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MICHAEL GOULIAN Aerobatic Champion

Vegas Pro 10: A new dimension New Vegas™ Pro 10 software brings the third dimension to video production; edit and produce stereoscopic 3D video in all leading formats! The preferred platform for creative professionals, Vegas Pro 10 offers new features designed to further its reach including comprehensive closed captioning, enhanced plug-in support, and robust audio improvements. Vegas Pro’s intuitive interface makes it easy to learn and use. Its array of professional effects and flexible editing workflows lets you produce and create the way you want; its ability to ingest, edit and deliver content across varied formats, from tape to file based to DVD/Blu-ray, means you’ll always have ultimate control. Vegas Pro 10 also includes a full featured integrated 5.1 digital audio workstation, providing maximum functionality for scoring, sound design, and multitrack recording. Vegas Pro 10 lets you reach a wider audience, faster and more efficiently than any other NLE. Just as aerobatic champion Michael Goulian relies on his finely-tuned, high-performance aircraft to maneuver through 3D space, you’ll want to rely on Vegas Pro’s power and speed to maneuver through today’s complex media landscape. Vegas Pro 10 delivers more than ever before. It’s a feature-rich, multi-media production environment, offering new dimensions for both you and your audience to explore.

Realize your vision in all its dimensions with new Vegas Pro 10. For more information, please visit: www.sonycreativesoftware.com/air

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CONTENTS

FEATURES 06 D-LINK

A look at a selection of products from D-Link’s extensive range

09 VIPRE

Announcing our new partnership with VIPRE, finally Internet Security that no longer slows down your PC!

13 PORT DESIGNS

Let Hello Kitty and PORT Designs protect your notebook this Christmas

28 MICROSOFT

Managing Editor Danielle Govier

Get the most out of your Xbox this Christmas with Xbox 360 accessories and software

Design Karl Kisala Sophie Hammond Production Support John Dunn Matt Andrews Peter Cox

ALSO THIS MONTH

Gaming Feature Kristan Reed

10 LOGITECH

Publisher Gem Creative

Using your laptop has never been so comfortable with the range of accessories available from Logitech

Printed in the UK by Cadmium Multimedia www.cadmiummultimedia.co.uk

14 MAC PERIPHERALS

To place an order please call 01279 822822 between 9am-6pm Monday to Friday, or visit www.gem.co.uk to buy online*.

Accessories and software specifically designed for your Mac

17 KASPERSKY

Protect your family this Christmas with Kaspersky PURE

To open an account please visit www.gem.co.uk or call our new accounts team on 01279 822800.

19 AVID

Make spectacular movies quickly and easily using Hollywood style tools and effects with Pinnacle Studio HD

*Trade account needed

27 CHRISTMAS GAMING GIFTS

Gem Distribution Ltd St. George House, Parkway Harlow Business Park Harlow, Essex, CM19 5QF

Telephone numbers Office: +44 01279 822800 Sales: +44 01279 822822 Facsimile numbers Office: +44 01279 416228 Sales: +44 01279 412604

A look at the top titles to stock for Christmas

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The Boxee Box by D-Link lets you stream, sort and play digital media on your TV

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For more information and to take advantage of these great offers, contact your Gem account manager or go online at www.gem.co.uk/promotions

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THE BOXEE BOX by D-Link

Stream, sort and play digital media on your TV. You want Internet freedom on your TV, but you want it to be the stuff you actually want to watch in HD and you want to enjoy it from the comfort of your couch? With the Boxee Box by D-Link you are now in full command of your TV for the first time; no rules, no contracts. Play and organise your digital stuff Just tell the Boxee Box where your personal media collection is stored and it will create a beautiful media library for you with relevant artwork and information. Since it plays all popular video, music and photo formats (up to 1080p full HD) you can hit play with confidence. Over 400 apps, and growing Check out all the sites you already visit daily in an interface that’s designed for your 50-inch HDTV. BBC, MTV , YouTube, Facebook, Flickr, and more, now made for your TV. New apps are added each week through Boxee’s open platform so you always have access to the latest content. Tailored to your sofa Boxee’s unique software was designed with your sofa in mind – big text, easy-tounderstand icons, and a beautiful interface make using the QWERTY remote even easier than your TV remote. You’ll never put up with an on-screen keyboard again. See what your friends are watching Use the Boxee Box’s integrated social features to get recommendations from your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Find something you love? Share it directly with your friends across the Web from your TV. COMING SOON

For more information contact your Gem account manager on 01279 822822 or go online at www.gem.co.uk

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D-Link Last month D-Link was announced as a new partner to Gem, intended to support D-Link’s further growth in the consumer market; ensuring that more of D-Link’s digital home products are available in UK retail outlets. By working closely with D-Link, Gem hope to offer retailers the very best in digital home technology to sell to today’s increasingly connected consumer who wants to stream HD content, share music and video and play games online. Here The Future takes a look at a selection of products from DLink’s extensive range of home networking products including wireless routers, media players, digital storage and PowerLines.

BOXEE BOX BY D-LINK The Boxee Box by D-Link brings all the stuff you normally watch on a computer to your TV; movies and TV programmes streamed from the Internet, 400 different apps that let you access content from most popular websites, and a full web browser just in case we missed anything. The Boxee Box will also help you rediscover your own media collection by automatically identifying all the files on a hard drive or home network and then building a stunning visual media library for you. And just so you don’t end up watching the same stuff over and over, the Boxee Box pulls recommendations from your friends on Facebook and Twitter to help you discover new favourites. All this plus a unique QWERTY remote so you can search, login, and browse with ease.

DIR-815 WIRELESS N HOME ROUTER

DSL-2740R WIRELESS ADSL ROUTER

POWERLINE HOMEPLUG AV NETWORK STARTER KIT

D-Link’s DIR-815 Wireless N Home Router enables users to make the most of their Internet subscription by providing two simultaneous wireless networks. With QoS capabilities and eco-friendly design, this router is suitable for online gaming, media streaming or videoconferencing. The DIR-815 also uses Quadband technology to support 2.4GHz and 5.0 GHz wireless signals at the same time allowing users to check e-mails and browse the Internet using the 2.4GHz band while simultaneously streaming movies and other media on the 5.0 GHz band.

The DSL-2740R wireless ADSL router is an affordable high performance ADSL router fit for homes and small offices. With integrated ADSL2/2+ supporting up to 24Mbps download speed, 802.11n draft wireless LAN, firewall protection, Quality of Service (QoS) and 4-port switch, this router provides all the essentials that a home or small office needs to establish a secure and highspeed remote link to the outside world without the inflated cost and trouble of installing a separate wireless access point and an Ethernet switch.

The D-Link DHP-307AV kit consists of two PowerLine Homeplug AV network adapters used to distribute Ethernet over standard AC wiring within the home. By simply plugging one PowerLine adapter into an existing electrical socket, users can turn every power outlet into a potential network connection, making the DHP-307AV an ideal solution for sharing a high-speed Internet connection or for connecting computers, HD media players, game consoles and Network Attached Storage to the home network. It is also ideal for homes or small offices.

