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CONTENTS

05 EDITORS COMMENTS

The Future’s managing editor, Faye Le Duc, introduces the 2nd edition of our new look magazine

06 WE WANT ONE

The Gametel is the must have accessory that provides real gaming for Smartphones and Tablets, who wouldn’t want one?

07 GEM NEWS

The March update on all things Gem, including the enhancement of our Business Development offering

09 NEW TO US

Gem is pleased to announce a partnership with Jarre Technologies, manufacturer of elite home sound systems

11 Q&A

Get to know Gem’s newly appointed IT Director, Richard Fox in this monthly feature

13 SYMANTEC

Symantec announce Version 6 of the widely successful Norton 360 software

15 MICROSOFT

The Future shows off three of Microsoft’s most handy peripherals, all at finger clickingly low prices

16 VIPRE

Check out the unbeatable value on offer from VIPRE across their range of speedy PC security software

22 LOGITECH

The Future takes an exclusive look at the manufacturer’s exciting move to an all-new product category

30 SILENT HILL DOWNPOUR

Gem is pleased to announce the highly anticipated addition to the Silent Hill series

32 THE DARKNESS II

A post-launch run through of the follow-up to the multi-million selling 2007 original from Take 2

34 NINTENDO

The gaming giant announces two new games for this month, PokePark 2 and the latest in the Mario Party series

36 KINECT STAR WARS

The Future continues to heighten anticipation with the confirmed launch date for Microsoft’s biggest title of 2012 so far

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COMEDITOR’S editor’s comment

With the first quarter well under way, there’s a new sense of direction for Gem. With a profusion of new vendors joining our portfolio with their exciting products (Jarre, Thrustmaster, TDK & Roku to name but a few) and the highly publicised acquisition of Ztorm, we’re moving into a digital era and personally, I can’t wait to find out what’s in store. We’ve got some fantastic launches coming up this month. Jarre will hold huge presence at the opening of the Harrods technology section with their elite home audio systems and Symantec are introducing their new Norton 360 V6 whilst we continue to see a big push on Microsoft’s Kinect Star Wars.

Faye Le Duc PR & Marketing Manager

Last month saw the launch of our new look Future Magazine and I’d like to thank all of you for the support and positive feedback you’ve given. As well as a tremendous print circulation, the digital version has proven a real success with readership more than doubling in the first few weeks. This month, our new IT Director Richard Fox is taking to the limelight in our Q&A, we introduce you to the new must-have mobile gaming accessory from Gametel, give you an insight into the eighth instalment of the Silent Hill franchise from Konami as well as a plethora of new products at excellent prices to set you in great stead for Q2. For those of you who don’t know me, I should probably introduce myself. I’m Gem’s PR and Marketing Manager and Managing Editor of Future Magazine, Faye Le Duc. If you wish to contact me, feel free to do so by emailing me fayel@gem.co.uk or you can keep up to date with the most recent Gem offers by following us on Facebook or Twitter. A few Gem faces and I will be at the PCR Awards this month; we’ve been nominated for 4 different awards and are eagerly awaiting the results. We wish all the best to the other nominee’s and, if you’re going, we look forward to seeing you there.

Faye

Managing Editor Faye Le Duc

Publisher Gem Creative

Editorial Assistant Julian Cinque

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

Web Executive Peter Cox Design Sophie Hammond Finn MacLean Gaming Editor Kristan Reed

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Head of Marketing Katie Rawlings

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We Want One

Gametel

Real gaming for Smartphone and Tablet Playing casual games on a touchscreen phone or tablet is great fun but when it comes to playing the more addictive and immersive titles, seamless gameplay is impossible. This is where the Gametel comes in: a Bluetooth controller that delivers a level of gameplay accuracy never experienced before on a touchscreen device. Simply fit an Android Smartphone or Apple iPhone into the built-in adjustable clamp or connect wirelessly to an iPad or Android Tablet and it transforms a mobile device into a killer portable gaming console. Now the touchscreen will be free of fingers, opening up the viewing area for users to really engage with the games. With a familiar highly responsive D-pad, quartet of buttons and two shoulder triggers, it replicates console-style gaming controls while its impressive nine hour battery life is certainly commuter friendly. The Gametel also takes mobile gaming to the big screen. With today’s mobile device featuring HDMI connections you can hook up your Smartphone or Tablet to a HDTV and play games from the comfort of a living room sofa. The Gametel is definitely a must have accessory for any mobile gamer and is available from Gem today.

