Top Of The Table – Great Party Games For Your Picnic Table

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Top Of The Table – Great Party Games For Your Picnic Table

Summer is upon us, and there’s plenty of reasons to find yourself enjoying the sunshine and a fun evening at the lake, a meal after a long hike, or simply settling in at your favorite camp site. While those settings aren’t ideal for giant strategic board games, they can be a perfect opportunity to break out simple social party games that are compact and easy to transport. 

Pull these games out onto the picnic table for short play times, easy-to-learn rules, and laugh-inducing premises, perfect for a quiet afternoon or evening in the great outdoors. 

GI Show – Fallout 76, Pokémon Switch, Mega Man 11

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GI Show – Fallout 76, Pokémon Switch, Mega Man 11

Welcome back to The Game Informer Show! On this week's episode, Andrew Reiner, and Matt Bertz talk about the reveal of Fallout 76 from Bethesda Game Studios and Bertz's trip to London to see three hours of Battlefield V gameplay. Then Kyle Hilliard and Suriel Vazquez (Skyping in from Tokyo) join the show to talk about the exciting announcement of Pokémon: Lets Go Pikachu and Pokémon: Lets Go Eevee on the Nintendo Switch. Also, Brian Shea joins us to talk about the impressive campaign in Mario Tennis Aces and his time playing Splatoon 2's Octo Expansion. Before we get to some fun community emails, Andy McNamara joins us to talk about Game Informer's new website and some changes that are coming up. For the final segment, Ben Reeves and Imran Khan are joined by Capcom's Tim Turi to talk about playing Mega Man 11.

You can watch the video below, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes or Google Play, or listen to episode 401 on SoundCloud. Also, be sure to send your questions to podcast@gameinformer.com for a chance to have them answered on the show!

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (May 31, 2018)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (May 31, 2018)

I began chatting with Jeff Marchiafava about doing Blog Herding back in 2013. I just really wanted my life intertwined with Game Informer's. As many of you know, I interned here. I love everything about G.I. I wrote many stories, one for print, went to parties where craft beer was had, and bad games were played. And editor Matt Kato became one of my closest friends, and one I look forward to chatting with every day – even if he supports Manchester City. According to email correspondence with Jeff, it was in January 2015 that we began talking about what this iteration of Blog Herding would look like, and what it would mean when I took it over.

There have been so many times where bloggers reminded me just how old I was getting when it came to a past game I played. And now I have this reminder that I did Blog Herding for over three years, beginning on March 26, 2015. It's baffling, rewarding, but also scary. I'm afraid I didn't do enough for all of you. I definitely tried! I hope I did. I absolutely loved playing Rocket League and Monster Hunter with all of you. I loved reading your writing. I absolutely enjoyed becoming friends with some of you and chatting with you about life, games, and what gaming means to us in our lives.

Your Spring 2018 Guide To Pokémon Go Legendary Raids, Alolan Forms, Quests, And More

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Your Spring 2018 Guide To Pokémon Go Legendary Raids, Alolan Forms, Quests, And More

Pokémon Go captured the world when it launched in summer 2016. Beyond the excitement of traveling to new locations to catch monsters and meet like-minded trainers, one of the things that made Niantic's collaboration with The Pokémon Company so interesting was the mystery that surrounded nearly every element about the game.

The mystery was thrilling at first, but after a while, being in the dark wore on users of the app, and they decided to do something about it. Players scoured their local areas, data-mined the app, and started crowd-sourced sites on where to find the best monsters and how to be the most efficient trainers they could be.

Each time a new major update hits, the sense of mystery in Pokémon Go is reinvigorated. However, thanks to the methods discovered and created by players in the original release, light is shed on each successive update quicker than ever before.

Science-Fiction Weekly – Do You Have Star Wars Fatigue?

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Science-Fiction Weekly – Do You Have Star Wars Fatigue?

