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2010 Year Of The Do-Over

Leon Hendrix Of The Koalition Writes: We are almost a month into 2010, and the new millennium's first decade of gaming has not been unaffected by the woes of the world. In spite of considerable economic handicaps all around, the gaming industry made some very solid moves in 2009. The industry closed out the holiday season with some impressive numbers thanks to releases like Left 4 Dead 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Dragon Age: Origins, and Demon Souls. There was definitely a lot under the tree for gamers last year.

Not to be out done, 2010 is already stepping out of its older brother's shadow with a slew of awesome titles just waiting to sap your savings. As a writer and industry critic, it definitely brings a smile to my face. It's a good thing, too. These days the economy is enough to drag anybodies mood into the toilet, but you have to wonder, is there anything good news? Well the financial downturn may have an upside for gamers. Rather than risk the expensive and lengthy development process on dicey new IP's that may not attract gamer interest, or even deliver a worthwhile product, *cough* Rouge Warrior *cough*, many publishers are thinking inside the box. In 2010, the industry is revisiting some of our favorite characters and stories, and, for once, you might be happy to have leftovers.

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