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November 2011

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One Protection For Everyone Here’s what you should know about McAfee All Access ®

FOR 2012

• Secures PCs and Macs • Safeguards phones • Keeps tablets protected • Detects viruses before they’re downloaded • Backs up photos, messages and contacts • Shields personal information and financial documents • Protects kids’ online activity • Comes in 1-User and 5-User versions

Free McAfee CDU ®

CDU filled with the complete McAfee® Dummy box Range available to all resellers and dealers buying the McAfee® All Access products For more information on all products available from McAfee® contact your Gem account manager on 01279 822822 or go online at www.gem.co.uk


CONTENTS

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FEATURES

09 VIPRE

Vipre Introduce their brand new line up for 2012

10 MICROSOFT SDA

Featuring new technologies from Microsoft to amaze and delight

14 LOGITECH

We show off the diversity of PC peripherals that Logitech has to offer

16 HONESTECH Managing Editor Faye Le Duc

We talk to Jay Choi, Managing Director of Honestech about the new range

Associate Editor Danielle Govier

19 KASPERSKY LAB

Editorial Assistant Julian Cinque Design Sophie Hammond Finn Maclean Production Support John Dunn Matt Andrews Peter Cox Gaming Editor Kristan Reed Publisher Gem Creative To place an order please call 01279 822822 between 9am-6pm Monday to Friday, or visit www.gem.co.uk to buy online*. To open an account please visit www.gem.co.uk or call our new accounts team on 01279 822800. *Trade account needed

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Introducing Kaspersky One, Universal Security protection for all of your digital devices

ALSO THIS MONTH 23 EXSPECT

New iPhone 4S Accessories available from Exspect

24 ASSASSINS CREED: REVELATIONS

Ezio Auditore returns in the thrilling fourth installment of Ubisoft's hugely acclaimed action series

26 UBISOFT

Celebrating 25 years of Entertainment with Ubisoft

29 NINTENDO

Gem are delighted to present a fantastic new line up of Nintendo bundles for all the family this Christmas 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 Printed in the UK by Cadmium Multimedia

www.cadmiummultimedia.co.uk

REGULARS 05 NEW TO US

This month Gem have signed Looxcie, creators of the world’s first wearable video camera

07 WE WANT ONE

We’ve tried and tested the latest new speaker gadget from Logitech and love it!

24 GAMES FOCUS

A look at this month’s upcoming releases 03


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The Future

Questionnaire www.gem.co.uk/thefuturequestionnaire

As we look to expand and improve The Future, we want to give the most important readers (You!) the chance to provide your feedback. Please take a few minutes to fill out our online questionnaire to be in with a chance to win a Xbox 360 250GB plus Kinect bundle. By completing the form you’ll be automatically entered into the prize draw, where winners will be announced on the Gem website on the 5th December. *Only customers with a Gem trade account are eligible to win.

WIN a Xbox 360 250GB plus Kinect bundle* SCAN TO READ


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LOOXCIE

NEWTOUS

Looxcie

Gem sign Looxcie, manufacturers of the worlds first wear & share video cam In a market where demand for unique, innovative products is rapidly increasing, Gem are delighted to announce a new collaboration with Looxcie to launch a unique product into UK retail. Founded in 2008, Looxcie were the first to design and manufacture the Looxcie hands-free video camera - followed by the enhanced Looxcie 2, launched in June 2011. Looxcie 2 is the first mobile-connected wearable video cam that allows people the freedom to be active participants in the movements they are recording and share them on the go. The unique design allows for a hands-free point-of-view experience. When a memorable moment occurs that is worth preserving or sharing, the instant clip button automatically rewinds, captures and saves the moment as a permanent clip, which can be instantly shared to sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. With the updated LooxcieMoments smartphone companion app, users can now choose between either 320p or 480p video quality. "With Looxcie, users can share life as they live it with their friends and family. Demand for Looxcie and the ability to share video on the go is increasing around the world,” commented Romulus Pereira, ceo of Looxcie, "We are pleased to partner with GeM to bring handsfree recording and video sharing to the UK market and help meet this growing demand." Webcode 9087A-LX2 RRP £149.99

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

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11 Vegas™

Movie Studio HD Create amazing movies in minutes

Introducing the fantastic Vegas™ Movie Studio HD from Sony®. This brilliant piece of easy-to-use software is at an attractive price point and hosts a large range of editing tools and effects that truly results in video creation without limits.

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

AVAILABLE NOW


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Logitech Wireless Speaker Adapter ®

In a digital world where accessing media files and music is a daily necessity and the way in which we access these files is so varied, from MP3 Players, Mobile Phones to Tablets and PC’s, demand for versatile easy to use accessories has increased ten-fold. With an outstanding reputation for excellent quality, Logitech are the latest to introduce a new Wireless Speaker Adapter for Bluetooth® audio devices and after trying out the product, we’re all impressed The Logitech® Wireless Speaker Adapter uses Bluetooth wireless connectivity to stream music or other audio from computers, mobile phones, smartphones and tablets to any pair of powered speakers. The end result is a dramatic improvement in sound quality than any standard built-in speaker whilst keeping mobile devices mobile So Why do We Want One so much? The Logitech Wireless Speaker Adapter for Bluetooth® audio devices connects to almost any speaker system using a standard analogue RCA or 3.5 mm jack. It’s small and discreet, easy to connect and looks sleek alongside the most expensive speakers on the market. If that’s not enough it’s great value for money – retailing at just £24.99 Webcode 980-000543 SRP £24.99

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

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VIPRE

Internet Security VIPRE Internet Security 2012 is the light-weight and highly effective security solution that does not slow down your PC. VIPRE internet Security 2012 includes new advanced features for total security protection and detects, removes and blocks all types of PC threats including viruses, Trojans, suspicious files, spyware, worms, rootkits and more.

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VIPRE

Announcing VIPRE Internet Security 2012 and VIPRE Antivirus 2012. High performance protection that won’t slow down your PC! VIPRE is the light-weight and highly effective antivirus program that does not slow down your PC.

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.

Key Features

Ad Blocking

Referrer & Cookie Blocking

Script Blocking

AntiSpam

WebFiltering

Desktop Firewall

Email Virus Protection

AntiKeylogging

AntiPhishing

Anti-Rootkit Detection & Removal

Antivirus & Antispyware Protection

Internet Security 2012 Antivirus 2012

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, 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.

For more information on all products available from VIPRE® 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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Microsoft Hardware ®

Technologies to Amaze and Delight Differentiate through High Definition video, BlueTrack™ mouse tracking, and AES encryption - only with Microsoft

For life on the go Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000 for Business ®

Webcode 4DH-00002 SRP £34.99

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If a high value, reliable mouse is required then look no further. There are plenty of great features available from Microsoft with this sporty, stylish little model allowing users to work wherever they do. Users can take advantage of the well-engineered BlueTrack Technology™ combining the power of optical with the precision of laser to result in remarkable tracking on virtually any surface.

