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E3 should be a week of great new game reveals, as well as technology that’s likely to push the industry forward into the great unknown.  But it can also be about surprise companies popping out of nowhere with new projects.  Robert Bowling already proved this with his company’s upcoming project, and now Epic Games has made the ultimate acquisition for a new work place – say hello to Epic Baltimore.


Game journalism isn't as easy as it looks.  Oh, sure, you think we just sit around all day and play Max Payne 3, but the truth is, playing is just part of the job.  Writing is a huge, fundamental part of it, as you have to be able to express yourself in the right manner, not just go "This is cool because blah blah."  You need to FEEL right about the job.  One step to getting an idea of what video game journalism is all about is getting the book Critical Path: How To Review Videogames For a Living, written by Dan Amrich.  Dan, also known as One of Swords on Twitter (@oneofswords), worked in journalism for the longest time before taking a job working with Activision.  Still, he remembers his days fondly enough, as he put his experience into words to help guide young minds of tomorrow down the RIGHT path of journalism.  You know, the one that doesn't involve "blah blah".


Throughout the history of video games, the oldest stereotype surrounding the industry has always been do violent video games affect player behavior and personality. It is a known fact that people who play games are exposed to more violence than the average consumer. From nuking entire civilization to obliterating players online, it’s has become more and more common now that games are more focus on squarely providing violent action. For this reason alone, parents have long held an underlining negative attitude towards the industry and those who stand by it, but is this criticism injustice or have developers gone to far? Should government step in?


Last year, Orcs Must Die! from Robot Entertainment (consisting of prior employees from Ensenble Studios, the makers of Halo Wars) really shook things up on both PC and Xbox Live Arcade, with players getting into the bloody, strategic action of killing hundreds of orcs using melee attacks and various gut-busting traps.  Now, the team is at it again, bringing Orcs Must Die! 2 to the front this fall with two-player co-op action, more traps and, of course, more dead orcs.  Who could ask for anything more?


Remember the old Midway Arcade Treasures releases?  Or for that matter, Midway’s Greatest Hits on the PS One?  I sure do.  I spent hours on end reliving the games of my youth thanks to these compilations, and I couldn’t get enough of them.  But ever since the company was scuttled a couple of years ago, I always wondered if they would come back in some form.  And while I would’ve preferred a release on a console over an iOS-enabled device, I’ll definitely take what I can get from Midway Arcade.  This is a collection of arcade bliss that everyone should experience.


If something’s good enough, you know someone will bring it back in one form or another.  For Sega, this is a common business practice, as it’s been bringing back several of its old-school franchise to the current game scene, in an effort to generate newfound success.  This includes a number of resurrected Dreamcast classics, along with the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise and Virtua Fighter, which will come back this summer with Final Showdown on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network.  Now another big game is coming back, and Professor K fans will want to listen up…


There's no question that 2011 was a big year for the Mortal Kombat franchise, as Netherrealm Games effectively relaunched the franchise and made fighting relevant again, complete with over-the-top fatalities and bonus characters that piqued our interest.  (Freddy Krueger?)  But it looks like 2012 will be just as eventful for the series, as the team has not only announced a new Komplete Edition that's coming to consoles later this spring, but also its debut on the PlayStation Vita.


The mess that is Ocean Marketting (yes we misspelled that on purpose) and its operator, Paul Christofolo, sure created quite a stir by the end of 2011.  A rude, asshole-like response to someone inquiring about their order for an N-Control peripheral, the Avenger Controller, made the front page of Penny Arcade, and the rest, as they say, is history, with Christofolo thrusted into a negative spotlight and plenty of Internet buzz.  But how did this whole thing conclude?  Would you believe that things actually got more ridiculous?


Valve had an outstanding year in 2011 with the release of the highly anticipated Portal 2, a game that went leaps and bounds over the original, both with single player and co-op components.  So all that's left to wonder now is...what's left for 2012, aside from the upcoming Counter Strike: Global Offensive?  Well, if Internet hints indicate anything, the company is hard at work on yet another long-awaited sequel -- the follow-up to Half-Life 2.


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is still just over two weeks from release, but it's already considered one of the most highly anticipated games this holiday season -- even if EA's trying to steal a little bit of that thunder with Battlefield 3.  But Activision's making all the right decisions on this game, and we explain why it's going to be an unstoppable juggernaut once November 8th rolls around...


