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Future of Rock Band

I compiled a list of some possibilities in future iterations of Rock Band with the help of a cool little interview at GameIndustry.biz. Check it out. P.S. The article has a complimentary hottie.

 
 
 

I Feel Less Ineffectual and Unimportant Now!

While I'm sure my voice will remain almost as unheard as before, I believe I am stepping in the right direction toward making others subject to my opinions. I am officially a freelance, unpaid, volunteer writer for the wonderful gaming b...

 
 
 

Good Idea, Bad Idea: Achievements

Good Idea: There are a variety of good reasons for the inclusion of Achievements both from Microsoft's position and the position of gamers. The following list is but a sample. 1. Bragging Rights: This is the most obvious benefit of the ...

 
 
 

Game Glitches Galore!

Ok, so I only have two. I thought it seemed like a lot for a month or so of game playing. Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter crucification pose. Stuntman: Ignition - Riderless Motorcycle

 
 
 

Games That Are Hard to Go Back To: Volume II

I hate the idea of missing out on any great games. However, I didn't use to be as hardcore a gamer as I am now (or maybe I just didn't have the money necessary to be one). There were quite a few games that passed me by. I generally do not h...

 
 
 
 

Games I Loved That No One Else Cared About

We all have games that are very special to us. Most of the time, the love for these games is universal and shared by many a fellow gamer. However, sometimes the games we love just don't seem to be as appreciated by others as we feel they ...

 
 
 

Halo 3 Sniper Rifle Bulltrue

I had a pretty good Halo 3 evening yesterday. I managed to get a Bulltrue (killing someone in the middle of a sword lunge) using my sniper rifle. As an added bonus, I shot him in the crotch. Here is a pure luck video I also felt compelle...

 
 
 

Monkeys Can Be Fanboys Too!

I ran across an interesting article in the New York Times recently. While it is no surprise that we humans will often rationalize decisions we make by downplaying the significance or worth of the options we pass up, apparently primates do...

 
 
 
 

"Brain Boost is better than Brain Age" -Gamestop

I was in Gamestop today with a friend looking for some good original Xbox games on the cheap. As I was putting up with the horrible selection as I do on every visit, I overheard the cashier speaking to a customer. "That's the new Brain A...

 
 
 
 
 

Games Time Forgot: Toy Commander

Sorry for highjacking your title, Reverend, but this game needed a shoutout. I picked Toy Commander up quite a while ago and it has been sitting in my unplayed stack of games ignored and unloved...until yesterday. Toy Commander is prett...

 
 
 
 
 
 

Games are too Damned Long

I play a lot of videogames. I purchased 30 Nintendo DS games in the last year alone (Note: I have 4 other systems I currently play in addition to DS). I also have an obsessive need to complete every videogame I purchase, so I've played a ...

 
 
 
 

Let's Get Dramatic!

If you've been gaming for a while you might have noticed something about the industry as a whole, especially in recent years. Repetition. I'll admit there is quite a variety of genres out there, but most of them seem to be simply sub-ge...

 
 
 

Videogame addiction: O RLY?

This one seems to be a popular topic as of late and I felt it necessary to have my own say in the matter. I'm not as well-versed on addiction as I ought to be. I should know more about the subject as I had the opportunity to take an in-dept...

 
 
 

About TheBrainone of us since 12:41 AM on 11.14.2006

My name is Matt and I am a doctoral psychology student that plays and reads about videogames. A lot. I have high hopes for the games industry in terms of the application of the medium to less escapist entertainment means. I also like disagreeing with people on the internet because anonymity is awesome.

I will play any kind of videogame but I mainly play action and adventure games, although I have been known to play the occasional racing game and whatever whacked out genreless DS/Wii game that is thrown at me. Typically, the less formula-based and cookie-cutter the game, the more I like it. For some reason I have a dislike for RTS games and turn based RPGs.

To me, the best games allow for freedom, not so much the "you have three different missions to choose from" freedom. I like games that give me choices in how "levels" are defeated providing a different experience each time (GTA, Hitman, Mercenaries). I also like games that let me make real decisions that effect the outcome of the game, not basic decisions that simply keep me alive until the next prescribed story element becomes apparent (Deus Ex). That isn't to say I don't sometimes enjoy the force-fed completely linear game (Mario, Metroid, Zelda, Castlevania).

Favorite Games:

NES:
1. Super Mario Bros. 3
2. The Legend of Zelda
3. Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
4. Bubble Bobble
5. Dr. Mario

Genesis:

1. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
2. Gunstar Super Heroes
3. Comix Zone
4. Contra: Hard Corps
5. X-Men 2: The Clone Wars

SNES:

1. Super Metroid
2. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
3. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
4. Contra III: The Alien Wars
5. Super Mario World

PS1:
1. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
2. Metal Gear Solid
3. Ape Escape
4. Crash Team Racing
5. Syphon Filter

N64:
1. Super Mario 64
2. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
3. Mario Kart 64
4. Star Fox 64
5. Paper Mario

PS2:
1. Grand Theft Auto III
2. Shadow of the Colossus
3. Beyond Good & Evil
4. Ico
5. Okami
6. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
7. Mercenaries
8. Amplitude

Gamecube:
1. Resident Evil 4
2. Metroid Prime
3. Pikmin
4. Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem
5. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

PC:
1. Deus Ex
2. Far Cry
3. Fable: The Lost Chapters
4. No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way
5. Fa´┐Żade

GBA:

1. Metroid: Zero Mission
2. Fire Emblem
3. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
4. Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance
5. Klonoa: Empire of Dreams

DS:
1. Elite Beat Agents
2. Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
3. Animal Crossing: Wild World
4. New Super Mario Bros.
5. Kirby: Canvas Curse

Wii:
1. Super Mario Galaxy
2. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
3. Wii Sports
4. Warioware: Smooth Moves

Xbox 360:
1. Rock Band
2. Mass Effect
3. Bioshock
4. Assassin's Creed
5. Call of Duty 4