January 2007


Kyle, Rob, and Ralph Wish you a happy New Year with a look back to the year that was 2006 in the video game world! And we end it off with our predictions of mythic proportions for 2007…tell ya friends!

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We start off our series of monthly mag reviews with everyone’s favorite magazine owned by a video game retailer.

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I was rubbing the sleep from my eyes after waking up way too early for a Sunday morning when I got a call from my 13-year-old sister, Paige (pictured to the right). "How’s it going?" I asked. "Not good," she said.

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When we saw via Game|Life that some IGN forums goers had taken steel wool to a Blu-ray disc with no apparent damage, we thought, "we can do better than that." So we gathered up some convenient implements of destruction and saw how our free copy of Talladega Nights would stand up to a ballpoint pen, a pizza cutter and a butcher’s knife (unfortunately, the disc broke down before we could rub crunchy cereal all over it.) Check out the video below, and keep watching to the end for some pyrotechnic bonus footage.

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As Ziff Davis shops its vaunted Game Group around, we handicap the odds on some likely (and unlikely) potential buyers.

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Which is why it’s surprising to see T-shirt clad 20-somethings rubbing elbows with polo-shirt wearing grandparents in a 5,000-person strong National Symphony audience at the Vienna, Va. Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. They’re here to see Play: A Video Game Symphony, a concert that eschews the common symphonic fare of Bach, Mahler and Strauss for pieces by the likes Square’s Uematsu, Nintendo’s Kondo and Konami’s Gregson-Williams. While parts of the audience have never played a game and other parts have never heard a live symphony, they’ve all gathered together to experience another world without fully leaving the comfort of the one they know.

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How many of those gaming rumors you read about actually turn out to be true? We analyzed an entire year’s worth of rumors as reported in popular gaming magazine EGM. You may be surprised at what we found out.

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Out with the old, in with the new as a young gun takes up the Mr. Media Coverage mantle. Yes, the Media Coverage torch has officially been passed. Read all about it…

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I wrote this weekly column covering the people who cover video games from Jan. 2007 through Feb. 2008. It’s currently maintained by Gus Mastrapa.