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GI Staff And Reader Interests, Dislikes, And Favorite Games: Issue #239

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: Next Generation hardware and software (can't wait to see "PS4"), Off season training for cycling and triathlon, Surfing (went to Kauai and I have to figure out some way to get out to a coast more often to surf as it's quite a good time)

Dislikes: The asshat who stole my iPad while I was on vacation, How much I worry that free-to-play games and micro transactions will lead to the death of full-featured games that you know… just let you play and enjoy yourself and not make you wait for timers or other moronic barriers (and yes, I realize the irony that two of my favorite games right now are free to play)

Current Favorite Games: PlanetSide 2, Dead Space 3, Clash of Clans

Andrew Reiner

Interests: J.J. Abrams directing the next Star Wars film (I hope he uses sets and actors), The idea behind Defiance (a TV show and game running concurrently could be cool), Pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training (baseball is almost here, folks!), Nintendo remaking Wind Waker (love that game, but I wish a new Wii U Zelda would have been first)

Dislikes: Losing THQ (here's hoping most of this company's popular franchises live on at their new homes), Temple Run 2's gem system (buying gems allows players to continue their games, thus killing competitive leaderboard scoring), Wii U's slow start in 2013

Current Favorite Games: Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch, The Cave, DmC: Devil May Cry, Persona 4: Golden, Blue Stinger

Matt Helgeson

Interests: Homeland Season 2 (the best TV show I've watched in a long time, Justified Season 4 (Timothy Olyphant…swoon), My daughter's new habit of making up songs, Led Zeppelin: The Oral History of the World's Greatest Rock Band by Barney Hoskyns

Dislikes: Football season being over, The Timberwolves' annual descent into despair and injury, Winter, Not riding my bicycle

Current Favorite Games:Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, Dungeon Raid, Antichamber

Matthew Kato

Interests: The return of the NHL, My PS3 player is a better Blu-ray player than my Blu-ray player (same with my PS2 as a DVD player), Girls Season 2

Dislikes: I like Miles Kane's mod style, but his music doesn't impress (Arctic Monkeys-lite), When people have generic jazz/jazz festival posters on their walls, That Mickey Mouse didn't kill himself when he had the chance

Current Favorite Games: BioShock Infinite

Adam Biessener

Interests: Home value appreciation, Long johns, Seamless Kindle library loans, Pork chops (nevermind bacon; these are the obviously superior way to consume the flesh of swine), Cheap earbuds (thanks, Monoprice!), Eric Whitacre

Dislikes: Musically uninspired choral settings of insipid poetry (seriously we need to excise the majority of works penned in the ‘90s from polite society), Waiting for my phone to ship (c’mon, Google!), Repetitive stress injuries

Current Favorite Games: Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn, The Trouble With Robots (Megamort Expansion), Path of Exile, Diablo III, Devil May Cry

Interests: Catching up on season 3 of Justified so I can start season 4, Paperman, The bird buggy, The correct response to Donald Trump, Science World billboards, Getting a puppy

Dislikes: Cleaning up puppy poop, The cat replacing the iron, Hot chocolate made with water (who does that?!),  Not having the time or expertise to set up my new surround sound system

Current Favorite Games: Devil May Cry, Dragon's Dogma, Dead Space 3

Matt Miller

Interests: Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia Coming To Netflix Streaming, The Justice League/Aquaman crossover event, Skiing again after years away from the sport

Dislikes: Final Fantasy All The Bravest (this “game” should not have happened), The end of 30 Rock, Cars with heaters that don’t work anymore

Current Favorite Games: FTL: Faster Than Light, Defiance, DMC, Kentucky Route Zero, Kingdom Rush, Tales of Graces F

Matt Bertz

Interests: Learning how to cook Thai food, Night trains to Chiang Mai that turn into discotheques, Drinking at the Skybar in Bangkok, Kendrick Lamar, Watching the new look Wild

Dislikes: The taxi cab mafia in Bangkok, EA's confusing decision to name next year's football game Madden 25, Bryant McKinnie and Matt Birk winning a Super Bowl

Current Favorite Games: BioShock Infinite, NHL 13, Sleeping Dogs, The Unfinished Swan

Interests: Homeland, Trying out games in genres I’m not usually into, Being nice to Dan on Facebook, Comedy Bang Bang

Dislikes: Calling it “Homefront” every single freaking time, Conspiracy theorists on Facebook (who are these friends, anyway?!), My inability to figure out the Witcher 2’s combat, The moment you realize that the game you’ve been looking forward to playing is a bad game, Apple’s shameful price gouging on iPad RAM

