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Earnest Cavalli

Earnest Cavalli

Former Digital Trends Contributor

Earnest Cavalli has been writing about games, tech and digital culture since 2005 for outlets including Wired, Joystiq, Digital Trends and the Portland Mercury. In meatspace reality, he’s a tall, charming cat owner with a worrying dedication to an ornery, gray ball of fur and claws.

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Cocorobo: Japan’s emotionally needy answer to the Roomba now plays J-pop

f there was one thing missing from the Roomba, it was emotional interaction. Thankfully, developers at Sharp have amended that issue with the Cocorobo.
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Celebrate Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s new Map Workshop with a 50 percent off sale

To celebrate the arrival of Map Workshop functionality for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Valve Software has decided to cut the price of the game in half.
ea offers fans another chance to beta test simcity

EA offers fans another chance to beta test SimCity

Missed January's SimCity beta? That's too bad, but as of this morning you've been granted a second chance at playing the city-building sim before release.
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First DLC for Aliens: Colonial Marines is just ‘another bughunt’

Newly revealed information on Aliens: Colonial Marines details the game's first DLC pack, its season pass pricing and an unexpected Walmart exclusive.
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Man of Steel creators hope a Kryptonian alien can be both ‘man’ and ‘super’

Superman is an alien from Krypton, yet Man of Steel director Zach Snyder and writer David Goyer believe the film's success hinges on humanizing the character.
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Assassin’s Creed III DLC brings us the story of evil George Washington over the next three months

Ubisoft has issued official release dates for Assassin's Creed III's upcoming Tyranny of King Washington DLC trilogy, and happily we won't be waiting long.
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Following the Dragonborn DLC add-on to the PC, Skyrim gets a facelift

Hot on the heels of the PC version of Skyrim's Dragonborn DLC comes an update for the game's HD Texture Pack which greatly improves the game's aesthetics.
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Redbox Instant video coming ‘exclusively’ to the Xbox 360

Redbox Instant is a new video streaming application sound to be found on your Xbox 360, then, a bit later, on all the other important gaming platforms.
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The fat lady will sing for Geralt in The Witcher 3

To the surprise of very few, CD Projekt RED has revealed that The Witcher 3 is currently in production.
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Most Borderlands 2 DLC headed for retail, fourth campaign addition still missing

Most of the existing downloadable content for Borderlands 2 will soon be crammed onto a disc and sold at retail for a mere $30.

Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time review

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Celebrate 25 years of Final Fantasy with a swath of half-off discounts

The Final Fantasy franchise has reached 25 years of existence and publisher Square Enix is marking the occasion by offering big discounts on its games.
Grand Theft Auto V

Rockstar shoots down ‘conspiracy theories’ surrounding Grand Theft Auto V delay

Grand Theft Auto V will debut in September, despite initially featuring a Spring release window. The culprit? Nothing more sinister than quality assurance, despite the wild ideas posited by fans.
Halo 3

Steam may offer an unexpected new home for the first three Halo games

The first three Halo games seem headed for release on Valve Software's Steam service, ending the franchise tradition of only appearing on Microsoft platforms.
L.A. Noire

L.A. Noire gag reel demonstrates the horrors of motion capture technology

L.A. Noire's characters are intensely detailed and strikingly lifelike, but if you dial back the game's polish a bit for a look at how the characters were created, you'll see that they came very close to being eerie and unsettling.
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The road to ‘The Avengers’ 3 may go through Planet Hulk

The Planet Hulk and World War Hulk storylines are some of the most popular published by Marvel Comics in recent years, so it comes as little surprise to hear that the company's film wing might be working on a feature adaptation.

