Question Of The Month: How Have Your Gaming Habits Changed?

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Question Of The Month: How Have Your Gaming Habits Changed?

In issue 293, we asked readers what the biggest change to their gaming habits has been over the years. Now it's your turn to weigh in.

We included a few reader responses in the latest issue of Game Informer, which covered players' changing tastes in genres and dwindling free time thanks to kids and careers. However, we wanted to open up the discussion to the online community as well. One of my biggest changes has been the diminishing returns of late-night gaming sessions; at some point I will fall asleep while playing if it gets late enough. It may wreak havoc with my in-game play timers, but the resulting videos are pretty funny (If I'm lucid enough to save them).

What's been the biggest change in your gaming habits over the years, and how long have you been playing? Share your answer in the comments section below!

The Sports Desk – NBA 2K18's VC Problem, Racing Lines & Realism

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The Sports Desk – NBA 2K18's VC Problem, Racing Lines & Realism

We're currently spoilt for choice, with many of the year's titles out, so this week I have a grab bag of random thoughts around a variety of games and topics.

The NBA 2K18 VC situation is a mess in multiple ways, with some of those people who've lost their MyCareer player and VC still not compensated. One reader, Tony, described his experience, which sadly was the same as many others: He purchased a pre-order copy of the game as well as VC. He started the game, spent the VC and upgraded his player, the game crashed, and when he went back his player and VC were gone. 2K sent out a hot patch to address the problem, but the situation has brought angst over the VC currency as a larger issue.

Too much money is being made with microtransactions for them to go away (at 2K or anywhere else), but even excusing 2K18's VC-wiping situation as an unintended bug, the pervasiveness of VC is exhausting. The sheer grind of MyCareer – particularly since you start out as a 60-rated player – is no fun, and being tempted to spend money on VC to alleviate the situation smells like a honey-smothered trap. Like many of you, the thought of going up against higher-rated players online just to grab some VC immediately strikes me as an unappealing waste of time.

The Sports Desk – NBA 2K18's VC Problem, Racing Lines & Realism

about X hours ago from
The Sports Desk – NBA 2K18's VC Problem, Racing Lines & Realism

We're currently spoilt for choice, with many of the year's titles out, so this week I have a grab bag of random thoughts around a variety of games and topics.

The NBA 2K18 VC situation is a mess in multiple ways, with some of those people who've lost their MyCareer player and VC still not compensated. One reader, Tony, described his experience, which sadly was the same as many others: He purchased a pre-order copy of the game as well as VC. He started the game, spent the VC and upgraded his player, the game crashed, and when he went back his player and VC were gone. 2K sent out a hot patch to address the problem, but the situation has brought angst over the VC currency as a larger issue.

Too much money is being made with microtransactions for them to go away (at 2K or anywhere else), but even excusing 2K18's VC-wiping situation as an unintended bug, the pervasiveness of VC is exhausting. The sheer grind of MyCareer – particularly since you start out as a 60-rated player – is no fun, and being tempted to spend money on VC to alleviate the situation smells like a honey-smothered trap. Like many of you, the thought of going up against higher-rated players online just to grab some VC immediately strikes me as an unappealing waste of time.

Replay – Nanobreaker

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Replay – Nanobreaker

At some point in your gaming life, you lost your cool playing a game that seemed unfair, broken, or downright difficult. Nanobreaker was one of those games for me. This PlayStation 2 atrocity from Konami nearly broke me as a game critic. Join me in a fearful look back at this game, as we explore Nanotechnology Island (not kidding) for just a few minutes. My frustration in the game once again bubbles to the surface, and we shift gears to another game that doesn't withstand the test of time. We repeat our actions and end up playing a game that we really need to spend more time with.

We're also coming up on the eve of the Super Replay Showdow...wait...Replay Civil War. Yeah, that's what we're calling it this year. Civil War. Two Game Informer teams locked in war. Should be fun. It should be hitting in the next week or two. Keep an eye out for it, and place your bets now on who will win!

