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Armchair Analysis: Preliminary January 2012 NPD hardware sales analysis

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At first glance, the preliminary NPD sales data that has been shared with the public for January 2012 incite fear and panic. Sales fell from $1.14 billion in January 2011 to $750.6 million in January 2012. That's a stunning 34% Year-over-year (YOY) drop and is the lowest number since 2004.

Armchair Analysis: Pre-NPD thoughts

Mario Kart 7 Screenshot

Nintendo will be looking to the 3DS remain strong in January. Expected residual interest in Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land can be cited as factors, and there's a certainly a chance that the 3DS can stay close to Xbox 360 numbers.

Armchair Analysis: Five burning questions — February 6-10

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How will this week's releases fare? Kingdoms of Amalur headlines this week's slate of new releases, which is solid for a second consecutive week after a mostly dormant month of January. Early reviews have been quite positive for the game, which would be a boon to Electronic Arts. The Darkness II hits this week as well, although it seems to be flying under the radar a bit.

Cabela's Survival: Shadows of Katmai Second Opinion

The Moose Meat Mystery & Magic Husky Revue

Cabela's Survival: Shadows of Katmai Screenshot

HIGH Stuffing a woman inside a moose to save her life, tauntaun style.

LOW Seeing some pickups on a cliff and having no clue how to reach them.

WTF Alaska's crows and bats are ridiculously aggressive.

Used vs. New: This critic's opinion

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Screenshot

So, used versus new... It's a huge topic to begin with, and it's only gotten more complicated due to the various tricks made possible by online connections. Thanks to these "innovations", something that has never been black-and-white to start with is now more grey than it's ever been. That said, let me try to pick apart the various strands of the problem as I see them, one by one.

Rayman Origins Review

Combining the Best of the Past and the Present

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HIGH Finishing a particularly nasty bit of platforming in the last level.

LOW Not being able to see Rayman when the screen zooms out.

WTF Disco dancing with the main villain for absolutely no reason.

Armchair Analysis: January 2012 NPD hardware sales predictions

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January has flown by and it's time for the first NPD predictions column of the year.

Armchair Analysis: GameStop and the case of coincidence

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GameStop stock values are in the midst of a four-day losing streak, as shares have fallen from $25.00 on January 25th to $23.36 at the closing bell today. It's likely that any number of factors could be attributed to the slump. Maybe there's a fear that sales are weak after the holidays. Maybe there's some basic profit-taking going on. It's hard to really pinpoint anything.

Cabela's Survival: Shadows of Katmai Review

Tastes a Little Gamey

Cabela's Survival: Shadows of Katmai Screenshot

HIGH "Thank God for the Second Amendment!"

LOW The heat-vision bonus in the shooting galleries is awful.

WTF Colbert was right: the number one threat to America is bears.

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