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From late summer 2013 to the end of the year I interned at Game Informer. At the GI office I wrote for both the online and print portion of the publication, where I received valuable criticism and experience writing for a professional outlet. Please find writing samples under the “Sample Work” tab.

Sample Work
— Features —

The Great Lengths We Go To Finish Our Games
“Over the years, the Game Informer crew has collected a few anecdotes in our ongoing quest to finish our games in the face of adversity. Whether it’s battling minimum PC requirements or navigating circumstances in our lives, we find a way by any means necessary.”

Opinion – I Want An Online RPG That Isn’t Massively Multiplayer
“It’s simple in concept, but undoubtedly challenging in execution; I want MMO developers to bring the scale back a bit. Make it smaller – smaller maps, fewer players. Make it more personalized – better quests, greater consequences, and a world that is permanently changed by and for each character. In other words, I want a tailored multiplayer online role-playing game.”

— News —

Eutechnyx Announces Moba Set In Warhammer 40K
“Today Eutechnyx announced Storm of Vengeance, a MOBA set in Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40K universe. Players will battle on planet Piscina IV and can choose to fight as the bloodthirsty orks or the perennially cool dark angel space marines.”

— Previews —

Exploring The KingsRoad
“After a quick loading screen, the fantasy world awaits, brimming with everything a player would expect from an action role-playing game. KingsRoad is the manifestation of developer Rumble Entertainment’s goal – to streamline gameplay and provide a cheaper, but just as fun, alternative to console games.”

— Gamer Culture —

Fan Film Captures What We Want From Watch Dogs
“At six minutes long there is almost no dialogue, but there is hacking, bone breaking, Inception horns, shooting, Guy Fawkes masks, and, of course, more hacking.”

Features
— Features —

Top 10 Monster Games
“You might tend toward the bloodless path, but with these titles, it is in your best interest to become a monster. Pull on your hockey mask, flex your claws, and prepare for a whole lot of blood; it’s time to have some fun.”

Do’s And Don’ts Of Post-Release Content
Opinion – I Want An Online RPG That Isn’t Massively Multiplayer
Moments – Stepping Into The Outlands
Places – Sigil In Planescape: Torment
The Great Lengths We Go To Finish Our Games

— Reader Discussions —

Where Did You Earn Your FPS Skills?
“Navigating, aiming, and ultimately succeeding in multiplayer takes time to learn. We’re reminded of this whenever we convince a friend to try a shooter for the first time. Where did you earn your FPS stripes?”

Weekend Warrior 10/18/2013
“A few GI editors are taking to committing crimes online after the recent title update for GTA Online. Others will be catching up on Agents of Shield and Pacific Rim… What about you? Let us know what you’re playing in the comments!”

Weekend Warrior 11/08/2013
Weekend Warrior 12/06/2013

News
— News —

Black Mesa To Be Sold On Steam
“Black Mesa, which was among the first games to be Greenlit on Steam, will soon be available on Steam as a retail product. The free Half-Life 2 mod remade the original Half-Life, bringing the first chapter of Valve’s revolutionary franchise up to par with modern shooters.”

New Halo Comic Announced By Dark Horse
Guinness World Records Confirms GTA V’s Astounding Launch
Deep Silver Announces NASCAR ‘14
Out Today: The Last Of Us Comic Paperback
Ryse: Son Of Rome Draws First Blood In Live-Action Miniseries
Battlefield 4 Europe Vs. USA Showdown Streams Live Friday On Xbox Live
Standalone Nazi Zombie Army 2 Released On Steam
CD Projekt Red Intern Shares His Experience
Rayman Legends Makes The Leap To PS4 And Xbox One
Dragon Age Inquisition Footage Shows Off Tactical Combat
Review Round-Up 11/12/2013
Review Round-Up 11/19/2013

Eutechnyx Announces Moba Set In Warhammer 40K
“Today Eutechnyx announced Storm of Vengeance, a MOBA set in Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40K universe. Players will battle on planet Piscina IV and can choose to fight as the bloodthirsty orks or the perennially cool dark angel space marines.”

