While the early reports of failing PS4s now seem a little overblown - there are issues, but only for 1% or less of machines - spare a thought for those few customers who do have to return their consoles to Sony.

And whose consoles are also full of insects. Because those guys are screwed.

A weird footnote to the 'blue pulse of death' panic, aka Pulsegate, comes to us via Kotaku and journalist Brendan Sinclair.

Apparently in a note sent to customers before they send back their consoles, you are bound to ensure that you include no discs, controllers or cables, or spiders.

And apparently it's a real problem, though we can't imagine it's going to have affected many PS4s since they only came out last week. Not unless you're place is really in need of a good scrub.

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    The latest Pokemon is the best yet, adding totally revamped and (partially) 3D graphics, great new pocket-monsters to collect, handy experience-sharing features and - as ever - hugely addictive quests to build you team and defeat whoever, for whatever reason. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/10/04/pokemon-x-y-review-3ds_n_4037123.html" target="_blank">We loved it in our review</a>, and for Pokemon fans it's a must.

  • Forza 5 (Xbox One)

    Forza 5 is the Xbox One's flagship release racer, and it looks utterly amazing in person. The graphics and handling really are a step above anything you could have seen on the previous generation, and it gives us hope that there's a lot more graphical and mechanical power to wring from the next-gen in the year's to come.

  • Killzone: Mercenary (PS Vita)

    Sony's handheld games machine hasn't had a lot of stand-out AAA games this year (indies is a different story). But the latest Killzone was different. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/09/11/killzone-mercenary-review_n_3906328.html" target="_blank">It's a rock-solid, feature complete FPS</a> with a dramatic (if silly) storyline, clever level design and touch-enabled features that make the best of the PS Vita's unique hardware.

  • Dead Rising 3 (Xbox One)

    There are a few key things that the next-gen consoles enable you to do. One of them is mow down literally hundreds - <em>literally</em> hundreds - of zombies at once in a tank attached to a deadly fireworks rocket. It's amazing fun - shallow? Yes. Hilarious? Also yes.

  • Bioshock Infinite (Multi-Platform)

    Bioshock Infinite came out much earlier this year - but Christmas is a perfect time to finally pick it up and give it the time it deserves. With an amazingly engaging storyline and rock-solid combat mechanics, it's hard to find fault with a landmark game of the generation. And with the new DLC - which takes you back to the underwater world of the previous two Bioshock games - there's never been a better reason to play it through again.

  • The Last Of Us (PS3)

    Critically lauded at the time of its release, and rightly so, The Last Of Us is another gold-plated classic of the generation - and Christmas is exactly the right time to go back and see why it made such an impact for yourself.

  • Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo Wii U)

    The new 3D Super Mario game is the best in the long-running plumber's series of Princess (or in this case, fairy) rescuing adventures in years. The 3D worlds themselves are charming, fun, fast and creative. It's a riot in multiplayer, and the new "Cat" power-up is adorable.

  • Knack (PS4)

    Make no mistake - the PS4 has its share of big-budget AAA games at launch. But this family-oriented 3D platform adventure is up there with the best of them thanks to its beautiful next-gen graphics, attractive and welcoming design and innovative use of the PS4's raw power to tell a story - as well as render amazing chainsaws.

  • Zoo Tycoon (Xbox One)

    The idea of Zoo Tycoon might not set your heart racing. But trust us - there's something about building an ethical animal park with nothing but 12 kinds of bear, which you can feed with your own hands thanks to the new Kinect - which is oddly, totally thrilling.

  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (Multi-Platform)

    The new Assassin's Creed <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/10/30/assassins-creed-4-uk-review_n_4177896.html" target="_blank">is a snappy, fast and engaging open-world title</a> which rejects the last instalment's lumbering story for a truly free, fun and exciting adventure.