Being A Gaming Parent In A Gaming World

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Being A Gaming Parent In A Gaming World

In the past decade, video games have gone from being an ostracized hobby for “nerds” to being the fastest growing entertainment medium on the planet. Everywhere you look, people are playing Fortnite (or watching others play Fortnite), counting down the days until popular releases, and lambasting terrible Saturday Night Live skits about games.

Video games have made it, baby. With that in mind, I’ve been curious lately about what it’s like to be a gamer who has a kid growing up in the current gaming-crazy landscape. Luckily, the offices of Game Informer are filled with people with children! So, for this week, I’ve decided to harass my coworker Kyle Hilliard into a discussion about the exciting highs and fraught dangers of being a gaming parent in the year 2019.

Javy Gwaltney : Hi Kyle! I don’t want you to be alarmed but there’s a rumor going around the office that you are in fact a parent.

Being A Gaming Parent In A Gaming World

about X hours ago from
Being A Gaming Parent In A Gaming World

In the past decade, video games have gone from being an ostracized hobby for “nerds” to being the fastest growing entertainment medium on the planet. Everywhere you look, people are playing Fortnite (or watching others play Fortnite), counting down the days until popular releases, and lambasting terrible Saturday Night Live skits about games.

Video games have made it, baby. With that in mind, I’ve been curious lately about what it’s like to be a gamer who has a kid growing up in the current gaming-crazy landscape. Luckily, the offices of Game Informer are filled with people with children! So, for this week, I’ve decided to harass my coworker Kyle Hilliard into a discussion about the exciting highs and fraught dangers of being a gaming parent in the year 2019.

Javy Gwaltney : Hi Kyle! I don’t want you to be alarmed but there’s a rumor going around the office that you are in fact a parent.

Celebrate National Sibling Day With These Video Game Brothers And Sisters

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Celebrate National Sibling Day With These Video Game Brothers And Sisters

I’m sure you are all well aware that today is everyone’s favorite holiday: National Sibling Day. In observance of this holiday, and in honor of all of our brothers and sisters, we present to you a list of the best representations of siblings in video games.

Anyone who grew up with brothers or sisters knows that forced proximity can form strong, enduring friendships or create bitter rivalries that flare up around Thanksgiving. These characters are all examples of the former with siblings that take their responsibility to family seriously. So if you remember hogging the controller and making your poor, young sibling play as Luigi, then this list is not for you. These siblings are better than you.

Even after the apocalypse, spending time with family is important. While you might not agree with their methods (e.g., leading a ruthless gang to do their bidding and ruling through brutality and fear), you can’t deny their ambitions and cooperative spirit. In a group guided by a winner-takes-all mentality, it’s nice to see these sisters working together to make the best of their situation. At least one editor thought it was exactly what he wanted out of Far Cry, but I just wish I could be as close with my siblings like Mickey and Lou.

Celebrate National Sibling Day With These Video Game Brothers And Sisters

about X hours ago from
Celebrate National Sibling Day With These Video Game Brothers And Sisters

I’m sure you are all well aware that today is everyone’s favorite holiday: National Sibling Day. In observance of this holiday, and in honor of all of our brothers and sisters, we present to you a list of the best representations of siblings in video games.

Anyone who grew up with brothers or sisters knows that forced proximity can form strong, enduring friendships or create bitter rivalries that flare up around Thanksgiving. These characters are all examples of the former with siblings that take their responsibility to family seriously. So if you remember hogging the controller and making your poor, young sibling play as Luigi, then this list is not for you. These siblings are better than you.

Even after the apocalypse, spending time with family is important. While you might not agree with their methods (e.g., leading a ruthless gang to do their bidding and ruling through brutality and fear), you can’t deny their ambitions and cooperative spirit. In a group guided by a winner-takes-all mentality, it’s nice to see these sisters working together to make the best of their situation. At least one editor thought it was exactly what he wanted out of Far Cry, but I just wish I could be as close with my siblings like Mickey and Lou.

Sea Of Thieves’ One-Year Anniversary Brings Free Story Content, A Competitive Arena, Harpoons, And More

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Sea Of Thieves’ One-Year Anniversary Brings Free Story Content, A Competitive Arena, Harpoons, And More

Sea of Thieves has had an interesting trajectory since its launch about a year ago. In our review we admired the undeniable creativity that surfaces when you and a handful of friends play pirates together in a virtual setting, but there just wasn’t much there in terms of content. Since that time, Rare has added patches, items, and missions, and the community has been appreciative as the game maintains a steady and impressive player base. For its one-year anniversary update, Sea of Thieves is getting its biggest content boost yet. We spoke with executive producer Joe Neate about what is in the free update that arrives on April 30 and what the future of Sea of Thieves looks like as it sails into year two.

