Author: Harold Goldberg

Harold Goldberg

Harold Goldberg is a journalist and author who is the founder of the New York Videogame Critics Circle. His latest book is All Your Base Are Belong to Us, How Fifty Years of Videogames Conquered Pop Culture.

All Your Base Are Belong To Us

About Harold Goldberg

Harold Goldberg is a journalist and author who is the founder of the New York Videogame Critics Circle. His latest book is All Your Base Are Belong to Us, How Fifty Years of Videogames Conquered Pop Culture.

10 Things You’ll Love and Hate About the Wii U

10 Things You’ll Love and Hate About the Wii U

(These pieces, 10 Things You’ll Like About The Wii U and 10 Things You’ll Dislike About The Wii U, were originally posted at NYGameCritics.com.) On Sunday, the Wii U, Nintendo’s newest game console, went on sale throughout North America. Many of our critics took the trek to Rockefeller Center to check out the ...

Offensive Combat: Six Dang Reasons You’ll Want to Play

Offensive Combat: Six Dang Reasons You’ll Want to Play

(This content was originally posted on NYGameCritics.com.) It was a wild night downtown. The developers from U4ia flew into New York and made their way to the Critics Circle on Monday. Entering a dive in the East Village that we chose, they carried a big Mac monitor, a WiFi card, a Mac laptop and a ton of cables. Six ...

Wii U: Our First Video Program!

Wii U: Our First Video Program!

(This content was originally posted on NY Game Critics.com.) Gamasutra’s Leigh Alexander. Polygon’s Chris Plante. Giant Bomb’s Alex Navarro. AOL’s Libe Goad. CNET’s Dan Ackerman. About.com’s Charles Herold. These smart folks are just six of our 25 lauded Circle members. And they appear in our first ...

Borderlands 2: The Best Trailer Ever Made?

Borderlands 2: The Best Trailer Ever Made?

(This content was originally posted on NY Game Critics.) I come back to it every morning. This brilliantly edited snippet for Borderlands 2, a post-apocalyptic satire set for release next week, is the best video game trailer of the year and one of the finest ever made. At its core, it is a superior music video, a ...

Will NBA Baller Beats Hit Or Miss?

Will NBA Baller Beats Hit Or Miss?

I have to admit I was somewhat suspicious about attending an event for Majesco Entertainment’s “NBA Baller Beats.” While Majesco has been a game publisher since 1986, they didn’t know how to market Tim Schafer’s brilliant adventure game, “Psychonauts.” And they didn’t sink enough money into “Advent ...

Of Door Goons, Fan Loons and MLB 2K12’s Million Dollar Contest

Of Door Goons, Fan Loons and MLB 2K12’s Million Dollar Contest

Originally Posted at NY Game Critics The coveted prize was a million dollars, probably the richest reward for one videogamer — ever.  So, I traveled to Broadway and 4th Street to watch the MLB 2K12 gaming contest. Overly aggressive door people were there, as if Lady Gaga were inside and I was some simpering fan. After ...

AMNH’s Wondrous ‘Creatures of Light’ Exhibition Could Have Used A Game

AMNH’s Wondrous ‘Creatures of Light’ Exhibition Could Have Used A Game

Originally posted at the New York Videogame Critics Circle This week, I was invited to preview the Creatures of Light exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History. The well-researched exhibition, which opens on March 31st, was presaged by a smart and elegant press conference. There we sat, surrounded by the ...

Music to My Ears? On Warren Spector’s Epic Mickey 2

Music to My Ears? On Warren Spector’s Epic Mickey 2

Originally Posted at New York Videogame Critics Circle I am walking along one of two creeks that cut through the city of Austin, Texas. The grackle birds are cawing loudly, proudly singing. It is early morning, and some of the homeless people who live along the trail are sleeping or just rising. In the water, which ...

The GameTruck Experience

The GameTruck Experience

Re-syndicated from New York Videogame Critics Circle The rain was whipping horribly as darkness descended on lower Manhattan. On the face, the pelting rain felt like tornado-spewed hail, biting into the pores. The clothes were soaked within a minute. Jorge Jimenez and I stood near the Williamsburg Bridge, waiting for ...

No, Call of Duty Isn’t Funded By The Gummit

No, Call of Duty Isn’t Funded By The Gummit

Re-syndicated from New York Videogame Critics Circle Back in April, I was scheduled to speak on a radio station located in a small town in the Midwest. Crown, the publishers of All Your Base Are Belong to Us, had arranged the interview, one of about 60 I did during that month. One of the questioners who called in asked ...