Webcode DIR-815/R SRP £109.99

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Webcode DSL-2740R/UK SRP £40.99

Webcode DHP-307AV/B SRP £79.99


D-LINK

DNS-320 SHARECENTER PULSE The D-Link DNS-320 ShareCenterTM Pulse is a 2-bay Network Attached Storage (NAS) device with backup and media features that make it ideal for storing and sharing photos, music, movies and work files on a home network. File access is easy and straightforward with the built-in web file server which allows users to browse and download files over the internet, and the more technical user can manage the contents of their ShareCenter Pulse from any FTP client. The built-in UpnP media server will also stream the media content to any compatible media player including Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and D-Link Boxee Box over the local network. Webcode XXXXX SRP £XXX.XX

DPR-2000 MULTI-PORT WIRELESS G PRINT SERVER

DCS-930 WIRELESS-N NETWORK IP CAMERA

The DPR-2000 Multi-port Wireless G Print Server lets users share up to four USB printers among home and office workers across a wired or wireless network. It also supports the scan and fax functions of multifunction equipment, so users can send documents to fax directly from their computers, or scan images without having to attach individual scanners to their PC. If the user plans to cluster together multiple printers or multifunction equipment at a central location, this print server can save on both cost and installation time.

The D-Link DCS-930 Wireless IP Camera is a unique and versatile surveillance solution for your home or small office. Unlike a traditional webcam, the D-Link DCS-930 is a complete system with a built-in CPU and web server that transmits high quality video images for security and surveillance. Simple installation and an intuitive webbased interface offer easy integration with your Ethernet or 802.11n wireless network. The D-Link DCS-930 IP Camera also comes with remote monitoring and motion detection features for a complete and cost-effective home security solution.

Webcode DPR-2000/B SRP £99.99

Webcode XXXXX SRP £XXX.XX

For more information on D-Link products available from Gem contact your Gem account manager on 01279 822822 or go online at www.gem.co.uk

TEL 01279 822822 FAX 01279 412604 WEB WWW.GEM.CO.UK

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Finally. Internet Security that no longer slows down your PC! No more annual renewals!

For more information on VIPRE products available from Gem contact your account manager on 01279 822822 or go online at www.gem.co.uk


VIPRE

VIPRE No more renewals. No more worries . *

This month Gem is pleased to announce their recent partnership with VIPRE. Developed by GFI Software, the VIPRE Antivirus product line gives users lean and mean security that delivers antivirus and antispyware protection, personal firewall, and malicious website filtering technologies that protect the user from today’s malware threats. VIPRE translate their years of experience in researching, detecting, and remediating sophisticated malware into a next-generation threat protection technology; meaning powerful protection against today’s highly complex malware threats. No more sluggish PCs, system slowness, and resource headaches of older antivirus programs. VIPRE AnTIVIRuS PREmIum VIPRE Antivirus is fast, efficient technology that runs seamlessly without significantly impairing system performance and is designed for an unobtrusive user experience, keeping notification pop-ups and warnings to a minimum. At VIPRE’s core is an anti-malware engine that merges the detection of viruses, worms, spyware, Trojans, bots, and rootkits into a single efficient and powerful system. Utilising advanced technologies to perform high speed threat scanning to analyse large volumes of information for malware threats in a short period of time without slowing down your PC. * Only available with the VIPRE AntiVirus Premium Lifetime Service

With real-time monitoring and protection against known and unknown malware threats and leverages a number of malware detection methods, including heuristics, behavioural and traditional signature-based methods. The combination of all these detection techniques provides an extraordinarily powerful level of real-time protection for the PC. With the integrated personal firewall, host-based intrusion prevention and intrusion detection system (IDS) also proactively protects the PC against exploits and zeroday threats with web filtering technologies including ad blocking, bad URL blocking and boot time firewall. VIPRE also includes comprehensive protection against email viruses, with support for Outlook, Outlook Express and Windows Mail; and support for any email program that uses POP3 and SMTP. The anti-phishing feature also blocks access to phishing websites by stripping out emails that contain phishing links.

Unlimited Home User License Webcode P412IEXUS00 SRP £49.95 Lifetime Service Webcode P412IEXYS10 SRP £59.95 For more information on VIPRE products contact your Gem account manager on 01279 822822 or go online at www.gem.co.uk

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High performance PC security Powerful, scanning technology Active Protection MX-V technology FirstScan Advanced anti-rootkit technology Bi-directional firewall

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Using your laptop has never been so comfortable Notebook Kit MK605 The Notebook Kit MK605 is a complete solution that lets the user pick from the accessories included to suit what they are doing and where they are doing it. The accessories included are the Logitech Wireless Mouse M505, Logitech Wireless Keyboard K340 and the Logitech notebook riser N110. Connected to the notebook using a Logitech Unifying receiver to Wireless Mouse M505 and Wireless Keyboard K340 feature advanced wireless technology that allows for fast data transmission with virtually no delays. With the laser precision of the Wireless Mouse M505, the space saving design of the Wireless keyboard K340 and the perfect angles of the Notebook Riser N110 the Notebook kit MK605 ensures the right combination of mouse, stand and keyboard for the user’s needs, so users can be more comfortable and productive no what matter they are doing. Webcode 939-000223 SRP £69.99

For more information on the full range range of Logitech products available from Gem, contact your Gem account manager on 01279 822822 or go online at www.gem.co.uk/logitech

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LOGITECH

Comfort Lapdesk

Cooling Pad N100

Portable Lapdesk N315

The stable and lightweight design of the Logitech Comfort Lapdesk allows the user to work comfortably just about anywhere. The heat shielding design protects the body from the laptop heat, whilst the twelve-degree angled riser makes the user’s neck and legs more comfortable when seated. The Comfort Lapdesk is created from a soft, air-mesh fabric that feels good on the user’s legs enhancing the comfort feature of this product, and with a thin and streamlined profile the Comfort Lapdesk can be stored neatly and looks good in any room in the house.

The Logitech Cooling Pad N100 improves airflow around the notebook protecting the user from the heat. The slotted surface design, with virtually silent airflow, allows the USB-powered fan to distribute air quietly and evenly. The enclosed, durable construction protects the internal fan from dust and damage, and is designed for efficiency with minimal impact on the notebook’s battery. The colour and shape is inspired by nature, so it looks good in any room in the home, and its versatile design with rear air intake allows for steady, unobstructed airflow – whether on a desk or lap.

Webcode 939-000092 SRP £29.99

Webcode 939-000120 SRP £24.99

With the Logitech Portable Lapdesk N315 users can keep cool and comfortable wherever they use their laptop. The thin and lightweight design makes it easy to slip into any laptop bag or sleeve, so users can take it with them everywhere. Designed for laptops 15” or smaller, the Logitech Portable Lapdesk N315 also features an anti-slip top to ensure that the laptop always stays in place. Plus the washable design is easy to clean. The Logitech Portable Lapdesk N315 also features a retractable mouse pad that allows the users to use their mouse without having to sit at a desk or table, offering the ultimate in portable use. Webcode 939-000182 SRP £19.99

Speaker Lapdesk N700 With the Logitech Speaker Lapdesk N700 users get more than just a lapdesk, they get a home theatre style sound system and a comfortable laptop experience. The Speaker Lapdesk N700 offers users two built-in high-definition speakers with 2-inch highperformance neodymium drives, and are specifically designed for laptops to give users a rich sound and powerful bass. The Speaker Lapdesk N700 also features a quiet, efficient fan that circulates air under the laptop, protecting the fan from dust and damage, whilst the heat-shielding design and angled riser helps to keep the heat off the user’s legs and lap ensuring a comfortable experience. Webcode 939-000288 SRP £69.99

COMING SOON Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 Battery hassles are a thing of the past with the solar-powered Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750. It charges itself whenever there's light, so users can say goodbye to batteries, power bricks and charging cables. And from the PVC-free construction to the fully recyclable box, this keyboard is designed to minimise its footprint. With sleek lines and a thin profile, this stylish, streamlined keyboard adds style to any workspace. Combining the best of traditional keyboards, laptops and a Logitech-only concave key cap design, users will enjoy faster, quieter, feel-good typing – hour after hour. Plus, they will get Logitech Advanced 2.4 GHz wireless and the tiny Logitech Unifying receiver. Available 1st January 2011 Webcode 920-002929 SRP £69.99

TEL 01279 822822 FAX 01279 412604 WEB WWW.GEM.CO.UK

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Manhattan range available in red, copper, pink, bronze and grey.

