Shawn DrotarOne Week

Posted on August 25th, 2008 in Gaming, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

This is the beginning of a huge week for our nation - this week and next, actually, and a big one for me, as well.
With Americans’ eyes focused on Denver as the Democratic National Convention takes place in my home town, I’m going to be a very busy human - and I won’t realistically have […]

Shawn DrotarRock The Vote on Xbox 360

Posted on August 22nd, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

This week’s press release from Microsoft reads as follows:
Xbox and Rock the Vote to Give Voters a New Platform for Change
First-of-its-kind partnership creates new ways to register to vote and jump into 2008 election.
REDMOND, Wash. — Aug. 21, 2008 — A leading gaming and entertainment platform just became a leading platform for change. […]

Shawn DrotarForget L.A., Leipzig is where the game news happens

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

E3 has been trumped this year - and it might need to get used to it - by the Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany. The three day-event has already brought some of the most interesting news of the year, including many announcements that would normally have been made at E3 in the past, before the […]

Shawn DrotarBuilding a better “Madden”

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

For the first time since the Xbox 360 debuted, a “next-gen” console’s version of Madden is finally up to snuff with the series’ past greatness from its PlayStation 2 heyday. But it’s not perfect - no game is.
Certainly, more patches are forthcoming, but online issues and AI quirks still frustrate many Madden gamers. Based […]

Shawn DrotarScattershots

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

Working for the weekend…

Madden NFL 09 has been out for four days and it has its first patch. The patch is said to fix online and stability issues, but it’s also supposed to improve coverage of kicks and improve defensive backfield play. It’s good that the Madden team is trying to keep abreast of the […]

Shawn DrotarMaddenpalooza comes up roses

Posted on August 13th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion, Wii, PSP by Shawn Drotar

Subtlety isn’t EA Sports’ style, so when they launch their most important title of the year, they make sure it gets noticed. Taking over the site of five Super Bowls, two Olympics and a World Cup ought to do it…

Monday, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, Electronic Arts (with an assist from some other […]

Shawn Drotar‘Til Tuesday… er, Wednesday

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

Sorry for the lack of updates in the last two days; my cable modem finally gave up the ghost Thursday. Turns out that on the Internet, voices don’t carry…
Anyway, Madden NFL 09 arrived this week, and I’ve been trying to get in as much time with it as possible. The game’s far more refined and […]

Shawn DrotarScattershots

Posted on August 6th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Musings for a Wednesday afternoon:

Madden NFL 09 hasn’t even been released yet, but the EA Sports design team is talking about at least two patches already. Sigh. The first patch, which is due around the time of the game’s release next week, is purported to fix issues with kick returns being too easy (a major […]

Shawn DrotarWhat does the “Madden” demo… demonstrate?

Posted on August 4th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Generally, when a game releases a demo, it’s assumed that said demo will show you the following:

How the game looks and sounds
The main features of the game
How the game plays

Oddly, the Madden NFL 09 demo barely shows any of these things, instead focusing almost all of its attention on its new “Madden IQ” feature, which […]

Shawn DrotarScattershots

Posted on August 1st, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, PC Gaming, Playstation 3, News, Opinion, Wii, PSP by Shawn Drotar

Not-so-deep thoughts for a Friday afternoon:

Noted radio talk show host Michael Medved brings the crazy with his screed against Grand Theft Auto IV, clumsily entitled, “War on Middle Class Values, Not on Middle Class”. I have concerns about GTA IV and it’s content at times, too… but then again, I think that Al Pacino’s wildly […]