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by Katherine Erlikh

Well, okay, this is a lie. Life doesn't just stop because the latest "Grand Theft Auto" came out... but it's come pretty darn close to that. Anyway, here's your Daily Geek, the Day After GTA V edition.

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No specifics on when we might expect it beyond the release window announced in yesterday's newsletter, but this should be welcome news to 360 owners interested in anime and manga publisher VIZ's streaming service.

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The anime and manga publisher enters the subscription online streaming service on game consoles, promising a studio agnostic approach in the U.s. and Canada. So what might this mean for other streaming services that offer anime?
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By Kevin Kelly

At CES 2012, motion control was one of the things that kept getting pushed by television manufacturers and more, and chances are high that motion and gesture-based control will be how we will interact with many of our devices in the future. That can all be traced back directly to the success of Microsoft's Kinect, but where does it go from here? Rather than informing the next generation of technology, we want to know what's next.

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A few weeks ago Microsoft announced that this would be their last year attending CES and we made sure to attend the keynote thinking they would end things with some crazy huge announcement. They didn't, but there were a few announcements that had us intrigued and you can find all the details past the break. Read More...

…and then there was the time I got to chat with the Voltron Force. Well, not all of the voice cast of the legendary 80’s series, but a nice chunk of it including Neil Ross (Commander Keith, the Black Lion), BJ Ward (Princess Allura, Blue Lion), and Michael Bell (Lance, the Red Lion, Sven the Blue Lion, Pidge, the Green Lion), who were on hand with Team Unicorn to talk about the gateway drug for many of you into the world of anime near the release of the downloadable game from THQ, Voltron: Defender of the Universe. The game represents a reunion, of sorts, for the trio, bringing back classic scenes from the 1984 series and inserting them as pre- and post-mission cutscenes as they fend off the forces of the villainous King Zarkon.

Between the three of them, these voice actors represent a solid chunk of animation history, handling roles in any and everything from G.I. Joe, to Harvey Birdman, to Darkwing Duck, to Samurai Jack. In our pretty expansive (and lengthy) chat, we covered the legacy of Voltron, the unorthodox manner in which the cast had to handle their dialog, getting banned from working alongside Peter Cullen due to pranksterism, and the changing landcape for VO talent in an increasingly CG animation industry.

What follows is an edited transcript of an interview conducted last week. Enjoy some of the best bits of our conversation after the jump.
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EA Blackbox delivers high-stakes, cross-country racing with plot and Christina Hendricks--is this ride worth your time?
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Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion XL

The fighting genre is a tough one to break into and change. Games like "Street Fighter" and "Mortal Kombat" have long and illustrious histories, whereas newer games like "BlazBlue" and "Marvel vs. Capcom" are trying to bring a new look and feel while still maintaining many elements of the classics. However, there's one relatively new game that was able to break the mold, and really introduce something new to fighting games, "Super Smash Bros." Combining cartoony graphics with precision gameplay has spawned a whole sub-genre of brawlers. With its highly recognizable roster the latest game to enter the fray is Crave Games' "Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion XL." Can it really throw down against such fierce competition?

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Yoostar On MTV for Kinect for Xbox 360 takes the idea of karaoke to a whole new level, allowing players to insert themselves into their favorite music videos and MTV shows. Choose from 10 videos from today's top pop stars such as Lady Gaga, 50 Cent, Weezer, and Snoop Dogg, and 70 scenes from MTV programs such as Jersey Shore, Teen Wolf, The Hills, The Real World, Death Valley, The State and Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory.

Yoostar On MTV feeds the lyrics or script to you from the video or scene in question, then seamlessly places you within the video itseld using Yoostar's revamped green screen technology. Too shy to sing? Yoostar on MTV lets you lip-synch with its Lip-Dub feature. Read More...

You never knew you wanted to pit Rocket Raccoon against Phoenix Wright until you could.
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Gritty narration and tortured heroes standard in all editions.
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What's that? You'll still be able to go into a backwards slo-mo dive and catch dudes in the face with your shotgun? Where, sir, do I preorder?
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With 2011 drawing to a close, the MTV Geek staff took a look back at the many games that the year brought us. From stories fighting franchises rising from the ashes, to blockbuster shooters doing what they're going to do, I can honestly say it's been a year of more pleasant surprises than disappointments. While we didn't see any big-time experimentation or anything out-and-out strange or new this year among the major releases (no beautiful failures like Mirror's Edge or completely insane masterpieces like Bayonetta), the return of quite a few tried and true titles still provided some pretty spectacular peaks in console and PC achievement.

Here's MTV Geek's 2011 picks for Best Video Games.
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Otomedius Excellent

There once was a simpler time when Konami was known for more than "Metal Gear" and "Silent Hill." The long-established Japanese company was pushing games like "Contra" and "Castlevania" on the newly released Nintendo Entertainment System, making a name for themselves as one of the top developers for the system. Outside of the company's stellar action game line up, there were two games that Konami ported over from their arcade business early on in the NES' lifecycle to help bring the side-scrolling shooter genre home to a whole new audience. "Gradius" and "Salamander" ("Life Force" here in the U.S.) were unlike most games on the market, and their influence was so pervasive, that it can still be felt today, particularly in Konami's latest release "Otomedius Excellent."

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