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Full list of Amazon Black Friday Lightning Deals (now with times!)

If you're planning your Black Friday around time-sensitive deals popping up at Amazon today, you can find the full schedule over at Thrifty Nerd. Some of the list is guesswork, but all the deals look pretty reasonable to us ... that is, except for for Rayman Origins which you should feel guilty a...

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Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim apparently contains much of Tamriel

You might have thought the world of Skyrim was big, but we can guarantee that, until now, you had absolutely no idea. As discovered by a Finnish blogger, Bethesda not only modeled the Nordic playground of Skyrim for the game, but much of the Elder Scrolls world of Tamriel. Why is it all in there?...

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Excerpt: Behind-the-app book Buttonless explores Broken Sword

You'll be able to pick up Ryan Rigney's Buttonless: Incredible iPhone and iPad Games and the Stories Behind Them (available for pre-order now) on Dec. 13. To tide you over until then, we've got the sample below, just one of the dozens of fascinating stories you'll find in the book. In this chapter, ...

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Metal Gear Solid: Rising gets new producer

Team members at Kojima Productions continue to play Hot Potato with poor Raiden's emotions. After Kojima announced in June of 2010 that he was passing the reigns of Metal Gear Solid: Rising to Shigenobu Matsuyama, control has now passed to Yuji Korekado (who's also working on Zone of the Enders H...

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PETA targets Mario, we challenge the facts

Look, we like seeing an organization desperately flailing in an ill-fated attempt at relevance as much as the next site, but this time PETA has gone too far. The organization has created Mario Kills Tanooki, a 2D platformer that has a skinned tanuki (or raccoon dog, if you prefer) trying to retri...

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Watch My Intro, Touch My Katamari

There are two things you're never too old for: Eating the stick from your Lik-M-Aid Fun Dip before the powder, and the world of Katamari. So go on: Treat yourself to the above nostalgic madness from PS Vita launch title Touch My Katamari as you meditate on just what a fantastic name that rea...

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This FuncoLand training video is taking us on a journey

We couldn't live with ourselves knowing that some of you may not have seen this (frankly) batshit FuncoLand training video, which features a demonic manager tormenting a beleaguered employee by sucking him into an alternate universe. Seriously, grab a coffee and get ready to lose your mind....

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See some of our favorite half-tucks from the Joystiq community

Hey, have we said lately how much we love you guys and gals? All we do is mention we need pictures of Uncharted devotees rocking Nathan Drake's signature look and in a matter of days our Facebook group is filled with pictures of nearly 200 of you sporting a half-tuck. While only Joshua Foster ...

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Modern Warfare 3 sells 6.5M in biggest day-one ever

We all need some extra cash in the holiday season, and if you're looking for someone to hit up for a loan, we'd recommend your rich Uncle Activision. The company just announced Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 sold 6.5 million units in the US and UK on its first day, good for $400 million. To put i...

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Live activity last week: Battlefield 3 fails to topple Black Ops

In a game industry where "We sold this many!" can mean "We put this many in a box and sent them to people!" hard comparisons of popularity can be tough. So even though it's not an ideal metric, we thought it at least worth mentioning that Battlefield 3 failed to take the top spot in the Xbox Live...

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