To further prevent consumers getting caught out there is a battery status indicator that tells you when power is beginning to run low. High quality 2.4 – gigahertz (GHz) wireless technology can be enjoyed, delivering a reliable connection with up to a 30-foot range, something that is highly sought after by anyone wanting the ultimate in flexibility and productivity in their hardware.

There is a plug-and-go Nano transceiver that can either be stowed in the mouse when not in use or alternatively can be plugged in for stop/start use when on the move which helps keep the mouse even more conveniently portable. A particularly impressive feature is an astounding 10-Month battery life to ensure the mouse keeps working faultlessly.

Whilst in use, there is also the capacity to easily switch between open windows and like most functions on the Mobile Mouse 4000, it can be done simply with the click of a button. This is something that further enhances the usability of this great, well-designed little mouse.

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


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MICROSOFT

HD Video for your mobile PC Microsoft LifeCam HD-6000 for Notebooks for Business ®

Webcode 5UH-00002 SRP £49.99

Share life on-the-go with the LifeCam HD 6000. Snap it on to the notebook or computer, and capture the excitement of whatever is around-wherever that may be. Featuring a 720p HD sensor, there will be few webcams that will be able to compete with the level of image quality received as this offers brilliant value for money considering the low price point. Furthermore, the LifeCam HD 6000 automatically sharpens images with Auto Focus, making the video contact even more close and intimate. The ‘TrueColor’ feature will automatically adjust the exposure settings on the camera allowing for brighter, more vibrant footage

regardless of the environment they are in or move to as it will adjust accordingly. Consumers can benefit from a sleek notebook design that will also allow them to catch every angle as there is a potential 360° lens rotation should they want to make it. This view can be maximised for a remarkable cinematic feel with 16:9 widescreen recording. This high value HD web camera is also optimized for Windows Live and comes complete with a 3 year limited hardware warranty, a display of the trust that Microsoft has in the quality of this product.

Secure Connection, Reliable Performance Microsoft Wireless Desktop 800 for Enterprise ®

Webcode GPF-00002 SRP £29.99 Look no further for a quality keyboard that offers great value in its most simple form. The Desktop 800 allows users to get the features they need-and more-with Microsoft quality and reliability.

includes Quiet Touch keys to minimize any unwanted distractions. The mouse is also hugely efficient with powerful Microsoft Optical Technology enabling swift movements no matter the task in hand.

This is first offered by the Microsoft 2.4 GHz wireless delivering a secured and reliable connection with up to a 15-foot range providing assured control at a remarkable distance.

In addition there is a snap-in receiver, similar to that of the Mobile Mouse 4000 offering a similar level of usability. All in all this is an affordable and convenient desktop pair that is inclusive of a 2 year warranty that will not let consumers down.

One of the most impressive features of the desktop 800 are the easy access hot keys which allow quick access to frequently used tools such as the zoom, calculator or audio controls. A further feature of the keyboard

Put a Guard Dog on Your Desktop Microsoft Wireless Desktop 2000 for Business ®

Webcode P7K-00006 SRP £39.99 Unlike standard keyboards, the wireless keyboard 2000 features Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), which can help protect personal and business information by encrypting what is typed. This is an increasingly attractive feature as the threat of cyber-theft is on the increase and will seemingly stay that way.

above Microsoft products already featured. There are enhanced side grips as well as four-way scrolling both of which are in place to help better performance. Performance that is topped off by the aforementioned Blue Track technology that has been well distributed across many ranges of Microsoft mice.

The keyboard has a classic yet refined design that consumers can enjoy with a pillow-textured palm rest offering the ultimate combination of support and comfort.

Consumers can easily access programs in their taskbar with useful hot keys that will automatically adapt when applications are rearranged around the computer. Not only is this Desktop secure, comfortable and convenient - it’s simple to use-just plug in the transceivers and you’re ready to go!

This ergonomically designed keyboard is joined by a full-size, wireless mouse that completes the desktop package in style. This mouse that ‘gets things done’ is designed with ultimate usability in mind as with the

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All you need is

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Squeezebox Radio

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A compact all-in-one network music player, the Squeezebox Radio lets the user rock the house with digital music. Fitting in easily just about anywhere in the house, the Squeeze box is compact and allows the user to play songs from their personal library, tune into thousands of Internet radio stations, or connect to online services to stream their favourite tunes.

high-quality sound with very low distortion. A 6cm colour screen also displays album artwork, track and station information. The perfect bedside companion, the Squeezebox Radio acts as an alarm and features auto-dimming display that adjusts to any lighting conditions – so it’s never too bright or too dim.

With a two-way speaker and support for 24/48 kHz encoding, the Squeezebox Radio allows users to enjoy

Webcode Red 930-000096 White 930-000127 SRP £159.00

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


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LOGITECH

Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 With a 10-meter wireless range, built-in multi-touch touchpad and plug-and-play setup, the Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 delivers lean-back wireless control for a laptop – even when the user is connecting it to their TV. Making vertical and horizontal scrolling intuitive, the large 3.5 inch built-in touchpad offers users a multi-touch navigation that makes it easier than ever for users to point and scroll their way through the web. While sleek, low-

profile keys gives users feel good keys that barely make a sound. Unifying technology also ensures that the tiny receiver stays in the laptop for quick and easy setup, as well as eliminating the hassle of multiple USB receivers. The 12-month battery life gives users a full year of doing the things they enjoy without battery hassles; and the on/off switch helps to save power when not in use. Webcode 920-003116 SRP £34.99

Wireless Keyboard K350 Designed specifically for comfort, the Logitech Wireless Keyboard K350 has a distinctive wave design with constant curve layout that guides the users hands into just the right position and conforms naturally to their fingers, allowing

the user to type with ease and confidence. With a threeyear battery life, users won’t have to worry about replacing the batteries; and an indicator light enables the user to keep an eye on the level of charge. Webcode 920-002012 SRP £49.99

Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 Physically reducing the product and keeping the great performance and ease of use is what makes the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 incredible. Users will have no need to worry about wires and mobility or battery life as regarding there’s light they will have power… even indoors. Its solar powered technology keeps their keyboard ready to use all day and all night and its wireless technology means that they can take it with them anywhere, anytime. This extraordinary keyboard can also

stay charged for at least three months in total darkness, allowing users to say goodbye to power bricks and charging cables. The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 also has other practicality inspired features such as its slim design which keeps the user’s desk looking neat and tidy. Or if they are using it on their lap it will feel light and comfortable. Users can trust that they will be truly impressed by the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750. Webcode 920-002929 SRP £69.99

Logitech Rechargeable Speaker S315i Enjoy accurately reproduced music from iPod or iPhone with the Logitech Rechargeable Speaker S315i. With enhanced bass for high highs and deep rich lows, the Rechargeable Speaker S315i ensures users listen to the music how it was meant to sound. With a compact design this is the perfect companion to take to picnics, parties or from room to room, and the 20 hour battery life ensures that users can listen to the music for longer without a

power cord in sight using the Power-saving mode. Users can also play and charge their iPod or iPhone with the dock connector to ensure that their iPhone or iPod never runs out of battery when they don’t want it to. A standard 3.5mm stereo jack also opens up the music possibilities to just about any portable music player or computer. Now available in Green and Pink, there is a colour to suit every style. Webcode Green 980-000598 Pink 984-000188 SRP £64.99

Pure-Fi Express Plus Experience clear and rich sound in every corner of the room with the Pure-Fi Express Plus. With 360-degree sound, the Express Plus ensures that sound is evenly distributed in all directions, letting the user enjoy the music from their iPod or iPhone wherever they are in the room. The integrated handle and AC or battery power also makes it easy to take their music from room to room.

