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Staggered video game releases a good idea

By Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca. If the size of Microsoft's annual holiday video game preview was any indication of the general health of the industry, then gamers might have cause for concern. This year's event, X'09, was certainly much smaller in terms of the number of game developers and titles present, which is not surprising given the abysmal summer the industry had.

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PS3 picks up momentum, but will it last?

By Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca. Sony says it has seen a big bump from its PlayStation 3 video game system since dropping the price and size three weeks ago, with more than one million consoles sold worldwide in that time.

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Sony adds pizza-ordering button to PS3

By John Bowman, CBCNews.ca. Sony is offering PlayStation 3 users quick access to Papa John's online pizza ordering website, but the effort pales in comparison to previous pizza-ordering apps in Everquest II and on TiVo.

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Was 2008 a bad year for gaming studios?

By Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca

The Develop 100, an annual list of the "most bankable" video games studios, is an interesting curiosity in the video gaming industry. Based for years strictly on UK sales, the list pr
ovided a snapshot of which studios, rather than which publishers, were driving the most popular video games.

But the results always skewed a bit Brit, which is one of the reasons why, because of the popularity of FIFA 07, EA Canada topped the list in 2007 and was No. 2 on last year's list.

This year the list has undergone something of a transformation, however, as the list now bases its ranking on UK, US and Japanese sales and has thrown in some subjective measures to reward critical acclaim and forward-thinking companies trying new ideas.

The good news for Canada's video gaming industry is that it has 10 studios in the top 100 studios in the world. The bad news is that nearly every studio moved down in the ranking.

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Game over for Duke Nukem maker

By Emily Chung, CBCNews.ca

A pioneer video game company that produced the classics Duke Nukem, Wolfenstein and Commander Keen series is no more.

Late Wednesday night, Joe Siegler, webmaster for 3D Realms, a subsidiary of Apogee Software, confirmed the rumours that had been circulating the internet.

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Nintendo "brain" games no more effective than low-budget puzzles, says researcher

By Pras Rajagopalan, CBCNews.ca. A researcher at a French university says Nintendo's brain teaser games like "Dr. Kawashima's Brain Age" are no better at improving cognitive ability than doing puzzles with pencil and a piece of paper.

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What are these 'gamers' you speak of?

by Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca.

Christmas is traditionally a slow news time, and here at the CBC we feel it too as we try to report on the stories we think Canadians want to know about in the tech and science fields. Having said all that, consider this story from the Associated Press filed today, entitled 'Big video game fans prove crucial to the industry.'

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Belgium bans video game rentals

By Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca

In one of the more bizarre rulings in recent memory, Belgians will soon not be able to rent video games, according to a report on Kotaku. It's true - the Belgian Entertainment Association managed to convince legislators in the European country this summer that game rentals were hurting game sales.

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Rock Band songs need more flexibility

By Peter Nowak, CBCnews.ca

A number of news stories have popped up over recent weeks telling of how bands are making good money off selling songs through the Rock Band and Guitar Hero video games. To the uninitiated, here's how those games work: players use plastic instruments to play along with songs on screen. To keep the games fresh and players interested, their makers have been offering up new songs for paid download on a continuing basis.

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Your Review: Grand Theft Auto IV

Have you played the new Grand Theft Auto IV video game? Some are saying GTA IV will be a record-breaker in terms of sales - CBCnews.ca's Your Voice section wants to hear your thoughts about the game itself. Click here to post your personal review.

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