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Rock Band impressions and unpackaging

The magic fairy of rock worked some of her magic Saturday, and lo and behold, we had a copy of “Rock Band” delivered to our office door. After sequealing with delight and acting like the Nintendo 64 kid, I ripped open the package and took out the three pieces to the band kit: the Fender guitar, the drums and the microphone.

I followed the IKEA-like instructions and put together the drum kit (difficult) and guitar (easy). For photos of the unpackaging, hit the jump.

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Posted on Sunday, November 18th, 2007
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EA Preview: Rock Band and Army of Two

I have seen the music video game mountain and it is called “Rock Band.” I played the game at the EA Fall Preview event on a stage, in front of people and I didn’t suck.

I wanted to play the new drum peripheral but one of the folks sitting in line with me wanted to try the new peripheral and I agreed. Instead, I played the familiar old guitar, which was more detailed than the “Guitar Hero” ones.

The buttons have a clicky feel to them of a cell phone. There are more buttons at the base of the neck and at the top. The whammy bar sticks out a bit farther.

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Posted on Wednesday, September 5th, 2007
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Skate, EA Playground and Medal of Honor

They opened the floodgates and let us nosy journalist poke around and check out the dozens of titles here on the EA Campus in Redwood City. I spent most of my time in the gym checking out Skate and a couple of Wii games that caught my eye.

Trying to get to “Army of Two” was a little difficult, mostly because of the crowd around it so I went elsewhere and bumped into the Justin Oliveras, the product manager for Skate. He showed of the game, which he described as less focused on the button mashing and more on actually skating.

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Posted on Wednesday, September 5th, 2007
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EA fall preview

Whew, I just got out of the Electronic Arts presentation, where they showed off some of the company’s upcoming titles on their bradn spacking new 14 foot by 20 foot 1080P video screen. It looked pretty good.

Jeff Brown, Electronic Arts vice president of corporate communications, hosted the event breaking it down to the Sims franchises, casual titles, EA Games and EA Sports. He talkd about how this fall and holiday season will be a murder’s row with heavy hitters such as Microsoft’s “Halo 3″ and Nintendo’s “Super Marion Galaxy” coming out.

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Posted on Wednesday, September 5th, 2007
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Time with “Bioshock” developer

The way Nate Wells sees it, “Bioshock” is the only next-gen shooter out there.

At a time when everyone is trying to define what a new generation of games should play like, the technical arts director for Irrational Games has a pretty good argument and it’s staring me in the face.

This isn’t the prettiest shooter on the Xbox 360. That distinction belongs to “Gears of War” and it’s not the most realistic that honor would go to “Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter” or “Rainbow Six Vegas.”

But in terms of narrative, presentation, level design and ideas, “Bioshock” outdistances the competition. No other title blends the cinematic and gameplay in such a compelling package.

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Posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2007
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Hands on with “Hannah Montana Music Jam”

Honestly, I was expecting pink and a lot of it.

I stood in a publicist’s office Thursday in San Francisco waiting to check out a preview of the latest “Hannah Montana” game. I was roped into the event because A) I have an open mind when it comes to video games and B) I had time (It was my day off.). As I stood in the downtown office, all I could think of were screenshots full of daisies, sugary pop music and galloping ponies. I was approaching this as any red-blooded man would — with a sense of palpable dread. Is this what 90 percent of girlfriend’s go through when they see their significant other’s fire up “Gears of War”?

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Posted on Monday, August 13th, 2007
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cellphone celebrity

I went to work on Saturday as a minor celebrity. It’s something that I’ve been both dreading and looking forward to since I got the iPhone. The New York Times’ David Pogue had it right in his funny review video.

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Posted on Sunday, July 1st, 2007
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Posting on an iphone

This is a first attempt at posting on an iPhone. So far, I’m getting used to typing with the keyboard. It’s not the fastest or the most accurate thing but it does a decent job. It won’t fix all the mistakes. For example, this is what happens when I trust the keyboard. The next graph has no corrections.

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Posted on Saturday, June 30th, 2007
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At last the iPhone

I picked it up around 6 p.m. today and I just crashed after more than 30 hours of waiting in the hot June sun. The funny thing was that there appeared to be enough iPhone for everyone. I mean everyone could have gotten one today and they didn’t even need to pay the over-priced fees for spots up front.

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Posted on Friday, June 29th, 2007
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IPhone: Longer lines and busy sellers

The Apple Store just closed 15 minutes ago. The staff is covering up the floor-to-ceiling windows with vinyl coverings. We’re about four hours away from the iPhone. They’re closing the store to set up for the upcoming iPhone sale. What they’re putting together is uncertain.

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Posted on Friday, June 29th, 2007
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