Readers Respond – Your Greatest Gaming Accomplishments

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Readers Respond – Your Greatest Gaming Accomplishments

Yesterday, we asked what you consider your greatest gaming accomplishments. This could be a game that was particularly challenging, your commitment to finding well hidden easter eggs and secrets, or beating a game several times. Now, we rounded up many of your responses.

In the 90 comments we received, many of you brought up Dark Souls, Call of Duty's Mordern Warfare series, Gears of War, Bloodborne, and platformers like Shovel Knight and Contra. For some, the gratifying feeling of receiving a platinum trophy was among their most treasured accomplishments. Zebra3 said, "Demon's Souls, Dark Souls (1, 2, 3), and Bloodborne platinum trophies are some of the accomplishments I'm most proud of. That and the Terraria platinum. Took FOREVER!" LiesThatBind talked about how great a feeling it was to platinum all the God of War Games.

For AsheMan, beating the adventure game Myst in 72 hours was quite a feat, especially since he bought the game at launch in 1993 – a time before online walkthroughs and guides. "I felt like that was quite an accomplishment," he wrote. pestulio07 mentioned that he loved Mirror's Edge so much that he beat it 22 times. Mas7erBroda beat the brutally difficult Contra at the age of 7.

You Can Now Pre-Order A Vinyl Of Undertale's Soundtrack

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You Can Now Pre-Order A Vinyl Of Undertale's Soundtrack

Toby Fox's Undertale features excellent chiptune songs, and now you can listen to them on a physical record. Iam8bit is releasing a 180-gram Undertale vinyl, which is available for pre-order and comes with a downloadable digital soundtrack.

The soundtrack is priced at $35 and will ship at the end of the year. If you order before midnight September 5, you'll be granted a bonus 7-inch LP of "The Annoying Dog" song. While the digital download for the soundtrack includes the 100+ songs from Undertale, the vinyl features fewer. You can view the track listing below:

1. Once Upon a Time2. Your Best Friend3. Fallen Down (Reprise)
4. Ruins
5. Enemy Approaching
6. Determination
7. Home
8. Heartache
9. Sans.
10. Snowy
11. Snowdin Town
12. Bonetrousle
13. Premonition
14. Waterfall

Two Free-To-Play Ubisoft Games Are Shutting Down

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Two Free-To-Play Ubisoft Games Are Shutting Down

Two free-to-play games from Ubisoft, Ghost Recon Phantoms and The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot, are closing down later this year after both games weren't as successful as expected. Ghost Recon Phantoms will go offline on December 1 and The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot will close on October 25.

"After more than four years of battles, fights, deaths and a lot of fun, we have made the difficult decision to close Ghost Recon Phantoms. It’s a tough day for our studio and indeed the team, some of whom have been working on this project since its inception some 7 years ago," writes Ubisoft in a statement on the game's website.

Ghost Recon Phantoms, originally titled Ghost Recon Online, was in beta for two years then launched on Steam in 2014. Up until its closure, the game will continue to be playable, and the in-game shop will remain available, however it will no longer be possible to purchase Ghost Coins. In Ubisoft's FAQ about the shut down, it stated that no refunds will be issued for users' purchases and that no developers are being laid off as they move on to new projects.

14,000 Dominoes Are Used To Portray These Starter Pokémon

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14,000 Dominoes Are Used To Portray These Starter Pokémon

The original trio: Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur, were the main inspiration behind this incredible domino setup by YouTuber TheDominoKing. With 14,146 dominoes, he recreated these fan-favorite Pokémon starters in amazing detail. 

For more on Pokémon, read editor Andrew Reiner's opinion on how Pokémon Go changed his life. Check out TheDominoKing's other fantastic domino creations based off games including Undertale, Sonic, and Super Mario World

Which Pokémon starter do you think is best? Which did you choose in Pokémon Go? Let us know in the comments.

Red Bull's New Documentary Series Will Profile Super Smash Bros. Player William 'Leffen' Hjelte

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Red Bull's New Documentary Series Will Profile Super Smash Bros. Player William 'Leffen' Hjelte

William "Leffen" Hjelte is one of the best Super Smash Bros. Melee players in the world. Red Bull has announced Hjelte is the subject of the second season of their "Cultivation" documentary series.

Sponsored by League of Legends enterprise Team Solo Mid, Hjelte has become a key figure in competitive Smash Bros., taking on long-time veterans like Joseph "Mango" Marquez and Adam "Armada" Lindgren. Hjelte has also taken on a reputation as a heel, assuming an arrogant attitude to match his skill level.  He was due to compete in many major tournaments this year, but was denied access to the United States due to visa issues. "Cultivation" will chronicle his rise to fame, his recent struggles, and his day-to-day life.

