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05-12-12, 12:00 PM
It was an eclectic week in gaming news, with stories focusing on everything from Syria's struggling game industry to Japan cracking down on in-game item sales that come a little too close to gambling. Microsoft made the news for the game industry's first home console subsidized by a monthly online service and reports that the Xbox 360 would finally be getting a proper web browser. We also took a look at abstractly moralistic PSN adventure Datura and some promising-looking game projects currently seeking funding in the rarefied halls of Kickstarter.


Game over‚??how sanctions and violence doomed Syria's gaming industry (http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2012/05/game-overhow-sanctions-and-violence-doomed-syrias-gaming-industry/)
International economics, politics conspire to halt Syrian game industry growth.
Subsidized Xbox 360: bad deal for consumers, missed opportunity for Microsoft (http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2012/05/subsidized-xbox-360-bad-deal-for-consumers-missed-opportunity-for-microsoft/)
The subsidized $99 Xbox 360 is a missed opportunity for Redmond.
EA: The Old Republic has lost nearly 25% of its subscribers since March (http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2012/05/ea-the-old-republic-has-lost-nearly-one-quarter-of-its-subscribers-since-march/)
1.3 million active subscribers in down from 1.7 million in March.
Japan poised to limit gambling-style collecting in social games (http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2012/05/japan-poised-to-limit-chance-based-collecting-in-social-games/)
Meanwhile, America poised to open up to online gambling
Bioshock Infinite pushed back to February 2013 for ‚??tweaks‚?? (http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2012/05/bioshock-infinite-pushed-back-to-february-2013-for-tweaks/)
Team needs more time for "tweaks and improvements."
2 million turned out for Diablo III open beta (http://arstechnica.com/uncategorized/2012/05/2-million-turned-out-for-diablo-iii-open-beta/)
Plus 10 million sign-ups for Call of Duty Elite
Kickstarter Game Watch: From Rohrer to Republique (http://arstechnica.com/business/2012/05/kickstarter-game-watch-from-rohrer-to-republique/)
This week: DS strategy, unique stealth-action, and a new "SpaceVenture"
Report: Kinect-powered Internet Explorer 9 coming to Xbox 360 (http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2012/05/report-kinect-powered-internet-explorer-9-coming-to-xbox-360/)
Microsoft's system would be the last to get an integrated Web browser.
Review: Datura forces you to figure it out for yourself (http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2012/05/review-datura-forces-you-to-figure-it-out-for-yourself/)
A moral Rorschach test that holds a mirror to your soul.
Republique reaches Kickstarter goal with hours to go (http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2012/05/republique-reaches-kickstarter-goal-with-hours-to-go/)
Late surge pushes unique stealth title over the top
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