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GameStop's Holiday Trade-In Promo and 360 Bundle Joint Announce

GameStop's Holiday Trade-In Promo and 360 Bundle Joint Announce

15th Oct 2012 - Whenever there is a new console on the horizon or the inventory of pre-owned gaming consoles and kit gets low over at the undisputed King of Used Games and Pre-Owned Gaming Systems -- game retailer GameStop -- the company invariably announces via email sent to pretty much every person that has ever provided their email address to either.. Read More.

Let's Play -- It's a Video Thing...

Let's Play -- It's a Video Thing...

11th Oct 2012 - Back in 2005 when video geeks Chad Hurley, Jawad Karim, and Steve Chen founded YouTube they did not do it with the idea in mind that it would change the world -- but it did. Some geeks say that what YouTube did was make the world a smaller place, and we can see that, but the more popular view is that the service empowered its users to.. Read More.

FYI - A Source for Academic Study of Video Games

FYI - A Source for Academic Study of Video Games

28th Aug 2012 - Are you bored? Are you a serious gamer? Do you consider yourself to be an intelligent serious gamer? Well, hey, us too! So the next time you are bored and you are looking for something gaming-related to read that will help make you a smarter and well-informed member of the gamer community, check out the website "Game Studies" over a.. Read More.

The Gaming Update GamrCred Beta Key Trivia Quiz

The Gaming Update GamrCred Beta Key Trivia Quiz

28th Aug 2012 - Have you heard about GamrCred? It is in private Beta at the moment -- but Gaming Update can hook you up with a key to join and begin to establish your own GamrCreds on the service! Read on to learn how you can score your own personal Beta Key -- but be warned, there will be a test at the end of this! Reputation - Demanding Credit Whe.. Read More.

GamrCred Launches a New Gamer Reputation Aggregation Service

GamrCred Launches a New Gamer Reputation Aggregation Service

23rd Aug 2012 - While the introduction of Achievements on Microsoft's Xbox game consoles was largely an almost wasn't situation, and nobody at the games giant was aware of or suspected how much of an impact that the minor add-on to the design of the gamertag and game play would have, hindsight being 20/20 we now know that it was a gloriously fortunate .. Read More.

Radical Entertainment, Rockstar Vancouver follow 38 Studios

Radical Entertainment, Rockstar Vancouver follow 38 Studios

16th Jul 2012 - In 2008 when the The National Bureau of Economic Research announced that America (and as it turned out much of the world) had entered an economic recession in December 2007 the news was hardly news to the average consumer and worker. The deterioration in the labor market combined with increasingly more frequent home foreclosure announ.. Read More.

In the midst of the Summer Doldrums the Gaming Economy Surges Forward

In the midst of the Summer Doldrums the Gaming Economy Surges Forward

22nd Jun 2012 - While the financial state of the games industry is not usually the sort of information that we write about here at GU, the recent announcement by international market research firm Newzoo (www.newzoo.com) that estimates of Turkish consumer spending on video games will be between $400 and $500 million in 2012 is the sort of information t.. Read More.

Winds of Change: Microsoft Charts a New Course

Winds of Change: Microsoft Charts a New Course

15th Jun 2012 - It turned out that an $8.50 bowl of Ramen could dish some significant information on a windy Sunday evening... On the weekend before E3 2012, on the sidewalk in front of an old building located at 327 E 1st Street, in the Little Tokyo District of Los Angeles we had our encounter. Bear with us and we will explain... The ground fl.. Read More.

The E3 Booth Babes Declare the Platform Standings for 2012

The E3 Booth Babes Declare the Platform Standings for 2012

13th Jun 2012 - Since the beginning of gaming the perennial question of which gaming system is better has always plagued games journos, and try as we might the true grail -- a way to determine once and for all just where and how they rank -- has not been found... Until now! In a stroke of genius -- or perhaps just a stroke, as he is still very much u.. Read More.

Nintendo Blinked?  Understanding what really happened at E3 2012

Nintendo Blinked? Understanding what really happened at E3 2012

10th Jun 2012 - There is a tradition in the realm of games journalism with respect to the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) that shapes coverage of the event; in the weeks leading up to the big show a great deal of speculation takes place as games journos take out and polish their crystal balls (many of which have been in storage since the previous ye.. Read More.

