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Thoughts on Transformers 2 and Big-Budget Sequels

I’ve been wanting to see Transformers 2 since it was released, but noticed that every few days I watched the IMDB score, it would drop farther and farther down. Checking out Metacritic was even more dissuading, with a 35% overall score. I couldn’t believe how bad this movie sounded. I read comment after comment about [...]

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Terminator Salvation (Xbox 360) Review

Summary [5.5 out of 10] Terminator Salvation is a terrible game whose unfinished feel, technical hickups and terribly scripted sequences all punish the player for trying to play it. Terminator Salvation has the feel of a game that only had 8 months of development time in order to make it’s launch along-side the movie. I [...]

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Wii MotionPlus + Grand Slam Tennis = Garbage

Ok so I bought into the hype-machine that is everything-Nintendo and plopped down my $19.99 for a Wii MotionPlus when it came out and along with the only other highly rated Wii MotionPlus-enabled game that launched with it: Grand Slam Tennis. Here’s my single sentence description of the experience for everyone that was curious “Was [...]

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The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena (Xbox 360) Review

Summary [7.5 out of 10] Assault on Dark Athena is a great followup to the award-winning Escape from Butcher Bay title landing just-shy of perfect due to what I can only describe as a lack of “balls”. The well paced levels, interesting NPCs and fun melee combat are all back, but instead of bumping the [...]

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Thoughts on Windows 7 After 3 Days

Introduction It is no mystery that I’ve been part of the parade yelling “Vista Sucks!” since it’s inception – I’ve even taken the time to review Vista’s shortcomings for everyone willing to read it by only taking a look at changes in one program as an example of the half-assed decisions made throughout the entire [...]

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A Sucking in Connecticut

Now y’all had to know I would go see this.  I plan on spoiling the everloving HELL right out of it, so if you plan on seeing it, just stop reading now. ****** Seriously, I am holding nothing back.  You have been warned. ****** Okay, so, I am fairly certain that most of you have [...]

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Resident Evil 5 (Xbox 360) Review

Summary [9.0 out of 10] Resident Evil 5 continues the saga and ties the early games in the series back into the new storyline started in Resident Evil 4. The game trades solitary survival horror for intense co-op action. Retaining the control scheme and third person, over the shoulder perspective seen in Resident Evil 4, [...]

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Windows 7 on a Lenovo Ideapad S10e Netbook

At the end of January I ordered a nice shiny Lenovo Ideapad S10e from Buy.com. I managed to get a decent price that didn’t hurt the pocketbook, and it was a new toy that I could endlessly experiment with. I started to install a wide variety of operating systems to check for support and to [...]

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Street Fighter IV (Xbox 360) Review

Summary [9.8  out of 10] After nine long years, the series that launched a genre is back and brings with it an enormously tight fighting system, gorgeous animation, a modest suite of extra modes, a solid online multiplayer, and all the characters that made it so dear. Street Fighter IV brings everything one would expect [...]

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Spider-Man: Web of Shadows (Xbox 360) Review

Summary [7 out of 10] Spider-Man: Web of Shadows is the latest Spider-Man game to hit gaming consoles. Like previous Spider-Man games it is an Action/Beat-em-Up game where you play as Spider-Man in New York City. Web of Shadows focuses on how Spider-Man chooses between his classic red and blue suit and his black Symbiote [...]

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Mad Catz Arcade Fight Stick vs Hori EX2 Review – May the Best Arcade Stick Win

Introduction In preparation for this week’s release of Street Fighter IV, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at available arcade fighting sticks. There aren’t a lot. The two main contenders for your arcade stick dollar are the Hori EX2 and the new Mad Catz Arcade Fightstick. Before I get [...]

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Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels (Wii) Review

Summary [7 out of 10] Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels is a 3D fighting game that focuses on using lightsabers and force powers.  There are ten playable characters including: Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ahsoka Tano, Mace Windu, Count Dooku, Asajj Ventress, General Grievous, Kit Fisto, Plo Koon, and EG-5 Jedi Hunter Droid. It [...]

