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This edition of 5MB is brought to you by Officer D-Pad. ; 1MB Gaming website Game Politics reports that The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) released a consumer report saying that even with the current economic woes, the gaming industry will remain strong. An earlier estimate by the NPD predicted that only 15 percent of consumers would purchase gaming consoles or games this year; a 5 percent drop from 2009. The CEA, however, predicts that the average consumer would dig deep in their pockets and still manage to spend around $750, or 2 percent less than last year. The survey also claims that video game consoles come in on adults' list of demands at number nine. It begs the question, “Where have all the good gamers gone?” [Game Politics] 2MB Game Politics also reports that Media firm Rubicon Group Holding has partnered up with Modern Electronics Co. Ltd. - the distributor of Sony games in Saudi Arabia- in order to localize and distribute games for Middle East users. This would include “dubbing certain games” into Arabic and adding certain characters into games who are Middle Eastern. The company has said that they have some games lined up for a planed release such as FIFA Soccer 11, and the latest in the Uncharted series, but some games are out of the question and are “too off the chart.” [Game Politics] 3MB A Brazilian court has ordered a worldwide cease of selling GTA IV: Episodes from Liberty City over a music licensing issue. The song in question is “Bota o Dedinho  pro Alto,” and Brazilian distributor Synergex claims that Rockstar Games supposedly used the song without permission. The cost for Rockstar, should they refuse the order, will cost them $3,000 per day. Meanwhile, in some place of the world, Lars Ulrich can be heard laughing and calling these people amateurs. [Joystiq] 4MB If playing fantasy football, gaining Xbox achievements, and intensely following law and politics are your thing, then today is your lucky day. Recent law graduate Josh Blackman has started up “FantasySCOTUS,” a website that allows participates to guess how the nine Supreme Court Justices will vote and act in all of their upcoming decisions. So what do you do? Trade Roberts? See if the Kagen rookie card winds up worth money? The choice is yours. [Kotaku ] 5MB How badly do you want relive the glory days of your childhood? Would you trade in that Iphone 4 for a Gameboy Color? Probably not, but website HotBloodedGaming offers a skin that you can put on the back of your phone to make it look like one of your favorite objects of years back. The site offers the skin for $6, so it’s a lot cheaper than finding your old toys and carrying them around. It also saves you some pocket space as well. [Hot Blooded Gaming]


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