Solo: A Star Wars Story didn't light up the Memorial Day box office, pulling in just $103 million over the four-day period. Going into the weekend, Disney projected between $130-$150 million for this Star Wars prequel, but it didn't come anywhere close to that. The lackluster performance brought about a chorus of friends and random online people declaring they have "Star Wars fatigue." The words "Star Wars" and "fatigue" will never unite in my world. I'm a lost soul who still can't get enough of this universe. After I left the theater, I wanted to know what was coming next, and I hoped it was soon.

I know there are other people out there who are just like me, but my unwavering fandom doesn't matter. If people won't go see Star Wars films like they used to, Disney's grand plans for the future are going to fall apart. That future currently holds Rian Johnson's new trilogy, another series of films written and produced by Game of Thrones' David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, a TV series by Jon Favreau, and potential standalone films for Obi-Wan and Boba Fett. I want all of this stuff. Up until this weekend, I assumed everything Star Wars was locked in stone, but now I'm not so certain.

Super Replay – Mega Man

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Super Replay – Mega Man

Capcom's Tim Turi joins the Game Informer crew for a brief (but complete) look at Mega Man's first adventure. We all know Tim has proven himself as a great gamer, somehow managing to work his way through Overblood, Illbleed, and the atrocious Martian Gothic, but he needed a little help getting through Mega Man. He uses a new rewind power to undo his deaths. This functionality is a part of the recently released Mega Man Legacy Collection, which you can play on Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Tim does a bang up job working his way through these difficult stages, and more impressively, remembering which weapons work on which bosses. We hope you enjoy this short Super Replay, and come back in a few weeks to check out the first episode of our complete playthrough of God Hand.

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This Is What Disabled Gamers Are Saying About The Xbox Adaptive Controller

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This Is What Disabled Gamers Are Saying About The Xbox Adaptive Controller

Earlier this month, Microsoft unveiled a new accessibility-minded controller designed to give disabled gamers new, more comfortable avenues to playing games. The Xbox Adaptive Controller (XAC) was designed with help and feedback from many disabled gamers, including AbleGamers, the charity most associated with furthering accessibility in the video game scene.

The announcement is a major deal, showcasing that hardware manufacturers are doing more than just nodding their heads at the problem of accessibility and saying "we're listening." They're actually trying to do something inclusive. However, I'm very able-bodied, with only a mild form of physical disability in my hands, so I'm coming to that notion from a privileged position. With that in mind, I put a public call on social media to get opinions from disabled gamers about Microsoft's efforts to put its money where its mouth is when it comes to making games a more inclusive space.

Attention To DetailThe Xbox Adaptive Controller is highly customizable, letting you remap buttons and even presents two larger buttons for players with certain disabilities to use. External ports also allow players to jack in joysticks and other peripherals they may prefer, with the XAC functioning as a conduit of sorts.

We Asked A Fortune-Teller To Predict E3 2018's Biggest Reveals

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We Asked A Fortune-Teller To Predict E3 2018's Biggest Reveals

It's that magical time of year when E3 predictions and rumors are flying fast. We here at Game Informer wanted to take a different path, so associate editor Suriel Vazquez traveled to Eye of Horus in Minneapolis, Minnesota to get a better idea of what to expect from the show from a tarot card session. Just in case there's any confusion, this was a real tarot card session that cost us $65. But it was worth it.

Watch the video below to see Suriel Vazquez receive the answers he seeks with a little help from the mystical realm.

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The Sports Desk – The Madden NFL 19 Wishlist

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The Sports Desk – The Madden NFL 19 Wishlist

Developer EA Tiburon just announced Madden 19's release date (August 10) and first features, which is a great launching pad to air some of our hopes and dreams for the franchise.

In our recent conversation, new senior producer Carlos Guerrero, said that Madden 19 was a "much more balanced offering," giving us hope that all aspects of the game – including the recently neglected Franchise mode – get improvements and new features.

Matt Bertz and I put this wishlist together covering most of the game's bases, offering many possibilities for this year and beyond.