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CNET UK Podcast 262: Game on!

As the big-name games line up to do battle for your Christmas cash, we take a look at the future of the gaming world -- and ask if the smart phone has killed the console.

Let's go, gamers! With the big-name games lining up to do battle for your Christmas coppers, we take a look at the future of the gaming world -- and ask if the smart phone has killed the console.

Gamers are going ga-ga for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3, Arkham City, Uncharted 3 -- and Angry Birds. With Steve Jobs named as the most influential man in gaming history, are the days of the console numbered? Why has the current generation of Xbox and PlayStation been around for so long? And is there a creative crisis in video games?

Plus, we insert a cartridge of technology news and fidget through the loading screen with our thoughts on the sale of Comet for just two quid and the death of Flash on your phone. And we ask whether the music industry is in a healthy state, despite reports that one in five 11-year-olds use illegal file-sharing sites.

We also take note of the most popular stories on CNET UK. For once, the iPhone isn't at the top of the tree -- instead it's the Nokia Lumia 800 and the Samsung Galaxy range that have been grabbing your attention.

Grabbing our attention is our pick of the coolest kit to pass before our eyes this week. In keeping with the gaming theme, we recruit Judgement Dhalsim to decide which is best. Which bit of kit gets a good kicking from a stretchy leg, and which takes a punch like a champ? Rich is excited by the arrival of Spotify on Windows Phone, Andy releases the beast that is the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, and Luke is game for Infinity Blade 2.

We close with your feedback, featuring turtles, Ice Cream Sandwich and black times for BlackBerry. Keep your thoughts, jokes, tips and general jiggery-pokery coming in the comments, on our Facebook page, or at our brand spanking new Google+ page -- add us to your circles and let us know what you'd like to see from us on the Big G's new social network.

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