Shawn DrotarHail and Farewell, Ensemble

Posted on January 30th, 2009 in Gaming, PC Gaming, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Ensemble Studios holds a special place in my gamer’s heart.
The creators of the sterling Age of Empires series, Ensemble was renowned for the care and detail that they put into their games. Designer Bruce Shelley’s meticulous design made the terrific real-time strategy series possible, pitting great cultures from history against one another in a highly-playable […]

Shawn DrotarScattershots

Posted on January 28th, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion, Wii by Shawn Drotar

Musings for a Wednesday afternoon…

I’ve finally crashed full-throttle into Fable 2 over the last few weeks. I bought when it came out, but I waited for it to be patched - and for the Knothole Island expansion to be released - before taking the plunge. I now find myself almost obsessively trying to find every […]

Shawn DrotarThe Loss

Posted on January 26th, 2009 in Gaming, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Over the last month and a half, the videogame industry - and more to the point, its workers - have suffered blow after remarkable blow as thousands of employees at Sony, Microsoft, Electronic Arts and so many others have endured high-profile layoffs thanks to a foundering economy.
What this means for the quality of gaming titles […]

Shawn DrotarThrowing Punches With A Blindfold On

Posted on January 21st, 2009 in Gaming, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

The PlayStation 3 has seemingly been stuck in neutral since its launch. While the console sold well enough, it has been something of a disappointment to the electronics giant and to the industry itself. How much a role its price plays in its slow adoption is unclear, but it’s clearly a problem.
The Wii is the […]

Shawn DrotarThe Obama Presidency: A game-changer?

Posted on January 19th, 2009 in Gaming, News, Opinion, Wii, Nintendo DS by Shawn Drotar

At 47 years old, Barack Obama will become the 44th President of the United States on Tuesday, bringing with him a very new - for politicians - perspective on pop culture.
Obama, who has admitted to collecting comic books (”Spider-Man” and “Conan the Barbarian”, among others) as a youth and claimed, “I grew up on ‘Star […]

Shawn DrotarThe (temporary) end of invention?

Posted on January 16th, 2009 in Gaming, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

With the global economy in tatters, game companies are shedding costs - and personnel - left and right.
As stockholders continue to batten down the hatches, publishers are forced to keep their sales numbers as high as possible. While that’s always been Priority One, rarely has the very existence of the industry’s giants depended upon nothing […]

Shawn DrotarWhen Good Licenses Go Bad

Posted on January 14th, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

At one point, not so long ago, the license for “The Lord of the Rings” seemed as golden as its titular jewelry, but like Frodo himself, Electronic Arts seems hell-bent on tossing it into the fires of Mount Doom.
While Turbine’s PC role-playing adventure, The Lord of the Rings Online, is thriving due to its less-is-more […]

Shawn Drotar5WG/EA SportsDesk NBA Game of the Week

Posted on January 12th, 2009 in News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Once again this season, I’ll be writing some NBA content for, specifically their NBA Game of the Week preview.
I’m not compensated in any way for it, save that some new readers might be exposed to 5WGaming - but I do love talking basketball, and with the success of last year’s weekly column, EA and […]

Shawn DrotarReviewing the Demo: Skate 2

Posted on January 9th, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

After re-inventing the skateboarding genre, the original Skate was successful enough - in both sales and critical acclaim - to knock the venerable Tony Hawk series right off the map. Hawk has gone back to the drawing board entirely, all but vanishing from gamers’ consciousness and hoping to rise, like a phoenix from the ashes, […]

The Give and the Take: The gamer as developer

Posted on January 8th, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, PC Gaming, Playstation 3, Opinion by Guest Writers

5WGaming is proud to present the following article by Guest Writer Andrew Begley of Newcastle, Australia, who serves as webmaster and forum administrator of the NBA Live Series Center, a long-running site dedicated to improving basketball gaming.
Of all the developments in the world of video games in the twenty-first century to get excited about and […]

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