September 2007


In this Episode of Press Start Kyle Orland and Ralph Cooper give their official review of Halo, Metorid: Corruption, and discuss the Red Rings of Death.  We might throw a couple of other topics in there too!

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Media Coverage asks you to put down your copy of Halo 3 and come read about other people writing about Halo 3.

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Media Coverage continues its look at those bits of game writing that just rub some people the wrong way.

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"Haha, I have more friends than you."

The schoolyard taunt in my instant messenger box was pretty easy to dismiss. For one, it was coming from my 12-year-old cousin, who is always trying to find some petty way to get under my skin. For another, the taunt was based not on a deep, insightful discussion of our social lives, but from a quick perusal of our competing MySpace pages.

I was a latecomer to the MySpace craze, signing up primarily to view the profiles of a few close friends and family members. My cousin, on the other hand, had quickly made MySpace the center of her middle school social life. A quick conversation confirmed that her impressive-sounding list of 180-plus friends was comprised mostly of classmates she barely knew, random strangers that spammed her with friend requests and a few "friends" that were actually her friends in real life.

But all these mitigating factors didn’t really help me shake the annoying feeling I got when comparing her massive friend count to the paltry dozen or so friends on my list. It was an unmistakable feeling at the pit of my stomach that would be familiar to any gamer with even a hint of ego – a feeling that combines the shame of failure and the shame of caring so much about something so trivial.
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I felt like I was losing. At MySpace, of all things.

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The game industry has plenty of controversy, but the world of game journalism certainly produces its own fair share. Media Coverage take  a look at the most controversial bits of game writing from the last few years.

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When game journalists aren’t writing reviews, most of their time is spent putting together previews for the "hottest upcoming games." Media Coverage looks at some of the problems with the standard game preview.

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