Shawn DrotarScattershots

Posted on October 31st, 2006 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion, Wii by Shawn Drotar

Musings for a Halloween night…

The PlayStation 3 has a 380-watt power supply, twice the power of the Xbox 360’s 160-watt supply. Since the Xbox 360 runs hot after a while, that means, naturally, the PS3 will run twice as hot and burn down your house, right? Well… I don’t have a PS3 yet (and since […]

Mark FossenHoliday Overload

Posted on October 30th, 2006 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Opinion by Mark Fossen

I may be dating myself here, but I remember there being a schedule when I was a kid. There was a flow and a pattern, and things made sense. There was a rule, and it was simple: the retail Christmas decorations went up the day after Thanksgiving. It wasn’t much, but it was part of […]

Shawn DrotarAre motion-sensing controllers gimmicks?

Posted on October 27th, 2006 in Gaming, Playstation 3, Opinion, Wii by Shawn Drotar

Contrary to the common perception these days surrounding the Nintendo’s new Wii Remote and Sony’s new SIXAXIS controllers, motion-sensing video game controllers aren’t a new phenomenon.
Having them as the standard-issue controller qualifies as such, to be sure, but “light guns” (while not truly motion-controlled per se, certainly require the players to move them to play) […]

Mark Fossen“Bully” Gets Outed

Posted on October 27th, 2006 in Gaming, Opinion by Mark Fossen

First let’s get a simple linkdump out of the way, for those who haven’t heard about Rockstar’s latest controversy. Since these all concern gay kisses, the links may or may not be safe for work … depends on where you work, I suppose.

Gamebrink breaks the story with a video.
GayGamer’s Video Proof: Bully’s Jimmy Hopkins […]

Shawn DrotarIs the “Gears of War” spin making Microsoft dizzy?

Posted on October 26th, 2006 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

OK, OK, I get it - Gears of War is a major release.
The game’s trailer is no doubt clever and impressive, as Mark posted today. Contests, parties, marketing tie-ins - you name it - Microsoft’s left no stone unturned promoting the game to the fullest, and after checking the pulse of the Internet, it appears […]

Mark FossenIt’s A Mad World

Posted on October 26th, 2006 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Opinion by Mark Fossen

Set to a haunting rendition of “Mad World” by Gary Jules, this latest Gears of War trailer is certainly an arresting piece of marketing. It plays on expectation, and the disjoint between sound and vision keeps the tension up throughout its minute of screen time. However, I wonder if it’s a case of pop eating […]

Shawn DrotarEA’s making you an offer you might refuse

Posted on October 25th, 2006 in Gaming, Xbox 360, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

When Electronic Arts started selling Madden NFL 07 and NCAA Football 07 tutorials over Xbox Live Marketplace, I was less than enthusiastic about EA’s decision to sell what was already covered in Prima’s EA-licensed books, and felt strongly that such tutorials should have been included in the game in the first place.
Since then, EA has […]

Mark FossenReviewing The Demo: Viva Pinata!

Posted on October 25th, 2006 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Reviews by Mark Fossen

While the rest of you were assuming virtual Welsh citizenship to get your hands on the Rainbow Six: Vegas demo, I was happily downloading a Marketplace demo that didn’t require residence in a land where words are composed of random consonant strings: the “interactive video” of Viva Pinata! which was lauded as the most anticipated […]

The New Sport

Posted on October 25th, 2006 in Gaming by Guest Writers

5WG is pleased to present the following article, written by guest columnist Bryan Wiedey, administrator and sports game guru at Madden Nation.

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“By supporting them, you allow them to continue to make bad games.”
“That game is only for arcade players.”
“Everyone knows that game is trash.”
“You’re just a fanboy!”
Comments such as these have become commonplace within sports […]

Mark FossenArden: The World Of William Shakespeare

Posted on October 24th, 2006 in Gaming, PC Gaming, Opinion by Mark Fossen

I have played my share of MMOs … I doubt that’s much of an exception in the rarefied gaming air that 5w-g readers inhabit. However, I have also played my share of Shakespeare … which I assume is an exception. Which means that my eye was caught by this delightful Joystiq nugget: “Shakespeare: The […]

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