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  • Have it, Might as Well Play It (Game Completionism)

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    Many of you who know me know that I am a Compulsive Completionist (I even go to the monthly meetings). When I start a game, I have to finish it, unless it's just boring the pants off of me or I reach a frustration level that makes me move on to something else. When that happens, though, I generally don't go back to the game.

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    Many of you who know me know that I am a Compulsive Completionist (I even go to the monthly meetings). When I start a game, I have to finish it, unless it's just boring the pants off of me or I reach a frustration level that makes me move on to something... More
  • A Day at the Returns Counter

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    Where we find out that the customer is always right.

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    Where we find out that the customer is always right. Customer: Hello, sir. I would like to exchange this Ending. Returns Counter Clerk: Certainly, sir. Was there something wrong with it? Or did you perhaps accidentally buy two of them? Customer: I'll... More
  • Storytelling: Stuck Between a Rock and Blandification

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    Games are becoming the same. They're becoming boring, generic. Yet we still play them. A LOT. Why is this? Are we just not discerning gamers anymore? Are we easily led around by our noses? Do game companies take advantage of us? Is the Kardashian lack of talent or ability to do anything actually useful to society hereditary?

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    Games are becoming the same. They're becoming boring, generic. Yet we still play them. A LOT. Why is this? Are we just not discerning gamers anymore? Are we easily led around by our noses? Do game companies take advantage of us? Is the Kardashian... More
  • This is an emergency! But take your time...

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    My journey to Gorhart had been a long one, but I had finally made it. Beset by boggarts and brownies, I was beginning to wonder if I would ever make it through alive. I do enjoy wandering in the wilds, though. I even love going back through again and again, where monsters seem to congregate. I have a feeling I can go to that clearing in the woods for the next 50 years, and there will always be exactly 3 boggarts there, waiting for unsuspecting travelers to come and kill them for the experience points. The gods work in mysterious ways.

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    My journey to Gorhart had been a long one, but I had finally made it. Beset by boggarts and brownies, I was beginning to wonder if I would ever make it through alive. I do enjoy wandering in the wilds, though. I even love going back through again and... More
  • The Review Controversy - Getting Old Yet? Evidently Not.

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    I was reading the March issue of Game Informer for the Reader Recap (oops, is that a spoiler?) and saw the letters complaining about review scores. To me, those two letters seemed tongue-in-cheek, though maybe they were serious? I don't know. Anyway, the editors' response was that they are still receiving letters about their review scores, even after the whole Dark Souls reader debacle.

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    I was reading the March issue of Game Informer for the Reader Recap (oops, is that a spoiler?) and saw the letters complaining about review scores. To me, those two letters seemed tongue-in-cheek, though maybe they were serious? I don't know. Anyway... More
  • The Intimidation Factor - Are Big Games Sometimes Too Big?

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    In this day and age, we all talk about the limited time and money that we have for gaming, even as gaming becomes a huge business. We often hear the cry of the overloaded: "There are two many awesome games coming out! I can't keep up!"

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    In this day and age, we all talk about the limited time and money that we have for gaming, even as gaming becomes a huge business. We often hear the cry of the overloaded: "There are two many awesome games coming out! I can't keep up!" I... More
  • Tell me what to do!!!!

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    A lot of my posts are prompted by the game I'm currently playing, so looking through my blog history can sometimes give you a great idea of my gaming path.

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    A lot of my posts are prompted by the game I'm currently playing, so looking through my blog history can sometimes give you a great idea of my gaming path. Today's blog is sparked by Arkham City , and it's related to my extreme loathing for... More
  • Life's a Glitch

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    I was sitting in my living room watching football this morning when I got a call from my best friend.

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    I was sitting in my living room watching football this morning when I got a call from my best friend. "Hey Dave," he said when I clicked the phone on. "Or should I say, 'Hey, a-hole?" This was new. I wasn't sure how to respond... More
  • The Gaming Multi-Tasker, and Why I Can't Do It

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    A month after I first started here on GIO, I wrote a post about my inability to multi-task my gaming. I am a compulsive completionist in the sense that I can't play multiple games at the same time. If I buy two games at the same time, I most likely will have to finish one of them before I can start playing the other one. I will put the second game in to make sure the disc works, but I won't start the game. Too many times I've played just a little bit of the game to make sure it works, and this part includes the controls tutorial. Then, when I do get back to the game, I forget how everything works and I'm blundering around getting killed because the "X" button releases a grenade at my feet instead of jumping like it did in the first game.

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    A month after I first started here on GIO, I wrote a post about my inability to multi-task my gaming. I am a compulsive completionist in the sense that I can't play multiple games at the same time. If I buy two games at the same time, I most likely... More
  • My Ezio - What Really Drives Him (Sparkles!)

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    We all know the basic story of the Assassin's Creed series: the seemingly never-ending conflict between the Assassins and the Templars for control of the world through some kind of metaphysical means, a motive I'm sure is as wholesome as Apple pie. Ezio Auditore is a man driven by what the Templars did to his family, and then by what he now knows they are doing to the world. He has spent his entire life fighting against their evil.

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    We all know the basic story of the Assassin's Creed series: the seemingly never-ending conflict between the Assassins and the Templars for control of the world through some kind of metaphysical means, a motive I'm sure is as wholesome as Apple... More
  • That "Out of Touch" Feeling - Missing Out on Great Stuff

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    I think we all feel it sometimes: your friends are talking about something that they really enjoy, and you have no idea what it is. Or you know what it is, but you haven't experienced it or followed it, and so you can't join the conversation.

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    I think we all feel it sometimes: your friends are talking about something that they really enjoy, and you have no idea what it is. Or you know what it is, but you haven't experienced it or followed it, and so you can't join the conversation.... More
  • A Night at the GIO Reviews Headquarters

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    (Thanks to Game Revolution ) (It's a dark but clear Friday night in a Minneapolis office building where the Game Informer staff works and plays. GI editors Andrew Reiner and Phil Kollar are the only ones in the room, sitting on the couch in front... More