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  • 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
  • UPDATE: Akimbo Shotguns Are Turning Me Into A Murderer

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    I rarely speak while gaming. When a match begins, my vocal capabilities shutdown, and I lose myself into the game’s world. This even happens when I'm in a party with friends. I can hear them talking, and I’m processing what they are saying, but if I choose to respond, the connection I have with the game world is lost as soon as I utter my first word. At first, my friends would ask if my headset was muted, or if I had been kicked out of a match, but after a few nights they caught on, and have gone well out of their way to mock me for my inability to multi-task while gaming.

    Modern Warfare 2 is curing me of this problem (if you can call it that). Over the last few weeks, I’ve been screaming up a storm into my headset, and last Saturday, I may have set the record for number of times the Lord’s name is taken in vain within a 24 window. More

    I rarely speak while gaming. When a match begins, my vocal capabilities shutdown, and I lose myself into the game’s world. This even happens when I'm in a party with friends. I can hear them talking, and I’m processing what they are saying... More
  • My Top 10 Games Of All Time

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    Let me begin this article with a confession: I went Gollum all over Game Informer’s Top 200 list. No, this has nothing to do with my lobbying for The Lord of the Rings video games, nor does it tie in with New Zealand’s Gollum attenuatus (also known as the slender smooth-hound catshark). Rather, when compiling my personal Top 200 list, I argued with myself vehemently just like Gollum did with himself in The Lord of the Rings movies. A strong internal statement like, “Hands down, Link to the Past is my number one game of all time. It turned me into a gamer,” would be interrupted with “No, stupid. Your favorite game is Final Fantasy III. It made you cry so much that your mom ran downstairs to see if you were hurt.”
        Needless to say, assembling this list was an exhaustive task. Like all of you, I agree and disagree with the list that ran in Game Informer’s 200th issue. And to be perfectly honest, I don’t even know if I agree with my own Top 10 list. Whenever I look at it, a new argument pops into my head, prompting me to want to reorder it, or throw in another game. So, as of the time of this writing, this is my Top 10 Games of All Time list. More

    Let me begin this article with a confession: I went Gollum all over Game Informer’s Top 200 list. No, this has nothing to do with my lobbying for The Lord of the Rings video games, nor does it tie in with New Zealand’s Gollum attenuatus (also... More
  • The Process Behind The Creation Of Issue 200

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    On the day Game Informer’s 100th issue went to print, I remember looking over at Andy and saying, “What are we going to do for issue 200?” He laughed and said, “What else, the 200 Greatest Games of All Time!” At the time, it was a joke. We had just put our hearts and souls into a list of 100 games, and the thought of doubling that number seemed like a sure fire way to send both of us to the loony bin.

    I don’t know when the “Oh crap! Issue 200 is coming up!” feeling sunk in for Andy, but it hit me around issue 165. I remember thinking, “we only have three years to plan.” I panicked, and flashed back to the work we put into issue 100. All of the long nights, heated arguments, and fist slams against keyboards became crystal clear again, but so did the knowledge gained from the experience. In putting our social lives on hold for weeks on end, we laid the groundwork for the 200th issue. More

    On the day Game Informer’s 100th issue went to print, I remember looking over at Andy and saying, “What are we going to do for issue 200?” He laughed and said, “What else, the 200 Greatest Games of All Time!” At the time... More
  • The Gold Controller: The Day I Met & Defeated Shigeru Miyamoto

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    Back when I was a spry whippersnapper, I competed in every video game competition I could. I never won a Street Fighter tournament (although I did get to the final round once), but I did grab the gold in a Star Fox 64 competition held at 1997’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. More

    Back when I was a spry whippersnapper, I competed in every video game competition I could. I never won a Street Fighter tournament (although I did get to the final round once), but I did grab the gold in a Star Fox 64 competition held at 1997’s... More
  • Final Fantasy XIII: I Have A Bad Feeling About This

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    Even with a full plate of games to play this holiday season, I am counting down the days until the release of Final Fantasy XIII. I've waited far too long to play this game, and I'm a bit of a fan (by "bit" I mean "I would knock a baby out of a stroller if it meant I could play it early"). I've avoided playing the demo, but couldn't resist watching the trailers. Most of the footage gave me shivers, but there are two points in particular that trigger a Phantom Menace-like warning. More

    Even with a full plate of games to play this holiday season, I am counting down the days until the release of Final Fantasy XIII. I've waited far too long to play this game, and I'm a bit of a fan (by "bit" I mean "I would knock... More
  • Bogus Moves In Video Games: Free Wall Running

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    Almost every developer tasked with creating an open world super hero game has ignored the force of attraction between two masses (more commonly known as “gravity”). More

    Almost every developer tasked with creating an open world super hero game has ignored the force of attraction between two masses (more commonly known as “gravity”). This is best witnessed in Spider-Man. Developers have gone out of their way... More