Dragons and vampires (finally) invade the PlayStation 3 with the arrival of Skyrim DLC

14 months after its debut, the PlayStation 3 version is finally going to see some DLC. Bethesda Softworks has outlined a full DLC release plan for the console, and the first pack arrives on February 12.
SimCity 2013

Maxis buries SimCity’s cheats in ‘gentler’ Sandbox Mode

Want infinite cash? How about an on-call UFO attack? You won't find these things in SimCity's standard gameplay modes, but they're in there, tucked away in the game's "Sandbox Mode."
Call of Duty: Black Ops II

That headshot you just pulled off in Call of Duty could earn you $1 million

Activision and Microsoft's Xbox division have joined forces to promote a landmark eSports event: A Call of Duty tournament with a massive $1 million grand prize.
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Fighting game fans try to roundhouse kick breast cancer by raising $225,744 for research

God of War: Ascension Legacy Bundle

Sony’s next bundle includes six God of War games and a blood red — scratch that, “garnet red” PlayStation 3

Sony is celebrating the release of God of War: Ascension by releasing a special PlayStation 3 bundle pack. For only $350, you'll be able to pick up an exclusive, red console, a month of PlayStation Plus service and every God of War game ever made.
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Forget Sony and Microsoft, Apple is the real competition for Steam Box according to Gabe Newell

Valve Software head Gabe Newell doesn't worry about competing with Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony with the upcoming Steam Box. Instead, he fears that Apple might enter the gaming business.
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Video games are more dangerous than guns, claims Tennessee Senator

Senator Lamar Alexander believes video games are a more pressing threat than guns because they "affect people."
Minecraft XBLA

This is not The End: Update 8 for Minecraft XBLA kills bugs and does little else

Developer 4J Studios has written a detailed explanation of what we can expect to find in Update 8 for the Xbox Live iteration of Minecraft, though we warn you that the list is decidedly underwhelming.
Doctor Strange

By the hoary hosts of Hoggoth: Doctor Strange, Ant-Man films lead Marvel Studios’ Phase Three

When Edgar Wright's Ant-Man film and the Doctor Strange movie adaptation hit theaters in 2015 and 2016, respectively, they'll usher in a new era for Marvel Studios. An era that has been dubbed "Phase Three."
Man of Steel

This looks like a job for Superman: Justice League movie hinges on Man of Steel’s success

Those of you anxiously awaiting the Justice League movie should pre-order tickets for Zack Snyder's imminent Man of Steel. The existence of the former hinges on the success of the latter.
Chinese Internet cafe

A dropped Internet connection allegedly drives a Chinese gamer to murder and arson

A Chinese man remains in police custody after a brutal double murder and the incineration of a local Internet cafe. What could drive a person to do such things? Poor Internet service.
Mass Effect 3 screenshot

A Krogan walks into a casino: Mysterious Mass Effect 3 screenshots hint at new DLC

This morning the producers of Mass Effect 3 unveiled two new screenshots that are currently unrecognizable as part of the game. Does this suggest that more downloadable content is on the way for the BioWare roleplaying epic?

Only the lucky gamer will avoid paying for Neverwinter’s upcoming free beta test

Your first chance to play Perfect World Entertainment's upcoming MMORPG Neverwinter is right around the corner, but it might cost you some serious scratch.
Madden '13 Super Bowl simulation

Baltimore beats San Francisco to win Super Bowl XLVII (according to Madden 13)

In what may be the best news the city of Baltimore has received since the end of The Wire, EA's Madden '13 has selected the Ravens to trump the San Francisco 49ers in this year's Super Bowl.
Resident Evil 6

Resident Evil 6: Capcom hopes PC-exclusive extras can substitute for quality

The PC release of Resident Evil 6 will be the biggest and best version of the game to date, though it will also still feature almost all of the things fans hated about the game's original incarnation.
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Learn to fly for only $170: Splinter Cell Blacklist paladin multi-mission aircraft collectors edition revealed

Splinter Cell: Blacklist will debut with an expensive Collector's Edition that, among other things, includes a miniature airplane that actually flies.
Age of Wushu

Chinese MMO ‘Age of Wushu’ heads West this Spring, and brings the Chinese gaming industry with it

Age of Wushu, a free to play MMO based on Chinese martial arts, is now slated to make its American debut in Spring of 2013.
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Sony Entertainment Network now offers Americans new ways to spend their cash

Today marks the debut of the Sony Entertainment Network in North America, and for those of you who enjoy glossy attempts to streamline the way you spend all your money this new initiative should be a real treat.