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  • "Don't Copy That Floppy" - The Early 90s Anti-Game Piracy Rap

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    Think you want to copy Oregon Trail or Neverwinter Nights? Better check yourself before you get checked by rapper Disc Protector. More

    Think you want to copy Oregon Trail or Neverwinter Nights? Better check yourself before you get checked by rapper Disc Protector. I'm very much against game piracy, but I couldn't help but get a chuckle from this old-school anti-game piracy PSA... More
  • We Got The Best Christmas Present Ever

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    Longtime Game Informer reader and GI.com community member Patrick Morgan (a.k.a. @ElGuardDuck on Twitter) sent us a package today. It contained an extremely rare and valuable present. We're awestruck. As you can see, this gift – a priceless... More
  • Goodnight Lou

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    There's not a lot that I can say that hasn't been said better elsewhere, but I wanted to take a moment to express my sadness at the passing of Lou Reed. The Velvet Underground and his solo work had a profound effect on me as a writer and musician... More
  • 20 Pull-Ups/100 Push-Ups Challenge: Weeks 3 & 4

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    As they say: one step up, two steps back. I didn't do an update last week, but I did continue my program. And, as with the last update, my results were mixed. One good decision I made was to upgrade to the paid version of the push-up app I was using... More
  • 20 Pull-Ups/100 Push-Ups Challenge: Week 2

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    Wanted to give an update on my attempt to train to do 20 pull-ups and 100 push-ups. First off, although I'm not sure how interesting this is to anyone, I'm glad I did that original blog because I definitely trained a few days when I didn't... More
  • 20 Pull-Ups/100 Push-Ups Challenge: Week 1

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    [Update 2] Had some mixed results yesterday. Pull-ups went pretty well. The program called for 5 sets: 1 pul

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    [Update 2] Had some mixed results yesterday. Pull-ups went pretty well. The program called for 5 sets: 1 pull-up/1 pull-up/1 negative*/1 pull-up/1 negative. Actually managed to do it all, with a total of 3 pull-ups which is already better than the one... More
  • The GI Show Makes It On WWE Raw

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    The world’s most iconic wrestling show...oh who am I kidding? I don’t follow wrestling. The important thing here is that one of the Game Informer Show podcast ’s most loyal listeners made a GI Show sign and got us some solid TV exposure... More
  • Leroy Jenkins!

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    From my friend Justin...turns out that, in addition to ruining raids, he's actually a pretty amazing jazz violinist! More
  • I’m A Complete Idiot: A Mass Effect Story

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    If you’re a longtime reader of Game Informer and Gameinformer.com, you’ve likely suspected that I’m an idiot for quite some time. It turns out that you’re right. The story I’m about to relate – about my complete failure... More
  • Still Man Fights: Former GI Editor Justin Leeper's First Novel

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    Longtime Game Informer readers will no doubt remember former editor Justin Leeper. Justin worked here for four years before he left for the greener pastures of Los Angeles. More

    Longtime readers of Game Informer will remember former editor Justin Leeper, who recently published his first novel.

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  • Quick Impressions: Bastion

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    My colleague Matt Miller wrote a long and enthusiastic review of Supergiant Games' downloadable action/RPG Bastion, which further sparked my interest in a game that had been on many people's best of E3 lists. While you should definitely read his review (click here), I thought I'd jot down some of my own first impressions of Bastion and why I think it's a game well worth your time. More

    My colleague Matt Miller wrote a long and enthusiastic review of Supergiant Games' downloadable action/RPG Bastion, which further sparked my interest in a game that had been on many people's best of E3 lists. While you should definitely read his review, I thought I'd jot down some of my own first impressions of Bastion and why I think it's a game well worth your time.

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  • Fight Night Champion's Amazing First Hour

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    I'm a long-time fan of EA's Fight Night series -- it's one of the better sports franchises of the past decade. Its analog control system essentially reinvented the entire boxing genre, leaving its predecessor Knockout Kings in the dust. However, like many individual sports (like the upcoming Top Spin 4, which I'm also playing right now for review), it always struggled to deliver a career mode that was as compelling as team sports like baseball, football, and basketball. Obviously, there's no real coherent league structure or -- especially in boxing's case -- a season schedule. This takes away a lot of what people love about Madden, etc.: managing rosters, drafting, coaching, and making trades. No matter how well done the gameplay, any individual sport career mode has essentially been little more than a dressed-up series of matches. There's nothing particularly wrong with that -- or at least I didn't think there was. However, after playing the first hour of Fight Night Champion, it's clear that EA Canda has done something very special. More

    I'm a long-time fan of EA's Fight Night series -- it's one of the better sports franchises of the past decade. Its analog control system essentially reinvented the entire boxing genre, leaving its predecessor Knockout Kings in the dust. However... More
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