Revisiting Halo 3: ODST

Halo 3: ODST stands as the red-headed stepchild of the Halo franchise, and let’s be honest, that’s not totally undeserved. It’s the short one. The side-story. The one where you don’t play as a Spartan super-solder. It’s got a screwy narrative structure and the previous game’s multiplayer, itself exiled to an extra disc like a cheap afterthought. Everything about ODST feels like a mere warm-up for a real Halo game (specifically, 2010’s Halo: Reach).

Google Fiber will change gaming as we know it

Google is one of the newest competitors in the Internet-service-provider field. The online giant is beginning to roll out Google Fiber, a service that offers a mind-blowing 1,000 megabits per second to customers, a download speed 100 times faster than the average broadband connection. And Google is offering these ridiculous speeds for only $70 a month. While Fiber provides some obvious upsides to consumers, gaming, in particular, could also benefit from the service.

A salute to Wario Land

Every series has a starting point where it tries to find its own way out of the norm and make a difference in the wide spectrum of video games. At this moment, the driving force behind the series must be defined. Is the focus a new gameplay style that hasn’t been seen before? Is it a build-off of a prior series with its own twists? Or is it the characters and the story that makes the series develop a unique personality?