This compact and stylish dock not only docks, plays and charges the iPod or iPhone, it also acts as an alarm to ensure that you are never late for those important dates. Users also have more control thanks to a wireless remote that allows the user to control the Pure-Fi Express Plus from up to 10m away, and stores neatly in an integrated compartment. The Pure-Fi Express Plus is now available in Purple and Sea Blue. Webcode Purple 980-000490 Sea Blue 980-000598 SRP £64.99

Wireless Speaker Adapter for Bluetooth Turn favourite speakers into a wireless sound system for a smartphone or tablet with the Wireless Speaker Adapter for Bluetooth. Stream stereo audio instantly from any Bluetooth smartphone or tablet to allow the mobile device to stay mobile, and users have the freedom to move around with it. The sleek and compact design also ensures that the Wireless Speaker Adapter looks good on a shelf or can be hidden away discreetly.

Set up is simple and the wireless adapter is easy to use thanks to Logitech software for Bluetooth which allows the user to configure their Wireless Speaker Adapter to work with their smartphone or tablet. Users also have the flexibility to use almost any pair of powered speakers they like; just attach the Wireless Speaker Adapter for Bluetooth audio devices to the speakers using a standard analog RCA or 3.5mm jack. Webcode 980-000543 SRP £29.99

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Wirelessly project from Wi-Fi mobile devices

honestech nScreen™ Deluxe enables you to share data, screen, audio, and contents from variety of mobile devices, and project or stream to any display device such as TV, projector, or monitor.

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


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HONESTECH

Honestech

What is Honestech nScreen™ Deluxe? Honestech nScreen™ Deluxe enables users to project their PC screen and audio to a display device such as a TV, projector, or monitor using a wireless network. User can also stream multimedia content from mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet PC’s. The TV in your living room can be used as a projector for your laptop or desktop PC, through a home or work Wi-Fi connection. For example, the contents you are viewing on your PC can be viewed on a TV screen simultaneously. Smartphone and tablet users can also stream photo, video, music simply through a Wi-Fi connection. In addition, the product can be a great presentation tool or solution for business applications.

An interview with Jay Choi

Managing Director of Honestech, Inc.

Can you give examples of how Honestech nScreen™ would support multiple mobile devices?

What makes Honestech nScreen™Deluxe different from others?

First of all, the honestech nScreen™ Deluxe includes nScreenBOX™ hardware device, that connects to your TV, projector, or computer monitor via included HDMI cable or composite connections, enabling the display device to have a Wi-Fi connection. The product includes a software installation CD, and upon installation of Honestech nScreen™ app, users can wirelessly project their entire computer screen and audio to a display device connected via the Honestech nScreenBox™. Users can do the same with their smartphones and handheld tablets with the free app on the Android Market Place, iTunes, and Honestech website.

Honestech nScreen™ Deluxe enables user to share data, screen, audio, and contents from a variety of mobile devices, and project or stream to any display device such as a TV, projector, or monitor. The key difference would be "variety" of source or mobile device and "any" display device. The product supports new DLNA devices plus old devices that are not DLNA enabled or certified. The product provides users with current and previous generation display technologies the ability to use these devices as if they were DLNA capable.

What is the strategy behind the new innovative product, Honestech nScreen™ Deluxe?

What’s the pros and cons of CE products that simulates similar technology for consumers?

DLNA (Digital Living Network Association) certified products are among the hottest trend in the consumer electronics market. DNLA certified products communicate and utilize a connection with Wi-Fi networks at home or other Wi-Fi enabled locations. One example would be accessing stored data on your external hard drive from a Wi-Fi enabled TV, and another would be browsing websites through a PS3 game console or Blu-ray player in the living room.

Similar technology can be found with CE products in the market, however, it’s not easy for consumers to use the technology and additional purchase of an adapter or CE product is required. Good news is that DLNA devices are available in the market, but it’s creating a non-compatibility issue and confusion for consumers. Intel’s WiDi technology only works with PC’s and requires Intel CPU, network card, and additional WiDi adapter. Other DLNA enabled tablets and smartphones will only support its manufacturer’s TV or devices. Consumers are restricted to a certain brand or manufacturer, device category, operating system, and hardware platforms.

Our strategy is to tap into this hottest trend and have our Honestech nScreen™ Deluxe in every household or any place with a Wi-Fi mobile devices, translates into true convergence, streamlined compatibility, and an awesome user experience. This is possible due to the Honestech nScreen™ support of multiple hardware platforms, operating systems, and multimedia content.

When can we expect to see the Honestech nScreen™ Deluxe in the market? The official launch date in the United Kingdom is planned for December 1st, 2011, and we are working with retail partners to support the availability through online and stores.

That’s where the Honestech nScreen™ Deluxe saves the day by providing a solution for multiple devices, variety of OS’, and all kinds of multimedia content.

For more information on all products available from Honestech™ 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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Introducing

Kaspersky ONE Universal Security One Security Solution for Your Devices PC, Smartphone, Mac or Android Tablet

In response to the increased security risk faced by people as they juggle more than one computer gadget, Kaspersky Lab has launched Kaspersky ONE, the world’s first ‘universal security’ solution that protects users regardless of how they live their digital life. By protecting consumers, whether they use desktops, laptops, smartphones or Android-based tablets, Kaspersky ONE is the first step in securing the wider digital user experience, not just the device. In today’s technology-enabled world, owning a number of internet-enabled devices or computers has become commonplace. Whatever we use them for, it is likely that between them they store a large amount of personal information, including passwords, home addresses, web browsing history and photos. For many people installing comprehensive security is an afterthought, which can leave all that personal information unprotected and vulnerable to cybercriminals and malicious software. With Kaspersky ONE, users only have to think about security once. Created by Europe’s leading developer of IT security software, Kaspersky ONE is the first product available that represents a universal, one-stop-shop for personal security, protecting any combination of PCs, Macs, Android tablets and smartphones. Multi-Device Protection • Easy, one licence protection for your devices • Security optimised for each device • Real-time protection against emerging threats

