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Zoned In Writer's BlockGamingPolo Editorials are special features - Zoned In or Writer's Block - by your favorite GamingPolo journalists. Here they share their opinions on a variety of game related topics; covering everything from trends, favorite games, developments in gaming, personal gaming experiences, and more.

Check back often to see what they have to say about the Game Industry today.


Innovation sorely lacking in MMOs
07/27/2007 08:56:00 AM     PC.360.PS3
Changing names and environments won't be enough to sustain the genre as it enters a new phase
To Swag or not to Swag: That is the question
07/20/2007 08:56:00 AM     PC.XB.PSP.PS2.MB.PS3.WII.360.NDS
Wanted – journalists who want to write about the industry, not just those interested in seeing how much free stuff they can get
Tale of the Tape: The Battle for E3
07/06/2007 12:37:00 PM     PC.360.WII.PS3
With each console hitting their stride this year, who will walk away with honors this E3, and who will simply walk away?
Auto Assault closing its doors – a retrospective
07/03/2007 09:26:00 AM     PC
The game may not have been a financial hit, but it did succeed on certain levels
The New Face of Casual Games
06/29/2007 07:45:00 AM     PC.XB.PS2.WII.PS3.360.NDS.PSP
The sheer amount of games to choose from is staggering! The sheer amount of games to choose from is staggering!
AMA wants compulsive video gaming declared a mental illness – a rebuttal
06/25/2007 11:32:00 AM     PC.XB.GC.PS2.PSP.NDS.WII.PS3.360.MB.GBA
Medical profession needs to focus on the true illnesses of this world, not try to make a profit over irresponsible behavior
First-person shooters: Breaking out of the mundane
06/22/2007 07:45:00 AM     PC.PS2.WII.PS3.360.NDS.PSP.XB
A look at what’s on the horizon in the realm of first-person shooters to determine if developers are still trying to push the envelope
Buying Virtual Property - Online Economies and “Gold Farmers”
06/08/2007 07:45:00 AM     PC
An old adage is this: people only value what they have to work for
Technology or so to speak
06/01/2007 08:53:00 AM     PC.PS3.360.NDS.PSP.PS2
I am talking about the designing, building, fortifying and outfitting of an actual movie theater/video game room.
The Woman's Perspective: Thinking Independent
05/25/2007 07:45:00 AM     PC.PS3.WII.360
How episodic content and next-generation gaming will usher in a new Golden Age of Gaming
Fighting Games – What We’ve Gained, What We’ve Lost
05/18/2007 07:45:00 AM     PC.WII.PS3.360.NDS.PSP.GC.PS2.XB.GBA
Risks, as Ed Boon learned more than 15 years ago, are very much worth taking
Are MMOs too complicated?
05/14/2007 04:45:00 PM     PC
Games have achieved graphic beauty, now might be a good time to look at gameplay elements
What if Microsoft released a handheld?
05/04/2007 07:47:00 AM     GBA.PSP.MB.NDS
In a Nintendo universe and a Sony planet, what if Microsoft decided to compete in the world of portable gaming?
Editorial: Is the Beast Master class new to the Star Wars Galaxies Online game or just a return to a discarded class?
04/27/2007 10:37:00 AM     PC
SWG reintroduces the pet class and the whole thing smacks of "bad faith" with those who once played the creature handler profession
Final Fantasy Dreams for a New Tomorrow
04/27/2007 07:47:00 AM     360.WII.PS3
Why this gamer girl thinks remakes shouldn’t just apply to Hollywood movies
Spore - can it deliver?
04/20/2007 07:47:00 AM     PC
Will Wright has to be applauded for bringing such a unique idea to the gaming world
The "power creep" still an unsolved problem for MMOs
04/13/2007 07:47:00 AM     PC.360.PS3
As time goes on, power creep begins to create significant headaches for both developers and players
Gaming on the Go: Size Doesn’t Matter
04/06/2007 07:47:00 AM     GBA.PSP.NDS.MB
As the console wars go into full swing, the power of handhelds cannot be denied
Playing games is not just childs' play
03/30/2007 07:47:00 AM     PC.360.PS3.WII.NDS.MB.PSP.PS2
Studies show that the more engaged we keep our minds and bodies, the more likely we’ll live longer
Sports Games - Making the Transition to Next-Gen
03/23/2007 07:47:00 AM     360.PS3.WII
Though the state of sports games may look dim at the moment, we needn’t despair
How viable are voice programs in role-playing games?
