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Falling from the trees, or evolution overdrive

Gaming is evolving faster than any medium in recent memory. Can we even keep up? With every generation, you only have to look at the pre-redendered cut-scenes to know what the following generation's graphics will realistically look like.

Spoiler warning!

Why do reviewers think themselves justified in revealing game secrets? Do they think that the best way to describe a game's twisting plotlines or hidden surprises is to simply reveal a few of them?

Crysis delayed?

Cevat Yerli, president of Crytek, has recently issued a statement that the hotly anticipated DirectX 10 game Crysis will be released "a little later than planned." Since they never confirmed even a general time frame for the release date in the first place, it's a little difficult to know what exactly that means.

nVidia takes back the performance crown

It's getting harder and harder these days to keep pace with all the new technology being released in the PC world. Just when you thought dual-core processors were the future (yesterday), Intel released its first quad core processor. AMD, not a company to sit around idly and get slapped around, released its "Quad FX" motherboard, which enables two dual-core processors to be run together (hmmm... didn't Apple do that already?).

PS3 impressions

I suppose my first play on what is going to be the dominant home console for the next, ooohh, 6 years or so probably deserves some comment. Not too much though. Playing a current-gen title on the new hardware (the latest Tony Hawk's) only brought home what a straightforward upgrade the PS3 really is. And how arrogant that price point and format choice seems.

What is it we're queuing for again?

I know I linked to this video in my News Rundown this week, but for those who didn't watch it all, I just had to point out one of the interviewee's queuing out in the cold for a PS3.

But I pressed the ****ing button

We've all 'blamed the pad' in anger at one time or another, but logic and acceptance usually set in once the immediate frustration has passed. I never thought I'd see it in a professional game review.

Games, games, games

And this is just a smattering of the games I expect to purchase over the fall season. So yes, once again, it's that time of year to ask: Why the #$#@ can't publishers spread the release dates for some of their big titles throughout the whole year?

Are our gaming bellies too fat, or Kojima's metaphors aren't totally nuts

Our controller has morphed—to use a Kojima-style metaphor—from a table with two chairs to a lush banquet hall, replete with different food stations, a martini bar and even that cool Greek cheese that gets lit on fire when it's brought to your table. In short, we're living in a gaming world of excess.

Azure Skies

No, the title isn't a reference to the PS1 game Azure Dreams by Konami. Rather, it's a reference to the beautifully rendered skies in Grandia III.
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