Nothing hurts the Joystiq Podcast more than the absence of the utterly charming Justin McElroy, and the lack of the perfectly tolerable Chris Grant threatens to destroy the show completely. But rather than take a leisurely hiatus, Ludwig, Xav (and sometimes Griffin and David) discuss a hectic week in games: Alan Wake, Split/Second, Red Dead Redemption and ... some things that got cut. This is by far the most organized, logical and edited episode in the show's history -- which means it's probably the worst one yet. Oh well!

Don't forget to thank Alan Black for the foreboding photoshop. He's over there, stealing your coffee.
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Music: "Gravity (Don't Let Me Go)" by Jon Black
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See all of this week's links (and what games we played) after the jump.

What Are You Playing:


Luddy: Alan Wake
Xav: Alan Wake, Red Dead Redemption
Griffin: Red Dead Redemption
David: Split/Second


News:

Gamestop to offer in-store DLC purchases and new loyalty program this year
Square Enix 'looking into' Xbox 360 version of Final Fantasy Versus XIII
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood to have multiplayer beta
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier delayed
Nintendo and AHA announce partnership
Fable 3 coming to PC

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