Shawn DrotarThe Ground Floor

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

Sure, the life of a game developer is all glamour and glitz; Ferraris and Cristal and evenings at the Viper Room.
Wait, that’s the life of a game writer… or maybe that’s my concussion talking.
In actuality, making games (and certainly, covering them!) isn’t usually as glamorous as Gears of War designer/playboy/erstwhile comedian Cliff “Cliffy B” Bleszinski […]

Shawn DrotarDecision time for the Department of Xbox-land Security

Posted on July 16th, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, PC Gaming, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

“Cake or death? …Well, we’re all out of cake; we only only had three bits and we didn’t expect such a rush!” — Eddie Izzard, “Dress to Kill”.
After speaking with a representative from EA Sports on Monday, it was made clear that Electronic Arts and the NCAA Football 08 development team did not choose to […]

Shawn DrotarNCAA Football Rosters Sacked on Xbox 360

Posted on July 13th, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Ready for sports-gaming Armageddon? Microsoft has some explaining to do.
NCAA Football 08, the highly-anticipated football game by EA Sports, has found its way onto some stores’ shelves, despite the fact that it’s not supposed to be there until the 17th. Such is the nature of street dates.
Nevertheless, the major issue that’s certain to rankle sports […]

Shawn DrotarNow, Wii Wait

Posted on July 12th, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, News, Opinion, Wii by Shawn Drotar

The Nintendo Wii released to much fanfare from gamers and media types alike, who were enamored by the system’s simplicity, clean lines and innovative play. The Wii became an immediate hit, finally capturing the family market - one that hasn’t been mined successfully since the days of the Atari 2600 - and became a media […]

Shawn DrotarMagpies with Tinfoil: The E3 press conferences

Posted on July 11th, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion, Wii, Nintendo DS by Shawn Drotar

After sitting through all three of the console makers’ press conferences, it was obvious that some things never change - namely, the gaming media is still easily won over by bright, shiny baubles. The louder the trailers, the more flashy the CGI, the more vague the information, the more the media likes it.
After watching commentators […]

Shawn DrotarTraveling Without Moving: E3 for free

Posted on July 10th, 2007 in Gaming, Playstation 2, Xbox 360, PC Gaming, Playstation 3, News, Opinion, Wii, Nintendo DS, PSP by Shawn Drotar

This year’s leaner, meaner E3 is expected to have more than its share of drama, as Sony and Microsoft spar while Nintendo watches the media fawn over every word they utter. The dynamics have changed greatly; not just the relative standing of the three major companies and the myriad game developers there to hawk their […]

Shawn DrotarSony steals spotlight

Posted on July 9th, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

It was the worst-kept secret in gaming. Despite the occasional statement to the contrary early on, Sony cut the price of the 60-gigabyte PlayStation 3 by $100 (to $499), and released an second SKU - a $599 PS3 with an 80-gigabyte hard drive and a copy of the fun, shallow but nevertheless impressive Motorstorm.
Here’s President […]

Shawn DrotarNBA Live 08 Community Day: Update 3 - The New Features

Posted on July 6th, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Now that the embargo’s been lifted for last week’s Community Day participants, I can tell you more about NBA Live 08’s three new features: QuickStrike Ball Handling, Hot Spots and the “Own the Paint” low-post game.
Now, as you can see from the picture, IGN’s already released some info about these parts of the game. That’s […]

Mark FossenForecast In Hell: 32 Degrees Fahrenheit … And Falling

Posted on July 6th, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Mark Fossen

Get out your cashmere sweater vest, Satan: it’s looking mighty chilly down there today. The Pre-E3 winds are blowing mighty fierce as Microsoft and Sony look to get a running head start at what remains a huge press event for gaming. In the span of a few hours yesterday, both companies made serious news in […]

Shawn DrotarKid-friendly EA Sports titles are on their way to the Wii

Posted on July 5th, 2007 in Gaming, News, Opinion, Wii by Shawn Drotar

And as a hardcore sports-game-playin’ guy… I think it’s a terrific idea.

Today’s sports games have become remarkably realistic, requiring complex control schemes to perform even the most rudimentary tasks. As someone who’s grown up playing sports games, adapting to the ever-changing and more demanding games hasn’t been a problem, and I enjoy both the realism […]

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