More Awards: Best picks for XBox Live Arcade

Xbox 360This year’s Game Developer’s Conference (GDC) bring fame and recognition for those games available as a digital download to Xbox 360 owners. Finalists were decided by industry journalists, but the final voting was a community effort. Here is who won:

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2008 Elans announced

The ElansDelayed from its original date in November 2007, the 2nd annual Elans (aka Canadian Awards for Eletronic and Animated Arts) finally came to pass February 15th. Honouring some of the best Canadian talent in the video game industry, here is who took away bragging rights this year:

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Review: Video Games Live!

Video Games LiveIts not the first time that this videogame concert has come to Toronto, playing orchestral versions of some of the most memorably tunes that the industry has to offer. The second Canadian date of the 2008 tour was a sold out show, and put on by industry icons Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall. Was it worth the ticket price? I had backstage access, so here is the inside scoop! Read on…

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Xbox Live Arcade Gets Ikaruga, Rez

IkarugaIn a pre-TGS conference held by Microsoft, it was revealed that the cult classics Ikaruga and Rez, which both made their console debut on the Dreamcast, will be getting updated versions in HD available in Q1 2008.

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Guitar Hero 2 reaches 650,000 content downloads

GH2 Money MakerIn what appears to be the longest press release issued for a simple numbers statement, Activision informs us that downloadable song packs for the Xbox 360 are the most popular items in the Live Marketplace.

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Take-Two ditches Joytech to Mad Catz

JoytechRecently, Take Two Interactive announced that they’d be trimming their accessory division Joytech in order to streamline operations. What came as more impressive news to many people was Take Two owned Joytech in the first place.

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Welcome back to EPO!

Brand Spankin' New!So, you’ve stumbled across this site once or twice, might have been disappointed that its no longer updated (I’ve had some feedback), and I had mentioned that when time permits, the site will be maintained once again. That time is now!

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Canadian Awards for the Electronic and Animated Arts a success

The ElansThe first ever CAEAA event took place in September 14th in Vancouver, BC to acknowledge the outstanding talent Canada has to offer the gaming and animation industries. With William Shatner handing out the Elans, the inaugural awards show was a great success and the first of many to come.

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World Cyber Games US Finals over, winners announced

WCG Logo Sunday marked the closing of the WCG US events, with the winning gamers heading to Italy in under a month’s time to battle it out against 700 of the worlds best video game players. The 12 US winners are outlined below.

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Review: Dead Rising

Dead RisingSet in the picturesque consumer haven of the Willamette Parkview Mall, a mysterious zombie outbreak has turned most of Willamette, Colorado into the living dead. As Frank West, its your job as a photo journalist to uncover the truth about what the government is trying to hide, all the while killing zombies in the most hilarious ways imaginable. Say goodbye to everything you know about zombie games.

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