Crazy Expectations of a Console That Didn't Deserve Its Third Chance to Fail

If you never saw Crazy People, a 1990 film starring Dudley Moore, I highly recommend it. Basically, an advertising agency is taken over by the insane, who decide that honesty—the anathema of marketing—is now the best policy. Volvos are sold as "boxy, but they're good." Another stunt offers "a free plant for fat… »10/05/12 8:00pm10/05/12 8:00pm

Actually, It is Kinda B.S. That Bayonetta 2 is a Wii U Exclusive

It's funny when anyone on the Internet flips out, but no one does it better than the video gamer. When the issue involves someone not getting what they want, when they want it, at the price they want it—and you yourself don't want it—it's entertaining as hell watching someone break into a Rumplestiltskenian fit on the… »9/21/12 8:30pm9/21/12 8:30pm

Customer Service Sucks For Those Inside the Gaming Industry, Too

Console failures don't just happen to the little people. No, they happen to gaming industry professionals, too, and we're happy to report they don't get a customer service batphone and valet replacement service just because they happen to work for a major publisher, as "Frank" does here. He gets to suffer through the… »8/31/12 8:00pm8/31/12 8:00pm

Would You Pay $260 for Xbox Live? Technically, I Just Did

Helplessly watching this sweating man thrust all of his body weight into my bedroom wall, grunting over the whine of the drill, I realized I was seeing and participating in the perfect metaphor for my attempts to connect my Xbox 360 to the Internet in my new home.

"Man," he said, "you're a real tough 'un." I couldn't… »7/20/12 8:00pm7/20/12 8:00pm

Piling On: Four Hundred Games I'll Never Finish, and Counting

Tuesday afternoon I got the Internet connected in my new home. From Wednesday morning until Thursday afternoon, my PlayStation 3 was downloading every free title due to me as a PlayStation Plus subscriber. Since I moved, that console has literally spent more time acquiring games than I will likely spend playing them,… »7/06/12 8:00pm7/06/12 8:00pm

Ebony and Ivory: The Xbox's Black and White Buttons, in Imperfect Harmony

Dusting off some old friends on the original Xbox I was given back in January reacquainted me with several happy memories—and the two worst features in the history of console video gaming controllers: The black and white buttons.

I realize we're more than five years removed from their reign of terror, but as the long… »4/20/12 8:01pm4/20/12 8:01pm

It's Time for the Worst Day in Video Gaming: April Fool's

Oh, great. April Fool's is on Sunday. This is the worst day, the absolute worst, in video gaming.

The self-publishing capability of the Internet and the concept of viral spread has definitely made this holiday more hazardous for credulous reader and skeptical newsman alike over the past 12 years. But video gaming, as… »3/30/12 8:00pm3/30/12 8:00pm