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  • Meagan Is A Lame Prankster

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    Okay, so I have a co-worker. Her name is Meagan. She's very nice. You’ve probably seen her around this site. I learned something new about Meagan today: She is terrible at pranks. Like, really, really terrible. More

    Okay, so I have a co-worker. Her name is Meagan . She's very nice. You’ve probably seen her around this site. I learned something new about Meagan today: She is terrible at pranks. Like, really, really terrible. 1. She walks into the bullpen... More
  • In Defense of the Imperfect 10

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    Review scores almost always generate controversy...or at least mild outrage. Whether a reviewer heaps hate on your favorite franchise (probably Sonic), or loves a game you think is unplayable, at some point you have probably taken issue with a review score. However, there is one number on our scale that has proven more controversial than all the rest: 10. More

    Review scores almost always generate controversy...or at least mild outrage. Whether a reviewer heaps hate on your favorite franchise (probably Sonic), or loves a game you think is unplayable, at some point you have probably taken issue with a review... More
  • Valkyria Chronicles Is Awesome And You Should Play It

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    I reviewed Valkyria Chronicles when it came out in November 2008. I gave it a score of 8.5 (which I consider a very good score), but there was a problem: In a crowded holiday season full of games like Fable II, Resistance 2, LittleBigPlanet, Fallout 3, Guitar Hero World Tour, and Gears of War 2 (all reviewed in the same issue as Valkyria Chronicles), a quirky PS3 exclusive strategy game was easy for many gamers to overlook. More

    I reviewed Valkyria Chronicles when it came out in November 2008. I gave it a score of 8.5 (which I consider a very good score), but there was a problem: In a crowded holiday season full of games like Fable II, Resistance 2, LittleBigPlanet, Fallout 3... More
  • Mail Bag: Getting Into Gaming Journalism

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    If you've read Game Informer magazine, odds are good that you've seen the Dear GI section, where we respond to reader letters with varying degrees of information and sass. What you don't know, however, is that every email that gets sent to Dear GI lands directly in my inbox. There is no way that we could possibly respond to every letter in the magazine, but I'll make an effort to answer some of the questions that don't make the cut right here on my blog. More

    If you've read Game Informer magazine, odds are good that you've seen the Dear GI section, where we respond to reader letters with varying degrees of information and sass. What you don't know, however, is that every email that gets sent to... More
  • The Curse of Morality

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    It may have started in RPGs, but one of the big features publishers and developers like to tout in games of any genre is a morality system. There was a time (back in the days of the first KOTOR) where the option to resolve situations in blatantly good or evil ways was enough for me to feel a connection with my character and a sense of agency within the game world. However, as the years go by, this approach is showing its age. More

    It may have started in RPGs, but one of the big features publishers and developers like to tout in games of any genre is a morality system. There was a time (back in the days of the first KOTOR) where the option to resolve situations in blatantly good... More