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  • War Of The Roses: Modern Warfare 2 Vs. Dragon Age: Origins

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    Last week, my wife Kelly decided to start a Dragon Age: Origins campaign of her own. She had previously been watching me play it, but decided my warrior was lame, and that a mage's journey would be more entertaining to follow. Now, I'm sure most of you out there think this is cool. There's a catch, though: She started this campaign on my account. More

    Last week, my wife Kelly decided to start a Dragon Age: Origins campaign of her own. She had previously been watching me play it, but decided my warrior was lame, and that a mage's journey would be more entertaining to follow. Now, I'm sure most... More
  • Is The Force Unleashed's Reimagining Of Hoth Worth Playing?

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    Earlier this week, LucasArts re-released The Force Unleashed for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. Dubbed the Ultimate Sith Edition, this version comes packaged with an exclusive Hoth level not available in the standard retail SKU, or as a download.

    In a similar vein to the recently released DLC for Tatooine (which also comes packaged in this version), this level is a reimagined look at Empire Strikes Back's battle of Hoth, complete with AT-ATs, Lord Vader ordering snowtroopers around, and for whatever reason, dozens of angry wampas. The twist, outside of the wampas, is the insertion of Starkiller, who makes a dramatic appearance by leaping off of an AT-AT, and running into a cave just as a snowspeeder crash lands. More

    Earlier this week, LucasArts re-released The Force Unleashed for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. Dubbed the Ultimate Sith Edition, this version comes packaged with an exclusive Hoth level not available in the standard retail SKU, or as a download. In... More
  • Role-Playing Dogs: Which Pup Makes The Best Companion?

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    This console generation has brought many innovations. One that has been overlooked is the evolution of dog companions in this generation's role-playing games. They play fetch, dig for loot, and treat monsters like chew toys. Three games have brought these beloved animals to the forefront. Fable II explored the emotional connection between man and dog. Fallout 3 tasked your pup with helping you survive. And today's must-play release, Dragon Age: Origins, unlocks the beast in man's best friend. Which of these companions makes the best travel partner, tugs at your heart strings the most, and displays the most realistic behavior? More

    This console generation has brought many innovations. One that has been overlooked is the evolution of dog companions in this generation's role-playing games. They play fetch, dig for loot, and treat monsters like chew toys. Three games have brought... More
  • How An NFL Player Prepares For Gameday

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    Minnesota Vikings punter, Chris Kluwe, may be best known as "that guy who sometimes stands behind Brett Favre on the sidelines," but gamers will likely know him for his amazing pumpkin creations. That's right, to prepare for gameday, Chris recreates his favorite video game moments through pumpkin carving. He says it relaxes him, and makes his kicking leg "Black Thunder" feel stronger. More

    Minnesota Vikings punter, Chris Kluwe, may be best known as "that guy who sometimes stands behind Brett Favre on the sidelines," but gamers will likely know him for his amazing pumpkin creations. That's right, to prepare for gameday, Chris... More
  • Are Video Games Viable Storytellers?

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    This question has been a hot topic in the video game industry for a long time. Lately, the discussions I’ve had surrounding said subject have injected the angle “Are video games the new B-movies?” Sure, Gears of War’s plot embraces the B-movie motif to an almost frightening degree, and a multistory flowchart is needed to follow Metal Gear Solid 4’s plot (is the Coke-drinking monkey supposed to be Jesus Christ?), but with these examples aside, I stand by what I’ve been saying all along: The video game medium is just as viable a storytelling vehicle as any other. Generalizing the entire game catalog under the B-movie designation isn't fair. More

    This question has been a hot topic in the video game industry for a long time. Lately, the discussions I’ve had surrounding said subject have injected the angle “Are video games the new B-movies?” Sure, Gears of War’s plot embraces... More
  • Video Game Halloween Costumes For The Talentless Gamer

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    Some people dedicate days of their lives to Halloween costume creation. I'm the kind of guy who purchases a costume in a bag. Sure, it may look like crap, but that's what I like about Halloween costumes – looking foolish. Listed below are a handful of truly awful pre-made video game costumes. All of these can be found at seasonal Halloween stores and online retailers. More

    Some people dedicate days of their lives to Halloween costume creation. I'm the kind of guy who purchases a costume in a bag. Sure, it may look like crap, but that's what I like about Halloween costumes – looking foolish. Listed below are... More
  • Another Mind-Blowing LEGO Creation

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    In case you haven't noticed yet, I am a huge LEGO fan. I don't do a ton of free building (since my creations never work out as intended), but I do purchase a fair number of sets each year, and have a room in my house dedicated to them. The video shows one of the coolest creations I've seen. Now, I wish it was a dinosaur or robot that popped out of the box, but I can't knock the craftsmanship it. More

    In case you haven't noticed yet, I am a huge LEGO fan. I don't do a ton of free building (since my creations never work out as intended), but I do purchase a fair number of sets each year, and have a room in my house dedicated to them. The video... More
  • Will Social Networking Change The Way You Play Games?

