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Harmonix heads honored in USA 'Character Approved' awards

USA -- the television network, not the nation -- has selected Harmonix founders Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy as the two most important "New Media" figures in its annual Character Approved Awards. According to USA's announcement of the 2010 winners, the awards are designed to "honor the real...

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Microsoft speaks out on Obama's Xbox remarks

President Obama hasn't exactly been known for his positive stance on kids playing tons of video games (even though he owns a Wii and ran campaign ads on Xbox Live, ahem). Recently in a speech given to the NAACP, he pointedly noted that parents should be "putting away the Xbox," as well as other...

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Xbox Live US presidential election poll results

Following up on some presidential election polling results from September, Microsoft has revealed the results of its Xbox Live polling from the Halloween weekend. Obama jumped 10 of the vote, while McCain gained two points for 33 still undecided. Curiously, the Xbox Live poll had a similar Obama...

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So the paddle isn't coming to North America?

Okay, we're confused. It looks like, based on a press release that got sent out today, that the paddle controller that came bundled with Arkanoid DS in Japan won't be seeing a release in North America. That is, basically, an unforgiveable crime. Seriously, why would you even want to try to play the...

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For every Wii sold in December, 8.1 games were sold with it

Accordng to IGN, the NPD numbers for December hold more worth than just comparing figures for hardware and software sales in the U.S. during that month (or fueling fanboy debate). December's numbers show that the Wii enjoyed a tie ratio of 8:1, meaning that for every console sold, around 8 titles...

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Wii Warm Up: Our worst NiGHTmare

Brought to you by our good friends at 2-P Start, this image highlights exactly how Sonic Team USA, responsible for such crap as Shadow the Hedgehog, could crush the beautiful NiGHTs franchise into the ground. You've voted on the polls, but more specifically, what do you think Sonic Team USA can...

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Game addiction on the rise, but 'stable' genes should prevent violent outbursts

When combined, a pair of new studies (conveniently stacked on GamePolitics.com) suggests that game addiction is a rising concern among American youth, but, if we also trust Aussie researchers, violent side effects are not. According to a new Harris poll, 8.5% of the US's youngsters are now...

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And lo, the angels hath smiled upon thee: NiGHTS 2 confirmed

This isn't some sick, delayed April Fool's joke. After endless rumors and speculation, Japanese gaming mag Famitsu has finally confirmed ONM's "world exclusive": the official sequel to NiGHTS into Dreams, tentatively titled NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams, is coming to the Wii this winter. The Wiimote...

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SimCity DS not just for the Japanese anymore

We've been waiting for this announcement a while now. In a very irregular press release from EA Japan this morning, originally causing us to think this was a hoax or accidental release, we contacted an equally confused EA rep and confirmed SimCity DS is going global. She let us know that the...

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MLG goes FTW on USA TV [update 1]

[Update: Commenter Ben found a second part of the preview, which interviews pro gamer Walshy and shows some more in game action. Part 2 is now also embedded below Thanks Ben.] Months ago, when Major League Gaming and the USA cable network announced plans to air seven hour-long programs on the MLG...

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