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Square Enix is bringing key games from its E3 lineup to San Diego Comic-Con, set to take place July 21-24. The Japanese game giant will also host two panels focusing on Dead Island and Deus Ex: Human Revolution, both of which will be playable at on the convention floor at booth 3829. San Diego Comic-Con will also mark the debut a total of five new DISSIDIA and METAL GEAR SOLID PEACE WALKER Play Arts Kai figurines.


In a recent interview with Japanese magazine Famitsu, Tetsuya Nomura, character designer and creator of the Kingdom Hearts games, talked about the upcoming Kingdom Hearts 3D, as well as what else to expect in Kingdom Hearts' future. Those interested in knowing where the series is headed, read on.


Deep Silver will host a panel at Comic-Con 2011 that promises to blend the pop culture fascination with zombies with realities of medical science titled, “The Science of Zombies.” The panel will take place in room 8 of the San Diego Convention Center on July 22 at 7:30 p.m. and will explore  society’s fascination with the Zombie genre as a whole, and demonstrate how creative talent are harnessing medical science to define and explore horror entertainment in more realistic (and therefore more frightening and engaging) ways. 


With big movies like Breaking Dawn, The Amazing Spider-Man and Conan scheduled to bring Hollywood stars to the annual convention, fanboys and girls won’t have to seek refuge in another city next year for Comic-Con 2012. The Con is staying in San Diego through 2015. “Firefly’s” Nathan Fillion, who’s promoting “Castle” at Comic-Con 2011, talks about TRON and video games in this exclusive interview from last year’s convention.


It's no secret that music is an incredibly important element to many visual narratives, be they television, movies, or video games. However, especially in games, it's often overshadowed by the other elements of the experience. In spite of that, there is some truly incredible video game music out there that deserves to be recognized. Here we search the current generation of gaming for the top five modern game soundtracks.


Square Enix and GameStop launched the Augment Your Living Room PowerUp Rewards pre-order program to promote Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Running through August 30th, the prize includes up to $20,000 of audio and visual “augmentations” for the winner’s living room as well as a prototype of Adam Jensen’s augmented arm. The developer talks about the new game in this exclusive E3 interview below.


Despite a recent string of down months in U.S. video game sales at retail this year, a new report from research firm Gartner paints a very rosy picture for the global video game industry. When adding in revenues from burgeoning online, mobile and digital gaming sectors, Gartner estimates that worldwide spending on the gaming ecosystem will exceed $74 billion in 2011, up 10.4 percent from the $67 billion spent last year. By 2015, spending is expected to reach $112 billion.


Square Enix was in Los Angeles for E3 to show off new gameplay for one of the big games of 2011, Final Fantasy XIII-2, this winter’s sequel to the hit role-playing game for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The developers of the new RPG talks about the new game, which is set a few years after Lightning and the others saved Cocoon. Game sales for the Final Fantasy franchise have now reached over 100 million units worldwide. 


The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling that underscored constitutional protections for video games, developers, and video game industry artists. At issue was a 2005 California statute restricting the sale and rental of computer and video games. The ESA, the lead party in the case Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association/Entertainment Software Association, argued that the statute presented unconstitutional limitations on expression, and the U.S. Supreme Court agreed, holding the California law unconstitutional under the First Amendment.


The 15th Annual E3 Game Critics Awards has unveiled the nomination list for Best Games of E3 2011. The group of judges from leading video game and mainstream outlets has selected the best games from this year’s video game trade show and will vote on which games win in each category.  BioShock Infinite and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception lead with four nominations each, including Best of Show.  Other Best of Show nominees include Batman: Arkham City, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and Tomb Raider. Electronic Arts and Sony tied for most nominations, 14 each.  Xbox 360 was the most nominated platform with 55 nominations, followed by PlayStation 3 with 48 nominations. The PS Vita received seven nominations, while the Nintendo 3DS got three nods.


Hitman: Absolution was a show stopper at E3 2011. The booth and display weren't huge, but the live demo was breathtaking. Of course, we know that Hitman is a stealth game and when Square Enix told the public they were taking Hitman in a new direction, fans didn’t know what to think. So what did IO Interactive actually change about this highly anticipated game?

Many people draw inspiration to draw from various things in life, whether that be a beautiful view of nature or key moments in their lives. A select few artists are, in fact, doing the same but it's video games they look to for inspiration on their latest works. Square Enix will be holding an art exhibition in New York where several well-known artists will create their own works based on Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

Were you dying to see your favorite games booth at E3 2011? This list of Top 5 games is sure to tell you all you need to know about which booths stood out among the rest in the crowed showroom. These five displays are sure to take your breath away! Did your favorites crack the top 5?



In previous years, if the Square Enix folks caught you pointing your camera in the direction of their booth, they got very snippy and forbade you to take pictures, which is really kind of counter-productive on their part, considering that E3 is an industry and MEDIA event.