Shawn DrotarFarewell to the greatest year in gaming history

Posted on December 31st, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, PC Gaming, Playstation 3, Opinion, Wii, Nintendo DS, PSP by Shawn Drotar

If 2007 is any indication, gaming is on the verge of a golden age.
In the PC world, World of Warcraft has grown to over nine million subscribers, while Lord of the Rings Online arrived on the scene as - if not a full-fledged competitor - an high-quality alternative, and smaller indie games took hold while […]

Shawn DrotarJumping On the Bandwagon

Posted on December 28th, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Opinion, Wii by Shawn Drotar

As word begins to spread that Microsoft may be building motion-sensing controllers for the Xbox 360 sometime in 2008, the question is obvious - why?
What would bringing motion-sensing to the 360 provide to the already-successful platform? Is this a move to propel the 360 forward, or a desperate attempt to try and capitalize on the […]

Shawn DrotarHappy Holidays!

Posted on December 21st, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Like many of you, the crew at 5WG is looking forward to time with family and friends this holiday season, and so we won’t return until after Thursday the 27th - but when we do, we’ll wrap up the year while discussing some of the best games of 2007 and what we’re looking forward to […]

Shawn DrotarEA Sports looks to start 2008 with a bang

Posted on December 20th, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion, Wii by Shawn Drotar

Even though EA Sports isn’t due to release a major title for months (the under-the-radar NFL Tour notwithstanding), the historically intractable gaming monolith appears to be getting more agile under new chief Peter Moore.
Moore, in an interview with GameDaily, shows that his vision for the future is seemingly wider than the “roster update” mentality that’s […]

Mark FossenThanks, Tracey John!

Posted on December 19th, 2007 in Gaming, Opinion by Mark Fossen

Though I’m a bit late to the party, I wanted to point out an excellent series that the MTV Multiplayer blog ran last week: “Women Working In Games”, written by Tracey John. This five-part series profiled women working in various areas of the gaming industry, from development to press to PR. Prompted in part by […]

Shawn DrotarScattershots

Posted on December 17th, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Musings for a Monday afternoon:

I just requested Rock Band’s Stratocaster #3 from Electronic Arts. The first one had a strum bar problem; the second had a strum bar problem and wouldn’t engage “Overdrive” - fun stuff. At least EA is handling returns efficiently, but this is getting a bit ridiculous. MTV has an interview with […]

Shawn DrotarFünde Razor Recap

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

It was a fun night at Fünde Razor 2007 Wednesday night at Denver’s Walnut Room.
The place was literally packed - as in, we were at capacity and there was still a line to get in. The crowd was relaxed and jovial, and there was never a dull moment on the stage as gamers streamed up […]

Shawn DrotarRazing Fündes

Posted on December 12th, 2007 in Gaming, News by Shawn Drotar

Tonight, I’m looking forward to attending Denver’s Fünde Razor, a Child’s Play Charity event hosted by Brian Crecente of the all-knowing Kotaku.com.
The event, held at The Walnut Room in downtown Denver, will provide gamers an opportunity to meet and mingle with one another, as well as get together to play Guitar Hero III and […]

Shawn DrotarThe Glass House

Posted on December 11th, 2007 in Gaming, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

We got the bubble-headed bleach-blonde, comes on at five
She can tell you about the plane crash with a gleam in her eye
It’s interesting when people die; give us dirty laundry
– Don Henley, “Dirty Laundry”
While politicians and mainstream media types fret about video games; once again hauling out the same hoary bogeyman of impending violence from […]

Mark FossenScattershots

Posted on December 10th, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Mark Fossen

We all read the stories of families being brought together over Thanksgiving by the transformative power of Rock Band. My humble suggestion for Harmonix to get that buzz going again? A free Song Pack released on December 24: “Run, Run, Rudolph“, “Jingle Bell Rock“, and “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”

I was all a-tingle for the […]

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