Shawn DrotarBoo! Manhunt 2’s drama all for nothing

Posted on October 31st, 2007 in Gaming, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Halloween is upon us, and with it comes the most overhyped game in comparison to quality all year.
This comes as no surprise to many gamers, who realize that Rockstar’s clumsy thrill-kill franchise is primarily designed to keep the developer’s name in the news.
Making a poor game like Manhunt 2 is no crime, and that’s certainly […]

Shawn DrotarThe “Gray Lady” Gets It

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

You just don’t see mainstream video game coverage like this.
The New York Times tackled the issues surrounding the controversial Manhunt 2 today, illustrating the acceptance of violent content in linear media (i.e., movies) and contrasting that with the “cottage industry” surrounding admonishment of video games.
I’ve touched upon this topic myself (even drawing the same comparisons […]

Shawn DrotarCatch up with 5WG, win NBA Live swag

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

With the NBA season tipping off next week, gamers are thinking basketball. I brought five (only fitting, right?) NBA Live 08 long-sleeve tees back from New York City, when I visited to take part in that game’s Community Day, and I’d like to send them out to you, our loyal readers.

OK, so maybe they’re not […]

Shawn DrotarTo See Or Not To See; That Is The Question

Posted on October 25th, 2007 in Gaming, Playstation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

I’ve received a request from the Madden development team for feedback regarding the QB Vision Cone; a creative, “sim” feature that’s been in the last few iterations of of the football franchise. Despite the fact that it adds more realism to the game, it has seemingly been used less and less over the years, to […]

Bungie’s warming up the ban stick

Posted on October 25th, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, News by Guest Writers

5WG is pleased to present the following article, written by guest columnist Chris Sullivan.
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In a statement that sent chills down Gilbert Arenas’ spine, Bungie’s Luke Smith (formerly of 1UP) issued this stern warning earlier in the week:

There are those of you doing things you shouldn’t be in Halo 3. Some of you have gotten a […]

Shawn DrotarActivision’s Silent Rise

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

With all the gaming world’s focus on the console battle royale between the Wii, Xbox 360 and the PS3, and the coverage of new titles in staid genres, it’s easy to forget about Activision.
The venerable video-game maker has cachet with gamers and investors alike, with fond memories of Pitfall and River Raid giving way to […]

Shawn DrotarMadden roster update: Detailed and explained

Posted on October 23rd, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News by Shawn Drotar

The latest Madden roster update is going to arrive for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 tomorrow.
Listed below are the changes in that update, including comments from Madden’s roster guru, Jon Crankshaw, explaining why certain players’ ratings have been changed.
EA Sports has been very good at getting these out consistently this year, and it’s added […]

Shawn DrotarStruggling Against The Tide

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

The PlayStation 3’s problems are well documented: it’s expensive, most gamers don’t need Blu-ray, and it’s library of games is poor. Two of these things are still true. Sony, which has seen the PS3 quickly go from two different models at launch to the ever-increasing number we’ll see by December, has addressed the pricing concerns. […]

Shawn DrotarScattershots

Posted on October 18th, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion, Wii by Shawn Drotar

Musings for a Thursday afternoon:

Shoot ‘em up! EA Sports apparently has a lot of love for the San Diego Chargers… especially the steroid-using ones. After putting Shawne Merriman for the cover of the upcoming arcade footballer NFL Tour, EA placed fellow Charger Luis Castillo on the cover of the Spanish-speaking version of Madden. Merriman, suspended […]

Shawn DrotarStop Making Sense

Posted on October 17th, 2007 in Gaming, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

At this point, it’s seemingly Sony’s motto. The “talking heads” reference just happens to conveniently fit.
“Backwards compatibility, as you know from PlayStation One and PlayStation 2, is a core value of what we believe we should offer. And access to the library of content people have created, bought for themselves, and accumulated over the years […]

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