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Oh, so you’re into video gaming?” It’s something heard far too often. It’s said with an air of condescendence; accompanied by eyes boasting superiority over your hobby that they deem childish. It’s time for the world to realize that video gaming is just a medium like any other.

Chances are if you conducted a survey on whether people enjoy music, film, and television, the answers you get will indicate that most people enjoy a specific subset of each medium. They may enjoy pop music, romantic movies, and procedural crime dramas, but despise metal music, action films, and sitcoms.

Mediums are very diverse, yet in our culture to say you enjoy video games gets you automatically stereotyped as a violence-relishing Grand Theft Auto or Call of Duty fanatic. That these two franchises which focus on vice and violence are some of the most-popular and fastest-selling video games no doubt contributes to the public perception of the medium, but as you and I both know, gaming as a whole is so much more.

The past few weeks have been filled with leaks, especially from Nintendo. We've seen new and returning characters as well as trophies leak for the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for 3DS & Wii U, as well as the final boss fight in Hyrule Warriors, just to name a few. In fact, the design for Wii U itself leaked about three months prior to its official reveal. Obviously game companies aren't fond when their surprises are revealed early, but what about gamers? How do you feel about leaks? Hit the jump to catch some of my thoughts and add your own.

We knew that Mario Kart 8 was in line for DLC (the Mercedes-Benz kart had already been revealed), but today Nintendo dropped a bombshell by announcing two DLC packs that feature characters and tracks from non-Mario Nintendo games like Zelda, Animal Crossing, and F-Zero. With the immense success that Super Smash Bros. has achieved by letting players pick from a wide variety of Nintendo favorites, many have been calling for Mario Kart to follow suit and really take advantage of Nintendo's full lineup of characters. Should Mario Kart just go full-on Smash? Read on to catch some of our thoughts and add your own!

Yesterday I asked our viewers about their thoughts on DLC in our weekly hot topic poll. I was happy to see some diversity in your poll responses and your comments, and now it's my turn. Each Saturday I'll be writing a response piece to our Friday poll, and today I'll be talking about how DLC can benefit both the player and the developer if it's done correctly. I'll be using the upcoming Zelda game for Wii U as an example, as the Zelda series is my favorite, and it's also pretty much new to DLC. Can a series that has spanned nearly three decades without DLC be made better with it? I believe so. Hit the jump to check it out!

Yesterday, I introduced a new weekly segment here at Gamnesia where every Friday I release a poll on a complicated, controversial, or just popular topic. Then each Saturday, I'll respond with my personal thoughts on the subject, welcoming alternate points of view from our readers and basically opening the floor up for open debate. My first hot topic poll asked viewers "should Nintendo release mobile games?" Unsurprisingly (most Nintendo fans I know tend to be averse to change), over 50% replied that Nintendo should not ever release any games on mobile platforms under any circumstances.

As a generally traditional gamer, I understand the distrust of the mobile market as a gaming platform and the stigmas attached to it. Inferior products, shoddy controls, annoying advertisements, microtransactions, and other problems plague many mobile games, but I object to the idea that this is how it has to be. The mobile market is rapidly expanding, whether traditional gamers like it or not, and developers and publishers are directing more and more of their attention and resources towards it. Someone needs to step up to the plate and do mobile gaming right. If anyone can do that, it's Nintendo.

“One myth, countless stories, FINAL FANTASY XIII. The New Tale of the Crystal. Like the Light that shines through the Crystal, the universe shines with multicolored content.”

So reads the online description of Fabula Nova Crystallis, the mythology driving the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy. It speaks of the heart of mythology: disjointed and fleeting snippets that can be hard to understand on their own, but together make a beautiful whole. That is precisely what a mythology is: a collection of stories.

Female protagonist: must be sexist, right? Wrong!

We live in a society constantly on-edge for potential discrimination. No longer is it “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep,” it’s “Baa, Baa, Rainbow Sheep.” No longer is it the black sheep of the herd, its just the odd one out. Even innocent Gollywogs have become controversial.

When it comes to considering video games as offensive on discriminatory grounds, let us remember to always take a step back and a moment to think. Let us always consider intent and context thoroughly before pointing the accusatory finger.

The issue of discrimination is a very real and a very serious one, but claims of what constitutes discrimination these days are often as ridiculous as the very idea of a rainbow sheep.

Lightning Returns likes it clocks

I run among the busy townspeople as I pass the Clock Tower, but I’m not in Clock Town. I gaze up at what the citizens refer to as a moon, but I’m not in Termina. The on-screen clock counts down to doom, but this isn’t The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, it’s Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII and I’m running through Luxerion gazing up at the Ark.

An earlier article published at Zelda Informer heralded Final Fantasy X-2 as the Majora’s Mask equivalent of the franchise. Psdeisgnuk described the piece as “bringing together two much-loved and much-maligned games in [a] way few have realized.” That “way” being as more spiritual counterparts than literal ones.

Whereas Majora’s Mask and Final Fantasy X-2 find similar ground by being sequels that are largely alien to their predecessors, Lightning Returns strikes much more direct and literal parallels with the 2000 Legend of Zelda title, as popular opinion is apt to point out.

With live streamed press conferences from Microsoft, Sony, EA, and Konami, as well as other scattered announcements, the last three days have been full of surprises out of Gamescom. We've seen new franchises announced, special edition console bundles revealed, and much more. With so many to choose from, what was the biggest Gamescom surprise for you?

Personally, I would go with Rise of the Tomb Raider being an Xbox exclusive, but in reality, it really isn't. As such, my top surprise is the announcement that Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro are making a Silent Hill game starring Norman Reedus. The combination of all those prominent names sounds like fantasy, but it's happening, and it sounds extremely promising. Chime in with your biggest surprise after the jump!

Welcome to this week's edition of the Gamnesia Weekly Recap! It's been a busy week with lots of news across the board, and our top two stories are both full of controversy. Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli finally opened up about the financial troubles his company has been having for months, and Twitch announced some new changes that aren't sitting well with many gamers. You can catch these stories, the top news from Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft, exclusive Gamnesia content, and more in the latest Weekly Recap!