The GamerTag Series Part 2: Achievement Counselors

The GamerTag Series Part 2: Achievement Counselors

19th May 2012 - The Gaming Update "GamerTag Series" examines various aspects of gamer identity online by exploring issues that are connected with and relate to the social side of life as an online gamer. In Part 1: Trends in Gamer Identity we examined the increasingly popular field of Persona Designers; consultants hired by gamers to create and packag.. Read More.

The GamerTag Series -- Part 1: Trends in Gamer Identity

The GamerTag Series -- Part 1: Trends in Gamer Identity

24th Apr 2012 - The GamerTag Series looks at various aspects of gamer identity online by examining issues that are connected to and relate to GamerTags... In Part 1: Trends in Gamer Identity we examine the increasingly popular field of Persona Designers, consultants who are hired to create and package an entire online identity that is part marketin.. Read More.

The Top Ten Most Challenging Xbox 360 Achievements of All Time (So Far)

The Top Ten Most Challenging Xbox 360 Achievements of All Time (So Far)

4th Apr 2012 - Whether you like them or despise them, the introduction of the Achievement System on Microsoft's Xbox 360 added a new level of competition among gamers that almost never was... You read that correctly -- the powers that be at Microsoft came within a hair's breadth of chucking the Achievement System out because they viewed it as a novel.. Read More.

The Top Ten Video Game Sex Scenes

The Top Ten Video Game Sex Scenes

27th Mar 2012 - With all the controversy and protest over the disappointing ending of Mass Effect 3 mostly behind us, now that BioWare appears to have capitulated (though just how far that capitulation will extend remains to be seen) it makes us proud that pretty much all of the controversy appears to center around how things ended, and not, you know, .. Read More.

Sources Confirm Next Gen Console Launch Order but not Reveal

Sources Confirm Next Gen Console Launch Order but not Reveal

30th Jan 2012 - It has been a difficult year for reading the future for games journos as conflicting information has been released both officially and unofficially by the Big 3, and all that we can say for certain is that the launch order for the next generation of gaming console will very likely proceed as Wii U followed by the next Xbox, and then the.. Read More.

A History of Achievements

A History of Achievements

26th Jan 2012 - History is an odd and very human creation that is often malleable, being more the product of how we remember events to have taken place rather than how they actually did take place. There is a phrase to describe that -- it is called "popular history" -- where the more literal sort that is based upon a combination of observation and con.. Read More.

Evaluating Your Mad Gamer Skills

Evaluating Your Mad Gamer Skills

24th Jan 2012 - Pictured above is the professional gamer Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel, widely considered to be the unofficial ambassador for the sport of PC gaming -- though where he stands in the realm of console gaming is fit for speculation... If you were online in the early period of the commercial Internet when the web was still new and seeing a.. Read More.

Following the Scent of Microsoft at E3 2012

Following the Scent of Microsoft at E3 2012

22nd Jan 2012 - With apologies in advance to Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel (AKA Dr. Seuss) . . . --==* Steve Hears a Who? *==-- On the tenth of January, wrapped up in toasty wool, In the heat of the casino, standing by the indoor pool, He was speaking video gaming... and motion controlled toys, Then Steve Ballmer the CEO made a Microsofty noise. Fin.. Read More.

The GU Top 10 Celebrity Gamers

The GU Top 10 Celebrity Gamers

20th Jan 2012 - While nobody really knows the origins of and the history behind the phenomenon of the Top Ten List -- it would not surprise us if there are Top Ten Lists mixed in with the Cave Drawings of Neanderthals -- in terms of the Internet and all the hep cats who dwell there, most net'heads consider the efforts of Squire David Michael Letterman.. Read More.

Mr. Bean and not Video Games Responsible for Youth Violence

Mr. Bean and not Video Games Responsible for Youth Violence

4th Jan 2012 - "There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth. " Maya Angelou The problem with fact is that a clever person can make it appear to support whatever position they want to make, so when we examine issues and we choose not to deal in fact, but rather in truth, we are taking a more logical path. .. Read More.