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There's a November Holiday that I look forward to each year, and that's the release of a new CALL OF DUTY game. This year, it looks as if I'll have to finally make the upgrade to an XBOX ONE, though, as CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III has been revealed for a November 6 release (dubbed "The New Black Friday"), and this time around it's going current-gen-only. Available for Sony PLAYSTATION 4, Microsoft XBOX ONE and PC, the game's first reveal trailer can be viewed below, and pre-orders are already up through Amazon, Gamestop and Best Buy.

PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent)PBS KIDS today announced the launch of Kart Kingdom, the children’s media brand’s first-ever online world. Now available at pbskids.org/kartkingdom, Kart Kingdom features a collection of fun, curriculum-based games that help kids ages 6-9 learn systems thinking skills. The game also helps children build collaboration skills as they work together to create gadgets and unlock rewards for the entire Kart Kingdom community. In another first, PBS KIDS’ Kart Kingdom features a new junior edition of E-line Media’s Gamestar Mechanic, which allows kids to create, play and share their own digital games. PBS stations will bring Kart Kingdom into the community with live game events across the U.S. starting this spring.

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GUITAR HERO LIVEOh, how I've missed the classic era of music gaming... and in the Fall of 2015, The New Era of Music Gaming is officially upon us. Just a month after the official announcement that Harmonix was bringing ROCK BAND 4 to stores, Activision has unleashed the first taste of GUITAR HERO LIVE, signaling the return of a rivalry that spanned the music gaming heyday. Where ROCK BAND will be emphasising the "band" (something that GUITAR HERO got into with WORLD TOUR), it looks like Activision and developer FreeStyleGames are taking GUITAR HERO back to it's roots - focusing just on guitar - but with a whole new gaming experience. Check out the details below, including the first-look teaser, and a peek at the new guitar controller...

The rumors are true. As I speculated back in January, ROCK BAND 4 is real, and it's coming in 2015. The game franchise that became the reason I got an Xbox 360 (thanks, Jen!) and learned to drum (modestly) is now going to be the game that becomes the reason I end up getting Microsoft's XBOX ONE. More details will be revealed in May (expect a Fall release, if not sooner), but I have the full announcement from Harmonix, who is partnering with Mad Catz for the new game. Check it out!

Could Harmonix really be releasing the "next-gen" version of ROCK BAND this year? Rumors have been swirling since last fall that ROCK BAND 4 (though that may not be the title) is in-the-works, and last week it appeared that the waters were being tested when the ROCK BAND Music Store on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 "sprung to life" after nearly two years of dormancy following the final DLC release back in April of 2013 (which I wrote about here). New tracks from AVENGED SEVENFOLD and ARCTIC MONKEYS arrived for ROCK BAND alongside FOO FIGHTERS' "Something From Nothing" (aka the "Chicago" song from SONIC HIGHWAYS), presented in the classic vocals/guitar/bass/drums format of earlier releases. So the question is... do YOU want a new ROCK BAND game? And if so, would you make your voice heard? 

CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARECALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE (a top gift in my 2014 Holiday Wish Guide) is taking things to another level with a whole new breed of zombies. Following in the star-studded DLC of year's past,  John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, Rose McGowan, and Jon Bernthal star in Exo Zombies, coming to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC in 2015 as part of the Havoc DLC Pack. This quartet of top talent stars as Atlas employees facing a new threat with no training or preparation. The first teaser is below - and it's not for the kiddies...

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