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OFFER AVAILABLE UNTIL THE END OF DECEMBER ON THE MANHATTAN AND BEIRUT RANGE Terms and conditions apply

For more information and to buy today contact your Gem account manager on 01279 822822 or go online at www.gem.co.uk


PORT

Let Hello Kitty protect your notebook this Christmas

Hello Kitty Skin

Hello Kitty Bag

Designed to fit and complement the notebook, the Hello Kitty skin is made from super-soft, tough and stretchy neoprene to keep the user’s notebook secure and free from dirt and scratches. It will also absorb light knocks and bumps to prevent damage. These sleeves are ideal for protecting the notebook while it's not in use or to carry inside a larger bag or rucksack. The durable double zipper with rubber pullers, allows easy access to the notebook, while the inner zipper lip will prevent the zip from scratching.

This top loading notebook case featuring the Hello Kitty brand is the perfect accessory for any girl on the go that needs to keep her notebook protected. The thick padded sides will absorb light knocks to prevent damage. Available in 2 colours and a range of sizes to fit any notebook, the case also features a front accessory pocket for easy access to all belonging, and a removable shoulder strap for easy transportation.

Webcode 10-12” Black HKNE11BL / Red HKNE11RE SRP £22.99 13-14” Black HKNE13BL / Red HKNE13RE SRP £24.99 15.6” Black HKNE15BL / Red HKNE15RE SRP £26.99

Webcode 11-13.3” Black HKER13BL / Pink HKER13PI SRP £29.99 15.6” Black HKLO16BL / Pink HKLO16PI SRP £34.99

Available in Black and Pink

Also Available from PORT Designs

NAOS Slim Numeric Keypad NAOS Cleaner Kit

NAOS Travel Pack

For use with mobile phones, LCD, LED and CDS/DVDs the cleaner kit prevents scratches and dust while improving the screen brightness of any device.

This handy travel pack includes a mini optical mouse and USB keypad both with retractable cable

WEBCODE 201113 SRP £9.99

WEBCODE 201117 SRP £34.99

NAOS Wired Mouse

NAOS Wireless Mouse

With ultra slim keys and a special shortcut to mail, web, calculator and a folder this is the perfect accessory for notebook users.

This optical mouse with 800 dpi resolution works on every surface except glass and has a high range finish with galvanized sides and scrolling wheel.

With the ability to work within a distance of 5m, this 2.4GHz optical mouse with rubber metallic finish also features 3 buttons and a USB 2.0 micro receiver.

WEBCODE 180592 SRP £14.99

WEBCODE 180590 SRP £9.99

WEBCODE 180591 SRP £19.99

For more information on the new products available from PORT Designs contact your Gem account manager on 01279 822822 or go online at www.gem.co.uk TEL 01279 822822 FAX 01279 412604 WEB WWW.GEM.CO.UK

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Maximise your Mac. From software and game titles to hardware there is something for every Mac user. Here the Future takes a look at a few of the products available from Gem that ensure consumers get the most out of their Apple device.

ASSASSIN’S CREED II FOR MAC Ubi's classic action-adventure heads to Mac this month, and tells the compelling story of young Italian nobleman, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, out for revenge after the betrayal of his family. Set in late 15th Century Renaissance Italy, this gripping sequel builds on the rich promise of the 2007 original, and features a compelling blend of freerunning adventuring and intense hand-to-hand combat. Tasked with taking out a series of targets, you'll scope out your enemies before pouncing and making a deadly assassination - and then high tail it across the rooftops before your pursuers can react. With series sales of 18 million to date, this is one of the biggest brands around, and a very welcome addition to the Mac.

MICROSOFT OFFICE FOR MAC 2011 Promising to help users get more out of their Apple Mac, this latest version of Office for Mac offers a suite of familiar applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, which replaces Entourage from previous versions. Designed to help users take their ideas further at home, at school, or in the office, users now have the peace of mind of full compatibility. This allows them to work on creating professional documents, useful spreadsheets and compelling presentations with virtually anyone, whether on a Mac or PC. Users can even store their files in a password-protected online SkyDrive folder, 14

allowing them to access, edit, and share their work from almost anywhere, using the free Office Web Apps. Office Mac Home and Student 2011 1PK Webcode GZA-00136 SRP £89.99 Office Mac Home and Student Family Pack 2011 Webcode W7F-00014 SRP £109.99 Office Mac Home and Business 2011 1PK Webcode W6F-00063 SRP £189.99 Office Mac Home and Business Multipack 2011 Webcode W9F-00014 SRP £232.60

MICROSOFT COMPACT MOUSE 500 This affordable, compact mouse with Microsoft Optical Technology delivers precise cursor control on a wide variety of surfaces and offers users better durability, increased speed and accuracy, and consistent performance. The stylish design of this three-button mouse makes it the perfect notebook accessory with the ability to navigate documents and web pages effortlessly without using the on-screen scroll bar, saving time and effort. The ambidextrous design also makes working more comfortable. Webcode U81-00027

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LOGITECH QUICKCAM VISION PRO FOR MAC The Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro features Carl Zeiss optics for imageperfect detail and clarity, and premium autofocus that keeps images razor-sharp, even in close-ups. Enjoy sharper, more lifelike video calling thanks to a 2megapixel sensor. RightLight 2 technology adjusts intelligently to produce the best possible image, even in dim or back lighting. Webcode 960-000301 SRP £89.99

NORTON ANTIVIRUS VERSION 11 FOR MAC Norton's world-class virus protection solution allows Mac users to keep on top of emerging security threats with fast, reliable protection. Designed to detect and eliminate viruses, spyware, and other infectious threats, users can chat, email, surf the net and share files safe in the knowledge that they have the added security of Norton behind them. Version 11 not only provides a "rocksolid" defence against the full spectrum of online threats, It promises faster scanning times. Users will spend less time waiting, and more time to do all the fun things. And with up-to-the-minute updates provided, users will have peace of mind that they're protected even when new viruses emerge.

SPLINTER CELL CONVICTION MAC Released to considerable acclaim on PC and Xbox 360 in the Spring, Sam Fisher's latest adventure finds the former Third Echelon operative no longer playing the good guy. After uncovering corruption within his former employees, and discovering that his daughter's death was no accident, the super spy goes on a mission to find out those responsible for the tragedy.

Featuring a more accessible 'mark and execute' gameplay style, Conviction represents a slick overhaul for the Splinter Cell series, with a greater emphasis on exciting action over slow-paced stealth. With superb visuals and compelling multiplayer adding to an already top-notch package, this is another fine addition to the growing range of Mac titles.

LIVESCRIBE ECHO SMARTPEN

SANDISK SANSA FUZE+ MP3 PLAYER Described as "a fusion of functional design with outstanding sound," the Sansa Fuze + MP3 player offers users a superb portable multimedia experience with superior audio and video capabilities. With its eye-catching sleek, thin design, stylish and easy-to-read display, and flexible storage expansion, it offers great value for money. Designed to do a whole lot more than simply play back audio, users can also enjoy their photos and videos with ease, as well as their favourite radio stations via the built-in FM tuner. Usefully, users can use the Sansa Fuze+ as a voice recorder, and expand the capacity of the device even further with the simple addition of a slotRadio content card. And with 24 hours of battery life, it lasts longer on the road.

