Shawn DrotarA kinder, gentler Take-2?

Posted on March 30th, 2007 in Gaming, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Don’t count on it… at least judging by the Grand Theft Auto IV trailer, which was released yesterday to much fanfare and little substance.
Spoiler: The lead character’s violent, and the game takes place in a cheeky representation of New York. I know… you’re stunned.
To hear some people say it, yesterday’s purge at the top of […]

Shawn DrotarFraming the Discussion

Posted on March 29th, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

In politics, it’s considered critical to success.
In the console battle between Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s PlayStation 3, it might become every bit as important.
When Microsoft decided to confirm the worst-kept secret in the industry, the impending release of the Xbox 360 Elite, the dynamics of this battle changed completely… but not in the way […]

Shawn DrotarElite in more ways than one?

Posted on March 28th, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

April 29th, ladies and gentlemen…
The Xbox 360 Elite will hit store shelves on that date with a retail price of $480 dollars. The Xbox 360 that should have been all along will feature HDMI out, a 120GB hard drive, and the same accessories as the Premium unit (but in snazzy black!) along with an included […]

Shawn DrotarScattershots

Posted on March 27th, 2007 in Gaming, News, Opinion, Wii by Shawn Drotar

Thoughts and musings for a Tuesday afternoon:

MTV’s Stephen Totilo, whose self-described “million-dollar idea” was to have the Xbox Vision Camera snap a picture of your boxer-wearing self on your couch every time you land an Achievement, has turned his genius to fixing the Wii’s Draconian system of “Friend Codes”. The random 16-digit string which serves […]

Shawn DrotarVirtual Insanity

Posted on March 26th, 2007 in Gaming, PC Gaming, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

“Future’s made of virtual insanity now
Always seem to be governed by this love we have for
Useless twisting of our new technology
Oh, now there is no sound - for we all live underground”
- Jamiroquai
I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never found the concept of Second Life remotely compelling. Perhaps it’s my experience in the […]

Shawn DrotarThe PS3 Folds - In A Good Way

Posted on March 22nd, 2007 in Gaming, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

The PlayStations 3’s 1.60 firmware arrived today, bringing with the update two major additions: background downloading and Folding@Home, a distributed computer project spearheaded by Stanford University to help understand protein strings with the hope of curing some of the world’s worst diseases; Alzheimer’s, cancer and Cystic Fibrosis, to name but a few.

Not only does it […]

Shawn DrotarVirtua Tennis 3: Double Fault

Posted on March 21st, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

In the video game industry, the sports genre is often seen as simplistic, with endless sequels that lack innovation. That’s hardly the case nowadays, as sports games have generally become sophisticated, realistic representations of the real McCoy, with all of the strategy and challenge intact.
That’s not to say there’s no room for fun, arcade-styled sports […]

Shawn DrotarNew Xbox 360 coming…

Posted on March 20th, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, News by Shawn Drotar

…and with it, early adopters get screwed again.
According to multiple sites, namely the reliable Engadget and hard-working Kotaku, the new “Elite” Xbox 360 will hit the market this spring.
With vast - and necessary - improvements, the Elite unit is essentially the single SKU the Xbox 360 should have launched with. But after millions sold, if […]

Shawn DrotarParents Just Don’t Understand

Posted on March 19th, 2007 in Gaming, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

The Parents Television Council, that is…
Besides needing an apostrophe, they could also use an infusion of common sense and a large-print copy of the Constitution.
And less Pat Boone. Much less Pat Boone.
The state of Colorado, which already has its hands full with the reactionary, Colorado Springs-based intimidation factory artfully disguised in name as Focus on […]

Shawn DrotarScattershots

Posted on March 16th, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Opinion, Wii by Shawn Drotar

Thoughts for a St. Patrick’s Day weekend - in small bite-size chunks, in case you’re checking in over the weekend after imbibing a wee bit too much o’ the ol’ green beer…

I love science. I love it even more when they don’t waste their time and money on things we already know. Nevertheless, the next […]

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