03/16/2007 07:47:00 AM     PC
Voice alteration has come a long way, but still has a ways to go
Welcome to the world of mods - but enter at the risk of addiction
03/09/2007 09:47:00 AM     PC
Modding is a fact of life in the gaming world
Writer's Block: Why Hollywood’s fascination with games is a double-edged sword and why Orlando Bloom is just so pixel-icious
03/02/2007 10:21:00 AM     PC.PS2.XB.PSP.360.PS3.WII.NDS.GBA
Hollywood’s influence on games isn’t an entirely bad for games
Writers' Block: RTS: The graphics have been improved, how about new gameplay?
02/23/2007 10:06:00 AM     PC
Hopefully developers will take storytelling, among other aspects, to the next level
Writers' Block: We have the technology, so why aren't we using it?
02/16/2007 09:05:00 AM     360.WII.PS3
The PS3 is supposedly the most powerful gaming machine out there, so why did they provide the same cables that were featured on the original Playstation?
Writers' Block: Christmas is Over – Now What?
02/12/2007 04:14:00 PM     PC.XB.PS2.WII.PS3.360.NDS.PSP.GBA.GC
What happens when one system shortage has run its course, and another just won’t seem to end?
Writers' Block: Wii Shooters: Another View
02/02/2007 09:35:00 AM     WII
Nintendo must get in the game!
Writer's Block: She's On My Team!
01/26/2007 09:28:00 AM     PC.XB.PS2.PSP.PS3.360.NDS
How a hardcore gaming girl slowly became accepted on Xbox Live and other online games
Writers' Block: Wii First-Person Shooters: Good Idea, Bad Idea?
01/19/2007 01:11:00 PM     WII
... if you’re going to make a Wii FPS, it must have motion controls. It must function as a mouse and keyboard replacement. 
Writers' Block: MMO Perspective: The environments are great, now how about improving character classes …
01/11/2007 02:15:00 PM     PC.360
The MMO industry does a terrific job of creating stellar environments but too often we are left with cookie-cutter classes and professions
Goodbye 2006 – you did a great job of setting up the next generation of immersive gaming
12/31/2006 02:30:00 AM     PC.XB.WII.PS3.360.NDS.PSP.MB.GBA.PS2
We have the graphical power at our fingertips, now all we need are the stories
Use one tablet every day for an enriched PC experience
12/29/2006 08:57:00 AM     PC
With Vista on the horizon, a tablet for the PC may be a wise investment for would-be graphic artists and game designer wannabes
Console Wars: The Launch Games Lineup
11/14/2006 08:03:00 AM     PS3.WII
A look at five launch titles for each new system that may be worth your hard-earned money.
The Console Wars: Launch is Nigh
11/08/2006 11:12:00 AM     360.PS3.WII
Weighing in on your next-gen purchasing decision this fall
Stat babies cropping up in online games
08/07/2006 01:49:00 PM     PC.XB.360.PS2
Some players care more for individual performance than team effort to detriment of MMO space
Goodbye, E3
08/01/2006 10:17:00 AM     PC.GBA.PSP.WII.PS3.360.NDS.MB.NG.GC.PS2.XB
The so-called “evolution” of E3 is a nice way of disguising its dissolution.
E3 is not gone, but it will not be as it once was
07/31/2006 04:38:00 PM     PC.XB.WII.PS3.360.NDS.MB.PSP.NG.GBA.GC.PS2
What was once a cacophony of sight and sound is not more, but the trade show will survive. With that in mind, it is time to look back
Gamers rule in hand-eye coordination, but only in the context of games
05/22/2006 05:10:00 PM     PC.PS2.WII.PS3.360.NDS.MB.PSP.GBA.GC.XB
Survey prompts thoughts on who has the best hand-eye coordination
A Revolution-ary Name Change?
04/27/2006 04:11:00 PM     REV
Revolution was once considered a code name, but eventually received its own logo and was presumed to be the final name...
