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Now we are deep into the “next generation” of gaming and Video game consoles have come a long way in the 3 decades since they first appeared. They began as simple entertainment devices for some nerd hobbyists. Since then, gaming has ballooned into a mainstream, multi-billion dollar industry featuring graphical powerhouses like the Sony PlayStation 3, which can render millions of polygons per second. Systems have come and gone in meanwhile, and I thought it would be worth making a list of the “Top Five Best Video Game Consoles” today:

1) Microsoft Xbox 360 Elite

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While it’s neither a must-have upgrade for existing 360 owners nor as feature-packed as the PS3, the Xbox 360 Elite’s combination of top-notch gaming and digital media features make it the best game console of choice, it’s also one of the best ever !! The Xbox 360 doesn’t do anything particularly different from past systems, but it ranks high on the list for one reason: Xbox Live. Microsoft’s online platform proved that online gaming communities could thrive in the console space by not only creating a hub at which gamers could compete, but also a place to stream movies, download game trailers, and purchase both old and new games (as well as downloadable content) from the comfort of their sofas. The Xbox 360 is the prototype for online console gaming, and it’s just getting better..

2) Nintendo Wii

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If you don’t mind the dearth of HD graphics, the Nintendo Wii’s combination of motion-sensitive controllers, included Wii Sports titles, and emphasis on fun gameplay make the ultra-affordable console hard to resist and the best in it’s class, even in the early 90’s this is the system that turned every child into a gamer. Nintendo gaming systems not only had one of the largest libraries in gaming, but one of the most varied: action, sports, RPGs, shooters, and more were all well represented. Of course, it would be a grave misstep to overlook the home debut of the most important video game in history, Super Mario Bros, a first-party exclusive that made the NES the first true must-have video game console, other include The Legend of Zelda, Mega Man 2.

3) Sony PlayStation 3 Slim

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With a smaller design, more energy-efficient operation, lower price tag, and built-in Blu-ray and multimedia capabilities, the PS3 Slim delivers a compelling package for an affordable price for any gamer today, even the original PlayStation didn’t do anything particularly innovative (CD-based game systems had existed before its 1995 debut), but what Sony brought to the table with its first console was a level of maturity not seen in previous systems. Not only was it physically designed as a more living room-worthy entertainment component, but the games themselves saw more adult storytelling and darker themes. With the Sony PlayStation, gaming had finally grown up. The best of all were the games on Sony PS: Metal Gear Solid, Resident Evil 2, Xenogears. Love it!!

4) Sony PSP 3000 Ratchet and Clank Entertainment Pack

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While there’s probably not enough to get owners of previous the PSP to upgrade, newcomers will find the PSP 3000 to be a solid portable gaming and multimedia device. The PSP-3000 debuted in fall 2008, having made further modifications to its predecessor, the PSP Slim and Lite deductions to its weight and dimensions, while expanding its multimedia capabilities to include video-out and others. Its previous version, the PlayStation Portable, had proven highly successful, managing to sell more than 40 million units worldwide (as of August 2008) since its late-2004/early-2005 release

5) Nintendo DSi

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The Nintendo DSi is likely to be the final iteration of the venerable DS series of portable gaming consoles. Though the Nintendo DSi will abandon its backwards compatibility with the previous Nintendo handheld console, GameBoy Advanced, it does offer new media source compatibility with SD memory cards, greatly enhancing its ability to use other media. Along with strong improvements to graphic and video output and the incorporation of improved microphone technology and a built-in camera, the Nintendo DSi makes a very strong case for itself over the Nintendo DS Lite. While not all previous DS owners should upgrade, the DSi is an ambitious and solidly designed portable gaming system.

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Some people prefer to be technical every place they go, then why not the Hotel they stay in. The days when high-tech rooms for hotels meant adding a kettle and alarm clock are long gone, with hotels realising guests want far more wizardry in their rooms. Did a simple research and was good to find AskMen who have come up with a list of the top 10 high-tech hotels. Here’s looking into hotels that have mixed luxury with technology, don’t blame me if you find u don’t find ur kind of geeky stuff here ;).

