SNAPSHOT | OSAKA, JAPAN: Paper Pocket Monsters, created at a children's hospital in North Osaka. (Photo by Brian Ashcraft)

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Admitted Dogfighter Michael Vick a Candidate for Madden NFL 12 Cover EA Sports will put the cover of Madden NFL 12 up to a vote of fans for a second year, this time staging a 32-player, March Madness-style playoff from today through April 27. Michael Vick, the notorious Philadelphia Eagles quarterback who served nearly two years in federal prison for running a dogfighting ring, is a candidate.

Japan Doesn't Have An Eggman Nuclear Plant Last week, workers at the Fukushima nuclear plant began cooling the rods with sea water. Their effort, while not always successful, was deliberate and measured. Shame the same wasn't true of the foreign reaction.

Are These The Crappiest Console Graphics Of 2011? Daisenryaku Perfect: Ruler of the Battlefield is the latest entry in the Daisenryaku (Great Strategy) series of Japanese strategy games. It's coming to the PS3 and the Xbox 360, but wouldn't look out of place on the Sega Saturn. Perfect, this ain't.

College Cosplay Tradition Banned Year after year, new graduates of prestigious Kyoto University eschew the traditional suit or kimono in favor of their school's own custom: showing up at graduation in cosplay.

I've Had It Up To Here With Map Packs! I have a dream. That when a big shooter is released, at least some of its downloadable content caters to the crowd that prefers to game alone.

My 2 year-old, Micro-Bash, was hospitalized last week, giving us quite a scare. He's much better and now at home. Nothing worse than seeing your kids sick - would've traded places with him in a heartbeat. –Brian Ashcraft

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