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Your Turn: A brief history of Sony and the PlayStation

Screen Play reader Andrew Yoshimura We're having a double-dose of user-submitted articles today, starting with the latest in Andrew Yoshimura's series profiling the major players in video game history.

Skylanders Swap Force: How to get the most fun for your money

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James Dominguez After last week's popular Disney Infinity buying guide, this week we're following up with a guide to Skylanders Swap Force.

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Tuesday Newsday: PAX Australia 2014 announced, and new study reveals the average gamer

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James Dominguez Bond University has released their latest survey of Australian gamers, and PAX Australia is returning to Melbourne in 2012, with a new date and a new venue.

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FIFA 14: Familiar yet fresh

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Jason Hill FIFA has always been one of the most accessible sports games available, but these days it's also surprisingly deep.

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Screenshot jigsaw puzzle #54

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James Dominguez It's Friday. You know the drill.

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Friday Question: What do you want from Screen Play?

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James Dominguez Screen Play may be undergoing some changes in the coming months, and we want your feedback.

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Is on-screen video content the future of gaming?

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James Dominguez Microsoft has announced a partnership with Machinima on the Xbox One, promising smart video content for gamers.

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Your Turn: The hidden costs of free-to-play game addiction

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An anonymous Screen Play reader We have a very special Your Turn article today, from a Screen Play reader who spent a fortune on the "free to play" game League of Legends.

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Tuesday Newsday: THQ sues EA, and gamers sign up for Movember again

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James Dominguez Did you think you'd heard the last of THQ? Well, they're back, and they're suing EA over the UFC licence. This and more in today's news round-up.

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Disney Infinity: How to get the most fun for your money

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James Dominguez Disney's new toy-and-game combo is sure to be high on many kids' Christmas list, but its pricey components make smart shopping essential.

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Giant Boulder of Death: Rock on

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Jason Hill It's silly and slight, but this free game will keep you giggling.

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Screenshot jigsaw puzzle #53

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James Dominguez It's jigsaw time again. Do you recognise the game in the image?

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Friday Question: Ruminating about violence

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James Dominguez With so many popular games being extremely violent, I wonder why we rarely stop and think about why violence seems so integral to gaming.

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Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag interview

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James Dominguez Assassin's Creed IV is only weeks away, and DexX had the chance to speak to the game's director, Ashraf Ismail, about how the final touches are coming together.

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Does the Wii U have a future?

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James Dominguez Stubbornly low sales figures and the impending release of two powerful competitors suggest that Nintendo's Wii U may be in serious trouble.

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Card Hunter: The free way to deal with your enemies

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James Dominguez Part trading card game, part table-top RPG, and part tactical wargame, Card Hunter is an amazing achievement in free-to-play gaming.

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Tuesday Newsday: Half-Life 3 possibly revealed and Watch Dogs PC specs

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James Dominguez Has Valve inadvertently revealed that Half-Life 3 is finally coming soon? For this and other news from the past week, read on.

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Puppeteer: Strings attached

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Jason Hill Set in a magical puppeteer's theatre, Sony's latest quirky platformer Puppeteer is gorgeously presented.

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Screenshot jigsaw puzzle #52

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James Dominguez It's Friday again, and once again we have a nifty prize for the first person to identify the game in the jigsaw puzzle.

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Friday Question: Do you ever get obsessive?

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James Dominguez Some games give us so much to do that completing every task is a huge time-sink. How important is it to you to 100% complete a game?

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