Shawn DrotarThe Fall of the Watchtowers

Posted on February 27th, 2009 in News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

After 149 years and 311 days, the Rocky Mountain News published its final edition on February 27, 2009.
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I begin to feel the sands shift beneath my feet.
Print journalism has become the walking dead, but like Bruce Willis’ character in “The Sixth Sense”, it hasn’t fully come to terms with the reality of it yet. I […]

Shawn DrotarFight Night: Round 4 Community Event Recap - Taking the “Sweet Science” seriously

Posted on February 25th, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

The new Fight Night team knows boxing. After the closure of the EA studio in Chicago (which had created the previous iterations of the title), EA Canada took the reins, and their love for the sport is palpable.
At the Fight Night Round 4 Community Event in Vancouver on Monday, a fellowship of Fight Night fans […]

Shawn DrotarAnd in this corner…

Posted on February 19th, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

I’m headed up to Vancouver this weekend to participate in the Fight Night: Round 4 Community Event at Electronic Arts’ studio in nearby Burnaby.
One of the more anticipated titles of the year, the latest iteration of the boxing series promises better graphics, deeper controls and an array of top-flight pugilists, including Muhammad “The Greatest of […]

Shawn DrotarA Thousand Times, No

Posted on February 16th, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Like every other form of mass media entertainment, video games are becoming increasingly reliant on advertising dollars to supplement their development. It’s simply a fact of life, and gamers have reluctantly become accustomed to it, so long as the advertising doesn’t start to overshadow the game itself.
But sports games have it easy; sports fans are […]

Shawn DrotarReview: Loco Roco 2

Posted on February 13th, 2009 in Gaming, Reviews, Opinion, PSP by Shawn Drotar

Let’s face it - while the PSP is a fine handheld system, its library isn’t chock-full of must-play games. Suffering from too many ports and half-hearted attempts to cash in on console titles’ success, Sony’s device often struggles in competition with the overwhelming success of the Nintendo DS and its more distinct approach to handheld […]

Shawn DrotarScattershots

Posted on February 11th, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, PC Gaming, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Thoughts for a Wednesday afternoon…

Electronic Arts is shuffling around some release dates. The Godfather II, which had been planned for a February release, slips to April 7, in the words of EA boss John Riccitiello, to allow “more time for longer lead marketing.” The latest iteration of Tiger Woods PGA Tour (are they really calling […]

Shawn DrotarSCEA Rising

Posted on February 9th, 2009 in Gaming, Playstation 3, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

While first-party software is often the backbone of a console’s marketplace presence, especially at launch, Sony has traditionally relied upon third-party software more than its competitors.
Microsoft essentially launched the Xbox line on the Halo brand, and Nintendo wouldn’t exist without Super Mario (insert name here). Sony, on the other hand, while possessing a first-party stable […]

Confessions of a Retro Gamer

Posted on February 4th, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, 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.
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I have a couple of quirky habits when it comes to gaming. The first is a tendency to get […]

Shawn DrotarTake 3

Posted on February 2nd, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Maybe the third time is a charm.
It’s hard to be a videogame writer when you can’t actually run the software.
On Friday, my launch-model Xbox 360, which had already been repaired after suffering the “red ring of death” once before, gave up the ghost again; stumbling through a few different games before finally succumbing once more. […]