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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

ZADZOOKS: Star Wars, The Force Unleashed review

A player controls Darth Vader's apprentice Galen Marek in the video game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Zadzooks reviews the PlayStation 3 version of the game. Published September 15, 2008

ROMper ROOM: A Pajama party for kids

An award-winning superhero from the world of PC edutainment makes his debut on Nintendo's Wii entertainment console in Pajama Sam: Don't Fear the Dark (Majesco Entertainment, for Wii, $29.99). Published September 14, 2008

ROMper ROOM: Evolver makes math concepts fun

A desperate mission to contain a military biotech experiment challenges players' targeting and numerical problem-solving skills in Math Evolver, Virus Origin (Topics Learning and Tabula Digita, for Mac and PC, $29.99). Published September 7, 2008

ZADZOOKS: Clones at war again

Zad's Toy Vault reviews Hasbro's General Grievous action figure, the Clone Wars: Ultimate Lightsaber, Clone Trooper Voice Changer and Lego's Republic Attack Gunship. Published September 4, 2008

ROMper ROOM: Didj customizes learning

Touted as the first customizable educational gaming system, Leapfrog's handheld Didj ($89.99, requires four AA batteries) is a logical maturation of the company's preschool product, the Leapster. Published August 31, 2008

ZADZOOKS: Swords cast world into strife

The world's greatest warriors battle for control of two powerful swords in Soulcalibur IV ($59.99). Namco Bandai Games America Inc. takes its three-dimensional fighting game franchise to new visual levels through the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 entertainment systems. Published August 28, 2008

ROMper ROOM: Fun on menu in Order Up!

Culinary entrepreneurs virtually hone cooking skills while managing restaurants in Order Up! (Zoo Games and SuperVillain Studios, for Wii, $39.99). Published August 24, 2008

ZADZOOKS: Thor sets heavens on Earth

I have not loved the Marvel mythos of Thor since I was 6 years old and my dad bought me a Kenner projector with a Thor cartoon and supplemented it with a comic book featuring Thor versus the Circus of Crime. Published August 21, 2008

ROMper ROOM: Kids tell own tales with V-Tech system

VTech's Disney Create-A-Story early reading system ($49.99 requires two AA batteries) is another product in the growing stable of edutainment systems that places the power of reading in young hands. Published August 17, 2008

ZADZOOKS: Hellboy players on the attack

Superhero and cartoon characters have become integral parts of the electronic entertainment industry. With this in mind, I salute the meld of pop-culture character and video game with a look at some ... Published August 14, 2008

ROMper ROOM: Learn life lessons with Jumpstart

A friendly group of animated animals teaches children the finer points of life in Jumpstart Advanced Preschool World (Knowledge Adventure for PCs with a minimum Pentium III processor using XP or Vista operating systems, $29.99). Published August 10, 2008

ROMper ROOM: Find recipe for new world

History's greatest leaders take center stage as they "build an empire to stand the test of time" in Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution(2K Games and Firaxis, for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, $59.99). Published August 3, 2008

ZADZOOKS: Hellboy toys are hot stuff

Thanks to the proliferation of film, comic book and cartoon characters, companies are bombarding consumers with an incredible selection of action figures. Let's take a peek at of the latest from Mezco Toyz and Dark Horse Comics for "Hellboy II: The Golden Army." Published July 31, 2008

ROMper ROOM: Reading is easier with help from Frog

LeapFrog's Tag Reading System ($50, requires two AA batteries) combines the style and portability of big brother's Fly Pen with the extremely popular Leap Pad learning system to help children in preschool through third grade with reading and comprehension skills. Published July 27, 2008

ZADZOOKS: Hellboy: Behind the scenes

Pull up a chair, break out the sarcasm filter and welcome to Mr. Zad's comic critique, featuring Dark Horse Comics' world of Hellboy including Hellboy II: The Art of the Movie and B.P.R.D.: The Ectoplasmic Man. Published July 24, 2008

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