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  • Does the Hardcore Matter?

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    In all of the pre E3 articles going around the web, there is a lot of speculation about Microsoft showing off some hardcore Kinect titles. This got me thinking about the nature of the Kinect, Move and the Wii. The Wii was supposed to be the system that set Nintendo apart from the pack by catering to a brand new audience. As we all know, it succeeded in doing just that. Senior centers host Wii bowling tournaments, day programs use the Wii for exercise and physical therapy and your parents probably own one. Yet, while Nintendo has the casual market playing Wii Sports and getting their groove on with Just Dance, there hasn't been much else in the way of software sales for the aging system, especially not for third parties.

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    In all of the pre E3 articles going around the web, there is a lot of speculation about Microsoft showing off some hardcore Kinect titles. This got me thinking about the nature of the Kinect, Move and the Wii. The Wii was supposed to be the system that... More
  • Music Geek: Songs That Appeal to My Gamer Side

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    I have three passions in life: gaming, women, and music. This is a blog where I will talk about the music I am enjoying at the moment. (And no I'm not going to blog about the women I'm enjoying at the moment since there is only one, and she reads my blogs) For the first post in this series I will talk about music that appeals to my gamer side for one reason or another.

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    I have three passions in life: gaming, women, and music. This is a blog where I will talk about the music I am enjoying at the moment. (And no I'm not going to blog about the women I'm enjoying at the moment since there is only one, and she reads... More
  • E3 2011 Predictions

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    I am no Michael Pachter but I like to make predictions once in a while too. Here are my educated guesses for what is going down at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in a couple weeks.

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    I am no Michael Pachter but I like to make predictions once in a while too. Here are my educated guesses for what is going down at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in a couple weeks. Will Microsoft show that they are willing to take advantage of those... More
  • Indiejones And The Podcast of Doom

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    What will it be called?

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    A man I greatly admire once told me that if you can't offer the community something unique, then why are you offering it? This is the mentality I had going into my latest venture into the realm of podcasts. I realize there is a deluge of podcasts... More
  • Why Valve isn't making Half-Life 3

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    So I understand that is a very presumptuous and possibly inflammatory headline. Before you start sending me angry messages, please note that it is simply my pessimistic belief that Valve have moved on from the Half-Life franchise. Not only did Gabe Newell come right out and say that they are "probably done making single player focused games", but I believe, for various reasons that Valve no longer has any desire to create Half-Life 3.

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    So I understand that is a very presumptuous and possibly inflammatory headline. Before you start sending me angry messages, please note that it is simply my pessimistic belief that Valve have moved on from the Half-Life franchise. Not only did Gabe Newell... More
  • Memories: Reminiscing With Games

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    Some people remember times of their life by the music they were listening to at the time. While I love music and hearing Limp Bizkit always takes me back to my high school days and prompts me to quickly change the station. However, replaying a game from my youth always has a more powerful effect on me. I could go through and list the games I was playing at pivotal times in my life. So that's what I'm going to do.

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    Some people remember times of their life by the music they were listening to at the time. While I love music and hearing Limp Bizkit always takes me back to my high school days and prompts me to quickly change the station. However, replaying a game from... More
  • GIO Comedy: Madden 12 will be the most realistic football sim ever!

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    UPDATE: Seriously, I know most people on GIO aren't interested in sports games but just read this anyway. I promise you will at least chuckle once. You might even laugh out loud, or chuckle twice. It's a quick read and it has funny captions under the pictures....

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    UPDATE: Seriously, I know most people on GIO aren't interested in sports games but just read this anyway. I promise you will at least chuckle once. You might even laugh out loud, or chuckle twice. It's a quick read and it has funny captions under... More
  • GIO Comedy: Dead Space Expanded Universe

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    In the GIO Comedy blogs I will be presenting a humorous twist on a topic in the industry. This week, I will be taking on Dead Space 2, a game I've been trying to muster up enough interest in to finish. EA and Visceral have always tried to expand the Dead Space universe beyond just the games; whether it's animated movies, comics, spin offs or action figures. But I propose there are several untapped resources for them that they may want to consider before the eventual release of Dead Space 3.

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    In the GIO Comedy blogs I will be presenting a humorous twist on a topic in the industry. This week, I will be taking on Dead Space 2, a game I've been trying to muster up enough interest in to finish. EA and Visceral have always tried to expand the... More
  • Game Informer Online Debate! Week 1

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    So the GIO community is putting out a call for some new, exciting content since the (retirement?) of one of the more prolific members of our community. I thought about this for a while, and I love this community but admittedly don't have a ton of time between working 60 hours a week, spending time with my girlfriend, and actually playing games. (I know, what a crazy concept) So one night at my job, I was pondering this quandry and an exclamation mark popped up above my head Metal Gear style, when suddenly it came to me: Debating!

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    So the GIO community is putting out a call for some new, exciting content since the (retirement?) of one of the more prolific members of our community. I thought about this for a while, and I love this community but admittedly don't have a ton of... More
  • Why I Bought Homefront

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    Let me make one thing clear: I am not a big multiplayer gamer. I am only level 14 (not prestige) on Black Ops, never got past level 12 on Bad Company 2 or Modern Warfare 2 and Halo multiplayer just doesn't appeal to me at all. However, I just had to peel myself away from my couch to stop playing Homefront's awesome multiplayer because I had this blog burning a hole in my mind. So right off the bat, I will tell you I am already addicted to Homefront's multiplayer and I am very glad I plopped down my $63.59 (damn taxes!) for the game.

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    Let me make one thing clear: I am not a big multiplayer gamer. I am only level 14 (not prestige) on Black Ops, never got past level 12 on Bad Company 2 or Modern Warfare 2 and Halo multiplayer just doesn't appeal to me at all. However, I just had... More
  • Gather Round Children, it's Story Time!

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    Birth Control


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    Birth Control Like most of you I have been playing a lot of Dead Space 2 lately. It is pretty great, but one thing it reminds me of the most is Half-life's story pacing. Notice I said pacing . Because the story itself, and the way it is told is more... More
  • Bag Heads: How we made the rest of society into awkward nerds like us.

    Disclaimer: This is an intensely personal blog about myself. It isn't extremely game related so if you aren't interested in hearing my thoughts on society in the digital age then skip this blog. Also, if you are easily offended, skip this blog. Matter of fact, just skip this blog. It's not my best...no don't really!

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    Disclaimer: This is an intensely personal blog about myself. It isn't extremely game related so if you aren't interested in hearing my thoughts on society in the digital age then skip this blog. Also, if you are easily offended, skip this blog... More