The Echo Smartpen from Livescribe is a truly revolutionary gadget that records everything you hear, say and write, and then links the audio recordings to your notes. With a simple tap of the pen, users will be able to find what they need in an instant, and whether they're in a meeting, conference, or class. This latest version has been redesigned with a sleeker look and more ergonomic feel, and now features a new anti-roll body that won't slip out of your hands. The Echo also has a standard Micro USB port and 3.5mm audio jack on the flattened top of the

Smartpen, as well as an OLED screen on the side to make it easy to navigate and interact with applications. And with an awesome 8GB of storage, up to 800 hours of audio or 128,000 pages of notes, users have plenty of space to capture everything they need. Webcode APX-00006 SRP £179.99

4GB, 8GB and 16GB versions all available in black, blue, red, indigo and white. Prices range from £42.12 to £67.69.

TEL 01279 822822 FAX 01279 412604 WEB WWW.GEM.CO.UK

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Keeping you safe this Christmas with all the protection from Kaspersky® Lab at a discounted price! Kaspersky

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For more information and to take advantage of this offer, contact your Gem account manager on 01279 822822 or go online at www.gem.co.uk/promotions


KASPERSKY

Protect your family this Christmas

from online security threats with Kaspersky PURE, the award winning security technology

Designed to keep individuals and families safe and secure online, Kaspersky PURE is the ultimate protection for digital life. Protecting home computers from all types on online threats, including spam, virus infection and identity theft, Kaspersky PURE lets users take advantage of everything the internet offers just the way they choose, with PURE freedom. For users, protecting their digital life and that of their family is more important than ever, and that takes unique, highly advanced technologies and easy-to-use tools. Here the Future takes a look at the unique features of Kaspersky PURE that allow parents to protect their children from online threats whilst allowing them the opportunity to enjoy the digital age. Preventing children from accessing or receiving inappropriate content while online, Kaspersky PURE features an extended parental control module which allows parents to limit the time children spend on the computer, block access to selected content, and monitor the use of email and social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. A built-in backup programme also prevents the loss of precious family material such as photographs and music. The latest version of Kaspersky Lab also includes enhanced functionality and an improved user interface, making it easy for families to install and manage. From this interface parents can set up keyboard monitoring to stop messages and emails from being sent if they contain predefined phrases, such as phone numbers and home addresses; stopping young people from sharing private information on the internet. Kaspersky PURE lets parents set strong parental controls that provide peace of mind and security while allowing young people to enjoy the best the internet can offer in terms of social media, entertainment and knowledge. Webcode DVD KL1901UXCFS-GB2 SRP £59.99 Retail box KL1901UBCFS-GB2 SRP £59.99

For more information on Kaspersky PURE contact your Gem account manager on 01279 822822 or go online at www.gem.co.uk/kaspersky

TEL 01279 822822 FAX 01279 412604 WEB WWW.GEM.CO.UK

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Capture, edit and tell your story with Pinnacle Studio™ HD. Easily add emotion with music, heighten suspense, hilarity or surprise by editing scenes and create impact with montage themes, transitions, animations and effects. Our user-friendly drag-and-drop interface also makes it easy to grab photos and videos from any video or still digital camera, phone or computer to create highquality HD movies; fixing shaky camera shots with technology used in major motion pictures and exciting new title designs and DVD menus. Once finished, share your masterpieces with friends, family or the world with Studio HD direct upload to sharing sites like YouTube.

The user-friendly drag-and-drop interface of Pinnacle Studio Ultimate software makes it easy for users to grab photos and videos from their video or still digital camera, phone or computer to create their own clear high-quality HD movies backed with incredible Dolby Digital 5.1 sounds and technology from Avid. Users can easily add emotion with music, heighten suspence, hilarity or surprise by editing scenes and create impact with montage themes, transitions, animations and effects. Once finished users can then share their screen sensations on YouTube, Blu-ray, DVD, AVCHD, iPod, Nintendo Wii, and everything in between.

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Top to S tock for Xmas

Don’t forget your Prima Guide a must-have to accompany any title!

Fallout New Vegas, Goldeneye 007 & Golden Sun: Dark Dawn


Get the most out of your Xbox this Christmas Here the Future takes a look at the latest accessories and software releases from Microsoft

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Chatting with friends and family on Xbox LIVE and Windows-based PCs is easy using the Xbox 360 Messenger Kit. This device easily connects to any Xbox 360 controller and provides easy to use chat capabilities while maintaining gameplay functionality in one easy-to-hold device. The Messenger Kit includes a Chatpad and Xbox 360 Headset.

Experience enhanced voice chat with the Xbox 360 Wireless Headset. Designed specifically to work seamlessly on Xbox 360™, this hands-free, wire-free headset employs the same technology as the award-winning Xbox 360 Wireless Controller. Pair up both accessories for superior performance, freedom, and comfort. Use up to four Wireless Controllers and Wireless Headsets simultaneously on one Xbox 360 for the most intense multiplayer gaming sessions ever.

Using optimised technology, the black Xbox 360 Wireless Controller lets users enjoy a 30-foot range and up to 40 hours of life on the two included AA batteries—and when they run low, users are given ample warning so they can connect a Play & Charge Kit for uninterrupted play. Plug the Xbox 360 Headset into the controller for full two-way voice communication: a wireless first.

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Take advantage of the very best value for all the goodness of gold! An Xbox LIVE Gold membership gives the best in entertainment. Using Xbox LIVE Marketplace, download loads of games to try before you buy as well as buy game add-ons like new songs, characters and levels that extend the life of the users favourite games.

Recharge the Xbox 360 Wireless Controller while playing and kiss disposable batteries goodbye! Complete with a charging cable and rechargeable battery pack, the Xbox 360 Play & Charge Kit is all that is need to juice up a Wireless Controller - even in the midst of battle.

aLso aVaILabLE XboX 360® Usb FLash drIVE by sandIsk For gamers who need portable storage for their Xbox 360 content, the Xbox 360 USB Flash Drive makes it easier than ever for gamers to take their gametags, map packs, game downloads, saved game progress and bonus content with them for fast and convenient access on another Xbox 360 console. Webcode (16GB) SDCZGXB-016G-E11 SRP £59.99 (8GB) SDCZGXB-008G-E11 SRP £34.99

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XboX 360® hdMI CabLE Webcode 9Z3-00010 SRP £19.99 Handling up to 1080p resolution in a single wire, the Xbox 360® HDMI cable delivers entertainment in picture perfect clarity and superior audio via the Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound output.

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Designed to turn the average lounge into a theatre of dreams, Kinect Sports will turn any home into a world-class stadium, bowling alley, soccer pitch or track-and-field arena for the duration. Expected to unleash the “ultimate party experience”, this revolutionary controller-free sports game allows anyone to become a star athlete. With no joypad to get in the way, you’ll bowl exactly like you would in real life, or kick, spike or box your way to glory. With an array of fun game modes for solo, cooperative and competitive play with levels to encourage and challenge players of all ages and skill sets, while Sports Party mode allows you to compete against a friend, rally a whole room full of players into teams, with everyone jumping in and out to catch a breath, or bring your team to victory; making Kinect Sports an instant classic.

Kinectimals invites children, their parents and animal lovers of all ages to build lasting friendships with some of the world’s most exotic creatures. Your journey begins when you adopt and name one of 20 playful friends, including a lion, cheetah and Bengal tiger. Memories of your first trip to the zoo come rushing back, and through the magic of Kinect that furry tiger cub is in your living room and about to become your best friend. From the first time she recognises her name to when she learns to fetch, your cub will grow up as your sidekick, eager to discover the island around you. Just like real pets, your Kinectimals will come running when they hear your voice, respond to commands such as “jump”, “roll over” and “play dead”, and purr with joy when you scratch them behind their ears.