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EDITOR’S gem news

Gem News GEM BOOSTS ITS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFERING Louise Yarnold joins Gem to diversify an already healthy portfolio of products

One of Gem’s core strengths is launching new innovative products in the channel and with so many new brands entering the market, the need for an elite Business Development team has never been more apparent. Louise will assist the Head of Business Development Philip Munro in all areas of the business and will begin with focusing on newly signed label Jarre. This new partnership for Gem will see Jarre Technologies become more accessible to the UK retail market with Louise’s knowledge and assistance to the team, we hope this will be of great success to show the vast array of products Gem look to take on board through 2012 and beyond. Philip Munro, Head of Business Development comments ‘The key to Louise’s success will be to support and sharpen Gem’s vision and objectives by delivering new, innovative products with differentiation that will work well for retail, but also to offer support to the wider divisions within Gem to ensure these products are suitable for the channel’ Gem is delighted to announce the appointment of Louise Yarnold who will be taking on the role as Business Development Account Manager. Louise will report directly into Head of Business Development, Philip Munro. Louise joins Gem following a lengthy role at Toyota where she was primarily responsible for sales, finance and business development along with customer service and after sales care. Joining Gem, Louise will play a vital part in what is an exciting, challenging and ever evolving area of Gem.

We are thrilled to have Louise on board and look forward to seeing what she can deliver Philip Munro, Head of Business Development

Gem announce NEW alliance with Thrustmaster We are delighted to welcome Thrustmaster to the Gem party to further strengthen our gaming accessory offering Thrustmaster, part of the Guillemot group and a popular gaming accessory brand, is better known for its Ferrari licence for PS3 and Disney licence for Xbox 360, as well as maintaining a

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solid reputation for the production of steering wheels and flight simulation products. Established over 20 years ago, Thrustmaster also offer a plethora of gaming products from gamepads and charging stations, to unique and specific products for Wii and DS including Disney licensed ranges for each of these platforms.

LIMITED EDITION Kinect Star Wars Console Bundle

The must have Xbox 360 console for any Star Wars fanatic Star Wars fever has swept through Gem ahead of the launch of Microsoft’s latest game, Kinect Star Wars, coming soon exclusively for Xbox 360 on 3rd April and we’re delighted to announce a new addition to the console family. The first ever custom themed Xbox 360 console has been re-designed to look like R2-D2, complete with character sounds and a C-3PO inspired gold Wireless Xbox 360 controller. The first ever white Kinect Sensor provides the ultimate Jedi experience using full body motions; players can live out the greatest Star Wars fantasy, no controller required. As well as the bespoke R2-D2 themed 320Gb Xbox 360 Console, White Kinect Sensor and C-3PO modelled controller; the unique bundle also comes complete with the Kinect Star Wars and Kinect Adventures game, Xbox 360 Wired Headset and a One Month Xbox LIVE Gold Membership for the ultimate Star Wars gaming experience. Exclusive to Gem, we are thrilled to offer the Limited Edition Kinect Star Wars Xbox 360 Console Bundle to our customers, further enhancing our proposition as the exclusive Xbox distributor in the UK. For more information on the Limited Edition Kinect Star Wars Console Bundle, contact your Gem account manager.

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The new iW1 with Airplay

Your music. Any room. Wirelessly. SRP ÂŁ299.99 Webcode iW1

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EDITOR’S new to us

The ultimate in home audio We are delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with Jarre Technologies®, leading manufacturers of high-performance, elite home entertainment products. Founded in 2005 by electronic music pioneer Jean Michel Jarre; Jarre Technologies is a cutting-edge brand for technological lifestyle, home-entertainment products, embodying contemporary style, simplicity and optimal performance. Its range of high-end products is dedicated to restoring emotion in how we experience sound and vision in the comfort of our interiors. Jean Michel Jarre is renowned in his successful career for having broken new ground in music and concert performance: with Jarre Technologies, a new page in experiencing and sharing home-entertainment is un-folding. The new partnership will see the luxury range of products becoming more accessible to the UK retail market with their strategic approach to the channel. Having selected Gem as their distribution partner in the UK, Gem is confident that with their extensive knowledge of working closely with the retail sector, they will ensure that their products and brand gain the awareness that they deserve and currently enjoy throughout the world. Having already secured a deal to supply an elite range to Harrods for the launch of their new technology store in March, Philip Munro – Head of Business Development for Gem is confident that the new relationship will be prodigious for both Gem and Jarre Technologies. He comments

“Being recognised for their high performance and cutting-edge products, we are delighted that Jarre Technologies have chosen Gem as their distribution partner and given us the opportunity to represent their brand as they penetrate the UK retail market, we are very excited to what the future holds for this partnership.”

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HEADPHONES BUILT FOR SOUND BUILT FOR MUSIC

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Q&A

Introducing Richard Fox

The new IT Director of Gem gives an insight to life behind the scenes Tell us about your job role? Heading up IT is always a fun job; it’s great because you touch every part of the business and you get a real insight to what goes on and why. Of course that’s also the challenge with the role too. There are always things to improve and new technologies to implement, and they are all about change. IT is here to make things better; increasing revenue and profit, doing more with less, improving communication and bringing efficiencies for our customers, partners and staff.

technologies and ensure we are in-touch with our customer’s needs. Internally, IT will build on the systems that are already in place, and IT will also work more closely with the front-end of the business, helping to deliver the tools and systems to ensure Gem delivers the very best results for its customers and stakeholders.

