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Blu-Ray vs. HD-DVD: Which Is Tougher?

I was reading semi-monthly poster bl4km4th's blog about playing PS3 in a movie theater, and the following tidbit caught my eye. Actually, it grabbed my eyeball and sanded down the lens with fine-grit sandpaper. [slow-motion dive]Nooooooooo...

 
 
 
 
 

Why the GameSpot debacle was ultimately a good thing

The most interesting thing to me in this whole GameSpot e-drama is not whether or not GameSpot "sells" reviews. For what it's worth, I suspect the real situation is more complicated then it appears. Check Wired, Joystiq's Gerstmann intervie...

 
 
 
 

Nintendo's blue ocean could turn into stormy seas

If you managed to stumble through yesterday's snooze-fest, consider this your punishment. Nintendo's blue ocean strategy [Forbes article] is simple: let the Microsoft and Sony sharks fight a bloody battle over the same dwindling pool of no...

 
 
 

Thursday Rantoid: Game reviews need innovation, too

Disclaimer: this is long and you probably shouldn't read it. I didn't have enough time for pictures. N'Gai Croal's Newsweek column "Level Up" is always worth reading. Today guest writer Bill Harris tackles the Wii and its place in gaming i...

 
 
 

For Chad -- Petz Wild Animals: Dolphinz

What do you get for the guy who loves dolphins and already has a dolphin ice cube tray [link]? OK, besides professional psychiatric care, what do you get him? Ubisoft's latest and greatest, Petz Wild Animals: Dolphinz for Nintendo DS. Sure...

 
 
 

Japan: A Blog part 231.1 of 912

[Warning: this is a contest entry and full of lies!] Since dvddesign can't be here to give you the inside scoop on that land of mystery, Japan, I'm sharing my own experiences with you. Here's my blog from day 1: The first day in Japan Thi...

 
 
 
 
 

I've been doing it wrong

Grind, grind, grind. About 740 EXP before reaching level 13 so I could equip my stupid Soul Frame and quit for the night, I went to the kitchen for a microwave burrito. What I saw there blew my mind: My God! It's full of stars! All this ...

 
 
 

Official Nintendo DS flash card on the way??

I don't normally post "news," but I'm scratching my head over this tidbit from Next Generation [link] buried in the nether paragraphs of an article about the rumored Animal Crossing Wii MMO: Of similar import is the imminent arrival of an ...

 
 
 

Famitsu Scores Super Mario Galaxy

Super Mario Galaxy has been scored by Famitsu. A little copypasta from NeoGAF, with spelling errors intact: Mario Galaxy 10/9/9/10 PLAYTIME: As long as you damn well want * Keeps up the feeling of "I wanna see what's in the next level!" *...

 
 
 

Bo Jackson: king of Tecmo Bowl, our hearts

Seeing these old videos reminded me of one of my college roommates, who I think ended up majoring in Tecmo Bowl. Although he'd probably never been to California, he always played as the Los Angeles Raiders. He claimed it was because of the...

 
 
 

Wish list: last.fm for games

I'd like to have something like last.fm [link] for games. I'm not the first person to suggest something like this, but I haven't seen it yet. See, I can't always describe why I prefer one game to another. I enjoyed Animal Crossing (stop yo...

 
 
 

Re: the continued infantilization of games

Newsweek's N'gai Croal wrote an interesting article [link] noting that the public tends to assume that videogames are for children. I think he's right. Although Mr. Croal offers no explanation in the article as to why this assumption exist...

 
 
 

Bob, the GBA's biggest fan

I first met "Bob" about five years ago. His mother dropped him off one morning at the not-yet-rebranded FuncoLand where I worked, and he came in to scour the Gameboy Advance games behind the glass for new arrivals. Bob was not your typical...

 
 
 

Touching is good, leaving fingerprints is evil

People have some strange compulsions. Counting steps, hair-twirling, sacrificing kittens to the full moon god -- we all have quirks, you know? Mine is keeping my electronic devices clean. I thought about electrifying my monitor to deliver ...

 
 
 

Numbers in Game Reviews: Not Evil

EGM's Jeremy Parish wrote a blog post [link] justifying 1UP's 8.0 review of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass [link]. Mr. Parish did not write the 1UP review, and in fact awarded the game a 9.0 in 1UP's sister publication EGM. However, the score of ...

 
 
 

No Launch Respect for Super Mario Galaxy?

IGN updated the US Wii launch release calendar yesterday [link], and I noticed something strange. The day after Super Mario Galaxy launches, 23 other Wii games are supposed to be released. 23. In one day. The day after Super Mario Galaxy c...

 
 
 

Taking the Power Back: GameStop edition

Whether or not Gamestop screws people over is a debatable point. But you can take advantage of Gamestop. Specifically, you can take advantage of three types of human error that its employees tend to make. [Disclaimer: it's been five years s...

 
 
 

Girl Gamers: Can They Be Trusted?

Do not get me wrong, I wholeheartedly welcome our X-chromosome-abundant counterparts into the fold. With all the console manufacturers chasing expanded markets, we keep hearing statistics trumpeting the ascendancy of Venus, such as more wom...

 
 
 

Breaking News: Gamers Not Outcasts, sez BBC

A different (read: positive) spin on gamers than we normally see in the press. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7013855.stm Executive summary: The abundance of online gaming communities exposes the myth that gamers have inadeq...

 
 
 

A PR Question

Are you, like me, sometimes baffled at the PR shenanigans in the games industry? Is there some PR handbook they award to a newly minted PR exec that starts "Chapter One: Your Company Is Infallible"; "Chapter Two: Back-Handed Compliments"; "...

 
 
 

Who do you play as?

I don't mean which character class do you select to represent you. I'm sure we would all agree that rangers outclass brain-damaged fighters and effete magic users. No, what I mean is when you play, who are you trying to please? I'll expla...

 
 
 

The ability to delete posts would be awesome.

 
 

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First game: TI Invaders (Space Invaders knock-off) for the TI-99 "home computer". Either that or the Pac-Man built into the glass-top tables at Mr. Gatti's Pizza.
First console: NES
First world-altering game secret: JUSTIN BAILEY
First Arcade: Aladdin's Palace
First "mature" game: Leisure Suit Larry
First PC: 386SX 16 mHz w/40 MB HDD, Win 3.0, & 640x480 VGA baby!
First FPS: Wolfenstein 3D
First game mastered: Street Fighter II Turbo - Hyper Fighting (SNES)
First LAN deathmatch: Duke Nukem 3D
Great Game Reawakening: Living in an apartment with all sixth generation consoles and 3 gaming rigs.

New Systems: Wii, DS.
Somehow now owns: PS3
Randomly owns: SEGA Nomad, Game Gear, Genesis II, Sega CD
Cannot afford but is thinking about intercepting return RROD coffin: Xbox 360.
Currently playing: Rock Band, Zack & Wiki, Unreal Tournament III
 
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