Home Entertainment - Game Reviews http://www.hemagazine.com/taxonomy/term/19/0 en Out of This World Demo Scenes http://www.hemagazine.com/Out_of_This_World_Demo_Scenes <p><strong>Escape from reality with these truly transcendental Show-Offs discs<br /></strong>    <br />With the unbridled verisimilitude of 1080p and uncompressed multichannel surround sound, the home theater experience at times verges on being unflinchingly lifelike. Sure, there’s a lot of appeal in that, but sometimes you might just want to be transported to another reality altogether. </p> <p>With that in mind I give you four favorite Show-Offs that don’t just peel back your eyelids or rattle your naughty bits, they take you to another place entirely.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Out_of_This_World_Demo_Scenes">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Out_of_This_World_Demo_Scenes#comments Movies/Music/Games Blu-ray Disc Reviews Game Reviews Show-Offs Fri, 23 Jul 2010 00:14:01 -0700 geoffm 21825 at http://www.hemagazine.com 10 Best Software 2010 http://www.hemagazine.com/Best_Software_2010 <p><span style="font-size: medium"><strong>The 10 Best Movies and Games of the Year</strong></span></p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Best_Software_2010">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Best_Software_2010#comments Movies/Music/Games Blu-ray Disc Reviews Game Reviews Mon, 04 Jan 2010 00:55:42 -0800 geoffm 21487 at http://www.hemagazine.com Game On http://www.hemagazine.com/Game_On <p><strong>Take full control of your home theater with the latest in interactive entertainment</strong></p> <p>We can stop pretending video games are kids’ stuff, right? I mean, there’s no reason to maintain that silly pretense. More than ever, video games are the domain of grown ups—those able to afford the system able to show off the full a/v potential of these so-called toys.</p> <p>Crank these spectacular Show-Offs and even the oldest fogies in your circle will start spelling “you” with one letter or stick X’s on the end of their names at a whim. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Game_On">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Game_On#comments Movies/Music/Games Game Reviews Tue, 15 Dec 2009 00:45:30 -0800 geoffm 21464 at http://www.hemagazine.com The Beatles: Rock Band Review (With Video) http://www.hemagazine.com/Beatles_Rock_Band_Review I know what's about to happen. I'm about to sit here and type a thousand words or so, waxing left and right about <em>The Beatles: Rock Band</em>, how it fits into the current glut of music/rhythm games, whether it does justice to the band and their legacy, blah blah blah...<br /> <br /> When really, what it all boils down to is this: if you like The Beatles, go buy this game. Now. If you like the Beatles and don't own a PS3 or Xbox 360 (or Wii, I guess), go buy one of those. Now. And then buy this game. Right after that.<br /> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Beatles_Rock_Band_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Beatles_Rock_Band_Review#comments Movies/Music/Games Blogs Game Reviews Music Reviews Burger&#039;s Bloviations Mon, 07 Sep 2009 15:24:12 -0700 DennisB 21223 at http://www.hemagazine.com The Return of Six Degrees of Show-Offs http://www.hemagazine.com/Six_Degrees_of_Show-Offs <p><strong>Connecting even more dots between today’s hottest movies and games</strong></p> <p>Longtime readers of <em>Home Entertainment </em>may remember a handful of old columns in which I riffed on the popular six degrees of separation meme: the notion that every person in the world can be connected to every other by no more than six connections—in other words, you know someone who knows someone who’s related to someone who... you get the picture.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Six_Degrees_of_Show-Offs">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Six_Degrees_of_Show-Offs#comments Movies/Music/Games Blu-ray Disc Reviews Game Reviews Show-Offs Mon, 06 Jul 2009 00:29:32 -0700 geoffm 21083 at http://www.hemagazine.com 10 Best Software 2009 http://www.hemagazine.com/node/10_Best_Software_2009 <!