Sway Speaks - A Gaming Moment

You guys started a thread in the forums about gaming nostalgia. It is a wonderful collection of those little moments that keep us at this hobby. I haven't posted in it yet, because I couldn't choose one to tell. My earliest gaming memories were probably from the Atari 2600. My first arcade game was Pac Man.
If you're feeling like a bit of an adventure and you enjoy games in the vein of X-Com and Jagged Alliance I highly recommend you download the Russian demo of Silent Storm 2.

August 18th - 24th

There are only three games worth mentioning this week and one of them happens to be fishing so let's just pretend it's next week already and Soul Calibur 2 is out. Pretty much the same story for DVDs although Futurama Volume Two is coming out so you can look forward to that. Oh, and Pyro told me he can't wait for the  Lizzie McGuire Movie to hit shelves this week.
In an article over at Curmudgeon Gamer they take a look at the current library of GBA games. They analyze things like sequels, licensed games and remakes to determine how many GBA games are actually original titles. The answer? 9.1%! Only 9 percent of games on the GBA are original and of that list I could only recognize Golden Sun and Advance Wars.
Sway once said to me Â"Everquest scratches a lot of itches, Certis, and also youÂ're the greatest.Â" I have to agree on both counts. Where else could you play an online game as comfortable as an old shoe that offers socializing, combat, and a tried and true level system?

Thinking Outside the Box

If you haven't already, check out Ridlin's forum post about seducing your little lady with video games. While his suggestions are all solid and based on the latest scientific advances, I have been a little hesitant on testing it on my wife, since I really only have one shot at this.
Saw this over on EvilAvatar, GameStop is settling a class action lawsuit against them alleging they were selling used games repackaged as new. Hooray right, didn't we win? If you've bought a game from them since 1998 you are entitled to a part of the settlement. Your part? A 5% discount! That's not all folks!
Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!It is the year of our Lord 1588 and you are a slave in a Spain that only barely resembles the history books.  Europe is still reeling from the disjunction, a cataclysm that unleashed magic and demons on the world five centuries earlier during the Third Crusade, whereupon vengeful foes Richard the Lionheart and Saladin were forced to join forces to turn back t
After a long and drawn out quarrel between Nvidia and Microsoft ATI has stepped in to make the graphics chip for the next Xbox system. With back slapping all around, both companies agree that ATI is the greatest video card company ever.Â"Microsoft shares our passion for cutting-edge innovation,Â" said K. Y. Ho, chairman and chief executive officer, ATI Technologies Inc.
With NCAA Football 2004, EA Sports returns to its accomplished franchise and puts players back onto the gridiron of over 160 college football teams.  Including the usual set of game tweaks and subtle additions, NCAA 2004 is an improvement built off a solid foundation rather than a significant departure.  Similar in many ways to last year's solid effort, NCAA 2004 is both helped and handicappe