The Voices Of SpongeBob And Patrick Explore The Series' Success

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The Voices Of SpongeBob And Patrick Explore The Series' Success

As one of the most enduring programs on television today, SpongeBob Squarepants transcended simply being a popular show long ago. As a veritable cultural mainstay, the award-winning show has not only spawned over 200 episodes during its 17 years on-air, but also two theatrical films (with a third said to be in development) and tens of video games.

This feature was originally published July 29, 2016.

While clever writing and undeniable charm have paved the way for the show's success and longevity, the core of the series' appeal are the two main characters, SpongeBob and Patrick, voiced by Tom Kenny and Bill Fagerbakke respectively. I sat down with the two stars of SpongeBob Squarepants to find out exactly why the series has been so successful and what they go through to create and maintain such beloved characters.

The Most Bizzare Pokémon Go Stories We've Heard Thus Far

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The Most Bizzare Pokémon Go Stories We've Heard Thus Far

There's no doubt about it: Pokémon Go has become a cultural phenomenon, and it's rapidly engrossing players worldwide. Because of its immense popularity and its ability to mesh into real life on such a wide scope, several surreal news stories have popped up, from armed robbers luring unsuspecting players to a PokéStop to a woman finding a dead body whilst playing. Here are the craziest stories surrounding Pokémon Go that have caught our attention so far.

Woman Gets Stuck In Tree While Searching For Pokémon In CemeteryA woman from New Jersey was reportedly playing Pokémon Go in a cemetery, and somehow ended up stuck in a tree there. Unable to get back down, she had to phone 911 to come and rescue her. Let's just hope she caught whatever Pokémon was hiding up there. Totally worth it, right?

Two Guys Fall Off A Cliff While Playing
Pokémon Go can be incredibly engrossing, especially for two guys from Encinitas, California. The two were so distracted while playing the game that they fell off a cliff of between 75 to 100 feet. Both of them received injuries from their rough falls.

Replay – Disaster: Day Of Crisis

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This week we take a look at a game that didn't come to North America – but maybe it should have.

Andrew Reiner, Jeff Cork, and me are joined this week by Elise Favis, our newest associate editor, for her inaugural episode of Replay. We play a game sent to us by a reader, who also had to go through the trouble of sending us a Japanese Wii console so we could play the game. And it was worth all the effort because this game is a gem. We also discuss the history of Pokémon with pure facts, and explore a Pokémon game that you have almost certainly forgotten.

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Test Chamber – Playing In Yooka-Laylee's Toybox And Banjo-Kazooie Comparisons

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Test Chamber – Playing In Yooka-Laylee's Toybox And Banjo-Kazooie Comparisons

This week, developer Playtonic Games released a sampling of its Banjo-Kazooie successor, Yooka-Laylee, so we decided to play the game, and see how far the apple falls from the tree.

Ben Reeves and myself are fans of the colorful mascot platformer, a genre that has nearly disappeared over the course of the last few years. This demo, titled Toybox, is not a level from the game, and instead serves as a proof of concept, letting you control and try out Yooka-Laylee's moveset. After playing a large portion of the level, we take a look at how closely Yooka-Laylee compares to Banjo-Kazooie, by putting the two games side by side.

Yooka-Laylee is planned for release in the beginning of 2017.

10 Things You Could Use 60 Square Feet For Instead Of PlayStation VR

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Earlier today, a Sony website revealed that the recommended amount of space for PlayStation VR is roughly 60 square feet. This caught many off-guard, as it amounts to just shy of 8 feet by 8 feet, the recommended space for the HTC Vive.

With this latest news shocking many, we decided to take a look at what else could fit in that 60-square-foot space that everyone has in their entertainment room (...right?). Check out our recommendations of what you could do with that space instead and offer your own ideas in the comments section below.

A Ball PitI think that anyone who has tried VR can agree that it's pretty cool, but you know what's even cooler? Ball pits. Imagine having your very own ball pit to frolic and play in without having to worry about what horrifying bacteria lies beneath the colorful canopy. When you're in your own private ball pit, nothing can go wrong. No study has ever proven that motion sickness is a common side effect when it comes to ball pits, so this idea really sounds better the more you think about it.

Watch Part 2 Of Our Game Club Discussion Of Deus Ex: Human Revolution

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Watch Part 2 Of Our Game Club Discussion Of Deus Ex: Human Revolution

If you haven't been following The Game Informer Show podcast, this year we kicked off GI Game Club that has us playing through games and discussing them in detail with our community. We're currently playing through 2011's Deus Ex: Human Revolution (partly to get ready for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided) and we've played everything up until you visit China for the second time.

