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  1. Ziff Davis Does Exactly What Everyone Thought They Would, Closes 1UP, UGO, and GameSpy

    It was only a matter of time, I guess. Once Ziff Davis acquired IGN and everything they'd already gobbled up, folks immediately began speculating what outlets would be folded. Turns out, the answer's pretty much everything but IGN and AskMen. Specifically, 1UP, UGO, and GameSpy have all gone the way of the dinosaur. It's not like this should come as too much of a surprise to anyone that's ever witnessed a business acquisition from the sidelines before, but it's still disappointing for everyone that enjoyed the content those sites once produced.

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  2. Thirty Years Ago Six Dudes Played the First Charity Video Game Marathon

    In a modern era where a team of gamers (LoadingReadyRun) spend almost six straight days playing and webcasting the most boring game in the world (Desert Bus) and at the end of it raise more than $200,000 to give toys, games, books, and craft supplies to sick kids (Child's Play), it's good to remember that things have not always been so. Which is not to say that gamers haven't always had the same percentage of righteous and generous individuals, but just that the internet has not been available, and the young medium was even younger.  But that didn't keep a few individuals from marching down to their arcade on January 2nd, 1981 and playing Asteroids until they'd raised enough money to pay for a local teen's gravestone.

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  3. StarCraft 2: Part 2 Still 18 Months Out

    The good news is players don't have to wait another fourteen years for the next installment in the StarCraft franchise. The bad new is that they've got to wait until at least 2012 As a World of Warcraft player, I am fairly inured to the Blizzard definition of "soon," but now all my StarCraft loving friends can get a taste. From Gamespot UK:

    When discussing such future features as trading replays, broadcasting replays, and upgrading profiles, [ Project Director Greg Canessa] said they were "a main area of focus we're going to be seeing on the Starcraft [II] side over the next 18 months between now and Heart of the Swarm."

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  4. Geekolinks: 9/5

    GeekDad Review of Machete (Wired) Botched Transformers 3 Stunt Sign of Negligence? (Spinoff) Another Adorable Japanese Robot (TechnaBob) Star Wars Smash Bros. You Know You Want It (Kotaku) This Is A Spinning Black Hole (APotD) PAX Cosplay Gallery (1Up) Pokemon Fusion! (Alex Onsager) (pic via Reddit.)

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  5. Geekolinks: 9/4

    A Rundown of the Whole PAX Duke Nukem Experience (That Videogame Blog) An Infographic About Infographics (Urlesque) PAX Prime Photo Gallery (1Up) Google Settles in Texas Privacy Suit (Reuters) Kirby's Epic Yarn is Still Adorable (Kotaku) I Got Stabbed At Comic-Con And All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt (Neatorama) Steve Jobs: The New iTunes Icon Does Not Suck, Shut Up (Wired) (image via Kotaku.)

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  6. Geekolinks: 8/29

    No Half-Life Movie Unless Valve Makes It (1Up) Fallout: New Vegas Has Robot Sex (GameInformer) Yoda's Head is a Cake, Your Argument is Invalid (instructables) This is a $10,000 Game of Pinball (Tilt Warning) Timelapse Photography of the Day (Geeks Are Sexy) The 10 Greatest Fictional Inventors (Gizmodo) Mission: Impossible IV Casting (Bleeding Cool) (image via Toycutter.)

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  7. UPDATED: Entire Rock Band 3 Track List Leaked Online

    1UP called our attention to this bit of facepalm-y goodness: apparently the entire tracklist for the upcoming game Rock Band 3 has been leaked online. The list seems plausible, and contains 85 tracks spanning a multitude of genres -- from Amy Winehouse to Yes (literally, that's what the alphabetical list starts and ends with). The facepalm-y bit? It turns out the leak was completely unintentional, and came about as a result of some HD video of a game demo and several fans with a bit too much time on their hands.

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  8. Why Anyone Would Want to Steal 44 Million Game Accounts

    This week, Symantec reported its discovery of a veritable thieves horde: a server holding the login info of 44,000,000 stolen MMORPG accounts.  After surveying a few websites, Symantec came up with a range of values for the data on the server, capping out at around $30,000. If you're not a regular online gamer, you may be wondering why game accounts are so valuable.  At the very least, you might be wondering why someone would go to the trouble of grabbing the log in info for so many accounts that they have to craft a unique program simply to figure out which ones still work. As a regular World of Warcraft player with account security on the brain, allow me to give you a brief explanation.

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  9. Rumor: Remastered, HD Shadow of the Colossus and Ico in Early 2011

    File this under things that we really really really hope are true. A couple of different (Warning: The second link is NSFW and NWYT [not worth your time]) places around the internet are saying that gamemaker Team Ico, the makers of Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, and the upcoming The Last Guardian, are planning to re-release their much beloved first two games.

    Ico is nearly ten years old, and Colossus half that age. Both were released with the best graphics that the Playstation 2 could offer, and a visual update, even if it's just an increase in resolution, would be a welcome addition to the already legendary game mechanics and stories.

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  10. You Can Listen to the Entire Super Mario Galaxy 2 Soundtrack on YouTube

    A newly created YouTube account has been causing quite a stir this weekend. Someone, under the user name MahitoYokota, has uploaded the entire soundtrack of the just-released Super Mario Galaxy 2. It is unknown, at this point, whether this is the account of the real Mahito Yokota, a co-composer of the soundtrack.

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  11. Super Mario Galaxy Meta-Review: It Stands on its Own, and Much More

    Super Mario Galaxy 2 will be released on Sunday (or midnight on Saturday if you're near Rockefeller Center in New York City and want to wait on line for a bit), but the gaming media has had it for some time now. Well, the NDAs are up, and the reviews are in.  There have been some worries that this Mario game would be superfluous, unnecessary -- simply Super Mario Galaxy with more levels. This is the first time Nintendo has released two traditional Mario games on one console in 20 years. Fortunately, according to some of the top publications in gaming journalism, Super Mario Galaxy 2 stands on its own, and much more.

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