Dennis McCauley has written about video games and other tech topics for publications liked Computer Gaming World, Wired News and Salon. His game reviews have appeared in the Inquirer since 1998. Dennis is also the editor of the widely-read GamePolitics.com website.
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - The video-game industry's big dance is a lot smaller.
For the last decade, I've attended the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, as it is known. As the video-game industry grew, each show became more ear-splitting and more jam-packed than the one preceding, until last year 60,000 sweaty gaming types herded themselves into the Los Angeles Convention Center.
So you're packing the car for that long drive to the Poconos or Jersey Shore? Don't forget the games.
Take it from the voice of experience - if you've got kids and a car ride, nothing cuts down on those annoying, plaintive whines of "Are we there yet?" quite like a good portable game system. There are a number of options available.
Power Up | Hard-boiled 'Hotel Dusk' is worth checking in to
When one considers the Nintendo DS, light gaming fare such as Nintendogs, Mario Kart DS or Animal Crossing generally comes to mind. You probably wouldn't expect to encounter a gritty, film-noir adventure on this popular handheld. But that's exactly what players will find in Hotel Dusk Room 215. The new game is a hard-boiled detective story, the likes of which novelist Raymond Chandler could have been proud.
Power Up | A 'Burning' expansion of World of Warcraft
If you planned to go cold turkey with your World of Warcraft habit anytime soon, forget about it.
In fact, prepare to become addicted all over again. On Tuesday, a long-awaited expansion, The Burning Crusade, will launch. WoW players are already frothing over this $39.99 release, which is the first official add-on to the immensely popular online role-playing game.