‘Rouge Galaxy’

Proving that PlayStation 2 is still alive and well, "Rouge Galaxy" is a role-playing game that lets players travel to several different planets (one added for the North American version) as an accidental space pirate, looking for a planet said to contain incredible treasures.

‘Hotel Dusk: Room 215’

The point-and-click adventure has long been a dead genre in the gaming world. On the PC, it saw a healthy life with titles such as "Myst," captivating players' inner puzzle solvers. But as consoles gained more ground and PC gaming was delegated to the extreme first-person shooter and real time strategy gamer - and those with $5,000 to drop on an Alienware computer - the strong narratives and clever puzzles of the point-and-click adventure seemed to be all but gone forever.

‘WarioWare: Smooth Moves’

Since its initial release on the Game Boy Advance, the "WarioWare" series has provided Nintendo with a much-needed outlet for fart jokes and toilet humor. Wario's foray onto the Wii continues this grand tradition with an all-new set of over 200 "microgames" utilizing the system's innovative controller.

Should smoking be allowed in Anchorage bars?

Smoking in bars should be banned By Jessica Sincich The Northern Light A peer of mine once mentioned that she was a bartender. I heard terrible stories of the asthmatic problems that many bartenders developed while working. I also heard of the "smurfs" these bartenders would cough up at the end of the night; just picture black loogies and you'll get the idea.

Poor storytelling in ‘Ghost Rider’ vanquished by hot visual effects

After a five-month delay, Ghost Rider has finally gotten his boney butt into theaters. Pushed back from its initial August opening, Ol' Flamehead has been tantalizing his anxious fans for over a year and a half. Now that this most badass of comic book characters has arrived, fans will flock to theaters in droves, but anyone not already enamored with "Ghost Rider" will have difficulty enjoying the film.

‘Norbit’ exploits tired fat stereotypes in failed film

With a pending Oscar nomination for a serious role in "Dreamgirls," Eddie Murphy proves in "Norbit" that he can still make a bomb. Mild-mannered Norbit (Eddie Murphy, "The Haunted Mansion," "Daddy Day Care") is compelled into a relationship with Rasputia (also Eddie Murphy).

‘Rainbow Six: Vegas,’ ‘Elite Beat Agents,’ ‘Gears of War’

'Rainbow Six: Vegas' 4.5/5 Stars "Rainbow Six: Vegas" puts the player in control of a Jack Bauer-esque covert ops agent and a pair of armored cronies. The mission: Take out the typical bad guys in a new environment. The "Rainbow Six" series has long been a solid source for tactical shooters.

Should there be an increase in the minimum wage?

Wage increase will only drive up costs By Teresa Combs The Northern Light It seems today that the most logical way to pull an unskilled, working-class citizen out of an impending poverty designation is to simply give them more money. Why not raise the minimum wage a buck or two? It will ensure that the average Joe will make more money for the same job he's been doing, and he won't be so poor anymore.

Mother doesn’t know best in ‘Because I Said So’

"Because I Said So" can't decide if it's a warm-hearted romance or a slapstick comedy, and it suffers in both genres. A meddlesome mother, Daphne (Diane Keaton, "Something's Gotta Give," "The Family Stone"), spends a majority of her time worrying about her youngest daughter, Milly (Mandy Moore, "American Dreamz," "Saved!"), because Milly doesn't have a successful relationship in her life.

‘Robots’ short on plot, long on zany fun

“Robots,” the new computer graphics animated comedy from 20th Century Fox, utilizes the same formula that “Shark Tale” screwed up so thoroughly a couple...

‘Shark Tale’ dead in the water

Too many chefs spoil the broth. “Shark Tale,” the new computer-animated movie from Dreamworks Animation, is a prime example of that aphorism becoming reality....