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  • 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
  • Behind the Scenes: No Soup for You

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    Four copies of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves showed up in the Game Informer offices last week. Roughly every hour, an editor enters my office to politely ask if they can take a copy home to play. Since I need these copies for a multiplayer session with Naughty... More
  • We Need More Rock in Our Rock Band

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    A few years ago, many believed the music genre to be a fad – a digital Tickle Me Elmo that would be forgotten a season later. With the success of Rock Band: The Beatles, and the continued support from consumers for both Rock Band and Guitar Hero’s downloadable content, the music genre has shown it has staying power. Rock Band’s upcoming network, which allows unsigned bands to upload and sell their music, could give this genre another big push.

    For some people, the fascination with this genre is reignited whenever a new track from one of their favorite bands is released. For others, the allure is as solely to get together with friends for a night of jamming. For me, and I’m sure many others, the attraction has been about the gameplay, skill, and sense of accomplishment tied to playing on Expert or getting five stars on a song.

    That’s not to say I don’t appreciate the music – I end up rocking out plenty hard to the tracks that fit my tastes. These games also discharge a strange power that makes me play songs I dislike, songs that would normally make me change the radio station in my car. For me, Bon Jovi is the musical equivalent of nails on a chalkboard. Their music is torture, yet I’ve likely played their Rock Band songs over 100 times.

    My eagerness to play a music game has waned significantly since the release of Rock Band 2. Some of my favorite bands are just now being explored in the games, yet I have no interest in playing their songs. Moreover, the Beatles, a band I worship almost daily through my car stereo, didn’t do much for me in their video game debut. More

    A few years ago, many believed the music genre to be a fad – a digital Tickle Me Elmo that would be forgotten a season later. With the success of Rock Band: The Beatles, and the continued support from consumers for both Rock Band and Guitar Hero’s... More