The "Cultivation" series will release six episodes profiling the Hjelte, airing from August 31 through October 5. The series previously examined Darryl "Snake Eyez" Lewis, a high-level Street FIghter player. You can watch a trailer for the upcoming season below.

Steam, Amazon, PSN Still Providing Refunds On No Man's Sky Purchases In Some Cases

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Steam, Amazon, PSN Still Providing Refunds On No Man's Sky Purchases In Some Cases

No Man's Sky is a game full of promise that doesn't quite deliver on what it sets out to do. In our review of the game, Matt Miller said "the mid- and endgame experiences teeter away from sci-fi splendor and into rote repetition." Players are understandably upset they didn't get what they wanted from the game, and it seems retailers are still providing refunds on the game in some cases.

Recent Reddit and NeoGAF threads have begun collecting stories of people reporting being able to get refunds on No Man's Sky through Amazon, Steam, and even Sony's PSN service. Users who reported technical difficulties with the game have been receiving refunds, even after spending as many as 50 hours with it. Many have also reported success through live chat channels with Sony and Amazon, as opposed to email.

Hideo Kojima Joins Advisory Board Of VR Company Prologue Immersive

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Hideo Kojima Joins Advisory Board Of VR Company Prologue Immersive

Hideo Kojima is currently developing Death Stranding over at the new Kojima Productions, after his fallout with Konami. But that doesn't mean he doesn't have time for something else on the side.

Gamasutra reports the Metal Gear creator has joined the advisory board of Prologue Immersive, a virtual and augmented reality company. The company has worked on big-budget films such as Iron Man, Prometheus, and Godzilla, but also specializes in learning software using virtual and augmented reality. Other notable board members include Kyle and Kimberly Cooper, who has designed a number of film and game title sequences, including those for Metal Gear Solid 2, 3 and V.

You can read Andrew Reiner's latest interview with Hideo Kojima here.

Pay To Have Master Chief Yell At You Via New Bluetooth Speaker

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Pay To Have Master Chief Yell At You Via New Bluetooth Speaker

Need a new speaker to round out your living room sound system? Spartan John-117 might be all you need.

Pre-orders have begun for the ACWorldwide Master Chief Bluetooth Speaker, which is exactly what its title implies. You can pair it with any other bluetooth device and listen to music, podcasts, or live streams through the classic green-and-gold helmet. When you pair a device to the speaker, you can hear Chief's voice actor Steve Downes, "I've got a job to do." Pre-ordering or purchasing the speaker within 60 days of release gets you 25 percent off the $239 asking price.

You can also get two other speakers based on the Spartan Athlon armor from Halo 5: Guardians. You can see more detailed specs for the speaker at ACWorldwide's official website.

Reader Discussion: What's Your Greatest Gaming Accomplishment?

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Reader Discussion: What's Your Greatest Gaming Accomplishment?

Last week, we asked you, the Game Informer community, what multiplayer game you're good at. This week, we want to know about your gaming zenith: what gaming-related accomplishment are you most proud of?

Me? It happened a long time ago, in the original Gears of War. It was the classic reverse-wipe: at the start of the deciding Warzone round on Gridlock, I was on a short bathroom break while my team was getting slaughtered. I returned with washed hands and the sense that I had failed my team. But the enemy didn't think to look at the starting area for me, and I methodically sought out and gunned them down, one by one. They didn't see it coming, and my own team started yelling as soon as a crowned the last person on the enemy team. I've never felt prouder of my skill under pressure.

So what are your treasured moments? Had a clutch fight against a Dark Souls boss? Made a good impression on your team in Halo? Found a cheat code or secret in a game by yourself? Let us know in the comments!

Travel To Yosemite Park In VR With President Obama

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Travel To Yosemite Park In VR With President Obama

Virtual reality is useful for more than games. It can help use see the world in new ways, and companies far outside video games are taking notice. Enter the White House.

In a new VR tour video of Yosemite National Park, viewers will "witness Marine One lower into Ahwahnee Meadow, float in a canoe on the Merced River, and gaze up at the sequoias in Mariposa Grove and take in stunning views of Yosemite Falls," according to the official White House post. The tour features President Barack Obama giving a speech at the park as well. Owners of an Oculus headset can download the video on the Oculus store or watch it on Facebook.

[Source: whitehouse.gov; Image: Peter Souza]