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Gameplay: Ninja Blade

Gameplay: Ninja Blade

Inside Digital Foundry has some demo gameplay up for Ninja Blade; it’s visually similar to the trailer, which is a good thing, although there’s a heavy reliance on Quicktime events.

Space War Commander

Space War Commander
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Generic name notwithstanding, Space War Commander is a slightly more involved version of StarBaron; it’s basically an RTS with overtones of Master of Orion. Demo here.

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Free: Black Knight

Free: Black Knight

Black Knight will never replace real chess, but a number of innovations including irregularly tiled boards, unlockable regions, hidden tiles and teleport pads keep things interesting.

Cortex Command

Cortex Command

Cortex Command may be a work in progress, but it’s already loads of fun: this game is all about the explosions, with showers of debris rendered with a detailed physics engine.

TF2 Achievement Buttons

TF2 Achievement Buttons
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From the same guy who brought us those sweet Portal magnets, these sixteen Team Fortress 2 Achievement Buttons should be familiar to regular players you happen to meet IRL.

Battlestations: Pacific

Battlestations: Pacific

This epic battles developer diary for Battlestations: Pacific is a bit of South Pacific paradise for WWII combat buffs; it’s chock full of both cinematics and gameplay battle videos.

The Craft of War: BLIND

The Craft of War: BLIND

Putting the wow in WoW, The Craft of War: BLIND is a superbly crafted machinima by Percula with a cool storyline (Blood Elf Rogue + Onyxia) and awesome choreography. Thanks, Ash

One-Man Wind Waker

One-Man Wind Waker

Compiled in less than a week by 23 year-old Fredrik Larsson, this one-man Wind Waker music video (a-la Zelda) shows him playing everything from an accordion to a pan flute.

C&C Case Mod

C&C Case Mod

Command & Conquer fans will love this GDI construction yard case mod by Frenkie Janse; he uses a Recom RC-9B case, polystyrene, old Pentium I fans and perforated steel.

Free: Pyro

Free: Pyro

Pyro is a bit like billiards, assuming you set your cue balls on fire and tipped the table over vertically; your objective is to light torches using elastic fireballs and combustible crates.

Suzuki Xbox Car

Suzuki Xbox Car

Take your gaming on the road with this converted Suzuki SX4, whose dash has been modified to accommodate two Xbox 360s; the integrated controlled on the wheel is sick!

Raving Rabbids Xmas

Raving Rabbids Xmas

Our favorite psychotic rabbits with aggression issues have a very special holiday message courtesy of Ubisoft; there’s nothing quite like having yuletide joy screamed at you.

Burnout Before Christmas

Burnout Before Christmas

Above: Burnout Paradise remixes “Twas the night before Christmas…” with gameplay videos of the Jansen 88 special hovering and flamin’ through the streets of Paradise City.

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Halo Wars Units

Halo Wars Units

Merry Christmas, Master Chief: Microsoft has dropped a grunt-astic amount of info on Halo Wars, with detailed UNSC and Covenant descriptions, artwork and in-game screenshots.

Nyko Quad Charger

Nyko Quad Charger
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Hardcore Wii partiers would be hard-pressed to pass up Nyko’s Charge Station Quad, which will charge up to four controllers simultaneously via matching NiMH battery packs.

Free: Vectoroid

Free: Vectoroid

Vectoroid may be nothing more than a bunch of lines and points, but this homage to Asteroids is a literal blast with upgrades, enemies, hit points and a gun that never stops firing.

Short History of Videogames

Short History of Videogames

Made by RMIT student Kyle Downes, A Short Visual History of Videogames starts from 1972’s Pong and stops just short of current gen consoles, but is wonderfully rendered nonetheless.

LED Football 2

LED Football 2
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Madden NFL-era kids won’t care much for Mattel’s Football, but for 70s kids, LED Football 2 is a nostalgic iPhone app; it includes running, punting, field goals and passing.

Dissidia: Final Fantasy

Dissidia: Final Fantasy

Dissidia: Final Fantasy is out in Japan; this runnin’ / flyin’ / jumpin’ opening cinematic is both gorgeous and torture for North American fans, who will have to wait until mid-year 2009.

Street Fighter IV CE

Street Fighter IV CE
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Do want, please: the Street Fighter IV Collector’s Edition includes a limited edition figure (Ryu/PS3; C. Viper/360), an anime movie (Blu-ray/PS3, game disc/360) and CD soundtrack.

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TrackMania 5th Anniversary

TrackMania 5th Anniversary

This trailer celebrating the 5th Anniversary of TrackMania is a walk down memory lane from the French-made game’s 2003 beginnings; you can download the free version here.

Free: Mightier

Free: Mightier

Connecting the real and virtual worlds, Mightier is an indie game where players draw the solution to a puzzle on paper, draw the main character and scan both of them into the game.

Free: Viking Defense

Free: Viking Defense

We have a weakness for tower defense games, so it’s no surprise we’ve wasted countless hours on Viking Defense; there’s nothing like a horde of pillagers to get your heartrate up.

Video: Uwe Boll Contra

Video: Uwe Boll Contra

What if Uwe Boll made Contra?” will send shivers down the spine of any old-school gamer, but the hilarious parody above is so spot-on we wish it was made into a full-length movie.

LEGO Chess Set

LEGO Chess Set
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LEGO has really outdone themselves with this LEGO Castle Giants Chess Set; it’s stuffed to the gills with 31 minifigs and pieces, including knights, trolls, wizards and siege towers.

Video: Stormbirds

Video: Stormbirds

Above: the digital artists at Realtime:UK have released a group of stunning cinematic sequences from Stormbirds, a near-future fighter combat game that was unfortunately canceled.

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