Month: July 2006

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The Game Rag Gets (Kind of) Serious

I’d just like to take a moment to say I really enjoyed the recent feature on game satire site The Game Rag (which I write for occasionally) in which the author spent 21 hours watching erstwhile “gaming” network G4 and reported on his findings. Some of the comments are a little obvious and not really […]

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Editorial Gripe of the Moment

“I hate when editors change things. Not to sound like the kind of pussy who reads books, but word choice is how a writer establishes his or her voice and it’s especially important in editorial or comedy pieces. I’m sort of a frat boy jock with a lot of nerd hobbies, and I think I […]

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What To Do When You’re Under An Embargo

If you’re MTV, you write about bacon-wrapped shrimp instead of the game.

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(Parenthetical of the Moment)

“On many widescreen monitors, most 3-D games play only at a lower, boxy resolution, which is then stretched to fit the bigger screen. Needless to say, it doesn’t look great. (Solitaire works wonderfully.) [emphasis added]” -Seth Schiesel has at least one nice thing to say in an otherwise brutal review of the gaming capabilities for […]

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1982 Totally Owns 1991!

OK guys, I know it’s summer and it’s pretty slow, but it’s time to stop with the “Top 10 Years in Gaming” articles. Last month it was Next Generation putting out a list, then today GameSetWatch linked me a to a similar retrospective on GamesRadar. First off, we’ve only had roughly 35 years of “gaming” […]

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The Only Magazine With the Good Taste to Put Naruto on the Cover

Speaking of GamePro, has anyone else noticed the decidedly animated tilt the magazine has taken lately? Three of the last four issues have featured games based on cartoons right on the cover (#211, April 2006: Naruto; #212 May 2006: Family Guy; #214, July 2006: Super Dragon Ball Z). I suppose it serves a certain segment […]

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Pimpin’ Like a GamePro Editor

GamePro #214, July 2006, Page 23 Click for full size version According to this ad for the “Avirex Fly Life Sweepstakes” the “life of a GamePro editor” is pretty sweet. Not only do GamePro editors get subtle winks from Activison receptionists (panel 5) but they also get cleavage-bearing assistants to hold open the magazine for […]

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Sega Visions, Reborn in an English Newspaper?

Is it me, or is England’s Sun newspaper now printing articles that were rejected by the former Sega Visions? This thing is full of so-bad-they’re-great quotes, but my favorite has to be the admission that Sonic collects all sorts of rings, including “the odd ring doughnut.” Seriously, it’s like it’s 1993 and my free suscription […]

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The Gaming Press Picks at Bush’s Brain

As a PR move, donating a free DS Lite and copy of Brain Age to President Bush on his 60th birthday was brilliant on Nintendo’s part. After all, there’s lots of free advertising to be found in the dozens of press mentions the bit has already received, and nearly all of them printed verbatim the […]

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Zing of the Moment

“Is there any gaming oriented subject a games journalist, desperate to add some substance to his or her trade, can’t spend a few thousand words upon? I dunno — ask Wagner James Au.” -Kotaku’s Florian Eckhart plays it snarky in linking to a piece on The Armchair Empire on the origins of some game character […]

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