Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (April 2, 2015)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (April 2, 2015)

Game Informer community – you all came up big with your responses to last week's writing challenge! Not only did you share an eclectic mix of great stories, but every single one of you made me want to get back to my pile of shame. One day I will beat Super Metroid...well, after I pump about 300 hours into Monster Hunter 4, anyway!

We also have a huge number of other great blogs this week, and I hope to see a bunch of quality posts for next week! To help get you all writing some more, check out the new writing challenge below!

Community Blogs For March 23 – March 29:

A Growing Guide Of Easy Achievements For Xbox One

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A Growing Guide Of Easy Achievements For Xbox One

I thought I was done with Microsoft's achievements. I no longer hunted down games with easily obtainable points. No longer stuck with bad games just to get the big 50- or 10-point achievements upon completing them. No longer felt the desire to stay a good 100,000 points ahead of my friends, who clearly didn't take achievements seriously enough. And then those sneaky bastards at Microsoft decided to implement an achievement leaderboard onto Xbox One's dashboard.

I'm now back into achievements just as much as I was when Gearbox's Randy Pitchford threw down the gamerscore gauntlet in 2008. I haven't quite sunk to the level of playing bad games yet (as I have plenty of good ones to get to first), but I am no longer retiring games as soon as they are completed. I first dive into the achievement list to see if if any points are there for the taking, or what kind of effort is required to land the triple-digit lunkers.

The leaderboard is a stroke of genius on Microsoft's part. A feeling of satisfaction washes over me when I look at the rankings and see my name in the number one slot. Conversely, I start pulling out my hair when I fall out of the top slot, or, as I witnessed two weeks ago, fall to eleventh place. IN NO UNIVERSE SHOULD I EVER BE IN ELEVENTH PLACE FOR ACHIEVEMENTS!

Where's My Sequel? – Grim Fandango

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Where's My Sequel? – Grim Fandango

The LucasArts' adventure game Grim Fandango was a staple in the genre when it debuted in the late '90s. The character-driven tale takes place in a Mexican Day of the Dead-inspired limbo world, where all characters are walking skeletons, similar to Mexican calaca figures. The mix of film noir themes and Spanish influence adds color to the otherwise morbid setting.

What It Is: 

Told from the perspective of the grim reaper and travel agent Manuel "Manny" Calavera, the story begins at the Department of Death, where Manny gauges clients' eligibility for transportation packages to the next world. If a client lived a moral life, they are offered the most luxurious route: a Double N train ticket to the afterlife. With each expensive sale, Manny inches closer to leaving the limbo world himself, as he slowly pays off his debt.

Checking Out Evolve's Bizarre And Totally Real New DLC Characters

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Turtle Rock has released the first new monster and squad of hunters for Evolve, and the radical new designs are really pushing the limits of the asymmetrical 4v1 formula. Read on for our hands-on impressions.

Monster: Stay Puft Marshmallow ManImpressions: Evolve's newest monster is by far the biggest one yet, and towers over most of the maps. However, this mostly works in favor of the hunters: It's pretty damned hard not to spot Marshmallow Man lumbering through the environment, and no matter how much wildlife he eats, it only takes mere seconds for the hunters to blast through his marshmallow armor.

Gaming’s 10 Biggest ‘First-World Problems’

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Game characters have a lot to complain about. Whether it’s the love of your life being stolen by a giant talking dinosaur turtle thing or a nuclear apocalypse wiping out the majority of life on the planet, a lot of video game characters have a rough go. 

Amidst of all of these trials and tragedies, we complain about some of the pettiest things while we’re playing their games. Let’s take a look at some of the dumbest things we whine about while the characters we control are (sometimes literally) going through hell on-screen.

“Your Wallet Is Full”

April Fools – Game Infarcer 2015 Edition

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April Fools – Game Infarcer 2015 Edition

We have a yearly April Fools tradition here at Game Informer: We include a multi-page parody magazine called Game Infarcer in our April issue. It's full of fake news and games, and even helmed by a fictional editor-in-chief. In the past, it's been exclusive to our magazine, but this year, we're posting the whole feature for our online community to enjoy.

We start with the art by the talented Zander Cannon for our cover game, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Everything. We then move on to the blatantly untrue articles, features, and reviews. 

Be sure to click the images to enlarge them! They're hard to read otherwise.

April Fools – The Geometry Wars: A Film By Ken Burns

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April Fools – The Geometry Wars: A Film By Ken Burns

From the renowned documentarian Ken Burns, creator of The Civil War and The National Parks: America's Best Idea, comes an insightful new look into the catastrophic events of The Geometry Wars. In this trailer for the new 126-disc box set, learn all about the mysterious origins of the conflict and the impact it had on everyday lives.

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For more April Fools stories, check out our 2015 edition of Game Infarcer and read about various company's fake announcements

The Best, Worst, And Most Confusing "Jokes" Of April Fools 2015

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The Best, Worst, And Most Confusing

It's a fact: The first day of April is the worst day on the internet. Even so, amid all of the lame April Fools pranks and fake news, sometimes we see some gems that are actually clever and entertaining. Whether they're good, bad, or bizarre, we're collecting all of the day's stories from across the gaming industry.

We'll be updating this list with new entries as the day goes on.

PlayStation FlowThese goggles from Sony are a combination of immersion and submersion, allowing you to have a more realistic underwater experience when you are playing games with swimming sections.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper Is A Pixelated Trip Down Memory Lane

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Final Fantasy Record Keeper Is A Pixelated Trip Down Memory Lane

I’m exploring the Mist Cave, complete with some of the classic enemies and score. At the end of the stage, my team is forced to do battle with the Mist Dragon, complete with his shifting mist form from FFIV. But this time, Cecil isn’t around – instead, Kain, Cloud, and a handful of other Final Fantasy characters are taking the beast on. This is Final Fantasy Record Keeper, a mobile game that nails the nostalgia by providing classic songs, characters, and setpiece encounters from the scope of the entire Final Fantasy series in pixelated form that will leave you wondering if you ever really stopped playing FFIV and FFVI.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper is free-to-play on iOS and Android and uses a system similar to Puzzle&Dragons in terms of monetization. One thing I particularly like about this title is that characters are not tied to gacha-monetization, only gear – while gear is important, I’m happy that I’m not incentivized to attempt to get my favorite characters by opening my wallet like a certain other abomination of a Final Fantasy mobile “game” (I’m looking at you, All The Bravest).

Gamer – Evolve Pro Player Zaq "Madcow" Hildreth

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Gamer – Evolve Pro Player Zaq

This month the ESL Arena played host to the Evolve PAX East PRO-AM tournament. The day-long single elimination tournament culminated in a best-of-five final match between two accomplished squads: Team Venom Hound and Pushing Daisies. After losing the first two rounds, Pushing Daisies made an impressive comeback to win the tournament, with Zaq "Madcow" Hildreth single-handedly clinching two of the team's three back-to-back victories as an indomitable Kraken. We talked to Zaq about the tournament, what it takes to be a pro Evolve player, how novice monster players can up their game.

Name: Zaq HildrethOccupation: Google Fiber employee             Twitter: @MaddCowQQ
Location: Provo, UT