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  • Star Wars Episode VII: A New Hope? Part 2

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    In part one, I discussed why I was cautiously optimistic for a new Star Wars trilogy backed by Disney. In part two, I give my thoughts on what should and should not be done based on the numerous examples of failure with which Disney and Lucas Film have had experience.  More

    In part one, I discussed why I was cautiously optimistic for a new Star Wars trilogy backed by Disney. In part two, I give my thoughts on what should and should not be done based on the numerous examples of failure with which Disney and Lucas Film have had experience.

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  • The JACKED UP Indie and Mojo Show Episode 51

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    Hello fellow citizens, members, and officials of Game Informer Online! This week we talk about our presidential platforms, Telltale’s The Walking Dead, Chrono Trigger, Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, video game movies, and Disney’s acquisition of LucasFilm. More

    Hello fellow citizens, members, and officials of Game Informer Online! This week we talk about our presidential platforms, Telltale’s The Walking Dead, Chrono Trigger, Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, video game movies, and Disney’s... More
  • Star Wars Episode VII: A New Hope? Part 1

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    When I learned that Disney had bought Lucas Film, I was very surprised. I thought that George Lucas would take his creation to the grave. That he would allow anyone (other than himself) to mess with his beloved franchise was astonishing to me. Since the deal was announced I’ve taken the time to think it over and decided that I am cautiously optimistic for the future of Star Wars. More

    When I learned that Disney had bought Lucas Film, I was very surprised. I thought that George Lucas would take his creation to the grave. That he would allow anyone (other than himself) to mess with his beloved franchise was astonishing to me. Since the deal was announced I’ve taken the time to think it over and decided that I am cautiously optimistic for the future of Star Wars.

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  • The JACKED UP Indie and Mojo Show Episode 50 with Special Guest Tim Turi

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    Hello zombies, ganados and j’avos. We here at The JACKED UP Indie & Mojo Show have a very special episode for you this week. Game Informer editor and resident Resident Evil expert, Tim Turi joins us to talk everything Resident Evil from the very first game with its bad live-action cutscenes and tank controls to the controversy surrounding the critical reception to Resident Evil 6. More

    Hello zombies, ganados and j’avos. We here at The JACKED UP Indie & Mojo Show have a very special episode for you this week. Game Informer editor and resident Resident Evil expert, Tim Turi joins us to talk everything Resident Evil from the very first game with its bad live-action cutscenes and tank controls to the controversy surrounding the critical reception to Resident Evil 6.

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  • Hype and the Review: How Hype Affects Game Reviews and Why That Is Okay

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    Most of us can remember a time when we heard about something, maybe a movie, a book or a game, and everybody else seemed to be talking about it as if it were the best thing since sliced bread. No matter what you think about some product and no matter how “unbiased” you might consider yourself, when a human being hears a lot of buzz for a film, novel, video game, etc. expectations are heightened or lowered. It happened with Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Firefly, Mass Effect, Halo, and it is likely happening now for a whole slew of other intellectual properties. All these forms of media were hyped before and after their release. Hype is when expectations and anticipation is created for a given product.

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    Most of us can remember a time when we heard about something, maybe a movie, a book or a game, and everybody else seemed to be talking about it as if it were the best thing since sliced bread. No matter what you think about some product and no matter... More
  • The JACKED UP Indie and Mojo Show Episode 49 with Special Guest Walt Williams

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    Hello friends, family, fools, and fiddadlers and welcome to another episode of our humble podcast. This week we are pleased to present to you our magnificent guest, the lead writer on Spec Ops: The Line and other 2K published games, Walt Williams! It is a fascinating episode that anyone should definitely listen to that is interested in getting into game design or game writing. More

    Hello friends, family, fools, and fiddadlers and welcome to another episode of our humble podcast. This week we are pleased to present to you our magnificent guest, the lead writer on Spec Ops: The Line and other 2K published games, Walt Williams!  It is a fascinating episode that anyone should definitely listen to that is interested in getting into game design or game writing.

