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  • Next-Generation Disappointment?

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    I keep turning over and over in my head what the next-generation of consoles is going to be like, and I have a hard time envisioning them. Nintendo is rightly being pilloried for the Wii U being simply a half-step towards the true next-generation of consoles, but what exactly does that term even mean? While the next round of systems will certainly allow for better graphics, I currently can't think of one thing that would make a new batch of consoles absolutely necessary. Then again, perhaps the console manufacturers already know this… More

    Will the next round of home consoles be a leap forward or a sidestep?

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  • 2011 Sounds Roundup

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    Recently Bertz collected and shared a bunch of the staff's favorite songs from 2011 on a Spotify playlist. I didn't think that I had heard a lot of good new music last year to make much of a contribution, but I was pleasantly surprised. More

    Recently Bertz collected and shared a bunch of the staff's favorite songs from 2011 on a Spotify playlist. I didn't think that I had heard a lot of good new music last year to make much of a contribution, but I was pleasantly surprised.

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  • Nintendo's Iwata On The Hot Seat

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    I'm not a Nintendo shareholder, so I have no stake in the matter, nor am I a Wall Street expert. However, these two segments must be closely watching the performance of Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata. Even with the best-selling Wii console, a history of killer franchises, and plenty of products around the corner, I think that Iwata's on the hot seat – and if things don't go right when the Wii U launches in late 2012, I think he will be asked to step down. More

    All eyes are on Nintendo CEO and president Satoru Iwata, who must be on the hot seat in this crucial stretch in the company's history.

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  • L.A. Noire Gets Lost In The Shadows

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    Rockstar games are deservedly well known for their immersive worlds, but I think L.A. Noire missed an opportunity in this department. More

    Rockstar games are deservedly well known for their immersive worlds, but I think L.A. Noire missed an opportunity in this department.

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  • The Not-So-Wonderful World Of Disney

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    Disney Interactive's switch in video game strategy has left more than a few casualties in its wake.

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  • Missing the Plot: Story vs. Gameplay

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    It's a great time for video games. Open world titles and expansive RPGs in particular present imaginative game worlds and almost endless possibilities to gamers through sprawling stories and sheer selection of stuff to do. We've gotten used to and sometimes demand 40+ hour game experiences from some titles, but I often find that the need for a great story and tons of missions can take away from the overall narrative and the possible impact it can have. More

    We all love the freedom that expansive games give us, but what does this do to the story?

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  • I Have a Bad Feeling About The Cost Of Sony's NGP

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    Like most of you, my first question about any hardware is: "What does it cost?" Sony's not revealing that yet, and I have a bad feeling about that. More

    Like most of you, my first question about any hardware is: "What does it cost?" Sony's not revealing that yet about the NGP, and I have a bad feeling about that.

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  • Kato Answers Your Questions!

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    Thanks to everyone who wrote in with their questions. Frankly, I was surprised nobody bothered to ask me, "Why are you so bad at your job?" etc. Kidding aside, I hope I covered the bases for you guys, and although I didn't get to all of the questions, I think you'll find plenty to chew on. More

    Senior Associate Editor Matthew Kato answers your questions. Giraffes inside.

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  • My 2011 Gaming Resolutions

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    In the spirit of the new year (same as the old year), I've decided to make myself a better gamer. I don't think this will necessarily make me a better person – it's far, far too late for any of that nonsense – but at least I'll have some fun in the process. Without further ado, here's my 2011 New Year's Gaming Resolutions. More

    In the spirit of the new year (same as the old year), I've decided to make myself a better gamer. I don't think this will necessarily make me a better person – it's far, far too late for any of that nonsense – but at least I'll have some fun in the process. Without further ado, here's my 2011 New Year's Gaming Resolutions.

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  • A Q&A With Kato

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    You've probably always wanted to grill a Game Informer editor about what it's like to work at the mag, why such-and-such a game got such a low/high score, and how did Ben manage to pass the mental screening portion of the job interview. More

    Ask Game Informer senior associate editor Matthew Kato the hard questions in this Q&A.

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  • Sports Gamers FTW

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    Some people put down sports gamers under the assumption that we're somehow not legitimate gamers. That's bullshit. I don't get where this comes from. Are these not games with goals, buttons, actions, rewards, and challenges? Like some alternate universe where the geeks are trying to exact their revenge on the jocks from high school, some gamers loves to crap on people who play sports games. First off, I can most certainly tell you that in high school I was as big of a geek as anyone, so you can take your angst out on someone else thank you very much. Secondly, I wonder if any of these sports game haters have even played one recently. More

    Sports gamers do it better than anyone.

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  • Kinect's Launch Lineup Misses An Opportunity

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    I was trying like hell to play Kinect at E3, but with my already busy schedule at the convention I just couldn't see it. That's a real shame. While I'm not going to try and pretend I know what Kinect feels like to play, one thing I'm disappointed about regarding the system is the lineup of games that Microsoft showcased for the peripheral. More

    I was trying like hell to play Kinect at E3, but with my already busy schedule at the convention I just couldn't see it. That's a real shame. While I'm not going to try and pretend I know what Kinect feels like to play, one thing I'm disappointed... More
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