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The past two weeks have seen some of the worst that the internet has to offer, as well as some of the best. Before we dive into this proverbial ocean of dread, I'd like to caution everyone that none of this is about a specific person and no one should be the sole target of anyone's scorn. It is also important to note that headstrong affiliation toward any cause usually end up blinding the recipient to the opposition's message, choosing instead to focus their backlash on the person, rather than the argument. In order to avoid just that, let us talk about the big picture and its many facets, one of which has reared its ugly head just a few days ago, when virtually the entirety of the gaming press independently published articles pushing the same, extremely questionable agenda. 

If you've been keeping track of the recent events you will undoubtedly have seen just how polarized the participants of the argument are. It is difficult to remain object and neutral in a time like this, but regardless of one's personal beliefs, the evidence from all sides points to one simple fact: Nepotism and corruption has been rampant in game journalism (and beyond) for a very long time now.

Read more after the jump.

With all of the hype and excitement surrounding character reveals for Super Smash Bros. and the New Nintendo 3DS another big Nintendo announcement has been flying under the radar, and that's a shame. If you didn't catch the announcement from a few days ago, Nintendo has launched a new game development program called Garage, and Splatoon is their first full game, but others are in the works. This reveal has been relatively low profile, but it shouldn't be. Garage could be Nintendo's best move in years, and the key to its future. Hit the jump to see why I'm so pumped!

Yesterday, I polled the Gamnesia audience to see what you think of the New Nintendo 3DS, and if you think it's a good move for Nintendo. There were quite a few comments lamenting the move, but they appear to be a vocal minority as the "Yes" votes won with ease. I cast an "Other" vote myself, because although I'm personally excited at the thought of getting my hands on the improved model, I believe this could wind up being a poor business decision for the Big N in the long run. New Nintendo 3DS has the potential to confuse a lot of customers, both old and new. Hit the jump to see what's got me concerned.

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.

Nintendo shocked us all today when they announced two new handheld systems in the Nintendo 3DS line—the New Nintendo 3DS and the New Nintendo 3DS XL—which can play your entire past library of DS and 3DS games. There’s been a ton of additional information revealed about the systems the aftermath of the announcement, so it’s only fair that we round up everything we’ve learned today in one cohesive place. So head on inside to learn everything we know about the New Nintendo 3DS!

Nintendo has just announced a new 3DS model (available in both regular and XL) dubbed "New Nintendo 3DS." This new 3DS model is said to have a faster and more smooth operating system, as well as some new buttons, features, and more. Hit the jump for details!

We're back with another weekly installment of Gamnesia's Game Clash! Every Monday we pit two video games against each other, and the winner is decided by your votes. This week, to coincide with all of the hype surrounding the Super Smash Bros. leaks (here, here, and here), I've decided to go with a Smash theme.

The original Super Smash Bros. for N64 was a smash hit (I'm not even sorry for that one) and an instant classic. Super Smash Bros. Melee on GameCube was a fantastic game that has an intense following of competitive players to this day. Super Smash Bros. Brawl on Wii focused a little less on the competitive aspect, but aimed to crank up the pure fun, and sold almost as many copies as the previous two games in the series combined. Which Smash is your favorite, and why? Cast your vote and join the debate!

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!

News never sleeps, and we at Gamnesia are always looking for a few new members to join our team! Ideally, we'd like to see upwards of two or three diligent, eager writers who can post at least two news stories every day—but we're incredibly flexible with that time commitment for anybody who's willing to lend a hand.

Having experience as a writer and a gamer always helps, but one of the things on which we pride ourselves most here at Gamnesia is providing bright up-and-comers with an opportunity to write without the need for a formal background. So whether you're a professor with nine published essays on the botany of the Mushroom Kingdom, or just a high school student looking for a fun extracurricular, we'd love to see you to apply today!

Speaking from experience, now is a perfect time to get into the swing of writing. For students, writing a story or two is a great way to take a quick breather from homework without getting too distracted, and having this sort of published experience can look really good on a college or job application. And as you'll hear from staff testimonials in the comments, we love what we do and working here is a ton of fun!

On top of the usual notices, we're also looking for someone who can devote their time to keeping our Facebook page active with images, quotations, fan art, and anything else for gamers to enjoy. So if you have experience promoting social media and want to join the team, by all means please do!

What are you waiting for? Fill out an application today! We look forward to seeing you in the staff!

We're back with another Game Clash, the new feature here at Gamnesia where two games go head to head and our readers vote on the winner, and we've got quite the Rare matchup for you this week. Rare Ltd., or Rareware, created many of the best-selling games in the N64's lineup, including some of the most beloved 3D platformers of all time. Donkey Kong 64 took the classic sidescroller to a whole new dimension, and was a critically-acclaimed success. Banjo-Kazooie starred an all new cast of characters and became an instant classic itself. Which one was the better game? You decide with your votes!