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I listened to a local news story about how video games are causing marital issues. They reported that 15% of women say their husbands’ obsession with gaming is cause for their divorce. It was only 5% a year ago in the same survey. I think part of this is due to them not working out the real issues in their marriage, or maybe it’s just that some guys are really addicted to games and don’t care about anything else. If you are playing games for 8+ hours every day, and your aren’t getting paid to do it, I think that’s a little much for a married guy. Unless your wife if out of town. Then get in all the gaming you can!
You’re strolling down the street and walk past your local games store. You notice a game that takes your fancy and think about buying it – but hang on, you’re the extra cautious type that won’t part with your money that easily.
Before the guy in the game store robs you of your hard earned cash (or your parent’s hard earned cash), you decide to check out the game online, to see what everyone’s saying about it. This way you get to learn whether your cash was either well spent, or dumped down the drain.
Reviews. One word that makes all the difference. The one word that decides whether you keep your money safely where it belongs or whether you hand it over the counter and get your shiny new game in a cheap plastic bag.
I love reading reviews, and more often, I love writing them. However, there’s always that one question I keep asking myself – what do the readers want to read about when we’re reviewing a game?
Rockstar Games is hitting its stride now. Two straight games that are genre defining, and potentially revolutionary, they’ve released now, both of which to fan and critical acclaim. But which one is better? Team Bondi’s homage to film noire or Rockstar San Diego’s western classic?
I’ve already stated on this blog that Red Dead Redemption is among my favorite games of all time, and L.A. Noire was my most anticipated game of 2011. But, which game will I say is better?
I have to warn you, this post contains spoilers for both games. If you haven’t finished it, I suggest you wouldn’t read the “plot” section of this post.
Once again loyal minions, time for another enthralling FooBear408 article. I’d like to think I’m the resident Andy Rooney around these parts…maybe just not as old and certainly not as grouchy. Definitely more handsome, and with the stockpile of jokes – I’m a pretty safe bet. Fortunately, for me – I have Mrs. FooBear, so I’m taken. I’ve also written on subjects including, but not limited to, my infatuation for my fat boy model 80gb to the current hot topic that’s lighting up the message boards today: the great PSN fiasco.
Don’t fret – this isn’t another one of those articles.
I’ve been doing some serious thinking about the state of gaming lately. Actually on some titles coming out, some types that are already out, and ones that right on the cusp of coming out. One of these titles, “L.A Noire”, for instance has got me hook, line, and sinker. I think the reason why this game has its meat hooks into me is because it’s original. It’s never been done before. I recognize that, and want to be part of it, so I can go on the message boards and shout from the rooftops about how much I want to be its baby’s daddy and/or completely blast it anonymously and tell everyone how much it stinks.
I don’t think that’ll be the case, though. Tell me I’m wrong.
To love and to hold.
Have you ever been in love? I have. To a machine. Not just a machine, but a PlayStation. Do you remember the day clearly? Your first PlayStation console? Whether you purchased it yourself or with the help of others, that day can never be erased from our memories. The first game I ever invested my time with was Metal Gear Solid. I was a freshman in college in Chicago. Winter break came along and I chose to stay in my dorm room. As my ex-girlfriend and her roommates went home for the winter, I stayed home with the company of Solid Snake and Sniper Wolf.
A couple years later, I’m out of college. I have my first job and I had my sights on a PlayStation 2. First paycheck, I went to my local Toys ‘R’ Us to purchase my second love. So many memories we made. From my first 23-2 game in SOCOM 2, to the endless nights securely transporting convoy trucks safely in SOCOM 3, the amazing final fight with Solidus Snake, the clutch field goal that won it for you in Madden 2003, the drama that unfolded with Ocelot, Volgin, and the Boss; after going through those experiences, I knew, at that moment, I would always be a PlayStation fan.