Shawn DrotarA New Low

Posted on April 30th, 2007 in Gaming, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

“How about eating still warm intestines uncoiled from the carcass of a freshly slaughtered goat? At the party to celebrate God Of War II’s European release, members of the Press were invited to do just that…” - Official PlayStation Magazine (UK)
Months ago, Microsoft promoted Gears of War in the middle of a cemetery, blending virtual […]

Mark FossenOh, Marketplace! You Naughty Devil!

Posted on April 27th, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, News, Opinion by Mark Fossen

So I noticed on MajorNelson that there’s some new marketplace content for Tetris Evolution. “Tetris?” I say, “How’d I miss that one? I’ll download it now!” I had assumed I’d simply missed the release of this classic on the Arcade. I did a quick search … only to find it’s not an Xbox Live […]

Shawn DrotarRed Octane won’t - or can’t - read

Posted on April 26th, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Day 16
I really hate to sound like a broken record here, but if you haven’t already bought Guitar Hero II for the Xbox 360, and you’re thinking about it - for your own sanity, don’t buy it from
I really didn’t want to come down on them that hard, but this is getting ridiculous.
Like I […]

Shawn DrotarCall Of Duty 4: Back to the Future

Posted on April 25th, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion, Wii by Shawn Drotar

The latest iteration in the Call of Duty series will be introduced during this Saturday’s NFL Draft on ESPN; a situation that seems to rankle some gaming journalists, ones who would seemingly like to keep the hoary old geeks vs. jocks stereotypes going. Not me, however. As a full-fledged geekjock (trademark pending), the opportunity to […]

Shawn DrotarRed Octane doesn’t believe me

Posted on April 24th, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Day 14
As I mentioned earlier, my Guitar Hero II guitar controller that I regrettably purchased from Red is defective; only the red fret button and the Xbox Guide button work, and the strum bar only works if you strum it upwards. 14 days ago, I requested an RMA, expecting that Red Octane would honor […]

Shawn DrotarAn Open Letter to Game Journalists: Let Jack Thompson Go

Posted on April 23rd, 2007 in Gaming, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

To all my fellow game journalists, bloggers and erstwhile gaming writers:
We’ve seen the last of self-aggrandizing fear-mongerer Jack Thompson as a legitimate opponent to video games and the freedom to create them.
His campaign of self-immolation reached its unsurprising conclusion last week during coverage of the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech, as his one-note campaign struck […]

Shawn DrotarForest for the Trees

Posted on April 18th, 2007 in Gaming, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

“The National Rifle Association says that ‘guns don’t kill people, people do’. Yes, but I think the guns help.” - Eddie Izzard.
In the wake of the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech this week, it’s a safe bet that soon enough, some fingers are going to be pointed at video games as people struggle to make […]

Shawn DrotarMadden cover athlete named, I don’t care

Posted on April 17th, 2007 in Gaming, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Don’t get me wrong - I enjoy playing Madden quite a bit, but it has nothing to do with who’s on the cover. I suppose that there’s still some people in this world who would buy something they ordinarily wouldn’t based on the picture on the front of the box, but I’m not one of […]

Shawn DrotarRed Octane’s Dead Parrot

Posted on April 16th, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

How Not To Handle A Product Launch 101 is in session.
First, take a can’t-miss product like Guitar Hero II, and then:
1) Release multiple part-numbered guitar controllers, which are already quite expensive and must be used to play the game. Moreover, be sure that two of the batches (part nos. 95055 and 96055) are defective (bad […]

Shawn DrotarCapturing the Moment

Posted on April 11th, 2007 in Gaming, Opinion, Wii by Shawn Drotar

At the end of 2006, while the console gaming industry was buzzing with excitement over the potential of the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360, a small white cigar box of a console swooped in and trumped them all.
“Gameplay over graphics,” people raved, as the underpowered-by-today’s standards Nintendo Wii sold millions of units and are […]

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