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  • 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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  • The Muppets Reinvented As Star Wars Characters

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    I'm not a huge fan of multi-universe amalgamations, but man, I love the look of these Star Wars Muppets toys. One of my fondest childhood memories is of watching a Star Wars-themed Muppets episode with my father. If memory serves me correctly, Mark Hamill reprised his role of Luke Skywalker, and battled a Darth Gonzo (one of the figures planned in this series). More

    Step aside, Mickey Mouse; it's time for the Muppets to visit the galaxy far, far away.

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  • The Best LEGO Star Wars Creation To Date?

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    Over 10,000 LEGO pieces (mostly brown in color) were used to create this amazing Star Wars sandcrawler. More

    Over 10,000 LEGO pieces (mostly brown in color) were used to create this amazing Star Wars sandcrawler. It took Marshal Banana (best name ever?) nine months to construct this beautiful replica that features remote controlled steering, exterior lighting... More
  • Is There A Market For B Games?

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    I'm a fan of bad things. I've seen more Roger Corman films than I have Oscar winners. I can tell you more about the Legion of Super Pets than I can the Legion of Super Heroes. I bleed Chicago Cubs blue. And over the last few months, I've been digging through Game Informer's vault to find more games like Overblood.

    I wasn’t dropped on my head too many times as a child. There are other people like me. Most entertainment mediums recognize that amusement can be reaped from bad things. Look at Twilight. Hollywood has the B-movie. Syfy Network really exists. And comic book writers know all too well that camp sells. More

    I'm a fan of bad things. I've seen more Roger Corman films than I have Oscar winners. I can tell you more about the Legion of Super Pets than I can the Legion of Super Heroes. I bleed Chicago Cubs blue. And over the last few months, I've been... More