Opinion – For The Disabled, Actions Speak Louder Than Avatars

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Opinion – For The Disabled, Actions Speak Louder Than Avatars

This is a guest column contributed by former Game Informer intern and editor-in-chief of Dagers, Josh Straub

Recently, Microsoft received a lot of attention on social media for its efforts to make gaming more inclusive by allowing players to customize their online profiles with disability-centric props and player icons. The goal seems to be allowing disabled people to have the same pride and freedom of expression as other chronically under-represented minorities. It is important to allow players freedom of expression, but focusing on acceptance for the disabled community online rather than accessibility of gameplay runs the risk of derailing the entire push for greater inclusion in games.

Game Informer's Top Scoring Game Reviews Of 2016

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Game Informer's Top Scoring Game Reviews Of 2016

Game Informer reviews tons of games every year, but only a select few are able to obtain special commendations reserved for the highest scoring titles. Games that earn an 8.5 or 8.75 obtain a Game Informer Silver award, while a score ranging from 9 to 9.5 earns that game a Game Informer Gold award. While most of the best games of the year fall into that range, the most elite titles ascend to the next level to earn a Game Informer Platinum award (9.75 or 10 score).

To help you keep track of the best of the best, we've compiled all of the top scoring games of 2016 here. Check out the games we've thought are the best of the year so far, and if you want to learn more, you can read the full review with a simple click-through. Also, be sure to save this page so you can check back each month to see which new games we think should be added to your "must-play" list.

For more of our favorite games from recent years, head to the links below.

The Sports Desk – The Madden 17 Connected Franchise Mode Guide

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There are only 16 weeks in the regular season, but there are 52 weeks in a year to make your franchise better. Madden 17 released recently (check out my review), and we've got plenty of tips for all you would-be general managers playing the title's Connected Franchise mode (CFM), from managing your roster successfully to nailing the draft.

Getting Off on the Right Foot

One of the main additions to franchise mode in Madden 17 is the Big Decisions. Some of these choices you have to make are new (like bringing guys back from injury early) while some merely re-skins of those previously available. One of the new ones – setting expectations for the season – hits you right off the bat.

An Exclusive Tour Of Destiny: Rise Of Iron's Archon's Forge

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We're continuing to roll out exclusive features detailing Bungie's upcoming Destiny: Rise of Iron. While visiting the studio for our September cover story, we sat down with world designer Dan Callan and world artist/level designer Alex May to take a deeper dive into a new PvE space called Archon's Forge. Found in the Plaguelands, Archon's Forge is an arena that draws similarities to both Prison of Elders and Court of Oryx, in which fireteams fight waves of dangerous Fallen to collect rewards. Callan and May lead viewers through the thought process of designing the space, its development history, and a few interesting details highlighting Fallen culture. If you like this detailed walkthrough of the space, be sure to investigate a similar tour of the Crucible map Vertigo from last year.

Check out the video below to see new gameplay from Destiny: Rise of Iron and get a tour of the mysterious Archon's Forge.

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Super Replay – Resident Evil 4

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Super Replay – Resident Evil 4

Much like the zombie creatures Resident Evil is known for, we can't seem to rid ourselves of former Game Informer editor turned Capcom associate brand manager, Tim Turi. He tries to leave and we think he's gone, but suddenly he, and his unquenchable desire to play Resident Evil while others watch, comes back to life.

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We embrace this kind of reanimation though, and were happy to make Tim play through Resident Evil 4 in its entirety in order to remind everyone that that game has found yet another set of platforms on which to exist – the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Super Replay – Shadow Of The Colossus

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Super Replay – Shadow Of The Colossus

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.

Interview: Fillion, Tudyk, And Day Discuss The Zany Fun Of Con Man: The Game

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Interview: Fillion, Tudyk, And Day Discuss The Zany Fun Of Con Man: The Game

This week Con Man: The Game launched as a free-to-play game on iOS and Google Play. The simulation title lets you run your own convention and is based off the web series starring Alan Tudyk. The show is a lighthearted take on Tudyk's experience in the con circle after Firefly. Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day also appear on the show. As fans know, this isn't the first time these names have worked together (actors in Joss Whedon shows always stay connected), but Con Man is the first video game they've been in together. Developed by Frima Studios, all three had input on the mobile title with Day even serving as producer. We chatted with the three about the game and learned everything from why they made Joss Whedon the janitor to their love for the con scene to how much crazier season two of Con Man gets.

Con Man: The Game became possible thanks to reaching the $3 million tier of your Indiegogo campaign to create the show. Did you expect the outpour you received for Con Man?

Replay – The Football Episode

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Replay – The Football Episode

We don't often look at sports games on Replay, and considering how integral they are to the success of gaming, we view that as a mistake. The reason why we haven't? They don't slot neatly into the Replay formula, and we know, because we've tried to bring them to you numerous times before, but have always ended up deleting the footage. In celebration of the release of another Madden title this week, we thought we'd give this test another shot. We think we found a formula that keeps with the spirit of the show, and is equally as informative.

Rather than just looking at a few games like we normally do, we decided to look at how far football games have come with quick looks at nearly a dozen titles, spanning the NES era to Dreamcast. As you'll soon see, some game developers didn't quite know how to bring this sport to gaming early on. Their attempts were hilariously bad, and it took numerous attempts before one developer eventually got it right.

Even if sports aren't your thing, we think you'll enjoy seeing just how fast this medium evolves and how quickly innovation hits. Thanks again for watching. We'll see you in seven days!