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    Right now, the answer is no. Sony's Home is strictly an accessory to gaming, a place where gamers can meet, chat, and from what I usually see, flirt and dance with any female in their line of sight. The experience you have in this world doesn't transition back into the games you play. This is a place you can visit if you want to take a break from your games.

    On the other hand, Microsoft's social climate is on the verge of blossoming into something gamers haven't seen before. With last year's addition of clan chat, I noticed an emerging trend. Friends on my list were joining into the same parties, and not just for the sole interest of playing the same game with each other. These groups, which I've seen with five people playing five different games, are formed with the specific intent of communicating with each other – almost like a Borg hive. More

    Right now, the answer is no. Sony's Home is strictly an accessory to gaming, a place where gamers can meet, chat, and from what I usually see, flirt and dance with any female in their line of sight. The experience you have in this world doesn't... More
  • Things That Can't Be Unseen At The Game Informer Office

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    I am a creature of routines. If someone breaks my routine, I in turn break them. Everything on my desk is neatly organized. My workload is usually planned down to the minute. Today, my routine was broken. And, as I sit here typing, I can't seem to get back into the flow. The culprit is an image I can't seem to get out of my mind. Whenever I close my eyes, I can see it. Sometimes it makes me laugh. Sometimes it gives me a headache. As it turns out, since I walk around the Game Informer office with a camera strapped to my chest, I was able to record this image. I'm going to share it with you, but I first have to issue a warning: It will ruin your life. If you're willing to tag along, here's how the journey begins. More

    I am a creature of routines. If someone breaks my routine, I in turn break them. Everything on my desk is neatly organized. My workload is usually planned down to the minute. Today, my routine was broken. And, as I sit here typing, I can't seem to... More
  • R.I.P. Wii Speak 2008-2009

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    On October 7, at 2:52 CT, Wii Speak was disconnected from Game Informer's conference room Wii. No longer will it fill our ears with the soothing sounds of static. No longer will it search the gamerverse for another Wii Speak to communicate with. Rest in peace, buddy. Heaven (a box with the e-reader) awaits you. More

    On October 7, at 2:52 CT, Wii Speak was disconnected from Game Informer's conference room Wii. No longer will it fill our ears with the soothing sounds of static. No longer will it search the gamerverse for another Wii Speak to communicate with. Rest... More
  • A Casual Chat With Stargate: Universe Actor David Blue

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    Last Friday, Stargate: Universe made its debut on Syfy (pronounced "please change it back to the original spelling"). If you didn't catch it, you can view it on Hulu. And yes, it is worth watching. When it comes to making my inner geek convulse with excitement, I put this premiere right up there with Battlestar Galactica and Lost. From the outset, Universe's big allure, and this going to sound odd, is what it doesn't tell or show you. Like Lost, the show is largely a mystery, filling viewers' heads with questions that will likely be debated and theorized until the show airs its final episode.

    On top of being a great show, Universe speaks to gamers. One of the main characters, Eli Wallace, is quickly painted as a huge gamer. In fact, his gaming addiction fuels the plot, and is used to paint the show's most accurate statement – gamers are smarter than scientists. It would be unfair of me to spoil the plot or Eli's motivation, but let's just say he finds himself making Star Wars and video game references in a quadrant of space man has not seen. More

    Last Friday, Stargate: Universe made its debut on Syfy (pronounced "please change it back to the original spelling"). If you didn't catch it, you can view it on Hulu . And yes, it is worth watching. When it comes to making my inner geek... More
  • A Look At LEGO Star Wars: A Visual Dictionary

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    If anyone asks, I DID NOT steal this LEGO Star Wars book from Andy. I found it. In his office. On his desk. Next to his wallet. Correction: Empty wallet. More

    If anyone asks, I DID NOT steal this LEGO Star Wars book from Andy. I found it. In his office. On his desk. Next to his wallet. Correction: Empty wallet. Some of you may be familiar with the other Star Wars visual dictionaries, and this book is no different... More