Shawn DrotarDig up!

Posted on December 29th, 2006 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Well, Christmas came and went, and many people coming into Denver either never got here or can’t get back out. The neighborhood kids are starting a nice little college fund with their snow shovels - or they’re going to be able to vacation in Barbados or something…
Either way, clearing driveways and sidewalks looks to be […]

Mark FossenThe Xboy Cometh?

Posted on December 21st, 2006 in Gaming, Xbox 360, News by Mark Fossen

I’ve got Zune on the brain.
(I suppose I should label this a Spoiler Warning … just in case you are under the Age Of Santa Knowledge.)
It’s one of the perils of adulthood, keeping up the Santa Myth. Perhaps there are other ways to do it, but in our house my wife and I agree on […]

Shawn DrotarLet It Snow, Let It Snow

Posted on December 20th, 2006 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Oh, the weather outside is frightful… looks like we’ll have a White Christmas here in Colorado this year.
As I write this, we’re socked in with nearly two feet of snow on the ground; it’s coming down harder every minute and isn’t supposed to let up for another 24-28 hours or so. Thank goodness my Internet […]

Shawn DrotarThe Search Is Over

Posted on December 19th, 2006 in Gaming, Playstation 3, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Finally. I landed one.
Through an unlikely confluence of good timing and blind luck, I stumbled upon my local game store and was standing at the counter right as the store’s clerks opened a box with exactly one 60-gig PlayStation 3 unit inside.
Happy holidays, indeed.
Upon my return, I unpacked the unit and got things up and […]

Shawn DrotarHoliday Picks for Sports Gamers

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

If you have a sports gamer on your list, and you can’t figure out what to get them, I’ve written an article for Xbox.com that might help. All of the titles in the article are readily available in stores everywhere - no mall-foraging necessary.
Of course, if they’re a hard-core sports gamer, they may already have […]

Mark FossenWhy Cliffy B. Needs A Dramaturg

Posted on December 14th, 2006 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Opinion by Mark Fossen

There’s little doubt in my mind that Gears Of War is the runaway Game Of The Year. Fantastic graphics and animation, fascinating art direction, stunning sound design, excellent mechanics such as “Active Reload” … and on and on. It may actually be “the next Halo” that it was hyped to be: an early title that […]

Shawn DrotarAnti-Viral Medication

Posted on December 13th, 2006 in Gaming, News, Opinion, PSP by Shawn Drotar

The Federal Trade Commission finally got involved in cleaning up the rather deceptive practice known as “viral marketing”, laying the groundwork for making disclosure of such campaigns as connected to a advertiser mandatory by law, including legal ramifications for violators.
This would mean that the Sony/Zipatoni-created All I Want For Xmas Is A PSP.com would have […]

Shawn DrotarBleached Blondes and Slips of The Tongue

Posted on December 12th, 2006 in Gaming, Xbox 360, News by Shawn Drotar

You may have heard of Cliff Bleszinski. He’s a remarkably successful and borderline brilliant game designer, whose titles tend to veer into the creatively gory arenas of twitch gaming. His latest release, Gears of War, has exploded onto the Xbox 360 scene with better sales numbers than even Microsoft expected.
Bleszinski, who refers to himself as […]

Mark FossenWorld Of Whedon

Posted on December 12th, 2006 in Gaming, PC Gaming, News, Opinion by Mark Fossen

It’s almost barely worth commenting on, a simple puff of marketing smoke. Wired brings news that a completely unknown entity has bought the rights to make a game of Joss Whedon’s Firefly. Basically, it’s a press release announcing that we’ll be seeing more press releases in the future.
Still - I can’t help but get a […]

Shawn DrotarLow-hanging Fruit

Posted on December 11th, 2006 in Gaming, News, Opinion, PSP by Shawn Drotar

I hate to pick on marketing folks. Really, I do - but it’s just far too easy when it comes to the video game industry.
Viral marketing (in other words, non-traditional marketing that’s designed to create word-of-mouth “buzz”) is all the rage thanks to a few successful attempts by marketers in the past, and everyone’s trying […]

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