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An Xbox 360 Under the Christmas Tree?

By Andrew Sztein ()

On the cusp of the fourth holiday season of the Xbox 360, there has never been a better time to “jump in” and invest in Microsoft’s flagship console, according to Craig Flannagan, Xbox Product Manager with Xbox Canada. Read More.

Geek Versus Nerd - Round One: Valve

By Feature Staff ()

GamingExcellence contributors Liana K and Andrew Sztein don't always see eye to eye on a lot of matters in the gaming industry. Obvious height difference jokes aside, both Liana and Andrew have very different views on the new release of Left 4 Dead 2. While physical violence was avoided, a heated and humorous argument ensued between the two. Read More.

Modern Warfare Games Might Be Good For Kids!

By Liana Kerzner ()

So according to Fox News, playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 makes you a terrorist.

This does more to prove the Obama administration's assertion that Fox News isn't really a news service than convince anyone that videogames are the equivalent of jihad. But Fox News isn't the only so-called news service linking Modern Warfare to real-world events and calling the title out for its violence. Read More.

PAX 2009: Day 2

By Liana Kerzner ()

I got up bright and early, had a healthy breakfast and enough coffee for four people, and headed over to the convention center for my prearranged nine o'clock appointment, oh-so-proud of myself that I was up and out early, ready to get a jump on the day... and hopefully jump the God of War line. Read More.

PAX 2009: Day 1

By Liana Kerzner ()

The first day of a new expo is always daunting. I don't understand the rhythms or the culture. I don't know my way around the city. So I drifted into the Washington Convention and Trade Center in (surprisingly) beautiful downtown Seattle with a little apprehension and a lot of confusion. Read More.

Violence in a Virtual World

By Liana Kerzner ()

A fascinating article found at GamaSutra got me thinking yet again about the conundrum of video game violence. Yeah, Project Natal has moralists collectively pooping in their pants at the technology, much to Microsoft's likely glee. But it always irks me when people start navel gazing about video game violence, because it's the province of arrogant elites. Read More.

Sin to Win: A Big Loser?

By Liana Kerzner ()

Well damn it, the one year I don't go to Comic-Con, I miss out on being officially designated the hottest girl there!

I'm referring (jokingly) to Dante's Inferno's now notorious "Sin to Win" contest in San Diego. Yes, an apology has been issued by EA. Yes, they completely misjudged their audience. Read More.

The Evolution of E3

By Liana Kerzner ()

The proverbial "they" claim that life goes in cycles. Everything has happened before. Everything will happen again. It was hard not to think about that as I made my way down to Los Angeles, California, to attend this year's E3. Read More.

GamingExcellence's Best of E3 2009

By Feature Staff ()

E3 is back in a big way. With the more subdued approach of the past two years, E3 was losing it's relevance in the industry. For 2009, the ESA has turned things around and ramped up the show. Not only have they restored its significance, they've found a perfect balance that was well enjoyed by nearly everyone involved, including our entire crew in attendance. Read More.

Shigeru Miyamoto Makes Surprise Appearance at Developer Roundtable Event

By Rick Poulin ()

When I sat in on Nintendo's Developer Roundtable event late today amongst a select few members of the press, there wasn't a single thought in my mind that could have predicted what happened next. As host Tim Leary, of the Nintendo Treehouse, announced who our guest would be and he walked through the door, I witnessed the sound of roughly 80 jaws hitting the concrete floor. Read More.

E3 2009: Sony Press Conference Recap

By Rick Poulin ()

Sony kicked off its E3 show at the Shrine Auditorium this morning in downtown Los Angeles. We already knew they were coming to E3 with a packed portfolio, but the list of games was quite simply overwhelming at 364 games for PlayStation platforms this year alone, including 35 exclusives. Read More.

E3 2009: Nintendo Press Conference Recap

By Rick Poulin ()

It's another foggy sunrise in Los Angeles this morning, and the world's gaming press is up at the crack of dawn to head over to the Nokia Plaza for Nintendo's briefing. Somebody clearly forgot to remind the organizers that the average gamer is not a morning person. Read More.

E3 2009: EA Press Conference Recap

By Rick Poulin ()

Electronic Arts has so many games to showcase this year (40+ in fact), it's only natural that they'd try to give us an overview. However, there's only so much you can fit into a two hour window, and EA's choices were questionable. The game overviews seemed rushed, with most nothing more than pre-rendered trailers. Read More.

E3 2009: Microsoft Press Conference Recap

By Rick Poulin ()

Hundreds of gaming media reporters gathered in downtown Los Angeles this morning at the USC campus to kick off E3 at the Microsoft Press Conference. It was immediately clear from the throngs lined up outside the Galen Center that this was the place to be. As we all waited in anticipation, green crop circles danced around the glowing green stage and on ginormous monitors. Read More.