It's hard to believe that the Grand Theft Auto phenomenon has been sweeping over the game industry for years.  And while gamers are currently enthralled in the likes of Grand Theft Auto IV and its two side stories, there was a time when the games had a simpler start back on the PlayStation 2.  This month, the one that really started it all, Grand Theft Auto III, turns ten, and Rockstar Games is celebrating in a big way.


“Welcome. And congratulations. I am delighted that you could make it. Getting here wasn’t easy, I know. In fact, I suspect it was a little tougher than you realize.” Alright, alright, I didn’t write that. That charming prose belongs to Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything (2003). Awesome book. But in theme, these few lines apply greatly to your predicament in Rage, id Software’s heavily anticipated first-person shooter for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.


I was saving something like this for Halloween, because that just makes sense. A diatribe about horror themed video games being written in October? Yes, that is what should happen. But damn man, after seeing Silent Hill: Book of Memories, these things must be said now. Video game industry, I just have to ask: why do you not want to scare us anymore?


In less than three months, we'll be able to get our hands on the next Call of Duty game, the long-awaited Modern Warfare 3.  But get this -- buzz is already building on what could be the next game in the series, possibly for release sometime next year.  The next game is being made by Treyarch (the developers behind Call of Duty: Black Ops) and it already has a code name -- Project Iron Wolf.


Back in May, Rockstar Games released L.A. Noire, an intriguing 1940's detective game that featured its fair share of action and driving, along with intriguing interrogations that kept the player on their toes as they attempted to solve each case.  The game turned out to be a successful release, but its popularity was overshadowed by the drama revolving around its developer, Team Bondi.  Accusations, bad business decisions and other controversy stemmed from the company, leaving Rockstar to sever its ties with the team.  Now it's pretty much over, with someone buying the rights -- and hiring the employees -- on its own terms.


When it hit theaters in 2009, Black Dynamite became a huge cult hit, as audiences ate up the tribute to blaxploitation films quite handily.  It's since gone on to release on DVD and Blu-Ray, but fans just a bit more Dynamite to go around.  Next year, Cartoon Network's Adult Swim division will debut an all new animated series featuring the unstoppable Dynamite, along with his loyal friends, including Bullhorn and Cream Corn.  But you won't have to wait to check it out...the pilot is online now.


You've probably read the news earlier this week that Sony was implementing a PSN Pass program for its upcoming first-person shooter Resistance 3, due for release this September.  The Pass is similar to a separate online play activation that other companies have been implementing in their games, including Codemasters, THQ and Electronic Arts.  A lot of people have gone on the rampage due to Sony's move, even going as far as saying they won't buy the game.  But the question is this -- is such a decision really a surprise?


For the most part, developers and publishers work closely together when it comes to certain projects, in order to get the most out of them.  Sega has built a respectful partnership with Platinum Games through a series of projects (including Bayonetta and Vanquish), Microsoft and Epic Games have done quite well with Gears of War, and Sony is no doubt keeping in constant touch with Naughty Dog over the upcoming Uncharted 3.  But a relationship between the two doesn't always come easy.  One glimpse of the Rockstar Games/Team Bondi drama that's unfolding is a clear hint of that.


In light of the recent Supreme Court official decision that, yes, video games are art (take that Roger Ebert!), here’s a look back at what we feel are some of the best of the best.

With Sonic celebrating his 20th anniversary this year, Sega gives gamers the chance to do so with the release of Sonic Generations, a new game that will have him revisit several levels from his lengthy career. But while talking about some of our favorite levels from the Sonic the Hedgehog games, it's hard not to wax nostalgic on some of our other favorite Sega Genesis games. So while we're in the mood to reminisce about our favorite Genesis games, let's take a look at 5 games that really should be remade for this current generation.

LOS ANGELES -- Playboy's Hugh Hefner and his now ex-fiancee Crystal Harris might be calling off their wedding but their humble abode, better known as the Playboy Mansion, was the site for the best party of this year's E3, in our humble opinion. Bigpoint, developers of massive multiplayer online games such as Battlestar Galactica Online, Fast and Furious and Dark Orbit celebrated its 200th million user in a big way by throwing by far the sexiest and most exclusive party on the last day of E3 and GamerLive.TV was the only video crew allowed in to capture all its glory in 3D. Check out all the fun and the girls in this exclusive video.