Sessler's Soapbox

While Adam may have caught the most recent mutation of the nerd flu (this time with added sinus infection), he spent some quality time at home with his television. One of the highlights of this period of sickness was Resistance 3. After years of working on the PS3, Insomniac seems to have refined their controls to the point where the awkwardness of the Dualshock 3 seems to have disappeared. Not only that, but the game is tons of fun, full of amazing weapons, has incredible art, and features a dark and mature story line. In other words, The Sess enjoyed it. Let him tell you for himself in this week's Soapbox.

Sessler's Soapbox: Resistance 3 Plays Like a Dream »


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While gamers and critics seem to be loving Deus Ex: Human Revolution, everyone agrees that there are some choices you have to make in the beginning of the game that can ruin your experience and force you to restart. The Sess sees this as something of a problem, so he decided to discuss it on this week's Soapbox. Like novels, films, and tv shows, games need to have a solid opening in order to grab your attention and hint at what the rest of your experience will be like. Are developers dropping the ball when it comes to impressing you from the start?

Sessler's Soapbox: Best Foot Forward »


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According to a recent article from CNN only 10% of gamers actually finish the single-player campaigns in the games they play. To try and explain the reasons behind this seemingly small number, Sessler decided to get on his Soapbox and show how not only the medium of story telling, but the medium of games themselves have changed over the years.

Are the vast majority of gamers not finishing their games because of the lack of free time? Or is it a result of the multiplayer trend that has almost taken over the industry?

Sessler's Soapbox: Finish What You Started »


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After a long day at work, everyone has their own way to escape the real world. Some people read, some people watch reality television, but we play video games. On this week's Soapbox, Adam Sessler talks about how fantasy games specifically help him forget about the woes of the real world and immerse himself in another world for a few hours. Who says video games aren't good for your mental health?

Sessler's Soapbox: Finding Comfort in Fantasy »


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The internet has spent a lot of time talking about the Diablo 3 auction house already, and of course G4 is no different. On this week's Soapbox, Adam Sessler will weigh in on what he thinks real money transactions in-game could mean for the industry as a whole and what the future might bring if this turns out to be a success. Will you hand over your hard-earned cash for some epic loot? Or will you do it the old fashioned way and grind your way to greatness?

Sessler's Soapbox: Diablo 3's Auction House »

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A lot of people around the office are excited for Assassin's Creed: Revelations, especially Adam Sessler. After hosting the Assassin's Creed panel at Comic Con 2011, Adam was reminded how much he enjoyed playing games set in historical times, rather than elaborate fantasy worlds. The joy of exploring a time and place that you know existed but can't quite understand yourself is a wonderful experience, and at least for The Sess, more enjoyable. What times and places would you like to see re-imagined in a video game?

Sessler's Soapbox: Gaming Through History »


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With Comic-Con 2011 quickly approaching, Adam had comics on the brain so he decided to spend this week's Soapbox talking about comic book video games.

Sure we all remember the travesty that was Superman 64, but now we have great examples of wonderful pulp to polygon adaptations like Batman: Arkham Asylum and the sequel Batman: Arkham City. Do you think comics are an untapped resource for great video game material? Or is the transition between mediums just too difficult to get right more than a couple of times?

Sessler's Soapbox: Comic Book Video Games »


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There has been some controversy over the fact that Crysis 2 was removed from Valve's digital distribution service Steam. People have been speculating this has something to do with the fact that EA is about to launch their own digital service, Origin, and are attempting to back out of their agreements with Valve. No one knows for sure, including Adam Sessler, but that doesn't mean he can't speculate himself! In this week's Soapbox The Sess discusses the future of digital distribution and what he thinks may be going on behind the scenes.

Sessler's Soapbox: EA vs. Valve »


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The summer can sometimes be a drought of decent games, but this year Adam Sessler has the perfect game to get him through the warmer months. In this week's Soapbox, Adam will explain why he thinks Child of Eden is not only an amazing game on its own, but also a perfect way to ditch the summer heat. So crank the A/C, press play, and trip out with The Sess.

Sessler's Soapbox: Child of Eden »


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Yesterday, Adam was very happy about the Supreme Court's ruling over the California Violent Video Games law and gave you all an early Soapbox. Now after he's had some time to digest the ruling, The Sess has decided to give you another, much longer Soapbox going in depth about the details of the case. Find out why this particular Supreme Court case matters to you, whether you're a gamer or not, in this extended edition of Sessler's Soapbox.

Sessler's Soapbox: Why the Supreme Court's Ruling Matters »


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This morning the entire games industry rejoiced in the final Supreme Court decision that declared video games are protected under the 1st Amendment as forms of free speech, and the state of California does not have the authority to make it a crime to sell mature rated video games to minors. Adam Sessler has been following this case very closely, and after reading the decision he decided to give you all an early edition of Sessler's Soapbox. This is a great moment in the history of video games, so check out this week's Soapbox to find out just how happy The Sess has been all day.

Sessler's Soapbox: Games are Protected Speech! »

Hooray for gamers! For even more of the Sess' opinion on the Supreme Court's ruling against the violent video game ban be sure to check out Adam on Gamebreak.

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Adam Sessler has a lot on his shoulders, so he doesn't need a video game telling him he's carrying too much weight. On this week's Soapbox The Sess discusses the gameplay mechanic of encumbrance and how it's been used in games for force players to travel light. Do you enjoy inventory micro-management? Or would you download the "weightless fix" for The Witcher 2?

Sessler's Soapbox: Weighty Decisions »

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E3 2011 has come to a close, and while there are plenty of post-mortems and wrap-ups no one can vocalize the experience and wonder of the Electonronics Entertainment Expo like Adam Sessler. On this week's Soapbox The Sess will break down what impressed him, what surprised him, and what left him with a WTF expression on his face.

Sessler's Soapbox: E3 2011 Wrap Up »

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In this behind the scenes episode of Sessler's Soapbox, Adam gives his thoughts on the first day of E3 2011's Microsoft, Sony, Ubisoft, and EA Press Conferences. How will the Kinect hold up for core gamers, the decision behind the PlayStation Vita's price point, and more is discussed. Check out the video below, and then let us know if you feel the same way Adam does.

Sessler's Soapbox: E3 2011 Press Conferences »

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Over the weekend the internet flipped out over the announcement that Activision will offer a premium online multiplayer service called Call of Duty Elite that will work with both Black Ops and Modern Warfare 3. Oh, and it's gonna cost ya. Yes the rumored "paid subscription service" for Call of Duty has been confirmed, and it's not quite what we were expecting. Of course, The Sess had plenty to say on the subject, so check out the new Sessler's Soapbox for his take on Call of Duty Elite. 

Sessler's Soapbox: Call of Duty Elite »

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