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Our favorite, new, off-topic stories, in no particular order.

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Unlike those of film and television, videogame awards shows can seem pretty out of touch with both the industry they recognize and the consumers they represent. But that may all be about to change. Alice Bonasio speaks with three winners of 2009 Video Game BAFTAs about what their awards mean to them and to the industry at large.

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Many parents are concerned that too much electronic entertainment will turn their children into depressed loners who spend all their time on the couch. But is there really an association between depression, TV watching and videogame playing? Gavin Nachbar looks at two recent studies of adolescents' gaming habits and what they mean for the future of the medium.

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It doesn't take much to make a passionate community of fans self-destruct, especially when oversized egos are involved. Dan Squire offers a cautionary tale of two videogame music fan sites that competed for the attention of the same group of users - and both lost.

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There are plenty of internet communities dedicated to videogame characters, but few are as discomforting as Silent Hill's Pyramid Head. Samantha Xu speaks with Pyramid Head fangirls and academics about what it means to fantasize about a fictional murderer and serial rapist.

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Many industry analysts have declared videogames recession proof, but why have so many studios suffered from cutbacks, layoffs and bankruptcies in the last year? Ray Huling looks at the economic forces shaping the games industry through the lens of TempleCon, a New England gaming convention that aims to broaden its audience and their tastes.