What do you hope to bring to the Gem party? I’ve worked in IT for over 20 years and I come from a technical background, however, I’ve also worked very closely with the business in that time, managed large multi-million pound projects and headed up sales teams.

What are your thoughts of the recent Ztorm acquisition by Gem? Ztorm is an excellent acquisition for Gem, as it both complements and extends our core business. The focus now is rapidly integrating and expanding their digital offering into existing Gem customers, and the development and enhancement of our current ecommerce and web service offerings to include Ztorm’s leading edge digital download and streaming services.

I like to think I bring a positive energy and a sense of fun, but also a level of professionalism and sense of urgency to IT and the business to ensure things get done the right way and for the right reason.

What do you make of Gem so far? Fun, friendly and has some amazing relationships with its customers and partners, in fact the best I’ve seen in any organisation.

What does 2012 hold for IT in Gem? The only constant is change and the last few years have been very turbulent economically - I don’t see that stopping in 2012. IT at Gem must keep pace with

It’s been a very successful few years for Gem and the clear professionalism and creativity that enables Gem to enjoy this success needs to continue, to be focussed and built upon.

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KUODA Ltd shares SteelSeries’ updates... 2012 marks KUODA’s third year running and most excitingly a year of substantial growth for one of our longest served clients, SteelSeries. KUODA has covered sales, marketing and PR activity for SteelSeries in the UK since 2009, building key strategic relationships from day one. GEM and its dynamic sales and marketing force are pivotal in the many success stories SteelSeries have shared to date. Globally, SteelSeries has thus far surpassed many expectations in sales and marketing performance, which sets a record high target for 2012 in the UK especially. At the end of 2011, SteelSeries UK welcomed Dean Shaw,

GAME’s experienced local marketing manager to the team and in January, Nick Haywood from HEXUS. The UK team is now 7 strong and we expect further expansion later in the year. Besides building on existing and new retail industry partnerships, KUODA’s plans for driving consumer demand will continue to raise the bar with focus on spearheading the UK’s first gaming tour of its kind. The concept is built on the wealth of knowledge and experience in the gaming industry, gained from our partnership with SteelSeries. To kick-start the 3 year roll-out, we are currently finalising partners for our launch event in spring.

Dean Shaw Account Manager, SteelSeries UK team

GameCom® P90™ Ideal for game chat, mobile calling features like microphone mute and volume adjust, also allow you to talk wirelessly to teammates, opponents or friends.

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New! Norton 360 v6 ™

Helping your customers’ to protect the Stuff that matters.

You want to know that when you sell something to your customers it is the right product, won’t let them down and they will come back to buy more. With more than 150 million customers worldwide and enough awards to fill a room you can be confident that Norton 360 delivers what you and your customers need. The new Norton 360 v6 installs in less than a minute, doesn’t slow your customer down, has 4 layers of powerful protection, stopping threats before they get anywhere near your customers precious Stuff. It provides a safe environment to shop, bank and socialise online, keeping personal information hidden from cybercriminals. And for people with children it will track where they go and who they talk with online and automatically block inappropriate websites. If that isn’t enough, Norton 360 v6 includes secured online backup and performance tools to keep their PC running like new. By selling Norton you even get the chance to win some great prizes. For example, in the last 12 months we

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have given away a holiday to California, a VIP trip to the Tour de France and a Lotus Elise. To make sure you don’t miss out register www.nortonportal.com now and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

www.facebook.com/Norton @Norton_UK Stock up today on Norton 360™ the perfect combination of a trusted brand and powerful easy to use protection for all your customers Stuff.

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Microsoft Hardware 速

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Comfort Curve Keyboard 3000 www.microsoft.com/hardware


Microsoft Hardware ®

Handy peripherals from Microsoft Hardware Three great products featuring from Microsoft Hardware this month, and plenty more reasons why you should stock them Microsoft ® Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 Comfort and style on the go You'll appreciate how this wireless mobile mouse comfortably fits your hand and your mobile lifestyle. Use it just about anywhere, even on a rough park bench or your living room carpet, relying on Microsoft BlueTrack Technology™. When it’s time to pack up and go, you’ll hardly notice the tiny transceiver. Keep it plugged into the USB port, or stow it in the bottom of the mouse for travel. Keep using your mouse for up to eight months with a single battery, and rely on the power indicator to tell you when it’s time to replace it. All things considered, this is mouse is superb value. Webcode GMF-00008 SRP £29.99

Microsoft ® Wireless Desktop 800 Wireless freedom at an affordable price Experience the freedom and convenience of wireless technology with this affordable keyboard and mouse set. Control a media computer while sitting on your couch, or conveniently stow the keyboard and mouse away without hassling with wires. You can roam up to 30 feet away with a strong signal. Alternatively, take the mouse separately to use with a laptop whilst traveling and the tiny transceiver conveniently snaps into the bottom of the mouse when it’s time to pack up and go. Setting up the keyboard and mouse is simple: just insert the batteries, plug in the tiny transceiver, and start typing! Webcode 2LF-00021 SRP £29.99

