NCAA Football 12. more new releases

NCAA Football 12 (unasked-asked-for editorializing: I always preferred it to Madden) comes out today for PlayStation 3 and XBox 360.

The 2012 edition of EA Sports’ college football franchise not only lets players assume the role of head coach or player, but also conference executive. The game’s features include an option to realign conferences, allowing fans to relive the fun of the last off-season’s conference moves and (I assume) create their own Pac-Integer or put San Diego State in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Whatever players do, it can’t be much loss logical than the Big 10 having 12 teams and the Big 12 having 10 teams. (You’ve heard that joke before? Sorry.)

Other features include the “Road to Glory” and “Coaching Carousel” career modes as well as animal mascots and team-specific pregame traditions. I haven’t had a chance to play this game yet, but college football is generally awesome.

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Review: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

(This version of the review is edited from the initial version posted on July 5.)

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D recaptures everything that was so great about the game’s original 1998 release, making its 3D version a healthy dose of nostalgia for those who first enjoyed the game 13 years ago.

Nintendo first released Ocarina of Time in 1998 for the Nintendo 64. Its new Nintendo 3DS version features not only 3D visuals, but improved character models, more detailed environments and refined controls that add freshness to a nearly 13-year-old title.

The new release also includes the more difficult “Master Quest” and a new feature allowing players to replay boss battles.

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HP releases TouchPad tablet

Announced what seems like an eternity ago (but was in reality just back in February), HP finally released its TouchPad tablet today.

It’s the first tablet running the webOS operating system.

Reviews around the Web and elsewhere mostly put it behind the iPad 2 (it shares many of the same specs, although size-wise, it’s more akin to the original iPad), but on a par or slightly ahead of the myriad Android tablet devices.

Many of the reviewers praise the software (which in some areas still appears to be half-baked), but fault the TouchPad’s hardware, dinging it for being a scant 139 grams (not quite 5 ounces) heavier and a mere 4.9 mm (one-fifth of an inch) thicker than the iPad 2.

Reviewers are also knocking the fingerprint-magnet, piano-black plastic back, but how many iPads have you seen that are not in a case?
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