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The best photos of 2011 from around the globe. Warning: All images in this entry are shown in full, not screened out for graphic content. Some images contain dead bodies, graphic content and tragic events. We consider these images an important part of human history.

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2011 was a year of global tumult, marked by widespread social and political uprisings, economic crises, and a great deal more. We saw the fall of multiple dictators, welcomed a new country (South Sudan), witnessed our planet's population grow to 7 billion, and watched in horror as Japan was struck by a devastating earthquake, a tsunami, and a nuclear disaster. From the Arab Spring to Los Indignados to Occupy Wall Street, citizens around the world took to the streets in massive numbers, protesting against governments and financial institutions, risking arrest, injury, and in some cases their lives. Collected here is Part 3 of a three-part photo summary of the last year, covering 2011's last months. Be sure to also see Part 1, and Part 2, totaling 120 images in all. [40 photos]

Occupy Wall Street protesters march and hold signs in New York City on September 17, 2011. Frustrated protesters had been speaking out against corporate greed and social inequality on and near Wall Street for the previous two weeks, further sparking a protest movement that spread across the world. Original here. (CC BY SA Carwil Bjork-James)

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The month of October has been a dramatic month of deaths, from Steve Jobs of Apple succumbing to cancer to the demise of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, as well as the dramatic racetrack death of Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon.   But toward the end of the month, life was celebrated with the birth of the seven billionth person on Earth.  Also in the news was the continued and now global growth of the Occupy Wall Street movement, Palestinian prisoner releases for captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and a devastating earthquake in Turkey. WARNING: Graphic content.

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[Every week GameSetWatch editor-in-chief Eric Caoili rounds up the latest news/media for obscure and offbeat games from IndieGames.com's sister site and alternative video game blog.]

Over at our alt video game blog GameSetWatch, we shared a number of fun stories during the past week, including the release of Zanda: Linked Swords on iOS, a humorous message to gamers from Jeff Goldblum in The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and overreactions to the Nintendo 3DS Expandion Slide Pad reveal.

GameSetWatch's highlights from the last week:

Who Needs iOS Zelda When There's Zanda: Linked Swords By Top Best Adult Entertainment? - Since the chances of Nintendo porting any of its beloved franchises to a rival platform like iOS are next to nil, the closest thing you can get to playing Nintendo-style games is downloading homages and knock-offs from other developers, like Zanda: Linked Swords.

Jeff Goldblum With A Message For Gamers - This is what you seen when you complete The Lost World: Jurassic Park for the PS1 and Sega Saturn, based upon the movie of the same name obviously. The thing is, he plays no actual role in the game. The producers specifically got one of the film's stars to make a surprise appearance, and what does he do? Insults the player.

Twisted Pixel Gives In To Urges, Finally Makes An All-FMV Game - Well, it's about time. After screwing around with IGF finalists and critically lauded platformers for the last few years, Twisted Pixel has finally created something that plays to its true strength: full-motion video. The Wavy Tube Man Chronicles, a DLC extra for The Gunstringer, is a Western-themed, live-action, Kinect-powered homage to the arcade light gun shooter Mad Dog McCree. Yes, for real.

At Least Someone Still Cares About The Dreamcast - Last week was the Dreamcast's 12th birthday here in North America. All day long I scoured the major gaming blogs for some kind of retrospective or remembrance, even just a passing mention, but found nothing. It would seem that no one really cares about Sega's last hurrah anymore, but at least one person still does.

Simraceway Opens Real World Racing Facility, Program - GameSetWatch contributor Tony Perez-Giese talks with racecar driver Dan Wheldon about Simraceway, and the online sim's real world racing facility recently opened with the Jim Russell Driving School. Simraceway releases this fall and is currently recruiting beta users.

Overreactions To 3DS Expansion Slide Pad Reveal - While there have been some who haven't freaked out about Nintendo's upcoming Expansion Slide Pad/Cradle peripheral for the 3DS, the rest of the internet appears to be losing its mind over the accessory -- and of course, on the already unstable gaming message board NeoGAF, that hysteria has been amplified times a million.

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