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Lately, everything is free to play; most people reading this have probably played plenty of free to play games, but the problem with the genre is that they're not only free to play, but they're often also pay to win and pay to enjoy. There are some free to play games that restrict features so much that the games are near unplayable without paying.

But fear not, penny-pinching gamers! Tech Digest is here to show you some of the best free to play games out there, those offering the best bang for relatively-little buck. Click below to get started.

dyson-top.jpgJames Dyson is a British engineering legend. A graduate of two of the UK's most prestigious design schools (Byam Shaw School of Art - now part of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design - and The Royal College of Art), he's been wowing the world with his inventions since 1970, re-imagining everyday household appliances and tools like the vacuum cleaner and washing machine, and taking the world a few steps closer to the vision of the future we'd seen in The Jetsons cartoons.

Today, he and his team are at it once again, revealing the re-invention of the humble tap with the AirBlade Tap, which both washes and dries your hands.

To celebrate the great man's work, here's our pick of the Dyson team's top ten best inventions.

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YouTube can be an amazing platform for musicians to showcase their tracks on. Love him or loathe him, Justin Bieber for instance used the video hosting site to find fame, going on to become a worldwide superstar at the tender age of just 15.

But for every success story, there are inevitably a hundred failures riding a wave of mediocrity down the drain and out into the great ocean of musical sewage. YouTube is a veritable goldmine of unintentionally hilarious music videos, and today here at Tech Digest we've been compiling our ten favourites. Some of these are well known virals, some of them have not enjoyed such widespread "acclaim". The one thing they all have in common? They're all truly, truly awful.

Jan Terri - Lose You Tonight

We'll kick proceedings off with a classic. Limo driver by day, Jan Terri's crooning vocal sees her turn into a rock vixen by night. By "vixen", we mean she sings with a shriek similar to that of a brawling urban fox after a night on the tiles round the back of the bins behind the kebab shop. Jan Terri apparently played at one of Marilyn Manson's birthday parties. Confrontational as he is, we can only imagine Manson had a soft spot for Terri's unique "having an argument with my own song" performance style. Keep an eye out for the shot by the sewage-run off too, a superbly apt location we feel.

Majela Ze Ze Diamond - Show Me Your Genitals

Firstly, a word of warning. This video, lyrically at least, is pretty NSFW. Call me prudish, but Majela Ze Ze Diamond, surely an internet star in the making, has a knack for slipping in the odd below the belt anatomical detail into the words of her songs. It all gets a bit hypnotic by the end, and by the 500th time Majela offers to show you her genitalia, you're all but ready to submit. Key line? "Men are good for money, sex and vagina". Indeed. Make sure to check out Majela's other "hit", Tickle My Vagina, when you're done.

Manakin - Something is Locked Inside of My Soul

Disregarding the musical "wizardry" going on in the background (which incidentally sounds more than a little bit like the theme tune to kids' dungeons and dragons TV show Knightmare), the real star of 70s rockers Manakin is their rather limber frontman and his collection of creepy masks that appear to be made of human flesh. Keep an eye out for Jerry Lewis at the end of the performance, his usually uber-professional TV persona stunned into a faltering mess. If Silence of the Lambs' Buffalo Bill were ever to start a prog-rock band, it'd probably sound a lot like this...

Maxine Swaby - Pardon Me

It's hard to put my finger on what makes Maxine Swaby such an important force in music today. Sometimes I think it's the "end of the pier" production sound her songs carry, other times how she brings some much needed glamour to the video's rural locales with her array of nautical-themed costumes. But the truth of the matter is, they don't call Maxine Swaby "The Voice" for nothing. YouTube commentator manbearpigisalive sums it all up far more eloquently than I ever could: "She sounds like she's being microwaved".

Rap Against Rape - What Did I Do Wrong?

