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Swag Tester Results: Be Thankful For Your Scribblenauts Rooster Caps

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Swag Tester: Win a Scribblenauts Rooster Cap

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Rooster Cap

PopCap Swag Tester: The Results

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PopCap Prizes

The results are in: Confessor is the randomly selected winner of the PopCap booty featured in last week's Swag Tester.

Swag Tester: Win a Pantload of PopCap Swag

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Swag Tester is like backwards American Idol. We do the results first, and then we ask the contestants to perform. Yet it works. So first things first: Here are the results from the last Swag Tester. Randomly selected Killstring walks away with a Dark Void travel bag. And This_is_suicide gets a runner-up swag gift, grabbed haphazardly off my desk, because s/he came right out and begged for some swag. Note: That trick will only work once.

Swag Tester: Win A Dark Void Travel Set

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Enough of this transpacific travel and caption-contest folderol. We must return now to the serious business of Swag Tester, which in our last episode, granted commenter Confessor the coveted prize of a Modern Warfare 2 pen set and a Crispy cap.

But hey, posting the funny comments on the caption contest was fun, right? So, if you want to be humorous in the Swag Tester comments, let's do that. The winner will still be picked at random, but in the meantime we'll have some laffs.

Post-TGS 2009: This is Why I Miss Having Arcades Around

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Fighter Tourney

Jones and I encountered Garnett Lee, formerly of 1UP and now of GameFly, while shopping at Mandarake in Shibuya. Garnett suggested that I visit the larger Nakano Broadway complex in the Nakano district of Tokyo. It's just west of Shinjuku, where we were staying, yet I had never been there before.

Post-TGS 2009: How to Be an UFO-Catcher Master

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Rirakkuma and Super Famicom UFO Catchers

Next to video games, the most floor space in Japanese arcades is dedicated to "UFO Catchers." Callously referred to as "crane games" in the United States, these machines beguile you with fabulous prizes—or sometimes less-than-fabulous prizes—that look terribly easy to snatch up in the catchers' big metal claws.

Post-TGS 2009: Yes We Can Make You Uncomfortable About Race!

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Jones' post about the "Mr. James" character at McDonald's touched on weird racial stuff, but Mr. James is a white dude (an incredibly white dude). What about black people? Like, say, the first African-American president of the United States?

Obama Gacha Gacha

He's a cute little vending-machine character! The letters going down the middle of his suit say "CHANGE." OK, pretty harmless, even fun, right? Next Obama thing I saw was on the subway:

Post-TGS 2009: What's in a Name? (Not Much)

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Teti Jones Hooray

I have to assume that these games spotted on the TGS show floor sound super-exciting in the original Japanese.

Last Ranker

Yikes, really tempting the Metacritic fates here.

Post-TGS 2009: No Photo!!!

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Teti Jones Hooray

The exhibitors at TGS 2009 spend many thousands of dollars constructing lavish high-wattage booths with enormous TV screens in a gigantic effort to dazzle the eye. Then they hire armies of people to yell at you if you try to take a picture. "NO PHOTO!" they say with their arms/fingers crossed in a big "X."

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