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  • Blog Post: Seen At Comic Con 2014: Cosplay

    Comic Con is a consistently impressive display of costumes across an incredible range of entertainment media. This is only a small sampling of some of the video game cosplay on display on the show. It's a mass of Michael Myers. A picture of Aerith and Sephiroth. Yes, I'm kidding. Don't know... More
  • Blog Post: How Mortal Kombat Changed The Industry And Helped Create E3

    Today, NetherRealm announced Mortal Kombat X , the latest in the long-running franchise. But the franchise’s influence on the fighting genre pales in comparison to how the controversy surrounding Mortal Kombat reshaped the game industry. Blame It On Seagal and Van Damme? According to Steve Kent’s... More
  • Blog Post: Super Replay – Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks

    If you're a longtime fan of Replay, you probably know that Reiner and I are both huge Mortal Kombat fans. Almost three years ago, we revisted Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks and were reminded that it's super awesome. We've been talking recently about how it would be fun to do a co-op Super Replay... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – We Don't Need Video Game Movies

    Hollywood has been trying to crack the code of what makes a great video game movie for over 20 years, with little to show for it. Maybe it's time to acknowledge the truth: Film adaptations of video games serve no purpose. Since the abysmal Super Mario Bros. released in 1993, the film industry has... More
  • Blog Post: The Critical Reception Of Controversial Games

    South Park: The Stick of Truth is heading to retailers soon, and it's sure to have some controversial moments if Trey Parker and Matt Stone's previous work in this universe is any indication. Many games and franchises in the past have stirred up controversy, with some doing it purely for shock... More
  • Blog Post: Characters We Want At Our Thanksgiving Table

    At Game Informer, we ponder deep philosophical questions, like if we were able to invite a video game character to our Thanksgiving table, which one would it be and why? From using them to clean to learning deep Mass Effect history, our answers are anything but ordinary. Happy Thanksgiving! Andy McNamara... More
  • Blog Post: Live-Action Web Series Roundup

    Since Lou Albano first donned Mario’s blue overalls in the Super Mario Bros. Super Show, gamers have had a fascination seeing their favorite digital worlds realized in live action. With the launch of the webisode series Halo: Forward Unto Dawn, we’ve collected several first episodes from... More
  • Blog Post: CosBlog # 81: Skarlet by Kasea VP

    NetherRealm’s fighters are some of the fiercest in the genre, making their shoes extra difficult to step into. That being said, Cosplay Kasea VP makes Skarlet’s ensemble look effortless through careful drafting and an eye for detail. Who: The Character This is Skarlet's main outfit from... More
  • Blog Post: An Interview With Syco Collectibles' Tony Searle

    Why do you never see high-end licensed statues at the mall? Why make a statue of Steve Jobs? How does a licensed statue get made? We asked Syco Collectibles' senior product consultant and marketing and promotions manager Tony Searle for the inside scoop on how a licensed statue goes from pixel to... More
  • Blog Post: Video Games' Greatest Rivalries

    Sometimes video game franchises are kind of similar. It can’t be avoided. Sometimes, those games inspire conflict and people take sides. Sometimes, a feature is written that arbitrarily decides a winner. It could be a matter of sales, a clear case of objective quality, or my own personable preference... More
  • Blog Post: Why Should You Care About eSports?

    What makes over eight million people tune in to live streams to watch other people play video games? Electronic Sports, better known as eSports, is an umbrella term for competitive video gaming. Competitive gaming has been growing in popularity for a while now, developing a large fan-base that is both... More
  • Blog Post: Missteps From The Fighting Genre

    In the latest issue of our magazine (#228), I wrote an article called “Building The Perfect Fighter” that was intended to highlight mechanics throughout the fighting genre that worked well. While I was writing it, I was reminded of gameplay elements in the past that wound up being a detriment... More
  • Blog Post: Who Actually Won Mortal Kombat?

    The gaming industry is no stranger to convoluted storylines, with series like Metal Gear Solid and Xenosaga leaving many fans scratching their heads. If there’s one corner of gaming with more incomprehensible story arcs than all the others, it’s the fighting genre. They often feature a roster... More
  • Blog Post: DLC To Help You Through The Summer Drought

    It's been a whirlwind year so far, from heavy-hitters like Dead Space 2 and Bulletstorm near the beginning of the year, to hits like Portal 2, L.A. Noire, and Mortal Kombat more recently. However, the next couple of months are going to be a little dry by comparison. Things kick into high gear again... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks

    Last month, the latest Mortal Kombat title released. I was skeptical that I would enjoy it, and in a shocking turn of events, Dan Ryckert of all people convinced me to give it a chance, and I ended up totally loving it. This week's episode of Replay plays out in a familiar fashion. Dan brings Andrew... More
  • Blog Post: Celebrate The Holiday Weekend With Gaming's Easter Eggs

    It's timely that this week has been filled with news stories about hidden Easter eggs. We've learned recently about singing turrets in Portal 2 and hidden fights in Mortal Kombat, and it got us thinking about some of our favorite Easter eggs from gaming's past. Take a look at some of the... More
  • Blog Post: Reiner And Phil Play Mortal Kombat

    You may have already watched Dan and I play the Mortal Kombat demo , but now we have the full version in the office, and Reiner played the crap out of it for his review . He's unlocked virtually every secret in the game, and now we're going to share some of the coolest hidden things with you... More
  • Blog Post: Most Anticipated Xbox 360 Games of 2011

    Outside of Gears of War 3 and Forza 4, Microsoft hasn't announced any noteworthy Xbox 360 exclusives for 2011, but that doesn't mean the system is lacking in heavy hitters. While we patiently wait for some new announcements, there are enough cross-platform blockbusters to keep you glued to your... More
  • Blog Post: Lesser-Known Fighting Finishers

    When Mortal Kombat hit the arcades in 1992, the ensuing firestorm of controversy wasn't the only thing it sparked. Like any new craze, everyone wanted to jump on the ultra-gory fighter bandwagon. Throughout the early-to-mid 90s, there was a rash of fighters that featured obvious rip-offs of Mortal... More
  • Blog Post: Who We Want (And Don’t Want) In The New Mortal Kombat

    Ed Boon and his team showed off the new Mortal Kombat at E3 last week, and well...it looks awesome. The team at NetherRealm Studios has had no problem referring to this upcoming title as pure fan service after the mixed reactions received by the Teen-rated Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. Boon has also... More
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