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Tom Clancy's Endwar (Xbox 360) Review

Summary [8.5 out of 10] Tom Clancy’s EndWar is a Real Time Strategy (RTS) game set about 10 years in the future.  In EndWar you play as either the United States of America, the European Federation, or Russia in the battles that lead up to  and include World War III. Unlike most RTS games in [...]

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Lord of the Rings: Conquest (Xbox 360) Review

Summary [6.5 out of 10] The Lord of the Rings Conquest is an action game created by Pandemic Studios. It is essentially Star Wars: Battlefront but set in the Lord of the Rings universe. You can play as either the side of good or evil. The good story line follows the plot of the movies, [...]

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Mercenaries 2: World in Flames (Xbox 360) Review

Summary [7 out of 10] Mercenaries 2: World in Flames is a third-person shooter. As the name suggests you play as a mercenary. At the start of the game one of your employers double-crosses you. The remainder of the game is spent working your way up the food chain until to can get your revenge. [...]

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Fallout 3 (Xbox 360) Review

Summary [9.8 out of 10] Bethesda’s take on the Fallout series re-imagined as a spiritual successor to the Elder Scrolls series, Fallout 3 looks a bit suspect on paper.  It seemed kind of like Bethesda was just trying to shoe horn the series into an already familiar mold to take the easy way out. As [...]

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Turtle Beach Ear Force X4 Wireless Gaming Headset Review

Summary [8 out of 10] The Turtle Beach Ear Force X4 are an excellent set of wireless gaming headphones that get dinged a point for the IR-interference issue from Plasma HDTV sets and dinged for the voice monitoring and auto-volume adjustment not behaving very effectively. Review Any gamer that lives with non-gaming family members has [...]

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Mirror's Edge (Xbox 360) Review

Summary [7.5 out of 10] Mirror’s Edge is listed on EA’s site as a First Person Action-Adventure game, but really it is a First Person Platformer.  Set in the future you play as a “runner” named Faith.  Runners live just outside the law by delivering packages for their employers without the normal over site and [...]

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Vizio VP505XVT 50″ Plasma TV – King of Value, PC Mag Editor’s Choice

Some quick background, Vizio broke out onto the scene with the most value-minded (read: cheapest) televisions at Costco and eventually other major retailers, servicing the middle to low end crowd with affordible HDTVs that performed OK. Since then Vizio’s business and ability to execute at delivering increasingly better panels, still targeted to the mid-range, have [...]

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Call of Duty 5: World at War (Xbox 360 and PS3) Review

Summary [8.5 out of 10] Call of Duty 5: World at War is a must-have COD title for fans of the series and a title dripping with enough polish, charm and replayability that gamers previously not enamored with the COD series might want to rent it and give it a try. Introduction Call of Duty: [...]

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Mario Kart (Wii) Review

Summary [8 out of 10] Mario Kart Wii is the 6th Mario Kart game in the racing series, but it is the first to add motorcycles and 12 player support online. Introduction In my quest to justify buying a Nintendo Wii by finding fun games for it finally let me to playing Mario Kart.  The [...]

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Top Ten Movies of 2008: It May Be Late But It Was Worth the Wait

Okay, in all fairness, it was probably not worth the wait at all. Of course, that in turn implies that there was a wait, which is probably also non-existent.  All that being said, I am sharing my 10 favorite movies of 2008 from 10 down to 1. The list is not so much the level best movies of [...]

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Fable 2 (Xbox 360) Review

Summary [8.5 out of 10] The first Fable game is known just as well for its list of unfulfilled promises as its solid and fun game play. Fable 2 finally delivers on some of those promises but still fails to revolutionize RPGs as we know them. It has a much longer quest, more satisfying side [...]

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Lord of the Rings: Conquest Demo Impressions

A multiplayer demo for  Lord of the Rings: Conquest released on Xbox Live today.  I spent the better part of the morning playing it and I’m surprised with how much I enjoyed it. The game’s style is very much like Star Wars: Battlefront but set in Middle Earth.  The demo has a tutorial to teach [...]

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