It's not too late to join in on the discussion, feel free to play along with us and send feedback and thoughts to podcast@gameinformer.com so that we can read them on air. The next discussion will air on The Game Informer Show on August 11th and we'll be playing up through the end of the game.

Watch the discussion below or subscribe to The GI Show on iTunes and follow along with the audio version. And please send your thoughts on the game to podcast@gameinformer.com!

The Next 100: Who Might Be Coming To Pokémon Go

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The Next 100: Who Might Be Coming To Pokémon Go

What comes next? This is the question Pokémon Go players want answered most, and Niantic has not been upfront with any concrete information following the game's launch earlier this month. We know that future updates bring the promise of trading, improved PokéStops and gyms, leaderboards, and potentially raids, but will there be new Pokémon to catch as well? In an interview with Forbes, Niantic's CEO John Hanke says new Pokémon will be introduced into the game "around special events at certain times in certain parts of the world," but we don't know if the company plans on following Pokémon's timeline for the roll-out of new critters.

For those of you that don't know, all of the monsters in Pokémon Go are from Pokémon Red and Blue, the original two Pokémon games that launched in 1998. The next games in the series, Pokémon Silver and Gold introduced 100 new creatures to catch, putting the total number of Pokémon in the game at 251. People assume (and hope) Niantic will follow the same timeline as the original games, but there's also a chance that the next batch of Pokémon may instead come from the forthcoming Pokémon Sun and Moon games for Nintendo 3DS (launching November 18). If this is the route Niantic takes, all bets are off for future updates.

Funny To A Point – I Joined A Devil Cult; Its Name Is Clash Royale

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 Funny To A Point – I Joined A Devil Cult; Its Name Is Clash Royale

I'm fairly susceptible to getting suckered into games by my coworkers, a character flaw I wrote about...just last column (another: repeating myself). But long before Pokéfever gripped the G.I. office, some of my fellow editors were obsessed with another mobile megalodon, one with far more sinister underpinnings than Nintendo's cutesy pocket monsters.

Despite my embarrassing antics, Pokémon Go isn't really a good example of my newfound weakness for groupthink mobile crazes. Everyone is obsessed with Pokémon Go right now, and I'm genuinely enjoying the experience. Trying to judge my crisis of character based on Pokémon Go would be like a Saw movie where the victims are forced to cuddle puppies and tickle-fight each other. The true depths of my depravity can only be measured in misery, and for that Clash Royale is the perfect yardstick.

Upon launch, Clash Royale was generally lauded by critics, and rightfully so. Supercell managed to strip the RTS genre down to its fundamentals, replacing long and taxing wars with fun bite-sized battles that virtually anyone can play and appreciate. You build up a small deck of units, send them out to destroy your opponent's three towers, and two minutes later you're either picking up your reward or spamming a new enemy with ill-intentioned King emojis.

The Voices Of SpongeBob And Patrick Explore The Series' Success

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The Voices Of SpongeBob And Patrick Explore The Series' Success

As one of the most enduring programs on television today, SpongeBob Squarepants transcended simply being a popular show long ago. As a veritable cultural mainstay, the award-winning show has not only spawned over 200 episodes during its 17 years on-air, but also two theatrical films (with a third said to be in development) and tens of video games.

While clever writing and undeniable charm have paved the way for the show's success and longevity, the core of the series' appeal are the two main characters, SpongeBob and Patrick, voiced by Tom Kenny and Bill Fagerbakke respectively. I sat down with the two stars of SpongeBob Squarepants to find out exactly why the series has been so successful and what they go through to create and maintain such beloved characters.

SpongeBob and Patrick are two iconic, beloved characters. When you first got these roles, was there any indication that these were not only going to be around for a long time, but would also have such a cultural impact?

We Predict The Stories Of 10 Unannounced Video Game Franchises

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We’re tired of waiting until a game is announced to learn more about it. We want to know what’s in store for many of our favorite video game franchises right now. Using a mix of secret journalistic sources, ancient star charts, and a predictive A.I., we’re confident that we’ve accurately predicted the plots for several of the biggest franchises in the industry. Warning: Spoilers.

Dead Space 4Isaac Clarke thought he escaped a life of constant fear and danger when he moved to one of Earth’s remotest colonies. Unfortunately, danger continues to find him. The asteroid Isaac settled on turns out to be an ancient Necromorph burial ground. After being confronted by a strange mystical shaman in a dream, Isaac discovers that his newfound physic powers might be the only thing that will help him survive the night.