we found the wrote about during our week-long stay in Vegas.



A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisCES Showing Off The Xbox 360 That Costs More Than Fahey's Car
Origin PC is showing off their obscenely expensive liquid-cooled Xbox 360, gaming computer hybrid at CES next week.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisCTA Digital Showing Off Assault Rifles, Inflatable Kart, Bowling Ball at CES
Our favorite Brooklyn-based wacky video game peripheral maker, CTA Digital, will be showing off their latest collection of plastic and rubber add-ons for the Wii, Playstation 3 Move and Xbox 360 Kinect at CES next week.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisCES 2011 Brings Us The First Of The Kinect Clones For PC
Computer hardware manufacturer ASUS has teamed up with the makers of Kinect's camera technology, PrimeSense, to bring controller-free, gesture-based gaming to your PC this year, a product it will show off at this week's Consumer Electronics Show.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisOnLive Gets Built Into Cheap Electronics
Why spend $99 on OnLive's Microconsole TV adapter when you can buy an inexpensive Blu-ray player with the streaming game service built right in? OnLive teams up with bargain electronics manufacturer VIZIO to bring streaming games to the masses.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisThe Future of Crayons Ditches the Placemats, and the Fun
Crayons have been around in one form or another since the time of the ancient Egyptians. But there hasn't been a major tech breakthrough for the stick of colored wax since the 19th Century. Until now!

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisCES 2011 Can Only Get More Impressive After This
Out in Las Vegas for CES 2011, our guys have spotted the En-V. It's sort of a car.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisPlaystation 3 Gets Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue... in 3D
Sports Illustrated's annual homage to bikinis is coming to the PlayStation 3 in stereoscopic 3D amidst a flood of models-in-swimsuits related content via the PlayStation Network. Of all the PS3 exclusives this year, this is one we weren't expecting.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisLive At Sony's CES 2011 Keynote
What will Sony have for PlayStation 3 and PSP owners at this year's Consumer Electronics Show? What will they have to show off beyond video games? We'll find out at the PlayStation maker's CES 2011 keynote.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisThe Green Hornet Demands A Kato Combat Video Game
Sony kicked off its 2011 CES keynote with some spectacular fight scene footage from The Green Hornet. If we don't get to play Kato in a video game, something is terribly wrong with the world.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisSony's Doing Glasses-Free 3D Too
There's no glasses free 3D PSP coming yet, but Sony just showed that they will be making camcorders and cameras that show 3D images without the need for glasses.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisLive At Microsoft's CES 2011 Keynote
What has Microsoft brought to Las Vegas for the Xbox 360? What else will they show besides video games? The answers await inside Microsoft's CES 2011 keynote.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisAvatar Kinect Is A New Xbox Live Gold Perk And A Fancier Chatroom
We've been wondering what Avatar Kinect is. Now we know. It's a way to use Microsoft's Xbox 360 Kinect sensor to slip us into a Matrix of avatars hanging out together in the virtual world.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisWhat About The PlayStation Phone And PSP2, Sony?
Two notable absences from Sony's CES 2011 keynote were the long-rumored PlayStation Phone and PSP2. In the question and answer session following the conference, Sony's head of home electronics Mike Abary gives fans the old no comment.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisHalf-Life Devs Say New Processor Will Bring "Console-Like Experience" To PCs
Intel showed off today a new processor called "Sandy Bridge". Awful name, but it's a promising piece of technology. So promising, in fact, that the boss of Valve was on-hand to pat it on the proverbial back.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisXbox Live Arcade Is Having A House Party Next Month, Five Games Invited
Beginning in February, Microsoft will be holding a promotion called "Xbox Live Arcade House Party". There'll be five games released over a five week period, including Torchlight and the HD version of Beyond Good & Evil.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisSo, This Kinect Thing Is Popular With The Humans
In its first sixty days on sale, Microsoft's Kinect peripheral for the Xbox 360 has sold millions. Actually, that should read millions and millions.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisSony's CES Keynote Ends With Elvis
We may have gotten the same old song and dance from Sony regarding the PlayStation Phone and PSP2 last night following their CES press conference, but the event ended with a completely different kind of song and dance.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisThe Portable Laptop That Might Make PC Gaming On-The-Go Work
This is the Razer Switchblade, currently an "innovative concept design" for a portable laptop computer with a customizable keyboard and touchscreen interface, a device that promises a "full desktop experience in a netbook sized solution." World of Warcraft on-the-go, anyone?

