January 2008

The newly promoted Gamespot EIC talks about taking the reins of one of game journalism’s oldest and most recognized web sites. And yes, Jeff Gerstmann does come up.

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A subtitle like ‘Size Matters’ seems to beg the question of whether size really does matter to the Ratchet & Clank series. That is, does the Ratchet & Clank experience made famous on the PlayStation 2 suffer at all on the much smaller PSP? The answer is yes, but not enough to totally remove the game’s appeal.

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How much training does your brain really need?That’s the question seemingly begged by the subtitle to Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day! Like its predecessor, Brain Age 2 asks players to complete basic, grade-school-level mental tasks as quickly as possible to ‘activate the prefrontal cortex’ and keep the brain sharp and alert. And as with its predecessor, these training games eschew complexity in favor of accessibility, and depth in favor of quick play.There’s nothing inherently wrong with this design — as the title implies, this is a game meant to be played for minutes a day, not to engage for hours through a long plane flight. But the fact that this sequel needs to exist at all speaks to the greatest flaw of the Brain Age concept — even playing for mere minutes a day, these simple puzzles just don’t hold up very well over the long haul.

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No, I’m not going to write that many. But Malcolm Galdwell did, and it’s incredibly interesting. Take ten minutes and read it through.

“I’m Jewish in the same way The Olive Garden is an Italian restaurant. Which is to say: not very.”
-A.J. Jacobs, The Year of Living Biblically

Media Coverage talks with the host of Spike TV’s GameTrailers TV about web video, the VGAs and Fox News. Also, the Foo Fighters come up at one point.

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A week away in a Tennessee cabin with all my high school buds was just what I needed. Check out why using the below pictures and video (which for some reason wordpress won’t let me center. Stupid CMS)

Media Coverage looks at a newcomer onto the magazine scene that wants to be the Sports Illustrated of pro gaming. Is it worth your time?

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Playing for a living
Laurel man quits job to find success as video game reviewer
by Anath Hartmann

You could say Super Mario Brothers changed Kyle Orland’s life and he hasn’t put his joystick down since turning his childhood love into a full-fledged career.

In 1997, the then-14-year-old received a manual on the Web language HTML as a gift from his mother that he utilized to create a Web page about the digital, mustachioed Nintendo duo and their video games.

‘‘When I went into college, I planned to make video games,” said Orland, 25, a 2004 University of Maryland, College Park graduate. ‘‘But I didn’t quite have the skills, I think. So I went into journalism, which seemed kind of like a natural transition because I liked to write and I’m very passionate about ”

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I try to stay humble, I really do. But when your desk is featured in a photo gallery of “Gaming’s Greatest” and your name is dropped in a fan rap about Jeff Gerstmann, it’s hard not to think you’re the coolest person ever.

That second one might need some explanation, so check out the below video. The name drop is around 1:10.


The relevant lyrics:
The Hypertext protocol lost its meaning to all.
Choosing money over integrity became your downfall.
At 3 a.m. on November 30th 07
My RSS received news beyond my comprehension.
When I read the news on Joystiq it was hard to stomach.
I thought Kyle Orland must’ve fucking gone nuts or somethin’.
I was sooner to believe that he was being punished.
For pornography or siphoning money from the budget.”

Once that profile goes up in the Prince George’s Gazette, my head really is going to explode. Quick, insult me in the comments! It’s the only way to save my life!

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