Shawn DrotarTaking a Break From All My Worries

Posted on April 28th, 2008 in Opinion by Shawn Drotar

It happens every once in a blue moon - I eventually decide to separate myself from my computer and take a vacation.
This week, with gamers of all stripes ready to fire up their consoles for blockbusters like Mario Kart Wii and Grand Theft Auto IV, it’s likely that many of 5WG’s readers would rather be […]

Shawn DrotarReview: Gran Turismo 5 Prologue

Posted on April 25th, 2008 in Gaming, Playstation 3, Reviews, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

In what amounts to one of the most curious decisions I can remember, Sony and Polyphony Digital have released Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, a game which essentially serves as a demo for Gran Turismo 5, which is currently scheduled for release… eventually.
Unlike most demos, however, GT5 Prologue is being sold as a full game, which […]

Shawn DrotarSite Outage

Posted on April 24th, 2008 in Gaming, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

“And I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords…”
Oh - it was just a temporary service outage from out host - never mind.
The site was down for most of Thursday, and by the time it was restored, the day had gotten away from me and I couldn’t find time to post. I apologize for the […]

Shawn DrotarScattershots

Posted on April 23rd, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Musings for a Wednesday afternoon:

Finally! The NCAA Football 09 (PlayStation 3 version) cover athlete was announced; Matt Ryan, quarterback for Boston College. Whew - I was worried that EA might make a monumental gaffe by picking say, offensive lineman Jake Long of Michigan or something. Can you imagine what might have happened to their sales? […]

Shawn DrotarBread and Circuses

Posted on April 22nd, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

President Camacho: S**t. I know s**t’s bad right now, with all that starving bulls**t, and the dust storms, and we’re running out of French fries and burrito coverings. But I got a solution.
South Carolina Representative # 1: That’s what you said last time, dips**t!
South Carolina Representative # 2: Yeah, I got a solution, you’re a […]

Shawn DrotarIntroducing the EA Sportsdesk NBA Playoff Series of the Week

Posted on April 21st, 2008 in Gaming, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

As many of our readers know, I write some NBA content for, specifically their NBA Game of the Week preview.
No, I’m not compensated in any way for it, save that some new readers might be exposed to 5WG - but I do love talking basketball, and with the NBA Playoffs tipping off last weekend […]

Mark FossenScattershots

Posted on April 18th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Mark Fossen

Microsoft sent out a press release touting all the things you could do while the PS3 version of Grand Theft Auto IV installs. Redmond wants to emphasize that in those precious five minutes, you could “Rack up a 5 Star Wanted Rating” or “Unlock your first GTA IV Achievement and boost your Gamerscore”. I honestly […]

Shawn DrotarThe Tipping Point?

Posted on April 17th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Rumors have begun to circulate that Microsoft’s $50 million exclusive downloadable content (DLC) agreement with Rockstar for Grand Theft Auto IV may bring a completely new city or two to the mix, essentially giving Microsoft two games or more of the GTA series while the PlayStation 3 would only have one.
If this were true, we […]

Shawn Drotar“Skill” and Sports Gaming, Part Two

Posted on April 15th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Opinion, Wii by Shawn Drotar

Continuing our discussion from yesterday, Mark Fossen and I tackle the most relevant topic in sports gaming today: when designing games, what constitutes the most important “skill”? The ability to move the controller, or the ability to make the right decisions - and how can game-makers expand their audience by applying these concepts to their […]

Shawn Drotar“Skill” and Sports Gaming

Posted on April 14th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Opinion, Wii by Shawn Drotar

As regular readers here know, Mark Fossen and I converse with regularity about a number of gaming-related topics, and after reading the latest issue of Game Informer magazine, where the editors tabbed MLB 08: The Show for its “Game of the Month” award for May, I sat down to talk with Mark about a telling […]

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