Dear readers,

Since its launch, the MTV Multiplayer blog has been held to a high standard. The team, past and present, has been flattered by the expectations of all of you, who have pushed us to provide the best games reporting and criticism that we could manage.

Because April 24 is my last day, and because our search for the best team to continue Multiplayer is underway but not yet complete, we're putting the blog on hiatus.

MTV has had a fierce commitment to video games for years. Look for it to continue. I've worked with the company these last two weeks to point Multiplayer toward a bright future and I'm excited about the possibilities. Give the blog a couple of weeks... and join me in anticipating its return.

As I depart, I'd like to thank Tracey John for her wonderful work as Multiplayer's other blogger. I'm proud of our team and the support we've had from MTV.

-Stephen Totilo

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This is my last Lunchtime Video for MTV. And... special bonus: it contains an Easter Egg.

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According to doctors interviewed by the New York Times, the way many people "cheat" at Wii games could be a threat to their health:

A common problem is the realization by players that a full swing is not required; a flick of the wrist is often enough to return a serve or bowl a strike. As several doctors pointed out, that is the exact motion — concentrating the force of a swing in the muscles of the forearm — that can cause tennis elbow.

Check out the full story at the New York Times's website.

'Debt Ski'From my story at

"Debt Ski" was conceived by Brian Haveri, a 25-year-old graduate of Lehigh University. Players control the pig on the jet ski, racing to the right of their screen, "Super Mario Bros."-style. Any coins they collect are savings, but the computers, coffee cups and other lifestyle items that drop from the sky are expenses. Running into those can rack up credit-card debt. Finishing a level in debt prompts the player to pay off some of that debt with savings. No savings left? That leads to a game over.

Full story: mtvU Video Game Teaches Students About Debt -- With A Jet-Skiing Pig

After four years obtaining ridiculous video game swag at MTV, this is what I'm keeping

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Previews of "BioShock 2" are circulating the Internet. Beyond the summaries you can find elsewhere, here are some answers MTV Multiplayer got regarding some key sequel details. Read More...

I am beginning to look ahead to the week I'm taking off before starting at my next job. Here's my ambitious gaming playlist for that week: Read More...

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