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KASPERSKY

Universal Protection in a Multi-Device World With just one license, Kaspersky ONE Universal Security allows you to conveniently secure any combination of your PCs, Macs, Android tablets and smartphones – up to 5. Protect your desktop, two laptops, and two smartphones. Or protect two tablets, two smartphones, and a Mac. Mix and match the award-winning security of Kaspersky Lab to meet your protection needs. One Solution Protects Your Digital Devices Any connected smart device is continually exposed to new, sophisticated threats on a daily basis. As the use of these devices grows, Kaspersky Lab is there to protect you every step of the way. Windows PC Protection You know your PC needs protection. Be sure 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. Our innovative Hybrid Protection combines the real-time power of the cloud with our sophisticated protection technologies installed on your PC to deliver a faster, more effective response to today’s complex, ever-evolving threats. • Rapid, real-time reaction to new threats • Proactive detection of unknown and emerging malware • Advanced identity theft and phishing protection • Rollback of harmful malware activity • Secure online banking, shopping, and social networking • Best-in-class, two-way firewall • Award-winning parental controls Smartphone Protection Mobile is the new hotspot for malware attacks. You face the same vulnerabilities on your Smartphone as you do on your PC, so you should protect it just as vigilantly. Plus, you can block wipe, or find your phone if it’s lost or stolen. Essential mobile security against loss, theft, prying eyes, viruses, and spam.

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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 over-the-air updates. Immediate virus-scanning of all downloaded files and apps keeps you safe online without slowing you down. 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. Kaspersky ONE offers real-time protection from malware threats that specifically target Macs. Plus, you’ll never pass dangerous malware on to PCs within your network. Kaspersky also provides free technical support for the period of your subscription, via email, live chat, or phone.

For more information on Kaspersky contact your Gem account manager on 01279 822822 or visit www.gem.co.uk

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The NEW McAfee 2012 range is the best solution for all your cyber defence requirements.

McAfee® All Access A statement of being ‘compatible with all your mobile devices’ is one that you have to be able to back up, and McAfee does just that with their new All Access 2012 software, both in individual or household versions. Desktop computers, laptops, netbooks, tablets and smartphones can all be protected – something that is appealing to many considering the increasing opportunities for hackers and scammers to target personal data and identity. McAfee has risen to the challenge of ultimate protection over a wide range of devices very well

whereas most security products can only protect one at a time. The software will safeguard the device whenever it is connected online and in doing so will deliver complete security and protection. There are features to enable tracking, locking or remote wiping of lost smartphones or tablets just for added peace of mind. This comprehensive protection allows the whole family to connect with confidence and enjoy the convenience and benefits that digital lifestyles provide.

Webcode (Individual) AAI12UMB1RAA SRP £69.99 Webcode (Household) AAH12UMB5RAA SRP £99.99

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

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MCAFEE

McAfee® Total Protection 2012 • Secure your digital life with powerful security software, complete with real-time anti-virus, anti-malware, spam filters, firewall and parental controls • Automated backup and file encryption Webcode MTP12UMB3RAA SRP £59.99

McAfee® Internet Security 2012 • Comprehensive, real-time anti-virus • Anti-malware, firewall, spam filters • Parental controls, plus automated file backup to our safe deposit box in the cloud Webcode MIS12UMB1RAA SRP £44.99

McAfee® AntiVirus Plus 2012 • Essential security software • Surf, shop, and socialise while online • Anti-Virus software, anti-malware, and firewall keep you safe Webcode MAV12UMB3RAA SRP £44.99

McAfee® Internet Security 2012 for Mac & PC • Protects personal information against harmful programs • Identity protection, anti-phishing and Site Advisor software to keep you safe • Scans and cleans downloaded files and attachments Webcode DPM12UMB1RAA SRP £59.99

McAfee® Family Protection • Fast, simple age appropriate settings • Effective, powerful online protection • Complete, advanced features including content and social networking controls Webcode MFN12UMB3RAA SRP £29.99

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_Kandies Chat Fun earphones with personal hands-free allowing you to

chat or listen to music on the go at the touch of a button.... The finishing touch to any outfit!

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EXSPECT

With the announcement of Apples best ever iPhone, we at Exspect are excited to launch our best ever range of iPhone accessories to date. The iPhone 4S launch has enabled us to take the core values of our successful Apple products to re-invent ourselves with new branding, packaging and products that really enhances and protects this great new hardware, all in time for launch Mike Sanderson Co-Founder and General Manager of Exspect

New from Exspect

Must Have iPhone 4S Accessories With the long awaited announcement for the new iPhone finally upon us, Exspect are overjoyed to reveal their full range of exciting new accessories making them one of the first to market in time for launch once again. The vibrant new range designed exclusively for the iPhone 4S includes an executive style Leather Slip Case, a Hard Shell, Tough Skin as well as the popular Silicone Skin all designed exclusively for the iPhone 4S. In addition to the new cases, the range will also include the Matte and Mirrored Screen Guards. The launch of the new Exspect iPhone 4S accessories coincides with a brand refresh giving a completely new look to all new and future products. Exspect iPhone 4S Hard Shell - Black The Exspect iPhone 4S Hard Shell, a hard, tough and stylish polycarbonate case that will protect your device from everyday bumps and scratches. In a trendy soft touch gloss finish, this hard shell from Exspect will protect your hardware without comprising usability to your everyday device functions. Product Code EX406 Barcode 5060088524060 RRP £14.99 iPhone 4S Silicone Skin - Black Protect your Apple iPhone 4S with this perfect form fitting, durable Silicone skin from Exspect. Constructed from high grade Silicone, this product ensures your new device is protected from everyday bumps and scratches without compromising use of the devices functionality Product Code EX363 Barcode 5060088523636 RRP £9.99

iPhone 4S Matte Screen Guard The Matte Screen Protector, new from Exspect for the latest Apple iPhone 4S offers exceptional clarity of display for the device without compromising responsiveness. The surface of the Matte Screen Guard has been treated with a scratch resistant hard coat giving maximum protection with a perfect fit. Also included is a cleaning cloth to allow you to remove any smears from the screen prior to application using the application card. Product Code EX366 Barcode 5060088523667 RRP £4.99 Exspect iPhone 4S Leather Slip Case - Black Handcrafted from high grade Nappa leather, this stylish and elegant slip case from Exspect will ensure your Apple iPhone 4S is fully protected from everyday bumps and scratches. With a simple and effective pull tab release and a soft interior you can be ensured your device will be protected by your case at all times. Product Code EX370 Barcode 5060088523704 RRP £19.99

The iPhone 4S Tough Skin – Clear A sleek and stylish accessory to give your device extra protection with its light, flexible and impact resistant material ensures that your Apple iPhone 4S is kept free from everyday bumps and scratches without compromising use of the devices functionality. Product Code EX367 Barcode 5060088523674 RRP £9.99 Exspect has invested heavily to ensure that the new range is one of the best yet for quality, design and price and is available from your account manager now

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ASSASSIN’S CREED REVELATIONS

PRESSBUZZ The final chapter to Ezio Auditore’s story is looking marvellous

BEEFJACK If Brotherhood taught us anything, it's that you should never write off a series that's always so capable of surprising

