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09/06/2012

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the former prime minister. Those are the main stories, now on BBC

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News it is time for Click. The world's biggest video game show,

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it's loud, it's busy, and you really have to fight your way

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Welcome to Click, I'm Spencer Kelly, and welcome to Los Angeles. Now for

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one week every year the multi- billion-dollar video games industry

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descends on downtown LA to show the world its firepower. And it all

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happens there in the Los Angeles Convention Centre. This is E3. And

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this week the biggest companies are sprinkling their magic over the

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Electronic Entertainment Expo. But will we be spellbound by what's to

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come? Plus we meet the TVs that want to give you the blockbuster

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experience without the games console. All that plus the latest

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Tech News from around the world, and a new way of sharing photos

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with your friends and family in Webscape.

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And so to business and we start with news from the three big

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console manufacturers, Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. Now these

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three have been locked in a Battle Royal for the past few years, but

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while Sony's PS3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360 have proved popular with

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the hardcore, it has been the Nintendo 'The Week That Was' that

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has become the best-selling console of the current generation. But

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another showdown is now approaching. He used to be the meanest in

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Console Gulch. He dominated this Mad Dog Microsoft McReady might

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have been a stranger in town... But over the space of a few short years

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he built up a power base that challenge and then overtook his

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rival. Now both have consoles with the Xbox 360 and the PS3 that are

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getting long in the tooth. But who will draw first? Who will bring a

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new machine into the fight to replace the respective Consols that

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Of course Nintendo will beat Sony and Microsoft to the draw. They

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will be the first company to have a next-generation console in the

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marketplace with the launch of' he. At E3 Nintendo's remaining tight-

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lipped about things like pricing or when it's even going to be

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available. But the bigger hanging over the new Wii, can they

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replicate their success? Legendary games design and creator of Mario,

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took to the stage to rapturous applause and he wasted little time

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in showing of the new console from Ninty. A machine capable of H D

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graphics, that, like the Wii before it, makes use of an innovative

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Controller. We have a new control pad that has a built-in screen so

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people when they are playing a game will experience one part of the

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game, while the person with the control pad can have a different

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experience. The controller's motion sensitive and features a camera and

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touch-screen. Almost in passing Nintendo mentioned multimedia

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capabilities, with movie and video streaming via Netflix and YouTube.

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But their real focus was on games. Batman: Arkham City showcased the

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touch control and of course Mario made an appearance in a new version

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of Super Mario Brothers. And as the old Wii, exercise titles like Wii

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Fit U and Just Dance 4 will attempt to get a game has to move like

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Jagger. But while it does look fun I can't help thinking that based on

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the evidence of the titles on show some developers are struggling to

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find compelling uses for its new controller. With the new Wii

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waiting in the wings Microsoft and Sony have opted during the last

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drops of life from their platforms, the PS3 and the Xbox 360. And even

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though there are huge amounts of new games being launched for both

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consoles at E3, both manufacturers have been forced to bring something

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new to the party. Microsoft came out fighting at its E3 press event.

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Kicking off with a trailer and game play for Halo 4. Sci-fi Super

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soldier and Master Chief blasted his way through a horde of aliens

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new to the series. New weapons... new bad guys. Same first-person

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set-up. Meet colourful and interesting extra-terrestrials, and

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introduced them to your boom stick. Microsoft's big news, though,

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surrounds a system it has dubbed SmartGlass. SmartGlass is a free

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app which allows touch devices like tablets and smart phones to connect

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to an Xbox. You would have it and you would know that it is in the

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proximity of an Xbox and it would know what is contextual the caring

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in the Xbox, and it would basically allow you to have intelligent pass

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from the Xbox to whichever device is in your hand. We are obviously

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be proponents of what we create at Microsoft, we will also have the

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app available on Android and IRE West. They also announced that the

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360 will finally support a Web browser and the phones or tabs can

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be used to interface with that browser. For months now rumours

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have been circulating surrounding Microsoft's development of a new

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Xbox. Microsoft themselves were reticent to be drawn into next

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generation discussion. Look, let's talk about what's coming on in this

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generation. Xbox has been able to be the number one selling console

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in the past year. Our Business has generated about $40 billion in

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sales. No news yet on what might happen? This show is all about Xbox

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360 so no. It seems Sony is dipping its toe in the cross-platform

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connectivity pond with games like PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale

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which allow players to engage in an all-out war using their PS Vita

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hand-held and PS3. Sony's biggest news was reserved for what is

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essentially augmented reality software. Sony's dub to this system

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on the block. It works by placing a special book in front of an eye

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camera unlocking interactive or augmented technology. They have

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signed up at least one big-name author who might have just a couple

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of fans out there. JK Rowling! surprisingly the Harry Potter

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author has collaborated on a Hogwarts theme to title, book of

