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Friday Buffet: 'Mass Effect 3,' C+C Music Factory and Kate Upton (obviously)

News Roundup
•••• EA is going to launch early copies of "Mass Effect 3" into space. When the other races from around the galaxy come to blow us up, you'll know where they got the idea. [The Verge]

••••Sales of video games and consoles are down 34% for January. What are you guys doing with all that extra money? Actually, I don't want to know. [Los Angeles Times]

•••• Guy who took 12 years to make "Duke Nukem" sequel thinks the Playstation Vita is already out of fashion. Remember when "Duke Nukem" was a thing? [Forbes]

•••• Rift players set a Guinness Book World Record for virtual weddings in a day, with 40,000 ceremonies in a 24-hour period. As an infrequent (but happily married) MMO player, I hate to pick on a stereotype, but this also had to be a Guinness Record for lowest ratio of actual marriages to virtual ones ever. [GameInformer]

•••• The BAFTAs released the short lists for their video game awards, with the actual ceremony to come on March 16th. It's a pretty strong field, but how does Skyrim not win Game of the Year? [Eurogamer]

Blowing Off Steam
For my inaugural "Blowing Off Steam" rant, I thought I'd zero in on the segment's namesake, Steam. You see, in theory, Steam is great. It saves me from doing things like leaving the house, finding a place with a good selection of PC/Mac games, and purchasing them from an unsavory clerk. It also saves me waiting two horrific days for Amazon to send me my loot. However, you reap what you sow. It's like an RPG quest, in that you actually have to leave the village and clear out the cave if you really want the reward. Even though I "own" the games I buy on Steam (and its nice that I can install them on multiple systems), I never really feel like I do. Besides the fact that I have no physical evidence of my ownership, I can't escape the feeling that Steam is like a friend who sets you up on a blind date with a really attractive person, but insists on tagging along every single time you go out. This meddling approach, coupled with the fact that my account has been hacked numerous times as part of the ever-worsening security breach at Valve, leads me to feel like there has to be a better way. EA's competing service, Origin, looks to be built on a very similar model. I suppose I may just have to go clear the cave myself.

Flea Market
C+C Music Factory's "Make My Video" for SEGA CD. Used, for $7.99. All you need to play this is a working SEGA CD system, and either and extremely high or no sense of irony whatsoever. The thing you really want to read in an eBay listing for a video game is "I'm not sure if this is a game or what." Everybody dance now!

This Week in Game Cache
We launched! Now that the awkward introductions are out of the way, I'm really hoping you all feel comfortable sending me lots of weird stuff. For now, you can do so by emailing gamecacheb@gmail.com. If you are interested in doing a guest post or have something exciting to tell me about your favorite game, feel free to get in touch.

Really Important Video

Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover girl Kate Upton something something "MLB2K12." I literally just went from "buying a PS3 just to play MLB: The Show" to "is there a limit to how many copies of 'MLB2K12' I can pre-order?" Now that is marketing.

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