E3 Bingo: 2016 Edition

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Every year, E3 provides a steady stream of surprise announcements and cool games in action. Everyone has their hopes and predictions, but no one could guess all of the reveals and on-stage hijinks that will occur – so we made a game out of it.

To play, you just need to visit our special E3 Bingo page, which will give you a randomly generated card full of various announcements, disasters, triumphs, and disappointments. Then you just tick of the squares as they occur! Most of the action is going to happen during the major press conferences, so be sure to check out the full schedule and follow along.

If you'd rather print out a physical card, you can use the sample below:

Top Of The Table Games In 30 Minutes (Or Less)

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Among longtime tabletop hobbyists, the tendency is often toward tackling deeply complicated games that extend their playtimes over many hours. Those involved play sessions can be rewarding, but sometimes you’re in the mood for something lighter. Maybe you’re a veteran gaming group looking for a “warm-up” title before diving into one of those other longer games. Or perhaps you and your friends or family are just dipping your toes into board and card games for the first time, and you don’t want to be overwhelmed or lose the attention span of younger or inexperienced players. Either way, you don’t need to settle for a subpar game night. Here are ten awesome tabletop games that can be played in under 30 minutes.

Watch The Surprising Ending To Kirby: Planet Robobot

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For the most part, the latest entry in the Kirby franchise, Planet Robobot, is a straightforward one that isn't too far removed from 2014’s Triple Deluxe. One of the ways it sets itself apart, however, is with its surprise ending.

Mecha-Kirby below is guarding you from having the game's final moments spoiled, but if you've already beaten the game, or are just curious to see exactly what I was talking about in my review when I called its ending, "a surprising leap from the established Kirby norms for a wholly surprising and engaging climax," feel free to keep scrolling.

Kirby has its traditional ending, with a pair of challenging platforming boss battles and a few story twists, but it's not until after defeating the game's presumed main antagonist that things get crazy. Kirby merges with Meta Knight's iconic ship to turn into a gigantic spaceship Kirby, and then the game suddenly turns into Star Fox as you fly through space to do battle with an enemy that has a surprising amount in common with Mass Effect's Reapers. And then, to tie it all into a neat little bow, Kirby and his mech share a Big Hero 6 moment before the credits roll and Kirby proceeds to punch everyone's names as they scroll by.

Question Of The Month: A Sequel Or A Year Of DLC?

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Question Of The Month: A Sequel Or A Year Of DLC?

In issue 277, we asked readers whether they would prefer a year of DLC support for a game they already own, or a sequel. Now it's your turn to weigh in.

To our surprise, most of our magazine readers stated they would opt for a year of DLC support, though many offered caveats to their responses. DLC support is great, but it has to be timely, it has to be reasonably priced, and it has to be good (go figure). Those who prefer a full-blown sequel were also wary of games where a sequel doesn't make sense, and of annual releases for franchises like Assassin's Creed.

So which do you prefer? Share your thoughts in the comments below. If you're looking for more opinion sharing, check out our previous Question of the Month: What Is Your Go-To Game Recommendation For New Players?

10 Broken Promises Of E3

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10 Broken Promises Of E3

Enthusiasm runs high among gamers during the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo. Publishers and developers always make some cool and surprising announcements to get fans excited about the future. Unfortunately, some of these announcements fail to materialize, despite the potential swirling around them. From games that get canceled to hardware features that get cut, this list runs through the most notable broken promises to emerge from the E3 show floor.

Rockstar’s Agent, exclusively for PS3 Sony had already announced that it was working with Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar Games on a new title, but we didn’t learn what it was until Sony’s 2009 E3 press conference. The game was a PS3 exclusive called Agent, and every year since, people have speculated that it will have a grand E3 reappearance – but it hasn’t happened yet. Take Two has continued renewing the Agent trademark, so the game isn’t officially dead, but you can be sure that no PS3-exclusive version will ever see the light of day.

The Kickstarter Compendium

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Our regularly revised feature keeps you up to date on the Kickstarter games worth watching, and helps you track projects both before and after they’re funded.

Welcome to the Kickstarter Compendium, a gathering of games and game-related projects that we’ve come across that deserve your attention. The crowd-funding model for video games has resulted in some fascinating new game ideas, and new projects are going up on a weekly basis that deserve your attention. 

The only problem is keeping track of it all – what’s worth watching, and what are these different projects about? As an ongoing feature, our Kickstarter Compendium is your guide to games seeking funding through Kickstarter. After funding projects are complete, this feature will also track what games (and game-related projects) got funded and which ones didn’t – and, where possible, offer links to the projects as they are developed. 

Super Replay – Tex Murphy: Under A Killing Moon (Part Four)

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Super Replay – Tex Murphy: Under A Killing Moon (Part Four)

A few months ago I emerged as the victor of Game Informer's most recent Super Replay Showdown. My prize? Subjecting my fellow editors and our viewers to the strange and maddening FMV adventure game that is Tex Murphy: Under A Killing Moon. Starring a bumbling private eye who spends his weeks trying to make rent and ends up going on a quest to prevent the end of the world, Under A Killing Moon is a peculiar mishmash of genres, the kind of game that could have only been birthed in the early '90s.

It's pure, undistilled zaniness that has to been seen to be believed. So sit back in your chair and push the Maltese falcon on your desk out of the way of the screen so you can join me, Andrew Reiner, Dan Tack, and Kyle Hilliard as we navigate this twisted, futuristic vision of San Francisco, putting our flimsy detective skills to use while being constantly berated by James Earl Jones.

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The Fearsome Folklore Behind The Witcher III: Blood And Wine’s Monsters

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The Witcher series is steeped in mythology, both of its own creation and drawn from reality. However, nothing is more folkloric than the monsters Geralt faces – which draw inspiration from Slavic, Germanic, Scandinavian, English, and other lore. The Witcher III’s new DLC takes players to Toussaint, the land of Blood and Wine. Although its lush hills and contented people make Toussaint appear untouched by shadow, this DLC also brings almost 30 new monsters to fight. Geralt’s bestiary may differ from the true mythology of these beasts, but the traces of their fictional sources may be present in their entries. Ever wonder where CD Projekt Red may have drawn inspiration for the temptress vampire the bruxa, or her more dangerous cousin the alp? Get acquainted with the possible real-life inspiration for the lore of some of the most interesting new monsters in the land of vampires and vineyards.

[Warning: this feature has Witcher III: Blood and Wine spoilers from various points in the game.]

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (June 9, 2016)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (June 9, 2016)

I know summer is here, but take some time to read this past week's wonderful blogs. And keep in mind that there is one week left to our very different writing challenge.

Community Blogs For June 2 – June 8:

How Random History and Crazy Myth Collide in Child of Light I'm a sucker for mythology, so Haley Shipley's blog on the myths that Child of Light is inspired by roped me in. She really digs into how Austria and a duke share similarities with the fiction of the game. What about you, bloggers? Are there any games that tap into myths or real history that you really dig?