Microsoft ® LifeChat LX-2000 Comfortable, mobile audio made easy Gem is excited to announce a worldwide exclusive, a headset truly can be both mobile and comfortable! When you’re ready to chat, game, or simply listen to music, setting up the LifeChat LX-2000 is quick and easy, just plug it in. The behind-the-head design provides convenient comfort that won’t mess up your hair. Furthermore, adjusting the volume or muting the microphone is effortless, thanks to the inline volume and microphone controls which works perfectly for hands free activity. The LifeChat LX-2000 can be as flexible as you need it to be, conveniently folding to swiftly store away for travel. Webcode 2AA-00003 SRP £19.99

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Unbeatable value from GFI Discover the speed and power of Vipre Next-generation technology VIPRE protects your computer from all types of malware threats including viruses, adware, spyware, worms, rootkits and more. Does not slow down your PC VIPRE optimises overall performance by combining antivirus and antispyware together into one single, powerful tool. Unlike other antivirus programs, you won’t even notice that VIPRE is running! Optional Lifetime protection Get continuous protection and automatic access to new features. No more nagging or untimely upgrade notices. Just install it and forget about it. Let VIPRE do the rest. Real-time monitoring with Active Protection™ VIPRE's Active Protection delivers real time monitoring and protection against known and unknown malware threats. Active Protection works inside the Windows kernel (the core of the operating system), watching for malware and stopping it before it has a chance to execute on a user's system. Full protection against email-borne threats VIPRE Internet Security 2012™ includes comprehensive protection against email viruses, with direct support for Outlook, Outlook Express and Windows Mail; and support for any email program that uses POP3 and SMTP (Thunderbird, IncrediMail, Eudora, etc.). Lifetime protection for your PC Uniquely, VIPRE is the first Internet Security program to provide a lifetime service with VIPRE Lifetime Protection™, covering the PC for its entire lifespan for one subscription price. This service marks the end of annual renewals and sees a new era of protection emerge.

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Ad Blocking

Referrer & Cookie Blocking

Script Blocking

Anti-Spam

WebFiltering

Desktop Firewall

Email Virus Protection

AntiKeylogging

AntiPhishing

Anti-Rootkit Detection & Removal

Antivirus & Antispyware Protection

Internet Security 2012 Antivirus 2012

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Cyberlink PowerDVD 12 Ultra The perfect universal media player for all your entertainment needs Having just launched exclusively with Gem, PowerDVD 12 Ultra consists of 3 elements, the upgraded PowerDVD 12 and updated Android / iOS apps; PowerDVD Mobile V4.0 and PowerDVD Remote V2.0. Do not be fooled, this is much more than DVD play back – this universal media player can truly cater for all of your entertainment needs. It has come a long way, and now, PowerDVD can even help you keep the limited storage of your iPhone, iPad and Android phone or tablet to a minimum. Play any movie, video or music file or view photos stored locally on your Laptop or PC, online or on other Apple or Android devices all from within the one powerful application. PowerDVD 12 also works perfectly within your home network, allowing the user to share their media library to other DLNA devices at home, browse content from other media servers or extend your media experience to PowerDVD Mobile on your iPhone, iPad and Android phone or tablet. PowerDVD also allows you to make the most of your favourite social networks in best quality HD & 3D, including Facebook, Flickr & Youtube where you can

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share and download videos and photos. Enjoy an enhanced media experience with improved quality when turning your 2D videos and photos into 3D with TrueTheater® 3D, including new and unique support of Blue-ray 2D to 3D. Other great features include an Instant Seek to quickly find specific scenes in Blu-ray & DVDs and Instant Zoom to zoom in video up to 4X to watch in perfect detail. PowerDVD can transcode your media files in Real-time, meaning every media format on your home devices can be converted whilst streaming, to any other device – You can watch your favourite files in the most superior quality on your PC, Laptop, iPhone, iPad, Android Tablet or Smartphone! Home entertainment with no cables and it REALLY works! supported by

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Kaspersky ONE Universal Security A security solution for all your digital devices Protects your: - PC - Smartphone - Mac - Android Tablet 3 Devices 1 Year SRP: ÂŁ59.99 5 Devices 1 Year SRP: ÂŁ79.99


