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- Feb 7 20175 minutes
Video Games Do Guilt Better Than Any Other Art
The idea that motion pictures can be works of art has been around since the 1920s, and it hasn’t really been disputed since. It’s easy to see why—cinema shares characteristics with theater in terms of acting, direction, music, set design, narrative,
- Dec 20 20168 minutes
Nintendo’s Sad Struggle for Survival
Facing an uncertain future, the company keeps trying to mine its storied past.
- Jan 16 20172 minutes
Mario On An Iphone? It Works
MATT PECKHAM THIS WAS NOT SUPPOSED TO happen. For years, fans had pleaded, cajoled and bully-ragged Nintendo to put Mario on smartphones. And for years, the masterminds behind some of gaming’s most enduring franchises simply refused. Until Dec. 15,
- Jan 12 201710 minutes
How Designers Engineer Luck Into Video Games: The responsibilities and challenges of programmed luck.
On Sept. 16, 2007, a Japanese YouTuber who goes by the handle “Computing Aesthetic” uploaded a forty-eight-second-long video with the deafening title, “ULTRA MEGA SUPER LUCKY SHOT.” The video shows a high-scoring shot in Peggle, a vastly popular vide
- Jul 1 20132 minutes
Transforming the Video Game World
Julie Uhrman has created Ouya, an affordable, open-source console that can access a robust online gaming library.
- Oct 21 20164 minutes
Video Games Have A Race Problem
The toughest challenge in video games isn’t reaching the highest level—it’s finding black characters.
- Dec 1 20142 minutes
Old-School Games Get New Life
Board games, role-playing games and other offline diversions are having a renaissance.
- Sep 23 20132 minutes
Grand Theft Auto 5 & the Stories of the Future
Last week saw the launch of the world’s fastest revenue-generating piece of entertainment in history. There’s a good chance that this strikes you as utterly obvious or so unexpected that it seems just wrong. But it’s quite true: The video game Grand
- Jun 1 20133 minutes
The Startup Bringing Video Games into the Real World
The video game of the future just might remind you of toys of the past. Sifteo cubes give tactile appeal to technology.
- Jan 4 20176 minutes
How Video Games Satisfy Basic Human Needs
Grand Theft Auto, that most lavish and notorious of all modern videogames, offers countless ways for players to behave. Much of this conduct, if acted out in our reality, would be considered somewhere between impolite and morally reprehensible. Want
- Dec 22 20169 minutes
Video Games Are Changing the Hero: This is what happens when we can occupy our heroes’ bodies.
Whenever the Kingdom of Hyrule has been in danger, a young boy named Link has risen to the challenge of saving the land from all manner of pixelated evil. The latest chapter of Link’s ongoing quest in the video game series The Legend of Zelda is abou