Ready Player One’s Ernest Cline Talks Spielberg’s Gaming Passion

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Ready Player One’s Ernest Cline Talks Spielberg’s Gaming Passion

Ready Player One is currently in theaters, and we had the chance to sit down with the author of its source material. Not only did Ernest Cline craft the original book, but he is also credited alongside Zak Penn as screenwriter for the film treatment. If you want to hear Game Informer's full thoughts on the film, check out our bonus podcast where we dive in deep.

In an extended interview for The Game Informer Show podcast (click here to subscribe), Game Informer’s Ben Hanson had the chance to go in depth with Cline about his inspirations, working together with Spielberg, and just how insane it is to see his work brought to live on the big screen. 

Check out the full conversation below. 

New Gameplay Today – World Of WarCraft: Battle For Azeroth's Island Expeditions

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New Gameplay Today – World Of WarCraft: Battle For Azeroth's Island Expeditions

The next World of WarCraft expansion, Battle for Azeroth, is coming to the MMORPG this August. One of the highlights is a PvP/PvE option, Island Expeditions. In these bite-sized matches, teams work to collect resources from randomly stocked islands before their opponents. Dan Tack got to play a few rounds during a recent visit to Blizzard HQ, and he walks us through his thoughts.

As soon as he heard that World of WarCraft was involved, editor-in-chief Andy McNamara smashed through our studio wall like the Kool-Aid man. He had a lot of questions for Dan, and you can hear them all by watching the video below. Seriously, would we lie to you? No!

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New Gameplay Today – World Of WarCraft: Battle For Azeroth's Island Expeditions

about X hours ago from
New Gameplay Today – World Of WarCraft: Battle For Azeroth's Island Expeditions

The next World of WarCraft expansion, Battle for Azeroth, is coming to the MMORPG this August. One of the highlights is a PvP/PvE option, Island Expeditions. In these bite-sized matches, teams work to collect resources from randomly stocked islands before their opponents. Dan Tack got to play a few rounds during a recent visit to Blizzard HQ, and he walks us through his thoughts.

As soon as he heard that World of WarCraft was involved, editor-in-chief Andy McNamara smashed through our studio wall like the Kool-Aid man. He had a lot of questions for Dan, and you can hear them all by watching the video below. Seriously, would we lie to you? No!

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (April 5, 2018)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (April 5, 2018)

I usually wouldn't' mention this, but today is my birthday, so I am sending you all virtual slices of cheesecake (it's a tradition instead of birthday cake), because of the great blogs everyone pens week in and week out. Let's read a short, but sweet, Blog Herding edition!

Community Blogs For March 29 – April 4:

The 50 Best Games: 50 – Donkey Kong Country 2 Nathan Anstadt keeps it short, but I don't mind reading just a tiny bit of words on what was one of my favorite, and most frustrating, experiences with a game. I love old-school Donkey Kong – event that blistering hard game Rare was able to jam into a yellow Gameboy cart. Donkey Kong Land was tough.

RPG Grind Time – Ni No Kuni II Is The Right Kind Of Risky

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RPG Grind Time – Ni No Kuni II Is The Right Kind Of Risky

RPGs tend to wallow in the familiar. Once a franchise establishes a winning formula, many developers stick to what works, simply refining and tweaking the core elements. With change comes risk, and that’s scary when financial viability is on the line. It can feel like if you’ve played one game in a series, you know what to expect from them all; see Etrian Odyssey and Tales. That doesn’t mean these game aren’t fun, it just means they’re comfortable giving its fan base more of the same. I have plenty of favorite series that are prone to this, and part of me likes knowing what I’m getting, but another part starts to get bored with the same old mechanics. 

How To Waste Money Properly – A Guide To Collecting Video Games

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How To Waste Money Properly – A Guide To Collecting Video Games

Since I first set out to get Star Wars figures with my dad when I was about 5 years old, I've found myself in the collecting hobby in one form or another. But no field has magnetized me as much as video games. The medium not only has bountiful offerings from thousands of titles and accompanying merchandise, but the interactivity through playing a game makes it unrivaled to other forms of collecting.

Whether you're venturing to a retro-gaming store for your first crown jewel or have already scoured countless garage sales, these are the best video game-collecting tips I have to offer through my 20 years of experience, backed up by fellow collecting experts.

Exclusive Hands-On Impressions Of Spider-Man

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Exclusive Hands-On Impressions Of Spider-Man

Since its announcement in 2016, Insomniac has been quiet about Spider-Man. We’ve seen a few trailers, a few screens, and at E3 2017 we got to see some extended gameplay on Sony’s press-conference stage – but it didn’t venture too far into Spider-Man’s version of New York and focused mostly on story and combat. For our May issue of the magazine, Insomniac let us into its studio to talk with the team extensively about the game, but more importantly, they let us play it. We went hands-on with the opening, got into some fights, and did the thing I wanted to do more than anything else: web-swing through the open city.

The Web-SwingingMy personal interest in Insomniac’s take on Spider-Man revolves almost entirely around the web-swinging. I look forward to beating up bad guys and seeing where the story goes as it follows this older, more mature version of Peter Parker, but web-swinging is the activity I love most about Spider-Man games. It’s the thing that could easily make or break this new direction for the character. Any hesitancy I had about how web-swinging would work was quickly squashed, however, when we asked creative director Bryan Intihar if webs will stick to buildings. “They better if I want this game to sell at all,” he replied somewhat sarcastically.

Extra Tips To Collecting Video Games

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Extra Tips To Collecting Video Games

Collecting video games is a hobby I've dabbled in for many years. I've already pored over my most crucial advice on collecting, but these are additional tips you should soak up when gathering gaming goodies.

Tip 13: Stay on target and be patientIf you're like me sometimes, you'll be tempted to empty your wallet faster than you can rage quit E.T on Atari when you search Craigslist or visit a retro gaming store. If you settle on collecting something broad like anything under the Nintendo sun, lay out which games, series, or merchandise you want to prioritize and stick to it. You might see a pristine condition R.O.B. one day, but remember your money should be reserved for your initial quest to collect, say, each Mario Kart game.

"Patience is crucial to being successful when starting a collection," YouTuber Lithium of the Nintendo Collecting channel says. "At first, I would buy everything that was a decent deal, and would often compare my collection to other collectors. This caused me to spend a lot of money quickly rather than being patient and hunting for good deals for items I actually wanted. Since I want to collect for the long term, I am comfortable waiting for five years to buy, for example, a boxed indigo Nintendo GameCube at a good price."

Exclusive Interview With The Man Playing Spider-Man

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Exclusive Interview With The Man Playing Spider-Man

Peter Parker, whether with the suit or without, is a charismatic hero with a lot of depth. The latest actor to bring him to life is Yuri Lowenthal, and we sat down to ask him what it was like being cast, what the recording process was like, and whether he does his own stunts. Stick around to the end as Yuri gives us some of history's greatest Spider-Man lines in his personal Spider-Man voice.

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