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Jones's Game of the Year Vision Quest: Day 1: Batman: Arkham Asylum

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In the name of sussing out the one, true Game of the Year winner, I went back to the three major contenders and gave all three quick and dirty, Bink Video-logo-to-end credits play-throughs. Thus far, in the last four days, I've finished Batman: Arkham Asylum and Uncharted 2. (Assassin's 2: You're next, pal.)

No, I haven't been outside in awhile or had contact with other life forms other than cats.

So let's roll up our sleeves and talk about Batman, shall we?

Jones Goes On Vision Quest To Find Game of the Year

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Last week, as my American counterparts celebrated Thanksgiving, as my friends and family gathered at giant tables to consume 20-pound doomed turkeys, I was in Vancouver, British Columbia enjoying a regular old Thursday.

Jones and Narcisse Test Drive ModNation Racers; Get Figurines

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Evan and I got the chance to stop by United Front Games here in Vancouver a couple weeks back to get some hands-on time with the upcoming ModNation Racers.

What is ModNation Racers?

The gist: It's Mario Kart crossed with LittleBigPlanet.

You build your character from scratch (he/she/it literally begins as a blank slate). You tinker with your car. And, most impressively, you can build your own tracks. Then you race.

What "Boxing up the Dreamcast" Really Means

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Got a large box from EA a week or two ago. After my inadvertent destruction of valuable swag last week (lesson learned), I opened this box very, very carefully.

Inside was a 15-inch-tall Eddie Riggs statue, star of Tim Schafer's latest, Brutal Legend.

Does the World Always Need a Game Review the Moment a Game Hits Stores?

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The other day I was at the bank sorting out some bank bullshit--I'm good at earning money, but managing it makes me absolutely miserable--and I was pissing and moaning like a kid who'd been dragged into the Lady's Department at Sears by his mom. (Something that happened to me a great many times in childhood.)

Jones Goes To Screening of Ninja Assassin ; Enjoys Self (Mostly)

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My pal Victor Lucas and I went to a Ninja Assassin screening here in Vancouver last night. I don't enjoy going to the movies, mostly because I have an extremely large television at home and there are usually no people at home with me. Also: Cats make for great movie-watching companions. Also: The last time Teti, Narcisse and I saw Star Trek at the Ziegfield in New York, a guy threatened to kill me. No kidding. I had asked him and his son to please limit their chatter.

Jones Destroys Valuable Collectable; Hangs Head in Shame

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Picked up my mail the other day and discovered that I had received the Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Fortune Hunter Edition.

It's basically a cardboard box that's designed to resemble and old, dusty, leather-bound tome. Inside was a copy of the game, plus that weird dagger thing that Nathan Drake carries around over the course of the game. Also: There were a couple of pages of art work from the game.

Confession: I Bought A Collector's Edition (And I'm Not Sure Why)

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I sort of lost my mind yesterday and wound up spending $100 on the Collector's Edition of Assassin's Creed II.

I was in the game store, one thing led to another, and suddenly the cashier was asking me if I needed a bag for this surprisingly large, ornate tin.

"I do," I said. "I don't want anyone on the street seeing me with this thing. Ha, ha!"

"You know," he said quietly, "I'm a sucker for these things too. I don't know why. If there's a Collector's Edition, I have to have it."

2009: It's Over. We Hardly Knew You, Old Friend.

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You still have plenty of time to create several poignant drafts of your Christmas list and plan your New Year's Eve DJ Hero-centric blowout.

But the year in gaming, as we know it, is over.

It is.

With the last of the year's AAA behemoths in stores today--Assassin's Creed II, Left 4 Dead 2, and New Super Mario Bros. Wii, among others--that pretty much puts a bow on 2009. Aside from a few last-minute stragglers like The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks and EA's The Saboteur, this year in gaming is, as the French say, fin.

A Story on CG Not About Modern Warfare 2!!!! (Hooray.)

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If it sounds like I've forgotten all about my quest to make good on my promise to complete Final Fantasy XII, GUESS AGAIN, HATERZ.

I actually miss my old friends, Vaan and Penelo and I even miss Kytes a little (but only a little).

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