“Warlands” Optioned

Andrew’s first ever romantic comedy screenplay has been optioned. The script, called “Warlands,” deals with a pair of video gamers who fall in love with the same girl gamer. “I never thought I’d write a romantic…

Game: Donkey Kong Country Returns

One of the troubles with technological art forms is that the technology sometimes forces the shape of the art.  Alfred Hitchcock used to complain about this in the movies, even though he was always one of…

Video Game: Castlevania, Lord of Shadows

I’ve never liked this franchise much.  I’ve usually found it laughably melodramatic and repetitive.    Plus it’s stuck with that ridiculous title, a holdover from its pixilated origins back in the 80′s. But this latest entry,…

Me on Video Games vs. Life

Last Friday’s Wall Street Journal ran my review of Jane McGonigal’s Reality is Broken:  Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World: Ms. McGonigal’s notions about how to enliven what gamers call…

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune

I wanted to play this game before I played the excellent sequel, but when I popped it into my PS3, it froze on the third or fourth scene.  This was apparently a fairly common problem but…

Game: Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

For gamers, this is like crack cocaine.  Except, you know, you don’t have to become a prostitute to support the habit.  Unless you want to.  But no, seriously, I loved this and then loved it some…

Video Game: Heavy Rain

This is one of those games that come out every now and then that’s supposed to bring us closer to the realization of full interactive storytelling.  Indigo Prophecy was the last one I played–by the same…

Game: Prince of Persia, The Forgotten Sands

The original Prince of Persia, which I never played, was a 1989 platformer for various ancient systems.  When I found the series, in 2003′s Prince of Persia:  The Sands of Time, it had morphed into one…

God of War 3

First of all, do not let your children play this video game.  If your child is under the age of, say, 35, and you find him playing this game, beat him senseless.  With a broadsword.  That’ll…

Assassin’s Creed II

When the first Assassin’s Creed video game came out, everyone said how great it was and I–alone, unbowed and unafraid!–declared that it was dreadfully repetitive.  Then, when this sequel came out, all the people who had…