Brought to you by Harmonix, the developers who created the world-wide blockbuster Rock Band, Dance Central is the first immersive dance video game that features and tracks full-body dance moves. Completely free from any controller, every routine has choreography and authentic routines for beginners and experts alike to master, alongside a killer soundtrack that spans today’s current pop, hip-hop and R&B artists including Lady Gaga, No Doubt, M.I.A, and Basement Jaxx. Take it step-by-step with Break It Down, jump right in and bust a move in Perform It! or challenge a friend in Dance Battle. The game features 32 songs on disc, encompassing more than 90 dance routines and more than 650 dance moves, including some you may recognise from the song’s music videos! Dance Central will have you dancing like a pro in no time. As you cruise through songs and master moves, you will earn achievements, unlock new character outfits and venues, and progress through the dance ranks.

Format Xbox 360 | publisher Microsoft | srp £39.99

reasons to stock • Simple, intuitive and instantly fun • Delivers the ultimate party experience • Live your sports star dreams

Format Xbox 360 | publisher Microsoft | srp £39.99, Limited Edition £44.99

reasons to stock • Build lasting friendships with some of the world’s most exotic creatures • Fun for children, parents and all animal lovers • Get in touch with your wild side with animals including Lions, Cheetahs and Bengal tigers

Format Xbox 360 | publisher Microsoft | srp £39.99

reasons to stock • First real dance game experience that is fun, social & for everyone • Burn up the dance floor –and calories • Get new routines with downloadable content

kInECt Joy rIdE

Format Xbox 360 | publisher Microsoft | srp £39.99

Promising players the ride of their life, Kinect Joy Ride lets you fully engage in the wildest kart racing game ever, no driver’s license required. Kinect Joy Ride reinvents driving and kart racing by adding massive jumps and fullbody gaming possible only with Kinect for Xbox 360. Players will bend, twist and move their body to hug the corners, jump through obstacles and show off their driving prowess. Feel the wind in your hair, show off your high-flying stunts and tricks, or blast and smash through a destruction arena.

The perfect collaborative experience for friends and family, Kinect joy ride supports cooperative and competitive play, both online and offline, across five exciting different game modes. Stunning landscapes also provide the backdrop for the unique driving adventure in three far-flung worlds with six hyperactive courses and a multitude of environments that are exciting to everyone. In Kinect Joy Ride, you are the car! reasons to stock • Promising players the ride of their life • Reinvents driving and kart racing games • Online multiplayer for up to 8 players

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Michael Jackson: The Experience FORMAT Wii, DS, PSP (X360 & PS3 coming 2011) RELEASE DATE 26th November 2010 PUBLISHER Ubisoft SRP Wii £34.99, PSP & DS £24.99 Following the success of Just Dance, Ubisoft is back with a title dedicated to Michael Jackson. Available on all consoles of the moment, Michael Jackson: The Experience is based on a principle that is simple and intuitive. Destined to be one of the most exciting performance videogames of all time, Michael Jackson: The Experience allows gamers to re-enact the King of Pop’s most iconic performances through singing and dancing. Featuring the most famous tracks from his glittering career, including Billie Jean, Beat It, Bad and Workin’ Day and Night, players will be able to test their vocal range against the master, as well as try and emulate his incredible dance moves. Each version is developed by a different Ubisoft studio, and has been tailored specifically for each platform. For Kinect, the game utilises Ubisoft’s proprietary technology called Player Projection; where the form of the body will be projected on screen in environments inspired by Michael Jackson’s most famous video and live performances. There will be several modes of play in this version of the game, but the only one revealed so far is Michael’s School, where players will be able to rehearse before their show. Video training will also be available for each of the Michael Jackson moves available in the game. Four player

Just Dance 2 enough, further tracks will be available for download online via the ever expanding catalogue on WiiWare.

FORMAT Wii RELEASE DATE Out Now PUBLISHER Ubisoft SRP £24.99 Promising to get everyone on their feet this Christmas, Just Dance 2 will have your friends and family moving their feet to the beat and having fun all over again. Released exclusively for the Wii, the follow-up to the four million selling Just Dance boasts a new duet co-operative and competitive mode, as well as a much-improved movement detection system to ensure that it’s a definitive dancing game experience.

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Players can also use the game as an exercise tool with solo play featuring Just Dance Just Sweat mode. Through this mode players can set themselves daily and weekly objectives, meaning the game seamlessly combines fun and fitness. A range of new dance moves make game play even more amazing than with Just Dance, and a killer track list, features more than 40 tracks to get everyone from children to parents and grandparents up and dancing to some familiar classics and recent chart-toppers, covering a wide variety of genres. And if that’s still not

To top it all off, Just Dance 2 also caters for people who don’t want to get up and dance, as they can sing-a-long on the sofa as the lyrics for all tracks are displayed on screen as you dance! Reasons To Stock • Sure to be at the centre of every Christmas party • New modes like duet mode let players have a much more varied and interactive multiplayer experience • Compete with up to 8 players per round in multiplayer mode

multiplayer will be available on the Wii and Move enabled PlayStation 3. The game will also feature singing on the Kinect on Xbox 360, and optional karaoke on the PlayStation 3 version. Whereas on the DS version of the game there is a cartoon version of Michael on the top screen and the player follows along by tapping the bottom screen with the stylus to the rhythm of the music. Players’ performances will be played on backdrops and environments inspired by the iconic music videos and live performances, offering a level of immersion that has never been seen before. Reasons To Stock • Fans try and emulate one of the most incredible performers the world has ever seen • Features hits including Billie Jean, Black or White and Thriller • Follows on from the success of Just Dance and Just Dance 2


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TradeTalk How do you expect the game to perform at retail? We have great expectations for this title at retail – it is a big title for us this Christmas and we are supporting it fully through both our marketing and trade marketing campaigns. We are hopeful that the brand of Michael Jackson will really help to alleviate the profile of the game and it will be in the forefront of consumers’ minds this Christmas. What key features can players experience in  the game? Michael Jackson The Experience is the first music entertainment title which lets you step into the shoes of the King of Pop, and includes his greatest hits and moves. The Wii version which is coming out on November 26th challenges you to dance like Michael and learn all his most iconic moves accompanied by a tracklist of over 25 of his biggest hits. You follow an avatar that performs all of Michael’s greatest routines in authentic environments inspired by his music videos and on-stage performances. The lyrics are also on the screen if you want to sing along to the tracks. You can play against up to 3 other players on the Wii and you can either all play as Michael or some can choose to be the back-up dancers. There is a Michael Jackson School Mode where a real life choreographer teaches some of the more challenging moves in detail. The DS and PSP formats are releasing on the same date and they both focus around rhythm action gameplay. You play along to the beat of some of Michael’s biggest hits, and unlock new songs as you go along. There are three difficulty levels so the game is accessible for everyone and you can unlock some of Michael’s collectible memorabilia as you play through the game as well. Who is Ubisoft’s main target market for this title?  Obviously the fan base for Michael Jackson is quite a general one, spanning from young kids to grandparents! We have combined our knowledge of Jackson fans with a Wii ownership audience so our target in terms of our media buy is 12-25 y.o girls. However there are elements of our campaign that will focus around the broader audience such as some of the PR and also the experiential campaign we are running at shopping centres across the country, which will focus on a family audience. How are you going about raising awareness?  At the moment we are actually running a sampling tour which is visiting shopping centres all over the country showcasing both Michael Jackson The Experience and Just Dance 2. So from now up until Christmas over 10 cities will be able to play the game pre-release, at launch and in the run up to Christmas. In-store we are displaying pre-order inlays and dummy boxes and sending emailers out to consumers to raise their awareness of the title.The rest of our marketing kicks off on 24th November with a TV campaign which lasts up until Christmas, featuring a spot on the X Factor on Saturday 27th November. We will be supporting this with VOD focused around the X Factor, and also online ads running on Facebook, MSN Messenger and www.michaeljackson.com. There will be print ads running in a handful of women’s weekly magazines post-launch and we will have reviews, news features and competitions running across press as well. There will be a celeb-studded launch party taking place on Thursday 18th November where a host of key media will be attending to get a first look at the game. There will also be an event for key fan sites and bloggers on Monday 15th November, again where there will be an opportunity to play the game before it comes out on release. So hopefully there will be a lot of awareness and hype for the game pre-launch and this will continue on building right up until Christmas.