Current Favorite Games: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Lego City Undercover, Pikmin 3, Candy Crush Saga

Ben Reeves

Interests: Looper (I’m Slow To Watch Movies), The Bizarre World Of Nintendo's Star Fox, New Glarus Brewing (Thanks GI Intern Louis Garcia For The Hookup), Making My Own Peach Cobbler Out Of Season 

Dislikes:Paying Rent, Paying Taxes, Paying For Groceries, Paying For Anything Other Than Games

Current Favorite Games: Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Joe Danger Touch, DmC: Devil May Cry, Dishonored, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Bryan Vore

Interests: Strange and delicious fancy food from Minnesota restaurant Travail (foam, meat trees, thrown hot buns -- 15 crazy courses overall), Joe's puppy visiting the office, Trying to catch all of the Oscar movies before the show broadcast

Dislikes: The way I felt after eating 15 courses, Oscar movies that aren't in theaters or on streaming rental yet

Current Favorite Games: Dead Space 3, Devil May Cry, The Unfinished Swan, Fire Emblem: Awakening, BioShock Infinite

Jeff Marchiafava

Interests: Learning how to make chili, eating a giant pot of chili for four consecutive days, when indie games turn out to be awesome, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (is it bad I identify with Charlie Day’s character?) Homeland (it’s like 24, only not ridiculous), Finally figuring out the rules to Mahjong (apparently my life is slowly transforming into the Joy Luck Club), Joe’s puppy

Dislikes: When the high temperature for the day is still below zero, The GTA V delay, That issues involving violence and guns cannot be discussed rationally, People who drive like A-holes

Current Favorite Games: Antichamber, Far Cry 3, Knytt Underground, Surgeon Simulator 2013

Dan Ryckert

Interests: Making my dad play more games during his Minneapolis visit, Air Force Gator, the Royal Rumble, Airheads (the candy…well ok, I guess the movie too)

Dislikes: Mike Tyson, Noobz, Jose Canseco, Receiving chest chops, THQ closing, Minnesota weather

Current Favorite Games: Devil May Cry, Dishonored, Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!, Dead Space 3

Interests: Dead Space Martyr, Vomitron, Cookie batter, Adventure Time, Massages, Moon, Comedy Bang Bang

Dislikes: When some uninsured, unlicensed jerk causes a car accident, The cold hell of Minnesota winters, Stale marshmallows

Current Favorite Games: Dead Space 3, Devil May Cry, God of War Origins Collection, Dead Space for iOS

Ben Hanson

Interests: Cloud Atlas, Hilariously janky animations in unnamed games, The word "janky"

Dislikes: Flu season, The inaccessibility of older games

Current Favorite Games: Paper Mario, The Cave, Balloon Fight, Fire Emblem: Awakening

Kyle Hilliard

Interests: Excellent TV sitcoms coming to an end like 30 Rock and The Office, The return of Community (though I am hesitantly excited knowing that this will be a Dan Harmon-free season), The third season of Shameless, Attack the Block, Opening up my bag of Sweetart jellybeans that I bought back in April to save for a rainy day, Toddlers (one in particular)

Dislikes: Xbox 360’s cloud save system eating my The Cave save file after completing my third playthrough, Moving, The wind ripping important paper documents from my hands, Going through my stash of Sweetart jellybeans and coming to the depressing realization that I won’t be able to buy more until April

Current Favorite Games: Far Cry 3, The Cave, Resident Evil: Revelations, Resident Evil 6, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, Dead Space 3, Devil May Cry

Jason Oestreicher

Interests: Cross-Buy games

Dislikes: Ni no Kuni (mostly because my wife has been hogging the PS3 to play it), My unhealthy obsession with Investigation Discovery shows on Netflix, Christian Bale - just in general

Current Favorite Games: Devil May Cry, Street Fighter X Tekken, Super Street Fighter 4 AE 2012, Playstation All-Stars: Battle Royale

Kimberley Wallace

Interests: Watching the Blackhawks dominate, Girls season 2, Xseed’s 2013 release schedule, Keeping the candy jar full, Finally using the gym due to keeping the candy jar full

Dislikes: Weather below zero, Bullying, Not having Showtime to watch Shameless, Songs playing on repeat in my head, Headphones that break after six months

Current Favorite Games: Fire Emblem: Awakening, Far Cry 3, NHL ‘13

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