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Stuff Middle East - - News - Mike Priest, Ed­i­tor mike@mo­ti­vate.ae @MikePri­est / /

Video games are the per­fect an­ti­dote to a swel­ter­ing Mid­dle East sum­mer.

And while nor­mally we’d spend a good por­tion of this is­sue telling you about what games you should be spending your time clois­tered away in­doors in­dulging on, we’ve in­stead de­cided to take a trip down mem­ory lane and give you a his­tory les­son on the great­est video game con­soles of all time. Flip to p28 to find out which pocket por­ta­ble was the first game sys­tem to be played in space and what hap­pened to 10,000 copies of the ET game for the Atari 2600. Oh, and it’s not all just about look­ing back­wards, ei­ther. We spent some qual­ity time this month with Mi­crosoft’s hotly an­tic­i­pated Xbox One X (you prob­a­bly no­ticed it look­ing all sleek and awe­some on the cover) and can con­firm that the fu­ture of video gam­ing looks very bright in­deed.

Else­where in the mag, we have a roundup of all the lat­est and great­est mu­sic-ad­ja­cent gad­gets that 2017 has to of­fer (p45). We’re talk­ing speak­ers, head­phones, and even a build-it-your­self turntable - if you’re look­ing to level up your lis­ten­ing, then we’ve got you cov­ered. And of course, Septem­ber brings the re­turn of Sam­sung’s ill-fated Galaxy Note line. You can have a peek at a full spec run­down on p6, but it doesn’t take a ge­nius to recog­nise that Sam­sung’s Note 8 is a bit spe­cial. Marry a huge Galaxy S8 with a sty­lus and dual cam­eras, and you’ve got a real Phone of the Year con­tender. Pro­vided the bat­tery doesn’t de­cided to go all hand grenade-y in your pocket, of course. En­joy the mag.

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