A Sports Newbie Spends A Week Playing NHL 19

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A Sports Newbie Spends A Week Playing NHL 19

Reader, I’m gonna level with you: I don’t care for sports.  The most I’ve ever been invested in a sport was reading about Gryffindor win the Inter-House Quidditch Cup or guiding my misfits to freedom in Pyre. I grew up in small-town America, where football, soccer, and baseball were a way of life.  I tried my hand at soccer and enjoyed it, but that enjoyment quickly soured to resentment thanks to bullying. That resentment eventually manifested in a complete disinterest in all things sports. However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve found myself curious about some forms of athleticism and even more curious about what video games do with various sports – how developers present and package sports, what they choose to focus on, and whether or not they're accommodating to newcomers. 

I decided that it was time for me to fill in a particularly deep genre gap for and play some sports games. Given that I live in the snowy fantasy land that is Minnesota and that I love watching people beat the hell out of each other, hockey was the obvious go-to: the one that would lead me into the shallow end of the icy pond and show me how to doggy paddle. With that impression in mind, I picked up NHL 19 and decided to spend a week playing it and writing about my experience for my fellow scrubs who are intimidated by the genre but also curious.

A Sports Newbie Spends A Week Playing NHL 19

about X hours ago from
A Sports Newbie Spends A Week Playing NHL 19

Reader, I’m gonna level with you: I don’t care for sports.  The most I’ve ever been invested in a sport was reading about Gryffindor win the Inter-House Quidditch Cup or guiding my misfits to freedom in Pyre. I grew up in small-town America, where football, soccer, and baseball were a way of life.  I tried my hand at soccer and enjoyed it, but that enjoyment quickly soured to resentment thanks to bullying. That resentment eventually manifested in a complete disinterest in all things sports. However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve found myself curious about some forms of athleticism and even more curious about what video games do with various sports – how developers present and package sports, what they choose to focus on, and whether or not they're accommodating to newcomers. 

I decided that it was time for me to fill in a particularly deep genre gap for and play some sports games. Given that I live in the snowy fantasy land that is Minnesota and that I love watching people beat the hell out of each other, hockey was the obvious go-to: the one that would lead me into the shallow end of the icy pond and show me how to doggy paddle. With that impression in mind, I picked up NHL 19 and spent a week playing it and writing about my experience for my fellow scrubs who are intimidated by the genre but also curious.

Sick Stunts In Crackdown 3

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Sick Stunts In Crackdown 3

Jeff Cork did not love Crackdown 3, noting "It’s not bad, but this long-awaited sequel is a bland and uninspired time capsule of a game." We absolutely agree with him, but we're still having a good time with it, even if it does feel like a game from another console generation. It's also, seemingly, tailor-made for our Sick Stunts series, with massive explosions, cars that can drive up walls, wonky physics, and a lot more.

We've got lots more Sick Stunts videos, which you can check out the links for below.

You can also find our Sick Stunts YouTube playlist by heading here.

Sick Stunts In Crackdown 3

about X hours ago from
Sick Stunts In Crackdown 3

Jeff Cork did not love Crackdown 3, noting "It’s not bad, but this long-awaited sequel is a bland and uninspired time capsule of a game." We absolutely agree with him, but we're still having a good time with it, even if it does feel like a game from another console generation. It's also, seemingly, tailor-made for our Sick Stunts series, with massive explosions, cars that can drive up walls, wonky physics, and a lot more.

We've got lots more Sick Stunts videos, which you can check out the links for below.

You can also find our Sick Stunts YouTube playlist by heading here.

Replay – The Legend Of Zelda: Link's Awakening

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Replay – The Legend Of Zelda: Link's Awakening

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is getting remade for Switch later this year. The announcement got Andrew Reiner, Suriel Vazquez, baby Leo Vader, and me thinking about its bizarre legacy, so we decided we had to revisit this old Game Boy title. We got so caught up in the adventure that we ended up playing it for the whole episode. It turns out that a really great Zelda game is still really great, even 26 years later.

