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What counts as cheating?

Thursday, August 31st, 2006 by jay

A few days ago, the Washington Post ran a short article on cheating in video games. Because people tend to prefer things to be simplified rather than made more complex, the piece doesn’t attempt to define cheating. But because people also tend to prefer exciting hyperbole, the article proclaims, “Here’s the ugly, sometimes dirty, often-overlooked …


Tuesday, August 29th, 2006 by jay

However horrendous they may be, bugs and glitches are generally accepted in PC games. This is both because computers vary so drastically that consumers understand making everything work properly with all hardware configurations would be a Herculean task, and also because we have learned to bend over and take it. “Here’s my $50, can I …

The Propaganda Project: Reggie Fils Aime

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006 by jay

Reggie Fils Aime – President Nintendo of America

Nintendo’s American President does not come from a gaming background. He was hired to compete with the bullshit artists at the other companies. Iwata is too Japanese and not in our faces enough to handle an American audience that seems to enjoy being lied to. Enter Reggie. For …

Weekly News We Care About Wrap Up – 8.25.06

Sunday, August 27th, 2006 by jay

Game testing company founded by ex-Lionhead guy
The outsourcing of game testing has the potential to prevent computer games (and some console games) from shipping despite being riddled with bugs. I doubt this new company will have a facility like I described in this article — a huge building with a thousand computers …

Logitech Wireless controllers eat it

Thursday, August 24th, 2006 by jay

Logitech wireless controllers may look cool, but my experience with them has been quite disappointing. Hoping to make all my gaming as convenient as Game Cube sessions, I spent $40 a pop on three Logitech controllers, two PS2 and one Xbox. Before spending money I check out a product’s reviews and this purchase was …

Games as Art II

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006 by jay

A vast majority of game reviews are done methodically. Games have been broken down into a handful of components and each of these is generally given a numeral rating. The bare set of qualities examined is typically gameplay, graphics, sound, and control but more elaborate reviews may include music and sound effects separately as well …

Weekly News We Care About Wrap Up – 8.18.06

Sunday, August 20th, 2006 by jay

The Propaganda Project: J Allard

Monday, August 14th, 2006 by jay

J Allard — Corporate Vice Presient, Microsoft

Empowerment to the next level, Allard is a PR guy who really loves clichés that push the envelope. Luckily, he seems to be grounded in what makes games good as he has said many times that graphics are a single component and not necessarily important. He also frequently says …

Weekly News We Care About Wrap Up – 8.11.06

Friday, August 11th, 2006 by jay

Handheld gaming devices are now terrorist weapons
Now I’ll need to build a steam powered gaming device for my trip to England. I was really looking forward to playing Al Qaeda’s Touch Terror and the Taliban’s Death to Americhat on my DS, too. Apparently, US Flights are also banning liquids. I think I’ll debate …

Best Game Ever – Miracle Warriors

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006 by jay

I hope you enjoyed that commercial, now on to the article.

In …