Gotta Watch: The best of E3
Gamers and show attendees play video games at the Nintendo booth during the Electronic Entertainment Expo on June 7, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
June 9th, 2011
04:28 PM ET

Gotta Watch: The best of E3

It's arguably the biggest video gaming event of the year. The Electronic Entertainment Expo, E3, started in 1995 as an annual showcase for the gaming world. Hundreds of companies, from multi-billion dollar corporations like Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft, to little-known software developers use E3 hoping it will launch them towards digital success.  This year's E3 just finished up in Los Angeles and CNN has your front-row seat. Here are some highlights you've just Gotta Watch.

From Wii to U – At the world's biggest showcase for video games, Nintendo made the biggest splash this week with the unveiling of Wii U, the next generation of its popular, motion-controlled gaming system.

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November 2nd, 2010
09:40 AM ET

On the Radar: Voting, video games and Yemen

Go vote! - The most expensive midterm elections in history are happening as voters decide who will be their next representative, senator or governor. What happens at the polls today will likely be considered a referendum on both the Democratic-controlled Congress and President Obama's first two years in office. Losses by the governing party are common in midterm elections, but the shift Tuesday could be historically dramatic, observers say. CNN's political team is covering every corner of the country. "I forgot to vote" will be a hard excuse to pull off this year. But why do that? After all, your vote counts in a big way this year.

High Court on video games - The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a challenge to a 2005 California law that bars the sale or rental of violent video games to minors.  The case has stirred passionate debate on both sides. Video game makers say banning the sale of violent video games to children is a violation of free speech. They also say a voluntary rating system already does enough to restrict young consumers from purchasing games rated "Mature." Parents, politicians and others contend that the law must protect children from depictions of extreme violence. If the state of California wins, retailers would face a $1,000 fine for violations, and the industry would be required to place an "18" label on games judged overly violent.

Yemen - Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born militant cleric, was charged in absentia with incitement to kill foreigners at a hearing in Sanaa, Yemen's capital. U.S. authorities have linked al-Awlaki to Fort Hood shooting suspect Maj. Nidal Hasan and the man accused in a Christmas Day bomb attempt. Prosecutors in a court Tuesday accused al-Awlaki, a key figure in al Qaeda's branch in Yemen, of inciting the killing of foreigners living there. The next hearing in his trial is scheduled for Saturday.

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