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Here are some of the stories that ran on GamesBeat this week. We’re running more articles exclusively in the GamesBeat section of VentureBeat, particularly when they’re mainly of interest to our game readers. The broader-interest posts will continue to run on VentureBeat as well. Please visit the GamesBeat section to catch up on the latest game news. We’re ramping up our game coverage, so you’ll find a larger amount of deeper news at GamesBeat.
Here are the best stories that appeared exclusively on GamesBeat this week:
Minecraft makes multimedia history with a novel-inspired adventure map
Armored Core V: A blend of motorheads and samurai
4 things you won’t see in Assassin’s Creed III
At 700K now, this dude is aiming for 1M gamerscore on the Xbox 360
Martha Stewart guest stars in Zynga’s CastleVille social game
Sony readies three new freemium PlayStation Home games
An in-depth preview of SimCity reveals an intricately crafted experience
Meet the one OMGPOP employee who turned down a new job at Zynga
Mobile search ad StartApp raises $4M in first round of funding
Call of Duty front man resigns from Infinity Ward
Troubled U.K. retailer Game closes 277 stores
Mass Effect 3: Character deaths
Mass Effect 3: Romances
Mass Effect 3: Endings, analyses, and theories
And here are some of the big game stories of the week:
Disney and DeNa to collaborate on mobile social games
THQ lays off 118 people and downsizes ambitions for Warhammer 40K game
Worldwide mobile gaming revenue could reach $7.5 billion by 2015
Journey team loses one of its co-founders
Badgeville powers gamified reality TV show Escape Routes
Sony’s PlayStation 4 may be code-named Orbis
Outbid mixes gamification and social networks with real-time online auctions
Kinect for Windows 1.5 will have better tracking and broader reach
Mob Science raises $1M for social games on Zynga’s platform
Angry Birds creator Rovio acquires Futuremark Games Studio
Angry Birds Space zooms to 10M downloads in just three days
Guild Wars 2 challenges MMO establishment with hybrid business model (preview)
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