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It might be a slower part of the year when it comes to game releases, as developers are gearing up for the fireworks that come with E3, but Adam Sessler finds a diamond in the rough with the Xbox 360 release of The Witcher 2: Assassin's of Kings. Check out what he has to say about this fine gift from Eastern Europe.

 

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It came out this week that Sony is not doing too well financially. After the news dropped that the company was posting a multi-million dollar loss for the year, a lot of journalists and analysts decided to discuss what they think might be a better path for Sony to follow. Enter the Sess. On this week's Soapbox, Adam will explain how he has seen Sony change over the years and why he thinks they still have a bright future. 

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The gaming community loves to speculate, especially when we think it's time for a new console generation. In this week's Sessler's Soapbox Adam discusses the rumors and speculation surrounding the next gaming consoles coming from Sony (PS4) and Microsoft (Xbox 720) and expresses what he thinks we, as gamers, need from a new set of hardware. If any of these rumors are true, there is a good chance we will learn more at E3 2012.

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By now I'm sure you've all seen at least one of the Heavy Hitters trailers for Bioshock Infinite. So has Adam Sessler, and he was so impressed by the Motorized Patriot he decided to make it the subject of this week's Sessler's Soapbox. Find out why this particular enemy peaked The Sess's interest, and made him even more excited for the next game from Ken Levine and the team at Irrational Games.

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Thanks to a recent back injury, Adam Sessler was forced to spend a lot of time laying on his couch. Since it was difficult for him to sit upright, Adam spent a lot of time gaming on his PS Vita and his iPad, which got him thinking about handheld gaming. In this week's Soapbox, The Sess discusses handheld consoles, iOS devices, and how they factor in when it comes to gaming on the go.

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Mass Effect 3 has been no stranger to controversy. Between the Day One DLC, the thousands of gamers who are disappointed with the ending, and the small freak out over the fact that it contains same-sex relationships, the final chapter in BioWare's Action-RPG epic has received plenty of vocal fan feedback. In this week's Sessler's Soapbox Adam wraps it all up in a neat little spoiler-free package to let you know how he feels about these debates and puts some of them to rest. 

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Hey you, stop playing Mass Effect 3 for a second, Adam Sessler has something important to tell you. Fresh from his Mass Effect 3 review, The Sess has decided to use this week's Soapbox to explain to you how he thinks you can get the most out of your experience. Think you might have specced your character wrong? Or upgraded the wrong weapon? Not to worry, Adam Sessler and his sound advice have you covered. 

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This week everyone has been talking about the Mass Effect 3 Day-One DLC, and that got Adam Sessler thinking about how much we pay for games these days. In this week's Soapbox, The Sess brings up the idea of variable pricing based on the amount of content a game contains. Would you rather pay $60 for every game no matter what? Or would you rather have the option of paying only $40 for a game with a standard single-player experience? 

Sessler's Soapbox: Game Pricing and Mass Effect 3's DLC »


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According to Syndicate, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and countless other video games the future is going to be run by huge corporations with little value for human life and really shiny office buildings. Adam Sessler has been playing quite a bit of Syndicate recently, and in this week's Soapbox he discusses the idea that an oppressive future will be controlled by business rather than government.

 

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Happy Valentine's Day everyone! By now you've probably already heard about Tim Schafer and Double Fine's Kickstarter campaign to fund their new adventure game, Double Fine Adventure. The unprecedented success of this endeavor has sent shockwaves through the gaming industry, making people wonder if this is a new way to side-step major publishers and allow development studios to have their projects funded directly by the fans. Such is the topic of this week's Soapbox. Find out what Adam has to say on the subject, and if he thinks this will change the way the industry works.

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Despite what you may think, it's no fun to write a bad review. No matter what the outcome may be we all recognize it takes a lot of hard work by a ton of people just to get a game out the door. Adam Sessler's review of Kindgoms of Amalur: Reckoning came out today, and if you've read it you know he was not pleased with the outcome. In this week's Soapbox Adam discusses how difficult it was for him to write a bad review for a game he has such high hopes for.

Sessler's Soapbox: High Hopes and Heartbreaks »


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In the past year or so it's become very common for new games to include an "Online Pass" inside the box. This code will unlock certain aspects of the game like multiplayer, co-op levels, or future downloadable content. It's pretty obvious that publishers have done this to encourage gamers to buy new games rather than used ones, but Sessler doesn't think it's the best idea. In this week's Soapbox, Adam explains the flaws he sees in this new business model and why the Online Pass may not be around forever.

Sessler's Soapbox: Kingdoms of Online Passes »


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With the disappointing sales for the Nintendo 3DS some people think handheld gaming is on the way out. Sony disagrees, and are about to release their next handheld console, the PS Vita. Adam Sessler recently got his hands on the Vita and decided to spend this week's Soapbox discussing its high points and low points. Sure the tech is impressive, the graphics are amazing, and the screen is gorgeous, but is that enough anymore? Find out why Adam thinks the Vita has an uphill battle on its hands in this week's Sessler's Soapbox.

Sessler's Soapbox: Here Comes the Vita »


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 There's been a lot of talk recently about how movie ticket sales were down last year. What you may not have heard is that video games sales were also down 8% compared to the previous year. While some people may claim this is a sign of the end of console gaming or the movement towards social gaming, The Sess strongly disagrees! In this week's Soapbox, Adam will explain why he thinks sales were down last year and why he's not worried about the future of traditional gaming.

Don't Panic! Games Aren't Dying - Sessler's Soapbox »


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Guy, this is a very special Tuesday. Not because of CES, not because of the New Hampshire primary, but because Adam Sessler has returned from his vacation. He may look a little different, but in a matter of moments you'll realize he's still the same Sess deep down. On this week's Soapbox Adam discusses Star Wars: The Old Republic and why he thinks it will be a huge success for Bioware, EA, and the MMO genre as a whole. Press play and find out why this is the first MMO to get Sessler to shell out a monthly subscription fee.

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