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Ellie Gibson

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Ellie spent nearly a decade working at Eurogamer, specialising in hard-hitting executive interviews and nob jokes. These days she does a comedy show and podcast. She pops back now and again to write the odd article and steal our biscuits.

Eurogamer meets Jonathan Ross

Ellie chats to the king of, er, chat.

From the Film programme to Radio 2 to his primetime ITV chat show, Jonathan Ross is one of Britain's best-known entertainers. However, he is of course most famous for his role as 'Unnamed Marine' in Halo 3.

Wordament review

Boggle off.

Turn-based word games are so last season. What's that you say? Still playing Letterpress? That's great, Grandad, glad you can fit it in between jousting and lute practice.

PS2: The Insiders' Story

To mark the end of PS2 production, we're re-publishing our insiders' account of the console's success, featuring Chris Deering, Phil Harrison and more.

2nd January 2013: This feature was originally published in November 2010 to mark the PlayStation 2's 10th anniversary in Europe. We're highlighting it again today to mark the news that Sony is ceasing production of the PS2 console.

Games of 2012: Spelunky

Cave points.

I am currently reading a book (the telly's broken) titled Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. It's the autobiographical account of one woman's attempt to raise her Western-born children according to "the Chinese model". This involves banning all television, playdates and sleepovers, and insisting on hours of academic drilling and violin practice. The aim is to produce prodigiously talented and successful adults who are ultimately grateful for being forced to work so hard.

The Eurogamer Christmas Challenge

Can you beat our high scores?

So here it is, Merry Christmas, everybody's having four pints at lunchtime then trying not to be sick while racing round Poundland in search of a last minute Secret Santa present for someone about whom they know nothing except name and gender. And at least one of those is in doubt. Ho ho ho!

Hello readers. Today we have IMPORTANT NEWS for fans of classic Sega Mega Drive platformer Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse. First of all, you are old. That game came out 22 years ago. Yes really.

Angry Birds Star Wars HD: an intellectual analysis

Star Wars fan Ellie casts a critical eye over Rovio's latest.

Outrageous, that's what it is. Such a travesty to see something so sacred and so much a part of our cultural heritage exploited in this cynical, grasping manner. Every time this once treasured work of unique artistic majesty is refashioned into another mass market abomination, a part of my soul vomits.

Rewriting Tomb Raider

Rhianna Pratchett on the rape controversy, giving Lara a new voice and why it's time for games to grow up.

"Personally, I could do with less of it," says Rhianna Pratchett. "I'm not sure what the thinking behind having quite so much is."

Best cosplay video ever! Arguably

The best one filmed at this year's Expo, for sure.

If you were at the Eurogamer Expo this year, you may have spotted some rather spectacular outfits. And no, we're not talking about Hideo Kojima's diamante T-shirt, or even the guy in the Pikachu onesie.

Tokyo Jungle review

Dog eat dog eat monkey eat pig eat crocodile etc.

"This is a work of fiction. Any persons or groups named herein are entirely ficitious." Thank goodness that disclaimer appears every time this game boots up. It'll certainly save confusion next time I'm walking down the high street and spot an elephant being chased around a derelict tube train by a pack of golden retrievers wearing pink shower caps.

When you tell a bloke you're a fan of puzzle games and he tells you he's created one unlike anything you've played before, it's impossible not to be intrigued. Even if you are standing in a crowded bar at a games development conference, and every other person in the room is simultaneously saying the same about their shooter / racer / fighter / deep sea fishing simulator.

App of the Day: Tiny Heroes

Perfectly formed.

Forget Populous. Forget Fable. Forget The Movies. (You'd forgotten that one anyway.) For me, Peter Molyneux's finest work remains his 1997 strategy effort, Dungeon Keeper.

I love time management sims, but I'm not sure that's the best name for them. It sounds businessy and important, the kind of phrase you'd hear in an office where everyone's watched too much Apprentice and keeps banging on about driving the pivotal endpoint forwards. It's not suited to video games about dashing round diners and running beauty spas where all the customers are cats.

Behind Behind Closed Doors

Nolan North! Tim Willits! Some indie guys!

The Developer Sessions are always a popular element of the Eurogamer Expo. After all, who better to show off games than the people who have spent the last two years locked in a darkened room with them, trying to make the finished product bear any kind of resemblance to the concept art?

Who Won E3?

This week's hottest topics revealed.

Fair enough, so judging who won a trade show based on website stats is pretty arbitrary. But it was that or hold an actual pissing contest, and Kaz, Reggie and Don all claimed they were busy.

Today's Top Trailers - Day 5

Our final pick of the E3 bunch.

Here we are, then - the final day of E3, and our final pick of the best trailers released in the past 24 hours. You can still watch our highlights from Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, by the way.

New Alan Wake not yet signed?

MS exec Phil Spencer reckons so.

Fancy a bit more Alan Wake action? You might have to wait a bit - Microsoft executive Phil Spencer reckons the next instalment has yet to find a publisher.

Who's Winning E3? Day 4

What you're clicking on most.

Yes, it's that time again. Sorry. Here's the list of the E3 stories being read most on Eurogamer, as of 3pm Thursday.

Today's Top Trailers - Day 4

The best videos of the last 24 hours.

It's been a pretty good week for ace new trailers, as you'll know if you checked out Eurogamer's picks of the bunch on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Who's Winning E3? Day 3

It's not the taking part that counts.

Here are Eurogamer's top ten most-read E3 articles, as of 3pm Wednesday. Just to be clear, these aren't our personal picks - their position in the chart is based on website stats and actual maths. High level, complex maths, definitely not done by someone who got a B at GCSE on a Texas Instruments Little Professor calculator.

Today's Top Trailers - Day 3

Our pick of E3's videos, good and bad.

In which, as you'll know if you read yesterday's roundup, Eurogamer's UK team picks their favourite E3 trailers of the last 24 hours. So who are today's winners and losers?