Six Games Terrible For Speedrunning

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Six Games Terrible For Speedrunning

Watching speedruns for most games (which many are doing thanks to the Awesome Games Done Quick 2015 charity speedrunning event) is an entertaining spectacle, but some games would be terrible (and pointless) to try to beat as fast as possible.

Choosing bad games to speedrun has nothing to do with missing the point of a game by speeding through it. Speedrunning is a showcase of skill and community-driven mastery. You don't watch or attempt a speedrun to absorb the game's story or atmosphere – you do it because you love the game, and you want to see someone who has perfected the experience, or see if you can perfect it yourself. The "point" of the game has already been well-realized by the time you get around to speeding through it (or watching someone else do it). These games are titles that would just be bad to speedrun because it wouldn't make sense, nor would it be particularly entertaining to watch.

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Super Replay – Raw Danger Episode 2

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Super Replay – Raw Danger Episode 2

Another great year of Replay is at an end. We played plenty of good games, more bad games than we should have, said goodbye to dear friends, and opened the door for new ones (like myself and another you'll meet in the new year.) The year ahead is loaded with surprises, including the much talked about Replay: Season 3, something I've been working closely with Reiner on since I started.

But before we get there, we're inviting you to our annual event: the 12.31.14 Super Replay. Holding true to recent traditions, we picked a game that takes place around the holidays, and is downright terrible. Raw Danger is the perfect fit. What we didn't count on was a love story. How will the Game Informer crew handle this? I won't ruin the surprise for you, but they get emotional, and even share their feelings with each other during the slower moments.

Sit back and enjoy the show, folks. I think you'll dig this Super Replay. And not to spoil the future, but we're rolling right into another Super Replay of a bad game as soon as this one finishes! After today's early release, the next episode airs on Sunday. After that, new episodes air every Thursday and Sunday.

Curling Instructor By Day, Zelda: Ocarina Of Time Record Holding Speedrunner By Night

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With a record of 18:07:20, Joel "Jodenstone" Ekman is the newest record holder for speedrunning Ocarina of Time with any percentage completion. The Swedish gamer tried his hand at speedrunning early last year, and started to take it seriously in August. Last night on a series of runs that went much later than Ekman's typical streams, he beat the record of previous holder, Cosmo, by about three seconds.

We reached out to Ekman to talk about his run and stream, which featured an elated Ekman who was nearly in tears when he realized he had beaten the record. You can watch the archive of Ekman's record-setting stream by heading here.

Game Informer: What time of day you break the record?

Game Informer's Fifth Annual Glitchie Awards

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Game Informer's Fifth Annual Glitchie Awards

Considering how many games ship broken these days, we had no shortage of glitches to comb through in 2014 to find the best of the best.

Continuing our five year tradition, we scoured the internet to find the most memorable, frustrating, and downright laughable glitches and bugs to hit video games this year. Special thanks to all the YouTube users who uploaded these videos.

Warning: Game Informer is not responsible for content on YouTube links. Language may be unsuitable for minors.

Replay – Geist

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Geist is actually an old German word for a spirit or ghost that enjoys haunting paint cans and dumb carnival games, so we took the old Nintendo GameCube game of the same name for a spin to see if the shoe fit.

Join Dan Tack, Andrew Reiner, Jeff Cork, and myself as we discover the great campy vibe of Geist and then watch as the game slowly devolves into a mindless trial-and-error search for the next object to inhabit.

Be sure to stick around for the second segment where I get challenged to a stress test that ends up being one of the most harrowing adventures of my life.

Beyond Inquisition: What We Want For The Future Of Dragon Age

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Beyond Inquisition: What We Want For The Future Of Dragon Age

Dragon Age: Inquisition is a fantastic game, and we’ve written plenty about the things it does well. With this victory under BioWare’s belt, you can bet that the developer is going to continue the Dragon Age series. What that continuation looks like is still a mystery; the next step could be some DLC, a full expansion, or even a sequel. Whatever form the future of Thedas takes, we have some suggestions for things it should include.

This wishlist is a mix of old and new. We want Dragon Age to keep doing what it does best, but also expand some of those areas and add new concepts to strengthen them (we also did a similar exercise prior to Inquisition). As fans of the series, we just want the best Dragon Age experience possible, and this is how we think it might look.

Five Collectibles In Good Games That We’re Still Cursing At

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I have a problem (OK, I have lots of problems, but we’re only talking about one today). I collect stuff. My shelves are full with Skylanders and Collector’s Editions tsotchkes and oodles of items from Loot Crates. If it stopped there, I’d be fine.

My collector obsession bleeds into gaming. Even before it was about achievements and trophies, I wanted to find every doodad and macguffin on a game’s map. I won’t tell you how much time I spent finding one little “figment” in Psychonauts (at least those appeared in a grid so I knew which was absent).

Here are five more that I still have unkind words for (even though I probably found them all). No matter how much I enjoy these games (and I really do like all of them), these aspects will remain a sore spot.

King’s Quest And Sierra: An Interview With Ken Williams

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When it comes to legendary figures in video gaming, Ken and Roberta Williams are among the elite. The duo co-founded Sierra and had a profound impact on the industry through story-driven, interactive adventures.

Sierra’s best-known franchise, King’s Quest, is getting an episodic revival this fall. In our upcoming February issue (which will be available digitally on Tuesday, January 6), we have six pages filled with exclusive new info, screens, and impressions for the new King’s Quest being developed by The Odd Gentlemen.

As we prepare to look toward the future of King’s Quest, we take a moment to reflect on its past with Ken Williams. In this Q&A, Williams talks about what lies at the core of King’s Quest, the meeting he and Roberta had with the team at The Odd Gentlemen, the perils of the term “point-and-click,” and more.

Xur, Is It Me You’re Looking For? (Weekend Destiny For January 2)

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Xur, Is It Me You’re Looking For? (Weekend Destiny For January 2)

It’s Friday, which means every Guardian’s favorite itinerant merchant is back in the Tower. Xur has with him some goodies for every class from The Dark Below expansion this week.

This week, Xur is hiding in the bowels of the Tower. Head through the hangar and down to the left. Keep descending and you’ll find him in the back of the bar (likely nursing a New Year’s hangover).

Visit him for the following items before he disappears on Sunday morning:

Five Tips For Making Your Backlog Manageable And Tracking Your 2015 Gaming

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Five Tips For Making Your Backlog Manageable And Tracking Your 2015 Gaming

Each year, I’m fortunate enough to play dozens of games (and even complete some of them). For each one I do get time with though, there are two or three I purchase that sit on the shelf or in a digital library just waiting for me to pay them attention.

My backlog has exploded over the past few years, and what used to be a simple task of going to my shelf to see what’s available doesn’t work anymore. Digital purchases on at least eight different platforms prevent me from seeing all my games in one place.

I’ve devised a few tips that have made things much easier, though. If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to organize your gaming life, these might be right up your alley.