April 4, 2013

The Gadget Show Live UK

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The Gadget Show Live (Birmingham)

Although on a much smaller scale than any of the big name gaming conventions, The Gadget Show Live, held this year at the Birmingham NEC (3-7 April 2013) does have some exiting attractions for gamers and techies alike. The show is based around the popular TV programme the Gadget Show and gives you the opportunity to try and buy the very best in cutting edge technology. The Game Zone is where some of the biggest names in the gaming industry will be (Capcom, Nintendo, Epic Games and EA to name a few and you can find the full exhibitor list here), you can try out the latest games including: Remember Me, Resident Evil, Dead Space 3 and Crysis 3, and take part in mass gaming competitions, whether you are a pro gamer or a complete beginner. Igloo will be bringing a unique 360 degree gaming dome and this year’s event sees the set-up of the Battlefield Live arena quoted on the event website as “An authentic combat experience using sophisticated gaming guns, is it the most realistic simulation short of joining the military”. And, what could be better than a bit of ESports action, there will be a CS:GO tournament with a £10,000 cash prize. The tournament will feature top teams from across Europe, not to be missed between the 5-7 April 2013. You want to play yourself, no problem, there will be a 1-day session where anyone can just turn up and play.

If you are in the area or you want to go and check this event out it’s on now 3-7 April 2013 and you can book tickets via the website. Additionally, as a little added extra, Game are giving you a 10% discount off any games bought at the event too.

December 6, 2011

Xbox Live Update Kills Connection, Despite Delays

Microsoft finally rolled out its massive update to Xbox Live today, and it looks great. The problem, however, is that it has disrupted many users’ connections to Xbox Live, citing a “connection error”. This error is implied to be user end by the error message, though when I tested my connection, the only stage that failed was to Xbox Live– my console connected to the internet just fine. There’s been no work-around supplied yet by Microsoft, though I know the problem to be at least as widespread as the other side of my homestate, Colorado, courtesy of facebook updates from similarly frustrated friends. Once a fix becomes available, I will certainly post instructions for anyone else experiencing this anomaly. How about the rest of you? Can anyone else weigh in on how far this problem spreads?

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