MMO column on bugs, hacks draws readers' comments
03/20/2006 03:25:00 PM     PC
Readers respond to the issue of hacks and bugs stealing entertainment and enjoyment from MMOs
A Launch To Remember: PlayStation 3
03/16/2006 10:21:00 AM     PS3
Louis Bedigian takes a look forward as he anticipates the launch of the PS3 this Fall 2006
Bugs, exploits hamper an MMO, but the fault is mostly with players breaking the rules
03/02/2006 01:38:00 PM     PC
When players resort to cheating to feel superior, despite the best intentions of the developers, the fun leaves the game
Getting the word out about what an MMO contains
02/14/2006 04:34:00 PM     PC
In a market that is starting to become crowded, maybe succinct in-depth reports may help developers hold a transitory community
Cyber athletics versus real-world athletics: Never the twain shall meet
02/01/2006 01:39:00 PM     PC.360.NDS.MB.PSP.GBA.GC.XB.PS2.GIZ
Video games allow us to pursue dreams of glory in settings that are, for the most part, less than realistic
Angelina's Most Anticipated Games of 2006
01/30/2006 08:26:00 AM     PS2.XB.PSP.360.PS3.NDS
There are certainly a number of games across the platforms that this girl has her sights set on and so I thought I would share a few of the games that have me eagerly awaiting their arrival.
Anticipation Station: Halo, Silent Hill and Grand Theft Auto
11/09/2005 04:18:00 PM     PS2.360.XB
Join us as we take a look into the future of Bungie, Konami and Rockstar's most important sequels, as well as an oddity, Dark Cloud.
Goodbye, New Dereth, I will always remember you fondly
08/29/2005 07:28:00 PM     PC
Looking back on what Asheron’s Call 2 inspired in the wake of Turbine’s decision to close the game
Are Video Games In Danger?
08/02/2005 01:15:00 PM     PC.XB.PS2.GC.PSP.NDS
I recently heard about something that wasn't so funny: outsourcing. It's just a rumor (for now), but the fear is that it won't be for long.
Anticipation Station: Fighting Games
07/15/2005 10:33:00 AM     PS2.PSP.360
Check out the Fighting Games coming that GP's Louis Bedigian is anticipating the most
What place do mods have in MMOs?
07/13/2005 04:33:00 PM     PC
To mod or not to mod, wish it were an easy question
Anticipation Station: Nintendo DS
06/26/2005 07:56:00 PM     NDS
Check out the DS games coming that GP's Louis Bedigian is anticipating the most
Anticipation Station
06/20/2005 06:53:00 PM     PS2.PSP.360
Check out the games coming this Fall that GP's Louis Bedigian is anticipating the most
Do real-life players create unrealistic expectations in sports games?
06/13/2005 05:47:00 PM     PC.NDS.PSP.GBA.GC.XB.PS2
When rules of the game are not adhered to, frustration can set in
Pre-E3: Is Xbox 360 the Next Generation of Gaming?
05/13/2005 02:16:00 PM     XB
We stood up and cheered when the rumors were confirmed -- Perfect Dark Zero was unveiled, it was playable, and should be ready to go at the console's launch.
The Price is Right
05/05/2005 11:28:00 AM     PC.NDS.PSP.XB.GC.NG.GBA.PS2
One of the things I believe is that gamers pay $300 for a home console because that's what they're used to doing.
The Return of Exclusivity
04/18/2005 03:28:00 PM     PC.XB.GC.PS2
Exclusive games separate the competition. It makes owning each console worthwhile...
Again, George Lucas's point is proven: Hollywood doesn't care about anything. Just money.
04/15/2005 04:05:00 PM     PC.NG.NDS.PSP.GBA.GC.XB.PS2
It's a joke that actors would expect royalties from games.  We don't buy games because of the actors. 
Reply to an open letter: Where do MMOs go from here?
03/17/2005 01:48:00 PM     PC
 A few thoughts to follow up on questions posed by SOE President Jack Smedley
My First Portable PlayStation
03/16/2005 02:58:00 PM     PSP
With another week of anticipation ahead before the console is released, Louis Bedigian went nuts when he got his hands on his very own...cardboard cutout of a PSP
Looking Back: The Current Generation Nears Its End
03/10/2005 08:49:00 AM     PS2.XB.GC
The closer we get to seeing what's next, the closer we get to shutting the door on what has become the most remarkable gaming era. 
