Matt Paprocki

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Matt Paprocki
Matt Paprocki is a 13-year veteran of the video game, movie, and home media scene. He has written thousands of reviews, has been published on a variety of websites, and contributes his thoughts daily on a diverse range of topics.


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Articles From Matt Paprocki
Tuesday Sep 25, 2012 25:00 PM ET
USA Today doesn't like Blu-ray, but they ignore logistics when arguing comparisons to DVD or streaming.
Wednesday Jun 6, 2012 30:00 AM ET
Sony's idea failed one specific check: words. Their books, which need to be designed with the sub-platform Wonderbook in mind, don't have words.
Monday Jun 4, 2012 45:00 PM ET
Who is a press conference for? I ask that because I honestly don't know anymore.
Thursday Apr 5, 2012 50:00 AM ET
EA is anti-consumer. They started the online pass. They monetize cheats. They sell in-game equipment. They keep items exclusive to pre-orders. They release downloadable content on day one. They sell leveling to imbalance online play. One generation ago, we had none of it.
Tuesday Mar 13, 2012 15:00 AM ET
Imagine you've poured $180 (if not more), 100+ hours into a game franchise surrounded by choice, and within the final five minutes, those choices are stripped away. That's what Mass Effect fans are feeling right now.
Sunday Feb 26, 2012 55:00 PM ET
The Vita can power through a AAA console game-like experience as if it's nothing, yet tradition holds that portables are more the dessert, not the main course.
Tuesday Feb 14, 2012 35:00 AM ET
While showing him the ropes and explaining how to gain experience and money (and how to avoid the real money portion) he asked, "What, is the game not good enough to earn this legitimately?"
Sunday Jan 29, 2012 10:00 AM ET
GameStop has become this weird, illogical target. Any time someone takes a stand against the likes of overpriced downloadable content, online passes, or other anti-consumer practice, it's GameStop's fault.
Thursday Jan 5, 2012 35:00 PM ET
NFL Blitz has become football as if the league were officially sponsored by Purell — sanitized to the point where there's no life left.
Thursday Dec 8, 2011 50:00 PM ET
Is it any wonder why an older generation is still befuddled by the sight of a video game that doesn't use some wonky, fad-oriented camera?
Monday Nov 21, 2011 45:00 AM ET
As I approached a vehicle, simply needed to get from point A to point B, my created character reached in to punch an elderly woman in the face, called her a bitch, and threw her to the ground.
Sunday Oct 30, 2011 05:00 AM ET
It's frustrating to see genre benders mince together familiar mechanics with the potential of creating something special yet miss its calling, more so when it's something as impassioned as Eufloria.
Friday Oct 21, 2011 36:29 PM ET
It's been five years since the formats inception, and it looks like the honeymoon with the catalog is over.
Thursday Oct 20, 2011 20:00 PM ET
For some, the code to unlock the Catwoman storyline simply isn't there or invalid. Others? Well, they can't play the game at all.
Saturday Oct 15, 2011 50:00 AM ET
How can that customer without broadband access who plunked down their $60 access that single player content? They can't.
Thursday Oct 13, 2011 20:00 PM ET
You can't customize the color of your robot. That design suite is $4. Want a pre-built robot? Those are $10 each. Want individual parts? That will be $1 each.
Tuesday Oct 11, 2011 00:00 PM ET
... only around 10 copies of the US version are known to remain. It's a precious piece of video game history and industry dealings, and people are willing to pay $41,000 for it, maybe more.
Thursday Oct 6, 2011 15:00 PM ET
Jobs' gaming influence began earlier than a million apps floating around in cyberspace. In 1974, Jobs joined Atari, then an up-and-comer surviving on profits from Pong.
Tuesday Oct 4, 2011 40:00 PM ET
Sony has begun the slow process of transferring all of their major first-party titles into online pass editions. The sure to be multi-million selling Uncharted 3, Sony's "Buy our system!" seller of the holidays 201, will be infused with a $10 online pass.
Wednesday Sep 28, 2011 35:00 PM ET
Modern Warfare 3 players who begin downing excessive amounts of Dew will have a trade-off for their dwindling health: double experience points in their freshly torn asunder copy of Call of Duty.
Saturday Sep 24, 2011 50:00 PM ET
Most video games these days let the player pause the story-driven cinemas, or even offer an option to skip the cinematic interlude of they choose when a button is pressed. Some instantly skip when you press start, others just bowl them over for the next action scene.
Tuesday Sep 20, 2011 55:00 AM ET
Qwikster is dead already. That sounds drastic, but have you looked around the Internet today? Following Twitter threads prove people are already digging a grave for the "new" DVD-by-mail service. So is Netflix.
Sunday Sep 18, 2011 00:00 PM ET
Want to see how completely botched game reviews are in their current form? Give the upcoming mega budgeted, multi-million dollar Gears of War 3 an 8 out of 10.
Monday Sep 12, 2011 50:00 PM ET
It was supposed to be a great deal: NFL Sunday Ticket minus the Direct TV shenanigans, satellite, or subscription to Direct TV, and right on your PS3. It probably will be a great deal too... if it actually worked.
Friday Sep 9, 2011 25:00 AM ET
The first Passport title on Xbox 360 was supposed to be Driver: San Francisco, a revitalized franchise entry with lofty expectations. Due to a printing error, the Xbox 360 version is missing four additional digits necessary for this to actually work.
Friday Sep 9, 2011 05:00 AM ET
Someone saw fit to register the domain name ModernWarfare3.com. Smart. What wasn't smart was posting content related to rival military shooter Battlefield 3.
Saturday Sep 3, 2011 00:00 AM ET
