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Electronic Gaming Monthly to relaunch in March

"Long-running magazine Electronic Gaming Monthly is to be relaunched in March, its publisher EGM Media has confirmed." Read more here.

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The 911 on video game obsession

"It’s game over for a 14-year-old Roxbury boy, whose overwhelmed mother was so exasperated with his incessant video game playing that she called the cops on him." Read more here.

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Torchlight Review

"In the end, Torchlight hit the jackpot exactly where it counts the most – the gameplay.

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Modern Warfare 2: the case for the dedicated server

"Supporters of dedicated servers for FPS games claim that the current system is necessary to allow for a full gaming experience. Needless to say, the recent news that dedicated servers aren't being supported in the PC version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 hasn't exactly gone over well with a lot of the computer gaming community." Read more here.

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History in Video Games

"I don’t believe that video games necessarily have an important role to play when it comes to teaching people about history. We shouldn’t delude ourselves into thinking that we must learn something factual each time we turn on Call of Duty. That isn’t what video games are for.

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Sony announces 250GB PlayStation 3, due November 3

"Following the successful launch of a slimmer PlayStation 3 model back in September, Sony has announced a beefier 250GB variant of the console is due to hit U.S. stores next month priced at $350. Besides upping storage capacity, the new system will be otherwise identical to the existing 120GB version which sells for $50 less." Read more here.

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Venezuela to outlaw violent video games, toys

"Shouts of "Kill him! Kill him!" ring out as the preteens train their virtual assault rifles on the last remaining terrorist and spray him with bullets. Blood splatters. The enemy collapses. And they cheerfully wrap up another game of "Counter-Strike."" Read more here.

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Assassin's Creed 2 Delayed for PC

"Ubisoft’s Twitter feed has been updated with word that "Assassin’s Creed 2" has been delayed for the PC and is now scheduled to be released in quarter 1 of 2010. However, the game is still scheduled to be released on the consoles on November 17th." Read more here.

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Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA)

"As gamers, we love our games and support those companies who support our hobbies. We also understand that the world which supports games can be complex and difficult to understand. Behind-the-scenes legal issues like digital content distribution, license agreements, virtual property and video game piracy, …who can make sense of it all?! This group, Gamers for Digital Rights, strives to get the information out to consumers on the ins and outs of content protection: what exactly is intellectual property; what rights do creators and publishers have; and most importantly, what rights do we gamers have." Read more here.

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Batman: Arkham Asylum on PC Review

"Since 1986, there have been roughly 19 Batman-inspired video games. Nearly all have been mediocre interpretations of the Dark Knight's exploits in Gotham City, and about as exciting as watching Burt Ward shimmy down a Bat-pole (Comics Alliance recently highlighted the Knight's painful video game descent). The new Batman: Arkham Asylum, from Eidos and Warner Bros., looks to change that reputation by combining Bat-lore with a sophisticated action game. The result is so good that we're declaring it an easy 'Best of' contender for 2009." Read more here.

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