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Name:Sam Pow
Current Roles:GAME POW weekly column, reviwing and previewing for Xbox 360, iPhone and Wii.
Past Roles:None
Other credits:Being totally awesome is another credit, right?
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History:Nothing interesting enough to put in here.
Sam Pow's First Blog - 05.01.2009

Wow, my own blog. It's kind of exciting, really. Now I just have to think of something to talk about. Hmmmmm…I think I know. I'm just gonna go straight to what I'm thinking, and see where I sail.

I suddenly realized that RTS games are really cool on consoles. There it is! Something to say! Let's go with that thought. After playing Halo Wars, I really think that the genre has a chance on 360. And although I haven't played them, I hear that C&C 3 and Battle for Middle-Earth II were even better. If you're reading this, and you have played one or both of these games on 360, maybe you can help clear things up. I'll probably pick up one or the other. I really thought Halo Wars was a great game. Most of the critic scores were off, in my opinion. It deserved a great score. All of the 7s and 6s are ridiculous. I say at least mid to high 8s. (If you're really interested, email me asking for my Halo Wars Review. It's not on 411) There are just a few changes I would have made. First of all, standard and deathmatch are not enough modes. Add stuff like territories, CTF, siege, or other modes. According to rumors, DLC may feature new game modes, so let's hope my suggestions are in there. Secondly, the Brutes should jump farther with their jetpacks. Ok, so that's not really a big deal, but come on! They go like, two feet!

Anyway, what else? Uhhhhhhh, I haven't played Wii in months. I could talk for a while about that. The reason my Wii sits under a layer of dust right now? Nintendo's greedy crappyiness. (Yes crappyness is a word) I used to be such a Nintendo fan. Ever since my first ventures into serious gaming with the N64 and Gameboy Color, I was hooked. I stayed Nintendo exclusive with Gameboy Advanced, then GameCube, and then DS. For years Nintendo made great games that caused me lose hours of sleep. I worshipped those games and their systems. Then the Wii came out. I immediately got one, and was amazed. I had Twilight Princess, and that game is BADASS. I picked a lot games over time, like Smash Bros, Mario Kart, Boom Blox, and many others I loved. But then, Nintendo realized something. Wii Sports was a huge success, and do you want to know why? Because now Grandmas and soccer moms were playing video games. So they made Wii Play, (which a terrible, terrible game) and that sold HUGE. So now Nintendo has decided that if they can make the most money that way, that’s what they're going to do. So they continued to release a steady stream of crap like Wii Fit and Wii Music. And they have Wii Sports 2 on the way, where you can, *gasp* throw a Frisbee to a dog! With WiiMotion Plus! Like that redeems it. Anyway, I realized that Nintendo isn't gonna do jack shit concerning real gamers for a while. So I picked up my first system that wasn't Nintendo: Xbox 360. And do you know what? It's 10 times better. I didn't know what I was missing. Instead of playing Wii Sports Bowling, or checking how many calories I've burned in Wii Fit, I'm playing REAL games like Oblivion, Ghost Recon, and Halo. Oh, and Sneak King. I do not plan on playing any Nintendo games in the future, because I'm one customer they've surely lost. The only reason I'll find use of my Wii is when rare games are made by third party developers that are actually good. Games like Boom Blox, Red Steel, and Madworld are the only redemption the Wii receives, in my point of view. I'm sticking with Microsoft, because Nintendo is now on my "people that suck list" along with Dane Cook and Hugh Jackman. 'Nuff said.

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What 411 Staffers Are Playing - February (02.05.2010)
From Mass Effect 2 to NBA Jam and Guitar Hero 5, the 411 staff shares the games they are playing, the games they are looking forward to and what they recently have achieved in the world of gaming!
GAME POW 01.30.10: Graalian Edition (01.30.2010)
This week in GAME POW, we get to see some Graaly goodness from everyone's favorite strategy columnist, Sam Pow.
GAME POW 01.23.10: The Return (01.23.2010)
I know you've all been waiting patiently for the return of GAME POW, and now it's back! This edition will feature some NHL 10, a guide to a new iPhone MMO, and the first ever GAME POW Awards. Don't miss it!
NHL 10 (Xbox 360) Review (11.09.2009)
EA's latest hockey venture is full of improvements, including several new modes and features. Check inside for the full review.
GAME POW 09.06.09: Text MMOs (09.06.2009)
It's Labor Day weekend, and Sam Pow's here to help you out in iPhone text MMOs, so kick back and read all about it in this Weeks GAME POW!
GAME POW 08.30.09: Sims Meets GTA IV (08.30.2009)
In this weeks GAME POW, Sam breaks down how to live a completely normal life in GTA IV without breaking any laws. Just like your own life, but with a Russian accent.
Circuit Strike.One (iPhone) Review (08.25.2009)
Circuit Strike.One is an exhilirating top-down iPhone shooter, and is among the best on the app store. Its awesome music and graphics will keep you hooked just as long as the gameplay will.
GAME POW 08.23.09: Gears of War 2 Mini Column (08.23.2009)
This weeks bite-sized GAME POW includes a great mini-guide that will show you around Gears of War 2's River map.
Treyarch Announces Call of Duty: World at War iPhone App (08.16.2009)
A new iPhone app will let you stay up-to-date with Call of Duty: Waw no matter where you are.
GAME POW 08.16.09: Gears of War 2 Special (08.16.2009)
In this weeks GAME POW, Sam's gonna get all Gears of War 2 on your ass and show off some great strategies for the game! Don't miss it!
Game POW 08.08.09: Gears of War 2 & GTA IV (08.08.2009)
In this weeks GAME POW, Sam dishes out some Gears 2 wingman strategies, as well as some cool places you've probably never been to in GTA IV. Read on!
GAME POW 08.01.09: InFamous and Boom Blox (08.01.2009)
In this special GAME POW, we have Armando Rodriguez here to help with InFamous strategies! Add that to some super awesome Boom Blox level editing secrets and you've got a GAME POW that you can't afford to miss!
GAME POW 07.25.09: Crackdown (07.25.2009)
This week in GAME POW, Sam gives you tips on Crackdown and releases details on next weeks column!
GAME POW 07.18.09: GTA IV & Far Cry 2 (07.18.2009)
In this weeks edition of GAME POW, Sam doles out tips for beating the police in GTA IV, and unleashes a weapon guide for Far Cry 2! Don't miss it!
MLB: 09: The Show Tournament Offers Over $13,000 In Cash And Prizes (07.17.2009)
SCEA is working with gamebattles.com to bring you the MLB 09: The Show All Star Championship!
4x4 Jam (iPhone) Review (07.17.2009)
4x4 Jam brings off road racing action to iPhone, letting you blaze your own path through this enjoyable game.
Second Terminator Episode on iPhone (07.13.2009)
The iPhone game Terminator is getting its second episode, adding lots of new content.
GAME POW 06.11.09: Unreal Tournament 3 Blowout (07.11.2009)
Unreal Tournament 3 returns to GAME POW in a special UT3 edition!
Battlestations: Pacific (Xbox 360) Review (07.01.2009)
The pounding action, deep strategy, and various other factors help Battlestations: Pacific rise above it's predecessor, Midway. It's a great game, and manages to create a WWII game that isn't a shooter and succeed.
Pro Evolution Soccer (Wii) Review (06.28.2009)
Pro Evolution brings the beautiful game to Wii, but does it score or fall flat? Find out inside!
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