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  • Blog Post: Opinion – Redefining Victory As Gaming Goes More Mainstream

    Growing up, the bus ride to school served as the bragging grounds for my friends and me. I distinctly remember reveling in my accomplishment of getting through the special zone of Super Mario World, only to have my friend throw his successful completion of Mega Man 2 in my face later that week. Constantly... More
  • Blog Post: What Are Your Favorite Video Game Characters Saying On Twitter?

    We all love twitter, and it turns out that so do many of your favorite video game stars. Here’s are some of our favorite tweets from our favorite video game tweeters. Up Next: Tweets from Ezio, Master Chief, and Lara Croft. More
  • Blog Post: 10 Gameplay Mechanics That Completely Changed Our Favorite Series

    As a game series ages, new ideas are introduced to keep the franchise fresh. Some concepts flop or are forgotten while others flourish. A select few even manage to redefine the way players engage with that series. Here’s a list of mechanics that accomplished the latter for their respective properties... More
  • Blog Post: Seven Game Series Begging For The Super Mario Maker Treatment

    Super Mario Maker captured the imaginations of Nintendo fans at this year's E3. The Nintendo World Championship 2015 highlighted the insane degree of entertainment and unpredictability a creative mind can pack into custom stages. NWC 2015's final challenge was filled with surprising enemies like... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Sonic The Hedgehog 2006

    The Game Informer office is pretty secure. Multiple layers of security doors, keys, and passwords keep us editors and our precious, expansive vault of games (locked with its own special key) safe from unwanted intrusions. Some acts of god can't be avoided, however. Such is the case when former Game... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Shadow The Hedgehog

    I made it an entire decade without having to play the legendarily miserable Sonic spin-off, Shadow the Hedgehog. Then, Brian Shea ( follow him on Twitter ) joined the Game Informer team. You can read Brian's official introductory post here, but if you want a deeper glimpse into the man's deep... More
  • Blog Post: The Five Worst Games Of 2014

    Everyone wants to talk about the best the year had to offer, but maybe that's just a coping mechanism. Maybe all the positivity is just an attempt to forget the fact that we also spent hours playing some complete garbage, too. Like last year , we collected some videos and review excerpts from the... More
  • Blog Post: GI Commentary Track – Sonic Christmas Blast

    I don't know about you, but when I think of Christmas I think of Sonic the Hedgehog. Thankfully Reiner showed up to the office before the GI office let out for holiday break with a DVD titled Sonic Christmas Blast in his hand. Naturally, we knew we had to watch it and record a commentary track to... More
  • Blog Post: Should Your Favorite Video Game Animals Be Dead?

    Video game characters and their respective series only have one true lifeblood: monetary success. As long as they keep making money, they'll stay alive. But what if video game franchises and their beloved mascots adhered to the laws of nature? We've done some serious scientific research to find... More
  • Blog Post: Seen At E3 2014 Part Two

    Following up yesterday's first E3 2014 photo gallery , we've got more photos from the show floor. A wide shot of the Capcom and Square Enix booths Capcom had a collection of statues and figures on display Mega Man and prototype Proto Man That stupid glass was in the way of me quietly shoving... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Ristar

    Back in the late '80s/early '90s, the creative minds at Sega joined forces to dream up a new mascot for the powerful, 16-bit Sega Genesis. Potential character concepts included a fluffy rabbit, speedy blue hedgehog, and a sentient celestial body. While Sonic was born from these talks, the latter... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Sonic Lost World’s Zelda And Yoshi DLC

    Sonic Lost World’s Nintendo tie-in has opened the door to some interesting free DLC. In this episode of Test Chamber, Tim Turi and I take a look at the Zelda and Yoshi add-ons that have released for the game. We start off by taking a look at the Zelda Zone for a quick tease of how an open-world... More
  • Blog Post: Video Interview - Sonic Lost World's Galactic Inspirations

    Both the Wii U and 3DS versions of Sonic Lost World are playable at E3 2013. As the first of the three-game Nintendo-exclusive deal for the Sonic series, Sonic Lost World adds new traversal options for Sonic in a world that twists and curls around itself. Watch the video below to see the brand manager... More
  • Blog Post: Talking With Archie Comics About Sonic & Mega Man: Worlds Collide

    Sonic and Mega Man have some obvious similarities. They’re both iconic blue video game heroes that battle robots created by mustachioed evil scientists. They started their careers on the opposite sides of the track, with Mega Man exclusively on Nintendo systems and Sonic on Sega’s hardware... More
  • Blog Post: Sonic & Mega Man: Worlds Collide Comic Book Review

    I remember stumbling upon the very first issue of Archie’s Sonic the Hedgehog comic during a family vacation over 20 years ago. I read that series for years, following the exploits of Sonic, Princess Sally, and the other Freedom Fighters in their fight against Dr. Robotnik. I eventually fell off... More
  • Blog Post: How Meaningful Are Sound Effects To You?

    Halo 4 releases today, and while it’s being praised for things like the combat, the multiplayer, and the graphics, it is also getting an uncommon amount of praise for its sound effects. Sound effects don’t usually garner much attention when compared to most other aspects of a video game,... More
  • Blog Post: Editorial: My Personal Trade-In Woes

    Left to their own devices, kids don’t always make the best decisions. Children are often attracted to newer and shinier toys, leaving their old favorites behind to collect dust (e.g., the entire plot of Toy Story). However, some kids don’t just tuck away their old toys. Instead, they cash... More
  • Blog Post: Which Gaming Icon Would Survive Best On A Desert Island?

    Sometimes it’s the big questions in life that really matter. What is the meaning of life? Who shot first? Team Edward or Team Jacob? Other times, people just ask dumb questions and smarter, more superior people try and answer them as best they can. This brings us to the big question that is on... 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: Replay – Sonic Adventure

    Tossing in an old Sonic title for an episode of Replay has been a long time coming. I just never thought the first one we'd play would be Sonic Adventure. Don't get me wrong - I loved Sonic Adventure when it released alongside the Dreamcast in 1999, but that games, well... it hasn't aged... More
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