EUROGAMER It seems that Revelations might have just the right blend of new environments and subtle gameplay changes to not just avoid being a rehash, but be the ultimate version of the gameplay that was born out of Assassin's Creed II

1UP Revelations' is becoming deeper, more involved and more complex. But most importantly, it's a great deal of fun, offering an experience unlike others on the market today

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aster assassin Ezio Auditore returns in the thrilling fourth installment of Ubisoft's hugely acclaimed blockbuster actionadventure series. Assassin’s Creed Revelations once again provides gamers with an intense mix of real world history and global conspiracies as Ezio continues to spearhead an ancient war between the Assassins and the Templars. Now in the autumn of his life, the hooded killer decides he wants to know the truth behind the assassins and the mysteries behind the templars as he walks in the footsteps of his legendary mentor, Altaïr. Ubisoft admits Revelations is "a perilous path," and one that will take Ezio to Constantinople, the heart of the Ottoman Empire, where a growing army of Templars threatens to destabilise the region. The journey promises to be another thrilling as players take a thrilling mix of stealth and melee combat as Ezio attempts to recover five ancient seals that hold the keys to the future of the Assassins brotherhood. Constantinople will truly come to life in Assassin's Creed: Revelations as gamers navigate through a cauldron of culture, and journey through exquisitely picturesque settings, including Masyaf and the vibrant and exotic Constantinople, the jewel of the Ottoman Empire in the 16th Century. Players will join Ezio at his deadliest, and an older, wiser man. He has honed the lethal art of the assassin, and has developed the abilities of a craftsman, and will now be able to create his own explosives. Around 300 variations will be available to the player. Ezio will also be armed with a new arsenal of 24

IGN weapons and abilities, including the hookblade, which alows players to zipline across the city or grab enemies to yank them in for a combo attack. He also comes with a heightened Eagle Sense, allowing players to kill with "death-dealing proficiency." Back in the real world, players will find Desmond preparing for his future as he explores the mysterious innards of the Animus in a modern day setting. Following on from the events of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, he is trapped in the Animus in comatose state, but has found a safe mode known as the 'Black Room'.

Revelations' bombs look like a joyous addition

VIDEOGAMER The game tracks the same mix of parkour-style open world exploration and action-adventure combat, all with an emphasis on opening up a range of tactical options for the player

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In this Black Room, Desmond is on a mission to find a memory that links him with Altaïr and Ezio to allow him to regain consciousness. Following on from the success of the multiplayer mode in last year's Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, the multiplayer mode returns better than ever. Revelations comes complete with with even more team modes, and more enthralling maps and new characters. To add to the multiplayer experience, players will be able to customise various elements of their characters' appearance and weapons, as well as form their own guild and create a unique coat of arms. Ubisoft has also promised enhanced matchmaking and new multiplayer modes added, including story-oriented quests, as well as a Capture the Flag mode. Due for release on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this November, Assassin’s Creed Revelations will be one of the biggest-selling and most critically acclaimed titles of 2011. Talk to your account manager now for more information - don't miss out!

ABOUT THE ASSASSIN'S CREED SERIES Launched in 2007, the first three Assassin’s Creed games have sold more than 28 million units worldwide, and the franchise is now established as one of the best-selling series on next generation consoles. Recognised for having some of the richest, most engrossing storytelling in the industry, Assassin’s Creed has transcended video games, branching out into other entertainment experiences including comic books, Facebook games, novels, short films and more.


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PUBLISHER Ubisoft FORMAT Xbox 360, PS3, PC (coming soon) RELEASE DATE 15th November 2011 SRP Xbox 360 / PS3 £49.99 PC - £34.99

REASONS TO STOCK • Fourth part of acclaimed blockbuster series • Improved multiplayer modes • Triple-A marketing push • Will be one of 2011's biggest sellers • Blanket critical acclaim

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Celebrating

25 Years

of Entertainment Having enjoyed 25 years of success with some of the world’s best loved titles, Ubisoft are delighted to present possibly their most exciting line up yet‌ just in time for Christmas

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GAMESFOCUS Just Dance 3

ABBA You Can Dance

FORMAT Wii, XBOX, 360 Kinect, PS3 Move

FORMAT Wii

Just dance is back and the party is bigger than ever before! The world’s number one dance game brand returns with 49 tracks from multiple genres, featuring popular artists and chart-topping tracks by the likes of Katy Petty, Cee Lo Green, A-ha, and Daft Punk. It will also feature extra downloadable tracks which will be available from launch onwards.

From the creators of the award-winning Just Dance® franchise and Michael Jackson The Experience comes ABBA You Can Dance. Featuring 26 timeless songs, including Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, Waterloo and Take a Chance on Me, all digitally remastered for Wii. ABBA You Can Dance invites up to four friends to hit the dance floor and re-live the golden era of pop music with one of the world’s biggest musical sensations. Perform a story through the music of ABBA.

Now dance with four players each performing different moves to enjoy the ultimate party experience on every platform. It’s the first time four players will be able to play simultaneously on a Kinect game. Take part in everyone’s favourite party modes and playlists, or stay fit and have fun with the improved Just Sweat Mode. Take the party to the next level and sing along to your favourite songs on Kinect for even more points.

Enjoy authentic ABBA content including original music videos, live concert footage, and classic photos, along with fun facts for true ABBA fans to enjoy. With ABBA You Can Dance, play the way you choose and experience unforgettable fun that friends and family of every generation can enjoy!

The Black Eyed Peas Experience

Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012

FORMAT Wii, Xbox 360 Kinect

FORMAT Xbox 360

Get the party started in your living room with the world’s hottest group in the world’s hottest new dance game. In The Black Eyed Peas Experience take the party worldwide and jump on tour to experience all the energy and unforgettable venues inspired by their shows and music videos. Perform iconic dance moves alongside apl.de.ap, Fergie, Taboo and will.i.am to 28 chart topping tracks on Xbox 360 and 23 on Wii. The tracklist includes all the hits from The Beginning, The E.N.D., Monkey Business and Elephunk. On Wii these choreographies have been developed in collaboration with The Black Eyed Peas’ creative director and professional choreographer, Fatima Robinson.

The number one fitness game on Kinect returns in November with Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012. A revisited game structure allows for easily accessible content which provides one of the most extensive fitness offerings on the market. Choose from fitness classes, dance classes or mini games with enhanced motion tracking which now also tracks floor movements for even greater accuracy. Then improve your performance using the new feedback system which provides real time assistance. Alternatively, enjoy the sights as you virtually run through the streets of New York, Paris or London in a unique feature called Run the World.

On Wii dance with up to four friends and get a group score to reach the next level together or face-off against your friends in competitive dance battles. Using the Kinect for Xbox 360, create your own personalised choreography using Choreo-Maker Mode, then share your routines over Xbox Live to challenge your friends. Also step-by-step coaching means it’s easier than ever to learn the actual moves.

