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E3 2010 announcement roundup Add to ...

The Q&As I posted earlier this week with Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony executives touched on many of E3's biggest announcements, including major first- and third-party platform exclusives as well as Kinect, Move, the Nintendo 3DS, and associated software. Before that, I previewed some of the independent and blockbuster games Canadian studios would have on offer at this year's show.

Now it's time for everything else that's come across my desk over the last few days.

Here are 46 bite-sized bits of information concerning E3-related games and announcements.

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Q? Entertainment's Tetsuya Mizuguchi, maker of the popular rhythm-based shooter Rez, will release the psychedelic music-based Child of Eden for Xbox 360 this fall through publishing partner Ubisoft. Players will be able to choose whether they want to use a standard controller or Microsoft's new Kinect interface.

Richard Branson's Virgin Gaming website ( www.virgingaming.com) timed its launch to coincide with E3's opening day Tuesday. It promises to act as a destination for competitive gamers who want to compete in tournaments from the comfort of their living rooms. $1,000,000 in cash and prizes will be handed out in the first 12 months.

Journey , the latest effort from ethereal game maker thatgamecompany ( Flower, flOw), was leaked a day before its E3 announcement via a NeoGAF forum and later confirmed by the studio via Twitter. The new game looks to have a lovely but desolate desert setting and will apparently feature the sort of minimalist, accessible play its developers are known for. Expect it on the PlayStation Network.

Another World mastermind Eric Chahi is working on a downloadable game for Ubisoft code-named Dust that involves a tribe that uses the elements to control a planet crumbling around them. It will be available for download on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in 2011.

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Valve Software will launch Portal 2 in 2011. A new trailer features locations outside Aperture Laboratories, a familiar computer voice, some lovely music, and a bit a humour. It's coming to Xbox 360, PC, Mac OS X, and-surprise-surprise-PlayStation 3.

St. Catherine's-based Silicon Knights announced that it will collaborate with McMaster University, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, and Mohawk College to develop a research institute focused on interactive digital media. Dubbed " Eight: The Hamilton Institute for Interactive Digital Media," the organization aims to "pioneer and shape cutting edge advances in the interactive entertainment arena."

Microsoft has announced the 2010 line-up for their annual Summer of Arcade series of high-profile downloadable games. It includes: Lara Croft and the Guardian of the Light Monday Night Combat, Hydro Thunder Hurricane, Castlevania: Harmony of Despair, and Limbo.

More information trickled out regarding Crysis 2 , Crytek's ballyhooed multiplatform shooter slated to release February 22nd next year. It apparently offers a different sort of sandbox gaming experience, one in which players have freedom to roam but also experience the benefits of more linear play. Publisher EA confirmed that it will be available in 3-D on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

Ubisoft announced a new music game based on the catalogue of pop star Michael Jackson. It will apparently involve both singing and dancing, incorporate several of his most famous recordings, and be compatible with Microsoft's Kinect motion control system.

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New footage of EA and BioWare's Star Wars: The Old Republic (pictured at the top of this post) has been released. It's just one long cut scene, but it's enough to make one think that the Edmonton studio's cinematics department really needs to just quit fooling around and make an animated Star Wars film. At this point BioWare seems to have demonstrated they a better feel for the franchise than LucasFilm.

A multiplayer beta for EA's Medal of Honor reboot is set to start June 21st on Xbox 360, PC, and PlayStation 3 with maps set in Kabul City and Helmand Valley. You can get in on the action by pre-ordering the game, via your Battlefield: Bad Company 2 game disc, or by taking part in EA's new loyalty program, Gun Club.

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