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Marvel's "Super Hero Squad" toy line has maintained a successful presence since its inception five years ago. The little action figures – basically weird, deformed dwarf versions of Marvel superheroes – have since spawned their own Cartoon Network show, an online game, and are now making their way back to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo Wii.

"Marvel Super Hero Squad: Comic Combat" is not only novel for its incredibly long title, but the game also takes advantage of publisher THQ's new uDraw GameTablet.

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When I was growing up, "Batman The Animated Series" was pretty much the greatest show that ever existed. The years may have wound on (and on, unfortunately), but there's still a soft spot in my heart for that Warner Bros. cartoon. DC isn't sitting on their laurels though, and Cartoon Network will soon play host to a special chunk of programming that focuses solely upon DC heroes and related brand content.

If you didn't get a chance to check out the premiere of the new "Green Lantern" animated series last Friday, you should try to give it a shot. So far – yes, there's only one episode out at this point – the show's looking like a lot of fun, and with any luck, maybe we'll find ourselves treated to Green Lantern programming better than this year's film adaptation (it has to be).

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If ever you wondered why massively multiplayer online games are all going free-to-play, look no further than "DC Universe Online." The previously subscription-only game just recently opened up to all us freeloaders, and by Green Arrow's beard, has this game suddenly taken off with a fury. Just one week into the new tiered structure and over one million new players hopped aboard.

Sony Online Entertainment are obviously more than a little enthused with the sudden onslaught of new players. It's not immediately clear how those million people are split between the game's three options of pay, but it's a staggering number that apparently covers both platform options.

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Working at a videogame development studio probably isn't as much fun as you think. Contrary to popular belief, the job doesn't always involve playing games all day long and the development process can be arduous. Certainly, working on a follow-up to the smash hit "Batman: Arkham Asylum" brings an extreme level of pressure. It's not all bad though; after production wraps, sometimes studio employees get to kick their feet back at the Wayne mansion.

UK-based Rocksteady Studios wrapped up work on the amazing "Batman: Arkham City" last month, and according to animator Simon Warwick (via Siliconera), the whole team was taken out for a night on the town, Dark Knight style.

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If "Batman: Arkham City" takes its thematic elements from the more somber tales of the Dark Knight, "Gotham City Impostors" might be loosely based on some wonderfully weird Bob Kane fever dream. Since playing a match at E3 this summer, I've waited with anticipation to spend more time with the upcoming online, competitive multiplayer game. Today comes news of not only an official release date, but an open beta for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 users.

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Quebec-based game developer Beenox are having a sort of hit-and-miss go at licensed "Spider-Man" titles. 2010's "Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions" was an enjoyable game, thanks to an engaging story and mechanics that felt fresh. This year's outing, "Spider-Man: Edge of Time," wasn't received so graciously by critics. So while details on the upcoming comic-turned-movie-turned-game "The Amazing Spider-Man" are slim, today we get our first glimpse at some concept art.

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Arkham City

"Batman: Arkham City" is a serious contender for Game of the Year. You probably don't need me to tell you that, though, since every outlet that covers games has spent the better part of a month gushing all over it. Chances are, many of you have already played through the entire adventure – well, unless you happen to be a PC gamer. In that case, you've been waiting, patiently holding onto hope that despite a previous delay, you can float through the skyline as the Dark Knight sooner rather than later.

Well, there's good news and bad news. The game's PC launch has been delayed again. The good news? You just might, with any luck, get to play the potential Game of the Year before, you know, the year is over.

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Marvel

"Marvel Universe," the massively multiplayer online game from Marvel and Gazillion Entertainment is – well, it's out there somewhere on the horizon. The game has been under development in its current iteration for a couple years, and details have been rather slim. Today, Marvel released images of four character models – Wolverine, Captain America, Deadpool, and Cable – that will be showing up whenever the game actually launches.

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DC Universe

The standard subscription model for massively multiplayer online games is going the way of the dinosaur. Over the past year, nearly every such videogame in the genre has dropped their monthly fees in favor of the new free-to-play, or "freemium" model. Maybe it's because of the rough economy, maybe it's because of the staggering success of casual behemoths like "Farmville," but whatever the reason, there's a whole lot of free online gaming waiting out there for you.

While Sony Online Entertainment had previously mentioned that their DC Comics-inspired online role-playing game, "DC Universe Online," was also removing a required monthly fee, it wasn't immediately clear when that would start. Apparently, it's really soon. Like next week soon.

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Arkham City

"Batman: Arkham City" has earned some of the highest critical praise of any game this year, so it's no surprise that the action-adventure title is also selling incredibly well. Only a week after release, the game has already shattered the comparative sales figures of its predecessor, "Batman: Arkham Asylum." The holiday gaming season is still coming on strong, with a new "Call of Duty" title waiting in the wings, but "Arkham City" will likely stand as one of the best sellers of 2011.

According to Warner Bros., "Arkham City" managed to ship 4.6 million units worldwide during its first week. That's double what "Arkham Asylum" shipped during its launch week back in 2009.

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