Kaspersky ONE Advanced protection for your PC, Mac, Smartphone & Android Tablet

Benefits of Kaspersky ONE Kaspersky ONE Universal Security is the easy, one-licence solution to protect your PCs, Macs, Smartphones and Android tablets. Kaspersky ONE delivers real-time protection against dangerous Internet threats with security optimised for each device. So no matter which devices you use to bank, shop, surf, or chat online, you know you're always safe. Windows PC Protection Be reassured it’s the world’s finest Windows PC security. Bank, shop, surf and socialise online knowing you’re protected against all threats – even those that have yet to be discovered. Mac Protection The growing popularity of Macs has made them attractive to malware. But even if your Mac isn’t targeted, you can still pass harmful viruses along to your family, friends, and colleagues who use PCs. Smartphone Protection Essential mobile security against loss, theft, prying eyes, viruses and spam. You face the same vulnerabilities on your Smartphones as you do on your PC as mobile is the new hotspot for malware attacks, so you should protect it just as carefully. Plus, you can block, wipe, or find your phone if it’s lost or stolen. Android Tablet Protection You can download the latest Android app in an instant, but you can just as easily download a virus with it. Protect yourself with real-time scanning and frequent updates.

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Award Winning 2012 for Kaspersky Lab Kaspersky Lab saw in 2012 in a positive mood after a series of top marks in several comparative tests. Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 headed up the accolades being awarded VB100 Certification after being tested along with nearly 60 other security solutions. In addition, Computer Bild, one of Europe’s most popular IT magazines gave the same consumer security solution a best-of-the-best award: Best Consumer Security Software Product. Most significantly for Kaspersky Lab’s products, the company won Product of the

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Year in independent test lab AVComparatives’ Annual Awards. This prestigious award was based on the results in nine different key comparative tests of consumer anti-virus solutions conducted in 2011. In Kaspersky Lab’s case this meant Kaspersky Anti-Virus and Kaspersky Internet Security. The core technology in these software solutions is the same as Kaspersky ONE, which is a good omen and will hopefully bring continued success for Kaspersky Lab in 2012!

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New. Fresh. Portable. Wireless Mini Mouse M187 Available in black, blue, red & white


New product, new market for Logitech The Future takes an exclusive look at an all-new venture for the manufacturer Gem is pleased to announce the release of a range of highly portable mini mice from Logitech this spring. The quartet of sku’s pictured below are the four colour variants currently available from Gem but there is definitely the opportunity for diversification of the range should it prove to be successful. This will be the first time Logitech have launched products into the mini mouse market and this strategic move could prove to be a smart one. The market of ultra-portable mice accounts for around 20% of the total mouse sales in the UK. With that said, it is clear to see why the launch of product in to this category is so important and one that Logitech must get right. The stand out feature of this great product is its un-rivalled portability. The mouse is so small and so light; you truly have to see it to believe it. The idea behind this design is that your mouse no longer needs to be another bulky piece of equipment to travel with. It can now be much easier to carry around as the Wireless Mini Mouse weighs so much less than a conventional, average-sized mouse. Each of the Wireless Mini Mouse products has an equally smart but funky look and feel. Across the modest range of four colours, Logitech believe they have something for everyone and with a sleek, tasteful pattern they have produced a great looking mouse that can appeal broadly to anyone and everyone. The new range is ideally positioned to compliment Logitech’s successful colour collection, a range of mice designed with the office in mind. The ultra-convenient portability will set the Wireless Mini Mouse apart and it is this, combined with a great value price point and a brilliant look and feel, that will make this one a winner. Wireless Mini Mouse M187 black Webcode 910-002731 Wireless Mini Mouse M187 blue Webcode 910-002733 Wireless Mini Mouse M187 red Webcode 910-002732 Wireless Mini Mouse M187 white Webcode 910-002735 SRP £19.99

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PHOENIX

Universal Tablet Case for 7” and 10.1”

• Generic portfolio cases in two sizes: 7" (also compatible with Kindle Fire) and 10.1" (also compatible with iPad) • Converts to desk stand • Microfibre antiscratch lining • No need to remove your tablet from the case to access connection ports • Life time warranty

Whatever your tablet, we’ve got it covered.


Port Designs, offering more than just laptop bags! Port diversify their offering with the PHOENIX and MARBELLA ranges

Port Designs, one of Europe's leading brands of laptop bags, is delighted to announce the launch of their generic tablet line up; the PHOENIX Portfolio Case in 7" or 10.1" and the MARBELLA Camera Case range

MARBELLA Camera Case range

PHOENIX Universal Tablet Case

What bag you choose rather depends on your requirement, for example, the Universal Pouch is perfect for a standard compact camera as it is light, generic in size and functional with a carry lead, zip and memory card holder.

The rise in popularity of tablet PCs and EBooks, most notably the iPad and Kindle, has been well documented around the world and in addition to these great products there is a plethora of accessories to go with them. Very few of these accessories achieve what Port do with the PHOENIX case by providing a one product solution to many manufacturers' tablets. The case comes in three colours and two sizes of 7" and 10.1". With that said the 10.1" version has a double elastic system for wide compatibility with models including the iPad.

The MARBELLA camera case range is exactly that, a full range of products. Whatever your level of equipment, consider one of Port's MARBELLA range the perfect companion.