With over 90 hours of activities and 60 new moves, players will be able to customise their workout based on their own preferences, body shape and fitness goals. Use Your Shape Centre to monitor your progress then share your achievements on Facebook or challenge your friends and see how you rank against players from across the world using the global leader boards.

Rayman Origins

Rabbids: Alive and Kicking

FORMAT Wii, Xbox 360 Kinect

FORMAT Xbox 360 + Kinect

The Fairy Council have summoned Rayman to save their home, the Glade of Dreams, after it has been invaded by Darktoons. Enlisting the help of his best friend Globox, and two crafty wizards, the Teensies, the team of heroes set out to restore peace to the Glade before it is too late. From the celebrated creator of Rayman, Beyond Good & Evil, and Raving Rabbids, Michel Ancel delivers Rayman Origins, a high definition, 2D side-scrolling platform adventure in full four player co-op. Discover a variety of gameplay elements, unlock new abilities and battle against epic bosses in your quest to save the Glade. With four player jump in and out co-op gameplay and over 60 levels spread across 12 unique and vibrant environments, Rayman Origins is a return to its classic 2D roots and can be enjoyed by all ages.

The Rabbids are back, and this time they’re real! Watch as the Rabbids come to life with Kinect and interact with players in unique experiences through augmented reality. Swim, jump, dance, roll and slap freely as you try to prevent the Rabbids’ latest attempt to invade our world. Square off with them in the craziest mini-games and most bizarre situations imaginable! Enjoy unique experiences as you interact with the Rabbids in brand new ways which redefine the party game genre. Play with up to four players simultaneously for the first time on Kinect and watch with friends and family as the Rabbids cause mayhem in your living room in a wide variety of game types. Capture your craziest moments on photo and share them online with your friends and family. It’s time to turn your living room upside down and act out physically ridiculous and humorous challenges with the Rabbids.

The Adventures of Tin Tin The Secret of The Unicorn FORMAT PS3 + Move, Xbox 360 + Kinect, Wii, PC, 3DS Play as Tintin, the intrepid reporter and hero of the action-packed movie The Adventures of Tin Tin The Secret of the Unicorn directed by Steven Spielberg. Developed in close collaboration with the filmmaking team for over a year and a half, the video game features high-quality graphics, environments, characters and gameplay in line with the movie’s innovative graphics and production. Players will experience non-stop action and adventure as they investigate the mystery of a lifetime that may lead them to one of the greatest sunken treasures. But the quest won’t be easy and players will need to join forces with the quick-witted dog Snowy and the grumpy Captain Haddock to beat greedy art collectors, kooky arms dealers, and other crooks to reveal the truth behind the Secret of the Unicorn ship. Haddock and Snowy are two of the five un-lockable characters in the game. Play solo or in two player co-op and relive major moments from the movie through a variety of gameplay including solving puzzles on the trail of treasure, sword fighting, piloting planes, and experiencing victory during exciting boat battles. Enjoy enhanced immersion with PlayStation Move and Kinect for Xbox 360, or play on the 3DS to enjoy touch specific mini games, two player (local gameplay) competitive modes, StreetPass functionality, and 3D high quality visuals.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Future Soldier FORMAT Xbox 360, PS3 In the escalating political climate of the near future, where strategies on the battlefield must be delicately balanced with manoeuvres at the negotiating table, a new breed of soldier has arisen. Part of the Group for Specialized Tactics, a special mission unit under Joint Special Operations Command, they are known only to those with the highest security clearance as the Ghosts. Trained to be better than the best and outfitted with the most comprehensive array of prototype military hardware and firepower, these future soldiers stand apart with their ability to remain invisible on the battlefield and on the geopolitical world stage. The Ghosts are specialised in every area of combat and equipped for survival in order to destroy, eliminate or rescue high value targets in the world’s most complex warzones. In the near future, four of these elite operators serve as the tip of the spear in a hidden war raging across the globe. But even as Ghost Lead, Pepper, 30K, and Kozak accomplish their objectives, they discover a threat that is greater than one they could have ever imagined; one that could alter the international balance of power forever.

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Nintendo Hardware A chance for a detailed look into four amazing hardware offerings from Nintendo

Wii Party White Bundle

Mario & Sonic Blue Bundle

Nintendo have put together a couple of classics here with the original Wii console in white and Wii party. There is probably no other bundle available that will be able to offer the potential for so much family fun at such great value.

Over 19 million people worldwide have bought video games from the Mario and Sonic series, and now the much loved duo will unite together to take over the world with their own fun-filled bundle inclusive of their own video game and a newly announced Wii Console in Blue.

The Nintendo Wii has been such a success with its elegant, compact design, making it a natural addition to anyone’s entertainment setup without monopolising it. Fun for up to four people can be enjoyed at any one time (if all Wii Remotes are wirelessly connected over Bluetooth) offering the world famous intuitive control with the physical motion of the Wii Remote.

The pair will be heading to London to compete for a coveted gold medal in the officially licensed Olympic-themed video game, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games. This will include a host of exciting new headline events, including football and equestrian that will debut whilst appearing alongside classic Olympic disciplines, such as athletics, aquatics and table tennis.

This bundle is well-finished with the addition of Wii Party, a game that contributes more than 80 different mini-games into the home and shares the instant accessibility of titles like Wii Sports and Wii Fit. This brilliantly inventive, highly varied game suits the Wii so well because it is at its best when all four player Remotes are made use of in the intuitive gaming experiences.

With such an athletic array of new sports, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games is sure to ignite the fiercest competition between friends and family in both single and multiplayer modes! There is a wide range of new Dream events that are set in popular and potentially nostalgic Mario and Sonic worlds and will make for a truly unique sporting experience that can only be found with these two hugely popular characters!

To add to the enjoyment, there is the option to play as your Mii character and see them in action like never before! This action can include any of the 13 different game modes including party games such as Board Games Island, Globe Trot & Bingo all of which can be enjoyed by the whole family. This fantastic Wii Party bundle truly does refine the original party videogame experience, and this has never been so noticeable when the House Party mode turns your living room into a pivotal part of the game play.

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Arriving on one of Nintendo’s newest console extensions yet, the Blue Wii will display the 50+ original Olympic themed events in the same assured quality that gamers have come to expect of the Nintendo Wii with the added benefit of a new, smart looking piece of hardware.


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GAMESFOCUS

Gem are extremely pleased to announce the release of the following selection of great new bundles whilst also taking a look at the fresh looking Red 3DS. The bundles include the brilliantly fun Wii Party, the blood-pumping Wii Fit Plus and the all-time classic combination of Mario & Sonic in their official 2012 Olympic Games licensed title. Together with this stunning selection of games, Nintendo have selected both new and old with the classic Wii in white, the Wii in black with the equally smooth looking Balance Board in black and the brand new Wii in blue.

