In Praise Of 'Podcast Games'

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In Praise Of 'Podcast Games'

For the longest time, I considered game audio sacred. If you were to suggest that I play a game on mute, I would have called you crazy. The idea of listening to something else entirely bordered on heresy. I’ve softened that stance over the past few years, listening to my own music once a game’s soundtrack grew thin, or when it allowed for custom playlists. This past year, I’ve finally embraced a way of playing that only a few years ago would have made me shake my head in disbelief: Yes, I often listen to podcasts when I play games. Let me explain myself a bit, and also provide a few recommendations if you’re looking for something new to listen to.

Before you audio-engineer types drive me out of town, let me be clear. I have the utmost respect for games that have in-depth stories or soundtracks that are absolutely essential to the experience, and in those cases I’ll leave well enough alone. But I don’t play a lot of those games at home anymore. Instead, I play a lot of open-world games or games that encourage a lot of grinding when I’m not in the office. In those instances, few soundtracks are robust enough to keep my interest for several dozens of hours. That’s when I turn to podcasts.

Question Of The Month: Share Your Best Joke Based On A Video Game

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Question Of The Month: Share Your Best Joke Based On A Video Game

In issue 284, we asked readers to amuse us with their best video game-related joke. The results were unanimously awful. Now it's your turn step up to the mic and make your fellow readers laugh. Don't worry, the bar is real low.

How low, you ask? Well, three separate readers wrote in with the following gem about Mario's pants:

Question: What material are Mario's overalls made out of?

Question Of The Month: Share Your Best Joke Based On A Video Game

about X hours ago from
Question Of The Month: Share Your Best Joke Based On A Video Game

In issue 284, we asked readers to amuse us with their best video game-related joke. The results were unanimously awful. Now it's your turn step up to the mic and make your fellow readers laugh. Don't worry, the bar is real low.

How low, you ask? Well, three separate readers wrote in with the following gem about Mario's pants:

Question: What material are Mario's overalls made out of?

Looking Back At Street Fighter V's Inaugural Year

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Looking Back At Street Fighter V's Inaugural Year

This year’s Capcom Cup was as good a Street Fighter V tournament as you could have hoped for. The qualifier tournaments throughout the year made sure the 32-person bracket featured the world’s best Street Fighter V talent, like Seon Woo “Infiltration” Lee, Daigo, and Justin Wong. The incredible talent pool then made sure none of these big names made it to the final rounds. Though the first half of the year had made it seem as they'd figured the game out before anyone else, both Lee and Wong were eliminated after losing two matches in a row, and Umehara was eliminated a few rounds later.

Instead, when the crowd realized the grand finals match would feature two American players – fighting game veteran Ricky Ortiz and rising star Du “NuckleDu” Dang – the crowd exploded into cacophonous cheers. This was one of the few times one of the mostly-Western crowd’s own would be taking home the gold at a tournament of this size. The final score was 3-1 for Dang, but that number glosses over how intense each round was, and how riveted the crowd was by what they were seeing. Sitting near the audience, the roars I heard were emphatic and joyful.

Looking Back At Street Fighter V's Inaugural Year

about X hours ago from
Looking Back At Street Fighter V's Inaugural Year

This year’s Capcom Cup was as good a Street Fighter V tournament as you could have hoped for. The qualifier tournaments throughout the year made sure the 32-person bracket featured the world’s best Street Fighter V talent, like Seon Woo “Infiltration” Lee, Daigo, and Justin Wong. The incredible talent pool then made sure none of these big names made it to the final rounds. Though the first half of the year had made it seem as they'd figured the game out before anyone else, both Lee and Wong were eliminated after losing two matches in a row, and Umehara was eliminated a few rounds later.

Instead, when the crowd realized the grand finals match would feature two American players – fighting game veteran Ricky Ortiz and rising star Du “NuckleDu” Dang – the crowd exploded into cacophonous cheers. This was one of the few times one of the mostly-Western crowd’s own would be taking home the gold at a tournament of this size. The final score was 3-1 for Dang, but that number glosses over how intense each round was, and how riveted the crowd was by what they were seeing. Sitting near the audience, the roars I heard were emphatic and joyful.