In what is surely the most unintentionally unsympathetic treatise against rape of all time, Dublin-based Rap Against Rape attempt to fight sex crime with this banging 90's dance tune. "What did I do wrong?" cries the refrain. Going ahead with this ill-conceived mess for starters. Rumour has it this inspired the short-lived "Rape Against Rap" movement. Oh, and keep an eye out for Tom Selleck's cameo freestyle halfway through too.

Reh Dogg - Why Must I Cry?

With nearly 4 million YouTube views, Reh Dogg enjoys a level of notoriety few other "stars" on this list can lay claim to. A pioneer of "emo rap", Reh Dogg's lyrics deal with poverty and issues relating to accepting an unsatisfactory body image, as well as wanting to get with Asian women, and failing to get with said Asian women. He'd probably have a better chance sorting out that last problem if he didn't keep posting videos of himself all-but naked in the shower.

Anonymous 80s bizarreness...

Words cant really do justice to this one. While the initial purpose/meaning behind this video may forever be lost in time, at least we can all sleep safe in the knowledge that floral shirts, shorts, white knee-socks and red pumps are no longer considered a legitimate outfit for a full-grown man.

Steklovata - Novi God

Just like with the complete works of Shakespeare, give a gang of monkeys access to a bluescreen, the internet and infinite amounts of time, and one day they'll strike pop-gold with an MTV-defining music video. The problem with humanity is that offer the same parameters to four men and they'll settle with giving birth to the hellspawn that is Russian boy-band Steklovata, seen here with their hit "Novi God". That said, I'd choose Steklovata over Justin Beiber any day of the week...

Lori Watt - Chill in my Veins

I was in two minds whether or not to post this video, as I just couldn't be sure that mental illness, which isn't at all funny, didn't factor into proceedings somewhere along the line with this tune. Thankfully, for the sake of my soul, I've been reassured that Lori Watt is perfectly healthy, and just a shockingly bad musician. Amazingly, this was played on TV in New Zealand, supposedly without a hint of irony.

Speak - Stop the War

If only Hungarian rapper-cum-anti-war-philanthropist Speak had been around before all of history's greatest conflicts! We'd so be living in the post-nuclear apocalypse wasteland, overrun by mutants, that I've been training for my entire life! Oh, and just so you know for next time Speak, doves are the international symbol of peace, not white pigeons. An easy mistake to make when you're this damn cool though we suppose...

The gaming rumour mill went into overdrive last night after sources claiming to be Nintendo insiders revealed that the Japanese gaming giants were planning to launch a brand-new home games console at the E3 games expo this summer.

In terms of Nintendo's 5 year console cycle (with a new home machine launched every 5 years since the very first 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System), they're certainly soon due a new hardware launch aimed at the living room. It has, after all, been almost 5 years since the December 8, 2006 UK launch of the Wii.

The Wii went on to be one of the most successful games consoles of all time, with well over 84 million units sold. So how can Nintendo better the top-draw offerings they've already previously given us? Here then are 10 things Tech Digest most want to see from the next Nintendo home console.

1) HD graphics

This one was the first spec that the rumours touted when it came to the new Nintendo console, so hopefully we can check this one off the list straight away. The Nintendo Wii is really showing its age graphically, but with the new console apparently far more powerful than the PS3, we may be able to count every single hair in Mario's moustache during his next-gen outing.

2) A better balance between motion and traditional control schemes

The Wii was a revolution in terms of videogame controls, bringing motion to the table and paving the way for the likes of the Xbox 360 Kinect and PS3 Move. However too many developers picked up on the gimmicky part of motion control, turning games into broken waggle-fests. This time we'd like to see a controller that, while certainly keeping motion capabilities, also caters better for game genres that favour a more traditional control scheme. The rumours of a HD touchscreen built into the controllers themselves is a welcome one too; the more HUD and menu data we can transfer from the main screen to a secondary one the better.

