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DIY: Portal Gun

DIY: Portal Gun

Short of creating interdimensional rifts, this replica SDHPD/Portal gun is about as real as it gets with blue, orange and red LED lighting, a subtly weathered case and blood splatters.

Zontik Monopoly

Zontik Monopoly
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Own Park Place and Boardwalk in style with this ultra-lux version of Monopoly by Zontik; it’s set on a hand-bound Dauphin calf leather plinth and features silver-gilt pieces.

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Free: Dodge

Free: Dodge

Most games are about shooting, so were a bit surprised at how much fun Dodge is; your goal is not only to avoid enemy fire, but to lead it right back to them for some spectacular kills.

Super Mario Etched Laptop

Super Mario Etched Laptop

If you thought your custom-etched iPod was cool, Chris Maguire’s laser-etched Eee PC will knock your plumber’s overalls off: it details the complete level maps of Super Mario Land.

Story Trailer: SF IV

Story Trailer: SF IV

February 17 is just around the corner, so get your Super and Ultra combos ready while checking out this StreetFighter IV Story Trailer; everyone from Blanka to M. Bison gets a word in.

Intro: Killzone 2

Intro: Killzone 2

Thanks to Hungary’s Gamestar Magazine, the entire intro for Killzone 2 is up; it’s a nice mix of Starship Troopers camraderie, slow-mo kill shots and whack-job Visari going ape on TV.

Demo: Galactrix

Demo: Galactrix

Coming soon to XBLA, Puzzle Quest: Galactrix is Bejeweled on a hex grid from with jewels coming from multiple directions; like PQ, you’ll get special powerups (albeit with a sci-fi twist).

Trailer: DC Universe Online

Trailer: DC Universe Online

We’re a bit iffy on this early trailer’s graphics, but with Jim Lee at the helm of DC Universe Online, along with 100+ heroes and villains plus Metropolis and Gotham, we’re plenty stoked.

Trailer: Mini Ninjas

Trailer: Mini Ninjas

Brooding boy ninja, musical girl ninja and big ninja with eating problem: yeah, all the archetypes are in place, but we’re still excited over this Mini Ninjas trailer despite the cute overload.

Video: Theremin Hero

Video: Theremin Hero

No, he’s not on crack: Theremin-master Greg uses a mic buried into headphones along with his hands for pitch and volume to create a trippy version of the Portal song via Rock Band.

Gameplay: White Knight

Gameplay: White Knight

Loved the White Knight Chronicles trailer? this gameplay video has it all: a knight in shining armor, a damsel in distress and some four-legged biomechanical cannon thing from hell.

Free: Walkie Tonky

Free: Walkie Tonky

It’s like every little boy’s dream: pilot a giant robot through a city and smash everything; Walkie Tonky is a quick and dirty freeware physics-based action game with retro-styled graphics.

Free: Split ‘Em Up

Free: Split ‘Em Up

A twist switch on the classic Space Invaders shooter, Split ‘Em Up gives you two gunpods which can be separated into their own units at will; detriment or advantage? Your call.

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Resident Evil 5 C.E.

Resident Evil 5 C.E.
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Available 3/13, this Resident Evil 5 Collector’s Edition is packed with goodies: you’ll get a Chris Redfield figure, Kijuju necklace, BSAA patch, steel book and Tricell Messenger Bag.

Gameplay: Magic Ball

Gameplay: Magic Ball

Available at the PSN store today, Magic Ball is kinda like Arkanoid, except with destructible 3D environments, trophies, multiplayer and VOIP support … that, and pirates. Yaarrrr.

Free: Mechanical Commando

Free: Mechanical Commando

In the best traditions of “shoot first, ask questions later,” Mechanical Commando is a robotic remake of the classic NES’ Commando; our trigger finger still aches (in a good way).

Trailer: MySims Party

Trailer: MySims Party

One thing we learned in our days drinking studying at college is that you can never have too many party games; MySims Party is coming to the Wii and the DS with 50 mini games.

Free: Hunted Forever

Free: Hunted Forever

Created by Simon Fraser University student Evan Miller, Hunted Forever is a fast-paced platformer with echoes of Mirror’s Edge; it’s one of Time magazine’s top games of 2008. Thanks, Victor!

SF IV Ultra+Super Moves

SF IV Ultra+Super Moves

February 17th can’t come soon enough: these montages of Street Fighter IV ultra and super moves have us midway between crying tears of sweet joy and doing a hadouken.

Trailer: Zero Gear

Trailer: Zero Gear

Customizable karts, physics-based effects and an open art and scripting system to encourage custom mods: Zero Gear has all the makings of an uber-Mario Kart. Thanks, Robert!

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DoW II: Tyranids #2

DoW II: Tyranids #2

Think T-rex meets Starship Troopers meets the Zerg: this faction trailer for Dawn of War II shows off the Tyranids, whose ferocious, swarming hordes send happy shivers up our spine.

Gameplay: Yakuza 3

Gameplay: Yakuza 3

This gameplay video for Yakuza 3 is light on any real innovation; it’s just a dude in a suit wailing on victim after victim in street brawls, but with the moves of a UFC/WWF fighter.

Trailer: Flock!

Trailer: Flock!

We love developers who don’t take themselves too seriously, and Flock! doles it out in bales of wool: this funky action puzzler lets you fly a UFO, abduct sheep and carve crop circles.

GT Preview: Afro Samurai

GT Preview: Afro Samurai

We’re looking forward to Afro Samurai come 1/27, and this GameTrailers preview doesn’t disappoint; the game is bloody, but in a fluid, cell-shaded way that borders on visual poetry.

GT Preview: Killzone 2

GT Preview: Killzone 2

As Killzone 2 creeps closer to its 2/27 release date, this run-and-gun preview gives a decent rundown of the games’ use of cover, the Sixaxis controller and multiplayer modes.

Rotten Luck Dice

Rotten Luck Dice
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Superstition gets lucky with these Rotten Luck Dice, who despite their name are engraved with both symbols for good and bad luck; they’re made with zinc alloy and Swarovski crystal.

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