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Published on Jan 7, 2013

Join Ryan Calavano on this episode of Shacknews Daily. Today's Stories:

- Nvidia announces Android handheld Project Shield
http://www.shacknews.com/article/7726...

- The Walking Dead sells 8.5 million episodes
http://www.shacknews.com/article/7726...

- Dead Space 3 trailer yells Kinect commands
http://www.shacknews.com/article/7726...

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Today's Script:

It's January 7th 2013, On today's show...

Nvidia gets into handheld gaming...
The Walking Dead sells a boat load of episodes...
Dead Space 3 gets Kinectified (TM)...

Well hello there my Shackbretheren, How is this fresh new year treating you? I'm Ryan Calavano and here are your top stories...

Seems like everyone's got their own Android based sort of console nowadays and now Nvidia has tossed its hat into the ring. The graphics card manufacturer yesterday announced its Project Shield, get it?...cause it looks like a Sheild. Ok. It's an Android-powered handheld that resembles an Xbox 360 controller with a flip-up touchscreen. Because thats what we want. Core gaming on the go! I've been looking for something to replace my Nokia Ngage for years now. Ngage reference: Nailed it. Curiously, as well as playing Android games, it can play PC games streamed over WiFi from your gaming rig. Powered by Nvidia's shiny new baddass Tegra 4 processor, the handheld packs a 5-inch, 720p, 294 dpi screen with multi-touch. Ugh this thing just aesthetically looks like a disaster right? but its saving grace for me is the ability to easily stream PC games onto the handheld (or a screen) locally, which is awesome or from Nvidia's "Grid," the newly announced cloud service. Very bold moves by Nvidia in what I'm guessing is a pre-emptive strike against Valve and the Steambox.

Ok, so The Walking Dead is definitely one of 2012's most critically acclaimed games buuuut it's still a point and click episodic adventure game so will that critical praise translate into sales? Yes... The answer to that is yes. In a Wall Street Journal interview, CEO Dan Connors says the game has sold 8.5 million episodes. I played through most of it this weekend and I gotta say it's very much like the TV show but being able make the decisions yourself makes it a very different experience. I felt so bad for Doug after ep 1. 73 percent picked Carly? Good lord. I'm sure he's a great guy.Connors noted that it's been on sale since April, but November and December were its biggest months due to critical buzz and the series finishing its first season run. It also had the advantage of entering Apple's "Hall of Fame" for gaming apps, the game has earned about 25% of its revenue through the iOS platform.

Sure, you could press A to revive your pal in Dead Space 3's co-op mode, but wouldn't it be quicker and easier to just say "Revive partner!" to your Kinect? No, of course not. Still, Visceral's survival-horror space shooter supports Kinect, as a new video shows off. Seriously, check out the video, Steve Papoutsis really turns up the funny. He drops a couple accents. I see you, Steve. And as much as I poo poo the kinect voice commands it really seems like Steve and Visceral are doing it right. Simple commands for actions that aren't too timing sensitive. Like no one is ever going to use voice commands for frag grenades. But yes, I'll revive my buddy or check my objective path. And it supports all kinds of languages and accents. But will it decipher my drunken slurring? If not, we may run into problems, Steve. Dead Space 3 is coming to PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on February 5.
And that's your Shacknews Daily for today. Thanks for watching. Be sure to share like and sub. Also, check out the links in the description for today's full stories. And for all things video games, head on over to Shacknews.com

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