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  • Blog Post: What's The Future For The Last Generation's Big Franchises?

    As this past generation of home consoles prepares to ride off into the sunset, we thought it was an appropriate time to look back at new franchises that defined the past nine years in console gaming – and predict how likely it is they will continue in the future. [Note: this list is in alphabetical... More
  • Blog Post: Exploring The Evolution Of Humor In Games

    Humor doesn’t come easily. In fact, humor is so subjective that often a joke may fall flat or just offend. And yet, some people are able to express humorous concepts that a wide range of people find funny. South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone seem to be two of these people. Tomorrow,... More
  • Blog Post: Dream Video Game/Movie Match-Ups

    The video game industry doesn't have a great history with film licensing. Let's try to change all that. Here's a few dream teams – film vets who we think would make a solid match up with well known video game properties. Red Dead Redemption & The Coen Brothers (True Grit, No Country... 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: Test Chamber – The Stanley Parable

    Released years ago as a clever mod in the Source engine, The Stanley Parable has followed in the footsteps of games like Dear Esther in becoming an expanded stand-alone game. The less you know about this game going in, the better. If you have any interest in a game playing around with the concept of... More
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Memorable Character Voices In Video Games

    Imagining beloved characters with different voices is difficult – even upsetting. The most iconic video game characters are often easy to recognize just by the sound of their voices, a feature that helps define many of the memorable ones. The distinctive voice of a classic character can become... More
  • Blog Post: Developer Salute – Valve

    Few studios boast the diversity of hit titles like Valve. The Half-Life series is celebrated for its innovative gameplay, seamless narrative, and cutting edge technology. Left 4 Dead accentuates teamwork like no other game before it, and was voted the best cooperative game of all time by the Game Informer... More
  • Blog Post: Behind The Scenes With The Aperture R&D Web Series

    Fan culture has come a long way from recreating gaming scenes in Legos on top of cakes. In 2010, the video company Wayside Creations produced a web series called Fallout: Nuka Break about a Vault 10 Dweller on the search for an ice-cold Nuka Cola. We chatted with Wayside creation director Vince Talenti... More
  • Blog Post: Attention to Detail: 10 Things That Make Any Game Better

    Great ideas are the foundations of great games, and no one can deny that developers today create many entertaining concepts. Even so, sometimes the simple things get overlooked. Every gamer has stopped in the middle of playing and wondered why a developer failed to include an obviously useful feature... More
  • Blog Post: Quantum Conundrum Afterwords

    Few companies have dared to follow in the footsteps of Valve’s epic puzzle franchise Portal until Airtight Games released Quantum Conundrum. Some notes aren’t pitch perfect, but puzzle fans are humming with excitement over Quantum Conundrums mix of physics-based puzzles and slapstick environments... More
  • Blog Post: Watch The First Three Levels Of Portal 2's DLC

    Watch this video of me and a random online co-op buddy tackling the first three levels of Portal 2's just-released DLC pack, "Peer Review." Spoilers obviously abound, so enter at your own risk. I loved every second of my time with Peer Review's co-op. The puzzles are outstanding, GLaDOS... More
  • Blog Post: Portal 2 "Peer Review" DLC Impressions

    I just conquered the latest Portal campaign with a random stranger on Steam, and it was glorious. This free DLC pack is easily on par with what other publishers would charge $10 or more for. The just-released "Peer Review" DLC has two components: a two-and-a-half hour long (or so) cooperative... More
  • Blog Post: Reiner And Phil Play Portal 2 Co-Op

    Portal 2 comes packed with a lengthy and hilarious single-player mode, but we didn't want to ruin any of the surprises for you. Instead, Reiner and I decided to take a look at the biggest addition to Portal 2: the co-op mode. Watch as Reiner brags about his incredible abilities while showcasing an... More
  • Blog Post: Most Anticipated PC Games Of 2011

    There's little arguing that 2010 was one of the best years PC gaming has seen in some time. Between extremely successful major releases like StarCraft II and Civilization V and surprising indie hits like Minecraft and Amnesia: The Dark Descent, there was study buzz for a consistent stream of excellent... More
  • Blog Post: Gaming's Most Bizarre Weapons

    Any game that pits you against floods of enemies won’t leave you defenseless. While the usual go-tos are machine guns, sniper rifles, and rocket launchers, some designers take these ideas a step further by equipping players with an over-the-top arsenal that’s hard to forget. From shark launchers... More
  • Blog Post: Minimalism Done Right

    Some of the most memorable titles in gaming are the ones developers strip down to the core. Even with simplistic control schemes and less emphasis on polygon counts, minimalistic games provide the type of experience that stick with you long after you put down the controller. Here are a few titles that... More
  • Blog Post: From Narbacular Drop To Portal

    In 2005, a team of seven Digipen students put together an innovative puzzle game called Narbacular Drop for their senior project. In the two years that followed, the entire team was recruited by legendary developer Valve to turn their class project into the immediately beloved Portal. Check out the video... More
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