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  • Blog Post: The Best Achievements And Trophies Of 2013

    Whether you love them, hate them, or forget they exist until they pop on your screen and interrupt your game, achievements and trophies have become a (literally) required aspect of all PlayStation 3, 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Steam games. I fall into the love camp, and these are some of my favorites... More
  • Blog Post: How Microsoft Can Unlock The Full Potential Of Xbox One Achievements

    One quick glance at Xbox One’s achievement format may not reveal much of a change over what was offered on Xbox 360. Most people see that they look nicer, and track the progress of reaching an achievement goal with a small bar at the bottom of each achievement. These are nice improvements over... More
  • Blog Post: Which Exclusive Features Will The PS4 And Xbox One Share?

    Video game platform holders have a long history of borrowing the successes of one another. When the d-pad was introduced, it was quickly adopted for other competing consoles. The same can be said for the control stick, shoulder buttons, wireless controllers, etc. – the list goes on. When something... More
  • Blog Post: The Strange And Compulsive Habits Of Gamers

    Most gamers instinctively do something inexplicable while playing games. Some will spend hours managing their inventory in an RPG, as if placing a fire staff next to a book will actually cause a house fire. Others need to find every collectible or open every treasure chest in a game, even when they’re... More
  • Blog Post: Nintendo’s Hat System Could Be A Step Toward Bigger Achievements

    Nintendo released a 3DS update a few weeks ago that added several new games to the Mii Plaza. If you’ve been playing any of them, you’ve probably been showered with a new currency called plaza tickets. These tickets can be redeemed for Mii hats, but that’s not all that’s going... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Hits and Misses With The Xbox 360 Hardware

    With Microsoft revealing its next system on Tuesday , the time is ripe to explore what Microsoft did right with the Xbox 360 and where it could have improved. Whether or not the new console carries on the legacies of its predecessor, it's fun to reminisce about these hits and misses as Microsoft... More
  • Blog Post: The Best Achievements And Trophies Of 2012

    Whether you love them, hate them, or forget they exist until they pop on your screen and interrupt your game, achievements and trophies have become a (literally) required aspect of all PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 games. I fall into the love camp, and these are some of my favorites from 2012. The achievements... More
  • Blog Post: The Race To One Million Gamerscore

    Microsoft recently announced Xbox Live discounts for players who have achieved gamerscores of 3,000, 10,000, and 25,000. It's great to see Microsoft rewarding players for their in-game accomplishments, but the tiers are laughably low, especially when you take into account that two Xbox Live users... More
  • Blog Post: The Best Achievements And Trophies Of 2011

    Whether you love them, hate them, or forget they exist until they pop on your screen interrupting your game, achievements and trophies have become a (literally) required aspect of all PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 games. I fall into the love camp, and these are some of my favorites from 2011. The achievements... More
  • Blog Post: Editorial: Single-Player Games Are Also Social Experiences

    It seems like a week doesn't go by without some pundit declaring single-player gaming dead in the face of the current social focus of the Web and electronic entertainment in general (Skyrim launch week excepted). Here's why that line of thought is misguided, mistaken, and misinformed. The power... More
  • Blog Post: GI Editors Show How To Get An Easy 1,000 Achievement Score While Annoying Dan

    Dan and I have been having an achievement battle for some time now. It started when he was regrettably hired at Game Informer, and our gamerscore rivalry has blossomed into an all-encompassing disgust for one another. At one point, Dan cheated in the most flagrant way possible, earning a temporary ban... More
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