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Spotlight: Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, the Smithsonian, Xbox Live Gold, JRPG battle themes, and more

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The Community Spotlight features some of the best unedited articles that didn't quite make the front page. This week, we check out the demo for Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, visit the Smithsonian's video-game exhibit, explain why now is the perfect time for new consoles, and more. No need to hide in a box to read on.


Deciphering the Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes demo
By Jason Rose

At PAX Prime, Metal Gear maestro Hideo Kojima introduced the next entry in the long-running stealth-action series, and Jason's broken down all the details for you. Are you ready for more sneaking, shooting, and monologuing villains?

More than just a game
By Billy Guinigundo

Billy recently visited the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and he documented his trip through the Art of Video Games exhibit for our enjoyment. "What the exhibit does best is create an opportunity for the gaming community to come together," Billy writes.

Right now is the best time to launch a console
By Jourdan Cameron

Jourdan's not pointing this article just at the Nintendos and Sonys of the world; he says that the gaming market is primed for independent console makers, too. "A small niche audience could be the best way to make money in the industry as a hardware manufacturer for the next several years," Jourdan says. Do you agree?

Because Silver isn't good enough
By Avery Tingle

Avery's fed up with being left out. He can't afford to pony up for the full Xbox Live Gold membership, and that's preventing him from checking out lots of games — the Resident Evil 6 demo, in this case. "Just tired of being treated like a second-class citizen because I can’t afford to be one of the cool kids," he says.

5 great JRPG battle themes you've (probably) never heard
By Nate Ewert-Krocker

Game music! You know I love me some game music. Nate's got a list of less obvious tunes that accompany the over-the-top fights of the Japanese role-playing genre. I'm a fan of Eternal Sonata, myself.


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