Shawn DrotarOn The Radar: November 2009

Posted on November 2nd, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, PC Gaming, Playstation 3, News, Opinion, Wii, Nintendo DS by Shawn Drotar

It’s going to be a busy-but-slow month in 5WGaming-land. I’m moving in November and I’ll also be traveling for much of the month, so unfortunately, the content flow here is likely to slow down to a drip until December. But that might not be an entirely bad thing, because there’s so much to play!
In October, […]

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 DrotarLiveblogging the 2009 Nintendo E3 Press Conference

Posted on June 2nd, 2009 in Gaming, News, Opinion, Wii, Nintendo DS by Shawn Drotar

I’m using a television feed here in Denver since I’m not at E3 after recovering from surgery. But it’s not all bad; instead of uncomfortable chairs and risking sitting next to guys that may or may not have showered; I can still see the whole thing. Ain’t technology grand?
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We’re off. Nintendo’s Cammie Dunaway’s on stage. […]

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 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 DrotarScattershots

Posted on October 2nd, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion, Wii, Nintendo DS by Shawn Drotar

There’s a whole lot to talk about for a Thursday…

The biggest news of the day is obviously the unveiling of the Nintendo DSi. Sporting larger screens, onboard camera and sound functionality and an SD slot for memory expansion, the DSi will also sync up photos with the Wii and includes a web browser. While the […]

Shawn DrotarMLB Power Pros 2008: Throwing Baseball Games A Curve

Posted on July 25th, 2008 in Gaming, Playstation 2, News, Opinion, Wii, Nintendo DS by Shawn Drotar

Next week, 2K Sports, in conjunction with Konami, will release MLB Power Pros 2008. Last year’s title made waves with the odd combination of cutesy graphics and deep gameplay, and the game surprised many players who expected little more than Backyard Baseball.
The quirky-looking game has an oddly endearing and inviting nature, which makes it more […]

Shawn DrotarTop Spin 3: Aiming High

Posted on May 9th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion, Wii, Nintendo DS by Shawn Drotar

The Top Spin series of tennis games has always dwelt in a unique place.
While not quite a simulation, the title never seemed as accessible as Virtua Tennis, Sega’s pick-up-and-play take on the sport.
For the upcoming Top Spin 3, the game’s developers seemed to realize they were at a crossroads; either dumb the game down and […]

Shawn DrotarScattershots

Posted on March 6th, 2008 in Gaming, PC Gaming, News, Opinion, Nintendo DS, PSP by Shawn Drotar

Musings for a Thursday afternoon…

EGM Magazine’s current issue has a must-read article about fixing the ESRB. Now, I think that the ESRB works, assuming people pay attention to it, of course - but there’s little question about room for improvement. This insider’s perspective is a fascinating read and offers valuable insight into the inner workings […]

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