3) More hardcore games, less party games

For every Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess or Monster Hunter Tri, there were about 20 Let's Dance clones or minigame compilations, destined for the bargain bin. The Wii was also home to far too many casual and kiddy games, leading to the alienation of what has now become termed as the "hardcore" gamer. A little more originality from developers and a few more adult-orientated titles would go a long way towards clawing back the gamers who've left the Nintendo fold in favour of more mature Xbox 360 or PS3 titles.

4) Stronger third-party support

Tied closely to the last point, Nintendo must nail 3rd party support for the console from the off. While there are a few notable classic third party titles on the Wii (Monster Hunter Tri from Capcom and The Conduit from High Voltage software spring to mind), the majority of Wii games worth buying came in-house from Nintendo. Sure, they're a tough act to follow, but there are plenty of ace developers that have not been very supportive of Nintendo over the past few years. It'd be great to see more from the likes of Bioware and Bethesda on the Wii 2.

5) Improved use of expensive peripherals

If we're going to have to shell out the best part of £100 for a Balance Board, lets try to make it so that more than just a single fitness game is worth using it with. The same goes for the far-too-expensive Wii Speak kit. Neither represent good value for money to me. And lets not rip off gullible consumers who think they need a useless piece of plastic in the shape of a tennis racket to get the most out of a tennis game. They add NOTHING to gameplay, and are in most cases of £PoundStore quality.


6) Backwards compatibility

Lets not make those Wii game libraries obsolete, and, if possible, keep Gamecube compatibility too! I still love a quick game of Star Wars: Rouge Leader!

7) An improved online offering

Friend codes? No, no way; if there's one system sure to make me give up on multiplayer on a console altogether its the need for a unique number to hand out to all my pals just to get a game of GoldenEye going. That sucks. Let's have a profile system similar to that of Xbox Live, and while we're at it, a games store that's just as robust. There are lots of good games available to download to the Wii console, but it's a chore to navigate its store, and no way should you have to pay £10 for a 20 year-old game.

8) Mario, Mario Kart and Zelda at launch, as well as enough consoles to satisfy demand

A handful of great launch titles is a must, and if Nintendo really want to wow, they should have at least one of their big franchises ready alongside the console, as that was a big bugbear of the recent 3DS launch. Let's get a Mario, Mario Kart or Zelda title out of the door on day one. And while we're at it, lets make sure there's enough consoles to go round on launch day too. No-one wants to have to tell little Timmy he can't have a Wii 2 for his birthday because GAME ran out of consoles.

9) 3DS connectivity

We've bought a 3DS, so lets have some cross-platform loving here. StreetPass for instance, is the perfect way to train a Pokemon on the go by having it bob along in your pocket, or perhaps adding some 3D depth puzzles to games where a bigscreen 3D TV isn't available.

10) ...but no to a 3D home console!

The last thing we need is Nintendo to add 3D visuals to a home console as they have with their handheld 3DS. It works there as it is all self contained within one unit; glasses-free 3D screen and all. But bringing it in a big way into living rooms would mean shelling out for expensive new TVs for the majority of people. The original Wii was a roaring success thanks to its relative simplicity, but 3D, with its multiple active/passive formats, remains a grey area that still confuses many people, not to mention being far too expensive for many budgets.

And one bonus point for good measure...think of a better name than the Wii!

Seriously, it's the dumbest name for a console ever!

Got anything you'd like to add to our list? Leave your thoughts, wishes, and most wanted features in the comments section below!

10 Reasons to Buy the iPad 2

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The iPad 2 launches tomorrow in the UK! Just roughly a year since the launch of Apple's first magical tablet and here we are, already gearing up for the release of its souped-up, new and improved successor.

Got the dough but still sitting on the fence over whether or not to make the iPad 2 plunge with your hard-earned pennies? Here are ten good reasons why you should cough up the cash and nestle down on the sofa with an iPad 2 this weekend.

1)It's thinner and lighter than the first iPad

The first iPad was pretty slim at just 13.4mm, but that's been reduced down even further for the iPad 2 to just 8.8mm. The same goes for weight too, with the Wi-Fi-only model down from 680g to just 601g, and 3G models down from 730 to around 610g. Neither measurement may sound like a drastic reduction, but get the iPad 2 in your hand and that's a noticeable difference.

