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  • Game Informer Is Hiring!

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    If you’re interested in joining the Game Informer family, now is your chance! We currently have two full-time positions available – associate editor and video editor. Before sending us your résumé, please be aware of a few things: More

    If you’re interested in joining the Game Informer family, now is your chance! We currently have two full-time positions available.

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  • A Few Of My Favorite Things From 2012

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    You've read our Top 50 Games of 2012 feature. You've seen our videos discussing the candidates for best game of the year. Now, check out my personal list of triumphs and failures from the past year. More

    You've read our Top 50 Games of 2012 feature. You've seen our videos discussing the candidates for best game of the year. Now, check out my personal list of triumphs and failures from the past year.

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  • My 2012 Wish List

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    I'm still inundated with many great games that recently released, but once the holidays roll around I can't help but think about what's in store for gamers next year. With that in mind, here are 15 things I would love to see happen in 2012.

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  • The Best Battlefield 3 Moments

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    One of my favorite things to do when a Battlefield game launches is find videos on YouTube of people pulling off insane feats that can only happen thanks to the game's massive scale, cool gadgets, and vehicular combat. The creative ways gamers discover to rack up kills never ceases to amaze me. Here are the best ones I've stumbled across. More

    One of my favorite things to do when a Battlefield game launches is look for videos on YouTube of people pulling off insane feats. Here are the best ones I've stumbled across.

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  • Scouting The Deficiencies In Madden NFL 12

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    I'm about as big an NFL fan as you're going to find. I watch as many games as I can during the season, tape preseason games and re-watch them to gain insight on position battles, play in multiple fantasy football leagues, and spend the NFL offseason pouring over scouting reports as if my opinion mattered and I could affect the decision making of my beleaguered Minnesota Vikings. Being such a football nerd, I eagerly anticipate the release of Madden each year. More

    Sometimes tough love is the best love of all.

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  • How Not To Release A Game Demo

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    Gamers love demos because we get to try out a new title to make sure it's up to snuff before we spend our hard earned dollars. Publishers normally oblige when they believe the demo has a chance to win over players and get them to pony up the cash for the full release. But every once and a while a clunker releases that not only shatters any hope of the final game being good, it makes you question the sanity of the person who green lit the demo in the first place. More

    Gamers love demos because we get to try out a new title to make sure it's up to snuff before we spend our hard earned dollars. Publishers normally oblige when they believe the demo has a chance to win over players and get them to pony up the cash... More
  • Show Me The Maps! (And Guns!)

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    The Battlefield series got off to a rough start on consoles, but DICE struck the right formula with Bad Company 2. Since its early March launch, I’ve spent much of my free time climbing up the military ranks, unlocking new weapons, and collecting insignias and pins in the company of friends. Clearly I’m not alone, as the game has sold over five million copies to date, which catapulted it into the upper echelon of the Xbox Live usage charts alongside multiplayer juggernauts like Call of Duty and Halo.

    But in the past few weeks, the game has started sliding down the ranks. It’s not just being usurped by shiny new titles like Red Dead Redemption, either. From April 19 to May 3, BC2 fell to the number seven slot behind older games like Call of Duty: World at War and Halo 3: ODST. There’s no shame in placing behind the perennial big dogs like Modern Warfare 2 and Halo 3, but when you start slipping behind other titles from these franchises it’s worth questioning why such a brilliant multiplayer game isn’t demonstrating the same traction as the big guns. More

    Bad Company 2 is falling down the rankings of preferred multiplayer games on Xbox Live. What’s making people abandon the experience?

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  • A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again

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    Join me as I relive the tragic moment of making the worst game purchasing decision of my life.

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  • The Seedy Underbelly of Game Informer’s Tip Line

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    The Game Informer tip line is one of our favorite features of the revamped website. While the legit news tips help us report on rumors or stories we may have missed, we also receive a healthy dose of nonsensical ramblings. This is just a slice of what greets us in our inbox every morning. I want you to feel the full effect of the messages, so I’ve kept all the egregious misspellings, typos, and CAPS ATTACKS in place. To protect the identities of these wayward posters, we’ve made the tips anonymous. More

    The Game Informer tip line is one of our favorite features of the revamped website. While the legit news tips help us report on rumors or stories we may have missed, we also receive a healthy dose of nonsensical ramblings...

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  • Autosave Rage

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    It's happened to all of us. After questing for hours, losing yourself in the intricacies of an immersive role-playing world, your party falls in battle. Sometimes you're legitimately outmatched by a powerful new enemy. Other times the death can be chalked up to experimentation or laziness on the battlefield. As the battle turns against you, you drop the tactical exercise and hedge your bets on your tank standing tall in melee combat and outlasting the final opponents. After all, with the handy autosave feature backing up your every move, what do you have to lose? If your gambit fails, you can simply pick up from where you left off, right? Wrong. More

    Why do RPG developers ask us to lose ourselves in their immersive creations, then punish us for forgetting to pull ourselves out of the world to save every 10 minutes?!

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  • My Top 10 Time Sucks

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    Since everyone else is calling out their Top 200 snubs and personal favorites, I decided to take a different approach. Which games or series have I physically spent the most time with? These aren’t just games you play through and throw back onto the shelf. No matter what else I was playing, these games never left the side of my console or PC – these are the worlds I returned to in between new games and the cool-down games I fired up to regain my equilibrium after a long thumbstick sessions. More

    Since everyone else is calling out their Top 200 snubs and personal favorites, I decided to take a different approach. Which games or series have I physically spent the most time with? These aren’t just games you play through and throw back onto... More
  • Buggin' Out: What's Up With The Hoops Games This Year?!

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    The Internet is abuzz with backlash over the bug-heavy releases of both NBA basketball games, particularly NBA 2K10. Many sports gamers have dusted off their pitchforks over the shoddy work, and the company responses have been swift. Visual Concepts announced a patch to fix the most egregious issues with 2K10 is due any day now, and EA Sports announced today that an NBA Live patch is available for download as we speak. Hopefully the patches bring the games up to speed, because both can be fun games when they're not suffering through wack glitches. Sit back and enjoy some game development bloopers worthy of the Washington Generals. More

    The Internet is abuzz with backlash over the bug-heavy releases of both NBA basketball games, particularly NBA 2K10. Many sports gamers have dusted off their pitchforks over the shoddy work, and the company responses have been swift. Visual Concepts announced... More
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