Shawn DrotarReading the gaming economy

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

In the United Kingdom, financial analysts, while touting the current success of the gaming industry, warn that Nintendo stands the most to lose in this economy, since it assumes that so-called “casual gamers” will simply forgo spending on their hobby since they don’t take it seriously in the first place.
Of course, the gaming world’s long […]

Shawn DrotarReview: SteelSeries Xbox 360 Headset Connector

Posted on December 11th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Reviews, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Sure, the name isn’t catchy, but the Xbox 360 Headset Connector by SteelSeries might be the best third-party accessory for that system on the market today - even if you’ve never heard of it before.
If you haven’t, don’t feel bad. Two weeks ago, I scoured the Internet, looking for some device that […]

Shawn DrotarScattershots

Posted on December 10th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Thoughts for a Wednesday afternoon:

Home, the PlayStation 3’s online interface/trophy room/Second Life… thing, will be released tomorrow, December 11th. Thanks for the heads-up, right? Sony’s not calling it a “release”, of course, but rather an “open beta”. A really, really open one. Basically, if you have a PlayStation 3 and live on virtually any part […]

Shawn DrotarYou Are Not Alone

Posted on December 8th, 2008 in Gaming, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

As gaming continues to go as mainstream as movies (and makes more money, to boot), gamers are seeing the “loser in the basement” stigma disappear faster than Houdini.
The Pew Internet and American Life Project shows why in a wide-ranging survey designed to find out, exactly, who gamers are. The answer? Anyone and everyone.
Some of the […]

Shawn DrotarThe Great “Dumbening”

Posted on December 5th, 2008 in Gaming, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Yesterday, Colorado’s oldest newspaper, the Rocky Mountain News (pictured at left, in 1885), was put up for sale. Few, if any, believe that in this economic climate, the Rocky, which started publishing in 1859, will be purchased - and the paper will likely be shuttered shortly before its 150th anniversary.
While the finality of the Rocky’s […]

Shawn DrotarCall of Duty: World At War

Posted on December 3rd, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, PC Gaming, Playstation 3, Reviews, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

The Call of Duty franchise keeps on rolling forward, but the latest iteration takes gamers backward in time once more. After last year’s well-received Modern Warfare, the series returns to its World War II roots with a gripping, intense experience that’s hard to find fault with.
Call of Duty: World At War is a finely polished […]