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  • Blog Post: Our 10 Most Anticipated Shooters Of 2016

    Last year was an interesting year for the shooter genre, as many titles like Rainbow Six Siege, Star Wars Battlefront, and Evolve left single-player campaigns behind in favor of focusing all the attention on multiplayer. Even though some of the future shooters we're most excited for, like Titanfall... More
  • Blog Post: Spoiled Rotten – Video Games' Biggest Spoilers

    This article contains a giant list of video game spoilers for games such as BioShock, Final Fantasy X, and Red Dead Redemption. You’ve been warned. Games are full of great plot twists, but knowing these plot twists before you play the game can sometimes ruin your enjoyment of the experience. That... More
  • Blog Post: Taking Cues From Other Shooters To Craft A Better Star Wars Battlefront

    Star Wars Battlefront wows fans with an unparalleled presentation that immerses players in George Lucas’ space opera like no other title. When you look beyond the amazing audio and faithful visuals, however, the game comes up short. To help chart a course of improvement, here are some of Battlefront's... More
  • Blog Post: Running Down Call Of Duty's Live Action, Celebrity-Filled Commercials

    As long as there is a new Call of Duty, it seems a live action commercial will release alongside it. With today's Black Ops III commercial releasing we decided to look back on the trend. Call of Duty: Black Ops This is the one that started it the trend. It has a few celebrity cameos, but they mostly... More
  • Blog Post: Activision Blizzard Forms New Esports Division With ESPN, MLG Vets At The Top

    Esports is already a crucial part of Activision Blizzard’s yearly operations, but the mega-publisher is looking to make it a corporate value. The company has hired former ESPN and NFL Network CEO Steve Bornstein and MLG co-founder Mike Sepso to lead a new Esports division as chairman and senior... More
  • Blog Post: Here Are All Of The Multiplayer Specialists You’ll Be Playing As In Black Ops III

    Treyarch is shifting the formula for Call of Duty’s multiplayer component with Black Ops III. In addition to taking a further leap into the future with its setting and technology, as well as introducing swimming into the formula, players no longer take control of nameless soldiers. Instead, you... More
  • Blog Post: Knife In A Gunfight: The History And Evolution Of First-Person Melee Combat

    It’s easy to see why guns get all the glory in video games. Unleashing the BFG on a group of Hell Knights never gets old, and sniping a headshot from across the map is always satisfying. Compared to their louder, flashier cousins, melee weapons were often a neglected portion of the first-person... More
  • Blog Post: The Giant List Of Games Our Readers Must Defend

    Yesterday I posed a question to readers : What generally disliked games do you defend? The responses from readers were wide and varied, covering games I didn't even realize needed defending. I've gathered the results here . Click here for a larger chart First up, in the chart above, you will... More
  • Blog Post: Let's Play The Nickname Game: E-sports Athlete Or Mobster?

    Earlier today, we covered the guilty plea by noted video game violence detractor Leland Yee. Yee didn’t operate alone, collaborating with a criminal named Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow . We realized that organized crime isn’t the only place you’ll find colorful names. It’s... More
  • Blog Post: E3 Rivals – The Best Shooters Of E3 2015

    E3 2015 was a big show for shooters, with several surprising announcements and plenty of bullet-raining gameplay on display. Game Informer's Matt Bertz and Brian Shea got a chance to play some of the biggest shooters at the show and were eager to compare the highs and lows of each. To learn even... More
  • Blog Post: 10 Call Of Duty Settings We’d Rather See Than ‘Near Future’

    The near-future setting of Call of Duty: Black Ops III is interesting from a gameplay perspective , but with three consecutive games relying on that setting, the franchise is sacrificing one of the key things that made the multiple-developer approach to the franchise work well. Black Ops III is set in... More
  • Blog Post: Treyarch Talks Designing Black Ops III And What An Extra Year Does For Call Of Duty

    The Call of Duty franchise is often criticized for its iterative nature. With Black Ops III, Treyarch is hoping to address those complaints through a bevy of new additions to the gameplay. From the MOBA-inspired Specialists to the Titanfall-like movement mechanics, Black Ops III has ambitions to deliver... More
  • Blog Post: Gaming’s 10 Biggest ‘First-World Problems’

    Game characters have a lot to complain about. Whether it’s the love of your life being stolen by a giant talking dinosaur turtle thing or a nuclear apocalypse wiping out the majority of life on the planet, a lot of video game characters have a rough go. Amidst of all of these trials and tragedies... More
  • Blog Post: 9 Series That Have Found Their Footing Without Their Creators

    Swirling rumors would have you believe that Hideo Kojima, the man who is synonymous with the Metal Gear series, is set to leave Konami – and the franchise he built – behind following Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. To this point, no official confirmation has come from Konami or Kojima... More
  • Blog Post: Franchises That Are Nearly Unrecognizable From How They Started

    This week sees the release of two games that have more in common than you might think. Resident Evil HD Remaster and Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell both feature monstrous enemies, but they’re also examples of two franchises that have significantly changed since they debuted. Today, we’re looking... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion - Twitch Viewership Data Has Little Value Without Industry-Wide Context

    Yesterday, we learned that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has become the most streamed console game on Twitch in 2014. While that's certainly notable in the sea of releases that have arrived this year, it doesn't really tell us much. "Most" is a great starting point for a conversation... More
  • Blog Post: An Ode To The Most Important Power-Up: Double Jump

    This week, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare released into the palms of millions of excited gamers. This series has evolved from a World War II shooter, to an intense sequence of modern military moments to a well-researched projection of what the future of warfare might look like. This year's entry... More
  • Blog Post: Call Of Duty Should Always Have Single Player

    I know a good portion of Call of Duty players never fire up the campaign, opting instead to dedicate their time to the multiplayer modes. I agree that the multiplayer is the best part of Call of Duty. I don’t get the fascination of reaching prestige numerous times, but I’m a sucker for trying... More
  • Blog Post: Life After Game Over: Pro Gamers Face Retirement

    Professional gaming, the loose confederacy of leagues, organizations, and tournaments that fall under the large banner of “eSports,” has experienced dizzying growth in the last decade. Once little more than glorified LAN parties with some sponsors and prize money, the popularity of watching... More
  • Blog Post: Interview: Hector "OpticH3CZ" Rodriguez Of OpTic Gaming

    [photo by Brett Kramer, all rights reserved] As owner of OpTic Gaming, Hector “OpticH3CZ” Rodriguez is an eSports jack-of-all-trades, guiding his team’s efforts both as game casters and high-stakes Call of Duty tournament players. We recently spoke with him about his work and overall... More
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