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zig-zag_gaming_tower.pngThe Zig-Zag video gaming tower from LevelUp keeps your Xbox 360 system and accessories organized and accessible.

It’s a stylish, well-thought-out, all-in-one gaming storage solution for the Xbox 360. The Zig-Zag’s uniquely tailored design elements help users neatly store gaming gear, including consoles, controllers and games—all in one sleek and compact tower.

“The concept behind LevelUp is simple: Gaming gear shouldn’t clutter the home,” said Jason Lemelson, president of LevelUp. “Our line of affordable towers makes it easy for everyday consumers to keep their accessories in a functional tower that looks cool in any entertainment or gaming environment.”

The Zig-Zag offers easy, snap-together assembly, as well as a recessed and ventilated Xbox 360 console storage bay to prevent your console from overheating and slowing performance. Key features include a molded controller dock and soft-coated guitar hooks for gaming guitar controllers used in Guitar Hero or Rock Band, as well as ribbed shelves for storing game or DVD cases. The Zig-Zag is available in a glossy black or gray finish, to complement the Xbox 360 console.

The Zig-Zag’s suggested retail price is $69.99. The Zig-Zag and other LevelUp storage products are available at most well-known national retailers. For more information, visit levelupgear.com.

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With its true-to-life graphics, authentic physics technology and design, the award-winning Gran Turismo franchise could be the best, and most authentic driving simulator ever created.

An amazing 60 million units have been sold worldwide for multiple PlayStation platforms since the game’s initial release in 1997.

Playseat America, a manufacturer of gaming furniture for several gaming platforms, announced the upcoming release of the limited edition Gran Turismo 5 edition Revolution Racing Game Seat to, what they call “the next level in Playseat race seats.”

Like Playseat’s original Evolution Racing Game Seat, the Revolution seat offers ultimate comfort and a more realistic racing experience.

Consisting of several enhancements and modifications not found on the Evolution, The Revolution—Gran Turismo 5 edition, includes a new, leg friendly design for free range of leg movement and center mount wheel support, with a Logitech wheel/pedal set of choice for PlayStation 3 (PS3).

This dynamic race seat is modeled after real, rally and stock car seats, complete with helmet stabilizers and a new, patented, fully adjustable steering wheel support with aluminum quick release handle for easy slide adjustment for height and depth.

The Gran Turismo 5 edition Playseat Revolution takes the Gran Turismo experience to a new level, making it the perfect gaming performance enhancer.

Like the Evolution, the Revolution is compatible with most third party wheel/pedal hardware sets on the market. Multiple accessories are also available. Estimated cost $599.00.

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Turn your iPod, iPad or iPhone into the ultimate mobile gaming device with 22Moo’s new gamepad—the GameBone.

The device, which features an eight-way directional pad, four action buttons, two shoulder buttons and stereo speakers, also works as a wireless gamepad with PCs and Macs.

The GameBone is pending approval from Apple and is expected to be available this fall.

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NASA hopes to produce an experience that inspires interest in science, technology, engineering and math, with Moonbase Alpha.

The online game puts players in the role of an exploration team member within a futuristic 3-D lunar settlement. Their mission is to restore critical systems and oxygen flow after a nearby meteor strike cripples a solar array and life support equipment.

Moonbase Alpha will feature realistic NASA exploration scenarios, high-quality 3D graphics, and online chat. It will be released on July 6 on Valve’s Steam network, and has a rating of E (everyone).

For more information, visit nasa.gov/moonbasealpha.

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Tony Hawk’s gaming experience aims to teach kids about eating healthy and staying active.

Legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk hopes to raise awareness about the importance of eating healthy and staying active in a fun, interactive way.

The nine-time X Games gold medalist has unveiled the “Tony Hawk: RIDE Like a Champion” interactive video game, which allows players of all skill levels to step onto a skateboard-shaped controller and use their bodies to perform typical skateboard maneuvers, including grinds, ollies and grabs, like a pro.

“I am committed to promoting healthy lifestyles, and Tony Hawk: RIDE is one more way to encourage people to engage in an activity they can enjoy on their own, as well as with their family and friends,” Hawk said.

Last November, Hawk joined the “Live Like a Champion” tour across Calif. The 16- city statewide tour featured other interactive games and challenging sports-themed activities that encouraged students to bring out their “inner champion.” The tour was part of the California Governor’s Council of Physical fitness and Sports, and it featured a select group of celebrities who helped advocate and raise awareness about physical fitness.

“Tony is a fabulous athlete and the best skateboarder of all time, but as I’ve gotten to know him over the past few years, I’ve learned that what makes him really special is his passion for the sport he loves and his passion for kids,” said Jake Steinfeld, chairman of the council.

Hawk began to ride a skateboard when he was 10 years old. His father constructed a ramp in their backyard. By the time he was 11, he had won his first skating contest, and by the age of 14, he had turned pro.

In 1999, Hawk was the first skater ever to land one of the most technically demanding tricks in skating—the 900 aerial spin— which he performed on a skateboard ramp at the X Games.

What many people don’t know is that during the competition, Hawk attempted the trick 10 times before he succeeded. It was even past regulation time, but since the x Games were so new in 1999, just four years old, the judges declared, “We make up the rules as we go along. Let’s give him another try.” None of the other skaters objected; on the contrary, they cheered Hawk on as he landed the trick. At later X Games, Hawk performed the trick again, this time landing within regulation time.

“Tony Hawk: RIDE Like a Champion” is available now for the Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation 3. It comes with a motion-sensing skateboard, which lets you control the action with your feet just like you’re really skateboarding. You can ride your skateboard in six locations across the world and master more than 100 tricks. You can even choose to play as one of 13 well-known skaters.

This is the thirteenth video game Hawk has been featured in. His brand has not only dominated this arena, but has expanded to other markets, including skateboard hard goods, lifestyle apparel and toys.

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