2)It's got dual cameras

One of the main criticisms levelled at the first iPad was how Apple had almost certainly left room for cameras, and cynically held them back for inclusion in a successor. Both front and rear facing cameras now make it to the iPad 2, allowing for the odd snap to be taken and eventually support for a wave of Augmented Reality apps too.

3)The iPad 2 is faster than its predecessor

The iPad 2 ditches the 1GHz single-core A4 chip from the first tablet, and updates it with a dual-core 1.2Ghz A5 chip. RAM also jumps up from 256MB to 512MB. Smoother browsing, multi-tasking and a potentially massive jump in gaming graphical ability will result from this.

4)It's cheaper than the original iPad was at launch

Prices for the iPad 2's entry model, the 16GB Wi-Fi-only model, start at £399. That's £30 cheaper than the opening price of the lowest-spec iPad 1. That price reduction carries on right the way up to the 64GB 3G and Wi-Fi iPad 2 tablet, priced at £659, £40 cheaper than its last-generation equivalent.

5)Smart Covers

Sure, covers aren't the most exciting part of buying a new gadget, but protecting your new favourite toy is important, and Apple have made a good attempt at making that accessory just as covetable as the tablet itself. Smart Covers magnetically clip onto the iPad 2's face, meaning that only the delicate screen is covered and not bulking up the sleek lines of the tablet elsewhere. They also fold up onto themselves to act as a stand too, as well as being available in a range of nifty colours.

6)Apple's new in-house apps are amazing

As well as having access to the hundreds of thousands of iOS apps available to iPhone and iPad owners, Apple have also launched a handful of great new apps they've built themselves to accompany the iPad 2. Garageband turns your tablet into a multi-track recording studio, complete with instruments and effect pedals, iMovie makes the iPad 2 a video editing suite, while PhotoBooth lets you add wacky post-production effects to your still photos.

7)FaceTime is available on the iPad 2

FaceTime, Apple's proprietary video-calling app that debuted on the iPhone 4, is now available on the iPad 2 thanks to its built-in cameras. The larger tablet screen real-estate makes the app far more useable, while you're still able to contact FaceTime users on Mac computers and iPhones too.

8)Smaller size, same great battery performance

The iPad had a remarkable 10 hour battery life, and the iPad 2 retains that, despite a fairly drastic reduction in size.

9)HDMI-output for big screen fun

If you've got some cash spare after grabbing the tablet itself, you could do a lot worse than grabbing Apple's iPad 2 HDMI-output add on as well. Capable of full big-screen mirroring on your flatscreen, it's surprising how well the iOS interface and the majority of iPad apps scale well when blown up on a HD TV. The Infinity Blade game, for example, looks drop-dead gorgeous.

10)The iPad is still the most impressive tablet on the market

Many have tried to topple the iPad from it's top tablet perch, and yet still so many have failed. The competition is heating up, what with the launch of a whole wave of Honeycomb Android tablets from the likes of LG and Motorola, not to mention HP's TouchPad sitting just around the corner. But as it stands, the iPad 2 is the best slate available, and by a wide margin too.

Top Ten Games of 2010


2010 proved to be a vintage year for gaming! From motion controllers like Kinect and Move through to brand new handhelds like the Nintendo 3DS, there was plenty of new hardware to salivate over.

But the real stars of 2010 were the games themselves. Due to overwhelming competition from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 late last year, many publishers held back their big name games until early 2010. It meant for a bumper catalogue of sequels and triple-A titles crammed into the past 12 months.

We've tried to pick our ten favourite games of the year, but it's been no easy task. The list could have easily been twice as long. Honourable abscences from our list include Metroid: Other M, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Battlefield Bad Company 2 and Dead Rising 2; all worthy of your money, but didn't quite make the cut!

So, in descending order, here are Tech Digest's Top Ten Games of 2010.

