Shawn DrotarThe Mendacity of Metacritic, Part One

Posted on May 30th, 2008 in Gaming, Reviews, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Metacritic drives the world of gaming, which is great for CNET, the owners of Metacritic, but not so good for… well, everyone else.
This week, pearls of wisdom came from game developer “Matthew” of the blog Magical Wasteland in a post entitled, “You Can’t Fake Quality, But That Never Stops Them from Trying”. In it, the […]

Shawn DrotarSingStar hits (most of) the right notes

Posted on May 28th, 2008 in Gaming, Playstation 3, Reviews, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

While not new on the now-crowded scene of music gaming, SingStar is new to Sony’s flagship PlayStation 3 system, and while it’s not as “hardcore” a game as Guitar Hero or Rock Band, it certainly has its appeal, primarily as a party game.
There’s not much to SingStar, really - it’s basically a karaoke machine in […]

Shawn DrotarMr. Fix-It

Posted on May 27th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Please pardon my absence for the last few days.
The bane of my existence, Windows Vista, which is installed on my PC, decided to foil my plans for a restful Memorial Day weekend. I rarely need to call in the experts, but after scouring the Internet for help, I finally enlisted Microsoft to help me understand […]

Shawn DrotarWearing the Shoe on the Other Foot

Posted on May 21st, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, PC Gaming, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

E3 is dead; or at least on life support, as publishers pull out of the Electronic Software Association and take their marketing into their own hands. In its place as the biggest celebration of video gaming is the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX); a giant free-for-all for gamers themselves, with journalists welcome - but as an […]

Shawn DrotarScattershots

Posted on May 20th, 2008 in Gaming, Playstation 3, News, Opinion, Wii by Shawn Drotar

Musings for a Tuesday afternoon:

Nintendo has moved the release of Wii Fit from yesterday to tomorrow. I can’t recall the last time a major release like this was delayed on it’s launch day (Wii Fit is being advertised everywhere, and it’s had a May 19 release date for what seems like forever), but who cares? […]

Shawn DrotarThe Fit is Go!

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

This week, Wii Fit finally rolls into North American store shelves… for about five minutes.
Any day now, but in most cases on Wednesday, stores will temporarily stock the latest Nintendo obsession - and the Holy Grail for many overly-concerned parents - a video game that’s supposed to be good for you.
Expect it to last on […]

Shawn DrotarOurs Goes To Eleven

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

I just finished reading the latest Game Informer magazine, which reveals and details new features in the upcoming Guitar Hero IV by Activision/Neversoft, and I’m impressed.
Obviously, they’re taking their cue from the critical success of Electronic Arts/Harmonix’s Rock Band, which I think might be one of the top two or three most groundbreaking games in […]

Shawn DrotarScattershots

Posted on May 12th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion, Wii by Shawn Drotar

It’s just another manic Monday…

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots doesn’t come out for another month, but the folks across the pond at the United Kingdom’s Official Playstation Magazine have already given it a “perfect” 10. Surprise, surprise. There are certain games in our industry - Grand Theft Auto and Metal Gear Solid […]

Shawn DrotarTop Spin 3: Aiming High

Posted on May 9th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion, Wii, Nintendo DS by Shawn Drotar

The Top Spin series of tennis games has always dwelt in a unique place.
While not quite a simulation, the title never seemed as accessible as Virtua Tennis, Sega’s pick-up-and-play take on the sport.
For the upcoming Top Spin 3, the game’s developers seemed to realize they were at a crossroads; either dumb the game down and […]

Shawn DrotarScattershots

Posted on May 8th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, PC Gaming, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Musings for a Thursday afternoon:

OK, so Grand Theft Auto IV’s multiplayer hasn’t exactly wowed everyone yet on the PS3. But they’ve patched the game to help, and Rockstar has corrected another oversight with a PDF file explaining some of the less-than-transparent features of online play that were notably omitted from the manual. My favorite? “Auto-aim […]

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