Fun Explained

I see that Certis is still in the American Football mood after Super Bowl XXXVIII was won by a single breast. Or so I was told. Let us talk about games for a second though: over at Slashdot Games I spotted this Skotos article. Dave Rickey elaborates on the importance of elements of 'realism' in games.

Terry Tate is Back!

If you've been with the site since the early days you know that we hold a special place in our hearts for Terry Tate, Office Linebacker. I'm pleased to report that a new Terry Tate video is online and he does indeed bring the pain.
ItÂ's this simple: if youÂ'd like to help out GWJ with a monetary donation, this week is your chance. Everything else IÂ'm about to talk about compliments that, but itÂ's just the specifics and clarifications around that fundamental statement.

February 2nd - 8th

Good day. It is once again a slow week for games with only a select few worth mentioning. Our pick this time around is a little something from the realm of the old school. With over one hundred ships to choose from, R-Type Final looks to be one of the more difficult side-scrollers to hit the shelves lately.

Eventually I'm Going to Wake Up

I'm switching DSL providers and, according to the new provider, there will be a lag time between the time the old provider takes their "equipment" off my line and the time the new provider can put their "equipment" on my line. That lag time began yesterday. I actually had to bring today's comic into work on a floppy disk. Remember those?

NFL Street (Xbox)

"Snot bubbles! There, I said it!"If pop-culture is to be believed, then some words fundamentally change the mood of the noun, verb, or adjective that they modify. For example, adding the word monkey always makes things funnier, particularly when describing oneÂ's state of being, as in one being a web monkey, writer monkey, plumber monkey, and/or certified public accountant monkey.
Many a MMOG has hit the street looking to take a piece of the pie away from EverQuest, but EQ continues to draw new uses every day.

Indies du Jour

The guys over at RPGCodex pointed out what could be described as 'Pac-Man Goes RPG': The Magic Land. Beneath the rather generic title happens to be a weird but accessible low-level RPG featuring a turn-based battle system. After a few minutes of walking around and acquiring a sword the main protagonist, Pea Guy, encounters the first character to join the party.

Lords of Everquest

Gather around the campfire and let me tell you a story. It's a story about a game. Wait, no it isn't. It's about a company. A company that loves money. Sack loads of it. Nobody knows how it started, maybe springtime was in the air, all the credit cards were dressed in skimpy clothing, perhaps they just got really, really drunk.
2003 - that's not just the year that didn't see Half-Life 2 coming out. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) took a look at the titles sold in the past year and notes that the total sales of video and computer games generated revenues of more than $7 billion in the US. Slightly below the original predictions, but still above the $6.9 billion of the previous year.