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Top 10 Gaming Chairs for the super-geeky


Winter shadows loom, the nights are drawing in, Christmas is just around the corner and you've got a brand new copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops waiting to be fired up.

Beer in one hand, can of Pringles in the other, with your trusty control pad sitting in your lap, waiting to be caressed, there's only one thing missing from this geek idyll: the ultimate gaming chair!

What's the point in pulling off a killer headshot if you wake up the next day with a bad case dead-bum or spine-freeze? The solution to all your lethargy-induced woes? Tech Digest's run down of the top 10 gaming chairs!

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Top 10 Geekiest Umbrellas

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Today's weather is definitely a reminder that winter is almost here, and as much as we hate to say it, it's that time of year you can't go anywhere without your umbrella. So to prove that umbrellas don't all have to be dull and dreary, we have put together a list of the top ten craziest, geekiest umbrellas out there.

November is our favourite time of year, possible because it is really the only time of year when you can legitimately get away with sporting a moustache, and not look like you have just walked out of a trailer park or like you spend to much time snooping around playgrounds.

But on a more serious note November is that special month known a Movember. A challenge to men to change their appearance to raise awareness of prostate cancer. The rules are simple, starting today November 1st you must start clean shaven and then grow out your mo for the entire month. The moustache becomes the ribbon for men's health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men.

To help inspire you this Movember, we have pulled together our top 10 moustaches

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With 5 million iPads set to be sold globally by the end of the year, it looks like the ipad is going to be sticking around for a while. So we thought it was time for us to revisit iPad accessories and take a look at the best iPad cases.

Back in May, Anna reveiwed a number of cases from Griffin, but since then there has been a whole slew of trendy new cases launched to keep you looking stylish and protect your hopefully still shiny tablet.

We have rounded up a guide to our top 10 iPad cases, to make sure your iPad stands out from the crowd and keeps you looking cool.

ipod docks header.jpgIt's party time and you've got an iPod full of tunes but no way of blaring them out to your gang of expectant, drunk friends. The keg's running dry, all the Pringles have been eaten and a riot's about to kick off unless someone starts blasting out Lady Gaga's "Poker Face". "You've got to fight for your right to party", said the Beastie Boys, so why not have one of these top-notch iPhone/iPod speaker systems fighting your corner, cranking it up all the way to 11?

Here's Tech Digest's favourite 10 iPhone/iPod speaker systems.

10 great retro gadgets up for grabs on eBay


retro gadgets header.jpgSmartphones, tablets, 3D TVs; who needs em? Back in my day it wasn't about whether or not your mobile could multi-task, but rather if it would fit in your rucksack without the weight of it snapping your spine in two. 3D TV was but a futuristic dream as we made do with the snow-storms of analogue TV receptions, while tablets were something you took when you had had a particularly heavy night on the town.

With technology progressing so quickly these days it's easy to forget the trailblazing products that paved the way for the iPods and PlayStations we now take for granted, not to mention some of the quirkier tech ideas that were perhaps better off left on the drawing board.

So let's turn back the clock, scour the online boot-sale that is and dig out 10 great retro gadget gems.

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10 of the best QWERTY mobile phones


best qwerty phones.JPGThis month saw the high profile launches of two QWERTY keyboard packing smartphones from both Nokia and HTC. Nokia threw out the E7 slider, while HTC crammed a hardware keyboard into their lush Desire Z handset.

With so many phones flaunting impressive touchscreen keyboards, you'd be forgiven for thinking QWERTY handsets are old hat these days. However, there are still loads of great hardware keyboard phones out there, with a plenty more still waiting in the wings.

Here's a run down of ten of the best QWERTY phones available now, or in the very near future.

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They've got the yacht, they've got the sports car, they've got the cryogenic freezing chamber and even a secret moon base. When money is not an option, what do you grab the billionaire who has it all?

