David Kushner writes that while Halo 3 is a lot of fun and a good game and he enjoys playing it, the drama or emotion just isn't there. He laments that Mass Effect, which does a much much better job of exploiting the emotional potential of a game experience, has been been woefully overshadowed by Halo 3, and he questions why the gaming press isn't demanding more out of a game.
(David Kushner is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone, Spin, Wired, Village Voice, and IEEE Spectrume, and a writer for the New York Times, Salon, New York Details, and other publications. He also teaches magazine journalism at New York University. Two books he has written published by Random House - "Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids: How a Gang of Geeks Beat the Odds and Stormed Las Vegas" and "Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture" - are currently being developed into films.)