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Nintendo planned a "Revolution" for your TV. When it arrived in 2006, it was a lot more fun than the confrontational term might imply. Revolution turned out to be the code name for the company's new console, and just before E3 that year Nintendo ditched the subterfuge and unveiled its official title: Nintendo Wii. It was revolutionary, using motion-tracking remotes to get players off the couch and involved in the action. The Wii rapidly became the centerpiece at parties, stepping into the arena with classics like Pictionary and charades. The console's popularity was also a welcome turnabout for Nintendo, which had been languishing over its latest console's missteps.

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I stopped playing Battlefield this year. Why did I stop playing the massively popular first-person shooter? Because it never works when it launches. For those who haven't experienced the promise and defeat of a Battlefield launch, it goes as such:

  1. A multiplayer beta precedes the launch, often by a slim few months, which is chalked up to server testing.
  2. Players enjoy the beta, which is sometimes buggy, but often stable enough. And hey, it's a beta.
  3. The game launches; millions of players splash into online servers; and it becomes unplayable for days, weeks and often months at a time.

Battlefield games come out every year. This was not always the case, but in the past four years, we've seen three Battlefield games. Zero of those three worked at launch (I actually wrote about this back when Battlefield 3 came out, at our sister site Joystiq). Battlefield 4 launched last October; it just started operating consistently. At E3 2014, EA announced this year's entry in the series: Battlefield Hardline. It's with this tremendous amount of baggage that I approached our interview with Battlefield studio head Karl Magnus Troedsson.

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The private room, elevated above the crazed throngs of E3 attendees, was dark and oppressively stuffy. Inside, Conan O'Brien lay on a beanbag in front of Sony's newest virtual reality demo for its Project Morpheus headset: Street Luge. And he was surrounded by two Nintendo booth babes -- an awkward collision of rival gaming worlds that wasn't lost on Sony PR. Conan was finishing up a shoot for a spoof segment on Morpheus and I had to wait for the celebrity fanfare to stop.

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Hey! Nintendo's annual not quite E3 event is kicking off at 9 AM PT (12 PM ET). As usual the company isn't holding an in-the-flesh press event. So, why don't you follow along with us and watch a stream of the company's big gaming announcements (we'll be watching right along with you). Mario Kart already out of the way, maybe we'll get word on some of our other favorite Nintendo franchises. (Zelda or Donkey Kong, anybody?) Only one way to find out. Click on through past the break to watch a Twitch stream of the "Digital Event" or just check back with us throughout the day as we bring you all the latest E3 news.

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As our lives become saturated with digital devices, it's often refreshing to saunter over to the vintage side of things for a moment. Marshall paid tribute to its '60s guitar amp origins when it released its 50th anniversary edition Hanwell speaker and one lucky Engadget reader will now get to lay the cornerstone of their own Marshall stack. The company has served as a backdrop to rock and roll gigs for decades and the Hanwell aims to deliver a bit of that stadium sound in a living room-sized package. The speaker has separate knobs at the top for volume, bass and treble -- although they only go up to 10 -- and power is controlled with a simple on/off toggle switch. There's no Bluetooth on this baby; its only audio connector is a double-ended 3.5mm coil cord. But there's 100 watts of power ready to pump up the jams and ruin your neighbor's evening. All you need to do is head to the Rafflecopter widget below for up to three chances at winning this killer boom box. If you're a night owl surrounded by light sleepers, though, you could opt for some Marshall headphones to complete the package.

Winner: congratulations to Chris C., New Orleans, LA.

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With the Xbox One taking center stage this morning at Microsoft's press conference, Sony's trying to own the evening with its own PlayStation-focused event tonight. What's in store from the folks behind the PlayStation 4? We'll find out soon enough, but allow us to venture some educated guesses: a new God of War? Perhaps an update on the long-in-development The Last Guardian? A PlayStation Vita/PlayStation 4 bundle? We'll find out starting at 9PM ET!

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Spring rains are ending; the R train tunnel is nearly through with repairs (after being ravaged by Hurricane Sandy); and we're nowhere near Engadget HQ in downtown Manhattan. Alas, it's early summer: time for the Electronic Entertainment Expo once more. The annual game industry trade event, commonly referred to as "E3," unofficially kicks off today in Los Angeles. A quartet of press conferences start at 9AM PT, with Microsoft and Sony bookending the day's proceedings. But wait -- what's all the fuss about? "What's the deal with E3?" you say in your best Jerry Seinfeld voice.

In short, E3 is a big marketing event for the game industry. In reality, E3 is much, much more than that.

