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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

ROMper ROOM: SimAnimals too simplistic

Children manage an ecosystem and get closer to nature's critters in SimAnimals (Electronic Arts, for DS, $29.99; and for Wii, $49.99). The popular Sims franchise targets younger players as they become keepers of a forest and directly help its inhabitants survive. Published February 22, 2009

ROMper ROOM: Eager beavers teach pre-K skills

In 'Didi & Ditto: Preschool Mother Nature's Visit,' the beavers are back to provide plenty of learning for kids ages 2 to 4, but more importantly, create an environment for parent and child to engage in a narrative that teaches lessons beyond early reading, writing or math. Published February 15, 2009

ROMper ROOM: Nancy's success no mystery

Nancy has evolved with the technology over the decades. She not only is comfortable on the PCs and the Nintendo DS these days, but is celebrating her 16th interactive mystery, Nancy Drew: The White Wolf of Icicle Creek (from Sega and Her Interactive, $29.99), with help from Nintendo's Wii. Published February 1, 2009

ROMper ROOM: Goo night and Goo luck with blobs

Manipulating globs of viscous matter makes for a visually and mentally rewarding experience in the beautiful World of Goo (2D Boy and Brighter Minds, for Mac and PC, $19.99). Published January 11, 2009