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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 17 years. He covers video games, comic books, new media and technology. 

 

Articles by Joseph Szadkowski

ROMper ROOM: Holmes game a bit elementary

The world's greatest detective challenges a player to hone his logic skills in Lost Cases of Sherlock Holmes (Legacy Interactive, single CD-ROM for PC or Intel-based Macintosh computer systems, $19.99). Published July 20, 2008

ZADZOOKS: Batman goes after the Joker

Thanks to the proliferation of film, comic-book and cartoon characters, companies are bombarding consumers with an incredible selection of action figures. With tongue in cheek, let's take a peek at some of the specimens worthy of a place in Zad's Toy Vault. Published July 17, 2008

ROMper ROOM: Brain Games 2 not entertaining

Another leading expert on exercising gray matter has thrown his name behind a hand-held set of challenges with Brain Games 2 and a look at Secret Agent Clank and Space Invaders Extreme. Published July 13, 2008

ROMper ROOM: Animal magnetism

Pet Vet Healing Hands, the latest in the Paws & Claws series, moves to Nintendo's hand-held system where the player takes control of a new veterinary practice set outside a small town in the expansive countryside. Published July 6, 2008

Batman becomes too brutal

This chronic feature lets me review what´s recently passed my bloodshot pupils. So pull up a chair, break out the sarcasm filter and welcome to Mr. Zad's Batman comic critique. Published July 3, 2008

Brain Voyage stuck on familiar turf

A world-renowned board game designer is escorting players on a Brain Voyage (Eidos for DS, $19.99). Well, it actually is less of a voyage, but rather some repetitive trips to the local puzzle shop with a well-dressed, eccentric uncle. Published June 29, 2008

ZADZOOKS: Hulk, foe take rivalry to stores

Thanks to the proliferation of film, comic-book and cartoon characters, consumers are being bombarded with an incredible selection of action figures. With tongue in cheek, let's take a peek at some of the specimens worthy of a place in . Published June 26, 2008

LIBRARY TECHIES: Beyond the Dewey Decimal System

The modern librarian must be Twitter-savvy and able to manipulate the Web and aggregate RSS feeds as quickly as compile competitive intelligence. In other words, a librarian must be good at social networking, customizing computer databases, filtering data and getting the facts. Published June 23, 2008

ROMper ROOM: Disney princesses shine with girl power

LeapFrog's hand-held educational gaming systems Leapster ($59.99) and Leapster L-Max ($79.99) have been learning game staples since 2003. In two new cartridges compatible with both systems, children tackle core math skills with help from easily identifiable characters true to their animated worlds in both sight and sound. Published June 22, 2008

ROMper ROOM: On Safari with photo ops

In a world of violent video games, where thumb dexterity is infinitely more important than the flexing of the cerebrum, there's a place for children and their parents to actually learn something from that multimedia computer/gaming system. Take a deep breath and enter the ROMper Room, where learning is a four-letter word - cool. Published June 15, 2008

Indy and friends on Lego adventure

The Original Adventures (for Xbox 360, $59.99). Lucas Arts gives one or two players the cooperative chance to control more than 80 characters in the Indy universe as they play through the 1980s trilogy of films, "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "The Temple of Doom" and "The Last Crusade." Published June 12, 2008

Building a better mouse trip for Mia

In a world of too often violent video games, where thumb dexterity is infinitely more important than the flexing of the cerebrum, there's a place for children and their parents to actually learn something from that multimedia computer/gaming system. Take a deep breath and enter the ROMper Room, where learning is a four-letter word-cool. Published June 8, 2008

Panda adventures in China

Each week, the Browser features some pop-culture places on the World Wide Web offering the coolest in free interactive sounds and action. Published June 1, 2008

High-'Speed' action on the racetrack

Thanks to the proliferation of film, comic-book and cartoon characters, companies are bombarding consumers with an incredible selection of action figures. With tongue in cheek, let's take a peek at some of the specimens worthy of a place in Zad´s Speed Racer Toy Vault. Published May 31, 2008

Wii Fit helps player get in shape

Nintendo revolutionized gaming with its magical Wii console and stands ready to change our lives for the better with its most ambitious, interactive peripheral to date. Published May 29, 2008

Indiana is game for adventure

Each week, the Browser features some pop-culture places on the World Wide Web offering the coolest in free interactive sounds and action. Published May 25, 2008

Iron Man must stop Mandarin

This chronic feature lets me review what's recently passed my bloodshot pupils. So pull up a chair, break out the sarcasm filter and welcome to Mr. Zad's Iron Man comic critique. Published May 24, 2008