The Definitive (But Evolving) List Of New-Gen Remasters

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The Definitive (But Evolving) List Of New-Gen Remasters

Update (12/24/16): We've added some new entries and updated the list to reflect the new remasters and collections that have released in the last few months.

Original Story:The PS4 and Xbox One are capable of delivering new and surprising experiences, but some of the best games available for the consoles are the ones you’ve played already. New features, better performance, and improved visuals provide more than enough of a reason to revisit older games, and we’ve assembled a list of the big titles that have won a second life on new hardware. 

Note that this isn’t a comprehensive list of every remaster or remake available, but we try to hit as many as possible. It covers released and upcoming games that have been touched up for new-generation platforms, and we will update the list as games are released and new announcements are made. Until then, read on and relive the past.

The Definitive (But Evolving) List Of New-Gen Remasters

about X hours ago from
The Definitive (But Evolving) List Of New-Gen Remasters

Update (12/24/16): We've added some new entries and updated the list to reflect the new remasters and collections that have released in the last few months.

Original Story:The PS4 and Xbox One are capable of delivering new and surprising experiences, but some of the best games available for the consoles are the ones you’ve played already. New features, better performance, and improved visuals provide more than enough of a reason to revisit older games, and we’ve assembled a list of the big titles that have won a second life on new hardware. 

Note that this isn’t a comprehensive list of every remaster or remake available, but we try to hit as many as possible. It covers released and upcoming games that have been touched up for new-generation platforms, and we will update the list as games are released and new announcements are made. Until then, read on and relive the past.

Game Informer’s Ultimate Super Fun List: Top Trees In Gaming

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Game Informer’s Ultimate Super Fun List: Top Trees In Gaming

Ever wonder what are the best trees in gaming? No? Look it’s the holidays and we’re strapped for stories. Let’s just run with this and see what happens.

#1 Deku Tree – Why does the Deku tree outrank every other tree in gaming? Because it’s from The Legend of Zelda, and The Legend of Zelda is like the coolest thing ever. Haven’t you heard? Everything Zelda related should be ranked number one. That’s how journalism works. Also, the Deku Tree has a mustache. Double win.

#2 Teldrassil – The old world tree from World Of Warcraft is home to the Night Elves. Of course, the Night Elves suck because they are part of the Alliance, so we weren’t going to include Teldrassil. However, then we heard that sometimes stupid Night Elf noobs fall off the tree and die, so we moved this tree up to number two. (This isn’t in a Zelda game after all.)

Game Informer’s Ultimate Super Fun List: Top Trees In Gaming

about X hours ago from
Game Informer’s Ultimate Super Fun List: Top Trees In Gaming

Ever wonder what are the best trees in gaming? No? Look it’s the holidays and we’re strapped for stories. Let’s just run with this and see what happens.

#1 Deku Tree – Why does the Deku tree outrank every other tree in gaming? Because it’s from The Legend of Zelda, and The Legend of Zelda is like the coolest thing ever. Haven’t you heard? Everything Zelda related should be ranked number one. That’s how journalism works. Also, the Deku Tree has a mustache. Double win.

#2 Teldrassil – The old world tree from World Of Warcraft is home to the Night Elves. Of course, the Night Elves suck because they are part of the Alliance, so we weren’t going to include Teldrassil. However, then we heard that sometimes stupid Night Elf noobs fall off the tree and die, so we moved this tree up to number two. (This isn’t in a Zelda game after all.)

Replay – Holiday Special 2016

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Replay – Holiday Special 2016

Hide your children. Danta Claus has taken to the streets to spread holiday cheer, and, well, we're glad he's out there and not in this special holiday episode of Replay. Who is Danta Claus? You really don't want to know, but we do summon him from time to time to show you just how terrible he is. As we practice this dark art, we check out one of the greatest holiday games of all time. Die Hard Trilogy may not sound like a great story for the holiday season, but as you'll soon see, there's snow in it, lots of it.

After looking at the game's interpretation of all three of the first Die Hard films, we shift gears to another holiday surprise. Jeff Cork loves it so much! We conclude with another holiday-themed game that you probably didn't see.

We may have blown it with this episode (and the last 65 of them), but we just wanted to record this to tell you that you are fantastic, and we hope you have a wonderful holiday season. We'll see you again in our annual Super Replay hitting on December 31.