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  • A Game I Wouldn't Mind Seeing: Version 2

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    Some of you are probably thinking "didn't Reiner already post this article last week?" Yes. Yes, I did. I also managed to delete it. More

    Some of you are probably thinking "didn't Reiner already post this article last week?" Yes. Yes, I did. I also managed to delete it. As I learned the hard way, if you surf our website on an iPhone you have to be wary of the 'delete post'... More
  • The Achievement Debacle

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    In the Xbox 360’s early years, Gearbox Software president Randy Pitchford waged an achievement war against me. Every day we devoted hours of our time to inflate our gamerscores. Neither of us set an endgame score. Neither of us really understood what we were getting into. We farmed college basketball games. We sunk entire weekends into awful kids games. I even canceled plans with friends to dedicate a solid day to achievements, since Randy had put in an unexpected late night to raise his gamerscore 800 points above mine.

    Our foolish endeavor wasn’t a complete waste of time. Since my gamerscore is 40,000 points above Randy’s now, I’ve earned the right to openly mock him in public. Our obsession with achievements became an interesting study on game design by osmosis as well. Randy’s conclusions are similar to mine. “One thing I've learned is that achievement hunting is very compelling as a meta game,” Pitchford says. “It's so compelling that through 2008, I think I spent a lot more hours playing Xbox 360 than I should have.”  More

    In the Xbox 360’s early years, Gearbox Software president Randy Pitchford waged an achievement war against me. Every day we devoted hours of our time to inflate our gamerscores. Neither of us set an endgame score. Neither of us really understood... More
  • Pleasures Of War

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    When I play first-person shooters, my emotional state fluctuates between wild jubilation and embarrassing child-like pouting. No matter how my soldier is faring on the battlefield, I find myself leaning on specific gameplay mechanics like stealthy knife stabs or full speed tank rundowns. The reasoning? I get a big kick out of annihilating foes in unintentionally comedic ways. More

    When I play first-person shooters, my emotional state fluctuates between wild jubilation and embarrassing child-like pouting. No matter how my soldier is faring on the battlefield, I find myself leaning on specific gameplay mechanics like stealthy knife... More
  • Final Fantasy Versus The West

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    Final Fantasy XIII releases next Tuesday. I’ve been waiting patiently to play this game since its announcement 14 years ago (give or take a year or a decade). When it was announced as a PlayStation 3 exclusive, many journalists, myself included, wrote that Final Fantasy XIII could be the game that gives Sony the edge in the console war. When Square Enix stripped the exclusivity away with the surprising announcement of an Xbox 360 version, the scales tipped back in favor of Microsoft’s Xbox 360. Yet, here on the eve of Final Fantasy XIII’s launch, I’m not hearing the buzz of a generation defining game. I hardly hear a buzz at all. More

    Final Fantasy XIII releases next Tuesday. I’ve been waiting patiently to play this game since its announcement 14 years ago (give or take a year or a decade). When it was announced as a PlayStation 3 exclusive, many journalists, myself included... More
  • A Journal Of MLB 2K10

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    With Madden NFL 10 selecting this year's Super Bowl winner (this simulation has chosen correctly five out of six times), the football season is officially over. Seriously people, there's no point in watching the Super Bowl unless you want to see a performance by The Geriatric Who. Since no one watches hockey, and organized basketball died in 2000, it's time to focus all of our attention on the forthcoming baseball season. More

    Reiner devotes his life to the series' newest mode, My Player.

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  • How Not To Play The Wii

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    Game Informer's editor-in-chief, Andy McNamara, will be the first person to tell you, "there's something seriously wrong with Reiner." Evidence (like this blog) may prove him right. The topic at hand: I laugh myself silly when I look at staged marketing photos of people playing the Wii. These images are so far removed from reality that I can't help wonder what demographic they are trying to attract. I wouldn't let any of these people into my house, let alone share a couch with them! In an effort to amuse myself (and perhaps you), I've complied a collection of all of the Wii marketing photos I could find on the Game Informer computers. Enjoy! More

    Game Informer's editor-in-chief, Andy McNamara, will be the first person to tell you, "there's something seriously wrong with Reiner." Evidence (like this blog) may prove him right. The topic at hand: I laugh myself silly when I look... More
  • Online Gaming: Where Are The Moderators?

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    What would happen to a popular website forum if its moderators and user bans suddenly vanished? My guess? It would be an incomprehensible wasteland within a day’s time. Anonymity opens the doors for chaos. We’ve all seen it happen, and to be perfectly honest, I’ve gone onto websites under aliases to say stuff I never would under my real name. In this day and age, a forum cannot exist without moderators.

    Online gaming allows players to hide behind disguises similar to those in forums, yet most games do not offer any moderation. The result is a form of social anarchy, where racial and sexual slurs are commonplace. More

    What would happen to a popular website forum if its moderators and user bans suddenly vanished? My guess? It would be an incomprehensible wasteland within a day’s time. Anonymity opens the doors for chaos. We’ve all seen it happen, and to... More
  • Spring Releases: Are We Going To Need A Longer Year?

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    Gamers have the right to complain about one thing each year: Publishers overload the holiday season with game releases. With consumers out in full force, it's hard to argue against the logic of releasing games in November. For reasons I'll never grasp, I also find that I am willing to spend more money during this time of year than any other.

    But even from my viewpoint where I play games for a living, I don't have the time or funds available to invest into all of the key holiday releases. From this, the holidays end up being the most exciting time of the year, and also the most frustrating time of the year. More

    Gamers have the right to complain about one thing each year: Publishers overload the holiday season with game releases. With consumers out in full force, it's hard to argue against the logic of releasing games in November. For reasons I'll never... More
  • A Must-Read For Mass Effect Fans

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    The first issue of the Mass Effect: Redemption comic book hit store shelves today. I’ll just say this: This comic makes me want Mass Effect 2 more than any other game on the horizon. In this first of four installments, writer Mac Walters, who is also the lead writer for Mass Effect 2, wastes no time throwing unforeseeable curveballs at the reader. More

    The first issue of the Mass Effect: Redemption comic book hit store shelves today. I’ll just say this: This comic makes me want Mass Effect 2 more than any other game on the horizon. In this first of four installments, writer Mac Walters, who is... More
  • Reader Bytes: Assassin's Creed II Theories

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    The end of Assassin's Creed II turned my brain into a conspiracy theory generator. A month has passed since I finished this amazing game, and I still find myself daydreaming about the next installment. More

    The end of Assassin's Creed II turned my brain into a conspiracy theory generator. A month has passed since I finished this amazing game, and I still find myself daydreaming about the next installment. What is the apple? Who are Adam and Eve? Was... More
  • Two Of This Generation's Worst Games

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    Sometimes my job really sucks. Go ahead and laugh if you must. Yes, I know that I have a dream job, and yes, I know that there are far worse occupations out there. But with that said, I dare any of you to play Rogue Warrior or Raven Squad for three consecutive days. I double dare you! More

    Sometimes my job really sucks. Go ahead and laugh if you must. Yes, I know that I have a dream job, and yes, I know that there are far worse occupations out there. But with that said, I dare any of you to play Rogue Warrior or Raven Squad for three consecutive... More
  • Discussion: Assassin’s Creed II: The Truth

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    By now, many of you have completed Assassin’s Creed II. If you have not, DO NOT read any further. This page is littered with images and information tied to the game’s ending and Subject 16’s “The Truth.” More

    By now, many of you have completed Assassin’s Creed II. If you have not, DO NOT read any further. This page is littered with images and information tied to the game’s ending and Subject 16’s “The Truth.” Like any episode... More