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America’s favorite cartoon family returns to the exciting world of iOS platform games with The Simpsons: Tapped Out on the iPad available for download from Apple’s App Store. The video game takes the best parts of games like the Sims and SimCity and combines them with a social gaming aspect designed to reward its players and keep them coming back for more. Sprinkle the signature Simpsons’ humor on top and you have a interesting experience resembling that of Homer’s favorite sweet treat. 


A year and a half ago, Zen Studios once again upped the ante on its virtual pinball creations with the release of Marvel Pinball, a collection of four tables based on popular superheroes, featuring both a solid table design and characters that would jump around, as if they were leaping right off the comic book pages.  Now, after what seemed like months in the waiting, Marvel Pinball has finally made its way to 3DS, and while there may be a slight question regarding table selection, there’s no doubt you’ll find plenty of pinball fun to be had here.


Ubisoft had a huge set-up on the E3 show floor this week, with a number of major sequels available for play, as well as two new Wii U titles coming out in time for the system’s launch later this year.  But one of its hidden gems, tucked away in a behind-closed-doors section in its offices, was The Avengers: Battle For Earth.  Based on the popular Marvel franchise of the same name, this game demonstrated some proper use of Kinect motions when it came to controlling some of your favorite superheroes and villains.  So, of course, we were eager to give it a test drive.


Bryce Harper, the 19-year old top ranked baseball phenom, will make has long awaited major league debut today for the Washington Nationals against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodgers Stadium.  Harper, the top prospect in the majors as ranked by Baseball America the last two seasons, will play left field and bat seventh. Harper was called up from Class AAA Syracuse Friday after the injury bug hit Mike Morse and Ryan Zimmerman. We caught up with Bryce before the season to talk about his experience thus far as a professional and his love of video games in this exclusive video interview.


Recently, Sony Computer Entertainment of America announced that it was looking to go with a more abstract library of games for its PlayStation Network service, stuff that was original while, at the same time, appealing.  So far, it looks like the job is getting done, with Dyad in the works and Papo & Yo coming soon after that, among other games.  But one game that should certainly be included in the group is Closure, a stunning example of black-and-white design, perfectly recreated for the downloadable front.


There’s no question we’re on a fever pitch for the new Marvel’s The Avengers film.  How could you not be?  Between Robert Downey Jr. doing his slick Iron Man thing, Samuel L. Jackson playing the baddest Nick Fury on the planet, and the return of the Hulk (and not the Ed Norton Hulk), it’s crazy how much anticipation is going into it.  Which leads us to wonder…why is there not an Avengers video game that ties in with the film?


With its upcoming "XL Edition" set to hit the finish line on January 17th, it's full speed ahead for Gran Turismo 5, even a year well after its release.  Sony Computer Entertainment of America and Polyphony Digital continue to cook up content for the much-heralded racing game, and this week at CES, it announced two additional download packs, set to drop in the next couple of weeks.


The Twisted Metal franchise is practically an institution for Sony Computer Entertainment of America.  The series launched with the original PlayStation and has since seen several sequels, including the memorable Twisted Metal 2: World Tour and the dark yet decadent Twisted Metal Black on PlayStation 2.  On February 14th, the series returns, this time making its debut on the PlayStation 3 and bringing its most comprehensive features to date.  You ready to go for a ride?


The CES show, which is held every year in Las Vegas, is primarily held to show off the latest in gadgets and electronics, and not really considered much of a "game show", unlike the Game Developers Conference and E3.  However, some game companies still take part, just to show off how far game development has come.  And this year, Nintendo will be making a trip to the event, bringing its upcoming Wii U system with it.


When Sony Computer Entertainment of America debuted the trailer for Naughty Dog's The Last of Us the prior week during the Spike Video Game Awards, it definitely turned a lot of heads, and got plenty of folks buzzing about what could be one of the company's best games to date.  But while you wait to get new information on the project, why not treat yourself to a cool little freebie from SCEA -- a Dynamic Theme for your PlayStation 3 console.


'Tis the season to be jolly...and to do a few more laps around the track.  Sony Computer Entertainment of America has announced that it will release a new 2.02 update for Gran Turismo 5, available free of charge next week.  In addition, a separate car pack will also be available for $3.99, bringing more cars to the popular racing game.


Zen Studios has been on a roll in 2011, with the release of several pinball tables for both Zen Pinball and Pinball FX 2, namely the Marvel Pinball tables.  But this holiday season, it's continuing to build on its reputation by releasing a quartet of new tables.  Coming next week, Marvel Pinball: Vengeance and Virtue will give you four more reasons to flip out -- and for moderately cheap.

One of the big highlights from EA at E3 this year besides Battlefield 3 was Need For Speed The Run. The reason why it stuck out so much was because of the sequences in which the main character gets out of the car continues the race on foot. These moments were controlled via quick time events until the character would then find another car to get into. This caused concern over the thought that this would make up a decent portion of the game, but after getting the chance to play one of the other levels, these flashy out-of-car sequences will only make up a smaller portion of the game.

We knew it was only a matter of time before Capcom would decide to expand its Marvel vs. Capcom 3 universe.  This morning, the company announced that next step, in the form of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, set for release this November on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.  Along with all the characters and stages from the original game, the quasi-sequel will introduce new stages and characters.  First screens inside!  UPDATE: It looks like the other characters have been leaked!


This summer's still going crazy with comic book movie madness, as Captain America: Super Soldier is set to open this Friday.  However, NEXT summer is going to be even more bonkers, between the third Dark Knight film, The Amazing Spider-Man reboot and, of course, The Avengers.  And speaking of that, a trailer has appeared online, giving comic book fans a glimpse of what to expect from next year's collective opus.


Whether you're into shooters, horror action, or family fare, Sega was the booth that offered up all of that and more in their E3 booth this week.  And regardless of which platform you spend most of your game-playing time on, you were covered there as well: Playstation, Nintendo, Xbox, even PC were almost equally represented.

Sonic has been racing across many levels and taking down enemy robots for 20 years now, starting with the Sega Genesis and all the way up to the current consoles we have today. He has battled against the likes of Dr. Robotnik, also known as Dr. Eggman, numerous times, yet he always comes up with a new plan. However, Sonic will be facing a different enemy this time around in Sonic Generations. In this exclusive video interview, Partick Riley, Director of International Product Development, Sega of America, tells us about Sonic's revisiting of previous levels throughout his history.

Video games are an international pastime. People the world over play them, and there are developers in quite a few countries. Making a game takes effort, but so does localizing it for people in countries besides where it was first released. Not every game is worth the effort, and even if the fans might think it is, there can be other things keeping it from being released. With that in mind, I bring you five games that should have been brought to the US, and why they weren't.