Motion Sports FORMAT Xbox 360 Kinect RELEASE DATE Out Now PUBLISHER Ubisoft SRP £39.99 MotionSports is a new sports title exclusive to Microsoft Kinect that brings players unparalleled immersion, as the movements they make in real-time are accurately represented by the on-screen athletes. With a wide range of sports available players can race down the slopes of a Super G slalom, score a mind-blowing penalty shot, duck-and-run your way to a game-winning touchdown or throw punches at the champ. Every sport benefits from the freedom of controller-free gaming, and can be enjoyed head-to-head with friends. Player can also become a sporting hero on the world stage, winning over fans and attracting media coverage. Your performances are broadcast on the in-game TV channel, with live commentators welcoming players to the game and commenting on every challenge with a humorous tone. Share your data with your friends online and attract legions of adoring fans, watching your face on the cover of in-game magazines.

Reasons To Stock • Controller-free you are in total control of the on-screen action • Fun for all the family • Performance’s are broadcast on the in-game TV channel

Your Shape: Fitness Evolved FORMAT Xbox 360 Kinect RELEASE DATE Out Now PUBLISHER Ubisoft SRP £39.99 Get off the couch this Christmas and kick start the New Year weight loss with Your Shape: Fitness Evolved. With celebrity fitness guru Michael George on-hand to help meet fitness targets, players can engage in Yoga or Martial Arts classes or get stuck into a series of fun mini games designed for the whole family. During exercise, players will receive specific feedback on their every move, as well as be able to interact with stunning visuals that respond to impact and motion. Performance is fully tracked too, with players able to share their stats with friends and family, and even create challenges to help each other reach fitness goals. As Ubisoft says “You’ll have so much fun that you won’t notice how hard you’re working until you see the results!” Reasons To Stock • Revolutionary player projection puts players bodies right into the game • Cutting-edge workouts created by fitness experts • Personalise workouts to choose what you want to get out of it TEL 01279 822822 FAX 01279 412604 WEB WWW.GEM.CO.UK

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Donkey Kong Country Returns Some 14 years on from the release of the revered SNES classic Donkey Kong Country 3, Nintendo has rebooted one of its most beloved franchises just in time for the Christmas rush. Expectation is understandably sky-high for the Nintendo Wii exclusive, and this Retro Studios-developed title, and faithfully, ahem, apes the gorgeous look and feel of the side-scrolling platform trilogy.

PUBLISHER Nintendo FORMAT Wii RELEASE DATE 3rd December 2010 SRP £44.99

REASONS TO STOCK • Return of an iconic brand • From the makers of the Metroid Prime Triology • True mass market appeal • First party Wii title • Backed by massive marketing push

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The bad news is that DK's banana stash has been robbed by a group of evil Tikis, and understandably, the big hairy ape wants them back. For the first time in the celebrated series, two people will be able to team up and play at the same time, with one player taking control of Donkey Kong, and the other as Diddy Kong. Players can either team up as one unit, or can hop off and explore the levels separately at any time. This time around, Diddy Kong can help out with his trusty backpack, as well as Peanut Pop Gun. For fans of the 16-bit originals, many of the game elements will be instantly recognisable, including the barrel canyons and mine carts, and the hidden items found throughout the jungle - such as the hard-to-reach K-O-N-G letters that grant players an extra bonus at the end of every level. But famed Canadian developer Retro Studios hasn't simply produced a facsimile of the old style, but has enhanced it in breathtaking style, adding an extra layer of three dimensional depth to the world and game play. Even for newcomers to the series, the beautiful vibrancy and instant playability make this a must-have for players young or old. Being a first party Wii game, players can expect intuitive controls, with both the 'classic' retro style supported alongside new motion controls, with Donkey Kong pounding the ground if you shake the controller. Boasting fantastic playability, great graphics and a host of varied, challenging levels, Donkey Kong Country Returns looks set to be the ultimate platformer this Christmas.

AlsoAvailable Donkey Kong Country Returns Prima Guide With labelled maps of all levels and every hidden item revealed, the Donkey Kong Country Returns Prima guide provides players with all they need to excel to the next level and get the most out of co-op play! For more details contact your Gem account manager on 01279 822822 or go online at www.gem.co.uk


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Grab your Wii Remote and call your friends and family....

party time is here!

Wii Party FORMAT Wii RELEASE DATE Out Now PUBLISHER Nintendo SRP £39.99 includes remote

be as important as what’s displayed on it, as House Party mode turns your living room into a pivotal part of the gameplay.

Playing with up to four Wii Remotes, Wii Party brings more than 80 inventive and wild mini-games into your home and features your very own personalised Mii Character.

On top of the new level of interactivity introduced by House Party, Wii Party also includes Pair Games and Party Games modes - both of which keep the varied challenges coming thick and fast as you cooperate or compete with fellow players.

With 13 different game modes to get to grips with, Wii Party will be the life and soul of any gathering as you enjoy games that redefine the traditional party videogame experience. For the first time, the action away from the television will

Reasons To Stock • All-new collection of party games • Up to four players can get in on the action • Packed with enough fun to keep everyone entertained for hours

Other top Nintendo titles to stock for Christmas!

New Super Mario Bros

Mario Kart

FORMAT Wii (also available on Nintendo DS) RELEASE DATE Out Now PUBLISHER Nintendo SRP £44.99

FORMAT Wii (also available on Nintendo DS) RELEASE DATE Out Now PUBLISHER Nintendo SRP £39.99 (DS - £29.99)

A classic 2D adventure, New Super Mario Bros. lets you experience an actionpacked Mario platformer on Wii with simultaneous multiplayer fun. Princess Peach has been kidnapped by Bowser and it’s up to Mario to save her, but this time he’s not alone! Up to four players can join in the fun at the same time, playing as Mario, Luigi or either one of the toads.

Offering a mix of cooperative and competitive play, New Super Mario Bros sees players working together to rescue Princess Peach, or use their skills to battle for the best ranking. Cooperate by saving friends from danger – or get rid of the competition by tossing them straight into it! Reasons To Stock • Up to four players can join in the fun • Enhanced gameplay utilising the unique features of Wii • Dynamic help system which helps players out of sticky situations

Combining all the much loved features from the series, Mario Kart Wii also sees a whole host of stunning new tracks, characters, weapons and vehicles. With an all starcast that includes Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Wario and Bowser, players can now achieve world ranking domination by taking on up to 11 players simultaneously worldwide using the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service which

will offer them the chance to race other players across the globe. The multiplayer mode also allows up to four people to challenge each other in the comfort of their own living room, bringing the on screen excitement to a whole new dimension. Reasons To Stock • The ultimate Mario racing experience • Fun for all the family • Stunning new tracks, characters, weapons and vehicles

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Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition The highest rated game of all time is back, in this definitive Complete Edition.

