Electronic Arts

The Top 10 Games of 2012

Another year in the books and another top ten list for games. It’s been a bit of a weird year: two system launches, multiple game delays, and nothing groundbreaking. Still, it’s not like there weren’t any great games in 2012; this list doesn’t have contain any mediocrity. Considering that a number of titles on this list were smaller releases, maybe there are a few here that you haven’t played. This isn’t an isolated opinion; many other media outlets had a number of, if not a majority of the titles on their top games list, made by companies that are not household names. It’s a bit weird that many of the best titles of the year came from obscure place but, then again, 2012 was a pretty bizarre year in gaming. (more…)

Post-E3 2012 Podcasts

Better late than never…maybe. Finally, here are the three podcasts that I did with Chris Karpyszyn and Steve Wood where we discussed the keynote presentations of each of the console manufacturers (Chris was absent for the Nintendo podcast). I apologize for not getting them out sooner but multiple issues popped up that prevented me from getting them out in a timely fashion. I actually enjoyed listening to shows again and all three of the podcasts may go to show how much of a dud E3 was this year since even though these podcasts are coming out over a month after the event, there’s been very little happening in the games industry to have made these podcasts seem irrelevant. The holiday season March 2013 should be an interesting time to be playing video games.

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Microsoft E3 2012 Keynote Recap <39 mins – 35.4MB>

Sony E3 2012 Keynote Recap <36 mins – 32.9MB>

Nintendo E3 2012 Keynote Recap <50 mins – 45.7MB>

Weekly Video Game Podcast – June 5, 2011

Weekly Video Game Podcast – June 5, 2011 <49 mins (45.1 MB)>
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– Jamie Gore and Chris Karpyszyn
– We review E3 which could either be a dud year or very exciting
– There are decent odds that Sony and Nintendo screw up their respective system launches
– All the while, Microsoft continues to ring in new system sales.

Any questions or comments about the podcasts or anything can be sent to jgore@madnessbrewing.com.

Tetris (PSP Mini) (Video Game Review)

Video Game Review
Tetris
Sony Playstation Portable (PSP Mini)
2009
Developed by: EA Mobile
Published by: Electronic Arts

Tetris, in theory, would seem like a hard game to screw up but every year we are witness to a few horrible versions of the game. However, EA did an incredible job with their PSP Mini version of Tetris. The game plays extremely well. In fact, this is the best handheld version of Tetris since Tetris DX came out for the Game Boy Color in 1997.

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The Top 10 Video Games of 2010

Another year, another top ten list for video games. Unlike last year where it was a bit difficult to come up with a top ten list, this year there were only a few titles that I feel one could argue could have made this list that aren’t on my list. Actually, I was not too surprised that Screwattack had nine out of the ten games I picked on their top ten list. Additionally, Gametrailers only had a top five but all five were games from my top ten list. Even though my list is being published last (I usually publish it on New Year’s Day), the list has essentially been in the bag for almost two weeks now. Had I published it earlier, I could have accused other sites of ripping me off. However, I think it’s because there were very few MUST OWN!!! games this year that it’s no surprise that there is quite a bit of consensus across the Internet. The last couple of years there has been major differences between the lists of most outlets. Now, it almost seems unanimous.

There will be a special Weekly Video Game Podcast posted tomorrow featuring myself and Chris Karpyszyn where we’ll look at the list and discuss it. There will be a supplemental podcast on Monday where we quickly talk about this list and compare it to the previous years. The second podcast almost didn’t exist as we were wrapping up the first one and then we started talking about the last year and the year before that. Before I knew it, we had talked for half-an-hour. Once the podcasts are posted, they’ll be linked to on the front page as well as this article.

Whether you agree with this list or hate it, say something about it. Leave a comment at the bottom or send me an e-mail at madnessbrewing@gmail.com and I’ll read your comments during the next Weekly Video Game Podcast,

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Weekly Video Game Newsletter–Vol. 3

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Well, it took much longer than I anticipated but here’s the latest edition of the Weekly Video Game Newsletter. I should be back to having it as a weekly feature. I already have several things written for next week’s issue so it shouldn’t be a problem unless something comes up like it has the last couple of weeks.

Inside you’ll find a full review of the E3 conference that took place a few weeks ago. I also voice list the games to keep an eye out for. There are also several reviews and Hall of Fame write ups, a look at Rockstar games throughout the last couple of years, and an analysis of the first week of sales for the two biggest games of the year so far: Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Red Dead Redemption. It’s a whopping 20 pages so there’s plenty of material to feast on.

The Weekly Video Game Podcast will be up on Tuesday. I spent way too much time fighting with the columns to work in Microsoft Word for the newsletter. The podcast is looking to be around 90 minutes long and is very light on E3 nonsense. It’s definitely going to be good stuff.

The Weekly Movie Podcast will be up Tuesday night supported by three movie reviews (of movies that are still in theatres!!!).

Microsoft and Sony Go Casual But Nintendo Steals E3

This article was originally intended to be included in the Weekly Video Game Newsletter last week but due to some issues (both website and non-website), the newsletter was never published. Instead of putting out two newsletters this week, I figure it would just be better to post this article online rather than as an exclusive article for a second newsletter. Therefore, there will only be one newsletter this week as usual..

There was a lot of hype going into the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). For the first time in a while it felt like all three major console manufacturers were destined to shine at the event. What transpired last week in Los Angeles was a bit bizarre. Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony did not hold back and did their best to win over the confidence of both the media and consumers. The reactions between media outlets and gamers may differ but this E3 really showed that the industry is moving into two separate directions.

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Electronic Arts Recap Radio Show

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Electronic Arts E3 2010 Press Event Recap – 36 mins (16.7 MB)
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E3 hasn’t officially started yet so I guess you can’t say its a failure just yet. However, on the heels of the lame Microsoft show we were served a slightly better but still lame EA show. At least EA showed some stuff off that people hadn’t heard of before (like Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit). However, they regurgitated a bunch of franchises that we weren’t begging to see again (like Need for Speed).

Later tonight, I’ll be taking to the air live on WRGT Radio again to talk about the Ubisoft event at around 9:30 PM eastern and we’ll go for about 45 mins. You can call in at (262) 672-4263 or the Skype address gametalkradio. You can also send any questions you have to madnessbrewing@gmail.com and I can answer them on air.