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Click here to read Why So Many Games These Days Are “Japan-Only”

Tales of Xillia is a great game—perhaps the best JRPG on the PlayStation 3. It was the second best-selling PS3 game in Japan last year (ninth best-selling in Japan overall), with 660,000 copies sold. And in a country where anything over 100,000 copies sold is considered a financial success, Tales of Xillia was a run-away hit. It was so popular that it is getting a numbered sequel coming out next week. Yet, despite its incredible level of popularity in Japan, it still hasn't come west. More »

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Click here to read Miyamoto's Worst Game Idea Ever. Or Maybe The Best. Not Sure.

In 1989, Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto sat down with Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii for an interview. The two spoke about practically everything, from game design to their latest titles (like Link to the Past) to the future, but what I found most interesting was the pair's ideas on making games about teaching. More »

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Click here to read The Concept Art Behind <em>The Avengers</em>

Pardon this brief interruption to our regular video game concept art schedule, but I figured a movie that's on track to be one of the biggest of all time - and one starring a whole bunch of awesome superheroes - was worth the detour. More »

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Click here to read Keith Apicary Asks a Local News Reporter if She's Ever Played <em>Blazing Star</em>

The famous PAX East ejectee Keith Apicary (a character portrayed by comedian Nathan Barnatt) gatecrashed a backup dancer audition for pop star (and "amazing roller skater") Kimberly Cole earlier this month. ("He was wearing mom jeans, a NASA sweatshirt and he had a sack lunch," she says, "so I knew that there was something special about him.") More »

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Click here to read <em>Fez</em>'s Soundtrack is Full of Mysteries, Too

The soundtrack to Fez officially released on Friday, at a pay-what-you-like price (with a minimum of $7). Because the entire game is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma, some enterprising folks went and opened the sound files in a spectrogram and, voila, they found even more clues. Or they're Easter eggs, or some other kind of secret stuff. More »

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Click here to read Let the World's Best <em>Street Fighter</em> Player Teach You about...Life

Daigo Umehara is the Guinness World Record holder as "the most successful player in major tournaments of Street Fighter," and became world famous in 2004 with his amazing comeback victory at the EVO 2004 Street Fighter Tournament. In his new book, "勝ち続ける意志力" (The Will to Keep Winning), Daigo describes his upbringing and experiences as a gamer, and offers advice that can apply not just to gamers, but to people from all walks of life. Here are just a few: More »

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 This Might Be the Most Epic Video Game Patent Application Ever

Patent applications let people dream big. Someone out there's got a killer idea for the Litter Box of the Future or fart-proof underwear. There may be hundreds of hurdles to cross before any such thing gets made, but a patent lets them plant a flag in the land of unclaimed ideaspace. More »

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