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Thursday, October 12, 2006

What Do You Get a Hedgehog for His Birthday?

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Happy Birthday, Sonic the Hedgehog! The hyperactive lil' guy celebrated his 15th birthday today at the DigitalLife consumer gadget and video game convention with a giant orange cake. The Slug was there and we had a piece — with frosting. You know how we do. After the festivities, we took a speedy Sonic-style jog through the show to see what cool stuff is coming out.

Quickly: Windows Vista feels too much like XP, but the new operating system rocks when it comes to multimedia. The graphics on Playstation 3 are purrrty, but the controller is too awkward. The HotSeat Chassis, a go-kartish system for playing driving and flying games, is tons o' fun but would totally ruin players' feng shui. And call us old fashioned, but Nicole Ritchie and Virgin Mobile's new SLICE phone have something in common: Too thin!

Want more? Don't worry. The Slug will be going back to the show to take a closer look at some of the new games coming out this fall for everything from your cell phone to your Wii. Who knows? Maybe we'll help Sonic get his learner's permit on that HotSeat Chassis thingie.

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