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The editors of Game Informer rank the Top 10 handheld games for November 2014: Super Smash Bros. (3DS) Velocity 2X (Vita) Danganrompa 2: Goodbye Despair (Vita) Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (3DS) Azure Striker GUNVOLT (3DS) Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call (3DS) Metrico (Vita) MouseCraft (Vita) Tales of Hearts R (Vita)... more

I'm a Gamer

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Some people argue that the term “gamer” should go away. They say you don’t call yourself a reader or a watcher if you read a book or watch a film, so why would you need to call yourself a gamer if you play games? They argue that as the art form has moved into the mainstream, the gamer label limits the scope of what gaming can be, or even is, as it stands today. For these critics many people over-zealously use the term as a badge of honor, whi... more

Atari Games Buried in Landfill Net $37,000 on eBay

In an April 26, 2014 file photo, film director Zak Penn shows a box of a decades-old Atari "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" game found in a dumpsite in Alamogordo, N.M.

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — What some have called the worst video game ever made has fetched thousands of dollars for a New Mexico city. An old "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" game cartridge drew the highest bid among 100 Atari games auctioned on eBay by Alamogordo officials. The games were part of a cache of some 800 Atari video games buried more than 30 years ago in a landfill and dug up... more

This Video Game Can Help Seniors Apply for College

"Mission Admission" has the effect to make student help their fellow students at Foshay Learning Center as Emanuel Maruez, 16, helps Katerin Ortega (16, with earning credit as they working on the admissions video game.     (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

High school senior Alex Chinchilla sometimes missed deadlines for college recommendation letters and essays. The consequences were great -- but not real. He was playing a video game meant to encourage students like him to apply to college and follow through on deadlines and application requirements. His delays in the game killed his avatar's chances to attend college, but the virtual failures focused Chinchilla o... more

For Video Games, A Trek to More Exotic Locales

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — At the beginning of "Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare," the recently released installment in Activision's blockbuster military shooter franchise, the player is dumped from the sky in a drop pod onto an urban battlefield, smashing into skyscrapers and landing in a futuristic, war-torn rendition of a city that's rarely depicted in video games: Seoul, South Korea. It's a "Wizard of Oz" ... more

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