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10. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

The first game from 38 Studios, the game developer run by former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, had a respectable showing this year. But in an industry that's more and more about enormous hits, "respectable" isn't enough. Since "Amular's" release in February, 38 Studios has laid off its entire staffand Rhode Island officials are concerned the company may be unable to repay a $75 million loan the state extended to lure the company from Massachusetts in 2010.

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