Gaming journalism is finally starting to hit its stride, if you believe the gaming journalists themselves. The current preferred terminology is new games journalism, which to me implies that our current gaming journalism (with its awards and trade groups and mainstream media recognition) is of an order of magnitude better than old games journalism, whatever that is.

The Retail Game, Part 1: Profit

As recently promised, I have a backlog of opinions to eject regarding the current state of specialty gaming retail. Having been a twice-successful manager for two major gaming retail outlets, most recently EB, I speak from a position of some authority on the matter.

Destroy All Humans!

Initial sightings of Destroy All Humans suggested that it might indeed be that most elusive of gaming phenomena: a genuinely entertaining, highly polished title based on a brand-spanking-new intellectual property. In fact, after some hands-on time with the title at this year's E3, I was relatively convinced that the prophesies of its greatness would be fulfilled.


So I've had a really large, hard to digest thought on my mind for the past two months or so that has precluded me from using this space to proselytize in article form. Therefore I have yielded to my dark side and slapped on the comedy nice and thick, like mayo on a ham on rye. I hope you've enjoyed it. It will, no doubt, continue in the future.

July 4th to 10th

Happy Independence Day, Americans! I hope you're enjoying your independence during what may be one of the slowest weeks for new games this year. Pretty much all we have to look at is Killer 7 for the Gamecube and PS2. Capcom's bat-crap crazy adventure game made almost no sense at E3 and early reviews seem to agree that you'll either love it or hate it.

Happy Canada Day!

It's Canada day today and it looks like it should be a good one. We're the second country to legalize gay marriage (squeaking in just before Spain) and our beer is still brewed for taste first and getting drunk second. I apologize for the slow content over the past few weeks, as you can imagine a slowing down of game releases and the beginning of summer means everyone is pretty busy.

Comedy of Errors

Look at you, hacker. A pathetic creature of meat and bone, panting and sweating as you run through my corridors. How can you challenge a perfect, immortal machine?

June 27th to July 3rd

There's a real odd assortment of PC games coming out this week, in some ways it's a perfect snapshot of where the PC scene is at these days. We've got a couple console ports, two puzzle games, an adventure game and some crazy looking low-tech RTS game from a Dutch developer. Is this a bad thing? I'll leave that answer up to you, mainly because I'm not sure yet.

The Horrible Awful Unpleasant Truth

Well, my friends, the time has come for me to admit a terrible secret. It's a dark and shocking thing that I've kept locked up in a closet with the bones of Jimmy Hoffa and the Lindbergh baby. It is a secret source of shame for me, and I suspect shame also for those who hold my confidence and sully their own good name by keeping that secret for me.

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