Worldwide Infamy: The Birth Of Carmen Sandiego

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Worldwide Infamy: The Birth Of Carmen Sandiego

Like most kids, Doug and Gary Carlston had to find creative ways to amuse themselves. However, as children of U.S. expatriates living in Germany, the Carlston boys didn’t have access to many fancy toys or modern technology. They had books. Self-proclaimed geography nerds, the boys would stay up late into the night quizzing each other out of an atlas – trying to list off all the national capitals or naming the locations of famous landmarks. Years later, Doug and Gary would form their own software company and they’d turn their childhood “game” into an actual product that would become a lasting cultural icon and go on to define educational software for an entire generation.

In 1980, Doug Carlston quit his corporate law practice to found Brøderbund with his brother Gary. The brothers began importing Japanese arcade games and tried to sell Doug’s homebrew legal software to attorneys. As the company continued to expand, the young publisher was constantly searching for new products to market.

Worldwide Infamy: The Birth Of Carmen Sandiego

about X hours ago from
Worldwide Infamy: The Birth Of Carmen Sandiego

Like most kids, Doug and Gary Carlston had to find creative ways to amuse themselves. However, as children of U.S. expatriates living in Germany, the Carlston boys didn’t have access to many fancy toys or modern technology. They had books. Self-proclaimed geography nerds, the boys would stay up late into the night quizzing each other out of an atlas – trying to list off all the national capitals or naming the locations of famous landmarks. Years later, Doug and Gary would form their own software company and they’d turn their childhood “game” into an actual product that would become a lasting cultural icon and go on to define educational software for an entire generation.

In 1980, Doug Carlston quit his corporate law practice to found Brøderbund with his brother Gary. The brothers began importing Japanese arcade games and tried to sell Doug’s homebrew legal software to attorneys. As the company continued to expand, the young publisher was constantly searching for new products to market.

Ranking Every Raid In Destiny And Destiny 2

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Ranking Every Raid In Destiny And Destiny 2

Destiny has proven itself a versatile shooter over the years; it has a campaign for those who just want a single-player romp, multiplayer modes for those who aren’t afraid to mix it up with others, and cooperative strikes for those who want to shoot some baddies while hanging out with friends. All of these modes are tied together around an ever-evolving loot grind, which lets you jump in and do any of these activities and be rewarded. 

There are also raids, MMO-style encounters that test six players’ ability to work together. Across Destiny and Destiny 2, Bungie has delivered 10 raids, each with their own quirks, themes, and memorable moments. We’ve decided to pit them all against each other and determine which raid delivers the best mix curious puzzles, intricate mechanics to synthesize, and bosses that test your ability to play at your peak.

Ranking Every Raid In Destiny And Destiny 2

about X hours ago from
Ranking Every Raid In Destiny And Destiny 2

Destiny has proven itself a versatile shooter over the years; it has a campaign for those who just want a single-player romp, multiplayer modes for those who aren’t afraid to mix it up with others, and cooperative strikes for those who want to shoot some baddies while hanging out with friends. All of these modes are tied together around an ever-evolving loot grind, which lets you jump in and do any of these activities and be rewarded. 

There are also raids, MMO-style encounters that test six players’ ability to work together. Across Destiny and Destiny 2, Bungie has delivered 10 raids, each with their own quirks, themes, and memorable moments. We’ve decided to pit them all against each other and determine which raid delivers the best mix curious puzzles, intricate mechanics to synthesize, and bosses that test your ability to play at your peak.

This Home-Advising Site Commissioned Voxel-Art Renditions Of Video Game Architecture

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This Home-Advising Site Commissioned Voxel-Art Renditions Of Video Game Architecture

NeoMam Studios is a content creation agency that makes, among other things, digital renditions of architecture with a wide variety of influences and styles. Past projects have included envisioning The Simpsons’ living room in different styles, or even offices based on different fonts. Its most recent project takes a deep dive into the architecture of video games.

“The team that worked on this, we all we agree that most of us really like architecture,” says Gisele Navarro, operations director at NeoMam. “We also like games, so we were also very excited because of that. And so I think we were just trying to reach new people.”

From a business point of view, the main reason for creating projects like these is to draw a new audience to HomeAdvisor’s site. In addition to this, however, some people had more romantic perspectives on the project’s purpose.

