Shawn DrotarA Gamer’s Thanksgiving

Posted on November 26th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, PC Gaming, Playstation 3, Opinion, Wii by Shawn Drotar

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the things that make your life a bit more pleasant. For me (and since you’re here - it’s safe to assume that for you, too), gaming is one of those things. So, in the spirit of the holiday, I’ve considered a few of gaming’s little treasures that keep […]

Shawn DrotarScattershots

Posted on November 24th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Yeah, it’s Monday, but if you live in the United States, it’s a pleasantly short work week, so it’s really like Wednesday already…

The now-famous “four-percent” success rate for videogames has been revised to a more believable 20 percent, according to Electronic Entertainment Design and Research, the firm featured in Forbes’ intriguing piece that shines some […]

Shawn DrotarAre You Experienced?

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

This week, the New Xbox Experience made its debut on Xbox 360s across the land to an enormous amount of fanfare. The new user interface includes friendly Avatars (mine is pictured at left), a visually striking Friends system and a easier-to-use array of menus.
While I was skeptical about the update, wondering if it would turn […]

Shawn DrotarKillzone 2 Beta Impressions

Posted on November 18th, 2008 in Gaming, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

I’ve spent the past few nights fighting off the Helghast army in Sony’s long-awaited Killzone 2, and amazingly, it seems as if the game might turn out to be worth the years of waiting for its arrival.
The game’s bleak sci-fi tableau is so striking from a visual standpoint that it’s occasionally difficult to keep your […]

Shawn DrotarGuitar Hero: World Tour - Review

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

It’s hard to find a gamer that’s never tried a Guitar Hero title; the outlandishly successful series has been rolling along unimpeded for years, offering musical fun and challenge for millions.
But a year ago, everything changed. Rock Band entered the fray with a joyous, four-player musical romp that stole much of Guitar Hero’s critical thunder, […]

Shawn DrotarMIDI-mum Wage

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

Apparently giddy after the debut of Guitar Hero: World Tour, Activision Blizzard’s CEO, Bobby Kotick (pictured), seems to think that his game’s user-created content can challenge iTunes. While I admire Kotick’s optimism, there’s a fine line between bold and crazy, and his suggestion teeters toward one side of it far more than the other.
“In just […]

Shawn DrotarWalking A Mile In Imaginary Shoes

Posted on November 6th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, PC Gaming, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

In case you missed it, Wired’s Clive Thompson penned a terrific piece about role-playing games and the single player, noting that 70 percent of low-level World of Warcraft players play by themselves. In my preferred MMORPG, Lord of The Rings Online, I do the same.
Why? Because first and foremost, most gamers inevitably reach a point […]

Shawn DrotarThe Real Independence Day

Posted on November 4th, 2008 in Gaming, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Unless you’re old enough to remember World War II, today marks what’s most likely the most important Presidential election in the last 60 years. With many Senate seats open as well, what happens in voting booths all over America today stands to greatly change the way the United States functions and is perceived all around […]