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GI Staff And Reader Interests, Dislikes, And Favorite Games: Issue #227

The Game Informer monthly staff page is a forum where we all come together and talk about what's cool right now. We'll get the ball rolling and would love to hear everyone's current interests, dislikes, and favorite games.

Andy McNamara

Interests: Austin Hill Country Biking, Timberwolves Basketball, DICE Speeches By Todd Howard, Tim Sweeney, and Many Others, Getting To Know My PS Vita (Not Sure It Is A Hit Yet But I'm Enjoying My Time Quite A Bit), The Hunger Games, Nook

Dislikes: Bad Internet, Texas Drivers And Crappy Shoulders For Bikers, The Vita Browser

Current Favorite Games: Pinball FX 2, Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational, Super Stardust Delta, Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning

Andrew Reiner

Interests: Firing Up Mass Effect 3 (I'll See You In April!), Breaking In My Vita (The Sexiest Handheld Yet…Yes, I Like It More Than The iPad), Getting Back Into The Pinball Swing (Many High Scores Have Fallen And Many More Will In The Days Ahead), The Return Of Baseball Season (Go, Cubs!!!), The Darkening Dream By Andy Gavin

Dislikes: The Usual Software Lull After A System Launch (Here's Hoping The Vita Doesn't Suffer The Same Fate), Day-One DLC (Let's At Least Wait A Few Weeks, Publishers), No Longer Getting Manuals With Games (This Bums Me Out Whenever I Open Up A New Game)

Current Favorite Games: Mass Effect 3, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning, Asura's Wrath, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational, Fairway Solitaire, Alan Wake's American Nightmare, Pinball FX 2

Matt Helgeson

Interests: Jacked: The Outlaw Story Of Grand Theft Auto By David Kushner, Justified Season 3, The Walking Dead, The Minnesota Timberwolves Playing .500 Basketball

Dislikes: Being So Behind On Movies I Will Never Catch Up, Flu/Cold Season, The Jennifer Hepler/BioWare/Reddit Incident

Current Favorite Games: Grand Slam Tennis 2, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Super Stickman Golf, Where's My Water

Matthew Kato

Interests: Peep Show, The Upcoming Moonrise Kingdom, Kurt Andersen's Vanity Fair Article "You Say You Want A Devolution?", Using Discogs.com To Organize My Record Collection

Dislikes: Foster The People, Futuristic Sports, Roger Gooddell's Extension, Budding In On Other People's Conversations, Talk Of Another Star Wars Movie (I Can't Care About This Franchise Anymore)

Current Favorite Games: Assassin's Creed 3, The Last Of Us, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, Journey

Adam Biessener

Interests: That A Game I Have Sunk Hundreds Of Hours Into Can Still Kick My Ass (I Love You, Shogun 2), Pitchers & Catchers Reporting, Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep, The Timberwolves Finally Being Worth Watching Again, My Fancy New Kindle Touch

Dislikes: Weird Skype Problems During Important Interviews, The Wild Being Nowhere Near Watching, The Twins' Upcoming 90-Loss Season, The Lack Of Anything Resembling A Good Space Combat Game In Years, Hard Drive Death

Current Favorite Games: Total War: Shogun 2 (And The Excellent Rise Of The Samurai DLC), Crusader Kings II, Civilization V, Magic: The Gathering (Innistrad Is The Best Block Since Ravnica), Dominion

Interests: Boardwalk Empire (Just Started Season 1), A Giant Rope Swing, This Isn't Exciting…But It Is Fascinating, Diamond Shreddies (We Don't Have These In The U.S., But I Love This Advertising Campaign), Getting Audiobooks From The Library (News Flash: It's Free!)

