The Convoluted History Of Call Of Duty’s Bloody Zombies Mode

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The Convoluted History Of Call Of Duty’s Bloody Zombies Mode

Jason Blundell likes to tell stories. The director of Call Of Duty’s Zombies mode has a habit of launching into one just as he’s finished a previous one, or even interrupting the one he’s telling to tell another one, with an incredible level of energy that’s downright infectious.

“The great thing about Chazz Palminteri,” he tells us of his time working on Mob Of The Dead with its ensemble cast of popular actors, “is sometimes you’d give him a line and he’d be like ‘An Italian wouldn’t say that! This is how he’d say it.’ “He’d start swearing in Italian and we’d ask what he meant. And he’d say ‘You just wouldn’t say it to your mother, that’s all you need to know.’”

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The Convoluted History Of Call Of Duty’s Bloody Zombies Mode

about X hours ago from
The Convoluted History Of Call Of Duty’s Bloody Zombies Mode

Jason Blundell likes to tell stories. The director of Call Of Duty’s Zombies mode has a habit of launching into one just as he’s finished a previous one, or even interrupting the one he’s telling to tell another one, with an incredible level of energy that’s downright infectious.

“The great thing about Chazz Palminteri,” he tells us of his time working on Mob Of The Dead with its ensemble cast of popular actors, “is sometimes you’d give him a line and he’d be like ‘An Italian wouldn’t say that! This is how he’d say it.’ “He’d start swearing in Italian and we’d ask what he meant. And he’d say ‘You just wouldn’t say it to your mother, that’s all you need to know.’”

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Here Are The Games We Want To See On The PlayStation Classic

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Here Are The Games We Want To See On The PlayStation Classic

This morning Sony made a very smart announcement and revealed the PlayStation Classic Mini-Console. Much like the NES and SNES Classic consoles that likely inspired it, the PlayStation Classic is an adorable miniature version of the venerable platform and will include 20 built-in PlayStation games. Alongside the announcement, Sony revealed five of the games that will be included: Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, and Wild Arms. That leaves 15 slots for possible inclusions, and we decided to choose what we think those games should be.

This isn't necessarily a list of games we think will be included on the console – it's more a collection of the games we want to see, regardless of the actual likelihood. Here are our selections presented in alphabetical order.

Symphony of the Night already had the backing of a beloved franchise. The story of a hero trying to save his love was set in a chilling gothic setting. The player finally confronts the looming figure of Dracula. The game initially met with wide critical acclaim and is still listed among the top PlayStation 1 games, for good reason.

Here Are The Games We Want To See On The PlayStation Classic

about X hours ago from
Here Are The Games We Want To See On The PlayStation Classic

This morning Sony made a very smart announcement and revealed the PlayStation Classic Mini-Console. Much like the NES and SNES Classic consoles that likely inspired it, the PlayStation Classic is an adorable miniature version of the venerable platform and will include 20 built-in PlayStation games. Alongside the announcement, Sony revealed five of the games that will be included: Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, and Wild Arms. That leaves 15 slots for possible inclusions, and we decided to choose what we think those games should be.

This isn't necessarily a list of games we think will be included on the console – it's more a collection of the games we want to see, regardless of the actual likelihood. Here are our selections presented in alphabetical order.

Symphony of the Night already had the backing of a beloved franchise. The story of a hero trying to save his love was set in a chilling gothic setting. The player finally confronts the looming figure of Dracula. The game initially met with wide critical acclaim and is still listed among the top PlayStation 1 games, for good reason.

A Night To Remember: The Nier Orchestra Concert

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A Night To Remember: The Nier Orchestra Concert

Music has the power to enhance video games’ greatest moments. It’s difficult to think of the intense boss battles, the unexpected emotional developments, or the thrill of exploring the world map without it. The soundtrack to our adventure matters, especially in something as long and engaging as an RPG. The genre is consistently associated with its great music –sometimes going on to define a series for years to come. For instance, try to imagine Kingdom Hearts without its “Dearly Beloved” theme. Just hearing a song can instantly evoke powerful memories from the games we play. 

