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Madden NFL ’12 Predicts Giants Will Prevail on Super Bowl Sunday

Believe it or not, Madden is more than an excellent videogame--it's also an excellent predictor of Super Bowls. Of the last eight Super Bowls, the annual Madden simulation has been correct an amazing six out of eight times. Wow.

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Scott Jones

The Demo for Grand Slam Tennis 2 is Out! (And We Played It!)

Grand Slam Tennis 2 (PS3/360, $59.99) will be in stores next month on February 14th (yes, that's Valentine's Day). The final game will include more than 20 tennis legends, including Bjorn Borg, Maria Sharapova, Serena and Venus Williams and Roger Federer, to name just a few. 

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Scott Jones

Hot Gadgets for a Cold January: CES Report 2012

The Consumer Electronics Show is currently in full swing in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you're into games, gadgets, and the latest in high-end technology, this is the place to be. So what's happening on the show floor? The Sports Gamer has all the information you need. Of all the trade shows that take place around the world each year, CES is easily the most overwhelming. That's because so many things here light and make noise and offer--in very real ways--to make my life easier (and if not easier, at least it'll be cooler--see the new OLED TV mentioned below).

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Scott Jones

Eight Game-Changing Video Game Predictions for 2012

The game industry moves at a fast clip. Case in point: 2011 isn't even in our rearview mirror yet and already everyone is buzzing with excitement about the 12 months that are ahead of us. So which video game-related stories should be on your radar? Which games should you think about pre-ordering now? You're going to find out in 3...2...1...

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Scott Jones

My Favorite Things List 2011

Week in and week out the very best sports-centric video games and peripherals cross the Sports Gamer's desk. Some of those games and peripherals, as you know from my regular column, are absolutely awesome, while others are merely OK. (And, in some extreme cases, some make for good paper weights and that's it. Quick question: Who even uses paper weights these days? Who has papers just blowing around the room all the time that they actually need a weight to hold them down? Anyone?) Without further ado, here's a list of some of my favorite things from 2011. Enjoy the holidays, game fans.

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Scott Jones

Mario Kart 7: The SI Kids Review

Nintendo, Others
Release Date:
December 4, 2011

The question on everyone's mind here at the SI Kids office is this: Does Mario Kart 7 technically qualify as a racing game?

The "yes" people say this:
-It has a gas button and a brake button.
-It has tracks (32 in total in this version) to race on.
-It uses the words "grand" and "prix," two words that are typically only associated with racing games.

The "no" people say this:
-The "drivers" are usually monkeys, plumbers, and mushroom-headed creatures.
-The "cars" transform into hang gliders on occasion.
-A driver can deploy an ink-spewing squid to slow down another driver.

Regardless of whether you are a "yes" person or a "no" person, one thing I think that we can all safely agree on is this: Mario Kart 7 is a lot of fun, and an absolute must-own for any Nintendo 3DS owner out there.

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Scott Jones

What the Sports Gamer Wants for Christmas (HINT: It Involves Video Games)

Still haven't sent your wish list to Santa yet? Neither have I. Which is good, because I recently found something that's perfect for giving and receiving this year.

Last week OnLive announced a suite of nice-priced holiday gaming packages. No doubt you're asking yourself, "Hey, Sports Gamer, refresh our memories--what the heck is 'OnLive'?" OnLive, for those who have forgotten, is an on-demand gaming service. Same way that you can order movies on-demand through cable, OnLive permits you to play games. Instead of investing in a noisy, expensive console that--cough, cough, Xbox 360, cough--threatens to break down at every turn, OnLive requires that you have only a decent 'Net connection, an HDTV, and a controller. That's it.

Here's the breakdown on price ranges for the OnLive gift bundles:

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