For part two of our interview, Greg dissects the business side of things, including dealing with Microsoft, Valve's Steam service, and pricing structures.
Friday Sep 2, 2011 20:00 PM ET
Bastion is the first effort from Supergiant Games, a development team of seven people who made a splash with the first title in Microsoft's Summer of Arcade promotion. A deeply emotional experience about a boy struggling to right his world after an unspecified disaster, Bastion is sure to be a hallmark of 2011. Creative Director Greg Kasavin chatted over Skype about the title, it's meanings, and the business side of things.
Thursday Sep 1, 2011 05:00 PM ET
The industry and its marketers have yet to break free from the mold of being considered a toy, the long overdue transition happening at retail spaces.
Tuesday Aug 30, 2011 30:00 AM ET
You know what's grand? Purchasing a video game for $60, bringing it home, and realizing you have the chance to spend another $30 on downloadable content that doesn't even exist yet! What a deal!
Friday Aug 26, 2011 30:00 PM ET
After the internet lit up with stories of GameStop locations pulling free game codes from the PC version of Deux Ex: Human Revolution, the gaming retailer went on the defensive. Now GameStop is entering the "we're sorry" phase.
Wednesday Aug 24, 2011 20:00 PM ET
Physical copies of the latest Deux Ex RPG/shooter for PC come with a code to play a version of the game via OnLive. GameStop however finds that they're selling a product that is competitive, and is opening said games to remove the promo codes.
Monday Aug 22, 2011 35:00 PM ET
A 13-year-old in Oklahoma City is currently under investigation after authorities believe he killed his nine-month-old baby sister after she interrupted his video game session.
Wednesday Aug 17, 2011 35:00 PM ET
The lower end 160GB model will now retail for $249, the higher-end 320GB one coming in at $300, and the latter will be bundled with a free game, Infamous 2. The price drops go into effect worldwide immediately.
Tuesday Aug 16, 2011 30:00 AM ET
Microsoft has chosen to ditch the glossy finish of their recently released, high-end Xbox 360 Slim models.
Sunday Aug 14, 2011 35:00 AM ET
Tim Willits, the id Software creative director, stated to Eurogamer that they will be keeping parts of the single player shooter Rage exclusive to new buyers, and subsequently defending the decision to use an "always on" system of DRM for Diablo III.
Sunday Aug 14, 2011 55:00 AM ET
Rovio has made one game. One. Single. Game. It's this thing where you fling birds into pig-constructed structures, and it's become popular enough that it could be worth $1 billion dollars.
Friday Aug 12, 2011 10:00 PM ET
Microsoft really wants you to buy a Kinect, their fancy motion-centric camera that you can look like an idiot while playing and while talking to. For longtime players though, it's not all that new.
Friday Aug 12, 2011 35:00 PM ET
Want a sure sign that investors don't understand the very industry they're investing in? Look at Nintendo, a company that's currently riding on an aging Wii unit and sluggish 3DS portable. What does the investor suggest? Port their products to the iOS platform.
Monday Aug 8, 2011 15:00 PM ET
"These are bad people who did this. Kids out of control. When I was young it was all Pacman and board games. Now they're playing Grand Theft Auto and want to live it for themselves."
Sunday Aug 7, 2011 05:00 PM ET
The fight for digital supremacy heats up as EA has announced they will not be putting Battlefield 3 on Steam. The sure-to-be multi-million seller has been slated instead for EA's own recently created Origin service.
Thursday Aug 4, 2011 35:00 PM ET
Sony had promised to release the PlayStation Vita, the successor to their PSP, in at at least one territory by the end of 2011. They're sticking to that, launching the touch screened, rear touch, motion controlled, button tapping unit in Japan before the year is out.
Wednesday Aug 3, 2011 55:00 PM ET
The company is aware of the rumblings around the 'net, Nintendo president Saturo Iwata issuing a formal apology about a week after slashing his own earnings in half.
Wednesday Aug 3, 2011 25:00 AM ET
An EA game with a $10 online pass option? Who woulda thunk it? Well, anyone paying attention actually, the uber-hyped first-person shooter franchise probably set to be saddled with the dreaded "Project $10" upon release.
Tuesday Aug 2, 2011 15:00 AM ET
"Always on" DRM means the player must have a consistent Internet connection or be booted from the game. If the connection drops, so does the game. It doesn't matter whether the player is in single player or playing cooperatively.
Saturday Jul 30, 2011 00:00 PM ET
Nintendo is offering 20 free downloadable vintage games if you purchase a 3DS prior to the price drop. As such, many have decided to use price matching to score the cheaper hardware and free games. To some, they felt the need to take up the cause, rallying against these “vile” people (seriously) who would dare to take advantage of decades old retail policies
Thursday Jul 28, 2011 50:00 PM ET
Nintendo is moving towards gaming industry history with a mega-drop in price for their struggling 3DS hardware.
Tuesday Jul 26, 2011 35:00 AM ET
There's no reason Bastion shouldn't be $40, $50, or even $60. Keeping it on the Xbox Live Arcade service almost dilutes it, immediately creating a sense that it's a "smaller" experience,
Sunday Jul 24, 2011 20:00 AM ET
The 32-year old, deeply conservative Breivik claimed Modern Warfare 2 was "a training simulation." He continues, "You can more or less completely simulate actual operations."
Friday Jul 22, 2011 15:00 PM ET
Just in case your humble abode wasn't showcasing enough of your geek pride, Microsoft has come to your rescue with an Xbox 360 Star Wars bundle. This glorious package retails for $449, containing an R2-D2 inspired Xbox 360 slim unit,...

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