Announcing The Destiny: Rise of Iron Magazine Cover Art Contest

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We’ve been blown away in recent years by the support and enthusiasm of the Destiny community as we continue our ongoing coverage of the Destiny franchise. As we roll out our look at Bungie’s next installment, we wanted to find ways to involve the community in exciting ways.

Our new art contest is a small way to thank you for following along with our coverage.

We’re giving artists a chance to see their creations featured as a Game Informer magazine cover.  Three winning entries, selected by Bungie developers, will be featured exclusively in an online feature here on gameinformer.com. Winning cover art will be prepared with the Game Informer logo treatment, just like we do for each of our magazine covers. 

Xbox One S Review – Geared For A New Generation Of Entertainment

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At this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, Microsoft announced two new consoles: Xbox One S, a smaller version of the existing Xbox One upgraded to support 4K media and high-dynamic range support, and Project Scorpio, hardware Microsoft calls “the most powerful console ever.” The conversation following the press conference centered mostly on why Microsoft would announce two systems at once, leading people to question the need to purchase an Xbox One S when a better option is supposedly on the way next year. After spending a weekend with Xbox One S, that question still looms large, and I unfortunately don’t have an answer, and won’t until we know more about Scorpio (and its price). Yes, I worry that I may be buying another Xbox One a year from now if Scorpio delivers any game-changing functionality, but as a new owner of a 4K TV, Xbox One S hit at the right time, and offers all of the 4K components needed to round out my upgrade home theater experience.

The Sports Desk – NHL 17 Beta Impressions

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This week's Sports Desk is a special edition Test Chamber with Matt Bertz, Kim Wallace, and I talking about our experiences with the NHL 17 beta.

The main thrust of the beta is the EASHL, where you play position-locked with your friends on the same team, moving up the league ranks and unlocking equipment, etc. as you go. On that last point, this year's game has greatly expanded the customization options for your EASHL players, down to the arenas you play in.

Hear all about it in this special Sports Desk Test Chamber.

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.