A swarovski diamond encrusted smartphone of course! Why, yes! Fly in the face of fashion with these garishly garnished and stupendously expensive phones that not only make calls, but can also act as a down-payment on a reasonably sized mansion on the French Riviera.

Click below for our countdown of the world's ten most ridiculously expensive mobile phones.


All sci-fi fans will know that whilst technological advancement makes our mundane little lives easier and more rewarding everyday, take your mind off its potential dangers for just a few seconds and it can turn around and bite you in the arse, sometimes with fatal consequences. When it comes to tech, complacency breeds death.

Lower your heads as Tech Digest guide you through 10 of the most bizarre, gruesome and tragic tech related deaths.

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The Best Tech of IFA 2010

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Another year, another IFA tech conference in Berlin touts it's wares. It was a bit of a tablet and 3D free-for-all this year, with most of the heavyweight tech firms throwing their clout behind those two growing technologies. But what were the picks of the bunch?

Here's Tech Digest's run-down of the Top Ten Best In Show gadgets on display at IFA 2010.

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BladeRunner_Eye.jpgLast week's Back to The Future hoax (in which evil internet fibbers said that we'd actually reached the date in the "future" that Marty McFly heads to) got me thinking. To be precise, it got me thinking "WHERE THE HELL IS MY MOTHER F***ING HOVERBOARD?"

You see, sci-fi cinema has a tendency to promise us the world, but none of the crazy ideas ever seem to come to fruition. Perfect example being flying cars; we've had them in comics and films for decades now, and you're telling me we can send people to the moon, but cant get a car to fly? Pshshhhh!

So here's my rundown on the best sci-fi gadgets that really do need to exist in the real world.

Admittedly, nearly all of the concepts and ideas in the films lead to some sort of disaster or other. But if the technology were in the hands of someone with the right intentions, someone who lacked hubris, who would use the gizmos for good and not personal gain, someone like... me...


Hit the gallery below to see Tech Digest's Top 10 movie gadgets and gizmos that someone really should be making

Christmas Wishlist: Top Ten Games of 2009


Oh, what a year to be a gamer! With the PS3 finally fighting fit and giving the Xbox 360 a run for its money, there were so many excellent games and so few hours to play them all. Even the weakening PC gaming market had a few notable titles, and a few welcome surprises were in store for DS owners too.

Before we go any further, let me offer my apologies to Empire: Total War, Borderlands, FIFA 10, The Sims 3, GTA: Chinatown Wars and Metroid Prime Trilogy. They are all worthy of your money, but just fell short of the cut for this list!

So let's crack on: in no particular order, here are Tech Digest's top ten games of 2009.

Assassins Creed 2- Xbox 360, PS3, PC

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Delivering on the failed promises of its predecessor, Assassins Creed 2 oozes quality out of every one of it's 15th century orifices. Taking on the role of young nobleman Ezio and following his rise into one of Renaissance Italy's elite assassins, the game was a stunning showcase by developers Ubisoft. Free-running around the lovingly modelled Florence is an exercise that never tires, as is knifing a corrupt guard in the back.

Batman: Arkham Asylum - Xbox 360, PS3, PC

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A superhero game that isn't totally pants? You're kidding right? We were sceptical when we first saw screenshots of Batman: Arkham Asylum. Could it play as well as it looked? Thankfully, Rocksteady Studios pulled it off with aplomb. Sneaky, dark and making excellent use of its source material, Batman: Arkham Asylum played like a comic-book Metal Gear Solid, with a ton of cool secrets to unearth. An honourable mention must also go to Mark "Luke Skywalker" Hamill, who puts in a superb voice-over performance as the twisted Joker.

Dragon Age: Origins - Xbox 360, PS3, PC

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They've conquered sci-fi epics with Mass Effect, now Bioware have gone all Tolkien on us with the excellent Dragon Age: Origins. A party based dungeon crawler, DA:O weaves a twisting narrative of political intrigue around its magic-casting, troll-slaying heart. Be careful though, the game will eat away hours of your life, so it's not best suited for a quick play while the brussel sprouts boil. If your computer can handle it, make sure you pick up the superior PC version, which irons out the few faults found in the console versions. Did we mention you can sleep with a dwarf?

