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Sessler's Soapbox

Us nerds like to tell ourselves that games are an artform, an interactive storytelling medium, much more than just "fun". When debating the merits of video games as art, we reference their deep character developments, and how living in the head of that protagonist gives you a whole different experience than reading about it. However, when games are reviewed, the "fun" factor often rears its ugly head.

Such is the topic of this week's Soapbox. Adam spent some time talking to the people who are working on the game Six Days in Fallujah, and after reading some of the outrage in the press, he decided to put in his own two cents. Press play and enjoy this rare moment of Adam Sessler waxing philosophical.

NOTE: We know about the spelling error, it is being fixed

Sessler's Soapbox: Six Days In Fallujah and Fun Vs. Art »



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Adam likes videogames. Adam REALLY likes videogames. But that's not all he likes. Adam also likes Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain. He also likes reading.

Such is the subject of this week's Soapbox. Adam is a bit bored with the gaming industry this week, so he decided to use this opportunity to recommend some of his favorite novels. So dust off your library card or open up Amazon in another window and have a literary adventure with your good friend Adam Sessler. You could use some culture.

Sessler's Soapbox: Adam Sessler's Book Club »



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Have you ever collected anything? I mean REALLY collected something to the point where you spend countless hours looking for the final pieces that will make your collection complete? Did you find all the pigeons in GTA IV? Or all the gargoyles in Fable II? Then this Soapbox is for you.

With some spare time on his hands, Adam has been playing lots of games. And in his travels, he's noticed how obscure and well hidden some games collectibles are. I mean seriously, who puts a bobble-head in there? Take some time to listen to what the man has to say and then reference your strategy guide. It'll make things way easier on you, trust me.

Sessler's Soapbox: Collective Frustration »



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Being in San Francisco brings up a lot of memories for The Sess, so he decided to do this remote edition of Sessler's Soapbox about the past. Hear about Adam's first years in the gaming industry, his first GDC and what the new games were being shown back in the day, and wonder what it must have been like to be a part of the wide world of gaming so long ago. Nostalgia can be a good thing.

Note: We understand that the video has green bars instead of black. We're calling it a 'feature'.

Sessler's Soapbox: Adam's Trip Down Memory Lane »



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Next week is the Game Developers Conference in beautiful San Francisco. If you didn't already know, G4 is doing 3 days of live on-air broadcasts from the GDC floor and 5 days of online coverage right here at G4tv.com. Adam Sessler will obviously be in attendance and to get himself excited for the main event, he decided to sit down and share with you some of his fondest memories from GDCs past. Take a trip down memory lane with The Sess and let us know what you're hoping to see next week.

Sessler's Soapbox: Adam's GDC Memories »



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Ladies and gentlemen, we would like to preface this week's Soapbox with one request: Please keep your comments and discourse civil. We're all adults here and a difference of opinion is not something to take personally.

That being said, Adam took the time this week to get on his Soapbox and explain to you why he gave Resident Evil 5 a lower score than most of you would expect. To fully understand what The Sess is talking about, take the time to read his written review so you know where the man is coming from. Once that's been digested, scroll down and press play. Let us know what you think, but be nice. Otherwise, we'll spank you. Publicly.

Sessler's Soapbox: 'Resident Evil' Disappoints »



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We all know that the forbidden fruit is that much more tasty because it's forbidden. I'm sure most of you remember glorifying R rated movies, gentlemen's magazines like Playboy, and adult activities like smoking and drinking. But do you think such things would have the same appeal if you weren't constantly reminded that you couldn't even come close to experiencing them until you reached a certain arbitrary, magical age?

Apply the same rules to M rated video games, and you have the topic of today's Sessler's Soapbox. Can M rated games be that damaging to children? Or are we sheltering them from topics like sex and violence to the point where they are ill prepared for adulthood? Let us know what you think in the comments section.

Sessler's Soapbox: Kids Love M Rated Games »



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Everyone loves surprises, even people who say they don't. Such is the topic of today's Soapbox.

If you remember 50 Cent: Bulletproof, you'll remember that it was a pimple on the surface of gaming. We don't blame you for having low expectations for 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand, but hold off on your judgement, young soldier. This game is actually good. It's really good. We swear it. Listen to what Adam has to say about the game and let us know what you think.

Sessler's Soapbox: 50 Cent is Worth Your Dollars »



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Ok, now that everyone's calmed down, we can have a cool, rational conversation, right?

This week, Adam takes on one of everyone's favorite topics; multiplayer. This aspect of gaming has added so much to our experiences, but it may have gotten a bit out of hand. It appears that a lot of games add on multiplayer as an afterthought, hoping to extend the playability and sales of the final product. Adam takes them to task, explaining that the resources they put into multiplayer would be more welcomed if worked on the single player experience -- tightening up the controls or fine-tuning the gameplay.

