About: Mark Fossen

Mark Fossen writes about the geek culture of comic books and video games on various sites including Focused Totality, Operation Sports, and 5WG. Outside of his writing, he is a part-time actor and full-time web developer based in Utah.

Mark FossenHate To Say He Told You So ..

Posted on October 10th, 2008 in Gaming by Mark Fossen

It would be unseemly for Shawn to point out his prescience with a childhood taunt, so I will do it for him:
To what am I referring? Today’s announcement regarding the “New Xbox Experience” admits in press-release-ese that yes … they finally hit the wall.
The New […]

Mark FossenScattershots

Posted on April 18th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Mark Fossen

Microsoft sent out a press release touting all the things you could do while the PS3 version of Grand Theft Auto IV installs. Redmond wants to emphasize that in those precious five minutes, you could “Rack up a 5 Star Wanted Rating” or “Unlock your first GTA IV Achievement and boost your Gamerscore”. I honestly […]

Mark FossenGTAIV:PS3v360

Posted on April 10th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Opinion by Mark Fossen

Barring the invention of an ideogram, the above 12 characters express my dilemma as succinctly as possible. As a devoted fan of the series, I’m counting down to the release of Grand Theft Auto IV on April 29. The series’ reinvention on the PS2 with Grand Theft Auto III set the bar for adult storytelling […]

Mark FossenScattershots

Posted on March 3rd, 2008 in Gaming, Playstation 3, News, Opinion, Wii, Nintendo DS by Mark Fossen

Midnight openings at Sam’s Club? That’s when you know a game is big - “HALO sized”, as it were. I’ve also seen the signs at my local GameStops that they will open at Midnight on Sunday … in an area (Utah County) where opening any time on Sunday is exceptional enough. This is definitely a […]

Mark FossenUncharted and the Death of the “Action Movie Game”

Posted on February 21st, 2008 in Gaming, Playstation 3, Reviews, Opinion by Mark Fossen

After experiencing a corrupted save that would have forced me to move on from a game before finishing, the gaming gods smiled and allowed Uncharted to start working again on my trusty PS3. After finishing it yesterday, I have no doubt that it delivered on the promise of “Action Movie As Game” about as well […]

Mark FossenReviewing The Demo: MLB 08: The Show

Posted on February 15th, 2008 in Gaming, Playstation 3, Reviews by Mark Fossen

Pitchers and catchers reported yesterday, and while it’s still snowing here my thoughts are starting to turn to spring and baseball. MLB 08: The Show had perfect timing in releasing a demo yesterday for the PS3 and PSP. The franchise has gathered a head of steam over the past few years and seems primed to […]

Mark FossenCasual Madden

Posted on February 13th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Opinion by Mark Fossen

Shawn’s weighed in on the flurry of Madden news that’s been coming across the transom, as has Chris. I’ll make it a trifecta. There’s certainly a feeling that changes are afoot for the the only game in town (assuming your town is NFL Football). David Ortiz is departing, Peter Moore’s blogging, and Phil Frazier is […]

Mark FossenSerial Mono-game-y

Posted on January 30th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Opinion by Mark Fossen

One game at a time. That’s how I roll.
I used to be a definite member of the Xbox Herd, grazing from new release to new release. Partially driven by a naturally more hardcore audience, partially driven by the omnipresent knowledge of what your Friends List is playing at any given moment it’s been a consistent […]

Mark FossenScattershots

Posted on January 24th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News by Mark Fossen

Thank heaven for my prolific RSS subscriptions. How else would I have known about the rapidly upcoming Hot Shots Golf: Out Of Bounds? I am a huge fan of the series from back in the day, and have always felt that underlying the cartoony graphics was one of the best golf simulators available on a […]

Mark FossenMassively Whelmed

Posted on January 16th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Reviews by Mark Fossen

whelm |(h)welm|
verb [ trans. ] archaic or poetic/literary
engulf, submerge, or bury (someone or something) : a swimmer whelmed in a raging storm.
• [ intrans. ] flow or heap up abundantly : the brook whelmed up from its source.
noun archaic or poetic/literary
an act or instance of flowing or heaping up abundantly; a surge : the whelm […]

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