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The Austin Public Library presents a family-friendly gaming tournament at its University Hills and Windsor Park branches. They'll be playing Super Smash Bros. Melee all summer, with the next tournament on June 25. This all sounds eerily like a ploy to get kids in the library and reading; don't be suckered in. For more info, see

Between getting robbed by morons, (see "Keystone Kriminals," March 23, 2007) who were later – and easily – caught, and staging Shakespeare's As You Like It in his replica of the Globe Theatre (see "Austin Shakespeare Festival: Playing in a theatrical mecca," April 6, 2007), gaming god Richard Garriott found time to fly in a zero-gravity "vomit comet" with quantum physics god Stephen Hawking ( Garriott is certainly living the dream. Not my dream, but a dream.

The Texas film community is all atwitter about Gov. Rick Perry signing the Texas film incentives bill. However, what the bill refers to as "moving image projects" also includes video games (as long as they're not rated Mature or Adults Only). Players Guide has already requested his share of the money and is told the check's in the mail.

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