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  • Blog Post: Opinion: Just Because It's Different Doesn't Mean It's Bad

    Whenever the newest installment in a franchise comes out, one thing fans love to do is critique the new game on the basis of whether or not it contains the trademark features they feel it should have – how well it represents their favorite franchise. While it can be unavoidable to judge games based... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion: The (Continued) Importance of Local Multiplayer

    With the prevalence and importance of online multiplayer in today’s gaming landscape, it can be easy to discount the importance of local multiplayer. However, I don’t think local multiplayer is any less important now than it was before online gaming, and I think it will always be an essential... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Marvel And DC Should Conquer Games Next

    I don't think it's a stretch to say that comic books are taking over the entertainment world. Marvel Comics is lighting up the box office with smash hit after smash hit and is transforming its image from comic book company to one of entertainment's biggest heavyweights. The scary thing: They... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Xbox One's Uphill Race To Catch PlayStation 4

    If Microsoft wants the Xbox One to have a larger worldwide install base than the PlayStation 4, it will face a harder road than it did in the last generation. Microsoft's Xbox 360 was the defining console of the last generation in North America. A year head start, lower initial price point, and games... More
  • Blog Post: John Carmack Comments On Facebook's Oculus Rift Acquisition

    Ever since the surprise announcement of Facebook's Oculus Rift acquisition , opinions have been divided in regard to whether or not it is a good thing. Oculus Rift's CTO, John Carmack, recently offered a pair of comments on a blog offering his optomistic thoughts on the situation. It's a... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Sequels Are Vital To The Video Game Industry

    As some of our readers know, my path to Game Informer was not via a traditional journalism route. My background is in business and arts administration. One of the intersecting lessons from those courses of study is the need for reliable, sustainable cash flow. The business term is “cash cows.”... More
  • Blog Post: EA And Dice Want Battlefield 4 Player Feedback

    An e-mail has been sent to Battlefield 4 players with a survey seeking feedback on the game. It's a short survey that asks you to rate your experience on a 1-10 scale then asks you to write up some thoughts on ow to improve the game if you rated it low. If you rate the game nine or higher, the survey... More
  • Blog Post: A Parent's Take On The Xbox One's Missing Headset

    Yes. I used the word "missing" in the headline. As you may have already heard, the Xbox One will not come with a packed-in headset. Sure, the flimsy headsets that came with the Xbox 360 since launch weren't masterpieces of design, but they got the job done. Given the change in how headsets... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion — Precursor Should Stop Stalling And End Its Crowdfunding Now

    Earlier today, we reported that Precursor Games was suspending its crowdfunding efforts for Shadow of the Eternals. The episodic game was to be the studio's first, though the entirety of its staff is composed of former Silicon Knights employees. Furthermore, Shadow of the Eternals is tied very closely... More
  • Blog Post: Don't Panic: The Gamer's Guide To The Xbox One Reveal

    Sit down. Grab a paper bag. Breathe slow and deep. It's going to be ok. Yesterday's Xbox One reveal offered a lot of information about Microsoft's vision for next generation, but it also left us with a lot of questions . In less than one month, a lot of those holes are going to be filled... More
  • Blog Post: The Future Is Hazy For Darksiders, Red Faction, And Other IPs Acquired By Nordic Games

    Yesterday, Game Informer had the opportunity to interview Nordic Games Publishing about the acquisition of almost all remaining THQ intellectual properties . During our interview, we asked about the publisher's plans for the future of some of the biggest franchises now in Nordic's hands. There... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion: Some Thoughts on SimCity

    Disclaimer: This is an opinion piece by Minnnesota Viking punter Chris Kluwe, a.k.a. Chris Warcraft, and does not reflect the opinions of Game Informer magazine. Our review of SimCity will be coming in the following days. Hi. I'm Chris. I've been playing SimCity ever since the Super Nintendo... More
  • Blog Post: Losing The Spark

    When you experience a game or genre for the first time it is new and exciting. I believe that this is like a spark – a sensation of euphoria that comes from the story, gameplay, or tone of the game. I have often felt that special quality was being lost under the formulaic trend of mainstream titles... More
  • Blog Post: Box Sets: A Missed Opportunity For Video Games

    I don’t stream movies. I collect them on Blu-ray. When I’m shopping for new films either online or in a retail shop, I often find myself tempted to buy collections and bundles – sometimes for the savings they offer, and other times to land a complete trilogy or set. I recently picked... More
  • Blog Post: PlayStation Orbis: Online Forever?

    With the rumors of the new PlayStation 4 (or Orbis as all the cool kids are calling it) swirling around, one piece of information in particular struck me: Initial reports are that you'll have to be connected online to play any game on it. This got me to thinking, is Sony hurting its market share... More
  • Blog Post: The Fine Print

    I’m sick of end user license agreements. A few weeks back, I excitedly popped DC Universe Online into my PS3, looking forward to diving into some superhero craziness with a few of my buddies here at GI. What’s the first thing that greets me? A legal contract that would put my house mortgage... More
  • Blog Post: It’s Over When It’s Over: In Defense of Short Games

    These days I find that I only have the time and patience for so many 40-hour epic adventures, and I’m tired of the stigma attached to games that don’t clock in at that lofty mark. Sometimes you only want to play something for eight hours to get the satisfaction of a job well done –... More
  • Blog Post: Pinball FX2: Preserving An Endangered Species

    If you had asked me last January if a pinball game would have made my Top 10 year-end list, I’d have said you were crazy. However, that’s exactly what happened. Frankly, I wasn’t even familiar Zen Studio’s Pinball FX. All I knew was that, a few days after Pinball FX2 was released... More
  • Blog Post: My Gamerscore Is 1,650 And I've Never Felt Better

    Note: This is an opinion column that ran in the September 2010 issue of Game Informer (the Batman: Arkham City cover. I recently saw on Twitter that game designer Jesse Schell had posted a scan of it on his excellent blog Gamepocalypse Now . I thought it might be nice to post it today to give people... More
  • Blog Post: Ken Levine To The Video Game Industry: Grow A Pair

    [This editorial originally appeared in issue 207 of Game Informer and is written by Ken Levine, a founding member of Irrational Games and one of the minds behind BioShock.] Since Roger Ebert wrote a post a few weeks ago entitled "Video Games Can Never Be Art," the game-o-sphere has been abuzz... More
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