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spells. Solid games and solid ideas from Sony, but not the most

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inspiring of the three shows. And to add insult to injury Sony would

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not be drawn on its plans either -- the three shows. We are looking to

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launch new platforms on a cup of different fronts. One is when we

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know we have the technology and experience that fully justifies

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hour asking consumers to invest again in something new. For us we

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have a road map, we look at all of the trends in gaming, interfaces,

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how people interact with devices, how they want to carry play with

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them and we make our best decisions about when to take that next great

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step. For now Nintendo Wii remains the only major player to show off a

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new console. With heavy hints of new hardware from Sony and

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Microsoft arriving next year perhaps E3 2013 will offer up a

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real showdown. Marc Cieslak with the big announcements from this

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year's E3. Back to the show floor in a second but now some other Tech

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News stories making waves around the world. It's been a tough week

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for business networking side clinked in after being forced to

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update its mobile app and made privacy concerns the site is now

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edging its members to update its security after a hacker posted six

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million passwords on a Russian where Forum. 1.5 million users of

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the dating website E harmony also fell victim to the same hacker. If

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you wish someone or something would actually listen to you this lock in

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IED at five voice-recognition experts New ones. The company says

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each person's unique voice prints could eventually remove the need

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for passwords and could even activate personalise settings on

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share devices like tablets. Researchers at the University of

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Exeter in Devon have created what they think is the most transparent,

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lightweight and flexible material capable of conducting electricity.

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It is so thin that it is invisible to the naked eye and could be used

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to make touch-screens. With phones this thing we will only find it if

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somebody rings us. Well there's plenty of wacky stuff

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on the E3 show floor I have to say. For example take a look at this.

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How they drive this I will never know?! Now some stuff that we

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thought you had to see. In a moment Richard Taylor but first Dan

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Not as flashy as your motor, though, Spencer. What we have here is a

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colourful keyboard from A union Where. We have seen this before,

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different parts of the keyboard change or flash that any on what

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you are doing, depending on what you're doing. Now they have hunted

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up to some game so it changes depending on what is going on in

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the game. Leonard is playing a game and when he hit some of these blue

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warts and picks up some extra points the keyboard flash is blue.

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When he hits the red ones which takes life away the key board

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flashes red. The colour sequences can be used for different aims for

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different things, 36 board, so you might see something

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for power ups or a general health level indicator. Or it could change

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based on the colour of the screen to give a more in their sieve

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gaming experience. -- in massive. It is worth remembering that

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smartphone and tablet caning is also now fast big business. We are

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now seeing peripheral sight this appearing, it looks like a regular

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Xbox 360 control and it communicating to this Android

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device. It is very responsive and compatible with hundreds of games

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and that around $50 this kind of device really has the potential to

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Here are some mobile games that have already gone stratospheric. In

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Japan, they are so popular, they have their own social network built

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around them. That network is only just starting to bust out of Japan

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and hit the rest of the world. The -- the idea is that within the game,

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you can talk to your friends, compete wit compete witd buy a power

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is massive in Japan and has 30 million users. Bigger than Facebook.

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And it is only on mobile. To give you an idea of how profitable it is,

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this game, a simple card game, makes 20 million the company $20

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million a month. Mark Zuckerberg, take note!

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Sonic the Hedgehog here reminds me of a different era in gaining. One

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we buy them on disks or cartridge. Or, if you Or, if you nough, cassette.

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But one of the good things about having a game on tape is you can

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take it to your friend's house and play it on his machine. And when

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you are bored of it, you can sell or swap it for something new. Today,

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sharing your games isn't -- is a lot easier. All you need is a live

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internet connection. But each of game. Also, when you get bored of

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it, the second-hand market has become a thing of the past as well.

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Familiar high-street names that relied on not only new titles but

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also the resale and printing of games have taken a big hit over the

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past year. Game, just one of a higher profile of victims in the

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changing landscape. The market place for downloading games is

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growing quickly. The online market now accounts for one quarter of

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total spent on games. Conflicts -- companies are now offering day it

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instantly, stringing them, without the need to download them first.

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They serve up blockbuster games playable on will double devices

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without the need for even a console. Both Samsung and algae have penned

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deals to use a streaming technology to offer consoled quality games

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straight to their high-end internet connected TV. You just need to buy

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the Controller. The Samsung surface starts next month. What frustrates

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me the mode when I turn on digital TV is seeing icons and knowing the

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best of those industries are being presented, the best movies, the

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best music, but not the best video games. How simple goal has been,

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can we get can we get digital TV companies to put the best the

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gaming industry can deliver right beside the best movies and music?

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Because then I think the gaming industry gets its chance to compete.

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Much like the movie industry, top developers are still reluctant to

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release their latest blockbusters to stream from the day of release.