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The format war. Over the last few decades it has played out across various forms of tech -- AC vs. DC, VHS vs. Beta -- usually with fierce battle lines drawn and millions, or even billions, of dollars at stake. Recently, none has burned so brightly as the battle of HD DVD vs. Blu-ray (read our blow-by-blow retrospective of the 2005-2007 battle here). And it brought all the classic elements: Sides were divided between titans of the industry, led by Sony pressing the Blu-ray side and Toshiba backing HD DVD, with the PS3 and Xbox 360 ready to serve as Trojan horses. As if the stakes weren't high enough already, the specter of an oncoming internet-streaming winter loomed like Game of Throne's army of White Walkers. So what really happened? Who won in the end? And, most importantly, was that victory actually worth it all?

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While ASUS continues to impress us with a slew of PCs and mobile devices at Computex, let's not forget that it still makes some nice peripherals. One thing that surprised us at the ASUS booth was a pretty external Blu-ray drive aimed at audio buffs. Dubbed the Blu-ray Prime, this USB 3.0 device claims to be the "world's only optical drive with 7.1-channel audio output," courtesy of the integrated ASUS Xonar sound card, which packs a Cirrus Logic CS4398 DAC and a C-Media CM6631A audio processor, plus optical output. It also features a 600-ohm headphone amplifier and a clean 114dB signal-to-noise ratio. Expect the Blu-ray Prime to hit various markets for about $199 in Q4, after the DVD version is released in Q3 for half the price.

Photos by Zach Honig.

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In case you've forgotten, Father's Day is approaching and it wouldn't hurt to grease the skids with the old man by setting him up with some fresh technology. Amazon's Electronics Father's Day Gift Guide is a great spot to find a variety of gadgets for dear old dad, but the company has also done us a solid by offering up a pair of Bose QuietComfort 20i Noise Cancelling headphones for two lucky Engadget readers. We're sure you'll consider re-gifting them when you understand the dual-purpose solution these earbuds can provide. Dad could tune out all your racket by using Bose's noise cancellation tech and you wouldn't have to suffer through his golden oldies playlist or daliance with Skrillex's latest when he has those headphones popped in. And just in case he's a bigger tech junkie than yourself, you'll always have some sweet hand-me-downs in your future. Just head down to the RaffleCopter widget below for up to three chances at winning a pair of these Bose earbuds. It's always good to have a bargaining chip at the table when it comes time to mow the lawn.

Winners: congratulations to Chris P., Flatwoods, KY and Michael H. Palo Alto, CA

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It's not a great time to be a Nintendo fan. Forecasts are falling; profits are down; and Nintendo's new console just can't bottle the lightning its predecessor left behind. The faithful may believe that the Wii U will pull through (after all, Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. are just around the corner), but even diehard fans need something to play in the meantime. Look backward, friends: The Nintendo Wii still has some life in it. Dust off your Wiimotes and don your protective jackets -- we've found four ways to revitalize your old Wii.

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Keeping gadgets juiced up while enjoying the great outdoors can be tough, but the technology is out there, so it's no reason to stay at home. The folks at ThinkGeek always have a slew of gadget solutions on hand and this week they've provided a powered-up combo for two lucky Engadget readers to enjoy. There's the Power Pot thermoelectric generator for keeping USB devices charged while stewing up some vittles and the Pocket Socket hand-cranked version to provide juice in standard outlet format. To help you lug all of this tech out into the wild, there's also the Plan B Evac sling pack. You could even drag the old man along to celebrate Father's Day and load him up with dad-style swag from ThinkGeek's specifically tailored gift center. Camping and cooking go hand-in-hand after all, and you'll want someone with experience manning the grill. To get your shot at winning this charged-up combo, all you need to do is head to the Rafflecopter widget below. There might be an adventure on the horizon and this time you could glamp it up without worrying about dead devices.

Winners: congratulations to Chris M., Taylor, MI and Charles R., Plainwell, MI.

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It starts out simply. One day, you're scrolling through the Naval Criminal Investigative Service database, identifying a perp's body when an alert flashes red on your monitor. "INTRUSION DETECTED," it screams. You're getting hacked and there's only one solution: Call your bumbling partner over and have him join you at the keyboard. The two of you frantically bang out rapid-fire key sequences as random program windows flash onscreen. The hacker's getting further and further into the system. Your partner's never seen code like this before and his usual tricks to combat it aren't working. That's when the display goes dead and your silver fox of a boss saves the day by pulling the power plug of your workstation.

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Palmer Luckey can hardly take a step without being stopped for pictures, questions or just friendly handshakes. I'm not surprised; we're at the Silicon Valley Virtual Reality Expo, and Luckey just closed a speculative panel on the future of VR. Here, he's a celebrity, and with good reason -- the Expo floor is littered with Oculus headgear, almost without competition. As we make our way to a more quiet area, Luckey tells me that his hardware isn't enough. "What we have that's impressing all these hardcore gamers and technology enthusiasts isn't good enough to be a consumer product."

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