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My Call of Duty blind spot

I'll be posting my "Call of Duty: Black Ops" review tomorrow morning, but before I do so, I thought it best to explain a little bit about how this part-time game critic has managed to avoid playing this console generation's biggest hit franchise.

By | November 17th, 2010|7 Comments

What to play this weekend (June 4-6)

This week's high-profile new releases, "Alpha Protocol" and "Backbreaker," have been getting mixed reviews, so we're gonna switch things up a little and go with a great game that just got a price drop, two games that got downloadable content and a couple of downloadable games.

By | June 5th, 2010|0 Comments

What to play this weekend (May 7-9)

If you've got a 360, this weekend's all about "Halo: Reach." But don't let the free beta dissuade you from checking out a handful of solid-looking handheld titles.

By | May 7th, 2010|0 Comments

What to play this weekend (April 2-4)

There's not much in the way of compelling new games this week, but a handful of existing titles got compelling downloadable content.

By | April 3rd, 2010|4 Comments

Lessons for Activision in Microsoft-Bungie divorce

This week's split between Activision and the president and CEO of "Call of Duty" developer Infinity Ward is shaping up to be a classic rift between creative talent and the people who cut their paychecks are a fact of life. But for an example of a smooth gaming divorce, let's [...]

By | March 4th, 2010|2 Comments

Changes ahead for Call of Duty series

A big shake-up is coming to the “Call of Duty” series – arguably gaming’s most popular franchise – after an apparent falling-out between publisher Activision and the two heads of Infinity Ward, developer of last year’s “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” and 2007’s “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.”

By | March 3rd, 2010|0 Comments

Online play for original Xbox to end April 15

Late last week, Microsoft took a step anyone who follows Xbox Live has known would come eventually. The company announced that on April 15, it will end support for online play of original Xbox titles. While it would seem that Microsoft, a company with pretty deep pockets, should be able [...]

By | February 9th, 2010|11 Comments

‘Dante’s Inferno’ courting controversy?

Are Electronic Arts' public relations missteps for "Dante's Inferno" just that, or an attempt at carefully managing minor controversies to raise awareness of the game before it launches next week?

By | February 4th, 2010|3 Comments

Coulda been a contender

Ahead of my Game of the Year announcement later Thursday and Friday's list of runners-up, here's a look at some games that might have made the cut, if only I'd found time to play them.

By | January 7th, 2010|4 Comments

Getting the most out of your gift cards

Soon, it'll be Christmas morning, or less than a week after the end of Hanukkah, and you’ll have a stack of gift cards. Rather than burning a huge percentage of your haul on a $50 or $60 game like “New Super Mario Bros. Wii” or “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare [...]

By | December 23rd, 2009|4 Comments