PUBLISHER Rockstar Games FORMAT Xbox 360, PS3, PC RELEASE DATE Out Now

Offering more than 100 hours of gameplay from three contrasting perspectives, players will enter the crime-ridden streets of Liberty City and experience a seedy underworld like no other.

PC - £29.99

Released to wild acclaim in April 2008, Grand Theft Auto IV allows players to become immersed in the compelling story of Eastern European immigrant Niko Bellic as he comes to terms with his troubled past in an unfamiliar city.

REASONS TO STOCK

Elsewhere, in The Lost And Damned, players will take to the streets as part of The Lost motorcycle club as they take on the role of grizzled leather-clad biker Johnny Klebitz.

SRP Xbox 360, PS3 - £39.99

• Exceptional value. • One of the most highly rated games ever. • Three games in one. • Hundred plus missions. • Exceptional multiplayer.

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Bringing together both Grand Theft Auto IV and the two distinct stories contained within Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City, this fantastic value package offers gamers more than 100 intense, exciting and varied missions.

And the final part of the package, The Ballad Of Gay Tony, lets players rub shoulders with Liberty City's high society as they play as Luis Lopez, the right-hand man of unhinged nightclub impresario Tony Prince.

Developed with Rockstar's usual unbeatable cinematic zest, all three parts of the Grand Theft Auto IV trilogy have raised the bar for openworld action games, and have all scooped universal acclaim for their uncompromising portrayal of the darker side of urban living. In addition to all the single player goodness on offer, Grand Theft Auto IV's multiplayer will keep players coming back for months, with 15 modes of play, supporting up to 16 players on PS3 and 360, or up to 32 players on PC. Various team-based modes are present, including Deathmatch, Mafiya Work and Car Jack City, while racing and co-op modes include Race, Hangman's Noose and Bomb Da Base II. As usual, players will be able to experience almost endless openworld fun between missions, with tons of fun to be had driving around, causing random mayhem or just chilling out, making friends in the game by bowling, playing darts or pool, or heading to the nearest comedy club. And in true Rockstar style, the excellent array of radio stations offers an incomparable soundtrack that you could quite happily listen to for hours. In short, GTA IV: Complete Edition is one of the most essential purchases in gaming history. A true entertainment landmark from one of the true innovators in this industry.

SAM HOUSER PRESIDENT OF ROCKSTAR GAMES ON GRAND THEFT AUTO: COMPLETE EDITION

Each story in the Grand Theft Auto IV trilogy brought new perspectives and new gameplay to the amazing world of Liberty City. We’re happy to bring these three experiences together for the first time in one complete package.


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Mafia II FORMAT X360/PS3/PC PUBLISHER 2K Games

Red Dead Redemption Undead Nightmare FORMAT X360/PS3 | RELEASE DATE 26th November 2010 | PUBLISHER Rockstar Games When former outlaw John Marston wakes up at his farmhouse, he finds a world gone insane: overnight, deranged hordes have overrun the towns and outposts of the American frontier. In a desperate attempt to save his family, Marston must traverse a world torn apart by chaos and disorder, using every skill he has to survive long enough to find a cure. The Undead Nightmare provides an array of new gameplay missions, mechanics, weapons, locations and multiplayer modes, including: • All-New Single-Player Story – it’s up to John Marston to eradicate the zombie outbreak and discover a cure; • Undead Overrun Co-Operative Multiplayer Mode – band together as a team of 2-4 players and survive endless waves of undead horrors in a variety of locations; • Four Distinct Zombie Classes – including the Undead rank and file, Bolters, Bruisers and Retchers that will test your mettle and accuracy; • The Blunderbuss – an all-new, all-powerful shotgun

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that not only uses zombie parts for ammunition, but adjudicates them in one shot; New Melee and Projectile Weapons – set zombies aflame with the torch, cleanse them with Holy Water and lure them towards certain doom with Boom Bait; Infected Open World – ambient challenges, zombified animals, mythical creatures and missing persons are scattered throughout the now-undead world of Red Dead Redemption; All-New Soundtrack Also includes all the available Red Dead Redemption multiplayer content released to date including: all the competitive and cooperative modes, Liars Dice, Poker, Horse Races and the revolutionary Free Roam mode

RELEASE DATE Out Now

Set back in the dying embers of the old Wild West in 1911, the game focuses on the trials that befall John Marston, a one-time outlaw on the lookout for a man named Bill Williamson. With his family in government captivity, he’s in no mood to play nicely. Travelling down from the civilized North to the lawless dusty frontier of the Mexico border, this is an openworld adventure like no other. Offering a true sandbox experience, gamers will have a wealth of activities to engage in outside of the main story, including duelling, gambling and bounty hunting. While random encounters will ensure that players are kept on their toes throughout. Combined with a strong narrative, this

Wrapped up in one of the most crafted, brilliantly directed narratives ever seen in a videogame, Mafia II is a true blockbuster gaming experience that mustn’t be missed. The game rewinds to the classic post-World War II-era at the height of Mafioso intrigue in America. Focused on the struggles of Italian-American war veteran Vito Scaletta, Mafia II captures those dark, menacing times to perfection, with superb attention to detail. Set in the fictional city of Empire Bay, the game follows Vito’s troubled life from mid 1940s to mid 1950s as he drags himself out of poverty. Embroiled in a life of crime with his lifelong friend Joe, their dreams of becoming Made Men start to come true, but they soon learn that being Wise-Guys comes at a price. With all the clothing, cars, music and even advertising realistically depicted, Mafia II excels by creating a truly credible game world, brimming with fascinating, complex characters.

Reasons to stock • Fantastic cinematic experience • Pillar triple-A title across three formats • Engaging combat and driving

New Carnival Funfair Games FORMAT Wii/DS PUBLISHER 2K Play

RELEASE DATE Out Now

Reasons to stock • Self-launching game content removes a key barrier and opens up a whole new market • Brand new, undead-riddled, single player adventure • The complete Red Dead Redemption multiplayer experience all on one disc • 15+ hours of multiplayer gameplay, 7+ hours of single-player gameplay

Red Dead Redemption FORMAT X360/PS3 PUBLISHER Rockstar Games

RELEASE DATE Out Now

is a game you will truly immerse yourself in from the opening encounters, through to the climax of the epic 40 hour-plus journey. Reasons to stock • Stands apart in the action-adventure category • Compelling cinematic storyline • Intense combat with strong shooter mechanics

With all-new games and prizes New Carnival Funfair Games takes family fun to new heights, and for the first time is fully compatible with the Wii MotionPlus Controller accessory offering increased accuracy, enhanced gameplay and more precision than ever before. Full of over 30 new games and attractions, the fairground includes all the favourites like pitch-a-plate, bumper car and the haunted house. No carnival is complete without must-win prizes such as moon rocks, eye-bots, decoder rings and over 300 wacky wearables.For the DS New Carnival Funfair Games offers a unique selection of games and also the opportunity to take your picture the moment you win a game for some surprising and hilarious reaction shots. Reasons to stock • Fully compatible with Wii MotionPlus for enhanced gameplay • Takes the family fun of the original multi-million unit seller to new heights • Extended multiplayer makes this a sure hit for any Christmas gatherings

TEL 01279 822822 FAX 01279 412604 WEB WWW.GEM.CO.UK

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My First Songs FORMAT Wii RELEASE DATE Out now PUBLISHER Mindscape SRP £29.99, Bundle with 1 mic £39.99

My First Songs is the first karaoke game for 3-6 year old’s on the Wii, offering children the opportunity to sing to their favourite first songs and nursery rhymes, just like grown-ups. With 20 popular songs to choose from including Old Mac Donald, Hickory Dickory Dock and Heads, Shoulder, Knees and Toes children can enjoy all their favourite tracks. All the songs are also already known off by heart by children, so they can play even if they cannot read. My First Songs combines educational and entertaining values where children can learn with famous songs, allowing them to make musical discoveries. The graphics are also very cute and rich, with children performing their songs whilst on the farm with all their favourite animals.

