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Vita Launch

This week is a great time to be a Sony fan, with the launch day for the PlayStation Vita. With the most powerful dedicated portable gaming device ever released finally in stores you may be wondering what the big deal is. Or, perhaps you picked one up at a midnight launch, and you're trying to figure out what games you should pick up in the next few weeks to compliment the system. Either way, check out all of our on-going coverage of the Vita and find out what we thought of everything from the device itself (spoiler: we liked it) to the launch line-up.

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At the Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain Conference in Las Vegas, Sefton Hill, game director and co-founder at Rocksteady Studios, developers of the popular Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City games took to the stage to talk about the video game development theory at Rocksteady, offering up the five simple strategies of their studio that helped shape these two licensed games for Warner Bros. Interactive. While designing games isn't something that can be easily be picked up from reading a list of key components, these building blocks should be helpful for anyone out there looking to get into game development.

Read on for Rocksteady's 5 simple strategies for people looking to develop games.
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I'm sure most of us have played that game where we say, "man, that [insert movie, TV show, or book] would make an awesome game!" Leaving aside the over-use of the word "awesome (seriously, cut that out), we keep doing that because we might latch onto what the characters do in the series and assume that it would articulate into interesting gameplay. I'd venture this isn't too far off from the process game studios and TV networks go through when they greenlight a game based on an IP that ultimately sinks to the depths of licensed horrors.

With that in mind, I decided to try and come up with a few of my own. More than anything else, this is an exercise on my part to see if I could a.) articulate what was good about the show through a gameplay idea and b.) see if I could avoid the licensed property trap of thinking something was cool while missing the point of what made it cool through the game, and c.) in a couple of cases, simply let you know a few of these shows exist.
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My fellow contributor Jason Cipriano and I are excited about some games, you guys. The next twelve months will see a pretty healthy selection of new and returning franchises to PCs, handhelds, and of course, consoles. We ran down the ten titles we're most looking forward to, but keep in mind, this list required a lot of narrowing down: as much as I really wanted it to, there was no room for Tekken Tag Tournament 2, and similarly, Jason couldn't quite find a place for the downloadable Alan Wake: American Nightmare.

Still, this if the games below aren't on your radar, we highly recommend you remedy that ASAP.
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With Magic: The Gathering - Tactics getting its first expansion, "Secrets of Terisiare" December 13th, we got some time to talk to the game's Executive Producer, Mark Tuttle, who walked us through some of the many changes coming to the Free To Play PC game. We discussed some of the tweaks and ways that the update is intended to enhance the overall experience as well as Sony Online Entertainment's efforts to successfully carry over the experience of the real-life collectible card game counterpart.
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FROM MTV GEEK:

It's simply nuts that it's been ten years since Rockstar unleashed GTA III on an unsuspecting public back in 2001. One decade into the lifespan of the open world version of the franchise and there have been numerous spinoffs across consoles and handheld platforms, lawsuits, write-ups, scholarly discussions, millions of copies sold, awards, merchandise, ubiquitous street team marketing programs, and most importantly, fond memories for millions of gamers worldwide.

The beauty of the GTA games from the first third-person crime spree in the fictional Liberty City onward is that no two play experiences could be exactly alike. These most open of open world games allowed us to completely go wild in the 1001 ways to roam and wreak mayhem in the universes Rockstar created. And after a decade of memories, (and in advance of the premiere of the big trailer for GTA V tomorrow) take a look at five of our big firsts with the franchise.

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FROM MTV GEEK:

By Gregg Sanderson

New York Comic Con: The Batman: Arkham City panel members were greeted by the jam-packed  hall as world-conquering rockstars. Rightly so! Since Batman: Arkham Asylum took gamers by storm (and surprise) in 2009, gamers and Batman fans alike have been waiting as patiently as a cop on stakeout for the Arkham City follow-up. Judging by the overwhelming praise already being heaped upon the title (Metacritic score of 92!) the gang at Warner and Rocksteady may have exceeded expectations.

Claudio Sanchez, Kevin Conroy, Nick Errandale and Sefton Hill at NYCC 2011

The world of licensed superhero video games before Arkham Asylum was Bludhaven-dreary. The rule of thumb was any such game was sure to be rushed-out-the-door crapola, seemingly made by people who didn't “get” the superhero in question.

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Fallout 3

Seems that after two and a half years, my time as the editor of MTV Multiplayer has come to a close. It has been a privilege to attempt to give you some insight into the world of video games and technology. Whether you came to the blog every day, every week, or just whenever it popped up on Twitter, I hope you enjoyed your time here. I certainly have.

There have been several regular contributors throughout my time here at Multiplayer, and they have my utmost admiration. These are gentleman who deserve considerably more than a mention in a farewell blog post but, for now, this will have to do: Jason Cipriano, Matt Clark, Brian Warmoth, Brad Nicholson, Nick Akerman, and Adam Rosenberg.

I'd also like to thank Stephen Totilo, Tracey John and Patrick Klepek for building such an incredible audience. It was a true honor and a monumental task to fill those shoes.

As for me, you can still follow my ramblings on Twitter (@RussFrushtick).

Since I'm terrible at goodbyes, let me just leave you with an epic fishing battle between me and Sway. (Actually, I'll save you some time. I totally won.)

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Gears of War 3

In "Gears of War 3," there are plenty of multiplayer modes to keep you occupied, but few have gotten a bigger upgrade than Horde. Horde 2.0 now allows 5 players to take on waves of enemies and, as an added layer of complexity, you can now upgrade strategic defenses scattered about the map to help your odds of survival. Way better than making ridiculous shield walls in "Gears 2," right?

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Here's the thing, though. Even with five people, and even on the easiest difficulty setting, getting through 50 waves of Horde mode is a true challenge. Which is why I'm here to offer some tips which may help your odds of survival.

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