The Widescreen.org Movie and Media Podcast #160

Yep. I skipped another one. I’m kind of stupid that way. Those of you who consider every, little thing about a movie you haven’t seen yet to be a “spoiler” probably won’t like this episode because I rail into that attitude pretty hard — and, yes, I talk about a scene in an unreleased movie. […]

If Video Game Fans Were Like Sports Fans

I want to start off by saying emphatically that I don’t hate sports. I’ll go golfing, or play football or baseball with friends. But sitting in front of a TV and watching others play is something that I do not find exciting or interesting at all. Other people do, as evidenced by the immense global […]

Misogyny: You keep (mis)using that word…

Today, Disney/Marvel announced that the comic version of Thor will become female (for the third time). I have no problems with having a female Thor, although the move smacks of marketing and political correctness more than anything else. After all, they could just as easily have created a new IP with a new superheroine rather than, […]

I Don’t Care About The Oculus Rift Anymore

The news that Facebook (of all places) bought Oculus VR sent a shock wave throughout the Internet, particularly the gaming community. Condemnation, anger, ambivalence, confusion, and rage echoed around the world. The only people who seemed to be genuinely happy with this are Mark Zuckerberg, Palmer Luckey, and John Carmack. I know I’m not happy with […]

Irrational’s Actions Are Irrational

As a proud first-generation gamer, being someone who has been gaming since the Golden Age in the mid-1980s, hearing about problems in the gaming industry is always disheartening. The gaming industry is very competitive. A lot of good studios are spending a lot of time and money fighting for our hard-earned dollars. Many are successful […]

As My PS4 Sits Idly By

Here I sit with a new, launch-day PlayStation 4. I have had none of the problems that a few people have supposedly been having. The blue light of death and the red line of death have thus far been absent. Standing proudly next to my PS2-emulation PS3 (with a recently-upgraded 500 GB hard drive), the […]

The Console Launch Knee-Jerk Reactions Have Begun

Yesterday Sony announced an updated blog entry/FAQ regarding the upcoming launch of the PlayStation 4.  As is typical for the Internet, knee-jerk reactions abounded with complaints about functionality that will be “missing” from the PlayStation 4 at launch, such as support for external hard drives to expand primary storage, DLNA, and MP3 and audio CD […]

Used Games, DLC, and Online Passes Aren’t (Always) Evil

The recent reversal of Microsoft’s policies regarding the Xbox One have brought to light once again the whole issue of used games and whether used games hurt developers as well as issues regarding online passes and to a much lesser extent downloadble content. Used games are generally a binary issue: people either love them or […]