Wii Fit Plus Black Bundle

Nintendo Red 3DS Console

This fantastic bundle from Nintendo truly does offer consumers the whole package in terms of healthy, keep-fit gaming. Consumers will benefit from the hugely popular Nintendo Wii, re-invented in Black. In addition, they will also be able to enjoy things that are classic and modern in their own respects with the return of the game that started the interactive fitness craze in Wii Fit Plus and the brand new Balance Board in Black.

Since the Nintendo 3DS release in April of this year the take up for the console has gone from strength to strength. This is hardly a shock when considering the wide range of games available on the Nintendon 3DS platform from the get go followed by the announcement of fantastic new pricing covered in the September issue of The Future.

Players will need to brace themselves for the serve, punch or right hook with this Nintendo Wii that has been designed for use by the whole family. The Wii has enjoyed much success and critical acclaim and quite rightly so as it is so easy to use and is compatible with a variety of video games. This is ever more apparent with this bundle as Wii Fit Plus and the Balance Board in Black work seamlessly with the console as if they were all connected within one unit. Both the Wii Fit Plus video game and the Balance Board in Black are bundled together without the Wii console and for a more detailed overview on that particular bundle please see its own feature on the following pages.

When the platform first emerged there were two options in terms of colour – either blue or black. Last Month, as our October issue showed, Nintendo introduced a new variation consumers of the Nintendo 3DS in a rather dashing metallic red. All of the same great features still remain with this particular model including the innovative 3D screen, the stereo cameras that enable users to take instantly viewable 3D photos and new input interfaces such as the circle pad, motion sensor and gyro sensor. Although there are not any non-cosmetic alterations to the premium console, it is a widely felt opinion that the striking new colour will appeal to the market and generate positive interest.

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Wii Fit Plus + Balance Board Introducing Wii Fit Plus: continuous workout routines, calorie counter, new exercises and balance games For the second time in one issue of The Future both Wii Fit Plus and the brand new Balance Board in Black have been bundled together in this great starter set for anyone who already has a Wii console. If you are ever looking for your very own personal trainer with the convenience of them being in your own home whenever needed and the added benefit of being able to turn them off then this could well be the perfect purchase for you. As previously mentioned, Wii Fit Plus is the game that started the widely successful interactive fitness craze so it seems only fitting that it be connected with the new Balance Board in Black, making the perfect pairing for high-energy exercise for both mind and body. On the latest version there are some key changes such as being able to customise your own yoga routines and strength-training exercises. Specific areas of the body can also be targeted for more direct toning/conditioning which can have great results whether it be relieving fatigue or simply improving everyday posture. There is also a ‘My Routine’ programme that works as a personal planner of all of your routines and can combine up to 30 exercises, however if this seems too much like hard work then there is a random setting where Wii Fit Plus will select a routine for you.

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There is a brand new calorimeter that can track your daily tracking much easier, this goes along with the weight and BMI tracking that can help you keep an eye on your overall goals. In addition to these brilliant features the game itself offers 50% more content, including 15 new balance games and 6 new strength training and yoga activities to help you wind down after a more vigorous work out. Although these bundled products may seem like more of an adult’s accessory for the Wii console there is quite a range of new mini games and activities that can provide fun for the whole family. Up to eight players can compete against one another over various multi-player games including games as diverse as hitting targets with snow balls. So that is the game just about covered, but what about the Balance Board that it comes with? Well, there are sensors measuring weight and detecting shifts in balance in both forward and sideward directions. The board will allow players to follow along to the movements on screen and control all the action between menus. The sensors built in to the board can detect even minor motion; even shifting the position of your hand can be detected. And with the addition of activities like Skateboarding and Rhythm Kung Fu, players can use the Wii Balance Board accessory in a variety of new and fun ways. For consumers who already own the console and the board then there will be a standalone version of Wii Fit Plus. For more information on Wii Fit Plus, contact your Gem account manager on 01279 822822 or go online at www.gem.co.uk/nintendo


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SUPER MARIO 3D LAND PUBLISHER Nintendo FORMAT Nintendo 3DS RELEASE DATE 18th November 2011 SRP £39.99

REASONS TO STOCK • First Mario title on 3DS. • One of the biggest Nintendo titles of 2011. • Triple A marketing push.

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ne of the most anticipated Nintendo blockbusters of the year is here, and sees the 3DS debut of everyone's favourite moustachioed plumber!

Developed by the talented team over at Nintendo EAD Tokyo, design legend Shigeru Miyamoto has described the latest in the Mario series as a cross between Wii classic Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario 64, and promises that it will be "completely original". Super Mario 3D Land promises to be another solid gold platforming classic, and will be "a 3D Mario that plays as a 2D Mario game," according to Miyamoto. The game essentially combines the familiar gameplay elements of the classic side-scrolling linear, level-based structure of Super Mario titles that we know and love, with the movement and visual style of 3D Mario titles. For the first time in the series' history, players will be able to see the depth of the land, rather than a rendered 3D game where true depth perception can be difficult. Inspired by some of the Mario games of yesteryear, Super Mario 3D Land features abilities that Mario fans have been asking for to make a return, including the Tanooki tail, which last appeared way back in 1990's Super Mario Bros 3 on the NES. The raccoon-like tail will give Mario the ability to hover, glide and attack.

Mario will also gain some all-new moves in Super Mario 3D Land, such as the Somersault attack and the ability to run faster with the dash move. A number of Mario's other famous power-up suits will become available later in the game, Nintendo has revealed. Gamers can also expect fluid, responsive and accurate control, thanks to the 3DS' Circle pad controls. Elsewhere, all-new enemies will challenge Mario, including Goombas with Tails and a new Piranha Plant that spits ink at the camera. Indeed, a raft of stunning 3D effects will make Super Mario 3D Land one of the most striking-looking games yet. During the game, some obstacles or items will be more visible when the 3D slider is switched on. It has also been confirmed that Super Mario 3D Land also utilises the 3DS gyroscope, with special binoculars allowing players to view areas of the level by controlling a first-person camera by physically moving their 3DS console around. Full of inventive gameplay and stunning visuals, Super Mario 3D Land will be one of the biggest titles of the year. Make sure you don't miss out!

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PUBLISHER Nintendo FORMAT Nintendo DS RELEASE DATE 25th November 2011 SRP £34.99

REASONS TO STOCK • Consistently big-seller • Great for newcomers and veterans alike • 200 new puzzles and new minigames. • Big marketing push planned • The biggest-selling puzzle adventure series

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PROFESSOR LAYTON AND THE SPECTRE'S CALL T

he fourth in the massively successful handheld puzzle adventure series acts as a revealing prequel to the Professor Layton story. Available exclusively on Nintendo DS, it is said to be "bursting to the brim" with new puzzles and challenges. Set three years before the events of Professor Layton and the Curious Village, the latest in the series follows the story of how Luke became the Prof's apprentice, and also introduces Layton's female assistant, Emmy. After hearing about the strange legend of Misthallery, Luke, Emmy and Layton turn up to the town to investigate. Little did they know that they would soon find themselves witnessing the spectacular destruction of the town by a powerful spectre. Like all the classic games in the multi-million selling Professor Layton series to date, the more puzzles players solve, the closer they get to solving this creepy mystery. Once again, all 200 of the new puzzles make intuitive and inventive use of the DS' touch screen, and features the iconic hand-drawn art and beautifully animated charm of previous titles.

