Curtain closes on Guitar Hero; genre next?

The world's largest video game publisher pulled the plug on "Guitar Hero" on Wednesday. What happened?

By | February 10th, 2011|0 Comments

They could have been contenders

A look back at games that might have cracked my top 10 games of 2010, had I played them more or under different circumstances.

By | January 21st, 2011|0 Comments

Video games worth giving

A look at titles worth picking up for whatever types of gamers might be on your holiday shopping list.

By | December 10th, 2010|3 Comments

A challenger for Rock Band, Guitar Hero

"Power Gig: Rise of the SixString" aims to take on Activision's "Guitar Hero" and MTV's "Rock Band," but it's got a steep mountain to climb.

By | August 6th, 2010|0 Comments

Feeling the pressure with Rock Band 3 hands-on

During a recent opportunity to play "Rock Band 3," I got to sing on a stage in front of a roomful of people, plus struggle on keyboards as a cameraman filmed me. No wonder bands lip sync during video shoots. It's nerve-wracking stuff.

By | August 2nd, 2010|4 Comments

What I played last week (July 18-24), plus bonus previews

This week's What I Played features a few mini-previews for upcoming games "Dead Space: Ignition," "Shank" and "Spare Parts."

By | July 27th, 2010|0 Comments

My gaming coma, or I justify my existence

If you're even a slightly occasional reader of this blog, you've probably noticed that there are a lot of classics I haven't played. Here's a quick explanation of why, as well as why I think it's important you know.

By | June 28th, 2010|2 Comments

10 songs Rock Band 3 needs [update]

With "Rock Band 3" set to release soon and only a handful of tracks announced thus far, it's time to take a look at what we'd like to see in the game. These 10 tracks all feature either keyboards or vocal harmonies, two features this game has that "Rock Band 2" didn't. One of the 10 is brutally difficult and would give players of the new "pro" mode a run for their money.

By | June 24th, 2010|8 Comments

E3: Rock Band 3 preview

"Rock Band 3's" incorporation of keyboards and vocal harmonies, plus a robust new "pro" mode that makes gameplay more like playing a real-life instrument, should give the slumbering music genre of games a much needed shot in the arm.

By | June 23rd, 2010|0 Comments

E3 Wednesday: 2,144 words about 14 games

If you felt cheated and robbed my quick-and-dirty recap of Tuesday at E3, go pee, wash your hands and make yourself a snack. Here's an exhaustive accounting of nearly everything I saw and did on Wednesday at the video game industry's annual confab in L.A. I'll be posting more detailed stuff on a lot of these games in the days and weeks to come, but I wanted to get this out there while it's still fresh in my mind.

By | June 17th, 2010|1 Comment