SLR owners have two options, either the regular SLR bag which is standard in design and brilliantly useful with four accessory pockets or alternatively the Mono-Shoulder backpack which, with a rotative strap, is designed for quick access to all material when on the go. There is even a MARBELLA camcorder bag inclusive of foam dividers and a removable strap that is ergonomically designed for ultimate usability. Both the PHOENIX and the MARBELLA ranges come with a life time warranty.

The case allows for full access to your tablet's connection ports and can be used as a stand to offer optimum video positioning. There is also a protective ap in addition to a microďŹ ber anti scratch lining to keep the screen as fresh as it was when new. This is fastened down by a broad elastic strap to ensure it is always securely in place. For more information on the Port range, contact your Gem account manager on 01279 822822 or visit www.gem.co.uk

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WAYS TO UPGRADE YOUR COMMUTE 1

Commuting can be painful at the best of times, make your daily trek to work that bit easier with any of the following technological brilliance.

Ministry of Sound MOS 006 SRP £39.99 Webcode MOS 006

Impressive headphones offering two highgrade anodised aluminium cups housing two 50mm drivers. The soft foam-coated split headband provides comfort, while the anti-tangle cable keeps them ready to go. Available in a range of colour variants.

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Nintendo 3DS – Metallic Red SRP £139.99 Webcode 2200246

Seeing marvellous 3D worlds come to life in the palm of your hands is an experience you have to see for yourself to believe. The large top screen uses the latest technology to produce vivid and convincing 3D effects without the need for special glasses.

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Keyboard Case for iPad 2 SRP £89.99 Webcode 920-003411 This perfect on-the-go companion is designed to travel easily, set up quickly and add a touch of convenience to all the places you use your iPad.

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Handsfree Wireless Headset BlueAnt Q2 SRP £79.99 Webcode UKEN-BAW-Q2 With rich audio, unsurpassed call clarity and industry leading wind noise reduction, the BlueAnt Q2 is one of the best sounding Bluetooth headsets ever built.

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At work, in class, or on the go, Echo records everything you hear, say and write, and links your audio recordings to your notes. With enhanced features, the Echo smartpen is Livescribe’s most powerful and easy to use smartpen yet.

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SRP £49.99 Webcode 7350063400013 The Gametel Controller connects to your Android phone/tablet or iPhone/iPad via Bluetooth to give full console control to a wide range of games.

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SRP £39.99 Webcode CN01 Elegant in design and specifically created for notebook computers and related accessories. With a handy luggage strap and cushioned handle, this case is great to get you started.

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SILENT HILL DOWNPOUR KONAMI | XBOX 360 & PS3 - £49.99 | 16th MARCH 2012

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his month marks the much-anticipated return of Silent Hill, with the eighth iteration of Konami's classic series promising another twisted slice of chilling survival horror.

Developed by Vatra Games, the Czech team is staying true to the franchise's roots, with players set to come "face to face with their deepest sins and fears." This time around, the story kicks off after a prison transport vehicle careens off the road, leaving lone inmate Murphy Pendleton stranded in the murky, enigmatic town of Silent Hill. Featuring a "dark, thought-provoking" plotline, Downpour has been designed to appeal to fans of the classic Silent Hill titles of a decade ago. The PS3 and 360 title will explore Pendleton's story, as gamers wrestle with mind-bending puzzles, and fend off otherworldly creatures using everyday objects from wooden chairs to glass bottles. With players forced into a perpetual 'fight or flight' battle, Downpour is the kind of deep, psychological horror experience that survival horror fans have been crying out for. In something of a departure from the game's usual linear structure, Downpour opts for a more free-roaming style, where players can explore and engage in variable side quests that compliment the main storyline, and can change depending on their play style, revealing unknown evils within the town. Konami confidently states that this is "a new and updated Silent Hill experience that visually stands on its own with the current competition." In particular, the use of cutting edge Unreal 3 technology brings the town of Silent Hill, its characters, the creatures and the alternate hell world into "vivid and spectacular display". As is traditional in Silent Hill titles, gamers will be thrust into an ever-changing game world, with a 'normal' day and night world, alongside a twisted 'otherworld' where nothing is ever quite what it seems. With its brooding storyline and cloying atmosphere, Downpour promises to be another Silent Hill classic.

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REASONS TO STOCK

True to the 'classic' Silent Hill gameplay Dark, thought-provoking storyline Spectacular, horrifying visuals


A game that's filled with plenty of questions and plenty of sprightly shocks

EUROGAMER The overall feeling of dread and suspense has been ported over admirably. It hasn't been something I've said in a while now, but Silent Hill is back on my radar

IGN

We're fascinated to see how this one pans out

OXM Downpour feels and plays like Silent Hill, from the onscreen fonts to the vague sense of dread permeating every step

GAMESPOT

Looks to be a great return to form for the franchise

TEAM XBOX

It really feels like Konami is capturing the magic that fans found in previous iterations of the series

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Silent Hill: HD Collection T

wo of the finest survival horror games ever made get the HD treatment this month with the release of Konami's fantastic Silent Hill: HD Collection.

