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  • Blog Post: Everything You Need To Know About This Weekend's Call of Duty Championship

    This weekend, Major League Gaming and Activision are hosting the third annual Call of Duty Championship. Here's a quick cheat sheet for those of you planning to tune in. What Is It? The Call of Duty Championship are Activision's attempt to create a worldwide event around its popular shooting... More
  • Blog Post: The Biggest Video Game News Stories Of 2015 (So Far)

    We're a quarter of the way through 2015, let's take a look back at what's already been a very eventful year in the video game industry. From big announcements like Nintendo making games for the mobile market to big shakeups in Konami's Metal Gear franchise, there's already been a... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Completely Absorbed By Ori And The Blind Forest’s Gorgeous World

    Metroid established a formula that developers the world over are still trying to emulate today. Moon Studios is a developer that doesn't even have an office, but the company has perfectly paired Metroid's blueprint with Rayman's precision platforming. The result is a game that feels great... More
  • Blog Post: The Business Decisions Behind Rise Of The Tomb Raider

    After four years in the making, the 2013 reboot of Tomb Raider was released and impressed both critics and fans of the classic franchise. While visiting Crystal Dynamics, we spoke with head of western studios Darrell Gallagher about the struggle to create a fresh take on Lara Croft and the immediate... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – ScreamRide Demo

    If you've ever played Roller Coaster Tycoon and wished that you had the ability to cause even more mayhem, it looks like ScreamRide will be right up your alley. The demo released today, and it delivers a mix of Burnout-style crashes and more traditional coaster-building. Join me, Andrew Reiner, and... More
  • Blog Post: Pachter: Nintendo "Still In Denial" About Failure of Wii U

    Each February, Game Informer travels to Las Vegas for the D.I.C.E. Summit, where industry leaders gather to discuss the trends cresting and surfacing in the interactive entertainment space. This year we sat down with Wedbush Securities managing director and former Pach Attack star Michael Pachter to... More
  • Blog Post: Five Ways Rise Of The Tomb Raider Improves Upon The Reboot

    We're very excited to roll out a month of exclusive content for Rise of the Tomb Raider from Crystal Dynamics to go along with our extensive March cover story . The 2013 reboot really impressed us and we were curious about how the development team is looking to improve on that experience. While visiting... More
  • Blog Post: Keeping Promises: Seven Things That Need To Happen In 2015

    It's tough to make a promise when it comes to video game development. So many things can happen when it comes to a title or feature being completed, to say nothing of nailing a release date. That being said, there have been some...assurances, shall we say...that companies have made about their games... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – We’re Hilariously Bad At The Halo 5: Guardians Beta

    We got an early peak at The Halo 5 multiplayer Beta, and while it took us over 12 minutes to get into our first match, now that we've started playing we can't stop. The beta officially opens on December 29 and runs for three weeks. If you bought a copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, then... More
  • Blog Post: Halo: Nightfall Wraps Up On A High Note

    If there’s one thing that seems evident from Halo: Nightfall, it’s that it would have been presented better as a single, complete entity. The episodic structure didn’t do it any favors, as we’ve mentioned in previous weeks, but the endeavor does end on stronger footing. Note:... More
  • Blog Post: Top 50 Challenge 2014 – Fantasia: Music Evolved

    I like music. I know it’s not exactly a controversial statement, but it’s been a constant throughout my life. Growing up, something was almost always playing on the family stereo. I played an instrument from elementary school through high school, and eventually combined my loves of music... More
  • Blog Post: Tensions Rise In Halo: Nightfall’s Fourth Episode

    After an extremely slow episode three, Halo: Nightfall starts to ramp back up to its conclusion. The series started strong, and there might just be a chance it finishes that way, too. Note: There are no spoilers for episode four, but we will freely discuss events of the first three. If you’re caught... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Bugs Happen, Broken Games Shouldn’t

    While 2014 has seen its share of delays, we certainly have no shortage of games available this holiday season. Unfortunately, in the flood of releases, multiple titles have simply not worked at launch. The relationship between a consumer and a game changes when launch day arrives. The long period represented... More
  • Blog Post: Halo: Nightfall Episode Three Draws The Short Straw

    We’ve had an early look at Halo: Nightfall’s third episode, and we wish we had better news. After a strong start in episode one, the story begins to stall out at the mid-way point. Note: There are no spoilers for this episode, but we will freely discuss items from the first two. As we learned... More
  • Blog Post: Tim Dadabo On Voicing 343 Guilty Spark In Halo

    With the release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection , we've all got Master Chief's Bungie adventures on our minds and on our TVs. I had a chance to chat with Tim Dadabo, who played 343 Guilty Spark in the Halo games, and I asked him about what it was like to work on Halo before it was the franchise... More
  • Blog Post: Halo: Nightfall's Second Episode Stumbles

    Watching the Halo: Nightfall series is spurring a conflict between my sensibilities and my delight at seeing Halo realized in live action. This week, my pragmatism weighs out, and I cant help feeling a bit disappointed in the saga's second act. Note: We've avoided spoilers for episode two, but... More
  • Blog Post: Unlock Armor In The Halo 5 Beta By Playing The Master Chief Collection

    With Halo: The Master Chief Collection now available, you might be wondering where to begin. One suggestion might be squaring away some cosmetic unlocks for the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta. There are five different unlocks tied to elements of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Three of them are... More
  • Blog Post: Five Major Ways Halo 5: Guardians Changes The Series’ Multiplayer

    We got an early look at the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta , and it’s an understatement to say that there are some changes. In fact, much of what long-time fans of the franchise know about the series is about to change. We decided to break down the biggest changes as a handy reference... More
  • Blog Post: Halo: Nightfall’s First Episode Gets Quickly To The Point

    Note: While there are no new spoilers in the preview below, we will mention previously revealed and publicized information. It’s easy to think of Halo: The Master Chief Collection as one in a long line of remakes and upgrades. Microsoft and 343 Industries have worked to make it more of an event... More
  • Blog Post: Analysis – Microsoft Is Making The Right Moves For The Holiday

    I’ve previously acknowledged that the resolution of games is an important topic for some people . Until there isn’t a discrepancy between the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions on the visual front, that conversation will continue to emerge. But for everyone else, there are other factors... More
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