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  • Blog Post: Activision’s Destiny Missteps Are Common Business Wrapped In Terrible Communication

    It’s been a rough week for Activision and Bungie. While The Taken King garnered attention at E3, what followed was poor messaging about a collector’s edition, exclusive in-game emotes, and a belief that players are being forced to buy content they already own. In order to understand where... More
  • Blog Post: Avenged Sevenfold's M. Shadows Talks Band's Involvement With Guitar Hero Live

    Ever since "The Beast and the Harlot" challenged players in Guitar Hero II, fans of Avenged Sevenfold have requested more of the band to appear in the series. While Activision and Harmonix have given the Guitar Hero and Rock Band communities several tracks from Avenged Sevenfold's catalog... More
  • Blog Post: How Did E3 2015’s Toys-To-Life Games Stack Up?

    Going into this E3, we knew that there would be at least three big names in the expanding toys-to-life genre. Activision, Disney, and Warner Interactive all showed off their latest games, and they were all playable. Each one is trying something different, but there’s enough commonality to draw... More
  • Blog Post: Destiny – Xur’s Gear For The Weekend Of June 19

    There’s been a lot of big Destiny news this week, offering us some exhaustive details about the upcoming Taken King expansion, including a vidoc and details on the three new subclasses . In the midst of the excitement, Xur has appeared at the Vestian Outpost, and brings with him two items he’s... More
  • Blog Post: Destiny: The Taken King Story And Gameplay Details Emerge From The Darkness

    Yesterday, Bungie officially pulled back the curtain on the long-rumored The Taken King expansion. Today brings a new vidoc with all sorts of details about what we can expect. Storywise, we learn that guardians start out by exploring a Cabal base on Phobos, a moon of Mars. There, they learn that the... More
  • Blog Post: Tips For Surviving The Cauldron In Destiny's Trials Of Osiris

    The Cauldron has been revealed as this week’s Trials of Osiris map in Destiny, so it’s time to get your fireteam of three together and make a run at the Lighthouse, the reward granted to those who manage a 9-0 record in their Trials Passage. First off, let’s talk about this week’s... More
  • Blog Post: Destiny - Xur's Gear For The Weekend Of June 12

    Happy Xursday, everyone! This week, Xur is getting ready for E3 by allowing you to dash from press conference to conference, get a much needed burst of energy to keep up with the news, and give your friends a helping hand when they stumble. OK, this is just really a clever way of avoiding the subject... More
  • Blog Post: Destiny - Xur's Gear For The Weekend Of June 5

    Happy Xursday, everyone! I hope House of Wolves is treating you well and the treasure keys are flowing better after the recent patch. This week, Xur has some oldies but goodies. No, really. While he's sold everything in his stock this week before, a couple of the items might pique your interest.... More
  • Blog Post: 21 Things You Need To Know About Skylanders: SuperChargers

    The toys-to-life category has quietly become one of the biggest success stories in gaming, generating over $4 billion in sales since its introduction in 2011’s runaway hit, Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure. Despite facing stiff competition from the likes of Disney and Nintendo in the years that... More
  • Blog Post: 21 Destiny Bounties We’d Love To Play

    As I discussed in this accompanying article , Destiny is at increasing risk for alienating its solo players, who desire more activities to engage in at or near level-cap. One possible solution is for Bungie to more fully embrace its existing bounty system, providing new storytelling and gameplay for... More
  • Blog Post: Destiny’s Solo Problem, And How To Solve It

    As I noted in my write-up about House of Wolves , now is the best time for lapsed or new players to get into Destiny. The Prison of Elders arena mode and end-game PvP Trials of Osiris event round out an already compelling package of activities. At the same time, the endgame experience is increasingly... More
  • Blog Post: Destiny - Xur's Gear For The Weekend Of May 29

    Happy Xursday, Everyone! If you happen to be a Warlock, this is your lucky day. Step right up to ol' Tentacle Face and peruse his wares. Xur is carrying his first piece of House of Wolves gear this week. No, it isn't a weapon. Remember, I said that Warlocks are in luck. Location: Xur is back... More
  • Blog Post: What's The Verdict On Destiny: House Of Wolves?

    Since its launch in September, Destiny has always encouraged social engagement as the key to full enjoyment of the game. Raids and Nightfall strikes acted as end-game experiences squarely targeted at group play, but demanded you do your own work to form and solidify the teams that would enter those spaces... More
  • Blog Post: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5: The Return Of Old School

    Skating is about evolution and adaptation. A trick is built upon and takes new forms. The McTwist becomes the 900. Someone does a 360 flip to a grind, and another skater does the trick down a flight of stairs. It's about community – in spiring others and learning from them. Skateboarding is... More
  • Blog Post: 10 New Facts About Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5

    Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 comes out this year, bringing gamers back to the sick tricks and smooth flow that they fell in love with back when the original came out in 1999. Find out more about the game in this latest installment of Anatomy of a Screenshot. Click to enlarge screens. 1.The Online World... More
  • Blog Post: Destiny - Xur's Gear For The Weekend Of May 22

    Happy Xursday, everyone! Before we start, don't bother going to the Tower. Xur is on vacation in the darkest corner of the galaxy. Even Agents of the Nine want to check out the reef. Before you get too excited, all of Xur's gear for this week comes from already existing content. No House of Wolves... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Now Is The Best Time To Get (Back) Into Destiny

    Since its launch in September of last year, Destiny has become one of the most polarizing experiences in gaming. Whether it’s due to the fact that the people who do love it do so passionately or unapologetically, or simply the fact that it wasn’t the type of shooter they thought it would... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] Destiny - Xur's Gear And Upgrades For The Weekend Of May 15

    Happy Xursday, everyone! It's the final shopping weekend before House of Wolves drops, which means everything. must. go. (Not really, stock is unlimited if you have the strange coins.) The good news is that Xur has a rocket launcher this weekend. The bad news is that it probably isn't the one... More
  • Blog Post: 10 Call Of Duty Settings We’d Rather See Than ‘Near Future’

    The near-future setting of Call of Duty: Black Ops III is interesting from a gameplay perspective , but with three consecutive games relying on that setting, the franchise is sacrificing one of the key things that made the multiple-developer approach to the franchise work well. Black Ops III is set in... More
  • Blog Post: Destiny - Xur's Gear And Upgrades For The Weekend Of May 8

    Happy Xursday, everyone! We’re coming up on the release of House of Wolves, which means these weekly updates should become a bit more interesting. This week, Xur is carrying a heavy weapon that has been requested quite a lot. No, it’s not Gjallarhorn. Sorry. Location : Xur is in Tower North... More
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