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Xbox 360 Defects: An Inside History of Microsoft’s Console Woes

Xbox 360 Defects: An Inside History of Microsoft’s Console Woes

Written by (@CraigDWagner) on September 9, 2008 in News

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Dean Takahashi, formerly of the San Jose Mercury News, recently published a fairly lengthy article at  VentureBeat.com that goes into the history of the 360’s development and why Microsoft ended up with egg on its face as a result. Even if you’re not that interested in the business behind video games, it’s a good read…. Read More »


Spiral’s Soapbox: Second-hand sales are a “critical situation?”

Spiral’s Soapbox: Second-hand sales are a “critical situation?”

Written by (@CraigDWagner) on September 1, 2008 in Opinion

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An interview with Jens Uwe Intat, senior VP and general manager for European publishing at EA, was recently published on gamesindustry.biz. In the interview, Intat made some comments that annoyed me a bit as a consumer of the product his company produces (i.e. video games). I’d actually make the point that for us second-hand sales… Read More »


Fallout 3 Screenshot Mistaken as Al Qaeda Material

Fallout 3 Screenshot Mistaken as Al Qaeda Material

Written by (@CraigDWagner) on May 30, 2008 in News

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According to a story on GamePolitics.com, the image at left has been reported as an Al Qaeda-produced graphic investigating the feasibility of a nuclear attack on the US. The report was produced by the SITE Intelligence Group, a for-profit defense contractors that monitors terrorist activities. Unfortunately for SITE, the image is actually a screenshot from… Read More »


Spiral’s Soapbox: Is Microsoft Homophobic?

Spiral’s Soapbox: Is Microsoft Homophobic?

Written by (@CraigDWagner) on May 25, 2008 in Opinion

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Recently Microsoft decided to make Xbox Live ‘safer’ for everyone by banning any gamertag with ‘gay’ in it. Turns out there are actually people with ‘gay’ as part of their name, like Richard Gaywood, who decided to use his real name as his gamertag. Microsoft’s official response has been:


Gears of War 2 Gameplay Trailer Released

Gears of War 2 Gameplay Trailer Released

Written by (@CraigDWagner) on May 10, 2008 in News

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Epic has released an HD gameplay trailer for Gears of War 2. It’s pretty impressive, showing some new features of the game. You will now be able to grab an enemy and use him as a meat shield, execute the meat shield at any time, flip your lancer over and deliver a chainsaw killing blow… Read More »


Spiral’s Soapbox: Movies & Music Bigger Problem than Games

Spiral’s Soapbox: Movies & Music Bigger Problem than Games

Written by (@CraigDWagner) on May 10, 2008 in Opinion

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The Federal Trade Commission recently released the results of a nationwide survey of 13- to 16-year-old undercover shoppers. The research was aimed at determining how often retailers sold or rented the following without asking for proof of age identification: R-Rated Movie Tickets R-Rated DVDs Unrated DVDs Music containing a Parental Advisory Label M-Rated Video Games


Spiral’s Soapbox: GTA IV Controversy… Say It Ain’t So

Spiral’s Soapbox: GTA IV Controversy… Say It Ain’t So

Written by (@CraigDWagner) on May 5, 2008 in Opinion

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With the release of GTA IV the nutcases are coming out of the woodwork. If for some reason you’d like to raise your blood pressure, you can see JT’s appearance on the Glenn Beck show where he tosses around his favorite term (“murder simulator”) a few times. While he rails about how we must protect… Read More »


How to Fix the Achievement System

How to Fix the Achievement System

Written by (@CraigDWagner) on April 16, 2008 in Opinion

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Most of you are probably thinking, “What do you mean fix the achievement system? It’s not broken.” After the constant hoopla I read about how great achievements are, it’s interesting to read an article that takes some off the rose-colored glasses. A recently article on Gametap, Sin & Resolution: Xbox Achievements, takes a stab at… Read More »


DC & Sierra to Publish Prototype Comic

DC & Sierra to Publish Prototype Comic

Written by (@CraigDWagner) on April 16, 2008 in News

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DC Comics and Sierra are going to team up to produce a comic book based on the up-coming game Prototype. Prototype will be an open-world action game featuring Alex Mercer – a genetically mutated shape-shifter with no memory of his past hell-bent on solving the mystery of his existence. “We’re blown away with what Sierra… Read More »


Amazon & Wal-Mart to Compensate HD-DVD Purchasers

Amazon & Wal-Mart to Compensate HD-DVD Purchasers

Written by (@CraigDWagner) on April 14, 2008 in News

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This isn’t exactly breaking news as it was officially announced a few days ago, but just in case you haven’t stumbled on it already… Amazon.com is offering a $50 credit to those who purchased an HD-DVD player from them prior to February 23rd, 2008. If you qualify you should have received an email from Amazon… Read More »