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I'm Looking For The Soul In The Binary Of Games, But It's Noisy Here

Every so often, I get to go behind closed doors and preview games early. Well, not before signing a non-disclosure agreement and sometimes giving proof that yes, this scrappy looking kid is in fact writing for [insert name of publication.]

The Four Core Concepts That Guild Wars 2 Is Built Upon

Yesterday’s Q&A with Guild Wars 2 content designer Mike Zadorojny painted the development of next month’s blockbuster MMO in broad strokes. Today ArenaNet releases a series of videos that break the game’s design down to four core components: dynamic events, player versus player, personal story and combat.

The Sounds And Sights Of Blip-Fest 2012

“You guys might need some earplugs.”Nullsleep, Blip Fest 2012

Be Good At Modern Warfare 3 And Win $2000

If you fancy yourself a whiz with the M4A1, a crack shot with a .50 cal or your team’s designated tree cutter when a MK46 is in your hands, Southern Event Management is giving you the opportunity to put your skills to the test in a bid to collect a cool $2000. All you have to do is play lots and lots of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

To-Do In Washington, DC: See Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter And GI Joe Invade In The Mushroom Kingdom In A CGI Art Exhibit

What happens someone who grew up on the N64 makes art? You get Cammy, Sub-Zero and GI Joe rolling up on Mario’s stomping grounds in tanks. That’s part of what you’ll see in the premise of Jonathan Monaghan’s The Sacrifice of the Mushroom Kings, which is currently showing at the Curator’s Office gallery in Washington DC.

QuakeCon 2012 Dated For Early August

Id’s annual celebration of virtual people shooting other virtual people will take place August 2-5 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas. If you start studying up for John Carmack’s annual keynote right now you should be able to understand it by then! [QuakeCon]

The Independent Games Festival Finalists Are Outstanding

Because we somehow neglected to post it this week, the Independent Games Festival (IGF) has announced the finalists for this year’s IGF Awards, which will be held at the Game Developers’ Conference in San Francisco in March.

This Could Be The Very Best Pokemon Art Exhibit

This April the Light Grey Art Lab in Minneapolis, Minnesota will be transformed into the ultimate trainer fantasy, when 151 artists take on the 151 original pocket monsters in an all-out Pokémon Battle Royale.

The Smithsonian's Going To Throw A GameFest

You did vote to get your favourite games into The Art of Video Games exhibit, didn’t you? If not, don’t crying that Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom didn’t make it into the show. Anyway, we’re only two short months away from the exhibit’s opening of at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Smithsonian’s announced that they’re holding a two-day celebration.

Kotaku's Guide To Gaming In The Year 2012

Another year, another twelve months filled with new game releases, extravagant gaming events, and big hardware releases. How can anyone hope to keep them all straight? Kotaku‘s 2012 Gamer’s Calendar is here to help.

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