<ADMINNICENAME>NHL 08 Community Day: The Play’s the Thing

Posted on July 31st, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Opinion by

Last week, 5WG’s Shawn Drotar and Mark Fossen attended the EA Sports/Easton NHL 08 Community Day in the cozy hamlet of Burnaby, British Columbia, and received not only time with the game, but valuable one-on-one time with many of the game’s developers in an effort to learn about what might become the best sports game […]

Mark FossenNHL 08 Video

Posted on July 30th, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News by Mark Fossen

I know you want words about NHL 08. You want impressions. You want insight.
Shawn and I will be along later in the day to provide just that.
Until then, though, here’s a NHL 08 Easton Community Event exclusive video.

Mark FossenNHL 08 Easton Community Event Update

Posted on July 27th, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News by Mark Fossen

Shawn and I are still up in Vancouver, and at the moment are entering something like our tenth hour with NHL 08. We’ll be posting details and impressions on Monday (and another audiovisual treat over the weekend if technology permits), but here are 10 new screenshots exclusive to the Community Event.
(Can’t wait until Monday? Let’s […]

Shawn DrotarOff to Vancouver and NHL 08

Posted on July 26th, 2007 in Gaming, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Mark and I are traveling to Vancouver today, where we’ll take part in NHL 08’s “Community Day” on Friday in nearby Burnaby.
Naturally, we’ll let you know about everything we hear and see about the game as soon as possible… assuming we can still type, of course.
You see, on Friday morning, we’re supposed to play hockey. […]

Shawn DrotarThe ads are here - where are the savings?

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

Madison Avenue loves gamers.
They know they have money to spend on games, and they know they’ll spend hours looking at their TV screen playing those games instead of watching the latest run-of-the-mill doctor/lawyer/cop show. So what’s a poor marketer to do? The latest answer:

Electronic Arts has added branded Xbox 360 Achievements to NCAA Football 08, […]

Shawn DrotarWorld of Warcraft: Bigger than New Jersey

Posted on July 24th, 2007 in Gaming, PC Gaming, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

OK, so that’s not the best slogan available - but it’s an accurate one. Take that, Bon Jovi!
After passing the nine-million mark for subscribers, if World of Warcraft’s population were a state, it would rank as the United States’ ninth-largest, according to the most recent census numbers:

California: 33,871,648
Texas: 20,851,820
New York: 18,976,457
Florida: 15,982,378
Illinois: 12,419,293
Pennsylvania: 12,281,054
Ohio: 11,353,140
Michigan: […]

<ADMINNICENAME>A Tale of Two Football Games

Posted on July 23rd, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Opinion by

Last week, two high-profile football titles were released: the latest iteration of NCAA Football, by EA Sports, and the new All-Pro Football - an unlicensed game with over 200 former NFL greats - by 2K Sports.
We’ve been playing both titles since the day they came out, and after untold hours on the couch, we decided […]

Mark FossenOn First Impressions

Posted on July 20th, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Opinion by Mark Fossen

“You only get one chance to make a first impression.”
I have no idea who said that, but truer words were never spoke … at least when it comes to this week’s dueling football releases, NCAA 08 and All Pro Football 2K8. It’s a small thing, these first impressions, but the way these two games shake […]

Shawn DrotarNBA Live 08 Community Day: The Recap

Posted on July 19th, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

EA Sports has posted their recap of the NBA Live 08 Community Day proceedings, including two pictures and a high-quality video on the game site’s home page.
Naturally, it’s a bit more promotional than what I covered here, here and here, but if you’re interested about what happens at a Community Day besides the gaming and […]

Shawn DrotarA San Francisco TrEAt

Posted on July 18th, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

There’s a common misperception regarding sports gaming; many of the “hardcore” gamers of the world think of the genre as a vast wasteland of mediocrity, homogeneous in nature with little to redeem itself.
Those in the know realize that’s not entirely the case, of course, and in the coming years, the rest of the gaming world […]

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