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With the release of the Nintendo 3DS fast approaching, one has to wonder how the new portable gaming system will sell. Are we going to see the same kind of fury we did for the Wii? Or will the high price tag keep people from cleaning out the store shelves? Such is the subject of this week's Soapbox. Adam took some time to dissect the many aspects of this new piece of hardware and try to figure out if lightning can strike twice. Will you buy the Nintendo 3DS on day one? Or wait to see if it's worth the investment? 

Sessler's Soapbox: 3DS - An Uphill Battle »



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As you probably already know, the internet is a bit upset with David O. Russell and his casting of Mark Wahlberg as the lead in his Uncharted movie adaptation. Adam Sessler is not blind to your rage, so he decided to chime in and explain why he doesn't really care what happens with the Uncharted movie, despite his love of the video game series. So in this week's Soapbox, Adam takes on the subject of video game movies and why they always end up sucking so bad.

Warning: This episode of Soapbox contains some of Adam Sessler's explosive and controversial opinions, like Apocalypse Now is a bad movie, and J. R. R. Tolkien sucks. Proceed with caution.

Sessler's Soapbox: Why Video Game Movies Suck »



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We all look back on the video games of our youth with pleasant nostalgia. In fact, some of our favorite games of all time can be over 10 years old. On that note, Adam Sessler was very pleased this week because his favorite game of all time, Ghosts n' Goblins, was released on the Wii Virtual Console. In this week's Soapbox you'll get a unique window into the gaming origins of Adam Sessler as he tells you the story of how that crushingly hard but masterfully crafted arcade game shaped his love for gaming, creating the man you see before you. Press play and find out how it all began. What's your favorite game of all time? 

Sessler's Soapbox: How Adam Got Into Video Games »



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As the New Year approaches, it's natural to look forward and try to predict what will happen in the next year. Adam Sessler is no different, and with the long list of amazing games set to release in 2011 he just had to take a moment to gaze into his crystal ball. What games are you excited to play next year? 

Sessler's Soapbox: Looking Forward to 2011 »



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It's that time of year again. Everyone is making their "Top Ten" and "Best Of" lists for the year, but all those collections pale in comparison to Adam Sessler's point of view on 2010 in gaming. Sit down with Adam and allow him to discuss what he thinks the past year represents for the industry as a whole and how he perceived it as a gamer himself. Do you agree? Are you looking forward to 2011?

Sessler's Soapbox: 2010 in Review »



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Any gamer over the age of 25 remembers Pac-Man very well. Whether it was a cabinet at your local pizzeria, a tabletop in a small arcade, or one of the early home console versions that broke you into gaming, we all know Pac-Man is an icon. In this week's Soapbox, Adam admits that his newest gaming obsession is the latest version of this pebble-munching classic, Pac-Man Championship Edition DX. Find out what is so satisfying about the newest iteration of the hungry yellow circle that we all grew up with.

Sessler's Soapbox: Pac-Man Championship Edition DX »



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Today Disney Epic Mickey hits store shelves and fans of both Warren Spector and Mickey Mouse couldn't be happier. Many people at G4 were anticipating its release, but Adam Sessler's high expectations for the new dark Disney fantasy were not only met, they were exceeded. In this week's Soapbox, The Sess explains what exactly is so intriguing and appealing about Mickey's return to video games and why he thinks we won't see another game like it for quite some time.

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It's no secret that Adam Sessler loves the Sly Cooper series, so it comes as no surprise that he loves playing all three games in HD thanks to the Sly Collection for PS3. While jumping and climbing and sneaking around corners, it dawned on Adam that games like Sly and Jak and Daxter seem to be a lost art. Gone are the days of cartoonish, brightly colored, all-ages appropriate, imaginative action platformers that seemed to dominate the glory days of the PS2. Now we're flooded with hyper-violent, testosterone, muscle man shooters filled with guns, explosions, and thinly veiled phalluses. Now we all love some good pulp action, but where's the Beyond Good and Evil of our day? What action platformers do you wish were still around?

Sessler's Soapbox: More Creativity, Less Penis! »



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Remember last week when Adam said he was having sequel fatigue? Yeah well, there's an exception to every rule, and in this week's Soapbox the Sess explains why Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is that exception. With a fully realized historical world, intelligent and adult themed story lines, and tens of hours of playtime, Brotherhood may be well worth the ticket price.

Sessler's Soapbox: Brotherhood of the Smarty Pants »



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This week we're all playing a lot of Call of Duty: Black Ops, so it may be difficult to remember there was a new Call of Duty less than a year ago. Plus we're getting another one next year. Now while Black Ops may be a fantastic game, Adam Sessler is wondering if too many sequels can kill a game franchise's appeal. Such is the subject of this week's Soapbox. Do you get burned out from playing new iterations of the same game each year? 

Sessler's Soapbox: Black Ops and Sequel Fatigue »



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As most of you already know, Adam is in Washington D.C. for the Supreme Court hearing regarding California's Violent Video Games law. After spending some time within the hallowed halls, Adam stepped outside to take a stand on his Soapbox and let you all know what's going on inside. Find out who said what, which Justices seemed to understand the context and gravity of this decision, and when we'll find out if this law is in fact unconstitutional.

Sessler's Soapbox: Sessler at the Supreme Court »



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With the release of Fallout: New Vegas and Fable III being so close together, many of us have been spending a lot of time in open world games, and The Sess is no different. After roaming the vast landscapes, Adam started to think about what makes them so appealing and his answer is simple; their design. When we're asked to spend tens of hours wandering the countryside it's the talent of the creators that makes the world so compelling and keeps us coming back for more and more exploration. Find out what our Editor in Chief has to say on the subject.

Sessler's Soapbox: War of the Open Worlds »



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This week, Adam got a little angry on his Soapbox. Not angry in a screaming way (although he did a little bit of that), but angry is a "frustrated to the point of exhaustion" kind of way. You see, he's been noticing that a lot of you have been noticing that sometimes we don't get the review of a game up until after it's hit store shelves. This is often not any fault of our own and a result of the publisher not sending us a copy of the game early so we can have the review up in time for when it's released. Why does this happen you ask? Press play and find out.

Sessler's Soapbox: Let Us Review Your Games! »



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Bullying is something we've all had to deal with in one way or another. Most of us have memories of being picked on, stuffed in lockers, or beat up during our younger years. But sometimes things go too far, and the results can be catastrophic. There have been a lot of stories in the news recently about incidents at schools that have ended in violence and sometimes suicide, and that's what was on Adam's mind when he decided to shoot this week's Soapbox.

While we may feel like we're on the right side of this argument, there are some people out there that engage in similarly harassing behavior in online multiplayer games. As far as Adam is concerned, this is just as bad as bullying someone in person. Take a moment to hear what Sessler has to say on the subject, let us know how you feel, but please keep the discussion civil.

Sessler's Soapbox: Stop Being a Dick! »



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Well the cat's out of the bag. We now know that the Nintendo 3DS will be out in March of 2011 and will most likely cost around 300 bucks. While there's no official announcement from Nintendo about the exact date or a solid price point, these things can be determined from the little information we have already. Is that an acceptable launch window/price? Will you be picking one up on day one? Or do you expect there to be a newer, better version of the 3DS every year, like the old DS? Check out what Adam has to say on the subject and let us know what you think.

Sessler's Soapbox: Nintendo 3DS: Too Much, Too Late? »



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