Around the Network: peering into January

What our friends and relations have been up to this week...

It's the middle of January, possibly the very moment invented to match the phrase 'these are the times to try mens' souls'. Christmas is an ever receding memory, pay day seems an age away and the whole prospect of another year's soulless drudgery slaving for the man stretches out like a particularly unpleasant piece of drek found in your favourite sandwich. Still cheer up, could be worse, at least there's a few games to keep us entertained and here's what our esteemed chums and colleagues have been banging on about this week.

Games Radar

GamesRadar Anti-Awards 2011

21 things you never knew about PS Vita

what the new Xbox 360 dashboard tells us about the Xbox 720. Hint: It won't be a games console

Official Nintendo Magazine

Kid Icarus Uprising workd with Circle Pad Pro

What are the amazing new Pokemon games for 2012?

How to have fun with 3DS on the cheap

Official PlayStation Magazine

Find out about Hitman: Absolution's new gameplay in this preview and interview

Promises, promises: Skyrim PS3 lag fixed in next 1.4 update

Is this new PSN horror any good? Read our Amy review to find out

Official Xbox 360 Magazine

Why I'll take Black Ops 2 over another Modern Warfare

Mass Effect 3 Citadel is "bigger than ever", endings will be "more sophisticated"

20 Modern Warfare 3 DLC drops announced, coming to Xbox Live first

PC Gamer

How will SOPA affect gamingIt's actually quite a big deal

The Old Republic news

Razer's Project Fionais a gaming tablet.Who'd have thought it?