--paging_filter--> <p>Our <strong>10 Best Software</strong> Award winners. </p> <p>Nothing less than our picks for the best demo material of the past year. </p> <p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/10_Best_Software_2009">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/10_Best_Software_2009#comments Movies/Music/Games Best Movies Blu-ray Disc Reviews Game Reviews Music Reviews News Other Features Show-Offs Thu, 01 Jan 2009 00:05:36 -0800 geoffm 20626 at http://www.hemagazine.com Rock Band 2 - Xbox 360 http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Rock_Band_2_Review <p><strong>Sex and Drugs Sold Separately</strong></p> <p>The missus and I have never been what one would call large-scale entertainers. Parties at our house are few and far between; our modest media room seating has rarely been strained—until last year, that is, when we found ourselves the host of biweekly <em>Rock Band</em> parties. </p> <p>Since then, every other Saturday night our home is packed with rockers-in-waiting, champing at the bit for their turn at a microphone or faux instrument. </p> <p>Suffice it to say, <em>Rock Band 2</em> has been hotly awaited.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Rock_Band_2_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Rock_Band_2_Review#comments Movies/Music/Games Game Reviews Sun, 14 Sep 2008 13:25:23 -0700 geoffm 20407 at http://www.hemagazine.com Guitar Hero: Aerosmith for PS3 and Guitar Hero: On Tour for DS http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Guitar_Hero_Aerosmith_for_PS3_Guitar_Hero_On_Tour_for_DS <p><b>Public Humiliation… Now Private!</b></p> <p>I don't claim to have my finger on the pulse of the entire video game industry, but I know what I know. I recall first seeing <i>Guitar Hero</i> at RedOctane's booth on the floor of a trade show in New York City. Cool idea, I thought, but no one really wants to play this game with a standard PS2 controller, you really need a big plastic guitar with buttons, but who's going to go for that?</p> <p>Everyone in the civilized world, apparently.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Guitar_Hero_Aerosmith_for_PS3_Guitar_Hero_On_Tour_for_DS">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Guitar_Hero_Aerosmith_for_PS3_Guitar_Hero_On_Tour_for_DS#comments Movies/Music/Games Game Reviews Thu, 31 Jul 2008 12:01:31 -0700 geoffm 20259 at http://www.hemagazine.com Incredible Hulk – Xbox 360 http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Incredible_Hulk_Xbox_360 <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>The Not-so-Incredible Hulk</strong></p> <p>Our friends over at <a href="http://www.gamervision.com" target="_blank" title="Gamervision.com">Gamervision.com</a> have done a review of the Incredible Hulk game, available for seemingly every platform except the SNES. </p> <p>What the designers apparently forgot to do while they were writing and re-writing all the code for every console, is design a decent game. </p> <p>Sadly, our green friend doesn’t fair well in this movie-tie in game. <br /><em></em></p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Incredible_Hulk_Xbox_360">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Incredible_Hulk_Xbox_360#comments Movies/Music/Games Game Reviews Gamervision.com Reviews Wed, 09 Jul 2008 16:32:34 -0700 geoffm 20216 at http://www.hemagazine.com NASCAR 09 - Xbox 360 http://www.hemagazine.com/node/NASCAR_09 <p><strong>Go left! Ok, now keep going left…</strong></p> <p>As much as we love gaming here at <em>HE</em>, there are only so many hours in the day (I'm told, 24). So we've partnered with the folks at <a href="http://www.Gamervision.com" target="_blank" title="Gamervision.com">Gamervision.com</a> to bring us the latest game reviews. This epic collaboration will allow them to do what they do best, and leave us playing with all the TVs, speakers, amps, media distribution products, and the like. </p> <p>To be honest, I'm not sure who's getting the better deal there. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/NASCAR_09">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/NASCAR_09#comments Movies/Music/Games Game Reviews Gamervision.com Reviews Tue, 01 Jul 2008 00:01:00 -0700 geoffm 20207 at http://www.hemagazine.com SingStar - PS3 http://www.hemagazine.com/node/SingStar-PS3 <!