Blizzard Gives To Charity With This World Of Warcraft Bundle
Review Round-Up 11/26/2013
Take A Tour Of The Louvre With Your 3DS

Previews
— Hands-On Previews —

Tiny Brains Preview: Experiment On Your Friends
“Players control one of four rodents in a lab experiment, where each level is narrated by a mad scientist with a Russian accent (naturally). In short: Solve every puzzle, undermine the mad scientist, and don’t do it alone.”

Anomaly 2 – Renewing The Tower Offense
KingsRoad Preview

— Previews —
Cribs: EverQuest Next Landmark Edition
“David Georgeson, director of development for the EverQuest franchise at Sony Online Entertainment, tweeted some new photos for EverQuest Next Landmark. The images show off a fortress that he put together with the game’s tools yesterday.”

Battlefield 4 Second Assault Brings Players Back To Familiar Ground
Take To Berlin In Shadowrun: Dragonfall
Hey Ash, You’re In Saints Row IV
Angry Birds Go! First Gameplay
Dead Or Alive 5 Ultimate DLC Dresses Up For Halloween
Valhalla Knights 3 Released Today In North America

How Travel Works In The Banner Saga
“In the video below, the developers explain how travel gameplay elements will have an effect on the player’s story and the characters the player meets.”

Mugen Souls Z Arriving In 2014
Collect Batman Arkham Origins’ Characters In Puzzle & Dragons
Run While You Read A Jane Austen Classic In Stride & Prejudice
Need For Speed Rivals Joins PS4 Launch Titles
PS4 Launch Title Super Motherload Shows Off Two New Trailers
Techland’s Tech Demo Demos Dying Light’s Lighting
Ys: Memories Of Celceta Launches Today
Shadow Warrior Gets Musical In Launch Trailer
TV Commercial Shows Off PS4 Gameplay – NBA 2K14
Meet Friends In Adventure Time: Explore The Dungeon’s New Trailer
TV Spots Show What Call Of Duty Ghosts Is Really About

Gamer Culture
— Gamer Culture —

Fan Film Captures What We Want From Watch Dogs
“At six minutes long there is almost no dialogue, but there is hacking, bone breaking, Inception horns, shooting, Guy Fawkes masks, and, of course, more hacking.”

The Consoles Strike Back In This Fantastic T-Shirt
Fallout’s Iconic Bobbleheads Storm In From Gaming Heads
Bioshock Infinite Collectible Marches Toward Shipping Date

Pre-Orders Are Open For Nathan Drake Collectible
“Visit Sideshow Collectibles store to see more pictures of Nathan Drake in action, and if you missed it, watch last week’s teaser for the newest Uncharted adventure.”

Temporal Duality: An Album In Tribute To Sonic The Hedgehog CD
Batman: Arkham Origins; Glitch Will Blow You Away
Akuma Collectibles Shipping From China In Less Than A Month
Sneaky Zebra’s New Video Captures The Best MCM 2013 Cosplay
Lego Appeals To Minecraft Players With Lego Cobuild
Animated Short Series Offers A New Look At Lego Marvel
The Last Of Us Fan Film Sequel Is Appropriately Grim
Reminisce With Acoustic Cover Of Skyrim Theme
Cosplay Video Highlights The Best From Blizzcon 2013
Time-Lapse Video Captures A Beautiful Los Santos
A Great Way To Stay Cozy In Hyrule
Wear Your Pokemon Expertise Like A Tee (Or Badge)
Blizzard Composer Leads All-Star Cover Band – Critical Hit
Street Fighter’s Akuma Poses For Collectible Busts
Smoker Joins The Left 4 Dead Collectible Line
Resident Evil Collectibles Cure T-Virus And Bad Breath
Elder Scrolls Poster Encourages Our Faith In The Dark Brotherhood

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I began video game journalism a year before interning at GI by writing for a Black Ops-focused video game site, Ludos-Mundi.com. Today, I create content to pitch as freelance work. You can contact me via my email at isaacsharpless@gmail.com.

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