Jan 19th - 25th

There isn't a ton happening o­n the games front this week with Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II out of the gate and a few other console titles worth noting. The big story is the release of Silent Storm, a turn-based World War II strategy game along the lines of Jagged Alliance and X-com but in 3D.
If there's a cautionary tale of late, the kind of story parents tell their children so they won't grow up to be game designers, it's the saga of Black Isle Studios. With no shortage of blame to be turned on Interplay's legendary mismanagement, the lamentations of BIS have been lavishly wept across the gaming spectrum and mostly deserved.
Okay Boys and Girls, it's time for another round of site updates. You should all notice some shiny new buttons to click on in the comments. That's right, you can all stop cursing my name behind my back, you can now edit comments.

Now I'll Try Without Losing Any Guys

If I wrote down, end to end, all the games I've never finished...you'd probably remark at my terribly inefficient use of paper. You might also notice that nearly every game I've owned is o­n that list. I'm just not a finisher.
After some serious voting by the judges and then re-voting to figure out who got third place we finally nailed down our contest winners! Our judges were Hoochie, Sway, Elysium, Pyro and Spunior while I compiled all of the entries and took care of vote counts. The haiku's were all listed in their groups of two but unlabeled so the judges did not know who wrote what exactly.
A surprisingly auspicious day has come, specifically the o­ne year anniversary of Gamers With Jobs. GWJ officially launched January 15, 2003 with as equally little fanfare as content.
Picking the winner of the Super bowl? Easy. Guessing when Elysium will break down and buy a game he'll never play? Child's play. Predicting the shape of future consoles before this year's E3? Maybe a little tougher if you ask me, but that's all part of the fun.
It may sound more like a conspiracy theory than any concrete accusation, but I believe the gaming industry must be running a camp filled with US children (10-14 years old) somewhere in the South-American jungle, and sourcing them for new input.  It's the o­nly explanation for what often passes as content these days.

Jan 12th - 18th

Before we get started I just want to thank everyone for their entries to the Haiku contest! I'll be compiling them and sending them off to the judges without any user names attached to we don't have to worry about any bias. Sorry Fang, those cookies you sent me were a delicious practice in futility.

Lightspeed

Mini Me, stop humping the laser!If you're as short o­n time as I have been recently, you probably prefer playing the type of game that can be fired up just to take a break for five minutes. Of course, I usually find myself spending more time o­n these titles than originally planned. While browsing through the latest IndieGamer issue I stumbled over o­ne such game: Lightspeed.

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