What do you think? Do you have a large collection of games that you play online regularly? Or do you just stick with the big three and forget that many of the other games you own even have a multiplayer aspect to them?

Sessler's Soapbox: Keep It Single, Stupid! »



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Wow. Just...wow.

This week on the Soapbox, Adam is angry. And you won't like him when he's angry. He's angry at those of you who took it upon yourselves to comment on X-Play's review of Killzone 2, and he's about to call you out one by one.

If you watch one Sessler's Soapbox this year, make it this one.

 Update From Adam Sessler: “It has come to my attention that I made a modest mistake in the video.  Killzone 2 is set to release on 2/27…F.E.A.R. 2 is set to release next week.  Given the fact that games come to us earlier than they do to retailers such particulars are a little hazy and I clearly interpolated the two dates. Nonetheless the review aired the day the review embargo lifted and has no effect upon the opinions that followed.  Thanks to everyone who watched the soapbox and brought this to my attention, which is pretty much everyone”

We have since edited said mistake from the video.

Sessler's Soapbox: Killzone Mailbag »


 


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We all love getting something a little extra. Whether it's an extra piece of pie, an extra ride on the bumper cars, or that extra toe that helps you scratch your foot -- that little bit more is always appreciated.

Such is the topic of this week's Soapbox. The recent downloadable content that was released for Fallout 3 and Fable II showed Adam how much a prompt schedule of doling out the content can enhance his enjoyment of the game. Adam also thinks that if more games promised extended play with downloadable content within 4 months of the release of the game, some people might be more convinced that it's worth the purchase, and the game's sales will see a reasonable boost.

Do you agree with Adam that such quick roll outs of DLC entices you to buy the game? Or do you think it's just a publisher trying to squeeze every dollar they can out of a game by making you pay for parts that they removed before it was released?

Sessler's Soapbox: More DLC Please! »



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In this week's Sessler's Soapbox we're doing things a little different. After the historical inauguration of our new President, Adam was inspired to take a break from his usual business of critiquing video games and talk to you about something a bit more positive.

Obama is using his message of hope to inspire a nation to work together and help rebuild our country from the ground up. This is the message that melted the ice around The Sess's heart (temporarily), and inspired him to bring you this week's Soapbox.

So please take a moment to listen to what Adam has to say, pass it on, tell a friend, get involved, and let us know what you think. We all have the opportunity to contribute to the future and be a part of history. We're all in this together. 

Sessler's Soapbox: Make A Difference »



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Everyone is hurting. The economic situation our country is going through right now has caused companies of all shapes and sizes to adjust their production plans.

In this week's Soapbox, Adam takes the time out of his busy schedule to talk directly to the gaming companies and give them some advice on how to make it through this economic downturn. While I'm sure most publishers will listen to their financial analysts before they listen to Adam, he lays out some plans that not only would keep gamers happy, but also help some companies avoid a few pit falls.

Do you think this will be the year of safe sequels? Or will downloadable content and smaller, downloadable games make a big splash?

 

Sessler's Soapbox: Adam Sessler's Financial Advice »


 


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A New Year brings us many things; resolutions you will never keep, sales that don't really save you any money, and predictions for the next year that hardly ever come true. Enter Adam Sessler!

Joining in with the rest of the games journalism community, Adam has decided to dig deep into that giant brain of his and predict what he thinks will happen for the major consoles and publishers in the next year. After such an amazing year for us gamers, could 2009 possibly top 2008? Will we see the return of some major franchises or the beginning of new ones? Will the Wii continue to sell so much? Are soy beans a safe stock investment opportunity?

No one knows what the future brings, but it sure is fun to speculate! Check out this week's Soapbox to see what The Sess sees in his magic crystal ball. Do you think Adam has hit the nail on the head? Or is he totally off-base?

 

Sessler's Soapbox: Adam Sessler's Crystal Ball »



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They say it takes a village, or in our case, a small traveling band of bandits and minstrels.

Either way, your favorite shows like X-Play require countless hours of work done by tons of people who lose loads of sleep to get it on the air. Sometimes while enjoying your favorite broadcast entertainment, you may forget how much effort goes into creating such ingenious television. So on this week's Soapbox, Adam takes the time to thank all those people that make it all possible.

And of course, we want to thank you, the fans. None of this could be possible without you, so before you ring in the New Year, take the time to pat yourself on the back. Your support keeps us working, and we thank you for that. Happy New Year!

Sessler's Soapbox: Thank You! »



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