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 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 DrotarPretend people, real feelings

Posted on August 5th, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, PC Gaming, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

As games become more realistic, more realistic-looking human characters become the norm. Along with that comes an increased sensitivity regarding what those human characters look like - and act like. In a recent blog for the Houston Chronicle, author Willie Jefferson noted his discomfort with what appears to be unintentional racism in video games.
While expressing […]

Shawn DrotarScattershots

Posted on June 15th, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, PC Gaming, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

What’s on my mind after a long weekend:

Right after his big reveal as the cover athlete for NBA Live 10, Dwight Howard immediately went out and choked away the Orlando Magic’s entire series by exposing his Achilles’ heel yet again in Game 4. The center they call “Superman” in Orlando clearly has his kryptonite - […]

Shawn DrotarScattershots

Posted on June 4th, 2009 in Gaming, Playstation 2, Xbox 360, PC Gaming, Reviews, News, Opinion, Wii by Shawn Drotar

Thoughts on a Thursday afternoon:

I miss being at E3, which I had to sit out thanks to surgery. Not so much the games or the parties or any of the pomp and circumstance surrounding it - it’s the people that I miss. It’s so difficult to maintain relationships and friendships from the distances that we […]

Shawn DrotarScattershots

Posted on April 22nd, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, PC Gaming, Playstation 3, News, Wii by Shawn Drotar

Getting back into the swing of things on a Wednesday afternoon…

I’ve raved about Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 for the Wii since playing it out in San Francisco last month. Now, EA has made it even better by releasing the game in a bundle with the Wii Motion Plus add-on. Motion Plus makes the game […]

Shawn DrotarOn the Radar: April 2009

Posted on March 30th, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, PC Gaming, Playstation 3, News, Opinion, Wii by Shawn Drotar

As winter gives way to spring, a new crop of games sprouts up on store shelves this month. Here’s a few to keep a lookout for:
The Godfather II (Electronic Arts): April 7 (PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
Probably April’s biggest multiplatform release, Electronic Arts reaches for the brass ring once more with The Godfather II. The […]

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 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 […]

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