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With Thanksgiving and Black Friday around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about those gifts and what better gift than a gaming gift. This year, there’s lots of new gadgets and games that would make great stocking stuffers. Here’s our Top 10 gaming gifts for the 2012 holidays.


Tarsier and Double Eleven Studios have done a fantastic job in bringing a LittleBigPlanet experience to the Vita that rivals that of the "main" releases on the PlayStation 3. With LittleBigPlanet PS Vita. The annotated adventure follows the exploits of little Sackboy on this journey to liberate the citizens of the world of Carnivalia from their bizarre fate at the hands of the Puppeteer.


The Spy Hunter franchise was a cult last console generation hit. The speedy arcadic feel mixed in with blowing objectives away in unrealistic ways delighted audiences in 2001 when it was last seen. The Saliva heavy rock metal theme combined with Peter Gunn’s Spy Hunter theme made the core gameplay experiences enjoyable. Since then we haven’t seen another entry until now. Spy Hunter is returning to the Playstation Vita with a new theme scored by Ryan Shore.


BOSTON -- The Assassin's Creed franchise will not only be getting a console game but also a Sony Playstation PS Vita-powered handheld version in Assassin's Creed III: Liberation, but this one is with a female assassin Aveline and based in New Orleans paralleling the time period of the American Revolution of Assassin's Creed III assassin Connor. We talked to Assassin's Creed Liberation writer Richard Farrese about Aveline as he previewed what we can expect with the handheld version of Assassin's Creed.


2K Sports has partnered with USA Basketball to feature both the star-studded 2012 USA Basketball Men’s National Team and the 1992 “Dream Team” in NBA 2K13. The new installment of the top-selling and top-rated NBA video game simulation franchise will finally answer the question of which team is better. 2K Sports Chris Snyder explains how a phone call from Jay Z made this deal happen in the exclusive video interview below.


With the NBA tip off just around the corner, 2K Sports is gearing up for some competition from EA Sports NBA Live 13 for the first time in a few years. To bolster its NBA 2K presence, the game publisher is unleashing NBA 2K Everywhere this October. Virtual basketball is now going to be available anywhere via an all-new mobile companion application, a social game on Facebook, and a full-featured mobile version of NBA 2K13 for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android devices. The developer talks about the new game in this exclusive video interview below.


Gamers can now live the NFL dream through some of the legends of the gridiron. From John Madden to Jerry Rice, EA Sports has included retired greats and challenges players to forge their virtual careers. Connected Careers offers a henever you want, wherever you want fully interactive, social online experience. Create your personal legacy or relive an all-time legend’s as you build the ultimate franchise as a coach, an NFL superstar, or yourself. Manage your team from your console, the web, or mobile phone in a 24/7 world as NFL insiders and experts analyze, praise, and criticize every move along the way. NFL analyst and Hall of Famer Michael Irvin talks about Madden NFL 13 in this exclusive video interview below.


In addition to its in-game integration in EA Sports Madden NFL 13, Papa John’s, the official pizza of the NFL, is serving up a deal for its Papa Rewards members. Papa John’s sent out a $5 coupon for anyone who buys the new Madden through for any platform, and also orders a pizza online. The deal also includes free shipping. Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, cover athlete of the new football game, talks about bringing Megatron virtual in this exclusive video interview.


April Jeanette Mendez is best known by WWE fans as AJ Lee, the current General Manager of RAW. Dubbed the “Geek Goddess” for her love of video games and comic books, Lee was on hand at SummerSlam to check out THQ’s new WWE 13 game. Half of the former The Chickbusters tag team with Kaitlyn, these days Lee plays an important role outside the ring. The WWE Diva gets her game on in the exclusive video interview below.


With the NFL season opener just around the corner, EA Sports has launched Madden NFL 13 across Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PS Vita. Powered by the all-new Infinity Engine, Madden NFL 13 delivers physics you can feel on every play. Core gameplay innovations such as total control passing, ball hawk and read and react defensive AI, combine to create the most realistic Madden NFL game ever.


CHICAGO – Grammy Award winning singer Ne-Yo suited up for the EA Sports Madden NFL 13 Pigskin Pro Am alongside Brett Favre and other former NFL greats and Hall of Famers. Like many of the celebrities who played in the flag football game, which aired on NBC, Ne-Yo is a big gamer. He talks about his love of Madden and fighting games like Tekken in this exclusive video interview below.


With the NFL season kicking off this week, EA Sports is preparing for the launch of the latest Madden game. The Chicago Bears and New England Patriots won their respective divisions and took home the overall number one seeds in the playoffs according to the Madden NFL 13 Season Simulation, powered by EA SPORTS Arena. The Patriots followed up last year’s Super Bowl appearance with a dominant season, securing a 12-4 record on the arm of NFL MVP Tom Brady. Brady delighted fantasy football owners everywhere by tossing a record-tying 50 touchdown passes against only 8 interceptions.


EA SPORTS’ Madden NFL 13 Ratings Reveal concludes after four weeks of frenzied fan voting. Ending with defenders, the fans have decided that the San Francisco 49ers’ Patrick Willis will have the best tackling ability and hit the hardest; Darrelle Revis of the New York Jets is the best cover man and the Arizona Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson is the fastest on defense.


With the virtual NFL season scheduled to kick off on August 28 with the launch of EA Sports Madden NFL 13, former Boise State standout and current Chicago Bears rookie defensive end Shea McClellin was able to review the game before anyone else (outside of journalists). He has a new blog on the NFL Players Association-ensdorsed site McClellin talks NCAA Football 13, Madden 13 and video games in this exclusive video interview below from the 2012 NFL Draft.