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  • Blog Post: The Best Video Game Costumes For Halloween 2015

    Halloween is just a few weeks away. If you don't have the time or skill to create your own Halloween costume that celebrates your love of video games, we've rounded up the best selection of costumes sold at retailers. The selection offers everything from a $900 Master Chief costume to the unexpected... More
  • Blog Post: The Worst Video Game Costumes For Halloween 2015

    Here's a round-up of the video game-themed Halloween costumes we recommend you avoid for parties or trick-or-treating purposes. If you're thinking "These aren't that bad," just picture yourself wearing one of these costumes, and think about how easy it will be to mingle at parties... More
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Transforming Weapons

    Bloodborne is out this week ( read our glowing review ), and one of the game's coolest features is its deadly arsenal of transforming melee weapons. A scimitar combines with a staff to create a wicked scythe, the Saw Cleaver is essentially a gigantic folding knife, and the list goes on. From Software's... More
  • Blog Post: Five Beers Brewed For Gamers

    Given the explosion of microbreweries across the United States, it's not surprising to see pop culture infiltrate bottle labels. We've seen Monty Python and Star Trek themed beers, but it was only a matter of time before some passioned gamers started to incorporate their favorite pastime into... More
  • Blog Post: Matt Helgeson's New Year's Gaming Resolutions

    Each new year presents us with a fresh start, and a chance to fail at our goals all over again. I thought about how I'd like to game different in 2015, and here are some of the ways that I hope to change for the better. 1. Pay Better Attention to the Indie Scene For whatever reason, 2014's indie... More
  • Blog Post: It's Another Dose Of Gaming Haikus From GI's Poet Laureate

    Remember when people wouldn't stop debating whether or not games were art? Do people still care about that? I don't know the answer to that one, but I'm confident of this: Haikus are the purest form of poetry, which is definitely a form of artistic expression. By combining my talents as a... More
  • Blog Post: Page Not Found: Video Games' Vanishing History

    Thanks to the proliferation of blogs, websites, and videos on services like YouTube and Twitch, there is more content on video games being produced than ever before. However, we're also losing a significant portion of the industry's history on a daily basis. Last weekend, we read the sad news... More
  • Blog Post: Video Game Spin-Offs That Are Better Than Their Source Game

    A lot of popular video game series receive sequels, but only in rare instances do popular video game series earn a spin-off title. Like a random mutation, these series often contain elements of the original property, but are often different enough that they can't be included as part of the main series... More
  • Blog Post: Video Game Halloween Costumes 2014: The Good, The Bad, The Stupid

    Each October, we all have to answer the eternal question: What should I be for Halloween? Thanks to Internet retailers, we have more choices for video game-themed costumes than ever. We also have access to some of the stupidest costume choices ever known to man. More
  • Blog Post: Exploring Freedom In Ultima VII: The Black Gate

    Growing up during the Nintendo Entertainment System era, my first taste of role-playing games came courtesy of Final Fantasy and Dragon Warrior, the second of which new Nintendo Power subscribers received for free alongside a huge guidebook. These games introduced me to the addiction of exploration,... More
  • Blog Post: Exploring Freedom In Games For The 4th Of July

    Today is the Fourth of July in America. This day commemorates the independence of our country, but we're abstracting the meaning of the holiday to reflect on what freedom means to us in video games. The Game Informer staff has selected a variety of games that made us all truly feel free in our digital... More
  • Blog Post: Gilbert Gottfried Voices Our Favorite Video Games

    If you’ve seen Aladdin , remember the Aflac duck, or are a fan of comedy in general, then you’re familiar with the squawking voice of Gilbert Gottfried. The legendary comic has reprised his role as the annoying parrot Iago in Kingdom Hearts games, but we’ve always wanted to hear his... More
  • Blog Post: Great Games Based On Cartoons

    In celebration of South Park: The Stick of Truth releasing tomorrow, we reflect on other video games inspired by cartoons on TV. Many licensed games leave something to be desired, but there are certain games that surprise us. This list compiles games that were based off of cartoon TV shows, but are still... More
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Video Game Pistols

    From Doom to The Last of Us, we often begin video games clutching a humble handgun. Games tend to throw shotguns and machine guns at players along the way, but sometimes the modest pistol remains your best friend through much of the quest. We take a look at the trusty handguns wielded by heroes like... More
  • Blog Post: Hitting The Jackpot In Tokyo's Retro Haven, Super Potato

    "There are known knowns; there are things we know that we know," says former U.S. secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld (bear with me), " There are known unknowns; that is to say, there are things that we now know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns – there are... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – The High Barrier To Entry Of Video Games

    I can't believe that more people don't play video games. When I think of all the fun times I've had playing games, I'm surprised that more people don't want to join our ranks. Then I think about the high barrier to entry for home console gaming, and I realize it's no wonder more... More
  • Blog Post: Born Into Gaming

    Whether my daughter likes it or not, gaming is going to be, and to a certain extent already is, a big part of her life. Her room is decorated with Portal memorabilia and Zelda plushies, most of her clothing is adorned with video game references that fly over the head of every adult at daycare, and she... More
  • Blog Post: The Ashamed Gamer

    When you’re playing a game you get achievements and trophies for (mostly) the good things you do. But sometimes we all do things we’re not proud of. Sometimes we do it just to survive during the heat of the moment, while others are more ingrained habits. Or – let’s face it –... More
  • Blog Post: How Hollywood Gets Video Gaming Wrong

    This morning, I received a press release regarding an upcoming movie titled Noobz . A few things can be surmised from that title. You know that it's going to contain teabagging jokes, plenty of talk about "pwning," and most likely a douchey antagonist who derides the gamers for not knowing... More
  • Blog Post: 12 Places You Can Study Video Games

    As video games continue to be economically profitable and an area of interest for millions of people across the globe, the need for educational programs in the area of game studies grows. If you've ever wondered how or where you can study games as a major, a minor, or as a graduate student, but didn't... More
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