Netflix Notes – ‘Night of the Living Ed’ Edition

True confessions time. I’ve never seen The Godfather. Not I. Not II. I did see a little of Part III and what I saw, I REALLY liked. (Hey, where’d that horse head come from?) Seriously though, Ed Humphries, the dude who toiled away for a number of years as the UMASS Daily Collegian’s Siskel (we…

Lab Results

A couple of days back, I posted a fairly personal piece recounting my delight in Colin’s recent discovery that he has two best friends living right under his very roof. That article was born from a picture Andi took of Colin enjoying a moment’s victory at having successfully lured Abby into his bed. (Had we…

The Road to 300

I’ve got to come clean. Last year, sometime around Christmas, I hit the official 200 Posts mark at this site. I started this gig in late January 2006 and I recall being sufficiently impressed that I had written 200 posts in less than two years. Intoxicated by my middling success, I offered up the following…

East Meets West

Over the weekend, my cousin got married for the second time in as many months. Check that – what I mean to say is that he celebrated his recent nuptials for the second time in as many months. In early August, my cousin and good buddy Jason married his paramour of four years, Karen, in…

Braid – Xbox 360

Braid is the single most important game released this year. Ever since technology caught up with our hobby and evolved it from simple beeps and blips and tests of hand-eye coordination into a medium capable of spinning a decent yarn and taking the player away to awe-inspiring worlds of wonder, the argument of ‘Games as…

NHL 2K9 – Nintendo Wii

With its unique ability to offer players more tactile control over their onscreen avatars, thus further selling the illusion that you’re in the game, the Wii has been a prime destination for sports titles. This is the system that was arguably sold based on the strength of its pack-in Sports-themed minigame compilation – and since…

Pirates vs Ninja Dodgeball – Xbox 360

There’s a great line in Robert Altman’s 1992 Hollywood satire, The Player, where a desperate screenwriter pitches potential projects as mash-ups of established properties, “It’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s meets Psycho”, each more ludicrous than the last. The point being that audiences crave the familiar, rejecting anything new and innovative. The game industry isn’t immune to…