    1) Helix Hotel, Abu Dhabi

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The Helix Hotel is yet to be built but its hi-tech credentials come in the form of heat and energy conservation with state-of-the-art GROW panels, which harness energy from the sun and wind, to be affixed to the outside of the hotel. The temperature and humidity inside the 208-room hotel is set to be managed by a waterfall in the atrium. There will also be a giant glass wall that will periodically slide open, allowing a fresh sea breeze to blow in.

    2) Hotel Sax, Chicago

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Let me just say this about this Hotel, there’s the free Wi-Fi, massive wide-screen TVs, and the 6th floor Studio Lounge, free for all guests, where you can relax on big sofas or play Rock Band, Wii games and Guitar Hero. Guests each receive a laptop and Zune MP3 player for use during their stay. The hotel also has tech studios and tech suites.

    3) Hotel 1000, Seattle

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Besides innovative plumbing like water pouring from the ceiling to fill the bath, Hotel 1000 also boasts a “silent electronic doorbell” system — housekeeping staff push a button at your door which sets off an infrared scanner inside your room. If it detects any movement, an electronic “do not disturb” sign appears and the housekeeper knows to come back later.

    4) The Peninsula Hotel, Tokyo

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The Peninsula takes its tech so seriously that it even has an electronics service department. Rooms have Internet radio boasting 3,000 stations, mood lighting controls, and wireless phones with Skype capability that you can use throughout the hotel. Lastly, there’s a nail polish dryer too.

    5) Blow Up Hall, Poznan, Poland

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Blow Up Hall is a snazzy establishment described as an electronic art hotel. Renowned artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer has created an intriguing video installation around which the design of the hotel is based. The moment you step inside, you’re a performer in the video being played in the lobby comprising 2,400 tiny images gathered from as many cameras inside the hotel. No keys or door numbers here, just iPhones. Every guest is supplied with an Apple phone which, through recognition tech, you use to gain access to your room. You can also use it to call your concierge, surf the Net and view preloaded local tourist info.

    6) The Upper House, Hong Kong

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All guests at this virtually paperless hotel are supplied with an iPod touch preloaded with games, music and everything you need to know about the hotel and its environs. There’s free and unlimited broadband access with even the hotel’s cars (Lexus RX450H hybrid models) equipped with Wi-Fi.

    7) Mama Shelter, Paris

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Once a parking garage and now a Philippe Starck-designed boutique hotel, Mama Shelter has a 24-inch iMac in each one of its 172 rooms. The iMac acts as your entertainment center, and there’s free Wi-Fi available too. Something else the rooms at Mama Shelter have that you won’t find in most other hotels is a microwave oven 🙂

    8) Montage, Beverly Hills

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A real practical feature for the guys — a fog-free shaving mirror in all bathrooms. The Montage this year became one of the first hotels in the world to receive gold-level LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for its use of, for example, energy efficient heating, lighting and air conditioning systems.

    9) Element Hotels, across the United States

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Rooms at Element Hotels feature ambient lighting made possible with energy efficient light bulbs, and specially designed, cutting-edge low flow rain showers that minimize water wastage. All rooms have state-of-the-art kitchens and soon guests will be supplied with a Nintendo DS console loaded with Personal Trainer: Cooking software.

    10) Pod Hotel, New York City

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Targeted at the younger traveler, New York’s Pod Hotel has an in-house Pod Community Blog, open to those with reservations, that allows guests and guests-to-be to interact, ask questions and exchange information. The hotel is sure to satisfy the tech-hungry budget traveler with its free Wi-Fi, LCD flat screen TVs and iPod docking stations.

So next time don’t complain u don’t have a Wi-Fi setup in ur hotel room, just switch onto one of this :))