2003's Silent Hill 3, meanwhile, focuses on the adventures of Heather Mason as she finds herself unwittingly straying into the madness of an evil cult, lead by Claudia's intentions to birth a new god.

Released on PS3 and Xbox 360, this set combines two of the true spine-chilling classics from the golden era of survival horror - Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3.

Each title has been given a complete overhaul, with sharp, 720p visuals the order of the day, while the voiceover audio has been completely reworked, alongside the outstanding soundtrack.

Originally developed by Konami's peerless Team Silent studio, fans and newcomers alike can look forward to two truly genre-defining experiences in stunning high definition. Originally released on PS2 in 2001, Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams follows the compelling tale of James Sunderland, as he heads to the misty town after receiving a mysterious letter from his dead wife.

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In addition, both versions now feature full achievement and trophy support, adding a new layer of challenge to two fearsome titles. Reason to stock • HD versions of two true survival horror classics • Two for the price of one • Added trophy/achievement support

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THE DARKNESS II TAKE TWO | XBOX 360 & PS3 - £49.99 | PC - £29.99 | AVAILABLE NOW

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allow players to not only slash, grab and throw objects and enemies with two Demon Arms, but also dual-wield two weapons at the same time for maximum brutal carnage.

The Darkness II is an intense first person shooter that puts the gamer in the role of Jackie Estacado, don of a New York crime family and wielder of an ancient force of chaos known as The Darkness.

Based on the acclaimed Top Cow graphic novels, The Darkness II will once again be layered with the thematic elements of dark versus light, where players have to fully focus on killing the lights in order to creep through the environment unseen.

he long awaited sequel to the critically acclaimed 2007 release The Darkness landed on the shelves last week following a successful February launch.

Set two years on from the 2007 original, lead character Jackie Estacado is finding it hard to repress his latent supernatural powers in the wake of his girlfriend's death. Developed by renowned shooter veterans Digital Extreme, the big news about The Darkness II is its exciting new 'Quad-Wielding' combat mechanics. These unique abilities

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The game features Paul Jenkins' (The Incredible Hulk, Wolverine and Hellblazer) "deep and twisted storytelling". The stylistic violence is brought to life through a stunning hand-painted graphic noir style, which "makes it feel like you're playing a graphic novel."

Playable for up to four friends, Vendettas lets players select one of four characters - each with their own unique Darkness weapon - and engage in team-focused gameplay, set in a variety of environments not found in the main story. Vendettas will also feature a new Hit List mode, which allows players to repeat campaign moments or new scenarios.

• Follow-up to multi-million selling 2007 original • Features new Quad Wielding combat manoeuvres • Comic book crossover audience

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POKÉPARK 2 WONDERS BEYOND NINTENDO | NINTENDO WII - £39.99 | 23rd MARCH 2012

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ll five generations of Pokémon are represented in Nintendo's latest must-have addition to its evergreen franchise.

Developed exclusively for the Nintendo Wii by Creatures Inc., the sequel to 2010's PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure lets fans enter the PokéPark and play as one of four different Pokémon, and interact with many more. Pikachu, Oshawott, Snivy, and Tepig discover that several of their friends have disappeared in the Wish Park, players must choose one of the four heroes and embark on a daring journey to save their missing friends. Each character has their own special ability to help in their quest. Pikachu, for example can use electricity in order to

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power machines, Oshawott can explore water areas, Snivy can get into hard-to-reach places, while Tepig is powerful enough to take out all the obstacles that block the party’s path. As they discover the secrets of a mysterious new world players will also enjoy fun activities such as Chase, Hide and Seek, and intense mini battles against powerful Pokémon. In addition, players will be able to enjoy the game's many attractions in single or multiplayer mode. These attractions are playable with up to four players using the Wii Remote controller, and range from dancing to shooting and even flying through space in a race around the stars.

Some 200 other characters can be encountered and recruited in PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond - some might help when its least expected. With a "non-stop adventure" awaiting Pokémon fans old and new, PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond promises to be another wonderful addition to the classic franchise.

• Intense battles against powerful Pokémon • Playable in single or multiplayer • Enjoy fun activities


MARIO PARTY 9 NINTENDO | NINTENDO WII - £39.99 | 2nd MARCH 2012

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he biggest-selling party game series of all-time makes a triumphant return on Wii this month, and promises new game modes, new boss battles and all the favourite characters we know and love from across the Mushroom Kingdom. Following on from the 2007 classic, Mario Party 9 is the kind of party that everyone will want to be a part of. The latest iteration encourages players to think one step ahead of their opponents in order to collect the most Mini Stars and defeat Bowser. As you might expect, the naughty Bowser and his wicked chums have been up to no good again, having stolen all the Mini Stars in the sky. The aim for each player is to win them all back and become the Super Star.

