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  • A Lego Star Wars Set Unlike Any Other


    I arrived at work today to find a mysterious Lego Star Wars box sitting on my desk. The message "secrets to reveal there are" is written on one of the sides. The rest of the box is covered in what would appear to be Lego lights, some of them flashing. More

    I arrived at work today to find a mysterious Lego Star Wars box sitting on my desk. The message "secrets to reveal there are" is written on one of the sides.

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  • Here's Why Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Doesn't Have New Achievements & Trophies


    Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen is one of the games I was looking forward to playing the most this year. Given my somewhat psychotic desire to reach 200,000 gamerscore as quickly as possible (I currently sit at 199,454), my interest in this expansion nosedived a few days ago. I discovered Capcom didn’t create any new achievements for it, and I had to know why. More

    Like From Software's Dark Souls before it, Dark Arisen has earned a reputation for delivering punishing battles. The difference is that the thrill of overcoming great odds in Capcom's latest won’t be heralded by a satisfying “boop-boop."

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  • Oh No, Hellbugs! Let’s Play Defiance This Weekend

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    Due to the shaky stability of Defiance’s Xbox 360 servers during my gaming hours, I haven’t been able invest as much time as I’ve wanted to into this massively multiplayer shooting experience. Kelly, my lovely wife, has graciously given me a nice window to play Defiance this weekend. More

    The Game Informer staff plans to play Defiance on Xbox 360. You can join the Hellbug hunt!

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  • He-Man And The Masters Of The Legoverse


    A couple of weeks ago I geeked out over the idea of George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones being turned into a Lego series. Brick builder David Frank (known as Fraslund on Flickr) shows us that He-Man and the Masters of the Universe has just as much "I will give you all of my money for every set" potential. Frank's custom piece is of Castle Grayskull, home to The Sorceress and that strange power that makes He-Man's shirt disappear. More

    Feast your eyes on a detailed Lego model of Castle Grayskull.

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  • Shadow Of The Colossus, Adam Sandler, And Game Informer...It Happened


    In the fall of 2005, Game Informer's editor-in-chief, Andy McNamara, entered my office and told me that he had been contacted by a movie company that wanted us to create a special Game Informer cover for use in an upcoming Adam Sandler film called Reign Over Me. He said it was a serious-toned Sandler movie that followed a character who lost his family on 9/11 and was trying to rebuild his life. He then said that the movie company requested Shadow of the Colossus to be the game featured on the magazine cover. More

    Issues of Game Informer are sometimes used as movie props in motion pictures. Here's the story behind one of them.

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  • Game Of Thrones Would Make An Amazing Lego Line


    Brick builder Jacob Nion shows us that the Iron Throne from George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones would make a great (and cheap) Lego set. Game of Thrones is probably too dark and mature of a property for Lego to pursue, but just think of the amazing sets that could come from this fiction. Winterfell, The Wall, the Red We...uh...I should stop before I reveal any spoilers. Just think of what Traveller's Tales could do with this property in the game space. More

    Brick builder Jacob Nion shows us that the Iron Throne from George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones novels and TV series would make a great (and cheap) Lego set.

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  • Marvel Is Giving Away 700 Digital First Issues

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    Free up as much hard drive space as you can. Marvel Comics is giving away 700 first issues – including many from the newly launched Marvel Now brand – on Marvel's digital apps and Comixology. I highly recommend checking out All-New X-Men, Iron Man, Uncanny Avengers, and any classic event like Infinity Gauntlet, Civil War, and Fear Itself. More

    You can download 700 free comic books right now.

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  • I Hope Metal Gear Isn't The Next Final Fantasy


    If you asked me to sum up the Metal Gear series to the best of my ability, I would enthusiastically ramble on about stealth action, mechs, political intrigue, ninjas, mullets, cardboard boxes, enemies that read minds, lengthy story breaks, posters hung on locker doors, the crazy stuff that happens when these locker doors are closed, and at the end of it all, I likely wouldn’t be able to paint a definitive picture for you. I’m not crazy, and my memory of the series remains razor sharp. My takeaway: The Metal Gear series is always changing. Gameplay commonalities tie each game together, but most of the content doesn’t adhere to a consistent framework. That’s what makes this series so exciting. You never really know what Kojima Productions is going to deliver next. We even find ourselves second guessing if Snake will remain the protagonist, thanks to a brilliant (and controversial) character switch in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. More

    Andrew Reiner hopes Kojima Productions knows how to count to five.

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  • Reader Creates Game Informer-Themed Royal Rumble

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    Game Informer reader "Attackcobra" recreated the likenesses of 10 Game Informer editors and inserted them into a Royal Rumble match in WWE '12.

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  • 2D Video Game Invades Reality In Excellent Music Video


    Xilent's "Boss Wave" music video shows what happens when a 2D video game meets the real world. Summary: Plenty of robot foes are blasted, flying eyeballs are annoying, and a few civilians are caught in the crossfire. Whether you like dubstep or not, you owe it to yourself to watch this amazing video game-inspired video. More

    Xilent's "Boss Wave" music video shows what happens when a 2D video game meets the real world.

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  • 200,000 Gamerscore Is Within Reach


    I stopped caring about my Xbox Live Gamerscore after I hit 100,000. At that point in time, the next milestone was obviously going to be 200,000 – a feat that would take me years to reach. I have the attention span of a fly, so there was no way I was going to stay engaged for multiple years to increase a number that has no meaning other than bragging rights. Years have passed since I hit 100,000, and my Gamerscore is now sitting at 195,149. That itch to reach the next milestone is a degree. I find myself torn between playing the games I legitimately want to play and playing games that will give me the easiest achievements. More

    I'm only 5,000 gamerscore away from another milestone number. Should I care?

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  • The Games I Completed In 2012


    In 2011, I completed 70 games. The blog I wrote listed 69 games, but I managed to finish L.A. Noire on December 31 with just two hours left before ringing in the New Year. More

    In 2011, I completed 70 games. How many did I finish in 2012?

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