Dislikes: Worst Sentence Ever, Not Getting Into Skyward Sword (I'll Come Back To It Eventually), I Will Never Buy A Subaru Thanks To This

Current Favorite Games: Final Fantasy XIII-2, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Cave Story, Abobo's Big Adventure

Matt Miller

Interests: Star Wars: Dawn Of The Jedi (Now That's How You Do A First Comic Issue), Downton Abbey: Season 2 (But How Will World War I Affect All Those Burgeoning British Romances?), The Revisionists By Thomas Mullen, Chronicle (What A Great Super Hero Movie!), The Smell Of Good Indian Food

Dislikes: The 3DS 3D Function (My Dial Is All The Way Down, Thank You), Still Playing Catch Up On Holiday Games In February, The Smell of Good Indian Food Leftovers In Your Car After A Two Hour Movie, Waiting For Mass Effect 3

Current Favorite Games: Guild Wars 2, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, Saints Row: The Third, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Pinball FX 2, Uncharted 3: Drake's Fortune

Matt Bertz

Interests: Terence Malick's Tree of Life, Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas, Grantland.com, The Resurgent Minnesota Timberwolves (They Suck Less!), Jordan Mechner Resurrecting Karateka, Watching Epic's Tim Sweeney Talk About Technology, Ice Fishing On The Lake Of The Woods

Dislikes: Having My Router Burn Out A Month Before The Cool New Ones Release, Waiting For Mass Effect 3, Waiting For New Battlefield 3 Maps, Zynga's Poor Excuses For Blatant Plagiarism, The Minutia Of Wedding Planning

Current Favorite Games: FIFA 12, Battlefield 3, Contre Jour, NBA 2K12, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Interests: Fringe Season Four (It’s CUHRAAAAZY!), Realizing That Assassin’s Creed Is Kind Of An Awesome Series, Fruit Pies, Realizing I Haven’t Washed My Car In Three Years

Dislikes: Kids Deleting Save Games, When The Kids In Question Are Yours So You Can’t Tell Them To Go Home, I Don’t Even Know Anymore

Current Favorite Games: Pinball FX 2, Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning, SSX, Mass Effect 3

Ben Reeves

Interests: Mifune Videos (This Old Guy Is Spry), The Adventures Of Superpup (Maybe It’s Time To Finally Create This Show), Wearing Kilts To Weddings (Haven’t Done That Yet, But My Sister’s Getting Married This Summer, So Maybe!), The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret

Dislikes: The Addictive Properties of Caffeine, The Way Parents Going On About Their Newborn As If It’s Better Than Me (BTW, Congrats James and Melissa!) Mistaking Arby’s For The Art Museum (That Was A Disappointing Lunch)

Current Favorite Games: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Resident Evil: "Revelaitions", Infinity Blade II, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Bryan Vore

Interests: Are You Bad Enough? -- A New Classic Gaming Blog By My Pals Ross Pfund And Dusty Ness, That The Girl Who Played With Fire Kind Of Plays Out Like A Phoenix Wright Case, Getting On The Library Train

Dislikes: How Easy It Is To Slip Back Into Unhealthy Habits, Trying To Catch Up On Oscar Movies Before The Awards, Probably Not Having Enough Time To Do An Evil Mass Effect 2 Playthrough Before Mass Effect 3 Comes Out

Current Favorite Games: The Last Of Us, Mass Effect 3 Demo (Multiplayer), Resident Evil: Revelations, Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack, Syndicate

Philip Kollar

Interests: A Virtually Non-Existent Winter In Minnesota, The Increasingly Poor Decisions Of Todd Margaret, Continued Slow March Through Reading A Storm Of Swords, Going Straight From Mark Millar’s Awesome Run On Fantastic Four Into Jonathan Hickman’s Awesome Run On Fantastic Four, Fun’s Great New Album Some Nights, Final Fantasy XIII-2’s Time-Traveling Gameplay And Monster Collecting, Writing

Dislikes: I Somehow Still Haven’t Listened To The New Sleigh Bells CD, Being Forced To Play The Dumb Slot Machines In Final Fantasy XIII-2 To Get The Final Fragment And The True Ending, Final Fantasy XIII-2’s Dumb Story

Current Favorite Games: Final Fantasy XIII-2, Mass Effect 2, Guild Wars 2, Alan Wake, Resident Evil: Revelations, SoulCalibur V

