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Dining, Distillations

Distillations: Bergerac Has Great Drinks, Uninspired Atmosphere

I'd rather bite my tongue than say a bad word about the bartenders at Bergerac. When I asked the bartender to whip me up something special, they went off menu to mix rye whiskey, coconut, Campari, and a baked apple…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer: Gratitude and fried cheese at the Sycamore

Bouncer: Gratitude and fried cheese at the Sycamore

I always have mixed feelings toward people who say they wouldn't want to "bring a child into this world." Actually, scratch that: I have feelings of disgust toward people who say that. Westerners are spoiled. Things have never been better…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Giggles

The Giggles

Comedians who tell good marijuana jokes tap into their psychedelic unconscious, cobbling together dim memories of long stretches amidst burrito heels and Xbox controllers. Or they get baked, pre-show. Brian Posehn seems like he does both. God knows he knows…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Ninja Gaiden II for Xbox goes heavy on the gore and glitches

Ninja Gaiden II for Xbox goes heavy on the gore and glitches

It's probably a good thing Game On wasn't around to review Ninja Gaiden when it hit Xbox in 2004 — we probably would've written "an awesome, brutal, majestic action masterpiece," then filled the rest of the space with crude crayon…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Guitar Hero Peripherals Getting Cheesy, Lamer Than Original (in a Bad Way )

Guitar Hero Peripherals Getting Cheesy, Lamer Than Original (in a Bad Way )

There's a point at which every fad overstays its welcome. Could it be that Guitar Hero is already just a sour note from being booed out of America's living room? For evidence, look no further than the plethora of GH…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Three's a Charm

Three's a Charm

Bold proclamation time: There wouldn't even be an Xbox 360 without Halo. Microsoft lost billions on the original Xbox even with its mega-successful sci-fi games, so it's hard to imagine the red ink that would have spilled without them; even…
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Music, Reviewed Liz Phair

Liz Phair

Do not be fooled by the lyric "Give me your hot white cum." This isn't the edgy, clever Liz Phair of Exile in Guyville, but rather a bland, barely recognizable avatar. And the song, abbreviated "H.W.C.," encapsulates everything that's wrong…
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Best of San Francisco, Shopping & Services

Best Place to Buy a Toy That Doesn't Require Batteries

If every kid you know already has an Xbox, try taking a low-tech toy to the next birthday party you attend. The Ark offers the antithesis to the fluorescent-lit aisles of Toys "R" Us, a fact that's glaringly obvious from…
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