Breakfast of Champions 4/1: introducing Joystick Division


As the poet T.S. Eliot said, April is the coolest month. This is why it snowed yesterday. This is also why we're choosing today to launch our video game blog, Joystick Division.

The Division is a national blog from Village Voice Media, but the core of this effort is going to be local. Our own Ward Rubrecht and Nate Patrin provide news, views and reviews to go along with work by other writers, including the guys who do the national Game On columns.

The beta version is online now at, and there are some extensive posts up already. Visual changes will come as we experiment and work the technology issues out, but posting will be regular from here on in. Also, by way of foreshadowing, you'll see why we launched the video game blog today once the new issue is posted later this afternoon. It coincides with a story we're doing for this week.

At Joystick Division this morning, Ward Rubrecht has a post about five free games that don't suck for your cheapskate gaming needs. Nate Patrin has put more thought into how to make a great baseball video game than I thought possible, and offers up a review of MLB 2K8 in the process. There's also a review of Super Smash Bros., a post about characters that ought to have made the cut for the game, featuring original art by national video game columnist Gary Hodges, and the proverbial "much more."

We may not have lilacs yet out of the dead land, but pixels and Playstations might tide you over. W00t.


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