Jeff Marchiafava

Interests: Getting To Hang Out With Some Of The Guys From Zen Studios, Neil deGrasse Tyson (In A Perfect World He’d Be A Role Model To Kids Instead Of Random Rich Morons), Peep Show (Rarely Do I Find British Comedies This Hilarious), Trying To Cook Rice Dishes With My New Rice Cooker (So Far The Results Haven’t Been Great, But I’m Learning)

Dislikes: When Monetization Schemes Break Good Gameplay, “Linsanity” (I Don’t Have Any Feelings Towards Lin, But The Ridiculous Level Of Hype Makes Me Question Sports Journalism As A Whole), Ben Hanson Loudly Eating Nuts All Day Long

Current Favorite Games: Skate 3, Pinball FX 2, Router, Tiny Tower

Dan Ryckert

Interests: Going To Both A WWE Pay-Per-View And Raw Within A 24-Hour Timespan, Meeting Vince McMahon, That Place I Saw In Milwaukee That Offers Bail Bonds And Hot Wings, The Upcoming Dorito Taco At Taco Bell, Thin Lizzy’s “Cowboy Song”

Dislikes: Tool, The New Tweetdeck, My Crappy Pickpocketing Skill In Skyrim, Dancing Bearded Babies In Just For Men Commercials

Current Favorite Games: Skyrim, Soulcalibur V, Twisted Metal, Triple Town, Temple Run

Interests: Rock Climbing, Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies, The Grey, The Legacy Music Hour Podcast, This Song, The Artist, Yoga, YOUWRETCH, Kicking Dan Really Hard In Muay Thai Class, Kitty, Breaking Bad, All Video Game Music, Warm MN Weather In February, Reddit

Dislikes: The Mothman Prophecies, Not Playing Hockey, Gastrointestinal Effects Of Black Bean Burgers, Paul Ryckert, Waiting For Mass Effect 3, Not Having Enough Time For Games

Current Favorite Games: Jak 3, Sly Cooper & The Thevious Raccoonus, Resident Evil: Revelations, Kirby’s Return To Dreamland, Pokémon SoulSilver , The Last Of Us, Mass Effect 3

Ben Hanson

Interests: Convincing Myself That I’m Going To Be Extremely Physically Active When Summer Arrives, Becoming The Robert Muldoon Of Mice, Worshipping Boogie Nights And 2 Player Productions

Dislikes: Free Games With Pay Walls, Games That You Can’t Listen To Podcasts To While Playing, Jacob From Mass Effect 2 (I’m Sorry, But I Just Don’t Care About Him)

Current Favorite Games: Mass Effect 2, Triple Town, Hero Academy, Pokémon SoulSilver

Kyle Hilliard

Interests: That I’m Nearly Done With The Hunger Games Trilogy, The Second Season Of Shameless Has So Far Made Sunday A Day To Look Forward To, The Office Without Steve Carell (I Like Steve Carell, But I Am Enjoying The Show Just As Much Without Him), Babies (Specifically My Own), Wives (Specifically My Own), Knowing Tim Turi And Hearing Him Sing The Family Matters Theme On The Roof Of The Game Informer Offices, Ben Hanson Buying Me Pistachio Nuts

Dislikes: Ben Hanson Eating All My Pistachio Nuts, NBC Should Be Ashamed Of Itself For Putting Community On Hiatus, Video Games That Are Much Longer Than They Need To Be A.K.A. JRPGs

Current Favorite Games: Jak And Daxter Collection, Resident Evil: Revelations, Escape Plan, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, Saints Row: The Third

Jim Reilly

Interests: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Wearing My Suits, Being The Best Dressed Person At A Bar, Getting Compliments On My Suits

Dislikes: When My Power Goes Out, My Chemical Romance, Shaving My Neck

Current Favorite Games: Fallout: New Vegas

Jason Oestreicher

Interests: Finally Bringing My Wife To Minnesota, Living On An ISLAND!, Spending Time With Friends In Atlanta, Getting My Life Back To Normal

Dislikes: Breaking Sleep Habits, Washer/Dryer Combo Units, The Wasted Potential Of NeverDead

Current Favorite Games: Street Fighter X Tekken, Pinball FX 2, Soulcalibur V, Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning, Mass Effect (All Of Them)

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