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For those cursed with lag-- or those looking to create havok with the rankings, annoy their fellow players, and risk the ire of Bungie by performing the standby cheat-- the Head to Head playlist is for you.

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J. Paradise recently began a series over at DailyGame called Confessions of a Girl Gamer, cataloguing some of the less-fun aspects of multiplayer gaming on Xbox Live. As a female gamer, she noted some of the less pleasant behaviors of the majority of the other gamers on the system, who presumably are male, if common sense and all known statistics can be trusted.

While most of her complaints are entirely valid and each of the behaviors she describes is undoubtedly annoying, I thought there were one or two points which deserved to be responded to, given the criticism the gaming industry receives almost daily in the current political climate for promoting sex and violence. Before this and other articles get referred to in an attempt to heap the charge of promoting sexism among America's youth gets piled onto the heap, it might be worth thinking a little further on some of the topics J. Paradise raises.

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We've seen this set of rumors, supposedly coming from someone whose uncle works at Bungie (oh dear God not again--Ed.) several times in the past few days. They were even translated into French at Halo.fr.

Given that Bungie seems to be enduring some kind of self-imposed silence bordering on self-denial with regards to the very existence of Halo 3, even to the point of failing to confirm or deny the existence of the game after it was referred to by no less a personage than Microsoft chairman Bill Gates.

That, plus the fact that historically Bungie, like other game studios, usually doesn't comment on rumors, means that regardless of the particular situation right now, these rumors would no doubt spread unchecked anyway.

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Not even a week has elapsed since what was a rumor picked up as a scoop by News.com became confirmed truth by the power of Steve Jobs' renowned Reality Distortion Field.

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When Id said story was important in Doom 3, some gamers who aren't diehard fans of Doom and Quake began to scoff a little.

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So much has gone on recently that it's almost impossible to write a complete piece on each one before the news recedes into obscurity. Here are a few items of note and my take on each, then, before things pile up so high I can't get out from under them:

By their prices, you shall know them

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Much has been written, here and elsewhere, about backwards compatibility for gaming consoles, both with regards to the Xbox's successor, Xbox 360, and to consoles in general.

We asked our readers if backwards compatibility for the new Xbox was important; 43% of you said you wouldn't buy one if it wasn't, and only 17% of you thought it wasn't important or wouldn't affect their purchase decision.

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It didn't take a lot for Microsoft, one of the richest and most powerful companies in the world, to find a market to compete in where they would be widely viewed as the underdog. Just Sony, another of the richest and most powerful companies in the world.

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Bill Gates is quoted in this month's Time Magazine, featuring the Xbox 360 on the cover, as saying that when the PlayStation 3 launches, it will "walk right into Halo 3."

In last week's Weekly What's What Update, Frankie said:

We're quite some time away from announcing what our next game is and for which platform.

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I haven't been able to catch the MTV Special yet; however, the official press release does reveal quite a bit of information and confirms things that were previously only rumored. The expected release date is indeed the 2005 holiday season, as widely predicted. Here's a quick run-down of confirmed features:

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Joystiq is already trying to cast doubt on the accuracy of the "leaked" specifications that Engadget apparently culled from an Xbox forum; the original post has since been removed.

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HBO recently provided a link to Lance Ulanoff's column at PC Magazine entitled Who's Afraid of Mature Games. It's a look at the ESRB rating system vis-a-vis his experience deciding whether or not his 10-year-old son should be allowed to play the M-rated Halo 2.

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It's rather difficult for me to get a handle on exactly how I feel about the recently announced plans for new Halo 2 maps. Part of that is because of my own personal situation-- having been without decent DSL since before Halo 2's release, I'm only just now getting the hang of the multiplayer maps that shipped with the game; and even then, my higher-than-average ping and utter lack of skill or practice is still getting me massacred daily on maps I barely know and already paid for, to say nothing of maps that are yet to come.

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Prometheus writes in his blog that he believes that originality will be the quality that separates wortwhile Halo machinima from the rest, and will prevent the market from being flooded with so much low-quality work that no one will pay any attention to Halo machinima at all.

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The news that a school district doesn't want to use Halo 2 for a fundraiser is probably going to provoke two kinds of reactions: rabid gamers will again repeat their mantra that there is no definitive proof anywhere that violent games encourage violent behavior (despite the axiom that absence of proof isn't proof of absence) and those who consider themselves upstanding, god-fearing, won't-somebody-please-think-of-the-children "family values" types will applaud the move and pay lip service to more liberal values by pointing

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