Shawn DrotarSeismic Shift at Sony

Posted on November 30th, 2006 in Gaming, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Wow.
Today, Sony reshuffled it’s high-level roster of PlayStation chiefs, “promoting” Ken Kutaragi - known as the “father of the PlayStation”, and even more widely known for his penchant for outlandish bluster - to chairman of Sony Computer Entertainment and removing him from day-to-day operations. Kaz Hirai, former head of Sony Computer Entertaiment America, will replace […]

Shawn DrotarFollow the Money

Posted on November 29th, 2006 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion, Wii by Shawn Drotar

As the world’s biggest game publisher, what Electronic Arts says and does is always news, and they’re often privy to details that the media is not.
For example, Warren Jenson, EA’s CFO, spilled the beans early on Sony’s PlayStation 3 console shortages, saying that despite Sony’s repeated assurances that two million units would reach U.S. shores […]

Mark FossenThe Song Remains The Same

Posted on November 28th, 2006 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Opinion by Mark Fossen

No, I’m not writing about octogenarian rockers. I’m writing about 2K Sports, who also keep playing the same song over and over again. That song is “The QA Blues“, and it goes a little something like this …
Yesterday, I picked up College Hoops 2K7. Though I had sworn off the franchise due to year after […]

Shawn DrotarIt’s not the age, it’s the mileage

Posted on November 27th, 2006 in Gaming, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

We’re headed out of one holiday and into another. It’s amazing how quickly time goes by sometimes.
First, please let me apologize for my absence last week. I packed up the wife and daughter and we headed south to spend Thanksgiving week in Atlanta with my family. I expected to have an opportunity to post during […]

Mark FossenHappy Birthday, Xbox!

Posted on November 20th, 2006 in Gaming, Xbox, Opinion by Mark Fossen

Sorry, Xbox … I didn’t even send you a card. Hopefully a post at 5WG will suffice in its stead, belated though it may be.
I remember your birthday pretty clearly, and have been thinking of it during this Mother Of All Console Release Weekends. I didn’t camp out all night, and I didn’t sell you […]

Shawn DrotarPlayStation 3 on sale now… on eBay

Posted on November 17th, 2006 in Gaming, Playstation 3, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Today, the PlayStation 3 was supposed to find it’s way to retail shelves… then again, it probably didn’t. It’s likely that every available unit in North America has already been snapped up by folks who have already pre-ordered them or have stayed in line for days.
Regardless, somebody will be making a big profit off of […]

Mark FossenReviewing The Demo: Superman Returns

Posted on November 16th, 2006 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Reviews by Mark Fossen

I was pleased to see the Superman Returns demo show up on the Xbox Live marketplace, and my thoughts ran rampant as its girthy self slowly downloaded. How could a game possibly capture Bryan Singer’s film? Press A for emo posturing? B to father an illegitimate child and abandon him? X to shamelessly crib another […]

Shawn DrotarAbusing the cycle

Posted on November 15th, 2006 in Gaming, Xbox 360, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Last night - or more accurately, this morning - Bungie, the creators of the Halo series of games, promised and released “major” news about the game series… at 2:00 AM Pacific.
I’m fortunate (or unfortunate, depending on your perspective) to work as a sports editor, which keeps me up very late, and so I didn’t sacrifice […]

Shawn DrotarVirtual steroids

Posted on November 14th, 2006 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Micro-transactions have taken over the Xbox Live Marketplace, and Electronic Arts has been at the vanguard of the nascent intra-gaming economy.
I’ve discussed my ambivalence about the world of micro-transactions before, and like them or not, they’re here to stay. But that doesn’t mean they’re a good thing. As a matter of fact, some of the […]

Mark FossenService-Based Gaming

Posted on November 14th, 2006 in Gaming, Opinion by Mark Fossen

I’m not saying anything new when I say that there’s been a change in gaming over the past few years. Graphics, gameplay, and the introduction of online play have revolutionized console gaming. Most of the changes are obvious and immediate.
One change that’s less obvious is a slow but sure transition in the very thing we’re […]

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