Adventure mode is Sea of Thieves’ main mode. It’s the one you’ve been playing since launch and it’s finally getting story content – with cutscenes and everything. “We think there is a real opportunity to have more crafted narrative and story in that shared world,” Neate says. The story missions are called Tall Tales. “There’s a real '80s action-adventure vibe, like Indiana Jones or The Goonies,” Neate says.

Sea Of Thieves’ One-Year Anniversary Brings Story, An Arena, Harpoons, And More

about X hours ago from
Sea Of Thieves’ One-Year Anniversary Brings Story, An Arena, Harpoons, And More

Sea of Thieves has had an interesting trajectory since its launch about a year ago. In our review we admired the undeniable creativity that surfaces when you and a handful of friends play pirates together in a virtual setting, but there just wasn’t much there in terms of content. Since that time, Rare has added patches, items, and missions, and the community has been appreciative as the game maintains a steady and impressive player base. For its one-year anniversary update, Sea of Thieves is getting its biggest content boost yet. We spoke with executive producer Joe Neate about what is in the free update that arrives on April 30 and what the future of Sea of Thieves looks like as it sails into year two.

Adventure mode is Sea of Thieves’ main mode. It’s the one you’ve been playing since launch and it’s finally getting story content – with cutscenes and everything. “We think there is a real opportunity to have more crafted narrative and story in that shared world,” Neate says. The story missions are called Tall Tales. “There’s a real '80s action-adventure vibe, like Indiana Jones or The Goonies,” Neate says.

Sea Of Thieves’ One-Year Anniversary Brings Story, An Arena, Harpoons, And More

about X hours ago from
Sea Of Thieves’ One-Year Anniversary Brings Story, An Arena, Harpoons, And More

Sea of Thieves has had an interesting trajectory since its launch about a year ago. In our review we admired the undeniable creativity that surfaces when you and a handful of friends play pirates together in a virtual setting, but there just wasn’t much there in terms of content. Since that time, Rare has added patches, items, and missions, and the community has been appreciative as the game maintains a steady and impressive player base. For its one-year anniversary update, Sea of Thieves is getting its biggest content boost yet. We spoke with executive producer Joe Neate about what is in the free update that arrives on April 30 and what the future of Sea of Thieves looks like as it sails into year two.

Adventure mode is Sea of Thieves’ main mode. It’s the one you’ve been playing since launch and it’s finally getting story content – with cutscenes and everything. “We think there is a real opportunity to have more crafted narrative and story in that shared world,” Neate says. The story missions are called Tall Tales. “There’s a real '80s action-adventure vibe, like Indiana Jones or The Goonies,” Neate says.

How To Build The Perfect Reboot

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How To Build The Perfect Reboot

The difference between a good reboot and a bad one comes down to many factors, creating a finished product that either languishes or shines. Developers are already walking a fine line trying to delight long-time fans without disrupting their memory of a game. Below, we look at what makes a solid reboot with examples of how they are done well and how they are done…  less well.

Game developers are in a precarious situation when they reboot an established series. Change too much and you’ll upset fans, but don’t change enough, and the series grows stale. The best reboots are the ones that throw caution to the wind and abandon established systems to create a new identity.

How it’s done well: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildRead our review

How To Revitalize A Franchise

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How To Revitalize A Franchise

The difference between a good revitalization and a bad one comes down to many factors, creating a finished product that either languishes or shines. Developers are already walking a fine line trying to delight long-time fans without disrupting their memory of a game. Below, we look at several series that have been brought back in fantastic fashion and explain how they pulled it off while also showing other attempts that were... less successful.

Game developers are in a precarious situation when they take risks with an established series. Change too much and you’ll upset fans, but don’t change enough, and the series grows stale. The best reboots are the ones that throw caution to the wind and abandon established systems to create a new identity.

How it’s done well: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildRead our review

How To Revitalize A Franchise

about X hours ago from
How To Revitalize A Franchise

The difference between a good revitalization and a bad one comes down to many factors, creating a finished product that either languishes or shines. Developers are already walking a fine line trying to delight long-time fans without disrupting their memory of a game. Below, we look at several series that have been brought back in fantastic fashion and explain how they pulled it off while also showing other attempts that were... less successful.

Game developers are in a precarious situation when they take risks with an established series. Change too much and you’ll upset fans, but don’t change enough, and the series grows stale. The best entries are the ones that throw caution to the wind and abandon established systems to create a new identity.

How it’s done well: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildRead our review