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Joseph Szadkowski

Joseph Szadkowski

A graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in communications, Joseph Szadkowski has written about popular culture for The Washington Times for the past 25 years. He covers video games, comic books, new media and technology. 


Articles by Joseph Szadkowski

Krimson City Police Detective Sebastian Castellanos can not hide from a mutated creature in the video game The Evil Within.

ZADZOOKS: The Evil Within review

Shinji Mikami, the patriarch of survival horror games, returns with a third person adventure filled with exploration, action and grotesque encounters. Published October 28, 2014

Vampires battle humans in Medieval Underworld  at Bennett's Curse in Jessup, Maryland. (Photograph by Jacquie Kubin / Special to The Washington Times)

Bennett's Curse (Jessup, Maryland)

Although walking up to a 40-foot-tall, 22,500-square-foot white fabric structure in Blob's Park (centered between D.C. and Baltimore in Jessup, Maryland) does not scream Halloween, the three movie set-like environments it contains won't soon be forgotten by horror aficionados. Published October 17, 2014

The Spider Outbreak maze at Six Flags America's Fright Fest in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. (Photograph by Jacquie Kubin / Special to The Washington Times)

Six Flags America's Fright Fest (Upper Marlboro, Maryland)

The theme park boasting such terrifying roller coasters as Superman: Ride of Steel, Joker's Jinx and Apocalypse ratchets up the terror quota during the Halloween season weekends with its annual "Fright Fest." Published October 17, 2014

Clowns are ready to greet guests at the Field of Screams in Mountville, Pennsylvania. (Photograph by Jacquie Kubin / Special to The Washington Times)

Field of Screams (Mountville, Pennsylvania)

Since 1993 brothers Gene and Jim Schopf have finely crafted a few acres of their family farm into a horror show not for the faint of heart. Published October 17, 2014

The Egyptian gatekeeper at King's Dominion's 2014 'Halloween Haunt' in Doswell, Virginia. (Photograph by Jacquie Kubin / Special to The Washington Times)

King's Dominion's 'Halloween Haunt' (Doswell, Virginia)

Visitors to Doswell, Virginia's famed theme park normally derive thrills from a variety of water rides and coasters, but then the fall creeps in, and with it the arrival of the annual "Halloween Haunt." Published October 17, 2014

Witches cause trouble on the Trail of Terror at the ‘Field of Screams’ in Olney, Maryland. (Photograph by Jacquie Kubin / Special to The Washington Times)

Field of Screams (Olney, Maryland)

The popular Olney Boys & Girls Community Sports Association's annual Halloween fundraiser returns for its 14th season with a quartet of attractions sure to deliver goose bumps to visitors. Published October 16, 2014

The Gondorian Ranger Talion, bound to the spirit of an Elvish Wraith named Celebrimbor, fights off Sauron's Uruk Hai in the action packed video game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.

ZADZOOKS: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor review

J.R.R. Tolkien's foreboding fantasy universe returns to home entertainment consoles in a third-person adventure sure to inspire mature gamers looking to smite Sauron's orc minions. Published October 10, 2014

Guardians battle a Hive ogre in the genre mixing video game Destiny.

ZADZOOKS: Destiny review (PS4)

Developers of the Halo gaming franchise return with an epic saga challenging players to roam the galaxy as an elite group of warriors to save humanity. Published September 20, 2014

Star Trek: The Compendium offers both Blu-ray movies of J.J. Abrams reboot of the Gene Roddenberry universe.

ZADZOOKS: Star Trek: The Compendium review (Blu-ray)

A new generation of Trekkers can sit down and appreciate high-definition versions of director J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" and "Star Trek Into Darkness" along with a definitive set of bonus features in this new, four-disk, Blu-ray collection. Published September 6, 2014

Abigail Walker and her neon-infused powers star in the video game Infamous: First Light.

ZADZOOKS: Infamous: First Light review

Players looking for super-powered adventure will find a Conduit named Abigail ready for action in a fantastic, stand-alone game tied to the Infamous universe. Published August 30, 2014

Help a ranger rescue children and avoid scary creatures in the puzzling video game Road Not Taken.

ZADZOOKS: Road Not Taken review (PS4)

A rogue ranger embarks on a multiyear mission to save lost children in an adventure for the PlayStation 4 sure to delight as well as frustrate the puzzle fan in the family. Published August 25, 2014