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A copy of Gears of War landed in my lap this morning. Either it's Shannon's subtle way of telling me to shut my yapper about not having anything to play, or somebody wants to see how far my resistance to hype really goes.

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Each week we ask a question of our staff and featured writers to learn a little bit about them and gain some insight into where they are coming from.

This week's question is:

Gaming-wise, what do you expect of the new Congress?

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Tatiana is a gamer. She plays videogames less than three hours per week - mainly Tetris and Snake on her cell phone. Her major life goal is to finish school and she feels that the perception of girl gamers is currently spot-on. She's 23 years old and lives in Germany. She also, as you can see for yourself, has an enormous rack.

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My shoulder shouldn't feel like someone jammed an ice pick into it and my wrist shouldn't hurt as badly as it does.

This is what four and a half hours of Guitar Hero II can do to me. I'm 800 milligrams of ibuprofen away from a sling and an ice pack, and I don't see myself recovering in time for the continuation of my concert tour. No, much like the back injury I aggravate every baseball season, I see myself playing through the pain tonight, because GH2 lives up to the hype.

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What I can't resist, however, is kicking Sony when they're down.

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"Recent research suggests that young people and adults live in fundamentally different media environments, using communications technologies in different ways and forming contradictory interpretations of their experiences. Adults know less than they think about what young people are doing on line and young people know less than they think about the values and assumptions that shape adult's relationship to media."

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In the public debate about the effects of negative content in video games (violence, stereotypes...) we seem to be stuck in the tired old habit of playing good guys versus bad guys. Over and over again the conversation is black and white, right and wrong. We pick sides and entrench ourselves, preparing to wage war against the enemy.

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Anyone who's ever learned something about city planning from SimCity. Anyone who's had their views of war shaped by a military game. Anyone who's made a screenshot comic or a machinima movie of their favorite game. Anyone who's ever posted to a gaming forum.

Every gamer is a serious gamer and every game is a serious game.

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Doug Lowenstein has the hardest job on the planet right now. First he had to announce that the trade group he represents, the ESA, was cancelling it's storied and widely-beloved E3 trade conference in favor of an event which would eliminate everything most people loved about it, in favor of the things his constituents (the major game publishers) preferred (i.e. smaller, more easily-controlled meetings and a guest list consisting of only pre-screened invitees).

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Each week we ask a question of our staff and featured writers to learn a little bit about them and gain some insight into where they are coming from.

This week's question is:

Describe your evil lair.

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There's a pic going around that was supposedly captured from the WoW forums. It's a screen cap of a forum post made by the brother of a WoW player, announcing to the rest of the forum that his brother has passed away. He says that he's making the post because his brother was always proud of how well-regarded he was in the WoW community, and that he thought his brother would want his fellow WoWers to know that he'd died.

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As the casual game space continues to grow and draw more big players into the market, highly-specialized firms with a history of success in the genre can offer a lot of insight to those interested in cashing in on gaming's quietist multi-million-dollar sector.

I had the opportunity to speak with Jessica Rovello, Chairman and Co-Founder of Arkadium, Inc.. Arkadium's been around since 2001, focusing originally on "skill games," then expanding to the casual sector and adver-gaming. What follows is the conversation we had.

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My father had a saying about hopes. My father had a saying about everything, but this one was particularly colorful. "Hope in one hand," he would say. "S*** in the other. See which one fills up first."

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EB/Gamestop's Olivera Denies Preorder Canceling, but Rumor Mill Keeps Spinning