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Each week throws off several new video game lists ranging from the humorous to the trivial. What's better? A list of those. Here's a roundup of the rundowns out there.

Top 5 Fails of E3 [Calm Down Tom] This recap gets all of the cringe-inducing gaffes and underwhelming reveals we saw down in L.A. The only thing missing, for me, is Kobe Bryant dribbling straight out of bounds trying to demonstrate NBA 2K12's PlayStation Move support. But No. 1 does overwhelm that.


Top 10 Sleepers of E3 2011 [1Up] Veering off the beaten path, 1Up looks at the lesser-touted, the indie, the niche games of the expo. My visits were largely to the big AAA titles and studios, so I'll take their word for it here. The title I'm strangely fired up to see more of is XCOM, but I wouldn't qualify that as a sleeper.

20 Video Games You Won't Believe Actually Exist [Ranker] Say this for the bad economy, higher development costs and lower margins. It means bullshit like Nsync: Get to the Show doesn't get licensed and made into a game. Probably not a coincidence that only one title here is for the current console generation, and the most egregious shovelware is on handheld.


The 12 Best Video Game Openings of All Time [Complex] I have a soft spot for the opening to the original Mass Effect, just because I felt the text introduction was well written and matched brilliantly to the score. Still, it's overshadowed by Mass Effect 2</em?, and every other game on the list. But no NBA 2K11? That was positively spine-tingling.

The Best Video Game Fat Guys of All Time [Ego TV] My favorite fat guy is, well, Fat Guy from Ice Hockey, a bulldozer on skates. I'm not sure how to say this and make it sound like a compliment instead of an insult, but if John Madden is on here for overall contribution, what about the very wealthy developer from Seattle who answers his own email?