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  • Blog Post: The Art Of Endings: Tales Of Ending A Game

    Endings are tricky. A good ending can resonate with you long after you’ve finished an experience and live on in your conversations and memories. However, an unsatisfying one can cast a cloud over an otherwise solid story. So much can hinge on a finale that writers often struggle to bring everything... More
  • Blog Post: Editorial: The Difference Between Story And Fiction

    I’m a big fan of rich fictional backdrops to a video game. Even when those features aren’t necessarily central to the potential of the action or gameplay, I find myself hungering to know more about the world behind the game – the role-playing gamer and fantasy novel-reader in me enjoys... More
  • Blog Post: 2013 Shooter Of The Year Awards

    For the vocal base of first-person shooter fans who have criticized publishers for pushing out short single-player campaigns in favor of focusing on multiplayer, 2013 offered a respite. With longer campaigns in BioShock Infinite, Metro: Light, and Dead Space 3, players had several options to explore... More
  • Blog Post: Five Games That Can Benefit From A Definitive Edition

    It’s official. We’ve left the world of HD remakes behind (almost). We’ve evolved to the next generation. Enter: The Definitive Edition. Tomb Raider is the first game that’s getting one , and it’s more than a Game of the Year edition. This is a full-fledged overhaul that... More
  • Blog Post: The Best Gaming Duos Of 2013

    Certain characters bring out the best in one another. Video games offer even more unique circumstances for duos to capitalize on each others' strengths and weaknesses. Beyond just story riffs, a pair's assets can also extend to gameplay. We look back on some of the most memorable ones this year... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion: Important Female Characters Weren’t Marketed Well This Year

    Originally, I intended to write a feature on the defining female characters of 2013. Unfortunately, when I started compiling my list, I realized this wasn’t a great year for female characters. I could barely come up with five that I felt confident about, but two stood out the most: BioShock Infinite’s... More
  • Blog Post: The Best Video Game Stories Of 2013

    This year we killed a lot of zombies, traveled to exotic lands in the sky, punched some supervillains in the jaw, and sailed the seas as a pirate, but which stories really stuck with us? As the year draws to a close, I reflect back on some of the best stories told through video games this year. Here... More
  • Blog Post: When Little Details Make A Big Difference

    When my fellow interns and I first got our hands on Grand Theft Auto V, we decided to explore Los Santos together. As soon as Isaac had control of main character Franklin Clinton, he sprinted and jumped into the side of a building. The results were hilarious; Franklin smacked violently against the wall... More
  • Blog Post: Quantum Mechanics And The Joy Of Ambiguity: A Conversation With Ken Levine

    Note: There are heavy spoilers for BioShock Infinite's core game contained in this interview. "Once you start getting into quantum mechanics, the notion of the individual becomes very complicated," Irrational Games' Ken Levine tells me at the outset of our conversation. While BioShock... More
  • Blog Post: CosBlog #94: Bioshock Infinite Tribute

    The ER Collective, comprised of veteran cosplayer Erick and Rose, teamed up with friend Alexander Albatross on this incredible Bioshock Infinite tribute. Months of research and careful planning resulted in stellar costumes with impeccable craftsmanship, easily worthy of cinema screen time. Who: The Character... More
  • Blog Post: Developer Salute – Irrational Games

    Do you have that developer who is your sure bet? Mine’s Irrational Games. The visionary studio never lets me down and continues to break the mold with each release. Not only does Irrational continually outdo itself and other developers, but its innovation is most admirable. Whenever I step into... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Ambiguous Endings Shouldn’t Be Feared

    Video game storytelling has grown tremendously. In less than 40 years, we've gone from two ping-pong paddles and a ball to full-blown narratives, multidimensional characters, and complex themes. I love watching people dissect modern games and come away with different interpretations, and that developers... More
  • Blog Post: The Best Video Game Surprise Songs

    It’s not an entirely new phenomenon. Surprise songs have been showing up in video games for quite some time, but it has become increasingly popular in this generation of video games. Sometimes they accompany secret areas, important plot moments, or they appear during the credits at the end of a... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion: Why Cliché RPGs Won’t Cut It Anymore

    The role-playing game genre's focus on stories has always drawn me. Having a reason to play beyond "let's get to the end" is a powerful lure. For over two decades, I've enjoyed watching characters grow to save the world. The ending credits always matter so much more with the added... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion: Am I Playing This Right?

    We usually have a good idea of what we're supposed to do when we play games. Shoot the bad guys. Score more points than your opponent. Craft and quest. And yet, why do we feel lost? It's a very common occurrence in this office – and I'm sure you've had a similar experience with... More
  • Blog Post: Why Bioshock Infinite Stands Out

    NOTE: This feature is spoiler-free In case our review score of 10 didn’t make it obvious, we’re big fans of Bioshock Infinite here at Game Informer. Its brilliant story, complex ending, and fascinating world drew all of us in, and the game seems destined to be remembered as one of the high... More
  • Blog Post: Free Will And Hope In BioShock Infinite

    [This editorial contains spoilers about BioShock Infinite, its characters, and its ending.] Irrational Games’ BioShock Infinite delivers a standout gameplay experience, but its biggest contribution to the interactive medium is its complex story and willingness to challenge gamers to think in new... More
  • Blog Post: How BioShock Infinite’s Elizabeth Makes Her Mark

    When I heard Booker DeWitt would always have the lovely and energetic Elizabeth at his side during BioShock Infinite , I was worried. Not because I didn't find Elizabeth magnetic (I did), but whenever you are tasked with escorting a character through danger, that companion can become a burden. Often... More
  • Blog Post: Spoiled – BioShock Infinite

    The Game Informer office has been filled with excited whispering about Irrational's fantastic BioShock Infinite . Many editors beat the game within days of its release, and we have been busy piecing together the mind-bending plot and sharing our favorite moments. We decided to finally stop whispering... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – BioShock Infinite

    Most of the gaming world is in blackout mode, avoiding info about BioShock Infinite until it releases tomorrow. If you just want a small taste of what to expect, then this episode of Test Chamber is for you. GI Editors Joe Juba and Andrew Reiner play through a slice from the early hours of the game,... More
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