For more on the Link's Awakening remake, head here to watch the trailer and see what you think of the art style. And for a whole lot more on the original game's development, you can head here to read our Classic feature on the game. And here's a random link Reiner added.

Replay – The Legend Of Zelda: Link's Awakening

about X hours ago from
Replay – The Legend Of Zelda: Link's Awakening

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is getting remade for Switch later this year. The announcement got Andrew Reiner, Suriel Vazquez, baby Leo Vader, and me thinking about its bizarre legacy, so we decided we had to revisit this old Game Boy title. We got so caught up in the adventure that we ended up playing it for the whole episode. It turns out that a really great Zelda game is still really great, even 26 years later.

For more on the Link's Awakening remake, head here to watch the trailer and see what you think of the art style. And for a whole lot more on the original game's development, you can head here to read our Classic feature on the game. And here's a random link Reiner added.

Love Overwatch? Try Dice Throne

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Love Overwatch? Try Dice Throne

Back when Game Informer first began to explore tabletop gaming coverage, I’d often headline new game recommendations as direct comparisons to familiar video game genres like first-person shooters or dungeon crawlers. In more recent years, we’ve used that type of comparison less frequently. But this week’s recommendation of Dice Throne can’t help but draw some correlations for players discovering it while crossing over from the world of video games. Within the tabletop world, Dice Throne is innovative and surprising, with a brisk play time, flexible strategy, and tremendous replayability thanks to a growing bank of playable characters. But with its asymmetrical heroes, stylized art, abilities (including Ultimates), broad accessibility, and multiple modes of play, video gamers will immediately recognize a kinship with Blizzard’s stellar Overwatch. And that’s a great thing; Dice Throne is a lot of fun, and deserves your attention.

Love Overwatch? Try Dice Throne

about X hours ago from
Love Overwatch? Try Dice Throne

Back when Game Informer first began to explore tabletop gaming coverage, I’d often headline new game recommendations as direct comparisons to familiar video game genres like first-person shooters or dungeon crawlers. In more recent years, we’ve used that type of comparison less frequently. But this week’s recommendation of Dice Throne can’t help but draw some correlations for players discovering it while crossing over from the world of video games. Within the tabletop world, Dice Throne is innovative and surprising, with a brisk play time, flexible strategy, and tremendous replayability thanks to a growing bank of playable characters. But with its asymmetrical heroes, stylized art, abilities (including Ultimates), broad accessibility, and multiple modes of play, video gamers will immediately recognize a kinship with Blizzard’s stellar Overwatch. And that’s a great thing; Dice Throne is a lot of fun, and deserves your attention.

The Video Game Industry Says A Fond Farewell To Reggie Fils-Aimé

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The Video Game Industry Says A Fond Farewell To Reggie Fils-Aimé

With the recent announcement that Nintendo's corporate darling, Reggie Fils-Aimé, is stepping down this April, Twitter is full of people from around the video game industry thanking him for his time in the spotlight. It speaks to his impact that people from all around games are feeling affected by this changing of the guard.

You can watch Reggie's heartfelt farewell below and see a collection of thoughts and well-wishes for the man who has guided Nintendo of America through the revolution that was the Wii, learned something from the mistakes of the Wii U, and can now leave with his head held high after the success of the Switch.

Reggie, thanks for all the games and your leadership in our industry. We are a better and brighter place for your wisdom and efforts. With appreciation and best wishes from all your friends @PlayStation

The Video Game Industry Says A Fond Farewell To Reggie Fils-Aime

about X hours ago from
The Video Game Industry Says A Fond Farewell To Reggie Fils-Aime

With the recent announcement that Nintendo's corporate darling, Reggie Fils-Aimé, is stepping down this April, Twitter is full of people from around the video game industry thanking him for his time in the spotlight. It speaks to his impact that people from all around games are feeling affected by this changing of the guard.

You can watch Reggie's heartfelt farewell below and see a collection of thoughts and well-wishes for the man who has guided Nintendo of America through the revolution that was the Wii, learned something from the mistakes of the Wii U, and can now leave with his head held high after the success of the Switch.

Thanks for everything, Reggie!