Support Issues Undercut Amazing MMO Game Experience
02/24/2005 02:11:00 PM     PC
When is too much success a bad thing? Blizzard seems to be walking the line with their new hit, World of Warcraft.
The Faces We Choose in the Worlds We Visit
01/21/2005 03:51:00 PM     PC
Perceptions can be dangerous things and lead to wrongful assumptions about the “good” or “evil” of a race
Guild Wars creates more skill-based challenge
01/13/2005 11:43:00 AM     PC
MMO title give players option to create pre-built PvP avatars
The Future of Gaming - Part III
11/15/2004 01:44:00 PM     PS2.GC.XB
With the increased stakes at play, each and every step that the Big 3 takes is going to be measured, planned, and scrutinized to the n’th degree.
Guild Wars advances player combat skills and tries to level the field, but is it moving in the right direction?
11/10/2004 09:14:00 AM     PC
First thoughts on the state of combat models in the realm of massively multiplayer games
Dancing with Zombies at the Silent Hill Motel
10/19/2004 10:19:00 AM     PC.PS2.XB.GC
Since the first Resident Evil game down to the latest chapter of the Silent Hill games, survival-horror games have come a long way
The Future of Gaming - Part II
10/11/2004 12:26:00 PM     PS2.XB.GC.GBA
Part Uno + Uno =Unos or “Innovate or Die”
The Future of Gaming
09/20/2004 03:46:00 PM     PC.PS2.XB.GBA.GC
PART UNO:  The Build Up and The Early Adopters
High expectations can lead to high levels of disappointment
08/30/2004 11:49:00 AM     PC
Beta testers need to adopt a new mantra before entering a game
The good and bad of the gridiron.
08/19/2004 09:02:00 AM     PS2
Lets discuss the two predominate Football games strengths and weaknesses, and how to make each game better.
Sometimes you have to slow down and cyber-smell the realm’s roses
08/12/2004 04:39:00 PM     PC
Powerleveling can often cause players to overlook the very elements that started them playing a game
In a battle of benefits and harm rendered between videogames and television, the loser is …
08/05/2004 11:56:00 AM     PC.PS2.GC.GBA.PSX.XB
Games get a bad rap at times, but that isn’t the biggest contributor to problems facing the nation
Videogames making strides to step beyond the gaming platforms
07/29/2004 03:35:00 PM     PC.XB.GC.PS2
The key lies in what elements leave the videogame world, and what are left behind
Overlooked and Underrated
07/26/2004 12:21:00 PM     PS2.XB.GBA.GC
A look at the most important games you shouldn’t have missed.
MMP market may be growing with new titles, but it takes a lot for the titles to succeed
07/22/2004 04:40:00 PM     PC
Games evolve, gamers evolve but the fate of games lies in the hands of its players
The EA Sports Coverboy Curse – Fact or Fiction?
07/06/2004 04:26:00 PM     PC.PS2.GC.XB
Everyone wants to be on the cover of their own sports video game.  But does gracing the cover of an EA Sports title jeopardize a professional athlete’s season?
Why Enter The Matrix When You Could Enter The V Games?
06/21/2004 02:05:00 PM     PS2.XB.GC
GamingPolo takes a close look at V Games
A Night at the Fight Club
06/14/2004 10:15:00 AM     PS2.XB.GC
GamingPolo's Eduardo Zacarias AKA Tyler Burping takes a look at what he says are the Best Fight Games
Does character customization get any better than City of Heroes?
06/10/2004 03:28:00 PM     PC
Cryptic has raised the bar for all games, not just MMP titles
Problems abound with Lineage II, but hope remains
06/04/2004 02:37:00 PM     PC
The community needs to come together to help create a thriving atmosphere, not one of dissent
Have you ever had…
05/23/2004 05:03:00 PM     PS2.GBA.GC.XB
Have you ever had the videogame world invade your “real” world?
Online Gaming: Best Of The Best . . . So Far
04/21/2004 10:42:00 AM     PS2.XB
Find out which games GamingPolo picks as the top PS2 and Xbox Online games
Bargain Bin Binge
04/09/2004 11:52:00 AM     PC
The chance to Uncover a Classic Game
Hollywood Ate My Consoles
04/08/2004 01:31:00 PM     PC.XB.GBA.GC.PS2
The Bearer shares his opinions of the impact of Hollywood on Video Games