U-Sing 2 FORMAT Wii RELEASE DATE Out now PUBLISHER Mindscape SRP £29.99, Bundle with 1 mic £39.99 Following the success of the first two massively successful U-Sing titles, U-Sing 2 is set to be a sure fire hit this Christmas and a must-have for all karaoke fans and singing stars. With hits from Universal’s catalogue of British and International artists including The Libertines, Lady Gaga, Florence and the Machine, Coldplay and the Spice Girls, U-SING 2 promises to deliver something for everyone from indie fans to pop princesses and contemporary music listeners.

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The game also features a multiplayer mode where 2 players can enjoy the fun together, and the two pitch bars allow them to see who is performing the songs the best. Mini-games are also available that include dance where children can choose between the girl, the boy or the rat and make them dance on their favourite songs by moving the Wiimote. Children can also record their own music with the piano mini game where the players are required to follow sequences. Reasons To Stock • 20 popular songs to choose from including itsy bitsy spider and baa, baa, black sheep • Features a series of original cartoons that have been created specifically for the title • Heavyweight PR campaign to build awareness

Bringing these sensational, varied artists together in one game, goes hand in hand with combining the different types of music fans in a way which allows them to interact with one and other, creating a dynamic mix of fun! With multiplayer modes, players choose to sing as a duet or compete for the best score in versus or battle mode. While jukebox mode allows players to transform their Wii console into a jukebox giving players the option to display lyrics or not, without being scored, giving the game a real karaoke feel. The grading system rates players according to their performances, with vocal recognition measuring tune and rhythm to accurately score the player; while the option to listen again to their best and worst performances will allow players to see how truly good or bad they are. Players will also be able to access the online U-STORE via the game, when their Wii console is connected to the internet, to directly download exhilarating new songs using their Nintendo Wii Points. Reasons To Stock • All tracks accompanied by the official music videos • 40 international and national hits to choose from • Third instalment in the hugely popular U-SING brand


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Dance Paradise FORMAT Xbox 360 Kinect RELEASE DATE Out now PUBLISHER Mindscape SRP £39.99 Prepare to bust some moves this festive season with Dance Paradise, the perfect title to get everyone up and dancing. No matter what your music taste or dancing level is, there is something for everyone thanks to the amazing playlist and dance sequences sure to get you dancing just like Lady Gaga and Rihanna. The 40 international Hip Hop, Pop, Rock, R&B, Dance tracks will appeal to everyone, from children, parents, fans of classic hits, to even the most die-hard of clubbers.

Dance floor stars through to occasional dancers can show off their skills on dance moves inspired by the official music videos. Who hasn’t dreamed of dancing along to 50 Cent ‘In da club’, imitating Lady Gaga in ‘Bad Romance’ or going back to the 90s with MC Hammer’s ‘Can’t Touch This’! Beautiful and enticing settings transform the living room into the dance floor of an exclusive VIP nightclub, a private pool party, a casino or even on the beach, offering players ultimate paradise. Accompanied by official music videos, the players, who are represented by their very own Xbox 360 Avatar, must accurately perform dance sequences displayed on the screen to score points. And thanks to different multiplayer modes, up to two players can challenge each other and dance at the same time: both are clearly recognised by Kinect camera, which gives them each a score. Reasons To Stock • Dance and watch your own Xbox 360 avatar perform your moves • 40 fantastic hits to get you into your groove • Includes the original music video for each track

TEL 01279 822822 FAX 01279 412604 WEB WWW.GEM.CO.UK

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Golden Sun Dark Dawn FORMAT DS RELEASE DATE 10th December 2010 PUBLISHER Nintendo SRP £34.99 Based on adventure, exploration of the world of Weyard and the use of Psynergy, Golden Sun Dark Dawn picks up 30 years after the first two games in the series left off but the world of Weyard has changed considerably since the last adventure; continents have shifted, new countries have emerged and new species have evolved. Under peril from a new threat, Psynergy Vortexes are spreading across the world, sucking the elemental Pysynergy from both the land and powerwielding Adepts alike. In Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, a new generation of heroes must cross a chaotic world that is succumbing to a new evil, solving puzzles, discovering valuable treasures and encountering dangerous creatures along the way as players take on the role of Matthew, the new protagonist and the son of Isaac, the protagonist from the first Golden Sun. As well as the luscious 3D graphics, new gameplay features include the ability to respond with different emotional reactions to various scenarios in the game, with your

choice of emotion having an impact on the replies you receive from other characters you meet. If you choose a “gutsy” reply for Matthew during a tense moment, other characters may get annoyed that you’re not taking the situation seriously. Choose an “angry” reply, though, and you might find that they respond confrontationally in turn. A new Weapon Mastery feature allows characters to gain expertise with specific weapons by using them more frequently and you can also now combine your team’s powers to advance through the story. New Psynergies are available to characters, adding new depth to puzzles, and an optional Touch Screen command system allows for intuitive gameplay, enabling certain Psynergies to be directed using the Touch Screen and stylus. Golden Sun: Dark Dawn also contains a comprehensive encyclopaedia, allowing the player to become fully immersed in the mythology of Golden Sun. Reasons To Stock • Amazing graphics and beautifully animated summoning abilities • Intuitive touch-screen control • New gameplay features

Driver San Francisco FORMAT X360, PS3, Wii, PC RELEASE DATE Coming February 2011 PUBLISHER Ubisoft SRP X360/PS3 - £49.99, Wii/PC - £39.99 Developed by Ubisoft Reflections, creators of the original title, Driver San Francisco is the return of the established action driving video game series that has sold 14 million copies worldwide. With Crime Lord Charles Jericho now on the loose San Francisco faces a terrible threat. Only one man can stand against him. He has driven the streets of a hundred cities, spent his whole life putting criminals behind bars. But to take Jericho down, there can be no turning back, and he knows that this may very well be his last ride. His name is John Tanner, he is the Driver. John Tanner, a hardened detective involved in a relentless manhunt throughout the City by the Bay. As Tanner recovers from a terrible crash, he realises he has acquired a new ability that enables him to instantly change vehicles and take control: SHIFT. Experience unprecedented intensity, diversity and freedom; shift into a faster car, deploy civilian vehicles to destroy your enemies and even take control of your opponenets’ car to force their demise.

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Uncover the thrilling storyline in which personal revenge fuels Tanner’s relentless manhunt for Jericho. Follow Tanner’s survival race across San Francisco and discover how this chase will bring him to a point of no return. Thanks to a groundbreaking gameplay feature, players can now seamlessly shift between more than a hundred licensed vehicles, keeping them constantly in the heart of the action. Experience 9 different frantic and addictive on-line modes, where the SHIFT features allow players to be anywhere at any time. Ram, tail and overtake your friends in offline split-screen or online modes. You can also record your best stunts and chases with the Director replay mode to edit and share your movies. With its timeless atmosphere, unique car handling, renewed playability and over 60 music tracks to drive to, Driver San Francisco offers the free-roaming, classic, cinematic car chase experience. Reasons To Stock • 9 different online modes • Return of the original game series that sold 14 million copies worldwide • Thrilling storyline


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