Shawn DrotarPlay Ball… a little bit better

Posted on March 31st, 2008 in Gaming, Playstation 3, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

It’s Opening Day for Major League Baseball, which is like a holiday for me.
Fortunately for baseball video-gamers, Opening Day seemed to come a bit early this year with the release of MLB 08: The Show. The superlative title (with the engaging cover athlete) is probably the best current sports title on the market today, but […]

Shawn DrotarCan politics be fun?

Posted on March 28th, 2008 in Gaming, PC Gaming, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

The question, I suppose, is a bit silly - people like Bill O’Reilly and James Carville obviously enjoy whatever the heck it is they do. As for the people around them, the verdict may still be out, of course.
But as gamers, can the political process become fertile soil for the gaming world?
Stardock announced The Political […]

Shawn DrotarScattershots

Posted on March 27th, 2008 in Gaming, Playstation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360, PC Gaming, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Musings for a Thursday afternoon:

2009 will mark the 20th anniversary of the Madden football series, and EA’s got a package deal on its way to celebrate. Including both Madden NFL 09 and NFL Head Coach 09, the Madden NFL 09 20th Anniversary Collector’s Edition will also include bonus video content. While Madden has improved since […]

Shawn DrotarTaking Gran Turismo 5 Prologue for a test spin

Posted on March 26th, 2008 in Gaming, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

I’ve been playing a preview version of Gran Turismo 5 Prologue over the last week, and I have to say that I’ve been impressed.
While this build is limited (there’s no online functionality, among other things), it definitely gives the player a good sense of what the game will look like upon its release in April. […]

Like a Kid Again

Posted on March 25th, 2008 in Gaming, Opinion by Guest Writers

5WG is pleased to present the following article, written by guest columnist Clay T. Shaver.
When I was a kid, there was nothing more powerful and exciting emotion than anticipation. Everything in those days had a countdown. We counted down to summer vacation or the first day of Little League. We knew exactly how […]

Shawn DrotarRock Band Rising

Posted on March 21st, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

The Guitar Hero series is still the industry’s darling, racking up impressive sales numbers with each iteration. But Rock Band has made an enormous splash since its release, as the high price tag hasn’t dissuaded many gamers from experiencing the one-of-kind multiplayer thrills.
In an update released early this morning, Rock Band’s gotten better after taking […]

Shawn DrotarBlu-ray 2.0 and Battlefield: Bad Company Beta on tap

Posted on March 20th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion, PSP by Shawn Drotar

The PlayStation 3’s resurgence has been clearly tied to the success of Blu-ray, so it’s nice to know that the game console may be the best Blu-Ray player on the market.
Thanks to the ability to update the Blu-ray software via the PS3’s System Update, Blu-ray Profile 2.0 (otherwise known as BD-Live) will arrive on the […]

Shawn DrotarThe Slippery Slope

Posted on March 19th, 2008 in Gaming, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

What is ominous is the ease with which some people go from saying that they don’t like something to saying that the government should forbid it. When you go down that road, don’t expect freedom to survive very long. — Thomas Sowell
Herein lies the latest attempt by a state government to legislate morality; a dubious […]

Shawn DrotarScattershots

Posted on March 18th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion, Wii by Shawn Drotar

Sorry about the site outage yesterday - looks like everything is back in working order today, so let’s catch up on the wonderful world of gaming:

Electronic Arts and in-game advertising company Massive extended their working agreement for the next two years, stressing in a press release how EA games can be leveraged for greater advertising […]

Shawn DrotarEnter The Inevitable

Posted on March 14th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

“Hello darkness, my old friend; I’ve come to talk with you again.” — Simon & Garfunkel, “The Sound of Silence”
“I didn’t think this was physically possible, but this both sucks and blows.” — “Bart Simpson”.
As it turns out, I’m not a beautiful and unique snowflake, either.
When you’re a game writer, losing your console to a […]

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