Hype Hype Baby!

While our very own Elysium is off gallivanting or frolicking or whatever people with Thesauruses do, I've been left to do the Weekly Review. Unlike last week, the forums were filled with all kinds of discussion about events and rumors in the gaming industry. Unfortunately, none of them turned out to be true. It did make for interesting discussion though.

You Have Found a 'ANTIDOTE'!

I'm six hours into Tales of Symphonia, a full-blown Japanese RPG on the Gamecube. These are the gaming equivalent of going to McDonald's in another state. Honest. Allow me to explain. You go on vacation or you're travelling for work and you find yourself in a state you've never been to and in a city that's completely unfamiliar.

A Blade of Stormwind Part Two

It's time for part two in the Blade of Stormwind series! If you missed the first one, you can read it right here. In part two Ronsy sets out on her quest to "borrow" some documents from the Defias Brotherhood.

A Day In The Life

It occurs to me that many of you are not yet endowed with the gift of child, and so you really have little idea what that kind of life is like. I'm sure you've heard many otherwise reasonable adults speak on the bliss of parenthood, its glut of difficulties dismissed as they recite endless platitudes in a secret but organized effort to encourage single people to share their pain.

GWJ Swag Update

Seeing as how we're close to the middle of July I thought now would be a good time for a GWJ swag update. We need fifty pre-orders of shirts and 50 pre-orders of mugs to get them made. Here are the current figures:    T-Shirts: 37 pre-ordered GWJ Mugs: 23 pre-ordered So out of the 2000+ people who visit the site each day this is where we stand so far.

Deus Ex Violentia

Summer is the time for rose-colored glasses if you're a gamer. There's plenty of time inside thanks to that bastard yellow ball of burning we call the Sun, and there's very few new releases to keep us occupied. There's usually so many good games in the Christmas/post-Christmas season that there's plenty left to tide us over.
A while ago I stumbled over a project called Nirvana thanks to a mention over at SuperMutant. It certainly is not the first time that one of our interviews features a remark along the lines of Â"a small team in [insert overly exotic countries such as Germany] is currently working on...Â".

July 12th to 18th

Your mileage may vary, but happy Monday! I have a confession to make this morning, IÂ'm not proud of it but here goes. IÂ'm constantly tempted to play Japanese RPGÂ's despite the fact that I havenÂ't enjoyed one since Final Fantasy VII. I donÂ't like the way most of them portray their characters as children.

Summer Doldrums

Another fairly slow news week for you guys to chew on.  The forums have been full of addiction and obsession over Joint Operations, a small clique of us have rediscovered Rise of Nations, and there's been some well tempered enthusiasm for the coming season of football.  In short, weÂ're pretty well sated, and thus unusually calm.  In some ways summer is the best time to be a

Sometimes I Feel Like I'm a Pawn in a Game

I've jumped on the Rise of Nations bandwagon this week and am learning valuable RTS skills such as pouting and pretending I'm having network difficulties. As I instruct my citizens to run this way and that, building temples and chopping down trees, I can't help but think I'm letting them down.