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>Larynx Hero</strong></p> <p>We have become a nation of legendary guitar players and rock bands, if only in our imaginations, or at least in our living rooms. But long before plastic Stratocasters became a videogame staple, karaoke (Japanese for "empty orchestra") was a popular techno-pastime, and not just for inebriated Asian businessmen. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/SingStar-PS3">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/SingStar-PS3#comments Movies/Music/Games Game Reviews Thu, 05 Jun 2008 07:35:06 -0700 geoffm 20093 at http://www.hemagazine.com Gran Turismo 5 Prologue (PS3) http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Gran_Turismo_5_Prologue_PS3 <!--paging_filter--> <p>"So, you like racing games." That's generally the first thing most new guests say the first time they enter my media room and spy the Sparco GT Racing Cockpit tucked behind my theater seating. I love the looks on their faces when I answer, quite truthfully, "I cannot stand the things. The cockpit is for <em>Gran Turismo</em> and <em>Gran Turismo</em> alone. And don't you dare call it a 'racing game'."</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Gran_Turismo_5_Prologue_PS3">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Gran_Turismo_5_Prologue_PS3#comments Movies/Music/Games Game Reviews Tue, 15 Apr 2008 05:00:00 -0700 Administrator 6333 at http://www.hemagazine.com Game, Set, Match http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Game_Set_Match <!--paging_filter--> <p>What’s the biggest mistake that so many theater designers make these days? It isn’t improper speaker placement. It isn’t improper display calibration. Nor is it subpar acoustics. No, the biggest mistake I see so many theater or media room designers make is the relegation of video game systems to the kids’ room.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Game_Set_Match">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Game_Set_Match#comments Movies/Music/Games Game Reviews Show-Offs Fri, 21 Mar 2008 05:00:00 -0700 Administrator 6305 at http://www.hemagazine.com 10 Best Software 2008 http://www.hemagazine.com/node/10_Best_Software_2008 <!--paging_filter--> <p><em>(with contributions by Scott Wasser)</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/10_Best_Software_2008">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/10_Best_Software_2008#comments Movies/Music/Games Game Reviews Other Features Tue, 01 Jan 2008 04:00:00 -0800 Administrator 6257 at http://www.hemagazine.com Video Gaming: The Future Of Gaming http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Video_Gaming_The_Future_Of_Gaming <!--paging_filter--> <p>While Ben Franklin’s famous quip that “nothing is certain but death and taxes” still has a nice ring to it, in today’s world we can count on at least one more certainty: Every five years or so, with unfailing regularity, the video gaming world will go through a major metamorphosis. Each of these successive half-decade generations sees new game consoles take the market by storm, old platforms begin their decline toward obsolescence, and a further blurring of the line between game machines and other forms of home entertainment.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Video_Gaming_The_Future_Of_Gaming">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Video_Gaming_The_Future_Of_Gaming#comments Movies/Music/Games Game Reviews Gaming Hardware Other Features Thu, 01 Dec 2005 04:00:00 -0800 Administrator 5321 at http://www.hemagazine.com Video Gaming: Getting Into The Game http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Video_Gaming_Getting_Into_The_Game <!--paging_filter--> <p>Ready for another rousing round of Donkey Kong, I dig the game cartridge from a box and pull the Nintendo Entertainment System out of the closet. Then the console goes onto the coffee table. Its power cord must reach the wall, its A/V cable the television, and its wired controllers the couch. This means moving the coffee table 7 inches closer to my 25-inch Zenith.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Video_Gaming_Getting_Into_The_Game">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Video_Gaming_Getting_Into_The_Game#comments Movies/Music/Games Game Reviews Gaming Hardware Other Features Thu, 01 Dec 2005 04:00:00 -0800 Administrator 5325 at http://www.hemagazine.com