Shawn DrotarRock Band 2 set to debut in September

Posted on June 30th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Wii by Shawn Drotar

Well, that was quick.

With Neversoft/Activision’s Guitar Hero: World Tour looming on the horizon in October, laden with the powerful Guitar Hero brand, a slew of deep gameplay modes and a collection of “instruments” that appear noticeably superior to their Rock Band counterparts, the team at Harmonix/EA/MTV Games announced that Rock Band 2 would release in […]

Shawn DrotarNBA Live 09 Community Event coverage on hold

Posted on June 27th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

I’m back from Canada, but unfortunately, I can’t share anything from the NBA Live 09 Community Event yet - as it turns out, we who attended the event might have seen more than we were supposed to - which is always fun - and due to that, EA’s marketing departments and developers and whomever else […]

Shawn DrotarBack to Burnaby

Posted on June 25th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion, Wii by Shawn Drotar

I’ll be up in British Columbia for the rest of this week, spending a little time with NBA Live 09 and its development team in their lovely studio in Burnaby, just east of Vancouver proper.
As Kotaku revealed on Tuesday, San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker has been named the cover athlete for the basketball title, […]

Shawn DrotarReviewing the Demo: NCAA Football 09

Posted on June 24th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

When a game publisher releases a demo, it’s designed to provide a taste of what’s to come; a sample of what the final product will be like in the hopes of persuading you to purchase it.
Oftentimes, such a demo illustrates how a game sets itself apart from the crowd or its competitors, but in the […]

Shawn DrotarGeorge Carlin, 1937-2008

Posted on June 23rd, 2008 in Gaming, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

“If Only We Were Human,” by George Carlin.
This species is a dear, hateful, sweet, barbaric, tender, vile, intelligent, confused, virtuous, evil, thoughtful, perverted, generous, greedy species. In short, great entertainment.
Humans are the only species that systematically tortures and murders its own for pleasure and personal gain. In fact, we’re the only species that systematically […]

Crime Doesn’t Pay

Posted on June 20th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, News, Opinion by Guest Writers

5WG is pleased to present the following article, written by guest columnist Clay T. Shaver.
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After putting a stamp on Grand Theft Auto IV’s story mode, likely the first game I finished since Adventure on the Atari 2600, I’m left to ponder the fate of what is now a 60-dollar coaster. I know, I know, there’s […]

Shawn DrotarScattershots

Posted on June 19th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion, Wii by Shawn Drotar

Musings for a Thursday afternoon…

The NCAA Football 09 demo landed on Xbox Live today, and just in time, too - about this time of year, I start experiencing football withdrawal. So maybe two-minute quarters and two teams doesn’t exactly fill the hole inside, but beggars can’t be choosers. Although Madden always gets the hype, NCAA’s […]

“Grand” Finale

Posted on June 18th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Opinion by Guest Writers

5WG is pleased to present the following article, written by guest columnist Clay T. Shaver.
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As much as I hate to admit it, despite having over 25 years experience as a gamer, my skills aren’t what they use to be. Unlike most other things in life, when it comes to gaming, you don’t necessarily get better […]

Shawn DrotarFirst Look - Spore Creature Creator

Posted on June 17th, 2008 in Gaming, PC Gaming, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

While Spore itself - Will Wright’s long-in-development magnum opus of “god games” - won’t be released until September, the game’s Creature Creator, which serves as a bit of a preview of the upcoming title, will be within reach long before that.
Available on Wednesday, June 18, the Creature Creator allows gamers to create animals for the […]

Shawn DrotarNHL 09 Community Event Recap… Revisited

Posted on June 16th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

EA Sports posted a brief summary of the recent NHL 09 Community Event, which you can read here, and an introduction by producer David Littman, in which he goes through many of the new features and objectives for NHL 09 that I spelled out last week.
Littman also goes over many under-the-hood improvements that you might […]

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