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September 19, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Q&A: Xbox studio boss on “Gears of War 3,” plus “Star Wars”

Kids are back in school and the weather’s cooling, so it must be time for rowdy video games.

Like “Gears of War 3,” a raucous, sci-fi shooter that Microsoft is releasing Tuesday, starting its Xbox holiday season with the clatter of automatic weapons and roars of attacking aliens.

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“Gears” follows a squad of muscle-bound soldiers fighting to save humanity with an array of weapons, including the game’s trademark assault rifle with a chainsaw bayonet.

But the real challenge facing “Gears” and other blockbusters coming out this fall is how much they can revive game sales, which plunged over the summer.

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