Today in Joystiq: May 9, 2008

Reader Brian C sent us these images along with the following description: "As I was on my way back to work I was driving to my parking spot when all of a sudden I quickly slammed on my breaks. After sitting in awe for a few minutes with a huge smile on my face, I figured I would grab the camera and take a few shots for everyone. Included are shots of a 5' tall Mario sculpture created by Kelly Barnett of Vassar College. The pictures are no testament to how truly awesome this thing is!" Check out the highlights for today:

Joystiquery
Ask Joystiq helps protect your DS screen
Counting Rupees: GTA IV vs. Iron Man
DS Fanboy Lite: May 3 - May 9
Highlights from Activision's FY08 earnings call
Joystiq hands-on: Roogoo (XBLA)
Joystiq hands-on: Super Stardust HD Versus mode
Joystiq Podcast 049 - Ruined edition

News
Bizarre Creations finished with PGR4, hands DLC duties to Microsoft
No Tony Hawk in 2008
EA, Criterion bringing Burnout Paradise to PCs
Ninja Gaiden II to get three costume packs in July
Atari gets delisted by Nasdaq
Gran Turismo series ships more than 50 million globally
Guitar Hero hits 15 million song downloads
Nintendo DS, Guitar Hero on Tour bundles coming this June
A 'significant leap' for Guitar Hero due this holiday for consoles and DS
Call of Duty 5 in 'new military theater', returns series to PS2 and Wii
Bizarre Creations's new racing IP due FY 2010
New Bond game Quantum of Solace runs on COD4 engine, launching with movie
Rock Band Weekly: Sonic Youth, The Clash and Blondie
A dwarven explosion of Wrath of the Lich King info
First Gears of War 2 gameplay video on Xbox Live tonight
XSEED inks Marvelous deal, Valhalla Knights II confirmed
Minnesota game law's only recourse is Supreme Court
Tecmo returning to E3 this year
EA purchases Napster creator's social networking site

Rumors & Speculation
Rumor: GTA IV DLC going coast to coast, Niko books ticket to San Andreas

Culture & Community
Kids finding it harder to buy M-rated games
Gametrailers begins Metal Gear retrospective
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