December 7, 2011
VIDEO GAME systems are generating remarkable sales this holiday season. Microsoft's Xbox 360 is leading the pack (a million units sold just over the Black Friday weekend), while Sony and Nintendo also report higher than expected figures. Clearly driving the boom? A terrific bunch of new software titles for hard-core gamers and casuals alike. BLOWS UP REAL GOOD: Fresh first-person shooters are proving especially hot, selling staggering numbers (8 million to 10 million) in little more than a month.
July 2, 2010 |
This is so cool, I had to put it first. For us old heads, Tron will forever be one of the greatest movie/video combinations ever. When Tron: Legacy hits theaters around the winter holidays, it will be a great time for Tron geeks to take their kids to see what the hype is/was all about. Suppose money is no object with regard to your Tron mania. Suppose you want to be the alpha dog when it comes to Tron culture. I may have just the thing for you. Forget all of the new toys, video games, and other Tron items hitting store shelves ahead of the film because nestled in Melbourne, Fla., is a custom cycle shop named Parker Brothers Choppers that claims to be able to make street-legal . . . Tron Light Cycles?
June 4, 2010
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii) Electronic Arts (Developer and Publisher) $59.99 The last time that news of a Tiger Woods PGA Tour game (now at Game 11) graced these pages, we thought it odd that the cover also featured Irish sensation Rory McIlroy. Given the recent events of Woods' personal life it seemed to be a cheap ploy by EA to save par. Rest assured, golf game fans, the game itself is still better than anything else that is out there. That isn't to say that the game's move from 10 to 11 is a mere addition of another year.
December 5, 2008 |
It's not as if I'm a regular reader of Vanity Fair, but Tina Fey on the cover of the January issue was bananas, so I felt it was my manly duty to investigate the Maureen Dowd interview. Besides, gamers usually like the ladies with a scar or two. But I digress. Did you know that Fey, the 30 Rock creator, Upper Darby High School graduate, Saturday Night Live actor, and awesome Sarah Palin impersonator, once did voice-overs for a pinball game? Feel free to file this under fairly useless information, but Fey used a Southern drawl, an "Ellie May Clampett voice" she told Dowd, in a game called Medieval Madness by Williams Electronic Games in 1997.
December 14, 2007 |
Video games have developed something of a bad reputation in recent years, mostly for excessive violence. While certain critics tend to overstate the case wildly, the fact remains that the game industry does itself no favors with gore-filled trash like Rockstar's recent Manhunt 2. So, as the holidays draw near, it warms the heart to learn of gamers who are giving back to others. My favorite local example involves Stefanie Doctor Shea, a Bucks County woman whose husband, Michael, will spend Christmas in Iraq, where he is a U.S. Army sergeant on his second tour of duty.
November 17, 2006 |
As much as I enjoyed Nintendo's new Wii, my experience with the PlayStation 3 convinced me that Sony is playing an entirely different ball game. At $599, the PS3 I tested costs more than twice as much as the $249 Wii, but has more features. Is PS3, which hits store shelves today, worth the extra cash? That depends on what you are looking for. The Wii, which is available Sunday, is a game machine, pure and simple. The PS3, on the other hand, aspires to be the focal point of your home entertainment experience.
November 3, 2006 |
Who will win the console war? Microsoft vs. Sony. Xbox 360 vs. PlayStation 3. Or will it be Nintendo's new Wii? Those were the questions we were asking ourselves the second we knew the three giant electronics corporations were making new video-game consoles. Microsoft got a head start with the Xbox 360 when it launched almost a year ago. When Sony and Nintendo launch their units later this month, we can watch the console war rage and play the video games, too. The PS3 is finally going to be released Nov. 17. Nintendo's Wii console comes out two days later.
October 27, 2006 |
Working in the video game industry offers perks, one of which is getting invited to launch events and Gamer's Days. Sony invited me and 200 journalists to San Francisco last weekend for its PS3 Gamer's Day, an exclusive preview for the new PlayStation 3, which will be released Nov. 17. These events are about creating hype and energizing buzz for products. But it was apparent that Sony's preview also was designed for damage control. Recent news stories on PS3 have featured negative reactions to the console's $600 price tag and the apparent massive shortage of the console this holiday season.
September 8, 2006 |
We hate to say Sony, Sony, Sony, but news is news. We started out the day with Sony announcing problems with its PlayStation 3 manufacturing process; then the company said Europe, Russia, the Middle East, and others would have to wait till March for the new console. Finally, we learned that there will be only 400,000 units for Christmas launch here in the States because of Blu-ray laser shortages. And this is just one day's worth of news. All these production problems raise an interesting question.
May 13, 2006 |
The big talk before this week's Electronic Entertainment Expo was the name Nintendo chose for its new console, Wii. The electronic gaming world was either chuckling or confused. But then Sony announced the price of its new console on Monday. The laughing stopped, but the head-scratching continued. Six hundred bucks! That's what Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Kaz Hirai anounced would be the price for his company's top-of-the-line PlayStation 3. The no-frills model, which will have a smaller hard drive and no built-in wireless capabilities, will sell for $499.