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  • Blog Post: Can't Look Away: The Evolution Of Modern First-Person Horror

    A few years ago, fear and uncertainty surrounded the future of horror games. Nonstop action had infiltrated a genre long defined by gradually exploring morbid environments, managing scarce resources, and evading monstrous creatures. Resident Evil jumped into the cooperative-shooter camp with its fifth... More
  • Blog Post: “What If?”: Exploring Gaming’s Alternative Histories

    All great alternate histories revolve around the question, “What if?” What if the outcome of a pivotal battle had been different? What if Adolf Hitler never became radicalized? What if this decision was made instead of that one? Video games are perfect ways to explore these alternate histories... More
  • Blog Post: The Major Milestones In Console Evolution

    At their core, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are video game systems. However, they contain an array of technology that's built on the innovations of the consoles that came before them. From controllers to online services, these new systems offer more for the gamer than anything we've seen before... More
  • Blog Post: Post-Modern: Inside The Development History Of Call Of Duty: Ghosts

    With Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 tied up in a relatively neat package , the team at Infinity Ward began the long trek of developing a brand new entry in the series. We visited the studio for this month's cover story and spoke with executive producer Mark Rubin about the history of the game that... More
  • Blog Post: The True History Of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

    We speak with Colin Woodard, the historian who literally wrote the book on the golden age of piracy. His insight offers plenty of hints about what to expect in the upcoming game. Colin Woodard is no stranger to the world of pirates. His 2008 book, The Republic of Pirates , is a thorough and fascinating... More
  • Blog Post: Mario's Secret History

    "One day the kingdom of the peaceful mushroom people was invaded by the Koopa, a tribe of turtles famous for their black magic. The quiet, peace-loving Mushroom People were turned into mere stones, bricks and even field horse-hair plants, and the Mushroom Kingdom fell into ruin. The only one who... More
  • Blog Post: A History Of Video Game Mudslinging

    It’s Election Day. After months of campaigning and taking shots at the other guy, politicians hope their efforts have not been in vain as you elect a candidate into office. That got me thinking. In the golden days of gaming when Sega and Nintendo were fierce rivals, games were not afraid to blatantly... More
  • Blog Post: The Evolution of Kratos

    Born a Spartan, and raised to become one of Greece’s most formidable generals, Kratos’ iron will eventually collide with the pride of the Greek gods. But what makes this gaming legend tick? We examine the character evolution of one of Sony’s most memorable characters. Needless to say... More
  • Blog Post: Director’s Cut: Gauntlet Creator Ed Logg Talks Co-Op

    [Note: This is an extended version of the interview that ran in the October 2012 issue of Game Informer.] Though today we think of co-op as a primarily online experience, the first game that made cooperative play a mass-market phenomenon was Atari’s Gauntlet. The four-player dungeon crawler offered... More
  • Blog Post: Read A Chapter From Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto

    David Kushner's Masters of Doom , which told the gripping tale of id Software's creation of Doom and the FPS genre, is perhaps the best-written video game book ever released. After exploring some topics outside of games, Kushner returns to video games with Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft... More
  • Blog Post: Game Informer Editors Set Guinness World Record

    Earlier this year, a copy of Guinness World Records 2011: Gamer’s Edition showed up at our office. I spent some time flipping through its pages, amused at records for high scores in Donkey Konga and minigames from Zelda. As I continued reading it, I started thinking about getting in the book myself... More
  • Blog Post: A History Of Video Game Westerns

    Gun-toting bad asses and video games go together like a horse and carriage - as long as that carriage is on fire and being pursued by murderous outlaws. Westerns have been sprinkled throughout video game history in a variety of forms, from bullet-riddled shooters to point and click adventures. Here’s... More
  • Blog Post: Sterner Stuff: The History Of The Transformers

    As of 2009, The Transformers are 25 years old -- older if you look to their Japanese roots. In this span of time, the series of toys has invaded every medium imaginable and developed a rabid fan following with size and lasting power that all but the most popular franchises would blush at. But one area... More
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