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?

The Giant E3 2016 Games List

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 The Giant E3 2016 Games List

There's no shortage of gaming conventions throughout the year, but the Electronic Entertainment Expo is still the show where you're likely to see the biggest reveals and newest demos. That's why we've compiled a handy list of all the games we're expecting to see, which we will be updating as more announcements are made.

Below you will find the full (so far) list of all the games that have been either confirmed to appear at the show, or we strongly suspect will make an appearance when E3 kicks off in 10 days.

Kyle Hilliard, Matt Bertz, and interns Blake Hester, Haley MacLean, and AJ Moser all contributed to this article.

From Nintendo NX To Star Citizen: Our E3 2016 Longshots

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From Nintendo NX To Star Citizen: Our E3 2016 Longshots

E3 always brings up the hopes of gamers, but some are more far-fetched than others. Or are they? As part of our ongoing pre-E3 series, we've collected some of our E3 longshots – those predictions that probably won't happen, but which are just within the realm of possibility.

The Nintendo NX Actually Shows Up (In Physical Form)

From the get-go, Nintendo has said that the upcoming NX system won't be at E3. Still, we expect there could be some games, information, or something regarding the NX at the show even if the console (or whatever it is) isn't actually there. But what if Nintendo surprises us all and pulls an NX out of its hat? Are we on to something or just on something?

RPG Grind Time – Making Side Quests Matter

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I grew up completing every side quest possible in my role-playing games. I would buy strategy guides alongside my latest RPG conquest just to make sure I would know about every optional quest along the way. I loved getting the most out of my journey, even if it meant dealing ridiculous things like dodging 200 lightning bolts or completing a chocobo race in less than 0 seconds thanks to time reductions. I had a lot of time in those days – I wanted to spend as much time in these worlds as possible. Nowadays, I don't have the luxury for fruitless efforts, and find myself only wanting to embark on side quests if they're convenient or add something worthwhile to the story. Games have grown so much over the years that side quests should be more engaging, but I still encounter so many that don't seem worth my time and are flat-out boring. Yes, that means I'd never repeat those crazy Final Fantasy X side quests, and while I did them back then, I don't find them examples of side quests done well.

Illustrating The Story Behind Tetris – How A Puzzle Game Becomes A Comic Book

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Tetris is one of the most successful video games of all time, but the story of its creation is not necessarily an uplifting one. It’s a tale wrought with peaks and valleys of legal drama, high hopes for riches, and even a murder-suicide. Created by Alexey Pajitnov, a Russian computer engineer in the 1980s during his spare time out of his love for puzzles and games, Tetris became a worldwide phenomenon. Marketed as “It’s like Siberia, only harder,” the game capitalized on the world’s curiosity of peeking behind the Iron Curtain and made entire households into gamers.

The story behind the game is currently being adapted into a comic book, appropriately named Tetris, by Philadelphia-based author Box Brown, founder of Retrofit Comics and the winner of a 2011 Ignatz Award.

“When Tetris came out for Game Boy, everybody that picked it up just started playing it constantly,” says Brown. “My Mom and Dad, and my sister, and my Grandma. Everybody in the house. And I think a lot of people have stories like that.” He explains his wife’s mom used to lock herself in the bathroom with Tetris so no one else in the family could play.  

Science-Fiction Weekly – Rogue One Rumors Debunked, And A Mass Effect Wishlist

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The Death Star's superlaser was aimed at Rogue One: A Star Wars Story last week, as a flurry of rumors suggested the Gareth Edwards-directed film wasn't living up to Disney's standards. The severity of rumors increased as new sources came forward, peaking with Disney apparently calling for 40 percent of the film to be reshot and supervised by Star Wars: The Force Awakens' director J. J. Abrams and Edge of Nowhere's writer Christopher McQuarrie. All across the 'net, people and news outlets were reporting on Rogue One being a potential disaster in the making.

E3 2016 Predictions: Nintendo

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E3 2016 is almost upon us, and once again Nintendo is marching to the beat of its own drum. We run down what we think we'll see from the house of Mario.

We shared our predictions for Sony and Microsoft this weekend, but Nintendo is once again a unique case this year. The company has already made a number of announcements about its E3 plans. For starters, Nintendo will be forgoing a press conference for a series of streamed Treehouse Live events. The Legend of Zelda will be Nintendo's only playable game at the show, and the mysterious NX console won't be making an appearance. That said, we do expect Nintendo to sprinkle in some additional reveals and info during its live stream events, as it did last year. Here are our best guesses for what we might see.

Mother 3 Coming To Virtual Console Right Now!Last year at E3, Nintendo announced and released Earthbound Beginnings, a localized version of the first Earthbound/Mother game, on the Wii U Virtual Console. The NES classic had never been released in North America before then, and the surprise release delighted fans. It seems only logical that Nintendo would try to capture the excitement a second time with a release of Mother 3, the third title in the trilogy that has also never made Stateside. Rumors of a Western localization of Mother 3 surfaced back in April, making it a solid guess for a surprise E3 release.