As well as tons of brand new brain-teasers, players can look forward to three new mini-games and all-new episodes that are unlocked as the game progresses. Each of these episodes will offer a further glimpse into the lives of some of the game's cast as players meet them in the game. The mini-games, meanwhile, promise to be both challenging fun. The first involves laying a train track for a small model train to pass through all the stations and reach the goal. The second tasks players with juggling verbs to get the right performance on stage, while the third new minigame involves guiding a fish around an obstacle course to collect golden coins. Despite being the fourth game in the series, Professor Layton and the Spectre's Call will be perfect for newcomers as well as seasoned veterans. With the game set for release in the weeks leading up to Christmas, demand is expected to be very strong. Make sure you don't miss out on one of the biggest handheld titles of the year and call your Gem account manager now!


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GO VACATION G

amers are invited to explore a fun-filled island paradise, where dozens of exciting activities lie in store for all the family.

Published by Namco Bandai, this Wii exclusive party game lets players explore the paradise resort of Kawawii Island and take in four distinct areas, comprised of Marine, City, Mountain, and Snow.

PUBLISHER Nintendo FORMAT Nintendo Wii RELEASE DATE 4th November 2011 SRP Wii - £39.99

Go Vacation promises a diverse selection of places to visit, and players can go horseback riding around the mountain, roller blade, go off-road on an ATV, ride jet-skis along the beach, or just take a long car ride on the island. On their travels, players can participate in more than 50 fun minigames as varied as miniature golf, scuba diving and snowman building. In addition, up to four players can compete against one another in numerous challenges, and embark on "thrilling adventures" like sky diving, surfing, and white water rafting. They can also indulge in some relaxing ice fishing, or build their own villa and bring their pet dog along to play. For the ultimate in heart-stopping excitement, in the bungee jumping challenge, players must try and brake as close to the ground as possible Boasting all the relaxing fun of a real holiday, players can wander around and take photos of the island, and partake in the resort lifestyle anytime they need a break. The game also holds many hidden bonus items to seek out while on their travels. With four distinct areas to explore, players will find that each zone has its own specific themed challenges. For example, the marine area focuses on water-based sports and hosts games like beach volleyball, water gun battles, and marine bike tricks.

REASONS TO STOCK • 50 minigames for all the family • Fun-filled variety • Compatible with all major Wii peripherals

The city area, meanwhile, features a stunt-based inline skating challenge, as well as table hockey and even a pie-throwing minigame. The mountain area includes rafting, kayaking, and horseback riding, while the snow area features ski jumping, snowmobiling, and snowball fights. For more advanced ways to play, Go Vacation also boasts full compatibility with the Wii's many peripherals, including the Wii Balance Board, Wii Zapper, and Wii Motion Plus. Go Vacation promises hours of fun for the whole family - and only on Nintendo Wii. Get in touch with your Gem account manager now!

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Dance Central 2 FORMAT Xbox 360 Kinect RELEASE DATE 21st October 2011 PUBLISHER Microsoft RATIng PEGI 12 SRP £39.99 The sequel to the best-selling dance game on Xbox 360 is here, and promises new simultaneous multiplayer gameplay and all-new routines set to an unstoppable soundtrack. Developed by legendary music videogame masterminds Harmonix, this Kinect exclusive dance title once again lets players bust some moves in their living room, free of the constraints of a joypad. With per-limb feedback available, players can even refine their performance and strut their stuff in style. With its new focus on jump in, jump out multiplayer, friends will be able to team up in 'Perform It' mode, or compete head-to-head in a simultaneous dance off within 'Dance Battle' mode. With intuitive drop-in, drop-out play, the party never needs to stop, as players can come and go as the mood takes them. An unstoppable soundtrack awaits players in Dance Central 2, and promises the very best dance floor classics from Usher,

Rihanna, La Roux, Nicki Minaj, Montell Jordan, Bruno Mars and many more. And just like Harmonix's acclaimed Rock Band titles, players will be able to import their song library from the original Dance Central disc for a small fee. In addition, the game's online Music Store allows players to expand their song libraries, with more than 40 classic songs to choose from. In total, more than 100 songs will be available to players at launch, encompassing various styles, genres and eras. Elsewhere, a re-imagining of the original Dance Central's, 'Break-It-Down' mode allows dancers to dive even deeper into dance move combinations, with the new voice command facility allowing players to make the practice process even simpler. Dance Central 2 promises to be as real as it gets. Reasons To Stock • New multiplayer features • Sequel to the best-selling original • From the makers of Rock Band

Kinect Sports: Season Two FORMAT Xbox 360 Kinect RELEASE DATE 28th October 2011 PUBLISHER Microsoft RATIng PEGI 3 SRP £39.99 One of the stars of last year's Kinect launch receives a welcome follow-up this month, and promises to deliver sporting gameplay like never before. Available exclusively on Xbox 360, Kinect Sports: Season Two features six thrilling new sports to jump into and enjoy, comprised of tennis, golf, American football, baseball, skiing and darts, and each comes complete with unique challenges and activities for each. Designed to get the whole family off the couch, Rare's latest groundbreaking title promises to turn the living room into a world-class sports arena where intuitive, full-body gameplay and friendly competition are brought to the fore. Taking full advantage of the revolutionary controller-free Kinect technology, Kinect Sports: Season Two has a raft of exciting 34

new features, including in-game voice commands and enhanced motion tracking. Kinect Sports: Season Two will appeal to everyone from casual players to top-notch athletes and hardcore sports fans. With three difficulty levels ranging from rookie to champion, players can hone their skills in a full-length game or enjoy instant fun with friends and family in a Quick Play session. Reasons To Stock • Follow-up to the biggest Kinect launch title • Designed for all the family • Features six new sports


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15th November 2011 For more information contact your Gem account manager on 01279 822822 or go online at www.gem.co.uk


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GameCom ® P90 ™ Ideal for game chat with mobile calling features like microphone mute and volume adjust. Talk wirelessly to your teammates, opponents and friends with the GameCOM P90.

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Get the most out of your Xbox 360 experience with the wireless Plantronics GameCOM X95. Play games, listen to music and watch movies from your Xbox 360 without disturbing others.

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For more information contact your Gem account manager on 01279 822822 or visit www.gem.co.uk ©2011 Plantronics, Inc. All rights reserved. Plantronics, the Sound World design, GameCom and QuickPair are trademarks or registered trademarks of Plantronics, Inc. Dolby and the double-D symbol are registered trademarks of Dolby Laboratories. PlayStation 3 and PS3 are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Xbox 360 is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the US and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


The Future - November 2011 Edition