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MLGís Evil Plans for World Domination

Itís pretty obvious that the suits at MLG have nefarious and grander plans for competitive gaming and the proof is their decision to build an arena off the coast of Hong Kong to hold multi-national tournaments. Iíll be blunt and say that no...

 
 
 

Amazonís Plan to Disrupt Gaming as we Know It

Disrupt the market. Thatís something swarmy MBAs like to say all the time when talking about their latest products. I hate this term, because I have heard it so many times from suits when describing their ultimate plans, it has lost its rel...

 
 
 

Remembering Barcode: NYCís Failed Arcade Club

In the late 1990ís arcades were in their death throes in the U.S. Arcade games, that once held an edge in terms of their technical ability against home consoles and PCs, were slowly but surely being usurped by better technology being releas...

 
 
 

The Dangers of Wearing the Videogamer Badge

I never cease to be amazed how even though videogames have come so far in terms of mainstream acceptance, there are times when I must contain myself accordingly when showing my enthusiasm for my favorite past-time. At a former company, I h...

 
 
 

Come Meet the New BossÖ

ÖSame as the old boss? Letís hope not for Xbox One fans and game fans in general. After just under a year of monumental missteps regarding the Xbox brand and direction, Microsoft has seemingly done something right. After touting everythi...

 
 
 

Launch Title Retrospective: Where are they Now

Donít you love ďwhere are they now shows?Ē Nothing makes us feel better about ourselves than watching someone that had it all and pissed it all away. Child actors, teen popstars, mega athletes, you name it. Humans love to see our heroes fai...

 
 
 

Gaming Under the Influence of Opiates

First off, I donít condone the misuse of controlled substances. One should only use prescription drugs under the supervision of a doctor, unless that doctor is named Dr. Feelgood, in which case, youíre not taking a prescription medicine, bu...

 
 
 

Mass Murderer Starving for a PS3 & Cozy Chair

Anders Breivik, the Norwegian mass murderer convicted for killing 77 people is threatening a hunger strike if heís not given a Playstation 3 among other creature comforts. Apparently, he believes his current Playstation 2 is too juvenile an...

 
 
 

Buyerís Remorse and PS4 Envy

They say the grass is greener on the other side. I hate that saying, people who say that deserve to get punched in the throat, and yet itís what I keep telling myself when I think of the PS4. Itís not that I feel that I made a major mistake...

 
 
 

Why is Clark Kent is So Method?

Full disclosure, Iím not a Superman fan. Heís a goody-two-shoes with no flaws and I hate that. I want my superheroes to have flaws goddamn it! Horrible disgusting wart-like flaws and everything thing that goes with it. I want to be able to ...

 
 
 

Freak Dreams are Made of TheseÖ

A week and a half ago, I read a fascinating article about lucid dreaming and hardcore gaming. In this article, a psychologist Jayne Gackenbach (Gesundheit!)†posits that hardcore gamers often have more instances lucid dreams. In other words,...

 
 
 

Pass the Sticks, Remembering Old School Co-op

Over the holidays, my wife, daughter, in-laws, and I took a vacation to Disney World to help get our minds off a very long and trying year. Iím being completely transparent when I say that I wasnít necessarily thrilled to be away during the...

 
 
 

When will Nintendo Think the Unthinkable?

With the news coming out of Japan of Nintendo missing itís marks fiscally for 2013 by some sizable margins, and their stock taking a hard hit, many people have come out with their ďThe end is nearĒ sandwich board signs. Nintendo fans have c...

 
 
 

Celebrity Guest Game Reviews: Liberace & Rockband

I donít do game reviews, so Iíve decided to outsource that to some of the worldís most iconic celebrities, both living and dead. Today, Iím happy to announce that the late great Liberace will give his take on one of the most well received m...

 
 
 

The Future is Now, Playstation Now

Sonyís marketing plan seemed pretty simple with the launch of PS4. Announce powerful new hardware. Keep mouth shut. Let competition stick foot in mouth. Contradict competition. Win the next-gen before it even starts. † Pretty slick plan as ...

 
 
 
 

My Best of the Worst of 2013

Who doesn't love a train wreck? 2013 had a fair amount of them. For every triumph there was a cock-up of epic proportions. Sure, there were plenty of great games, exciting announcements and a new console generation was born, but there were ...

 
 
 

My Fondest Christmas Memory

My intention for this post initially was to retell my Christmas past, present, and future as a cheeky retelling of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. I quickly realized after a few paragraphs that it was utter shit and a horrible idea. It ...

 
 
 

Top 10 Useless Gifts for Gamers This Christmas

CHRISTMAS TIME! CHRISTMAS TIME! CHRISTMAS TIME! Hey did you know it Christmas time? That magical time of year when Christians all over the globe celebrate the birth of our savior by overspending on gifts until we fall under the weight of bo...

 
 
 
 

My Xbox One is Haunted by Chinese Factory Workers

I don't believe in ghosts and evil spirits. That has been hammered into my psyche at a young age by an incredibly old school father. However, I can't explain the odd phenomena that has been occurring since getting my Xbox One, and in partic...

 
 
 

Poor Marketing is Difficult to Overcome

I got some news other day that was hard to swallow. The company that I work for, a multinational organization that rakes in billions of dollars a year has hit "tough" times and needs to make "tough" decisions. This is what we were told duri...

 
 
 

There Is No Such Thing as a Review Proof Game

With the recent release of Call of Duty: Ghosts, Activision is sure to have another hit on their hands. It's pretty much a given that they will sell millions of copies and it'll be on top of the charts for weeks to come. Frustratingly enoug...

 
 
 
 

Not as Open Minded as I Thought

I like to fancy myself as an open minded individual. I freely admit that I was not always an open minded person. Matter of fact, I would say that at one time, I was the poster child a very narrow minded individual, shallow individual, who m...

 
 
 

A Gaming Retrospective from an Unexpected Source

I was flipping through the channels on the old boob tube this evening when I passed something that caught my eye. It appears that E:60, a sports related newsmagazine program on the ESPN network is doing a history of sports and videogames. ...

 
 
 

Gaming in China: A Pandora's Box for Console Makers

A little over a week ago, news came out that China is lifting their 13-year ban on console gaming. In a nutshell, a "Free Trade Zone" has been created with the sole purpose to create jobs, maybe stir some economic reforms, as well as luring...

 
 
 

Lax Bro Blames GTA for Being Dumb (In a Nutshell)

What pray tell is a "Lax Bro"? I realize that some may not be familiar with this special breed, as they're originally from they North East, but they are expanding to other areas of the country. Thanks to the internets, I was able to find th...

 
 
 

Valiant Hearts: Making the Great War Relevant Again

The "Great" War was neither a "War" nor was it "Great". Discuss Amongst yourselves. You're not funny anymore Mike Myers. Actually, it was a horrific war paid for by the lives of countless men and women that set in motion many things that ...

 
 
 

About SpielerDadone of us since 5:24 PM on 02.08.2013

I'm just a dad writing about games, technology, movies, and geeky stuff that tickles my fancy.

A little background:
- I'm the youngest of two children with one older sister.

- I'm first generation American as my parents were born in Italy.

- Married to a wonderful wife and have two amazing daughters who makes me laugh, smile, cry, and scream every day.

- Hobbies include exercise, reading, writing, sci-fi, film, and of course, video games.




 
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