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Many are still wary of cannibalising a lucrative physical

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this market. But they are starting to recognise that online all live

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gaining opens up some unique advantages. You can get it

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immediately. You do not have to go to the shop, you can download it

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straight into your machine. It also allows us to have a relationship

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with you directly. We know who you are and we know what you like. We

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can see what you're doing in the game and tailor it for you. It also

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allows us to give the Games across more platforms. Today, they must

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play on smartphones, at work on their PC, and night on the living

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room on the television. I really think you will see the curve he now

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for cloud gaming. We have managed to make the breakthroughs. We have

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nearly 40 publishers behind us now and we have the biggest companies

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in the world actually putting Inc on paper. For me, this is the

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moment for Cloud gaming. We are not resting at all. Perhaps the biggest

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sign that the end of this is not quite inside it was Sony's

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announcement, that its next console, the PlayStation for, will still

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sport and optical drive when we hopefully get a glimpse of it at

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next year's E3. A big announcement from Sony. It

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has already said the next generation of the PlayStation will

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have a slot for a physical this. It obviously does not think the world

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is ready for pure online gaming? Exactly. It is trying to get the

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best of both worlds. The trend is digital only and streaming is a

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part of that trend. They also know the market as a whole is Mosley

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still focused on physical media. There are many people who go to the

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game stores and pick up copies. -- is mostly still focused. Online

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penetration is not as high as they would like it. It is too risky to

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go into areas where broadband is not there for people. They then

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move that -- lose that market if they go to digital only. City been

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the physical aspect is important for them. Assuming that eventually

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we will move to digital delivery four games, do we have to assume

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that retail stores and indeed the second-hand market are both

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finished? Here in the US, especially with the major retailers,

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we are already seeing them taking steps towards fighting a digital

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only future. One of those things is making sure that you can buy the

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digital content in the stores. It may sound silly at first but it is

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important because a lot of people do not know that they can download

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you condemned for their games. When people go in the stores, they are

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often surprised that there is a new level where you can download things

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for your characters, for example. So it is important the physical as

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that Britons can tell people about the content. -- physical

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establishment. I asked the question before about you will often get lax

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and delays over an internet connection. You cannot play the

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high-powered games. Surely that is still the case? Again on a games

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console is always going to be faster to respond then something

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online? The supply. People are not completely sold on the concert.

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With competitive gaming becoming stronger, you need the split second

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reaction available at your fingertips. There will always be a

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bit of a delay with streaming games, just because of the nature of the

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technology. We are looking at simpler games when we talk about

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streaming? Something that does not... It -- exactly. Shooting is

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the reaction time. But the simpler things, the puzzle games, that sort

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of thing, they are perfectly suited. OK. Thank you.

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Your thoughts on this are very welcome. E-mail Click or tweed us.

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Next up, Kate Russell with a few tips on sensible for two sharing. -

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something digital, all you need is Minus.com. This drop file transfer

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the ones they want to keep. You get 50 gigabyte of free space when you

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sign up, with new posts, likes and comments delivered into a news feed

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for you to catch up with. This is more of a social stash box where

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people can dig in for what they want. -- dig in.

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It is slightly annoying that the default option for any uploads that

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you make, like this dodgy looking one in the Nevada desert, is set to

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public. You can change that in these settings. All you need to do

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is send the link to whoever you want to be able to download it.

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Head to the toolbox to soup up the act as soon as you land. There is

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some nice stuff, including a browse of cuttings to make capturing

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information from the web as -- very simple. The modest selection of

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mobile apps hat is made up for by a new option for a desktop version.

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Exploring new cases is always fun but I do miss having local

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knowledge. Point is a location for only app that can plug that gap,

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providing a personal concierge service with links to businesses,

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events, petrol stations, restaurants and movie theatres

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wherever you are. There are many apps out there that do this kind of

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thing. But point caught my eye for the intuitive interface and also

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the movie section, which lets you see what is on locally, watch a

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trailer and you can even said a reminder in your phone's Callander

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so you know when it is likely to ring. Talking of which, that is me!

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Add to that the fact that the app is free across all of the

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smartphone platforms and I think it is a pretty good addition to my

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travel apps collection. Euro 2012 dominates the sporting

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calendar this month. You can get all the news, features, results and

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statistics from the official mobile app available free across all major

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smartphone platforms. If you just want to know when the next match is

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on, Thuuz is a free app for android, iPhone and Google TV that keeps

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tabs on all the events, alerting you when it is time to tune in. And

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while you are waiting for kick-off, have a kick about yourself with

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goals you are 12 -- Euro 2012 edition. And android users can get

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stuck in with the latest release of real football with updated player

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database and a new European Championship Teams mode.

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Kate Russell. That's it from E3 this year. Next week, Click is back

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