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Why PS2 Succeeded, and Why PS3 Will Fail

Posted by Rob Stevens Categories: Editorial, Features, Video Games

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The Sony PlayStation 2 had a lot of things going for it when it launched in October of 2000. It would launch more than a year before Nintendo’s GameCube console, a head start that proved to extend the lifespan of the console far longer than the usual five years. Normally, launching a game console outside of that five-year cycle spelled disaster (just ask Sega), Sony managed to make it work, but …

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No “Free Press” In Game Industry

Posted by Rob Stevens Categories: Editorial, Features, Video Games

Hey Dave…still want to know why there’s no real journalism in the video game industry?  It’s because of stories like this, and like this, and like this.

How on earth are you supposed to have a “free press” in the game industry when the companies that admittedly support its existence are constantly trying to keep all of the news under wraps?  I suspect that in at least one of these recent cases of IGN pulling content, …

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Gear Live Review: Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 Review

Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 6000I’ve been taking my sweet time going over this desktop set with a fine-toothed comb, using it every day to ensure that I’m giving it a fair shake. I’ve positioned the wireless receiver everywhere I can, I’ve changed the batteries, and I’ve changed wireless channels. The only verdict I can come to after several months of use is that this desktop …

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Wii: Thoughts On Product Naming

Posted by Rob Stevens Categories: Editorial, Features, Video Games

Nintendo WiiI’m not an expert in branding or picking product names, but as I thought about the ramifications of Nintendo’s choice of product name for their next console (Wii, in case you missed it), I’ve been thinking more and more about what a terrible choice it was.

First, Nintendo released a one-sheet explaining the name.  This includes how it’s pronounced, what it means, and their …

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SonyEricsson W800i Walkman Phone Review

SE W800i ReviewWhile the Motorola ROKR landed with a dull thud, SonyEricsson has launched the W800 with almost no noise at all.  While the this phone doesn’t have iTunes (although you can hack it to make it seem like it does), what it does have is far more features and versatility than the ROKR, and a price tag to match. Let’s get the hard part …

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