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  • The JACKED UP Indie and Mojo Show Episodes 47 & 48

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    If you follow the Indie and Mojo Show closely, you may have noticed a curious lack of blog posts announcing our latest episodes. Some people might take this as a sign that we have grown lazy following our huge burst into stardom. The truth is that we have been hard at work at Indie and Mojo Inc. creating a plethora of content for the pleasure of your ear holes. To prove our devotion to you, our listeners, we are proud to present our first ever two-for-one blog! More

    If you follow the Indie and Mojo Show closely, you may have noticed a curious lack of blog posts announcing our latest episodes. Some people might take this as a sign that we have grown lazy following our huge burst into stardom. The truth is that we... More
  • The JACKED UP Indie and Mojo Show Episode 46

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    Howdy lords and ladies of the digital frontier, we here at Indie and Mojo Inc. are pleased to produce the next preposterous episode of The JACKED UP Indie and Mojo Show! This week we are excited to have Game Informer’s own Craigaleg on to talk about video reviewing while Daniel and I chat about freelancing in video game journalism and Mojo’s Game Informer promotion to moderator-ship. More

    Howdy lords and ladies of the digital frontier, we here at Indie and Mojo Inc. are pleased to produce the next preposterous episode of The JACKED UP Indie and Mojo Show! This week we are excited to have Game Informer’s own Craigaleg on to talk about video reviewing while Daniel and I chat about freelancing in video game journalism and Mojo’s Game Informer promotion to moderator-ship.

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  • The JACKED UP Indie and Mojo Show Episode 45

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    Hello friends and fellow ne’er-do-wells, we are happy to present you all with another fine episode of The JACKED UP Indie and Mojo Show! This week I talk about my Game Informer internship coming to a close, Daniel soldiers on through the podcast despite being crippled by a cold, and we spend some time talking about Sleeping Dogs, Guild Wars 2, and Sound Shapes. More

    Hello friends and fellow ne’er-do-wells, we are happy to present you all with another fine episode of The JACKED UP Indie and Mojo Show! This week I talk about my Game Informer internship coming to a close, Daniel soldiers on through the podcast despite being crippled by a cold, and we spend some time talking about Sleeping Dogs, Guild Wars 2, and Sound Shapes.

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  • Are We Gamers?

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    *Warning: generalizations ahead*

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    Are we still gamers, or has gaming opened up to everyone without barriers to entry like music and film?

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  • An Advertisement For Team GIO

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    We here at Indie and Mojo Inc. are really dedicated to helping sick children. We are so dedicated that we convinced (ie: coerced) Indiejones, aka Daniel, to willingly and enthusiastically play (ie: to suffer through) thirteen minutes of the indie horror game Slender. His girlish screams and salty exclamations were all in the name of promoting Extra Life and Team GIO! More

    We here at Indie and Mojo Inc. are really dedicated to helping sick children. We are so dedicated that we convinced (ie: coerced) Indiejones, aka Daniel, to willingly and enthusiastically play (ie: to suffer through) thirteen minutes of the indie horror game Slender. His girlish screams and salty exclamations were all in the name of promoting Extra Life and Team GIO!

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  • The JACKED UP Indie & Mojo Show Episode 44 (with guest Ben Hanson)

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    Replay, Super Replay, Video Interviews, Spoiled!, Test Chamber, the Guiness World Record attempt and so much more! All of these are the product of the creativity and hard work of Ben Hanson and the video crew at Game Informer. And we were lucky enough to have Ben on the show this week to talk about his experience working for GI, what the office environment is really like and pick our brains on some of the ideas he has for the future of GI video coverage. More

    Replay, Super Replay, Video Interviews, Spoiled!, Test Chamber, the Guiness World Record attempt and so much more! All of these are the product of the creativity and hard work of Ben Hanson and the video crew at Game Informer. And we were lucky enough to have Ben on the show this week to talk about his experience working for GI, what the office environment is really like and pick our brains on some of the ideas he has for the future of GI video coverage.

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