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisA Quick Look At Fable III Playing on the PC
We already knew that Fable III is coming to the computer, but Microsoft wanted to put worrying minds to rest but showing the game off in action at the Consumer Electronics Show today.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisCES 2011 Can Only Get More Impressive After This
As we trudge through the myriad of gadgets, gizmos, reasons to spend, reasons to weep for humanity, we keep coming across these head-scratchers.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisXbox Avatars Invade the Windows Phone With Full House Poker
Full House Poker is both an Xbox 360 and Windows Phone 7 game. A poker title that tracks your card-playing skills and pot across both platforms.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisUncharted 3's 3D Trailer Shows But A Grain Of New Gameplay
The CES 2011 trailer for Naughty Dog's next PlayStation 3 adventure, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, had a slightly different conclusion than the one that premiered late last year. Call it an alternate ending, if you will.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisHands On With Game Room For Windows Phone 7
Microsoft is bringing its Game Room retro collection to the Windows Phone 7, starting with Centipede, Asteroids Deluxe and Shao-Lin Road. What does Game Room gaming look like on a mobile phone? Let's take a look.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisWatch Music Unlimited Stream Your Music Collection To A PS3
Despite going digital, music remains oddly attached to the devices used to buy it. Sony hopes to change that with the advent of Music Unlimited, a service that can stream your music to a variety of devices including the PS3.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisCES 2011 Can Only Get More Impressive After This
Morphing cars, dancing Tiger Lillies? They've got nothing on this AC/DC-loving robot.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisThis Is Portal 2 Played With A Magnetic Motion Controller
Keyboard and mouse controls got you down? Yeah, didn't think so. But if millimeter precise motion control sounds like an interesting way to play Valve's first-person puzzler Portal 2, you might want to buy yourself a Razer Sixense.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisCould This Be the Perfect Portable Gaming PC?
Perhaps the most innovative bit of gaming tech at this year's Consumer Electronics Show is a palm-sized, touch-screen gaming PC that comes packed with a keyboard that can transform on the fly.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisiCade Makes Your iPad Feel Like A Real Arcade Machine
What began life as an April Fool's Day joke is now a real product at CES 2011. This is Ion Audio and Think Geek's iCade, the mini arcade cabinet for your iPad.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisWatch A $5,000 Game Controller Land A Plane In Las Vegas
Why spend mere hundreds of dollars on a fancy flight stick for your flight simulator needs when you can spend thousands on Saitek's Procedure Trainer, an insane collection of instrument panels, yokes and rudder pedals?

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisWhat's Up With Xbox 360 As A Cable Box, Virtual Game Room, And Game Show Host?
Microsoft has a lot they want to talk about at this Consumer Electronics Show: Their big Kinect sales numbers, the future of that tech, their new phone. But they also have a few things they're not keen to discuss.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisAvatar Kinect's Silent Scream Hints At Enormous Potential
The silent man contorts his face in expressions of agony and humor. A fine web of digital lines traces every movement. He grimaces, he smiles, his eyes go wide, his mouth gapes open in a silent scream.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisFable For The Phone Is A Fun Round Of Coin Golf
The Fable series may be known best for its wild ambition, but the Windows Phone 7 spin-off keeps things perfectly simple. This is Fable: Coin Golf.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisSifteo Is The Coolest New Game Platform At CES
Playing with blocks just got a lot cooler thanks to Sifteo, a new game platform, playable at CES 2011, one that uses a computer and a trio of LCD cubes. How does it work? Sifteo's creators show us how.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisHow Does Angry Birds (The Board Game) Work?
Well, how else could it work? Mattel explains the straightforward board game port of Rovio's iPhone hit Angry Birds, which is a simple pig smashing game. Angry Birds: Knock On Wood is coming soon, but playable at CES right now.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisWhy The Razer Onza Might Be The Better Xbox 360 Gamepad
Hardware maker Razer is getting into the console game with the Razer Onza, the Xbox 360 gamepad that might make you want to dump the official Microsoft version.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisMedal Of Honor Toys Bring Deathmatch To Your Living Room Floor
This Christmas, the war in Afghanistan gets even more fun with EA and Interactive Toys' Medal of Honor line-up of radio controlled cars. This is vehicle based deathmatch, designed for your living room floor.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisNvidia's Kegputer Can Play StarCraft II On 3 Screens, Get You Drunk
An important piece of technology was tucked away at Nvidia's CES 2011 booth, the Kegputer, which is part Sierra Nevada dispensing beer keg, part high-powered gaming rig. Kris from Nvidia explains what makes this refrigerated PC so unique.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisGaming Still Grabs Some Spotlight at the Consumer Electronics Show
A nearly pocket-sized computer gaming rig and a video game console that can mimic your facial expressions were among the gaming innovations shown off at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisSee Homefront Played on a 3D TV the Size of An Apartment Wall
Not due out until March on the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, Homefront can be seen here playing on the world's largest 3D television.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisThis Is How Kinect Turns Your Face Into A Talking Avatar
At CES 2011, Microsoft unveiled Avatar Kinect, a new Xbox 360 app that uses the Kinect camera to track your facial expressions for a personalized, glorified chatroom. Just what does Avatar Kinect see? More than you might think.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisBeauty Is In The Ear Of The Beholder With Turtle Beach's New Line-up
At CES 2011, Kotaku went ears on with the latest gaming headphones from Turtle Beach. From the inexpensive to the damn that's expensive, we walked away impressed, particularly with one headset's ability to expertly handle phone calls and shell casings.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisMicrosoft's Answer to Portable Gaming is Windows Phone 7
Don't expect a portable, dedicated gaming platform from Microsoft anytime soon. There will be no answer to the DS or PSP, no portable Xbox 360. That is unless you count the Windows Phone 7.

A Gamer's View of CES From Robotic Pitchman to 3D BikinisThe Xbox 360 Tries Again To Replace TV Programming
Starting this spring Microsoft will again test the waters for a video game that replicates, perhaps replaces, something you might watch on television.