New Super Mario Bros. Wii - Wii

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He's spent over a quarter of a century saving Princess Peach from lizard-king Bowser's clutches. You'd think if we weren't tired of it yet, at least Mario would be! But, on the strength of this 2D reboot for side-scrolling Mario platformers, it doesn't look like boredom or old age have kicked in yet. New Super Mario Bros. Wii is the first side-scrolling Mario game to feature four-player simultaneous co-op, and it's a total blast.

Killzone 2 - PS3

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Released way back in February, it could have been easy to overlook this FPS. However, Killzone 2's campaign mode represented the first glimmers of the PS3's comeback early this year, earning this Halo-killer's place on the top ten list. A bleak, cinematic shooter whose production values have only recently been bested by Modern Warfare 2, you can pick this game up now for around £15. An absolute bargain, and one PS3 owners should not miss out on.

Left 4 Dead 2 - Xbox 360, PC

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Maybe it's just my way of preparing for the inevitable zombie apocalypse, but I just cant get enough of blasting the undead back to the grave. Left 4 Dead 2 ups the tension already present in bucket loads in its predecessor, offering a more meaty set of campaign missions and that frantic four player co-op we've come to love. Again, the PC version is the one to pick up if you have the luxury of choice.

Scribblenauts - DS


Maybe a bit of a leftfield choice this one. Let's be honest, was Scribblenauts the most polished game of 2009? No. Were some elements of the control scheme pretty busted? Yep. However, was it not the most wildly inventive game we saw all year? Too right it was. A cute little puzzler, the depth of your imagination was the only obstacle between you and solving each level's enigma. Typing a word into the in-game dictionary produced a little cartoon version of pretty much anything you can imagine. Ninja? Check. Hoverboard? Check. Freeze-ray-gun-glued-to-the-bottom-of-a-T-Rex? Your wish is Scribblenauts' command. Here's hoping a sequel builds on the excellent ideas on show here.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - Xbox 360, PS3, PC

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Doesn't really need an introduction this one, but what the heck; Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is AMAZING. Playing like a bombastic feature-length episode of 24, the game threw up the biggest launch in video game history and broke all sorts of ridiculous sale records in the process. Featuring a hectic and controversial single player campaign and that crack-like multiplayer gaming, this one might be a bit of a moot entry, as you probably already own it, don't you?

Street Fighter IV - Xbox 360, PS3, PC

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Some things you never forget. Like how to throw Ryu's haduken fireball for instance. Ahh, down, forward, punch, why were you away so long? Street Fighter IV was probably the most gaming fun I've had with my mates all year. Both nostalgic and mind blowingly impressive, the cell-shaded reboot for the franchise was beat-em up perfection. Look out for the Super Street Fighter IV update in the new year.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves - PS3

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Saving the best till last, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves has to be the game of the year. Sure Modern Warfare 2 will sell more, but the endearing charm of Indiana Jones-alike Nathan Drake and his breakneck, globe-trotting quest to solve the mystery of Marco Polo's last voyage was a master class in both story telling and game design. It's an adventure that's all killer, no filler, while running around the many exotic locales will make your jaw drop. Absolutely perfectly realised, it's the sort of game you dreamt up in your head but never thought could actually be made. And then there's the multiplayer modes, which I'm off now to play again for another couple of hundred hours...

It's Friday, which means that we round up the top five ten winners in tech for this week. Yep as it has been a manic week we have upped the number.

So who has made the cut - click on the image below to find out

So you've gone and got yourself lost in the wilderness (or possibly even chosen to rough it in the outback).

While relatives may chastise you for leaving your mobile phone at home, it probably won't work anyway, so here are ten essential gadgets that will work that you'll need to stay alive and well.

Click on the image below to start the tour.

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