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2006 Stories by LUKE O'BRIEN

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  • Posterizing EA

    published December 21, 2006

    Aside from that new ball, NBA Live 07 may be the worst product to bear the league's name this year. The new basketball game from Electronic Arts... More >>

  • School Daze

    published November 30, 2006

    By now, you've probably heard about Bully. It's the game that was supposed to finally ruin America's youth. Crusading lawyer... More >>

  • Coke Dreams

    published November 9, 2006

    In the gangsta pantheon, nobody gets more respect than Tony Montana. Consider all the homages: Not one, but two rappers have named themselves... More >>

  • Cold as Ice

    published October 19, 2006

    Ice hockey isn't for the weak of heart. It's a bruising, fast-paced game, featuring large sticks, razor-sharp blades, and far too many angry... More >>

  • Fourth and Inches

    published September 28, 2006

    Football is a game of inches. The same goes for the Madden series. Each fall, a new Madden game arrives, with a roster update... More >>

  • Road Rage

    published August 31, 2006

    Have you ever looked into onrushing traffic and imagined how much damage you would cause with a simple crank of the steering wheel? If so,... More >>

  • Ant Wussy

    published August 10, 2006

    In 2004, Jason Hall, the head of Warner Bros.' new videogame division, did something remarkable: He promised to end bad movie tie-ins. By... More >>

  • Cyber Shula

    published July 20, 2006

    The history of football videogames is one of adding layer upon layer of complexity. Tecmo Bowl, the first great football game, had just... More >>

  • Shark Bites

    published June 22, 2006

    Not long ago, videogames were about collecting coins and rescuing the princess. Now you're more likely to gun her down in a drive-by. Or eat her... More >>

  • Golazo!

    published June 8, 2006

    Face paint? Check. NoDoz? Check. Deep wellsprings of violent nationalistic pride? No doubt, mate. Yes, it's time for the World Cup, that... More >>

  • Wild Pitch

    published April 27, 2006

    Boys are oiling their mitts, men have started playing hooky, and Dick Cheney just one-hopped it like a pussy. Yes, baseball season is in full... More >>

  • Mob Hit Misses

    published April 20, 2006

    Marlon Brando sleeps with the fishes. But before the legendary actor died, he worked one last job. Curiously, it was for a videogame. In... More >>

  • Ghouls on the Go

    published March 9, 2006

    Ask gamers of a certain age about Resident Evil, and a vivid memory springs to mind: They're inching down a long, quiet hallway. Suddenly,... More >>

  • Torino It Off

    published February 16, 2006

    Ah, the Winter Olympics. The nip of drama in the Alpine air. The purity of amateur competition. Swedish women in full-body spandex. These are... More >>

  • Exit the Matrix

    published January 26, 2006

    Pop-culture pundits generally fall into two camps: those who think entertainment encourages a nation of knuckle-draggers, and those who say it's... More >>

  • Full Court Pressure

    published January 5, 2006

    Pity the college basketball coach. He toils endlessly to explain the vagaries of offensive sets and defensive zones. He frets over lineups,... More >>

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