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Replay – Nanobreaker

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Replay – Nanobreaker

At some point in your gaming life, you lost your cool playing a game that seemed unfair, broken, or downright difficult. Nanobreaker was one of those games for me. This PlayStation 2 atrocity from Konami nearly broke me as a game critic. Join me in a fearful look back at this game, as we explore Nanotechnology Island (not kidding) for just a few minutes. My frustration in the game once again bubbles to the surface, and we shift gears to another game that doesn't withstand the test of time. We repeat our actions and end up playing a game that we really need to spend more time with.

We're also coming up on the eve of the Super Replay Showdow...wait...Replay Civil War. Yeah, that's what we're calling it this year. Civil War. Two Game Informer teams locked in war. Should be fun. It should be hitting in the next week or two. Keep an eye out for it, and place your bets now on who will win!

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Watch Us Play Jackbox Party Pack 4 With Its Developers

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Watch Us Play Jackbox Party Pack 4 With Its Developers

The Jackbox Party Pack series is beloved around the GI office. It's unique hook of using a smartphone web browser to play made it a staple of parties with friends and family since the first Party Pack released in 2014.

Now, a few weeks before the release of Jackbox Party Pack 4, we're joined by two directors from Jackbox Games, Arnie Niekamp and Ryan DiGiorgi to run through every game in the new package. Watch them, Ben Hanson, Joe Juba, Ben Reeves, and me try to outwit each other in a variety of hilarious new challenges.

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Watch Us Play Jackbox Party Pack 4 With Devs

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Watch Us Play Jackbox Party Pack 4 With Devs

The Jackbox Party Pack series is beloved around the GI office. It's unique hook of using a smartphone web browser to play made it a staple of parties with friends and family since the first Party Pack released in 2014.

Now, a few weeks before the release of Jackbox Party Pack 4, we're joined by two directors from Jackbox Games, Arnie Niekamp and Ryan DiGiorgi to run through every game in the new package. Watch them, Ben Hanson, Joe Juba, Ben Reeves, and me try to outwit each other in a variety of hilarious new challenges.

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Funny To A Point – Turns Out I'm Obsessed With Destiny 2 Now

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Funny To A Point – Turns Out I'm Obsessed With Destiny 2 Now

No, you aren't experiencing a glitch in the Matrix, and you haven't stumbled through a time rift to two weeks ago (at least as far as I know). I did indeed devote last column to Destiny 2, which outlined my impressions (and late-night narcolepsy) in meticulous detail. But a lot can change in two weeks. An adorable puppy can grow into a ferocious adult wolf.* A bag of organic compost can dissolve and leak horrendously putrid garbage juice all over your kitchen counter.** And a game like Destiny 2 can go from being a fun-if-somewhat-forgettable romp to a full-blown, loot-driven obsession. I won't say Destiny 2 has ruined my life yet, but I'm standing on the precipice of a dark abyss and intently staring in.

Funny To A Point – Turns Out I'm Obsessed With Destiny 2 Now

about X hours ago from
Funny To A Point – Turns Out I'm Obsessed With Destiny 2 Now

No, you aren't experiencing a glitch in the Matrix, and you haven't stumbled through a time rift to two weeks ago (at least as far as I know). I did indeed devote last column to Destiny 2, which outlined my impressions (and late-night narcolepsy) in meticulous detail. But a lot can change in two weeks. An adorable puppy can grow into a ferocious adult wolf.* A bag of organic compost can dissolve and leak horrendously putrid garbage juice all over your kitchen counter.** And a game like Destiny 2 can go from being a fun-if-somewhat-forgettable romp to a full-blown, loot-driven obsession. I won't say Destiny 2 has ruined my life yet, but I'm standing on the precipice of a dark abyss and intently staring in.

Is Middle-earth: Shadow Of War The End Of Talion's Story?

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Is Middle-earth: Shadow Of War The End Of Talion's Story?

We're nearing the end of our month of coverage on Middle-earth: Shadow of War, so now we want to look toward the future. While visiting Monolith Productions, we spoke with VP of creative Michael de Plater about the future of the Middle-earth series. He emphasized that this game will slot into The Lord of the Rings films and that there are still some surprises left in this game.

Watch the interview with de Plater below to learn what the team is saying about the future of Talion and Middle-earth. 

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