Equal Parts Whimsy And Folly

I maintain a list of tentative article ideas in a notepad file on my desktop. When Tuesday evening rolls around, I am obligated -- apparently under penalty of death -- to choose a topic from this list and expound upon it for anywhere from ~1000 to ~2000 words.

Deep Flak: Xbox 360

In my ever-increasing efforts to dredge up new and interesting gaming news for you, my dear GWJ readers, I've stumbled upon what I think may be the journalistic coup of the week: I scored an interview with a Microsoft insider about the Xbox360. I can't tell you how I met the man I have taken to calling Deep Flak, nor can I reveal his true name.

June 6th to 12th

I was in Blockbuster the other day looking to rent Psychonaughts. Normally I'd just buy it but I'm on a "budget" and apparently that means I'm not supposed to spend money whenever I want. Unfortunately, Blockbuster didn't have the game so I was left chumming up and down the aisles trying to find something I might have missed over the past few months.

Without a Net

After a long and exhausting May, I'm pretty much to the point where I just can't talk about another video game for a little while. Even if you dropped a surprise copy of Halo 3 right in my lap, I'd consider it with a quizzical glance at best, and probably not be able to drum up more cogent thoughts than that the DVD was mostly opaque.
The last word of this introductory paragraph will prove very naughty. For some of you, it will conjure up images of your most despised English professors; for others, it will neatly summarize everything that went wrong in twentieth-century thought.
For the social conservatives who are the self-appointed watchdogs of American culture, video games have supplanted rock and roll music as the great corruptor of the youth. Bill Haley and Ozzy Osbourne, breathe easy; Tommy Vercetti and the Doom Marine, look out. The State of Illinois is about to enact a law that has the potential to turn the gaming industry on its head.

E3 Happy Fun Picture Show

May 30th to June 5th

What an eventful week we had! With any luck things will continue to remain interesting to all of our new visitors and even the old ones who think they've seen everything GWJ has to offer. What does that mean? Nothing really, I just like saying stuff. This week we have two games worth noting.

Fear and Loathing in Los Angeles

E3 is kind of like the food from Denny’s; it takes a long time to digest. It might be fair to say that I hadn’t fully digested the experience of last year’s E3 until just before this year’s show, though that may just have been the chili nachos I kept eating. I can imagine those things sitting lodged in my digestive track for decades. I digress.

Why I Love Derek Smart

I imagine that every year after E3, teams of men in hard hats must demolish the enormous LA convention center and distribute the raw materials among millions of zealous corporate devotees the world over, to be used as fuel in the ensuing flame wars.