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by Tom Orry



This might sound quite trivial really, but last night I felt a moment of blind panic when I thought I'd lost my Xbox 360 hard drive. Now, while that isn't a game, it brought back memories of the time I did lose a video game. Losing a game might not sounds like a big deal, but for someone who loves games it's a moment you never want to experience.

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My perfect E3



Being completely honest, I'm finding it hard to get excited about E3 2012 - this is coming from someone who made trailer compilation DVDs for uni friends back in 2003 to make sure they all saw the great new games on show.

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I'm not usually someone who cares about box art, but a few examples have come to my attention this week that I can't stand idly by and ignore. Someone needs to speak the truth about the state of video game box art.

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We've had good download-only games for years, but 2012 is shaping up to be the mediums's best year to date. In fact, we've been treated to and are yet to get our hands on so much good stuff that our Game of the Year list could well be dominated by them.

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I played my Vita every day for around two months. It was my go-to games console all over January and February, to the extent that I even played the less than stellar releases, and dabbled with some old PSP classics. Now, less than two months after its February 22 release in the UK, I can't remember the last time I turned the handheld on.

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I love video games. I love them so much that I chose to write about them for next to no money for most of my early adult life. But despite that, there are few game series I care passionately about. I've got a soft spot for Gears of War and God of War, but it's PGR that ranks as my favourite video game series of all time. Sadly for me and other PGR fans, it's a series that for all intents and purposes is dead.

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I subscribed to PlayStation Plus a few months ago, and it's an excellent service that offers users some great bonuses - such as free games and heavily discounted titles. Some of those free downloads are PSOne titles, and it's these that I've gravitated to.

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My sister turned 12 years old yesterday. Her main gift was an Xbox 360 with Kinect (she's not spoilt by the way - she'd saved lots of the money towards it herself, but that's beside the point). While I'd love to say she wanted the console for the hundreds of quality gamer's games available, her decision was all down to Kinect and the various fun little games available on XBLA.

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I'm one of the few people who actually enjoyed Resident Evil 5, and I absolutely love Resident Evil 4, so you could say I'm a little bit excited about what Capcom has in store for November 20 with Resi 6 - but what the hell have they done to Leon's face?

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Boo hoo, poor little me, with my first world problems. Today I've been contemplating how I'm ever going to play all the games I want to get through before the end of the year.

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The curse of free apps



I have a problem. I am addicted to browsing for Apps that are free. I spend more time doing this than actually playing games on my iPod touch, constantly forcing me to delete old apps to free up more space for new ones.

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Is Dark Souls fun?



I didn't think I'd ever play it, but I was hit by a strange feeling on Saturday and felt an urge to give Dark Souls a try. Despite what I'd heard and read about the game I actually had a fair bit of confidence as I created by character. That was probably my first mistake.

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If our updates on Twitter and Facebook aren't giving you a big enough insight into our psyches, we've got some great news. Every staff member on VideoGamer.com no...

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