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Team3D Clenches the WCG USA Championship.

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"The only crime," he said, "is that they don't have any Jagermeister to put it this"

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Two more teams head home as the Counter-Strike elimination round draws to a close.

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Four teams eliminated as Round-Robins draw to a close.

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The first match of Saturday's Counter-Strike competition ended today as expected, early favorites, Team Complexity, bested their opponents, The Elite Pimps.

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It struck me Friday evening, more than 12 hours after Razor and I got on a plane to travel down here, that Vegas is both the best and worst place imaginable to host a championship meet-up of professional videogamers.

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"Today the competition begins," said WCG Senior Vice President Michael Arzt. "A battle to decide who will represent the USA at the world finals in Italy."

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This morning, Razor and I are getting on a plane to go cover the World Cyber Games national championship at the Aladdin resort in Fabulous Las Vegas.

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Michael Dell gave a standing-room only "Fireside Chat" (there was no fire) on Thursday at AGC.

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Raph Koster, Cory Ondrejka and Corey Bridges discuss the future of MMOs, and how you'll be a part of it.

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A recurring theme of our conversation is that what Warren wants most is to be able to talk about his game. Good or bad, he just wants to give it to us and let us decide. He says the project is moving forward, and that it could be the best thing he's done yet. He then compares it to other games he's done recently, suggesting that this next game could be a kind of logical progression of his design philosophy, but that he can't say any more.

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At AGC, I had the pleasure to speak with industry veterans Joe Ybarra and Dan Elggren, VP of Product Development and Senior Producer, respectively, at Cheyenne Mountain. Cheyenne is working on an MMO based on the Stargate TV and movie license, Stargate Worlds, and in spite of the perils facing the developers of any license-based science fiction MMO (as evidenced by the well-documented debacle that was once and may be again Star Wars Galaxies), I believe that this is the game (and the team) to watch in the coming years.

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Somebody got stupid and asked Razor and Me to cover the World Cyber Games Championship. Where's my "get out of jail free" card?

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There's a lot of buzz about Second Life at AGC. In fact, the two titles peppering almost every conversation here are WoW and Second Life.

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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.

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Russ received a phone call today confirming his reservation for a steakhouse in Boston. We're based out of Durham, North Carolina, about 12 hours away. That didn't stop us from planning the hastiest road trip on record, though. Ultimately, our plans went to waste because we couldn't get our hands on the company credit card, but it did cause us all to wonder: How far would you drive for a good steak?