A Photo Gallery Of San Diego Comic-Con's Most Interesting Sights

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A Photo Gallery Of San Diego Comic-Con's Most Interesting Sights

Each year, the top names in comics, movies, TV, video games, and all things pop-culture converge on San Diego to deliver news to their fans and make as big of a spectacle as possible in the process. While San Diego Comic-Con International has grown exponentially since its first humble convention in 1970, chances are that you haven't had the chance to visit the show yourself. Because of that, we're doing our best to capture as many of the sights of the big show as possible.

From a photo-op filled recreation of the town of South Park to all the statues scattered throughout the showfloor, these are the things that caught my eye.

The first Comic-Con related thing I saw upon landing in San Diego was this Spider-Man display in the airport made out of Campbell's Soup cans.

Gears Of War 4's Liam McIntyre On Going From Spartacus To Fenix

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Gears Of War 4's Liam McIntyre On Going From Spartacus To Fenix

Gears of War 4 marks the return to the main storyline of the franchise. The story brings us our first in-game glimpses of life after the war with the Locusts. We experience this post-Locust War world through the eyes of JD Fenix, son of war hero Marcus Fenix.  Much like new developer The The Coalition with Gears of War 4, JD Fenix must live up to his namesake and step out of the shadow of those who came before him.

Luckily for voice actor Liam McIntyre, that situation is nothing new. He stepped into the role he's perhaps best known for as the title character in Spartacus after original actor Andy Whitfield became too ill to perform and eventually passed away. Whitfield was a fantastic fit for the role, but even under unfortunate circumstances, McIntyre took to the role and delivered exceptionally strong performances to wrap up the series after two more seasons. 

I recently spoke with McIntyre about his thoughts on the similarities between his situation with Spartacus and JD's situation following in his father's footsteps. We also discuss his favorite weapons in Gears of War, as well as the differences in the exercise regimen between the two roles.

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 PokeStop 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 PlayingPokémon 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.

Test Chamber – Competing in Metroid Prime: Federation Force's Blast Ball Mode

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The latest entry in the Metroid series has a multiplayer focus and chibi art style that's disappointed fans since the games reveal last summer. But today, the public can finally try the game for themselves in a free competitive mode.

Join Game Informer interns Leo Vader, Blake Hester, and AJ Moser as they weigh in on if the game deserves the hate it's received, and draw one thousand comparisons to Rocket League.

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Watch Our Game Club Discussion Of Deus Ex: Human Revolution

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Watch 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 our first discussion covers everything up until the point that you leave Detroit.

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 July 28th and we'll be playing up until the point that we return to China... again.

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!

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (July 21, 2016)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (July 21, 2016)

While I’m surprised by the lack of Pokémon blogs this week, the community more than makes up for it with some deeply personal posts, a video, and some creative slinging of words. 

Community Blogs For July 14 – July 20:

Thank You, Blizzard For Giving Us Strong Female CharactersLife is hard, and Rebekah is quick to point this out in her blog. But thanks to games like Overwatch and its numerous awesome characters, Rebekah has found a way to become inspired. She’s also getting a haircut that matches Zarya’s! Side note: I totally took inspiration from the last line of this blog for this week’s writing challenge.  

10 Pokémon Based On Real Life That Should Totally Exist

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10 Pokémon Based On Real Life That Should Totally Exist

Pokémon is back on a lot of gamers’ radars with the recent launch of Pokémon Go and the impending release of the next proper games, Sun and Moon for the 3DS. One of the most exciting parts of the buildup to a new Pokémon generation is the slow reveal of all the new characters players will be able to encounter on their journey. Sometimes Pokémon designs are unpredictable and wildly creative, and other times they are closely based on real-world influences. Here is a list of some of those real-world subjects we think would make the perfect Pokémon.

Super Replay – Shadow Of The Colossus

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Team Ico's latest, The Last Guardian, is finally (pending any additional surprise delays) arriving this October, which is a perfect excuse to play through Shadow of the Colossus in its entirety.

Of course, you don't really need an excuse to play Shadow of the Colossus because it is a fantastic game. Join myself and Andrew Reiner as we relive some of our Shenmue magic by keeping this a two-person show, making our way through the game's strange world and bringing down its imposing beasts. We don't have a strict schedule in mind for this series, because we want to be able to absorb everyone's feedback episode to episode, so we likely won't be recording multiple episodes in advance. We're all going on this journey together, so please sound off in the comments section below or on YouTube.

For more Super Replay, follow the links to find our full playthroughs of Shenmue and Tex Murphy: Under A Killing Moon. You can also see our full playthrough of Dark Souls III here, which technically isn't a Super Replay, but is pretty close. For our Replay of Shadow of the Colossus, head here.

RPG Grind Time – The Bittersweet RPG Finale

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It's strange. Every time I play an RPG, I'm racing to the finish line, so I can move on to the next one as soon as possible (my backlog is always growing!). Yet when I finally get there, I stall in the last moments, putting off the ending as much as I can. I've always been that way. It's hard to leave a world that I've become comfortable in – with characters I've come to know and battle systems I've come to master. I'm not saying this attachment is exclusive to RPGs, but there's something about the amount of time we spend in these worlds and how the story and characters complement them that makes it harder for me to let go and watch the credits roll than any other genre I've played.

At the start of many RPGs, you have so much in front of you that it can seem daunting and never-ending. You're still seeing where things are going, learning all the intricate systems, and, mostly, deciding if you're going to like your party members. In the beginning, there are a lot of "what if's," to say the least. You have this period where you need to warm up to experience and discover if it's for you.