Spotlight: Deus Ex, Earthbound, a fan-made Normandy, and more

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The Community Spotlight highlights some of the best articles that didn't quite make the front page. This week, we've got an in-depth series on Deus Ex: Human Revolution, a hand-drawn plea for Earthbound, a 3D model of Mass Effect 2's Normandy, and a breakdown of the current console generation. Check it out.

Deus Ex, part 1: Inspirations, improvements, and missteps
By Corey Motley
This is just the first in Corey's series of excellent articles about the recent cyberpunk-RPG. In this entry, Corey examines some of the recent game mechanics that Human Revolution improves…and a few that it gets wrong. Check out the whole series.

The downside of Earthbound
By Michael Escanuelas
"Why can't I just play Earthbound?" Michael wonders. Good question — he's not alone in wondering why the SNES cult classic hasn't hit any Nintendo service since its original release. Michael says it's just another sign that the Big N has lost touch with its audience.

The next gaming revolution will be televised
By Jason Almenas
Jason looks at some of the new advances the current console generation has introduced. "I only hope we take some time to stop and refine some of the great ideas that came out of this generation before we move on to the next one," Jason writes.

Why this generation should stay for a few more years
By Gregory Chalikes
In a similar vein, Gregory argues that today's consoles still have plenty of life in them, and with downloadable content, user-generated content, and increased multimedia capabilities, they shouldn't be replaced yet. What do you think?

Fan-made 3D model of Normandy SR-2
By Jan Neves
Jan shares his artistic talent with us yet again, this time recreating Commander Shepard's flagship, the Normandy. Click through and check out the high-resolution pics.

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