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  • "Like The Musée Du Louvre Of Games" – A Tour Of My Game Informer Office

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    Randy Pitchford recently showed us his office (which is okay), and although Ben Hanson refused to shoot video of my office, I figured I would do the same thing. Most people cannot fully comprehend the levels of awesome that are contained within my office's four walls. I usually have to tell people "Don't touch that!" and "Please stop bringing your family by to look at my office." More

    My office is awesome! Take a tour with me and I'll show you why.

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  • DC's New 52: Day One

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    On most Wednesdays my comic book store is as as quiet as a library. If more than five people are browsing the comic racks at any given time, it usually means that a large family was dragged in by a son or daughter.

    The atmosphere was completely different today. The sound of excited chatter danced from the new release shelves all the way over to the darkened corners where back issues of Valiant and Malibu comics dwell. I didn't get an exact headcount, but I'd say 30 people were in the store. I haven't seen this many people buying comics at once since Superman died. Everyone was here to read and discuss this week's biggest release, DC Comics' Justice League #1. If you haven't been following your comic book news as of late (for shame!), this comic is the first issue in DC's relaunched universe. The relaunch wipes away decades worth of character histories and renumbers all books to number one. More

    On most Wednesdays my comic book store is as as quiet as a library. If more than five people are browsing the comic racks at any given time, it usually means that a large family was dragged in by a son or daughter. The atmosphere was completely different... More
  • Star Wars' 10 Biggest Missteps

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    Before I dig my fangs into all six of the Star Wars movies, I should let you know that I am still a gigantic fan of this science fiction universe. Just yesterday I purchased a new action figure of Dengar, I frequently wear T-shirts with AT-ATs on them, I hum the Imperial March more than my coworkers would like to hear, and I plan on attending a midnight event for the upcoming Blu-Ray releases. Granted, after watching the prequel movies, my affection may fall more into the camp of someone suffering from Stockholm syndrome, or someone who had half of his brain removed (the side with the prequel memories), but I still feel a strong connection to this universe. I dedicated most of my childhood playtime to Star Wars, and one of my greatest memories to this day is recreating the Battle of Hoth outside with a dozen-plus neighborhood friends the morning after a massive snowstorm. More

    Before I dig my fangs into all six of the Star Wars movies, I should let you know that I am still a gigantic fan of this science fiction universe. Just yesterday I purchased a new action figure of Dengar, I frequently wear T-shirts with AT-ATs on them... More
  • My Xbox Live Avatar's New Look

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    I don't like spending money on clothing for my virtual gaming identity. The idea seems silly to me, especially since this character is usually only seen on Xbox's dashboard. More

    I don't like spending money on clothing for my virtual gaming identity. The idea seems silly to me, especially since this character is usually only seen on Xbox's dashboard. I can sit here and complain all day about Avatars and Miis and PlayStation... More
  • My Ideal Saturday

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    For the life of me, I cannot remember the last time I had a weekend play out the way I wanted it to. Work usually bleeds over onto at least one of the weekend days, and the house usually needs cleaning or repair. And before you ask about friends and family, I devote far too much time both of them (both are overrated, in my opinion). I'm not complaining, mind you. I just wish I had one Saturday to myself. More

    For the life of me, I cannot remember the last time I had a weekend play out the way I wanted it to. Work usually bleeds over onto at least one of the weekend days, and the house usually needs cleaning or repair. And before you ask about friends and family... More
  • Superman Redesigned, Finally Underwear Free

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    The first shot from Zack Snyder's upcoming Man of Steel film (above) shows a traditional looking Superman costume. I didn't blink an eye at it. If anything, I thought actor Henry Cavill (The Tudors) looked like a great choice for the role. Hardcore Superman fans, on the other hand, wondered why his crotch was blanketed in thick shadow. This seriously became a major talking point in comic book forums. More

    The first shot from Zack Snyder's upcoming Man of Steel film (above) shows a traditional looking Superman costume. I didn't blink an eye at it. If anything, I thought actor Henry Cavill ( The Tudors ) looked like a great choice for the role. Hardcore... More
  • Watch A Grizzly Bear Destroy R2-D2

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    I'm guessing Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's phone lines are lighting up with calls from PETA right now. A zoo keeper, who apparently is a bitter Star Trek fan, loaded up an R2 unit with treats and inserted it into the grizzly bear habitat. To no surprise whatsoever, one of the grizzlies, named Emmett, savaged the hapless droid. It appears our zoos are now using noble animals to get YouTube hits. Maybe they'll dress up tigers like Thundercats next! We can only dream... More

    I'm guessing Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's phone lines are lighting up with calls from PETA right now. A zoo keeper, who apparently is a bitter Star Trek fan, loaded up an R2 unit with treats and inserted it into the grizzly bear habitat. To no surprise... More
  • Indiana Jones' Adventures Charted On World Map

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    With LucasFilm's blessing, artist Matt Busch has created a world map that shows the locations of all of the archeological artifacts Dr. Jones was in hot pursuit of in his four motion pictures, and various novels, shows, and video games. More

    With LucasFilm's blessing, artist Matt Busch has created a world map that shows the locations of all of the archeological artifacts Dr. Jones was in hot pursuit of in his four motion pictures, and various novels, shows, and video games. There are... More
  • My Top 25 Games Of This Console Generation

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    My wife Kelly and I have an agreement: Saturday is game day. She games. I game. Everyone that ventures into my house on this hallowed day is expected to pick up a controller (or at least flail arms and legs on Kinect). Most Saturdays I scan my library for titles I haven't finished yet. Hot new games usually get the red carpet treatment. Role-playing games from generations gone by also stand out. I don't often go back to revisit games I've already completed. That changed last Saturday. I was feeling nostalgic, but didn't want to go through the bother of digging through boxes to find my NES or Genesis components. Instead, I decided to replay a modern game. The debate of which game to play weighed heavily on my mind. I started mentally organizing the games I enjoyed most from this generation. Before long, my living room floor was covered in game boxes. My wife commented that I was having a Beautiful Mind-like moment. My madness resulted in the creation of this list. More

    Executive editor Andrew Reiner looks back at his favorite titles. Do you agree with his list?

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  • QuakeCon: The Greatest Video Game Event On The Planet

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    If I tallied the amount of time I spent on the road covering video game events over the last 18 years, I'm willing to bet two full years of my life are dedicated to the cause. I've been to every Electronic Entertainment Expo since the show's inception, and have attended dozens of small, hole in the wall events across the globe. Somehow, in all of this time, I have not attended one QuakeCon, a show dating back to 1996. More

    This year, I went to the show to work. Next year, I'll be attending as a gamer

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  • A Look At DC Comics' Rebooted Universe

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    On August 31, all of DC Comics' superhero books are resetting to issue #1. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and the entire universe they inhabit are rebooting to create a more modern direction for DC's universe. DC Entertainment's Bob Wayne says all of these stories will be "grounded in each character's legend, but will relate to real world situations, interactions, tragedy and triumph." More

    On August 31, all of DC Comics' superhero books are resetting to issue #1. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and the entire universe they inhabit are rebooting to create a more modern direction for DC's universe. DC Entertainment's Bob Wayne... More
  • Reader Discussion: Helping A New Gamer

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    I recently met a woman who has never watched any of the Star Wars films. She is familiar with Lord of the Rings only because she read that Liv Tyler starred in them. And she can recall only playing two video games in her lifetime: Super Mario Bros. once with her brother, and thanks to a recent party in my home, Dance Central. More

    If someone who has never played video games asked you what games they should play, how would you respond?

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