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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:

Anomaly: Warzone Earth successfully reverses tower defense (review)

Game of Thrones painstakingly recreated in Minecraft (video)

Shadowrun Returns Kickstarter surpasses $400k goal—Mac version coming, too

Borderlands 2: Four potential problems (and what the developers are doing about them)

Kingdom Hearts boosts 3DS in Japan while PS Vita lags

Multiplayer beta details for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

Stung by fans, EA/BioWare will create new content to clarify ending of Mass Effect 3

Seasoned developer MunkyFun launches Bounty Bots on iOS (exclusive)

Pokemon Conquest gets a Summer release in US (gallery)

Game publisher Electronic Arts is voted the “Worst Company in America”

League for Gamers takes stand against warning-labels on games (exclusive)

Porn network Brazzers will sponsor a pro fighting-game team

Kinect Star Wars fails to live up to its potential (review)

Wii U reportedly launching on November 18 in North America

A sick April Fools message from Batman: Arkham City’s Calendar Man

Xenoblade Chronicles redeems the Xeno name (review)

Rovio to launch Angry Birds cartoon series this fall

And here are some of the big game stories of the week:

The DeanBeat: How developers can avoid a bloodbath in fighting for new users

Retro revival: PC games raise $6.7M and counting in Kickstarter campaigns

Major tech and gaming companies unite to purge sex offenders from online games

Kontagent launches its kSuite DataMine analytics tool for monetizing mobile games

Final Fantasy characters showcase Prada’s 2012 collection

Activision embraces freemium monetization strategies with Skylanders Cloud Patrol for iOS

TwitchTV launches iPad and Android apps to stream game tournaments

Draw Something hits mobile game record as it passes 50M downloads

Ghost Recon Commander will be a “gamer’s game” on Facebook

BigDoor raises $5M for gamification platform

The Tap Lab raises $550K to fund location-based mobile games

Israel’s Dragonplay raises $14M for free-to-play mobile social games

Can we panic now? — Core gaming has a problem

OMGPOP CEO tweets that only employee not to transition to Zynga was the “weakest” one (UPDATED)

After 17 years, Sony closes SOCOM studio Zipper Interactive — with a tweet

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