This Home-Advising Site Commissioned Voxel-Art Renditions Of Video Game Architecture

about X hours ago from
This Home-Advising Site Commissioned Voxel-Art Renditions Of Video Game Architecture

NeoMam Studios is a content creation agency that makes, among other things, digital renditions of architecture with a wide variety of influences and styles. Past projects have included envisioning The Simpsons’ living room in different styles, or even offices based on different fonts. Its most recent project takes a deep dive into the architecture of video games.

“The team that worked on this, we all we agree that most of us really like architecture,” says Gisele Navarro, operations director at NeoMam. “We also like games, so we were also very excited because of that. And so I think we were just trying to reach new people.”

From a business point of view, the main reason for creating projects like these is to draw a new audience to HomeAdvisor’s site. In addition to this, however, some people had more romantic perspectives on the project’s purpose.

Play Super Mario Maker 2 Levels Created By The Game Informer Editors

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Play Super Mario Maker 2 Levels Created By The Game Informer Editors

Super Mario Maker 2 has now been out for a little bit, and we like it a lot. With multiple editors diving into the creation tools, we decided to gather a collection of courses created by our staff in one handy article. This way, if you want to see what we've come up with, you can easily find the stages by entering the nine-digit codes into Course World.

We'll continue updating this list as we make more levels, and potentially more editors jump into the creation tools, so be sure to check back on a regular basis to find more levels to play from the Game Informer staff!

Javy Gwaltney

Play Super Mario Maker 2 Levels Created By The Game Informer Editors

about X hours ago from
Play Super Mario Maker 2 Levels Created By The Game Informer Editors

Super Mario Maker 2 has now been out for a little bit, and we like it a lot. With multiple editors diving into the creation tools, we decided to gather a collection of courses created by our staff in one handy article. This way, if you want to see what we've come up with, you can easily find the stages by entering the nine-digit codes into Course World.

We'll continue updating this list as we make more levels, and potentially more editors jump into the creation tools, so be sure to check back on a regular basis to find more levels to play from the Game Informer staff!

Javy Gwaltney

What Works (And What Doesn't) In Apex Legends' Second Season

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What Works (And What Doesn't) In Apex Legends' Second Season

After its mysterious and enticing E3 teaser trailer a few weeks ago, the second season of Apex Legends finally launched this past week, bringing yet another character as well as a host of changes and new cosmetics to the free-for-all fight. Are all these additions enough to keep one of the hottest battle royales interesting?

After spending several hours with Apex's new additions, I've discovered that the new season does a lot to add enticements to keep the playerbase busy, but maybe not enough to chart a clear path forward to the amazing service game that Apex Legends could be. Here's what works and what doesn't work about Apex's newest season.

Wattson Is The Best The previous season's addition, Octane, was a fun character to Legends' roster, but his abilities didn't make him a bedrock squad character in the same way Lifeline's healing abilities or Bloodhound's enemy spotting power have made them popular. By contrast, however, Wattson is severely disruptive to many established strategies and squad builds. Her defensive fence-building powers, not to mention pylons that recharge your squad's shields and kill incoming grenades, make it possible for your team to build a fortress wherever you go. 

What Works (And What Doesn't) In Apex Legends' Second Season

about X hours ago from
What Works (And What Doesn't) In Apex Legends' Second Season

After its mysterious and enticing E3 teaser trailer a few weeks ago, the second season of Apex Legends finally launched, bringing yet another character as well as a host of changes and new cosmetics to the free-for-all fight. Are all these additions enough to keep one of the hottest battle royales interesting?

After spending several hours with Apex's new additions, I've discovered that the new season does a lot to add enticements to keep the playerbase busy, but maybe not enough to chart a clear path forward to the amazing service game that Apex Legends could be. Here's what works and what doesn't work about Apex's newest season.

Wattson Is The Best The previous season's addition, Octane, was a fun character to Legends' roster, but his abilities didn't make him a bedrock squad character in the same way Lifeline's healing abilities or Bloodhound's enemy spotting power have made them popular. By contrast, however, Wattson is severely disruptive to many established strategies and squad builds. Her defensive fence-building powers, not to mention pylons that recharge your squad's shields and kill incoming grenades, make it possible for your team to build a fortress wherever you go.