Shawn DrotarScattershots

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

It’s the last Monday of September, as summer draws to a close. But while the temperature’s starting to drop, the gaming season’s starting to heat up.

After cutting prices for the PS3, Sony Computer Entertainment of America CEO Jack Tretton claims not only success, but threatens shortages… again. “We are up about 300 percent over where […]

Shawn DrotarIt’s *om*astic!

Posted on September 25th, 2009 in Opinion by Shawn Drotar

My apologies for the week of… mostly no posts.
My internet provider, which rhymes with “bombast”, seems hell-bent on doing maintenance on their network nearby. Daily.
So I’m posting this from my iPhone, which is actually pretty cool - but not so conductive for long-form writing.
I’ll make it up to you next week, if I have to […]

Shawn DrotarScattershots

Posted on September 21st, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Monday, Monday… it’s cold, rainy and miserable in Colorado today. In other words - a nice day for videogames!

Activision, publisher of Guitar Hero 5 and the upcoming DJ Hero and Guitar Hero: Van Halen, doesn’t believe that the music game industry is oversaturated. In an appearance on CNBC (video at Kotaku), Guitar Hero honcho Daniel […]

Shawn Drotar5WGaming/The Sports Game Guy Podcast: September 18, 2009

Posted on September 18th, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Opinion, Nintendo DS, Podcast by Shawn Drotar

This week, TheSportsGameGuy.com’s Damon Peterson and I discuss the recently released NHL 10, and talk about why many reviewers think that sports games need a new feature to “wow” them every year - and why they’re wrong.
Sports games can be far more than just a roster update, as they’re often accused of, but the trick […]

Shawn DrotarThe Ides of September

Posted on September 15th, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, PC Gaming, Playstation 3, News, Opinion, Wii, Nintendo DS by Shawn Drotar

Julius Caesar regretted the Ides of March, albeit briefly. Of course, the famed Roman emperor was murdered on the 15th of March (the middle, or Ides) in 44 BC. One of most famous people in history, Caesar’s likeness was emblazoned upon coins through Rome, a civilization renowned for its love of “bread and circuses”; entertainment […]

Shawn DrotarScattershots

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

Musings for a Friday afternoon…

Picture yourself in a boat on a river, with tangerine trees and marmalade skies. No surprise here: The Beatles Rock Band is good. Really good, especially when compared to Guitar Hero’s tepid Metallica and Aerosmith offerings; those are Dodge Gremlins to The Beatles‘ Aston Martin V12 Vantage - it’s not […]

Shawn DrotarBang Camaro uses gaming as a springboard to success

Posted on September 8th, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox, Playstation 3, Opinion, Wii, Music by Shawn Drotar

Perhaps the quintessential videogame band, Bang Camaro’s omnipresence in some of gaming’s biggest titles over the last year has been hard to ignore. The multi-headed Hydra with the crunchy guitar and soaring vocals has appeared in Rock Band and Rock Band 2, The Sims 3 and Madden NFL 10, titles that rack up unbelievable sales […]

Shawn Drotar5WGaming/The Sports Game Guy Podcast: September 3, 2009

Posted on September 3rd, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

This week, TheSportsGameGuy.com’s Damon Peterson and I play host to a special guest: NBA Live 10 producer Marcus Stephenson, who joins us from the EA Canada studios in metro Vancouver to talk about EA Sports’ upcoming basketball title.
Marcus tells us how the next NBA Live has been improved, explains why they consider it a “sim”, […]

Shawn Drotar“OVER-RATED!”

Posted on September 2nd, 2009 in Gaming, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

I cut my teeth at ESPN.com as a fantasy basketball correspondent a decade ago, and I’ve had the opportunity to turn up there from time to time, discussing sports and video games.
ESPN’s Patrick Hruby, whose insightful and often humorous work can be seen on that site’s Page 2, contacted me a few weeks ago for […]