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The big news about Mario Party 9 is the new Party Adventure. This board game-style mode "rewrites the Mario Party rule book" by allowing four people to move through the board in one vehicle - a mode that helps to streamline game play and keep everyone involved in the action. Players will take turns as the Captain of the vehicle by hitting Dice Blocks to move the party forward. Strategic-minded players will try to find the best routes and positions during their turn, while also pushing their opponents into trickier spots. Party Adventure challenges players to work with and against rivals to compete in 80 all-new Minigames to grab the all-important Mini Stars. Said to be accessible to all Mario fans, the challenges include making pizzas, escaping haunted mansions, and even racing snowmobiles.

Elsewhere, the Boss Battles task players to unite to defeat classic Mario boss characters, while new Mini Game modes allow players to dip into the action without having to play the board game. With new characters, new modes and a vast array of new minigames, Mario Party 9 is another sure-fire Nintendo smash hit.

• Follow-up to one of the Wil's best-sellers • 80 new mini-games • Suitable for players of all ages

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KINECT STAR WARS MICROSOFT | KINECT FOR XBOX 360 - £39.99 | 3rd APRIL 2012

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ans can finally feel the Force with Kinect Star Wars. Due for release exclusively for Xbox 360 on April 3rd, Terminal Reality's exciting upcoming title, Kinect Star Wars and the Xbox 360 Limited Edition Kinect Star Wars console bundle are sure to attract a lot of attention. Even the most hard core fans will be able to test their own skills in the Star Wars universe and become part of the films like never before with the power of Kinect for Xbox 360. Gamers will be able to physically experience training, fighting, driving and even dancing as a Jedi - with no controller required. In addition, Kinect Star Wars promises to let players live out the most memorable moments from the motion pictures to experience a wide variety of physical play. As well as training to use the force and become a lightsaber-wielding Jedi master, players will compete to become a champion Pod racer, pilot iconic ships, Speeder bikes, and much more.

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Aside from storyline gameplay, Kinect Star Wars also promises to offer more of a social experience than most would expect. Players can pit their Jedi wits against friends in exciting co-operative, competitive and duel modes. A second player can join in the Jedi fun via intuitive drop in/out play.

Additionally, the Xbox 360 Limited Edition Kinect Star Wars console bundle will feature an exclusive C-3PO unlockable character specifically for the dance mode. If you think the force may be with you on 3rd April then call your Gem account manager now for more details on this high profile release.

Players are placed during the 'prequel trilogy' timeline of Episodes 1 to 3, and the game begins shortly after Episode One: The Phantom Menace. Rumours have been stirring and we are happy to confirm that players will eventually get to fight the mighty Darth Vadar, something that is sure to satisfy Star Wars fans around the globe. A few additions to the game have recently been announced, including space battles, landspeeders, new duels and lastly a new galactic dance off mode.

• First motion-based Star Wars title • Relive multiple iconic movie moments • Wield a lightsaber and pilot a Speeder Bike

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MAX PAYNE 3 RATING

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ROCKSTAR GAMES | XBOX 360 & PS3 - £49.99 | PC - £39.99 | 18th MAY 2012

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McCaffrey, not only reprises his role as the voice, but also lends his acting performances to the game this time around.

Max Payne 3 picks up the tale almost a decade later, and finds the former New York City detective still haunted by the traumatic memories of his past.

The result offers a refined, all-action shooter, which boasts an extensive range of realistic weaponry, an intuitive cover system as well as the sophisticated 'Bullet Time' slow-motion shooting mechanics the series is famed for.

ard boiled cinematic shooting action returns in May, with the long-awaited release of the third episode in Rockstar's critically acclaimed Max Payne series.

After his life goes from bad to worse, Max begins a new life working in private security, where he protects a wealthy industrialist and his family in Sao Paulo, Brazil. But when gangs target the family under his protection, Max finds himself locked in a familiar life-or-death battle to save his clients and clear his name. The game promises to be a "seamless, cinematic action experience," thanks to the stunning Natural Motion physics as well as the advances in Rockstar's in-house game engine technology. The actor behind Max, James

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The game's film-noir influence is set to continue, with Max's ongoing internal monologue shedding light on his strife, and the use of comic book panelling to help progress the darkly cinematic story. All round, Max Payne 3 looks certain to deliver another sizeable hit for Rockstar Games, and a fitting next generation installment to a classic series.

Gamers will be treated to a truly cinematic single player campaign, and can also look forward to multiplayer gameplay for the first time in the series. The minute-to-minute gameplay promises to be a fluid, fast-paced, dual-wielding blaster with many familiar features including the Red Dead Redempion- style weapon selection wheel, a painkiller-based health system, and, the iconic slow-motion 'Bullet Time' combat system.

• First new Max Payne since 2003 • Cinematic, big budget blockbuster • All-new multiplayer gameplay

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The Future - March 2012 Edition  

March edition of The Future magazine by Gem.

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