Despite music being such a defining part of many games, I can only count a few series where I’ve consistently been impressed, such as Persona and Final Fantasy. If you ask me for some of my most memorable music I’ve encountered in a game, I also can’t deny how impressive the Nier games have been. The way the music intertwines with the narratives and their larger themes, makes for something that sticks with you after the credits roll. I often think back to an interview I did with Yoko Taro last year where he said, “It's almost like the game is a slave to the music in a lot of ways. The emotions that are created in the players themselves are [a result of the music] and the game just sort of follows along behind that.”

A Night To Remember: The Nier Orchestra Concert

about X hours ago from
A Night To Remember: The Nier Orchestra Concert

Music has the power to enhance video games’ greatest moments. It’s difficult to think of the intense boss battles, the unexpected emotional developments, or the thrill of exploring the world map without it. The soundtrack to our adventure matters, especially in something as long and engaging as an RPG. The genre is consistently associated with its great music –sometimes going on to define a series for years to come. For instance, try to imagine Kingdom Hearts without its “Dearly Beloved” theme. Just hearing a song can instantly evoke powerful memories from the games we play. 

Despite music being such a defining part of many games, I can only count a few series where I’ve consistently been impressed, such as Persona and Final Fantasy. If you ask me for some of my most memorable music I’ve encountered in a game, I also can’t deny how impressive the Nier games have been. The way the music intertwines with the narratives and their larger themes, makes for something that sticks with you after the credits roll. I often think back to an interview I did with Yoko Taro last year where he said, “It's almost like the game is a slave to the music in a lot of ways. The emotions that are created in the players themselves are [a result of the music] and the game just sort of follows along behind that.”

Submit Your Questions For Our Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 Podcast!

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Submit Your Questions For Our Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 Podcast!

All month long we've been rolling out exclusive features covering Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. We've asked the game's developers hundreds of questions, and now it's your turn. Please leave a comment below for Treyarch's design director David Vonderhaar about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and especially Blackout and we'll ask it on the next special edition episode of The Game Informer Show podcast

So ask your question for Treyarch below and subscribe to The GI Show podcast to get ready for the answer!

Click on the banner below to enter our constantly-updating hub of exclusive content on Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

Submit Your Questions For Our Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 Podcast!

about X hours ago from
Submit Your Questions For Our Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 Podcast!

All month long we've been rolling out exclusive features covering Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. We've asked the game's developers hundreds of questions, and now it's your turn. Please leave a comment below for Treyarch's design director David Vonderhaar about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and especially Blackout and we'll ask it on the next special edition episode of The Game Informer Show podcast

So ask your question for Treyarch below and subscribe to The GI Show podcast to get ready for the answer!

Click on the banner below to enter our constantly-updating hub of exclusive content on Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

TGS Side Quest: A Delicious Trip To The Pokémon Cafe

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TGS Side Quest: A Delicious Trip To The Pokémon Cafe

Through the years we've visited many different video game-themed restaurants. From one devoted specifically to Dragon Quest to another that encompassed all the Capcom properties, these are always a must-stop when we visit Japan for Tokyo Game Show. This year, we picked a new spot: The Pokémon Cafe located near Tokyo Station. Nintendo clearly loves its flagship franchise, putting a lot of care and love into everything it produces. This cafe is no exception. After tasting some of the items off the menu, we came away more than impressed by the best food we've encountered in a themed restaurant. 

To get an idea of our venture, check out the gallery above to see all the highlights, including eating Pikachu curry and drinking a Gengar-inspired smoothie. We also included some pics we snapped from The Pokémon Center's store. 

TGS Side Quest: A Delicious Trip To The Pokémon Cafe

about X hours ago from
TGS Side Quest: A Delicious Trip To The Pokémon Cafe

Through the years we've visited many different video game-themed restaurants. From one devoted specifically to Dragon Quest to another that encompassed all the Capcom properties, these are always a must-stop when we visit Japan for Tokyo Game Show. This year, we picked a new spot: The Pokémon Cafe located near Tokyo Station. Nintendo clearly loves its flagship franchise, putting a lot of care and love into everything it produces. This cafe is no exception. After tasting some of the items off the menu, we came away more than impressed by the best food we've encountered in a themed restaurant. 

To get an idea of our venture, check out the gallery above to see all the highlights, including eating Pikachu curry and drinking a Gengar-inspired smoothie. We also included some pics we snapped from The Pokémon Center's store.