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2006 Stories by Chris Ward

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  • Wii Love It

    published December 14, 2006

    Nintendo has achieved the impossible: My 50-year-old, non-gaming father wants a Wii for Christmas. Either I've been whisked to Bizarro World, or... More >>

  • Encore Performance

    published November 23, 2006

    Guitar Hero gave party games a much-needed kick in the ass. No one expected this rhythm game -- sold with a miniature plastic guitar -- to... More >>

  • Dejá Dance

    published November 2, 2006

    Few phenomena are as hugely popular and bitterly mocked as the Dance Dance Revolution series. That's probably because humanity falls into... More >>

  • Brush With Greatness

    published October 12, 2006

    You've seen Bob Ross -- the afro-sporting TV artist who painted "happy trees"? Well, if he had redesigned Legend of Zelda, it would look a lot... More >>

  • Monkey Trials

    published September 14, 2006

    What could be more fun than monkeys trapped in plastic hamster balls? That's the strange philosophy of Super Monkey Ball, a puzzle series that... More >>

  • Glacial Profiling

    published August 24, 2006

    For most people, the words "role-playing game" conjure images of sweaty Dungeons & Dragons-obsessed weirdos, wearing cloaks and screaming... More >>

  • Trail of Tears

    published August 3, 2006

    Native American heroes are a rare commodity in videogames. Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, released a decade ago, is the most prominent example. Now... More >>

  • Jesus Wept

    published June 1, 2006

    If the creepy, self-flagellating albino monk in The Da Vinci Code really wanted to suffer, he'd drop his flesh-shredding cat-o'-nine-tails, pick... More >>

  • Beat Down

    published May 11, 2006

    If you've gazed at a record player and imagined you could scratch as well as the next guy, you're not alone. Guitars, drums, bass -- all these... More >>

  • Cowboy Up

    published April 13, 2006

    With scrappy warblers like Kellie Pickler and Bucky Covington trying to out-twang each other on American Idol, country music is hotter than a corn... More >>

  • X-Man Reunited

    published February 9, 2006

    Maybe it's because we're hung up on our past more than ever -- riding a wave of giddy, nonstop nostalgia and absorbing anything that will help... More >>

  • Monkey Shines

    published January 19, 2006

    Movie-based videogames have a well-deserved reputation for sucking. Ever since Atari's E.T. -- a game so ill-conceived that thousands... More >>

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