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Time for a Change: Evolving E3 Through Technology

Yeah, E3 is becoming a dinosaur, but it can become something new and important.

Nintendo made waves in the gaming industry recently when they announced that they wouldn’t be participating in a traditional press conference at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. Right off the bat, people started in with the doom and gloom. Oh, Nintendo is fading fast! Nintendo doesn’t have anything to show! Rhetoric like this was prominent --as was talk that the entire E3 conference is a dinosaur -- and perhaps Nintendo is reading the writing on the wall and is beginning to part ways with the trade show. This sentiment has been circulating for years, and even though I believe that E3 is vital to the gaming industry, it’s high time that the show evolved.

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Games Aren't Art and That's Okay With Me

We can argue all we want about whether games are art or not. The real questions is, why does it matter?

The debate of whether or not games are art has been a long and tedious one.  I do not think that Roger Ebert had any idea what kind of bee hive he was kicking when he famously declared that not only are games not art, but they likely never would be.  He would later go on to amend his comments to say that he believed that games could eventually become art, but that he hadn’t seen any real evidence to say that time was soon coming.  It was a kind of back handed apology to furious gamers for taking such an absolute stance on a subject he admittedly knew little about.  Gamers more or less ignored this amendment and demonized Mr. Ebert; holding steadfast to the idea that not only could games become art, but that they indeed already were.

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Oklahoma Senator William Fourkiller Proposes Violent Video Game Tax

Your tax dollars at work.

Oklahoma Senator William Fourkiller (D) is attempting to introduce a bill that would levy a one percent excise tax against the sale of any and all violent video games in his home state.

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California to Pay ESA For Failed Games Bill

ESA's legal fees for Brown v. EMA will be on California.

Joystiq is reporting that the State of California has agreed to reimburse the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) $950,000 in legal fees for fighting Brown v. EMA up to the Supreme Court. Originally, $1.1 million was requested. This includes reimbursements for the 2008 case, which the state already paid. California has paid the ESA more than $1,327,000.

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SOPA + The ESA = Confused Me

A look at the potential bill that could irrevocably change the internet and the video game industry.

Today Mike discusses a topic that affects everyone here.  The SOPA bill, if passed, could drastically change the landscape of the internet forever. Click through to hear Mike's explanation of and thoughts on the controversial bill and add to the discussion by sounding off in the comments section.

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CES 2012 Microsoft Conference Wrap-Up

Kinect for PC, 360 Sales Numbers and a Newscorp App.

CES 2012 is now underway and Microsoft's CES press conference yielded some announcements. One of the biggest announcements was the release date for Kinect for Windows. Coming on February 1, 2012, 200 companies, including Toyota, Mattell and American Express, are already developing apps for the motion control peripheral.

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Mock Trailer for a Half-Life 1 Movie

Called "Half-Life: Origins", InfectiousDesigner follows up their "Beyond Black Mesa" trailer with this cool recreation of the intro of the first game.

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Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster Review

A bright, wholesome, and delightful experience from front to back that won't disappoint.

I was one of the very few people I know who did not grow up watching Sesame Street. As such, I never fully understood the dedication and nostalgia that people who did grow up watching it had for the not-for-profit, educational television show. Never fully understood, until having my own child, I should say. Although my son, Nicholas, is only ten months old, his smile widens and his eyes brighten every morning at 10AM when Sesame Street comes on the air. As I've watched and enjoyed the program for the last few months, I've come to understand why it has been loved by generations. Armed with my new found love for, and expertise on the series, I was genuinely excited to try out Double Fine's newest game based on the beloved TV show, Once Upon a Monster. From beginning to end, the game is a joyous experience full of color and endearing characters that was clearly not just created to be a fun game, but one that is designed to encourage families to play together.

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