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2007 Stories by Chris Ward

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  • Gaming's Greatest Hits

    published December 27, 2007

    Best Sleeper Hit: WordJong (Nintendo DS): It might not sell like Mario, but this mishmash of Scrabble and Mahjong... More >>

  • Xmas Present and Past

    published December 20, 2007

    Nothing says "holiday spirit" quite like stabbing a terrorist or hammering a goomba, as the hottest games this season invite us to do. But no... More >>

  • Almost Famous

    published December 13, 2007

    At a Guitar Hero tournament a few months back, one kid complained to me that Expert Mode is "too easy." Then he demonstrated the game's... More >>

  • Plumb Tuckered Out?

    published November 29, 2007

    There's no surer sign that a franchise is in trouble than when it blasts into outer space. So you were right to be nervous when Nintendo... More >>

  • Shred Cred

    published November 15, 2007

    Show of hands: Has anyone not heard of Guitar Hero at this point? You, sir, in the back row, clutching the Ratt cassette... More >>

  • Fun with Fluids

    published November 1, 2007

    It must have been a scorching summer day when the game developer stared at his thermometer and realized "Sweet sassy molassey, this... More >>

  • Playing Dumb

    published October 18, 2007

    Love him or despise him, head Jackass Johnny Knoxville has made millions from getting kicked in the yambag. Had YouTube arrived before... More >>

  • Party Pooper

    published October 4, 2007

    Billiards is one of the few sports that's as taxing on a computer screen as it is in real life. It's played in pubs, after all, and its... More >>

  • 'Roid Rage Returns

    published September 20, 2007

    In space, no one can hear you scream Jumpin' Jesus, this is one of the greatest games ever! But that doesn't mean you won't try during... More >>

  • Getting Medieval

    published September 6, 2007

    Funny how gaming's most epic genre — the role-playing game — often feels the most limited in scope. After all, how many ways can we... More >>

  • Bend It Like Bowser

    published August 23, 2007

    The first worthwhile online-compatible game for the Wii has finally arrived. And in at least one way, Mario Strikers Charged is... More >>

  • Star Dreck

    published August 9, 2007

    Stupid videogame logic rule number 154: When thousands of fugly, bloodthirsty aliens take over a spaceship, it's best to send in a lone woman... More >>

  • Mechanical Bull

    published July 26, 2007

    Examining the roots of Transformers: The Game is deep stuff: It's a videogame based on a movie based on a cartoon based on a... More >>

  • Bored Games

    published June 28, 2007

    Everyone's got a different sense of what makes a killer party. For kids, maybe it's whacking a piñata and overdosing on cake. For adults,... More >>

  • Student Bodies

    published May 31, 2007

    Dating games have come a long way since the days when Chuck Woolery invited mullet-sporting contestants to bump uglies on Love Connection.... More >>

  • Balls of Fury

    published May 17, 2007

    If you're looking for a laugh, find a kid raised on Grand Theft Auto and introduce him to Pac-Man for the first time. As he stares at you... More >>

  • Rolling Paper

    published May 3, 2007

    After starring in 20 years' worth of video games, the Super Mario Brothers have been spread mighty thin. The mustachioed heroes' latest outing,... More >>

  • Hot Mama

    published April 19, 2007

    We've all seen Super Mario eat copious amounts of mushrooms, but have you ever considered the care that goes into preparing such delicacies?... More >>

  • For the Birds

    published April 5, 2007

    A video game about birds flying biplanes makes as much sense as a game about fish captaining submarines, but there are far bigger gripes to be... More >>

  • Hell on Wheels

    published March 22, 2007

    There's one similarity between Ghost Rider and most videogame movie tie-ins: Get too close to either, and your ass will probably get burnt.... More >>

  • No Replay for Wii Play

    published March 8, 2007

    From the newest iPod to the Olsen twins' collective waistline, the world loves all things mini. The Nintendo Wii embraces this digestible format... More >>

  • Mustache Ride

    published February 8, 2007

    Explaining the appeal of the WarioWare series is like trying to describe a fever dream: It doesn't make sense unless experienced. ... More >>

  • Dr. Feelgood

    published January 25, 2007

    For most of us, the closest we get to practicing medicine is telling a depressed co-worker, "Somebody's got a case of the Mondays." But... More >>

  • A Legendary Outing

    published January 4, 2007

    Despite Link's green tunic and Peter Pan hat, he remains Nintendo's most respected bad-ass. In the long-awaited The Legend of Zelda:... More >>

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