Month: November 2005

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It’s Our Fault That Games Aren’t Considered Art

When talking with friends or other journalists about the state of game criticism, I often hear the complaint that games haven’t yet found their Roger Ebert — a critic who can bring at least semi-serious game appreciation to the masses. Many gamers wish there was someone who could similarly raise the profile of game criticism […]

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Is The Honeymoon Over Already?

It was a nice couple of days there for Microsoft and their Xbox 360. All anyone could talk about was the system’s awesome graphics, its amazing processing power, it’s ability to turn potatoes into Julienne fries, and so on. Now, barely one week after the launch, all anyone seems to be talking about is shortages, […]

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‘Tis Better to Have Played and Lost…

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at this emotionally turbulent Mario Kart DS review from Geek on Stun, but I’ve got to lean towards laugh. A great send up of the review form.

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My Last MTV Post for a While, I Promise

I know I’ve been talking about MTV a lot lately, but their GameORZ Week represented a big push into gaming for a major media player. Now comes word that the network will feature rock-music simulator Guitar Hero in its programming and has purchased up-and-coming game video site Gametrailers.com. Just more acknowledgement from the media establishment […]

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PR Entreaty of the Moment

“Greetings. Within the next week, you will be receiving a software review pitch from us that has absolutely nothing to do with Xbox 360. Please do not be alarmed.” -A PR rep e-mails to let me know about “the first super hero themed casino games on the web.” You know, in case people get tired […]

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Gamespot Staffers Out of Luck Looking for a 360

A quick bite from a Gamespot story on the Xbox 360’s “rocky start at retail” By noon Tuesday, GameSpot staffers who had not preordered Xbox 360s witnessed sellouts of the console at dozens of locations, including Fry’s Electronics, Costco, Circuit City, and Game Crazy. Two (largely rhetorical) questions: 1) Why is it relevant at all […]

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WaPo on MTV’s GameORZ

Today the Washington Post discusses MTV’s foray into games-related programs this week, with quotes from yours truly. I think television execs are scared to death that their core demographics are starting to play games more and watch TV less, and programming like this is a desperate attempt to win them back. We’ll see if it […]

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On-Air Jerks for Microsoft

I woke up this morning to the strains of “The Teddy Bear’s Picnic” on local alternative rock station DC101 and I immediately knew something was up. Sure enough, the station’s Elliot in the Morning team couldn’t stop talking about the Xbox 360 all morning, fielding calls from excited listeners and basically waxing unpoetic about how […]

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Quote of the Moment

“Mike Wallace, an analyst with UBS Warburg, said he expects the market breakdown to be closer to 60 percent PlayStation 3 vs. 40 percent Xbox 360 in the next generation.” -Chris Morris doesn’t leave much room for Nintendo’s next system in a competitive analysis of Microsoft’s early launch

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Xbox 360 OVERLOAD!

I can’t possibly keep up with all the Xbox 360 coverage going on right now, which is why I’ve largely been ignoring it on the blog. I feel like as soon as I post something, some new development will make whatever I write irrelevant, incomplete or inaccurate. That said, here’s some thoughts and links. Remember […]

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