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Modern Warfare 2

An indie game developer known as CalbiTheZebra has created a wonderful 2D interpretation of Modern Warfare 2, last year’s $1.5 billion behemoth from Activision and Infinity Ward. Though short, the game features loads of variety (snowmobiles! helicopters!) and includes memorable locations and blockbuster moments from the original game. And the best part of all? You can download and play it yourself, for free, RIGHT NOW.1

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  1. Games Radar

Final Fantasy Gaiden heading westward?

According to Siliconera, Hikari no 4 Senshi: Final Fantasy Gaiden may be in for an international release:

Square Enix registered The 4 Heroes of Light for use with video games and cell phone straps, song books, and even calendars in the USA. We haven’t heard about any plans for The 4 Heroes of Light sticker books, but there is a Nintendo DS game that fits this title like a glove — Final Fantasy Gaiden.1

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  1. Siliconera: Square Enix Trademarks The 4 Heroes Of Light, Dariusburst

US game developer salary declines in face of recession

According to Game Developer Research, the analysis arm of Game Developer magazine and Gamasutra, the average American mainstream videogame industry salary in 2009 was $75,573, a decline of more than 4% from 2008's figure of $79,000. While the 2008 figure was a record high, development studios looked to cut costs in the midst of a recession. Programmers are the highest paid talent in the industry next to high-end businesspeople. Artists, game designers, and producers followed.12

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  1. PR News Wire

  2. via Joystiq

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