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 DrotarOn the road again…

Posted on October 9th, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion, Wii by Shawn Drotar

With apologies to Willie Nelson, I’ll be traveling until late next week and won’t be posting until next Friday, October 16.
In the meantime, entertain yourselves with a few titles that release next Tuesday, namely Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, which has “Game of the Year” written all over it. I’ve played the beta at two different […]

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: August 4, 2009

Posted on August 4th, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion, Wii, Podcast by Shawn Drotar

In our latest podcast, TheSportsGameGuy.com’s Damon Peterson and I are joined by Dougie Veney, our guest from StickSkills.com. Dougie created his site as a senior project in high school, and we talk about how it’s grown into the lively spot it is today.
The three of us discuss what’s dominating our gaming time at the moment […]

Shawn DrotarScattershots

Posted on July 20th, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion, Wii by Shawn Drotar

Musing for a Monday afternoon:

Harmonix, the developer of Rock Band, has created the Rock Band Network, set to enter a public beta very soon. For $99 a year, musicians with rights and access to their own master tracks can license and use Harmonix’s authoring software to encode their songs for Rock Band themselves, opening up […]

Shawn DrotarActivision’s peripherals, pricing tread new ground

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

While the global economy is still tight, gaming represents one the few sectors that’s still going strong by comparison.
Activision is set to test how strong this fall by releasing a passel of titles that includes expensive add-ons and/or peripherals, with four announced packages that will cost at least 100 dollars.
First up is September’s Guitar Hero […]

Shawn DrotarScattershots

Posted on July 8th, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion, Wii by Shawn Drotar

I guess I’ll need to release a patch or exclusive demo; all the other kids are doing it…

Shockingly, the Fight Night Round 4 development team announced a patch - although EA Sports is adding some new in-game equipment, so they consider it downloadable content (DLC) instead - that will add button-based punching controls to its […]

Shawn DrotarPaul van Dyk holds court with Grand Slam Tennis

Posted on June 22nd, 2009 in Gaming, News, Opinion, Wii, Music by Shawn Drotar

A pioneer in the music world, DJ-turned-songwriter/producer Paul van Dyk has been on the cutting edge of electronic dance music for 15 years. With five studio albums to his name (with a sixth on the way later this year) and over 3 million copies sold - and a couple of Grammy nominations to boot - […]

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